Vol. 11 Iss. 36

Volume 11 Issue 36 - 09/03/2003

Editorial Pages

HAVE YOU SUBSCRIBED? Subscribe to The Voice and you will receive an email each week when the new issue is published. Just visit this link: http://www.ausu.org/voice/subscribe/subform.php and enter your email address. It’s that simple. If you change your mind later on, it’s just as easy to unsubscribe. THIS WEEK A HOLE IN THE HEART: Sara… Read more »

A Hole In The Heart

A few months ago, I found myself, quite unexpectedly, planning my first trip to New York City. For weeks, I pored over travel guides, and checked out websites, all in an effort to compile a must-see list for myself. With only four days in the city, I wanted to make sure I was organised. I… Read more »

Nature Notes – From the Backyard to the Biosphere. Ode to Wapato

Somehow, again, we’re heading towards the end of summer. The long, light-hearted days are already shortening and the lakes and ponds will soon begin to cool. We’re heading back into fall’s months of busyness when we just don’t have time for those hour-long swims, for noticing each quarter degree change in the water’s temperature. I… Read more »

AUSU This Month

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO STUDENTS: AUSU Council currently has three positions open, that we are seeking to fill for the final six months of the current term. In accordance with our bylaws and policies, Council can appoint students to fill these positions by a majority vote. Any interested student is invited to submit an application to… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Why Funding Is Important Sometimes in all the talk about provincial funding of post-secondary education, it becomes difficult to remember exactly why it is so important. Yes, we all know that the universities are having difficulties providing all the services they would like to, and sure we know that students have a hard time affording… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’ve been job hunting for a part-time job to pay for my courses and I wonder if you could tell me what companies are looking for when they say they require “basic” computer skills? I can type and surf the net, is that what they mean? Perplexed in Calgary Dear Perplexed, I think… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Cosmos: War of the planets

Oh dear what did I stumble onto? In case you are wondering this isn’t the film with sex kitten Mamie Van Doren”?that film came out in 1980. This is a dreadful 1978 film made by Italian film director Alfonso Brescia (aka Al Bradly). It stars a lot of people you’ve never heard of and don’t… 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 »

SUDS Conference July , 2003 – Part 2

As noted last week (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=1857) in my first report on the Student Union Development Symposium (SUDS), the conference sessions were relatively short, most of them being panel discussions, where information was shared by SU executives about what was happening in their province, and the types of things that worked for them when lobbying. They were… Read more »

Canadian Olympic-training Regatta, Kingston (CORK)

The Kingston Olympic Harbour (left) was barely visible on the first day of the Canadian Olympic-training Regatta, Kingston (CORK). Hundreds of sailboats came from all over the world to sail in series one, which took place from August 16-20. The classes of boats in series one included Laser’s, Laser Radial’s, Laser 2’s, Bytes, 29er’s, 470’s,… Read more »

The Day the City Lived

Day 1- August 14, 2003 I looked out of my apartment window during the late afternoon. Cars were lined bumper to bumper driving north on Yonge Street. From a distance, I could hear the fire engines wailing. An ambulance was parked across the street in front of a building. Was it a traffic accident? Pedestrians… Read more »

The $3.50 Pencil Challenge

Yesterday was a balmy 17 degrees here in Southern Alberta. After three months of shorts, capris and anything cool it was time to scour the closet for a pair of jeans. I admit to a little vain streak when it comes to my jeans, although I don’t have what some call a “wrangler butt”, I… Read more »

From My Perspective – Dog Attack!

In recent weeks several children have been brutally attacked by dogs in Edmonton. The most recent is a toddler who was initially expected not to survive – but after a week in a coma, has opened his eyes. He has some 600 stitches criss-crossing his tiny head and face, a horrific testimony to what this… Read more »

The Voice Fiction Feature – Poems

lemonade in these dark and troubled times I find myself anaesthetized by the sweet sting of memories that swarm and hum like honey bees sheet lightning and lemonade faces painted like b-movie braves frozen ponds and midnight drives haunted woods and endless skies fireflies in the dead of summer running home before the thunder looking… Read more »

Health Studies: A Journey Through My Past

Like many other students, I intend to complete my studies and earn a degree. To accomplish that I am challenged to choose among many the art courses which represent my major. Because my major requires some science courses as well, I have recently decided to try one of them. Health studies has entered my everyday… Read more »

Wayne Benedict: The Harried Student

Three weeks ago I wrote an article about my departure from the railway industry entitled “Working for the Railway” (http://www.ausu.org/voice/search/searchdisplay.php?ART=1818). It ended with the statement that: “I hereby declare myself to be a fulltime Athabasca University student.” This week I am forced to recant my statement and once again declare myself to be a part-time… Read more »


The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU), is seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Executive Director. AUSU is a non-traditional students’ organization representing approximately 26,000 distance education students from across Canada and internationally. The AUSU office is based in downtown Edmonton, and under the guidance of a nine-member elected Council, provides… 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 »

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 »

Bravo to the Voice Editor for speaking out…

Bravo to the Voice Editor for speaking out on the sensitive issue of the relationship between a university and its students’ union (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/featuredisplay.php?ART=1854). It’s important to forge and maintain good working relationships between the two whenever possible. Those relationships, however, should not be what drives the actions of a students’ union. Building the relationship between… Read more »

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