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

Groove Is in the Heart, Not the Spruce Gallery Space

(Kristen Frier) You can dance if you want to, but if you’re doing it in the third-year gallery space in the Surrey campus Spruce building, you might have to leave your friends behind. Recently implemented signage declaring that there should be “No Dancing in the Spruce Gallery” is to ensure the safety of the carefully... Continue Reading

Member of Kwantlen First Nation Named Vancouver Public Library Storyteller in Residence

According to Kwantlen First Nations member Joseph Dandurand, everybody is born with a gift. His just happens to be storytelling. Dandurand has been many things throughout his life—among them, a poet, playwright, actor, and archeologist. Most recently, he has been granted the position of the Vancouver Public Library’s Indigenous storyteller in residence for 2019. Dandurand... Continue Reading

Past and Present Unite in Perfect Harmony at KPU Music Faculty Showcase

When a group of distinguished alumni from KPU’s Music Department returned to the Langley campus on Jan. 25, they did so not to learn from their former instructors, but to make music with them. The “Past and Present Faculty Showcase” saw three faculty members—Jane Hayes, Dale Throness, and Gail Suderman—perform alongside alumni Natascia Dell’erba, Katie... Continue Reading

Brewing Students Craft Unique Beers for Graduating Projects

At the start of the spring semester, graduating students in the Brewing and Brewery Operations program were assembled into 10 teams. Each team was tasked with creating their own signature brew, a level of freedom that in the past has led to the creation of such far-ranging flavours as jalapeno and kimchi beers. Once the... Continue Reading

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