Artist Spotlight: Whisper Disco

One of the first things Viviane Chiamulera did when she arrived in Vancouver from Brazil was meet her future guitarist, Darren MacDonald, at a holiday get-together. Through a friend of a friend, Chiamulera heard about MacDonald’s annual “misfits Christmas,” meant to offer a cozy, festive space for people who don’t have family to spend the... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Independent newspapers and magazines are in a pinch; here’s why you should care

It’s a strange time for independent media outlets right now, and an even stranger one for those owned by multi-million dollar companies and investors. In the transition from the golden era of journalism—when every family on the block woke up to a daily on their doorstep—to today’s digital age, it’s nearly impossible to guarantee the... Continue Reading

Joseph Thorpe Elected New President of the KSA

Members of the Kwantlen Student Association’s executive committee elected a new president on Dec. 11, less than two weeks after former president Caitlin McCutchen resigned citing personal reasons. Joseph Thorpe is now president of the KSA, and is continuing to serve in his previous capacities as Vice President Finance and Operations and Queer Representative. Former... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Total Ed

Total Ed is a reflection of their city, staking their place in Vancouver as a band inspired by the environment they live in. While most groups can claim to be a product of their hometown, this three-piece focuses their music on conversations about local culture and politics, taking their name from a nearby secondary school... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Trans Day of Remembrance Reminds Canada to Look Back and Move Forward

Warning: This article includes information about violent hate crimes committed against members of the LGBTQ+ community. Each year, on the twentieth day of November, the world is asked to acknowledge the lives and struggles of transgender people, to learn about their community’s history, and to pay respect to those whose lives were taken from them... Continue Reading

KSA President and Indigenous Rep. Attend CFS National Meeting

Relations have been tense between the Kwantlen Student Association and the Canadian Federation of Students in recent years, primarily due to the KSA’s long-held intention to leave the federal advocacy group out of dissatisfaction with its services. While the KSA has in the past tried to defederate, it has ultimately failed, and is now one... Continue Reading

Continuous Intake Courses in Jeopardy as KPU Considers Dividing Faculty of ACA

UPDATE: At the meeting of the university senate on Nov. 26, KPU Provost Sal Ferreras stated that the proposed changes to the ACA faculty would follow section GV9 of the KPU Bylaws and Procedures. The section governs the discontinuance of faculties and departments. Ferreras also confirmed that the proposed changes were being pushed from January... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Jock Tears

If any band in Vancouver puts the “fun” in “fundamental human rights,” it has to be Jock Tears. The band’s self-description as “sweet, mean, and everything in between” has proven to fit them nicely over the two-or-so years that they’ve been together. All that time, the group has stayed consistent with their approach to writing... Continue Reading

Proposal for Bachelor’s of General Studies Degree Passes KPU Senate

By 2020, Kwantlen Polytechnic University may be accepting students for its first Bachelor’s degree in general studies, the concept for which was endorsed by the university’s Senate at the end of October. Separate from the Bachelor of Arts, Major in General Studies degree that’s already being offered, the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is specifically... Continue Reading

Dropping the Myth of Objectivity in Journalism

After decades of vehemently defending the objectivity of the news, journalists are starting to talk more openly about their own biases. Two writers from The Runner had a talk about why this is only starting to happen now, how journalistic biases can be claimed by ethical journalists, and what makes dropping the objectivity myth important.... Continue Reading

KPU’s Field Schools Could Take You as far as the Amazon

Field schools give students the opportunity to advance their education in beautiful, unfamiliar places, and next year Kwantlen Polytechnic University is offering four of them to choose from. If you’re interested in learning about holistic food systems, you can travel to Rome, the Eternal City, to meet with experts in food and agri-business design (of... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Mind Offline

A classical guitar major, a jazzy singer-songwriter, and two twins with a shared passion for Latin music are the members of Mind Offline, a local group that made it into the Roxy launch project this year. That project, which will see five finalists face off on Nov. 8, ends with a cash prize and bragging... Continue Reading

From the Editor: D.O.A’s Joey Shithead isn’t just a Local Punk; He’s Burnaby’s Newest City Councillor

Burnaby has a punk in office. Joey “Shithead” Keithley is Burnaby’s newest city councillor, marking the first successful campaign of all his past attempts to get elected—in 1996, 2001, 2015, and 2017 for the same role with the Greens and again as an NDP provincial candidate in 2013. Above all else, the guy is resilient,... Continue Reading

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

A book by Scott Cunningham entitled Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, states that “there is not, and can never be, one ‘pure’ or ‘true’ or ‘genuine’ form of Wicca.” “There are no central governing agencies, no physical leaders, no universally recognized prophets or messengers. Although specific, structured forms of Wicca certainly exist, they... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Socially progressive horror movies can keep you scared straight

Some of the most successful horror movies to come out in recent years have been strikingly progressive, with titles like Get Out, It Follows, Hereditary, The Descent, and The VVitch making the rounds among critics and horror buffs alike. However, having a cast full of women, or people of colour, or members of the LGBTQ+... Continue Reading