Student-Designers from KPU Address Fashion Pet Peeves with their Pre-Grad Collections

With files from Tristan Johnston, Contributor Nervous excitement filled the air on April 18 as professionals and soon-to-be professionals in the fashion industry took their seats along the catwalk. The Fashion Design and Technology program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design is renowned for its intensity, but at the cohort’s annual fashion show... Continue Reading

LitFest 2019 Features a Performance Workshop Hosted By KPU Students

As part of Litfest New West—an annual festival that brings together readers, writers, and community members from New Westminster and the surrounding area—a literary performance workshop called “You’re A Performer, But Also A Writer!” is being hosted by KPU students Chelsea Franz and Tawahum Bige. On Saturday, April 27, in Room 411 of Downtown New... Continue Reading

STICKY: A Post-It Note Art Show Makes Fine Art Accessible

STICKY: A Post-It Note Art Show was a free event in East Van that offered three-by-three-inch works of art at the accessible price of $20 a pop. Hosted by Hot Art Wet City on March 30, the night was inspired by a much larger event held at Giant Robot in Los Angeles, and the love... Continue Reading

Don’t Automatically Use “Victim/Survivor” to Describe Women Who Have Been Assaulted

Disclaimer: for the purpose of this opinion I refer to those who have been sexually assaulted as mainly women, and assaulters as mainly men. This is heteronormative and is not the case 100 per cent of the time, but it is most common occurrence. Today, referring to a person as a “victim” comes with boatloads... Continue Reading

KPU Students, Members of the RCMP, and Over 1,300 Children Fight to End Bullying Through Choreographed Dance

The KPU Bhangra team led students from several other schools, as well as officers from the RCMP, in an Anti-Bullying Day flash mob on the lower field of Tamanawis Secondary on March 14. More than 1,300 students from KPU, Beaver Creek Elementary, Boundary Park Elementary, Cougar Creek Elementary, J.T. Brown Elementary, and Martha Jane Norris... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Creative Writing Guild Holds South Asian Femme Poetry Night

Six poets who identify as South Asian femmes performed together for an evening of spoken word which took place at KPU’s Surrey campus on Feb. 20. In this context, “South Asian femme” refers to female-identifying or female-presenting folks whose heritage comes from countries in or around the Indian subcontinent. Focusing specifically on poets of these... Continue Reading

Hop on the Contemporary Art Bandwagon to Chinatown

For only $39.00, a contemporary art bus tour hosted by the Surrey Art Gallery can whisk you away to studios around Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown. Your day begins at 9:00 a.m., Feb. 27, with a probably much needed coffee before SAG Curator Jordan Strom and Interpretive Programmer Cecily Nicholson guide you around the city until 3:00... Continue Reading

Groove Is in the Heart, Not the Spruce Gallery Space

(Kristen Frier) You can dance if you want to, but if you’re doing it in the third-year gallery space in the Surrey campus Spruce building, you might have to leave your friends behind. Recently implemented signage declaring that there should be “No Dancing in the Spruce Gallery” is to ensure the safety of the carefully... Continue Reading

Poets, Artists at KPU Get Insider Tips from Editors of Pulp Magazine

Pulp Magazine, KPU’s on-campus arts and literary publication, has started holding workshops to help polish submissions from emerging writers. “It stemmed from the bio making workshop,” says Chelsea Franz, the managing editor of Pulp and head of the workshop initiative. “We just realized that some people who might want to be publishing had not yet... Continue Reading

Leaf the Meat Off the Menu at Compassion Con 2019

KPU’s Let’s Be Compassionate Club will be hosting its first ever Compassion Con on the Surrey campus on the afternoon of Jan. 31. The 100 per cent vegan, 100 per cent free event is inspired by VegFest, which was hosted by Capilano University. There will be plant-based vendors, lectures by a range of influential figures,... Continue Reading

Slamapalooza Poetry Team Welcomes New Leadership in 2019

The organizers of Slamapalooza, KPU’s monthly poetry slam competition, have some big things planned for the new year. The slam team—as well as the trip they take to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, where Slamapalooza poets compete with other teams from across the country—has long been helmed by Simon Massey. For years he has... Continue Reading

KSA Indigenous Reps Hope to “Revive Your Spirit” in Late November

A lot of post-secondary students feel overworked. This can seriously affect their overall academic performance and, more importantly, their mind and body. To address this, the Kwantlen Student Association’s Indigenous Students Representative, Sarah Strachan, along with former Indigenous Rep. Samantha Davis, are hosting a series of events from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23 entitled “Revive... Continue Reading

KPU Slam Poetry Team Competes in Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Attending the Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word (CFSW) is a longstanding tradition among Canadian slam poets. The annual festival is held in a different city each year, and for 2018, poets from all over the country gathered in Guelph to compete against one another. They also attended workshops, panels, and showcases designed to help them... Continue Reading

Kissing Taboo Goodbye with Sylvia Grace Borda

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s inaugural artist in residence, Sylvia Grace Borda, spoke on Oct. 24 about an exhibition of hers entitled The Kissing Project. During the first half of the event, she provided context for attendees about how kissing appears in art. Kissing first emerges in historical depictions as familial and non-romantic in Madonna and Child,... Continue Reading

Radio Noir Just Got a Whole Lot Funnier

In case you haven’t heard of it, Phantom Signal is an anthology series based on radio noir, presented as if it is going live to air. Despite its roots in radio, it is performed on stage in front of a live audience after only a couple of rehearsals, which the cast believes gives the show... Continue Reading