KPU students’ housing struggles addressed

KSA promotes off-campus housing, plans campaigns for on-campus housing It’s no secret that the rental market in B.C. is tough to thrive in. The entire province is in the middle of an affordability high and a vacancy low, which means that for students living on a budget, finding room and board for a reasonable price... Continue Reading

KSA summer welcome week over-budget by a grand for DJ costs

The Kwantlen Student Association’s summer welcome week on Surrey campus was over-budget by about $1,050 this year. The budget was originally $5,000, but they shot through it because of professional DJ costs. “We budgeted $8,000 last year, and that’s what I asked for again this year,” said KSA General Manager Jeremy McElroy, during a KSA... Continue Reading

Proposed bill pushes post-secondary institutions to create sexual assault policies

KPU working towards increased campus safety “for the past two years” Kier-Christer Junos, Staff Writer, with files from Daniella Javier, Contributor Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver has introduced a bill in the B.C. Legislature that demands post-secondary institutions act effectively on cases of sexual assault. If enacted, the bill will create legal obligations for colleges... Continue Reading

Lack of student representatives leaves holes in representation

By-elections will likely be held in September or October Nine seats remain vacant on the Kwantlen Student Association council this year after the 2016 general election, leaving many students without representation in the association that collects and uses their fees. Aboriginal students, mature students, students of colour, Cloverdale students, design students, health students, trades and... Continue Reading

KPU ancillary fee increase on hold

Institution decides further consultation needed before changes can be made Kwantlen Polytechnic University has batted around the idea of an ancillary fee increase, but it’s been put on hold for the time being. The proposed increase would have been an additional $3 per credit. The Kwantlen Student Association received a letter from KPU explaining the... Continue Reading

KSA creates new fund for struggling students

Up to $14,000 will be available for students with non-academic need Students facing non-academic troubles will soon be eligible to receive help from the Student Society Emergency Aid Fund. Alex McGowan, vice president of external affairs and president of the Kwantlen Student Association, explained that the government of British Columbia has recently set up a... Continue Reading

KPU business students can graduate with CIM certifications

New designations are nationally-acclaimed Students graduating this May with a business management diploma and a BBA in entrepreneurial leadership programs can now achieve their Certified in Management and Professional Manager certifications while still taking classes. The CIM and P. Mgr. are nationally-acclaimed designations in professional management. The CIM certification process normally requires an eight-course academic... Continue Reading

Love In Da Club: Making time for philanthropy

New club focuses on fundraising for various causes Spending time aiding others is something Damanpreet Garcha’s been doing since high school. Pause for a Cause is one of Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s newest clubs, and Garcha is the president. She had been a part of a philanthropic social justice-style club in her high school, and she... Continue Reading

Federal government puts $444.4-million towards combatting tax evasion

Liberal MP John Aldag says it’s “necessary” A 2.6-terabyte cache leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists in early April revealed the many ways the world’s wealthiest citizens are exploiting secretive offshore tax evasion on an enormous scale. Alongside heads of state, despots, criminals, and Lionel Messi, 550 Canadians have also been named in... Continue Reading

Former KSA executives elected to Board of Governors

Student senate results still pending The new student representatives for the Kwantlen Polytechnic University board of governors have been announced, following the 2016 election. Former Kwantlen Student Association representatives Allison Gonzalez and Eric Wirsching won their two seats in a race against three other candidates. They ran as a slate, and together received 249 votes.... Continue Reading

Site C Dam protesters asked to move from BC Hydro front yard

Anti-dam protesters at the downtown office of BC Hydro have been asked to leave following nearly a month of occupation, and the hospitalization of hunger striker Kristin Henry. Protesters were served a letter by BC Hydro on April 7, which stated that their “entry on [the] property is prohibited.” The letter was also accompanied by a... Continue Reading

KSA Holds Annual General Meeting

New SUB process voted by members to continue Though the Kwantlen Student Association wasn’t able to change their bylaws due to a lack of quorum, members voted to continue with the process of constructing a student union building on campus. “Our bylaws don’t allow us to amend our bylaws unless we have 200 people at... Continue Reading

The Fresh Faces of the KSA

Executive for new year elected at first council meeting The first meeting of the new Kwantlen Student Association came to a swift conclusion on April 1. At the meeting, the councillors elected the new executives: Tanvir Singh as the next vice-president of student services, Natasha Lopes as the vice-president of student life, Rawan Ali as... Continue Reading

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Vancouver zero-waste cafe works to build community over coffee “I like starting, creating, building,” says Lisa Papania, the owner of a zero-waste Vancouver cafe called Lupii. The cafe serves coffee and features a vegetarian menu, but they’re also determined to play a positive role in their community. Papania is also a lecturer at Simon Fraser... Continue Reading

KSA seeks to increase mental health support on campus

Student Services VP Alison Gonzales discusses accessibility to resources at KPU Since last summer, Kwantlen Polytechnic University students struggling with their mental health have mostly relied on the Peer Support Program, supported by the university and the Kwantlen Student Association. Options for treatment within the program include one-on-one meetings with volunteers, referrals for on and... Continue Reading