Vol. 11 Iss. 27

Volume 11 Issue 27 - 07/03/2003

Editorial Pages

HAPPY CANADA DAY! This week: 2 New Graduate Profiles Sounding Off – I asked for your opinions on the legalization of gay marriages, and you had plenty to say! Nature Notes – Nothing says spring like butterflies: And much more: Congratulations Canada, on turning 136! July 1st marks another Canadian birthday, and the end of… Read more »

Sounding Off

Last week I asked students to comment on the legalization of gay marriages. You had plenty to say! I think that this is a wonderful thing. Why should only straight people enjoy such things as prenuptial agreements, lawyers, divorce, property settlement, custody fights, alimony and such. On the serious side, however, there are so many… Read more »

AU Graduate Profiles

Sandra Moore spoke with Daris Ruest and Mary Marguerite Butler at Convocation: AU GRADUATE PROFILE OF DARIS RUEST AGE: 34 LIVES IN: Hinton, AB TRAVEL TIME TO ATHABASCA: 5 hours PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor Of Nursing YEARS IT TOOK TO COMPLETE: 10 FAVORITE COURSE: Nursing Informatics LEAST FAVORITE COURSE: Nursing Research FAVORITE TUTOR: Liz Broad HIGHEST… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Movie Review: The Dinner Game

I’m a bit embarrassed not to have heard of this film masterpiece from France. I admit it. But I’m awfully glad I caught up! Written and Directed by Francis Veber, The Dinner Game, is a hilarious comedy of errors. It popped on Bravo TV’s screen recently and I found myself immediately disgusted seeing English subtitles…. Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Private Schooling – Public Funding The Ontario government is celebrating (http://ogov.newswire.ca/ontario/GPOE/2003/06/25/c7408.html?lmatch=&lang=_e.html) how it has managed to simultaneously rob its public education system and at the same time please many parents. A recent press release reminds Ontarians about how their provincial government passed legislation that allows parents to receive a tax-credit based on the tuition they… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, Why do some people’s joints hurt when the weather changes? Achy in Ontario Dear Achy, It always amazed me as a young child that my grandmother knew just when it was going to rain. If I wanted to go for a bike ride on a sunny day she would holler after me to… Read more »

From My Perspective – A Tribute To My Piano Teacher

It was with great sadness I read an obituary notice the other day to discover that Thelma Johannes O’Neill had passed away, one day short of her 88th birthday. Her obituary states that Mrs. O’Neill was “dedicated to motivating and encouraging her students to search for the highest musical expression.” I can testify to the… Read more »

NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY. June 21, 2003. Notes from A Special Insider

The following is an overview of the contents of Athabasca University’s National Aboriginal Day special edition of The Insider, as well as a portion of a press release from The University of the Arctic, of which AU is a member. See: http://www.athabascau.ca/insider/2003/June20-03.htm to read the entire issue of the special edition insider. In Memoriam “This… Read more »

News From AU – Contributed by The Insider

AU graduate appointed to COC Christian Farstad, financial officer, chartered financial analyst and AU graduate, has been named Director, Athletic Relations for the Canadian Olympic Committee. Read more here. AU Profs Get Piece of Funding Pie AU’s Drs. Oscar Lin and Peter Holt have each been named to receive some of $325 million in new… Read more »

Free AUSU Student Gift Packs!

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… Read more »

AUSU Committees Seeking Members

AUSU COMMITTEES SEEK MEMBERS AUSU Committees are looking for student members who can volunteer just a few hours a month to answer email or attend teleconferences. Anyone who wants to become more involved with AUSU Student Council can gain great experience and insight through committee work. The External Committee, chaired by Shirley Barg, needs representatives… Read more »

Conference Connections

Contributed by The Insider IASTED – “International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology” – June 30 – July 2, 2003 – Rhodes, Greece. Details:http://www.iasted.org/conferences/2003/greece/cate.htm Distance Teaching & Learning Conference: – 19th annual -“Working Smarter – Building on Success” – Aug. 13-15, 2003 – Madison, Wisconsin. Details: http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference AU Learning Services Conference – October 3 &… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Student’s Union, see the AUSU website at http://www.ausu.org FELLOWSHIPS FOR FULL-TIME STUDIES IN FRENCH (300) Value: $1000 DEADLINE: November 15, 2003 Administrator: Alberta Scholarship Programs Notes: Applicants must be plan to enrol full-time in a post-secondary program of at least one semester in length. At least three courses… Read more »

ISFIR – International Student Festival In Rome

ISFIR | 2003 International Student Festival in Rome ISFiR- the International Student Festival in Rome takes place from July 16 to July 25, 2003. “With about 450 participants aged 18 to 50 from 90-100 different countries, ISFiR is the largest thematic student festival in the world. This year’s theme is ‘Challenging Attitudes,’ and to make… Read more »

Letters to the Editor

We love to hear from you. Send your letters to: voice@ausu.org Quote of the Week Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction. — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

CLASSIFIEDS: AUSU Committees Seeking Members

AUSU COMMITTEES SEEK MEMBERS AUSU Committees are looking for student members who can volunteer just a few hours a month to answer email or attend teleconferences. Anyone who wants to become more involved with AUSU Student Council can gain great experience and insight through committee work. The External Committee, chaired by Shirley Barg, needs representatives… Read more »