Vol. 13 Iss. 49

Volume 13 Issue 49 - 12/16/2005

Life in Germany: Part 5, Schwerin Palace

The ongoing adventures of an AU student studying abroad. See issues 1340, 1342, 1343 and 1346 in the Voice archives, or search for “Life in Germany” to read the beginning of this story. The train travels eastward from the centre of Hamburg, through its suburbs, through forests, and then eventually into agricultural lands. By this… Read more »

The Good Life – O Tannenbaum

Last night marked the official arrival of the Christmas season in our home. It came a little later than usual for us this year, due to an abnormally hectic work schedule. But we finally found the time to head to the tree lot at the elementary school near our house to pick out a Christmas… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Job Posting

AUSU Job Posting – Chief Returning Officer Deadline – January 17th The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) represents AU students and their interests. The Union strives for a fair and accessible election process for members to the Students’ Council. To this end, AUSU is seeking a student to fulfill the role of Chief Returning Officer… Read more »

Turing the Pages

Well, it’s certainly been a week, all right! I have been doing some outside reading for my due-any-day-now Communications 321 (Computers and Human Experience) paper about the Information Revolution. I have to tell you, reading what some “?experts’ thought was going to happen, and what some of them still think is going to happen, makes… Read more »

Lost & Found – Of Meat Loaf and Godspell

Most people, I think, start out by being fairly open-minded to most experiences. For a child, each new room and each new day are potential adventures waiting to be explored. During the first few years of our lives, we are totally “in the moment,” completely immersed in the waters of the here and now. As… Read more »

Canadian Fedwatch! News Across the Nation

Athabasca University behind the Times Once again, it seems Athabasca University (AU), supposedly the premiere home of distance education, is caught having to play catch-up in the very field it supposedly specializes in. Early in December, the provincial government of Alberta announced that NAIT was training welder and electrician apprentices through videoconferencing — something that… Read more »

Dear Barb – Dealing with Abuse

Dear Barb: My boyfriend and I have been living together for two years. We dated for one year before moving in together. While we were dating he was loving, supportive, and open We had a lot of fun together. I really believed he was the man I would like to spend my life with. Our… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Christmas 2005 Status Report

It’s December 11th as I write this. In two short weeks from today, our extended family will be gathering here for Christmas dinner. Yikes! Check out this status report. The new dishwasher we bought in June is still sitting in the middle of the kitchen awaiting installation. What’s the big deal you may ask? When… Read more »

The Numbers Game

In a Starbucks coffee shop a few weeks ago, I sat across from two students madly studying for an upcoming exam. They had a laptop sitting beside them and hundreds of dollars of textbooks at their feet, as they sifted through their notes and caffeinated themselves in preparation for a long night of studying. The… Read more »

The 50-Cent Controversy

There was an interesting news item a couple of weeks back about Dan McTeague, the Toronto Member of Parliament (MP) who wants to keep “bad boy” rapper 50 Cent (also known as “Fiddy”) out of Canada (Pedwell, 2005). As his reasoning, McTeague cites the fact that Fiddy has a criminal record. There is concern that… Read more »

The Grey Zone

We are unwilling allies, the smiling woman and I. At our bi-monthly meetings, she never fails to beam happily at me, a fit, healthy and apparently wealthy icon of youth and beauty. She is number 837, Natural Golden Brown, and with each appointment that I keep, I become ever more determined to cut her out… Read more »

Stereotyping: The Human Binary

Stereotypes and the binary number system consist of similar principles. Both categorize elements by an “either/or” determination, thereby allowing for maximum efficiency. Yet, both are limited by that very same “either/or” quality. Problems can arise from such narrow limitations resulting in a mechanical and unwavering bias. However, the benefits provide balance with “either/or” limitations allowing… Read more »


AU has launched an exciting new initiative to assist students and more efficiently utilize AU resources. “Electronic letters (e-letters) is a new feature that will enable undergraduate students to view certain letters online – registration, withdrawal, extension, exam, and final grade, to name a few. The process took more than a year, was worked on… Read more »

Searching for Internships

The Walrus Magazine Toronto, Ontario The Art Internship is six months long. Sessions begin in July and January. Application deadline: April 15 for July 2 There are two six-month Editorial Internship sessions per year. Four interns are chosen for each session, and begin in pairs on consecutive months. Requirements: “ยข must be graduates of a… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

Ritchie-Jennings Memorial Scholarship Value: $1,000 Application Deadline: May 13 Description: Must be currently enrolled in full-time studies at the undergraduate or graduate level at an accredited four-year college or university. Declared major in accounting or criminal justice, with interest in becoming Certified Fraud Examiners Submit maximum 500 word essay on specified topic. Transcripts and letters… Read more »

Voice Events Listings

To list events in your area, e-mail voice@ausu.org with the word “events” in the subject line. HAVE A HEART FOR HOSPICE HOLIDAY CAMPAIGN December 01 – December 23, 2005 Calgary 11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Eau Claire Market catherine.bell@hospicecalgary.com http://www.hospicecalgary.com The Holidays can be a special time for sharing memories and thinking about those we love…. Read more »

Conference Connections

HIP HOP ECONOMIC SOCIAL CONFERENCE Jan 5 – 8, 2006 – Atlanta, GA – http://www.tnma.com TNMA conference will have enormous hip-hop celebrities and respected visionaries communicating the importance of establishing a sound financial future. The topics selected are to empower the participants to improve their quality of life. Events include: a celebrity basketball game, celebrity… Read more »

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