Essay Writing Services Don’t Make the Grade

Every student has been there. It’s the night before a big essay is due and the stress is slowly taking over. Sweat pours from your brow as you stare at a blank Word document and slowly press “next episode” on Netflix.  There are, however, certain services that claim to offer a way out for students... Continue Reading

Rolling with the Punches

I didn’t want to be her from the movie Juno, and certainly not her from Hard Candy. No, what I’ve longed for is the will to warrant the kind of badass montage her character gets in the movie Whip It. While the film may not be a 100 per cent accurate depiction of roller derby,... Continue Reading

Beyond the Burger

As the western world’s interest in ethical consumerism has grown, so has the popularity of plant-based proteins. A 2017 article published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services found that shoppers have been increasingly factoring ethical concerns into their food purchases, and are becoming more likely to buy organic or locally sourced foods. One... Continue Reading

Beyond Land Acknowledgements

Our campuses reside on unceded land belonging to the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt, and Kwikwetlem peoples. If you’ve heard these or similar words spoken aloud on campus, you have already heard a land acknowledgement made at KPU. Across Turtle Island, particularly in environments like post-secondary campuses, making territorial land acknowledgements has become increasingly... Continue Reading

More Trees in Surrey Campus Forest at Risk of Getting the Axe

Despite the fact that nearly 70 trees in KPU’s Surrey campus forest were taken down last year, Director of Facilities Service Andrew Chisholm says that permits for more tree removals will likely need to be obtained. For every tree removed on KPU property, a risk assessment report needs to be completed. This document details each... Continue Reading

Time is Running Out to Address Canada’s Changing Climate

A report titled Canada’s Changing Climate Report released by Environment and Climate Change Canada has found that the climate in Canada is warming twice as fast as the global average. In addition, temperature increases are occurring even faster in areas of Northern B.C., the Prairies, and the Territories, and these changes are already beginning to... Continue Reading

Student-Designers from KPU Address Fashion Pet Peeves with their Pre-Grad Collections

With files from Tristan Johnston, Contributor Nervous excitement filled the air on April 18 as professionals and soon-to-be professionals in the fashion industry took their seats along the catwalk. The Fashion Design and Technology program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Wilson School of Design is renowned for its intensity, but at the cohort’s annual fashion show... Continue Reading

Vancouver is Quickly Losing its Music Spaces

The rapidly increasing cost of real estate in Vancouver has caused an unusually high number of music spaces to either downsize or shut their doors. Whether it’s live music venues being forced to close, instructors scrambling to find steady work, or student musicians being shuffled around to different schools, exorbitant rent costs affect Vancouver’s music... Continue Reading

Program Intakes at KPU Cancelled Due to Financial Stress

A draft of the operating budget for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s upcoming fiscal year proposes a 2.2 per cent reduction in the overall number of class sections offered by the university. As a result, programs from seven separate faculties will have their course intakes suspended or cancelled altogether. While this would deny many applicants hoping to... Continue Reading

The Forest on KPU’s Surrey Campus is Dying

The remaining cedar trees that dot the Surrey campus between the Fir and Main buildings are hardly recognizable for the lush yet inviting forest they once were. Recent work has left heaps of lumber, as well as branches, brambles, and sawdust, strewn about the forest grounds where dense foliage was just under a year ago.... Continue Reading

KPU Announces Plans to Reduce Course Offerings, Increase Class Sizes

In a message sent to Kwantlen Polytechnic University faculty members on Feb. 15, KPU President Alan Davis announced that the university had reached “financial capacity” and must take action to avoid a deficit. As a result, KPU plans on increasing its average class size over the next five years from 22 to 24 students. In... Continue Reading

Looking Back on 10 Years of The Runner

Although brief, the history of this newspaper is studded with scandal, experimentation, and change. The Runner has been reinventing itself since it published its first issue in 2009 and continues to achieve its goal of reporting, without fear or favour, on the issues relevant to students at KPU. Our first decade has been turbulent at... Continue Reading

Community Support Offers Hope for Students Living with Eating Disorders

There are a few clinically-recognized types of eating disorders in the American Psychology Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, known commonly as the DSM V. Anorexia nervosa manifests in behaviour which prevents maintenance of a healthy weight, including restricting calorie intake due to a fear of weight gain and distorted self-perception. Binge-eating disorder... Continue Reading

Meet the Candidates in the Upcoming KSA Election

It’s February, which means that KPU students are putting their names forward to run in the Kwantlen Student Association’s upcoming by-election. Right now there are 35 names on the list of potential future politicians hoping to win their say in KPU’s student-funded, student-driven governmental body. You, as paying members of the KSA (check your tuition... Continue Reading

Through Times of Loss, Escapism Can Both Help and Hinder

One foggy Saturday morning in October 2015, distant sirens pulled me from sleep. My phone was still in my hand, where it stayed throughout the night. For reasons unclear at the time, I had developed an obsession with a subreddit called r/Drugs. There, I would voraciously read anonymous stories about hardcore drug addiction, substance abuse,... Continue Reading