Decoda Literacy Solutions Is Working to Spread Awareness About Reading in B.C. This September

Decoda Literacy Solutions, an organization that raises awareness on literacy in B.C., has assigned September as literacy month. According to Executive Director, Margaret Sutherland, Decoda Literacy Solutions is the only B.C.-wide literacy non profit organization. They provide support, training, mentorship, and funding to literacy programs throughout the province.  Literacy plays a huge role in every... Continue Reading

Active KSA Announces Exciting Events for Students this Fall

The Kwantlen Student Association’s Active KSA program is coming back this fall with lots of fun activities planned for KPU students, including rock climbing to hiking up Buntzen Lake and Lynn Canyon.  Active KSA is an on-campus recreational organization that prides itself on offering KPU students the opportunity to participate in affordable, memorable experiences. This... Continue Reading

KPU Student Chelsea Franz Featured at Vancouver Poetry Slam

Chelsea Franz, a student in KPU’s creative writing program, was featured at Vancouver Poetry Slam at Cafe Deux Soleil on Aug. 19, where she read from her self-published chapbook, In a Rolled-Up Kilt and Faded Black Knee-High Socks. The Vancouver Poetry Slam, which happens every Monday at Cafe Deux Soleil, is where the Vancouver spoken... Continue Reading

A Rundown on KPU Clubs and How to Make Your Own

If you’re anything like me, the idea of joining a club or potentially starting one feels a little intimidating. After all, it’s never easy trying something new, and adjusting to even more change as you enter a new semester might feel like you’re biting off more than you can chew. However, clubs are supposed to... Continue Reading

The Yellow Fever Comedy Showcase Challenges and Deconstructs Asian Stereotypes

Yellow Fever, a showcase of Asian comedians, was held at Red Gate Arts Society on Aug. 24 as part of the Unibrow Arts Festival. The event featured acts like Fistful of Kicks, an improv group that ended up describing a pretentious mall. Comedian Andrea Jin explained to the audience why Sleeping Beauty was her favourite... Continue Reading

There Are up to 101 Affordable Theatre Acts to Check out at Fringe Festival

The Fringe Festival will be returning to Vancouver yet again, from Sept. 5 to 15, with most of the performances being featured on Granville Island. With 101 shows available, it’s hard to make heads or tails of what to see, but rest assured, organizers say, there’s something for everyone. The Fringe Festival may be one... Continue Reading

KPU Students’ Artwork Features at the Surrey Art Gallery

As part of the Surrey Art Gallery’s annual Arts Council of Surrey juried show, ARTS 2019 Summer Exhibition, two KPU students had a chance to share their art with the public. Ryan Broderick, a recent graduate from KPU, won first place for his broken glass ambulance sculpture titled “Distress.” Third-year student Steven Lee placed third... Continue Reading

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