Zed Cred Program Continues to Cut Out Textbook Costs with New Diploma

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s trailblazing Zed Cred program is offering a new diploma for students who haven’t yet graduated from high school. The program is a collection of courses which come with zero associated textbook costs. The first half includes arts courses, which students can take to earn a one-year Certificate of Arts credential or any... Continue Reading

Surrey City Lab Connects Students with Civic Policymakers

Students interested in Surrey’s urban development will soon get the chance to work directly with city staff to create proposals for community-based projects. A new collaboration between KPU, SFU, and the City of Surrey called Surrey City Lab will offer a series of multidisciplinary, civic-related courses to students over the next three years. Students will... Continue Reading

One.KPU is the New Online Portal for Students and Faculty

This fall, KPU is launching a new online software tool that will give members of the university community an easier way to access applications, websites, and information relevant to them. One.KPU will help students organize and centralize online resources like their student email, library and course websites, campus maps, online self service, Moodle, WordPress, and... Continue Reading

Trinity Western University Revokes Mandatory Signing of Community Covenant for Students

Nearly three months after losing its legal battle in the Supreme Court of Canada, Trinity Western University is once again making headlines because of its community covenant. The Christian university, based in Langley, B.C., revoked its controversial community covenant on Aug. 14. According to the TWU website, the “Supreme Court of Canada decision was a... Continue Reading

KSA Planning By-Election, SGM for Fall Semester

As new and returning students descend on campus like gently falling leaves, the Kwantlen Student Association will be working on a number of initiatives to elect new members, bolster committee meeting attendance, and update the association’s bylaws before changes to the B.C. Societies Act comes into effect this November. The By-Election Nominations for the association’s... Continue Reading

Female Leaders in Academia to Meet for Unique Conference this Fall

Women in academic leadership roles from across North America will come together this fall to share personal stories, participate in workshops, and learn from mentors in the hopes of shattering the glass ceiling in the world of academia. The Women in Academic Leadership program will be held in Winnipeg over the course of four days... Continue Reading

KSA Hires Several New Staff Members for the Fall Semester

Over the summer, the Kwantlen Student Association has embarked on a mission to fill multiple vacancies on staff. The positions which have been filled are for the Policy and Political Affairs Coordinator and Clubs and Outreach Coordinator. The Sustainability Coordinator and MultiPass Program Coordinator positions are currently occupied but will be immediately filled by new... Continue Reading

KPU Plows Ahead with Research Farm Lab Project

The Garden City Lands in Richmond will now be home to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new teaching and research farm and seed lab. The project has received a total of $1.68 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments, as well as organic seed industry partners and fundraisers. The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund and the... Continue Reading

KPU Surrey’s Spruce Building Will Be Ready for Students this Fall

After much anticipation, renovations to the Surrey campus’s Spruce building will be complete in time for classes to be held there this fall. Spruce is a 27-year-old building behind Fir that has long been home to arts and science courses in Surrey. Early last year, the Government of Canada contributed $7.3 million to the renovations... Continue Reading
Wayne Davis, former 17 year veteran of the RCMP who was affected by the LGBTQ Purge says the federal government's formal apology and recent settlement has helped bring closure to those affected, himself included (submitted).

Victims of “LGBT Purge” Receive Justice and Closure Decades Later

In the spring of 1986, a 17-year veteran of the RCMP named Wayne Davis was called into his superior’s office and asked point blank why he was recently seen in a gay bar. Despite the RCMP’s zero-tolerance policy against homosexuality, Davis responded that he was there because he is a gay man. Afterwards, when he... Continue Reading
KPIRG Director Simon Massey takes the mic to adjourn the special general meeting. (Alyssa Laube)
KPIRG Director Simon Massey takes the mic to adjourn the special general meeting. (Alyssa Laube)

KPIRG Unable to Update Bylaws at SGM on July 24

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group was unable to meet the 50-member quorum needed to proceed with its special general meeting on July 24. As a result, KPIRG could not adopt proposed changes to its bylaws that would allow the group to function more efficiently following the Kwantlen Student Association’s decision to withhold its funding.... Continue Reading
Newly elected ABCS members Joseph Thorpe, Director of Finance and Operations, Noah Berson, Chairperson, and Caitlin McCutchen, Director of Research and Campaigns. (ABCS)
Newly elected ABCS members Joseph Thorpe, Director of Finance and Operations, Noah Berson, Chairperson, and Caitlin McCutchen, Director of Research and Campaigns. (ABCS)

KSA Executives Elected to Positions in the Alliance of BC Students

Kwantlen Student Association President and VP External Caitlin McCutchen and VP Finance & Operations Joseph Thorpe have been elected into two positions in the Alliance of BC Students. McCutchen will be serving as the Alliance’s director of campaigns, taking over from Graduate Society of UBC member Hanna Murray. Thorpe will be filling the position of... Continue Reading
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Provincial Government Allocates Additional Funding for Students with Disabilities

Provincial Government Allocates Additional Funding for Students with Disabilities KPU will receive $75,000 for the creation and improvement of relevant programs Marcus Barichello, Contributor The B.C. government recently announced an additional $1.5 million in funding for assisting students with cognitive, mental, or physical disabilities. The money will be split among 20 post-secondary institutions, each receiving... Continue Reading
Three modular housing sites have been opened for previously homeless residents from the Surrey Strip. (Ashley Hyshka).
Three modular housing sites have been opened for previously homeless residents from the Surrey Strip. (Ashley Hyshka).

New Modular Housing Project Offers Shelter to Surrey’s Homeless

A joint effort by the City of Surrey, BC Housing, Fraser Health, and various non-profits has ensured that members of the homeless population living along Surrey’s 135a Street will now have a warm place to call home. Between June 18 and 21, residents from the tent city along 135a Street and neighbouring shelters were moved... Continue Reading
Former KSA General Manager Jeremy McElroy delivers an opening address at the KSA's 2018 Annual General Meeting. (Joseph Keller)
Former KSA General Manager Jeremy McElroy delivers an opening address at the KSA's 2018 Annual General Meeting. (Joseph Keller)

KSA Bids Farewell to Executive Director

After six years of serving KPU students as the general manager and executive director of the Kwantlen Student Association, Jeremy McElroy has transitioned out of the society. McElroy got involved with the KSA in 2012 and has worked with seven different executive committees since then. He was previously instrumental in implementing the KPU Multipass Program... Continue Reading