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

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Double Cohort in Ontario – More than Expected? The Ontario government is re-iterating how their plan will ensure that the universities of Ontario are ready for the double cohort (see: http://www.newswire.ca/government/ontario/english/releases/September2002/27/c5505.html). For those not aware, this school year Ontario switches from a secondary school system that goes to grade 13 to one that only goes… Read more »

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Running the University Numbers Statistics Canada has released a report on University Finances for 2000/2001 (see:http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/020916/d020916b.htm. Unsurprisingly, they list that the total percentage of university revenue from government sources has declined while the percentage paid by the students has risen “substantially from a decade earlier”. Government contributions rose less than 3% over 2000/01, making this… Read more »

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Saskatchewan Boosting Librarians The Saskatchewan Government has announced a bursary of $5,000 for students taking their Masters of Library Science (SEE: http://www.gov.sk.ca/newsrel/2002/09/13-718.html). Saskatchewan has looked ahead a few years and seen that a large number of their librarians will be retiring. The increasing importance of information and being able to access the right information quickly… Read more »

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Adult Learners Week This week is International Adult Learner’s Week, and is the first year that Canada has participated in the festivities. Events are happening across the country throughout the week and beyond, so check out what’s happening near you at the ALW web site (SEE: http://www.adultlearning.unesco.ca/actualites.php?faire=lire&identite=3). Some provinces are getting more into the spirit… Read more »

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Got a Virus? Go to Jail. The Federal Government is looking at making some changes in what it calls the Lawful Access Laws (SEE: http://www.ic.gc.ca/cmb/welcomeic.nsf/cdd9dc973c4bf6bc852564ca006418a0). A lot of these involve the new means of communicating through the Internet and what kinds of powers that police should have regarding search and seizure of this type of… Read more »

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Fun With Fees It’s that time of year again. Statistics Canada has released their annual look at University Tuition Fees (SEE: http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/020821/d020821b.htm). The bottom line results are that, over all, post-secondary tuition fees in Canada rose 4.1% over the last year. This is more than twice what the general inflation rate was over the same… Read more »

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Alberta Government Makes Hay over Hay The Alberta Government is very proud to announce its assistance (SEE: http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200208/12980.html ) to the tune of $200,000 to get surplus hay from Eastern Canada shipped over here to Alberta so that our farmers have something to feed their cattle. Of course, this assistance will not cover the full… Read more »

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FOIP follies The University of Calgary has been found to be in breach of an employee’s privacy. In the case details (SEE: http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200208/12942.html) an employee had called the university’s campus security with respect to an incident regarding an employee, the employee’s spouse, and other staff and the employee’s supervisor. The employee and spouse were removed… Read more »

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Aboriginal Students Getting Boost The British Columbia government is earmarking 1.27 million dollars to help aboriginal students obtain post-secondary educations.(SEE:http://os8150.pb.gov.bc.ca/4dcgi/nritem?5506) Unfortunately, the bulk of this money, over a million dollars of it is going to short term funding to develop new programs for aboriginals to take. Less than 20% of it will actually be going… Read more »

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Summer Jobs Even though Athabasca University has a non-traditional school year, the government programs for student jobs still fall mostly around the summer. While many Athabasca University students are already working full time, for those of you that aren’t, there is always the possibility of getting a job in the federal government. If this strikes… Read more »