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–All A-Board!

The UCP government of Alberta has made its first legal concrete moves (as opposed to those that a judge found concerning enough to reverse) toward post-secondary education.  I don’t think they’re good ones. They have started appointing/rewarding their cronies on the campaign trail, including failed UCP candidates, by putting them on various boards across the… Read more »

Editorial—Dis-Orientation

Athabasca University has recently released their brand new university orientation site. You can check it out yourself at http://orientation.athabascau.ca/ if you want to see what AU feels is important for new and prospective students.  You may not want to, however, if you want to avoid doubts about AU’s competency on the web. I popped in… Read more »

Editorial—Compelling Non-Productive

Vampires as pathogens.  Who would have thought? Writer John Buhler returns to us this week looking at a book by Nick Groom, that takes a different look at the history of the Vampire: how this undead monster came to be, and what’s become of it since. The idea that the vampire came to be as… Read more »

Editorial—Food for Thought

The two main political parties on the federal scene in Canada are obviously the Liberals and Conservatives.  With a federal election on the horizon, everything and everything can become a campaign issue.  Including the Canada Food Guide.  You know what that is, it’s that thing you saw posters of when you were in Grade School,… Read more »

Editorial—Creative Riding

Summer issues tend to be either very interesting or very dull.  This is because a lot of the things that usually drive The Voice Magazine writers, if not the writers themselves, are absent.  Convocation is over, the university itself slows down as so many people take summer holidays that many committees don’t meet, so changes… Read more »

Editorial—Devil in the Details

I’m a little bit nervous for this issue. Darjeeling Jones’ latest article, “Is it Wrong that I am a Satan Worshipper”, is sure to raise some eyebrows based on the title alone.  Controversial articles are always a bit concerning to me because I know the AU student audience is a bit different from the standard… Read more »

Editorial—A Canadian Editorial

Happy Canada Day!  At least, this is the last issue before Canada Day happens, so I thought I’d take the opportunity right now to note that. As summer comes fully on, a lot of articles and media turn to describing the wonders of the out doors and helping you find activities to take advantage of… Read more »

Council Connection—June 15, 2019 Meeting

The July 15, 2019 meeting of Council was held on a Saturday during the AUSU Councillor Retreat.  Held in a larger room in the offices of AUSU, it was an interesting sight to see the most of the AUSU council gathered around the table for the meeting.  It was an unusual meeting in the sense… Read more »

Editorial—A Labour of Love

Labour strife is never welcome.  Not by management, not by employees, and certainly not by customers.  In the case of AU, those customers are you, the students. That’s why I was exceptionally happy to read that the Athabasca University Faculty Association (AUFA) and AU Board of Governors have come to an agreement in principle.  It… Read more »

Editorial—The Results of Inquiry

The Canadian University Press, of which The Voice Magazine is a member, recently shared a statement about the Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. I’m presenting that statement here, in its entirety. “This report is about deliberate race, identity and gender-based genocide.” – Marion Buller, Chief Commissioner,… Read more »