Find a Valentine’s Day squeeze at Langley’s speed-dating bash

January 16, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

The Langley Kwantlen Student Association is putting on its first-ever speed-dating event on Feb. 11, just in time to find a last minute date for Valentine’s Day.

The idea came from Jennifer Campbell, campus representative for the Langley campus. She recognized that there were a lot of singles on campus and found that there was an interest when the KSA did a survey last September.

Speed-dating events are popular at universities, she said. If successful, the KSA will look into putting them on at other Kwantlen campuses.

“I think it’s good because it’s a way for students to get to know each other through different programs,” she said.

“A lot of times if you’re in a set program, all you see are those people. Although those people may be nice, they may not be the match you’re looking for.”

The speed-dates will take place on-campus, in the cafeteria from 7-9 pm. They will be about five minutes long and students will receive a package of icebreaker questions at each table. At the end of each date, students will write down whether they like the other, and if there’s a match, they will receive each another’s email at the end of the event.

“This gives a chance for students of all different backgrounds and different dreams about what their schooling is a chance to get to know each other and maybe find a match — or maybe find a new friend.”

If you want to join, visit the Langley campus and register at the Kwantlen Student Association. Sign-up sheets are on the door of the KSA office.

Kwantlen becomes a club for a night

January 14, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

As part of the 2009 spring semester Welcome Week, the Kwantlen Student Association will present its first-ever Underground Club Night.

From 6-10 p.m. Friday (Jan. 16), Dj Flip out and C Stylez of The Beat 94.5 will be spinning hip-hop, rap, and top-40 tunes in the Grassroots Café at Kwantlen’s Surrey campus, which will be transformed into a nightclub atmosphere with lights, drapery and a smoke machine. The venue will also have a licensed area on the patio, which will be tented and heated.

Cover is $5 for residents and non-Kwantlen students and free for students with a Kwantlen ID card.

The KSA has been working on the event with James Menear from Precision Entertainment, who also worked with the on Cram Jam, and DJs, equipment, and decorations have been supplied by Galactic Entertainment.

“If all goes as planned, this event will be at most, exactly on budget and possibly under-budget,” said Vanessa Knight, KSA director of events. “We are hoping that this event will set a precedent for high quality, well-budgeted events in the KSA’s future.”

KSA provides free stuff for students as part of Richmond’s ‘Welcome Week’

January 14, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

The Student Health Improvement Program (SHIP) offered students a chance to win an iPod. To enter the contest, students had to do push ups. (Alexander Nkrumah photo)

The Student Health Improvement Program (SHIP) offered students a chance to win an iPod. To enter the contest, students had to do push ups. (Alexander Nkrumah photo)

Richmond students were welcomed back to classes on Tuesday by a wide array of information on free school services, employment opportunities and every student’s favorite — free stuff, courtesy of the Kwantlen Student Association.

The festivities were part of Welcome Week, which is going on at campuses all week.

Free stuff included airbrush tattooing, pizza and giveaways, including a contest for a home theatre system. Students like free food, said Reena Bali, Richmond’s KSA campus representative, who added that they’ve found that free food results in a better student turnout.

The KSA provided free airbrush tattoos for students. (Amy Reid photo)

The KSA provided free airbrush tattoos for students. (Amy Reid photo)

The KSA booths displayed information for students about benefit plans, free services and a confirmation they are currently fighting for the UPass. At a nearby table, the Student Health Improvement Program (SHIP) program was giving away an iPod, but required contestants to do push-ups in order to enter the contest.

Other tables featured fitness centres recruiting new members and offering free swag. Big Sister and other mentor programs set up booths displaying information on volunteer opportunities. The Canadian Border Services Agency also had its own table, recruiting student employees.

The Richmond KSA began planning the event in December during the winter holidays, said Bali. She estimated that they spent less than half of the event’s $1,500 budget, adding that sponsors were easier to find this year, because of Kwantlen’s new university status.

For those who missed the events Tuesday in Richmond, Bali said the KSA will probably be giving away free snacks tomorrow. Thursday, Rock Band will be set up in the rotunda around noon on a large projector screen and the KSA will be giving away snacks and prizes.

“Today, I think, was a huge success due to all the planning and everyone’s hard work,” she said.

“And I hope the student’s liked it.”

Kwantlen open house

January 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Kwantlen Polytechnic University will showcase all 135 of its programs at the Big Big Open House, on the Surrey campus on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday, Feb. 28, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

The open house will feature campus tours, information displays, workshops, games, food and prizes. More information is available by emailing

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