Vol. 14 Iss. 38

Volume 14 Issue 38 - 10/13/2006

Hockey Time at AU

The hockey season has officially begun, and all anyone can say is, “Game On!” Already teams have surprised odds makers and fans alike! The underdogs came out with a bang, but the favourites haven’t slacked off either. It’s too early to even contemplate who may win the Stanley Cup, but it’s the perfect time to… Read more »

The Good Life – Enjoying The Trickster

Central to the spiritual world view of many First Nations is the figure of the Trickster. As the Canadian playwright Tomson Highway explains, in his introduction to his play Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, the Trickster is a “pivotal and important figure,” as important to First Nations as “Christ is in Christian mythology” (1377)…. Read more »

Lost & Found – Photograph

There is this photograph of me. I’m eleven years old, living in Northern Ontario. My head is poking out of the entrance of a tunnel dug into a snow bank. The tunnel entrance is maybe six feet off the ground. We used to dig these tunnels into the huge mounds of snow piled up on… Read more »

Dear Barb – Saving for Retirement

Dear Barb: I am a thirty-six-year-old single woman and I am just starting to think about investing for retirement. I am also planning to save for a house that, God willing, I intend to purchase in the next five to ten years. I know I am a bit late in doing all this. I want… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

Oprah and others have long advocated the benefits of keeping a gratitude journal. It’s supposed to create mindfulness. And say “thank you” for blessings, even when some days there doesn’t appear to be a single thing to be grateful for. On some cosmic level, it changes our focus from bitching and complaining and wanting, wanting,… Read more »

Mystery illness strikes New Brunswick University

SACKVILLE, N.B. (CUP) — A number of students in Sackville, N.B., woke up in the middle of the night violently ill, but nobody has any idea why. Mount Allison University has confirmed that at least 87 students are currently ill, but has not confirmed the severity of each case. Students seem to be suffering from… Read more »

Athabasca University breached student’s privacy, adjudicator finds

EDMONTON (CUP) — More than two years after the initial complaint, a provincial adjudicator ruled in favour of a student who complained her privacy was breached by the president of Athabasca University. Late in September, it was ruled that the president disclosed too much of the student’s personal information to other employees of the institution… Read more »

Trick-or-Treats and Peanut Allergies

In a short while, children will be celebrating an evening of pretend ghosts, ghouls, and witches. For children with peanut allergies, some of the candies in their Halloween treat bags may be a real danger. Armed with knowledge about peanut allergies, however, parents and neighbours who hand out Halloween treats do not need to go… Read more »

Eagle Women’s Art Raffle

The following artworks are being raffled for the Eagle Women’s Emergency Shelter. AU student Kim Anderson and her team competed in this year’s Candian Deathrace to raise funds for the shelter, and this artwork was donated for their cause. Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Only 3000 tickets are being sold. Draw date… Read more »

Alberta News Release: New chair, member named to Athabasca University Governing Council

Athabasca… Joy Romero and John Trefanenko have been named to the Athabasca University Governing Council as the chair and a public member, respectively, announced Advanced Education Minister Denis Herard. The three-year terms are effective immediately. “Mrs. Romero and Mr. Trefanenko have a long and proud history serving the community and have shown strong leadership skills,”… Read more »


Have you every struggled to explain why AU’s “first year” courses have 200 numbers and both “second” and “third year” courses have 300 numbers? If so, this will hopefully change in two years. By September 1, 2008, “first year” courses will be designated as 1000 level courses, “second year” as 2000, “third year” as 3000,… Read more »

Scholarships & Awards

JEANS FOR GENES DAY SCHOLARSHIP Administrator: Canadian Gene Cure Foundation Award Amount: $2,000.00 Award Deadline: Friday, October 20, 2006 Notes: Students fundraise money for Jeans for Genes Day to benefit the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation and Canadian genetic research. Those who raise $1000 or more, are eligible to win a $2000 scholarship. Phone: 604-224-1010 Ext… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Tutor of the Year

AUSU Tutor of the Year AUSU has launched the first annual Tutor of the Year Award. AUSU members may select up to three of their favourite tutors and we’ll tally the votes and honour the top tutor with a certificate, gift, and recognition on this website over the coming year. Now is your chance to… Read more »

International Newsdesk – North Korea Performs Nuclear Test

On Monday at 10:36 a.m. local time, North Korea performed its first nuclear test on its own soil. The international community has since been subject to media images of the North Korean army marching in an alarmingly Nazi-reminiscent style. Now the United States, among other nations, has called for immediate sanctions. The U.S. has been… Read more »

Voice Events Listings

To list events in your area, e-mail voice@ausu.org with “events” in the subject line. THE APEIRON SOCIETY FOR THE PRACTICE OF PHILOSOPHY This is the Society’s 20th year of philosophical seminars and discussion. All who are interested in the practice of philosophy in everyday life are welcome. This year’s theme is: “Freedom and Identity” Program… Read more »

Conference Connections

THE SOCIETY FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SEXUAL HEALTH October 19 – 21, 2006 – Chicago, IL, USA http://www.sash.net This conference is a comprehensive look at the subject of sex addiction and sexual health. Experts will be presenting the latest in the field of identifying and treating sex addiction among therapists’ client populations. Over the three… Read more »

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Classifieds are free for AU students! Contact voice@ausu.org for more information. Victoria Composite High School (Edmonton) – Graduating Class of 1976 30 Year Reunion to be held October 14, 2006 See the website for details: http://vic76reunion.cometsplayground.com/ Or contact:Vic76Reunion@hotmail.com