Vol. 11 Iss. 51

Volume 11 Issue 51 - 12/17/2003

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK SAD DAY FOR AUSU COUNCIL – VP Sandra Moore resigns minutes before council meeting to decide her fate, and councillor Nicholas Palamarchuk is removed from council under bizarre circumstances. Read the special editorial report to learn more… GETTING ALL LIT UP FOR CHRISMAS – Bill Phillip’s adventures in holiday decorating, and some common… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – 3 years, or 4?

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. What is the difference between a three-year bachelor degree and a four-year bachelor degree? Well,… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

It’s the season to be giving, so I thought as a gift to Premier Klein, Minister Oberg, and a whole new Federal Cabinet, I’d give them the gift of a week’s silence, and myself the gift of not having to read their self-congratulatory releases this week. Merry Christmas folks!

The Net Nerds Profiles

Ahh: the joy of goofing off. Recently I described an acquaintance who is unemployed and plays PS2 all day as a “slacker.” “Not so,” a friend reminded me, “slackers are people who actually have jobs but go to work and do nothing all day.” So true, so true. So this week I dedicate my column… Read more »

Primetime Update

Week of December 3, 2003 Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Survivor: Pearl Islands In the last edition of Primetime Update, we lost Christa because the women were still too stupid to get rid of Jon and Burton. This edition is all inclusive, covering a whole 3 hours of… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Brotherhood of the Wolf

Magnificent camera work and intricate plot make you stay put. I am astonished at this film’s impossible to describe genre. It is a sludge pile of martial arts kick-fest, medieval art project, baudy sex romp and science fiction. This project from France is labeled a “horror,” but honestly I see that as only one aspect… Read more »

Dear Sandra

The Voice regrets to inform readers that Sandra will no longer be writing the Dear Sandra column. We wish Sandra the best of luck in her future endeavours, and thank her for her frequent contributions to this student publication. Sandra has been a reliable and passionate writer for the Voice for nearly two years, and… Read more »

Holiday Fiction Feature – Scully and the Lord

“The cupboard’s empty, Lord.” So often Scully and his wife had spoken the words throughout their lifetime together. Now, bitterly, he recalled the familiar prayer. The cupboard’s empty, Lord. Scully and Bethie had knelt together and spoken it the very afternoon before she died. The Lord had filled the cupboard – Scully’s railway pension cheque… Read more »

Getting all lit up for Christmas

There is a rite-of-passage that we must go through at this time of year. It is a time-honoured tradition whereby we risk life, limb, and sanity all in the name of good cheer. Hanging up Christmas lights. I just hope it was Santa Claus or someone like that who came up with the idea of… Read more »

Christmas 2003

I have to admit that my Christmas spirit is somewhat sparse. Over the years I’ve been jaded by the commercialism of the holiday. The bombardment of advertisements seems to arrive earlier every year (Christmas commercials in October): “buy her a diamond to show your love”; “spend lots of money to show them you care.” The… Read more »

The Grass Is Always Greener

Weed, herb, grass, mary jane, blunt, dope, pot, joint, hoot, bowl, four twenty, and my all time favorite, “spliff”, are some of the two hundred slang terms for you know what: Marijuana, the common name for a drug made from the dried leaves and flowering tops of the Indian hemp plant Cannabis sativa. You can… Read more »

AUSU Job Posting – Chief Returning Officer

The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) represents AU students and their interests. The Union strives for a fair and accessible election process for members to the Students’ Council. To this end, AUSU is seeking a student to fulfill the role of Chief Returning Officer (CRO) for the 2004 AUSU General Elections. Position Duties and Responsibilities… Read more »

Here’s Your Chance to Get Involved! AUSU Elections 2004

Dear AU Student: Have you wondered how you could get involved with your Students’ Union? Have you wanted to play a role in shaping the experience of AU students? Here is your chance! It is election time again for the Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU). Elections will be held on March 20, 2004 so get… 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 »

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 »


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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 »

Praise for Nadine Bulous-Jarvis’ The Next Step

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter in the Voice. [re: Nadine Bulous-Jarvis’ “The Next Step” – Dec 10, 2003 – v11 i50] Wow! Loved the article. Been on both ends of that conversation – well, maybe not the part… Read more »

AUSU Council member says use your Voice

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter in the Voice. [re: Editorial – Dec 10, 2003 – v11 i50] Being distance education learners, AU students are at a disadvantage in certain areas. One of these areas is making your opinion… Read more »

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