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Stepping up International Student Orientation

KSA International Students Rep. talks about what KPU could be doing better Going to school in another country is an experience many students look forward to their entire lives, but the culture shock can be damaging in the wrong environment. In order for someone from another part of the world to feel happy and comfortable... Continue Reading
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KPU Students Ask, “Does the Bible Make Sense?”

Weekly group discussion hosted by Kwantlen Christian Fellowship and Multi-Faith Center The mostly empty halls of Kwantlen Polytechnic University on a Saturday afternoon in summer are good place to ask some of the big questions. This is precisely what a group of spiritually-minded students have been doing throughout the summer as they gathered in the... Continue Reading
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Lack of Visible Support for LGBTQ+ Community a Problem for Queer Students at KPU

Some students still do not feel comfortable being out on campus Eric Berg Kwantlen Polytechnic University “isn’t necessarily the safe space that people might think it is,” says Kari Michaels, a positive space campaign facilitator and volunteer for KPU Pride. In her time in these roles, she’s heard first hand accounts from KPU students of... Continue Reading
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KPU Students, Faculty, Come Together to Present Jag and the American

Plastic Theater Company’s debut performance brings together Hemingway classics   A year of hard work came to fruition this month for Plastic Theater Company as the brand new theater troupe, formed by KPU students and english department faculty, gave their debut performance at the Cultch on August 5 and 6. Their play, Jag and the... Continue Reading
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The Future of Virtual Reality

Vancouver is a leader in exploring new VR technology, and applying it to the world around us “People talk a lot, when new technology comes out, that the two industries that drive innovation are gaming and pornography,” says Wren Handman of Hammer and Tusk, a product studio and virtual reality community located in downtown Vancouver.... Continue Reading
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Artist Spotlight: The History of Gunpowder

Writing in India, Hating Ostriches “It’s kind of like Tom Waits married Taylor J. Hawkins and somehow conceived a child that really liked punk music—and then he started playing with a lot of horns and strings,” says Alex James Morison, about The History of Gunpowder. Morison sings and plays guitar in the band, on top... Continue Reading
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KSA announces improvements to campus shuttle, Grassroots Cafe

Free WiFi and purchasable craft beer for all The Kwantlen Student Association recently announced two new quality of (student) life enhancements for the upcoming semester. Come September, intercampus shuttles will feature free on-board WiFi, and patrons of the Grassroots cafe will be treated to craft beer on tap, possibly brewed right here at KPU. Though... Continue Reading
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PREVIEW: Jag and the American premieres this weekend at the Cultch

Plastic Theater Company’s debut performance brings together two Hemingway classics Two Hemingway classics will be reimagined with a South Asian flare this weekend on August 5 and 6 at the Cultch in East Van when a new theater company put together by KPU students and faculty takes the stage. The play was directed by KPU professors... Continue Reading
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
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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