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Album review: New era of Taylor Swift: “1989”

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By Lexy Perez Arts and Entertainment Assistant Rating: 5/5   Thanks to Taylor Swift, I now want to live in her eccentric, dance party pop universe that she has created in her new 80’s inspired techno album, “1989.” With the release of her fifth studio album, Swift departed from her image as a country music sweetheart, singing about the fairy-tale …

Top Picks from fifteenth Annual San Diego Asian Film Festival

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By Faith Orcino Arts and Entertainment Editor   Many flocked to the venues hosting this year’s San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF) from Nov. 6 to 15. For 10 days, people viewed the fruits of the labor of many filmmakers from various locations, including a number of local talents. With over 140 films shown, there was only so much one …

Book Review: “Natural choice for criminal suspense”

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By Sydney Schabacker Staff Writer Cassandra Hobbes has a special talent: she is a natural profiler. It’s a talent that her mother, who made a living pretending to be a psychic, helped Cassie develop. With one look, Cassie can discern more about a person than detailed studies could provide.  She notices the little things- all of them. Though she lost …

InterVarsity derecognized as student org. due to student leader requirements

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By Katlin Sweeney Editor-in-Chief Christian based org. InterVarsity has been derecognized as a student org. on all 23 CSU system campuses based on their constitution’s mandate that a student must be of the Christian faith in order to become a chapter leader. InterVarsity is a student Christian group that originates in late nineteenth century England and became prevalent in the …

ASI passes resolution in support of Student Access Initiative

By Katlin Sweeney Editor-in-Chief The ASI Board of Directors has moved forward with endorsing the implementation of the Student Access Initiative’s proposed scheduling changes, as long as U-hour is preserved in the revised time blocks. The Student Access Initiative (SAI) proposes moving some three unit classes from twice a week, 75 minute blocks to 50 minute blocks, three times a …

Student Access Initiative calls for change in course scheduling

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By Katlin Sweeney Editor-in-Chief As the trend of record student enrollment continues, the Student Access Initiative has been proposed to possibly solve the rising concerns over accommodating the larger population’s need for diversified class scheduling and increasing the amount of class sections offered. The Student Access Initiative has been a subject of contention due to the different ways it impacts …

First Asian Pacific Islander sorority to be established

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By Katlin Sweeney Editor-in-Chief KPDL features a multidimensional college experience that allows its members to prosper as individuals, community members and students. KDPL, a sorority interest group that has been on campus since 2009, has been moving towards their goal of establishing the first Asian Pacific Islander sorority at CSUSM. The group has been working with Coordinator of Fraternity and …

Kinesiology Club organizes award winning food distributions

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By Katlin Sweeney Editor-in-Chief Local food distribution program, Donate Don’t Dump, was honored by the Environmental Protection Agency for its outstanding work in bringing almost one million pounds of food to people across the country that are suffering from food insecurity. Donate Don’t Dump (DDD) is a program that works with local food banks and grocery stores to collect food …

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

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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 …