Vol. 12 Iss. 08

Volume 12 Issue 8 - 02/25/2004

Editorial Pages

AUSU ELECTION COVERAGE This week, the first three interviews with candidates for the next AUSU council! Watch for more in the next two issues:. 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… Read more »

AUSU Council Meeting- February 22nd, 2004

First on the docket of this month’s AUSU council meeting was AU’s current standards of quality; I think we’ve all received the green, photocopied Student Handbooks with our course materials, and some students have even received photocopied versions of textbooks. Rest assured, the situation is being looked into, and a letter to AU will be… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Best Before

Have you ever felt like your “best before” date has come and gone? I certainly have, on occasion. Most days, though, I think I’m handling this whole aging business quite gracefully, especially when I consider the alternative. Last year a painter friend of mine died in a motor vehicle accident just days after her 50th… Read more »

AU Profiles – Student: Gitanjali Mitchell

What province and city/town do you live in? I live in Calgary, AB Do you have a family/ kids/ pets ? I am married with 4 kids- ages 10 ½, 7 ½, 5 and 3 What are your hobbies / interests/ activities/ etc. I love languages. When I was in college, I could carry on… Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends Last week Mike and Phoebe got married, outside, in the snow, in front of Central Perk. This week Phoebe returns from a romantic honeymoon, and receives a request from Joey to help him learn to speak French, which apparently she does fluently…. Read more »

Dear Heather

Dear Heather, My husband and I are in our early 30s and have been very happily married for almost five years. We have no children, and are getting very tired of people (family, friends, strangers) asking us when we’re going to have a baby. Usually, we try to ignore these questions, because the truth is,… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – AU Seeking New VP Academic

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 AU SEEKING… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: No Man’s Land

This is a true gripper. I was mightily impressed with this film from France. The setting is a trench during the Bosnian War, where a Serb and a Bosnian soldier are mistakenly stuck. What makes this so special is the incredible language from all the players. The writing is amazing. The people in all roles… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Warning Bells Starting to Ring In Nova Scotia, the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission has put out a press release (http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20040218001) with some of the first warnings of many that we will soon be hearing about a severe shortage of faculty. In a time where some sort of post-secondary education is almost becoming a necessity… Read more »

AUSU This Month – AU Mentor Program is Here

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 »


AUSU COUNCIL CANDIDATE – Lonita Fraser See http://www.ausu.org/election/candidates.php for a list of all of the candidates. How did you first become aware of AUSU Council, and why do you want to be a part of council in 2004? I first became aware of the AUSU and Council about two years ago when I first started… Read more »


The Slave’s Dream Beside the ungathered rice he lay, His sickle in his hand; His breast was bare, his matted hair Was buried in the sand. Again, in the mist and shadow of sleep, He saw his Native Land … He did not feel the driver’s whip, Nor the burning heat of day; For Death… Read more »


AUSU COUNCIL CANDIDATE – Melanie Gray See http://www.ausu.org/election/candidates.php for a list of all of the candidates. How did you first become aware of AUSU Council, and why do you want to be a part of council in 2004? I started at AU in August 2002 and found my way to AUSU forums through website navigation… Read more »


AUSU COUNCIL CANDIDATE – Stacey Steele See http://www.ausu.org/election/candidates.php for a list of all of the candidates. How did you first become aware of AUSU Council, and why do you want to be a part of council in 2004? I had taken a course at AU a few years ago. At that time I had no… Read more »

The Physically Disabled Know No Bounds

Some people have a grim outlook about the capabilities of the disabled; they believe that a disability may somehow lower a person’s quality of life. But the people who do have physical disabilities are constantly showing us that these people are wrong. One of the most exciting areas in which they do this is the… Read more »


Recently, eighty-seven year old Brantford Ontario nursing home resident Norma Stenson was abused by staff-members of two separate private facilities. The abuse was captured on hidden video and broadcast on CTV’s W-5 program (1). Two staff-members of Charlotte Villa Retirement Home were charged prior to airing of the videos with criminal offences: Amanda LaPierre, was… Read more »

Farch Blues

As we all know, the months of February and March – “Farch” – can be a particularly dreary time of year. Sunk in the trough between the excitement of the winter holiday season and the first rejuvenating signs of Spring, it is not uncommon to find oneself experiencing heavy duty doldrums whilst travelling through this… Read more »

From My Perspective – Random Acts of Kindness

Or perhaps not so random. Today I received a beautiful gift. What made it even more beautiful was that it was so completely unexpected. Ironically, this past week was the Canadian “Random Acts of Kindness” week, an initiative dedicated to “building a kinder and more compassionate country and world” that started in Edmonton almost ten… Read more »

Student Writes

We tend to think of note taking as simply the action of writing things down, but there are techniques that can make your notes much more effective, both while you’re taking them and later when you’re using them for review. If, for example, you’re attending an in-class lecture, actually dating your notes is a good… Read more »

Total Recall

There are lots of nifty little tricks you can make use of to help get your memory muscles working for you, and two of the easiest are “acronyms” and “acrostics”. Acronyms are combinations of letters, each being a cue to a particular idea or word. We see them all the time, used humourously and not,… 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 »


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 »

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 »

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