Vol. 11 Iss. 28

Volume 11 Issue 28 - 09/07/2003

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK EDUCATION – From Communism To Free Enterprise – New Voice writer, Jana Thurova, talks about how education has changed in Slovakia with the fall of communism, and how North American education compares. GRADUATION – What Comes Next? – Debbie Jabbour learns that earning a degree is only half the battle. BRYON PAEGE MEMORIAL… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, On the heels of the success of J.K. Rowling’s popular children’s book series “Harry Potter” I have become determined to write a children’s book. How do you get started in this field? P.M in Windsor, Ontario Dear P.M, First and foremost when it comes to writing children’s books you need a vivid imagination,… Read more »

AU Graduate Profiles

Sandra Moore spoke with Vicki Irvine and Sylvia Pedrazzini at Convocation: Authors Note: One thing I noticed as I conducted these interviews at AU’s 2003 convocation was everyone’s reluctance to admit to the amount of time it took to complete their degree at AU. Out of all the interviews I conducted, I only spoke to… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Which Lie Did I Tell

This William Goldman book starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. The two-time Oscar winning screenwriter has scripted such memorable films as: The Princess Bride, Marathon Man Magic, The Great Waldo Pepper, The Stepford Wives, All the President’s Men, and A Bridge Too Far. Those films were written during his “hot streak” between 1973… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Post-Secondary Delays Statistics Canada has recently released a report (http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030704/d030704a.htm) on a study done of 20 year-olds and their attendance (or not) of post-secondary education. The study shows that there are a number of factors that can be used to predict if people graduating from high-school will not go on immediately to post-secondary education. The… Read more »

Food Bank Use Increasing A Year After B.C. Welfare Cutbacks

By Kevin Groves, Canadian University Press VANCOUVER (CUP) –A little more than a year after the B.C. provincial government overhauled their welfare system, food bank workers say they are struggling to cope with thousands more people lining up to put dinner on their tables. It’s a disturbing trend that reflects a lack of public awareness… Read more »

Education – From Communism To Free Enterprise

I have claimed for many years that there’s no better way to succeed in learning or teaching a foreign language, than to visit foreign countries and live abroad for a while. The best way to learn, is to live in a country where the language in question is the native one. And now, I have… Read more »

Olympic Win Gets Mixed Reaction

By Stephen Thomson, The Peak VANCOUVER — There was celebration in the streets after the International Olympic Committee announced the site of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. After two rounds of voting last Wednesday, Vancouver narrowly edged out Pyeongchang, South Korea 56 to 53. As soon as IOC president Jacques Rogge revealed the… Read more »

From My Perspective – Graduation – What Comes Next?

For most of us who are working on a degree at AU, our motivations combine several elements. Personal development and challenge are important, of course, and many of us are trying to set good examples for our children by placing a high value on university education. But practical reasons are generally primary. We want a… Read more »

White-Collar Crime, From Enron to Martha

“The ceo’s of Enron and Worldcom are Al Capones, while Martha is Oliver Twist,” according to Cynthia Tucker, editorial page editor of The Atlanta journal-Constitution (Thottam, 2003). These words are little comfort to already battered and betrayed share holders of big names like Enron, Worldcom and now Imclone. White collar crime (http://www.law.cornell.edu/topics/white_collar.html) is a crime… 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 »

Byron Paege Memorial Award Winner Announced – CUPE Press Release

CUPE 3911 is very pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2003 Bryon Paege Memorial Award is Joy Yi Zhou-Krys. Joy’s self-nomination is very strongly supported by references from her tutor, Louise Fournet, and from Tamra Ross Low, Editor in Chief of the AUSU “The Voice”. Joy is originally from China, where she had… Read more »

News From AU – Contributed by The Insider

AU takes time to pat staff on the back It was a Friday afternoon last fall, when Athabasca University senior accountant Herb Hetze received a panicked phone call from a rather destitute AU student, asking whether her expected refund could be expedited. A sympathetic Hetze arranged for a bank transfer to be made, only to… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Student’s Union, see the AUSU website at www.ausu.org SHOPPERS DRUG MART SCHOLARSHIP Value: n/s DEADLINE: n/s Administrator: National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation Notes: Awarded to aboriginal post-secondary students who require assistance in order to complete their education in any field and level of study. Contact Information: National Aboriginal Achievement… Read more »

Conference Connections

Contributed by The Insider 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 & 4, 2003 – Edmonton, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Details to follow. OTHER CONFERENCES CAPDHHE [Canadian Association for the Prevention of… 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 »

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 »

Thanks to AUSU and advice for students..

We love to hear from you! Send your letters to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter in the Voice. I would just like to take this opportunity to thank the AUSU for hosting both the breakfast and the luncheon at last month’s graduation ceremonies. The efforts of all involved were very… Read more »

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 »