KDocs student organizers introduce themselves at the How We Got Gay and Transforming Gender film screenings at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus Fir building on July 29, 2016. The films are documentaries on LGBTQ+ communities and history. (Alyssa Laube)
KDocs student organizers introduce themselves at the How We Got Gay and Transforming Gender film screenings at Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey Campus Fir building on July 29, 2016. The films are documentaries on LGBTQ+ communities and history. (Alyssa Laube)

KDocs Challenges Heteronormativity Through Film and Discussion

Two documentaries about the LGBTQ+ community screened on July 28 Room Fir 128 on the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey campus was crowded on July 28, the evening of a KDocs film screening and panel discussion on documentaries How We Got Gay and Transforming Gender. Around thirty people gathered in the space to enjoy conversation, entertainment,... Continue Reading
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Music Student Wins First Prize in Provincial Competition

Louise Cazander heads to National Competition for original composition Louise Cazander, music student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, was born into a family of creatives. She shared a passion for piano with all of her siblings while growing up, but it wasn’t until later in her life that she began to take playing seriously. “I’ve been... Continue Reading

What it Means to be Fragrance-Free

The little-known sensitivity that KPU is acknowledging In most situations, wearing scented products is considered common courtesy. Many assume that putting on sweet-smelling deodorant, shampoos or perfume will be appreciated by those around them, but the rising popularity of “fragrance-free” events and goods is beginning to dispel that myth. Technically, there is no unanimous definition... Continue Reading

Life in KPIRGatory

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group searching for a permanent home After three years of sharing a space with the Kwantlen Pride Collective, KPIRG has become officially homeless. The group’s exodus began in early July, when Kwantlen Polytechnic University started renovating the Birch building on the Surrey campus. However, unlike their roommates at Pride, KPIRG... Continue Reading

Meet some of the vendors behind the Kwantlen Street Farmers Market

Where chic meets the street In the shadows of humming food-truck fryers, a cast of vendors offer you all things artisanal and green. This is the Kwantlen Street Market, a community and student-led initiative showcasing a grand selection of local products—including Okanagan cherries, kohlrabi, and lemon-aide—from all corners of the Lower Mainland. Beyond temporary henna... Continue Reading

Creative Writing Guild finds new ways to tell stories

Guild’s podcast series offers platform for student writers In August of last year, the Kwantlen Creative Writing Guild released the first episode of a new podcast/YouTube series called Comma Splice. The series is made up of short plays, prose pieces, and poetry from Kwantlen Polytechnic University writing students. Each episode revolves around a single concept... Continue Reading

New KPU film-studies journal challenges perceptions of field

Accessibility and mentorship help Mise-en-scène reinvigorate cinema discourse Though high-level scholarship is traditionally thought to be a solitary affair, Kwantlen Polytechnic University english instructor Greg Chan is breaking the mold with a new film-studies journal that promotes the study of film as a collegial, interdisciplinary art form “grounded in the visual narrative.” Operating out of... Continue Reading

KPU Slam Poetry Team… Assemble!

Slamapalooza’s new team discuss the poems that got them where they are Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s monthly slam poetry event—Slamapalooza—has produced a new team that will compete this October at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Winnipeg. “We start counting points in September, that’s when our season begins,” explains Simon Massey, host of Slamapalooza and... Continue Reading

Seventeenth Surrey Pride Unites Queer Community

Meeting in Holland Park a sign of solidarity after Orlando shooting The Orlando shooting at Pulse Nightclub has left queer communities around the world shaken but still strong. During this time of adversity, Pride events have brought the community together to heal, advocate, and celebrate their identities in safe spaces. Right here in the Fraser... Continue Reading

KPU celebrates National Aboriginal Day

Event aims to bring awareness to Aboriginal issues The courtyard at Surrey campus was crowded for much of Tuesday afternoon for the second-annual Kwantlen Polytechnic University celebration of National Aboriginal Day. The June 21 event saw presentations by Lekeyten, KPU’s Elder in Residence, basket weaving by Patricia Stewart, hoop dancing by Petie Chalifoux and a... Continue Reading

Welcome to Surrey Approved for Pilot Funding

Web series based on life in Surrey in contention for one season’s worth of funding When Kashif Pasta and Shyam Valera first launched their Surrey-based web series Buddy Guys in 2011, a positive response from the community fast-tracked them towards the production of a “more grounded” series. This August, the duo will be releasing the... Continue Reading

Original Artwork Promoted at Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

Free-admission event brings smiles to attendees and exhibitors alike After attending low-energy art conventions, Vancouver Comic Arts Association event coordinator Shannon Campbell felt inspired to create a festival “where, first and foremost, everyone was just pleased to be there—attendees and exhibitors alike.” Campbell admired the atmosphere at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and decided to... Continue Reading

KPU student to act and sing in the “Talent Olympics”

Argel Monte de Ramos will represent his country this July Kyle Prince and Monica Mah, contributors This year, at the 20th annual World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach California, Canada will be represented by Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s own Argel Monte De Ramos. The multi-talented business student will compete in six singing competitions and... Continue Reading

Vancouver Retro Gaming Expo delivers childhood nostalgia

Event held at the Anvil Centre sells retro games and art to fans 2016 marked “the year that [the Retro Gaming Expo] levelled up,” says event founder and organizer Brian Hughes. For the first time since the Expo began five years ago, it moved to a much larger venue in New Westminster, the Anvil Centre,... Continue Reading
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Skydance Media Comes to Surrey

Company arrives from Hollywood to film a Netflix series The ex-printing press building for the Pacific Newspaper Group will soon become home to Skydance Media, a well-known production company from Hollywood. Skydance has produced blockbuster hits from franchises like Terminator, Mission Impossible, and Star Trek, and in an unexpected turn of events, they are opening... Continue Reading