KSA Student Rights Centre Reports Discussed at Council Meeting, Still Not Released

  Multiple iterations of a yearly report from the Kwantlen Student Association outlining student-reported issues with the university’s structure and policies remain unreleased. The reports detail anonymous case studies of students who have gone to the KSA’s Student Rights Centre for assistance, and offers recommendations for improvement to Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “What we want people... Continue Reading

How KPU Advertises Itself on a Budget

Post-secondary institutions wage a marketing war to win over students, and Surrey is their battleground KPU students who take transit to get around might notice that their university has stepped up its advertising efforts lately, with ads appearing on dozens of buses and SkyTrains across Metro Vancouver. “We’ve never operated with a big bank account.... Continue Reading

Business Students Help Provide School Supplies to Kids in Need

In-Need No-More was started as part of KPU’s Entrepreneurial Leadership program Three students in the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Entrepreneurial Leadership program have turned their practicum into an opportunity to help kids in need. Matthew Wollin, Tyler Carmont, and Chad Nehring launched In-Need No-More in early October after laying groundwork and putting together a business plan... Continue Reading

The Risks of Health-Care Work

KPU’s nursing program prepares students for one of the province’s most dangerous jobs Health-care workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in B.C. according to workplace statistics. As found by data from WorksafeBC from 2012 to 2016, providers of patient care report more time-loss injuries than those in any other profession in the province.... Continue Reading

Whistler Mayor Should Defend or Clarify Comments About Lower Mainland Daytrippers

My thoughts here come at the request of Roundhouse Radio morning host Gene Valaitis. The response to my previous article reacting to Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden’s comments about day trippers from the Lower Mainland was considerable, with commenters expressing outrage at the mayor’s apparently elitist comments. Over the past couple of weeks, requests for clarification... Continue Reading

Is Post-Secondary Education in Surrey Being Shortchanged?

KPU faculty member Geoff Dean points out a funding inequality that goes back decades Recent announcements regarding an increase in funding for education from the B.C. and Surrey governments, specifically targeting certain demographics or special areas of interest for the area, have been met with praise from educators. One of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s longest-serving faculty... Continue Reading

Political Science Instructors Discuss the North Korea Nuclear Threat at Grassroots

Professors Ross Pink and Logan Masilamani ask, “Is Winter Coming?” “Aggression left unchecked and unchallenged leads to war.” This quote from President John Kennedy was used by Kwantlen Polytechnic University political science professor Dr. Ross Pink to describe the danger of appeasing the North Korean regime. Pink spoke alongside his colleague, Dr. Logan Masilamani, at... Continue Reading

The Netflix Deal Could be a Game Changer For Canadian Content

Half a billion dollars could help get a lot of Canadian stories told, if Netflix does it right At the end of September, Netflix made an announcement that could be the biggest thing to happen for Canadian content since an old man in northwestern Ontario shared his passion for duct tape with us on The... Continue Reading

George Melville Reappointed KPU Chancellor

Kwantlen Polytechnic University announced on Oct. 17 that George Melville was appointed the university’s chancellor for another term. Melville first became chancellor in 2014, with university officials citing his “professional and philanthropic achievements, commitment to community, and valuable service to KPU” as reasons for his selection. Melville’s new term will last until October 2020. “I’m... Continue Reading

Wes Barker Performs Comedy-Magic at the Grassroots Cafe

Barker discusses the advantages and pitfalls of performing comedy at universities As a long time performer, Wes Barker knows that doing comedy at a university comes with its own set of challenges and advantages. As part of the Kwantlen Student Association’s ongoing Comedy Lunch Hour, Barker brought his off-colour brand of comedy and magic to... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Improv Returns for its Second Season

KPU grad and local improviser Daniel Chai is back to lead this year’s workshops Kwantlen Improv has returned for a second season, and as any good improviser would do in the middle of a scene, the workshop’s host and founder Daniel Chai plans to build on what came before. Chai, a KPU graduate and local... Continue Reading

A Message to Whistler Mayor: British Columbia Belongs To All British Columbians

Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden thinks Lower Mainlanders shouldn’t visit on the cheap In a recent interview with CBC News, Whistler Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden had a couple of complaints about some of the summer visitors to her little piece of our province, and she specifically singled out day trippers from my little piece of British Columbia.... Continue Reading

The Weirdest Courses at KPU: Fall 2017

Three of the university’s Anthropology courses are offering an out-of-this-world approach to education this semester Anthropology and archeology are both studies of humanity, and since time immemorial one thing has always been true about humans: we are weird. It’s not surprising, then, that some of the strangest courses being offered at KPU this semester come... Continue Reading

DigitaLENS Partners With KDocs to Help High School Students “Take Back the Lens”

Participants will have the opportunity to screen their work at KDocs film festival The cameras are about to start rolling for the fourth installment of DigitaLENS, a KPU-hosted program designed to teach high school students visual media skills while empowering them to tell their own stories. DigitaLENS will run from Sept. 27 to Dec. 13,... Continue Reading

KPU, SFU to Provide Training for the Future of Surrey Industry

Provincial and municipal governments will be working with the universities to plan the future of Surrey’s manufacturing sector The City of Surrey is partnering with Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, and the provincial government to develop the city’s advanced manufacturing sector and support local manufacturing companies. The province has invested $125,832 into identifying future... Continue Reading