Meet the Candidates in this Year’s KSA By-Election

BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE (Two Positions Available) Vanshi Kapoor Why are you running for this position? I believe that there are issues I would like to solve. Firstly, alerting the students about the policies that KPU has. Also, I would like to bridge the gap between students and the administration of the university because not every student... Continue Reading

University Students and Faculty Question the Usefulness of Course Evaluations

When it comes to filling out course evaluations, most of us are familiar with the drill. As each semester comes to a close, evaluation forms are distributed so that students can provide feedback on their courses and instructors. Kwantlen Polytechnic University heavily encourages students to fill out these evaluations, which have been used by post-secondary... Continue Reading

KPU Partners with Centre for Child Development to Research FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that includes a variety of disabilities and disorders which occur as the result of mothers consuming alcohol during pregnancy. The disorder can cause a variety of conditions including learning and physical disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and skeletal problems. The government estimates that, every year, approximately... Continue Reading

New Party Hopes to Capitalize on Surrey’s Changing Political Landscape

Campaigning for the 2018 Surrey municipal election is well underway and a new political party, the Independent Surrey Voters Association, has thrown their hat into the ring. This party includes members of the Surrey community from varied backgrounds and professions ranging from realtors to TransLink workers and anti-bullying advocates. The party didn’t put forward a... Continue Reading

Single Mother Becky Zhou’s Campaign for City Council is Personal

This year’s election for Surrey City Council is hotly contested, with dozens of candidates vying for just eight spots. While every candidate has a unique reason for running, Becky Zhou—a realtor and single mother of two—is driven by a more personal story than most. For Zhou, who is one of the first Chinese-Canadians to run... Continue Reading

CASA Report Encourages Canadian Government to Offer More Support to International Students

A new policy paper published by the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is calling on the federal government to provide additional support to international students studying at post-secondary institutions across the country. The report, entitled “Value Beyond the Dollars and Cents: International Students’ Contribution and Their Need for Supports”, examines the benefits that international... Continue Reading

Canadian Researchers Study Long-Term Cannabis Use Among Students

The Canadian government is preparing to turn over a new leaf by legalizing marijuana, a substance which has been legally restricted since 1923. Leading up to October, researchers are looking to clear some of the smoke surrounding the impact of long-term cannabis use, particularly among younger students. A report published in The Canadian Journal of... Continue Reading

Zed Cred Program Continues to Cut Out Textbook Costs with New Diploma

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s trailblazing Zed Cred program is offering a new diploma for students who haven’t yet graduated from high school. The program is a collection of courses which come with zero associated textbook costs. The first half includes arts courses, which students can take to earn a one-year Certificate of Arts credential or any... Continue Reading

Surrey City Lab Connects Students with Civic Policymakers

Students interested in Surrey’s urban development will soon get the chance to work directly with city staff to create proposals for community-based projects. A new collaboration between KPU, SFU, and the City of Surrey called Surrey City Lab will offer a series of multidisciplinary, civic-related courses to students over the next three years. Students will... Continue Reading

One.KPU is the New Online Portal for Students and Faculty

This fall, KPU is launching a new online software tool that will give members of the university community an easier way to access applications, websites, and information relevant to them. One.KPU will help students organize and centralize online resources like their student email, library and course websites, campus maps, online self service, Moodle, WordPress, and... Continue Reading

Trinity Western University Revokes Mandatory Signing of Community Covenant for Students

Nearly three months after losing its legal battle in the Supreme Court of Canada, Trinity Western University is once again making headlines because of its community covenant. The Christian university, based in Langley, B.C., revoked its controversial community covenant on Aug. 14. According to the TWU website, the “Supreme Court of Canada decision was a... Continue Reading

KSA Planning By-Election, SGM for Fall Semester

As new and returning students descend on campus like gently falling leaves, the Kwantlen Student Association will be working on a number of initiatives to elect new members, bolster committee meeting attendance, and update the association’s bylaws before changes to the B.C. Societies Act comes into effect this November. The By-Election Nominations for the association’s... Continue Reading

Female Leaders in Academia to Meet for Unique Conference this Fall

Women in academic leadership roles from across North America will come together this fall to share personal stories, participate in workshops, and learn from mentors in the hopes of shattering the glass ceiling in the world of academia. The Women in Academic Leadership program will be held in Winnipeg over the course of four days... Continue Reading

KSA Hires Several New Staff Members for the Fall Semester

Over the summer, the Kwantlen Student Association has embarked on a mission to fill multiple vacancies on staff. The positions which have been filled are for the Policy and Political Affairs Coordinator and Clubs and Outreach Coordinator. The Sustainability Coordinator and MultiPass Program Coordinator positions are currently occupied but will be immediately filled by new... Continue Reading

KPU Plows Ahead with Research Farm Lab Project

The Garden City Lands in Richmond will now be home to Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s new teaching and research farm and seed lab. The project has received a total of $1.68 million in funding from the provincial and federal governments, as well as organic seed industry partners and fundraisers. The B.C. Knowledge Development Fund and the... Continue Reading