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

Muslim Student Association Promotes Inclusivity at KPU

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) not only provides representation for KPU’s students of Muslim faith, it’s also a great opportunity to engage in meaningful student interaction. KPU students can earn volunteer hours through event planning and participation, as well as contribute to their community through MSA-hosted outreach programs. “The MSA serves as a way for... Continue Reading

New Belly Dancing Class Helps Students De-Stress Through Fall Semester

Victoria Kalitowski, a full-time science student and a science and horticulture representative for the Kwantlen Student Association, has brought one of her passions to KPU in the form of a new belly dancing class being held on the Surrey campus. The class, which takes place on Thursdays in Birch 250, offers a “free and relaxed”... Continue Reading

KSA Indigenous Reps Hope to “Revive Your Spirit” in Late November

A lot of post-secondary students feel overworked. This can seriously affect their overall academic performance and, more importantly, their mind and body. To address this, the Kwantlen Student Association’s Indigenous Students Representative, Sarah Strachan, along with former Indigenous Rep. Samantha Davis, are hosting a series of events from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23 entitled “Revive... Continue Reading

KPU International Hosts its Second Annual Diwali Fest in Surrey

In celebration of Diwali, the festival of lights important to several religions including Hinduism, Jainism, and Sikhism, KPU International hosted their second annual Diwali Fest on Nov. 10. The event sold out, accommodating 200 people—including staff and volunteers—who packed into the Surrey campus gymnasium from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Many attendees were dressed in... Continue Reading

International Students Discuss Success, Challenges at Spotlight Seminar Panel

Five of KPU’s international students spoke as part of a panel discussion at the Surrey campus on Oct. 31. The discussion centered on each student’s unique experience coming to Canada to study. One key takeaway from the event was that the panelists—each from a different country—were drawn to Canada because of its diversity. Most of... Continue Reading

KPU Brewing Takes Home Silver Medal from the B.C. Beer Awards

KPU’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program has recently been recognized by the BC Beer Awards for their entry in the German wheat beer category. Brewed by lab instructors and program graduates Derek Kindret and Jon Howe during the summer months, the “50/50 Hefe” was awarded second place out of several entries in the popular category.... Continue Reading

KPU Slam Poetry Team Competes in Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Attending the Canadian Festival Of Spoken Word (CFSW) is a longstanding tradition among Canadian slam poets. The annual festival is held in a different city each year, and for 2018, poets from all over the country gathered in Guelph to compete against one another. They also attended workshops, panels, and showcases designed to help them... Continue Reading

Peer Support Team Hosts Pieces of Mind Conference

While many factors that influence mental health—such as physical health, social life, spirituality, and work-life balance—are commonly acknowledged, rarely do we consider how our mental well-being is impacted by the ideas and values we are exposed to everyday. This year’s Pieces of Mind mental health conference, organized by the Peer Support team and held on... Continue Reading

Art With Impact Screens Movies for Mental Health at KPU

As part of its ongoing outreach efforts, the KPU Peer Support counselling and mental health program partnered with Art With Impact to host a movie night and group discussion at KPU. The event took place in the Surrey campus’ Birch building on Oct. 16 and consisted of three short film screenings followed by a discussion... Continue Reading

Kissing Taboo Goodbye with Sylvia Grace Borda

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s inaugural artist in residence, Sylvia Grace Borda, spoke on Oct. 24 about an exhibition of hers entitled The Kissing Project. During the first half of the event, she provided context for attendees about how kissing appears in art. Kissing first emerges in historical depictions as familial and non-romantic in Madonna and Child,... Continue Reading

Radio Noir Just Got a Whole Lot Funnier

In case you haven’t heard of it, Phantom Signal is an anthology series based on radio noir, presented as if it is going live to air. Despite its roots in radio, it is performed on stage in front of a live audience after only a couple of rehearsals, which the cast believes gives the show... Continue Reading

Multi-Faith Centre Hosts Discussion Series on Religion and Violence

Do strongly held religious views increase the chance that someone will resort to violence? That’s the question William T. Cavanaugh tackles in his book The Myth of Religious Violence. The book has in turn inspired a series of bi-weekly discussions being facilitated by the KPU Multi-Faith Centre. On the surface, it’s a confusing question. Most... Continue Reading

Festive Things to do this Halloween Season

There is so much to do this month. Between midterms, work, and day-to-day stress, who has time for Halloween? You do. No excuses, kids. There is something for everyone in October, even the faint-of-heart. To start with the least spooky (or the spookiest depending on your personality), Ellen DeGeneres is coming to town. You can... Continue Reading

Remembering January Marie Lapuz Through Film

January Marie Lapuz, a 26-year-old transgender woman, was found in her New Westminster apartment in September 2012 with multiple stab wounds. She later died in the hospital. My Name Was January is a documentary film that explores Lapuz’s life. It was created by Elina Gress and Lenee Son, graduates of KPU’s journalism program. Gress explains... Continue Reading