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—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 »

Editorial—The Changing War

Last week I heard an interesting opinion as I was wandering around online, one by comedian and talk show host Bill Maher.  A political comic, my feelings toward his opinions tend to vary, depending on the topic he’s on.  Sometimes he seems bang on, other times he seems just clueless, at least to me.  No… Read more »

Editorial—Time To Talk Tuition

Your tuition is going to go up.  Again.  Everybody’s concerned about inflation, but few people realize how much tuition rates have inflated over the years.  Honestly, most people have a good distance to go before they catch up with what students have been seeing for years.  It’s gotten to the point now where some schools,… Read more »

Editorial—Spoiled Alert

I was hoping for a more Halloween themed issue this year, but it seems the spooks and monsters of the other side aren’t on most writer’s minds at the moment.  I suppose you can’t really blame them, though.  It’s not like we don’t already have a whole range of reasons to be terrified, from the… Read more »

Editorial—Too Soon by Half

“Musical Chairs in Reverse” is what I called my last editorial.  Turns out, I wrote too soon.  Today, newly non-publicly-elected premiere Danielle Smith made her selection of Alberta’s new cabinet.  The party that tends to argue for small government now has the largest cabinet and most provincial ministers that Alberta has ever seen. With a… Read more »

Editorial—It’s Like Musical Chairs in Reverse

In case you missed it, and since it’s been buried under the news of Danielle Smith’s election you probably have, there will be seven new members sitting on the AU board of governors, including two new positions bringing the board total up to 19, and further reducing the power of students, staff, and faculty to… Read more »

Editorial—Back for Good

Welcome back!  I hope you were able to find some interesting things to do while we were gone for a week, maybe you got just that little bit of extra course work done, or you realized how much of a routine you’ve fallen into and vowed to stretch out of it.  Either way, we’re back… Read more »

Editorial—Never Rains but Pours

Right now, hurricane Fiona is bearing down on the Atlantic provinces.  So if you’re there, I hope you’re reading this from safe shelter.  Otherwise, put this down and get to safe shelter right away, please. Have you noticed how things seem to pile on? COVID-19 brought health care crises and supply issues that sparked inflation… Read more »

Editorial—Breaking News

This week, we’re changing things up a bit, as you’ll notice we don’t have our student interview Minds We Meet, and that’s because of students like you.  Or more specifically, because of a lack of students like you. If you don’t know, we like to present an interview of a new student each week, it… Read more »