Vol. 11 Iss. 13

Volume 11 Issue 13 - 03/26/2003

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Same Old, Same Old It seems every week the same things happen across Canada. Provincial Governments such as British Columbia, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, as well as the Federal Government (see end of story for links) all put hundreds of thousands if not millions into boosting research activities of Canadian Universities, and basically nothing into… Read more »


Last week we asked readers to send us their feelings on the new Proposed AU tuition policy [see last week’s Over Extended for more information – v11 i11, March 12, 2003]. For next week’s Sounding Off, send me your thoughts on the following topic: AU Tutors. Some of them are adored, others .. well: not… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra; I’m having a hard time dealing with all the intensive coverage of the war in Iraq. Everywhere I turn war is staring me in the face, whether it’s on the television or the front page of the morning news. I feel terrible for the innocent people living through this war in Iraq. I… Read more »


THIS WEEK: More from the First National Forum on Post-Secondary Education. Read what AU’s own Judith Hughes had to say. Coverage of the March 20th AUSU council meeting. Secretary Treasurer resigns and council member Sandra Moore is asked to take his place. Tons of great information from AU’s The Insider, including a description of the… Read more »

*Forum On Post-Secondary Education – The AU Perspective

For full coverage of the First National Forum on Post-Secondary Education, read last week’s Voice: http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=486 On March 11 to March 14, 2003, the Student Union of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg hosted the first Nation Forum on Post-Secondary education. Judith Hughes of AU and Sandra Moore of AUSU attended the forum on behalf… Read more »


The Voice is going through some changes. Soon the website will be updated and more new content will be introduced. In order to make the new Voice everything that you want it to be, we need your input. As a thank you for taking the time to comment, we’ll enter everyone who fills out our… Read more »

Canadian Health

To live a healthy life one must understand the concepts of health and disease. Only after that will we be able to determine how to improve the quality of life and sense of wellness and enjoy empowerment. According to a Canadian Health promotion survey by the Government of Canada (1985), only “61% of Canadians report… Read more »

A Portrait Of Autism

From down the hall I hear a noise that sounds like a half grunt, half moan; almost like the revving of a 1981 Ford truck. Upon sight, the destruction of this child radiates throughout the room. Everything is scattered around every corner; from the blue gel filled teething toy, to the soiled diaper beside the… Read more »

An Everlasting Piece (2000) – Film Review

As usual here is the brief description of the film posted by Moviecentral.ca: “Two men from Belfast, one Catholic and one Protestant, become business partners in a wig business.” I wish I could say that one little line puts this film into perspective, but it doesn’t. The film is delightful in so many ways. Now… Read more »

Worth A Second Look – Knowing A Horse

Man’s relationship with the horse is complex, spanning many centuries. Domesticated for about 5,000 years, horses have enabled human transportation, agriculture, and sport. A member of the family equidae, in the order Perissodactyla, the domestic horse or equus caballus belongs to the same family as zebras and asses. Horses evolved from a four-toed, small-browsing animal… Read more »

Classifying Patrick

My friend Patrick is not a child: he is thirty-four years old. He has a small but spotless apartment, a Siamese cat, and a job that he loves. He pays taxes, volunteers at the Humane Society, and wouldn’t think of littering. His friends are diverse and fascinating, and he has plans with them nearly every… Read more »

AUSU Council Meeting – MARCH 4, 2003 – 8:45 pm to 11:30 pm

On March 20th AUSU council convened for a regularly scheduled council meeting. Present were AUSU council, with the exception of Gurpreet Dulai, Voice Editor Tamra Ross Low, and AUSU Admin Assistant, Carla Benavides. The meeting started at 8:45 pm, at which time the minutes of the March 4 council meeting were presented and discussed, and… Read more »

News From AU – Middle States Accreditation

Spearheading AU’s Middle States accreditation efforts are Nancy Parker (liaison officer), Sandy Sales (committee recording secretary), and Ken Collier (committee chair). Athabasca University is proceeding with its efforts to achieve full accreditation with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accomplishment that will help facilitate AU’s expansion into the US market. Ken Collier, chair… Read more »

News From AU – Science Outreach Update (Boreal Forest); Au Where Are You?; Briefs

Science Outreach Update Robert Holmberg, Associate Professor, Biology, reports on recent activities of Science Outreach – Athabasca: Conservation in the Boreal Forest Elston Dzus from Alberta-Pacific Forest Industries spoke at AU Central on March 20 as part of Science Outreach’s public presentations. Many Albertans have little knowledge about this secretive member of the deer family… Read more »


Edmonton… Alberta Learning is working with The Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC) to assess the viability of creating a new oil and gas well driller trade. “Alberta’s apprenticeship and industry training system works with employers to help them build the workforce they need,” said Minister of Learning, Dr. Lyle Oberg. “The CAODC has… Read more »


For information on scholarships offered by the Athabasca University Students’ Union [AUSU], see: http://www.ausu.org/services/scholarships.php STUDENT AWARDS GREAT CANADIAN SCHOLARSHIPS Value: $1500 – $2500 DEADLINE: APRIL 25, 2003 Administrator: Student Awards Notes: Available to all StudentAward.com members Contact Information: Website: http://www.studentawards.com/campaign/greatsa/landing.asp LOUISE MCKINNEY POST-SECONDARY SCHOLARSHIPS Value: $2500 DEADLINE: JUNE 01, 2003 Administrator: Alberta Scholarship Programs Notes:… Read more »


CLASSIFIED SPACE: Students of AU may print classifieds in The Voice free of charge (maximum three per issue) as long as they are not representing a company or product. Classified ads should be submitted to the editor at voice@ausu.org with “?CLASSIFIED AD’ listed in the subject title. The Editor reserves the right to refuse any… Read more »

Youth Camp: Greece – Voluntary Action for Youth’s Ages 18-32

NGO Youth Camp – Greece Voluntary Action for Youth’s Ages 18-32 http://www.youthcamp.gr/ The NGO YouthCamp – Voluntary Action for Youth is an independent, voluntary youth organization that is aiming to play a major role in the area of international voluntarism in Greece and Cyprus. Aims a) The protection, conservation and development of natural and social… Read more »

News From AU – Conference Connections

CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER “¢ CU Expo – Community-University Institute for Social Research – “Partnerships, Policy & Progress” – May 8-10, 2003, Saskatoon, SK. Details: http://www.usask.ca/cuisr/cuexpo “¢ Distance Education Technology Symposium (DETS-03) – sponsored by the Centre for Distance Education – May 15 – 17, 2003 – Edmonton, Crowne Plaza Hotel. Details: http://cde.athabascau.ca/DET/2003/ or… Read more »


Join us in a city near you to hear the latest information on creating next-generation applications. Learn all about developing and accessing XML Web Services on the Windows .NET Framework and Shared Source CLI (Rotor). Be one of the first to check out new mobile device programming techniques and preview the upcoming Visual Studio .NET… Read more »

ATTENTION: Psychology Students

Every Monday from 9:30 – 10:30 AM MST and Wednesday from 7-8 PM MST the Athabasca University Psychology Students’ Society gets together to chat about issues pertaining to the world of psychology at AU. Go to http://www.ausu.org/psychology/ and log on the discussion forum link, from there click on Psychology at the top written in blue… Read more »