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

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

Conference Aims to Educate Arts Students on How to Find a Job After Graduation

Arts students are often unsure of how they will find a job after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Unfortunately, there are a few things Google can’t tell you about networking and what to say when employers ask about your education.  To help fill those gaps, students can consider attending the NEXT: Arts Student... Continue Reading

Battle the Freshman 15 with Healthy Alternatives to Emotional Eating

Oh, the freshman 15. Most students know that the freshman 15 refers to the weight gain new students experience during the first year of university due to stress and busier schedules that allow less time for self-care. Most students also want to avoid it like the plague. In order to achieve that, they get gym... Continue Reading

Poking Around the Free Acupuncture Clinic at KPU Richmond

On September 9, I was stabbed repeatedly. And it felt great.  I’m talking about acupuncture, a medical practice that is shrouded in stigma in Western cultures (everyone cringes when they hear the word “needle”), but is actually an effective means of treatment that’s offered for free here at KPU. What normally costs $100 or more... Continue Reading