New KSA Health and Dental Plan Offers Extensive Mental Health Resources to Students

KPU students will now be able to claim up to $500 for medical help per year As part of an effort to start a conversation about mental health and ensure that KPU students are faring well on campus, the Kwantlen Student Association has released a new and improved version of its health and dental plan.... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Independent news sheds light on stories that major outlets ignore

The persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has grown increasingly violent since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until last month that North American news outlets started broadcasting the significance of the problem. The death toll for Rohingya Muslims in the Asian country is not conclusive, but it’s likely to be near 3,000 since the most... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Fake Fruit

The New York band is sharing introspective post-punk in Vancouver Conceived in New York and raised in Vancouver, Fake Fruit has its roots in two artistically vibrant communities. Frontwoman Hanna Amato moved to Canada for a nannying job and brought her music with her, picking up Jess Lebenburg on lead guitar, Tom Waelen on drums,... Continue Reading

Research and Scholarship Celebrated with KPU’s Arts Speaker Series

Members of the Arts faculty will be presenting from September until April Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts Wade Deisman says that the purpose of KPU’s Arts Speaker Series is to “boost the profile of research and scholarship at the institution, and make the role that research plays in teaching excellence clearer.” “What we... Continue Reading

The Fight to Save Surrey’s Hawthorne Park

Hundreds of protesters, including David Suzuki and members of the Kwantlen First Nation, rallied by Surrey City Hall on Sept. 16 Some of the protesters at the rally to save Hawthorne Park grew up playing on its fields, while others came upon it later in life as a place to birdwatch and admire nature. Advocates... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Club Sofa

Vancouver’s new all-girl band talks about their place in the city’s music community Like many local scenes, Vancouver’s music community is somewhat of a boys club. But four female musicians passionate about creating safe environments at shows are making space to help change that with their new band, Club Sofa. Jasmine Carlin on bass, Dominique... Continue Reading

From The Editor: Don't live in fear of Surrey's gang violence

When shells fall on the doorsteps of Surrey’s upper-middle class homes, local media often flock around the homeowners for information. Much more common than interviews with a gang member’s loved ones are profiles on citizens who are concerned about feeling secure in their neighbourhood. This concern might be valid in theory, but in practice, average... Continue Reading

Debating the Impact of B.C.’s Foreign Investors

Experts argue whether banning foreign ownership will improve the provincial market Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Whether the subject is British Columbia’s overpriced housing market or its agricultural industry, foreign investors are often blamed for unsustainable property ownership in the province. As few British Columbians have the money or opportunity to store millions of dollars in... Continue Reading

Federal Government Invests $73 Million in Student Job Placements

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is excited to support the project, but recommends further action Alyssa Laube, Co-ordinating Editor Canadian students in Business and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can look forward to more secure job prospects thanks to the federal government’s planned $73 million investment into the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program,... Continue Reading

Richmond World Festival Unites Cultures Across Canada

KPU-sponsored event sees acts like Tokyo Police Club and Shiamak perform to thousands Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Spectacular in its size for an event in the Lower Mainland, the Richmond World Festival brought cultures from all over Canada together on Sept. 2 and 3. Over 75 artists and 40 food trucks congregated in Minoru Park... Continue Reading

A Look at KPU President Alan Davis’ First Term

Through the past five years, Davis has learned how to better navigate his presidency Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor As the President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Alan Davis has been praised, condemned, and often called on for comment regarding community issues over the past five years. Since beginning his first term in 2012, he has been... Continue Reading

Eating Under Sodexo’s Shadow

KPU’s “Hangry Students” speak out about food availability on-campus Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Sodexo, the corporate giant that holds ownership over the cafeteria and the Tim Hortons on KPU’s Surrey campus, has again fallen under fire for failing to satisfy some of the university’s students and faculty. An advocacy group founded by five youths in... Continue Reading

We Should Show Understanding Towards Indian Students Coming to Canada Through “Fake” Marriages

Canadians shouldn’t judge international students trying to get an education here, even through arranged marriages Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Newspaper ads in India designed to set up “fake” marriages between Indian and Canadian students have recently been discovered as a method of bypassing the hassle that comes with paying international student tuition and maintaining the... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Juggling your time as a student is challenging, but worth it

Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Every seasoned university student knows what it’s like to be crushed under the burdens of academic stress. Whether it happens an hour before an important exam you forgot to study for, during your first day on-campus, or right before you graduate, the best thing you can do for yourself is to... Continue Reading

Blueridge Chamber Music Festival Concludes its Eighth Season

KPU music instructor and VCC instructor co-hosted festival throughout August Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Although the popularity of chamber music both rose and fell before the beginning of the 20th century, its influence continues to ripple into classical music communities today. Soon-to-be KPU Music Instructor Alejandro Ochoa and Vancouver Community College Instructor Dorothea Hayley have... Continue Reading