KPU Alumna Self-Publishes New Book

Amrita Lit’s Chasing Kismet follows a young woman challenging the expectations her community has of her Kyrsten Downton, Contributor Growing up, Amrita Lit struggled to find accurate representations for South Asian people in mainstream media. Instead of continuing to wait for that to change, Lit created her own role model in her newly self-published novel... Continue Reading

KPU, SFU Researchers Receive Grant to Help with “Clean Food” Project

More than $725,000 will go towards developing ways of bringing clean food and water to areas challenged by climate change Stephanie Davies, Contributor KPU and SFU researchers have received a three-year grant of more than $725,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada College University Idea to Innovation. This grant will advance their... Continue Reading

Decolonial Discourse: The Fatigue of Cultural Appropriation

Justin Bige, Contributor Indigenous people, especially artists, don’t have the time to educate and listen to repetitive commentary while dealing with the actual impact of cultural appropriation. In the past year alone, cultural appropriation has been made visible to the Canadian public in incidents with notable artists, photographers, writers, and more. For Indigenous people, and... Continue Reading

KPU Releases Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy

Policy will address the prevention of and response to sexual misconduct at the university Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor As mandated by the provincial government, Kwantlen Polytechnic University published an official sexual violence and misconduct policy for all members of the university community in late April. The document is designed to “support the University’s commitment to... Continue Reading

Let’s Give Surrey LRT a Chance

Mayor Hepner talks about the benefits of light rail transit, and she makes some good points Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Citizens of Surrey have been calling for more efficient transit for ages. The city’s population is growing at such an incredible rate that it will soon be earmarked as the largest community in the province,... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Dana I.D. Matthews

The creative collision of spoken word and hip hop Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor It’s easy to draw parallels between hip-hop music and spoken word poetry. Both rely on rhythm, feeling, and the pleasure of listening, but are undeniably distinct genres in their own right. Dana I.D. Matthews, an artist and poet who performed at the... Continue Reading

Holi Fest Brings Colour to KPU

The Hindu spring festival was celebrated on the Surrey campus Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Holi, the Hindu Festival of Colors, is a celebration of new life, love, fertility, and joy. Every year, it occurs on the last full moon of the Hindu lunar month of Phalguna, falling on the 13th and 14th of March in... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Jai Fajardo

Recovery through electronic sound Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Jai Fajardo was born into the electronic music scene. Her parents met in a club her father owned, where her mother was working as a dancer and her uncle performed as a DJ. That club was still bustling while Fajardo was growing up, and she carried the... Continue Reading

KSA Office Broken Into on Feb. 28

While no valuables were stolen, security will increase Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor A crime was believed to be committed on KPU’s Surrey campus on Feb. 28 when burglars broke into the Kwantlen Student Association office. A window in the Grassroots Cafe was smashed at approximately 5:00 that morning, and by the time the security team... Continue Reading

WOOW Gets a FaceLIFT

KPU’s women’s collective is being rebranded this spring Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor With the name Women Organizing Opportunities for Women, the perception of KPU’s feminist collective was scattered. Some wondered if it offered job opportunities or planned community events for self-identified women. Others saw it for what it was—an on-campus feminist club—or conversely, weren’t aware... Continue Reading

The Hospital Revival of Greater Vancouver

Money is being put towards fixing past failures in the local health sector, but what does it mean for Vancouver citizens in need? Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Canadians like to boast about health care. It’s a relief to walk into a hospital needing medical attention and leave unburdened by debt, but free care doesn’t guarantee... Continue Reading

Canadians Are in the Front Lines in the Protests Against Trump

We can’t forget that this is not normal Keely Rammage-Scott, Contributor Canadians have made it clear that Trump will not just be on the front cover of American newspapers for the foreseeable future. He’ll be on ours as well. In the few short weeks of his presidency, Trump has already begun to repeal Obamacare, and... Continue Reading

KDocs Hosts Screening of Kombit: The Cooperative

Documentary follows Timberland’s tree-planting initiative in Haiti Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s resident documentary film organization, KDocs, screened Kombit: The Cooperative , a film which follows a tree-planting initiative in Haiti that was backed by the outdoor boot company Timberland, on Oct 27. The goal of the initiative was to plant five million trees in Haiti over... Continue Reading

Birch Renovations to be Completed Late October or Early November

Plans for the renovated space include recreation and social justice rooms KPU Surrey’s Birch building is currently being renovated in order to provide more space for students on-campus, but the project hasn’t been without speed bumps. The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group was initially displeased that they weren’t given any space in the new Birch... Continue Reading

Going Global: Russia struggles to make the best plays with the worst cards

After taking Crimea, addressing dissent in the Caucuses, and playing geopolitical chess with Turkey and Syria, it might appear that the Russian state is strong. It’s not. Turkey, which has squarely been an ally of the West and NATO for the last several decades, is becoming more and more anti-American, going so far as to... Continue Reading