Is Enrolment Declining at KPU?

Provost Salvador Ferreras speaks out on how and why enrolment is slowing at KPU Over the past half-decade, there has been a 5 per cent enrolment decrease in domestic full-time equivalent courses (FTE’s) at KPU, with one fifth of that accumulating over the past year. However, KPU Provost Dr. Salvador Ferreras deems that number “a... Continue Reading

Inspiring Voices, Inspiring Change symposium educates against domestic abuse

Abuse prevention toolkits designed by KPU students presented at event On the day that Rome university student Sara Di Pietrantonio is burned to death by her ex-boyfriend, Deltassist acting executive director Julie Chadwick reminds the public of the importance of domestic abuse awareness. “Understand that this is not a single community issue. This is a... Continue Reading

Minimum Guaranteed Income resolution passes at Liberal Party Convention

Federal and provincial governments agree to discuss possibility of basic income Minimum guaranteed income, or basic income, is defined as, “an income unconditionally granted to all on an individual basis, without means test or work requirement” by the Basic Income Earth Network. Under Canada’s previous Conservative government, the idea of minimum guaranteed income was out... Continue Reading

Students Volunteer for Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Event held at Serpentine Greenway June 8 by Sustainable KSA On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, ten volunteers gather at the Serpentine Greenway for Sustainable KSA’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The Kwantlen Student Association’s Sustainability Coordinator, Mairi Lester, hands out gloves, pincers, and garbage bags shortly before the group splits in half to tidy opposite sides... Continue Reading

Battle of the Bands Comes to KPU

101.7 CIVL radio will bring four local bands together to compete on campus A Battle of the Bands is coming to the Grassroots Cafe. The event will be hosted by 101.7 CIVL Radio, the radio station at the University of the Fraser Valley. Admission to the event “was discussed at $5 at the door,” Kwantlen... Continue Reading

Why You’re (Probably) Still Living at Home

Young adults are being pressured to stay with their parents as housing prices continues to grow   The average young adult looking to live well in Vancouver is stuck with a daunting ultimatum—room with their parents or leave the city. Statistics Canada’s 2011 census has revealed that 42.3 per cent of people in their twenties... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Winona Forever

Meet Vancouver’s teenage dad rock band “It’s actually really rare that we’re all together this early,” says Ben Roberston, guitarist and vocalist for Winona Forever. The band’s three other members—Rowan Webster-Shaw, Alexander Bingham, and Cole Frizell—have gathered over coffee at Vancouver’s Helen’s Grill on Main Street, despite the fact that only Robertson lives nearby. Frizell... Continue Reading

Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 Event Acknowledges Exceptional Youth

Four KPU students received awards for their achievements For the sixth consecutive year, the Surrey Board of Trade handed out their Top 25 Under 25 awards to some of the city’s youngest, brightest entrepreneurs, four of whom were students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Saghi Ahmadi, Taylor Byrom, Sukhjiven Gill, and Parabjot Kaur Singh each received... Continue Reading

New KPIRG Board Moves Forward on Volunteer-Run Zine

Publication to be available at the beginning of July The newly elected board of directors for the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group are moving forward with the group’s volunteer-run zine, for which they’ve already begun holding workshops. Titled “KPIRG ZINE Issue 1—A Sea of Injustice,” the publication will be available online and in print by... Continue Reading

Magic Movie Marathon Comes to Grassroots

All eight Harry Potter movies screened June 6-8 On the morning of June 6, Harry Potter fans met in the Grassroots Cafe to watch the first of the franchise’s eight movies. Beginning with The Philosopher’s Stone and ending with The Deathly Hallows Part II, the Magic Movie Marathon stretched over three days, in a similar... Continue Reading

Canadian woman’s face to be shown on the national bank note by 2018

It’s time to cash in on the achievements of Canada’s most inspirational women After nearly a century spent with Queen Elizabeth II as the only woman to adorn the Canadian bank note, it’s been announced that another female face will be printed on bills by 2018. Unlike the Queen, however, she will be a native-born... Continue Reading

Grassroots Cafe to be renovated this summer

Students can expect a more welcoming space, efficient seating, and local beer This summer, the Grassroots Cafe is getting its first makeover in 10 years. According to the primary organizer behind the renovations, Kwantlen Student Association vice president of student services Tanvir Singh, the goal is to make the space “more inviting” for students by... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: The Statistics

Brothers “capture the soul of old music” country-wide Darby and Erin Yule grew up in Prince George, BC, where they discovered their love of playing music together. Since then, their success with The Statistics has snowballed from writing EPs to recording with celebrities, playing national festivals, and touring the country. They describe their music as... Continue Reading

KSA Requests Vancity Loan for SUB Construction

The loan will provide $15-million for the project Kwantlen Polytechnic University will have a brand-new student union building on the Surrey campus by 2018, and the Kwantlen Student Association has just submitted a loan application to Vancity to fund its construction. A student referendum in 2009 led to the introduction of the Student Union Building... Continue Reading

Online courses just got personal

KPU professor creates a “SPOC” for students with unpredictable schedules Kwantlen Polytechnic University instructor David Burns is aiming to make higher education easier for full-time workers, parents, and students travelling abroad. He created his own Small Private Online Course (SPOC) to teach his Education 1100 classes. Where most current online courses are Massive Open Online... Continue Reading