Canada’s First Generation of Truly Professional Soccer Players

Major League Soccer youth academies offer the resources needed to turn kids into tomorrow’s athletes   People tend to talk about Canada’s lack of success in the world of soccer as if it’s some big mystery. Hundreds of thousands of kids grow up playing the sport in Canada, so why can’t we field a decent... Continue Reading

The History of KPU

A timeline documenting the good, the bad, and the ugly It wasn’t long ago that Kwantlen Polytechnic University wasn’t a university at all. Our humble institution has come a long way since it cleaved itself from Douglas College in 1981, and since then the history of KPU has been somewhat of a mixed bag. Through... Continue Reading

Where Does Your Money Go?

Breaking down the various student fees you pay, and what they pay for Understanding how your student fees are spent is a great way to help get the most out of your education. According to the Kwantlen Student Association Vice President Finance and Operations Rawan Ramini, “It’s [the students’] right to know where their money... Continue Reading

Who’s Who at KPU

Get to know some of the university’s movers and shakers Some faces are easy to find on KPU campuses, from club members to councillors to presidents. As a new student, it can be tricky to know who to go to when you’re in a pickle, but the best person to talk to is usually less... Continue Reading

Around the World at KPU

From Chinese Acupuncture to Bhangra Dancing, KPU offers a wide variety of multicultural classes There’s a whole wide world outside of the Lower Mainland—a fact which can be easily forgotten by university students enrolled here full-time. Spending five days a week staring at white boards, computer screens, textbooks, and notepads could make anyone want to... Continue Reading

Investing in Earthships, The Houses Made of Trash

Passive solar housing option could keep homeowners debt and guilt-free under right conditions As Earth’s natural resources dwindle away, by-products of human society multiply. There’s more than 2.5 trillion pounds of garbage on this planet, but nothing helpful to do with it and nowhere for it to go. Regardless of how you slice it, that’s... Continue Reading

City of Surrey Hosts Women’s World Softball Championship

Some of the world’s top softball teams came to KPU’s backyard to play ball The only diamonds these women love are made of gravel and have three bases, a home plate, and a pitching rubber. From July 15 to 24, Surrey hosted the 2016 Women’s World Softball Championship at Softball City in White Rock. It... Continue Reading

Is KPU a Pit Stop School?

Why some students choose to leave, and others stick around When I first arrived at KPU, the prestigiousness of its reputation was not a priority. As an enthusiastic high school graduate, I was too excited to be moving onto my post-secondary career to consider that my school of choice may not be the most reputable... Continue Reading

The Long Shadow of the CFS

Why the Federation has been rubbing student associations the wrong way for years There’s some bad blood between the Canadian Federation of Students and several of their members, KPU included. The two organizations have been to court a couple of times before—once in 2009 and again in 2015—so it isn’t surprising that tensions remain high.... Continue Reading

The Shocking! The Strange! The Weirdest Courses at KPU

At least you can say we’re one-of-a-kind Kwantlen Polytechnic University is anything but an “ordinary university.” And we wouldn’t have it any other way. KPU is known for its industry-ready programs—particularly for those meeting the demands of “niche” industries—in which the same level of training a student receives here is not likely to be found... Continue Reading

Where in the World is Kwinten the Eagle?

The new roles of a varsity mascot “Show me,” I say placidly, cooly concluding the coercion of my informant from the athletics department. He rises from the chair in his small Cedar building office and unlocks the door to a back room, where on the second-bottom shelf of a steel, five-by-five garage organization unit sits... Continue Reading

A Stroll Down KPU’s Hall of Fame

Studying the habits of highly successful KPU graduates Last year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University produced 2,990 graduates. At the end of May yet another class of Kwantlen Polytechnic University graduates will leave their institution behind. Some will be entering the workforce for perhaps the first time, others will already be employed in their chosen fields. Many... Continue Reading

Ready for the Runway

Graduating KPU Fashion students show off their wares At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, it could be the fashion students who have the most extravagant graduation ceremony. Early last month, fourth-year students of the KPU Chip and Shannon Wilson design school showed off their final projects with a runway show at the Imperial Vancouver on Main St.... Continue Reading

Sparks Fly in the Electric Vehicles Market

EVs’ popularity rises as new models and incentives are made available One-sixth of every barrel of oil is used to fuel passenger vehicles, according to Peter Tertzakian, chief energy economist at ARC Financial. But even if one-million electric vehicles were sold within a year, it would only displace 50,000 barrels of oil a day. That... Continue Reading

Changing Chinatown

Like the Downtown Eastside adjacent to it, Chinatown is a community that finds itself in a strange situation. A neighbourhood known for low income levels and a specific cultural character is finding its own residents slowly being pushed out by economic forces. Seniors who have lived in the area their whole lives are finding their... Continue Reading