Posts By: Karl Low

Emily Viggiani

Emily Viggiani is a student of Political-Science and History as a double-major. She is from Pickering, Ontario, but goes to Toronto every chance she gets to explore the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the films at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. She is also a fierce advocate for the rainforests and people with disabilities.

How ASMR Affects Your Brain

What is ASMR? If you’ve been on YouTube lately, you may have noticed a new trend.  That trend is ASMR.  It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and it means subtle sounds like whispering, paper ripping, or a fire crackling that gives the listener a tingling sensation on the scalp down the back of your… Read more »

Should you Learn a Foreign Langauge

Canada is a bilingual country, officially.  The numbers of bilingual or multilingual people are increasing in Canada as the world becomes more globalized.  There are 920 million native Mandarin speakers, 463 million native Spanish speakers, and 342 million native Hindi speakers in the world.  These are typically cited as the most international, or useful, languages… Read more »

Council Connection—November 18, 2020 AUSU Council Meeting

The November 18, 2020 council meeting was called to order at 6:32 MDT. Councillor Katheryn Hadden sent her regrets, and notably absent was former President Natasha Donahue.  Vice President External and Student Affairs (now Interim-President), Stacey Hutchings, chaired the meeting in her absence. Land acknowledgements were read by VPEX Stacey Hutchings which Councillor Karen Fletcher… Read more »

What We Can Learn from Shaolin (2011)

I wrote a research paper based on the 2011 film, Shaolin.    It’s such a beautiful film with so much in it.  There is so much we can learn from Shaolin about the nature of humanity itself.  We can learn about life after loss, becoming a better person despite and because of the pain of loss,… Read more »

Council Connection—October 21, 2020 Meeting

AUSU Council met on October 21, 2020.  Regan Johnson delivered the land acknowledgement for the traditional lands of the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. All councillors and regular staff were in attendance, with Councillor Kathryn Hadden expected to be slightly late. During the approval of the agenda, an unusual, though perfectly allowable, request was… Read more »

Remembering 102 Years Later

In 1918, the First World War came to an end after a long four years.  Even though the vast majority of us in Canada were not even born at the time, we still remember.  Most of the men fighting for our country were conscripted at a very young age.  The women basically kept Canada running… Read more »

Confessions of a Former Omnivore

Even as a vegetarian, I did not see myself going vegan.  I’m Italian-Canadian, culturally.  I was used to the charcuterie boards for most of my life, and I thought it wasn’t Italian to stop eating cheese.  And I am obsessed with carne asada tacos. Also, I’ve inherited Thalassemia, a hereditary type of anemia.  I struggle… Read more »

Should you Learn a Foreign Language?

Canada is a bilingual country, officially.  The numbers of bilingual or multilingual people are increasing in Canada as the world becomes more globalized.  There are 920 million native Mandarin speakers, 463 million native Spanish speakers, and 342 million native Hindi speakers in the world.  These are typically cited as the most international, or useful, languages… Read more »