Political Science Instructors Discuss the North Korea Nuclear Threat at Grassroots

Professors Ross Pink and Logan Masilamani ask, “Is Winter Coming?” “Aggression left unchecked and unchallenged leads to war.” This quote from President John Kennedy was used by Kwantlen Polytechnic University political science professor Dr. Ross Pink to describe the danger of appeasing the North Korean regime. Pink spoke alongside his colleague, Dr. Logan Masilamani, at... Continue Reading

Learning to Drink Beer Professionally

KPU’s sensory classes help brewing students perfect their palates While drinking beer during a Monday morning class might sound like a bad idea, it’s just a normal part of the school day for students in KPU’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program. Developing a well-informed palate is critical for future brewers so that they can make... Continue Reading

Diwali Celebration Lights up KPU Surrey

The first-of-its-kind event was hosted by KPU International on Oct. 20 The sounds of Punjabi music bellowed out of the Cedar conference room at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Surrey campus on Oct. 20, marking the first Diwali celebration to be held at the university. The six-hour festival of lights featured a Bhangra dance performance, henna tattoo... Continue Reading

KSA Hosts Workshop on “Skillfully Responding To Stress”

Tiffany Robinson shows students how to help others and themselves during times of stress In order to help students learn how to address their own well-being and provide support to others who are struggling, the Kwantlen Student Association held a workshop called Skillfully Responding to Stress on Oct. 12. The workshop, which took place on... Continue Reading

Fifth Annual Pow Wow Returns to Surrey

KPU community comes together to celebrate and honor Darlene Willier For the fifth consecutive year, the hallways of Surrey’s Cedar building echoed with singing and the proud rhythm of pounding drums. As with Pow Wows of the past, First Nations singers, dancers, vendors, and audience members from all over Western Canada convened at Kwantlen Polytechnic... Continue Reading

Wes Barker Performs Comedy-Magic at the Grassroots Cafe

Barker discusses the advantages and pitfalls of performing comedy at universities As a long time performer, Wes Barker knows that doing comedy at a university comes with its own set of challenges and advantages. As part of the Kwantlen Student Association’s ongoing Comedy Lunch Hour, Barker brought his off-colour brand of comedy and magic to... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Improv Returns for its Second Season

KPU grad and local improviser Daniel Chai is back to lead this year’s workshops Kwantlen Improv has returned for a second season, and as any good improviser would do in the middle of a scene, the workshop’s host and founder Daniel Chai plans to build on what came before. Chai, a KPU graduate and local... Continue Reading

KPU Alumnus Dan O’Connor is the Vancouver Giants’ New Broadcaster, Director of Media Relations

Dan O’Connor, Director of Media Relations and play-by-play announcer for the Western Hockey League’s Vancouver Giants, says that the hands-on experience he got while attending Kwantlen Polytechnic University was crucial to his success in broadcasting. “I’ve known really since the very beginning that this is what I wanted to do. I was one of those... Continue Reading

KPU’s Second Annual Music Faculty Showcase Premieres on Oct. 27

For the second year in a row, KPU’s Music faculty will perform a series of concerts throughout the fall and spring semesters to showcase the talent and hard work of the department’s instructors. The three concerts will host a variety of talented instrumentalists playing brass, string, woodwind, and piano. KPU Director of Keyboard Studies Jane... Continue Reading

Boobies and Wieners Art Show a Sexy Success

While the name of the Boobies and Wieners art show suggests absurdity of a somewhat childish nature, the display itself had a range of art from silly to serious to sexy. The show, which was held at the Gallery of BC Ceramics on Granville Island from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1, was the fifth of... Continue Reading

KPU Richmond Hosts Mixolos Mitchtape Live

Vancouver-based poet performs a spoken word piece on and about Turtle Island A poetic recollection of the last decade on the west coast of Turtle Island—through the eyes of a Vancouver-based performance poet—took place at Kwantlen Polytechnic University on Sept. 27. The show, Mixolos Mitchtape Live, was a spoken word poetry reading that was hosted... Continue Reading

Remembering Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Two Indigenous KPU instructors and “Butterflies in Spirit” hosted an event to raise awareness on Sept. 26 In Canada, around 1,000 Indigenous women and girls have been reported by the RCMP as missing or murdered over the last four decades. Other statistics put that number as high as 4,000. KPU instructors Lisa Monchalin and Melinda... Continue Reading

Meet KPU’s Ladies Who Brew

The brewing industry lacks gender diversity, but these women hope to change that Beer is sometimes seen as the quintessential “man’s drink,” so perhaps it’s not surprising that the beer industry is a male-dominated one. But when KPU Brewing and Brewery Operations instructor Nancy More began her career in the industry over 38 years ago,... Continue Reading

Alycia Barker’s Story: From Cosplay to Classes

KPU student and designer hopes to break into the fashion industry at the Wilson School of Design In the world of fashion, finding a creative edge is not easy. While many designers can get lost in the latest trends, Alycia Barker—who is currently enrolled in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design—is more interested in... Continue Reading

DigitaLENS Partners With KDocs to Help High School Students “Take Back the Lens”

Participants will have the opportunity to screen their work at KDocs film festival The cameras are about to start rolling for the fourth installment of DigitaLENS, a KPU-hosted program designed to teach high school students visual media skills while empowering them to tell their own stories. DigitaLENS will run from Sept. 27 to Dec. 13,... Continue Reading