The Cougar Chronicle

Reflecting the transition to online learning mid semester

Tania Ortiz, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 7, 2020

As this whirlwind semester is nearing its end, many students are reflecting on how this last half of the semester has thrown us through the wringer and how unexpected all of this really was. I’m not so sure about you, but I find myself thinking about how at the beginning of this semester I had a positi...

Social distancing can affect our mental health past the COVID-19 crisis

Tania Ortiz, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 7, 2020

As we continue social distancing, we are taking everything day by day in hopes of returning to normality. For all we know it could take another couple of weeks, even months, until this is all over. Which could lead to more time quarantined in our homes, without being able to interact with people we care...

A Call to Civility: Prioritizing People Rather Than Their Politics

Alexandra Bennett, Contributor

May 7, 2020

In the current year, many Americans have been affected by the blatant political polarization that has taken hold of the nation since 2016.  Many may scoff when the term "civil war" is brought up regarding this new political landscape. Still, I see the disheartening truth in it. We are in a civil war; we ...

Cougars On The Run: CA Presidential Primary

Lewis Jones Jr., Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

The California Presidential Primary on Mar. 3 arrived on one of the most delegate-rich contests during the primaries on a single day, known as “Super Tuesday”. Holding fifteen primary elections and caucuses, amounting to one-third of all delegates pledged to the Democratic National Convention to nominate...

The Oscars reminds us that we’re human

The Academy Awards are no stranger to political monologues.

Cedric Lansangan, Opinion Editor

February 22, 2020

The Oscars came and went on Feb. 9 with essentially no drama and scandal. Does that mean there were no calls for activism or political commentary? Absolutely not. The Hollywood Reporter published a good summary of the political moments of the show. Steve Martin and Chris Rock lambasted the Iowa caucus...

Valentine’s Day promotes unrealistic expectations

Commercialism creates pressure on a day meant for love and sincerity.

Tania Ortiz, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 22, 2020

As Valentine’s Day has come and gone, many of us single people out there may be making those self-deport cating jokes about how lonely we are amongst a sea of seemingly happy couples. The day is supposed to be filled with love, affection, red roses and everything in between. When you think of it,...

Extravagant spending questions where tuition is distributed to

Students shouldn’t have to mind where their money goes.

Tania Ortiz, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 22, 2020

Have you ever wondered where our tuition and fees go? As students, we pay so much for our schooling whether it be out of pocket or with help from financial aid. But where does it go and how much of this investment returns to us? Last semester, we learned about the extravagant spending of Dean of...

Organize your school work with a bullet journal

Bullet journaling is a fun and creative way for you to keep yourself organized going into the semester.

Sasha Anand, Features Editor

February 7, 2020

The new year comes with a new sense of excitement and changes. Some students may still be recovering from winter break while others may be ready to start the new semester. For those who may need ideas on how to maintain focus this semester and to release some bursts of creativity, bullet journaling...

How to make sure that your resolutions stick in the new year

Student tracking systems are being implemented in campuses nationwide.

Tania Ortiz, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 7, 2020

Weight loss. The oftenshort-lived prototypical new year’s resolution. Based on the way ads for gym memberships and exercise equipment always get put on overdrive in the new year, this resolution frequently doesn’t stick around for long into a new year. This begs an important question: Are new...

Student reflects on repeated representation of whiteness and lack of diversity in Oscars

The Academy Awards have a long standing controversy of whitewashing nominations.

Lewis Jones Jr., Staff Writer

February 7, 2020

2020 ushers in a new decade and many new changes concerning views on diversity, equity and social movements for equal representation in all areas within our society. The Oscars are no exception to this reality. Moreover, this traditional entertainment platform in recent years has received immense public...

Spring semester brings a new chance to improve as a student

Setting goals and addressing weaknesses can improve your work habits.

Cedric Lansangan, Opinion Editor

February 7, 2020

Not only is it a start of a new year, but a new semester too. A new chapter in our academic journeys. Many of us students, myself included, take it upon ourselves to improve on our academic skills set in the previous semester. Improvement in any way shape or form is important for us to grow not only...

Simple steps for a more productive semester

Kathleen Carpio, Assistant Features Editor

February 7, 2020

The start of a new decade brings along new year’s resolutions which may include: eating better, being more physically active or getting better grades but let’s be honest with ourselves: old habits die hard. The beginning of the semester brings along the usual stressors of crashing courses and...