Vol. 16 Iss. 27

Volume 16 Issue 27 - 07/04/2008

Convocation 2008 – Address by Graduate, June 14

During each of the three days of convocation, one graduate addressed their fellow students and convocation guests, sharing their thoughts about graduation and the journey that brought them there. On Saturday, June 14, the graduate address was given by Anna Fabbroni, of Ottawa, Ontario, who received her Bachelor of Health Administration degree. The Voice thanks… Read more »

Convocation 2008 – Graduate Interviews

This is the last of a three-part Voice series featuring interviews with some of AU’s 2008 graduates. For many graduates, convocation weekend was the first time they had seen the beautiful grounds and buildings of the AU campus, and they attended the ceremonies from places near and far, including Athabasca, Alberta, and Beaverton, Oregon. The… Read more »

Convocation 2008 – Part 3

This is the last of a special three-part Voice report on Athabasca University’s 2008 Convocation, which took place June 12, 13, and 14. The Voice offers its warmest congratulations to all this year’s graduates! The third and final day of AU’s 2008 convocation brought many reminders that the achievements being celebrated were not the end… Read more »

Convocation 2008 – Address by Graduate, June 12

On Thursday, June 12, the graduate address was given by Lorna Weisbrod, of Lumsden, Saskatchewan, who received her Master of Arts?Integrated Studies degree. The Voice thanks Lorna for sharing the text of her address, which is printed below. Madam Chair, Mr. President, distinguished guests, members of the platform party, graduates, families and friends, ladies and… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – The Great Debaters

DVD: The Great Debaters, 2007 Directed by Denzel Washington ?How does it become a man to behave toward this American government to-day? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it. I cannot for an instant recognize that political organization as my government which is the slave’s government also.? Henry David Thoreau, ?On… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Ha Ha Ha

Everyone from Norman Cousins to stand-up comedians understands the benefits of humour. Cousins discovered he could remain pain-free for hours if he watched funny movies. Speakers and consultants have emerged who focus on workplace humour as a way to build teams and reduce stress. Scientists have studied the physical and mental health benefits of good… Read more »

Pages – Inferno: The Devastation of Hamburg, 1943, by Keith Lowe

Inferno: The Devastation of Hamburg, 1943, by Keith Lowe Keith Lowe’s Inferno: The Devastation of Hamburg, 1943, recounts in great detail Operation Gomorrah, the Allied bombing of Hamburg, Germany 65 years ago. Between July 24 and August 3, 1943, 10 thousand tons of high explosives and incendiaries rained down upon the people of Hamburg. Lowe… Read more »

The Learning Curve – Favourite Campgrounds

we’re in the middle of preparing for summer, which means putting the hockey equipment and sleds in the crawl space and giving our camping equipment a good airing before the season of mosquitoes and construction really start to ramp up. When camping season starts, we fish, play on the beach, go for hikes, cook our… Read more »

Crossing the Floor

Now, we all have the right to change our minds. I do it frequently. I like a nice, fresh mind, with an ocean scent and clean sheets. Presumably, changing my mind harms no one except me, and possibly a few of my friends, and perhaps the guy at the pizza shop if I decide that… Read more »

Careers – Consider a Career as a Teacher

What is a teacher? Teachers play an important role in creating an environment to allow children and young people to learn during their developmental years. In high school, teachers teach academic, technical, and vocational subjects either in a public or private setting. Conversely, their colleagues in elementary schools and kindergarten teach the fundamental skills in… Read more »

Education News – Bill C-61 bad for students, say campus bookstores

Amendments to the Copyright Act could make learning materials less accessible WATERLOO (CUP) ? Bill C-61, which outlines various amendments to the Copyright Act, has many campus bookstores across Canada worried about the continued overpricing of course materials, as well as a decrease in their accessibility. Industry Minister Jim Prentice introduced the Bill in the… Read more »

Click On This – Weirdopedia

See, I like to think of Wikipedia as a fair attempt at being the sum of all human knowledge. You just never know when you might want to get some pointers on the fine art of soap making, find out just how many versions of ?Hitler had only one left . . .? there really… Read more »

Voice Vacation

Voice Vacation It’s time for summer vacation! The Voice will be taking one week off, from July 7 to July 11. we’re going to recharge, re-energize, and be back with more great stuff (including, of course, all your regular favourites) on Friday, July 18. Even though we’ll be enjoying a little downtime, we won’t be… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Roadside drug sobriety tests hit the streets – In Foreign News: Speculation over possible GM bankruptcy

At Home: Roadside drug sobriety tests hit the streets Most Canadians are aware that roadside Breathalyzer tests are used to help keep our roads free of drunk drivers. And starting July 2, officials have another tool to help in their fight against impaired drivers: roadside drug tests. As The Toronto Star reports, ?police can now… Read more »