Editorial – Summer Sizzle

I’m trying something a bit different this week in The Voice Magazine. Our feature article, by Jason Hazel-Rah Sullivan, is a bit more challenging of a read than I typically publish. His look into the relations between humans and animals touches on philosophy, physiology, and our own psychology, but has done so through an unusual pastiche of personal, academic, and even fiction writing, all within a page and a half. I hope you take some time with it and come to enjoy it as I have.

This week, we also have an article from The Study Dude on methods to help get the information lodged in our brain (at least long enough to make it through the exams), and one from Barb Lehtiniemi points out some of the more interesting courses you might want to consider to fill up the option slots in your degree program.

Alongside the return of Gregor’s Bed, we also have our usual slate of columns including Primal Numbers’ look at how cars have become the latest target for hackers, The Writer’s Toolbox discusses what “Weird Al” Yankovich is bringing to the language debate, Hazel Anaka tries to deal with a project attempting to take over her home and has to ask herself the unanswerable question.

As if that isn’t enough, Wanda Waterman has an interview with the curator of The Respository of Wonders, Dear Barb takes on concerns about things that might be hidden or that people would prefer remain that way, and the Dysfunctional Love Languages comic explores how to “win” an argument (but do not try this method at home, folks).

And that’s all well and good, but what else is going on at The Voice Magazine? August 1 marks, essentially, the start of my third quarter here, and I’m sure some of you are remembering my promise to get a big survey out. Rest assured, that will happen, but it’s close enough to September that I thought it would be a good idea to hold off for that big rush of new students AU always gets in September. Also, The Voice Magazine will be getting a new picture logo. Our title logo will remain the same, but we’ve got a new picture that we’ll be able to put on all sorts of swag to give out to loyal readers.

This means, of course, that we need to get rid of our old swag, and since part of what I’ve been asked to do with The Voice is increase the number of people who’ve signed up for our weekly reminder e-mails, you can probably see where I’m going with this. So if you’re a regular reader of The Voice Magazine, but you haven’t signed up for our reminder e-mails, consider this your call to do so. Our swag supply includes canvas The Voice Magazine book bags, flash drives, USB hubs, book-lights (in case your e-reader doesn’t light up already), and even a few Voice jackets, and we’re looking to get rid of all of it over the next few weeks.

With that and the number of inquiries I’ve been getting lately for people hopeful to bring their thoughts to you through articles in The Voice Magazine, this August looks like it will definitely be heating up in terms of the quantity and quality of material you’ll be able to find here.

Enjoy the read!