Vol. 13 Iss. 32

Volume 13 Issue 32 - 08/19/2005

AU Offers New Awards for Students!

Starting this fall, Athabasca University will be offering over $200,000 in new awards for AU students. This massive awards campaign, designed to complement existing AU student awards, is being launched by the University as a means of off-setting increasing tuition costs and students’ subsequent financial difficulties, as well as rewarding students for academic and social… Read more »

Gay and Lesbian Update

This monthly column features news and issues affecting gays and lesbians in Canada and around the world. Same-sex marriage is now legal across Canada! The bill passed the Senate by a vote of 41 to 21 with 3 abstentions. Supreme Court Justice Beverly McLachlin, who was acting on behalf of Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, signed… Read more »

The Good Life – The Meaning of Success

What does success mean to you? For me, it has always been a moving target. When I was a young girl, a successful day involved the arrival of the ice cream truck at the playground in town. Later on, it meant getting A’s in math class, making the cut for the basketball team, and being… Read more »

AUSU This Month

“A Learning Alberta” Recently, the Alberta Government announced a comprehensive review of the Alberta post-secondary education system. Many discussion documents were placed online, and all stakeholders were invited to respond and make suggestions on our how post-secondary system can be improved. The students of the four universities of Alberta have responded through a document drafted… Read more »

Lost & Found – In Our Garden

I plant an apple tree and wait for you to crawl through the grass toward me, and open my eyes to delicious worldly delight. I plant red roses to remind me of the way your hips moved in the candlelight in the Moroccan hotel room the night before the bomb went off in the marketplace…. Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Nova Scotia Helping AU At the annual premiers meeting, it seems that the Premier of Nova Scotia was advocating (http://www.gov.ns.ca/news/details.asp?id=20050808006) that the federal government take steps that will benefit AU tremendously. As part of their recommendations to the Federal Government, Nova Scotia suggested that Ottawa adjust its funding for post-secondary education to utilize a per-student… Read more »

Dear Barb – Becoming Positive

Dear Barb: I am a 25-year-old student completing my last year of university. As long as I can remember my friends have been telling me I’m too negative. I do tend to see the glass as half empty, rather than half full. My relationships rarely last longer than six months and I’m wondering if this… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A Hazel by Any Other Name

Julia Roberts’ twin daughter notwithstanding, Hazel is an old, uncommon name. An Internet search for the word Hazel netted over 1.5 million items. Hazel is a botanical, old English name meaning the hazel tree. It was popular from the 1870s to the 1920s. No wonder all of the Hazels I see are in the obituaries!… Read more »


I have two book reviews to share today. Both books happen to be written by Canadians, interestingly enough. WORD NERDS UNITE! I am a self-described word-nerd. I love words and language. My number one favourite hobby is reading. I’m functionally fluent in three languages and have picked up a few words in at least seven… Read more »

Oui ou Non? Is Our New Governor General a Quebec Sovereigntist?

On Paul Martin’s recommendation, Michaelle Jean will become Canada’s 27th Governor General on October 1st, an appointment that comes with widespread dispute. The question at the forefront of most Canadians’ minds is, “Is Jean a Quebec sovereigntist?” Rumour has it that she voted in support for Quebec’s independence during the 1995 sovereignty referendum. The Haitian… Read more »


Let me tell you (ahem) about my friend’s toilet. You see, they’re renovating their bathroom and they have ordered a new toilet. Did you know that when you order a toilet you most often have to order the seat separately? Yes, a brand-new toilet and the seat is not included. This is perhaps something someone… Read more »

Safety First: A News Release from…

Safety First: A News Release From Lionel T. Undershaft, III, President of the Canadian Independent Chamber of Commerce and Industry (a Wholly Owned Subsidiary of Crunk Genetics and Pharmaceuticals, Inc.) As some of our politicians, civic leaders and law enforcement officials have recently pointed out, Canada as a nation is woefully unprepared for a terrorist… Read more »

Women You Should Know

Alice Paul (1885-1977), an American suffragist leader, was born into a Quaker family in Moorestown, New Jersey on January 11, 1885. Her tireless struggle for women’s rights triumphantly resulted in women being granted the right to vote in the United States federal election in 1920. However, this feat did not come easy for Paul. She… Read more »

Voice Events Listings

To list events in your area, e-mail voice@ausu.org with “events” in the subject line. FRINGE A-GO-GO Edmonton, Alberta – 18-28 August 2005 For information: 780 448 9000 fta@fringetheatreadventures.ca http://www.fringetheatreadventures.ca/index.php/fta BANFF SUMMER ARTS FESTIVAL Banff, Alberta – On now until August 26 2005 For information: 403 762 6100 box_office@banffcentre.ca http://www.banffcentre.ca/ SASKATOON INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL Saskatoon, Saskatchewan… Read more »

Searching for Internships + Volunteer Opportunities

INTERNSHIP Schools Without Borders – 3490 Aylmer Montreal, QC Canada internship types: Accounting, Social Work, Theater, Drama, Dance, Urban & Regional Planning Qualifications / skills needed: To be eligible to participate in a SWB seminar; – Applicants must be within the required age range (Kenya: 14-20 & Brazil: 15-20) at the time of the seminar,… Read more »

Conference Connections

WIPCE 2005 Nov 27-Dec 1, 2005 – Hamilton, New Zealand http://www.wipce2005.com/ Te Wananga o Aotearoa is dedicated to promoting inspirational ideas and practices from Indigenous communities that can be applied on an international scale. It is pleased to host this world renowned gathering of indigenous educators, researchers and students. The 2005 conference is an opportunity… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

Jimmie Condon Athletic Scholarships Funds for these awards are sponsored by Alberta Lottery Fund and administered by Alberta Scholarship Programs. The scholarship was established in honour of Jimmie Condon. Value: $1,800 Applicants must be Alberta residents and be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate, professional or graduate program at a university, college or technical institute in… Read more »

Athabasca Students, Unite!

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. Fellow Students: Having just read a recent article in The Voice about the inevitability of tuition increases, one wonders when the rising tide will overwhelm the vast majority of students (and future students)… Read more »


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