Vol. 16 Iss. 36

Volume 16 Issue 36 - 09/12/2008

Everything I Should Know Now, I Used To Know When I Was Two

There’s a certain class of people?a group That’s courageous, honest, earnest, creative, and sensitive?that universally faces cruel discrimination. Instead of being perceptive of their high emotional needs, appreciative of their fresh and honest take on life, and tolerant of their creative and intellectual pursuits, we ignore them, label them, and send them away. I’m talking… Read more »

On the Hill – Promises, Promises

These days, Canadians can be forgiven for being overwhelmed by a sudden, giddy sensation; an undeniable feeling that we’re being swept off our feet. All this unexpected attention feels a little like being pursued by not one but several suitors, caught up in a tizzy of promises and sweet nothings in our ear, not sure… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – A Hidden Knife

I am driving my father to the airport on a rainy Monday morning. He’s flying out to attend the funeral of an old childhood friend. There is this girl on the shoulder of the highway, maybe 15 years old with a green mohawk and a leather bomber jacket, hitchhiking, holding a cardboard sign that says… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Walk a Mile in My Shoes

Dorothy knew the magic of red slippers. Click your heels together three times, say ?There’s no place like home,? and suddenly You’re back in Kansas. Earlier this year Pope Benedict XVI wore red loafers during his visit to the United States. Apparently this is a return to papal tradition. But why red? Red is the… Read more »

The 2008 Voice Magazine Writing Contest!

Write for The Voice and win money for your education! The Voice is launching its 2008 writing contest, with categories for both fiction and non-fiction. We’ve got over $1,000 in prizes to give away: one winner in each category will receive a scholarship of one Athabasca University undergraduate course. Please read the contest rules and… Read more »

Course Introduction – Thinking from Women’s Lives: An Introductionto Women’s Studies (WMST 266)

Feminism is dynamic and about change, about a reorganization of power, confronting stereotypes and challenging the status quo. In WMST 266, explains course tutor Dr. Arlene Young, ?Students learn how women have been excluded, or written out, of almost every human activity and learn possibly for the first time about many of the contributions women… Read more »

Did You Know? – New Academic Research Centre Website

Plans for AU’s new Academic Research Centre are in full swing, and you can check out all the details on the project website. There are news releases from AU, along with links to media coverage, as well as a history of the project. You can also view the floor plans and see an artist’s concept… Read more »

2008/09 AU Calendar

AU’s new 2008/09 academic calendar is now in effect, and it’s your official resource for all the latest info on courses, programs, fees, and more. The undergraduate calendar is available here, and you can link to the graduate studies calendar from the same page or click here. Course fees and regulations are effective September 1,… Read more »

Education News – Education lobby groups strive for attention

CFS, CASA, and CAUT gear up for federal election OTTAWA (CUP) ? Student and teacher lobby groups in Canada want post-secondary education to be an election issue, and they are rolling out campaigns this fall to make sure it is. Prime Minister Stephen Harper [called] a federal election on Sunday slated for October 14. The… Read more »

AU Computing Services – Notice to Students

System Upgrade Attention Students – From Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 3 p.m. until Monday, October 6, 2008 at 8 a.m., the AU Student Information Computer System will be shut down to implement a major upgrade. Access to online course materials may be limited throughout this period. The AU Student Information System administers the following… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Big Bang

A remarkable experiment is underway in Geneva, Switzerland, where scientists are testing a giant particle accelerator, sending beams of protons around a 27-kilometre underground tunnel to discover the origins of the universe. For those of us who don’t even know what a particle accelerator is, here’s a gentler look at the world of science. Star… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Green Party wins place in federal debate – In Foreign News: Thai prime minister loses office over TV cooking show

At Home: Green Party wins place in federal debate Canada is once again facing a national election and therefore will be putting the leaders of each political party into a televised debate of the issues and election promises. As a general rule, we can expect to see the leaders of the Conservative and Liberal parties… Read more »