The Cougar Chronicle

University Library to create community archive in light of pandemic

University Library to create community archive in light of pandemic

Antonio Pequeño, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2020

The reverberations of COVID-19 are far and wide, but much can also be said for how communities across the world respond to their new reality. One of our own campus entities is aiming to document that very response on a communal level. Headed by the Special Collections department of CSUSM’s Univer...

ASI reports $80,000 in misused funds

ASI’s office is located at USU 3700.

Antonio Pequeño, Editor-in-Chief

April 25, 2020

Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) reported today that a former professional staff member used $80,000 of its funds for personal gain.  The report comes from a memorandum made by Kenneth Tran, president and CEO of ASI. “I am extremely disappointed to report that a former ASI professional staff member, whose responsibilities were to empower the student voice, allegedly too...

Students report Zoombombing, but no officially reported incidents

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

April 23, 2020

Amid the meteoric rise of Zoom in the wake of COVID-19, several universities around the country have experienced security problems on the platform. Such security breaches are nicknamed Zoombombing and can take various forms, such as displays of obscene content, vitriolic remarks or disruptive behavior....

Student Health and Counseling Services advises students to take precautions and continues to offer resources

Student Health & Counseling Services is located across from the USU.

Adrianna Adame, News Editor

April 15, 2020

CSUSM’s Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) are providing services to students throughout the coronavirus crisis. Though SHCS currently does not provide testing for COVID-19, medical staff are focusing on offering physical, mental and pharmaceutical resources, as well information on their webp...

Academic Senate passes resolution to modify academic policies

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

April 10, 2020

The Academic Senate unanimously passed a resolution that will ease several academic policies in the hopes of providing respite to students struggling during the pandemic on April 8. Entitled “Temporary Modification of Academic Policies due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” the resolution alters polici...

Students advocate for credit/no credit grading option

Students advocate for credit/no credit grading option

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

April 7, 2020

In this time of self-isolation, CSUSM students aren’t letting physical distancing get in the way of standing together to voice their support of a credit/no credit grading option. Several petitions on Change.org advocate for the grading shift. Chelsea Betancourt, JoAnna Mary Noel Brown and Tasha Ka...

ASI Cougar Pantry provides aid to students despite COVID impact

Antonio Pequeño, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2020

In the face of the blow that COVID-19 has dealt to several campus entities and programs, the ASI Cougar Pantry quickly adapted its operations and continued its effort to lessen food insecurity at CSUSM. The ASI Cougar Pantry, which previously offered free produce distribution days in addition ...

Academic Senate considers whether to relax academic policies amid pandemic

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

April 4, 2020

The Academic Policy Committee (APC) of the CSUSM Academic Senate is forming a resolution that would make changes to academic policies such as credit/no credit, withdrawals, probation, disqualification, internships and independent study. APC plans to complete a resolution by the upcoming senate meetin...

Faculty members share changes and challenges with transition to online instruction

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Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

March 29, 2020

After the coronavirus pandemic prompted the university to transition to online instruction, faculty were forced to radically retool their course structures and quickly come up with creative solutions to adapt to current circumstances. To ease faculty members’ transition to online learning, the un...

Michael Garrett to become ASI president

Adrianna Adame, News Editor

March 28, 2020

Third-year student Michael Garrett will be the next ASI president. Garrett, a sociology and criminology double major, won 56.73 percent of the votes, tallying 472 ballots. The ASI Board of Directors released the voting results via email, their election website and on Instagram on March 26 at 2:...

ASI Election ballot becomes available to students

Adrianna Adame, News Editor

March 25, 2020

Three candidates are running for ASI President and 7 others are running for various ASI positions for the 2020-2021 academic school year. ASI Elections occur from March 23 at 7 a.m. until March 25 at 5 p.m. Students were emailed an online ballot to fill out and submit, by the ASI Board of Directors...

CSUSM to postpone 2020 commencement

CSUSM to postpone 2020 commencement

Adrianna Adame, News Editor

March 21, 2020

The 2020 CSUSM commencement ceremony will be postponed, announced the Office of the President via email on Wednesday, March 18. Commencement was originally scheduled to have 3,641 students walk on May 15-16, but the ceremony will be postponed to a later date this year according to the Office of Comm...