Vol. 10 Iss. 29

Volume 10 Issue 29 - 07/31/2002

From My Perspective

Starting a new job is exciting, but just a bit scary too. For me it means leaving something secure and familiar for a job that is new and challenging, one that requires implementation of a different and yet untried skill set. So I had mixed emotions when I was advised that I had been successful… Read more »


Summer Jobs Even though Athabasca University has a non-traditional school year, the government programs for student jobs still fall mostly around the summer. While many Athabasca University students are already working full time, for those of you that aren’t, there is always the possibility of getting a job in the federal government. If this strikes… Read more »

A Bug In Your Ear

Athabasca University Students’ Union is in the process of establishing an AU Graduate Students’ Association. Here’s a sampling of benefits of belonging to a Graduate Students’ Association: · Graduate student representation on University Committees · University and government advocacy and lobbying · Affiliation with provincial and national graduate students’ organizations · Assistance with university/student dispute… Read more »

Major in the Liberal Arts and You May Be Penalized

University students should focus on the quality of their education, rather than the marks they receive for individual assignments. Feedback from a teacher indicating that the student is doing well should be sufficient. Marks are only numbers, and cannot be properly evaluated unless they are compared to those of others students in the same class… Read more »


Years ago I wrote a poem about a heart-wrenching incident in Toronto. I was living in an illegal basement of a house; I often went to the backyard -an overgrown weeded area and worked on it. It gave me a little escape from a gloomy basement (how many of us like the idea of being… Read more »

It’s the End of the World as We Know It:

After a productive meeting with my colleagues on AUSU Council, I decided to peruse the news of the day offered by my ISP, SaskTel/Sympatico. Imagine my surprise when I read that Lance Bass of the “boy band” *N Sync will be flying as part of a Russian Space Agency mission to the International Space Station.(SEE:http://www.space.com/news/bass_update_020619.html)…. Read more »

Sharing the Memoirs of My Father’s Life

My father, Peter Kutsak, turned 83 last January. Eight years ago, he sat down in front of a computer for the very first time in his life and taught himself how to use Word Perfect. Over the next four years he typed up pages and pages of notes, written with his age-wobbly hand, of his… Read more »

Disordered Perceptions

(photo credit: CUP photo) (CUP) Olivia remembers feeling fat by age eight or nine. It marked for her the beginning of a long battle with bulimia and anorexia”?a battle that the 23-year-old has only recently begun to recover from. Her story is a long one and as universities across Canada are discovering, is shared by… Read more »