The Cougar Chronicle

Make balloons into an easy Halloween costume

Assistant features editor from The Cougar Chronicle, Stephany
Mejia poses for a photo in her jelly bean costume.

Stephany Mejia, Features Assistant Editor

October 27, 2018

Halloween only comes once a year and it is a great opportunity to show your creativity. Costume stores sell expensive costumes in which will only be used once. Instead of spending too much money on a costume, create a fun DIY!   Make a  jelly bean bag. It is easy  and will take less than 20...

Old California Mining Company strikes gold

Street view of the San Marcos Old California Restaurant Row.

Kamal Elliott, Features Reporter

October 13, 2018

The moment I pulled up to the front door and sat on the comfortable patio of the Old California Mining Company I was transported back in time. Whether it be replicas of antique mining equipment on the walls, soulful crooning of jazz legend Howlin' Wolf through the sound system or just the titillat...

Learn to create an artistic book cover to protect your textbook

Only a few household materials are needed to create a book cover.

Stephany Mejia, Assistant Features

October 13, 2018

Three simple materials can create an amazing and cute look for all books. Although it is halfway through the semester and this fun DIY can be done as a fun study break or as an excuse to procrastinate. Paper bag book covers is a great way to maintain your books uniformed, protected and unique. It can als...

International student reflects on her study abroad experience

Maki Amano poses for photograph on a sunny day at CSUSM.

Kathleen Caprio, Features Writer

October 13, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

March is National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.

Bryanna Martinez, Sports Editor

March 29, 2018

“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

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

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...