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—Here Come the Holidays

It’s a bit crazy to realize how fast the holidays are coming upon us this year.  Our next issue will be the penultimate issue for the year, that’s how fast it’s going. Which means it’s beyond time that I start asking you for your opinions.  What do you think have been the best articles the… Read more »

Editorial—Waiting Game

I’m currently sitting in the parking lot of the veterinarian waiting for a report on what’s going on with Frida, our chihuahua who we’ve had for ten years.  Such is the state of technology today that typing this editorial on a tiny phone keyboard in a parking lot in what is essentially an industrial district… Read more »

Editorial—Political Volatility

If you follow Alberta politics at all, you’re already aware that there’s been a call within the United Conservative Party  (UCP) for a leadership convention to happen early. Premier Jason Kenney, who lead the UCP to taking over 50% of the votes in the 2019 election (and won his own riding with over 65% of… Read more »

Editorial—Working the Land Acknowledgements

This editorial may anger some initially. That’s not its intention, I’m just trying to work through some of my own concerns with one of the more recent trends to hit various organizations, especially those in public institutions. So keep reading to the end. I’m speaking about the almost inevitable land acknowledgment that seems to precede… Read more »

Council Connection—October 21, 2021 Meeting

Administrivia The meeting convened at 6:30pm with Councillors Jesse Poriz and Regan Johnson absent.  Jesse had sent in his regrets and Regan arrived slightly later in the meeting.  Vice President External (VPEx) Karen Fletcher read the acknowledgement of operating on traditional lands, and noted that “as an organization, AUSU is committed to decolonization.”  It was… Read more »

Editorial—Facing a Dilemma

I have a bit of a dilemma.  You see, AUSU has released the 2021 edition of it’s annual student survey. It’s a survey that basically seeks out the opinions of AUSU members and others as to what services they do that are valued, as well as seeking ideas for what else they can do that… Read more »

Editorial—Delays and Downtime

Sorry for how long this took, Friday had me dealing with a migraine that made concentrating on the computer for any length of time basically impossible. And while I managed to get most of the articles up on the website anyway, I did miss a couple, so if you’ve already looked at the site, don’t… Read more »

Editorial—The Demise of Old Stock

The idea of “Old Stock” Canadians was something put forward first by Prime Minister Harper.  Widely derided as being a call to xenophobics and anti-immigration sentiment, the recent municipal elections in Alberta are increasingly challenging the notion that this is a demographic worth courting by political parties. To be clear, what is generally considered as… Read more »

Editorial—Bits and Bobs

I finally managed to finish the AUSU Council Meeting Report for September, less than a week before the next Council Meeting.  I’ll warn you right now it’s a large one because that’s the meeting that AUSU Council approved it’s brand new budget. As always, I like to be able to give students a “short” (it’s… Read more »

Council Connection—The Budget One

On Thursday, September 20th, 2021, AUSU Council met at 6:30 pm for the first time since July.  Councillor Jesse Poriz was absent with regrets and Councillor Regan Johnson arrived later in the evening. The land acknowledgements, agenda, and minutes were quickly read through and approved, and Council moved on to the business of the evening…. Read more »