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

Coming Out of the Broom Closet

A book by Scott Cunningham entitled Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner, states that “there is not, and can never be, one ‘pure’ or ‘true’ or ‘genuine’ form of Wicca.” “There are no central governing agencies, no physical leaders, no universally recognized prophets or messengers. Although specific, structured forms of Wicca certainly exist, they... Continue Reading

B.C.’s Referendum on Electoral Reform Is Underway

B.C. residents of legal voting age will be able to participate in a referendum to decide whether the province should keep its current electoral system or adopt a new one from Oct. 22 to Nov. 30. The referendum will be decided via mail-in ballots, which Elections BC is distributing to registered voters until Nov. 2.... Continue Reading

Crossing Canada as an Amateur Cyclist

As the second largest country in the world, the challenge of riding across Canada has beckoned cyclists from far and wide. Some see it as a challenge; they want to prove to themselves that they have what it takes to make it all the way across. Some make the voyage to fundraise for charities, while... Continue Reading
Protester hold a sign during Occupy Vancouver Day 2.

Canada’s Contract University Faculty Struggle to Make Ends Meet

While many university students scrimp and save to get through school, they tend to think of their instructors as relatively well-off. Unfortunately, gainfully employed academics enjoying five or six-figure salaries are rarely seen in reality. A recent survey by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) of over 2,600 contract university faculty members reveals that... Continue Reading

Local Talent Hits the Runway at Vancouver Fashion Week

Twice per year, emerging and established designers from across Canada come together to present their best work at Vancouver Fashion Week. The seven-day event has welcomed talent from home and abroad since it was conceived in 2001, and has historically seen collections from Kwantlen Polytechnic University students and alumni. Last year, KPU’s own Sam Stringer... Continue Reading

Challenging Canada’s Colonial History

On July 1, 1867, the British Colonies of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Canada were united, setting the foundation for the country as we know it today. This union of the colonies was orchestrated by the 36 “Fathers of Confederation,” including Canada’s first prime minister, John A. Macdonald, and Quebec MP Hector Louis Langevin. Macdonald’s... Continue Reading

Journalism Isn’t Dead; It’s Changing

The life of a journalist is a demanding one. In addition to dealing with long hours and waning pay grade, students in university journalism programs are told repeatedly that the industry’s glory days are over. Despite the challenges, newsrooms are still evolving with the times, helping to shape—as well as being shaped by—a modern public.... Continue Reading

Where KPU Succeeds and Fails at Student Representation

Kwantlen Polytechnic University boasts a diverse student body. It welcomes folks of various nationalities, ethnicities, genders, ideologies, and sexual identities. Representing these groups, however, has always been a challenge for members of the Kwantlen Student Association, which balances the day-to-day duties of student governance with advocating for a sizeable and widely-dispersed student populace. In many... Continue Reading

Advocates at KPU Help Reduce Surrey Gang Violence

For years, Surrey has had a uniquely problematic history with gang-related violence flaring up in the streets, shattering lives and leaving communities torn. Residents have been calling on City Council to take action that results in a meaningful reduction in organized crime, which is why Mayor Linda Hepner formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang... Continue Reading

The Art of Loving Offers Sex Smarts to Vancouver

Sex positivity, the socio-philosophical movement towards accepting safe and consensual sexual expression, has waxed and waned in popularity throughout history. In the 1920s, Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich called it sexual liberation. In the 1960s, it reappeared as free and open love. Now, in the 21st century, sex positivity is a regular part of Western... Continue Reading

Collective Action Can Make Vancouver’s Music Scene More Safe

Harassment is an unfortunate and far-too-common reality of nightlife in Vancouver. Despite measures taken in efforts to prevent it—such as the creation of the Good Night Out Campaign, which aims to “end harassment in venues, pubs, bars and clubs across the world”—it continues to occur in the local music scene.  Showrunners, venue staff, performers, and... Continue Reading

Kitchen Culture Serves up Toxicity for Employees

After the tragic passing of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, many people took another look at some of the topics he raised in his book Kitchen Confidential. Just last year, Bourdain expressed regret for his own complacency in—and even glorification of—toxic elements of kitchen culture, namely the unchecked sexism of the back of house. Having spent... Continue Reading