Vol. 17 Iss. 40

Volume 17 Issue 40 - 10/23/2009

Google Street View – Are You Ready for Your Close-Up?

New technology is a double-edged sword. It brings convenience, productivity, and sometimes just plain fun. With that come the inevitable trade-offs. We love our cars but the lack of exercise contributes to obesity. Phones are great yet we loathe telemarketers. Usually we’ve got a choice: embrace the new technology or toss it aside. An interesting… 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 »

Dear Barb – Help Exists for Grandparents’ Rights

Dear Barb: I hope you can help me with my dilemma. My youngest son and his wife have just separated and it was a difficult separation. They have two young boys and I’m having difficulty seeing my grandchildren. Their mother is so angry at my son that she is trying to keep the children away… Read more »

From Where I Sit – Diversions, Distractions, and Dalliances

Oh, the number of distractions on a foggy October morning when a person should be writing! The gloom outside my window today permeates my mood and exacerbates the gnawing realization that our 55 acres of canola remains lying in swaths on the cold wet ground rather than in the grain bin. Or better yet, converted… Read more »

AU Options – Master of Arts – Integrated Studies

Athabasca University’s Master of Arts – Integrated Studies (MAIS) degree offers ?a unique opportunity to engage in a program of study that spans the arts, humanities, and social sciences,? and allows students to design their own learning plan which is ?comprehensive in scope but specific in focus.? This ability to integrate multiple areas of study… Read more »

In Conversation With . . . We Are the City

We Are the City is an indie rock band from Kelowna, BC, who put up an online donations page to successfully raise enough money to record their latest album, In a Quiet World. Their music is known for being a delightful experiment in blended influences, grounded in a deep spirituality. The band recently took time… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Hoax

Last week, millions watched and worried over the fate of a young boy supposedly trapped in a helium balloon. Authorities now say the whole ordeal was a hoax. This week, we take a look at some other memorable deceptions. Piltdown Man In 1912, parts of an ancient human skull were discovered in the English village… Read more »

Education News – More students doubling up on degrees

Some students taking second, more hands-on programs to complement classroom work VICTORIA (CUP) ? To degree or not to degree, that is the question. But there’s a third option that is increasing in popularity?to get more than one degree. Many Canadian students are doubling up on degrees, diplomas, and certificates, due in part to a… Read more »

Did You Know? – Athabasca River Basin Research Institute

The average AU student may never see the university campus until It’s time to graduate. And some may never make the journey to Athabasca, Alberta at all. But a new initiative can help students explore one of the main features of their university’s hometown. The Athabasca River Basin Research Institute (ARBRI) is ?an innovative interdisciplinary… Read more »

International News Desk – At Home: BC may refuse welfare for alleged criminals – In Foreign News: Auschwitz Museum uses Facebook to educate

At Home: BC may refuse welfare for alleged criminals Between Facebook, YouTube, and reality television, it seems that nobody’s interested in keeping anything private these days. A new BC bill may put that theory to the test, though. The province wants to deny social assistance or disability benefits to anyone with an outstanding arrest warrant,… Read more »