UNBC Student Publishes Open Letter Urging Engagement with Student Politics

It turns out that the University of Northern British Columbia, like KPU, has a hard time fostering student engagement. Last month, outgoing member of the Northern Undergraduate Student Society, Seth Jex, published an open letter critiquing his university’s student body—a student body that is willing to campaign for divestment, or with unions, or against the... Continue Reading

Free Speech Isn’t at Risk on University Campuses

The slow death of nuance can be exemplified by the last few years of controversy surrounding free speech on campus. We must first define what “free speech” even is, and it’s a little different in Canada and the United States than it is in other parts of the world. Generally speaking, “free speech” means that... Continue Reading

Questions of Lost Money, Alleged Fraud Dominate KPIRG AGM

While the primary purposes of the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group’s annual general meeting were for the society to review their year, vote in new board members, and update members on future plans, questions relating to recent fraud allegations against founder and former administrative coordinator Richard Hossein dominated the meeting. The AGM, held in the... Continue Reading

Going Global: Postmodern Warfare

War has changed. Years ago, when cyberwarfare became a serious point of discussion within think tanks and state departments, it was believed that there was danger in a hacker being able to shut down a nuclear plant. Even worse, there was the fear that hackers could steal national secrets and destabilize financial institutions the world... Continue Reading

Going Global: Britain’s Response to Russian Poisoning

While the American executive branch rolls over for Russia, the British have shown that foreign governments don’t get to kill someone on their soil and get away with it. Headlines were made across the world when a poisoning in a quiet English village nearly killed a former Russian double agent named Sergei Skripal and his... Continue Reading

The Future of the Olympics Must Be Fiscally Sustainable

With the winter games now over, Pyeongchang will destroy a $78 million USD stadium which was built specifically for the Olympics. In a town of 45,000 people, a 35,000 seat stadium makes very little economic sense. Though there have been many reasons for locals to raise an eyebrow about hosting the games over the years,... Continue Reading

Going Global: India Might Be a Budding Superpower

While all eyes are on China, many people have been talking about India as another up-and-comer on the world stage. Both China and India have massive, 1 billion-plus populations, low labour costs, high agricultural fertility, and GDP growth rates above 7 per cent. There are, however, many obstacles keeping India from reaching China’s status. Beijing... Continue Reading

Surrey Fire Department Uses Statistical Analysis to Fight the Opioid Crisis

The B.C. opioid crisis reached tragic new heights last year with over 1,420 deaths reported as a result of illegal drug use, more than 80 per cent of which were linked to fentanyl. These numbers exceed deaths from car accidents, suicides, and homicides. The City of Surrey alone saw 174 drug-related deaths last year, the... Continue Reading

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