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The Cougar Chronicle

The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle


CSUSM Students Vote Down Fee Increase Proposal for a Wellness and Recreation Facility

Justin Gans, News Editor April 25, 2024

On Friday, April 19, CSUSM Campus Recreation announced that the measure to increase students’ Recreation Fee did not pass. If passed, the increased fee would have supported CSUSM’s proposed Wellness and Recreation Facility. The special referendum election ran from April 9 through April 11. Nearly...

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CSUSM Announces Student Research Symposium Finalists

Justin Gans, News Editor March 26, 2024

The finalists have been announced for the CSUSM Symposium on Student Research, Creative Activities, & Innovation. They are now moving on to represent CSUSM at the 38th annual CSU Student Research Competition. The competition intends “to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly...

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Upcoming ACLU Event to Explain San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Justin Gans, News Editor March 11, 2024

San Diego County has a whopping $8.2 billion budget, handled by the County Board of Supervisors. Have you ever wondered what the San Diego County Board of Supervisors does? If so, the local San Diego affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is hosting an event that explains how the County...

Octavio Martinez and Moy Valdez Compete for ASI Presidency

Octavio Martinez and Moy Valdez Compete for ASI Presidency

Hannah Crawford, Features Editor March 4, 2024

ASI election season is ramping up for the 2024/25 school year. Now is an exciting time on campus with a variety of opportunities to meet the candidates and learn about their hopes for the CSUSM community. Recently, ASI announced the candidates for the upcoming election, with two candidates for president. The...

CSUSM Library Unveils New Makerspace, The Makery

CSUSM Library Unveils New Makerspace, The Makery

Justin Gans, News Editor February 29, 2024

At noon on February 29, the library unveiled The Makery, CSUSM’s brand-new makerspace on the library’s second floor. The library wants The Makery to be a place where “members of the CSUSM community can gather, create, invent, tinker, explore, discover and learn new skills using a variety of tools...

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CSU Student Assistants Win Union Election, Form Largest Student Worker Union in History

Hannah Crawford, Features Editor February 27, 2024

The long-anticipated results of the CSU student assistants’ union election are here. On Friday, February 23, the California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) announced that student assistants were granted their right to unionize. 7,050 out of 7,252 votes cast were in favor of unionizing,...

ASI Announces Festival 78 Headliners

ASI Announces Festival 78 Headliners

Justin Gans, News Editor February 15, 2024

ASI announced on Tuesday the headliners for CSUSM’s art and music festival, Festival 78. The event will take place April 13 from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Mangrum Track and Field.  The two headliners are The Driver Era and Snakehips. (In addition to the music, there will be a mural and some art...

CSU Student Assistants’ Union Election Begins

CSU Student Assistants’ Union Election Begins

Hannah Crawford, Staff Writer January 27, 2024

In October of 2023, the CSU Employees Union (SEIU Local 2579) received approval from the Public Employment Relations Board for a union election that allows CSU student assistants to vote for union representation. The union will represent over 20,000 student assistants across all 23 CSU campuses, which...

The Graphis Designers for Peace exhibit will be available until December 15.

“Graphis Designers for Peace” Brings Awareness to Invasion in Ukraine

Hannah Crawford, Staff Writer November 3, 2023

The Kellogg Library’s fall context exhibit “Graphis Designers for Peace,” is located on the third floor and features 30 art pieces out of 400 in the collection. Each piece was created by artists all over the world and was selected through an art competition hosted by Graphis and Studio Hinrichs....

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe are among the many books being targeted by book bans.

CSUSM Library Kicks Off the 2023-24 Campus Common Read

Justin Gans, News Editor September 21, 2023

Campus Common Read is back! The 2023-2024 theme, reprised from last year, is banned books. Book bans have been an increasingly dire issue for libraries and schools. This year’s selection of five books continues to focus on underrepresented voices and their stories.  “The Handmaid’s Tale”...

Drafts of the 2.5 million project expect for the gallery to promote interaction between students and the special collection.

CSUSM Library Receives Foundational Gifts for Special Collections Expansion

Marbella Ramirez, Editor in Chief May 9, 2023

Kellogg Library has received a generous gift from Greg Koch and the Ecke family for a promising Special Collections Department redevelopment project, kicking off a fundraiser for a projected 2.5 million dollar project.  The 8,200-square-foot renovation project has been drafted by architecture firm...

An Update on Recent Stolen Vehicles on Campus

Justin Gans, Staff Writer March 15, 2023

4/18/23 Update Great news! According to Detective Timothy Dow, officers have made an arrest in one of the cases: “On April 13, San Diego Police officers arrested a suspect in possession of the vehicle stolen from Lot K on March 5. Comparison of the suspect’s various booking photos against...

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