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—December Already!

Here in Calgary, the weather makes it hard to remember that we’re already in December.  We’ve had weather far more typical for September or October lately.  As averages tend to even out, this likely means that January will be brutal, but we’ll leave that for another time. What December means for The Voice Magazine is… Read more »

Editorial—‘Tis the Season

With the passage of American Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is officially underway at most stores.  And, in keeping with the season, CityTV has released a new story about how the University of Alberta is seeing record high demand for its campus food bank.  You may not be aware, but AUSU also offers a food assistance… Read more »


Tomorrow is Remembrance Day.  With two larger scale wars happening on two different continents, it seems we may be having some trouble remembering.  Beyond simple remembrance however, it seems people don’t remember why we have Remembrance Day.  The Fly on the Wall has an interesting take on this issue, reminding us not only of the… Read more »

Editorial—Academic Writing Month

November 2023 is apparently Academic Writing Month, a spin off of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where many writers challenge themselves to create a complete novel in a month.  It doesn’t have to be a good novel, just a complete one, with the idea being that not only does it encourage writers to actually finish… Read more »

Editorial—The Real Horror

Back on October 11th, AU’s new President, Dr. Alex Clark, officially took the position, with AU proudly announcing that he was bringing a bold new vision for Athabasca University.  So, what is that vision, exactly?  Being a leader in distance education and career development?  Taking the forefront of academic communications and technological research?  Finding a… Read more »

Editorial—If You Don’t Have Your Health

AUSU recently opened a new student program, health and dental insurance.  If you’ve been at a brick-and-mortar institution recently, such a thing probably isn’t at all unheard of.  In fact, you probably get automatically enrolled in such a plan and have to deliberately opt-out if you don’t want to pay the fee (although that fee… Read more »

Editorial—A Darker Explanation

Once again, we come across a Friday the 13th, a day that, through no fault of its own, is said to bring along misfortune.  But why? The typical explanation is that it is a recalling of the last supper, where Judas Iscariot, who is said to have betrayed Jesus Christ, was the 13th to arrive. … Read more »

Editorial—Ghost Town Hall

I attended the AUSU town hall regarding the upcoming increase in AUSU fees.  I was met with two AUSU Executive members, one AUSU Councillor, and a couple of AUSU staff members.  That’s it. I have to admit I was a little bit surprised, as when AUSU has raised its fees a couple of times in… Read more »

Editorial—Colorful Shirts

Truth and Reconciliation Day approaches once again.  We’re supposed to wear orange shirts.  It doesn’t seem like it’s an action that would mean that much, but when you consider some of the motives behind it, the importance of this symbol becomes clear. What does wearing an orange shirt really do?  Quite simply, it tells others… Read more »

Council Connection—September 21, 2023 Meeting

The meeting started promptly at 6:00pm with Vice President External (VPEx) Manmeet Kaur Randhawa being unavailable to attend, and I noted that Rylee Feschuk was no longer listed as being a member of Council; this was later addressed in the President’s Report. In going through the opening activities, a new point was added to the… Read more »