Vol. 11 Iss. 31

Volume 11 Issue 31 - 07/30/2003

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK FICTION FEATURE: Poetry from new fiction contributor, Sara Kinninmont: TEENS’ CARS: Sacrificing the glory of the ride for academic pursuits: MUSIC REVIEW: Harem by Sarah Brightman SOUNDING OFF: AU’s request to be removed from the tuition cap Hot weather blues: Author Ray Bradbury, in his classic Touched With Fire, argued that 92 degrees… Read more »

Sounding Off

This week, AU students Sound Off on AU’s request to be removed from the Alberta Government’s tuition cap. The Voice will continue to offer coverage on this controversial subject as more becomes known. AU has not released a statement on their position so far. If you have a comment on this subject, send it to… Read more »

AU Graduate Profiles

Sandra Moore spoke with JACQUELINE ROCHELEAU at convocation: AGE: 45 LIVES IN: B.C. TRAVEL TIME TO ATHABASCA: 16 Hours PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor of Nursing YEARS IT TOOK TO COMPLETE: 6 FAVORITE COURSE: Senior focus – palliative care LEAST FAVORITE COURSE: STATS FAVORITE TUTOR: Many were very helpful, singling one out would be tough. HIGHEST FINAL… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Newfoundland Studies Post-Secondary The provincial government of Newfoundland has announced (http://www.gov.nf.ca/releases/2003/youth/0722n01.htm) almost $74,000 in funding for a feasibility study on whether postsecondary education needs to be expanded within the province. The studies to assess various needs of the region including educational, cultural, social, and developmental ones. The study is also supposed to come up with… Read more »

Flicks & Folios

Who could imagine the original film Alien would be such a hit? Or that its sequel Aliens would kick butt a second time – and who could stay awake during Alien 3:what a snooze. I thought the series was going to be another Jaws situation when Alien Resurrection came out. I was wrong. The fourth… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, As a new student I’d like to know more about the actual university. Where is it located, how many people work there, what is the community like, etc: I just want to be able to “picture” it better in my head. Thanks Rookie Student in Ontario Dear Rookie, Every year at convocation the… Read more »

Teens’ Cars

Can you remember your first car? Mine was a 1968 Pontiac Grand Parisian. I was the proudest sixteen year old in Vancouver when my father bought it for me. I tried to spiffy it up however I could on a shoe-string budget and it was great until I totaled it in an unfortunate accident (see… Read more »

The Voice Fiction Feature – Poetry …

Send your submissions to voice@ausu.org Poems by Sara Kinninmont THE SAME PLAID SHEETS tracing the lines of his Celtic tattoo her fingertip following the lines- intricate lines of unknown meaning to her their limbs entwined heavy with lethargy she licks his shoulder holding the salty taste on her tongue questions and chatter threatening to steal… Read more »

Review: Harem, Sarah Brightman, EMI Records

Called “The Angel of Music” by some, Sarah Brightman has a voice like an impressive instrument. But even the best instruments can be put to the wrong use. I have always found that Ms. Brightman’s albums are uneven in this regard; some of the songs will be exquisite and others will leave you wondering why… Read more »

Survey On Student Barriers To E-Learning

This survey seeks to determine student attitudes toward taking courses online. AU currently offers several online courses, although most are still delivered through the use of print materials. Whether you have taken an online course or not, your input on this important survey is valuable. This survey is a project of UMBC in Maryland. This… Read more »

Edmonton Skydive Center – First Jump Course Training

Instructor Assisted First Jump training is a traditional approach for most first-time skydivers. During a 5 to 6 hour ground training program, your Canadian Sport Parachute Association certified instructors will train you in areas of your skydive including equipment and parachute, aircraft procedures, exiting the aircraft, the skydive, canopy control and landing. You will learn… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Students’ Union, see the AUSU website at http://www.ausu.org ALBERTA WOMEN’S SECRETARIAT ‘PERSONS CASE’ SCHOLARSHIP Value: $1000 DEADLINE: September 30, 2002 Administrator: Grant MacEwan College Notes: Must be a full-time student and a resident of Alberta for three years immediately prior to enrolment. Students whose studies will ultimately contribute… Read more »

Edmonton Events

EDMONTON EVENTS To list an event in any Canadian city in the Voice, contact voice@ausu.org. EDMONTON PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALES! Fringe Book Sale, August 15 – 24 Noon to 10 p.m. daily (except Sun 24th, noon to 6 p.m.) Adult paperbacks / Children’s books! 20th Anniversary Fall Parkade Book Sale Two weekends: September 13/14 and… Read more »

AUSU This Month

CHAT WITH AUSU ONLINE Apologies to those students who tried to attend the Sunday, July 20th chat time. AUSU was experiencing server problems and the councillors were unable to get into the chat room. If you have a question for AUSU, or would like to get to know your council, drop by the chat-room [accessible… 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 »

Quote of the week…

Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain – and most fools do. — Dale Carnegie We love to hear from you. Send your comments, questions, and heaps of praise to voice@ausu.org. We’ll print your letter even if you don’t like us, though you won’t make our Christmas list… If you have a lot to say,… Read more »