The Cougar Chronicle

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,...

Part one of a series on feminism, an unfinished marathon

Part one of a series on feminism, an unfinished marathon

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

March 3, 2018


Filed under Opinion

What marathon runner reaches 25 miles and gives up, saying “that’s good enough”?  In the same way, how can we -- educated constituents -- give up and say, “society is good enough”? There are misconceptions about a particular eight-letter “ism,” otherwise known as feminism.  When talking ab...

Heteronormative Valentine’s depictions marginalize LGBTQIA+ community

Heteronormative Valentine’s depictions marginalize LGBTQIA+ community

Samantha Carrillo, Opinion Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Valentine’s Day is stressful for a multitude of reasons. It can be easy to be consumed by conceivably heteronormative problems -- such as celebrating alone, being away from loved ones or having confusion about what to buy for a significant other -- predicaments abound on this holiday. Consequent...

The hardest part is getting started

Celine Holguin, A&E writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

The beginning of a new year is almost always accompanied with a lengthy list of resolutions that we are oh-so determined to accomplish; yet, more than half end up being stuffed in the back of our brains only to be sheepishly remembered on New Years Eve. Do not feel ashamed, we are all human and mo...

How a study abroad program opened my eyes

How a study abroad program opened my eyes

Jadan Smithers, Assistant News Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

During the recent winter break, I travelled to the mountains of Guatemala to spend two weeks with a group of indigenous Mayans called the Ixhil as part of a CSUSM study abroad program. The trip humbled me and opened my eyes in a way that nothing has before, and at the same time gave me the units ...

Why you should get out of your bubble over the school break

Why you should get out of your bubble over the school break

Brad Kremer, Opinion Writer

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Over the recent break, I’m sure a lot of you went to see family for the holiday or traveled outside of your own bubble. If you live in the dorms, Corte Bella, or somewhere else where you could hit the USU with a pebble from your front door (after a proper stretch and warm up of course), then your bubble...

Prison expenditures outweigh increased tuition costs

Prison expenditures outweigh increased tuition costs

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

A year spent at Harvard University may be considered one of the most costly ways to spend said time; yet, the fiscal demands of an unexpected institution surpass even those of this Ivy League. According to the LA Times, a year spent in a California state prison costs more per inmate than aforesaid year at Harvard ...