Vol. 12 Iss. 04

Volume 12 Issue 4 - 01/28/2004

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK WHERE HAS ALL THE FAT COME FROM – The drawback to distance education that few students talk about, but many know all too well – the bulging waistline. How do you fight the flab that accumulates over months of home study? Shannon Maguire has some suggestions:. IS THERE A DOULA IN THE HOUSE… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – Attending AU On Student Loans

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 Attending AU… 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 planning a trip next year with my older brother. We’re going back-packing and hostelling all over Europe, something I’ve dreamed of ever since I was a kid. The problem is our other, younger brother: we know his feelings will be hurt if we don’t invite him, but we’re certain he would spoil… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Finally Getting the Message? It seems that the Provincial Government of Alberta has finally decided it might be a good idea to put some money where its mouth is. Alberta Learning has promised (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200401/15800.html) Athabasca University 1.5 million dollars to “redevelop high-enrolment courses for online delivery.” In this round of pay-outs from the Alberta Access… Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends Another rerun:apparently this week we’ve got a whole hour of fun though. Friends airs on Thursdays at 9:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary) Survivor – ALL STARS Not even a week left guys:right after the Super bowl. Don’t miss… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film review: Die Another Day

Pierce Brosnan is starting to get a little older and has said publicly that he isn’t sure he’ll do another James Bond film, but I’m not sure that matters. It’s been an amazing ride, and Die Another Day isn’t an exception. The film crackles to life with Bond in North Korea bearing diamonds in exchange… Read more »

Sounding Off – Commercials we hate

Last week I asked students about the commercials that anger them the most: I miss the good old days of Tony the Tiger and the Snapple Lady. I haven’t purchased a Snapple since she left. And you have to admit, at first it was annoying, but after awhile, Mentos really were the “freshmaker.” Am I… Read more »

Where Has All The Fat Come From?

During the time that I have been a student at Athabasca University I have noticed that I have put on a few extra pounds, even though I have not changed my exercise or eating habits. Like most people I was not happy about this extra weight, so I became determined to find out where it… Read more »

Is There a Doula In The House?

A doula? What’s a doula, you say? Well, I was in that very same boat up until a year ago when my close friend, Rachel, became one. For those of you who don’t have a doula for a friend, I’m going to share mine with you. Sunday afternoon after a leisurely brunch, the two of… Read more »


As a British Columbian living in the middle of the Canadian prairies I find that there are two aspects of my former province that I miss the most; the first is the Rocky Mountains and the second is the trees. Although I was surrounded by trees my entire life, I didn’t often take particular notice… Read more »

The Friends of CBC

The FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting is a not-for profit Canada-wide group of volunteers advocating Canadian content in radio and television broadcasting, the film industry, and to fight for a strong CBC. They act in a watchdog role, on public policy initiatives, and in research activities directed toward their priorities. They depend on individual donations to… Read more »

Library FAQ’s continued – Contributed by AU’s The Insider

Q: I tried to use Business Index ASAP and noticed that it has been superceded by Business and Company Resource Centre. I tried to search it for journal articles but didn’t find any. Can you help? A: The default search in Business and Company Resource Center is a “Company Search.” To locate journal articles you… 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 »

Scholarships & Awards

The Laurence Decore Award for Student Leadership Value: $500 Number: One Deadline: February 15 Conditions: Nominees for the Laurence Decor Award for Student Leadership must be an Alberta resident currently enrolled in a minimum of 18 credits, a full-time student, for this academic year. Selection is based on the student’s involvement in student government, student… 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 »

Enough already from AUSU President 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: I’m going to make this straight to the point – enough already from AUSU President Debbie Jabbour! Her remarks in Alberta Views magazine were notably uncalled… 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 AUSU GROUPS AND CLUBS COMMITTEE: The AUSU Clubs Committee is looking for student members who can commit just… Read more »