Vol. 13 Iss. 39

Volume 13 Issue 39 - 10/07/2005

Why You Can Be Thankful For Student Debt

Put down your textbook, set aside that thesis, and hold on tight, because we’re going to turn your world upside down (Just for a few minutes, I promise). Using round numbers only, take a quick guess at how much you’ve spent on tuition in the past two years. Got a number? Good, because now comes… Read more »

Turning the Pages – An Anthropoligist on Mars

I’m back in non-fiction mode this week, possibly because I haven’t been working enough on my course work, and feel guilty. At least when I read non-fiction, I know I’m getting my mental exercise. I read An Anthropologist on Mars, by world-renowned neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks. This collection of case studies and personal anecdotes has… Read more »

Dear Barb – Going Back to School

Dear Barb: I work full-time and I am the mother of three young girls. I plan to cut down my hours and return to university. My husband is very supportive, but I’m still wondering if I’ll be able to manage everything. My plan is to get my degree through Athabasca University’s distance education. I’m hoping… 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 »

Women You Should Know – Agnes Baden-Powell

Agnes Baden-Powell, (1858-1945) became the first president of the Girl Guides in 1910. She was the sister of Robert Baden-Powell who was the founder of the world scouting movement and was in her early fifties when she agreed to take over the Guides. She was a person of many gifts. Her talent for music included… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Recognizing International Education’s Importance The Alberta minister for Advanced Education, David Hancock, was recently in Mexico promotion post-secondary learning opportunities for the people of that country. Along with 12 representatives from Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, Mr. Hancock also opened a new international education office. (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200509/188126BFB4884-7428-498D-BAA58FE09AEE85D2.html) I’m hoping this suggests a shift in the typical Alberta government… Read more »

Lost & Found – Just Like You

Hi fella, I hope you don’t mind me pulling up a spot on this bench. Nice to sit for a while in the sun, feel it warm up these old bones of mine. Hey, nice suit, by the way. What is it, Italian made? Yeah, I can always tell quality when I see it. You… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Garden Dreams

“Creating a garden is like learning to speak. First you discover the words by getting to know each plant. Then you put a few phrases together by combining two or three species that go together well. Then you make a complete sentence and finally a story.” ~ Beth Chatto, English gardener and garden writer I… Read more »

Voice Fiction – Ashley Mae’s Dark Day

Ashley Mae sat quietly in the living room watching Caillou on television as she did most Sundays. It was her favorite show, but today felt different than most Sundays. Something was wrong with her parents. During breakfast they didn’t talk to each other, but they did to Ashley Mae. Their smiles were not like real… Read more »

Looneytoons – Part One

(editor’s note: b. e. hydomako has published dozens of articles in the Voice over the years, and we are pleased to have him back after a long hiatus. Look for more articles by b. e. in future issues and see the Voice archives for past submissions by this, and many other authors who have graced… Read more »


AUSU is seeking temporary part-time office help, and we’d like to hire a student if possible. Our new part-time Office Assistant will help AUSU senior staff with the following tasks: “¢ data entry “¢ preparing packages for mailing “¢ monitoring discussion forums traffic “¢ and other basic office tasks as needed The successful applicant will… Read more »

Searching for Internships + Volunteer Opportunities

INTERNSHIP Professional Internships in Vancouver and Toronto Canada Term: Throughout the year Length of Position: 12-24 weeks Experience Required: no Participants Travel to Canada Independently Typically Participants Work Independently Typically The Application Process Time Is 6 weeks The InterNeX internship exchange is a program managed by WAYNE communications that arranges tailored internship placements for international… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

The Next Great Prime Minister Over $100,000 in prizes for Canadian Students. DO YOU HAVE A VISION FOR CANADA’S FUTURE? “The Next Great Prime Minister” is looking for Canada’s future leaders and has been launched to engage young Canadians in the political process. If you are between the ages of 18 and 29, send us… Read more »

Conference Connections

DEVELOPING SUCCESS FOR YOUTH October 19 – 21, 2005 Springfield, MO, USA http://www.drury.edu/dsy The thematic conference strands will address the development of the whole child through educational reforms; policy development; collaborative cultures; multi-dimensional educational practices; strategical, visionary planning; innovative curricula and learning experiences; and the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and soul. TEACHING KIDS NOT… Read more »

Student Moms – A Response

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. RE: STUDENT MOMS by Pam Pelmous Wow! I know that I admire all the OTHER moms out there who manage to balance work, family and community, but until I read this article, I… Read more »

Is it Time to Abolish the Monarchy? – A Response

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. Re: IS IT TIME TO ABOLISH THE MONARCHY? By Mandy Gardner Mandy Gardner suggests, in her article Is It Time to Abolish the Monarchy, that by remaining a “willing member of the Commonwealth”… Read more »


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Voice Events Listings

To list events in your area, e-mail voice@ausu.org with “events” in the subject line. ONE VISION – MANY VOICES: A CROSS-CULTURAL / ANTI-RACISM EDUCATION CONFERENCE University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Nov. 17-19, 2005 http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/edpolicystudies/ BLACK & BLUE FESTIVAL 5-11 October 2005 – Montreal, Quebec http://www.bbcm.org/ EINSTEINFEST Waterloo , ON – Sep 30, 2005 to Oct… Read more »