Vol. 11 Iss. 07

Volume 11 Issue 7 - 02/12/2003

Dear Sandra

Dear Sandra, I am in a dilemma. I love two men. One is my ex-boyfriend, who desperately wants to come back to me; the other is my current boyfriend. Both are great men, but I feel more spiritually connected to my ex. I am unable to make a decision. Do you have any tips? Confused… Read more »

X-PRESS: What’s new in the world of learning.

MVU TEACHES PEOPLE HOW TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING MSVA Press Release October 3, 2002, Halifax – There’s a new course at Mount Saint Vincent University that’s taking a unique approach to addressing the problem of homelessness and the lack of affordable housing in Nova Scotia. Developing Affordable Housing is a continuing education certificate course, sponsored… Read more »

Canadian Fed Watch! News Across The Nation:

New Brunswick for Education Premier Bernard Lord has set the province of New Brunswick on a course for future prosperity. His State of the Province Address (SEE: http://www.gnb.ca/0089/speeches-discours/sop2003/sop2003speech-e.asp), delivered on Jan 30th, shows that he is a man who understands the value brought by an educated populace. Unlike certain other Premiers (SEE: http://www.gov.ab.ca/premier/Bio.cfm), Premier Lord’s… Read more »


We are pleased to announce that a new editor for the Voice has been hired, effective immediately. Tamra Ross Low was the successful applicant. Tamra is an Athabasca University student enrolled in a BA Psychology/Women’s Studies, and has been a Voice writer for almost two years, writing a weekly column that addresses a variety of… Read more »

A VOICE EXCLUSIVE SERIES – The Popstar Experience, Part three

Part 3 in a continuing series about the Canadian Television talent competition, Popstars: The One. For part one of this series, see:http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/articledisplay.php?ART=382 In the weeks following the successful callback, we focused on the upcoming Toronto experience. Along with the other contestants, Amaya had signed a strict confidentiality agreement. The terms dictated that, with the exception… Read more »

Voice Writer honoured: NEWS FROM THE INSIDER

Distinguished Alumni Award Audrey-Lynn Karperien is the recipient of the 2002 Distinguished Alumni Award. She graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of General Studies with great distinction and although her numerous scholarships and appearances on the honour’s list would suggest otherwise, Audrey didn’t devote all her energies to her studies. She has been an active… Read more »


Continuing the series of Things You Should Know About the Library, librarian Elaine Magusin shares additional Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Why do I have to enter my username and password to get into the databases? A: The journal databases are subscription-based products. The AU Library has purchased subscriptions to these databases for the use of… Read more »


By George Lister, The Argus THUNDER BAY, ONT. (CUP)“?At first glance this seems like an odd time of year to write about buying a computer since most people, not just students, do that in September. The first reason for doing it now is that there are usually other stories to tell when school kicks off,… Read more »


What is Ergonomy Ergonomics is the application of scientific information concerning human physiology to the design of objects, systems and environments for human use. Ergonomics applies to everything that involves people. Work systems, sports and leisure, health and safety should all embody ergonomic principles if they are well designed. Well applied ergonomic principles ensure that… Read more »


Only by grace am I writing this now, for sadly, my new computer died this morning. Again. I bought it last week. Every harried distance ed student needs a computer. We rely on them to get our papers out on time, to contact our tutors:we depend on them. The one I’d been using was taken… Read more »


Next week the Voice will feature part one of an interview with H. Mel Malton: Getting tired of waiting for the same authors to pen a new book? Want to find something fantastic and Canadian? How about one of the books of H. Mel Malton? In a world dominated by J.K. Rowling, perhaps you’re ready… Read more »

AU Profiles – Student Lakshmanan Ravindran

STUDENT: Lakshmanan Ravindran What is your name? Lakshmanan Ravindran (You can call me Ravi for short ). Where do you live? Whitby, Ontario. Do you have a family, kids or pets? Family. Wife Madhu, kids Ishita ( age 9 ) and Rahul ( age 6 ). Tell us a little about your hobbies, interests and… 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 »

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 »


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 should be submitted to the editor at voice@ausu.org with “?CLASSIFIED AD’ listed in the subject title. The Editor reserves the right to refuse any… Read more »


. . From Alberta … It’s CDE Live! The Centre for Distance Education continues to break new ground in its online teaching techniques. Here, Dr. Jon Baggaley climbs inside a PowerPoint presentation for a live presentation to his MDDE662 class. “The students contribute to the online seminars via live audio and video,” says Jon. MDE… Read more »

Scholarship News

SCHOLARSHIP NEWS LAURENCE DECORE AWARDS FOR STUDENT LEADERSHIP Value: $500 APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 01, 2003 Administrator: Alberta Scholarship Programs Notes: Applicant must be currently enrolled in a minimum of three full courses at a designated Alberta post-secondary institution. Based on involvement in either student government or student societies and clubs or organizations. Student must be… Read more »


Action Against War on Iraq Web: http://www.wage-peace.org Info: peace@wage-peace.org The next global day of action against the war on Iraq has been called for Saturday Feb. 15. In Edmonton, we will be meeting at 1:00 p.m. Churchill SQ. on Feb. 15 for a march through the downtown, and a rally back at the Square. If… Read more »


Dear editor: In previous weeks, world famous editor, Tammy Moore, was formally bidden farewell by the Voice’s writers. Except me. I was in transit from Heathrow to the friendly Mojave desert. As editor, Tammy has done much to make the Voice heard, has given it volume and clarity. She has also done much for me…. Read more »