Vol. 16 Iss. 48

Volume 16 Issue 48 - 12/12/2008

On the Hill – If a Tree Falls

Forget the whole Harper versus Ignatieff uproar, and the prorogued Parliament tumult. There’s another political quandary that has Canadians taking sides, and It’s got nothing to do with backbenchers or budgets. Instead, It’s all about a tree. A Christmas tree, to be exact: Should the festively decorated foliage at Quebec’s legislature be called a Christmas… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – Francesco Casetti, Eye of the Century

Book: Francesco Casetti, Eye of the Century: Film, Experience, Modernity Publisher: Columbia University Press, 2008 Translation by Erin Larkin with Jennifer Pranolo Recovering a Balanced Turmoil “The cinema is exactly this: an experience that vacillates between the possibility of an excitement beyond measure, and an adherence to measures that avoid all risk. It is the… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Choices

Standoffs, stabbings, drive-by shootings. Recession, depression. Inflation, deflation. Layoffs and closures. Global warming, pollution, carcinogens. Coups and coalitions, resignations and coronations. If your head is spinning and your gut is churning, if You’re worried and confused, you are not alone. You may be like me, watching the news and reading the paper, hanging on every… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – Some of the Things That Make You Major

Some of those things they kept from you a good long while. They distracted you with shining ornaments, bendable action figures, flickering screens, dolls with shiny blond hair that drive bright pink cars to the plastic mall. Some of those things they called evil, exorcised them from you with complicated rituals involving rulers and acts… 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 »

I’ve Got the Budget Blues

I’ve got the budget blues, but then It’s good to have a budget to be blue about. I didn’t always have a budget, because I didn’t consider one necessary. The budgetary process sounds complex, irritating, and time-consuming. There are so many demands upon my energy reserves, as a part-time student/full-time family man, that the last… Read more »

AU Profiles – Tia Siewart

STUDENT: Tia Siewart In this week’s profile, we meet second-year Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) student Tia Siewart. This single mother of two tells us what motivates her study habits, and how long-term planning and a whole-person coursework approach keep her on track. She also shares her special technique for combatting those common feelings of frustration… 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 »

Education News – Critics blast ?political appointment? at MUN

ST. JOHN’S (CUP) ? N.L. Liberal Education Critic Roland Butler doesn’t doubt Robert Simmonds? qualifications, but he does question the motives behind his appointment as chair of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s board of regents. Simmonds was once one half of the Simmonds-Kennedy law firm?the other half being N.L. Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy. He also advised… Read more »

The Voice Holiday Schedule

The holiday season is fast approaching, and our last regular issue for 2008 will be on Friday, December 19 (we won’t publish December 26). we’ll be enjoying lots of eggnog and good cheer from December 22 through January 2, and will be back at work on January 5. On January 9, watch for our Best… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – ‘Tis the Season

The holiday season is upon us, and no matter how you celebrate there will be food and drink and making merry?and some of the worst Christmas gifts, music, and films around. Here’s a look at some of the oddest holiday goodies on offer. Magical Reindeer Gem Ornaments There isn’t any magic, but they certainly come… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Canada Post loses passport applications – In Foreign News: UK interest rates could fall to 0%

At Home: Canada Post loses passport applications It may be easier to find a guarantor for your passport application these days, but a bigger problem remains: Canada Post’s inability to actually deliver the forms to the passport office. More than 50 passport applications from Albert and BC have gone missing en route to passport offices… Read more »