Vol. 12 Iss. 01

Volume 12 Issue 1 - 01/07/2004

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK AUSU COUNCIL DOWN TO SEVEN AND MOVING ON – Shannon Maguire brings a student perspective to the recent upheavals in AUSU council. MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION – Barbara Godin has finally found something she can stick to all year round! THE HARRIED STUDENT APPRECIATES CANADA – The Harried Student – who takes the… Read more »

AUSU Council Down to Seven and Moving On

Last month the AUSU Council removed one Councillor for policy violations and accepted the resignation of another Councillor who was scheduled to defend a motion of removal that was brought against her. Since these events have already been covered in detail in the article Sad Day for AUSU Council (http://www.ausu.org/voice/archives/articledisplay.php?ART=2378) (Low, Tamra Ross. One member… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

The Priorities of Privatization Albertans will see a nice rebate on their gas bills over the next month or so as the provincial government’s rebate program (http://www.gov.ab.ca/home/Index.cfm?Page=559) has kicked into gear. What this means is that the price of gas rose to over $5.50/GJ. In fact, it soared to over $7.50/GJ, and so rebates of… Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU IN PERSON DISCUSSION GROUPS Getting together physically with fellow AU students adds to your university experience. Other students will be able to understand and relate to the joys and frustrations of distance learning. It’s also a way to stay abreast of information relating to AU and the Athabasca University Students’ Union. See the Coffee… Read more »

My New Year’s Resolution

New Year’s day is traditionally seen as a new beginning, giving us an opportunity to change bad habits or to improve our lifestyle. For example, we can aim to overcome shyness, become more assertive – ask for that raise, become more social, more tolerant of others, less judgmental, any number of choices are available to… Read more »

COURSE INTRODUCTION: ENGL 475 – A Cyborg Experience

Prior to my review of English 475, I’d like to include the following article about the course written by M. Redi: The Student as Cyborg If you are a cyborg and don’t know it does that still make you a cyborg? The best place to explore this question is in Athabasca’s course, Literature and Hypertext,… Read more »

From My Perspective – Be careful what you wish for

There is a well-known saying, “be careful what you wish for, you might get it.” I certainly learned the wisdom of that over Christmas. In discussing my level of personal stress in my last Voice article before the holidays I said, “perhaps if I can sleep for a week at Christmas I’ll recover!” Prophetic words,… Read more »

The Harried Student Appreciates Canada

I’m an Albertan through and through. I know it now because, here in the Mojave desert where cows as I know them can’t take the heat, I just tasted some cheese and asked my husband if he thought it tasted like the cheese back home. Yes, the cheese back home. That not so famous orange,… Read more »

Campus Security

In previous articles I have made a few comparisons between distance education and on-campus studies. I have found that each method has inherent advantages and disadvantages. A recent incident at the University of Saskatchewan has highlighted an important aspect of home-based distance education such as that available through Athabasca University. On November 28, 2003, between… Read more »

Canadian Virtual University

As an Athabasca University student, you are well aware of distance education, its convenience, and its value. AU is not alone in offering distance education. More and more, other schools are offering distance programs and individual courses to students throughout Canada and the world. The difficulty for the student is finding the schools and the… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

For scholarships available through the Athabasca University Students’ Union, see the AUSU website at www.ausu.org MENSA CANADA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME Value: $1000 Deadline: January 31, 2004 Administrator: MENSA Canada Scholarship Programme Notes: Awarded to students enrolled full-time in a Canadian post-secondary institution on January 31, 2004. Candidates must write a 250-word essay, in English or French,… Read more »

Conference Connections

Know of a conference that is not on this list? Contact voice@ausu.org with the details and we’ll list it in Conference Connections. JOURNEYMEN 2004 SYMPOSIUM Jan 16-17 On January 16-17 2004, the University of Guelph will host the JourneyMen 2004 Symposium. The Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition and Counselling Services hosts this two-day… 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 »


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 »

Response to Life at The Top by Debbie Jabbour

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. Letter to the Editor, The Voice In her December 10 article, “Life at the Top,” (The Voice, Volume 11 Issue 50) AUSU President Debbie Jabbour wrote about a decision of… Read more »

Classified ads

Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. TEACH ENGLISH Overseas: Jobs $$ Guaranteed-Great Pay. TESOL Certified 5 days in-class, on-line or by correspondence. FREE Information Seminar. FREE Infopack: 1-888-270-2941 or globaltesol.com – http://www.globaltesol.com RED DEER COFFEE GROUPS Red Deer Athabasca University students meet at the Chapter’s Starbucks on the last Thursday… Read more »