KPU hosts cat food drive for local shelter

Cat enthusiasts gather to help TLC Pet Adoptions By Sarah Emilie Braaten [contributor] Volunteers came to Kwantlen Polytechnic University to hold cat food drive at two of the institution’s campuses at the beginning of December. The food was given to TLC Pet Adoptions, a local, no-kill cat shelter that runs entirely on donations. The shelter... Continue Reading

KPIRG approaching agreement with the KSA

Both parties are reasonably optimistic By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] Though many students may remember coming to the KPIRG general meeting earlier in the semester for pizza and democracy, they have since had some trouble reaching an official autonomy agreement with the KSA. The negotiations may soon be over. “Things are looking good, really really... Continue Reading

Red tape diaries

Student Services swamped by bureaucratic inertia By Chris Yee [contributor] Leah Godin, the chairperson for the Kwantlen Student Association student services committee, says her group faces a year-long backlog of projects, even after the KSA took on the services of capital projects manager Kim Baxter last July. Among these projects include the introduction of a... Continue Reading

‘Tis the season to be studious

An overlook of KPU’s library services. By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] KPU students looking to study might consider the library as a holdout this exam season. The library offers several services that many students may be unaware of, according to Todd Mundle, the university librarian. “We do provide more indepth research help at the information... Continue Reading

Students play dodgeball for charity

Movember dodgeball tournament sees high turnout. On Nov. 28, things got a little hairy in the Surrey campus gym. By Faraz Hassany The tournament, organized by Active KSA for charity and some fun on-campus activity, saw high levels of participation. A total of 12 teams joined in, with some really creative and witty Movember and... Continue Reading
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KPU, Accessibility and You

Making campus more inclusive for students with disabilities. By Monica Mah [contributor] Post-secondary schools should be a place that is accessible to everyone. At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, there are a number of services available to students with disabilities, but is it enough? In their mission statement, KPU says that they promote a “barrier-free environment that... Continue Reading

KPU continues the fight for more money

Institution has a long history of being provincially underfunded. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] Long-time Kwantlen Polytechnic University faculty member and Surrey resident Geoff Dean describes the South Fraser and KPU’s situations in one word: shortchanged. Dean was the president of the Douglas and Kwantlen Faculty Association in 1985. In those days, he and other... Continue Reading

Alleged racially motivated vandalism hits Surrey election signs

South Asian candidates see their signs defaced. As the Surrey municipal elections kicked into full-swing in early October, an unpleasant side of the city quickly made itself known. A wave of petty vandalism hit mayoral election signs across the city, with the vast majority of defacements focused on candidates of South Asian descent. Surrey Mayoral... Continue Reading

KPU Surrey’s fitness centre becomes free for students

Kwantlen Student Association chops costs. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] Kwantlen students can now workout for free at the Surrey campus fitness centre, as the Kwantlen Student Association has made it so that service is free to its members. Steven Button, the KSA vice-president of student services, says the student association helped subsidize student gym... Continue Reading
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Came for the cake, stayed for the campaign

KSA’s Move Our Cities campaign takes off. By Tristan Johnston [staff Writer] During the first week of November, the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) ran their Move Our Cities campaign to raise awareness for increasing public transit services south of the Fraser. One of the objectives was to encourage students to vote for municipal candidates who... Continue Reading

The changing face of education

Open textbook initiative comes to KPU. By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] “Every semester, faculty asks themselves: ‘What source do I need?’” Rajiv Jhangiani is a new psychology professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and a proponent of open textbooks, which is a textbook that has an open copyright license, and available for free, or a very... Continue Reading
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Storefront language becomes an issue in Richmond

Complex issue has no clear answer. By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] As a municipality, Richmond has a high population of Chinese immigrants and their descendants. According to Statistics Canada, in 2011 59.5 per cent of the local population had a non-official (neither English or French) language as their mother tongue. According to the same set... Continue Reading

Let me be your wings

Passion lives on in aviation collectors in Lower Mainland. By Samantha Thompson [executive editor] When Hamish Telford was a teenager, he would go to the airport with his friends to watch planes, and go around to the different airline counters and take whatever they’d give them—including timetables, baggage labels and stickers. It instilled within him... Continue Reading
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The grass is getting greener

Foresight receives $80,000 in funding from KPU. By Tristan Johnston [staff writer] Earlier this month, Kwantlen Polytechnic University contributed $80,000 to Foresight, which will “fuel clean technology innovation in Surrey,” according to a press release. Over three years, KPU’s funding will help the company as it works with B.C. start-ups. Cleantech focuses on maximizing productivity... Continue Reading
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Show me the money

Following student dollars through Kwantlen Polytechnic University. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] You’re the biology major crying on the umpteenth edition of your new, million-dollar textbook; the black suit walking to a entrepreneurial leadership class; the creative-writer scrawling notes in a remote campus nook. It matters not who you are. To make this ship sail,... Continue Reading