Kwantlen Art Collective Re-Launches After Brief Hiatus

After several months of inactivity, the Kwantlen Art Collective has begun holding meetings again. The collective’s new president, Kia Eriksson, says she is proud to offer new and experienced art students at KPU a chance to meet up and hone their craft. In the past, the collective has held a number of high-profile events such... Continue Reading

Former Convict Discusses Justice Reform at KPU Club-Led Event

By discussing his experience as a victim of relentless abuse both in and outside of the Canadian prison system, Jim Mandelin advocates publicly for the necessity of justice reform. The KPU Prison Justice Club recently hosted an event called “Prison Justice: The Walls That Close In”, which Mandelin attended as a guest speaker. The event... Continue Reading

Check Out Lear Inc., an Adaptation of King Lear, on the Surrey Campus on March 28 and 29

A modernized version of King Lear called Lear Inc. will be held in the main atrium of KPU’s Surrey campus on March 28 and 29. The performances are adapted from Act I, Scene I of Shakespeare’s play, and will be entirely free to the public. The group behind Lear Inc., 1001 Steps Theatre Company, took... Continue Reading

KPU’s Public Relations Cohort Raises Funds to Support Women in the Workforce

The public relations cohort at KPU held Works of Art, a fundraiser for Dress for Success Vancouver, at Braid Street Art Studio and Gallery on March 7. Dress for Success is an international non-profit organization that provides women the opportunity to gain economic independence by giving them the basic tools they need for success. The... Continue Reading

Growing Room Festival Offers Panel on Diversifying Academia

A panel on art and academia was held as part of Growing Room Festival, a feminist literary festival, at Native Education College on March 10. The event moderator, Emily Riddle, asked panelists Lindsay Nixon, Robyn Maynard, and Juliane Okot Bitek about their experiences as both academics and marginalized artists. Academia has been long occupied by... Continue Reading

KPU Students, Members of the RCMP, and Over 1,300 Children Fight to End Bullying Through Choreographed Dance

The KPU Bhangra team led students from several other schools, as well as officers from the RCMP, in an Anti-Bullying Day flash mob on the lower field of Tamanawis Secondary on March 14. More than 1,300 students from KPU, Beaver Creek Elementary, Boundary Park Elementary, Cougar Creek Elementary, J.T. Brown Elementary, and Martha Jane Norris... Continue Reading

KPU to Host Week of Events on Teaching Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization

Faculty members, guest speakers, staff, and students have been working together to prepare a series of events that will be held over four days at KPU campuses in Langley, Surrey, and Richmond. The events are all part of Indigenization and Decolonization at KPU: A Week of Sharing and Learning, an event series which includes presentations,... Continue Reading

KPU Students Take First Prize in Accounting Competition

A team of KPU business students have returned from a national conference where they won the ACHIEVE accounting case competition. The conference was hosted by Ryerson University and took place in Toronto between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. The KPU team, which is the first from B.C. to win the competition, was led by accounting... Continue Reading

One Billion Rising Event Aims to Reduce Violence Against Women

As part of a global movement to reduce violence against women, the Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR) hosted the annual One Billion Rising event at LA Matheson Secondary School on Feb. 21.   One Billion Rising is an international movement dedicated to improving the safety and wellbeing of women. The name comes from... Continue Reading

KDocs Screens Double Feature of Films on Fred Rogers and RBG

KDocs, KPU’s annual documentary film festival, hosted a one-day event on the Surrey campus on Feb. 6. The mini festival included a screening of two documentaries—RBG and Won’t You Be My Neighbour?—each of which focused on a beloved American icon. The double feature was followed by an address from keynote speaker Ellen Woodsworth and a... Continue Reading

Turban Tying Event on Surrey Campus Invites Students to Celebrate Diversity

Practitioners of the Sikh faith gathered on KPU’s Surrey campus for the university’s second annual Turban Tying event on the afternoon of Feb. 28. Organizer Gurpreet Singh Sabharwal says the purpose of the event is to celebrate diversity and spread awareness about the significance of the turban in Sikhism. “We want to provide answers to... Continue Reading

Slamapalooza Winner to Represent KPU Slam at Verses Festival

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s monthly poetry slam series, Slamapalooza, recently held a “season finale” of sorts to determine who would represent the KPU slam at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS), a one-on-one slam poetry competition which is an integral part of the annual Verses Festival. The event took place on the Surrey campus on Feb.... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Creative Writing Guild Holds South Asian Femme Poetry Night

Six poets who identify as South Asian femmes performed together for an evening of spoken word which took place at KPU’s Surrey campus on Feb. 20. In this context, “South Asian femme” refers to female-identifying or female-presenting folks whose heritage comes from countries in or around the Indian subcontinent. Focusing specifically on poets of these... Continue Reading

Books2Prisoners Drive Offers Respite for Those Behind Bars

The Kwantlen Prison Justice Club recently started a Books2Prisoners drive to provide book donations to people behind bars. The club has partnered with Canadian organization Books 2 Prisoners to make this initiative a reality. “Books are not just for people who are outside of prison. Books are universal, and everyone should be able to read... Continue Reading

Hop on the Contemporary Art Bandwagon to Chinatown

For only $39.00, a contemporary art bus tour hosted by the Surrey Art Gallery can whisk you away to studios around Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown. Your day begins at 9:00 a.m., Feb. 27, with a probably much needed coffee before SAG Curator Jordan Strom and Interpretive Programmer Cecily Nicholson guide you around the city until 3:00... Continue Reading