Posts By: Karl Low

Karl Low

Born and (mostly) raised in Calgary, Karl has been taking courses on and off at AU since 1999. At one point, he changed his major from Computing Science to Computing Science because the new program requirements fit what he’d already taken better. Since then, he switched to English and graduated (w/Great Distinction he likes to add) proving along the way that it is entirely possible to complete an entire AU course within a three week period. If only he had done this at the beginning of the course instead of in the last extension.

This is not something he advises unless you are desperate, masochistic, or, ideally, both.

He is currently the managing editor of The Voice Magazine, where he tries to put his education to use helping other students as they provide content for The Voice

Dear Barb—Time: Less Friends

Dear Barb: I am a middle-aged woman who is married with three adult children.  I work long hours in a busy, fast-paced environment, so I do not have a lot of extra time.  Any free time that I do have I like to spend it with my family and friends.  However, I have a work… Read more »

Editorial—The Unbearable Lateness of Being … Ill.

I had hoped last week, as the symptoms I’d been feeling didn’t seem to be worsening (and in fact, certain muscle aches had eased off), that I’d be getting better within a day or so and be able to continue on as normal.  Instead, this thing morphed into a longer term flu or very nasty… Read more »

Editorial—Unlucky Start

I’m sick.  It’s been coming on since yesterday, muscle pain and headache, that I was hoping was just a minor thing, but today it seems to have ramped up more than usual.  Still, we have some interesting stuff going on, so I wanted to make sure I got The Voice Magazine up today, at least… Read more »

Editorial—Lucky Start?

It’s been five years since the first brand new issue of The Voice Magazine landed on a Friday the 13th.  I was reminded of this because of the Vintage Voice column, which likes to dig out little bits and pieces of The Voice Magazine history.  Having almost our entire history online and available to read… Read more »

Editorial—Well That Was a Year

Creating the Best Of editions is always a bit of a fun task.  It gives me an excuse to spend a lot of time going through old editions of the Voice Magazine, remembering things that happened, both in the world at large and with the various Voice writers, over the course of the year. On… Read more »

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… Read more »

Editorial—Squeaky Wheels Still Work

A couple of nights ago, the province passed the Alberta Sovereignty Act (Within a United Canada), with various amendments designed to address the primary criticisms people had been bringing forward.  And, surprisingly to me, they seem to have done exactly that. No longer does the act allow the Lt. Governor to modify a current law… Read more »

Editorial—Sovereignty for Who Exactly?

The Alberta Sovereignty Act, sorry, The Alberta Sovereignty Act Within a United Canada has been been put forward.  Because a title change means so much. It’s both better and worse than expected.  Better because it does not actually say that federal laws or court decisions at any level can be ignored, rather that the government… Read more »

Editorial—Some Movement, Fewer Moves

Advanced Education Minister Demetrious Nicolaides has put forward the latest Investment Management Agreement for Athabasca University.  This is the document that tells AU how much funding is going to get, and what conditions the provincial government is putting on that.  In it, instead of requiring a completely unrealistic 50% of AU’s staff be made to… Read more »

Editorial—Getting to Know You

AUSU is in the last week of its annual student survey.  They do this every year to see what services students like and don’t like, and try to get a better idea of what common priorities are held by as many AU students as possible.  If you haven’t filled it out and you are a… Read more »