Benjamin Newsom is the former Student Services Manager for the KSA, and is now the Executive Director for the time being. (Braden Klassen)

KSA Bids Farewell to Executive Director

After six years of serving KPU students as the general manager and executive director of the Kwantlen Student Association, Jeremy McElroy has transitioned out of the society. McElroy got involved with the KSA in 2012 and has worked with seven different executive committees since then. He was previously instrumental in implementing the KPU Multipass Program... Continue Reading
Former Toronto Police Chief and the New Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction, Bill Blair. (flickr/Paul Henman)

Afterthought: What’s on Deck with the New Federal Cabinet Shuffle

Always one of the more exciting parts of the political cycle, cabinet reshuffling is an opportunity for governments to update their roster of ministers to fit the party’s strategy. It’s also a chance for journalists and political junkies to speculate and analyze what each change says about the party’s intentions for the future. This most... Continue Reading
(Yuta Anonuevo)

It’s All Greek To Me: The Future of Frats at KPU

Fraternities and sororities are formal, club-like groups of students who are looking to network socially, engage in community service, and throw legendary parties. Once you have pledged to your chosen frat or sorority house, you have committed to attend and promote house events and initiatives and to support members of other houses and your own.... Continue Reading
New KPU Multifaith Centre chaplain Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi. (Braden Klassen)
New KPU Multifaith Centre chaplain Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi. (Braden Klassen)

Multi-Faith Centre Welcomes Two New Chaplains

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s multi-faith centre has expanded its services to students by recently inviting two new chaplains to join the team. Even though Shaykh Nurjan Mirahmadi and Pastor Christoph Reiners have only been a part of the Multi-Faith Centre for a few weeks, both chaplains say they are excited to start offering guidance to students... Continue Reading
Five actors, all portraying fairy delinquent Puck, deliver the final soliloquy of the performance. (Photo: Braden Klassen. Costume design: Shayan Naziripour)
Five actors, all portraying fairy delinquent Puck, deliver the final soliloquy of the performance. (Photo: Braden Klassen. Costume design: Shayan Naziripour)

Midsummer Shakespeare Performance Springs to Life in Surrey

If the combination of Ren Fair-style roleplay, classical theatre, and scavenger hunting sounds intriguing to you, then the Surrey Arts Centre’s presentation of Slumber Here is an experience you shouldn’t miss. The production is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure-style take on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream where the audience is encouraged to take on the roles of... Continue Reading
Courtesy of The Varsity. (JosieKao)

KSA Executives Report Disappointment in CFS National Meeting

From June 9 to 12, executive members of the Kwantlen Student Association attended the Canadian Federation of Students’ 71st semi-annual national general meeting in Gatineau, Québec. The CFS, which is comprised of 64 student unions representing roughly half a million students across Canada, advocates for accessibility to education and supports students through various campaigns and... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

The Runner Debates: Should Universities Inform Parents About a Student’s Mental Health Issues?

Read the other half of the argument here: ow.ly/NbzJ50hLBKb It’s difficult to address the question of whether universities should be able to circumvent the right to privacy to inform guardians of a student’s mental illness. There are certainly good intentions behind the argument that parents should be able to know if their child is struggling,... Continue Reading
KPU VP Finance & Operations Joseph Thorpe. (kusa.ca)
KPU VP Finance & Operations Joseph Thorpe. (kusa.ca)

KSA Donates $221,000 to Endowed Student Awards

Students applying for awards or bursaries can expect to have a little more help coming their way starting this year. The Kwantlen Student Association has given $221,000 for funding scholarships, bursaries, and grants to the KPU Foundation. After making the donation, the KSA stated in a press release that it was a means of giving... Continue Reading
Sarah Watts-Rynard is the incoming CEO of Polytechnics Canada. She will officially fill the position July 30. (polytechnicscanada.ca)
Sarah Watts-Rynard is the incoming CEO of Polytechnics Canada. She will officially fill the position July 30. (polytechnicscanada.ca)

Polytechnics Canada Welcomes New C.E.O.

Polytechnics Canada, an organization that connects polytechnic post-secondary schools across the country, will be under the management of a new CEO as of July 30. Sarah Watts-Rynard, who is presently serving as the executive director for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF), will replace current Polytechnics Canada CEO Nobina Robinson. “[Sarah Watts-Rynard] has shown commitment to... Continue Reading
KPU Provost Salvador Ferreras gestures during a presentation of Vision 2023 at a KPU Senate meeting, May 28. (Braden Klassen)
KPU Provost Salvador Ferreras gestures during a presentation of Vision 2023 at a KPU Senate meeting, May 28. (Braden Klassen)

KPU Senate Approves Final Version of Vision 2023

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is in the process of finalizing its next five-year academic plan. KPU Provost and VP Academic Salvador Ferreras presented a summary of the plan at the KPU Senate meeting on May 28. The plan, which is accompanied by a document called Vision 2023, will provide the guiding principles and policies for the... Continue Reading
Disability workshop facilitator Q, specializes in teaching about the history and culture of people who live with disabilities. (Braden Klassen)
Disability workshop facilitator Q, specializes in teaching about the history and culture of people who live with disabilities. (Braden Klassen)

Local Activist Leads KPIRG Disability History Workshop

In 1957, archaeologists from Columbia University discovered a cave burrowing into the side of a mountain in the Bradost range of northern Iraq. The cave, now commonly known as Shanidar Cave, contained several interesting artifacts and a collection of remains belonging to Neanderthals who were estimated to have lived in the area 35,000 to 65,000... Continue Reading
Since 2012, students have been able to freely use limited amounts of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Advocates worry that the current review of the Copyright Act could change or remove this exemption. (Braden Klassen)
Since 2012, students have been able to freely use limited amounts of copyrighted material for educational purposes. Advocates worry that the current review of the Copyright Act could change or remove this exemption. (Braden Klassen)

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations Worries Making Changes to Fair Dealing Could Cost Students

Student advocates are concerned that a current review of the Copyright Act could negatively affect Canadian students’ access to affordable educational materials. The Copyright Act of Canada is the overarching legal framework that Canada’s copyright law is based on. It ensures that content creators are compensated for their work and gives them opportunities to control... Continue Reading
(Nicole Kwit)

Afterthought: Trudeau Ups the Ante in Bid to Nationalize Trans Mountain

On May 29, the federal government purchased the embattled Trans Mountain pipeline project from Kinder Morgan for $4.5 billion. Their strategy is to re-sell the project as soon as possible, so as not to incur the extra $7.4 billion it will take to finance the construction of the project. Regardless of whether or not you... Continue Reading
Concept of a Spanish translated issue of The Runner (Epifanía Alarcón)

KPU Would Benefit From a Translated Student Newspaper

Canada is quickly becoming one of the most desirable locations for international students looking to obtain a post-secondary education. Due to the increasing number of non-native English speakers here, branching out into other languages seems like a natural strategy for publications that want to extend their readership within the student population. It especially helps further... Continue Reading
The school tax increase would raise Vancouver residential property taxes for homes valued over 3 million dollars by 0.2%, and for homes over 4 million dollars by 0.4%. (flickr/pnwra)
The school tax increase would raise Vancouver residential property taxes for homes valued over 3 million dollars by 0.2%, and for homes over 4 million dollars by 0.4%. (flickr/pnwra)

Afterthought: Crying a River in Point Grey

Since the beginning of May, wealthy homeowners in Vancouver have been up in arms about the newly proposed increase to the school tax on multimillion-dollar properties. The tax—which already applies to every property in B.C. with a few special exemptions—would increase by 0.2 per cent on homes valued over $3 million and 0.4 per cent... Continue Reading