The Cougar Chronicle

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

Happy International Men’s Day

Micaela Johansson, Photo Editor

November 13, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Yes, you read the headline correctly, International MEN’s Day. As if 364 days aren’t enough, we actually have a day to celebrate the accomplishments of men, worldwide. This year, Nov. 19 is not just any day. It’s International Men’s Day and, according to internationalmensday.com, the theme for ...

Resist the cookie-cutter life

Resist the cookie-cutter life

Sara Freitag, Opinion Editor

November 13, 2017


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I have a dream.  To one day see every man and woman regard themselves as uniquely beautiful, talented and an essential puzzle piece of this world we call home.  To blur the lines of harsh comparison and lessen the need for cutthroat competition. While on the one hand, I see incredible rewards that social medi...

Suicide victims to be remembered and honored

Alexa Morales Garcia, Staff Writer

November 13, 2017


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Suicide. It is a touchy subject that makes most uncomfortable to talk about. However, everyday, someone feels like their life has no purpose, or they are not good enough, and they choose to end it. Just like many say, suicide is a permanent decision to end temporary pain Nov. 18 was dedicated by the U.S. Congress t...

Halloween “bootlegger” becomes “night-in” college kid

Halloween “bootlegger” becomes “night-in” college kid

Meghan Taylor, Assistant Entertainment Editor

October 31, 2017


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Halloween - only my favorite time of the year. October brings back fond memories of years past - from sweet smells of the cinnamon pumpkin candle which engulfed my childhood home, to decorating the house with fall attire and frightening creatures. My mom spent hours on end, sewing personalized costumes, which m...

Media’s recent depictions break gender norms

Media’s recent depictions break gender norms

Justin Sanchez, Staff Writer

October 31, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Have you ever watched an action movie in which the star is a good-looking male surviving the most absurd situations? Or have you noticed women being the sole drive of the makeup industry? These are gender roles that have been implemented in media we watch. Yet, stereotypical notions surrounding gender have...