Vol. 11 Iss. 50

Volume 11 Issue 50 - 12/10/2003

Sounding Off

The question this week is simple. What is your favorite family Christmas tradition? Send your comments to voice@ausu.org, and indicate if we can print your response.

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, How does one become an AUSU councillor? I think it would be great to be able to help my fellow students, and I’d like to become a councillor. AU Student in Edmonton. Dear AU Student, The only requirement to becoming an AUSU councillor is being an AU student. It does not matter where… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – AU Opens the Doors to Dialogue

This column focuses on a wide range of issues affecting post-secondary students. 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. Have you ever attended a university that opened up the doors of the executive offices… Read more »

The Net Nerd’s Profiles

Your cuticles are bleeding, donuts fear you, and your dog has been spending the better part of the week whimpering under the couch. You need Stress Inc. http://stress.jrn.columbia.edu/site/index.html. It’s that time of year again. Presents, food, nasty relatives, crowded malls and final exams. In other words, stress. Stress Inc. is the be all end all… Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends No new episode this week. Maybe we’ll see one after the holiday season. Friends airs on Thursdays at 8:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary) Survivor: Pearl Islands Last week the chick failed to prevail and let Jon (who lied… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Manitoba More Open for Business The Manitoba Universities have signed an agreement (http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2003/12/2003-12-05-02.html) with Advanced Education and Training Minister, Diane McGifford, that would allow international students taking their post-secondary education in Manitoba to work outside the university campus. In the post 9-11 world, where the American government found that some of the terrorists who destroyed… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: About Schmidt

This is a really recent film for many students but is so well-done I really had to review it! Plus it’s on local cable now. About Schmidt is the oddly funny tale of Warren Schmidt (Jack Nicholson). The film opens with Warren sitting in his Omaha-based insurance office. He is staring at the clock. The… Read more »

AUSU This Month

A Special General Meeting was held on October 15, 2003, to pass several changes to the proposed new AUSU bylaws, which had been requested by Alberta Corporate Registries. The bylaws were passed contingent on acceptance by Alberta Corporate Registries. Unfortunately, Corporate Registries has returned the bylaws with several more requested adjustments that they did not… Read more »


Before coming to law school I considered myself to have relatively sufficient control over my stress levels. I had a busier than average life, juggling fulltime work, part-time distance university education, labour advocacy, wife, children, dogs, cars, bills, mortgage, writing: Well, you get the picture. Even with an accumulation of multiple stressors such as those,… Read more »

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side Of The All-American Meal

by Eric Schlosser Perennial, 2002 383 pp.; ISBN 0-06-093845-5; $21.00 In Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, Eric Schlosser follows the evolution of fast food from its birth in California after the Second World War, to its present status in the global market. In the U.S., the fast food industry has… Read more »


AU wants to talk to you. From November 28 to December 12, the university is be running an asynchronous computer conference which will take the form of an open meeting between the AU executive and AU students. For the 10 days that the conference is open, students and AU execs will post messages back and… Read more »

The Next Step

I remember filling out a stress survey in high school. It was on a white piece of paper with blue writing, simply entitled Stress Survey. I was not the only one who had to fill it out mind you, everyone in our class did. It was one of those things that had twenty scenarios of… Read more »

From My Perspective – Life at the top – AUSU Council president

I’m not someone who plays the game of politics very well – and this may seem strange, considering I’ve been president of the student union for the past two and half years. In reality, however, “playing politics” can be very destructive to an organization, political or otherwise. Student union elections tend to attract many different… Read more »

Christmas Thoughts

Christmas must be in the air, because we’re sitting in the food court of the hermetically sealed biosphere/shopping mall and drinking four-dollar eggnog lattes from the evil Starbuckian Empire. The overhead sound system is playing a gloopy-sounding, new-agey version of the Wexford Carol arranged for synthesized strings and harp. The joke shop next door is… Read more »

News From AU

WINDOW A TRIBUTE TO DAYS OF LITH A new bit of spontaneous art has erupted on the window of Billy Cheung’s office at AU Central. Using old colour keys and negatives salvaged from a cleaning up effort going on in Educational Media Development (EMD), the Instructional Media Analyst has created a visual tribute to the… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Students’ Union, see the AUSU website at www.ausu.org HALF PRICE COMPUTER BOOKS ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP Value: $500 Deadline: December 22, 2003 Administrator: Half Price Computer Books Notes: Awarded to a Canadian Student. The essay should be between 500 and 750 words, on ONE of the three predetermined topics posted… Read more »


The same Voice mugs and fleece jackets that you have seen pictured as prizes on the Annual Reader Survey page, are also for sale at great introductory prices. Own your own Voice logo merchandize, and let everyone know that you are a student of Canada’s premier distance education provider! The Voice coffee mug is a… 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 »

A health tip for fellow students

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 Editor – The Voice. Re: Cold Prevention With the cold season quickly approaching, there is a simple health tip I’d like to share with the readers. Load up on lemons, blueberries… Read more »

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