Vol. 16 Iss. 38

Volume 16 Issue 38 - 09/26/2008

This World – Across the Continent in 22 Days

Part I: Anchorage, Alaska to Dawson City, Yukon Territories This is the first instalment in a series chronicling the adventures of the author; her husband, Adam; and two-year-old daughter, Kiersten, as they travelled by car from Alaska to Louisiana in summer 2008. Normal people have normal summer vacations. They go to the beach for the… Read more »

On the Hill – Culture Shock

When Stephen Harper tried to slip his recent $45 million in arts cuts under the radar, he probably didn’t count on the backlash it would create. And for a political leader who likes to keep a tight rein on who can say what and when, It’s even more surprising that, after alienating those who work… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Close But No Cigar

“If I never run a combine again I don’t think I’ll be too sad,” were my words to Roy a week or so ago. It’s been a good run but I think I could live without the pressure. I’ve been running a combine for at least 25 years and frankly the thrill is gone. I… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – One Sunny Day

One sunny day, perhaps it is mid-July, a boy sits down on the soft, warm grass beneath a pear tree and opens up a book. Perhaps it is a picture book, a book of poetry, an almanac, or instruction manual. Above him, there are small songbirds flitting from branch to branch. The sun is warm… 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 »

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 »

Did You Know? – Convocation Photo Album Online!

If You’re in the mood for something bright and colourful before the leaves begin to turn, you don’t need to look any further than AU’s Convocation 2008 photo album. There are more than 70 photos of AU grads, along with their reflections of what made their education journeys special. You’ll also find photos of honorary… Read more »

2008/09 AU Calendar – New Academic Calendar Now Available

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 »

Click of the Wrist – When In Rome

With all the airport security, travel advisories, and airline closures these days, vacations are getting more like work every day. If You’re thinking of journeying to far-off lands, here’s some interesting advice you won’t likely find in the average tourism brochure. Odd Travel Guides This Slate article offers up the 10 oddest travel guides ever… Read more »

Voice Vacation

It’s that time of year: classes have started, the leaves are turning gold, and The Voice is taking its brief autumn sojourn. we’ll be on vacation from September 29 to October 3, scrunching through leaves, finishing last year’s Halloween candy, and getting ready to bring you some fabulous fall and winter issues. we’ll be back… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: New Brunswick committed to green solutions – In Foreign News: George Bush says goodbye to the United Nations

At Home: New Brunswick committed to green solutions While many Canadian government agencies and representatives talk about getting greener and greener, New Brunswick has been standing out as a prime example of putting your money and effort where your mouth is. This week Herménégilde Chiasson, the lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick, went green by opting out… Read more »

From the Gallery

On September 22, AUSU council met for their regular public meeting and it was clear that individual councillors (both new and returning) have quickly coalesced into an effective group. One notable item early in the meeting should interest all of you who like your radio straight from the web. Council has put together an ad… Read more »