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

KDocs Cancels Next Year’s Documentary Film Festival

The 2019 iteration of KPU’s annual documentary film festival has been cancelled. The founder and primary organizer of KDocs, Janice Morris, regrets that she didn’t have the time to properly plan the 2019 festival due to personal circumstances, but reassures fans that it will be back in 2020. Other facets of KDocs, including its outreach... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: The Sylvia Platters

Not quite shoegaze, not quite pop, and worlds away from the valley’s acoustic and metal communities, The Sylvia Platters have been standing out in the Abbotsford music scene since 2013. Their next record, a split 12-inch with Stephen Carl O’Shea from You Say Party, will be streaming online on Oct. 19. Side A belongs to... Continue Reading

Meet the Candidates in this Year’s KSA By-Election

BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE (Two Positions Available) Vanshi Kapoor Why are you running for this position? I believe that there are issues I would like to solve. Firstly, alerting the students about the policies that KPU has. Also, I would like to bridge the gap between students and the administration of the university because not every student... Continue Reading

From the Editor: MyWellness Isn’t up to snuff for suffering KPU students

Seeking help when your mental health is faltering is hard enough. Once you take that step, being met with insufficient resources can be a huge setback, one that potentially determines whether your well-being will be on the upswing or downswing. The MyWellness app adopted by the Kwantlen Student Association and offered through its health and... Continue Reading

Local Limelight: Dante’s Paradise

The jazz program at CapU is home to a community of young and talented creatives, many of whom have started their own projects in the Vancouver music scene. Some are bands previously featured in this column (formerly titled “Artist Spotlight”), such as Club Sofa, Wind-Up Birds, and Wax Cowboy. Another is Dante’s Paradise, a four-piece... Continue Reading

Slamapalooza’s Fifth Poetry Team Prepares for a Year of Slamming

This year’s Slamapalooza team has officially been determined, and four of its members are hoping to attend the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Guelph this October. The lineup for KPU’s slam poetry team was finalized after the season-ending championship slam was held on the evening of Sept. 21 in Birch 250. The 2018-19 team... Continue Reading

Local Talent Hits the Runway at Vancouver Fashion Week

Twice per year, emerging and established designers from across Canada come together to present their best work at Vancouver Fashion Week. The seven-day event has welcomed talent from home and abroad since it was conceived in 2001, and has historically seen collections from Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and alumni. Last year, KPU’s own Sam Stringer... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Stevie’s Revenge

Musical fusion defines Stevie’s Revenge, a local four-piece most commonly described as “dreamy” but just as easily deemed indie rock or psych pop. Listen to their eponymous EP and you’ll be in for roughly 15 minutes of funky, easy listening music that was recorded, mixed, and mastered by the members themselves last year. Multi-instrumentalist Daniel... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Hot tips for surviving on a plant-based diet at KPU Surrey

When I first stopped eating meat I was living on Commercial Drive and had all the options a vegetarian could dream of right on my doorstep. Within a couple blocks of my house, I could find delicious plant-based fare from burritos to curries without once having to check Yelp. That all changed when I came... Continue Reading

Let’s Talk About Sex Toys, Baby

Girls are expected to talk about boys—in particular, the sex they have with boys—but very rarely do our coming-of-age stories include sharing the intimate relationships we have with our own bodies. Growing from kids into women, we’re very seldom encouraged by those around us to discuss the details of our sexuality unless they revolve around... Continue Reading