Vol. 12 Iss. 25

Volume 12 Issue 25 - 06/23/2004

From My Perspective – Convocation 2004

Once again, I had the privilege of attending Athabasca University’s crown jewel performance – Convocation 2004. The university catch phrase most often heard regarding convocation is “this is why we are here,” and you truly get a sense that convocation is the highlight of the year, the reason why the university exists. Every time I… Read more »

NEW COLUMN – Dear Barb

The Voice is pleased to present the new Voice advice column: Dear Barb. Look for it every week beginning in July. Dear Barb: I just graduated, but have not been able to find a job. Therefore, I have no choice but to move back in with my parents. I feel really bad about this, as… Read more »

Lost & Found – Reconciling Archetypes

She’s a trickster, stealing fire from the gods, sharing a joke with her sisters, crashing elevators through glass ceilings. She’s a coyote, circling the campfire, a raven singing a raunchy song. She’s a witch, keeper of arcane knowledge, performer of healing rituals, holding a wet face cloth to the forehead of the fevered child. Like… Read more »

From Where I Sit – I’d Rather be the Windshield

“Some days you’re the bug and some days you’re the windshield.” Lately, I’ve felt like the bug. Take a peek at my week. A few weeks ago, our 3/4 ton farm truck’s transmission gave out. The dilemma is repair or replace. At almost 400,000 miles on the odometer, maybe its day is done. In the… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Announcing the AUBSA

THE AU BUSINESS STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION IS HERE! New AUBSA site, now online — see the Clubs pages for information Finally, the long anticipated AU Business Students’ Association (AUBSA) has a brand new website on the AUSU server, and the club is officially taking members. This club is open to all students with an interest in… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – University Dropouts

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 DROPOUTS… Read more »

Cavity Caveat

On a recent flight from Vancouver to New York, I spent the duration listening to music and reading magazines. In that time I’m certain that the Bow Wow Wow song “I want candy” never once played on the in-flight radio, nor did the Archies’ “Sugar, Sugar”, but in retrospect, they should have, for once I… Read more »

Solstice Thoughts

As we approach this year’s Summer Solstice, it seems appropriate that we should divert our attention for a few minutes away from our own limited lives and consider for awhile some of the magic and mystery of the natural world that lies just beyond our waking awareness. As our goddess-worshipping ancestors were well aware, the… Read more »


Congratulations to all AU graduates! Your determination and commitment to completing your studies is strong testimony to your personal strength. Those who have not experienced distance education really don’t know what it takes to reach their education goals in that way. To students who attended the ceremony in Athabasca earlier this month, hearing your stories… Read more »

Minority Government

In less than two weeks we will know who will form the next Canadian government, maybe. If we are to believe the polls in the national media, we could very well be headed for a minority government. The jury’s still out on whether it will be a Liberal or Conservative minority. The national leaders debate… Read more »

Reading Aloud

“God made man because he loves stories” -Elie Wiesel I would like to offer a reminder, to anybody who hasn’t done it for awhile, that reading a book aloud is one of the best ways there is to pass long, slow, lazy days. Despite the fact that I’ve always loved reading, the idea of doing… Read more »

Greens Earn Top Marks For Education Platform

OTTAWA, June 18, 2004 – The Green Party has the best plan to improve Canada’s system of post-secondary education, according to a report card on the party platforms released today by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). “The Green Party has the best grasp of the issues facing students and they provide detailed proposals… Read more »

Searching for Internships

CBC/Radio Canada Website: http://cbc.radio-canada.ca/jobs/students/ CBC/Radio Canada lists all internships they have available on their website. You can view the details of and apply for these internships online at the website listed above. You can also apply to have your resume added to a database that CBC/Radio Canada uses to fill its summer intern positions. Position… 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. 4TH ANNUAL NATIONAL PEER SUPPORT CONFERENCE Jan 14th-16th/2005 Details to follow: INTERFACE 2004 Jun 16-18 Conference Theme: e-Learning Magic Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary, AB, http://centreforlearning.sait.ca/interface2004/ Conference Contact: Ingrid Stammer; Phone: 403-319-7245;… Read more »

Congratulations, class of 2004!

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. CONGRATULATIONS! The voice wishes to congratulate all 2004 AU graduates! Drop us a line at voice@ausu.org and let us know what you thought of this year’s ceremonies! The Voice

Classified ads

Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. AU BUSINESS STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION (AUBSA) NOW ONLINE! The AU Business Students’ Association website is now online at http://www.ausu.org/clubs/aubsa/index.php. If you are an AU business student, or a student with an interest in business, this club is for you! Contact aubsa@ausu.org for more information. It’s… Read more »