The Cougar Chronicle

Political conversations during the holidays causes disharmony

Political conversations during the holidays causes disharmony

Tanya Oritz

December 8, 2019

We are approaching the time of the year where we come together with our families for the holidays. We take the opportunity to catch up with distant relatives about our lives and everything in between. When we run out of things to talk about, we turn to the news, political events or scandals happening...

Grab finals week by its horns

Grab finals week by its horns

December 8, 2019

The bastion of rest, relaxation and carbohydrate-packing known as Thanksgiving break is over. Unfortunately, elbowing its way into our lives in the turkey-and-mashed-potatoes-laden wake of the November holiday is the rude reality of finals. In the spirit of this stress-laden sea- son, how can one best...

Remember to smile during finals week

Remember to smile during finals week

Cedric Lansangan

December 7, 2019

Finals week is nearly upon us. The question that needs asking, then, is not if you’re studying hard (which is important too), but rather: other than when finals are finally done (pun intended), when was the last time you smiled? Take a moment to really think about that. Got your answer?You probably...

For Cougars, the holiday season has many meanings

For Cougars, the holiday season has many meanings

Cedric Lansangan

December 7, 2019

What does the holiday season mean to you? Chestnuts roasting on an open fi re? Christmas trees and lights? Giving and receiving presents? Quality time with family and friends? Alone time during a much-needed break? For me, it’s sharing and making memories with the family, along with the break...

CSUSM sexual violence training, “Not Anymore,” needs improvement

CSUSM sexual violence training, “Not Anymore,” needs improvement

Cedric Lansangan

December 7, 2019

CSUSM’s Sexual Harassment and Assault prevention training and awareness programs are currently ineffective. Understanding what it means to be a good man and person overall begins in the home. Without that foundation, what you learn in school has little to no impact on who you are as a person. Social...

CSUSM administration must change hush-hush culture

CSUSM administration must change hush-hush culture

Cedric Lansangan, Opinion Editor

November 25, 2019

CSUSM has built a hush- hush culture to deal with controversies and scandals. The men and women of the Cougar Chronicle practice ethical journalism. What have we to fear so long as we report the truth? Speaking of truth, most of what may be deemed as our more “risky” stories about CSUSM were...

Being pro-gun is the only way to maintain rights and freedoms

Being pro-gun is the only way to maintain rights and freedoms

Alejandro Picasso, Staff Writer

November 25, 2019

As of Nov. 1, 2019, the United States has suffered from 351 mass shootings with roughly 400 people killed, according to the Gun Violence Archive. For the uninitiated, a mass shooting is defined by the FBI as four or more individuals shot in an incident. These numbers may seem staggering and the media...

Letter to the editor: Vigilantism and law enforcement

Kevin Kilpatric, Department of Sociology

November 25, 2019

I enjoy reading Cedric Lansangan’s articles in the Cougar Chronicle. The writing is crisp and fresh, and Cedric is not afraid to cut to the chase with his point of view. I felt I had to comment on his article regarding the CC Unit’s vigilantism. Inclusion of law enforcement in vigilantism may...

Thanksgiving should be taught right

Thanksgiving should be taught right

Tanya Ortiz, Assistant Opinion Editor

November 25, 2019

When we think about the origins of Thanksgiving, our minds immediately picture the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indian sit- ting down to have a feast to celebrate the fall harvest. We’ve learned throughout the years in grade school that this was the first Thanksgiving, and since then the...

Cougars on the Run

Cougars on the Run

Cedric Lansangan, Opinion Editor

November 25, 2019

Halloween has come and gone, leaving behind salivating minds bent on packing pumpkin pie in its wake. But despite the month of scares being over, I asked students about their own haunting perspectives on ghosts and the supernatural and boy did their responses not disappoint! When asked about her belief...

Impressions Don’t Equal Reality

Impressions Don’t Equal Reality

Cedric Lansangan, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2019

“If only people knew X about me, then they wouldn’t think Y.” Or maybe, “I’m not shy, I just don’t like to talk a lot and I like to have only a few close friends.” Perhaps you’re more of a “Once I get to know you, then I can’t stop talking.”    Whichever script you identify with, it’s a...

New Dining Hall for 2020 Students

New Dining Hall for 2020 Students

Tanya Ortiz, Opinion Writer

November 9, 2019

CSUSM is undergoing some dining changes for next fall, A new dining hall will be added to the first floor of The QUAD just in time for the 2020 school year.  The new dining hall reportedly will be 8,000 square feet and have indoor and outdoor seating for approximately 250 people and will bring more f...