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Provincial Government Eliminates Interest on B.C. Student Loans

The 2019 budget announcement made on Feb. 19 included a list of measures the provincial government is taking to reduce taxes for families earning under $80,000 per year. These include introducing child benefit tax credit and, of particular interest to KPU students, eliminating the interest from B.C. student loans. “Students and young families with loans... Continue Reading

KPU Aboriginal Gathering Place to Take New Direction

Changes are coming to KPU’s Aboriginal Gathering Place, known for now as simply the Gathering Place, under the direction of the Indigenous Advisory Committee. The decision to rename the space, made on Jan. 28, reflects a move made earlier this year to change the name of KPU’s Aboriginal Services to Indigenous Services for Students. The... Continue Reading

KSA Student Rights Centre Unsure of Release Date for 2017 Report

The 2017 Student Rights Centre report will likely not be released until after the Kwantlen Student Association’s Annual General Meeting in March, according to representatives from the KSA. The report, like those from previous years, details some of the cases that were brought to the centre by students with complaints about their time at KPU.... Continue Reading

KSA Close to Signing Contract with Construction Company for Work on a Student Union Building

Students who started studying at KPU this year might be able to enjoy a student union building (SUB) of their very own before they graduate, according to the Kwantlen Student Association. Murdoch de Mooy, KSA VP University Affairs, says that the current estimation of when the building will potentially be completed is roughly 4.5 years... Continue Reading

Saudi Student at KPU One of Thousands Forced from Canadian Academia

When Omar Blwshi turned on his laptop in a Vancouver coffee shop, an unexpected message from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Bureau caught his eye. Worried about what the message might say, he hesitated to open it. The email informed him that, due to recent political tension between Saudi Arabia and Canada, he had to leave... Continue Reading

2019 General Election and Referendum Preliminary Results Released

The preliminary results of the 2019 Kwantlen Student Association General Election have been released. Twenty-two candidates were elected to fill positions on KSA Council, including four candidates who were re-elected. There were 12 faculty representatives elected to positions in Arts, Business, Science and Horticulture, Academic and Career Advancement, and Health. For the Arts Representative position,... Continue Reading

Student U-Pass Program to Be Voted on Via KSA Referendum

If you are a KPU student and you’re reading this, it is statistically probable that you use a U-Pass card to transit to school. According to TransLink’s 2017 annual report on the U-Pass program, 61 per cent of KPU students who paid the U-Pass fee used their cards. The report also shows that, in the... Continue Reading

KSA Council Hasn’t Posted Meeting Minutes Since July

Transcribed records from the Kwantlen Student Association’s council meetings have not been posted to the KSA website since July of last year. In addition, nearly all of the minutes from the association’s committee meetings are absent from the website beginning in September. Recording and posting these minutes is the responsibility of the Records Coordinator and... Continue Reading

The Future of KPIRG Rests in Students’ Hands

The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group, the on-campus organization which has been struggling to function normally since filing a notice of civil claim against its founder Richard Hossein last year, could soon be left without a penny to its name. In May, the Kwantlen Student Association voted to stop remitting fees to KPIRG, a decision... Continue Reading

Federal Committee to Develop National Framework Governing On-Campus Sexual Violence Policies

During the first meeting of a newly appointed advisory committee tasked with drafting a Canada-wide framework to combat sexual violence in post-secondary institutions, Minister for Women and Gender Equality Maryam Monsef made it clear that the federal standard needs to be raised, according to the National Post. During the meeting, which took place in mid-January, Monsef... Continue Reading

Indigenous Student Council Holds First Meeting

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Indigenous Student Council held its first meeting on Jan. 18. Among the items on the agenda were initiatives to get more Indigenous students at KPU involved in the council and coming up with event ideas for Indigenous Awareness Month in June. The Indigenous Student Council is the brainchild of Samantha Jack, a... Continue Reading

KSA Hires New Executive Director

A months-long search for the Kwantlen Student Association’s next executive director concluded with the hiring of Benjamin Newsom in December. Newsom had already been performing the duties of the position since July 11, when the interim period following the resignation of the former executive director, Jeremy McElroy, began. Newsom has years of experience with different... Continue Reading

KSA Prepares Referendum Questions for February Elections

The Kwantlen Student Association is currently preparing for a referendum that will asks students to vote on a number of issues concerning their student fees. The referendum will run on Feb. 12 and 13 across all campuses, with the results announced shortly afterwards. Below are the referendum questions that will be posed to the student... Continue Reading

B.C. to Offer Post-Secondary Students 24/7 Mental Health Support

According to a press release from the B.C. government, college and university students across the province will soon have access to mental health support services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “Whether mild or severe, mental-health concerns are very real among post-secondary students who have been calling for action to this important issue... Continue Reading

Joseph Thorpe Elected New President of the KSA

Members of the Kwantlen Student Association’s executive committee elected a new president on Dec. 11, less than two weeks after former president Caitlin McCutchen resigned citing personal reasons. Joseph Thorpe is now president of the KSA, and is continuing to serve in his previous capacities as Vice President Finance and Operations and Queer Representative. Former... Continue Reading