The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

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


The Weight of Rising Immigration Application Fees

The Weight of Rising Immigration Application Fees

Nahomi Garcia Alarcon, Arts & Entertainment Editor May 9, 2024

Living in San Diego, renowned for its inflated cost of living, is already challenging. Now, recent hikes in immigration application fees have added another layer of burden, particularly for students navigating the complexities of immigration processes. The impact of these fee increases reverberates deeply,...

Cesar Chavez statue at CSUSM.

How Should CSUSM Commemorate Cesar Chavez?

Editorial April 16, 2024

From Martin Luther King Jr. to Mahatma Gandhi, great leaders tend to become the personal embodiment of historical movements. In both our textbooks and our popular historical memory, a leader’s name can become synonymous with the achievements of a movement. The case of Cesar Chavez is a stark example...

An artist rendering of the proposed facility.

What You Should Know Before Voting on the Wellness and Recreation Facility Referendum

Justin Gans, News Editor April 8, 2024

On April 9-11, CSUSM students will be eligible to take part in a campus-wide vote on a proposed increase to their student fees. This fee increase would support the development of a Wellness and Recreation facility. Students have long voiced their desire for better wellness and recreation facilities....

Picture at Galentines Day event in Barbarella.

The Rise of Galentine’s Day

Nahomi Garcia Alarcon, Arts & Entertainment Editor February 14, 2024

In recent years, there has been a shift in the way that people celebrate love and friendship around Valentine’s Day. While we still hold the traditional way of celebrating, for example, couples getting together for a romantic dinner. We also see the rise of people, especially women groups, getting...

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The Elephant in the GOP

Justin Gans, News Editor February 8, 2024

Mainstream media’s portrayal of the upcoming 2024 presidential election is seriously flawed. Right now, there is a dire need for the press to stop covering the election like business-as-usual.  Democratic backsliding is not contingent upon Trump’s reelection. Fascism has already spread throughout...

Grammys 2024 Predictions

Kayla McCarthy, Opinion Editor February 2, 2024

The 66th annual Grammy Awards will be taking place on February 4 and can be watched live on CBS. This year the nominations in many of the major categories are dominated by female artists and the level of competition is at an all-time high. Taylor Swift? Olivia Rodrigo? SZA? Billie Eilish? Here are my...

There are twelve zodiac signs in total that reveal different personality traits and are assigned based on birth dates.

Is Astrology Really Written in the Stars?

Kayla McCarthy, Opinion Editor October 15, 2023

Astrology comes from a Hindu belief that all beings have a soul, otherwise known as the “supreme soul,” and it turned into a way of allowing people to see how the course of their life would go. It soon spread to ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, and many other regions. For centuries, it has been used...

Olivia Rodrigo released her sophomore album GUTS on September 8.

Does Olivia Rodrigo have the “GUTS” to steal music?

Kayla McCarthy, Opinion Editor October 5, 2023

20-year-old award-winning pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo just released her sophomore album, “GUTS” but within days of its release fans criticized her for the apparent plagiarism. This has been occurring since her debut album, “SOUR” was released in 2021. The neverending backlash for ‘stealing’...

Bringing Back Intermission

Sayna Nassertorabi, Opinions Editor April 8, 2023

Recently, I have been in the mood to watch old movies. Even though most of them have normal running time, there are quite a few of them that are double the time of a regular movie. One of my favorite old movies is My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison, but the length of the movie is...

Need for better public transportation options for students

Sayna Nassertorabi, Opinions Editor February 19, 2023

When the topic of school transportation comes up there is a lot to be said. School transportation has been an issue for a very long time specially in public schools and universities. Among these issues are not enough parking spaces, parking prices, public transportation prices, etc. During my school...

Culinary Commentary: My first experience with Korean BBQ

Kristin Bergmann, Opinions Editor December 14, 2022

Believe it or not: I made it to 24 years without trying Korean BBQ once. The hype around this innovative way of eating has been going on for a while, but the grill-it-yourself type of dinner didn’t sound appealing enough for me to try it out. However, when my two-year anniversary came along, we...

Fall semester graduates - Going out without a bang

Fall semester graduates – Going out without a bang

Kristin Bergmann, Opinions Editor December 5, 2022

The fall semester is coming to an end, and for some CSUSM students, this marks the end of their studies. According to the Office of the Registrar, between 1,300 and 1,500 students are expected to graduate in December 2022. Unfortunately, they won’t get a proper goodbye. No cheering crowds, no walking,...

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