Surrey Doesn’t Need to Ban Vape Shops

Remember when it seemed like everyone and their mom had a fidget spinner? You could find those puppies everywhere from convenience stores and gas stations to mall kiosks. This sensational trend eventually died out, as even the most trendy trends tend to do. But vaping, on the other hand, has all the fashionable qualities of... Continue Reading

We Should all be Judging Matthew Begbie

Looking back at human history helps us predict obstacles that we may face going forward, but it isn’t always a pleasant experience. Such is the case while reflecting on Judge Matthew Begbie, a lawyer and politician who was alive from 1819 to 1894. He was honored by having a statue of his likeness placed in... Continue Reading

Learn Something New This Summer

For KPU students who aren’t taking classes this summer, the days between May and September may include some rare leisure time. I always feel like summer is the best time to pick up a new skill or to get reacquainted with something you once loved, but I also easily get overwhelmed by all the ways... Continue Reading

What We Do with Our Bodies After We Die Can Change Our Views of Mortality

It can be scary to think about planning your own funeral. For many of us, death is a soundless and gaping black hole that plagues our minds and bodies, only serving to remind us about the impermanence of our fleshy vessels. But instead of mourning the loss of life, some companies are finding new ways... Continue Reading

If You Want to Have a Laugh in Vancouver, Go Underground

People who still think of Vancouver as the “no fun city” usually don’t know where to find local and independently-run events—partially because they aren’t always happening downtown. This is especially true for our city’s underground comedy scene. Over the years I’ve lived in Vancouver, I have heard countless people tell me that comedy in Vancouver... Continue Reading

Add Some Spice to Your Life by Trying Something New

As students, we often get to feel like we’re making constant progress towards the ultimate goal of getting our degrees. This can be mentally and physically exhausting, but at least it creates a sense of bringing us closer and closer to success. However, there can be days when we have no drive to push forward,... Continue Reading

The 319 is, Officially, the Worst

“Move to the baaaack!” is something that anyone who takes the 319 bus route between Newton Exchange and Scott Road station hears a lot. It’s what the driver yells pretty much every time they stop in front of KPU’s Surrey campus during peak hours. For its part, TransLink has proposed to solve the problem by... Continue Reading

Academics Need to Stop Using Overly Complex Writing

One of my biggest pet peeves when reading academic journals, books, or course materials is when the author begins a sentence with the word “indeed.” It makes me picture the author as a top-hat-and-monocle-wearing aristocrat, stroking their chin and holding an oversized pipe to their mouth, swirling an expensive scotch and playing a game of... Continue Reading

John Singleton Taught Us About the Importance of Representation

As a writer, I spend most moments in my head, imagining and dreaming. What I see on screens has informed the way I conjure images; my mind often mimics the things I’ve seen in television shows and movies. It was alarming to realize that, because of the images I was absorbing, I spent a long... Continue Reading

Video Games and the People Who Play Them Can Change Reality

As an interactive medium that engages the player’s sense of individuality, games are uniquely capable of changing the individual and forming their sense of self. The Impact of Video Games on Identity Construction, a literature review by Charlie Ecenbarger of Ball State University, explores the role of video games in forming one’s identity. In it,... Continue Reading

Sustainability Concerns Should Keep Students Away from Fast Fashion

Fast fashion is defined by the distribution of trendy, cheap, and disposable items made available to consumers at breakneck speeds. Each season, the latest trends hit the catwalk and can be found in stores within weeks. Cheap clothing is of great interest to students in particular, who often survive on loans and tight budgets. Although... Continue Reading

Navigating Faith and Friendship Can Be a Challenge for Religious Students

Being a religious person in a post-secondary institution can sometimes be an uncomfortable experience. I was raised in a Christian household and still actively practice my faith, and when I tell people that I am often met with a variety of reactions, some more welcome than others. In no way is this limited to the... Continue Reading

KPU Students Need to Stand Together to Push for Institution-Wide Change

Throughout its history, KPU has had its share of controversial issues. These include abusive staff members, ever-increasing international tuition rates, and planning partnerships with environmentally harmful organizations. With such a diverse student body, it’s sad to see that when students are not happy with how they are being treated, they don’t have a space to... Continue Reading

From AOC to Malala, Millennials Have Plenty of People to Look Up to

If one thing is certain about millennials, it’s that we’ve got issues. We’re lousy with them. We’re up to our ears with issues. Social issues, economic issues, political issues, environmental issues, discriminatory issues. You name it, we’re living it. Despite what any overly critical pseudo-sociologist Baby Boomer will have you think, these are mostly issues... Continue Reading

For Trudeau, Feminism is Just a Brand

Feminism got a serious rebranding in the early 2010s. In an attempt to demystify gender politics and dispel harmful stereotypes, there was a widespread push to redefine what being a feminist means. This rebranding simplified feminist ideology, boiling it down to essentially one idea: the equality of the sexes. It immediately became popular—celebrities began openly... Continue Reading