The Cougar Chronicle

International student reflects on her study abroad experience

International student reflects on her study abroad experience

Kathleen Caprio, Features Writer

October 13, 2018


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Maki Amano landed in California from thousands of miles away from her home in Yokohama, Japan. This became her first opportunity to study abroad.   Her experience as a child sparked a hunger in her to see more of the culture of California and  gain more of an integrated English learning experienc...

Student reminisces study abroad trip to South Korea

Briana Osuna, Features Editor

September 27, 2018


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At about midnight last March, Stephanie Martinez called her mother, letting her know her plane had landed safely -- 6,000 miles from home.   In an email interview, Martinez recalled stepping out the airport terminal and being hit by a gust of chilling wind -- these were her first steps on ...

Tahitian and Hula club dances to spread Pacific Islander awareness

Stephany Mejia, Features Assistant Editor

September 27, 2018


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The Tahitian Hula club is a multicultural club on campus that has been performing for approximately seven years. President of the club, Di- anne Bawit has approximately 10 years of experience. Itis her first year as the president of the club and said she has a passion for dancing hula and spreading ...

I strive for education for all women in my society

Benazir Liaquat, Contributor

September 27, 2018


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Narrative   Pursuing my education was difficult. I come from a society where they did not allow me to go out of my home due to the negative stereotypes against women.   I am a tribal girl of Kurram Agency FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) which is located at the border of ...

A career change from astrophysics to diversity

A career change from astrophysics to diversity

Stephany Mejia, Assistant Features Editor

September 13, 2018


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At the age of eight, Chief Diversity Officer Dr. McManus worked at his first job scooping ice for ice bags at the liquor store in front of his home. He would buy pants with his pay of five cents per bag.   Originally from Massachusetts, Dr. Joe-Joe McManus spent his youth playing basketball....

CSUSM Alpha Xi Delta strives to help families through Autism Speaks organization

Layda Galvan, Editor-in-Chief

April 30, 2018


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Every year, the sorority Alpha Xi Delta contributes to the San Diego organization Autism Speaks. Last year they raised $33,000 where 100 percent of the proceeds went to Autism Speaks. “Since we started the AmaXIng challenge event, we have raised [more than] $160,000, which is the highest c...

Strive to understand individuals with disabilities

Strive to understand individuals with disabilities

Bryanna Martinez, Sports Editor

March 29, 2018


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“Oh, you have autism? I am sorry, I didn’t realize!” During the 19th and 20th centuries, individuals who had developmental and/or mental disabilities were placed in institutions and faced stigmatization. Living with a disability was frowned upon and was not acceptable by social standards in soc...

REVIEW: Jalisco Cantina spices up ideal Mexican food in Oceanside

March 29, 2018


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Mexican food can sometimes be a challenge; it has to have the right amount of authenticity, and combination of flavors that leave you wanting more. Located in Downtown Oceanside on Pacific Coast Highway across from the local library is the rustic adobe-like restaurant, Jalisco Cantina. This small...

An edible way to remember the importance of Easter Day

Briana Osuna, Features Editor

March 29, 2018


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The Easter holiday is rapidly approaching, and while it’s easy to get caught up in the chocolate eggs, jelly beans and sugary goodness, it is important to not lose sight of the true meaning of this day. Easter Sunday, or as my family refers to it, Resurrection Day is celebrated to honor Jesus Christ...

Align your passions for travel with summer study abroad programs

Align your passions for travel with summer study abroad programs

Sabrina Belknap, Assistant Features Editor

March 29, 2018


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Are you interested in studying intercultural medicine in the Andes? CSUSM Summer Study Abroad Programs give students the opportunity to travel to foreign destinations, while earning credit for their studies. Here is a glimpse of just one of the nine options that the program has to offer. For further...

Get plugged in with the Features section

Get plugged in with the Features section

Briana Osuna, Features Editor

March 7, 2018


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Upon reading The Cougar Chronicle, you may have wondered, “what exactly is the Features section?” As you may have seen in previous editions, the Features section highlights students, staff and organizations that are making a positive impact on campus. In addition, this section provides fun thin...

Easy to make shamrock pretzel bites for St. Patrick’s Day

Easy to make shamrock pretzel bites for  St. Patrick’s Day

Sabrina Belknap, Assistant Features Editor

March 7, 2018


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Make this St. Patrick’s Day the luckiest one yet and create your own shamrock pretzel bites. This four-ingredient recipe from thatswhatchesaid.net is effortlessly delectable and is sure to be a hit at any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Here is what you’ll need: Cookie sheet Parch...