Vol. 11 Iss. 39

Volume 11 Issue 39 - 09/24/2003

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK YOU DON’T WANT TO WIN $300? There are just three weeks left to enter for the first Voice writing contest. Responses to the non-fiction category have been weak, which is surprising, since so many of you have opinions on how AU could be better run. C’mon, how hard can it be? Just tell… 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 »

NEW COLUMN – Primetime Update

Week of September 19, 2003 Missed your favorite shows? No problem. Primetime updated gives you the rundown on what happened on TV this week, including the much anticipated Survivor: Pearl Islands premiere. Survivor: Pearl Islands SEASON PREMIERE Thursday night brought us the 7th rendition of this castaway adventure in a new setting, with new competitors,… Read more »

Sounding Off – More provincial quirks

Here is another submission to our list of provincial quirks (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=1994), which began with Wayne Benedict’s article two weeks ago. Anyone who has a list of their own to contribute can send it to voice@ausu.org Saskatchewan vs Ontario I lived in Regina, Saskatchewan, for 14 years. Now I am back in Ontario. Here are some… Read more »

AUSU This Month

Special Bylaw AGM to be held October 15 1800 MST. For details go to: http://www.ausu.org. AUSU IN PERSON DISCUSSION GROUPS Getting together physically with fellow AU students adds to your university experience. Other students will be able to understand and relate to the joys and frustrations of distance learning. It’s also a way to stay… Read more »

The Net Nerd’s Profiles

Need Study Resources and Term Paper Help? Try… http://www.support4learning.org If you have question about your career or education future, this is the site to visit. It has a comprehensive, if somewhat intimidating, amount of information. The resources are divided into eight categories: Careers, community, counseling, education, health, jobsearch, money and reference. It is a very… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Book Review: East of Eden

East of Eden is my first review of an Oprah Book Club selection, and I’ve only read one other book she chose. Most of them seem to be overloaded with description and that leaves me in “word shock.” Glancing through some of her other selected books, I found it took an hour to digest a… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I’m a first time parent going through the horrible threes! I’ve always heard the expression “terrible twos” but when my daughter was two everything was great. Since turning three, however, she has become a constant state of irritation for me. I don’t seem to cut her sandwiches the right way and I always… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

More Buildings in Manitoba The Manitoba Provincial Government is pleased to announce (http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2003/09/2003-09-19-03.html) the opening of a new Health Studies Complex at Brandon University. Costing the government five million dollars, this building will house multiple programs including the bachelor of nursing program which is being transferred from the University of Manitoba, a psychiatric nursing program,… Read more »


If all goes according to my plan (but really, why should it?) by June of the year of our Lord, 2007, I will have completed my master’s degree in literature. This will be the fulfillment of a promise made to myself many years ago (whilst drunk on Peach Schnapps in an abandoned church on the… Read more »

Five good reasons to quit smoking

Most smokers are sick and tired of everyone telling them to quit smoking. I know this because I was a smoker for eight years, and all of my friends and family were smokers as well. We cursed the government every time the taxes were raised and smoking was banned in yet another city. My eyes… Read more »

Do you own your body parts?

Suppose your physician diagnosed you with a disease, let’s say leukemia, and recommended, among other treatments, that your enlarged spleen should be removed to prolong your life. He asks you to sign a consent form, which you do, and he performs the operation, removing your body part. For seven more years, at your physician’s direction… Read more »

The Voice Fiction Feature – Poems by…

In the Arms of Dionysus I sat on the rock wall my eyes stinging from the salt in the air the Aegean showing off below me Demonstrating its force throwing itself against the rocks for any or all who cared to see Like most things of great beauty the showy display is seen as stunning… Read more »

News From AU – Contributed by The Insider

AU’s summer in review … It’s hard to believe it’s over, isn’t it? Already the sun is setting far earlier than seems right, and a much cooler breeze is nipping at the bare ankles of those die-hards who aren’t ready to admit that winter is coming. For some in the AU community, this summer was… 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 AU’s The Insider On-line Learning – Sept. 22-24 – Los Angeles, Los Angeles Convention Center Details: http://www.onlinelearningconference.com/ The 10th Cambridge International Conference on Open and Distance Education – “The Future of Open and Distance Education” – September 23-26 – Madingley, Cambridge, England. Details: http://www2.open.ac.uk/r06/conference/conference.htm E-COMM-LINE 2003 Fourth European Conference on E-Learning – “E-Business/E-Commerce/E-Work/E-Health/E-Banking/E-Democracy/E-Government/BB… Read more »

Quote of the Week

We love to hear from you! Send your letters to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter in the Voice. Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors. Francois de La Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680)

Edmonton Coffee Group – Join us for our next meeting

Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. EDMONTON COFFEE GROUP: 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… Read more »