Living in a Net Zero Home

What it’s like getting off the grid and on the bandwagon Sleeping in a net zero home has always been a pipe dream of mine. In the dense and buzzing metropolis of Vancouver, they’re hard to come by and even harder to justify. This twentieth-century world runs on technology and the city simply can’t operate... Continue Reading

Around the World at KPU

From Chinese Acupuncture to Bhangra Dancing, KPU offers a wide variety of multicultural classes There’s a whole wide world outside of the Lower Mainland—a fact which can be easily forgotten by university students enrolled here full-time. Spending five days a week staring at white boards, computer screens, textbooks, and notepads could make anyone want to... Continue Reading

Fir 128’s Potential Future Facelift

Vice-president student services and vice-president finance & operations propose renovations As it is, room 128 in the Surrey campus’ Fir building is functioning as a theatre, but not to its full potential—at least, not according to vice-president student services Tanvir Singh and vice-president finance & operations Rawan Ramini.. After watching a play in Fir 128,... Continue Reading

KSA move to transfer $500 out of old account to help students

Throughout the past eight years, approximately $500 of the Kwantlen Student Association’s investments were sitting around collecting dust under Quadrus Investment Services Ltd. For reasons that Vice-president Finance & Operations Rawan Ramini can’t identify, a small amount of money was kept with the company while the rest of their investments were moved to CIBC. The... Continue Reading

KSA Summer Renovations Going Over Estimate

Forthcoming Birch building renovation expected to come in as budgeted Several of the Kwantlen Student Association’s on-campus renovation projects have turned out to be more expensive than initially estimated, including work on the Grassroots Cafe and two fitness rooms. KSA vice-president Student Services Tanvir Singh and vice-president Finance & Operations Rawan Ramini claim that the... Continue Reading

Stepping up International Student Orientation

KSA International Students Rep. talks about what KPU could be doing better Going to school in another country is an experience many students look forward to their entire lives, but the culture shock can be damaging in the wrong environment. In order for someone from another part of the world to feel happy and comfortable... Continue Reading

Investing in Earthships, The Houses Made of Trash

Passive solar housing option could keep homeowners debt and guilt-free under right conditions As Earth’s natural resources dwindle away, by-products of human society multiply. There’s more than 2.5 trillion pounds of garbage on this planet, but nothing helpful to do with it and nowhere for it to go. Regardless of how you slice it, that’s... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: B.C.’s New Property Transfer Tax

15% tax for foreign investors seems great in theory, but flawed in practice After what feels like an eternity of listening to Vancouver locals complain about foreign investment in real estate, the province has decided to slap a 15 per cent property transfer tax onto the city’s homes for buyers from out of the country.... Continue Reading

A Space for Students

What the Birch building’s renovations are going to look like The Surrey campus’ Birch building will soon be undergoing major renovations to accommodate the Kwantlen Student Association, its constituencies, and the university’s clubs. Students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University can also expect to benefit from the revamping of Birch, which will create a more accessible common... Continue Reading
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Artist Spotlight: The History of Gunpowder

Writing in India, Hating Ostriches “It’s kind of like Tom Waits married Taylor J. Hawkins and somehow conceived a child that really liked punk music—and then he started playing with a lot of horns and strings,” says Alex James Morison, about The History of Gunpowder. Morison sings and plays guitar in the band, on top... Continue Reading
KDocs student organizers introduce themselves at the How We Got Gay and Transforming Gender film screenings at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus Fir building on July 29, 2016. The films are documentaries on LGBTQ+ communities and history. (Alyssa Laube)

KDocs Challenges Heteronormativity Through Film and Discussion

Two documentaries about the LGBTQ+ community screened on July 28 Room Fir 128 on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey campus was crowded on July 28, the evening of a KDocs film screening and panel discussion on documentaries How We Got Gay and Transforming Gender. Around thirty people gathered in the space to enjoy conversation, entertainment,... Continue Reading

Funding Confusion Between KPIRG, SOCC, and KSA Draws to a Close

Origin of Genocide Across Space and Time event funding uncertain until shortly before the event Bemusement was in the air this month between the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group, the Kwantlen Student Association, and the Students of Colour Collective (SOCC)—a KSA club—when none of the three parties could conclusively say who was funding an educational... Continue Reading

Liberal MP talks Climate Change

Town hall at Tong Louie YMCA hosted by MP facilitates discussion “From a Liberal government’s perspective, we’re about making evidence-based policies. The evidence that we’re seeing is that climate change is here,” says Cloverdale Liberal MP John Aldag. He stands before a room of ten guests, two staff members at his side, and a television... Continue Reading

Music Student Wins First Prize in Provincial Competition

Louise Cazander heads to National Competition for original composition Louise Cazander, music student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, was born into a family of creatives. She shared a passion for piano with all of her siblings while growing up, but it wasn’t until later in her life that she began to take playing seriously. “I’ve been... Continue Reading

What it Means to be Fragrance-Free

The little-known sensitivity that KPU is acknowledging In most situations, wearing scented products is considered common courtesy. Many assume that putting on sweet-smelling deodorant, shampoos or perfume will be appreciated by those around them, but the rising popularity of “fragrance-free” events and goods is beginning to dispel that myth. Technically, there is no unanimous definition... Continue Reading