The Cougar Chronicle

Turn this year’s resolutions into next year’s conclusions

Turn this year’s resolutions into next year’s conclusions

Micaela Johansson, Photo Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Are you tired of all the weight loss promises and “stop smoking” goals as New Year's resolutions? As that time of year approaches, I encourage you to make your goals purposeful and reachable. Last year, I decided to make the resolution of eating less meat. I thought that becoming vegetarian wou...

This semester I learned to love endlessly, even when it is difficult

This semester I learned to love endlessly, even when it is difficult

Sabrina Belknap, Assistant Features Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

As I run the last lap of my college career, I’ve become especially reflective of all that I’ve learned and experienced since my freshman year. I’m incredibly thankful that I go to a school which is encompassed by some of the most thoughtful, genuine human beings that I have come across - some ...

Take a stand, use your voice and join a movement to promote social justice

Take a stand, use your voice and join a movement to promote social justice

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion, Showcase

A movement. The eight-letter word encapsulates current and future conditions of an array of people groups. Without the unity of individuals toward a common cause, we would have had no Women’s Movement nor Civil Rights Movement. I likely would not be writing this piece were it not for the wo...

In honor of my sister, Lisa, and other lost premature babies

In honor of my sister, Lisa, and other lost premature babies

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

November 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I have three brothers and no living sisters, yet I was not the only daughter born into my family.  On Aug. 18, 1987, my older sister, Lisa, was born at 20 weeks and amounted to the size of an adult hand.  Too small and too weak to survive, she passed away within minutes of birth. When speaking of L...

Change the world through words of appreciation

Change the world through words of appreciation

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

November 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Have you ever received a genuine compliment that blew you away?  Not just a “you look nice today,” but an “I appreciate you for…” or “you impacted me by…” Our world is starving for encouragement.  If a fleeting thought passes your mind and the expression of it would result in the ...

The TED Talk that changed how I view myself in the mirror

The TED Talk that changed how I view myself in the mirror

November 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

“You are bold, you are brilliant and you are beautiful.” These are the powerful words that body activist, Ashley Graham, spoke in a TED Talk which changed the way I look at myself in the mirror. From when I was in high school until about a year ago, I was afraid of shopping and trying on clothes. ...

I’m thankful for my first semester at CSUSM

I’m thankful for my first semester at CSUSM

Samantha Carrillo, Opinion Writer

November 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I currently find myself in an environment that I never expected to become a part of. A year ago, I had no idea which university I would end up at. I did have my heart set on a few other universities I was accepted into, but I couldn’t even consider attending them due to expense issues. This, o...

The origins of Thanksgiving should be taught to children

The origins of Thanksgiving should be taught to children

Justin Sanchez, Staff Writer

November 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Thanksgiving, a nationally recognized holiday for the goodwill between two groups of people, is celebrated every November. Yet, the history of such an event can be hazy when it is not taught accurately. Such has been the case for this national holiday and related topics of American history, including ...

A glimpse into the Thanksgiving traditions of our editors

November 23, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Layda Galvan: Editor-in-Chief: “The best part of Thanksgiving is not only the food, but it is when all families gather and share what they have made with lots of love.  The best part of Thanksgiving is when my family travels from Mexico to celebrate with us.” Karen Ambrocio: Managing Editor: “My Thank...

In honor of my sister, Lisa, and other lost premature babies

In honor of my sister, Lisa, and other lost premature babies

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

November 22, 2017


Filed under Opinion

I have three brothers and no living sisters, yet I was not the only daughter born into my family.  On Aug. 18, 1987, my older sister, Lisa, was born at 20 weeks and amounted to the size of an adult hand.  Too small and too weak to survive, she passed away within minutes of birth. When speaking of L...

Say no to procrastination

Alexa Morales Garcia, Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

College is a time you will remember for the rest of your life. The entire experience, from walking on campus for the first time, to receiving your degree, is a wild ride. You meet friends, lose friends, gain career opportunities and set up your life for the future. With all the fun events that occur d...

Why I lead a future-minded, plant-based lifestyle

Why I lead a future-minded, plant-based lifestyle

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

November 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

My finger pads kissed the keys of an upright piano which was the only barrier between myself and my attentive audience – aside from a 40 to 80 year age gap and mental or physical impairments.  Cozy knit sweaters, permed hair and cheeky grins juxtaposed incoherent blank stares and mobile-chair-support...