KPU brewing students unveil their year-end signature beer collection

Twelve second-year brewing students had to get a little crafty in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s brewlab for their final year-end project. Approaching the end of their two-year program, the students collaborated in teams to create their own limited edition signature beers. This included the recipe, manufacturing, quality control, and marketing. The four brews were the Peak... Continue Reading

A word from KPU’s newest Senate and Board of Governors student representatives

In early April, the 2021 election results for Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Senate and Board of Governors were announced. Voted in by fellow KPU students, the four student representatives elected to KPU’s Senate were Olivia Takaoka, Xavier Ardez, Purru Sandhu, and Remi Jazvine Zulfikar Reshma. Elected to the Board of Governors as student representatives were Rahul... Continue Reading

Ontario’s newest COVID restrictions serve as a stark warning

Earlier this year, modelling projections revealed that if Ontario reacted proactively, we could halt a third COVID wave. Instead, the measures we enacted were reactive, and the variants overwhelmed us. The third wave is here, and we’re drowning. Instagram is flooded with photos of Vancouverites drinking on sun-bathed patios and having beach gatherings. I look... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Dr. Gira Bhatt

Dr. Gira Bhatt is an instructor in Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s department of psychology who specializes in studying youth behaviour, prejudice, and gang violence. Her interest in this subset of human behaviour spans many years, and focuses on the factors that can help prevent vulnerable youth from falling into a life of crime. She received the... Continue Reading

KPU nearing completion of animal care policy

Researchers and students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University who involve animals in their studies will soon have an official framework for how those animals must be treated. Spearheaded in January 2020, the Animal Care Policy task force was given the job of developing a policy based on the standards laid out by the Canadian Council on... Continue Reading

Protecting the last of B.C.’s old-growth forests

While most people picture British Columbia as blanketed by lush green forests, most of B.C.’s old-growth forests are in fact gone, having been cut down by logging. A 2020 study penned “BC’s Old Growth Forest: A Stand for Biodiversity” revealed that the amount of environmentally vital old-growth forest in B.C. isn’t nearly as high as... Continue Reading

B.C. rewrites gendered language in provincial legislation

About 600 instances of gendered language in provincial legislation have been rewritten to include all gender identities, with more on the way. The changes are meant to ensure that all British Columbians have equal access to government services, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, race or cultural beliefs, according to the official press release.... Continue Reading

Student housing tower in Surrey Central given the green light

A new skyscraper will be gracing the Surrey skyline in the coming years, and with it, an option for post-secondary students in search of housing. The GEC Education Mega Center is being developed by CIBT Education Group and will be a mixed-use residential and commercial skyscraper. Following public hearings, the project received the green light... Continue Reading

March is going greener with the Campus Ecochallenge

St. Patrick’s Day might be on March 17, but that’s not the only thing that’s going extra green this month The Campus Ecochallenge kicked off this month, a free platform where individuals or teams at post-secondary institutions participate in various sustainable actions, earn points, compete with others, and learn about their environmental footprint along the... Continue Reading

Explainer: A brief history of the Site C hydroelectric dam

What is perhaps the most controversial infrastructure project in B.C.’s history is forging ahead despite stiff opposition. In a Feb. 26 press conference, Premier John Horgan remained steadfast in his NDP government’s goal to complete construction on the Site C dam, which was approved by the former Liberal government in 2014. Ceasing construction, Horgan said,... Continue Reading

The NASA space program gives us all something to root for

As a young girl, I dreamt of becoming an astronaut. I’d even planned the physics, mathematics, and engineering courses I’d have to take to have a chance of being blasted into outer space. I soon realized, however, that I’m not good at any of them. Needless to say, that dream never got off the ground,... Continue Reading

Catching up with KPU’s Muslim Student Association

For the past 11 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down. At KPU, in-person education at the five bustling campuses was traded for online learning. It’s not just the students and instructors who’ve had to readjust to the new normal, but also KPU’s extracurriculars. Wajeeha Rahman, president of KPU’s Muslim Student Association,... Continue Reading

Explainer: Parliament passes motion declaring China’s treatment of Uyghurs a genocide

A symbolic motion recognising the genocide of Uyghurs in China passed in the House of Commons with a vote of 266-0 on Feb. 22. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the entire Liberal cabinet abstained from the vote. Tabled by the Conservative Party, the motion stipulates that China has engaged in actions consistent with United Nations... Continue Reading

KPU launches student-led Peer Wellness Program

For students hoping to learn more about mental and physical health resources offered by KPU, a new program will soon be able to provide that where students can access it from the comfort of home. The Peer Wellness Program is a brand new, volunteer-led initiative launching on Feb. 22. Virtual drop-in sessions are hosted by... Continue Reading

For one woman, adventure is only a SkyTrain ride away

When people plan a vacation, they dream of tropical beaches or cities teeming with history. But for Rachel Marshik, locations like Marine Drive and Moody Centre made their way onto her itinerary. The COVID-19 pandemic impacted Marshik’s yearly international travel plans. Despite border lockdowns, she continued with tradition, and staying local, by travelling as far... Continue Reading