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Running the University Numbers Statistics Canada has released a report on University Finances for 2000/2001 (see:http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/020916/d020916b.htm. Unsurprisingly, they list that the total percentage of university revenue from government sources has declined while the percentage paid by the students has risen “substantially from a decade earlier”. Government contributions rose less than 3% over 2000/01, making this… Read more »

DEAR SANDRA

Dear Sandra; I’ve had it! I’m on my third extension and I’m running out of time. Now I know why students are tempted to copy assignments from others. I’m having such a hard time with this course project; I just don’t know what to do. I went to a website that sells essays, and I’m… 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 »

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Saskatchewan Boosting Librarians The Saskatchewan Government has announced a bursary of $5,000 for students taking their Masters of Library Science (SEE: http://www.gov.sk.ca/newsrel/2002/09/13-718.html). 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 »

DEAR SANDRA

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 »

DEAR SANDRA

Dear Sandra: I am a full-time university student in my thirties. I’m proud to be completing my education, even if I did start later than a lot of others. The problem is that many of my friends and family members cannot understand why I’m in school at my age, instead of working. How should I… Read more »

From My Perspective

Addictions are complex, and they affect people differently. In the last two weeks I’ve discussed some of the mechanisms involved in the addiction process, since greater understanding can help develop a more tolerant perspective of addictions and people who become addicted. In this final article, I take a look at the process of quitting an… Read more »

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Adult Learners Week This week is International Adult Learner’s Week, and is the first year that Canada has participated in the festivities. Events are happening across the country throughout the week and beyond, so check out what’s happening near you at the ALW web site (SEE: http://www.adultlearning.unesco.ca/actualites.php?faire=lire&identite=3). Some provinces are getting more into the spirit… Read more »

From My Perspective

As discussed in last week’s article, addictions are complex and can involve a variety of substances or activities. An addiction is not a sign of personal weakness or lack of moral character – anyone can become addicted. How does a person become addicted and how can you determine if you have a problem? The process… Read more »

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Got a Virus? Go to Jail. The Federal Government is looking at making some changes in what it calls the Lawful Access Laws (SEE: http://www.ic.gc.ca/cmb/welcomeic.nsf/cdd9dc973c4bf6bc852564ca006418a0). A lot of these involve the new means of communicating through the Internet and what kinds of powers that police should have regarding search and seizure of this type of… Read more »