Star Wars Episodes I-III: concentrated trash

By Jeff Groat [Entertainment Bureau Chief] In May, 1977, moviegoers were stunned with the release of George Lucas’ Star Wars and its beautiful characters, music, and storytelling, not to mention its special effects.  Years later, we would all find out that the first release of the series, Star Wars (later named Star Wars: A New... Continue Reading

Why Star Wars appeals to everyone

By Christopher Poon [Media Editor] For more than 30 years the Star Wars saga has been entertaining people all over the world. From the badass lightsaber fights to little fuzzy Ewoks to princesses in golden bikinis, Star Wars has something for everyone. Have you ever cheered as loudly as when Luke put some serious hurt... Continue Reading

If you’re not blowing shit up, nothing will change

By Melissa Fraser [Culture Editor] I have a number of friends that are vegetarians. Some avoid meat because they don’t like the texture and/or smell and I get that. But, what I don’t get are those that don’t eat meat because they believe that it will either make a difference in the world of animal... Continue Reading

Look ma! I’m a real live super hero!

Have you ever wished you had super powers like x-ray vision, telekinesis, or something else you saw on your Sunday morning cartoons as a kid? We’re not that far off actually: mobile technology has developed as such so that we can see things in our 3D reality which aren’t actually there, a new view of the world called “augmented reality.”... Continue Reading

Olympics have led to the criminalization of the poor

By Careena Sharma A s the 2010 Olympic Games are approaching, Vancouver is getting ready to welcome the world for two weeks of fun and excitement to celebrate sports. There are many of us who are extremely thrilled for the Olympics, but then there are some that oppose the games. The reason why a large... Continue Reading

Idiot drivers: screw the lot of you

By Christopher Poon [Media Editor] Do you not signal when making turns/lane changes, drive around at night without your lights on, or text/talk on the phone while driving? Congratulations, you may very well be an idiot driver. First up, non-signallers. Are you so dense that you fail to see the point of flicking that little... Continue Reading

Fast food insight: Dealing with Micky D

By Michela Fiorido [Sports Bureau Chief] This is going to be as therapeutic for me as it will be amusing for you. I slaved away at Mcdonalds for almost two years – the psychological damage will remain for the rest of my life. I have so many stories but alas, I’m going to cap my... Continue Reading

The sweet sounds of piracy

By Jeff Groat [Entertainment Bureau Chief] This is the digital age in which anything you could possibly imagine you could probably find on Google. Unfortunately, the music industry is full of dinosaurs and fossils that drive expensive cars, drink lattes, and have gold records hanging on their office walls in downtown Manhattan. These are the... Continue Reading

Music piracy: Hurting creativity

By Adam Vincent [Creative Writing Bureau Chief] Music piracy takes money from all bands/ artists and can hurt up and coming bands. Downloading takes money out of the nearly empty pockets of up and coming bands.  It prevents many bands from being able to actively tour and put out new music. Independent bands put their... Continue Reading

The ‘ol Ball and Chain: cellphones

Ever consult a lawyer prior to signing your new cell phone contract? No? Maybe you should. Entering in a contract with a cell phone company feels like the same type of commitment as marriage. To bad you can’t opt for a prenupt or divorce though.... Continue Reading

Opinion: Radio at Kwantlen - a great way to build community

By Chris Yee [Contributor] You might not think so right now, but you’re probably going to love having a radio station at Kwantlen. Student radio is an integral part of the student culture at practically every school in BC. Even a cursory look at Wikipedia’s list of Canadian campus radio stations shows a decent number... Continue Reading

Costume don’ts

Halloween costumes to avoid, unless you want people to hate you forever... Continue Reading

Olympic apathy

Lately, I have been hearing much apathy regarding the Olympics coming to town, and can’t quite seem to understand why. Most my friends that I talk to talk about how they are going to leave town for those two weeks of “hell” in February. I’m not exactly sure where this apathy comes from, but I think it’s time that someone sheds a bit more light on the subject.... Continue Reading

All Hallow's Eve: A tradition gone wrong

There was a time when Halloween was about tradition.. The history of Halloween dates over 2000 years ago when it was first celebrated by the Celtic people. The Celts believed that on Oct. 31st of every year, the barrier between the real world and the after world blurred, and the ghosts of the dead returned to Earth. Living people and spirits would walk together. ... Continue Reading


This is Jeff Groat. He’s the Runner’s sex columnist. He has only one qualification for the job: his last name sounds like a dirty word. That’s good enough for us.... Continue Reading