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Alleged victim of CSUSM student files police report

A police report has been filed against a CSUSM student for alleged sexual battery.

Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter

October 28, 2020

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is investigating a report of a sexual battery allegedly committed by a CSUSM student.  The police report, filed by second-year UC Davis student Angie Pham, was received by SDPD on Oct. 13. Pham gave the report’s case number to The Cougar Chronicle and SDPD ...

CSUSM launches sustainability minor

CSUSM launched a new sustainability minor in fall 2020 for students interested in promoting an environmentally conscious society.

Kristie Castillo, Staff Writer

October 26, 2020

CSUSM has introduced a new sustainability minor for students to learn about the importance of sustainability and its connection to the environment and social justice, as well as how they can impact the world around them.  The new minor is a way for students who don’t want to commit to an entir...

Staff working on campus experience new guidelines and challenges

Signs at CSUSM remind people to stay a safe distance apart, one of many measures intended to keep faculty, students and staff healthy.

Synthia Ayala, Staff Writer

October 25, 2020

Even as campus remains closed for all except essential operations, non-faculty staff are still working to support students and faculty taking and teaching classes in person. CSUSM currently employs 830 non-faculty staff, a reduction of 30 from the 860 non-faculty staff they employed in March.  655 ...

International students encounter new experience of studying abroad

International students have had to adjust to challenges such as changing federal guidelines for international students, time zone differences and being unable to receive books mailed from online retailers.

Magali Castillo, Staff Writer

October 22, 2020

In the midst of COVID-19, many international students have lost the experience of studying in the United States with in-person instruction. Currently, there are about 300 international students at CSUSM.  Natalie Prellwitz, an international student advisor from the Global Programs and Services at CSUSM, sai...

ASI Cougar Pantry continues distribution amid pandemic

The Cougar Pantry helps students experiencing food insecurity by offering weekly distributions.

Bailey Heffernan, Staff Writer

October 21, 2020

During the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity is a concern for people across the country.  Luckily, CSUSM students have access to a free, weekly food distribution.  In a 2016 CSUSM survey, 50 percent of the students surveyed indicated that they struggle with food insecurity. This is more than doub...

Petition calls for expulsion of student

A petition with over 13,000 signatures is calling for a CSUSM student's expulsion for alleged sexual assault and abuse.

Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter

October 13, 2020

A petition on Change.org calling for the expulsion of a CSUSM student for alleged sexual assault and abuse has gathered over 13,000 signatures in five days.   The third-year CSUSM student is being accused of “sexual assault, groping, sexual coercion, abuse, gaslighting and other non-consensual actions,” according to the petition.  The petition states, “If CSU San Marcos is committed to ‘protec...

Students for Quality Education voices statewide demands to defund UPD

Students for Quality Education demanded that CSUs defund university police departments on Oct. 1. However, CSU Chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro told The Cougar Chronicle in a Sept. 30 press conference that universities need police.

Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter

October 12, 2020

This story was updated on Oct. 13 with an explanation of  what SQE is and links to their website. Students for Quality Education (SQE) voiced their demands for CSU campuses to defund UPD on Oct. 1.  SQE is a a statewide student organization with chapters on 22 out of 23 CSU campuses that advocates f...

Student athletes adjust to new normal amid pause on competition

Unable to practice with their teammates or compete, student athletes, like Tyler Garrard on the men’s soccer team, are adjusting by working out at home and seeing teammates virtually.

Brittney Scardina, Staff Writer

October 12, 2020

Unlike ever before, CSUSM student athletes are unable to compete in the sport they love. 278 student athletes are going through the fall semester with no in-person activities, including practice and competition.  The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) decided on May 12 that it would...

Campus Notes (10/11/20)

Campus Notes (10/11/20)

Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2020

Enrollment remains steady While some colleges are seeing a decline in their enrollment numbers, enrollment has remained steady at CSUSM.  CSUSM’s final stateside enrollment is 14,643 for the fall 2020 semester, a slight increase of 124 students as compared to fall 2019’s headcount of 14,519, sa...

[email protected]/x Center celebrates five year anniversary, offers services virtually

While students are unable to visit the Latin@/x Center in person, the center does offer virtual events and drop-in hours.

Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief

October 9, 2020

In its fifth year, the [email protected]/x Center is continuing to offer students the events, resources and support that it always has - just virtually. The [email protected]/x Center’s goal has been to provide [email protected]/x students with a feeling of community and academic support ever since its opening on Sept. 17, 201...

Tuition cost to remain unchanged despite student petition

Close to 1,000 students have signed a petition to reduce tuition costs for next spring, but the CSU is not planning on changing current prices.

Ariana L. Kitts, Staff Writer

October 4, 2020

CSUs will not lower tuition or fees for the spring 2021 semester despite students calling for reduced costs due to the mainly virtual instruction and the unavailability of in-person campus resources.  The cost of resident tuition at CSUSM is currently $2,871 per semester for a full-time undergraduate. In addition, students pay $988 per semester in fees,...

Student homelessness and food insecurity remain concerns amid pandemic

Student homeless and food insecurity at CSUSM are now bigger concerns because of the pandemic.

Adrianna Adame, Managing Editor

September 29, 2020

Student homelessness and food insecurity continue to be ongoing issues at CSUSM, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. To combat student homelessness, the Cougar Care Network is working to connect students to resources and information that can help them through financial challenges and to be able to atta...