The Proyecta Program: How cultural immersion influences change

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By Nada Sewidan Through CSUSM’s American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI), Proyecta students hope to effect change through education, learning and immersion. On the Program: The Proyecta program aims to send 100,000 Hispanic students to study language and culture in the United States. The program also sends students from the United States to Mexico to study. The program emerged from the …

Holiday Shopping Without Breaking Bank: Cougars’ Advice on budgeting for this holiday season

Christmas on a budget

By Shanice Davis Christmas is approaching and holiday shopping is becoming more inevitable. For college students, holiday shopping can be quite pricey and can put an enormous dent in one’s wallet; however, there are ways one can levy some of those expenses. At CSUSM, many students share the same struggle of digging in couch cushions for coins or miraculously running …

Cougar Farewell: Nada Sewidan

By Will McCurdy At the Cougar Chronicle, we take pride in the talented journalists that pass through our publication. One such Cougar deserving of recognition is Features Editor, Nada Sewidan. A hard worker to her core, Sewidan was drawn to us after transferring from Palomar Community College where she was a staff writer at The Telescope, their campus newspaper. Since …

Culinary Corner: Potato latkes

Culinary Corner

By Noelle Friedberg Potato latkes are a traditional Jewish dish. They are eaten during Hanukkah because the oil they are made with reminds those celebrating this Jewish holiday of the oil in the Temple that lasted for eight days. My father was raised Jewish, and while my family does not practice the religion, we still like to partake in this tradition …

Religions of the World: How different religions celebrate important holidays

By Alex Maravillas While Christmas is among the most celebrated this time of year, there are several other diverse religious traditions to recognize. Hanukkah, a religious Jewish celebration, occurs before Christmas every December; however, this is not the holiest of Jewish events, for that would be Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the haven in Jerusalem …

Celebrity paintball tournament hosted by PEACEFund: Organization offers creative platform to raise money for charity

By Anne Hall PEACEFund is bringing together professional paintball stars with star-studded actors and actresses to help earn money for a nonprofit awareness campaign that provides support for youths struggling through matters of life. The non-profit organization, created by Adrian Paul, is designed to help children in need through raising awareness and money by hosting charity events such as this …

Student Org. Spotlight: Catholic Club displays faith and God’s love through its members

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By Shanice Davis The Catholic Club here at CSUSM hopes to spread the word of God through its members. Melinda Lopez, president of the Catholic Club, talked about the possibilities one can experience by simply having faith in God. Lopez said that faith is a strong component of the club. “We are a group of students who meet and seek to …

Professor Berman: Teaching the art of filmmaking to CSUSM students

Professor Berman

By Anthony Trevino Professor Jonathan Berman is a well-known independent filmmaker that divides his time between helping foster the creativity of his film students and working tirelessly on his own films that focus on taking the viewer on a journey to places the average person may never see. Professor Berman started his film education early and drew inspiration from his childhood. …