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Oiling up the education machine

What else is behind Kinder Morgan’s $300,000 memorandum with KPU? At the end of June, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Trans Mountain (under Kinder Morgan) signed a memorandum of understanding that would see KPU in receipt of $300,000. Despite criticisms of bribery, according to Lizette Parsons Bell, stakeholder management lead for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project,... Continue Reading
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KPU cuts funding to varsity teams

KPU has clipped the Eagles’ wings with the announcement of major cuts to the varsity athletics programs. It’s all aligned with the “strategic direction” for KPU’s Vision 2018 and academic plan.... Continue Reading

KPU community speaks out against new Trans Mountain memorandum

Group plans to put pressure on university following $300,000 scholarship announcement. KPU students, alumni, faculty and community members have mobilized against a new memorandum between KPU and Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Students aren’t impressed. The memorandum would see TMEP contribute $300,000 in scholarships over 20 years—if the pipeline expansion is approved. The Kwantlen Student Association... Continue Reading

Trans Mountain Expansion Project to contribute $300,000 to KPU for scholarships

Twenty-year memorandum will fund annual awards for Environmental Protection Tech. and trades students. Kwantlen Polytechnic University has entered an agreement with the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) to receive $300,000 over 20 years for student awards. The project proposes expansion to a pipeline system owned by Kinder Morgan Canada. “If the pipeline is approved, this... Continue Reading

From the Editors: Doesn't Make Cents

As we’ve reported in November, KPU is grossly underfunded compared to other universities, with a operating capability that is half the provincial average. It means longer class waitlist times, fewer available courses and in theory, a slower march to graduation. Last year, the provincial government had this really super idea to cut adult basic education... Continue Reading

Student candidates vie for highest office

Four student seats are available for the university senate, which dictates academic mandates for the university. These are uncontested for the 2015 race. The contested seats are the two available for the university’s board of governors—the highest legislative body in a university. The board of governors consists of two-thirds government appointees, and typically review and approve the university’s budget, among other things.... Continue Reading

From the editors: Transit referendum - pinch your nose

On the tax boost for the sake of all-around better transit in Metro Vancouver, being a proponent of the “yes” side seemed like a no-brainer three months ago. But people have begun using their brains, and now it’s looking like “Ahhhhh no.” This new information perplexed me, for it seems logical to upgrade the system... Continue Reading

Confirmed list of 2015 KSA representative candidates released

Up to 27 campus, constituency and faculty representatives to vote for. The Kwantlen Student Association’s (KSA) 2015 general election and referendum is on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, and to properly do your civic/student duty, you’ve got to be in the know. So, Corey Van’t Haaff, the university’s chief returning officer, provided The Runner with... Continue Reading
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To Be Free

  KPU prof. Russel Ogden faces restrictions on academic freedom By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] & Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] With files from: Awais Mushtaq [contributor] & Tristan Johnston [staff writer] A plethora of posters are taped against the window outside Greg Jenion’s office. A prominent one reads, “Where is Russel Ogden?”, while others provide... Continue Reading
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Student services swamped by bureaucratic inertia

Project speed prompts conflict within KSA. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] and Chris Yee [contributor] Leah Godin, the chairperson for the Kwantlen Student Association student services committee, says her group faces a year-long backlog of projects, even after the KSA took on the services of capital projects manager Kim Baxter last July. Among these projects... Continue Reading
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Student unions critique finance ministry’s potential amendments

Understanding opposition to proposed changes to Society Act. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] B.C.’s ministry of finance drafted annotated revisions to the province’s Society Act this past August—and as it’s the legislation which effectively determines student union governance and composition, it’s created quite the stir amongst student groups. In an effort spearheaded in-part by the... Continue Reading

Fireside Chats with Alan Davis

Academic freedom and freedom of speech. By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] When Alan Davis, president of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, was in graduate school at SFU in the ‘70s, he was using x-ray crystallography to determine the structure of inorganic compounds. He was working under the supervision of Fred Einstein of SFU, and in partnership with... Continue Reading

WHAT1100: Principles of Basic Navigation

A guide to your KPU campuses. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] You park your car at the campus and walk lethargically toward a pay station, heels dragging, face sagging. “Damn you, Impark,” you curse under your breath, whilst jamming quarters into the accursed meter. As you shuffle through the hall, you again realize that the... Continue Reading

New black spot for pirates in Canada

Updated copyright laws hope to address internet piracy. Yaunna Sommersby [social media specialist] By now, most people are likely familiar with the anti-piracy warning included on DVDs: “Piracy is not a victimless crime.” Despite its dire words, in 2012 a study of BitTorrent users found that Canadians had the fourth highest amount of unauthorized musical... Continue Reading

KSA makes cross-Canada excursions

Student association adds new conferences to 2014 roster. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] & Tristan Johnston [staff writer] Members of the Kwantlen Student Association will pay a projected $1.3-million to the organization this year, according to the KSA’s budget. With these fees, the student association takes on a number of roles, including student services (like... Continue Reading