B.C. Teacher Blows Whistle on Twitter for Censoring LGBTQ2S+ Content

Editor’s Note: “Queer” is a reclaimed term, once widely used as an insult, that has been adopted by many members of the LGBTQ2S+ community in reference to the “spectrum of non-heterosexual and/or non-cisgender people,” as written in QMUNITY’s queer terminology handbook.  Joseph Tong, a teacher at UBC and in the Surrey school district, recently started... 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

Surrey’s Annual Fusion Fest: A Unique Blend of Culture and Tradition

The myriad of cultures that come together for Surrey’s annual Fusion Fest represent the cultural diversity of our community. From Peruvian flute music to Indian cuisine to traditional Chinese dance performances, the variety and authenticity of the festivities there, all within a stone’s throw from one another, is a truly beautiful sight to behold.  “I... Continue Reading

Surrey Pride Celebrates 20th Anniversary in Central City Plaza

The annual Surrey Pride festival took place in Central City Plaza, just steps away from KPU’s recently opened Civic Centre campus, on June 29. The event saw at least 1,300 attendees and was significant for a number of reasons. Not only did it fall on the 20th anniversary of Surrey Pride, but it also marked... Continue Reading

KPU Instructor Among Researchers Calling Dodgeball a “Tool of Oppression”

Earlier this month, a study labelling dodgeball as a “tool of oppression” was presented by SFU instructor Claire Robson, UBC instructor Joy Butler, and KPU instructor David Burns. Taking inspiration from the political theorist Iris Marion Young’s definition of the Five Faces of Oppression—those being violence, cultural imperialism, powerlessness, exploitation, and marginalization—the researchers behind the... Continue Reading

Seeing the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for the First Time was Weird

Like eating caviar or joining a yacht club, buying tickets to see the symphony may seem like an unnecessary indulgence for us empty-pocketed students. I had never seen a classical concert as an adult until I went to the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 100th anniversary performance on June 7, and walking into the Orpheum that night,... Continue Reading

Round-Up Cafe Celebrates 70 Years of Serving Surrey

Located only steps away from the new KPU Civic Plaza campus, Surrey Central’s Round-Up Cafe has kept the community well-fed since 1949. For most of its life, the restaurant has been owned and operated by Goldie Springenatic, who purchased it with her late husband Orest in 1959.  “[Our menu] hasn’t changed in all those years,”... Continue Reading

The Institute for Sustainable Horticulture’s Lab is Breaking Barriers in Agriculture

The Runner regrets errors published in the print version of this article in its June 11 issue. This web version is factually correct. Findings from the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture (ISH) laboratory on KPU’s Langley campus have been used to put more biological control into the hands of growers since the summer of 2009. Lisa... Continue Reading

Display in KPU Library Sheds Light on Asian Representation in Media

Students enrolled in Greg Chan’s fourth-year English course, “Topics in Film Studies: Asian Representation in Film and Media”, are tasked with analyzing the misrepresentation, exclusion, and racist depictions of Asian and Asian-American people in media. Through the course they study films as diverse as D.W. Griffith’s Lotus Blossoms (1919) to Jon Chu’s Crazy Rich Asians... Continue Reading

KPU Writing Students Read at Nonfiction Festival

Creative nonfiction is an umbrella term used to describe several new ways of narrative truth-telling. It isn’t composed in any one style, but combines elements of both journalism and creative writing to create some altogether new. To celebrate and explore new work being produced in the field of creative nonfiction, Canada’s Creative Nonfiction Collective Society... 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

KPU Students Ran an Amazing Race on June 12

On June 12, KPU students were invited to take part in a two-hour race that took them around the Surrey campus as they looked for clues, solved riddles, completed challenges, and cooperated in pairs. This was the second annual KPU edition of The Amazing Race. One competitor, Nick Gill, says he was going all out... Continue Reading

Active KSA Visits Bad Axe Throwing in Surrey

Axes aren’t generally considered sports equipment, but that’s just what they were for KPU students when Active KSA visited Bad Axe Throwing on June 7. Axe throwing is a sport in which competitors—just as the name implies—hurl axes through the air at a target while trying not to lose a limb. Bad Axe Throwing, located... Continue Reading

Pottery Exhibition Encourages the Growth of Ceramic Artists at KPU

Ceramic artists, including some fine arts students from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, had their work showcased throughout May in the Spruce Gallery on the Surrey campus. Hosted by the Fraser Valley Potters Guild, the annual juried exhibition—which this year was entitled Growth—aimed to display the work of artists at a wide variety of skill levels, from... Continue Reading

KPU Psychology Prof Dispels Evolution Myths at Science World

If humans evolved from monkeys, why do monkeys still exist? Isn’t the eye too complicated to have evolved naturally? Kwantlen Polytechnic University psychology instructor Dr. Farhad Dastur addressed these and eight other commonly held misconceptions about evolution as part of a presentation at the Telus World of Science on May 29. His talk, titled “Moths,... Continue Reading