Vol. 11 Iss. 20

Volume 11 Issue 20 - 05/14/2003

Editorial Pages

THE VOICE: 1993 – 2003 10 YEARS AS YOUR STUDENT NEWSPAPER THIS WEEK The Voice introduces a new fiction writer, Carolyn Vaughan. Read part one of her dark tale about an overworked nurse kept too long on the night shift, then read more about Carolyn in AU Profiles. If you would like to be featured… Read more »

AU Profiles

Student: Carolyn Ann Vaughan Hi Carolyn. Thanks for volunteering for AU Profiles! Tell us about where you live, and your family: I currently live in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. It is about a two-hour drive from the major city of Halifax Nova Scotia. Incidentally, I am an eighth generation Vaughan in Nova Scotia, directly descended… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

The first time I saw this title mentioned on Shaw’s pay per view film list, the hubby and I had recently booked our cruise (see last week’s article). I was really interested in boning up on my Italian for the trip but I didn’t want to add any extra bills on to our already hefty… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Looking Back The Voice issue of spring 1994: The Alberta Government has announced it will eliminate 21 percent from Advanced Education Funding over three years. The then minister of Advanced Education and Career Development, Jack Ady, says that “I firmly believe, however, that efforts to control spending now will ensure that future generations of Albertans… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I just checked on the gradebook on-line and found out that I failed my final exam! What are my options now? How does a fail affect my degree? Thanks for the help. B. in Toronto Dear B. I can relate; I too have failed an exam. Nobody’s perfect and sometimes you can be… Read more »

AUSU’s 10th Anniversary AGM – What is it all about?

On May 24, 2003, AUSU will be hosting our 10th anniversary Annual General Meeting in Edmonton. We hope many students will be in attendance. So you may be wondering, what is an AGM and why is this one special? As an organization incorporated under Alberta’s Societies Act* we are required by law to have an… Read more »

Fiction Feature – The Transfer

Night shift 12:01, Friday, April 23 She plodded to the chart rack, reached for a tissue and wiped at the moisture collecting beneath the collar of her burgundy scrub jacket. Lightly she tapped the button of the ancient desk fan. The tired motor spiked instantly creating a soft whirring sound. Every night, shortly after midnight,… Read more »

Science, Chemistry, Research, and AU Students

As mentioned last week (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=1538), the WCUCC (Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry) conference was a wonderful opportunity for students to present their research to an audience of peers and academics. Each was given a short time to explain the process used, what they had discovered, and what the future goals of the research were. While most… Read more »

Great Deals for Those Who Visit Toronto

Air Canada has launched a web site called Canada Loves Toronto (http://www.canadalovestoronto.com/en/index.html), geared toward promoting tourism to the city by advertising deals for travelers. The web site includes listings of cheap flights to Toronto, hotel deals, car-rental deals, low-priced entertainment packages, restaurant packages and discounts on entrance admissions to many Toronto attractions. The subtitle of… Read more »


As a teen growing up in the suburbs of Vancouver in the late 1970s the only personal experiences that I had with tattoos were watching them drift by on the arm of overweight bikers or on the upper chests or ankles of women who appeared hard and aged beyond their years. Except for a short… Read more »

AU Student Essays Inspiring

In contrast to the students with poor writing skills there are a number of AU students who write very well and who demonstrate not just good critical thinking but considerable creativity. These students are often in our senior English courses. I have selected a number of their essays and posted them in the home pages… Read more »

International Nursing Day and Nursing Week in Canada

INTERNATIONAL NURSES’ DAY IS MONDAY MAY 12TH, THE ANNIVERSARY OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE’S BIRTH! This week is National Nursing Week in the United States, while next week is National Nursing Week in Canada. We take this opportunity to recognize and celebrate all that Nurses are and do for us each and every day. We say to… Read more »

2003 Bryon Paege Memorial Award – Call For Nominations

CUPE Local 3911 is currently accepting nominations for the 2002 Bryon Paege Memorial Award. This annual $450 award, sponsored by CUPE Local 3911, is presented at the end of June in each year to a recipient selected by the Bryon Paege Memorial Award Selection Committee from among those nominated. The election committee is composed of… Read more »

Edmonton Events

To suggest listings for events, conferences, or opportunities in your area, contact voice@ausu.org. GHOST ROCK MEN’S GATHERING August 20 – 24, 2003 – Info: 921-3980 The Ghost Rock Men’s Gathering is an event inspired by the ‘mythopoetic’ approach of Robert Bly for men dedicated to inner work. In a culture starving for the sacred, Ghost… Read more »

Capital Campaign: What’s Coming For Autism

If you live in Calgary you’ve likely heard or seen information posted by Society for Treatment of Autism: radio spots, brochures, posters on the sides of Calgary’s buses and bus stops, as well as all kinds of interviews and media coverage. This has been part of the communication objective that Society for Treatment of Autism… Read more »

Scholarships and Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Student’s Union, see the AUSU website at http://www.ausu.org. Also see the the Athabasca University website http://www.athabascau.ca for information on AU scholarships. KINSMEN AND KINETTES BURSARY, THE (VARIES) Value: $1000 DEADLINE: February 1, 2003 Administrator: Kinsmen & Kinette Clubs of Canada Notes: To be eligible you must be a… Read more »

Conference Connections

CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER Distance Education Technology Symposium (DETS-03) – sponsored by the Centre for Distance Education – May 15-17, 2003 – Edmonton, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Details: http://cde.athabascau.ca/DET/2003/ or contact Pat Fahy (patf@athabascau.ca). AMTEC (Association of Media & Technology in Education in Canada) – “E-convergence: Education, Media & Technology” – May 25-28, 2003,… Read more »

More advice on how to email your tutor…

Nimra brings up some excellent points that I’d like to build upon (Nimra’s letter can be found here: http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/letterdisplay.php?ART=1535). Tutors often teach more than one course, and if you’re a student in any of the AU Admin or Management programs, you’re likely sending your course questions and assignments to the Call Centre, which oversees many… Read more »

New student concerned about student funding

Dear Voice Editor, I was delighted to read the editorial in The Voice, Vol 11 Issue 19 (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/featuredisplay.php?ART=1517) re: student finances. It was informative and I hold strong feelings about this, being a grandmother and a brand new AU student (just today). I don’t even have the materials for my Course NURS 438 – I… Read more »


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