Library 101

Q: I’m trying to use one of the journal databases, but I’m not sure what the best way to search it is. How do I find out? A: Most databases have online help files that provide tips on how to perform searches. In addition, we have created help sheets for the various database platforms AU… Read more »

Eco-Conference Kyoto debate leaves questions unanswered

EDMONTON (CUP) – A Kyoto Protocol supporter called the Alberta government “whiners” for their unwillingness to sign the accord during a debate at last Saturday’s Eco-Conference at the University of Alberta. The debate got off to a rocky start for the provincial government after Environment Canada representative Stephen McLellan’s failed to show up until 10… Read more »

Wharton in the News (Again)

Thomas Wharton, author of the award-winning books Icefields and Salamander, who has been on a list of ‘Must Read’ authors, who recently won a Writers Guild of Alberta prize, and who manages to round out his waking moments by also working as an AU tutor, has added another item to his list of things to… Read more »

Ash and Ecstasy

It has been suggested by some that each religion is unique. These people maintain that a religion is an entirely contextual construction, and thus, the project of looking at the intersection of two or more religions is doomed to turn up empty. In other words, we must abandon attempts at synthesis between the various traditions… Read more »


Dear Sandra; My biggest problem is guilt. I have three small children and I’m trying to go back to university to get a degree. Most of the time I do my schoolwork at night when they are already in bed, but sometimes when it gets close to the end of the month I turn the… Read more »

Worth a Second Look –

Good News! The Prime Minister has finally announced his intention to ratify the Kyoto Protocol by the end of this year. As a union activist, I was glad to see Canada live up to a promise made five years ago, when our nation made a commitment to join others in the fight to stop the… Read more »

From The Show About Nothing to the Column About Nothing

Seinfeld was a show supposedly about nothing. Is there really such a thing as writing about nothing? My mother used to say that there was no such thing as total silence: there is always sound:but is there a possibility of writing about no subject? Maybe you wander, and perhaps you don’t really pick one subject… Read more »

Fed Watch!

Saskatchewan Boosting Librarians The Saskatchewan Government has announced a bursary of $5,000 for students taking their Masters of Library Science (SEE: Saskatchewan has looked ahead a few years and seen that a large number of their librarians will be retiring. The increasing importance of information and being able to access the right information quickly… Read more »

From My Perspective

For most Athabasca University students, finding adequate study time is a challenge. We have so many other activities and responsibilities that demand our attention. Prioritizing is often the key to managing to put these other activities to the side and focus on schoolwork. When I first started university it did not seem as difficult to… Read more »

What I’ve learned About AU Students

Most of the time I keep my position as a Voice columnist separate from my position as a councilor on AUSU, but from time to time, I enjoy sharing some of the insights that I have gained through my time with the council. With the approach of my first AUSU Annual General Meeting, I have… Read more »