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—Back to the Wall

Premier Kenney has said he’ll be stepping down.  The leader of the UCP received an approval vote of 51.4% in the recent leadership review here in Alberta, and although Premier Kenney previously said that any majority would be enough for him to continue and that all party members should fall in line if it happens,… Read more »

Editorial—Out the Door

Unless you’ve been actively trying to avoid the news, you already know that the Supreme Court of the US leaked a draft decision that, if it matches the final, will essentially throw Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that made abortion into a constitutionally protected right in the United States, out the door.  The moment… Read more »

A Break in Routine

Quick note, the second week of May will not have a new edition of The Voice Magazine, as I’ll be taking my first vacation in over a year.  It seems like a good time, what with AU labour disputes currently settled, and AUSU moving into their annual planning and retreat meetings, and most students settled… Read more »

Editorial—Out with the Old

The new AUSU Council was sworn in last night, along with the new executive group.  Brought in by acclamation, there remain empty seats on the Council that, if history is any guide, will have to be filled later as the current group thins out over the next two years. One interesting new development I noted,… Read more »

Editorial—Officially Over It

The AUFA has officially voted to accept the recent deal proposed, with 83% in favor, by the AU administration.  This means that there will absolutely not be strike action affecting student studies at AU. Also, if you read last week’s editorial earlier in the week, you likely haven’t seen that I have made a fairly… Read more »

Editorial—Striking Out

The AUFA bargaining team is reporting that a tentative deal has been struck and is recommending it be accepted.  If the AUFA members agree, (and it would be unusual if they didn’t) then that means the negotiations are done and contracts have been negotiated, meaning that AU will have avoided a strike. Looking at the… Read more »

Editorial—A Day for Everything, and Everything in its Day

This week, we’re talking with student and Taylor Swift fan, Caleigh, where she talks to us about her experience with AU on her journey toward the legal profession. We’re also celebrating Ramen Noodle Day, which, believe it or not, is not an April Fools’ prank, but rather an actual day celebrated on April 4th.  I… Read more »

One Step Closer—A Strike About to Break?

If you haven’t already heard, the Athabasca University Faculty Association recently voted to reject the mediator’s proposed agreement between the faculty and AU management.  This isn’t the end of negotiations however, as the AUFA has indicated they’d be willing to postpone a strike vote if AU agrees to not use lockout powers in the near… Read more »

Editorial—Political Theatre Class

We continue to approach the United Conservative Party’s leadership review on April 9th here in Alberta, and as we approach, more information is coming out about Premier Kenney’s close involvement with what’s been called a kamikaze campaign.  In the process bringing him closer to the campaign finances that have already been the cause of many… Read more »

Editorial—Total Acclamation

The election is over, and all candidates who were up for acclamation have been approved by the student body, though I’ve heard that this was decided by a fairly low turn-out of students. Not that it’s that surprising, because I’ve also been hearing reports from other students’ unions that student apathy seeems to be higher… Read more »