Official 2016 KSA general election results

Only two returning councillors re-elected The official results and vote-counts from the 2016 Kwantlen Student Association general election have been released. Kwantlen’s Chief Returning Officer Corey Van’t Haaff conducted a regulated recount for the students with disabilities representative position, and those results show that Landon Charney defeated incumbent Kim McMartin with 101 votes to 92,... Continue Reading

KSA office and space renovations cost about $800,000 so far

Student association lounges were overdue for upgrades The Kwantlen Student Association has spent approximately an accumulated $800,000 across all four campuses on student association office and space renovations, according to Dec. 2015 budget actuals. These costs are part of several ongoing renovations on KSA spaces across all KPU campuses, renovation costs incurred since at least... Continue Reading

KSA releases $4,000 for upcoming KPU golf tournament

They sponsored the lunch The Kwantlen Student Association has sponsored the sixth annual Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation golf tournament, one of the university’s largest annual fundraisers for student bursaries. The student association released $4,000 from the “other awards” budget line item in their earmarked bursary funds to sponsor the lunch portion of the event. But... Continue Reading

KPU upgrades Richmond campus crosswalk in response to safety concerns

Richmond campus students can walk a little easier now that the southwest crosswalk at Landsdowne and Kwantlen street includes a pedestrian-controlled light. The upgrade is a response to the safety concerns posed by the crosswalk, which Kwantlen Polytechnic University identified a few years ago. For example, a student was previously injured at the crosswalk according... Continue Reading

Lack of student council nominees for upcoming KSA general election will invoke by-elections

Several constituency positions have no candidates Eight seats on KSA council will still be vacant after the upcoming KSA general election on Feb. 18 and 19, and that will prompt the student association to hold by-elections to fill the spots at a later date. For the time being, council will be without representatives for aboriginal students,... Continue Reading

KSA ousts Kwantlen Model United Nations executives

Former KMUN exec Abu-Haltam believes decision was both “unjustified” and “not politically correct” The Kwantlen Student Association removed former Kwantlen Model United Nations executives on Nov. 27 on the basis of student complaints about conference and workshop planning, and a failure to prove their democratic election. Former KMUN president Saed Abu-Haltam disagrees with the decision,... Continue Reading

KGG barred from booking Social Justice Space

The search for space continues Kwantlen Polytechnic University will not let the Kwantlen Gaming Guild book the social justice space until further notice. In the meantime, KGG members, whose club often books the social justice space (Birch 208) on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., have been instructed to move their gaming paraphernalia and... Continue Reading

Singh’s multi-chairpersonship raises debate

He believes he’s “the best person for the job” Kwantlen Student Association councillor Tanvir Singh now chairs three different committees as of November, which has raised debate on committee organization at the KSA. While the situation is permitted, students with disabilities representative Kimberly McMartin suggests Singh’s triple-chairpersonship sets a precedent where one or two people... Continue Reading

Richmond man charged with sexual assault of Kwantlen student

Norman Vincent Sagarbarria posed as massage therapy student On Dec. 8, Norman Vincent Sagarbarria was charged with the sexual assault of a female Kwantlen Polytechnic University student. This incident occurred in September of this year. The 24-year-old male, who posed as a massage therapy student, approached the female student on the KPU Richmond campus, saying... Continue Reading

Secular Students Debate Trinity Western, Find Common Ground

Discussants engage in conversational exercise on existentialism, morality and the afterlife If you found yourself on the third floor of Trinity Western University’s Fraser Hall on Dec. 1, you would’ve seen a group of people occupying cream-coloured couches and vinyl sofas arranged into comfortable circles, all asking themselves why they were there. Not why they... Continue Reading

Student beers now available for your growlers

KPU brews pourin’ hard Brewmaster Tim Brown tries to play it down, but it’s clear that the first-years’ pale ale is kind of his favourite right now. “I didn’t say that,” says Brown. Of course, it was but one of four student beers on tap. The brewing program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University has started selling... Continue Reading

U-Pass survives, according to preliminary results

KSA fees also indexed to CPI The U-Pass BC program will continue for the next two years, according to preliminary results from the referendum held on Nov. 24 and 25. The early results show that 2,048 students voted in favour of continuing the U-Pass, and 259 students voted no. The other referendum question, which asked... Continue Reading

KSA Budget Consultations Feature Disappointing Turnout

VP finance Taiwo expected more, but at least got a venue to educate on student services The Kwantlen Student Association’s efforts to hear student ideas and work them into their budget for next year didn’t exactly see students lining up into the foyer on Richmond campus, the host for the fourth day of sessions. By... Continue Reading

KPIRG asks for stakes in KSA’s Birch building renovation plans

Consultations would re-allocate space on Surrey campus The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group has formally applied for their seat in the Kwantlen Student Association Birch building consultations with the university. The consultations are about planned renovations to Birch building, which concerns the reallocation of historically scarce space on campus for student groups like KPIRG. KPIRG... Continue Reading
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Our home on Native Land

The history of acknowledging unceded territories at KPU It’s more than good form in the administrative circles of B.C. universities to begin a meeting with a formal, explicit acknowledgement of the unceded territories on which they conduct their business. But gauging the authenticity of these acknowledgements isn’t so simple. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re not.... Continue Reading