KPU, KSA Submit Copies of Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policies

KSA policy officially approved by Council, KPU’s policy still in draft form British Columbia’s sexual violence and misconduct policy, Bill 23, was passed during May of 2016, requiring all provincial post-secondary institutions to create a policy to address and prevent sexual violence and misconduct on-campus. In response, KPU has posted the first draft of its... Continue Reading

Anti-Fascist Rally in New West Responds to Neo-Nazi Propaganda

Demonstration held after discovery of posters displaying swastikas and racist phrases An anti-fascism rally was held in front of the New Westminster Skytrain station on Sunday, Jan. 29. The rally was staged in response to two pro-Nazi flyers that were found posted at bus stops near the station, as well as the circulation of Ku... Continue Reading

KSA Constituency Representatives Frequently Left Vacant on Council

International, aboriginal, queer, and students of colour rep. positions will all be left unfilled next term In the past several years, the Kwantlen Student Association’s constituency representative positions—meant to represent groups which traditionally face systematic barriers in accessing post-secondary education—have been left vacant with a higher frequency than the faculty or campus rep. positions. Now,... Continue Reading

KPU Acupuncture Clinic Plans Replaced With Student Placements

Students in the TCM acupuncture program will be placed in professional clinics around the Lower Mainland When KPU’s Acupuncture Diploma program was announced last year, an acupuncture clinic staffed by KPU students was meant to be one of its most important components. Through the clinic, students would be able to gain practical, professional experience. Now,... Continue Reading

KSA Hopefuls Address Student Concerns at All-Candidates Forum

Candidates in the election made their case before students go to the polls on Feb. 7 & 8 In advance of the Kwantlen Student Association general election, The Runner held an all-candidates forum on Thursday, Feb 2. to give candidates an opportunity to show their students why they are the right people to represent them... Continue Reading

KSA to Attend Leadership Conference in Oregon

$7000 released for exec. team and others to participate in NWSLC The Kwantlen Student Association approved the release of $7,000, which will cover the cost of student politicians attending February’s Northwest Student Leadership Conference, on Jan. 19. The conference will be held in Portland, Oregon’s Benson Hotel from the 24th to the 26th, and calls... Continue Reading

Who are the Third Parties?

A look at some potential underdogs in the B.C. election The 41st B.C. general election is scheduled for May 9, and although the Liberals and NDP currently dominate the legislature, there will be 24 other political parties vying for a slice of the pie. These “third parties” have an opportunity to win seats in the... Continue Reading

Vigil Held at KPU to Honour the Victims of the Quebec City Mosque Attack

Three days after the tragedy that occurred in Quebec on Jan. 29 the KPU community came together to memorialize the victims while rejecting the hateful rhetoric that lead to the act of violence. Students, staff, and other community members packed into the conference centre on KPU’s Surrey campus for the solemn, hour-long vigil. Several students... Continue Reading

Langara Publication Uncovers Corruption within Student Union

The firing of LSU’s general manager kicks off lengthy expose by The Voice Corruption in the Langara Student Union A Special edition of The Voice—Langara’s campus publication—released this past December brings allegations of misconduct by the Langara Student Union to light. In late November 2016, Langara Student Union General Manager Desmond Rodenbour was abruptly fired,... Continue Reading

Construction on the DTES is Endangering Trans Sex Workers

Gentrification putting trans sex workers at risk, study by KPU prof finds Recent construction on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has endangered trans sex workers by forcing them into more dangerous and inhospitable locations. Criminology Professor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Tara Lyons, contributed to a study published this month by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS... Continue Reading

KDocs Will Be Screening Fresh Films this February

Annual documentary festival brings new content and structure in 2017 Some of the most topical issues of the year will be studied through documentary and dialogue at this February’s KDocs festival, running in Vancity Theatre from the 16th to the 19th. As it has since it began, the festival will focus heavily on social justice,... Continue Reading

CFS Buys Anti-CFS Domain Names

In 2008 and 2013, 15 domains were registered under the Federation’s treasurer   After receiving an anonymous tip about the Canadian Federation of Students purchasing anti-CFS domains, Toronto University’s The Varsity conducted a reverse Whois lookup of the email address which confirmed that the tip was true. The search revealed that 15 domains were... Continue Reading

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