Vol. 16 Iss. 46

Volume 16 Issue 46 - 11/28/2008

Pages – The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story

In The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story, Diane Ackerman presents us with the fascinating and true story of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, zookeepers at Warsaw’s zoo during the Second World War. Working from memoirs, interviews, and photographs, Ackerman develops an exquisitely detailed literary portrait of a Polish Christian family who put themselves at risk to… Read more »

On the Hill – Power Play

Just when you thought it was safe to put away the election signs, the whiff of a non-confidence vote is in the air. Introducing legislation that seems tailor-made to provoke another election may look like a step too far on Stephen Harper’s part, but in truth It’s a hard-nosed political manoeuvre that will benefit the… Read more »

Porkpie Hat – A Small Renaissance

I can blow a smoke ring and bake a Boston cream pie. I can write a sonnet, if it doesn’t have to be a good one. I can’t fix a toaster, I can’t skate backwards. I can play foosball, and fingerpick ?House of the Rising Sun.? I’ve never been good at geometry. Because I’ve paid… Read more »

Music To Eat Lunch To – Rise Against: Appeal to Reason

Released: October 7, 2008 Label: Geffen Tracks: 13 Rating: 9 ?we’re all okay until the day we’re not? (from ?Audience of One?). Simple, succinct, and although just as clever and thoughtful as any Rise Against lyric ever written, this is a somewhat melancholy, retrospective album theme for the band. Appeal to Reason is not the… 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 »

God is Great, God is Green

From the boy’s low-angle perspective of the world, his teacher, Miss Campbell, is a monstrously imposing presence. She wears bulging, flowery housedresses with flowing silk scarves, bright blue eye shadow, smeared like war paint, and penciled-in eyebrows, raised in a crooked and perpetual state of surprise. Her crowning glory, though, is a fiery red bouffant… Read more »

AU Profiles – Beth Nixon

STUDENT: Beth Nixon Beth Nixon has her hands full: four kids aged two through eight, full-time studies, a disabled husband, aging parents, and strong involvement in volunteer work. How does the accounting student manage it all? In this week’s profile, Beth speaks realistically about her interests, long-term personal goals, and family issues?and how she juggles… Read more »

Health Matters – Depression: An introduction

Introduction Stress and misfortune are ubiquitous and, at some point, everyone experiences feelings related to unhappiness. Many people experience transient depression when they have difficulties or problems in their lives, and may undergo temporary feelings of self-blame, guilt, sadness, disappointment, and emptiness. These outcomes are normal, and they usually pass after a short time. This… Read more »

Did You Know? – Holiday Exam Requests

Planning on writing an AU exam as the holiday season approaches? If so, there are a couple of important things to keep in mind. If your course contract ends on December 31, you’ll be allowed some extra time to schedule your exam. As the AU calendar explains: ?All examinations for courses with a contract end… Read more »

Click of the Wrist – Putting on the Ritz

The newly opened Dubai Atlantis resort is reported to have cost $1.5 billion dollars to create, and one of its luxury three-bedroom, three-bathroom suites (complete with 18-seat dining table) is yours for just $25,000 a night. It isn’t the only opulent getaway around, though, so shelve your credit crunch woes and check out the view… Read more »