Vol. 11 Iss. 46

Volume 11 Issue 46 - 11/12/2003

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK FASHION PHOTO FEATURE – BIRDS OF A DIFFERENT FEATHER – Sara Kinninmont’s Japanese adventure reveals the outrageous fashion scene of Harajuku station. HERE COMES THE RAIN AGAIN – Bill Pollett has plenty of rainy-day free time on his hands, but he puts it to good use crafting this informal dictionary of precipitation. Want… Read more »

FASHION PHOTO FEATURE – Birds of a Different Feather

Harajuku Station, and the area surrounding it, was once home to the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The area has morphed over the years to host competitions of an entirely different kind; it is now home to the teen Fashionistas of the city. Although there are no medals given out to these competitors, often the acknowledgement and… Read more »


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 »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – RateMyTeachers.ca for jr. and sr. high school students

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, or personal experiences with courses or university situations they feel other students should know about. University students have been taking advantage of RateMyProfessors.ca (http://www.ratemyprofessors.ca/)… Read more »

Primetime Update

Week of November 7, 2003 Missed your favorite shows? No problem. Primetime updated gives you the rundown. Friends Phoebe is asked by Mike to get rid of some of her stuff before he moves in. This includes a painting of a woman, who appears to be climbing out of the painting. Rachel and Monica fight… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Wonders Never Cease What a change an election makes. Once again I find myself in the unusual position of having to praise a provincial government’s actions on post-secondary education. The new provincial government of Ontario has provided a pleasant surprise for post-secondary students in that province. Specifically, they have announced (http://ogov.newswire.ca/ontario/GPOE/2003/11/07/c9889.html?lmatch=&lang=_e.html) an intention to freeze… Read more »

The Net Nerd’s Profiles

Are you a student with a disability who needs resources about university life and contact with other disabled students? Go to http://www.enablelink.org OK, I realize this site is not directly related to education, but there are some great educational links and support available to disabled students. Working on courses alone is often lonely and it… 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 »

Here Comes The Rain Again

It’s Saturday afternoon and we’re sitting in our living room eating left-over noodles from leaky paper cartons and watching a videocassette of Charlie Chaplin’s The Gold Rush. It’s one of those November days when the rain comes horizontally at the windows and fills the house with the type of blue-green light that always puts me… Read more »

From My Perspective – Total Eclipse of the Moon

Tonight we had a treat in Edmonton, one that was shared with most of the country. Clear skies, and a rare sight of a total eclipse of the moon. This eclipse was also marked by a “red” moon, caused when earth’s atmosphere bends the sunlight into the earth’s shadow and onto the moon to create… Read more »

Remembrance Day 2003

Last year my Remembrance Day article was a book review on The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 by Author Alistair Horne (http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=229). This year I had planned on reading another of Horne’s works to review for the Voice readers, but I have not had time for extracurricular reading since beginning the law school term. Consequently,… Read more »

A Look at Canadian Sports this Month

The last half of November is going to be exciting for sports fans because in addition to the regular sports seasons, such as the NHL, there are going to be several national and world championship events taking place. The action will be starting this Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia where the 2003 World Weight Lifting… Read more »

Arts Student Won’t “Turnitin”

MONTREAL (CUP) — The first challenge to the use of the anti-plagiarism Web site Turnitin.com at McGill has been launched by Jesse Rosenfeld, who claims the site violates his rights as a student. Several weeks ago, Rosenfeld handed his first Economic Development assignment directly to Professor Sonia Laszlo, violating Laszlo’s requirement that the assignments be… Read more »

Announcing The NEADS Online Work System (NOWS)

OTTAWA, October 28, 2003 – The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is pleased to announce the launch of the NEADS Online Work System (NOWS). Are you a post-secondary student or recent graduate with a disability looking for work? If your answer is yes, you now have a new job web site at your… Read more »

News From AU – Contributed by The Insider

Alvin Finkel’s first 25 years When he contemplates his 25 years working with Athabasca University, two things bring Alvin Finkel particular pride. One is the Craig Cunningham Award for Teaching Excellence he took home in 1999. The other is the union work he’s done in that time that has “prevented a reasonable number of people… 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

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 »

Vote your way to better education funding…

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. Dear Ms Editor, In the past, I have written to my fellow students at AU about the importance of voting and the price of tuition. It should be known to students at… Read more »

Taking Notes: AU needs to review course!

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: Taking Notes: Eye on Education, November 5, 2003. http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/columndisplay.php?ART=2230 Just a quick comment. I’m very impressed with the description of a course [HUMN 285], but there is DEFINITELY a problem when… Read more »


Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. AUSU Legislative Committee needs volunteers with a good sense of right and wrong who are able to understand policy documents, extrapolate to predict outcome of policy decisions, and are willing to have their ideas heard and debated, but most importantly, are willing to get… Read more »


Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. Red Deer Athabasca University students meet at the Chapter’s Starbucks on the last Thursday of every month. From 8 pm to 9 pm, the goal is to share ideas that will help us all be successful AU students and collectively resolve our specific issues…. Read more »