Your Second-Language Course is More Than Just a Credit

When I say “ni hao” to a Chinese speaker in Vancouver, no one cares. Anyone can say “ni hao.” But when I say “wo zai No. 3 lu he Westminster,” on the phone to my rideshare, I get stunned reactions. I’m not fluent in Mandarin by any means; I can only say a few words,... Continue Reading

NAFTA Probably Isn’t Going Anywhere

Donald Trump would have you believe that he could “tear up” NAFTA at any given moment, but don’t worry, that’s just how they do in New York. While there has been a lot of talk about how turbulent negotiations have been between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., it’s more likely than not that NAFTA will... Continue Reading

Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design Opens to Students

After years of planning, construction, and some delays, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new design school building is open to students. While some finishing touches are still being made to the Richmond campus location, many Design students are already taking classes in the new space. “With the B.C. apparel sector poised for strong growth over the next... Continue Reading

Upcoming KPU Course Encourages Students to Find Beauty in Mathematics

A quantitative course that will be offered at Kwantlen Polytechnic University this spring, MATH 1216, aims to encourage more students outside the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to take an interest in math. “In the math you normally take in school, they have you doing trigonometry and algebra—basically marching you towards calculus—and... Continue Reading

Going Global: China’s Growing Influence

While it might be too early to call China a superpower on the level of the United States, the time to do so is quickly approaching. Recently, Time, The Economist, and the BBC all referred to Chinese President Xi Jinping as the most powerful man in the world. When it comes to the way China... Continue Reading

STEM Fields are Important, and Education Should Reflect This

Canada needs better teachers to prepare its students for working in math and science Despite what you may think, you—and the vast majority of people—are probably capable of doing Grade 12 level math. While I was earning my journalism degree, I would hear my peers make off-handed comments decrying any requirement to do math, even... Continue Reading

Literature Comes to Life in KPU Prof.’s Chinatown Walking Tour

Students of ENGL 1202 see history, fiction, and biography come together Though Greg Chan’s 1202 class teaches English, the students who joined him on a walking tour of Chinatown on Oct. 13 might have felt that they were learning equal parts history and anthropology. In Chan’s class, students are reading The Jade Peony by Wayson... Continue Reading

Conservatives Should Forget the “Goldilocks Zone” and Commit to Opposing Bigotry

“Can gay people enjoy low tax rates?” ask Tory and GOP Senators Both in the United States and Canada, the dominant conservative parties (the Republicans and the Conservative Party of Canada, respectively) keep bigotry at a peculiar distance—not so close that the party becomes inseparable from it, but not so far that they lose a... Continue Reading

The Institution of Kari Michaels

Starting the feminist collective, building student advocacy are just some of her KPU accomplishments Tristan Johnston, Contributor If you’ve had a dispute with the university, gotten involved with the KSA in the last few years, or been to a WOOW meeting, then you’ve likely been in the same room as Kari Michaels. Though she is... Continue Reading

KPU Students Bring Hong Kong Nostalgia to Marpole

“Entrepreneurial Leadership” students discuss challenges and risks of starting your own business Tristan Johnston, Contributor For Aurelia Au and Wayne Poon, the decision to start an original company as part of their KPU Business practicum came naturally. Together they co-own and operate Snackshot—or 糖百府 (tong baak fu) “sugar house”—which is located at the south end... Continue Reading

Richmond Signage Bylaw Debate Put on Hold

Nearly 100 per cent of signs are already “compliant” with current expectations Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor Out of an estimated 1500 signs in Richmond, only 13 reportedly don’t have either English or French on them. This figure has been used as good reason to both create a bylaw to put the languages on Richmond signs... Continue Reading

Going Global: Brexit, Again

I’m still pretty cross about it Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor The story of Brexit has been a sad and humiliating one for the Conservative Party, and a distressing and worrying one for myself. My passport is about to lose 96 per cent of its citizenship value. In fact, the only reason I even applied for... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Gulf

Why are neighbours shutting the lights off on Qatar? Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor Qatar has lost diplomatic ties with many nearby Arab countries such as Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The small state of Qatar, which juts out of the side of the Arabian Peninsula, has been accused of seemingly everything relating... Continue Reading

Consider Joining a Political Party

Becoming a “card-carrying” member of a political party can help the direction of your country Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor To the shock of most of my left-leaning friends, I purchased a $15 one-year membership to the Conservative Party of Canada, despite the fact that there’s no guarantee that I’ll vote for them. I’m under the... Continue Reading

B.C. ELECTION: Are B.C. MLA’s Dominated by Party Whips?

Like other democracies, parties in B.C. should be less disciplined Tristan Johnston, Coordinating Editor In the United States, it’s not bizarre to see Republicans speaking against their party. John McCain has spoken against the judgement of Trump, Arnold Schwarzenegger has talked about climate change, and Ron Paul voted against the war in Iraq. Very few... Continue Reading