KPU Richmond Continues to Struggle with School Spirit

The general consensus at KPU Richmond is that, unless you’re part of a clique, there isn’t a lot of social connectivity amongst the students. At large, university students are busy people. KPU students rely on attending events held on campus and joining clubs to get involved. Unfortunately, students in Richmond say that there is seldom... Continue Reading

I Love Pineapple on Pizza and So Should You

Ananas comosus, or the common pineapple, is a medium-sized yellow fruit with a sweet tangy flavour, a half-chewy, half-crunchy texture, and a pokey, leathery outer rind crowned with an adorable little hairdo of spiky leaves on top. It tastes great by itself, in fruit salads, in pina coladas, and yes, as a topping on pizza.... Continue Reading

Your Guide to Valentine’s Day at KPU

If you’re stuck studying at KPU on Valentine’s Day, or you want to escape the harsh reality of being single, there are a few things you can do on campus—aside from crying. Then again, if you’re at KPU on the most “romantic” day of the year, that’s a valid reason to cry. For all the... Continue Reading

It's Time To Hold Hecklers Accountable

Words are more powerful than many realize. The right words can be used to empower one another, raise the goosebumps on our arms, and enrich our lives. On the other hand, words can also be used to demean and destroy a person’s feeling of security. Heather Butts, a CTV Atlantic reporter, was broadcasting live outside... Continue Reading

Vancouver’s Trump Tower is a “Shithole”

A poll from The Vancouver Sun on Jan. 17 asked readers if they would visit Vancouver’s Trump Tower after the President made racist remarks about rejecting immigrants from “shithole countries.” 1,343 people participated in the poll, and of those, 63 per cent said they wouldn’t visit the building. Users on Yelp left derogatory comments about... Continue Reading

NAFTA Probably Isn’t Going Anywhere

Donald Trump would have you believe that he could “tear up” NAFTA at any given moment, but don’t worry, that’s just how they do in New York. While there has been a lot of talk about how turbulent negotiations have been between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., it’s more likely than not that NAFTA will... Continue Reading

Invest in Cryptocurrency the Smart Way

By now, most people have been told that investing in cryptocurrency can make you rich if you know enough about investing and economics. But, if you’re like me, you really have no idea what you’re doing. Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency, or e-currency, that was developed in 2009. Bitcoin’s purpose is for people to... Continue Reading

KPU’s Stern Smoke-Free Policy Might Just Be What Students Need to Quit

Kwantlen Polytechnic University became smoke-free on Jan. 21, with the announcement being made via email to students and faculty at the end of Sept. 2017. Other post-secondary institutions in Canada have also made the switch to smoke-free campuses, with more than 10 boasting 100 per cent smoke-free policies, including Emily Carr College of Art and... Continue Reading

Merriam-Webster Stays Relevant With Its 2017 Word of the Year

Every January, the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries choose their “Word of the Year”, taking into consideration the trends, themes, and major events that were prevalent over the past 365 days. For 2016, Oxford awarded bestowed its annual award on “post-truth”, which it defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less... Continue Reading

“Bell Let’s Talk Day” Breaks the Silence on Mental Illness

It’s 2018, but people are still frightened to speak publicly about mental health. We see this when someone with a physical health condition is treated with empathy, while those suffering from depression, anxiety, or mood disorders are shunned and stigmatized. For the eighth year in a row, Bell has been helping people talk about mental... Continue Reading

KPU Should Follow These New Year’s Resolutions

Well, KPU family, it’s finally a new year. This is the time to start working on all of our resolutions for 2018—most of which we’ve already given up by the second week of January but, hey, it’s the thought that counts. As students, we’re constantly under pressure to meet our academic standards, and yet many... Continue Reading

Can we Distance Artists from their Artwork?

As more reports of sexual assault allegations and misconduct in Hollywood are made public with each day, discussions about blacklisting celebrities for their actions have become increasingly relevant. People are questioning if it’s okay to still see that movie starring an abusive artist, or to watch their Netflix special. Two of The Runner’s staff members... Continue Reading

Cannabis Sales Need to Involve a Mental Health-Conscious Marketing Plan

Legalization of recreational marijuana use in Canada is expected to be debated and ultimately implemented this year, and while this comes as a welcome change for many residents, there are reasons to be cautious about it. Under the Cannabis Act, or Bill C-45, the federal government will oversee production and manufacturing of the drug, while... Continue Reading

The Site C Dam Should Not be Tolerated

A decision has finally been made about the controversial Site C Dam. The current premier of B.C., John Horgan, announced on Dec. 11 that the project will be going forward. The Site C Dam received its name as the third site for a major provincial dam—the first site being for the W.A.C. Bennett Dam and... Continue Reading

Fentanyl Dealers Should Face Manslaughter Charges for Causing Fatal Overdoses

Society is quick to write off the drug users on Vancouver’s streets as expendable, or as junkies unworthy of our attention and the government’s cash. Even though media covers the province’s fentanyl crisis, the reports are so frequent that they often go unnoticed, and they don’t typically mention the people who supply the fentanyl. British... Continue Reading