Vol. 12 Iss. 03

Volume 12 Issue 3 - 01/21/2004

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK ATHABASCA VIEWS – AU President Dominique Abrioux addresses students on the financial status of AU, and misleading information in the recent Alberta Views article on post secondary education in the province. AUSU exec members Shirley Barg and Debbie Jabbour also comment. CALLING ALL ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE ENTHUSIASTS! – Katie Patrick reviews another new AU… Read more »

ATHABASCA VIEWS – Responses to the recent Alberta Views article, from AU President Dominique Abrioux, and members of the AUSU executive

Last week, while preparing to write a report on the Alberta Views article mentioned in Sandra Moore’s letter and the recent AUSU press release, I requested feedback from AU President Dominique Abrioux, as well as the executive of AUSU. Based on the discussion revolving around the article, it seems that most of the concern is… 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 »

Sounding Off

Last week I asked students how they feel toward their students’ union in light of the recent resignations and controversial forums posts. Here is what you had to say: I think it is important to be informed of the issues coming up in council. Although there was a lot of controversy lately I think it… 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 »

Dear Heather

Dear Heather, I’m a full-time student living on government loans, and I find they just don’t cover my costs. How can I reduce my expenses without giving up everything I enjoy? -Penny(less) in Abbotsford Dear Penny: It’s true that student loans are rarely enough to meet basic expenses, much less those little extras we all… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – Getting Through the First Course

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 you have a topic or a course alert you would like covered in Taking… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Canada Sick of getting the Byrd from the United States The government of Canada, along with seven other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have filed a request (http://webapps.dfait-maeci.gc.ca/minpub/Publication.asp?FileSpec=/Min_Pub_Docs/106764.htm&Language=E) to be granted the authority to retaliate to the United States’ continued use of the Byrd Amendment. For those that are unaware, the Byrd Amendment… Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends So last week, in “The One With the Birth Mother” Monica and Chandler got approved to adopt the knocked up chick’s baby (even though they admitted who they really are), Ross wore a woman’s pink sweater on a date, and Joey lost… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Movie Review: The Ring

“Oh crap! Why did I start watching this!?” You know when those words come out of your mouth, that a film has got you! In this particular case it is a 2003 release from Dreamworks. The Ring is a reworking of the original Hideo Nakata 1998 hit Japanese film called Ringu, which in turn is… Read more »

Calling All Environmental Science Enthusiasts

Are you interested in ecological relationships? In learning about the effects of pesticides, pollution, and other factors on our biosphere? What about population and resource pressures, natural selection, and nutrient cycling? If you are, check out Athabasca University’s NEW Introductory Environmental Science course, ENSC 200. Opened January 2003, Introductory Environmental Science is a three-credit Science… Read more »

The Voice Fiction Feature – Smart Theft

It was a simple thought, but it paid off big time. In 1976 my father began working at Chase Manhattan’s headquarters in New York. A former major in the army, he had retired with honours and was found a job as head of night security at the Chase by his connected friends who had left… Read more »

From My Perspective – Graduate Studies Begin, part 2

Finally the day arrived! Although I had many encouragements from people who felt my acceptance would be a foregone conclusion, I had not been so confident. So when the letter came, I was thrilled beyond belief. I proudly showed the letter to everyone who came into my house, proof that I was actually good enough… Read more »

Yellow Submarine – A Revolution in film, art, and animation

Since its earliest days the film industry has translated works of literature, fictional and not, to film; everything from fantasies to biographies have been tackled in a variety of ways. What has not been common is the translation of music albums to film. Until the 1970s, musical films had been mainly Broadway adaptations, yet a… Read more »

“Live” Stories

Every weekday morning I drive my 5 & 7 year-old children to school. The drive from our home to their school takes about ten minutes and to pass the time they like me to tell them what my daughter calls “live” stories”?stories of events that I have experienced in my life. It doesn’t take much… Read more »

Study Pain

Let’s face it, studying can be a pain on the netherregions of the human body that normally only come into contact with comfy chair cushions. The AU library provides the handy service of sending books out to you as a distance student, which can make life much simpler and convenient for the time-constrained. I love… Read more »

Scholarships and Awards

The Fraser Institute STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST 1st Prize: $1,000 2nd Prize: $500 High school category: $250 DOES FREE TRADE REDUCE GLOBAL POVERTY? Recommendations: Students may: Analyze research on trade and poverty; determine what the weight of research, particularly empirical research, shows about trade and poverty; and suggest specific reforms to the world trading system that… 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. ACADEMIC CONFERENCE ON LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRACY COMMISSION ON LEGISLATIVE DEMOCRACY Feb 5-6 The Commission on Legislative Democracy will hold an Academic Conference on Legislative Democracy, Feb. 5 – 6. The conference will be held… Read more »

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