African Descent: Spoken Truth Lifts the Burden of Tokenization

African Descent: Spoken Truth gave a platform for poets and musicians of African descent to share their art on Nov. 8. Dana I.D. Matthews, a spoken word poet, started the night off with a powerful and charismatic performance. He began his set with a poem to calm his nerves, and then proceeded to make the... Continue Reading

Diversity in Decline Book Discussion Shows How the Right Wing Influences Multiculturalism

As part of an event hosted by KPU Arts, Dr. Arjun Tremblay led a discussion of his book, Diversity in Decline, at the Surrey Campus on Sept. 23. Tremblay, an associate professor at the University of Regina, tackled how multiculturalism will survive during a time when conservative governments are being elected in Canada, Britain, and... Continue Reading

KPU Student Chelsea Franz Featured at Vancouver Poetry Slam

Chelsea Franz, a student in KPU’s creative writing program, was featured at Vancouver Poetry Slam at Cafe Deux Soleil on Aug. 19, where she read from her self-published chapbook, In a Rolled-Up Kilt and Faded Black Knee-High Socks. The Vancouver Poetry Slam, which happens every Monday at Cafe Deux Soleil, is where the Vancouver spoken... Continue Reading

The Yellow Fever Comedy Showcase Challenges and Deconstructs Asian Stereotypes

Yellow Fever, a showcase of Asian comedians, was held at Red Gate Arts Society on Aug. 24 as part of the Unibrow Arts Festival. The event featured acts like Fistful of Kicks, an improv group that ended up describing a pretentious mall. Comedian Andrea Jin explained to the audience why Sleeping Beauty was her favourite... Continue Reading

Women and Two Spirit Non-Binary Students Denied Access to the Women’s Center by Campus Security

On July 18, campus security guards denied students access to the Women’s Center on the Surrey campus. Tawahum Bige, a two spirit non-binary student, Mariah Negrillo-Soor and Ainslie Glass, who are both volunteers for the Women’s Center, and another KPU student, Patricia Naguiat, were all denied entrance. KSA Women’s Representative Amei-lee Laboucan had to intervene... Continue Reading

Filipino Heritage Festival Celebrated at Civic Plaza

The Filipino Heritage Festival, held on June 22 and 24, was headlined by renowned Filipino singer Yeng Constantino and featured Filipino talent across disciplines. The two-day event showcased many performances from dance groups such as Praise Team Dance Crew, Bibak Dancers, and Philippine Historama Society. Harvic Dominguez, a Filipino fashion designer from the Mountain Province,... Continue Reading

Guest Artist Spotlight: MOSAIKNIGHTS

MOSAIKNIGHTS is a rap group that crashed and burned at one of the greasiest underground venues in Vancouver. They were fresh off of their first show when Exy Terry, a member of the group, decided to act as his own promoter for their next performance. It was their second show, at the 333, when MOSAIKNIGHTS... Continue Reading

Study Finds that People Attracted to DILFs Seek Emotional Stability in Partners

The archetypal “Dad I’d Like to Fuck” might show up in searches on websites like PornHub and xHamster, but real, academic research into why DILFS have become a contemporary phenomenon is hard to find. The ORGASM Research Lab in the department of Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University set out to fix this by creating a... Continue Reading

Growing Room Festival Offers Panel on Diversifying Academia

A panel on art and academia was held as part of Growing Room Festival, a feminist literary festival, at Native Education College on March 10. The event moderator, Emily Riddle, asked panelists Lindsay Nixon, Robyn Maynard, and Juliane Okot Bitek about their experiences as both academics and marginalized artists. Academia has been long occupied by... Continue Reading

KDocs Screens Double Feature of Films on Fred Rogers and RBG

KDocs, KPU’s annual documentary film festival, hosted a one-day event on the Surrey campus on Feb. 6. The mini festival included a screening of two documentaries—RBG and Won’t You Be My Neighbour?—each of which focused on a beloved American icon. The double feature was followed by an address from keynote speaker Ellen Woodsworth and a... Continue Reading

Slamapalooza Winner to Represent KPU Slam at Verses Festival

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s monthly poetry slam series, Slamapalooza, recently held a “season finale” of sorts to determine who would represent the KPU slam at the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam (CIPS), a one-on-one slam poetry competition which is an integral part of the annual Verses Festival. The event took place on the Surrey campus on Feb.... Continue Reading

Indigenous Burlesque Troupe Performs on Surrey Campus

The Indigenous burlesque collective known as Virago Nation performed in the first of a series of events entitled “Medicine In Our Very Bones: Gender, Sexuality and Embodied Resistance in Indigenous Burlesque” on Jan. 24. The event was held in order to educate and highlight the importance of Indigenous identity and sexuality, which is often oppressed... Continue Reading