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CSUSM maintains relatively low number of coronavirus cases

CSUSM maintains relatively low number of coronavirus cases

Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief

September 25, 2020

As the number of coronavirus cases connected to other major universities in San Diego County rises, CSUSM has managed to keep its case numbers low.  There are just three known active cases at CSUSM as of Sept. 25. All three cases are students and are considered on-campus cases, meaning that the individual w...

CSUSM gears up for mainly virtual semester

Over 90 percent of CSUSM courses will be offered online for fall 2020.

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 courses being certain labs in the biology and nursing departments.  The other CSU campuses are ...

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, president and CEO of ASI. “I am extremely disappointed to report that a former ASI professional staff member, whose responsibilities were to empower the student voice, allegedly too...

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 are focusing on offering physical, mental and pharmaceutical resources, as well information on their webp...

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 Modification of Academic Policies due to the COVID-19 Pandemic,” the resolution alters polici...

Students advocate for credit/no credit grading option

Students advocate for credit/no credit grading option

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

April 7, 2020

In this time of self-isolation, CSUSM students aren’t letting physical distancing get in the way of standing together to voice their support of a credit/no credit grading option. Several petitions on Change.org advocate for the grading shift. Chelsea Betancourt, JoAnna Mary Noel Brown and Tasha Ka...

ASI Cougar Pantry provides aid to students despite COVID impact

Antonio Pequeño, Editor-in-Chief

April 4, 2020

In the face of the blow that COVID-19 has dealt to several campus entities and programs, the ASI Cougar Pantry quickly adapted its operations and continued its effort to lessen food insecurity at CSUSM. The ASI Cougar Pantry, which previously offered free produce distribution days in addition ...

Academic Senate considers whether to relax academic policies amid pandemic

Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

April 4, 2020

The Academic Policy Committee (APC) of the CSUSM Academic Senate is forming a resolution that would make changes to academic policies such as credit/no credit, withdrawals, probation, disqualification, internships and independent study. APC plans to complete a resolution by the upcoming senate meetin...

Faculty members share changes and challenges with transition to online instruction

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Anneliese Esparza, A&E Editor

March 29, 2020

After the coronavirus pandemic prompted the university to transition to online instruction, faculty were forced to radically retool their course structures and quickly come up with creative solutions to adapt to current circumstances. To ease faculty members’ transition to online learning, the un...

CSUSM to postpone 2020 commencement

CSUSM to postpone 2020 commencement

Adrianna Adame, News Editor

March 21, 2020

The 2020 CSUSM commencement ceremony will be postponed, announced the Office of the President via email on Wednesday, March 18. Commencement was originally scheduled to have 3,641 students walk on May 15-16, but the ceremony will be postponed to a later date this year according to the Office of Comm...

Coronavirus prompts campus preparations

Student Health & Counseling Services is located across from the USU.

Antonio Pequeño, Editor-in-Chief

March 6, 2020

As new updates on the coronavirus entered the news cycle over the past week, CSUSM shared further information on the respiratory disease with respect to the campus community. Campus Risk Manager & Director of Integrated Risk Management (IRM) Erin Fullerton said that IRM is “taking the appropriat...

Results of audit expands to campus-wide investigation

Michael Schroder’s business expenses are currently subjected to an audit.

Adrianna Adame, News Editor

February 22, 2020

An investigation by California State University Office of Audit and Advisory Services has found 33 instances of fraud by the former Dean of Extended Learning. Results from the Dean of Extended Learning’s audit investigation was recently announced in a campus-wide email by CSUSM President Ellen Neufel...