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

Editorial—The Metric System: Imperious Measures

Two provinces were set to start using performance measures to adjust funding levels to universities this year.  The first was Ontario, the second, our own province of Alberta.  As with most conservative ideas, these metrics were largely tied to economic performance, specifically the economic performance of graduates, with conservative pundits claiming they’re merely trying to… Read more »

Minds We Meet—Monique Durette

Born in Edmonton, Monique Durette now lives in Okotoks, Alberta where she’s taking her Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science and a minor in Women and Gender Studies from AU.  She’s lived across the country, from BC to Ontario, and in fact met her husband while she was in high school in… Read more »

The Point of the Isolated Long Weekend

The typical Victoria day long weekend, for most people, often involves some form of getting outdoors, to celebrate with nature and other people, whether that’s in the crowds at the gardening stores as Canadians get ready for planting and growing season, or out to the campground to enjoy the warm spring with friends and family…. Read more »

Editorial—A COVID Mother’s Day

This is one of those social distancing times that people are going to notice, and, sadly, I expect we’ll see a spike in deaths in four to six weeks that will coincide with those who just didn’t believe that the virus is all that bad. And the results will be too tragic for even schadenfreude,… Read more »

Disinformation Distancing

So what are the effects of having a population not well versed in media literacy?  What happens when people unquestioningly accept everything they see, or, just as bad, unquestioningly deny everything they see reported?  It got driven home to me in a couple of ways this week. The first, is that Michael Moore et al…. Read more »

Editorial—The Moral Hazards

This week, our feature article is one where Natalia Iwanek digs into the human rights issues faced by seasonal and temporary foreign workers who come into Canada, especially now, with COVID-19 affecting, well, everything. This seemed especially timely given the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in the Cargill meat plant.  Cargill hires a large number of… Read more »

A Retrospective

I couldn’t have written this editorial yesterday.  That’s because, when it comes to AUSU, The Voice Magazine, and myself, have to strive to maintain impartiality.  Yesterday was the last day of former AUSU President, Brandon Simmons. Brandon joined AUSU during a tumultuous time back in 2015.  AUSU had become, as some student unions do, somewhat… Read more »

Editorial—Reality is Setting In

I was planning, this week, to write an editorial about the Alberta Government’s new legislation that allows them to create new legislation, and create special enforcement forces for that legislation, without ever having to have the new rules debated in our legislature.  Tied to the emergency health regulations, this could allow them to do such… Read more »

Editorial—The Days Blend Together

While we’re self isolating it can be pretty easy for all the days to start to blend together.  After all, not only are your own trips curtailed, but those subconcious cues, the noise of the traffic outside, the procession of people walking by the house, those have all been disrupted as well.  People are coming… Read more »

Editorial—Day Nine in the Bunker

Honestly, for me, life has changed very little.  I’ve spent a little more time cleaning the house (not nearly enough) a lot more time watching the news (far too much) and other than that, just getting on. Of course, I realize I have the luxury of a job that’s pretty safe from recessionary pressures. If… Read more »