The Cougar Chronicle

Netflix documentary provokes viewers to reevaluate their use of technology

The Social Dilemma provides insight on the inner workings of tech companies.

Tania Ortiz, Opinion Editor

October 12, 2020

Ever wondered why we are so addicted to our phones, more specifically to social media? The Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma has provoked millions of viewers to rethink how much time they spend on social media and become more conscientious of tech companies’ real purpose in society. The ...

Death of Justice Ginsburg leaves an impact, creates discussion on the future of the Supreme Court

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rose to rock-star influence in the latter portion of her career.

Tania Ortiz, Opinion Editor

October 12, 2020

The world lost a true icon a few weeks ago when the Supreme Court announced Ruth Bader Ginsburg died due to complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.  Ginsburg pushed to serve on the Supreme Court as long as she could and became an icon while doing so. Ginsburg had always been a champ...

Latinx, Hispanic or Latino/a? The debate that has confused a community

Tania Ortiz, Opinion Editor

October 12, 2020

In our current society, we have adapted to using gender-neutral and non-discriminatory identifiers. Using these terms gives those who are non-binary a way to identify themselves properly. More recently, the use of the term Latinx has become a subject for debate within the community and in the media....

Reports of unconsented hysterectomies calls for review of detention center

The United States has a deplorable history of imposing eugenics and forced sterilization practices on women of color.

Destinee Taylor, Staff Writer

October 12, 2020

This story was updated on Oct. 13 with links to reporting on the alleged misconduct. A whistleblower came forward with claims of hysterectomies performed on female detainees without their consent at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Irwin County Detention Center (ICDC) in Ocilla, Georgia...

Students raise concerns about full cost of tuition during a pandemic

Students raise concerns about full cost of tuition during a pandemic

Ariel Lopez, Assistant A&E Editor

September 29, 2020

This story was updated on Oct. 1 to include the student petition to lower CSUSM tuition. Despite not being able to use most of the on-campus facilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CSUSM students are still required to pay the full cost of tuition, much to the dismay of many students.  Over 850 ind...

Climate action starts with you

Recent wildfires underscore the need to take climate change more seriously.

Maria Jungers, Assistant Opinion Editor

September 29, 2020

The issue of climate change is becoming more concerning, as wildfires are visibly moving faster along the west coast.  Just this year in the states of California, Oregon and Washington, there have been five million acres of land burned, thousands of people who were forced to evacuate their homes an...

The Oscars have updated their Best Picture policies, but does it even matter?

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hopes to increase diversity in films by implementing new standards.

Jules Appleton, Staff Writer

September 29, 2020

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released new policies for Best Picture eligibility as a part of their Aperture 2025 initiative on Sept. 8.  According to the Oscars’ website, the initiative is a “five-year effort to diversify our organization and expand our definition of the ‘best...

Social media influences magnitude of social issues during pandemic

Social media has become a platform for activists during this pandemic.

Alya Burnand, Staff Writer

September 29, 2020

The pandemic has played an unusual role in amplifying social justice issues through social media.    Stripping away all the distractions and noise - like, for many, physical school, jobs and socialization - has revealed the truth of and alternatives to what we actually do. It revealed who ...

Cancel culture gives a toxic power to people on the internet

Cancel culture promotes a mob mentality and causes damage to people’s lives.

Tania Ortiz, Opinion Editor

September 29, 2020

Social media has become a tool for activism, socialization and self-expression. Over the past several years, it has become the ideal platform for cancel culture’s growth.  We have witnessed cancel culture affect people’s lives, from celebrities to regular people like you and me. This trend on soci...

New graduation requirement will impact students

Students will be required to take ethnic studies courses starting 2023.

Tania Ortiz, Opinion Editor

September 15, 2020

With the nation mobilizing and becoming aware of the social injustices occurring to minority communities, there is a growing demand for schools to require an ethnic studies/social justice class for their students.  The need to learn about systemic inequalities has become a priority, inspiring man...

Returning to campus in the future will change campus life

Campus life is on hold until Fall 2021 until then CSUSM classes will be held virtually.

Tania Ortiz, Opinion Editor

September 15, 2020

Campus life is on hold for the time being and now that we know classes will unfortunately remain online through the spring, the question remains if we will feel comfortable returning in fall 2021.  With campus being closed, students are not receiving the same amount of socialization with peers as they ...

Learn from last semester’s mistakes to succeed this semester

Learning from last semester’s mistake will help students succeed in virtual classes.

Tania Ortiz, Opinion Editor

September 14, 2020

As we embark on this new virtual semester, I can’t help but look back to last semester to reflect on what went wrong and what worked for me.  Last semester felt foreign when logging onto Zoom instead of being on campus. Being at home for the latter half of the academic school year at first felt ...