Vol. 11 Iss. 14

Volume 11 Issue 14 - 04/02/2003

Sounding Off

Last week we asked readers to send us comments on their AU tutors. For next week’s Sounding Off, send me your thoughts on the following topic: How safe are we? With the SARS virus killing people around the globe, mad cow infecting our meat, and increased salmonella contamination of food products, do you feel that… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

CLEANING UP AFTER THE UNITED STATES The Government of Canada has committed 100 million dollars (http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/cida_ind.nsf/852562900065549a85256250006cbb1a/636a2afa0f8e6b1e85256cf400585a09) for humanitarian aid in Iraq. I am terribly torn on this issue. On the one hand, I do not want to advocate not aiding people who are in desperate need, on the other hand why should governments of other… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: The Baby Dance

Yet again doing the channel-flipping thing I bumped into a film I would not have watched without seeing some of these well-crafted performances unexpectedly. The Baby Dance is a 1998 television production that should have garnered major awards. I don’t know how some of these fantastic films ever get ignored! Laura Dern stars as Wanda,… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, Why do we say “Bless You” after someone sneezes? Just Curious Dear Just Curious, Well I’m not an encyclopedia, but I am pretty good at hunting down stuff like this on this Internet and this is what I found. On the Urban Legends References pages at http://www.snopes2.com they state: The origin of saying,… Read more »

From My Perspective – Single Parenting

I’ve been a single parent for much of my adult life. It is a difficult road, and although there are a few compensations, they do not always outweigh the disadvantages. Being single, I can make my own choices without having to answer to a spouse. I can go where I please, when I please. But… Read more »


THIS WEEK: AU Tuition increases & news about funding at Athabasca University. Debbie Jabbour gives us the scoop on what’s changing, what’s not, and some insights into the future of AU A new AU Student profile on student Marilyn Oprisan, as well as her first fiction submission, Midnight Sun. FEDWATCH – A New Direction. Let… Read more »

AU Profiles – Student: Marilyn Oprisan

STUDENT: Marilyn Oprisan Marilyn, tell us a little about yourself: “?Oprisan’ is a Romanian name with a squiggly thingy under the “?s’. You pronounce it Oh-pree-shun (The whole word, not just the squiggly thingy). Tell us about where you live, and your family? I’m a Torontonian born and raised, married to a Romanian whence comes… Read more »

Fiction Feature – Midnight Sun

This week, The Voice is pleased to present another instalment of Student Fiction from new Voice contributor, Marilyn Oprisan. To learn more about Marilyn, read her bio in AU Profiles, this issue. The King’s Creek outpost was far enough north that in summer there was neither warmth nor darkness. The half-dozen Mounties stationed there were… Read more »

CD Reviews – Juno Awards Album; Hummers

The annual Juno awards take place on April 6, at 8:00 pm on CTV. To promote the event, EMI Canada has produced a CD called A Year of Great Canadian Music, which landed on my desk last week. I sat down to give it a listen and see if the title was deserved: Predictably, the… Read more »

Preventive Medicine

In the past, providers of health care were primarily concerned with diagnosing and treating existing diseases in patients. The quantity and quality of health professionals services were the primary determinants of patient’s health. Nowadays, this view has been reviewed and replaced by more comprehensive vision of health that places a focus on prevention. Evidence of… Read more »

Autism Treatment Revealed

Autism is a spectrum disorder containing many different “levels” that fall under an “umbrella.” Under the “umbrella” there are high functioning individuals who can talk and communicate their feelings and thoughts like familiar characters from movies such as “I Am Sam,” and “Rain Man.” However, the opposite extreme contains subjects who may never progress beyond… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »


For information on scholarships offered by the Athabasca University Students’ Union [AUSU], see: http://www.ausu.org/services/scholarships.php MATTINSON ENDOWMENT FUND SCHOLARSHIP FOR DISABLED STUDENTS Value: $2500 DEADLINE: JUNE 01, 2003 Administrator: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) Notes: Available to those in or entering in their first year of study and who have a general disability…. 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 »