From the Editor: To preserve what little identity KPU has, the university must keep its programming diverse

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is in a financial pinch right now, as you’ll read about in the cover story for this issue, and one of the unfortunate consequences is that the administration is cancelling intake into some of the university’s most beloved programs. The faculties thus far impacted by proposed cuts for the 2019-20 budget include... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Pale North

A lot has happened for the two members of Pale North since they started playing music together in Grade 9. Back then, drummer Brie Rose’s only experience with instruments was through Rock Band and guitarist Frank Hops was champing at the bit to get on stage. While they’re still best friends today, most aspects of... Continue Reading

Letter to the Editor: If you’re critical of the KSA, get informed and get involved

Editor’s Note: Tanvir Singh has been the president, vice-president university affairs, arts faculty representative, and Surrey campus representative with the Kwantlen Student Association in recent years. He has also chaired and been a member of various KSA committees This letter has been edited for length and clarity. Now that the recent election for the Kwantlen... Continue Reading

Going Global: The Balakot Airstrike

For the first time since 1971, several aircraft from the Indian Air Force crossed into Kashmir late last month to perform airstrikes on a terrorist group in retaliation for a terror attack two weeks prior. Moments later, Pakistan responded by scrambling several of their own aircraft, causing the Indian aircraft to retreat. In the ensuing... Continue Reading

Afterthought: SNC-Lavalin Finally Bursts out of the Ottawa Bubble

The national discourse regarding the SNC-Lavalin affair has escalated sharply following the revealing testimony of Jody Wilson-Raybould on Feb. 27. The controversy is based on a relatively straightforward situation: members of the prime minister’s office pressured former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould into approving a deal (called a deferred prosecution agreement) that would... Continue Reading

Afterthought: The Scourge of Cause Marketing

Everybody likes to buy things. Everybody likes to feel moral validation. Why not do both at the same time? Lucky for us consumers, there’s cause marketing, the practice of combining corporate promotion with the advancement of social causes. As it has become more commonplace for people to give their money to companies who commit to... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Biawanna

It wasn’t until Ash Weis found herself watching Janelle Monae in concert that she knew she wanted to start Biawanna, a project informed by her identity as a queer woman of colour with Indigenous Fijian and German heritage. Equal parts neo-soul, synth pop, and R&B, Biawanna’s sound is at once soft and provocative, recognizable by... Continue Reading

From the Editor: The Ford government’s move to make student fees optional could hurt B.C. campus press

As anyone working in the field will know firsthand, student journalism is rarely taken seriously. It’s a battle to earn respect and to carve out a spot for yourself in campus culture, especially if you’re a new paper like The Runner. What’s more, there’s very little public faith in the press right now, and debates... Continue Reading

Going Global: Unrecognizing Maduro

With food shortages, mass exoduses, and hyperinflation, Venezuela has been facing hardships for several years. While the crisis arguably began during the last years of the Chavez presidency, things have only gotten worse for the people who live there over time. Unlike other world crises at the moment, the problems in Venezuela aren’t the result... Continue Reading

From the Editor: What The Runner learned at the journalism conference you helped pay for

As students, you give us money to create an engaging newspaper and to help us become better journalists. The fee you pay to the Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society as part of your tuition goes not only to The Runner but also to Pulp Magazine, our school’s arts and literature publication. We share an office on... Continue Reading

Artist Spotlight: Whisper Disco

One of the first things Viviane Chiamulera did when she arrived in Vancouver from Brazil was meet her future guitarist, Darren MacDonald, at a holiday get-together. Through a friend of a friend, Chiamulera heard about MacDonald’s annual “misfits Christmas,” meant to offer a cozy, festive space for people who don’t have family to spend the... Continue Reading

From the Editor: Independent newspapers and magazines are in a pinch; here’s why you should care

It’s a strange time for independent media outlets right now, and an even stranger one for those owned by multi-million dollar companies and investors. In the transition from the golden era of journalism—when every family on the block woke up to a daily on their doorstep—to today’s digital age, it’s nearly impossible to guarantee the... Continue Reading

Afterthought: Canadian Journalists Face a Dilemma About Accepting Government Subsidies

In mid-November, the federal government proposed a subsidy to Canadian news publications by introducing tax credits and giving non-profit journalistic organizations access to tax incentives similar to ones used by charities. These measures are expected to direct about $595 million to Canadian news organizations over five years in order to help keep the industry afloat... Continue Reading

Going Global: Brexit Negotiations Remain a Mess

Shortly after the Brexit referendum results came in, many were expecting uncertainty in the days, weeks, and months ahead. But almost no one expected that there would be even more uncertainty two years down the road, and it’s looking more likely as we approach March that Brexit might not even happen. The deal that the... Continue Reading

Going Global: The U.S. is Enabling the Yemen Civil War

Yemen is to Saudi Arabia and Iran as Vietnam was to the U.S. and U.S.S.R. in the Cold War. Although there are differences between these conflicts, both saw seemingly endless humanitarian crises with children as prominent victims—all in the name of politics. Despite years of conflicts, not much has changed for Yemen in the last... Continue Reading