Vol. 12 Iss. 40

Volume 12 Issue 40 - 10/13/2004


THE SECOND ANNUAL VOICE MAGAZINE WRITING CONTEST! $800 in scholarships to be awarded $400 each in the fiction and non-fiction categories Write for The Voice and win money for your education. The Voice is launching its second annual writing contest, with categories for both fiction, and non-fiction. Non-Fiction: In 2000 words or less, write about… Read more »

Lost & Found – Against the Dying of the Light

For A.M. In the months before her blindness, she spreads out the photographs of her family on the top of her formica coffee table. The faces of her children, her grandchildren, her sisters, brothers, nephews, grandnephews, cousins, friends, and long-dead husband seem to float on a film of unfocused light. Like holographs, like weightless amoebas… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation…

Alberta Government Misses Mark The Alberta Government recently announced (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200410/1718238A86DF1-30D3-42B7-B87762E615AD28D6.html) that it was well on its way to acting on the various recommendations provided by its own Learning Commission. Of course, what it doesn’t point out is that it’s only acting on the recommendations that it accepted, not all of them. If I got to… Read more »

Primetime Update

WHAT’S NEW ON PRIMETIME THE APPRENTICE 2 Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2004 Last week, Apex went to the boardroom after they collectively failed to run a restaurant. Jen C, who was the project manager, was totally criticized for her lack of leadership skills. Carolyn vocalized her extreme disappointment in the women’s team. This week, the women… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Artist Dates

Author Julia Cameron, in her book “The Artist’s Way” extols the virtues of creativity and tenderly nurtures the reader along the creative path. I believe each of us is creative in our own right even if we never pick up a paintbrush, write a best seller, dance on Broadway or compose a song. It takes… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Predator (1987)

Monster Mania This film is, bar none, among my favourite creature flicks! The alien monster is the most amazing thing I’ve seen. It is humanish, but it’s also has its own cool alien apparatus, weapons, and sounds. Kevin Peter Hall played the creature. He was an incredibly tall man of 7′ 2″ who died tragically… Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU Scholarships AUSU is pleased to announce new scholarships and awards for Fall 2004! These include Academic Achievement Scholarships, Financial Assistance Bursaries, Student Service Awards, Convocation Awards and Emergency Funding. The October 1st 2004 deadline is being extended to December 1st 2004 to give students time to learn about the revised program. For detailed information… Read more »


At least for those of us fortunate enough to have steady jobs that allow us a little expendable income during the month, we in the western world have an enormous range of freedom and choices at our fingertips. We are surrounded by books, movies, music, theatre, and all manner of sports and recreational possibilities. We… Read more »

Lauren’s Eyes, by Norah Wilson – Book Review

I make my home in Fredericton, New Brunswick–land of beautiful trees and walking trails, and birthplace of Walter the Farting Dog (see John Buhler’s review in v12 i35). My experience of Alberta is limited to two family weddings, and a fast-paced week at the Calgary Stampede. I’ve visited the Rockies, and canoed Lake Louise. And… Read more »

The Joys of Smoking

Small penis? Check. Fishy breath? Check. Receding hairline? Check. Pot belly? Check. Okay, I have all the symptoms of the LeClair family curse. I know I’m one of them, so why do I feel so alienated from my kinfolk? Why do my parents and siblings frequently move without supplying any forwarding address? Why, at family… Read more »

Journalistic Integrity in The Online World

I’ve been considering “journalistic integrity” and how it relates to those on the Internet we call bloggers or journallers or diarists. These are groups who, in various forms and to various degrees, share personal thoughts, stories, news items, interesting links, and other sorts of information with whoever happens by their website. In some cases, they… Read more »

Smokers Fume as New Brunswick Ban Hits

SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CUP) — The smoke may have cleared from many New Brunswick drinking and eating establishments Oct. 1, but the heated debate over a province-wide ban on smoking in public places continues to rage on. At O’Leary’s Irish Pub on Princess Street in Uptown Saint John, the after-work crowd filled the front of… Read more »

AUSU Council Meeting – Oct 1, 2004

At the October 1 AUSU Council Meeting, council discussed a number of financial issues. Among them was a review of the proposed new budget for the 2004/05 fiscal year. This year, student fees have been slightly lower than anticipated, but AUSU was able to save over $60,000 by cutting funding from the student planner project… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – U Of A SU Loves University

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 U OF… 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. GROWING SEEDS OF PEACE 2nd Annual Alberta Peace Education Conference in Athabasca, Alberta Oct 22, 23, 24 Keynote Speaker: Former Senator Doug Roche Roundtable with members of Edmonton Interfaith Centre Choose from over… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

STUDENTAWARDS.COM AND #TAXI CASH AWARDS Award Amount: $1000; $500 Deadline: October 30 Notes: Studentawards.com and #TAXI are pleased to offer up 3 cash awards worth $1,000 each! We’re celebrating the new school year and a brand new look to the studentawards.com website. We’re also pleased to introduce #TAXI to our members – if you and… Read more »

Thank you for information on writing exams outside Alberta!

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. Dear Editor (The Voice): Thanks very much for the informative article in Volume 12 Issue 39 2004-10-06 “Making the most of the AU experience: Writing exams outside Alberta.” This is… Read more »

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