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—What to Write?

Surprisingly, even though The Voice Magazine pays for student writing, I don’t get that many students wanting to try their hand at it.  Of those who do inquire, one of the most common questions is “What should I write?” I have a stock answer saved in a file that I tweak a bit based on… Read more »

Editorial—On the Prevalance of Opinion

A couple of issues ago, we ran an article about the perils of medical marijuana. Not too long ago, I received a letter concerned about the one sidedness of the article, and was asked the question, “Is this a factual article or an opinion column?”  It’s an interesting question and it got me thinking about… Read more »

Editorial—Alberta Voted

The election is over; the results, a surprise to almost nobody.   Unless you’ve been studiously avoiding major media networks and news programs you have undoubtedly already heard that the United Conservative Party of Alberta won the election, winning a majority of the votes and seats, and limiting opposition seats purely to Edmonton and a few… Read more »

Editorial—Alberta Votes

If you’re an AU student, this next week is a critical one for you.  If you’re an Albertan, you get to have a say in it.  Albertans go to the polls to elect a new provincial government on April 16th.  If you’re an AU student this matters, because who is elected will end up having… Read more »

Editorial—I Haven’t Done Much

This week, we’re featuring our recent interview with AU student, Sarah McDougall.  I like this interview, even though Sarah herself says “I haven’t done much.”  In fact, that’s why I like it. It’s okay to have not done much, because I’d bet that’s where a lot of us are coming from as we go through… Read more »

Editorial—The Nation of States

I’ve been thinking about Brexit, lately. It struck me that part of the reason there’s such angst is that the various nations in the EU have never really stood up and said “We’re forming a new country with all of us as part of it.”  Instead, they’ve been sidling up to it, slowly voting, in… Read more »

Editorial—Protesting the Protests

Last Wednesday, March 20th, a lot of post-secondary students in Ontario walked out of class at noon to protest Doug Ford’s recent changes to OSAP and against the Student Choice Initiative which I spoke about last week.  Well intentioned, I’m sure, and it garnered some headlines, but given the recent walk out of high school… Read more »

Editorial—Tomorrow’s Problem

As we approach the Alberta election, I’m probably going to start looking more into the politics here in Alberta as well as out in Ontario.  The reason being that the United Conservative Party (UCP) here in Alberta has adopted language in their policies about demanding that all fees for student unions and student association be… Read more »

Student Sizzle—AU Social Media

AthaU Facebook Group Chelsea asks if an Alberta journeyman certificate counts toward an AU degree; AU staffer Erin points her in the right direction.  Ang celebrates getting into law school after completing an AU degree.  Chanelle seeks help deciphering an ambiguous EDUC 201 exam description. Other posts include courses to complete while recovering from surgery,… Read more »

Editorial—Accidental Thinking

Yes. It’s late. I know.  On Monday, my partner and I were in a traffic accident.  We weren’t at fault.  The elderly driver of the other vehicle flew through a stop sign and with no warning and slightly slippery roads, I couldn’t stop us before we T-boned into them.  Now, before you worry, physically, the… Read more »