Vol. 11 Iss. 05

Volume 11 Issue 5 - 01/29/2003

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation:

One Who Gets It.. Federal Finance Minister John Manley was recently at a public meeting seeking comments into the development of the new federal budget. While there he had some harsh words to say (SEE: http://www.canada.com/edmonton/story.asp?id={28031263-CB78-4FB1-BB18-560F6AA8D032})about provinces that are under-funding their universities. He looked at Ireland, which until recently had a very depressed economy. However,… Read more »


Dear Sandra, At the beginning of the year, I made a New Year’s Resolution list. I was horrified to come across it yesterday in one of my notebooks because I haven’t even started to work on any of my resolutions yet. How do I motivate myself to stick with these resolutions? Unmotivated in Sherwood Park,… Read more »

A VOICE EXCLUSIVE SERIES – The Popstar Experience, Part one

For those who read last week’s notice, you are aware that one of my daughters, Amaya, is a finalist on the third season of “Popstars: The One” that began airing several weeks ago. Last Thursday she made her cross-Canada TV debut when Popstars featured auditions in Edmonton and Newfoundland. During the coming weeks I’ll be… Read more »


Approximately 430,000 people world-wide are estimated to participate in it, with tens of thousands of them doing it every day for at least three to four hours at a time. It’s become so important to advance at it, that people are willing to pay large sums of money to do so. It has become such… Read more »

The Romanow Report: Saskatchewan values.

by Rosalee Longmoore and Teresa Neuman Originally published in Briarpatch Magazine, February 2003. Reprinted with permission. Roy Romanow, head of the Commission on the Future of Medicare, tabled his long awaited report, Building on Values, The Future of Health Care in Canada, on November 28, 2002. The report offers 47 recommendations that could reform the… Read more »

Library 101 – Contributed by AU’s The Insider

Continuing the series of Things You Should Know About the Library, librarian Elaine Magusin shares additional Frequently Asked Questions: Q: I’m a new staff member at the university and would like to know how long the loan periods are on library materials. Are there overdue fines? A: Loan periods for staff are different than those… Read more »


CLASSIFIED SPACE: Students of AU may print classifieds in The Voice free of charge (maximum three per issue) as long as they are not representing a company or product. Classified ads must follow the direct guidelines and ethics stated in the Voice Policy and should be submitted to the editor at voice@ausu.org with “?CLASSIFIED AD’… Read more »

An Encounter With A Mass Murderer – Part 1

They called him Moïse: Moses in English. He looked the part, with his long, straggled, gray and ginger beard, piercing blue eyes, and shamanic poise. No one really knew what he was up to in my Aunt Marie’s old home – or was it Aunt Maude’s? I always forget. Marie and Maude – my great… Read more »

FROM MY SOAPBOX – The High Cost of Defense

Am I the only person who is getting tired of hearing how Canada has relinquished our defense of our own borders and should be thankful that the Americans are willing to do it for us? The most recent statement I have heard to this effect was from Tom D’Aquino, president of the Canadian Council of… Read more »

PROFILES – Student: Jacqueline Poier

Name: Jacqueline Poier What province and city/town do you live in? Didsbury, Alberta Do you have a family/ kids/ pets? Single mom, 2 girls, 3 & 5; 1 dog (black lab, very big) 3 cats and 2 fish What are your hobbies / interests/ activities/ etc. Skiing and reading. Criminology fascinates me, specifically serial killers… Read more »

B.C. universities take different approaches toward softening the blow of rising tuition.

School’s spending beyond their means says UBC official Published: Mon-13-Jan-2003 By Kevin Groves, British Columbia Bureau VANCOUVER (CUP) — At least one B.C. university made its leaders open to debate about tuition earlier this month as plans continue to add another 30 per cent increase onto B.C.’s post-secondary students this semester. In a recent public… Read more »

Addicted to the Palm

“Jack on Queen. Thirty times eighteen. I can beat the formula, I swear I can!” These aren’t mixed up comments I’ve overheard on the street. They’re my words as I’m playing with Santa’s gift to me. I got a PDA for HOHOHO time. For all you non-techies out there, that’s a Palm Pilot. I’m sad… Read more »


NEW COUNSELLING RESOURCE: HOW TO WRITE A TERM PAPER Julia Nielsen of AU’s Counselling Services Unit [CSU] has created a fantastic resource to help students prepare term papers, available at: http://www.athabascau.ca/html/services/counselling/writing/. The interactive slideshow website takes students step by step through the process of planning, researching, writing, editing and documenting a term paper. Also included… Read more »

Scholarship News

SYNCRUDE/AU ABORIGINAL SCHOLARSHIP Value: $2500 APPLICATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 31, 2003 Administrator: Athabasca University Donor: Syncrude Canada Ltd. # Available: Up to three (3) Announcement date: Late fall · Applicants must be Alberta residents of Aboriginal ancestry: Indian, Inuit, or Métis. · Preference to students entering first year of full-time studies; students in other years may… Read more »


ONLINE INTERNSHIP WITH NATIONAL MAGAZINE Position: volunteer editorial intern Location: various – job is fully online Duration: TBD REALM is a national Canadian magazine about life and work in your twenties and creating work you want. Located on every college and university campus across the country, REALM provides young Canadians with the tools they need… Read more »


. . COVERAGE FOR AU’S BAZAAR AU’s Bazaar receives major coverage in the latest issue of The Technology Source (SEE: http://ts.mivu.org/), thanks to an article by DEPTH (Distance Education Projects and Technological Help) team members. The teaser to tantalize readers says: “Good-quality online course management systems are not hard to find, but they can be… Read more »

News From AU – Conference Connections

CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER · CASE District VIII – March 8-11, 2003 – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho – “Connect in Coeur d’Alene.” Details: http://www.connectincda.com AMTEC (Association of Media & Technology in Education in Canada) -“E-convergence: Education, Media & Technology” – May 25-28, 2003, Montreal, Quebec. Call For Papers deadline is Dec. 15, 2002. Details: http://www.amtec.ca… Read more »

Are you an artist? AUSU Supports the arts!

AUSU is interested in purchasing original works of art from students for use in promotional purposes. These promotions may include: gifts from AUSU to graduates at convocation, tokens of appreciation for volunteers, special presentations, etc. The works of art must: -be created by an AU Student -be within a value range $0-$500. -be accessible or… Read more »

AUSU SPEAKS: January 19th Session – Provided By AUSU

News from the January 19, 2003 council meeting AUSU Council met on the evening of January 19th for a regularly scheduled council meeting. The main item of business for the evening was AUSU finance, and the annual audit for the 2002 financial year was reviewed and discussed. Following this, tentative plans were set for the… Read more »

NFB Film Club Edmonton – Free Screening of Canadian Documentaries

Upcoming free screening of Canadian documentaries – feature films co-sponsored with the Edmonton Public Library & CBC Radio One Showing @ the Milner Library Theatre downtown, 7 Churchill SQ. Time: 7-9 p.m. February 04: The Journey of Lesra Martin … Directed by Cheryl Foggo / Produced by Selwyn Jacob Lesra Martin was poor, illiterate and… Read more »


CLASSIFIED SPACE: Students of AU may print classifieds in The Voice free of charge (maximum three per issue) as long as they are not representing a company or product. Classified ads must follow the direct guidelines and ethics stated in the Voice Policy and should be submitted to the editor at voice@ausu.org with “?CLASSIFIED AD’… Read more »

NOTICE: To AU grad students and those considering entering grad studies at AU

Athabasca University Students’ Union is in the process of establishing an AU Graduate Students’ Association. Here’s a sampling of benefits of belonging to a Graduate Students’ Association: · Graduate student representation on University Committees · University and government advocacy and lobbying · Affiliation with provincial and national graduate students’ organizations · Assistance with university/student dispute… Read more »


Jobs-4-teachers is a free employment service that is offering jobs to graduates who are interested in experiencing a new culture, traveling overseas and teaching English as a second language in South Korea. No previous teaching experience is necessary. The only thing necessary is a degree in any field, a passport and the desire to try… Read more »

Youth Camp: Greece

NGO Youth Camp – Greece Voluntary Action for Youth’s Ages 18-32 http://www.youthcamp.gr/ The NGO YouthCamp – Voluntary Action for Youth is an independent, voluntary youth organization that is aiming to play a major role in the area of international voluntarism in Greece and Cyprus. Aims a) The protection, conservation and development of natural and social… Read more »


ABOUT THE PRIZE This Magazine’s Prize for Creative Non-Fiction honours the brightest new voices in Canadian letters. Send us your work, and join This Magazine’s long tradition of publishing outstanding literary and creative non-fiction. We’re looking for personal and journalistic pieces with a strong voice, attention to narrative, experimental styles and, of course, compelling subject… Read more »


Thanks to all of you who have been providing us with such great feedback on The Voice. Please continue providing your opinions, comments and support; any submissions can be sent to voice@ausu.org **PLEASE REMEMBER ALL LETTERS TO THE EDITOR INTENDED FOR PUBLICATION MUST BE MARKED “FOR PUBLICATION”. Accepted letters to the editor have not been… Read more »