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KA President, API social activist says goodbye

KA President, API social activist says goodbye

Shanice Davis, Features Editor

May 11, 2016


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After attending CSUSM for four years, Andrea Aduna, Kamalayan Alliance (KA) President, leaves a legacy of advocating for diversity on campus and spreading awareness about the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) culture. Aduna first attended CSUSM in 2012 after graduating from high school. At the time ...

Living a life to remember

Living a life to remember

Sydney Schabacker, Staff Writer

May 11, 2016


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  Lucas Dunn was a CSUSM student, majoring in History and minoring in French, who wanted very much to study abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France, for a year. He was enthusiastically committed to his plan, working to save money, taking upper division French classes and meeting regularly with Pr...

Two years, three honor societies later, Nikko Marabante leaves CSUSM with a bachelor’s

Two years, three honor societies later, Nikko Marabante leaves CSUSM with a bachelor’s

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor

May 11, 2016


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With just a two-year career at CSUSM, transfer student Nikko Marabante has left his mark on campus through six organizations, tying his academics and Filipino culture together. Marabante transferred from Palomar in fall 2014 and joined the Kamalayan Alliance, a Filipino interest organization, th...

Akilah Green reflects on an unforgetable CSUSM experience

Akilah Green reflects on an unforgetable CSUSM experience

Michael Tran, Health and Fitness Reporter

May 11, 2016


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Akilah Green will never forget the education she received at CSUSM. A human development major with an emphasis in counseling, she chose CSUSM because it was the first school that responded to her and she decided to give it a chance because it was a fairly new university. “I was really exci...

The wonderful Pierson Cepeda says farewell to CSUSM

The wonderful Pierson Cepeda says farewell to CSUSM

Michael Tran, Health and Fitness Reporter

May 11, 2016


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Pierson Cepeda, a Mass Media major, and the Assistant Web & Social Media Manager for The Cougar Chronicle, is a San Marcos native who immediately enrolled into CSUSM straight out of high school. “One of the benefits to attending CSUSM is that I always get to be close to my family at home...

Kendra Fitzpatrick, my co-conspirator prances away

Kendra Fitzpatrick, my co-conspirator prances away

Elizabeth Jaffari, Design Editor

May 11, 2016


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Kendra Fitzpatrick is a majestic unicorn, one that comes around only once a century. She has become one of my best friends at CSUSM. For that, I don’t know how to thank her enough, but I hope an article might suffice. Fitzpatrick has served alongside me as the Co-Design Editor and writer for The Cougar Chr...

ASI President Tiffaney Boyd leaves mark at CSUSM with social justice efforts

ASI President Tiffaney Boyd leaves mark at CSUSM with social justice efforts

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor

May 11, 2016


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5 years 2 degrees 4 gray hairs 3.8 GPA And 1,000 reasons why I would do it over and why I would tell you to do the same. — Tiffaney Boyd in a Facebook post on May 1. Since 2011, Boyd has been involved with Lambda Pi Eta, Tukwut Leadership Circle, Pre-Law Society, the Black Stude...

CFA Fight for Five: Faculty voice their reasons to strike

CFA Fight for Five: Faculty voice their reasons to strike

Shanice Davis and Andrea Martinez

April 27, 2016


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Jerry Breckon, M.A. Adjunct Political Science Department “I am striking if it comes to a strike. I will definitely participate and the reason for that is it's time for a pay raise for faculty. That’s where the emphasis needs to be, the priority needs to be, because that also reflects upon t...

History professor shares his journey, hopes students strive for excellence in their careers

History professor shares his journey, hopes students strive for excellence in their careers

Karen Ambrocio, Student Life Reporter

April 27, 2016


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Many students strive for careers that take them on a journey of understanding. Dr. Ibrahim Al-Marashi has found that career and advises students to do the same. He was born in Baltimore and raised in Monterrey, California by his parents who had come from the Middle East. Al-Marashi earned his b...

Dr. Aboolian discusses importance of history, education

Dr. Aboolian discusses importance of history, education

Gayana Parsegova, Staff Writer

April 27, 2016


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An Armenian man with wisdom and a passion for what he does at CSUSM, Dr. Robert Aboolian strives to be a role model not only for his students, but for the Armenian community as well. Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Aboolian completed his undergraduate studies at the Iran University of Science, recei...

Border Angels de CSUSM strives to help save lives

Border Angels de CSUSM strives to help save lives

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor

April 27, 2016


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  Every year, hundreds of migrants die attempting to cross the U.S.‐Mexico border. With humanitarian values in mind, Border Angels de CSUSM aims to help save lives. Efforts to establish the organization began in fall 2015 after its president, Christina Flores Lopez, attended the grand...

Brando Casiño embraces cultural identity through confidence, leadership

Brando Casiño embraces cultural identity through confidence, leadership

Cory Kay, News Editor

April 13, 2016


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  CSUSM student leader Brando Casiño draws confidence from his identity and through the communities with which he identifies, aiming to educate others and represent those who share his culture. Casiño is a fourth­-year student at CSUSM, preparing to graduate as part of the class of 20...