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—Got a Need to Report?

August 25th is the next AUSU Council meeting, and it’s going to be a large one.  Having not met in July, this meeting includes the details of AUSU’s next budget, as well as the executive work plans and another look at the terms of reference for the indigenous circle. If some of this sounds like… Read more »

Editorial—Actions Have Effects

A bit of a furor has been aroused with Advanced Educations Minister’s recent demands that AU move some 500 people and their families into the rural area of Athabasca.  So much so that Minister Nicolaides has been coming out repeatedly to attempt to backpedal some of what has been submitted to the university, first claiming… Read more »

Editorial—It’s Time To Act

I was going to gush today about the return of our much missed “Course Exam” column, by a new writer who, if her first submission is any indication, has a solid idea of the kind of things students need to know beyond just the syllabus, but unfortunately, something much more important has come up. If… Read more »

Editorial—A Long Time Coming

Danielle Smith currently seems to lead the UCP leadership race.  This is a person who, at least from her deleted tweets, seems to be unable to critically evaluate the sources of information she chooses to accept.  Putting naturopaths on approximately the same level as oncologists, and labelling vast swaths of medical science as irrelevant. If… Read more »

Editorial—By the Numbers

Here in Alberta, COVID related hospitalizations and ICU stays are starting to trend upward again, something which barely gets mentioned in most media. We have, it seems, become used to it, yet at the same time, a recent study by a university of Calgary researcher has found long COVID symptoms in about 6% of children… Read more »

Editorial—Happy 30th to AUSU

The Athabasca University Students Union is celebrating it’s 30th year, with an in person celebration happening at a pub in West Edmonton Mall, as well as some online events that you can find out more about on the AUSU site.  It’s been an eventful ride for the group, which initially started off having been granted… Read more »

Editorial—Parading Ignorance

The Calgary Stampede is back in full force, with the parade taking place earlier today, and I completely forgot about it. If you’ve lived in Calgary for more than a couple of years, the Calgary Stampede is a yearly exercise in driving frustration with a side of mediocre (but free) food in the mornings and… Read more »

Editorial—Canada Day 2022

Needless to say, I have yet to feel like celebrating, but oddly, even ignoring recent personal events, I don’t think this would have been a Canada Day I felt like celebrating.  In many ways, it feels like a good portion of my country has been co-opted by those who distrust what little science they understand,… Read more »

Editorial—No Interest in Shoulds

No getting around it, this is definitely a late issue this week.  For that, I apologize.  This week has been a mess for various reasons.  But I wasn’t too worried early on because I knew I could pull it together and get everything sorted out on Friday.  Except on Friday our little dog, the one… Read more »

Editorial—Undefined Father’s Day

On Sunday it’s Father’s Day.  The idea seems a bit odd to me now, a celebration of the paternal figure in your life, that is supposed to happen even if you’re well separated from your father and rarely talk.  Last year, my own father called to wish me a happy birthday.  Which is nice, but… Read more »