Vol. 12 Iss. 07

Volume 12 Issue 7 - 02/18/2004

Editorial Pages

AUSU ELECTION COVERAGE Starting next week, watch for Voice interviews with the candidates for the next AUSU council. Get to know the people who want to represent you! 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… 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 »

From Where I Sit – Diagnosis: People Pleaser

“I can only please one person a day Today’s not your day And tomorrow doesn’t look good either” So goes the message on a t-shirt spotted during a mall sidewalk sale. My first reaction was a grin as I thought ‘hey, that’s cute’. On second thought maybe just a wee bit arrogant. Because I’ll read… Read more »

AU Student Profiles

AU Student: Andrew Bell What province and city/town do you live in? Peterborough, Ontario. (It’s a small world – Arthur Setka, profiled in v11 i04, also lives here. We’ve never met, though..) Do you have a family/ kids/ pets ? My wife Phyllis and I have two grown children, and we’re empty nesters now. We… Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends Last week we witnessed a bachelorette party, a college alumni party, as well as a hoard of flashbacks. This week we hop right into wedding preparations, including Phoebe’s request that Joey walk her down the isle, and Monica as the wedding planner… Read more »

Dear Heather

Dear Heather, Do you have any advice for a student who’s really bad at writing essays? Jack S. Dear Jack, A lot of people have trouble writing essays, often because they’re intimidated by the task. The trick to a great essay is organization, but don’t panic: it’s easier than it sounds. Before you do anything… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – Alberta Government to give $16 Million for education

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 Alberta Government… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

The Boondoggle is Back I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention the current scandal running around at the federal level. It seems our Auditor General has looked at the books of Canada and determined (http://www.oag-bvg.gc.ca/domino/reports.nsf/html/20031100ce.html) that the liberal government has wasted a lot of money. Not that this is a large news-flash… Read more »

AUSU This Month – AU Sports Club has arrived

AU SPORTS CLUB, NOW ONLINE! The AU Sports Club (AUSC) is now online and accepting new members. If you are a fan of sports or athletics, and would like to keep up to date on happenings in the world of sports, or just have an opportunity to speak with other sports fans, then this club… Read more »

The Trust of Acrobats

It’s a classic drizzly Sunday afternoon in Vancouver and my six-year-old daughter and I are at Second Beach in Stanley Park. I’m down on the beach picking my way across slippery rocks, thinking about home insurance and tax returns and whether I’ve put enough money into the parking meter. Jessie is walking on the precipice… Read more »

The Psychological Battle Against Fat

Losing weight can be one of the hardest tasks a person must face. We could theorize that one of the reasons why people find it so hard to lose weight is because they are looking at the task from a completely physical point of view. This point of view would have us believing that weight… Read more »

Musical Notes: Sarah Mclachlan’s “Afterglow”

Afterglow Sarah McLachlan Sony/ATV Songs Listening to the radio one evening, I could not help but notice a new song blasting though the airwaves. “The past can be undone, but we carry on our back the burdens time always reveals. In the lonely light of morning. In the wound that would not heal. It’s the… Read more »

House Fires

My sisters used to love burning candles in the house when we were in our teens. I took up the practice from them and we’d visit the local hobby shop to procure raw wax, wicks, scents, colours, and moulds to make our own candles. Wax turned liquid in a pot on the stove would combine… Read more »

From My Perspective – Writing About My Family

I’ve officially been a grandma for about a week now. When I graduated this past June, 2003, I stated that graduating with my BA was the fifth most important life-altering experience I had ever undergone – after the birth of my four daughters. Well, my graduation has now been bumped to experience number six. The… Read more »

Freedom To Read

“Freedom to read can never be taken for granted. Even in Canada, a free country by world standards, books and magazines are banned at the border. Books are removed from the shelves in Canadian libraries, schools and bookstores every day. Free speech on the Internet is under attack. Few of these stories make headlines, but… Read more »

Scholarships and Awards

THE PARKLAND INSTITUTE 2004 ANNUAL STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST Value: $500 in each category Number: Three Deadline: May 31, 2004 Notes: Students registered in any high school, under graduate or graduate program within Alberta are invited to write an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following topic: Topic: “How are trends like larger class sizes,… 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. ATLANTIC UNDERGRADUATE UNIVERSITIES BIOLOGY CONFERENCE AND AQUACULTURE CONFERENCE Mar 5-7 The annual Atlantic Undergraduate Universities Biology Conference and Aquaculture Conference is being hosted by the University College of Cape Breton (UCCB), in Sydney,… Read more »

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