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KSA aims to remove ombudsperson clause from bylaws

Button: Ombudsperson should exist, but not as detailed as in current bylaws. The Kwantlen Student Association is attempting to remove the ombudsperson clause from their bylaws. An ombudsperson is a third party who resolves disputes, typically legal in nature, between other parties without bias. They’re also expected to make sure that organizations operate lawfully. In... Continue Reading

Soaring Higher

Kwantlen’s own Eagles are reaching new heights. By Kyle Prince and Monica Mah, contributors The PacWest Basketball award is given out once a year to exceptional players throughout the national Pacific Western region, and this year two of KPU’s very own brought fame and recognition to the university. Shilpa Khanna and Matt Cooley flew the highest... Continue Reading

KPU audits expose flaws in executive compensation reporting

Two reports commissioned by Kwantlen Polytechnic University show that the institution failed to accurately declare the compensation of some senior executives and administration on multiple occasions from 2010 to 2014. The reports conclude that there did not appear to be malintent in these errors, instead suggesting that some of the provincial guidelines for reporting such compensation were vague, perhaps leading to confusion. ... Continue Reading

Confirmed list of 2015 KSA representative candidates released

Up to 27 campus, constituency and faculty representatives to vote for. The Kwantlen Student Association’s (KSA) 2015 general election and referendum is on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, and to properly do your civic/student duty, you’ve got to be in the know. So, Corey Van’t Haaff, the university’s chief returning officer, provided The Runner with... Continue Reading
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Student services swamped by bureaucratic inertia

Project speed prompts conflict within KSA. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] and Chris Yee [contributor] Leah Godin, the chairperson for the Kwantlen Student Association student services committee, says her group faces a year-long backlog of projects, even after the KSA took on the services of capital projects manager Kim Baxter last July. Among these projects... Continue Reading
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Student unions critique finance ministry’s potential amendments

Understanding opposition to proposed changes to Society Act. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] B.C.’s ministry of finance drafted annotated revisions to the province’s Society Act this past August—and as it’s the legislation which effectively determines student union governance and composition, it’s created quite the stir amongst student groups. In an effort spearheaded in-part by the... Continue Reading

KSA makes cross-Canada excursions

Student association adds new conferences to 2014 roster. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] & Tristan Johnston [staff writer] Members of the Kwantlen Student Association will pay a projected $1.3-million to the organization this year, according to the KSA’s budget. With these fees, the student association takes on a number of roles, including student services (like... Continue Reading
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Kwantlen’s Board of Governors declines divestment initiative

HSBC and RBC files show divestment choices make little change to investment portfolio. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] April 2014 minutes from a Kwantlen Polytechnic University Board of Governors (BoG) meeting shows that the board defeated a staff-and-student initiative to divest university money from fossil fuel investments. However, research presented by HSBC and RBC showed... Continue Reading

Paws with a cause

Therapy dogs help students de-stress for finals. By Jessica Brynelson [contributor] With finals hanging over the campus, students are doing their best to keep their brains from turning to mush just long enough to ace one last test. Because of the increased levels of stress, the START volunteer program has introduced something special to the... Continue Reading

KPU Professor Exemplary Service Medal

Evan Lopes acknowledged for contributions to forensics. By Joseph Keller [contributor] A professor at KPU has been awarded one of Canada’s top honours for professional service. Psychology professor Dr. Evan Lopes was awarded the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal. This award honours Lopes’s years of work in the corrections field as a forensic psychologist. He... Continue Reading

Fashionably Early

Aspiring designers preview their work. By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] On the Dec. 4, 35 fashion design students gathered in the foyer of KPU Richmond to show off their ideas. Every table had example materials for future clothing ideas, along with lookbooks and a concept. The event is a preview of a proper fashion show... Continue Reading

Fireside Chats with Alan Davis

Brown paper packages tied up with string. By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] “Are we rolling Bob?” Alan Davis asks me as I turn on my recorder. “That’s a Bob Dylan quote,” he explains. “In the beginning of one quote he says, ‘Are we rolling Bob?’ and then he starts singing.” Davis, the president of Kwantlen... Continue Reading

The Mayor-elect: What’s Next?

Linda Hepner speaks about her win and plans going forward. On Nov. 15, after an exhausting campaign that spanned almost half a year, Linda Hepner became the next Mayor of Surrey in a landslide victory. Now, in the brief period between campaigning and taking office, Mayor-elect Linda Hepner was able to sit down with The... Continue Reading

Burnaby Mountain Post-Protest

Just in case you missed it. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] Many days of protests and arrests ended with mass celebration on Burnaby Mountain. Over 100 people enjoyed live music, heard speeches and stood together on the weekend of Nov. 29 to 30, where people lauded the previous weeks’ efforts to resist Kinder Morgan—the energy... Continue Reading

Japan club denied funding

The nuances of KSA planning tools and KSA council. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] The Kwantlen Student Association recently declined the KPU Japan Club’s appeal for $450—which would have seen the club out to a downtown dinner—on the concern of “sending people to a dinner if there wasn’t an educational experience or other purpose,” according... Continue Reading