Vol. 14 Iss. 01

Volume 14 Issue 1 - 01/06/2006


At one time, the Voice featured an editorial in each issue. Unfortunately as the paper and AUSU have grown, I’ve been unable to find the time to write a new column each week. I try, however, to keep my hand in and write articles when important information for AU students becomes available. The following article… Read more »

Dear Barb – Accepting new in-laws

Barbara Godin became the new Voice advice columnist in the summer of 2004, continuing the popular column that began as Dear Sandra, and then Dear Heather as our previous columnists moved on to other pursuits. Despite having published over 70 columns in the Voice so far, Barb continues to cover new ground while answering a… Read more »

Turning the Pages – An Anthropoligist on Mars

Over its 14-year history, The Voice has almost always featured a book review column, and in 2005 Elizabeth Cousar decided to add her unique perspective to the mix. With a fondness for science fiction, Elizabeth reviews a variety of books which include eclectic selections from both fiction and non-fiction. This review explores a fascinating book… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Rest In Peace

From Where I Sit is the only ongoing Voice column that is reprinted – the rest of the material is all written specifically for The Voice. Selected for its consistent quality, and accessible, slice-of-life style, this column reflects the life of the modern rural student, combining farm life and responsibilities with higher learning and artistic… Read more »

In Dependent Times

Sara Kinninmont has been writing for the Voice since the summer of 2003. Her contributions are not frequent, but they are always memorable and strike a chord with Voice readers. An AU graduate, Sara explores the conflicted middle-ground between adulthood and late adolescence that is the third decade of life in North America. Where once… Read more »

From My Perspective – Living Death

A veteran Voice contributor through her two columns, From My Perspective and Taking Notes: Eye on Education, Debbie has published more than 300 articles in our student publication over the past five years. This column is one of personal reflection, as Debbie shares her feelings on current events and events in her own life, often… Read more »

Lamenting the loss of “I Am Canadian”

Lonita needs no introduction to Voice readers as she’s been submitting to this publication in many capacities since 2002. Aside from serving as Vice President External on the AU Students’ Union, Lonita contributes to a number of the Voice listings columns and also provides short news items and themed links lists. Her full length articles… Read more »

Pub Night with Jack Layton

Mandy Gardner began writing for the Voice in 2005 with a focus on Canadian politics and cultural diversity. An occasional contributor at first, Mandy has since become a weekly contributor with her short news column, International News Desk, which focuses on a broad range of newsworthy topics from the current events pages that are just… Read more »

His Shirt And Tie

A university instructor, published poet and editor of the Canadian compilation “And I Will Paint The Sky,” Carole has been submitting articles to The Voice since January of 2004. Her work focuses on themes of feminism, bisexuality, aging and empowerment. His Shirt and Tie was first published in The Voice on January 19, 2005. (For… Read more »

The Psychological Battle Against Fat

Shannon was a regular contributor to the Voice before gaining a place on AUSU council. Choosing to focus on her council duties she set aside her writing for a time, and her contributions have been missed. This article is a blast from the past, but one that might help those who have made a New… Read more »

MSCHE – Accreditation pays off…

Brian Pinto has published only one article with the Voice, but it touches on one of the most important things to happen to Athabasca University in its more than 30 year history. In 2005, AU became the first university to ever be fully accredited in both Canada and the United States — an achievement that… Read more »

Downfall (Der Untergang). Film review by…

John Buhler began contributing to The Voice on August of 2003 with an article about the impending deregulation of tuition rates for distance education students. Since that time he has continued to contribute articles on issues of relevance to students and Canadians, as well as a number of travel photo features. This year John took… Read more »

Retirement and the Telecommuter

Rebecca Brewer (nee Flann) contributed her first article to The Voice in 2003 and has recently returned after a hiatus. Now a regular contributor, her articles cover a wide variety of topics and include both fiction and non-fiction. Retirement and the Telecommuter, which first appeared in the July 29th issue, is particularly relevant to AU… Read more »

Student Moms

Our newest contributor, Pam focuses on philosophical musings and inquiries into the nature of how humans learn and categorize things. This article, however, focuses on a very common theme here at AU – the balance between caring for children and continuing education. With the AUSU Student Mom’s Club boasting more members than any other club,… Read more »

Taking Notes: Eye on Education – PhD Grads Plan To Leave Canada

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 – Convocation Letters

We love to hear from you! Send your questions and comments to voice@ausu.org, and please indicate if we may publish your letter. The Voice is always delighted to hear from readers about what concerns you, what moves you, and what you would like to read about in The Voice. Following are a number letters from… Read more »


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Why You Can Be Thankful For Student Debt

One or our newest contributors, Sandra has already submitted a number of insightful and well researched articles on topics ranging from the independent media to aging gracefully. This article, published on October 7, 2005, provides food for thought for all Canadian students who complain about tuition rates. While the need for an affordable education system… Read more »