Vol. 12 Iss. 43

Volume 12 Issue 43 - 11/10/2004

NEW: The Good Life – The Importance of Living Free

A few years ago I heard a CBC radio interview with the American counterculture novelist Tom Robbins, author of Even Cowgirls Get the Blues and Skinny Legs And All. He said that the ultimate archetypal battle facing the human race is not the struggle between good and evil, as we have been conditioned to believe… Read more »

Sisters of the Earth – This Week in Global Women’s News

Finally! The United Nations has just published its Gender Resource Package for Peacekeeping Operations–a comprehensive guide for those serving in the field and at Headquarters aimed at integrating concerns about equality and the particular concerns of women into the workings of missions across the globe. http://www.unhcr.ch/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home?page=news http://www.unifem.org/index.php?f_page_pid=6 The Coalition for Women’s Human Rights in Conflict… Read more »

AUSU This Month

Are you in Need of Financial Assistance? AUSU Can Help You AUSU has many financial assistance, emergency and computer bursaries available to help students in need. Every year AUSU will give away 10 financial assistance bursaries, $6000 in emergency bursaries and $4800 in computer bursaries. Visit our website at http://www.ausu.org/services/scholarships.php to find out if you… Read more »

Primetime Update

WHAT’S NEW ON PRIMETIME THE AMAZING RACE The new season will begin Tuesday, Nov. 16th, 2004. THE APPRENTICE 2 Thursday, Sept. 9th, 2004 Last week Andy stepped up as project manager for Mosaic, and succeeded in the NYC Police ad campaign task, but Elizabeth failed terribly and was fired. This week… THE TASK: Go out… Read more »

Dear Barb – Meeting someone special

Dear Barb; I love your column Barb. I would love, though, to be able to ask for relationship advice but that would require a relationship. How does one go about meeting the opposite sex when you are so busy with school and work and there isn’t much time for play? Nameless in Seattle Good question,… Read more »

Lost & Found – Row Upon Row

Every year I wear a poppy pinned to my jacket. When he was a child, my father would hide under a big wooden kitchen table while his stepfather, probably moved by demons he could never comprehend, mercilessly kicked at him with work-boots and tried to thrash him with the buckle of his belt. When he… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

We Remember Veterans Day, or Remembrance Day, if you prefer, is here again. For many of us, it is a day of formality, but not feeling. We wear the poppies because it is the thing decent people do. We pause for a moment, out of respect, or to give thanks, to those people who fought… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Salute to Farm Women

Write about the typical farm wife I tell myself. Take the many hats angle. Go for humor. Make light of the multi-function roles women play. Throw in a few horror stories. Why not? I’m living the life, how hard can it be? It wasn’t quite the cinch I’d expected. Because we sold our herd the… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Die Hard

Focus on Bruce Willis It seems like only yesterday that the actor with the most films in my personal collection–had hair! This film is still an amazing kick and mighty fun. Also, it has a good mushy ending. Here is the premise: an off-duty cop gets ready to spend Christmas with his ex-wife. He’s bushed… Read more »

New Course Introduction – Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 335)

Are you planning a career in the medical field? Or are you interested in knowing a bit more about current heath-care issues like informed consent? Why not embark on an ethics-based learning adventure with Athabasca University’s new course, Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 335)? Recently opened in April 2004, PHIL 335, a 3-credit course in the humanities,… Read more »

November Bliss

Aaaah, at last the sweeping November rains and biting November winds have once again arrived, and I’m lucky enough to have a good old fashioned head and chest cold. It’s one of those perfect sicknesses–the kind where you have enough drippiness and achiness, and just the right amount of fever, to keep your loved ones… Read more »

The Fragility of our Circumstance

From the very day we begin to dream, we start formulating our plan for what we shall become. We wholly embrace the long, arduous process in the belief that at the end of the road we shall prevail and become what we always knew we could be. However, here is a thought; what if one… Read more »

Montréal Sex Workers Look To Unionize

MONTRÉAL (CUP) — A group of Montréal sex workers and activists is seeking the support of a national union to gain a voice and protect their rights. “We want to work with the unions,” said Jenn Clamen, co-founder of the Committee and Guild for Erotic Labour. “We want unions to push for labour support, which… Read more »

Ottawa Students Join Unilingual Lobby Group

OTTAWA (CUP) — The University of Ottawa student union has decided to give its members provincial representation by joining an Ontario student lobby group on a trial basis — even though it’s not bilingual. The student union is now in negotiations with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance over the cost of becoming an associate member…. Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – Universities Consider New Ranking System

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 UNIVERSITIES CONSIDER… Read more »

Check it Out

Fathom – http://www.fathom.com If you’re looking for a way to augment your learning, or just for some personal interest reading, the Fathom directory might be just the place to begin. Columbia University, partnering with museums, libraries, other educational institutions, and more the world over, provide a wealth of free online learning materials to suit every… 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. CANADIAN ASSOCIATION FOR LATIN AMERICAN AND CARIBBEAN STUDIES October 28-31, 2004 http://calacs.concordia.ca/ University of Guelph Guelph ON, Canada More than 100 speakers from around the world will explore the theme “Latin America and… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

MLA SCHOLARSHIP FOR MINORITY STUDENTS Award Amount: $5000 Deadline: December 1 Administrator: Medical Library Association Notes: $5,000 (US) will be granted to a minority student who is entering an ALA-accredited library school or has yet to finish at least one half of the program’s requirements in the year following the granting of the scholarship. African… Read more »


The accommodation of students with disabilities has become a priority topic of discussion and planning within post-secondary education, nationally and internationally, in recent years. As legislation guides [educators to include] the accommodation requirements of students with disabilities as part of general policy and operations to ensure the opportunity for all students to participate fully; post-secondary… Read more »

Searching for Internships

United Nations Headquarters Secretariat Internship Programme Location: New York City, NY USA Objectives: Graduate and post-graduate students may be assigned to various UN offices where their educational experience can be enhanced through practical work assignments; to expose interns to the work of the UN; to provide UN offices with the assistance of highly qualified students… Read more »

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