Our main feature will always be an interview with a fellow student, if I can get it. This week is no exception, as we talk to Angel Kassem, a business student who didn’t at first intend to be taking her business degree but found her AU coursework in the HR field compelling enough to make her switch.

However, I’m also quite excited by our other cover stories, this week.  The first being a look at what is involved in becoming and working as an AU Research Assistant for an undergraduate.  Many AU students don’t realize that these kinds of opportunities exist at AU, and they can be extremely worthwhile both in terms of what they teach you, and what the relationships you build in them can do for your future career plans.

Finally, our third story “above the fold” (as they say about the website) is from none-other than our long-time writer Marie Well.  Marie usually does book summaries and reviews, but lately she’s been stretching her wings to give us more direct and personal writing, and it’s something that I think is starting to give us some really good reads, so I’m quite happy to be featuring it this issue.

However, those aren’t our only stories, as writer Alek Golijanin has returned after a bit of a break for his studies to bring as a look at cross-species collaboration, and Karen Lam compiled a few of the discounts and freebies that AU students can take advantage of, some of which you may not have known about.  Also Emily Viggiani brings us a look at how a favourite movie of hers has messages that humanity would do well to learn from, and the Fly on the Wall looks at how the answers to the big questions we ask ourselves might deserve a second look.

For me, though, the big news this week is AUSU President Natasha Donahue hanging up her President’s hat to take a career opportunity in what some call “the real world.”  With any luck, I’ll be able to get an interview with her in the next little while so that we can get some final thoughts on AUSU and where she’s headed next.  This, however, marks yet another change in what’s been a tumultuous year for council already, as they haven’t been able to go six months without some sort of significant personnel changes happening.  Despite this, however, programs and things that benefit students seem to have been moving forward at a reasonable rate.  So, kudos to them for that, and hopefully the next few months won’t see that change at all, despite losing Natasha.

The new president has not yet been elected, so currently, Vice President of Executive and Student Affairs, Stacey Hutchings is serving in the position.  We’ll keep you up to date as we hear of further changes.

Finally, I want to again put out a call to all students, if there are any stories you’ve seen in the past year that you think deserve a bit more attention, a little more of a show-case—whether that’s because you think the subject matter is important, because it made you laugh, because it gave you a little something you found useful, please send an email to voice@voicemagazine.org so that I can see about including it in The Best of the Voice 2020.  There’s gotta be something good about this year after all, right?  Enjoy the read!

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