The Cougar Chronicle

Resistance is Life offers Western perspective and the reality of war

Fran Partlett, Film Analyst

October 13, 2018


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There’s something so visceral about a documentary, isn’t there? With Apo W. Bazidi’s Resistance is Life (shown in the USU Ballroom Sept. 25), I am presented a documentary that offers a reflective space in which I question not only myself, but the society in my backdrop that contributes to su...

Venom, a fun but dry cinematic experience

Nathaniel Borie, Film Analyst

October 13, 2018


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The real Venom has finally come to the big screen. While it may not be the gore-fest fans were hoping for, Venom does enough to honor the character and creates a nice set-up for Sony's Marvel Universe with exceptional acting from the film's main protagonist and antagonist, imperfect but acceptable vi...

Open mic showcases original student work

Open mic showcases original  student work

Lauren Brown, News Reporter

October 13, 2018


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On Oct. 4 during U-hour, the Literature and Writing club presented an open mic. The event took place in Markstein 208 and included a myriad of original student work. More than  20 students exemplified their talents in creative writing through traditional poetry, short stories and slam poetry. St...

Literary series opens with politically and emotionally charged presentation

Literary series opens with politically and emotionally charged presentation

Annelisa Zamora, A&E Editor

October 13, 2018


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Jackie Wang, Boston based writer and poet, spoke about her experience and research on the United States continuum of incarceration and read from her recently published book of essays, Carceral Capitalism at the first Community and World Literary Series (CWLS) event this fall. Wang is a black studies scholar, ...

Ballet Folklorico performs for Hispanic Heritage month

Ballet Folklorico performs for Hispanic Heritage month

Marielle Alindogan, A&E Assistant Editor

October 13, 2018


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Hispanic Heritage month brings students to Kellogg Plaza for a very special show. Ballet Folklorico de CSUSM created a two part region dance showcase, La Raza de Folklore,  for students on Thursday, Oct. 4 during U-hour. President of Ballet Folklorico Veronica Vaca gathers everyone in the orga...

Documentary highlights U.S. immigration issues

Documentary highlights U.S. immigration issues

Dylan McCall, Assistant Entertainment Editor

October 13, 2018


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The documentary Which Way Home presents the journey of unaccompanied children as they avoid death by trains, starvation, rape, muggings, police brutality and deportation to immigrate to the U.S.. After viewing the 2009 feature documentary directed by Rebecca Cammisa, the CHABBS Global Commitment Co...

The Predator proves to be a successful sequel to a 1987 classic

Nathaniel Borie, A&E Writer

September 27, 2018


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Thirty years in the making, three primary films and two crossovers with everyone’s favorite face-munching alien, comes the next installment in the Predator franchise. That’s right, The Predator has returned, and with him comes a cinematic experience soaked in a pool of blood, well-placed nostalgia...

Almost, Maine addresses the realities of relationships

Adrianna Adame, News Reporter

September 27, 2018


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Comedy, romance and heartbreak; all of which could be found at the production of Almost, Maine, a tale of nine different love stories that take place in the fictional town of Almost, Maine. Dominique Duren, director of the play, is a recent CSUSM graduate who got special permission to direct the production on campus a...

Horror isn’t dead, it’s just AWOL

Frances Partlett, Film Analyst

September 27, 2018


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The Nun, written and directed by Corin Hardy, who made his directorial debut at Sundance 2015 with the well received horror film The Hallow; betrays his lack of experience. This is not to say that he did not make some interesting choices; rather that those choices relied heavily on spoon-fed jump scare...

Healing Ink aims to redefine Israel’s outlook on tattoos

Sasha Anand, Movie Analyst

September 27, 2018


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Hillel, CSUSM’s Jewish student organization, held a film screening of the documentary Healing Ink at the USU on Sept. 14. In the United States, especially in this day and age, society has gradually become more accepting of the many ways that people express themselves. One of the more popular forms o...

The brilliance of the BlacKkKlansman

The brilliance of the BlacKkKlansman

Celine Holguin, Opinion Editor

September 13, 2018


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The movie BlacKkKlansman is based on the true story of the first African-American detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the first black klansman of the American nation.   Set in the 1970s, daring “young, hip, soul brother” Ron Stallworth (portrayed by John David Washington) joins the Colorado Sp...

Pride Center Builds Courage and a Community

Pride Center Builds Courage and a Community

Lara Amin, Assistant Arts Editor

September 13, 2018


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The LGBTQA Pride Center (PC) warmly welcomed in new and returning students with their first event of the semester, Queer-a-palooza, which encouraged students to start a conversation with one another and openly express themselves through laughs, relatable stories, and free pizza.   The host o...