KPU President Evaluates Vision 2018

In 2013, the Kwantlen Polytechnic University administration formed a committee to plan the goals they wanted the institution to achieve in the near future. Over the next nine months, the university devised and implemented a strategic plan they called Vision 2018. The plan primarily focuses on three themes for KPU to exemplify in the achievement... Continue Reading

Beyond Crime and Punishment: Alana Abramson’s Restorative Justice Story

The KPU professor who spent her adolescence on the streets was recently awarded for her work in the community At the age of 14, Kwantlen Polytechnic University criminology professor Alana Abramson began sleeping on the streets of Vancouver. She spent the year leading up to her 15th birthday using and selling drugs under the influence... Continue Reading

The Controversial Legacy of Che Guevara Lives on in Vancouver

Revolutionary thinkers gathered in East Van to observe the 50th anniversary of the death of the famous Marxist figure The radical leanings of Communism seem like an oddity in the sphere of contemporary Canadian politics. Ideals of revolution and extreme socialism sound anachronistic, but they have not disappeared entirely from modern discourse. The seventh annual... Continue Reading

Five Reasons to Be Proud (and Ashamed) of KPU

Imagine a classroom filled with students from each of British Columbia’s post-secondary institutions. The UBC student would probably represent the “top of the class,” with SFU and UVic trailing close behind. These would be the “A+” students—the ones who speak up in class, get their work in on time or early, and complete any and... Continue Reading

KPU Sports and Rec, the Peer Support Program, and the KSA Teach Students How to Thrive

October was Mental Health Awareness Month, so the KPU community came together in a series of events to let students know that support systems are out there College and university students who battle mental illnesses often feel like they’re alone in their fight. The organizers of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Thrive Week sought to let those... Continue Reading

Summoning the Spirits of New Westminster

Peer into six of the most haunted places in the city As one of the oldest cities in Western Canada, it’s no surprise that New Westminster is home to a slew of ghost stories. The Great Fire, a blaze that nearly levelled the area in 1898, helped stoke the rumors that something lurks in the... Continue Reading

Facing Prejudice on the Public Stage

Sikh politicians locally and across Canada continue to fight racism with optimism Joseph Keller, Staff Writer & Braden Klassen, Photo Editor Jagmeet Singh was already the first turban-wearing Sikh in Ontario to sit as a provincial legislature when the New Democratic Party elected him as their next leader on Oct. 1. Now he has become... Continue Reading

Reconciliation Through an Academic Lens

The Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society begins its first semester of Reconciliation Studies this fall As the nation continues to pursue reconciliation between Indigenous people and Canadians, post-secondary institutions seek to add to the conversation by discussing and re-examining Canadian history. “There’s a number of things and different angles you could use to approach reconciliation... Continue Reading

The Weirdest Courses at KPU: Fall 2017

Three of the university’s Anthropology courses are offering an out-of-this-world approach to education this semester Anthropology and archeology are both studies of humanity, and since time immemorial one thing has always been true about humans: we are weird. It’s not surprising, then, that some of the strangest courses being offered at KPU this semester come... Continue Reading

“Embers and Ashes” Smolder at Vancouver Fashion Week

KPU alumni Sam Stringer unveiled her new collection at the prestigious event Backstage at Vancouver Fashion Week, a soft violet glow envelops the models as they prepare to walk the runway. Sam Stringer, graduate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fashion design program, has been waiting for this night for a long time. Stringer unveiled her 2018... Continue Reading

Cutting the Red Tape on Student Housing

ABCS, KPU, and the KSA are fighting for a future with on-campus accommodations Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter The Lower Mainland’s housing crisis is perhaps the most prevalent issue facing the region, yet one demographic that’s greatly affected by it is too often being left out of the conversation. Post-secondary students are finding it harder than... Continue Reading

Debating the Impact of B.C.’s Foreign Investors

Experts argue whether banning foreign ownership will improve the provincial market Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Whether the subject is British Columbia’s overpriced housing market or its agricultural industry, foreign investors are often blamed for unsustainable property ownership in the province. As few British Columbians have the money or opportunity to store millions of dollars in... Continue Reading

Eating Under Sodexo’s Shadow

KPU’s “Hangry Students” speak out about food availability on-campus Alyssa Laube, Coordinating Editor Sodexo, the corporate giant that holds ownership over the cafeteria and the Tim Hortons on KPU’s Surrey campus, has again fallen under fire for failing to satisfy some of the university’s students and faculty. An advocacy group founded by five youths in... Continue Reading

Introducing KPU’s Student Institutions

Your guide to the big three student-run organizations on campus Joseph Keller, Staff Writer and Ashley Hyshka, Community Reporter University life is about far more than just attending class—it’s also about being part of a community of students, staff, and faculty. Whether you’re just coming to KPU from high school or returning for your final... Continue Reading

The Hard Times of Surrey’s Homeless

The City is doing “as much as possible,” but is it enough? Joseph Keller, Staff Writer There’s no good time of year to be homeless, in Whalley or anywhere else. Activists who work with the homeless say that there isn’t enough being done to bring these people out of the cycle that keeps them on... Continue Reading