Surrey Pilgrims Show Solidarity Through the Snow

A diverse group of pilgrims trekked through the Surrey snow on Feb. 3 as part of the fourth annual interfaith pilgrimage. The event—a partnership between Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Multi-Faith Centre, Surrey’s Bahá’í Community, and the Surrey Interfaith Council—brought people of various religions together to promote cooperation and unity. Participants walked a total of 16 kilometres... Continue Reading
UNDATED -- Undated archival handout photo of Viola Desmond. On April 15, 2010, the Nova Scotia legislature will grant a controversial, posthumous pardon to Desmond, whom many consider Canada's Rosa Parks. In 1946 Viola Desmond was arrested and jailed for sitting in the whites-only section of a local cinema. The case ignited the civil rights movement in Canada. MANDATORY CREDIT: HANDOUT PHOTO: Effective Publishing Ltd. For Richard Foot (Canwest) CNS-PARDON

Clarifying Misconceptions About the Black Experience in Canada

The story of Rosa Parks is commonly known in the context of the American Civil rights movement. Less commonly known, even among Canadians, is the story of Viola Desmond, an African Canadian arrested nine years before Rosa Parks for refusing to surrender her seat in a segregated movie theatre in Nova Scotia. Desmond’s image would... Continue Reading

Art Historian Explores the Transformation of Art into Cultural Currency

As part of the ongoing Art Lecture Series at KPU, art historian Dorothy Barenscott gave her talk, “What Happens In Vegas…”, at the Surrey campus on Jan. 16. The lecture focused on the changing cultural landscape of Las Vegas, which Barenscott says serves as a microcosm of the western art world. Barenscott has extensively researched... Continue Reading

Poets, Artists at KPU Get Insider Tips from Editors of Pulp Magazine

Pulp Magazine, KPU’s on-campus arts and literary publication, has started holding workshops to help polish submissions from emerging writers. “It stemmed from the bio making workshop,” says Chelsea Franz, the managing editor of Pulp and head of the workshop initiative. “We just realized that some people who might want to be publishing had not yet... Continue Reading

The History, Traditions, and Celebration of Chinese New Year

With a history dating back thousands of years, China is considered to be among the oldest continuous civilizations on earth, and Chinese New Year has been practiced in some form since at least the Xia Dynasty (2070-1600 BCE). As legend has it, the origins of Chinese New Year—known as Spring Festival in China—began with the... Continue Reading

Indigenous Burlesque Troupe Performs on Surrey Campus

The Indigenous burlesque collective known as Virago Nation performed in the first of a series of events entitled “Medicine In Our Very Bones: Gender, Sexuality and Embodied Resistance in Indigenous Burlesque” on Jan. 24. The event was held in order to educate and highlight the importance of Indigenous identity and sexuality, which is often oppressed... Continue Reading

KPU Promotes Higher Education, and Educates the High, at Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo

On the surface, the Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo looks like your average business conference. For the vendors, many of whom wear lab coats and stand next to large, important looking metal contraptions, it’s simply an opportunity to network and do business. That business, however, involves getting Canadians medicated and—post-legalization—getting them recreationally high. The expo... Continue Reading

KPU Showcases Futuristic Tech in Richmond Smart Cities Idea Fair

An assortment of wires and sensors are strewn across a table. Next to them is a single lamp. With the simple click of a button on a phone, the light switches on. This micro-demonstration of a smart home system was a Kwantlen Polytechnic University-born project presented at Richmond’s Smart Cities Idea Fair. The event served... Continue Reading

New Kwantlen St. Winter Market Puts Students First

The Kwantlen St. Winter Market has been many years in the making. The notion of a mid-week market for the university was first proposed in 2015, when the Kwantlen Student Association approached Anne Janzen, the founder of Farm Fresh Events. At the time, Farm Fresh Events produced the North Delta Farmers Market and the Tsawwassen... Continue Reading

Leaf the Meat Off the Menu at Compassion Con 2019

KPU’s Let’s Be Compassionate Club will be hosting its first ever Compassion Con on the Surrey campus on the afternoon of Jan. 31. The 100 per cent vegan, 100 per cent free event is inspired by VegFest, which was hosted by Capilano University. There will be plant-based vendors, lectures by a range of influential figures,... Continue Reading

Slamapalooza Poetry Team Welcomes New Leadership in 2019

The organizers of Slamapalooza, KPU’s monthly poetry slam competition, have some big things planned for the new year. The slam team—as well as the trip they take to the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, where Slamapalooza poets compete with other teams from across the country—has long been helmed by Simon Massey. For years he has... Continue Reading

Rabbitats Provides Abandoned Bunnies with a New Home

Bunnies in the Fraser Valley who have been abandoned or surrendered by their owners can find a safe and loving home at one of Rabbitat’s micro-sanctuaries. Founded by Sorelle Saidman, the non-profit organization has provided a home for hundreds of rabbits, both domesticated and feral. Rabbit overpopulation has become a consistent problem in Richmond and... Continue Reading

Christmas Glow Returns to Langley For Another Year

Christmas Glow is back in Langley for a second year to bring some lights, laughter, and cheer to the holiday season. The light show—which opened on Nov. 22 at Milner Village Garden Centre—features over 500,000 lights in a variety of themed gardens inside a beautiful greenhouse. Delicious treats are sold in food trucks set up... Continue Reading

KPU Psychology Instructor Lectures on the Virtues of the Scientific Method

In the latest installment of the KPU Science World Speaker series, psychology instructor Dr. Jay Hosking delivered a lecture emphasizing how the scientific method has been, and continues to be, the best way for people to discover and collect information about the world around them. The presentation, titled “The Unexamined Life Is Not Worth Living:... Continue Reading

Winter Get Together Offers Students a Chance to Celebrate on Campus

The Winter Get Together at KPU Surrey brought students together to eat, drink, and be merry on Dec. 4. It started off with two games. The first was an icebreaker called “Find Out Who”, and the second was a team-based competition for who could most beautifully decorate one of their fellow students using materials like... Continue Reading