From the Editor: How New Students Can Most Out of Their Time at KPU

Want to know how you can benefit the most from your time at KPU? The number one thing I would recommend is a cliché, but it’s true: What you get out of it depends on what you put into it. There can be so much more to this experience than just the things you learn... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: The Canadian Election Campaign 2019: Sorry, Eh?

It’s been a weird couple of weeks for Canadian politics. A number of MPs have had to issue public apologies for strange and offensive behaviour ranging in severity from the Green Party’s photoshopping a reusable cup into a picture of Elizabeth May, to Conservative candidate Arpan Khanna Tweeting some pretty vicious and threatening homophobic statements... Continue Reading

Friendship Maintenance Services are Borderline Sociopathic

Read the other side of the debate here. Customer relations management is an important part of running a successful business. Like many other aspects of work, it can be automated to a certain extent. You can use apps to keep track of your client engagement and remind you of when you should check in on... Continue Reading

2019 Election Boogaloo

Brace yourselves. Election season is coming.  Pundits and political nerds are predicting that the upcoming campaign period could be pretty hectic compared to previous ones, and the fact that social media will be used more than ever before is likely to make it worse. Then consider the recent discovery that Canadians who rely on mainstream... Continue Reading

Inside KPU’s Plan to Reduce Plastic Waste

Most people agree that, ideally, single-use plastics should be disposed of in ways that limit their impact on the environment. Plastic recycling—which uses broken-down components of certain plastic products to create new goods instead of sending them to a landfill—is the most popular method for doing this, but it’s still not being used commonly enough... Continue Reading

KPU Student Competes at Microsoft Office Specialist World Championships

Most post-secondary students have had to use a Microsoft Office program at least once during the course of their education, either for writing papers with Word, doing presentations using PowerPoint, or completing spreadsheets with Excel. Most students probably consider themselves familiar or proficient with using the programs, and some probably even consider themselves to be... Continue Reading

Why CSIS Spying on Environmentalists Is Completely Unsurprising

After years of fighting to escape a gag order, the BC Civil Liberties Association published a huge collection of documents which they say reveal that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service had been illegally spying on environmental advocates and Indigenous groups opposing the now-defunct Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. It’s reasonable to expect that CSIS would be... Continue Reading

KPU Bids Farewell to Provost and VP Academic Sal Ferrera

After six years of working for the KPU community, KPU Provost and Vice President, Academic Dr. Salvador Ferreras has moved on from the institution. In his place, Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh is now filling the position. Ferreras has been the provost since he was first appointed in 2013. Before that, he served at Vancouver Community College... Continue Reading

Ask KPU: How Do You Connect with Nature?

Photos by Kristen Frier For many, taking a step away from the hectic and often overwhelming demands of urban life can help refresh our sense of emotional wellbeing.  Each KPU campus has its own little pockets of nature, like the farm school gardens in Richmond, the greenhouses in Langley, or the forested spaces in Surrey... Continue Reading

KSA Supports CFS Ontario Provincial Court Challenge

In late May, the Canadian Federation of Students launched a court challenge in response to the Ontario government’s proposed Student Choice Initiative, a policy which would categorize particular student fees as “non-essential.” The challenge states that the initiative, which is being backed by Ontario’s Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, “improperly and arbitrarily” designates which... Continue Reading

International Students at KPU Speak Out Against Work Hour Limits

Jobandeep Singh Sandhu, a mechanical engineering student from India, was driving a truck from Montreal to Toronto in December 2017 when he was pulled over and arrested for exceeding a 20-hour work limit placed on international students. A year and a half later, he faced deportation.  A petition was created in an effort to stop... Continue Reading

How to Get More out of Life by Owning Less

When I was younger, I was really into the movie Fight Club.  The film, based off of a book by Chuck Palahniuk, is known for its depiction of violence and toxic masculinity, and for its nihilistic spite towards social conformity. I loved it because of its thematic focus on the main character’s realization that materialism... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Canada’s Brand New Political Ad Registry

Over the last five years or so, online platforms have introduced an inescapable, almost surreal level of uncertainty to political discussion. The advertising engines that drive Facebook’s and Google’s business models thrive on user engagement, and the more clicks an article receives or the more commenters a discussion involves, the more money is made through... Continue Reading

KPU Brewing Program Featured at Vancouver Craft Beer Festival

Vancouver Craft Beer Week is a glorious time of year where beer lovers and creators converge at different places around the city to nerd out about their favourite foamy beverage and indulge in a few cold ones with the community.  Each year, the week culminates in the Vancouver Craft Beer Week Tasting Festival held at... Continue Reading

Beyond the Burger

As the western world’s interest in ethical consumerism has grown, so has the popularity of plant-based proteins. A 2017 article published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services found that shoppers have been increasingly factoring ethical concerns into their food purchases, and are becoming more likely to buy organic or locally sourced foods. One... Continue Reading