KPIRG Makes Money Available to KPU Students

Grants open for applications year-round Lenée Son, a Kwantlen Polytechnic University student who won a $1,000 grant from the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group last November, says that the funding has “definitely played a significant role” in the success of a documentary that she and a fellow graduate are working on. January pays tribute to... Continue Reading

Open textbooks mean money saved for KPU psychology students

Faculty to incorporate free resources in exchange for traditional textbooks Canada’s first open textbook project is coming to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s psychology department this summer, enabling students to save tens of thousands of dollars on fees. For the individual student, that amounts to hundreds of dollars spared out-of-pocket every year. The project is managed by... Continue Reading

KPU students’ housing struggles addressed

KSA promotes off-campus housing, plans campaigns for on-campus housing It’s no secret that the rental market in B.C. is tough to thrive in. The entire province is in the middle of an affordability high and a vacancy low, which means that for students living on a budget, finding room and board for a reasonable price... Continue Reading

Sparks Fly in the Electric Vehicles Market

EVs’ popularity rises as new models and incentives are made available One-sixth of every barrel of oil is used to fuel passenger vehicles, according to Peter Tertzakian, chief energy economist at ARC Financial. But even if one-million electric vehicles were sold within a year, it would only displace 50,000 barrels of oil a day. That... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: Offshore Businesses and Tax Havens

Understanding the significance of the Panama Papers The release of the Panama Papers serves as a stark reminder of what the elite will do to remain wealthy. The 11.5 million-file leak includes four decades worth of documents listing the names of individuals and companies that have invested in offshore tax havens with the advice of... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Angelmaker

Vancouver’s most “brutiful” band This melodic deathcore band has an enormous sound and an equally sizeable member count. Between bassist Cole Rideout, lead guitarist Matt Perrin, rhythm guitarist Colton Bennett, drummer Jesse Price, and vocalists Mike Greenwood and Casey Tyson Pierce, the group boasts a resounding six members. With the exception of Perrin and Greenwood,... Continue Reading

May’s Marvel Movie Madness

All twelve Marvel movies to be screened in Grassroots from May 2-5 Marvel lovers have been hyping up the release of Captain America: Civil War for months, and now the Kwantlen Student Association’s student life committee is joining in on the fun. From May 2 to May 5, all twelve canonical Marvel movies—collectively known as... Continue Reading

Bad Axe Throwing Comes to Surrey

Surrey residents will be able to sharpen their axe-throwing skills starting this May Contrary to what the name suggests, the employees at Bad Axe Throwing are actually very knowledgeable and passionate about their jobs. The company title is only a pun on “bad ass,” used to illustrate how proud they are of what they do.... Continue Reading

The Fresh Faces of the KSA

Executive for new year elected at first council meeting The first meeting of the new Kwantlen Student Association came to a swift conclusion on April 1. At the meeting, the councillors elected the new executives: Tanvir Singh as the next vice-president of student services, Natasha Lopes as the vice-president of student life, Rawan Ali as... Continue Reading

KSA seeks to increase mental health support on campus

Student Services VP Alison Gonzales discusses accessibility to resources at KPU Since last summer, Kwantlen Polytechnic University students struggling with their mental health have mostly relied on the Peer Support Program, supported by the university and the Kwantlen Student Association. Options for treatment within the program include one-on-one meetings with volunteers, referrals for on and... Continue Reading

Making the Leap Towards Climate Justice

Naomi Klein and her team create plan, suggest fifteen steps towards a brighter future “The Leap Manifesto is an unashamedly radical plan to convert the world to 100 per cent renewable energy, fast,” says world-famous activist and author, Naomi Klein. “And you can be a part of it.” Klein drafted the Manifesto during a meeting... Continue Reading

KPU Prof’s Photo Essay Sheds Light on the Lives of Long-Term Heroin Users

Aaron Goodman photographs and interviews participants of heroin-assisted treatment program Heroin use is spiralling out of control in North America. The New York Times has called it an “epidemic,” and it’s not just in the United States—there are as many as 90,000 heroin users in Canada alone, according to Providence Health Care. Aaron Goodman, a... Continue Reading

We need women in government

International heads of state lead the way, while we play catch-up Women are far from infallible creatures. Like men, they can be corrupt, wretched, and dangerous. In the 20th century, Mao Zedong’s wife, Jiang Qing, committed horrific crimes under the name of communism. Queen Ranavalona, who reigned over Madagascar from 1828 to 1861, tortured and... Continue Reading

Girls with Guitars and Rad Attitudes

Appreciating women in American rock music   Some of the OG ladies of rock and roll are now household names. Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Janis Joplin and Patti Smith have shaped the history of music by daring to enter the industry at a time when it was overwhelmingly dominated by men. The Breeders, Siouxsie and... Continue Reading

Surrey Campus Screens Out in Schools

Film spotlights growing up as a part of the LGBTQ community For most youth, school is about fitting in. Kids can be cruel, and any student considered abnormal by their peers may face bullying and rejection. Unfortunately, identifying as anything but cisgendered and heterosexual is sometimes wrongfully considered an abnormality in educational settings, and the... Continue Reading