Vol. 12 Iss. 16

Volume 12 Issue 16 - 04/21/2004

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK Check out the Voice Letters section for reader responses to recent articles on Mel Gibson’s Passion of The Christ. SCHOLARSHIP NONSENSE I’m on a rant today because I’ve read yet another story about a student who applied for every scholarship she could find, and walked away with enough funding to buy a new… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Stay Out Of Jail

Not long ago I bought the Oxford Dictionary of Current English, Third Edition at Coles for $9.95 plus GST. This fat, little blue paperback is 1 3/4″ thick, weighs in at one pound, five ounces and has 1083 pages. It also claims to be one of ‘The World’s Most Trusted Dictionaries’. This tool boasts over… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – University Textbooks

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. If suggest a topic or a course alert for taking notes, contact djabbour@ausu.org UNIVERSITY TEXTBOOKS… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Northern Education in the West The Provincial Governments of Alberta and British Columbia are getting together (http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/nrm_news_releases/2004MAE0014-000265.htm), along with university and college presidents and board-chairs, to have a round-table discussion about increased co-operation between the two provinces for post-secondary education. Given that both Alberta and BC now have some distance education strategies forming in the… Read more »

Dear Heather

Dear Heather: Last week, I answered June S., a new full-time AU student who wanted advice on how to juggle the demands of so many courses at a time. June is taking five courses every five months. I gave her some suggestions, such as planning ahead and giving herself firm due dates for each assignment…. Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends No new episode this week. Friends airs on Thursdays at 9:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary) The next episode of Friends airs on Thursday, April 22nd at 9:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary). Remember, only three… Read more »

AUSU This Month – New Student Clubs

NEW AUSU SPONSORED CLUB The AU Science Students Society is now online. The Athabasca University Science Students Society is the newest AUSU sponsored club. Open to all AU students with an interest in any of the sciences, the AUSSS (or AUS3 as they prefer to be known) has a website featuring links to AU science… Read more »

Mo’ Spaces, Mo’ Problems

Students protest tuition fee hikes in Vancouver as part of a National Day of Action in February. BURNABY, B.C. (CUP) — While the provincial government makes room for more students at British Columbia’s post-secondary schools, it’s simultaneously making it more difficult for students to afford an education, student leaders say. “We believe that the real… Read more »

From My Perspective – Burnout!

After three years of managing a virtually impossible schedule that has included holding a full-time job, maintaining full-time student status, fulfilling a nearly full-time commitment to the Athabasca University Students’ Union, writing weekly for The Voice, and taking care of my family obligations – during the past few weeks I have come closer to burnout… Read more »

Quebec Universities: Tighten Your Belts

Nicholas Brisson, president of the Fédération des Étudiantes Universitaires du Québec MONTREAL (CUP) — Deception, anger and exasperation. Those were the words post-secondary education groups in Quebec used yesterday to describe their reaction to the provincial budget released Tuesday by Finance Minister Yves Séguin. The budget does little to alleviate the $375-million shortfall in the… Read more »

Best Test

It’s exam day, or almost. To make sure you’re as prepared as possible, you’re thinking: “¢ Be ready: Self-test to ensure you know your material. “¢ Be rested: Lack of sleep doesn’t help your powers of recollection and concentration. All-nighters can actually cause more problems than they can solve. “¢ Be fed: Food is fuel… Read more »

Blank It

I’m a big fan of blank notebooks, of all shapes and sizes, and I’ve found a very nifty use for those smaller sized ones: Your Personal Course Encyclopedia, Desk Reference, or Dictionary. If you keep one of those small books handy while you’re studying, you can note down definitions of key terms, mathematical equations, etc…. Read more »

Executive Director Required

The Organization The Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS) is a non-partisan group consisting of representatives from students’ unions at Alberta universities. CAUS, on behalf of undergraduate university students, addresses post-secondary education issues with the provincial government, acts as an education stakeholders group, and works with other groups to support students’ interests in post-secondary education…. Read more »

Voice Event Listings

To list events in your area, e-mail voice@ausu.org with the word “events” in the subject line. Ember Swift – http://www.emberswift.com Tuesday, April 20th in Edmonton Sidetrack Cafe, 10333 – 112th St. 7:00pm / $12 For more info: 780-421-1326 Wednesday, April 21st in Grand Prairie Second Street Theatre, 10130 98th Ave. With Stephan Kijek 8:00pm /… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

CULTURAL AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS Value: $12,000 – $19,000 US Deadline: None Specified Administrator: Rotary Foundation (Rotary International) Notes: For citizens of a country in which there is a Rotary club. Persons with disabilities are eligible and encouraged to apply . Must submit letters of recommendation and transcripts. Deadlines vary. Applicants must contact their local Rotary club… 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. INTERNATIONAL CELTIC CONFERENCE Oct 14-17 From October 14-17th, 2004, the University College of Cape Breton will host the International Celtic Conference, Forging a Future for Celtic Languages and Cultures, under the direction 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 CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY AND REIKI. Tired of sore shoulders, back or neck? History of injury or overwork causing chronic… Read more »