The Cougar Chronicle

Alina Baraz closes out North American tour

Marielle Alindogan, A&E Assistant

November 7, 2018


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On the last night of her self-titled tour, Alina Baraz took the stage at the Observatory in North Park. The downtempo electronica artist began her self-named tour in Houston, Texas and ended the tour here in San Diego.   The singer and songwriter is from Cleveland, Ohio but started gaining noti...

Michael Myers’ return to the screen falls flat

Michael Myers’ return to the screen falls flat

Sasha Anand, A&E Writer

November 7, 2018


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The infamous serial killer Michael Myers has returned in the new Halloween movie.   The film followed as a sequel to the 1978 original and does not involve the multiple sequels that were made in between that no one really talks about.     Forty years later, Michael Myers (Nick ...

Famous saxophonist leads night of jazz at CSUSM

Dylan McCall, Assistant Entertainment Editor

November 7, 2018


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Charles McPherson has been playing saxophone for more than 50 years. He was known to play with his mentor, Charles Mingus, but branched out to make a successful living for himself.   McPherson is a regarded composer and a bebop and blues musician. Bebop is a style of jazz different from...

Student brings class project to life with art installation in Vista

Student brings class project to life with art installation in Vista

Annelisa Zamora, A&E Editor

November 7, 2018


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One of CSUSM’s students is working on a public art piece to be displayed at the Alta Vista Botanical Gardens located in Vista, CA.   Sarah Bricke is a fourth year student at CSUSM majoring in Visual Arts. The installation piece she is currently building began as a class project for VSAR 406,...

USU screens scary movies for students

USU screens scary movies for students

Sasha Anand, Movie Analyst

October 29, 2018


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The USU held a spooky themed movie night showing the Disney comedy classic, Halloweentown and thriller, A Quiet Place.   Halloweentown is a movie about a young girl and her siblings who go against their mother’s wishes and sneak away to go to their grandmother’s in the titular Halloweentown. Ther...

Universal Studios Halloween night lacks horror

Universal Studios Halloween night lacks horror

Khari Ford, Entertainment Analysist

October 29, 2018


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I arrived at Universal Studios and was greeted by the usual rock music and clouds of fog of  Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights.   While I expected the thematics,  I did not expect the massive crowds. The amount of people did not prevent me from having fun at the park, but it did slow...

Murder Mystery Company puts students’ detective skills to test

Dylan McCall, Assistant Entertainment Editor

October 29, 2018


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Who killed the Great Scott Doowie?   To find out, actors gave one person from each table a suspect character to play and given a name tag, clothing item, a binder with instructions, biographies and clues.   On Oct. 19, Tukwut Life and Student Life and Leadership hosted a magic show murder ...

Murals for a cause allow students to gain leadership skills

Marielle Alindogan, A&E Assistant

October 29, 2018


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M:POWR stands for Mountain Shadows: Painting Our World Radiantly, an event that takes place every Tuesday until Nov. 20.   A mural project was created for students to work together with residents, who they call “clients” from the Mountain Shadows Residential Community, a non-profit organiza...

ocumentary shines light on professor who overcame life as a gang member

Annelisa Zamora, A&E Editor

October 29, 2018


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CSUSM’s Transitions Collective hosted a screening of The Pushouts, a documentary film directed by Katie Galloway centered around the story of Dr.Victor Rios; a college professor, author, speaker and former gang member.   Rios grew up in Watts, California and began selling heroin and stealin...

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...