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Progress for Evergreen Line and Surrey’s LRT

Transit system to expand in coming years The new Evergreen SkyTrain Line is set to be up and running in early 2017. In Surrey, the LRT system is being re-shaped to find a better funding source. Coquitlam, Port Moody and Surrey all anticipate new tracks of connectivity in the Lower Mainland. Originally set to begin... Continue Reading

Telus Donates to the Visual Media Workshop

$15,000 to assist with Princess Margaret Secondary partnership Telus, having previously donated to Kwantlen Polytechnic University, contributed $15,000 to the institution’s Visual Media Workshop this month. Katie Warfield, director of the VMW, accepted the donation from Telus on Jan. 13 and is excited about the plans for the money. The donation will go towards an... Continue Reading

Sportsnet to invest $250,000 in KPU Journalism and Communications

Portion of funds will go toward several scholarships “[It’s a] very substantial and generous gift,” says Beverly Sinclair, chairperson of the journalism department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “A big chunk of that fund is going to be used for scholarships, and we haven’t yet determined where the other half of it will be going.” One... Continue Reading

Trump buildings to retain name, despite political opposition

Over 53,000 sign petition to remove Trump name from Vancouver With Vancouver set to unveil the new Trump International Hotel and Tower this year, Donald Trump’s comments during his bid to become the next president of the United States have struck a chord with Vancouverites. The last straw was drawn when Trump stated in a... Continue Reading

Singh’s multi-chairpersonship raises debate

He believes he’s “the best person for the job” Kwantlen Student Association councillor Tanvir Singh now chairs three different committees as of November, which has raised debate on committee organization at the KSA. While the situation is permitted, students with disabilities representative Kimberly McMartin suggests Singh’s triple-chairpersonship sets a precedent where one or two people... Continue Reading

Richmond man charged with sexual assault of Kwantlen student

Norman Vincent Sagarbarria posed as massage therapy student On Dec. 8, Norman Vincent Sagarbarria was charged with the sexual assault of a female Kwantlen Polytechnic University student. This incident occurred in September of this year. The 24-year-old male, who posed as a massage therapy student, approached the female student on the KPU Richmond campus, saying... Continue Reading

Secular Students Debate Trinity Western, Find Common Ground

Discussants engage in conversational exercise on existentialism, morality and the afterlife If you found yourself on the third floor of Trinity Western University’s Fraser Hall on Dec. 1, you would’ve seen a group of people occupying cream-coloured couches and vinyl sofas arranged into comfortable circles, all asking themselves why they were there. Not why they... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Focus Week celebrates student exchange

Tai Chi, anime and other events promote program From Nov. 16 to 20, Kwantlen Polytechnic University hosted a variety of activities and information booths as a part of International Focus Week, the purpose of which was to demonstrate the institution’s commitment to valuing international cooperation of study. According to the KPU website, “International Focus Week... Continue Reading

U-Pass survives, according to preliminary results

KSA fees also indexed to CPI The U-Pass BC program will continue for the next two years, according to preliminary results from the referendum held on Nov. 24 and 25. The early results show that 2,048 students voted in favour of continuing the U-Pass, and 259 students voted no. The other referendum question, which asked... Continue Reading

Kwantlen fashion instructor wins teaching award

Sharon Greeno honoured at Vancouver Fashion Week Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s fashion program is booming over at the Richmond campus, and it’s far more diverse than some people might realize. Sewing and dressmaking is an essential part of what fashion students do, but there’s more to the fashion industry than sartorialism. Sharon Greeno, KPU’s coordinator for... Continue Reading

KSA Budget Consultations Feature Disappointing Turnout

VP finance Taiwo expected more, but at least got a venue to educate on student services The Kwantlen Student Association’s efforts to hear student ideas and work them into their budget for next year didn’t exactly see students lining up into the foyer on Richmond campus, the host for the fourth day of sessions. By... Continue Reading

Mass exit of student associations from student lobbying groups

KSA remains a member of the Alliance of B.C. Students “We’ve had a couple of members leaving over the last couple of months,” says Alex McGowan, vice-president executive of the Kwantlen Student Association and chairperson of the Alliance of BC Students. “So there’s been some internal issues. A lot of the members have pointed out... Continue Reading

KPIRG asks for stakes in KSA’s Birch building renovation plans

Consultations would re-allocate space on Surrey campus The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group has formally applied for their seat in the Kwantlen Student Association Birch building consultations with the university. The consultations are about planned renovations to Birch building, which concerns the reallocation of historically scarce space on campus for student groups like KPIRG. KPIRG... Continue Reading

KSA loses case against the Canadian Federation of Students

Judge rules that the KSA is still a member of federal lobbying organization After several months, the verdict for the court case between the Canadian Federation of Students and the Kwantlen Student Association is in, and the judge ruled in favour of the CFS. The KSA filed a petition to the court earlier this year,... Continue Reading

Financing the KSA: New year, new budget

We are entering one of the KSA’s busiest seasons of the year Every business and organization needs to account for their spending and investments throughout the year—where money came in, where it’s going, and how quickly. Larger organizations such as the Kwantlen Student Association need to check their finances more often than normal, in order... Continue Reading