Vol. 13 Iss. 27

Volume 13 Issue 27 - 07/13/2005

Convocation Report, 2005 – Conclusion

The Voice Magazine’s coverage of Convocation 2005 concludes with reports from the grounds and more photos. Friday, June 10, 11:00 A.M. – After lingering over a morning coffee with my hosts and some other AU people, I arrive at the university only an hour before ceremonies begin. The atmosphere is much busier today, and few… Read more »

The Good Life – Two Sides of Vancouver

I have lived in Vancouver for fifteen years now, and although I’m no jet-setter, I have spent enough time in other cities across the country to confirm that I would no longer consider moving to any other place in Canada. For me, that means no other place in the world can measure up to Vancouver…. Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU Course Evaluations Would you like to know what your fellow students have thought of an AU course? If so, you are not alone. Many students find the input of their peers invaluable when selecting courses or a program of study. AU students may not have cafeterias and hallways in which to share this knowledge,… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Aboriginal Students in Saskatchewan Receive Boost The provincial government of Saskatchewan is partnering with the Canadian Millennium Scholarship Foundation in order to create a new scholarship specifically for aboriginal students. Over six million dollars is being put into the new Millennium Aboriginal Access Bursary. This initiative will provide bursaries of $2,000 for 2,500 aboriginal post-secondary… Read more »

Dear Barb – Road Trips

Dear Barb: My husband and I are planning a family road trip next month. We have a seven-year-old daughter and a nine-year-old son. We have never taken our children on a road trip and we have heard horror stories from our friends who have taken road trips with their children. Do you have any tips… Read more »

Women You Should Know – Ella Jane Fitzgerald, (1918-1996)

Ella Fitzgerald was born on April 25, 1918 in Newport News, Virginia. Throughout her outstanding career, she became known as “The First Lady of Song.” It has been said that she began singing by accident. In 1934, Ella entered an Amateur Night competition at the Apollo. She had planned on dancing during the competition, but… Read more »

Lost & Found – Of Coyotes and Pigeons

In the July 10th edition of The Vancouver Courier, a community newspaper, there was a story about a woman whose cat was injured and nearly killed by two coyotes. The woman’s response was to immediately call for a culling of coyotes in the area, in order to make nighttime prowling safer for domesticated animals. “‘I… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Strange But True

Anyone wishing to stay on top of world happenings can now easily do so through television, radio, Internet and newspapers. In typical double-edged-sword fashion, this is both good and bad. Sixty years ago, people’s worlds were smaller and more insular. It took days, weeks or even months to hear what was happening in the next… Read more »

Cologne’s EL-DE Haus

In Cologne, Germany, the EL-DE Haus, so-called because of the initials of builder Leopold Damen, serves as a memorial to the victims of Nazi terror. The museum is a centre for documentation and research (http://museenkoeln.de/ns-dok_neu), serving as a facility for educating the public about the horrors of National Socialism. Of particular interest to this writer… Read more »

Diploma-induced Dichotomy

I officially have in my possession a piece of paper that cost me somewhere in the five figure range. Acquiring it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done (and no, it wasn’t a result of a booze-blurred bidding war on e-Bay). Paper in hand, I don’t regret any of what I went through… Read more »

Confucius Bumper-Sticker Style

George Orwell (2003) said the “greatest enemy of clear language” (p. 170) is insincerity. I agree. I can’t seem to write my philosophy essay. The only thing I am sincere about is putting it off. I’ve learned that being philosophical when you are so inclined and studying philosophy are two different things. If that’s the… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – PhD Grads Plan To Leave Canada

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 voice@ausu.org, attn: Debbie… Read more »

Searching for Internships

The Hansard Scholars Programme London, England http://www.hansardsociety.org.uk/programmes/study_programme Autumn: Sep – Dec Internships in the British political system with placements with an MP in the House of Commons, a Peer in the House of Lords, a parliamentary clerk, or other political organisations that could involve work with think tanks, human rights groups, campaign groups, lobbyists, law… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

CUPE Alberta scholarship The application deadline for the CUPE Alberta scholarship is approaching. Applicants have until September 1st to apply for the $1000.00 scholarship awarded to a CUPE Alberta member or a member of their immediate family who is pursuing post secondary labour oriented studies. CUPE Alberta Scholarship is open to applicants entering undergraduate or… Read more »

Conference Connections

Cultures of eBay August 24, 2005 – August 25, 2005 – Colchester, England http://www.essex.ac.uk/chimera/culturesofebay.html 2005 Government & Health Technologies Forum August 30-31, 2005 – Ottawa, ON http://gov.wowgao.com CONTRIBUTED BY AU’S THE INSIDER iCORE (Informatics Circle of Research Excellence) Summit – Aug. 2005 -Banff. The second annual iCORE Banff Informatics Summit will bring together leading information… Read more »

Convocation worth the trip

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. My daughter-in-law, Sheryl Britton, got her M.B.A. from Athabasca University on June 11th. I just want to say how much we enjoyed the weekend that was planned for us. All of the effort… Read more »


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