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
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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