Vol. 11 Iss. 33

Volume 11 Issue 33 - 08/13/2003

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK THREE NEW CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE! NIFTY FIFTY : MAYBE – The first contribution from Barbara Godin, celebrating the joys of being a mature student: A DAY IN THE PARK – Stacey Steele’s first article, a recollection of a perspective-changing afternoon during a class trip to Quebec: WORKING FOR THE RAILWAY- Wayne Benedict is… Read more »

The first ever Voice writing contest!

THE FIRST VOICE MAGAZINE WRITING CONTEST! $600 in scholarships to be awarded $300 each in the fiction and non-fiction categories Write for The Voice and win money for your education. The Voice is launching its very first writing contest, with categories for both fiction, and non fiction. Non-Fiction: In 1500 words or less, tell us… Read more »

Graduate Profiles

Sandra Moore spoke with Audrey and Wendy at AU convocation: AU GRADUATE PROFILE OF AUDREY COLEMAN LIVES IN: AB TRAVEL TIME TO ATHABASCA: 4 hours PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor Of Nursing YEARS IT TOOK TO COMPLETE: 12 years FAVORITE COURSE: Nursing Informatics and Mathematics LEAST FAVORITE COURSE: English FAVORITE TUTOR: Ms. Broad HIGHEST FINAL GRADE: 97… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Shoot Your Mouth Off The Government of Canada is beginning a consultation process (http://www.cfc-ccaf.gc.ca/en/consultation/default.asp) on the new Firearms Program. So, if you have a yearning to tell the government just what you think should be done about firearms, this would be the opportunity. The consultation covers everything from gun shows and firearm import/export laws to… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Ghost World

Do you ever get into watching those funny little films you just know are never going to have the big names? Sometimes called “art house,” these little gems have actors that you recognize, but aren’t multi-million-bucks-a-role actors. Instead, these films have wonderful character actors like Steve Buscemi, who plays Seymour in Ghost World. This is… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, After a hard day of studying and surviving the heat outside, all I want to do is sit on the couch and veg to watch a good show. Problem is, all that’s on TV lately is reruns. Any suggestions for some good summer movie rentals? B. from Alberta Dear B., I think I’ve… 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 »

Nifty Fifty … Maybe

As I reluctantly approached my fiftieth birthday I wondered if turning fifty would really be as traumatic as I had heard. Fifty certainly did not feel or look like it did when I was thirty and looking ahead. However, the gray hair was real, as was the soft jaw line, among other things. Furthermore, I… Read more »

A Day In The Park

Sometimes an event happens in your youth and you don’t know quite what to make of it until you’ve reached a certain level of hindsight and maturity. Or your view of the event changes through different eras of your life. Eleven years ago I was part of a conversation that only lasted around 45 minutes… Read more »

The Voice Fiction Feature – Poetry

The Oblivion The moon was an orange globe as it sailed its burden of clouds over the spearhead silhouettes of treetops as it followed us along this ribbon of pavement that divides fields into patchwork (the road we travel being a thread in the oblivion of open pastures) In the warmth of the speeding car… Read more »

Working for the Railway

I began my railway career in April 1988 when I hired onto CP Rail in Cranbrook, BC as a trainperson (termed trainman in those days). I worked for CP Rail as a trainperson/yard-person for several years until qualifying as a conductor/yard-foreman in January 1992. In May 1993 I was offered a position as trainperson at… Read more »

From My Perspective – Festivals and Commercialization in Edmonton

Edmonton bills itself as “festival city”, and rightly so. Of our numerous summer festivals, the main ones are: Klondike Days, Jazz Festival, Heritage Days, Fringe Festival and the Folk Festival, but there are many other smaller ones such as the Cariwest, Bluesfest, Taste of Edmonton, International Film Festival, Street Performers, and the Blueberry Bluegrass &… Read more »

The first ever Voice writing contest!

THE FIRST VOICE MAGAZINE WRITING CONTEST! $600 in scholarships to be awarded $300 each in the fiction and non-fiction categories Write for The Voice and win money for your education. The Voice is launching its very first writing contest, with categories for both fiction, and non fiction. Non-Fiction: In 1500 words or less, tell us… 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 www.ausu.org Athabasca University Awards and Scholarship Information The Office of the Registrar would like to advise students of pending deadlines for scholarships and awards: Award Name: Syncrude Aboriginal Scholarship (http://www.athabascau.ca/html/depts/registry/studawrd.htm#sast) Value: $2,500 Program: Various – see website Basic Criteria: 1st year… 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 »

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 »

Events

Linda McQuaig on “Value versus Values” September 6, 2003 (Free admission) 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. in the Muttart Hall @ Grant MacEwan College’s Alberta College Campus 10050 – MacDonald Drive – Infoline: 497-5616 On September 6, Grant MacEwan will proudly host The 2nd Annual Muttart Foundation Lecture. This year’s address by Linda McQuaig, noted journalist,… Read more »

Quote of the Week

Have you ever observed that we pay much more attention to a wise passage when it is quoted than when we read it in the original author? Philip G. Hamerton, “The Intellectual Life” We love to hear from you. Send your letters to voice@ausu.org. Make sure to indicate if we may print your letter.

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