The 319 is, Officially, the Worst

“Move to the baaaack!” is something that anyone who takes the 319 bus route between Newton Exchange and Scott Road station hears a lot. It’s what the driver yells pretty much every time they stop in front of KPU’s Surrey campus during peak hours. For its part, TransLink has proposed to solve the problem by... Continue Reading

Academics Need to Stop Using Overly Complex Writing

One of my biggest pet peeves when reading academic journals, books, or course materials is when the author begins a sentence with the word “indeed.” It makes me picture the author as a top-hat-and-monocle-wearing aristocrat, stroking their chin and holding an oversized pipe to their mouth, swirling an expensive scotch and playing a game of... Continue Reading

John Singleton Taught Us About the Importance of Representation

As a writer, I spend most moments in my head, imagining and dreaming. What I see on screens has informed the way I conjure images; my mind often mimics the things I’ve seen in television shows and movies. It was alarming to realize that, because of the images I was absorbing, I spent a long... Continue Reading

Video Games and the People Who Play Them Can Change Reality

As an interactive medium that engages the player’s sense of individuality, games are uniquely capable of changing the individual and forming their sense of self. The Impact of Video Games on Identity Construction, a literature review by Charlie Ecenbarger of Ball State University, explores the role of video games in forming one’s identity. In it,... Continue Reading

Sustainability Concerns Should Keep Students Away from Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is defined by the distribution of trendy, cheap, and disposable items made available to consumers at breakneck speeds. Each season, the latest trends hit the catwalk and can be found in stores within weeks. Cheap clothing is of great interest to students in particular, who often survive on loans and tight budgets. Although... Continue Reading

Navigating Faith and Friendship Can Be a Challenge for Religious Students

Being a religious person in a post-secondary institution can sometimes be an uncomfortable experience. I was raised in a Christian household and still actively practice my faith, and when I tell people that I am often met with a variety of reactions, some more welcome than others. In no way is this limited to the... Continue Reading

KPU Students Need to Stand Together to Push for Institution-Wide Change

Throughout its history, KPU has had its share of controversial issues. These include abusive staff members, ever-increasing international tuition rates, and planning partnerships with environmentally harmful organizations. With such a diverse student body, it’s sad to see that when students are not happy with how they are being treated, they don’t have a space to... Continue Reading

From AOC to Malala, Millennials Have Plenty of People to Look Up to

If one thing is certain about millennials, it’s that we’ve got issues. We’re lousy with them. We’re up to our ears with issues. Social issues, economic issues, political issues, environmental issues, discriminatory issues. You name it, we’re living it. Despite what any overly critical pseudo-sociologist Baby Boomer will have you think, these are mostly issues... Continue Reading

For Trudeau, Feminism is Just a Brand

Feminism got a serious rebranding in the early 2010s. In an attempt to demystify gender politics and dispel harmful stereotypes, there was a widespread push to redefine what being a feminist means. This rebranding simplified feminist ideology, boiling it down to essentially one idea: the equality of the sexes. It immediately became popular—celebrities began openly... Continue Reading

Metro Van Should Learn from Copenhagen and Paint the Town Green

Denmark’s capital city, Copenhagen, is one of the world’s leading environmentally friendly cities. It is currently hoping to reduce its carbon footprint enough to become completely carbon neutral by 2025, meaning that it will have balanced its carbon emissions with carbon removal, or even eliminated carbon emissions entirely. Though Vancouver ranks third for most sustainable... Continue Reading

Wilson-Raybould is a Testament to the Long History of Liberal Party Hypocrisy

Surely, it would shock most people to unknowingly have their phone calls recorded and later used against them in a public forum. But what if they were a political leader and the person recording them was a lawyer? Perhaps they’re a federal servant being recorded by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General. It is... Continue Reading

Legalization Won’t Stop the 4/20 Protests

  This year’s 4/20 event marked 25 years of protesting cannabis laws in Vancouver. According to the event’s official website, the protest was first held in 1995 at Victory Square Park, but moved to the Vancouver Art Gallery just two years later. Back then, the event attracted about 1,000 protesters, but this year nearly 100,000... Continue Reading

To Improve our Transit System We’ve Got to Start with the Stops

I think it’s fair to say that everyone has had a bad experience with a bus station at some point. No matter where you live, somewhere, somehow, you’ll always be able to find a dingy, rundown bus stop nearby. It’s just one of life’s constants, like death and taxes. To their credit, TransLink is looking... Continue Reading

Pipeline Pressure Could Go From Bad To Worse After the Albertan Election

Just days before Albertan go to the polls on April 16, residents of B.C.—especially those interested in limiting pipeline expansion—are once again left crossing their fingers for the lesser of two evils. Over the past decade, tensions between Alberta and B.C. have steadily grown. Alberta’s economy thrives on oil and gas, and when British Columbia’s... Continue Reading

Don’t Automatically Use “Victim/Survivor” to Describe Women Who Have Been Assaulted

Disclaimer: for the purpose of this opinion I refer to those who have been sexually assaulted as mainly women, and assaulters as mainly men. This is heteronormative and is not the case 100 per cent of the time, but it is most common occurrence. Today, referring to a person as a “victim” comes with boatloads... Continue Reading