Campus Notes (1/29/21)

Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief

ASI Cougar Pantry temporarily suspended

ASI Cougar Pantry will not resume distributions until Feb. 17, according to an update posted on their website. The Cougar Pantry had stopped distributions for winter break, but was originally scheduled to start up again on Jan. 27.

“The decision is a result of the high number of cases of COVID-19 that are still impacting our region. In San Diego County, the virus is rated as widespread and our region continues to be under stay-at-home orders,” read the update in part, which was released on Jan. 22.

Governor Gavin Newsom lifted the regional stay-at-home order that San Diego County was under on Jan. 25, but the country remains in the purple tier, the most restrictive tier of the state’s color-coded reopening system. 

A Cougar Pantry staff member assembles a bag of groceries. The Cougar Pantry will reopen on Feb. 17. (Kat Parra)

The Cougar Pantry previously suspended distributions in December when a team member tested positive, a decision which some students criticized. 

The Cougar Pantry will also launch a new food box program for needy students out of the service area on Feb. 1. They will be giving out 100 boxes in February and 50 in March.

For the latest updates on the Cougar Pantry, visit their website or Instagram account (@asi.csusm).

Library welcomes input on 2021-22 Campus Common Read

The Kellogg Library is asking for members of the campus community to cast their vote for the 2021-22 CSUSM Campus Common Read. 

According to the library’s website, “The Common Read provides a shared experience of intellectual and community engagement by bringing the campus community together to read and discuss one text and its themes.”

The current Campus Common Read is They Called Us Enemy, a graphic memoir on Japanese internment survivor George Takei. 

To vote for 2021-2022’s Campus Common Read, visit

CHABSS Voices monthly creative competition resumes after winter break

The College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) is hosting a monthly creative works contest called CHABSS Voices. (Photo courtesy of CHABSS)

After a pause for winter break, the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS) is resuming CHABSS Voices: Creative Works Monthly Contest, an artistic competition that recognizes the art of students, faculty and staff.

The contest will be held monthly until May and each month will have a different theme. The next submission deadline is Feb. 22 at 5 p.m. for February’s theme of “Black Excellence.” To learn more about the contest or to submit, visit

Library hosts undergraduate awards competition

The Kellogg Library is hosting their annual CSUSM Library Awards for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. All CSUSM undergraduates are eligible to apply to submit their research or creative projects completed as part of a course taken in summer 2020, fall 2020 or spring 2021.

Six winners will be selected, each getting a prize of $600. Group projects are allowed, but reward money would have to be split up among group members.

The deadline to submit is Apr. 9 and winners will be notified on Apr. 20. For more information, check out or email Dr. Toni Olivas at [email protected].

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