The Case Against Tim Hortons

Everyone who has been to the Cedar building knows that the Tim Hortons on KPU’s Surrey campus is easily the most popular destination for students looking to grab a quick coffee or snack in between classes. Most items on the Tim’s menu cost less than similar ones at the Grassroots or the cafeteria, and its... Continue Reading

What Other Departments Could Learn from My Favourite KPU Course

You won’t often see me racing down the narrow and crowded halls of KPU, itching to get a front row seat in class. I’m more of a “stroll in 10 minutes late with a venti chai latte and a dumbfounded look on my face as the instructor collects papers” type of student. The fall 2016... Continue Reading

The War on Women Rages on in Media and Reality

I recently started watching The Handmaid’s Tale and quickly became enthralled by its drama and characters. Then I felt terrified because that fictional world isn’t too far off from our own. In the critically acclaimed Hulu series, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, a religious dictatorship governs the Republic of Gilead—formerly the United States—where women... Continue Reading

The Dangers of The Amazon

Jeff Bezos’s net worth reached a staggering $150 billion on July 16, finally granting him the title of the world’s richest man. Bezos is the owner and founder of Amazon, the largest online commerce company in the world, which offers an expansive catalog of products from technology to groceries. By diversifying his areas of investment,... Continue Reading

Put It in Me: Linking IUDs and Endometriosis

For the past 13 years I have been at war with my uterus. It has been a painful, bloody, and sometimes crippling battle. Reinforcements, also known as doctors, have been less than helpful. I went to them in search of weapons and tactics to use in this epic conflict, which I’m sure Hans Zimmer would... Continue Reading

What I Learned from Being a Hufflepuff

I am a Hufflepuff. I am loyal, kind, and particularly good at finding things. But a few years ago, I would never have admitted that. I remember being called “weird” and a “know-it-all” every day. I remember the nasty, bitter tone that laced every vowel. I remember that pit in my stomach I’d feel. It... Continue Reading

Millennials Shouldn’t Ignore the Stock Market

Note: This article does not constitute investment advice and should be read as an opinion based on the experience of the writer. The writer has no securities qualifications. Capitalism has left a bad taste in the mouths of a lot of millenials. Bankrate found in a 2016 survey that only one-third of people aged 18... Continue Reading

What I Wish Student Orientation Had Taught Me

First-year orientation is a great way to learn about resources designed to help new students transition from high school to university. During the typically day-long event, students are given a tour of the campus to identify important offices and facilities. They’re also told how to engage with the Kwantlen Student Association, which will advocate for... Continue Reading

Protecting Yourself from Data Breaches Just Got Personal

Hackers may not be specifically targeting you, but if they are targeting a larger business or service that you use, you are still at risk of having your personal information leaked or sold to the highest bidder. Companies may claim that their online security is invulnerable but, in reality, that is not the case. While... Continue Reading

Let’s Talk About Sex Toys, Baby

Girls are expected to talk about boys—in particular, the sex they have with boys—but very rarely do our coming-of-age stories include sharing the intimate relationships we have with our own bodies. Growing from kids into women, we’re very seldom encouraged by those around us to discuss the details of our sexuality unless they revolve around... Continue Reading

Talking About the Orcas Won’t Be Enough to Save Them

Last month, my boyfriend and I vacationed in Victoria for the first time. While sailing to Vancouver Island, I peered over the edge of the ferry at the ocean below, silently wishing to see a black dorsal fin breaching the surface of the water. Though I didn’t see one, it got me thinking about how... Continue Reading

Buck the Chilliwack Rodeo

Earlier this month, The Fraser Valley Animal Rights Association staged a peaceful protest at the Chilliwack Rodeo. The Association drew the support of actor and outspoken animal right activist Pamela Anderson, who called for an end to “rodeo cruelty in Chilliwack” on Twitter. The reason why the Chilliwack rodeo was singled out is because it... Continue Reading

Despite Noble Intentions, Callout Culture Isn’t Effective

When Jordan Peterson held a rally in opposition to language policing at the University of Toronto in 2016, the event was stormed by a group of students who disagreed with his stance. They publicly denounced him because they perceived his statements as a form of bigotry. During the rally, students for and against Peterson’s views... Continue Reading

Political Instability in Brazil Threatens the Financial Security of International Students

Since the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, political polarization has kept the country divided and in perpetual conflict. On the one hand, there are those who regard the impeachment as an undemocratic coup to conceal third-party interests. On the other are those who support the impeachment, claiming to be fed up with... Continue Reading
Brightly colored straws thrown around on a table. Some of them are showing the lower side of the tube, with only a few of the flexible heads visible. The colors range from blue to red tones.(flickr/Horia Varlan)

Banning Plastic Straws Raises Questions About Inclusivity and Effectiveness

In May, Vancouver became the first major Canadian city to ban the use of plastic straws and foam containers by restaurants and food vendors. The ban, which will come into effect in June of next year, is just one of a number of initiatives that the city is undertaking to eliminate the disposal of solid... Continue Reading