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

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