Vol. 16 Iss. 47

Volume 16 Issue 47 - 12/05/2008

AU Profiles – Robb Corbett

STUDENT: Robb Corbett In this week’s profile, we meet computer science student Robb Corbett. Robb, a stay-at-home dad to two children, aged two and five years, explains why he switched careers from chemical technology to computer science. He also mulls over the socialization difficulty with distance education?and how he thinks it could be helped?and explains… Read more »

On the Hill – O, Canada

It’s been a week of incredible developments on Parliament Hill, and every federal politician in sight has been clamouring to be heard over the other side’s cries. It would be easy to become confused by all the posturing, but one clear message stands out above the fray, and it exposes the real crisis at hand…. Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Serrons-nous la main

CD: Jeanne (Doucet) Currie, Serrons-nous la main Release date: 2008 Label: Deep Sound Productions Danceable Franco-Country Songs Honour Legends and Friends of Acadie In the nineteenth century, when the first boatload of displaced Acadians returned to Nova Scotia, it was to a rocky beach hemmed in by a wild forest. After years of petitioning the… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Here’s Looking At You

My usual contribution to this space was missing last week because I was recovering from cataract surgery. I’ll pause here for a second to allow readers to gasp, ?Oh, no, how could it be in someone so young?? It’s our old friend and fallback explanation for almost anything: heredity. As I write this on December… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – Surface of Things

?When it comes to the possible / I’m a passable machine.? But just barely. Many days, I move around so awkwardly, bumping into tables and chairs. I lurch from mistake to mistake. And my voice. My voice is scratchy, out of tune, a punctured accordion hidden in the middle of an orchestra, mostly just suitable… Read more »

Music To Eat Lunch To – White Lies – Death EP

Released: October 27, 2008 Label: Fiction Records Tracks: 4 Rating: 9 Formed in Chiswick (London, England), this band formerly known as Fear of Flying has crossed the Atlantic with Death, a music-packed single EP that is sure to grip its listeners and either completely change their perspective on music or bring them back to a… Read more »

The 2008 Voice 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 »

Elephant on the Train

The sliding doors of the westbound train close tight, and three lovers settle themselves uncomfortably on cold, vinyl seats. From the overhead speakers, a tinny voice garbles what may or may not be the next station stop. Then, with a jolt, the train moves forward, gathers speed, and draws them into the darkness. The trio… Read more »

Some Confusing Buzzwords Interpreted

Recession: Years of grasping and unbridled, gravy-sucking greed are finally making a slight dent in our unconscionable profits. On the plus side, It’s another good excuse to gut education, health care, and the arts. Human Capital: The talents, abilities, and (of course, above all) work potential of the grimy, unruly masses. It is this intrinsic… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Rod Hodges of the Iguanas

The Iguanas are a New Orleans band whose music is a delicious brew of styles, influences, and song subjects. The band weathered 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in exile in Austin, Texas, eventually returning to New Orleans to rebuild their homes and work on their newest album, the recently released If You Should Ever… Read more »

Education News – A game of chance: Students? gambling addictions

HAMILTON (CUP) ? It’s Friday, and some students are thinking of taking a risk tonight. they’re grabbing their money, heading to the nearest casino, and letting their chips fall where they may. Gambling opportunities and venues are close to home. Lotteries, scratch cards, and online poker are all easily accessible to everyone, including students. And… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – I, Robot

As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars drag on, the US Army and Navy have reportedly hired UK experts to create ?soldier bots??robots that can be sent into battle but will be programmed not to violate the Geneva Conventions. If you think robots are just the stuff of science fiction, think again. History of Robotics It… Read more »

Did You Know? – PLAR Program Highlighted in New Book

AU’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process has been highlighted in a new book titled Prior Learning Portfolios: A Representative Collection, making AU the only Canadian institution to be included. The book, published by CAEL/Kendall Hunt Publishing, includes a CD-Rom with ?copies of relevant models, processes, templates, and samples from each contributing university as… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Ottawa couple warns about plan to get the lead out – In Foreign News: Pakistan students vow to defend against aggression

At Home: Ottawa couple warns about plan to get the lead out As if the debacle playing out on Parliament Hill isn’t enough, more signs of government incompetence have shown up in Ottawa’s lead pipe replacement plan. As the CBC reports, the city’s program will ?replace lead pipes under the street and sidewalk in front… Read more »