Spectrum: There’s no one way to celebrate Pride

It’s that time of the year again. When, depending on where you are, rainbows in shop windows become a part of your everyday jaunt around town, and countless debates pop up about who should or should not, be most visible and why. June, Pride Month, is underway. And already, there are debates about who should... Continue Reading

From the Editor: It's time for Canada to commit to actions, not words, in addressing the needs of Indigenous people

On May 27, Chief Rosanne Casimir of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation, along with the help of a ground-penetrating radar specialist, confirmed the presence of the remains of the 215 children at an unmarked burial site in a former residential school in Kamloops. Many of them were presumed missing by family members and friends.... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Dr. Alana Abramson

Dr. Alana Abramson is a criminology instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University who is currently working on incorporating restorative justice into campus life. With around 20 years of experience in the restorative justice field, Abramson emphasizes how culturally, we should take a step away from viewing justice through the lens of punishing, excluding, and shaming people.... Continue Reading

Diving in with Dani: Planning out your garden this summer

Picking the literal fruits of your labour off the vine they grew on is one of the most satisfying feelings one can feel. Or, at least, this is what my mom tells me every summer when she brings in seemingly endless baskets of freshly-grown produce from our garden. I am not very knowledgeable about gardening,... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Dr. Balbir Gurm

Dr. Balbir Gurm is a nursing instructor at KPU, and she has been a part of the KPU community for over 30 years. Gurm is also the founder of NEVR (Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships). She recently won the 2021 B.C. Achievement Foundation Community Award. “I feel privileged and honoured that someone on the... Continue Reading

Beyond the Match: The WNBA should consider expanding to Toronto

The Women’s National Basketball Association 2021 season started on May 14, and in just a few days, fans have seen amazing basketball. The season opener featured two game-winning shots, one from Sabrina Ionescu, point guard for the New York Liberty, and another from WNBA legend Diana Taurasi. There was a 27 per cent increase in... Continue Reading

Culture Envy: Chatting with Cassidy Mackenzie

At four years old, Cassidy Mackenzie began violin lessons and fell in love with music. Shortly after, she expanded to guitar, bass, drums, and piano. In Sept. 2020, while living in her parents’ apartment in Vancouver, Mackenzie posted a cover of the 1975’s song “If You’re Too Shy”, which got over 150,000 views. Now, only... Continue Reading

Meet KPU: Marlyn Graziano

Marlyn Graziano is currently KPU’s vice president of external affairs and the chief executive of the KPU Foundation. She previously worked as a journalist and later an editor and publisher of Lower Mainland regional newspapers before joining KPU as the director of external and government affairs in 2013. Her roles include overseeing “marketing, communications, alumni... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Be wary of businesses using eco-labels and greenwashing techniques

There is always that aisle in a retail store promoting “sustainability.” It’s usually minimalist, has signs of cardboard somewhere, and has the colour green proudly displayed on the items. Unfortunately, most of these objects have a little tint of greenwash, which is not only found in stores but also other resource industries that desperately want... Continue Reading

Spectrum: Queer as Funk takes the stage

When Alison Gorman began performing with the butch choir Leadfoot, she felt like she had finally found her community. “In that choir, I had the great opportunity to meet people who looked like me,” says Gorman, who is both manager and trumpet player for the band. “It’s such an amazing thing to finally find your... Continue Reading

Diving in with Dani: Going to the gym during the pandemic

There’s nothing quite like the relief of flopping down onto my couch after some sweaty, chest-heaving exercise. For me, the best part is when that post-workout mental clarity starts to shine through the ever-lingering, thick fog of pandemic burnout. It’s become an important part of taking care of my mental health, and I know I’m... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Twirl and shake during International Dance Day

I did one of the hardest styles of dance in the world: ballet. If you think I’m lying, try Googling “the hardest style of dance” and ballet will come on top. The International Theatre Institute founded International Dance Day in 1982 to be celebrated every year on April 29, which is Jean-Georges Noverre’s birthday, who... Continue Reading

From the Editor: How the Catholic Church found new ways to celebrate Easter during COVID-19

Just days before Easter week, B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced a “circuit breaker,” pausing indoor dining, fitness, and indoor religious gatherings. However, the Catholic Church got creative for the Holy Week and the Latino community from Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Surrey hosted a drive-in for Good Friday and Resurrection... Continue Reading

Diving in with Dani: Making salsa roja with avocado

There is often a tea towel slung over Felipe Penaloza’s shoulder when he roams between the kitchen counter and the hot stove, his brow furrowed in thought and concentration. Cumbia music vibrates through the shared wall of my bedroom and the kitchen on weekend mornings, accompanied by my dad’s offkey singing, the buzzing of the... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Keeping up with the KSA

During on-campus welcome weeks, the Kwantlen Student Association set up tents in order to showcase their services to students eager to get involved in the university. They would play music, and offer games and food in order to attract people and welcome newcomers. Then, once the week was over, it seemed to a lot of... Continue Reading