Slamapalooza Team Performs Poetry in the Park

KPU’s slam poets are raising funds to attend the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word The poets of Slamapalooza, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s slam poetry team, hope to recreate their previous success at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, so long as they can scrape the together enough funds to attend the festival again. To that end,... Continue Reading

Make Your Pitch at the Great Canadian Sales Competition

Business students are encouraged to submit a video sales pitch by Dec. 4 Last year, KPU student Matthew Woolin made it to the final round of the Great Canadian Sales Competition. This year Dilsharn Kaur is trying to get as many of her fellow students as possible to follow in Woolin’s footsteps. Kaur is an... Continue Reading

KSA Makes Its Student Advocacy Coordinator a Full-Time Position

John O’Brian wants to make KPU a better place for students This summer, Kwantlen Student Association Student Advocacy Coordinator John O’Brian began performing his duties on a full-time basis so that the KSA Student Rights Centre would be able to better prioritize the immediate needs of the student body. As Student Advocacy Coordinator, it’s O’Brian’s... Continue Reading

KPU Responds to Parking Problems on its Surrey Campus

Shuttle service to nearby Newton Athletic Park will run from Monday to Friday during peak hours Students and staff driving to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus were greeted with a parking nightmare to start the semester. On top of the higher-than-normal volume of drivers that typically comes with a new semester, a construction crew is... Continue Reading

First Nations Activists Settle in for Lengthy Salmon Farm Occupation

Environmental activists and industry interests clash on farmed salmon Joseph Keller, Staff Writer A group of First Nations activists is occupying a salmon farm on Swanson Island, B.C., to protest the environmental impact of the operation and demand the removal of the farmed salmon industry. The occupation is made up of four representatives from local... Continue Reading

KPU Launches Free Safety App

Joseph Keller, Staff Writer Kwantlen Polytechnic University has released a free app designed to keep students safe on campus. The app, titled KPU Safe, is available on the Android market and iOS App Store. “We want to give the students and staff of KPU as many tools as we can to keep them safe, and... Continue Reading

B.C. NDP Announce Tuition-Free Post-Secondary Education for Youth in Care

Young adults aging out of the foster care system will now be able to go to university free of charge Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The provincial government has announced a tuition waiver program that will give free post-secondary education to young adults aging out of the foster care system. Students aged 19 to 26 who... Continue Reading

Institute For Sustainable Food Systems Creates Policy Database

The database is meant to be a tool for increasing sustainability in the food industry Joseph Keller, Staff Writer Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Institute For Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS) has spent the last year and a half developing a tool to make navigating local bureaucracies easier for municipal planners who are looking to integrate sustainable food... Continue Reading

KSA By-Election to be Held Oct. 17-19

Nominations will be open from Sept. 5 to 26 Joseph Keller, Staff Writer As the fall semester welcomes new and returning students to KPU, the Kwantlen Student Association is gearing up for a mid-term by-election. The KSA hopes to see several student representative positions filled, some of which the association has had difficulty finding candidates... Continue Reading

The Thin Line Between Support and Enforcement on the Surrey Strip

The Surrey Outreach Team was created to provide support for the homeless on one street, but critics argue they do more harm than good Joseph Keller, Staff Writer According to the city, the Surrey Outreach Team was created as a means of providing comprehensive support for people living on the Surrey Strip, and since its... Continue Reading

RCMP Warns of Ongoing Cyber Extortion Scheme

Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The RCMP is asking universities in B.C. to warn students about an ongoing cyber extortion scheme targeting Chinese people in Canada, including international students. In several reported cases, Chinese students in Metro Vancouver received automated calls claiming to be Chinese authorities with the goal of manipulating victims to comply with their... Continue Reading

NDP Reintroduces Tuition-Free ABE and ESL Courses at B.C.’s Post-Secondary Schools

Students and educators applaud the province’s decision to scrap adult education tuition Joseph Keller, Staff Writer B.C. Premier John Horgan announced on Aug. 8 that the province will restore funding to allow institutions like Kwantlen Polytechnic University to offer adult basic education (ABE) and English as a second language (ESL) courses without charge. The decision... Continue Reading

KSA Outlines Sustainable Investment Policy

The association has created a guideline for the investment of students’ money Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The Kwantlen Student Association has created a set of guidelines for how it manages the investment of student funds. Council approved the KSA’s Sustainable Investment Policy, which was reviewed multiple times by its Finance Committee and others, on July... Continue Reading

Research Expedition Underway to Examine Impact of Farmed Salmon Industry

Martin Sheen and David Suzuki were in attendance to see off Operation Virus Hunter II Joseph Keller, Staff Writer Members of environmental activist research group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, led by Canadian biologist Alexandra Morton, have embarked on an expedition to investigate the impact of British Columbia’s farmed salmon industry on its native salmon population.... Continue Reading

KPIRG Reintroduces Itself to KPU Community with Open House

The group is still looking for engaged, interested students to join its board Joseph Keller, Staff Writer The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group wants members of the KPU community to know more about what they do on campus. To that end, they invited students to an open house at their new off-campus office on July... Continue Reading