UBC eSports Association hosts the “Battle of BC”

Super Smash Brothers Melee competition offers over $1,000 in prizes More than 240 eSports competitors filled the UBC Student Union Building on May 14 to attend the largest and most prestigious competitive Super Smash Brothers Melee tournament in the province. On-screen, some of the most beloved and iconic characters from their childhoods clashed like gladiators.... Continue Reading

Meet the person behind KPU’s Snapchat account

New profile features student perspective on campus Since its launch in 2011, Snapchat has grown to be one of the most popular smartphone and social media applications in the world. Now, five years later, Kwantlen Polytechnic University has finally created a Snapchat profile of its own. Followers of KPU’s Snapchat will already know that many... Continue Reading

Forging Some Kwantlen Traditions

KPU needs an annual group activity to combat the lack of student life Kwantlen Polytechnic University has many unique perks which set us apart from other schools. For example, we have campuses in four different locations across three cities, small classroom sizes, and tuitions costs that won’t force you to sell your home. Noticeably absent... Continue Reading

Slamapalooza Holds CIPS Championship Qualifying Match

The winner will represent the KPU slam at the national competition in April With the opportunity of a lifetime on the line, eight poets left it all on the stage in the Grassroots Cafe to determine who would be representing Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s slam team at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam championships. Described by organizer... Continue Reading

Student groups team-up for open-mic event in Surrey

KPU creatives take to the stage at the Grassroots Café Guitar-wielding warriors sacrificed their vocal chords to the heavens above. Verbally-armed poets lifted the spirits of enthused onlookers. On Feb. 4, The Kwantlen Creative Writing Guild, in conjunction with the Multi-Faith Centre, hosted an open-mic artisanal spectacle at Grassroots Café. “I was trying to think... Continue Reading

New KPU course delves into work of popular musicians

Instructor says icons show us the potential within ourselves “We come out of the womb singing with our heartbeat; we are musicians the second we enter the world,” says Jodi Proznick, the instructor of a new course at Kwantlen Polytechnic University called the History of Popular Music. Proznick believes that music is “one of the... Continue Reading

The Singular “They”

The next step in the evolution of the English language? Advance apologies to those who were hoping that “on fleek” or “squaaaaaaaaaaad” would make the cut. On Jan. 8, the American Dialect Society declared that the singular form of the pronoun “they” is their word of the year for 2015. In English, “they” typically refers... Continue Reading

Fine Arts Students Square Off in an “Art Battle” of Epic Proportions

Kwantlen Art Collective event sees artists go head-to-head, canvas to canvas According to president Keith Harris and vice-president Eric Berg of the Kwantlen Art Collective, the idea of artists dueling each other on opposing canvases came from hearing about similar events occurring on the mean streets of Vancouver. “Hopefully we don’t get sued,” Harris jokes.... Continue Reading
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“Explore Arts” Shows Off Kwantlen’s Impressive Arts Faculties

KPU alumni credit institution with their career successes On Sept. 23, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Explore Arts convention took place in the Surrey Campus’ conference room. This event featured a variety of information tables for each of the arts faculties available at the school, as well as numerous guest speakers attesting to the talent and employability... Continue Reading
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Love In This Club: Kwantlen Entrepreneurial Student Association

KESA offers outside-the-classroom education for its members “Book smarts and an education are a great base. However, they don’t teach you anything about the real world.” So says Jonathan Fader, Director of IT for one of KPU’s most enterprising and ambitious clubs, the Kwantlen Entrepreneurial Student Association. Established last fall, KESA continues to provide an... Continue Reading

Behind The Music: Surrey Campus’s Resident “Guitar Guy”

An accoustic set with Wonsucc Lee The Surrey campus courtyard is the closest thing Kwantlen Polytechnic University has to a social epicentre. Although KPU students are windswept across four different campuses, the courtyard sees an impressive amount of traffic on a day-to-day basis. Surrey-goers can become familiar with the courtyard’s array of sights, ranging from... Continue Reading

Puppy Therapy Takes a Bite out of Stress

St John Ambulance comes to Kwantlen students’ rescue with stress-relief program On Aug. 12, St. John Ambulance and their spirited pack of puppies made their way to Kwantlen’s Surrey campus. The general purpose of this organization, as stated by program coordinator Gerry Redmond, was to provide stress relief for Kwantlen students by allowing them to... Continue Reading

Khatsahlano Throws A Street Party Like No Other

One of this year’s organizers gives us a glimpse inside the festival Ten blocks, eight stages, more than 50 performers and thousands of people in attendance—on July 11, the Khatsahlano Street Party became one of Vancouver’s largest outdoor events since the 2010 Winter Olympics, half a decade ago. Just one of the many people who... Continue Reading
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Kurt Cobain’s Death the Subject of Second Documentary

Soaked in Bleach washes away theories that Nirvana frontman committed suicide The death of former Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain has been a topic of intrigue for music fans ever since he reportedly took his own life on April 5, 1994. It is speculated by many that the grunge legend did not actually commit suicide, despite... Continue Reading