Artist Spotlight: Club Sofa

Vancouver’s new all-girl band talks about their place in the city’s music community Like many local scenes, Vancouver’s music community is somewhat of a boys club. But four female musicians passionate about creating safe environments at shows are making space to help change that with their new band, Club Sofa. Jasmine Carlin on bass, Dominique... Continue Reading

From The Editor: Don't live in fear of Surrey's gang violence

When shells fall on the doorsteps of Surrey’s upper-middle class homes, local media often flock around the homeowners for information. Much more common than interviews with a gang member’s loved ones are profiles on citizens who are concerned about feeling secure in their neighbourhood. This concern might be valid in theory, but in practice, average... Continue Reading

Debating the Impact of B.C.’s Foreign Investors

Experts argue whether banning foreign ownership will improve the provincial market Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Whether the subject is British Columbia’s overpriced housing market or its agricultural industry, foreign investors are often blamed for unsustainable property ownership in the province. As few British Columbians have the money or opportunity to store millions of dollars in... Continue Reading

Federal Government Invests $73 Million in Student Job Placements

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations is excited to support the project, but recommends further action Alyssa Laube, Co-ordinating Editor Canadian students in Business and STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can look forward to more secure job prospects thanks to the federal government’s planned $73 million investment into the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program,... Continue Reading

Richmond World Festival Unites Cultures Across Canada

KPU-sponsored event sees acts like Tokyo Police Club and Shiamak perform to thousands Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Spectacular in its size for an event in the Lower Mainland, the Richmond World Festival brought cultures from all over Canada together on Sept. 2 and 3. Over 75 artists and 40 food trucks congregated in Minoru Park... Continue Reading

A Look at KPU President Alan Davis’ First Term

Through the past five years, Davis has learned how to better navigate his presidency Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor As the President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Alan Davis has been praised, condemned, and often called on for comment regarding community issues over the past five years. Since beginning his first term in 2012, he has been... Continue Reading

Eating Under Sodexo’s Shadow

KPU’s “Hangry Students” speak out about food availability on-campus Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Sodexo, the corporate giant that holds ownership over the cafeteria and the Tim Hortons on KPU’s Surrey campus, has again fallen under fire for failing to satisfy some of the university’s students and faculty. An advocacy group founded by five youths in... Continue Reading

We Should Show Understanding Towards Indian Students Coming to Canada Through “Fake” Marriages

Canadians shouldn’t judge international students trying to get an education here, even through arranged marriages Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Newspaper ads in India designed to set up “fake” marriages between Indian and Canadian students have recently been discovered as a method of bypassing the hassle that comes with paying international student tuition and maintaining the... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Juggling your time as a student is challenging, but worth it

Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Every seasoned university student knows what it’s like to be crushed under the burdens of academic stress. Whether it happens an hour before an important exam you forgot to study for, during your first day on-campus, or right before you graduate, the best thing you can do for yourself is to... Continue Reading

Blueridge Chamber Music Festival Concludes its Eighth Season

KPU music instructor and VCC instructor co-hosted festival throughout August Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Although the popularity of chamber music both rose and fell before the beginning of the 20th century, its influence continues to ripple into classical music communities today. Soon-to-be KPU Music Instructor Alejandro Ochoa and Vancouver Community College Instructor Dorothea Hayley have... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Milkers Wanted

The hard-hitting garage rock group that’s broken out of Maple Ridge Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Off the rails and explosive, Milkers Wanted shows are guaranteed to leave your head spinning. The Maple Ridge-made band fits most snugly into the darker and dingier venues of East Vancouver, where young members of the underground music scene come... Continue Reading

From the Editors: KPU Should Learn to Love Itself

Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor There’s nothing like being far from home to make you appreciate what might otherwise seem lacklustre about everyday life. Midway through a nine-hour flight to Japan, it struck me that Kwantlen Polytechnic University really and truly hates itself—a fact I’ve known since I started here two years ago—but realistically has no... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: Quebec and the Constitution

Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Quebec has never sat comfortably with Canada’s constitution. Even as early as 1763, when the Royal Proclamation that began the country’s journey towards establishing the current constitution was conceived, Quebecers were dissatisfied with the amount of imperial and federal control over their livelihoods. With the Statute of Westminster in 1931 came nearly... Continue Reading

Inhabitants of Surrey’s Manufactured Homes Deserve to be Heard

Evicting homeowners isn’t worth the consequences Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor As Surrey continues to sprawl, the threat to local inhabitants posed by urban development looms. Communities of manufactured and mobile homes in Surrey are dreading being removed from their lots to make room for big developers’ projects like new transit lines and condominiums, just as family... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Casinos

Abbotsford band released “Sean”, their first single in three years, in May Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Casinos, an Abbotsford band that has been cranking out alternative rock tunes for nearly a decade, wants you to know that their hometown “is cooler than you think.” The four piece was born out of Catholic school, back when... Continue Reading