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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 â...

FCC’s repeal of net neutrality, a danger to a healthy democracy

FCC’s repeal of net neutrality, a danger to a healthy democracy

Jadan Smithers, Assistant News Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

On Thursday, Dec. 14, just as CSUSM students wrapped up finals and prepared for winter break, a pivotal decision in Washington threatened to drastically change the scape of internet and media as we know it: the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality regulations. Repealed net neutrality rules prevented inte...

Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK

Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone, and that’s OK

Kody Cowell, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 7, 2018


Filed under Opinion

Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and only a couple of months after we made it through several weeks of New Year's Resolutions. These two traditions tend to polarize people toward a "love it!" or "hate it!" attitude. Realizing that both are valid opinions is imperative.  This 2018 New Year, I sa...

Shift into high gear and cruise into the holidays!

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Another semester is almost under our belts, Cougars!  Amazing job making it through the readings, assignments, tests, projects and papers, thus far.  We’re in the home stretch, and it’s time to shift into high gear.  Your friends at The Cougar Chronicle are rooting for you, have faith in your abilit...

Response to International Men’s Day article

Marcus Cicero, Contributor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Letters, Opinion

It befuddles me to read such a blatantly biased article published in our school newspaper. The article which attacks International Men’s Day as “unnecessary” is such an affront to reason, that it begs a response. First, the author’s bias is clearly shown numerous times throughout the article...

Human Rights Day, a reminder for awareness and gratefulness

Human Rights Day, a reminder for awareness and gratefulness

Samantha Carrillo, Opinion Writer

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Freedom is a privilege. Waking up everyday with no second guesses about your liberty is a blessing.  Realization of that privilege is important, because few stop and think about lack of human rights as a reality. To honor these rights, Human Rights Day is observed on Dec. 10. The day commemorates ...

The three generations of Christmas, how the Saiz family celebrates Christmas

The three generations of Christmas, how the Saiz family celebrates Christmas

Bryanna Martinez, Assistant Opinion Editor

December 8, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Growing up, the delectable smells wafting from our kitchen, the charm of holiday music and the beauty of lights shining in tiny Christmas towns warmed my home. For each of the last 15 years living in Oceanside, my family and I have begun decorating for Christmas during the week after Thanksgiving...

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 ...