Slamapalooza Places 13th at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word

Student and poet Justin Bige says it was “life changing” to see poets in final rounds The Kwantlen Polytechnic University Slam Poetry Team, known as Slamapalooza, placed 13th out of 22 teams from around the country at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In a poetry slam, writers fuse poetry with performance and compete for... Continue Reading

Surrey Filmmakers Receive $10,000 Grant for Web Series

The money will fund the Lux-Me pilot, which will air on the Storyhive website in February A team of Surrey filmmakers were granted $10,000 last month to create a sci-fi romantic comedy web series that follows two South Asian youths in Vancouver. The grant comes from the Storyhive contest which funds community-based film projects in... Continue Reading

Sustainability Week Encourages KPU to go Green

By Lincoln Saugstad The final week of October marked KPU’s annual Sustainability Week, intended to raise awareness of sustainability-related issues on and off campus. The four-day series saw a number of events featuring demonstrations from KPU students in science and horticulture, psychology, policy studies, and product design courses, amongst other on-campus organizations. Let’s Be Compassionate,... Continue Reading

Literature Comes to Life in KPU Prof.’s Chinatown Walking Tour

Students of ENGL 1202 see history, fiction, and biography come together Though Greg Chan’s 1202 class teaches English, the students who joined him on a walking tour of Chinatown on Oct. 13 might have felt that they were learning equal parts history and anthropology. In Chan’s class, students are reading The Jade Peony by Wayson... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor Publishes Study Analyzing False-Belief Reasoning Across Lifespans

Daniel Bernstein and researchers discovered toddlers and adults’ abilities are roughly equal In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, protagonist Atticus Finch tells his young daughter Scout that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … Until you climb into his skin and walk around in... Continue Reading

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