Vol. 13 Iss. 03

Volume 13 Issue 3 - 03/19/2005

Editorial Pages

Choosing a degree When I started at AU I had lofty goals. No way was I going to be one of those indecisive, underachievers who went for a bottom of the barrel, 3-year general studies degree. No, I had to be a four year degree with not one, but two majors, completed in just under… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Education over Regulation In Nova Scotia, they’ll be conducting a peer led program (http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20050113004) for people aged 19-24 about the dangers and risks of gambling. The program, called Know the Score, will be conducted at six post-secondary institutions across the province. Things like this have always confused me. For instance, Marie Mullally, president and CEO… Read more »

The Good Life – Funeral for a Friend

A few days into the new year, my daughter’s pet hamster, Cheerio, took ill and died. On average, hamsters live two or three years. Ours was less than eight months old. One moment, the animal had been hale and hearty, monkeybar-ing her way from one side of the cage to the other. A few hours… Read more »

AUSU This Month

Are you in Need of Financial Assistance? AUSU Can Help You AUSU has many financial assistance, emergency and computer bursaries available to help students in need. Every year AUSU will give away 10 financial assistance bursaries, $6000 in emergency bursaries and $4800 in computer bursaries. Visit our website at http://www.ausu.org/services/scholarships.php to find out if you… Read more »

Dear Barb – When a family member comes out

Dear Barb; I am the youngest in a family of three children. My 22 year old sister, who has been away at university for the last three years, recently returned home with the announcement that she is gay. My parents are devastated and having a hard time believing this is true. They think she is… Read more »

Lost & Found – The Strangeness of Us

I was watching late, late night TV a few months ago, and I came across a documentary about some European goth-metal band. There was concert footage interspersed with taped interviews with the members of the band. Watching the rock mockumentary This is Spinal Tap in my youth has all but ruined this kind of thing… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Operation Cleanup

Readers familiar with this space will remember a column called Doing Life’s Laundry. It covered the phenomenon of organizing and de-cluttering that’s become a cottage industry of television shows, books and magazine articles, professional organizers, and suppliers of organizational structures, containers and systems. Perhaps it’s the new pop psychology. Trying to understand why so many… Read more »

Flicks & Folios – Film Review: Ishtar (1987)

This is just a big mess. Someone thought that Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman would be an incredible team on screen and figured “who cares about the script–they always bring in the money!” Or so it seems anyway. My concern is how they managed to sucker these two more-than-capable actors into performing in this crap…. Read more »

John Williams MP and Same-Sex Marriage

The January 2005 newsletter for constituents of John Williams, the Member of Parliament representing Edmonton-St. Albert, is emblematic of the embarrassing Conservative stance on same-sex marriages. His recent issue of Keeping In Touch states that “if people want to enter into some other kind of relationship they can find some other name to call it,… Read more »

His Shirt and Tie

(For my father, Hugh Patrick Trainor of Passmore Street) My father is an old man and sometimes the nurses that work to feed him and bathe him now will sit him up in a chair and wrestle with the dead weight of him so they can dress him in a shirt and tie. It was… Read more »

Avoiding the Grind

Well, the holiday season and that lighthearted feeling of escape from the daily grind has evaporated. It’s gone, finished, kaput, shuffled off this mortal coil, now that most of us have landed back in the real world of schedules and deadlines with a resounding thud. Cranking out last minute English essays about fear and loathing… Read more »

Betting Your Life Away

FREDERICTON (CUP) — Alcohol, smoking and drugs are some of the biggest addictions in North America today. All of these, however, are not as significant as gambling–currently the leading addiction–[which] continues to grow. Gambling is defined as the wager of money on an uncertain event. Most of us have already, or will eventually, gamble at… Read more »

Conference Connections

Trans/national Film and Literature: January 27-29 2005 Cultural Production and the Claims of History Tallahassee, Florida USA – FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY 555 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306 – filmlit@englishmail.fsu.edu – http://english3.fsu.edu/~filmlit2005 KEYNOTE ADDRESS: “Making Films with an Accent: Transnational, Transitional, and Translational Strategies” Hamid Naficy, Department Chair, and Nina J. Cullinan Professor of Art… Read more »

Click On This – Speaking In Tongues

Every day we’re confronted by mysteries of language, signs we don’t understand, symbols that seem like gibberish, and words that sound like maybe they are not from this planet. Verbal communication is one of the most important abilities humans have, so here’s some help, and humour, to help figure out what others are saying. These… Read more »

Women You Should Know – Carrie Derick

Carrie Matilda Derick 1862 -1941. Born in Clarenceville Quebec Canada, Carrie Derick was a geneticist who became world renowned for her studies on heredity. She was also a crusader for women’s rights and openly supported birth control at a time when it was illegal in Canada. Derick received her B.A. in 1890 and her Master’s… Read more »

Searching for Internships

AAAS – Science Policy Internship – Job Location: Washington, DC, United States Job Description: Interns will work closely with AAAS staff on a variety of projects, helping to prepare proposals, organize meetings, contribute to publications, manage computer databases, obtain resource materials, and participate in ongoing research. They will also have the opportunity to attend relevant… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

SPACEFLIGHT AND LIFE SCIENCES TRAINING PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP Amount: n/s Deadline: January 31, 2005 Administrator: Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Award Notes: For students entering or in second or third year. Field of Study: Biochemistry, Biological & Life Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Health Sciences, Inorganic Chemistry, Medical & Health Sciences, Neurosciences, and Organic Chemistry – Academic Standing: 75…. Read more »

Response to Canadian Fedwatch! January 12, 2005 (v13 i2)

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. Response to Canadian Fedwatch! January 12, 2005 (v13 i2) http://www.ausu.org/voice/articles/columndisplay.php?ART=3479 As an AU student and former Albertan currently living in a very small, poor, and isolated town/reserve in Northern Saskatchewan, I had to… Read more »

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