Vol. 12 Iss. 09

Volume 12 Issue 9 - 03/03/2004

Editorial Pages

THIS WEEK AUSU ELECTION COVERAGE This week, more interviews with candidates for the next AUSU council! Watch for more in the next issue: Are you good at digging up information on the net? The Voice needs a contributor with excellent web searching skills to help create the Scholarship News column each week. We need scholarships… Read more »

Travel Photo Feature – Belfast’s Gritty Side

Load Me Up played over my headphones. Raw and edgy, the lyrics of Vancouver’s Matthew Good Band warned of “ticking in the overhead.” This struck me as an unusual offering for in-flight music on an international route. While I peered at the blue expanse of the North Atlantic below me, the song described “bodies in… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Call Me Crazy

Call me crazy but I love to iron. That’s probably a very good thing since the man I married only wears long-sleeved shirts—-work shirts, dress shirts, sports shirts. Many of my friends look at me in disbelief. With today’s synthetic fibres, relaxed lifestyle and harried pace who in her right mind still irons? I do…. Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

A Day for Learning The latest Alberta provincial government “boost” to education came recently in the form of an announcement (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200402/15973.html) of $20 million dollars to be spread across the Learning Ministry. Minister of Education, Dr. Lyle Oberg, proclaims that “As a government, we have increased funding for basic education and post-secondary learning in order… Read more »

Dear Heather

Dear Heather, I have done a few courses through AU and enjoyed them, and I’m thinking of trying to get a bachelor’s degree. How do I plan my program and decide which courses I should take? Steve, Calgary AB Dear Steve: Congratulations on deciding to earn a degree! It’s a challenge and requires lots of… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye On Education – Free Thesis Website

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 FREE THESIS… Read more »

Primetime Update

Missed your favourite shows? No problem. Primetime update gives you the rundown. Friends Last week, Joey revised his resume after he couldn’t learn French, Monica and Chandler found out that the father of their future child is not a murderer, and Rachel threw herself to an unwilling Ross (however they leave us with an inkling… Read more »

AUSU This Month

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 »

VOICE CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS – Cindy Stobbe

AUSU COUNCIL CANDIDATE – Cindy Stobbe 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 AUSU through a co-worker who used to sit on Council. This was… Read more »

VOICE CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS – Joy Krys

AUSU COUNCIL CANDIDATE – Joy Krys 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? While I was looking for a study companion, the idea of creating a club for student moms came to me. Since then, I got to know many council members and… Read more »

VOICE CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS – Teresa Neuman

AUSU COUNCIL CANDIDATE – Teresa Neuman See http://www.ausu.org/election/candidates.php for a list of all of the candidates. My name is Teresa Neuman and I am running for election to Council. I would like to thank The Voice for this opportunity to express my views about being part of AUSU Council and the AU experience. I am… Read more »

VOICE CANDIDATE INTERVIEWS – Shannon Maguire

AUSU COUNCIL CANDIDATE – Shannon Maguire 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 AUSU Council when I read about them on the AUSU website. Distance… Read more »

Western Independence

The recent so-called Sponsorship Scandal(1) has shaken confidence in the federal Liberal government. It is but one more issue that certain partisan groups and individuals can point to in criticism of Canadian federalism under its present structure. Canadians who are even moderately informed of current events and Canadian history are familiar with Quebec-separatist’s discontent with… Read more »

From My Perspective – File Sharing and Privacy

I never thought I’d say it, but I’m impressed with my cable company recently. Or perhaps I should say – I’m impressed with one particular element of it – the stand the company is taking towards customer privacy. Normally I’m not that crazy about my cable company. They have a monopoly, meaning they can increase… Read more »

Paper Chase

While writing an essay it’s important to remember that until you hand it in, nothing is carved in stone – not even the thesis. If, in the midst of researching or writing your drafts, you hit on a thesis that’s more appropriate, or simply one you prefer, use it – just make certain it still… Read more »

AU Honours List – January

The Voice wishes to congratulate the following students, who have made the AU honours list for January 2004 Arril, David – London ON Atwell, Laura – Ardrossan AB Avery, C.E. Julie – Bedford NS Baird, Laura – Lethbridge AB Balash, Tracy – Edmonton AB Baptista, Theresa – St Albert AB Barrett, Thomas – Coquitlam BC… Read more »

Best Test

One of the keys to taking an exam, especially the essay or short-answer types, are understanding what it is the questions on the exam are asking you to do. Below are some key terms to keep in mind. “ยข Compare: Emphasise similarities between two or more sources, or show how they relate to one another…. Read more »

Athabasca University Honoured By The ICDE

In 2002 I realised that it was more than past time for my life to change. I hadn’t finished my university degree the first time around, and this fact was dogging me for many reasons; a lack of self-satisfaction not being the least of them. I realised that in order to move forward personally and… 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 »

VOICE MERCHANDIZE – SHOW YOUR AU PRIDE!

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 »

Comments on Farch Blues by Bill Pollett [v12 i08]

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. Comments on Farch Blues by Bill Pollett [v12 i08] I would like to thank Bill for writing the article “Farch Blues.” Lately, I have noticed that life was getting a… Read more »

Comment on Shannon Maguire’s article this week [v12 i08]

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. My husband is a quadriplegic and has attempted to get into better shape to be able to participate in more of life’s offerings. Unfortunately we’ve encountered an extreme attitude from… Read more »

Classified ads

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 AU SPORTS CLUB, NOW ONLINE! The AU Student Sports Club is now online at http://www.ausu.org/clubs/ausc . If you… Read more »