Vol. 11 Iss. 44

Volume 11 Issue 44 - 10/29/2003


This is the first Voice Annual Reader Survey in years! Your input is vital to help the Voice maintain relevance to its diverse audience, and it is also necessary in order to show that The Voice is read and enjoyed by AU students. At this time, we have no demographics on Voice readers. In order… Read more »

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK AND IF ANYONE OBJECTS TO THIS UNION: “Reform and PC, sitting in a tree:” The question is quickly moving from “Will they or won’t they” to “Who gets to wear the pants?” Trevor Siwak provides his perspective on how this right-wing tryst will alter the nature of the parties involved. Reformers beware! THE… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – McGill Student Files Grievance Over Plagiarism Policy

This column will focus on educational issues affecting post-secondary students. It will address a wide range of topics. Students are encouraged to submit suggestions and educational topics they are concerned about, along with any personal experiences with courses or university situations they feel other students should know about. A McGill student, Jesse Rosenfeld, has filed… Read more »

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, Does AU have mementos that students can purchase to remember their experience at AU? I’m completing my last course at the end of the month and I’d like a little something to remind me of my time here. Sincerely, J. from Calgary Dear J. Congratulations on completing your studies! Your greatest mementos will… Read more »

Primetime Update

Week of October 31, 2003 Amanda Lyn Baldwin Missed your favorite shows? No problem. Primetime updated gives you the rundown on what happened on TV this week. Due to circumstances beyond her control, Amanda was unable to do the Primetime Update column this week. Please use the following links to obtain information on these program,… Read more »

The Net Nerd’s Profiles

What in the hell does pi mean? You better rethink that math course or visit http://www.athabascau.ca/html/services/counselling/math Ah math, my old nemesis. Yes you beat me in grades 9, 10,12 and twice in 11, but I can take you now:I think. Excuse me while I talk to myself (love that Dr. Evil voice). Although I’m far… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Arrgh, me Mateys! So it seems yer Federal Government types ‘ave come up wi’ a new bill to keep the likes o’ you an’ me from piratin’ satellites (http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/insmt-gst.nsf/vwGeneratedInterE/sf01907e.html)! And I’m sure thar’s many a pirate out there who’ll be sorely disappointed by this new bill, as there warn’t nothin’ like sailin’ the sea o’… Read more »

AUSU This Month

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS The AUSU Legislative Committee is looking for active members who can help us create and change AUSU policy for the benefit of all our members. We need volunteers who have a good sense of right and wrong, who are able to understand policy documents, who can extrapolate well to predict… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Book Review: The Bible Code II

This book, if all points prove true, could easily be the scariest book ever written. Author Michael Drosnin is a hard-core journalist who proclaims he is not religious; therefore the bible should mean nothing to him on a spiritual level, and in fact Drosnin met with Dr. Eli Rips, the Bible Code’s discoverer, as a… Read more »

AU Profiles – Alumni Maggie Davidson

AU Alumni: Maggie Davidson Tell us about where you live: Spruce Grove, Alberta When did you graduate from AU, and what was your program? I graduated in June 2003, with a BA in Psychology Did you complete the program you started, or did your goals change as you progressed through your degree? I started out… Read more »

The Face You Deserve

‘Christopher Reeve and I have narrower heads, like deer’ VICTORIA (CUP) — Are my brown eyes set too widely across my face? Are my eyebrows, thick and black, too bushy? Is my nose too big, too crooked? These questions jostle inside my skull as I sit across from Kelly Ann Andrews one chill January morning…. Read more »

Uvic Students Plan Tuition Boycott

VICTORIA (CUP) — UVic students may be putting their bankbooks away next semester if the students’ society goes through with its plan to push a tuition fee boycott. Early this semester, the students’ society at Simon Fraser University initiated a tuition fee boycott as a protest against rising tuition fees in British Columbia. The students’… Read more »

Lectures & Events

On September 17, 2003 the Voice published an article written by me entitled “Conventional Vis-Ã?-Vis Distance University Education (http://www.ausu.org/voice/archives/articledisplay.php?ART=2015).” In it, I explored some of the differences between on-campus, class-based university education and distance university education from my personal student-perspective. I’d like to augment that article with some further insight procured after nearly two months… Read more »

From My Perspective – Making Mistakes

Something I’ve always tried to do in life is be ready to admit when I’ve made a mistake. This is not easy to do at times. Admitting a mistake can feel as if we are admitting a personal failing of some kind. All of us want to believe that we do the right thing, that… Read more »

BILL 43 AMENDMENTS FALL SHORT, Changes give little comfort to students

Edmonton, October 27, 2003 – The spirit of the proposed amendments to Bill 43, the Post-Secondary Learning Act fails to address students’ major concerns with the Bill. “A permanent framework to increase tuition above the 30% cap and above the pace of inflation still appears to be the government’s plan,” stated Shirley Barg, CAUS Chair…. Read more »

Conference Connections

CUTC 2004 (Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference) January 22 – 24, 2004 Delta Toronto East Hotel The Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference (CUTC) is about technology, innovative ideas, and the people who turn these ideas into reality. The Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference was started in 2000 by a few visionary students from the University of Waterloo, and… 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 »

Feedback: Course alert and AU doctoral program

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. RE: Debbie Jabbour’s Taking Notes Course Alert (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=2186) on PSYC 375; October 22, 2003. FEEDBACK: Heaps of thanks to Debbie’s column last week. I will note the heads up with SERIOUS thought… Read more »

Ottawa Coffee Group

OTTAWA COFFEE GROUP FOR AU STUDENTS 1:00 pm – Sunday, November 2 The Royal Oak – 318 Bank St. Ottawa Contact: tneuman@ausu.org for more information See you there!

Legislative Committee Call For Volunteers

Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS The AUSU Legislative Committee is looking for active members who can help us create and change AUSU policy for the benefit of all our members. We need volunteers who have a good sense of right and wrong, who are… Read more »