Posts By: Karl Low

Natalia Iwanek

Natalia Iwanek (she/her) is a currently completing her Bachelor of Arts in English at Athabasca University, as well as serving as AUSU Councillor for the 2020–2021 term. She is also a Toronto-based freelance copy editor and content writer. Born in Poland to an ethnically Ukrainian family, she immigrated to Toronto and spent years living and working throughout Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Argentina, and Guatemala. Natalia focuses on a variety of topics, including student interviews, digital accessibility, political developments, representation, literature, as well as chronically ill/disabled/queer/immigrant identity. She can be contacted at

COVID-19 Memory Archive Project—An Interview with AU Archivist Karen Langley

Historical societies, museums, and governments often use archives as a way to “preserve historical material and make them available for use.”  And while in the past archives have been predominantly physical, in recent times, archives are increasingly becoming digitalized. In particular, Athabasca University’s Thomas A. Edge Archives and Special Collections, the official repository for AU’s… Read more »

Escapism Through Literature

English majors and voracious readers alike are well versed in literature’s many benefits.  From escaping unbearable realities to uncovering startling truths to confronting our deepest fears, literature connects readers with the world by revealing insight into the common human experience.  Through themes of time and place, literature reminds us that, despite our uniqueness, our individual… Read more »

ProctorU—The Recent Highs and Lows of Online Invigilation

While many brick and mortar students and educators have struggled with the recent unexpected transition to online education, the very nature of AU’s unique educational model has allowed the institution to bypass many issues.  Although many aspects of life and work have been significantly altered for AU staff, faculty, and students, our educational system has… Read more »

Council Connection—May 20, 2020 Meeting

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Ian Stewart.  Also in attendance were The Voice’s Managing Editor Karl Low and Council Meeting Reporter Natalia Iwanek. Key items included COVID-19, Council Reports, and the… Read more »

Recent Challenges in the Transition to Online Education

Although the recent pandemic driven transition to online education may have appeared relatively seamless and rapid, various issues have surfaced at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.  Despite the benefit of an existing online format, struggles have been reported here at AU as well.  Various students on the AU app have expressed concern with increased… Read more »

In Support of Labour

On May 1, 2020, Amazon, Target, Trader Joe’s, Instacart, and Whole Foods workers proceeded with their planned general strike over COVID-19 working conditions, calling in sick or walking out during lunch break, with calls for support and boycotts from consumers.  Citing unsafe working conditions, inadequate personal protective equipment, and close working quarters, workers called for… Read more »

Hustle Culture—Maintaining Mental and Physical Health

As society attempts to navigate the uncertainty of current events, the economic sector continuously reminds us that, despite our fears, productivity is still important above all — with headlines proclaiming 9 Tips To Be Productive When Working At Home During COVID-19 and What You Need To Know About Holding Productive Virtual Meetings During COVID-19.  One… Read more »

Council Connection—April 16, 2020

The most recent AUSU Council Meeting took place on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm MT. All Councillors were in attendance, with the exception of Councillor Melinda Goertz, as well as incoming council observing.  Also in attendance was The Voice’s Managing Editor Karl Low and Council Meeting Reporter Natalia Iwanek. Key items… Read more »

The Need for Media Literacy

During tragedies, society often experiences a noticeable uptick in the number of conspiracy theorists as humanity struggles to make sense of our rapidly changing and often unexplainable world. When events are so beyond our comprehension and current reality, what might typically seem like an outlandish conspiracy theory may, in fact, bring comfort.  Surely, a sinister… Read more »