The Cougar Chronicle

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...

Alex Maravillas aspires to be a voice for various identities

Alex Maravillas aspires to be a voice for various identities

Shanice Davis, Features Editor

April 13, 2016


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  As a Filipino man who identifies as both queer and gay, Alex Maravillas strives to make a difference in the LGBTQA+ community using his own personal experiences and identity as a way to build bridges with individuals in need of guidance. Six years ago, Maravillas discovered he was g...

International student shares career goals, leads student organization

International student shares career goals, leads student organization

Cody Cook, Photo Editor

April 13, 2016


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  Born in Ahmedabad City, Gujarat, international student Tilak Joshi came to the States in 2015 to further his education. Joshi has become a familiar face around campus due to his active involvement in the community. His involvements include assisting the Global Education Office, worki...

Blending his culture and faith, Faatauvaa Wong leads students at CSUSM

Blending his culture and faith, Faatauvaa Wong leads students at CSUSM

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor

April 13, 2016


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Leader of the Asian­Pacific Islander (API) Bible Study group at CSUSM and Fundraising Chair for Alpha Psi Rho, Faatauvaa Wong fuses his culture with his leadership on campus. A senior, Wong has co-­led the bible study, a small group under InterVarsity, for two years with three others. The group...

From Japan to the US: Professor Noriko Toyokawa

From Japan to the US: Professor Noriko Toyokawa

Gayana Parsegova, Staff Writer

April 13, 2016


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  Dr. Noriko Toyokawa is a Japanese woman who strives to center her life around education not only for herself, but her students as well. Toyokawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and describes herself as a simple Japanese woman living in the U.S. and as a mother to an Asian­American son. ...

The ‘high­ caliber men’ of Alpha Psi Rho aim to unite Asian-Pacific Islander students

The ‘high­ caliber men’ of Alpha Psi Rho aim to unite Asian-Pacific Islander students

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor

April 13, 2016


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  Winner of the Community Development and Lifelong Membership award at the 2014­-2015 CSUSM Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards, Alpha Psi Rho epitomizes the benefits of brotherhood. The Asian-­Pacific Islander (API) fraternity was founded in 2000 at SDSU and continues to establish charters throu...