KSA Aims to Improve Student Mental Wellness

Student health care plans may soon include support for those seeking better mental health Ashley Hyshka Tanvir Singh, President of the Kwantlen Student Association, wants to change how mental illness is addressed at KPU, as he feels it “isn’t addressed in the open as much as it really should be.” About a year ago, the... Continue Reading

New Sexual Assault and Misconduct Policies to Help Fight Rape Culture on Campus

KPU’s recently passed policies will focus on protecting students and supporting survivors of sexual assault Ashley Hyshka Sexual assault is an unnerving topic for many people. On university campuses, its existence and consequences couldn’t be clearer. According to a CBC report, there were 16 reported cases of sexual assault at UBC between 2009 and 2013.... Continue Reading

KPU Prof Talks Diet and Climate Change at Science World

Mike Bomford discusses the importance of dietary choices and their impact on the environment Braden Klassen, Contributor As part of the Speaker Series partnership between Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Science World, KPU Professor Mike Bomford delivered a lecture that addressed the links between people’s diets and their greenhouse gas emissions. Citing Danish researcher Sonja Vermeulen’s... Continue Reading

No BDS Policy Expected from KSA in the Near Future

Despite referendums at UBC and SFU, the KSA is not taking a stance on BDS Joseph Keller, Web Editor Recent discussions from at UBC and SFU about the possibility of endorsing the controversial Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement have stirred debate at the Kwantlen Student Association about potentially taking an official position. The topic was... Continue Reading

KPU, SFU Researchers Receive Grant to Help with “Clean Food” Project

More than $725,000 will go towards developing ways of bringing clean food and water to areas challenged by climate change Stephanie Davies, Contributor KPU and SFU researchers have received a three-year grant of more than $725,000 from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada College University Idea to Innovation. This grant will advance their... Continue Reading

Plans for Student Union Building Move Forward

Process of designing and building a SUB in the early stages Joseph Keller, Web Editor The Kwantlen Student Association is beginning to move forward with plans to build a new student union building on the Surrey campus. A KSA “steering committee” for the creation of a SUB recently held its first meeting to form project... Continue Reading

KSA, ABCS Supportive of NDP-Green Coalition

Joseph Keller, Web Editor Student organisations in B.C. are optimistic about what the cooperation between the B.C. NDP and B.C. Greens means for students in the province. The two parties agreed to a partnership that will see them form a coalition government after the B.C. Liberal government failed to retain a majority of seats in... Continue Reading

KPU Institute Researches Possibilities for Food Self-Reliance in B.C.

Institute for Sustainable Food Systems helps imagine the province’s ability to feed itself Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor Food production in Southwest B.C. is a rapidly evolving industry. Amid environmental concerns regarding the province’s population growth, the B.C. government is considering what the future of food production here should look like in the coming years. A... Continue Reading

Student Survey Finds Most KPU Students Suffering from Mental Health Issues Don’t Make Use of University Resources

Psychology student Raman Dhaliwal surveyed 263 students before releasing the April report Neil Bassan, Contributor A Kwantlen Polytechnic University student has concluded a study that determines how, why, and to what degree students in need have accessed KPU’s on-campus mental health services. Under the supervision of Professor Jocelyn Lymburner, psychology student Raman Dhaliwal concluded a... Continue Reading

KPU, City of Langley Collaborate to Develop Urban Agriculture beneath BC Hydro Lines

South Langley power corridor to be used as farmland thanks in part to Institute for Sustainable Food Systems Joseph Keller, Web Editor KPU’s Institute for Sustainable Food Systems is working with the City of Langley and Metro Vancouver regional authority to develop an underutilised powerline corridor into the first urban agriculture project of its kind.... Continue Reading

Sedins Receive Honorary Doctorates of Law From KPU

Local NHL hockey legends honoured for their leadership and community support Joseph Keller, Web Editor A pair of hometown legends were on campus this Thursday to be honored by Kwantlen Polytechnic University for their contributions to the Metro Vancouver community and for their leadership both on and off the ice. Vancouver Canucks captain Henrik Sedin... Continue Reading

Services for Students with Disabilities Office Revises Approach to Accommodation

SSD will adopt a more holistic attitude, thanks to new coordinator Joseph Keller, Web Editor Kwantlen Polytechnic University is overhauling its policies for services for students with disabilities. The university hired a new Services for Students with Disabilities Coordinator, Ruth Fraser, to oversee changes that will help the institution better serve students who require special... Continue Reading

KPU Releases Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy

Policy will address the prevention of and response to sexual misconduct at the university Alyssa Laube, Associate Editor As mandated by the provincial government, Kwantlen Polytechnic University published an official sexual violence and misconduct policy for all members of the university community in late April. The document is designed to “support the University’s commitment to... Continue Reading

Birch Building Renovations Offer New Student Space on Surrey Campus

Following several pushed completion dates, work is finally finished on space renovations Joseph Keller, Web Editor After more than a year of planning, and following several delays, the Kwantlen Student Association has finished work on renovations to a student space on the Surrey campus. The newly renovated Birch building now features facilities to be used... Continue Reading

Addressing Student Poverty and Homelessness at KPU

The university and student association offer services to students in need Joseph Keller, Web Editor There are more post-secondary students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and beyond who are at risk of homelessness than one might think. The ever increasing cost associated with gaining a post-secondary education can put many students in a precarious position where... Continue Reading