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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More Buildings in Manitoba The Manitoba Provincial Government is pleased to announce (http://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/press/top/2003/09/2003-09-19-03.html) the opening of a new Health Studies Complex at Brandon University. Costing the government five million dollars, this building will house multiple programs including the bachelor of nursing program which is being transferred from the University of Manitoba, a psychiatric nursing program,… Read more »

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A Good Investment for Who? No doubt concerned by reports that most high-school students cite cost as the primary factor preventing them from attending post-secondary education, the Alberta Learning Minister, Dr. Lyle Oberg, has provided a press release (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200309/15080.html) to tell us all how wonderful an investment a post-secondary education is. The information is presented… Read more »

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Canada Student Loans – A Fading Hope The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) the organization that supervises and regulates all the banks in Canada, has released a report [in PDF format (http://www.osfi-bsif.gc.ca/eng/office/actuarialreports/pdf/CSLP202_updated_exec_e.pdf) investigating the future of the Canada Student Loans Program. In short, as difficult as it is now, it looks as… Read more »

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Why Funding Is Important Sometimes in all the talk about provincial funding of post-secondary education, it becomes difficult to remember exactly why it is so important. Yes, we all know that the universities are having difficulties providing all the services they would like to, and sure we know that students have a hard time affording… Read more »

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Tuition Troubles Statistics Canada released its annual study (http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/030812/d030812a.htm) on tuition fees earlier this month, and the results will come as no surprise to most post-secondary students. The study determined that the average student will be paying 7.4% more in tuition this year than last, the largest increase over the past four years. A good… Read more »

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Innovative Approach Benefits Students The provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador has announced (http://www.gov.nf.ca/releases/2003/youth/0811n02.htm) that over 1600 students have found summer employment under their Student Work and Services Program. While many provinces subsidize some sort of summer employment program for students, the approach of Newfoundland and Labrador is particularly interesting. Most employment programs work by… Read more »

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Shoot Your Mouth Off The Government of Canada is beginning a consultation process (http://www.cfc-ccaf.gc.ca/en/consultation/default.asp) on the new Firearms Program. So, if you have a yearning to tell the government just what you think should be done about firearms, this would be the opportunity. The consultation covers everything from gun shows and firearm import/export laws to… Read more »

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AU Misses Opportunity The Honourable Dr. Lyle Oberg, Minister of Alberta Learning will be taking a trip (http://www.gov.ab.ca/acn/200308/14892.html) to Vietnam for a leadership summit in the field of post-secondary education. Dr. Oberg will be participating in a seminar on how government works and collaborates with post-secondary institutions. Travelling with Dr. Oberg are: Dr. Paul Byrne,… Read more »

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Newfoundland Studies Post-Secondary The provincial government of Newfoundland has announced (http://www.gov.nf.ca/releases/2003/youth/0722n01.htm) almost $74,000 in funding for a feasibility study on whether postsecondary education needs to be expanded within the province. The studies to assess various needs of the region including educational, cultural, social, and developmental ones. The study is also supposed to come up with… Read more »

Review: Harem, Sarah Brightman, EMI Records

Called “The Angel of Music” by some, Sarah Brightman has a voice like an impressive instrument. But even the best instruments can be put to the wrong use. I have always found that Ms. Brightman’s albums are uneven in this regard; some of the songs will be exquisite and others will leave you wondering why… Read more »