Editorial—Welcome to 2022!

We made it! Well, most of us, anyway.  I hope you all enjoyed our Best of issue, and if you missed it, don’t forget that you can always grab the PDF version of it and have it all in one handy file.

This is the first all original issue of 2022.  And while it’s not easy to find on the website, if you grab the PDF, you’ll see this is volume 30 of the Voice Magazine.  That means that this is the magazine’s 30th year of being published. What started out as a single broadsheet physically mailed to each and every student of AU has come a long way.

The oldest issue I have on file is volume 9, issue 1, one year before we started moving to the web (and earlier than you can access, what can I say, being the editor has its perks).  It’s a PDF file that’s only two pages.  And while I do have access to some older issues, they’ll need to be digitized before you can see them.  I’m mentioning this because I’m hoping over this 30th year of the magazine to figure out a way to get the full history of The Voice Magazine online.

This dive into the past was brought about by the news that a good friend, past president of AUSU, AU Governing Board Member, recipient of the Order of AU award, and possibly the only honorary member AUSU ever had, Dr. Lisa Priebe, died shortly before the end of last year.  She was also the lead author of the only peer-reviewed academic paper I’ve had published, which we published while we were undergrads.  With her Ph.D. in Psychology, she had finally been accepted to medical school to pursue her lifetime goal of becoming a full medical doctor, with plans to practice in end-of-life care and oncology.  Lisa was a firm believer in science, and in doing all she could to alleviate pain wherever possible.

Lisa was a couple of years younger than me and though we didn’t connect often, we were always happy when we did.  All of which means, I felt this one.   For those concerned, there’s no need to worry or provide condolences, I’m fine.  Just thoughtful about the nature of life and the necessity to pull what joy you can from it while you can.

Which is a perfect segue into this week’s issue.  With our first all new student interview of the year, we talk to student Arozo Azma, fellow Peaky Blinders watcher who’s pursuing her management degree with AU, she explains how she finds joy out on the trails.

We’re also featuring some advice on how to deal with your insomnia, as more and more people are having sleep issues in today’s society.  So if your joy is sleeping, then perhaps we’ve got what you need.

Our third featured article is a look at how what you expect from people, particularly what teachers expect from students, can affect what those people are able to accomplish.  It’s a timely reminder that everybody you meet likely has some untapped potential, maybe all they need is for you to let them know it.

Plus, we’ve of course got new scholarships, events, advice, an article on the nature of New Years’ Resolutions (have you made one?  I still haven’t.  Which means I’ve got a perfect record so far this year) and more.  So welcome to 2022, and enjoy the read!