Facing Potential Bankruptcy, KPIRG Holds 2019 AGM

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group, an organization formerly funded by KPU students that is dedicated to social and environmental justice, held what may be its last annual general meeting on June 27. Unless the Kwantlen Student Association votes to reinstate the group’s funding in the next few months, KPIRG could be shutting down for... Continue Reading

The Institute for Sustainable Horticulture’s Lab is Breaking Barriers in Agriculture

The Runner regrets errors published in the print version of this article in its June 11 issue. This web version is factually correct. Findings from the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) laboratory on KPU’s Langley campus have been used to put more biological control into the hands of growers since the summer of 2009. Lisa... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Get tested for safer, healthier sex

Asking a partner or potential partner about when they were last tested for sexually transmitted infections can be intimidating, especially if you don’t know each other well. People can get defensive when you pop the question, or grumpy when you interrupt them right when things are getting hot and heavy. Sometimes it feels like the... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: RAG

Echo-immersed screams, hard-hitting guitar leads, and stylistic nuance makes RAG one of the more interesting names to emerge from Vancouver’s underground this summer. Formed by guitarist Mila Krajina and drummer Nigel Young—recently joined by bassist Joshua Jiho Silickas—the project marks a creative departure for three of the city’s seasoned rock musicians, all of whom are... Continue Reading

Beyond the Burger

As the western world’s interest in ethical consumerism has grown, so has the popularity of plant-based proteins. A 2017 article published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services found that shoppers have been increasingly factoring ethical concerns into their food purchases, and are becoming more likely to buy organic or locally sourced foods. One... Continue Reading

Beyond Land Acknowledgements

Our campuses reside on unceded land belonging to the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem peoples. If you’ve heard these or similar words spoken aloud on campus, you have already heard a land acknowledgement made at KPU. Across Turtle Island, particularly in environments like post-secondary campuses, making territorial land acknowledgements has become increasingly... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Strange Breed

Strange Breed finds strength in how they fit into this city—even if, at times, they don’t feel like they fit in at all. “We’re always a little bit different on every bill. We’re either the heavy band of the night or the soft band of the night, or we’re the band that sounds too much... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Peek Into the High Risk, High Reward World of Student Entrepreneurship

The scariest and most profound moments of my life as a young professional have been when I’ve had to face myself and admit that I have no idea what I’m doing. There are few feelings more heart-stopping than having your money, time, and pride on the line for a project you’re not sure is going... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Only a Visitor

At the heart of art pop group Only a Visitor, listeners will find sentimental storytelling that looks to the past for meaning. Known for its uplifting three-part harmonies sung by composer Robyn Jacob and vocalists Emma Postl and Celina Kurz, the project has always been a symptom of Jacob’s self-exploration, both as an artist and... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Devours

Jeff Cancade didn’t come out until he was in his mid-twenties, but as soon as he did, the rest of his life started to change. After moving to Vancouver from Montreal, he was experiencing life as an openly gay man for the first time when he started Devours, a pseudo-goth, synth-heavy electronic project that occupies... Continue Reading

Program Intakes at KPU Cancelled Due to Financial Stress

A draft of the operating budget for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s upcoming fiscal year proposes a 2.2 per cent reduction in the overall number of class sections offered by the university. As a result, programs from seven separate faculties will have their course intakes suspended or cancelled altogether. While this would deny many applicants hoping to... Continue Reading

From the Editor: To preserve what little identity KPU has, the university must keep its programming diverse

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is in a financial pinch right now, as you’ll read about in the cover story for this issue, and one of the unfortunate consequences is that the administration is cancelling intake into some of the university’s most beloved programs. The faculties thus far impacted by proposed cuts for the 2019-20 budget include... Continue Reading

Recent KSA Election “Marred with Numerous Accusations of Candidates Flouting the Rules”

According to a report filed by KSA Chief Returning Officer Ron Laufer on Feb. 28, the KSA’s February election “was marred with numerous accusations of candidates flouting the rules and procedures of the election process.” “Many of the accusations made are difficult to prove, but can substantially erode confidence in the elections,” Laufer wrote in... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Pale North

A lot has happened for the two members of Pale North since they started playing music together in Grade 9. Back then, drummer Brie Rose’s only experience with instruments was through Rock Band and guitarist Frank Hops was champing at the bit to get on stage. While they’re still best friends today, most aspects of... Continue Reading

Looking Back on 10 Years of The Runner

Although brief, the history of this newspaper is studded with scandal, experimentation, and change. The Runner has been reinventing itself since it published its first issue in 2009 and continues to achieve its goal of reporting, without fear or favour, on the issues relevant to students at KPU. Our first decade has been turbulent at... Continue Reading