Editorial—It’s a Stretch

It’s hard to believe it’s less than a month until Christmas. That means there’s only three more issues left of The Voice Magazine this year, and that it’s time to start thinking about what your personal pick for Best of the Voice Magazine will be.

Like the university, we’ll be taking the last full week of December off (they say they’re only closed from noon on the 24th, the Tuesday of that week, but let’s be honest, even the few people who haven’t officially taken the Monday and first half of Tuesday off are unlikely to be there in much other than body, and then the Voice will resume publication on the third of January with our annual “Best of” issue.

I’ll be honest, each year I get very few suggestions for which articles to pick as the Best of, so that means if there’s anything you read over the past year of articles that you think deserves another chance to shine, your odds of making that happen are really high. Just write me at karl@voicemagazine.org with your pick.  Maybe you don’t quite remember what it was called? No problem; give me your description of it and I’ll see if I can dig it out of the archives.

In the meantime, if you read our events column this week, you’ll see there’s a number of seasonal cheer gatherings going on for AU students and alumni, possibly one in your area.  If you haven’t checked one of these out before, you really should.  I’m not a social person by nature (there’s a reason I went to AU after all, and I don’t think I’m alone in that) but these events always seem to be at decent locations with some great snacks and a couple of complimentary drinks.

I had hoped to have a full article out about the recent one in Calgary, but technical issues have meant I couldn’t get it into decent shape before publication.  Just trust me in that the events are a great way to meet other students (with a couple small caveats) and realize that there’s more people involved with AU in your community than you probably knew.

Meanwhile, this week, our feature article is an interview with full-time student, part time archer, Fiona Nanke. What lead her to AU and where is she going? She was kind enough to take some time to answer those questions for Minds We Meet.

We’ve also got a look at racism and it’s origins, a critique of the foodie, some consideration of where technology is heading from an AU student’s perspective, and advice on everything from what to give for Christmas if you think you have nothing to give to marriage advice to a recipe that could just possibly become a new family tradition for you and yours.  And, of course, there’s also the aforementioned events, scholarships, news, an article taking us back to the Yukon from last issue and drawing the parallels between the gold rush, yoga, and being a student at AU.

Does fitting the gold rush and being an AU student into yoga pants feel like a bit of a stretch (pun most definitely intended)? You’ll just have to read it to find out!  Enjoy the read!

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