Vol. 12 Iss. 02

Volume 12 Issue 2 - 01/14/2004

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK A BITTER PILL TO SWALLOW – Sara Kinninmont investigates the dangers of buying in to prescription drug advertising: WHEN YOU’VE SEEN BEYOND YOURSELF – Time is the measure of all things, and the Beatle’s opus, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, has weathered the years beautifully. Lonita Fraser looks back at how the… Read more »

Dear Heather

In December, The Voice said goodbye to the popular Dear Sandra column, and AU students lost one source of valuable advice. This week, we are pleased to introduce Dear Heather, your newest source of advice on life, learning, love, and more: Send your questions to advice.voice@ausu.org to be featured in an upcoming column. Dear Heather,… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – Foreign Students are University Cash Cows

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. Foreign Students are University Cash Cows A recent news article alleged that Canadian universities are… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Defence Research Flowering One of the reasons why I am a proud Canadian is that we do things just a little bit differently from a good portion of the world. As a case in point, the Defence Department has released a spot-light (http://www.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/newsevents/spotlight/spotlight_e.asp) on one of its Research and Development projects. The research, being done… Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends After having at least a month off, we finally get a new episode. This is much to my relief, since reruns are killing me. On the last new episode, Monica and Chandler got the exciting news that a chick in Ohio was… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Book Review: The Eugenics Wars II

Remember last year I reviewed the first book in this original Star Trek series? Well: I finished the second book with as much relish as the first. It’s not that the book is so supremely clever in plot although it has many good ideas “? that isn’t my thrill. It is Greg Cox’s writing that… Read more »

AUSU This Month

TUTOR BIOS AUSU provides tutor bios on the AUSU website, so that you can learn more about the person on the other end of the phone. Tutors are selected for inclusion on the Tutor Bio pages by nomination from students, If you have had a tutor that you want to know more about, write Mac… Read more »

The Net Nerd’s Profiles

Hate English classes, love English classes? Either way you’ll want to check out this site:.. http://www.poets.org Shall I compare thee to an overdue English assignment; Thou art more frightening and annoying… Excuse me, I digress slightly. I have taken exactly one university level English course. Being a life-long reader I thought I might actually enjoy… Read more »

A Bitter Pill To Swallow

North Americans are undeniably pill-poppers. As a culture, we’ve grown accustomed to looking for a quick fix or the next “miracle” pill. Not surprisingly, the number of prescriptions sold annually has skyrocketed over the last decade. What has happened over that time to warrant such a spike in sales? Has our collective health deteriorated so… Read more »

Tobacco

I can still recall the first cigarette that I choked back. I was eleven years old and a friend and I got hold of a package of Peter Jackson cigarettes from somewhere. We went into some bushes and each lit one up. We coughed and sputtered and both soon felt very ill, but with perseverance… Read more »

AUSU Release – Long Live Athabasca University!

The current issue of Alberta Views Magazine (http://www.albertaviews.ab.ca/) contained a short article on Athabasca University with comments from the AUSU President, Debbie Jabbour. It’s always great to see our university being mentioned by the media and our Students’ Union approached for comments about our school. The downside of this article, however, was that it included… Read more »

From My Perspective – Graduate Studies Begin!

I first became aware of the Master of Counselling program about four years ago when I responded to a questionnaire assessing interest in the development of a distance Master of Counselling program at AU. I then forgot about it until several months later. One evening I received an email that appeared to be related to… Read more »

When You’ve Seen Beyond Yourself

For Christmas someone gave me the DVDs of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and The Who’s Tommy; both exceedingly strange films in their own right – one a messianic pinball odyssey, the other a candy-coloured slap on the wrist to bratty children and the greedy. Watching them both made me very nostalgic for another… Read more »

AUSU Release – Long Live Athabasca University!

The current issue of Alberta Views Magazine (http://www.albertaviews.ab.ca/) contained a short article on Athabasca University with comments from the AUSU President, Debbie Jabbour. It’s always great to see our university being mentioned by the media and our Students’ Union approached for comments about our school. The downside of this article, however, was that it included… Read more »

MAIS

Right now you may be working on your undergraduate degree, or looking to begin one, and not necessarily thinking about what you’re going to do when you have that well-deserved sheepskin in your mitts. Rather than simply jumping into the role of working wageslave, or perhaps while you’re doing that, why not consider adding a… 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. ATLANTIC UNDERGRADUATE UNIVERSITIES BIOLOGY CONFERENCE AND AQUACULTURE CONFERENCE Mar 5-7 The annual Atlantic Undergraduate Universities Biology Conference and Aquaculture Conference is being hosted by the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB), in Sydney,… 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 »

VOICE MERCHANDIZE INTRODUCTORY SPECIALS!

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 Sandra Moore from The Editor

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. I think you gave us the whole dollar! However, there are many false and misleading statements in your letter and in several cases you have given your own perspective on… Read more »

Response To Sandra Moore From Shannon Maguire

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. I have a few answers to the questions in Sandra’s post, and a few comments as well. First of all, the article was not intended to be another article about… Read more »

Thank You To Shannon Maguire

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. Thank you to Shannon Maguire for giving a student perspective on the activities of the student union. I would like to address the questions brought up in the article. The… 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 »