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ASI suspends Cougar Pantry distributions, drawing criticism from students

ASI canceled their Cougar Pantry for the remainder of the fall semester, a decision some students disagreed with.
Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter December 23, 2020

ASI announced on Dec. 4 that they are canceling Cougar Pantry distributions for the remainder of the fall semester because an ASI team member tested positive for COVID-19.  ASI cannot disclose...

Winter, spring athletic competition canceled at CSUSM

Student athletes will have to wait another semester to compete. (Pictured: Sarah Aragon on the women's soccer team.)
Brittney Scardina, Staff Writer December 23, 2020

The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) announced on Dec. 3 that there will be no athletic competition for the spring semester.  By the next time competition is allowed, student athletes...

CSUSM’s internal network hacked; university launches two-step authentication system

An unknown actor infiltrated the CSUSM network in October. The school has now launched a two-step authentication system to improve security.
Ruben Santana, Staff Writer December 13, 2020

Instructional & Information Technology Services (IITS) issued an email notice to the entire campus community on Oct. 6 that CSUSM’s internal network had recently been infiltrated by an unknown actor. An...

Alleged victim of CSUSM student files police report

Alleged victim of CSUSM student files police report
Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter October 27, 2020

The San Diego Police Department (SDPD) is investigating a report of a sexual battery allegedly committed by a CSUSM student.  The police report, filed by second-year UC Davis student Angie Pham, was...

Petition calls for expulsion of student

A petition with over 13,000 signatures is calling for a CSUSM student's expulsion for alleged sexual assault and abuse.
Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter October 13, 2020

A petition on Change.org calling for the expulsion of a CSUSM student for alleged sexual assault and abuse has gathered over 13,000 signatures in five days.   The third-year CSUSM student is being...

Students for Quality Education voices statewide demands to defund UPD

Students for Quality Education demanded that CSUs defund university police departments on Oct. 1. However, CSU Chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro told The Cougar Chronicle in a Sept. 30 press conference that universities need police.
Ariana L. Kitts, News Reporter October 12, 2020

This story was updated on Oct. 13 with an explanation of  what SQE is and links to their website. Students for Quality Education (SQE) voiced their demands for CSU campuses to defund UPD on Oct. 1.  SQE...

Tuition cost to remain unchanged despite student petition

Close to 1,000 students have signed a petition to reduce tuition costs for next spring, but the CSU is not planning on changing current prices.
Ariana L. Kitts, Staff Writer October 4, 2020

This story was updated on Dec. 13 with details on how the CARES Act funds were allocated. CSUs will not lower tuition or fees for the spring 2021 semester despite students calling for reduced costs due...

CSUSM maintains relatively low number of coronavirus cases

CSUSM appears to have avoided a coronavirus crisis, with no cases reported as of Sept. 29.
Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief September 25, 2020

This story was updated on Sept. 29 to reflect changes in data. As the number of coronavirus cases connected to other major universities in San Diego County rises, CSUSM has managed to keep its case numbers...

CSUSM gears up for mainly virtual semester

CSUSM gears up for mainly virtual semester
Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief September 3, 2020

For the first time in its 30 year history, CSUSM will begin the academic year as a majority-online institution.  More than 90 percent of courses are occurring virtually this fall, with the in-person...

ASI reports $80,000 in misused funds

ASI’s office is located at USU 3700.
Antonio Pequeño, Editor-in-Chief April 25, 2020

Associated Students Incorporated (ASI) reported today that a former professional staff member used $80,000 of its funds for personal gain.  The report comes from a memorandum made by Kenneth Tran,...

Student Health and Counseling Services advises students to take precautions and continues to offer resources

Student Health & Counseling Services is located across from the USU.
Adrianna Adame, News Editor April 15, 2020

CSUSM’s Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) are providing services to students throughout the coronavirus crisis. Though SHCS currently does not provide testing for COVID-19, medical staff...

Academic Senate passes resolution to modify academic policies

Academic Senate passes resolution to modify academic policies
Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor April 10, 2020

The Academic Senate unanimously passed a resolution that will ease several academic policies in the hopes of providing respite to students struggling during the pandemic on April 8. Entitled “Temporary...

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