Vol. 14 Iss. 03

Volume 14 Issue 3 - 01/20/2006

TURNING THE PAGES – S is for Silence

As a holiday gift, my husband kindly bought the next installment in a series I’ve been enjoying for years. S is for Silence is the next in Sue Grafton’s series about private detective Kinsey Millhone. In this nineteenth volume in the series, Grafton tries something a little different. The Kinsey Millhone series is set in… Read more »

AUSU This Month

AUSU Course Evaluations Would you like to know what your fellow students have thought of an AU course? If so, you are not alone. Many students find the input of their peers invaluable when selecting courses or a program of study. AU students may not have cafeterias and hallways in which to share this knowledge,… Read more »

The Good Life – The Power of Art

When we were children, all of us experienced the pleasurable feelings of creating expression through visual art. Whether we were drawing, modeling with clay, gluing together collages from magazine pictures, or making papier mache puppets, these creative tasks tended to bring about a sense of concentrated bliss, a state of relaxed but intensely engaged mental… Read more »

Lost & Found – Bismillah (Elephant in the Room)

Waking up to the clock radio, the first news of the day is all about bodies mangled by bombs in Pakistan. Women and children are reported buried under the rubble. A few minutes later, a spokeswoman for an environmental group is playing “connect the dots” with tsunamis, landslides, tornadoes, hurricanes, drought and floods. Closer to… Read more »

Dear Barb – Helping a relative with Crohn’s

Dear Barb: A family member has recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I wonder if you could provide a bit of information about this condition. Is there a special diet individuals need to follow? I’d like to know what types of food to prepare or what other things I can do to make this person… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Did You See These, 2

In a follow-up to a recent column by the same name, here are some more snippets from the Edmonton Journal and the National Post. I spotted these crazy, inane, sad items during a marathon read of about ten newspapers that piled up in my absence. Here it goes. In a January 4th story in the… Read more »

Course Exam – SOCI 348: Sociology of Environment and Health

Another new Athabasca University (AU) course, SOCI 348 – Sociology of Environment and Health, just opened this past December. This course, which examines key issues in environmental health, also addresses the potential links between industry toxins, such as pollution, and evidence of diseases in our environment. Course author and professor, Dr. Ella Haley, indicates that… Read more »

Odds, Sods and Vague Hopes For 2006

Some things I’m going to do less of in 2006 “¢ Eating lunch by myself. “¢ Running for the bus, even when I’m late. “¢ Making excuses for not keeping in touch with far away friends. “¢ Making excuses, in general. In the interests of fairness, some phrases I would like to see in more… Read more »

International News Desk – Big Brother is Watching

How much power should a government have? How about enough to administer a national health care system? How about enough to extract and redistribute wealth from all parts of a country? How about enough to monitor your telephone conversations in the name of national security? Just weeks after the discovery that U.S. President George W…. Read more »


AU launched the e-letters project on December 15 to enable undergrads to view registration, withdrawal, extension, exam and final grade letters online. The response to the program has been monitored by AU staff in these initial weeks. The response rate so far has been high. Business Analyst Patricia Soluk reports that so far 6120 students… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

Get Out of Debt Scholarship: More and more people worldwide are finding it harder to afford to go to college because they’re in debt. Many students work full-time, get financial aid and if they are lucky, grants. Even so, they’re still in debt, and they can’t seem to get out of debt regardless of how… Read more »

Voice Events Listings

To list events in your area, e-mail voice@ausu.org with the word “events” in the subject line. LIFE & TIMES OF THE MOTORCYCLE Now until September 17, 2006 Wetaskiwin, AB – Reynolds-Alberta Museum 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Adults $9; Seniors $7; Child $5; Family $25 under 6 is free – 1-800-661-4726 – ram@gov.ab.ca http://www.reynoldsalbertamuseum.com Visit… Read more »

Conference Connections

GEOLOGY FOR NON-GEOLOGISTS – HOUSTON March 6, 2006 – March 9, 2006 Houston, Texas, USA http://www.peice.com/eventdetails.aspx?event=102400&ref=Allconferences&frfi=16734 This popular four-day course will provide non-geologists with a practical understanding of the principles used by petroleum geologists in the search for oil and gas. The session will include both the scientific background and the practical applications of geology…. Read more »

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Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. AMAZING U.S. SUCCESS STORY LAUNCHING IN CANADA Lucrative part time income. We are creating marketing teams to represent major businesses offering Tier 1 brand name services and products. We are seeking motivated business-minded individuals. No Experience Required – Unlimited Training and Support. Contact Bonnie… Read more »