(Yuta Anonuevo)

It’s All Greek To Me: The Future of Frats at KPU

Fraternities and sororities are formal, club-like groups of students who are looking to network socially, engage in community service, and throw legendary parties. Once you have pledged to your chosen frat or sorority house, you have committed to attend and promote house events and initiatives and to support members of other houses and your own.... Continue Reading

Four Ways to Keep Cool at School this Summer

If you’re stuck commuting to KPU this summer, I’m so sorry. All jokes aside, you better be prepared to endure the heat wave that will accompany you to campus over the next few months. This summer is expected to be one of the hottest ones on record, so here are just a few ways to... Continue Reading

The Runner Debates: The Ethics Behind 13 Reasons Why

Read the other half of the argument here: http://ow.ly/zCA550hR3Te Warning: this article discusses potentially triggering topics such as suicide and rape. As someone who has seen the devastation that follows a loved one’s suicide, I can confidently say that the now-infamous rape scene in 13 Reasons Why isn’t the bane of the production. It’s show’s entire underlying... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

The Runner Debates: The Ethics Behind 13 Reasons Why

Read the other half of the argument here: http://ow.ly/w9jy50hR42I Warning: this article discusses potentially triggering topics such as suicide and rape. Few shows are as polarizing as Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, which depicts the aftermath of high schooler Hannah Baker’s suicide. In the show, Hannah uses 13 audio-cassette tapes to reveal one-by-one the reasons why she... Continue Reading
Cycling through Burn's Bog. Victoria Day practice ride with a group of fellow Hong Kong bicycling enthusiasts. (Kristine Hui)
Cycling through Burn's Bog. Victoria Day practice ride with a group of fellow Hong Kong bicycling enthusiasts. (Kristine Hui)

I’m Leaving the Nest to Bike Across Canada

Every year for the last six years, I’ve asked myself if I would ever achieve my dream of biking across Canada. Now, I’m finally getting ready to begin the seven-week trip that will take me to the opposite side of the country alongside 19 other riders. When I think about the 7,550 kilometre journey ahead... Continue Reading
The BC NDP have been criticized for deleting emails in a manner that made them inaccessible to the public. (Braden Klassen)

Explainer: The NDP Email Deletion Scandal

During the NDP’s first 100 days in power, seven of Premier Horgan’s staff members and three of the party’s ministers were caught deleting emails from their work accounts.  Every single email sent by John Horgan and his closest employees was deleted. These included emails focused on policy changes, hiring staff, and setting budgets. Don Wright,... Continue Reading
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Public Transit in Metro Vancouver

It’s rush hour in the city, and between your bus being late and the rude passengers you’re already ready to call quits on the day. However, if every single commuter in Metro Vancouver were to follow my handy list of transit do’s and don’ts, getting to work or school would no longer be such an... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

The Runner Debates: Should Universities Inform Parents About a Student’s Mental Health Issues?

Read the other half of the argument here: ow.ly/DY1w50hKzCB In university, students are forced to balance full course loads and part-time jobs with financial, social, and emotional lives. It’s no wonder, then, that mental illnesses typically begin to manifest in our late teens and early twenties. There are almost never easy answers when it comes... Continue Reading
(Nicola Kwit)

The Runner Debates: Should Universities Inform Parents About a Student’s Mental Health Issues?

Read the other half of the argument here: ow.ly/NbzJ50hLBKb It’s difficult to address the question of whether universities should be able to circumvent the right to privacy to inform guardians of a student’s mental illness. There are certainly good intentions behind the argument that parents should be able to know if their child is struggling,... Continue Reading
Tristan Johnston, The Runner's resident devil's advocate and "small c conservative" pundit. (Photo by Braden Klassen, art by Danielle George)
Tristan Johnston, The Runner's resident devil's advocate and "small c conservative" pundit. (Photo by Braden Klassen, art by Danielle George)

Conservative Students Deserve Better Representation in Campus Media

It’s no mystery that, even in some of the most conservative areas, universities tend to be islands of liberalism. Because of this, it’s important to ensure that reasonable conservative voices are heard in student media. It certainly isn’t hard to find reasonable, intelligent and non-bigoted conservatives in broad Canadian media, such as Andrew Coyne, David... Continue Reading
Some critics have argued that Caucasian people wearing kimonos is a form of cultural appropriation. (Wikimedia Commons)
Some critics have argued that Caucasian people wearing kimonos is a form of cultural appropriation. (Wikimedia Commons)

A Lot of Cultural Appropriation Outrage is Needless

Some years ago, I saw a Facebook post in which someone argued that learning to speak a different language is a form of appropriation. This is a dumb argument, as the very nature of learning another language is contrary to harbouring discriminatory ideals. It takes time and effort, and if you want to get conversational... Continue Reading
Concept of a Spanish translated issue of The Runner (Epifanía Alarcón)

KPU Would Benefit From a Translated Student Newspaper

Canada is quickly becoming one of the most desirable locations for international students looking to obtain a post-secondary education. Due to the increasing number of non-native English speakers here, branching out into other languages seems like a natural strategy for publications that want to extend their readership within the student population. It especially helps further... Continue Reading
The BC Liberal party displays the typical contents of a disaster emergency kit, during a demonstration in 2014. (flickr/Province of British Columbia)
The BC Liberal party displays the typical contents of a disaster emergency kit, during a demonstration in 2014. (flickr/Province of British Columbia)

The Big One is Coming, so Be Prepared

When disaster strikes it’s best to have a plan. Preparation is key to keeping you and your loved ones safe, and handling an emergency is easier and less stressful when you know your role and have practiced what you need to do. The first step is to know the types of emergencies that could occur... Continue Reading
Many students take on unpaid work as a way of gaining relevant job experience, while sacrificing financial compensation. (Adapted: flickr/cswalken)
Many students take on unpaid work as a way of gaining relevant job experience, while sacrificing financial compensation. (Adapted: flickr/cswalken)

Working “For Experience” Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

Students should be paid for the work they do, but certain fields require them to spend an extended time working for free in order to gain experience or help grow their professional reputation. Many people feel this isn’t fair. Why should a person provide free labour just because they’re still earning their education? When trying... Continue Reading
(Konstantin Vasiliv @RESLUS)

Laws Surrounding Revenge Porn Fail to Consider Gender and Sexuality

“Revenge porn” has come back into Canada’s conversation—only this time, UBC student Moira Aikenhead hopes that changing the way it is tried will help put the blame back on the perpetrators. Revenge porn is sexually explicit material released online without the consent of—and usually, to harm the reputation of—one of the involved parties. The victim... Continue Reading