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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood advocates kindness and acceptance

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood advocates kindness and acceptance

Anneliese Esparza

December 7, 2019

Rarely does a movie make you truly reflect on what sort of attitude you should have towards others and yourself in your day-to-day life. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood shatters the shallow goal of mere entertainment and travels into much deeper territory, navigating real-life issues with grace and...

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with these 10 festive events

There’s plenty to do in and around San Marcos during the holidays.

Anneliese Esparza

December 7, 2019

For many, Christmastime is a busy season filled with visiting, traveling, decorating and shopping. While it’s easy to get overwhelmed, it’s important to relax and fully take in the magical, special season. These fun and lowkey local things to do will help you do just that. All are within 40 miles...

Students speak at open mic to share their mental health struggles

Paul Villines and Britney Corvin, Staff Writers

November 22, 2019

A group of young poets from across campus came together in support of mental health at the Inner Voices open mic on the evening of Nov. 7. Hosted by the Literature and Writing Club in association with ASI, the purpose of the open mic was to raise awareness about an issue that is not often tal...

Last Christmas is a fresh Christmas movie full of holiday cheer, humor and surprises

Jessica Zamudio, Staff Writer

November 22, 2019

Christmas movies often have cheesy storylines based off of repetitive Christmas tales, which usually makes for subpar films. Last Christmas surprisingly did not con- form to the typical Christmas movie formula and excluded any reminiscent Christmas stories from its plot. Last Christmas is ...

Five films to watch to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving

Five films to watch to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

November 22, 2019

Are you a glass half full or glass half empty type of person? Our perspective on whether we choose to be optimistic or pessimistic immensely affects our outlook in life. With Thanksgiving coming up soon, here are five inspiring and enjoyable films that nurture a spirit of gratitude. It’s ...

Omar Apollo’s electrifying performance at the Fonda Theater

Omar Apollo plays guitar on stage.

Sydney Bayaca, Staff Writer

November 22, 2019

The soulful singer-songwriter Omar Apollo was just a Midwestern kid from a small town in Indiana when his music career first gained recognition after releasing “Ugotme” in 2017. Two years later, not only has he headlined his own tours and released two EPs, he has also performed at som...

THE CHRONICLE ENTERTAINMENT RUNDOWN

Sydney Bayaca, Anneliese Esparza, Jaelyn Decena, Staff Writer, A&E Editor, Staff Writer

November 22, 2019

 TV Show: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series breathes new life into the original High School Musical movies. The show is not a remake of the movies, but pays tribute to them in many ways. The drama unfolds when a group of Eas...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

Tanya Ortiz and Anneliese Esparza, Assistant Opinion Editor and A&E Editor

November 10, 2019

  EP: Hallucinations On Oct. 25, alt-rock band PVRIS released Hallucinations, an EP with five songs. The band explores elements of electro and melodic synth-pop while keeping true to the roots and emotions behind their music. The EP opens with the title track, “Hallucinations,” which is ...

Cougar Corner

Sydney Bayaca, A&E Writer

November 9, 2019

Self By Jaelyn Decena   Sore Fresh Effusive Fiery.   Empty tears Erupt. I couldn’t stand it. I wept  For your pain, Wept for your triumphs.   I see you.   I lose sight of how             and when                   ...

Art Exhibit Brings Mental Illness to Life

Art Exhibit Brings Mental Illness to Life

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

November 9, 2019

Halloween may have come and gone this year, taking the goblins and ghouls along with it, but not all monsters are imaginary. There are real-life monsters that are just as scary as the ones that live under your bed – the monsters of mental illnesses. Hosted by Student Health and Counseling Services, the Real Monst...

CSUSM Alum Inspires Future Writers

CSUSM Alum Inspires Future Writers

Lara Amin, A&E Writer

November 9, 2019

Karla Cordero, a CSUSM alum in literature and writing, was warmly welcomed back to campus as a guest speaker for the Community & World Literary Series (CWLS) on Oct. 24.    Cordero is a Chicana poet, educator and ARTtivist. She has received numerous recognitions in the literary world including...

Students Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Altar Display

Students Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Altar Display

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

November 9, 2019

Members of the CSUSM community set up colorful altars to honor those who have died at the annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration on Oct. 31.   Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.), a student organization, hosted the event at Kellogg Library Plaza.   The altars, or...