Vol. 11 Iss. 34

Volume 11 Issue 34 - 08/20/2003

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK Three new Voice writers:. Bill Pollett, Rebecca Flan and Shannon Maguire join the Voice as writers this week. HOW TO CONDUCT A SUCCESSFUL SALON – Bill Pollett and his friends are reviving the tradition of the conversational salon: JUNK TV – Not everything on the tube is educational, but is that necessarily a… 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 »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Innovative Approach Benefits Students The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced (http://www.gov.nf.ca/releases/2003/youth/0811n02.htm) that over 1600 students have found summer employment under their Student Work and Services Program. While many provinces subsidize some sort of summer employment program for students, the approach of Newfoundland and Labrador is particularly interesting. Most employment programs work by… Read more »

AU Graduate Profiles

This column contains the last of our graduate profiles from Convocation 2003. Congratulations to all grads. Next week, 2 new alumni profiles. Sandra Moore caught up with Kilmeny, Murray and Shauna at convocation: AU GRADUATE PROFILE OF KILMENY PEDERSON AGE: 46 LIVES IN: Elbow, SK TRAVEL TIME TO ATHABASCA: 8 hours PROGRAM COMPLETED: Bachelor of… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, How can I get in contact with other AU student in my area (Calgary)? Lonely Calgarian Dear Lonely Calgarian, Unfortunately, the one downfall to studying at a distance is the isolation from other students, many of whom are scattered all across the country or even the globe. First, I’d suggest visiting the Athabasca… Read more »

AUSU This Month

SURVEY ON AU’s PROPOSED REMOVAL FROM THE TUITION CAP How do you feel about AU being removed from the tuition cap? Athabasca University, like other universities and colleges in the province, currently falls under Alberta’s tuition fee policy that enforces a ceiling on allowable tuition increases. AU has asked the Alberta government for exemption from… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Terminator 3

“OOOOOwwww, my ears! Turn that down!” That was my whiny comment upon my return to a film theatre after five years staying home. I am surely suffering hearing problems now. Thank heavens others have made the same general comment. The film that prompted our return to the theatre was the third installment in the Terminator… Read more »

How to Conduct a Successful Salon

Conversation is the essence of culture and civilization. Throughout the ages man has exchanged legends around paleolithic campfires and rumours across the backyard fence. We have made idle chit chat over cucumber sandwiches at the vicar’s garden party and debated the fate of nations in solemn parliamentary proceedings. We have whispered in church, bantered on… Read more »

Junk TV

Last week my father-in-law overheard me discussing a popular TV show. He briefly asked why I wasted time on such “junk TV”. I brushed off his comment, simply saying this was not junk TV and continued the conversation, explaining and laughing about the show’s contents. My father-in-law continued to listen and eventually asked again, more… Read more »

Lights Go Out in Ontario and North-Eastern United States

50 million people in Ontario and the north-eastern United States were shocked on Thursday August 14 when they simultaneously lost their power at 4:15 p.m. ET. Later on that night at 11 p.m. ET Premier Ernie Eves declared a state of emergency for Ontario (CBC – State of Emergency). While most people remained calm and… Read more »

The Voice Fiction Feature – Poetry

My feelings for you I don’t know how to put in words, The feelings that I have towards you All I know is that they are indeed very strong Because I know my heart could never go wrong Every time I try to express myself Something strange comes over me the words do not even… Read more »

From My Perspective – And then the lights went out!

About a week ago, Edmonton experienced a particularly violent storm, one that resulted in power failures, and our LRT (Light Rail Transit) being shut down for almost a day when an underground portion of the route flooded. My daughter was relaxing and watching television, and I was just finishing up some work on the computer… Read more »

Edmonton Events

To list events of interest to students taking place anywhere in Canada, contact voice@ausu.org A Tribute Banquet to Celebrate Outstanding Albertans Neil & Merry Reimer – Ivor & Aileen Dent Saturday September 13, 2003 @ The Polish Hall, 10960 – 104 St. Cocktails – 5:30 p.m. (cash bar) / Dinner – 6:30 p.m. (family style)… 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 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 Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education] – To be held in Calgary, October 29 – November 1, 2003. http://www.capdhhe.org/conference2/index.htm Teaching In A Digital… 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 »

re: J.R. Buhler’s Letter. Response from D. Abrioux

Response to J. R. Buhler’s letter by AU President Dominique Abrioux. Originally published in the Edmonton Journal on August 12, reprinted with permission of the author. While I am very sympathetic to concerns around the escalating cost of post-secondary education, J.R. Buhler’s letter (August 10) concerning Athabasca University’s position on the proposed Alberta Tuition Fee… Read more »

re: Dominique Abrioux’s letter – response from Debbie Jabbour

Response to D. Abrioux’s letter by AUSU President Debbie Jabbour. Originally published in the Edmonton Journal on August 14, reprinted with permission of the author. I would like to thank Athabasca University president Dr. Dominique Abrioux for the information he has provided in response to the letter from concerned AU student J.R. Buhler. While the… Read more »

Praise for new Voice writers

Dear Voice Editor, Last week’s Voice was really good! I especially enjoyed the article on turning 50; it’s nice to see a little humour, as well as the article on a day in the park. These little peeks into the lives of other AU students (which are superbly written), are interesting, entertaining and informative. Keep… Read more »

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