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

KPU Opens Fifth Campus in Surrey Centre

After years of planning, preparation, recruitment, and construction, Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new campus at 3 Civic Plaza is now officially open for business. The campus, which is situated above the building lobby, occupies the first five floors of the 52-storey building and contains classrooms, study spaces, and both assessment and testing services. It also offers... Continue Reading

Indigenous Voices at KPU Respond to Arrests Made in Wet’suwet’en Territory

The B.C. RCMP moved to dismantle a gated checkpoint maintained by the Wet’suwet’en First Nation on Jan. 7, arresting 14 people involved in supporting a barricade which was constructed to keep people off of their traditional land. The RCMP action was supported by a B.C. Supreme Court injunction ordering the dismantling of the blockade. The... Continue Reading

Staff Picks: The Best of 2018

Aly Laube, Editor in Chief Publication of the Year: The New York Times Despite spending much of the year under the scrutiny of the boy—or should I say, the president—who cried “fake news,” The New York Times has published some breathtaking works of journalism over the past 12 months, ranging from game-changing investigations to profound... Continue Reading

Secondary Consultations on Trans Mountain Expansion Project to Rely on Indigenous Perspectives

The people managing the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion project, which was bought by the federal government in May for around $4.5 billion, is holding a second round of consultations with First Nations across the country to discuss its construction. This development is a result of a ruling by the Federal Court of Appeals in August... Continue Reading

Indigenizing KPU Requires Collective Action

Canada’s history is one of colonization, meaning that our nation is built on the attempt to assimilate and disempower the Indigenous people who lived on this land long before confederation. That’s one of the main reasons why all non-Indigenous Canadians need to work together to create space for reconciliation with the First Nations community. And... Continue Reading

Continuous Intake Courses in Jeopardy as KPU Considers Dividing Faculty of ACA

UPDATE: At the meeting of the university senate on Nov. 26, KPU Provost Sal Ferreras stated that the proposed changes to the ACA faculty would follow section GV9 of the KPU Bylaws and Procedures. The section governs the discontinuance of faculties and departments. Ferreras also confirmed that the proposed changes were being pushed from January... Continue Reading

Dropping the Myth of Objectivity in Journalism

After decades of vehemently defending the objectivity of the news, journalists are starting to talk more openly about their own biases. Two writers from The Runner had a talk about why this is only starting to happen now, how journalistic biases can be claimed by ethical journalists, and what makes dropping the objectivity myth important.... Continue Reading

KPU’s Field Schools Could Take You as far as the Amazon

Field schools give students the opportunity to advance their education in beautiful, unfamiliar places, and next year Kwantlen Polytechnic University is offering four of them to choose from. If you’re interested in learning about holistic food systems, you can travel to Rome, the Eternal City, to meet with experts in food and agri-business design (of... Continue Reading