GradsLikeMe seeks to aid Canadian youth employment

Provides tools to increase access to potential jobs Finding employment after graduation is a significant issue for university students. Classes within specialized programs teach them the skills they’ll need to work in their respective fields, yet most post-secondary programs lack practical employment skill training. Ashton Louie is the creative marketing director for a new Vancouver-based... Continue Reading

KSA representatives meet with Conservative MP Watts

Discuss funding, transit, and a potential youth council The Kwantlen Student Association’s latest lobbying efforts included meeting with Conservative MP for South Surrey-White Rock, Dianne Watts. At the meeting, they discussed education funding, transit priorities, a youth council, and a number of other issues pertaining to students. Alex McGowan, the KSA’s vice-president external, represented the... Continue Reading

Liberal MPs hold budget consultation at KPU

Members were able to reach out to about 12 Canadians Though the event was sparsely attended, a few local MPs visited Kwantlen Polytechnic University Surrey campus to hold consultations with Canadians on the 2016 federal budget. Only a few people were in attendance, leaving most seats in the Fir 124 auditorium empty. With the exception... Continue Reading

KPU launches Snapchat account

Tremendous potential for new social media platform at Kwantlen Kwantlen Polytechnic University has added another social media platform to their vast array of accounts—Snapchat. On Feb. 23, KPU announced via Instagram that they had launched their Snapchat account. As of publishing time, Kwantlen had posted one snap to their story, which features a photo of... Continue Reading

Vancouver Aquarium Sues Documentarian

The lawsuit is over copyright infringement in aquarium-critical documentary Less than three months after filmmaker Gary Charbonneau released Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, the aquarium has filed suit against him for copyright infringement. Charbonneau’s film criticizes the facility for keeping whales and dolphins in captivity, emphasizing the high death rate of captive cetaceans. According to a notice... Continue Reading

Official 2016 KSA general election results

Only two returning councillors re-elected The official results and vote-counts from the 2016 Kwantlen Student Association general election have been released. Kwantlen’s Chief Returning Officer Corey Van’t Haaff conducted a regulated recount for the students with disabilities representative position, and those results show that Landon Charney defeated incumbent Kim McMartin with 101 votes to 92,... Continue Reading

KSA office and space renovations cost about $800,000 so far

Student association lounges were overdue for upgrades The Kwantlen Student Association has spent approximately an accumulated $800,000 across all four campuses on student association office and space renovations, according to Dec. 2015 budget actuals. These costs are part of several ongoing renovations on KSA spaces across all KPU campuses, renovation costs incurred since at least... Continue Reading

Documentary on Vancouver Aquarium Incites Controversy

The Aquarium rebuts, “It’s not grounded in truth.” The Vancouver Aquarium refers to itself as a “conservation organization that Canadians look to for science and facts on important issues,” but according to a recent documentary by Gary Charbonneau, they’re failing to live up to that title. The film, Vancouver Aquarium Uncovered, attacks the aquarium for... Continue Reading

KSA releases $4,000 for upcoming KPU golf tournament

They sponsored the lunch The Kwantlen Student Association has sponsored the sixth annual Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation golf tournament, one of the university’s largest annual fundraisers for student bursaries. The student association released $4,000 from the “other awards” budget line item in their earmarked bursary funds to sponsor the lunch portion of the event. But... Continue Reading

KPIRG to seek new directors at AGM

Nomination period announced The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group, the umbrella social justice organization at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, is seeking new directors for its 2016/17 year. They’ve now put out the notice of the nomination period, according to Richard Hosein, the Administrative and Resource Coordinator for KPIRG. There will be nomination packages available for pick... Continue Reading

KPU upgrades Richmond campus crosswalk in response to safety concerns

Richmond campus students can walk a little easier now that the southwest crosswalk at Landsdowne and Kwantlen street includes a pedestrian-controlled light. The upgrade is a response to the safety concerns posed by the crosswalk, which Kwantlen Polytechnic University identified a few years ago. For example, a student was previously injured at the crosswalk according... Continue Reading

KSA Hopefuls Debate Major Issues in Anticipation of Election

Candidates argued over space and student engagement, hoping to win over voters While the American public continues to be inundated by a legion of politicians duking it out on television amidst the RNC and DNC primaries, Kwantlen Polytechnic University students got their own taste of political warfare in the form of the Kwantlen Student Association... Continue Reading

Lack of student council nominees for upcoming KSA general election will invoke by-elections

Several constituency positions have no candidates Eight seats on KSA council will still be vacant after the upcoming KSA general election on Feb. 18 and 19, and that will prompt the student association to hold by-elections to fill the spots at a later date. For the time being, council will be without representatives for aboriginal students,... Continue Reading

Candidates for KSA election announced

Voting will be held on Feb. 18 and 19 across all KPU campuses The list of candidates for the general election of the Kwantlen Student Association have been announced. There are 25 candidates running in total. There are few contested positions with multiple candidates, and those in uncontested positions will have won if they successfully receive more... Continue Reading

KGG barred from booking Social Justice Space

The search for space continues Kwantlen Polytechnic University will not let the Kwantlen Gaming Guild book the social justice space until further notice. In the meantime, KGG members, whose club often books the social justice space (Birch 208) on Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., have been instructed to move their gaming paraphernalia and... Continue Reading