Student Rights Centre Report Remains in Limbo

KSA waiting to release document compiling student complaints The Kwantlen Student Association’s Student Rights Centre—which assists students involved in disputes with KPU staff or faculty—has created a report detailing issues with the university’s structure and policies that have been brought to the Centre by KPU students. Unfortunately, the report cannot presently be released to the public.... Continue Reading

KSA to Release Campus Space Audit

Report will compile info on public spaces across KPU campuses The Kwantlen Student Association has been working on an audit to find out how effectively campus space is utilized at KPU for the past year. KSA members decided to do the audit after realizing neither the student association nor the university had any sort of... Continue Reading

KPIRG Offices Broken Into

KPU student group’s off-campus office hit with burglary last week The Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group’s off-campus office was broken into by thieves last week along with several other offices in the building on 72nd street. The office door was found ajar by cleaning staff early Wednesday morning with the lock broken. An office computer,... Continue Reading

KPU to Pilot Remote-Science Labs Starting in January

Students will operate real world lab equipment from across the Strait of Georgia Kwantlen Polytechnic University students taking Introductory Physics (PHYS 1100) next semester will for the first time have the option of taking the lab portion of the course online from the comfort of their homes. A program being piloted for the spring 2017... Continue Reading

The Westerman Legacy and the Future of Student Life at KPU

Plans underway for Surrey property bequeathed to the university Not too many KPU students know who the Westermans were, despite the considerable role the couple played in the birth of our university. In 1982 Ernest and Margaret Westerman sold a plot of land to Kwantlen College that would later become KPU’s Surrey campus. Had the... Continue Reading

KSA Proposing Bylaw and Regulation Changes to Titles, Compensation, and More

The association hopes to get at least 200 students to vote by referendum in March The Kwantlen Student Association is aiming to alter its bylaws and regulations this year, and will need 200 students to vote in person at its annual general meeting in March to do so. Most of the changes being made are... Continue Reading

ABCS to Empower Student Unions with “Count on Our Vote” Campaign

The Alliance of B.C. Students will help member associations get their constituents to participate in May’s provincial election The Alliance of B.C. Students is gearing up for a campaign to help student unions across British Columbia encourage their constituents to vote in the upcoming provincial election. “The ABCS is planning for the election,” say Alex... Continue Reading

Runner Run-Down: The Race for Leadership of the Conservative Party

Spotlight on Alexander, Bernier, Chong, Leitch, and Obhrai Though the next federal election in Canada is still years away, contenders for the Conservative party’s leadership seem to jumping in and out of the race on a weekly basis. To help parse the real contenders from the others, here’s a look at some of the candidates... Continue Reading

A Look Back at the History between Kinder Morgan and KPU

The highs, the lows, the rejection of a $300,000 bribe A turbulent history exists between Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. It began in 2015, when the university signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Trans Mountain Expansion Project that would see KPU accept $300,000 in scholarships over 20 years for students... Continue Reading

KSA to Campaign for Open Education Resources

The student association will encourage the use of free, open textbooks The Kwantlen Student Association is working on a campaign aimed at saving students hundreds of dollars per semester. For many students, paying for a specific class or textbook is a barrier to achieving a post-secondary education. To address that, the KSA is raising awareness... Continue Reading

KSA Queer Representative Resigns

Ryot “R” Jey steps down to improve his mental health The Kwantlen Student Association Queer Students Representative has resigned from his position in order to focus on self-care, adding another title to the list of unfilled seats for KSA Council. Now former Queer Rep Ryot “R” Jey filled the position for eight months from April... Continue Reading

The Tyee Begins Fundraising for Improved Election Coverage

B.C. publication hopes to raise  $50,000 to pay for a voter’s guide to provincial election The Tyee Begins Fundraising for Improved Election Coverage B.C. publication hopes to raise $50,000 to pay for a voter’s guide to provincial election Braden Klassen, Contributor The Tyee, an internet publication based in Vancouver, announced on Nov. 21 that they... Continue Reading

Student Groups Can Borrow KSA Equipment Via Rental System

Giant chess and jenga sets now available, more to come in spring The Kwantlen Student Association has launched a new loan system by which student groups can borrow KSA items for their events. These items range from badminton equipment to the recently purchased giant chess set, and vary according to each campus. “[The system is]... Continue Reading

Immigration Consulting Services Offered by KSA

International students can get their questions answered on-campus every Tuesday The Kwantlen Student Association is looking to help international students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University by offering them immigration consulting services. While the university does provide educational advising and support, including organizing events for community-building and networking, there are some questions that they cannot answer. Knowing... Continue Reading

Liberals Raise Student Loan Repayment Threshold to $25,000

KSA, CFS representatives argue the increase is not enough to help indebted students The federal government has announced that Canadian graduates won’t have to begin paying off their student loans until they are making $25,000 per year. The announcement, made by Employment and Social Development Canada, increased the minimum necessary salary by $5,000 starting Nov.... Continue Reading