Vol. 11 Iss. 41

Volume 11 Issue 41 - 10/08/2003

Editorial Pages

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER VOICE WRITING CONTEST There is just one week left to get your entry in for the first Voice writing contest. Entries will be accepted up until midnight MST on October 15, 2003. Our judging panel – which so far contains two confirmed AU English tutors – will then take over, to… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – Stats Can Discovers Middle Class Education Gap

Statistics Canada has released a “new” study, which has revealed the “surprising” news that middle class families are being shut out from post secondary education. University participation among low income families increased due to the expansion of the student loans program, but rates among the middle class ($25,000 to $100,000) dropped. Why? The government is… Read more »

FINAL WEEK! – 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 »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I have fallen in love with a married man. Problem is, he keeps telling me he can’t leave his wife because of their children (ages 5 and 9). How can I convince him that I will be a good mother to his children and an excellent wife to him? Hopelessly in Love in… Read more »

Primetime Update

Week of October 3, 2003 Missed your favorite shows? No problem. Primetime updated gives you the rundown on what happened on TV this week. Friends Last week we left the show with Joey and Rachel sharing a “goodnight kiss” with Ross looking on from the doorway. This week’s episode centers on Ross’s inability to deal… Read more »

The Net Nerd’s Profiles

Wondering what’s going on in the Distance Ed world? Seek out http://ccism.pc.athabascau.ca/html/ccism/deresrce/de.htm This website is found within the dusty, dark corridors of the Athabasca University web site. If any of you are like me, navigating the AU website is a time consuming process, so for the next few columns I’ll be reviewing some of the… Read more »

AUSU This Month

Special Bylaw AGM to be held October 15 1800 MST. For details go to: http://www.ausu.org/agm/sgm.php. 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 »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Bollywood Hollywood

When I first saw this was a Canadian production I wondered if I was going to be looking at an “artsy” film with people staring out the window. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched films like that and felt annoyed at my fellow Canadians and their idea of film making. My how times… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Take A Hike It’s kind of a useless thing for AU students, but I thought you might like to know that today, October 8th, is International Walk to School Day (http://www.gnb.ca/cnb/news/edu/2003e0858ed.htm). Probably most of us would have trouble walking to AU for the day, but it might be a good day to put the books… Read more »

Family Heirloom Not For Sale – “Worth another Look”

This week, I inherited a family heirloom. Not silver or a tea service, but my grandmother’s cookbook, Meta Given’s Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking, Volume II, printed in 1949. To most people, a cookbook would not be as valuable as silver; to my mother and I, the book is priceless. My grandmother, Emma, loved to cook…. Read more »

Big Week in Canadian Sports

This week is very exciting for Canadian sports because of three events. First, the Canadian Women’s World Cup team has become the first Canadian soccer team to advance past the opening round of a World Cup. Second, the World Road Cycling Championships is being held in Canada for the second time in 29 years, and… Read more »

Cooking, Moving And Intimidation

I moved this fall into a new house – new to me at least. As you likely know, one of the many perks of being an Athabasca University student is the ability to move cities without changing schools. I have moved several times, twice to different cities, traveled Europe and done classes in at least… Read more »

Thanksgiving Day 2003

A few days ago I was sitting at my kitchen table working out my study schedule for the next few weeks. In planning for Monday October 13th I commented off-handedly about my classes. My wife looked at me oddly and said that I didn’t have any classes that day because of Thanksgiving. I told her… Read more »

From My Perspective – Pickles!

This fall I engaged in an activity I’ve neglected for the last few years. I made pickles! I had wanted to do it every time I went to the farmer’s market and saw the piles of small cucumbers and sheaves of dillweed, but just couldn’t seem to make the time. However, this one particular Saturday… Read more »

Fiction Feature – Poetry by…

left behind like the hockey jerseys and books long forgotten in your parents’ basement collecting dust a relic of a past life a memory a stepping stone onto bigger better newer me, not so much same old same old same old i know i’ve begun to fade from colour to grey to a vague memory… 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: Bursary Program for Indigenous Students Website: http://www.athabascau.ca/html/depts/registry/studawrd.htm#is Value: $varies Program: School of Business programs Basic… Read more »

Conference Connections

Contributed By AU’s The Insider ADETA Fall Workshop – “Keeping it Simple for the Learner” – October 1 – Olds, Alberta. Details: http://www.adeta.org/ AU Learning Services Conference – October 3 & 4, 2003 – Edmonton, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe. Details: http://intra.athabascau.ca/lso/LS.php?task=conference NAWeb 2003 – Ninth Annual Conference on Web-based Teaching and Learning – October 18-21… Read more »

AUSU Sports Club

AUSU SPORTS CLUB I am thinking about starting an Athabasca University sports club where students interested in sports can talk with each other, keep up to date on what is going on in the world of sports, learn new things about sports and possibly organize groups of students across the country to play sports. The… Read more »

Edmonton Coffee Group Meeting, October 8

EDMONTON COFFEE GROUP: Hello fellow Edmonton AU students! We will be holding our next coffee group at 7:30 PM on Wednesday October 8th at the (107th street 104th Ave) Tim Hortons. We hope to see you there! Contact rwagner@ausu.org for more information.