Proposal for Bachelor’s of General Studies Degree Passes KPU Senate

By 2020, Kwantlen Polytechnic University may be accepting students for its first Bachelor’s degree in general studies, the concept for which was endorsed by the university’s Senate at the end of October. Separate from the Bachelor of Arts, Major in General Studies degree that’s already being offered, the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is specifically... Continue Reading

KSA Passes New Bylaws at Special General Meeting

The Kwantlen Student Association is set to implement a new set of bylaws after its members voted to approve them at a special general meeting held on Nov. 14. KSA directors, staff, and START volunteers were present on both the Surrey and Richmond campuses to help register and count KPU students for the vote. Food... Continue Reading

The Canadian Federation of University Women Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary Through Giving Bursaries

The Canadian Federation of University Women is a group of over 8,400 Canadians dedicated to improving the lives of women through the pursuit of higher education. “CFUW is the largest affiliate of the International Federation of University Women (IFUW), the leading girls’ and women’s global organization run by and for women, advocating for women’s rights,... Continue Reading

New Poll Finds that Canadians Don’t Know About the Women Who Shaped their History

As part of women’s history month, Historica Canada published an article which states that approximately 55 per cent of Canadians are uninformed about the accomplishments of Canadian women. Of the roughly 1,000 Canadians aged 18 or over who were surveyed, many were unable to pass a test about the role of women in Canadian politics,... Continue Reading

Efforts to Preserve Indigenous Languages are Growing in Canada

Of the roughly 70 Indigenous languages spoken in Canada, all 34 found in British Columbia are currently endangered. Recently, however, a movement to preserve these languages has been gaining significant momentum, inspiring the B.C. government to commit $50 million towards that effort over the next three years. Although this has been recognized by the First... Continue Reading

LGBTQ+ Students Have Higher Student Loan Debt than Average

A recent poll conducted by Forum Research shows that 48 per cent of the LGBTQ+ community left post-secondary education with up to $10,000 in debt. This means that their debt is on average more than 15 per cent higher than the rest of the student and recent graduate population. “It’s interesting to note that almost... Continue Reading

KSA Planning Spring Referendum to Join CASA

The Kwantlen Student Association plans on holding a referendum this spring to see if students at KPU want to join the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. CASA is a Canada-wide organization that advocates on behalf of student at the federal level. Founded in 1995, the organization facilitates meetings between politicians and student union members, allowing... Continue Reading

British Columbia Youth Parliament is Accepting Applications

Young people from across British Columbia will convene in the Provincial Legislature in Victoria to form the 90th session of the British Columbia Youth Parliament this December. At the event, a group of 97 students and non-students between the ages of 16 and 21 will debate issues presented in Private Member’s Resolutions and decide which... Continue Reading

UVic Launches Dual Degree Program Combining Canadian and Indigenous Law

In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which called upon post-secondary institutions in Canada to include more Indigenous courses, the University of Victoria has recently launched a dual degree program which combines Canadian common and Indigenous law. The B.C. government will contribute $2.25-million in funding over two years, according to the CBC. The program... Continue Reading

KDocs Cancels Next Year’s Documentary Film Festival

The 2019 iteration of KPU’s annual documentary film festival has been cancelled. The founder and primary organizer of KDocs, Janice Morris, regrets that she didn’t have the time to properly plan the 2019 festival due to personal circumstances, but reassures fans that it will be back in 2020. Other facets of KDocs, including its outreach... Continue Reading

KSA 2018 By-Election Results Released

The preliminary results of the October 2018 Kwantlen Student Association by-election have been announced. Three new candidates have been elected to positions on KSA Council. Vanshi Kapoor and Amrick Sidhu have been elected to the Business Faculty Representative positions, receiving 99 and 179 votes respectively. Gunjanpreet Kaur, who received 51 votes, and Howie Qu, who... Continue Reading

Meet the Candidates in this Year’s KSA By-Election

BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVE (Two Positions Available) Vanshi Kapoor Why are you running for this position? I believe that there are issues I would like to solve. Firstly, alerting the students about the policies that KPU has. Also, I would like to bridge the gap between students and the administration of the university because not every student... Continue Reading

University Students and Faculty Question the Usefulness of Course Evaluations

When it comes to filling out course evaluations, most of us are familiar with the drill. As each semester comes to a close, evaluation forms are distributed so that students can provide feedback on their courses and instructors. Kwantlen Polytechnic University heavily encourages students to fill out these evaluations, which have been used by post-secondary... Continue Reading

KPU Partners with Centre for Child Development to Research FASD

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term that includes a variety of disabilities and disorders which occur as the result of mothers consuming alcohol during pregnancy. The disorder can cause a variety of conditions including learning and physical disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, and skeletal problems. The government estimates that, every year, approximately... Continue Reading

New Party Hopes to Capitalize on Surrey’s Changing Political Landscape

Campaigning for the 2018 Surrey municipal election is well underway and a new political party, the Independent Surrey Voters Association, has thrown their hat into the ring. This party includes members of the Surrey community from varied backgrounds and professions ranging from realtors to TransLink workers and anti-bullying advocates. The party didn’t put forward a... Continue Reading