Vol. 11 Iss. 29

Volume 11 Issue 29 - 07/16/2003

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK RateMyProfessors.com – It’s quickly becoming the most talked about web site for students in the US in Canada. Find out what RateMyProfessors.com can do ease the peer-support drought afflicting distance education students. Good China – family heirlooms should be for the pleasure of the family. Review – Think Tank by Blur – Not… Read more »

Tutor Demands: Variations And Frustrations

I have been taking courses, off and on, through Athabasca University since 1996 and for the most part I love to learn through distance education. In fact, distance education is an old friend of mine. I experienced difficulties in high school due to my own lack of self-discipline and rebellious attitude toward authority figures”?teachers in… Read more »

AU Graduate Profiles

Here’s something a little bit different this week, a graduate student profile. Tony volunteered to be interviewed at the AU Alumni Reception on June 13th, 2003 after receiving his final AU degree, a Masters in Distance Education. PROFILE OF AU GRADUATE TONY RATCLIFFE BY SANDRA MOORE Age: 45 Resides in: Edmonton, Alberta Completed at AU… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – A Knight’s Tale

There have been some odd concepts for movies in the past but I am truly shocked at this one. Even more shocking – the unique concept worked for the most part. I haven’t been a huge Heath Ledger fan but I am a fan of Mark Addy (The Full Monty) who plays Roland. Heath (as… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Pensions over Post-Secondary You would think that in a province where privatization is a holy word, where the government seems to be doing as much as it can to remove as many things from their books in the name of “efficiency” and “simplification” as possible, where the Premier feels comfortable insulting people who are forced… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I would like to apply to some of the advertisements in newspapers and magazines advertising for stay at home workers but how do I know if they are legitimate ads or scam ads? Looking for Extra Cash in SK Dear Looking, Yes, those advertisements sound promising don’t they? I looked through a few… Read more »

Review: Think Tank, Blur, EMI Records

I have to admit I’m not terribly familiar with Blur’s work, really knowing them only for their two singles that charted in North America, the dance-pop “Girls and Boys” and the harder, anthemic “Song 2” (more commonly known as ‘the woo-hoo song’). Given these two tracks as background, I expected this album to be a… Read more »

From My Perspective – Good China

Do you have a dining cabinet where you keep all your good china? Or perhaps a kitchen cupboard that is designated as a special storage location? I think most of us do, based on a long tradition of keeping one set of dishes and glasses for everyday use by the family, and another for when… Read more »

AUSU This Month

CHAT WITH AUSU ONLINE If you have a question for AUSU, or would like to get to know your council, drop by the chat-room [accessible through the ‘Message Forums’ option on the AUSU home page http://www.ausu.org. You will need an AUSU web site account.] during one of our chat times and talk live with AUSU… Read more »

News From AU – Contributed by The Insider

Mystery Of The Rock Revealed Science Outreach – Athabasca has shed some light on the origins of a rock mounted on a concrete pedestal just east of Athabasca University’s headquarters. The large spherical rock has remained a sheltered and mysterious occupant on University grounds – until now. Recently, Science Outreach – Athabasca created and erected… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Student’s Union, see the AUSU website at http://www.ausu.org CIPS NATIONAL AWARDS OF ACHIEVEMENT Value: $1500/$2500 DEADLINE: n/s Administrator: Canadian Information Processing Society Notes: Awarded to students of Computer and Information Science, entering or in their second year of study. One $1500 scholarship available to an applicant from a… 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 »

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 »

Assignment Manuals on the Internet?

Athabasca University. The Voice. Dear Editor, Re: Assignment Manuals on the Internet I’d like to see the “Assignment Manuals” for all the AU courses on the Internet. A student can check out the specific assignment requirements, loan materials, and any other information relevant to the student’s needs. Most AU Assignment Manuals do arrive in the… Read more »