The Cougar Chronicle

The problem with the plastic straw ban

The problem with the plastic straw ban

Celine Holguin, Opinion Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The ecological crusade has once again taken a big step towards reducing plastic consumption, first with the ban on plastic bags and now the impending doom of the ban of plastic straws.   It may seem like banning plastic straws will bring nothing but positive change, but in reality it would...

Editorial – 9/13/18

September 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Greetings to our fellow readers! We hope you’ve all had a wonderful semester so far and have had luck with finding parking because we certainly have not.   We would expect that if students are paying over $300 a semester, we would be able to find a parking spot in a short amount of time, but...

Learn about campus resources

Learn about campus resources

Samantha Carrillo, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The start of the fall 2018 semester welcomed nearly 2,500 freshman and 2,000 transfer students to campus according to an article in the CSUSM Newscenter.   As a second year, I recently started getting used to the layout of CSUSM and fully appreciating the programs and support systems offered t...

Annelisa Zamora, A&E Editor

September 13, 2018


Filed under Opinion

If there is one thing my summer vacation taught me, it is that I romanticized places more than I realized.   I was lucky enough to travel to Ireland and Italy this past summer and it was a bit of a reality check. The places I visited were undoubtedly beautiful and incredible to experience...

Perspective sheds light on perceptions of education

Perspective sheds light on perceptions of education

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

April 30, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Perspective. Smile-crinkled faces gleamed at twinkling eyes which were hidden by laughter-contorted cheeks. Agile bodies leapt through the street, as small children played tag and weaved their way in and out of dilapidated houses. Graffiti-painted walls and water-stained wood constituted home to the ...

Why you should add laughing yoga to your list of things to try

Mikayla Mitchell, Staff Writer

April 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

When I first saw the sign, conveniently located before my eyes, I knew I needed to inquire.   It read, “Laughing Yoga: Join Us and Add a Smile to Your a Day,” and I mean, who wouldn’t want to stop for that? I cautiously approached the woman sitting in her lawn chair and asked, “Is this t...

Is Technology Hijacking Our Self-Identity?

Is Technology Hijacking Our Self-Identity?

Jadan Smithers, Assistant News Editor

April 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

In recent years the role of technology in our lives has grown to the extent that it plays a key role in our self-identity and the way we perceive reality. This is a development that is reinforced in society’s collective subconscious with every new Facebook account created, each Amazon Echo purchased, and...

Metaphor for Whiteness

Kody Cowell, Assistant Opinion Editor

April 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Racial politics in Western society play around whether you’re “ethnic” or not. The issue with this is that everybody is ethnic.   There is no default race. There is no standard, no “normal.” It’s all relative.   The concept of “whiteness” exists because Western culture ...

Editorial: Both Sides of the Gun Debate Are Right (And Both Are Wrong)

Jadan Smithers, Assistant News Editor

April 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The debate around our Second Amendment right is raging like wildfire since the tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. Unfortunately, the national conversation always seems to be framed on a binary scale; you’re either for or against guns.   It’s impo...

Words, the beginning of either hate or peace

Words, the beginning of either hate or peace

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

April 21, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

To anyone who believes that individuals who advocate for language change are overly sensitive, liberal snowflakes, I would like to ask you a question. Do you believe there is veracity in the statement, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”? If you said yes, then...

In honor of National Puppy Day, dogs are better than humans

In honor of National Puppy Day, dogs are better than humans

Bradley Kremer, Opinion Writer

April 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Listen up, dog lovers, because you will most likely agree. If you are a cat person, still listen because it might apply to your furballs as well. In honor of National Puppy Day on Friday, March 23, I have compiled a short list as to why humans’ best friends are more likeable than most humans th...

Beware our friend, Alexa, and her effects on future generations

Beware our friend, Alexa, and her effects on future generations

Bradley Kremer, Opinion Writer

April 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

We’ve all suspected at least one of our friends of being a robot, and with the advancements of technology today, it is now quite possible to have an A.I. (artificial intelligence) as a friend. In the article “Co-Parenting With Alexa,” written by Rachel Botsman, the author talks about issues of ...