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—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 »

Editorial—Have You Voted?

I know it probably seems like I’m harping about this, because, after all, it’s just a student council it doesn’t seem terribly important, right? But with almost a million dollars of student money coming in every year, its important that you take the few opportunities you have to ensure that the people who are spending… Read more »

The Voice Candidate Questions

Thirteen seats are open on AUSU Student Council.  These are the seats that students will sit in and who will be responsible for taking your concerns and your issues to the university, the provincial government, and beyond. This election, we have ten students vying for these seats, but it’s not just automatic.  It still comes… Read more »

Editorial—MAD about Russia

It’s been quite a few years since the idea of there being a global nuclear war ending life on earth has been prevalent in popular culture.  But I remember when the mini-series “The Day After” was one of the most anticipated, and then talked about series people had seen. Since then, glasnost, 911, climate change… Read more »

Editorial—Democracy on the Small Scale

The nomination period has closed, the candidates have been validated, the campaign period opened, and the latest AUSU election is underway. This year, we have 10 candidates vying for 12 seats.  Only five of the ten have served on council before, with notable absences including the current president and the current vice-president finance and administration… Read more »