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ASI suspends Cougar Pantry distributions, drawing criticism from students

ASI canceled their Cougar Pantry for the remainder of the fall semester, a decision some students disagreed with.
Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter December 23, 2020

ASI announced on Dec. 4 that they are canceling Cougar Pantry distributions for the remainder of the fall semester because an ASI team member tested positive for COVID-19.  ASI cannot disclose...

Winter, spring athletic competition canceled at CSUSM

Student athletes will have to wait another semester to compete. (Pictured: Sarah Aragon on the women's soccer team.)
Brittney Scardina, Staff Writer December 23, 2020

The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced on Dec. 3 that there will be no athletic competition for the spring semester.  By the next time competition is allowed, student athletes...

Students can remain in on-campus housing throughout winter break

Students are allowed to stay in dorms over winter break, but must continue to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Kristie Castillo, Staff Writer December 22, 2020

Students living on-campus will continue to be provided the opportunity to remain in the dorms with COVID-appropriate regulations and virtual holiday events throughout winter break.  Staying in on-campus...

CSUSM’s internal network hacked; university launches two-step authentication system

An unknown actor infiltrated the CSUSM network in October. The school has now launched a two-step authentication system to improve security.
Ruben Santana, Staff Writer December 13, 2020

Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS) issued an email notice to the entire campus community on Oct. 6 that CSUSM’s internal network had recently been infiltrated by an unknown actor. An...

Campus Notes (12/10/20)

Campus Notes (12/10/20)
Anneliese Esparza and Ariana L. Kitts December 10, 2020

This story was updated on Dec. 16 to include CSUSM's extension of the fall 2021 application deadline, current COVID-19 numbers and an update on CSUSM's plans for spring break. CSU anticipates return to...

Business students partner with local news organization

For their Senior Experience project, five CSUSM business students are helping The Coast News Group learn new marketing tactics.
Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief November 25, 2020

A team of five CSUSM business students have partnered with the North County based news organization The Coast News Group for their Senior Experience project. The College of Business Administration requires...

Campus Notes (11/25/20)

Students are allowed to stay in dorms over winter break, but must continue to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Anneliese Esparza and Yanely Gonzalez November 25, 2020

No decision on commencement plans The university has not yet made commencement plans for spring 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 graduates.  According to Chief Communications Officer Margaret Chantung...

Academic Senate temporarily relaxes withdrawal policy due to pandemic

The resolution makes several policy and procedural changes to withdrawal requests.
Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief November 9, 2020

The Academic Senate passed a resolution that allows for a broader and more relaxed interpretation of course withdrawal policy due to COVID-19 on Wednesday.  The resolution makes several policy and...

Campus Notes (11/6/20)

Campus Notes (11/6/20)
Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief November 6, 2020

Suspected Poway synagogue shooter may face a federal death penalty trial Federal prosecutors are considering whether to pursue capital punishment for John T. Earnest, the alleged Poway synagogue shooter...

Alleged victim of CSUSM student files police report

Alleged victim of CSUSM student files police report
Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter October 27, 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...

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...

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...

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