Surrey-Newton Candidates Debate at KPU Election Forum

Dr. Ross Pink, an instructor and chair of the political science department at KPU, hosted a federal election forum on the Surrey campus featuring Liberal candidate Sukh Dhaliwal, NDP candidate Harjit Singh Gill, and Conservative candidate Harpreet Singh on Sept. 26. The forum was attended by KPU students and Surrey residents. After a brief introduction... Continue Reading

Health Officials Say Evidence Ties Vaping to Lung Damage and Disease

Seeing someone vaping using an e-cigarette at a bus stop or on their walk between classes has become a common occurrence. Originally invented to assist cigarette smokers looking to wean off nicotine, vaping has become a huge trend all across North America. Health officials have speculated that vaping is not a consequence-free alternative to smoking... Continue Reading

How the Surrey Police Force is Progressing to Replace The RCMP

By April 1, 2021, Surrey could have its own municipal police force up and running—that is, if Surrey residents are still in favour of it.  the B.C. provincial government approved Mayor Doug McCallum’s plan to replace the RCMP with a Surrey Police Force on Aug. 22. During the last municipal election, McCallum made crime a... Continue Reading

Explainer: KPU’s History with Varsity Sports

Varsity sports used to have a large presence in KPU’s campus life. There were eight varsity teams, totalling at 92 student athlete participants at the time of the sports program’s cancelation. The sports included in the program were men and women’s basketball and soccer, men’s golf, and women’s badminton. The school’s teams were known as... Continue Reading
A celebration of the B.C. Francophone community at the Legislature

Francophone Rights Group Launches Awareness Campaign #MonéducationNotredroi

“#MonéducationNotredroit” or “My education, your rights” is what the Conseil Scolaire Francophone du la Colombie-Britannique (CSF-CB) is naming its new campaign to raise awareness for a case heading towards the Supreme Court of Canada. CSF-CB, also known as School District No. 93, is the B.C. school district which covers all francophone public schools in the... Continue Reading

KPU is Being “Shortchanged” Compared to Other B.C. Universities, Instructor Says

Here in the Lower Mainland, KPU offers an affordable post-secondary education compared to other schools in the province. However, while other college regions receive an average of over $100 of funding per resident, KPU receives about $72 per region resident according to a report released by KPU instructor Geoff Dean. “We’ve been getting half of... Continue Reading

No End in Sight to the Humanitarian Crisis Afflicting 80 per cent of Yemen’s Population

Out of the 28 million people who live in Yemen, a country at the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula in Western Asia, approximately 22 million of them are in need of aid. The United Nations Refugee Agency is calling it “a neglected crisis.” Reportedly, 17 million are going without adequate food, two million have... Continue Reading

After 25 Years at KPU, Music Instructor Don Hlus Has Been Laid Off

KPU Music Instructor and Director of Guitar Don Hlus has “regrettably accepted” a full layoff. The layoff comes after a recent suspension of student intake into KPU’s music program, which is impacting the workload of the music faculty. “Regarding my own situation, I don’t anticipate returning to KPU and part of me simply wants to... Continue Reading

Women and Two Spirit Non-Binary Students Denied Access to the Women’s Center by Campus Security

On July 18, campus security guards denied students access to the Women’s Center on the Surrey campus. Tawahum Bige, a two spirit non-binary student, Mariah Negrillo-Soor and Ainslie Glass, who are both volunteers for the Women’s Center, and another KPU student, Patricia Naguiat, were all denied entrance. KSA Women’s Representative Amei-lee Laboucan had to intervene... Continue Reading

What Post-Graduate Success Means to KPU Students

Whether it’s building a home, finding a community, helping others, or simply being good at what you do, “success” covers such a broad range of things in life that we can often become uncertain of what it means. The Runner asked KPU students what a successful life post-graduation looks like for them. To accomplish this,... Continue Reading

Instructors Express Concern over Accessibility Barriers Within KPU’s Complaint Filing Policy

KPU’s policy on filing complaints about instruction, services, employees, or university conduct may be fundamentally inaccessible to vulnerable students, according to two concerned faculty members. Also known as policy AD2, the document lays out a series of principles and procedures that must be followed by anyone using it as a framework to file a complaint.... Continue Reading

Activist Group Sikhs for Justice to March on UN for India Independence Day

On India’s Independence Day, which falls on Aug 15, the human rights group Sikhs for Justice will march on the United Nations headquarters in New York to highlight “human rights abuses of Sikhs in [the Indian province of] Punjab by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government.” These human rights abuses include the denial of political rights,... Continue Reading

CASA Report Challenges the Idea that Student Voters are Apathetic

A report recently released by a non-partisan, not-for-profit group called the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) explores “what motivates 18-25 year olds leading up to the federal election.” The report addresses the myth that young people are too apathetic to go out and vote. One of its first key findings is that, “contrary to... Continue Reading

News Brief: Kwantlen Student Association Manages Internal Data Breach

The Runner received an anonymous tip that the Kwantlen Student Association had been “attacked by ransomware” and consequently lost “confidential personnel data” on May 31. However, according to KSA Executive Director Ben Newsom and President David Piraquive, there is no evidence to support that such an attack was made against the association in hopes of... Continue Reading

KPU Bids Farewell to Provost and VP Academic Sal Ferrera

After six years of working for the KPU community, KPU Provost and Vice President, Academic Dr. Salvador Ferreras has moved on from the institution. In his place, Dr. Sandy Vanderburgh is now filling the position. Ferreras has been the provost since he was first appointed in 2013. Before that, he served at Vancouver Community College... Continue Reading