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The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

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Opinion

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,...

The Final Countdown - Time to Grow Up

The Final Countdown – Time to Grow Up

Kristin Bergmann, Opinions Editor December 1, 2022

The countdown is on: I’m 12 weeks into my last semester, and I only have 4 more weeks to go. I’ve been working towards a communication degree for four years and until recently, I could not wait to finally graduate. Now that the day is coming closer, my mindset has shifted. Suddenly there is pressure...

The mythology of In-N-Out, California’s overhyped burger

The mythology of In-N-Out, California’s overhyped burger

Nik Chrissanthos, Assistant Arts & Entertaintment Editor October 25, 2022

In-N-Out is a well regarded fast food chain by many. It is synonymous with California in the same way as the Hollywood sign despite having branched out to multiple (albeit few) states. And as a lifelong California resident, I have had my fair share of cheeseburgers, fries and milkshakes. I have fond...

In-N-Out is where they belong, at the top of the fast food chains

In-N-Out is where they belong, at the top of the fast food chains

Luke Vore, Video Editor October 25, 2022

In-N-Out is a well regarded fast food chain by many, and there is a good reason why. From its neon sign that shines late at night, to the simplistic menu with cheap prices, and above all else, quality food, In-N-Out is one of the best fast food options. When I travel, my top priority is to experience...

The big screen has been a big let down

The big screen has been a big let down

Luke Vore, Video Editor September 27, 2022

The movie-going experience is not the same. Unless it is a blockbuster, made for the big screen, you will not see me in theaters as much anymore. A few weekends ago was National Cinema Day. Over 3000 theaters participated by lowering ticket costs to $3 for the day. With recent temperatures outside...

Rise in gas price is an opportunity for environmental change

Rise in gas price is an opportunity for environmental change

Sayna Nassertorabi, Opinion Editor April 20, 2022

It is no surprise that since the war between Russia and Ukraine started, the United States has seen a big jump in gas prices. Prices are double what they were 18 months ago. They are up 20 percent since the war started six weeks ago, according to a cbsnews.com report. They are different theories...

Banning books endangers educational power

Banning books endangers educational power

Tim Peterson March 8, 2022

Tim Petersen wrote this article for Cal State Fullerton’s Daily Titan. It is available for republication or reference. If you think their work is important, you can support it here. Banning books in American schools is a foolish mistake. In particular, banning books with educational value weakens...

Self-care 101: learn how to prioritize your mental health

Kristin Bergmann, Staff Writer March 8, 2022

In all honesty: the past two years were among the worst years of my life. I have always been an anxious person, but the pandemic fueled my anxiety and dragged me into a downwards-spiral. Especially in 2021 I struggled with my mental health so bad that panic attacks and obsessive thoughts were daily occurrences....

Russias movements have put many nations on alert, including the United States

USA doesn’t have time for war

Sayna Nassertorabi, Opinion Editor February 24, 2022

Russia and the United States have had an unstable relationship for decades, evident throughout the cold war, however, was there ever an end to the coldness? Just when the world thought that their 2022 was the year things became calm after fighting a pandemic that seemed never ending, latest updates...

The latest update on the mask mandate has many saying sayonara to safety amid Omicrons reign

Reversing the mask mandate is not as good as it sounds

Natalie Navarro, Staff Writer February 24, 2022

As of Feb. 15, California will be reversing its mask mandate for indoor places due to decreasing COVID-19 cases nationwide. This will be the second time the California government has done so throughout the pandemic, with the last mandate ending in June 2021. The mask mandate regained traction in the...

Major court cases offer opposing views of “justice”

Major court cases offer opposing views of “justice”

Jaden Whitehead, Staff Writer December 8, 2021

In the past month, there have been multiple high profile court cases that have made national headlines: the trial of the killers of Ahmaud Arbery and the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Ahmaud Arbery was murdered on Feb. 23, 2020 by father and son Gregory and Travis McMicheal and their neighbor William...

Column: What I look forward to

Column: What I look forward to

Jaiden Quiroz, Staff Writer December 8, 2021

Winter break is right around the corner and I am here for it!  I am counting down the days till I can go on vacation again because traveling is not only one of my main priorities, but it is also my favorite thing to do.  The excitement I get from planning out a trip, to the experiences I have...

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