Editorial—Step Right Up!

There’s just a few more days to put your nomination in if you want to be a candidate in the AUSU by-election, but maybe you’re a bit nervous about the idea of being on Council, wonder if you have the time, or aren’t sure what might be required.  In that case, you’ll want to check out our article “Why Try the By”, where we’ve interviewed some of the current councillors to help answer any questions you might have.

Also, while the recent changes at the top of AU’s executive caused me to go for a bit of a deep dive into AU’s constitution, I forget that a lot of students may not have the background or interest in all the nitty gritty.

So for that, we’re bringing you a new writer, Kaylee Beyene, who opens up with the Voice giving us a quick, informative backgrounder on just what the big deal with the change in AU’s president, and why it should matter to you.

Speaking of that, I see that some changes are already starting to hit, with AU spending some money on hosting an “AU Homecoming” event in the town of Athabasca after Convocation.  No information is available yet on whether AU will be footing the bill to haul people out from Edmonton and take the 90 minute drive up to actual town.

Also this week, we’ve got a feature interview with a student who’s juggling a full-time job, a full-load of courses, and a daughter in the pursuit of our CPA.  Find out just how she does it, and who’s been inspiring her to do so in our Minds We Meet Feature article.

Aside from the features, this week we’ve also got the Council connection from December, where you can see the first discussions about the Student Price Card and how those played out to bring you the new service where you can save a couple of dollars on this savings card thanks to AUSU, and a look from Barb Lehtiniemi about what’s going on in Finland, a land she’s got some connections to, in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

On top of that we’ve got a couple of articles this week looking at different courses you can take from outside of AU, as well as some ideas for what to do should you happen to find yourself in Mexico.  And that’s without even going into our regular articles.

In those, Chef Corey has a particularly tasty looking recipe on offer, while [blue rare] and Fly on the Wall each give us a look at a similar approach to life and studies, albeit each from a different lens.  We’ve also got our regular columns providing advice, humour, events, scholarships, and more.

Oh, and I don’t want to forget to remind you that the Voice Magazine survey is still open until February 27, 2023.  If you haven’t filled it out and got your entry to win one of five $100 Amazon gift cards or perhaps one of five ProctorU exam codes, then you don’t have much time left.  Fortunately, the survey itself is quite short, so it won’t take up much of your time to complete it, either.  Please jump on over to do so, as your opinion really is important to help us try to guide where the Voice Magazine is going.

And, as always, enjoy the read!