Vol. 16 Iss. 10

Volume 16 Issue 10 - 03/07/2008

Editorial – You Don’t Know What You’ve Got

It’s raining elections. Albertans just made a trip to the polls. In the U.S., the names Obama, Clinton, and McCain are being discussed with a fervour usually reserved for major sports events. On March 9, voting begins in the Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) election, and discussions are vigorous and abundant. Everyone, it seems, recognizes… Read more »

AUSU Election 2008 – AUSU Members Go To the Polls

The final countdown has begun, and with just two days until voting begins, the 2008 Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) election promises to be unique in council history. From March 9 ? 12, AUSU members will have the chance to select their representatives for the nine positions on council, and the range of candidates is… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Regardless of Age

As another International Women’s Day (IWD) approaches I think about all the women I know. The impact they’ve had on my life has varied from huge to glancing. Each has served as a mentor or a role model, an example or a warning. Some, at times, all four. Some of these women are relatives, some… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Steve Erickson, Zeroville

Book: Steve Erickson, Zeroville Publication date: 2007 Publisher: Europa Editions, New York, NY ?. . . what in motion pictures can change the world more than Astaire and Rogers dancing?? Steve Erickson, Zeroville In the beginning were the Movies. Then, in a mighty whirlwind, came a God who kills children because he hates innocence. Those… Read more »

Milk-Crate Bandit – A Very Milk-Crate Christmas

Around this time of year, it always seems like winter’s gone on too long. The groundhog has done his job, It’s nearly St. Patrick’s Day, and we’re all pretty sick of Saint Freezing Rain and Old Man Road Slush. One thing that always makes cold weather more bearable is a slew of gifts, and I… Read more »

Did You Know? – The Story Behind the Picture

Next time you visit Athabasca University’s home page, check out the ?I Stand Out? banner at the top of the page. The banner features photos of AU students in their home towns. But did you know the banner is interactive? Click on the banner and you’ll enter a mini site. Along with links to courses,… Read more »

Around AU – AU President Elected to UNESCO Council

Dr. Frits Pannekoek has been elected president of UNESCO’s International Council of Distance Education (ICDE). The appointment was announced after a weekend meeting of the ICDE’s Permanent Secretariat in Oslo, Norway. Dr. Pannekoek will also chair the ICDE’s Executive Committee. The ICDE is a global network of institutions, founded in 1938, That’s involved in distance,… Read more »

Click On This – Occident Prone

Canada has always prided itself on being a cultural mosaic, on being a home for even the most diverse and disparate cultural groups. This week is a foray into the Oriental, into how it functions in its native lands, and its impressions on the rest of the world. Hanzi Smatter Quite simply: dedicated to the… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Ontario judge upholds helmet law in face of religious challenge – In Foreign News: Bomb explodes in Times Square

At Home: Ontario judge upholds helmet law in face of religious challenge An Ontario judge has ruled against a man who claimed he should be exempt from the province’s motorcycle helmet laws based on religion. Baljinder Badesha, who is a devout Sikh, was fined $110 in 2005 when he was stopped for failing to wear… Read more »

Letters to the Editor – 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 Mindful Bard, ?Bob Snider: Conscious and Mad,? by Wanda Waterman St. Louis, v16 i05 (2008-02-01) The Voice would like to note a correction to the Mindful Bard’s interview with Bob Snider… Read more »