Vol. 12 Iss. 05

Volume 12 Issue 5 - 02/04/2004

Editorial Pages

Where you live: AU students are situated all around the world, and on every continent [well, probably not Antarctica, but you never know!]. A reader suggested that it would be interesting to receive articles from AU students about the place where they live – sort of a city profile. If any reader wants to send… Read more »

Sounding Off

Here are more responses to the questions: Which commercials anger you the most? and Which AU course is the toughest? It’s not the content, usually, it’s the constant repetition that drives me bonkers. Case in point – the current Wonder Bread spot where the kid is reading ingredients from the bread and the mother is… Read more »

Dear Heather

Dear Heather, I work full-time, take AU courses part-time, and have two teenagers, so I don’t have a lot of spare time for a volunteer work commitment. Do you have any suggestions about how I can ‘give back’ to my community with what little time I have? I am particularly interested in helping people with… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – University No-Smoking Policies

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 In Alberta… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Institut Fran├žais? Excusez-moi? The University of Regina is receiving over 20 million dollars in order to establish its new Institute francais (http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/newsroom/news_e.cfm?Action=Display&code=3N0440E), or basically, a French language section of the university. Of that funding 6.9 million comes from the federal government, and the remaining 13.8 million will be supplied by the Province of Saskatchewan. While… Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends “The one Where the Stripper Cries,” will be on February 5th. (Before Survivor?) Friends airs on Thursdays at 9:00pm Alberta Time, on Global (channel 7 in Calgary) Survivor – ALL STARS Eighteen survivors, 3 teams of 6. The All Stars receive a… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Weekend at Bernie’s

There’s something absolutely uproarious about comic farce done well:and that is the beauty of this 1989 film. As actor Terry Kiser (Bernie) joked in an interview that in his biggest acting success he winds up being a corpse. I’m afraid so. And what a hoot that corpse is. Start with two dumb guys (Andrew McCarthy… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Students Support Program to Provide Access to AU Students with Disabilities; Mentor Program Launched

Students Support Program to Provide Access to AU Students with Disabilities January 29, 2004 On behalf of Athabasca University students, the Students’ Union today presented a cheque for $2,000 to AU’s Access to Students with Disabilities Program (ASD). The new annual donation from the Students’ Union will provide assistive technology to AU students who require… Read more »

Remembering a Less Than Pefect Mother

May 10, 1979, it sees like yesterday, yet it seems like a lifetime ago. I guess it’s both. That was the day I said goodbye to my mother for the last time. I always refer to her as my mother, not mom. I guess because she was a mother to me, not a mom. Mom’s… Read more »

Is There a Doula In The House? – pt.2

For the first part of “Is There A Doula In The House”, see last week’s issue of The Voice [January 28, 2004 – v12 i04]. I know you consider yourself a feminist. How does being a doula fit into or complement those beliefs? Being a doula is all about empowering women to reclaim the birth… Read more »

The Voice Fiction Feature – Poetry by…

gone i remember when we were parked out by the reservoir you told me of a ghost you’d seen walking through the woods don’t look it’s gone already the best times are when you’re happy and don’t know why you just smile and think of nothing for awhile don’t look now exile the old wolf… Read more »

From My Perspective – Freedom of Speech

Last week I did not submit an article for my “From My Perspective” column in The Voice. After more than two years of writing regularly and rarely missing an issue, I found myself unable to write. Partly it was due to stress and overload and just needing a break. But the more important reason I… Read more »

The Gleason Brothers

My youth was filled with the stories of larger-than-life trappers, prospectors and homesteaders that lived and worked in British Columbia’s interior during the early twentieth century. My mother’s family lived in a small sawmill town called Penny which seems to have been the cross-roads for many an intrepid soul. Their stories of harrowing wilderness adventures… Read more »

Speech From The Throne Lacks Substance – Students search for meaningful solutions from federal government

Edmonton – Today, Paul Martin announced his agenda in the Speech from the Throne. While much was said about post-secondary education, students are struggling to find meaningful solutions for the issues they face. “It is important that the federal government is acknowledging issues like student debt and technology costs,” stated Shirley Barg, CAUS Chair. “However,… Read more »

Scholarships and Awards

Lucent Global Science Scholars Award Value: $5000 Number: One Deadline: April 15, 2004 Notes: Winners will receive a $5,000 US award, visit the world-renowned Bell Labs in New Jersey and sightsee in New York for a weekend. Students must be in first year undergraduate study in: computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or a specialized… 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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Response to Shannon Maguire’s, Where Has All the Fat Come From

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. Response to Shannon Maguire’s “Where Has All The Fat Come From”, v12 i04, January 28, 2004. I really appreciate Shannon’s comments, but, and perhaps it’s just the psychology student in… Read more »

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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 »