Vol. 11 Iss. 24

Volume 11 Issue 24 - 06/11/2003


Convocation is here! SUPPORT AU GRADS. Send your best wishes for our graduating class, to be published in the next Voice. I will also forward best wishes up to the AUSU office to be taken to convocation, if there is time. Let them know how proud of them we all are. The Voice would like… Read more »


We return to the continuing drama of Bill 43. In this episode, four students”?members of CAUS”?supported by two policy researchers and a note-taker ascend to the 11th floor of the downtown Edmonton offices of Alberta Learning. In their satchels, the CAUS emissaries carry important documents that outline the locations of dead ends, blind curves, and… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – The Accidental Spy

Well well well:I’ve found my favourite Jackie Chan film! Hilariously, his character Bei is a failed exercise equipment salesman. He becomes a spy by foiling a jewellery heist. This leads him to Liu, a private investigator who convinces Bei he is actually the long-lost son of a wealthy Korean businessman. He’s soon involved in an… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I have a serious problem that I hope you can help me with. I found out that my manager is doing some things at work that are not very ethical. Some of his misdeeds include misusing business funds (e.g. Takes his wife for dinner and his buddies for drinks claiming these personal outings… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Why Distance Education Matters As AU students, you’re all aware of the various reasons why good distance learning institutions are useful, if not vital to the education of Canadians. But now the federal government has statistics of its own (http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030604/d030604b.htm) to reference. Statistics Canada, following up on an earlier study about how distance affects post-secondary… Read more »

Urban-Rural Comfort

Luckily for me, while I was growing up my father was equally comfortable in the city and in the country. After separating from my mother, he and I (at age 4) settled in the suburbs of Vancouver BC, where I lived until my late teens. Of course, I was very accustomed to the hustle and… Read more »

Stem Cell Research – Exploiting Little Frankenstein’s Monsters, or a New Paradigm for Western Medicine?

“Rearchers [sic] at Dalhousie University are leading groundbreaking studies into stem cell treatment of Parkinson’s disease and stroke and into the ethics of using stem cells from human embryos for research and therapeutic purposes” says a June 5th press release from the university. This research, which seeks to utilize the regenerative properties of adult and… Read more »

Digital Madness – Copy Control Stupidity

They say you never have a second chance to make a first impression. This is advice that the recording industry would have done well to take as, until now, I had never really thought specifically about any one record label. Now I have, and the results are probably not what the label would like. What… Read more »

News From AU – Contributed by The Insider

Aurora research facility going on-line; asteroids feature topic at most recent Lunch ‘n Learn event Sir Isaac Newton, Connors told his Lunch ‘n Learn audience May 21, “Looked like a rock star – but was really ugly.” Despite appearances, the late scientist’s Laws of Motion formed an integral part of Connors’ research into “Earth’s Companion… Read more »

Free Stuff for AU Students from AUSU

Do you want a package filled with cool AUSU study related items? This year instead of sending out student planners AUSU has compiled a package filled with products to help you study (and in some cases play). We’ve also included in these packages the latest issue of REALM magazine, a magazine geared towards students entering… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Student’s Union, see the AUSU website at http://www.ausu.org. For scholarships available through Athabasca University, see the AU website at http://www.athabascau.ca. Many AU scholarships are awarded on an automatic consideration basis, but there are a few that you can apply for. ACCD EUDCATION FOR LIFE BURSARY Value: $500 DEADLINE:… Read more »

Conference Connections

Contributed by The Insider ICDE World Conference – 21st annual – June 1-5, 2003 – Hong Kong. POSTPONED INDEFINATELY Details: http://www.ouhk.edu.hk/hk2003/e_postpone.html CADE – June 7-11, 2003 – St. John’s, NF. Details: http://www.cade-aced2003.ca/ STLHE 2003 – June 11 – 14, 2003 – Vancouver, BC. Details: http://www.ubcconferences.com/events/stlhe/ “Women and Leadership in Higher Education: How Thick is the… Read more »


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