Vol. 17 Iss. 15

Volume 17 Issue 15 - 04/17/2009

Greening Spring Cleaning

Spring is here, and the sun is shining! That’s a good thing, until it starts illuminating the piles of old junk standing in the previously darkened, cobwebby corners of the garage. We know the therapeutic benefits of getting rid of all that useless stuff we no longer need. But there’s a twinge of guilt as… Read more »

AUSU This Month – Annual AGM Held; Media Committee Started

Annual AGM Held As you probably already know from the AGM Report put out by the Voice, AUSU held its annual general meeting on March 23, 2009. In that meeting a number of important revisions to the definitions of AUSU membership occurred, to make sure that the Councillors you elect are able to represent you… Read more »

The Mindful Bard – From Counterculture to Cyberculture

Book: Fred Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism Publisher: The University of Chicago Press Publication date: Paperback edition, 2008 How You Gonna Keep ?em Down on Maggie’s Farm After They’ve Seen Cyberspace? ?Between the late 1960s and the late 1990s, Brand assembled a network… Read more »

From Where I Sit – To Be a City Girl Again

The other day Roy and I were in Edmonton. We made the big loop starting with a visit to a farm near Vilna. Roy was scoping out a John Deere 7720 combine to be sold during a farm auction. The yard was a terrible mess after a six-inch dump of wet snow the previous day…. Read more »

Porkpie Hat – Building Tips

When you build your house, be sure to build it well. As with all important undertakings, begin with a sense of purpose, and with hope in your heart. Draw the designs on your lover’s back with a feather pen. Collect the best tools you can find, and sharpen them all with a sense of wonder…. Read more »

In Conversation With . . . Fred Turner

Fred Turner is the author of the recent book From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (see Voice review this issue). He is currently teaching at Stanford University. The following are notes from a conversation between Turner and Wanda Waterman St. Louis. How did the idea… Read more »

Health Matters – Brushing Up on Oral Health

They appear on the newsstands each year as surely as spring follows winter: magazines bursting with articles on how to get that vibrant, healthy look in time for the beach. Healthy recipes, fat-burning workouts, and skincare regimes abound, but the one subject you probably won’t see covered is one that can affect every other aspect… Read more »

Convocation 2009 – Calling All Soon-to-Be AU Grads!

Are you one of the proud AU students who will be graduating this June? If so, Voice readers want to hear from you! One of the most popular features of our convocation coverage is the grad interviews?a chance for brand-new grads to share their thoughts on what it took (and how great it feels!) to… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Traffic

Just a few more weeks and the travel season begins in earnest. Weekend drives to the cottage, taxicabs to the airport, lineups to get on the ferry. Whether It’s planes, trains, or automobiles, there’s one unavoidable fact of life: traffic. Next time You’re inching along the highway, just be glad You’re not stuck in one… Read more »

Dear Barb – Popular Voice Column Returns!

Is something troubling you or getting you down? Need some advice on handling an awkward social situation? Wondering how to deal with friends, family, or co-workers? If you’ve got questions, Dear Barb has answers?and her entertaining and informative advice column is returning to The Voice. To ask Dear Barb a question, simply email voice@voicemagazine.org. Some… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: Human-rights complaints filed by transgendered Albertans – In Foreign News: Egypt lifts ban on GPS

At Home: Human-rights complaints filed by transgendered Albertans In reaction to the province’s recent decision to drop funding for sex-change operations, at least 23 Albertans filed human-rights complaints on April 15. Prior to last week’s budget cuts, Alberta funded up to 20 gender reassignment surgeries (GRS) each year. As the CBC reports, the decision will… Read more »