NoKM@KPU action group to continue efforts against memorandum in fall semester

Information sessions are on the table Kwantlen Polytechnic University president Alan Davis made it clear at a public forum early July that the memorandum he signed with pipeline firm Trans Mountain will, indeed, remain signed. But that’s not stopping KPU community efforts to keep the pressure on. The signed agreement that creates a $300,000 bursary... Continue Reading
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They Said No: What’s next for Surrey transit post-plebiscite?

Surrey Mayor to press ahead with transit improvements “I was of course disappointed, but not surprised,” Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner told The Runner while reflecting upon that the results of the Metro Vancouver transit plebiscite, which revealed that the people of her city were overwhelmingly against the “Yes” campaign. It was a setback for the... Continue Reading

Love in this Club: Cricket Returns to Kwantlen

Kwantlen Cricket Club to open for new semester With recent slashes made to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University athletics budget, it’s been something of a bleak summer for KPU athletes. Athletes looking to fill the gap left by the varsity teams may find their answer with KPU’s newest club, dedicated to the Commonwealth’s favorite sport. Having... Continue Reading
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Ninety minutes gone and one last season of extra time

Is this the final whistle for the KPU Eagles? When centre-defender Jessica Anderegg was a rookie in 2012 she received two calls on a Friday in September. The one in the morning, from her former KPU soccer coach Don Sparks, told her to be ready for Saturday’s game, assuming she’d be mostly a benchwarmer. Sparks... Continue Reading

Cuts to athletics programming blindsides student athletes, coaches

But there may still be hope for competitive sports at KPU The KPU Eagles will fly no more, now that their funding has been cut—and that means the university will no longer be in competitive varsity sports after the end of their final seasons. But it doesn’t necessarily spell the end of competitive sports at... Continue Reading
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Vancouver passes cannabis dispensary regulations, draws ire from feds

Becomes the first city in Canada to regulate dispensaries With a unanimous vote by Vancouver City Council, the city will become the first in Canada to regulate dispensaries selling cannabis for medical purposes. The decision will see the city issuing business licenses to sellers that meet the city’s requirements. Vancouver is already host to nearly... Continue Reading
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KPU president responds to community critiques at public forum

Majority of students, faculty see Trans Mountain agreement as an unwelcome endorsement At a public forum on July 6, KPU president Alan Davis stood in front of professors, students and activists to explain the reasoning behind signing a memorandum of understanding with Trans Mountain, which would grant KPU a $300,000 scholarship contingent on federal approval... Continue Reading
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KSA to launch ‘Get Out the Vote’ campaign

Upcoming project will encourage students to get out and vote in federal election Student voters could potentially have a huge impact on the upcoming federal election, if we can overcome our historically low turnout rates on election day. That’s why the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) is hoping to drive up voter turnout among KPU students... Continue Reading
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Oiling up the education machine

What else is behind Kinder Morgan’s $300,000 memorandum with KPU? At the end of June, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Trans Mountain (under Kinder Morgan) signed a memorandum of understanding that would see KPU in receipt of $300,000. Despite criticisms of bribery, according to Lizette Parsons Bell, stakeholder management lead for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project,... Continue Reading
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KPU cuts funding to varsity teams

KPU has clipped the Eagles’ wings with the announcement of major cuts to the varsity athletics programs. It’s all aligned with the “strategic direction” for KPU’s Vision 2018 and academic plan.... Continue Reading

KPU community speaks out against new Trans Mountain memorandum

Group plans to put pressure on university following $300,000 scholarship announcement. KPU students, alumni, faculty and community members have mobilized against a new memorandum between KPU and Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Students aren’t impressed. The memorandum would see TMEP contribute $300,000 in scholarships over 20 years—if the pipeline expansion is approved. The Kwantlen Student Association... Continue Reading

Trans Mountain Expansion Project to contribute $300,000 to KPU for scholarships

Twenty-year memorandum will fund annual awards for Environmental Protection Tech. and trades students. Kwantlen Polytechnic University has entered an agreement with the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP) to receive $300,000 over 20 years for student awards. The project proposes expansion to a pipeline system owned by Kinder Morgan Canada. “If the pipeline is approved, this... Continue Reading
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KPU staff rally to keep continuous intake courses accessible

Proposed changes would have students paying more for Adult Basic Education. Proposed changes to KPU’s pricing model for various continuous intake programs could soon have students paying significantly more for Academic and Career preparation courses, domestic ESL classes and Adult Basic Education, unless instructors can change the minds of university brass. Up to this point,... Continue Reading

Garden plots coming to Surrey campus

Slowly but surely, spring is coming. And like many a gardener getting ready for growing season, the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) is mulling the idea of putting garden boxes on Surrey campus. They held an open house on Feb. 12 to gauge interest in the idea. If all goes according to plan, students could soon see the first of what the KSA hopes will be several garden plots on Surrey campus.... Continue Reading

Student candidates vie for highest office

Four student seats are available for the university senate, which dictates academic mandates for the university. These are uncontested for the 2015 race. The contested seats are the two available for the university’s board of governors—the highest legislative body in a university. The board of governors consists of two-thirds government appointees, and typically review and approve the university’s budget, among other things.... Continue Reading