Editorial—Enjoy the Holidays!

Like AUSU, The Voice Magazine shuts down around the holiday season, and the way that this year plays out, that means that there’ll be no magazine coming out next week, or the week after that.  In other words, this is the last magazine of the year.  Already.

We’ll be back on January 6th, and to distract you from what is likely to be an ad nauseum replaying of what happened two years previous, we’ll be bringing out our Best of the Voice issue, something we like to do each year in part to celebrate some of the best pieces of writing we saw in the previous year, and in part to make sure student writers aren’t having to try to come up with ideas the morning after the annual New Years gatherings, and all that they entail.

But the largest part of the Best of the Voice is you.  Hearing what students like you found entertaining, enlightening, engaging, encouraging, or even enraging is part of what makes the Best of issue so much fun.  So think back over the last year, or however long you’ve been reading The Voice for.  Is there any article that sticks out?  Any recipe that you tried and enjoyed, any review that intrigued you to picking up some new music or a new book or show?  If there is, let me know at karl@voicemagazine.org.  And if you can’t remember the title or issue, just give me a description, and I’ll see if I can dig it out, and we can share it once again with the next set of AU students who stumble upon our little magazine here.

Of course, as an added bonus, we usually have some extra swag around the end of the year to give out, so letting me know what your pick for The Best of the Voice is will get you entered into a draw for a selection of goodies we like to send out.  Call it a late holiday gift.

Meanwhile, this week, some of our writers have definitely gotten into the spirit of the season, AU style.  The materialistic nature of modern Christmas is in their crosshairs with a couple of articles taking a closer look at what it means and maybe, just maybe, how to avoid it.

But our feature article is our latest student interview with a carpenter who wouldn’t mind being able to affect the world with his words (which is oddly appropriate given the season).  Find out what he’s studying at AU and where he’s heading.

Plus, we have the conclusion to our look at how writer Alek Golijanin had to deal with an auto dealership to avoid getting charged for options that he didn’t want in the first place, along with some advice for how you might do the same.

And, of course, we have scholarships and the social buzz, because even though the Voice may stop, the world doesn’t.  For this week our holiday closure list takes over the events column (because let’s face it, you probably already have enough events piled up right now) and then we’ve got reviews, advice, encouragement, a comic, the latest from AUSU, and more!

Enjoy the read!

And Happy Holidays!