From the Editor: A Year of The Runner in Review and What’s to Come for 2020

January is always an exciting time for The Runner staff. Having just come back from Canada’s annual student journalism conference, NASH, our newsroom usually kicks off the new year full of passion and ideas. This year is no different. And although 2020 marks my fifth year with the paper — as well as my fifth... Continue Reading

What It Takes to Get a Snow Day at KPU

As soon as snow shows up in the forecast, Marlyn Graziano picks up her phone to schedule meetings and gather troops for scoping out roads and sidewalks. As the university’s vice-president of external affairs, she is the primary point of contact for anyone interested in how KPU makes the decision to either shut down or... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Now that we’re big kids, the holidays just aren’t what they used to be

With each passing year, it becomes harder to tell if the holidays were immeasurably more magical as a kid or if the world just isn’t fit for fun anymore. Admittedly, things get a little less whimsical after you find out Santa isn’t real or discover that the gently falling snow outside is actually due to... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Nimkish

Nimkish Younging’s evolution as an artist is a tale of metamorphosis as much as it is a testament to art created through hardship. Her debut album, Heartbreak on the Coast, is a creative representation of the time she spent grappling with her identity as a queer Indigenous woman — a struggle that remained private until... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Use streaming services to educate yourself and stay #woke over the holidays

These days, it seems like every producer and their dog is making a cutting-edge documentary or weaving bold, progressive narratives into their series scripts. If you look at the Netflix homepage, you’ll see a whole bunch of social commentary rife with comedy and drama. Many of the most popular shows on right now like Dear... Continue Reading

When B.C. Goes Up in Flames, Rural Communities Need the Most Support

In 2017, British Columbia was swallowed by a wildfire season that left the skies hazy, rural communities devastated, and families displaced. The province declared a 70 day-long state of emergency, the longest in its history and the first to be declared since the similarly sized wildfire season of 2003. More than 65,000 residents were displaced... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Girlsnails

Jackson Bell was starry-eyed at a talent show when he first grew interested in playing music with Michael Robertson, the guitarist who would later become one of eight members of the Surrey-born and based math rock band Girlsnails. Alone with his guitar on stage, a teenaged Robertson performed a progressive metal riff which impressed Bell... Continue Reading

News Brief: RCMP Deport Three International Students After Investigating Public Fights in Surrey

Three international students have been deported due to a violent altercation that took place in Strawberry Hills in August, and the visas of three others are under review as a result of another incident that took place along 128 Street on Nov. 11. Both of these fights, which took place in large groups, were caught... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Don’t cry — here are some recent wins for climate action

There, there. I know it’s been a hard year for all the environmentalists out there, but buck up! There is a silver lining, such as the bankruptcy of leading coal giant Murray Energy and a slew of other natural resource companies. Yay! “Murray Energy, once a symbol of American mining prowess, has become the eighth... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: mellowhaunt

Aliens, deserts, and “masturbating to static TV” are some of the images you might find drifting through your head as you listen to dark pop duo mellowhaunt’s first record, set to be released on Feb. 28 at Red Gate on Main Street. The concept for the album came about when half of mellowhaunt, Matthew DeBeer... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Now that the scariest season of the year is over (bye-bye, election 2019), let’s celebrate Halloween

Go on and breathe a deep sigh of relief, because the election is finally over. Whatever happened happened, and we’re stuck with it for the next four years. Yay, democracy! Regardless of how you feel about our new government, Halloween is on its way, and that means it’s time to bust out your pumpkin-carving knives... Continue Reading

A Personal Take on Vancouver's Psychic Circuit

Five hundred years after the death of Christ, using crystal balls to detect messages from the spirit realm was outlawed in the Roman Empire, and the once-commonly accepted practice of crystallomancy faded from the mainstream Western world. Crystallomancy, or seeing meaningful visions in reflective or clear materials, is one of many purported ways of seeking... Continue Reading

How the Major Parties in Canada’s 2019 Election Plan to Improve Public Transportation

As a service directly related to environmentalism, commerce, and labour, public transit is an integral element of all of the major parties’ platforms in this year’s federal election. While each of them—including the Green Party, Liberal Party, Conservative Party, and New Democratic Party—aim to address the concerns of commuters from all around the country, how... Continue Reading

This Humanitarian Advocates for Crossing Party Lines

Claire Barrat, raised in a small town on Vancouver island, has “always been more of a left-wing voter,” but didn’t start working on campaigns for progressive change until last year. Since then, she has decided to stay unaffiliated with any particular party. It took time and experience for her to make that decision, however. While... Continue Reading

Sugar Babies in School are Skipping Out on Student Debt

“You + SeekingArrangement = No Student Debt”. So says the advertisement for Sugar Baby University, the collective of post-secondary students using the sugar dating website SeekingArrangement. And apparently, in many cases, that equation adds up. According to the site, over 4.2 million students worldwide are on SeekingArrangement to find sugar daddies and mommies, and the... Continue Reading