Be Cool This Winter Break

Relief from the cold…and from exam season. By Daniella Javier [contributor] At this point in the semester you’re probably in desperate need of a nap, coffee, or “drink,” especially after exams and final assignments. Luckily it’s that time of year again, where you can enjoy some down time. That’s right, KPU students—it’s winter break! Whether... Continue Reading

Burnaby Mountain Post-Protest

Just in case you missed it. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] Many days of protests and arrests ended with mass celebration on Burnaby Mountain. Over 100 people enjoyed live music, heard speeches and stood together on the weekend of Nov. 29 to 30, where people lauded the previous weeks’ efforts to resist Kinder Morgan—the energy... Continue Reading

Japan club denied funding

The nuances of KSA planning tools and KSA council. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] The Kwantlen Student Association recently declined the KPU Japan Club’s appeal for $450—which would have seen the club out to a downtown dinner—on the concern of “sending people to a dinner if there wasn’t an educational experience or other purpose,” according... Continue Reading

KPU hosts cat food drive for local shelter

Cat enthusiasts gather to help TLC Pet Adoptions By Sarah Emilie Braaten [contributor] Volunteers came to Kwantlen Polytechnic University to hold cat food drive at two of the institution’s campuses at the beginning of December. The food was given to TLC Pet Adoptions, a local, no-kill cat shelter that runs entirely on donations. The shelter... Continue Reading

A Twisted Christmas Indeed

Arts Club’s holiday show a comedic hit. By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] The Arts Club has taken a Christmas classic and combined it with improv, and the hilarious result is A Twisted Christmas. It is unlike most Christmas plays, in that there are no heartwarming lines, no tear-worthy moments–it’s different and that’s a good thing.... Continue Reading

KPIRG approaching agreement with the KSA

Both parties are reasonably optimistic By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] Though many students may remember coming to the KPIRG general meeting earlier in the semester for pizza and democracy, they have since had some trouble reaching an official autonomy agreement with the KSA. The negotiations may soon be over. “Things are looking good, really really... Continue Reading

The top 5 Christmas films

The Runner’s guide. By Awais Mushtaq [contributor] It’s a Wonderful Life “Remember George: no man is a failure who has friends.” You certainly can’t keep those Baileys down. It’s a Wonderful Life is one of those films that deserves multiple viewings, because every time you see it, new interpretations always seem to surface. Its magic... Continue Reading

Red tape diaries

Student Services swamped by bureaucratic inertia By 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 include the introduction of a... Continue Reading

All the world’s a stage

Kwantlen’s first theatre and performance class coming this spring. By Connor Doyle [associate editor] Fred Ribkoff has been trying to create a theatre and performance course at Kwantlen since his first year teaching here in 2005. Beginning this spring semester, his efforts will finally be realized when the students enrolled in IDEA 1400 will be... Continue Reading

There’s Magic in Cherry Tree Lane

Mary Poppins brings spoonful of sugar to Vancouver By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] There’s something incredibly heartwarming about seeing Mary Poppins on the stage, and the Arts Club’s production of the family favourite is no exception. Everything from the set to the musical numbers will remind you of the best parts of childhood. This is... Continue Reading

‘Tis the season to be studious

An overlook of KPU’s library services. By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] KPU students looking to study might consider the library as a holdout this exam season. The library offers several services that many students may be unaware of, according to Todd Mundle, the university librarian. “We do provide more indepth research help at the information... Continue Reading

Students play dodgeball for charity

Movember dodgeball tournament sees high turnout. On Nov. 28, things got a little hairy in the Surrey campus gym. By Faraz Hassany The tournament, organized by Active KSA for charity and some fun on-campus activity, saw high levels of participation. A total of 12 teams joined in, with some really creative and witty Movember and... Continue Reading

The “F” Word

Bill C-36 is criminal. Aileen Tran [columnist] Sex work is not criminal, Stephen Harper is. On Nov. 4, the federal government made the treacherous decision of passing Bill C-36, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act. The bill is highly criticized, and rightly so because the act is built on a false premise. The... Continue Reading

From the Editors

A new best friend for Harper. By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] Imagine my joy when Stephen Harper posted a selfie to Instagram on Nov. 15, that depicted him hugging a koala, with the caption, “With my new friend, Jumbelung the koala.” Harper seems to love animals, as he has also had his photo taken with... Continue Reading

Going Global

North Korea’s game of chess. By Tristan Johnston [columnist] Recently, Americans Kenneth Bae and Matthew Miller were returned to the United States after being placed into North Korean labour camps for “antigovernment activities.” Bae was arrested for “conspiring to topple the government” through his church group, and Miller was arrested for “unruly behaviour” when he... Continue Reading