Vol. 11 Iss. 37

Volume 11 Issue 37 - 09/10/2003

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 BC VIS-Ã?-VIS SASKATCHEWAN- Wayne’s really started… 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 »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: The Innocents

This incredible film is a remarkable version of Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. The 1961 production is in inky black and white and is still one of the most effective ghost stories ever filmed. I’d never seen the film but I’m wild about Pamela Franklin’s work so I poked my nose in for… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Canada Student Loans – A Fading Hope The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) the organization that supervises and regulates all the banks in Canada, has released a report [in PDF format (http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/eng/office/actuarialreports/pdf/CSLP202_updated_exec_e.pdf) investigating the future of the Canada Student Loans Program. In short, as difficult as it is now, it looks as… Read more »

Dear Sandra – What is my AU degree worth?

Dear Sandra, One thing that I have always been conscious of was that my degree might not be on-par with other degrees that are taken at an actual campus. Sometimes I feel that an employer may see the correspondence degree as a less-than-par or a cereal -box degree and not give me the same chances…. Read more »

BC vis-à-vis Saskatchewan

It’s Sunday night again; deadline for me to submit my article to The Voice for this Wednesday’s publication. I prefer not to leave things to the last minute, but often I work best under pressure. That feature of my personality will come in handy, as I will no doubt be relying upon it heavily over… Read more »

SUDS Conference July, 2003

This article is part three in a report on the Student Union Development Symposium, held in British Columbia on the campus of UBC. To read the first two reports, see The Voice August 17 (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=1857) and September 3 (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=1973) issues. This report will conclude next week: The following morning, sessions began with a talk on… Read more »

From My Perspective – Irritations

During the last month I’ve been keeping a daily log book which details my mental and emotional state (for the reason why I’m keeping the log book, see next week’s Voice). This has been a very interesting and educational effort. However, I’ve noticed this past week that my level of irritability and anxiety has increased,… Read more »

Invisible Women

In Canada we are educated about racism. There are laws protecting minorities and Canada is a role-model in international human rights issues. We are a multicultural and sensitive society who believe in equal rights for all, fairness and understanding, right? Can you tell me who Eva Tasup, Calinda Waterhen, and Shelly Napope are? How about… Read more »

BC On Fire

We awoke to the valley filled with smoke again. Above this haze is a bright and beckoning blue sky. You can see it above the haze today, the smoke is hanging low. Other days you see it through holes in the smoke. On bad days, you don’t know what the weather would really be like,… Read more »

The Voice Fiction Feature – Poetry by…

Brief Encounter Cradled in my arms You struggle to be close. Joy fills my being As I look at your face. My heart swells with pride As you take your first step. I hold back the tears As you rush off to school. I feel overwhelmed As you accept your award. I squeeze to hang… Read more »

Internet Addicts

The internet has become so important and widely used in our society today that some people are beginning to spend extraordinarily large amounts of their time online. People are using the internet for activities such as school, work, games, banking, social interaction and much more. It seems that the internet is an amazing system capable… Read more »

Au President Receives Award In Versailles

This week Athabasca University will be recognized internationally through the achievements of President, Dominique Abrioux. In a ceremony in Versailles France, Dr. Abrioux will receive an honorary Doctor of The University award from the Senate of the Open University [UK] in recognition of his work in areas of special educational concern to the University. The… 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 »

Albertans are the highest earning graduates in the country; PEI in last place

This week Alberta Learning released a report which compared provincial tuition rates and the average salary of post-secondary graduates according to their province of residence. “The comparison shows post-secondary graduates earn more money over their lifetime, experience fewer and shorter periods of unemployment, and have improved health and overall life prospects compared to those with… 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 »

International Adult Learners’ Week, September 7-13, 2003

“Communities across Alberta are promoting lifelong learning during the second annual International Adult Learners’ Week, a worldwide event organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This year’s theme is a world of possibilities through learning. To celebrate, communities across Alberta have organized a variety of events to encourage adults to explore… 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 »

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 »

Quote of the Week

We love to hear from you. Send your letters to voice@ausu.org The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. — Carl Jung (1875 – 1961)

Edmonton coffee group – first meeting

Edmonton and Area AU students are holding their inaugural face-to-face get together and you’re invited. It will be a casual social mixer and a way to connect with fellow students. Meet other students in your program, make new friends, have a coffee, find study buddies and find out what’s going on at AU and the… 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 »