Vol. 12 Iss. 48

Volume 12 Issue 48 - 12/15/2004

Editorial Pages

A couple of weeks ago I wrote my member of parliament and Stephen Harper because I was outraged by how my party representative has used public funding and his political office to push for hate-based legislation. My resentment has grown as publicly funded newsletters and postcards have been sent to my home, urging me to… Read more »

Voice Writing Contest Update

Voice readers may be wondering when the results of this year’s writing contest will be released. This year, we had more than twice the number of entries as last year, and the judges have been working overtime to ensure that every one of them gets the attention they deserve. I hope to be able to… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

British Columbia: The Land of Forgiveness The provincial government of British Columbia is expanding (http://www2.news.gov.bc.ca/nrm_news_releases/2004MAE0060-001036.htm) their loan forgiveness program. Under this program, students in certain courses of study can have their loans eliminated by agreeing to work in locations that have a high need for those types of professionals. The program used to apply only… Read more »

The Good Life – Bring on the Feast

The thing I enjoy most about the Christmas season is the opportunity it brings for indulging in luxury. Before you accuse me of shameless materialism, or start to think that I’m wealthy or privileged, I’ll point out that I’m not talking about the sort of luxury that only a well-padded bank account or a high… Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU Christmas Hours Over the Christmas Holidays, AUSU will be closed for the same duration as the university. Our hours will be as follows: Dec 24, 2004: office closes at 3:00 pm, MST Dec 25, 2004 through Jan 3, 2005: Office Closed Jan 4, 2005: Office open at 8:30 am, MST Are you in Need… Read more »

Dear Barb – Christmas Away from Home

Dear Barb; I’m in my first year at University and many miles away from my home. Therefore, I will not be able to afford to fly home for Christmas this year. This will be very difficult since this is the first Christmas I have not been with my family. Is there anything I can do… Read more »

Lost & Found – A Christmas Tale

It’s Christmas Eve sometime in the distant past, and I’m in a ski cabin in the Kootenays that my roommate Todd and I rented with the last of our summer tree planting money. With both of our families in remote places, we decided to “get away from it all” this year. At this point in… Read more »

Primetime Update – Survivor Vanuatu Finale

WHAT’S NEW ON PRIMETIME THE AMAZING RACE Last week, 9 Teams set out from Norway and traveled to Sweden where they visited the ice bar as well as IKEA and had to do some tedious staff chores. Later, they had to unroll hay bales to search for a clue. It took Lena over 8 hours;… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Three Challenges

In a calm, measured, almost dispassionate way, Reverend Dale Lang retold the story of his son’s murder to an audience in Andrew. Seventeen-year old Jason Lang had been shot at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, April 28, 1999 in his Taber, Alberta high school. It was eight days after the Columbine massacre. Lang recalled how that… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Area 51

This made for TV film has been in high demand on channels like the Discovery and the Learning Channels. The summer months often produce high demand programs in specialty weeks like Shark Week and UFO week., and this film is a result of the latter. British TV producer Martin Belverson was smart enough to film… Read more »

In The Spirit of the Season

Special Alert: I don’t think anyone could really have seen this coming, but apparently Christmas falls on December 25th this year. This means that anybody who’s planning on sending me cash or gifts had better get a move on. But try to remember that this season is, after all, about much more than my own… Read more »

From My Perspective – University Demand and Dropout

Last week, on Thanksgiving Day, I sat down to make a list of the top In May of this year, the Taking Notes column discussed high university high drop out rates across Canada, with graduation rates below 70 percent in some programs. A new study shows this trend worsening, with one out of seven Canadians… Read more »

Did You Know

… that the Centre for Science has a resource page for information of all kinds regarding astronomy and related subjects? This page includes links to the syllabi for AU astronomy courses, as well as links to tools and informational sites to help feed your star-gazing need. There is also information on astronomy quizzes for AU… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – International Students & Tuition

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 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS… Read more »

Searching for Internships

LifeTime Media, Inc. – PR and Marketing Intern Job Location: New York – New York, NY, United States Job Description: We have a wonderful opportunity for the right candidate to join our team as a Marketing and PR intern for immediately or during the spring semester. You will be trained for a variety of special… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

SPECIAL AWARD FOR NORTHERN RESIDENTS Award Amount: $2500 Deadline: January 31 Notes: Offered to long-time residents of the Canadian North requiring financial assistance. Application forms and further information may be obtained from the ACUNS Web site. Contact Information: Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies 405 -17 York Street Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9J6 Phone: (613)… Read more »

Conference Connections

CALL FOR PAPERS – Urban and Rural Flows and Counterflows February 10-12, 2005 Splendid Isolation: Urban and Rural Flows and Counterflows in Electronic Music and Related Media Berlin, Germany Held in conjunction with club transmediale.05 “The relationship between communication technologies and the city has been a long and complicated one, where the density of communicative… Read more »

An open letter to Alberta Justice Minister Ron Stevens

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. An open letter to Alberta Justice Minister Ron Stevens Honourable Minister, I am concerned about the Alberta Government’s opposition to the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages. As an Albertan, I find it… Read more »

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