Vol. 13 Iss. 50

Volume 13 Issue 50 - 12/23/2005

The Good Life – Peace, Order and Good Government

When I was growing up, I was taught to respect authority. I sat quietly in class, with my legs properly crossed, and listened with rapt attention to everything that my teacher told me. I watched the town mayor walk by in the annual parade, with the giant medallion around his neck, and was suitably impressed… Read more »

Lost & Found – The Child is You

Your whole life you are sleepwalking, until suddenly, one night, you wake up and know exactly what it is you must do. You open wide your bedroom window. The wind is whipping your face, screaming in your ears, but you barely even notice. You climb out onto the narrow ledge. One quick leap upwards, and… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Happy Holidays, from AUSU!

Happy Holidays, from AUSU! Please see the front page of AUSU.org for a Christmas card to the members and a new message from the President. 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… Read more »

From Where I Sit – A 2006 Worth Recording

One of my favourite rituals each November or December is deciding on a planner for the coming year. It may be contrary to the advice of time management gurus, but I always have more than one tool at my disposal. Nothing electronic, mind you. No Palm Pilot or Blackberry to keep this kid focused and… Read more »

Dear Barb – The Meaning of Christmas

Dear Readers: Thanks to everyone who wrote in this year with questions. I hope I have been able to help some of you. I’d like to end the year with a story I found online. It is a story about the true meaning of Christmas. Some of you may have read this story, but I… Read more »

(Not So) Guilty Pleasures

The truth is that there are plenty of reasons to get annoyed during the holidays. Between the parties and the presents, the days seem to fill up quicker now than they do at any other time of the year. Often, what was supposed to be fun starts to feel more like work. Here are a… Read more »

From My Perspective – A Death and a Life

Some superstitious part of me hesitated to submit my recent article about my grandfather’s 100th birthday (100 Years Young, v13 i48). I had started the article months ago, shortly after celebrating his birthday, but for some reason I had not been able to complete it until last week. I think on some level I felt… Read more »

Here’s to the Rest of Us

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: having money does make you happier. Anyone who says otherwise is foolish, deluded, or rich. Of course, money buys happiness. How could it be otherwise? Consider which set of options you would rather be faced with: deciding whether it would be better to drive the Audi… Read more »

What to believe?

I read an interesting article a while ago claiming that the most rapidly expanding form of worship in today’s world is the worship of celebrities. While I can understand the intrigue with these prominent individuals whom have attained fame and wealth in their lives that most of us can only dream of, what is more… 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 »

Click On This – World Wide Wonder

The Egg Man – http://www.cherukatheeggman.com/ Usually we just crack the shell and make use of the insides, but this man does something a lot more special and decorative than throw his egg shells into the compost – he creates some astounding works of art from carved egg shells. Health Physics Historical Instrumentation Museum Collection –… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – No mandatory retirement in Ontario

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 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 »

We Love to Hear From You

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: The Grey Zone, by Sandra Livingston, v 13 i49 I loved this article. I am 52 years old and I keep telling myself this year I’ll go grey, but I still haven’t… Read more »


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