Garden plots coming to Surrey campus

Slowly but surely, spring is coming. And like many a gardener getting ready for growing season, the Kwantlen Student Association (KSA) is mulling the idea of putting garden boxes on Surrey campus. They held an open house on Feb. 12 to gauge interest in the idea. If all goes according to plan, students could soon see the first of what the KSA hopes will be several garden plots on Surrey campus.... Continue Reading

Student candidates vie for highest office

Four student seats are available for the university senate, which dictates academic mandates for the university. These are uncontested for the 2015 race. The contested seats are the two available for the university’s board of governors—the highest legislative body in a university. The board of governors consists of two-thirds government appointees, and typically review and approve the university’s budget, among other things.... Continue Reading

Sensible B.C.'s budding influence

The meeting is held in a housing co-op in East Vancouver on a sunny mid-February afternoon. People of all types crowd into the makeshift meeting room where, for a few of the latecomers, it’s standing room only. A humble beginning to a campaign with big ambitions.... Continue Reading

Anti-extremism organization educates on Islam

The audience sat in silence while listening intently to a man who spoke warm words about his religion. Campaign Against Violent Extremism is an organization dedicated to educating people about the true meaning of Islam. One of their goals is to help people to see that not all Muslims are violent, and Muslims are just like everyone else.... Continue Reading

KSA executives accused of leaving private information online

Members of the Kwantlen Student Association were asked several times to remove club information from the KSA website, which included private and identifiable information of students.... Continue Reading

KSA aims to remove ombudsperson clause from bylaws

Button: Ombudsperson should exist, but not as detailed as in current bylaws. The Kwantlen Student Association is attempting to remove the ombudsperson clause from their bylaws. An ombudsperson is a third party who resolves disputes, typically legal in nature, between other parties without bias. They’re also expected to make sure that organizations operate lawfully. In... Continue Reading

Soaring Higher

Kwantlen’s own Eagles are reaching new heights. By Kyle Prince and Monica Mah, contributors The PacWest Basketball award is given out once a year to exceptional players throughout the national Pacific Western region, and this year two of KPU’s very own brought fame and recognition to the university. Shilpa Khanna and Matt Cooley flew the highest... Continue Reading

KPU audits expose flaws in executive compensation reporting

Two reports commissioned by Kwantlen Polytechnic University show that the institution failed to accurately declare the compensation of some senior executives and administration on multiple occasions from 2010 to 2014. The reports conclude that there did not appear to be malintent in these errors, instead suggesting that some of the provincial guidelines for reporting such compensation were vague, perhaps leading to confusion. ... Continue Reading

Confirmed list of 2015 KSA representative candidates released

Up to 27 campus, constituency and faculty representatives to vote for. The Kwantlen Student Association’s (KSA) 2015 general election and referendum is on Feb. 18 and Feb. 19, and to properly do your civic/student duty, you’ve got to be in the know. So, Corey Van’t Haaff, the university’s chief returning officer, provided The Runner with... Continue Reading
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Student services swamped by bureaucratic inertia

Project speed prompts conflict within KSA. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] and 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... Continue Reading
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Student unions critique finance ministry’s potential amendments

Understanding opposition to proposed changes to Society Act. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] B.C.’s ministry of finance drafted annotated revisions to the province’s Society Act this past August—and as it’s the legislation which effectively determines student union governance and composition, it’s created quite the stir amongst student groups. In an effort spearheaded in-part by the... Continue Reading

KSA makes cross-Canada excursions

Student association adds new conferences to 2014 roster. By Kier-Christer Junos [coordinating editor] & Tristan Johnston [staff writer] Members of the Kwantlen Student Association will pay a projected $1.3-million to the organization this year, according to the KSA’s budget. With these fees, the student association takes on a number of roles, including student services (like... Continue Reading
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Kwantlen’s Board of Governors declines divestment initiative

HSBC and RBC files show divestment choices make little change to investment portfolio. By Kier-Christer Junos [contributing editor] April 2014 minutes from a Kwantlen Polytechnic University Board of Governors (BoG) meeting shows that the board defeated a staff-and-student initiative to divest university money from fossil fuel investments. However, research presented by HSBC and RBC showed... Continue Reading

Paws with a cause

Therapy dogs help students de-stress for finals. By Jessica Brynelson [contributor] With finals hanging over the campus, students are doing their best to keep their brains from turning to mush just long enough to ace one last test. Because of the increased levels of stress, the START volunteer program has introduced something special to the... Continue Reading

KPU Professor Exemplary Service Medal

Evan Lopes acknowledged for contributions to forensics. By Joseph Keller [contributor] A professor at KPU has been awarded one of Canada’s top honours for professional service. Psychology professor Dr. Evan Lopes was awarded the Governor General’s Exemplary Service Medal. This award honours Lopes’s years of work in the corrections field as a forensic psychologist. He... Continue Reading