KSA Election 2018: Candidates for Faculty Representatives

Arts Representative Natasha Farris General Arts Major Why are you running for this position? I love being on the KSA. I love trying to create a community at KPU. I’m the chair of the Student Life Committee and I love trying to get people engaged and getting out there, talking to people, and getting them... Continue Reading

Federation Of Post Secondary Educators Campaigns For “Precarious Profs”

For thousands of college and university instructors across the province, job security is far from guaranteed. In B.C., around 30 per cent of post-secondary faculty and staff are employed on a part-time or temporary basis. According to the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of British Columbia, the working conditions for these educators are not equal to... Continue Reading

The Runner’s Staff Picks

Video Game of the Year: Zero Escape: The Nonary Games By Melanie Tan, Production Manager I’m sure you’re confused as to why my game of the year isn’t Super Mario: Odyssey or Nier: Automata. While games like The Breath of the Wild threw me on a hang glider and swept me off my feet (or... Continue Reading

Drug Checking Saves Lives at Music Festivals

After five different tests were done to detect dangerous substances in his sugar cube—supposed to contain LSD—Marc Andrews knew to take the experience seriously. This was the 30-year-old’s first time at Shambhala Music Festival and his first time trying LSD, so he decided to take advantage of the drug checking that was offered there. As... Continue Reading

MacMillan House Offers A Place for Recovery amid Vancouver’s Opioid and Housing Crises

Rick Vickers has been in and out of recovery for most of his life. He says that he can’t stay clean without a safe place to live, but believes that he has now found that safe place at Surrey’s MacMillan House. MacMillan House is run by the Lookout Society which operates shelters, psychiatric facilities, safe... Continue Reading

Fixing an Unaffordable City

Imagine paying $700 per month to sleep in the living room of someone else’s home. It sounds absurd, but it’s becoming an increasingly common practice in Vancouver, where the price of renting or owning a place to live has been on the rise over the past 12 years. According to the Real Estate Board of... Continue Reading

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