The Cougar Chronicle

2020-2021 Staff

Anneliese Esparza
Editor-in-Chief

Anneliese Esparza

Anneliese Esparza is a senior literature and writing studies major serving as The Cougar Chronicle's Editor-in-Chief. She also freelances for local publications.  After graduation, she hopes to become a reporter (and eventually an editor) for a mid-size local newspaper. In her free time, Anneliese enjoys playing piano, reading, spending time with her family and hanging out...

Adrianna Adame
Managing Editor

Adrianna Adame

Adrianna Adame is a senior at CSUSM majoring in history and minoring in communication. When not writing articles or studying, she spends her time reading books and watching Netflix dramas. Once she graduates, she hopes to go to graduate school and eventually become a news reporter.

Sasha Anand
Features Editor

Sasha Anand

Sasha Anand is a third year Literature and Writing major and Spanish minor. She aspires to pursue a writing  or teaching career in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her family and friends. This is her third year working with The Cougar Chronicle.

Tania Ortiz
Opinion Editor

Tania Ortiz

Tania Ortiz is the Opinion Editor for The Cougar Chronicle. She is a senior at CSUSM as a Communication major. Tania plans to pursue a job in the media industry after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going on runs and spending time with friends.

Jaelyn Decena
A&E Editor

Jaelyn Decena

Jaelyn Decena is a transfer student from MSJC majoring in literature and writing studies with a double minor in film/TV production and film studies. She currently holds the position as the Arts & Entertainment section editor at The Cougar Chronicle. A fun fact about her is that she loves Disney and enjoys roller skating.

Brittney Scardina
Sports Editor

Brittney Scardina

Brittney Scardina is a senior at CSUSM who is majoring in literature and writing with a minor in communications. She is the Sports Editor for The Cougar Chronicle. After graduation, she hopes to move to New York and find an internship within the journalism field. Brittney also enjoys playing softball, reading and spending time with family and friends in her free time.

Madyson Tucker
Advertising Sales Representative

Madyson Tucker

Madyson Tucker is an advertising sales representative for The Cougar Chronicle. She is currently enjoying her last semester at CSUSM as a business marketing major. Madyson is hoping to continue her journey in sports marketing after graduation. She enjoys being with family and friends, working out and binging a good TV show.

Marielle Alindogan
Web & Social Media Manager

Marielle Alindogan

Marielle Alindogan is a senior at CSUSM majoring in Communication and minoring in TV/Film Media Production. She enjoys creating content for media and aspires to be a marketing/media manager in the Entertainment industry. When she is not working on the Chronicle, she enjoys spending time with her puppy, family, and friends.

Ariel Lopez
Assistant A&E Editor

Ariel Lopez

Ariel Lopez is a recent transfer student majoring in literature and writing in hopes of becoming a high school English teacher. In her free time, she enjoys reading, analyzing music, watching movies and weightlifting. She will be the first person in her family to graduate college, and hopefully the first in her family to earn a Master's degree once she finishes her Bachelor's.

Kat Parra
Assistant A&E Editor

Kat Parra

Kat Parra is in her senior year here at CSUSM and majoring in art and technology. Since last semester, she has been assisting The Cougar Chronicle as a photographer and staff writer and she is currently serving as the Assistant A&E Editor. She enjoys sculpting, art, video design and spending time with family. She will be the first in her family to graduate from a four-year uni...

Natalie Navarro
Assistant Opinion Editor

Natalie Navarro

Natalie Navarro is an Assistant Opinion Editor for The Cougar Chronicle. She is a sophomore at CSUSM as a literature and writing major, as well as a theatre minor. After graduating, Natalie plans to further her education and become a teacher. She loves to read and play with her dogs. ...

Maria Jungers
Assistant Opinion Editor

Maria Jungers

Maria Jungers serves as the Assistant Opinion Editor for The Cougar Chronicle. She studies Literature and Writing as a junior here at CSUSM. When she is not writing articles or poetry, she enjoys teaching yoga, mini road trips and investing time with family and friends.

Ally Spooner
Assistant Sports Editor

Ally Spooner

Ally Spooner is a fourth year communication major and the Assistant Sports Editor for The Cougar Chronicle. Ally just finished her term as the chapter president of Alpha Chi Omega and is a former member of the women’s soccer team at CSUSM. Ally has hopes of pursuing a career in sports broadcasting, production or journalism and it would be her dream to work at ESPN. In her s...

Marbella Ramirez
Assistant Features Editor

Marbella Ramirez

Marbella Ramirez is the Assistant Features Editor for The Cougar Chronicle. She is currently a first year student majoring in communication, minoring in chemistry and biology. Although she is not sure of what type of journalism she would like to dedicate her life to, her aspirations have always been in the media world. She previously worked for her high school newspaper and y...

Carolyn Cheng
Graphic Design Intern

Carolyn Cheng

Carolyn Cheng is a graphic design intern for The Cougar Chronicle.  She is currently a third year student at CSUSM and is majoring in arts and technology with a double minor in video/film production and film studies.  Post graduation, Carolyn hopes to pursue a career in film or video game editing.  In her free time, she enjoys watching Survivor, playing tabletop rpgs, an...

Melanie Ramirez
Graphic Design Intern

Melanie Ramirez

Melanie Ramirez is a graphic design intern for The Cougar Chronicle. She is currently a junior at CSUSM as an arts and technology major. Melanie hopes to work in the entertainment industry after graduating. She enjoys watching films and shooting photos and loves to indulge in a good book.

Ruben Santana
Graphic Design Intern

Ruben Santana

Ruben Santana serves as a graphic design intern for The Cougar Chronicle.

Eduardo Martinez
Web Assistant

Eduardo Martinez

Eduardo Martinez is a senior Marketing major who updates the website for The Cougar Chronicle. Currently, he is a freelancer for his own business for clients that need websites. On his own free time, Eddie likes to catch up on sleep since he believe it's best to balance work and school.

Jose Valdovinos
Video Editor Intern

Jose Valdovinos

Jose Valdovinos is one of two video editors at The Cougar Chronicle. He is in his third year as a literature and writing major and is also minoring in video production. After graduation, Jose plans on entering the film or television industry as an editor or cinematographer. Jose enjoys working with computers, writing and video games. 

Isaac Eddens
Video Editor Intern

Isaac Eddens

Isaac Eddens is one of the two video editors for The Cougar Chronicle. He is in his third academic year at CSUSM majoring in art, media & design with a minor in video/film Production. Isaac plans to pursue a career in the video industry. In his free time, Isaac enjoys working out, playing video games and hanging out with his friends....

Brian Gallegos
Photography/Graphic Design Intern

Brian Gallegos

Brian Gallegos is a photography/graphic design intern for The Cougar Chronicle. He is currently a senior at CSUSM as a visual performing arts & tech major. After college, Brian hopes to work in the video game industry working on character designs and concept art. He loves to watch a vast array of different types of movies and shows but his favorite is The Office....

Bailey Heffernan
Video Reporter/Staff Writer

Bailey Heffernan

Bailey Heffernan is a senior Literature and Writing major. This is her first year as a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle. When she is not writing she enjoys playing video games, helping her siblings with schoolwork and training her cats.

Esabel Sadek
Video Reporter/Staff Writer

Esabel Sadek

Esabel Sadek is a video reporter for The Cougar Chronicle, where she creates video content about student life. Outside of her school life, she works for CaliforniaLifeHD, where she produces segments for the TV show and manages their social media. She is also a Marketing Manager for NAMI in San Fernando Valley, a non-profit organization that provides education and public awa...

Ariana L. Kitts
News Reporter

Ariana L. Kitts

Ariana L. Kitts is a news reporter for The Cougar Chronicle. Her sexual assault story last semester was featured on The Coast News' print edition. She is majoring in communication and minoring in political science, and will be graduating this semester. She stays active with campus life and serves as the president of Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society. She is interni...

Kent Davy
Advisor

Kent Davy

Kent Davy has been the faculty advisor for The Cougar Chronicle since 2014. Kent graduated from both undergraduate school and law school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, then practiced law for several years before switching careers for journalism. Following the death of his wife, Joel, in 2007, he was awarded a first place for column writing by the Society of Professional Jou...

Synthia Ayala
Assistant Video Editor/Staff Writer

Synthia Ayala

Synthia Ayala is a fourth year arts and technology major who is serving as an assistant video editor and staff writer. She is also working at Trio Student Support Services as the Video and Media Manager. In her free time, she enjoys learning more about current events and critiquing films.

David Faketty
Assistant Video Editor/Staff Writer

David Faketty

David Faketty is an art and technology major here at CSUSM acting as an assistant video editor for The Cougar Chronicle's YouTube channel and a staff writer.

Kristie Castillo
Staff Writer

Kristie Castillo

Kristie Castillo is a junior Criminology & Justice Studies major serving as a staff writer. After graduation, she hopes to get her Juris Doctor and eventually become an attorney, either in Family Law or International Law. In her free time, Kristie enjoys reading, listening to True Crime podcasts and watching crime-based TV shows with her family.

Angelica Cervantes
Staff Writer

Angelica Cervantes

Angelica Cervantes is a recent transfer to CSUSM and is now a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle. She enjoys writing her own stories as well as watching various types of films. She aspires to become a screenwriter and to have an influence in cinema.

Magali Castillo
Staff Writer

Magali Castillo

Magali Castillo is a recent transfer student to CSUSM majoring in Literature and Writing Studies with a minor in Global Studies. She was born and raised in Los Angeles. This is her first year as a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle. She is also a content writer for Tasteless.Studio that is based in Los Angeles. She likes to write about current events, racial injustice, men...

Diana Beas Soto
Staff Writer

Diana Beas Soto

Diana Beas Soto is a current second-year Pre-Business student majoring in Marketing. Her favorite activities are creative writing and digital drawing. She hopes to apply what she learns from The Cougar Chronicle into the real world and make new friends.

Jules Appleton
Staff Writer

Jules Appleton

Jules Appleton is a senior at CSUSM majoring in Literature and Writing Studies and minoring in Film Studies. She enjoys writing poetry, watching movies, and playing video games. She has been featured in Palomar College’s literary magazine, Bravura. Post-graduation, she plans to become an English teacher....

Destinee Taylor
Staff Writer

Destinee Taylor

Destinee is a fourth-year student completing a Literature and Writing Studies major and History minor. She joined The Cougar Chronicle to stay involved with campus affairs during an unprecedented time of limited campus life and involvement, and to gain experience in journalism writing. She is passionate about resisting oppression, supporting the oppressed and promoting hum...

Alya Burnand
Staff Writer

Alya Burnand

Alya Burnand is a senior Literature and Writing major serving as a staff writer. She also runs a blog in which she analyzes movies and shows. After graduation, she aims to join the Writers’ Guild of America, a union that serves thousands of screenwriters. In her free time, Alya enjoys reading fiction and writing creatively, watching shows and movies, exploring social med...

Sonya Vargas
Staff Writer

Sonya Vargas

Sonya Vargas is a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle. She is currently in her final semester of her undergraduate as a social science major with a minor in psychology. She aims to serve underprivileged youth and families in the future and continue writing. In her spare time, she enjoys being in nature, getting creative and enjoying the simple things. ...

Richard Ho
Staff Writer

Richard Ho

Richard Ho is a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle. He is currently a junior computer science major and mathematics minor. Richard is considering applying to graduate school with the emphasis of artificial intelligence next year.  During his free time, he enjoys running outside early in the morning and being with his family. 

Altaf Safi
Staff Writer

Altaf Safi

Altaf Safi is a junior international student from Turkey majoring in business finance. She serves as a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle.

Gabriella Hakopian
Staff Writer

Gabriella Hakopian

 Gabriella Hakopian is a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle. She is currently a global studies student who is focusing on international law and foreign policy. She aims to attend Stanford Law School and pursue a career in international law and conflict journalism and hopes to work for CNN in the future. She has previously served as a journalism intern for UN Women Los Angeles...

Richard Carpenter
Staff Writer

Richard Carpenter

Richard Carpenter is a communications major and staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle.

Christopher King
Staff Writer

Christopher King

Christopher King is a sophomore Political Science major at CSUSM and is now a staff writer for The Cougar Chronicle. He enjoys developing his writing skills along with his ability to analyze current events. In his free time he reads and spends time in Encinitas.