Students Volunteer for Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Event held at Serpentine Greenway June 8 by Sustainable KSA On a rainy Wednesday afternoon, ten volunteers gather at the Serpentine Greenway for Sustainable KSA’s Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The Kwantlen Student Association’s Sustainability Coordinator, Mairi Lester, hands out gloves, pincers, and garbage bags shortly before the group splits in half to tidy opposite sides... Continue Reading

KSA aims to improve future student senate and board of governors elections

Organization suggests there are improvements to be made The Kwantlen Student Association is looking to take on the university-run senate and board of governor elections at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. KSA Council’s recently adopted policy expresses the student association’s aim to take over student representative election duties for the university’s highest decision-making bodies. Students are currently... Continue Reading

Surrey Board of Trade’s Top 25 Under 25 Event Acknowledges Exceptional Youth

Four KPU students received awards for their achievements For the sixth consecutive year, the Surrey Board of Trade handed out their Top 25 Under 25 awards to some of the city’s youngest, brightest entrepreneurs, four of whom were students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Saghi Ahmadi, Taylor Byrom, Sukhjiven Gill, and Parabjot Kaur Singh each received... Continue Reading

KPU awards honourary degrees to remarkable recipients

A mathematician, an arbitrator, and a manufacturer walk into a university… On May 31 Kanwal Singh Neel, a retired mathematics educator, received his honourary degree from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Neel continues to offer his expertise to SFU’s Friends of Simon Tutoring Program, which is dedicated to training university students as literacy tutors for immigrants and... Continue Reading

Senate student election results still not available

Issue pending review in June Over a month has passed since new student representatives were elected to the Kwantlen Polytechnic University board of governors, but the results for new student senators still remain unavailable. Zena Mitchell, KPU’s chief returning officer, is withholding the results until they can be validated in the midst of a “potential... Continue Reading

Grassroots Cafe to be renovated this summer

Students can expect a more welcoming space, efficient seating, and local beer This summer, the Grassroots Cafe is getting its first makeover in 10 years. According to the primary organizer behind the renovations, Kwantlen Student Association vice president of student services Tanvir Singh, the goal is to make the space “more inviting” for students by... Continue Reading

KSA Requests Vancity Loan for SUB Construction

The loan will provide $15-million for the project Kwantlen Polytechnic University will have a brand-new student union building on the Surrey campus by 2018, and the Kwantlen Student Association has just submitted a loan application to Vancity to fund its construction. A student referendum in 2009 led to the introduction of the Student Union Building... Continue Reading

Online courses just got personal

KPU professor creates a “SPOC” for students with unpredictable schedules Kwantlen Polytechnic University instructor David Burns is aiming to make higher education easier for full-time workers, parents, and students travelling abroad. He created his own Small Private Online Course (SPOC) to teach his Education 1100 classes. Where most current online courses are Massive Open Online... Continue Reading

Open textbooks mean money saved for KPU psychology students

Faculty to incorporate free resources in exchange for traditional textbooks Canada’s first open textbook project is coming to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s psychology department this summer, enabling students to save tens of thousands of dollars on fees. For the individual student, that amounts to hundreds of dollars spared out-of-pocket every year. The project is managed by... Continue Reading

KSA Proposes new fitness centres

Langley & Cloverdale Campuses may get new equipment The Kwantlen Student Association has proposed that $150,000 be allotted for fitness centers to be built on the Langley and Cloverdale campuses, the full amount split roughly between the two. The goal is to extend the amenities already available to students on other campuses to those at... Continue Reading

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