Editorial—Creeping up on Halloween

We’re not quite half way through the month, but I know from past years that if I haven’t started thinking about Halloween by now, odds are it’ll be here before I get a chance to.

This year is an interesting one because it is also the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.  While that might not seem terribly notable, it’s interesting in relation to AU because AU has a whole symposium planned for Halloween which you can attend either live in Edmonton, or on Facebook Live during the morning/early afternoon on October 31.

Halloween is a time of sensations.  Of course, there’s the fun of the safe scare during Halloween itself, but also the change in the weather, the strange confines of the costume, the sweetness of the Halloween candy and the endless array of Pumpkin Spice menu items that pop up across the land.

In keeping with that, this week’s Voice magazine is very much about sensation.

Our feature article, for instance, is a look at the sensations of Autumn.  Specifically, activities and things you can do to maximize your own experience of it.  I’ll admit, this sounds a bit off the beaten path for our features, but with so much winter settling in so early, I thought it’d be a good to have a bit of a reminder and some ideas on how we might snap ourselves out of the snowy blues and maybe our studies for a moment to recharge.

We also have another look at the wildfires in BC, as Deanna Roney goes to explore just what’s left in the aftermath of the area near her.  And while, unfortunately, she didn’t send me any photos, her words paint a picture of devastation and yet hope that are definitely worth a read.

Beyond that, the Fly on the Wall takes us over the mountain to see what we can see, and from there explores the notion that what might look, at first glance, as a long string of just the same thing, it is in the differences that we can ignite our spirit, whether as the bear from the nursery song, or as students facing course after course to reach their graduation goals.

And then Darjeeling Jones with the Porkpie Hat looks at what might just be the finest art.  Contemplating how music can lead one to find meaning, while Wanda Waterman gives us a great interview with alternative folk artist, Calvin Arsenia, to find what drives him to make music and more.

Plus, we of course have our usual selection of advice, scholarships, events, social media updates, and everything you need to keep you connected with what’s going on with AU students!

Enjoy the read!