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—Bits and Bobs

I finally managed to finish the AUSU Council Meeting Report for September, less than a week before the next Council Meeting.  I’ll warn you right now it’s a large one because that’s the meeting that AUSU Council approved it’s brand new budget. As always, I like to be able to give students a “short” (it’s… Read more »

Council Connection—The Budget One

On Thursday, September 20th, 2021, AUSU Council met at 6:30 pm for the first time since July.  Councillor Jesse Poriz was absent with regrets and Councillor Regan Johnson arrived later in the evening. The land acknowledgements, agenda, and minutes were quickly read through and approved, and Council moved on to the business of the evening…. Read more »

Editorial—Hail to the Chief

The Voice Magazine welcomes our new overlords! Or to be more specific, a welcome to our new president, Dr. Peter Scott.  Hailing from Australia, where he worked as the “Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Technology Sydney”.  His education was from the University of Sheffield in the UK in cognitive science and psychology. and… Read more »

Editorial—Tough Issues

A difficult issue this week.  Our feature article is a look at the Alberta Government putting into place an Alberta Equivalent of “Clare’s Law”.  It’s a law that is about domestic abuse, in a fashion.  I hate these types of articles, even though they’re needed, in part because they’re needed, but also because they force… Read more »

AUSU’s Virtual Food Assistance Program

If you’ve been to a brick-and-mortar campus, one of the sad things you may note is that many universities now have food banks right on campus.  The simple act of having enough food to eat is so difficult for many students that it makes sense for there to be a food bank present. AU has… Read more »

Editorial—Election Reflection

So.  That was the election. In some ways, it’s nice that we have elections that are so uneventful, and at the same time have meaning.  Many people around the world only wish they could have the same. I’ve seen some talk about how it was a waste of money, but I tend to disagree.  The… Read more »

Editorial—Protecting Responsibility of Expression

This issue, we’ve got another student who has put her two cents in on the election, taking on the task of creating her own summary of some of the student focussed policies.  Even if you’ve already read my rundown, you should probably read hers as she puts some thought into what these various promises actually… Read more »

Editorial—Keeping Athabasca in AU?

I recently received a letter from a managing editor at AU, one John  Ollerenshaw, writing on behalf of the Keep Athabasca in Athabasca University committee, a local “ad-hoc committee … convened recently to try to reverse the AU Board of Governors’ plan to implement a near-virtual workplace at AU.”  Sadly for Mr. Ollerenshaw, he really… Read more »

Post Secondary Platform Round-Up

With the federal election nearly upon us, students are looking for some indications of just which party should win their vote. To help you with that decision, I’ve taken the time on behalf of The Voice Magazine to carefully go through several of the parties’ election platforms to find what they are promising for post-secondary… Read more »

Editorial—The Destination of Good Intentions

This editorial should have been done sooner. It should have been done before today’s announcement by the Alberta government of the new measures that are being put in place.  If it had, it would have been a fairly light frothy piece about some of the articles we have in this issue and some of the… Read more »