This Year’s Diwali Festival Lights Up the KPU Surrey Campus

The KPU International celebration of Diwali festival lit up the halls of the KPU Surrey Campus on Nov. 2, when many joyful students gathered for an evening of dancing and chatter. Diwali is a five-day festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists. It represents new beginnings, light over darkness, and good... Continue Reading

The KPU Gaming Guild Hosts Revival of the Gaming Dead for Halloween

The Gaming Guild spooked KPU students for its sixth annual Halloween event, the Revival of the Gaming Dead, on Halloween this year. The event was free to attend and offered hot and fresh pizza to anyone willing to grab a free slice from a volunteer dressed up as a swordsman. The event also provided free... Continue Reading

A Critical Affair: Elizabeth May Chose a Good Time to Step Down

After 13 years of being the leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May announced she would be stepping down from the role. She maintains that she wants to keep a very active role in the party as the MP for the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding, and she wants to stay on as the party’s... Continue Reading

Kwantlen Brewing Wins Brewery of the Year Award

KPU’s Brewing and Brewery Operations program won Brewery of the Year and took home eight other awards, many of them for first place, at the British Columbia Beer Awards on Oct. 19. KPU Brewing won awards in many categories, among them the North American Amber Ale, the Pale German Beer, and The German Wheat Beer.... Continue Reading

Checking in with the Newest Multi-Faith Centre Chaplains

Earlier this year, two new chaplains joined the Multi-Faith Centre at KPU, seeking to connect with students, hold discussions around faith with them, and put smiles on their faces. Chaplains are individuals who study and represent religious or philosophical traditions, though they commonly work in non-religious environments like universities, hospitals, and other public institutions. Chaplains... Continue Reading

Vancouver Ranks Among the Most Beautiful Cities in the World

Vancouver is now considered the fifth most beautiful city in the world, according to a ranking published by FlightNetwork, an online travel agency based in Canada. According to the agency, the list was created using input from “Travel Writers, Travel Bloggers and Travel Agencies from all around the globe, who have seen and experienced the... Continue Reading

Caste Matters: An Afternoon Unpacking Caste Violence with Dr. Suraj Yengde

A seminar on the caste system in India, led by award-winning Harvard scholar and celebrated author Dr. Suraj Yengde, was held at KPU on Oct. 12. He entered a room buzzing with tension and filled to capacity with students and members from the local South Asian community. The caste system is a class-based social hierarchy... Continue Reading

KDocs Screens Because We are Girls Documentary to a Full House

The KPU Surrey Conference Center was packed with audience members awaiting the KDocs screening of Because We are Girls on Oct. 24. The waitlist exceeded over 200 people who waited in line outside hoping to get a last-minute seat to view the film. Directed by Vancouver-based filmmaker and director Baljit Sangra, Because We are Girls... Continue Reading

Vancouver Podcast Festival Prepares for Its Second Year

Vancouver is hosting its second annual VanPodFest from Nov. 7-10, welcoming guests from podcast series like Dirty John, Secret Life of Canada, The Allusionist, Red Man Laughing, Thunder Bay and Dark Poutine. It will also include local podcasters, master classes, meet ups with creators, panel discussions on podcasting, and a pod fair. Selina Crammond, the... Continue Reading

Provincial Forum Discusses Improving Accessibility Legislation

The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction hosted an open forum on accessibility legislation at the Surrey Civic Hotel on Oct. 6. The forum, which went from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, is one of several being hosted across the province from Sept. 16 to Nov. 29 as part of an ongoing consultation process... Continue Reading

Spooky Scary S...tuff to do on Halloween

The Aldor Acres experience, a fun fall event for all ages Katherine Charlton, Contributor Aldor Acres Farm is an amazing family-friendly pumpkin patch nestled away in a farming area near Fort Langley. It provides a variety of fun activities and cute animals to see. You can not only pick out your perfect pumpkin in the... Continue Reading

KPU Journalism Instructor Reflects on His Retirement After 20 Years of Teaching

At the end of August 2019, Mark Hamilton, former Chair of the KPU Journalism Department, retired after 20 years of teaching courses at KPU. Hamilton started his career in the 70s, and worked as a freelance journalist and in different editorial roles in a number of newsrooms. During his heyday, he spent time as the... Continue Reading

Pieces of Mind Conference Explores “Playing With Anxiety”

Maintaining your mental health may be serious business, but talking about it doesn’t have to be. This year, the theme for the KSA Peer Support Program’s annual Pieces of Mind Mental Health Conference was “Playing with Anxiety.” The event featured a variety of carnival games and snacks including mini donuts and ice cream on the... Continue Reading

Surrey Art Gallery’s Innovative Exhibition Connects Nature and Technology

The digital world is just as much a part of our lives—and therefore our artist inspiration—as the natural world. In one of the five art installations currently showing at the Surrey Art Gallery, Garden in the Machine, Helma Sawatsky examines what this means in today’s technology-obsessed society. “This exhibition marks 20 years of displaying artists... Continue Reading

Work by Two Young Indigenous Artists is On Display in the KPU Surrey Library

For the past several weeks, the KPU Surrey Library has displayed works of art by two young Indigenous artists, Atheana Picha and Kelsey Sparrow. Picha is a member of the Kwantlen First Nation, Sparrow’s father is of Musqueam descent, and her mother is a member of the Whitefish River First Nation. Picha creates colourful three-piece... Continue Reading