The Cougar Chronicle

A non-traditional creative’s ode to poetry

Hannah Snider, Assistant Sports Editor

March 29, 2018


Filed under Opinion

I am a creative person. Always have been and always will be. However, I was never creative in a traditional sense. I was never able to draw or paint, although I could doodle stick figures pretty well. I loved reading and writing; ever since I was little, it has been a passion of mine. Storytelling...

National Clear Your Clutter Day can help you get out of the past

National Clear Your Clutter Day can help you get out of the past

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Emptiness rotted in the pit of my stomach.  Tears welled in my eyes day after day for weeks.  I felt defeated and knew not how I would go on.   Two and a half years ago, I lost what meant more to me than any other physical possession: over a year’s worth of photographs.  As a photographer,...

Become aware of the prevalence of heart disease in women

Samantha Carrillo, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States. It accounts for one in every four female deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As a college student outside of the age range most affected by heart disease, I didn’t spend much of my ...

Down’s syndrome taught me kindness

Rainna Heggenberger, Features Writer

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week is a celebration of the different ways that people with Down’s Syndrome make differences in their communities. Down’s Syndrome is a genetic disorder that occurs when a child is born with an extra chromosome. About one in every 700 children born in the U.S. each...

Part two of a series on feminism… forget the labels

Part two of a series on feminism… forget the labels

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Feminists do not always look the same. For example, I wear heels (quite a bit). I over-pack. I love to look and feel feminine. I am at times indecisive. Yes, these are all stereotypes of women... specifically (according to labels), women who are supposedly not feminists. However, I am also competitive....

Ethical consumerism isn’t feasible at a consumer level

Kody Cowell, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

We need to talk about consumerism and the ways we’re slowly being taught to be responsible at the consumer level. You know, things like veganism or waste-free living. “Ask for your drink without a straw,” and “don’t buy leather,” or even, “only buy things that don’t come in non-recyclable...

Understand the ineffectiveness of 10 cent straws

Understand the ineffectiveness of 10 cent straws

Tyler Abrahams, Assistant News Editor

March 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

During the month of February, Associated Student Incorporated (ASI) implemented a strategy to stop the use of plastic straws at CSUSM with the goal of reducing plastics in the oceans. While the initiative had good intentions, there were notable flaws. If you are like me, you probably paid little attention...

Zero Discrimination Day creates awareness for equality

Samantha Carrillo, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Uncategorized

As we near this year’s Zero Discrimination Day, it is important that we all try and tap into our inner qualities of friendliness and positivity. Accepting people of all backgrounds, races and sexual orientations is an crucial step in celebrating Zero Discrimination Day. Luckily, Mar. 1 is the opp...

Make important connections and relationships in college

Bradley Kremer, Opinion Writer

March 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

After the National Romantic Holiday of Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to write a little piece on college dating life. Whether building romantic relationships or friendships, we are being exposed to a bunch of new names every day and if you are like me, you forget the names and ha...

Understand globalization through different perspective—The world is globalizing and we should all pay attention

Jadan Smithers, Assistant News Editor

March 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

As I reach the end of my time at CSUSM, I’ve become aware of a common theme in the majority of the courses I’ve taken. This theme is currently being explored in a course I’m taking called “Perspectives in Globalization,” and it can be stated quite simply: the world is changing faster, and i...

A week to a month, a crucial moment for Black History

A week to a month, a crucial moment for Black History

Bradley Kremer, Opinion Writer

March 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

Many people take the existence of Black History Month for granted and have little knowledge of its origins or purpose so let’s explore what this month is all about. According to the article History of Black History Month written by Daryl M. Scott, a professor of history at Howard University, Bla...

Equalism is not a useful response to feminism

Kody Cowell, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

At a glance, equalism sounds like it should be a better alternative to feminism, since it promotes the ideas of the latter without placing one gender over another. It doesn’t. Feminism is fraught with opposition, and some of this comes from people who do agree that men and women, regardless of race,...