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The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

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Literature major reflects on time at CSUSM

Literature major reflects on time at CSUSM

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor May 12, 2016

  Switching her major from biochemistry to literature and writing, Sarah Jacot dared to challenge her expected path to pursue a degree in her passion. It was this change that would lead...

Two years, three honor societies later, Nikko Marabante leaves CSUSM with a bachelor’s

Two years, three honor societies later, Nikko Marabante leaves CSUSM with a bachelor’s

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor May 11, 2016

With just a two-year career at CSUSM, transfer student Nikko Marabante has left his mark on campus through six organizations, tying his academics and Filipino culture together. Marabante transferred...

ASI President Tiffaney Boyd leaves mark at CSUSM with social justice efforts

ASI President Tiffaney Boyd leaves mark at CSUSM with social justice efforts

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor May 11, 2016

5 years 2 degrees 4 gray hairs 3.8 GPA And 1,000 reasons why I would do it over and why I would tell you to do the same. — Tiffaney Boyd in a Facebook post on May 1. Since...

Left to Right: Jerry Breckon, Dale Metcalfe, Wayne Aitken, Jacqueline A. Trischman, Oliver Berghof, Laurie Stowell,  and Marcos Martinez

CFA Fight for Five: Faculty voice their reasons to strike

Shanice Davis and Andrea Martinez April 27, 2016

Jerry Breckon, M.A. Adjunct Political Science Department “I am striking if it comes to a strike. I will definitely participate and the reason for that is it's time for a pay raise for faculty....

The 2016 Coachella Music Festival took place from April 15 to April 17 and April 22 to April 24 in Indio, California.

[Photo] A first timer’s guide to survive Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

April 27, 2016

The 2016 Coachella Music Festival took place from April 15 to April 17 and April 22 to April 24 in Indio, California.

Volunteers on a water drop trip in April.

Border Angels de CSUSM strives to help save lives

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor April 27, 2016

  Every year, hundreds of migrants die attempting to cross the U.S.‐Mexico border. With humanitarian values in mind, Border Angels de CSUSM aims to help save lives. Efforts to establish...

Naseli Fotoohi accepts her award for Outstanding Freshman at the 2016 Tukwut Leadership Awards.

Tukwut Leadership Awards Night recognizes student leaders

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor April 27, 2016

  With an old-fashioned “Extra! Extra!” newspaper theme, the 2016 Tukwut Leadership Awards Night (TLAN) gave recognition to CSUSM student leaders with students, staff and faculty in attendance. The...

The Tukwut Life Spring Festival will occur at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29.

Spring Festival to be final Tukwut Life event of the school year

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor April 27, 2016

Tukwut Life will host its first Spring Festival at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 29 at Cesar Chavez Circle, aiming to allow students a chance to unwind before preparing for finals. Free and open to students,...

Blending his culture and faith, Faatauvaa Wong leads students at CSUSM

Blending his culture and faith, Faatauvaa Wong leads students at CSUSM

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor April 13, 2016

Leader of the Asian­Pacific Islander (API) Bible Study group at CSUSM and Fundraising Chair for Alpha Psi Rho, Faatauvaa Wong fuses his culture with his leadership on campus. A senior, Wong has co-­led...

The ‘high­ caliber men’ of Alpha Psi Rho aim to unite Asian-Pacific Islander students

The ‘high­ caliber men’ of Alpha Psi Rho aim to unite Asian-Pacific Islander students

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor April 13, 2016

  Winner of the Community Development and Lifelong Membership award at the 2014­-2015 CSUSM Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards, Alpha Psi Rho epitomizes the benefits of brotherhood. The...

Cross­-Cultural Center holds Asian­Pacific Islander discussion on misrepresentation

Cross­-Cultural Center holds Asian­Pacific Islander discussion on misrepresentation

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor April 13, 2016

  With Asian­-Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month coming up in May, many cultural organizations at CSUSM are turning attention towards the experiences of APIs in the U.S. The Cross-­Cultural...

Author Spotlight: Doris Martin

Author Spotlight: Doris Martin

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor March 30, 2016

  At 90 years old, Doris Martin is still dreaming of sharing her message of peace and telling the story of how her family of seven survived the Holocaust. “Kiss Every Step” is Martin’s...

The 2016-2017 ASI Candidates

The 2016-2017 ASI Candidates

Andrea Martinez and Shanice Davis March 9, 2016

Executive Officers   Joana Rodriguez Running for President “As ASI President, I will continue diversity and fair student representation at CSU San Marcos and at California State...

ASI announces the 2016-2017 candidates

ASI announces the 2016-2017 candidates

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor March 9, 2016

Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) announced the candidates for the 2016-2017 Board of Directors on Monday, March 7. Executive officer positions President: Collin Bogie, Sean Heller and Joana Rodriguez Executive...

CSUSM students cheering for the men’s basketball team in the 2013 Homecoming game.

CSUSM holds contest to establish official fight song

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor March 9, 2016

As the university grows, current Cal State San Marcos students are watching history be made on campus and now have the opportunity to make a mark themselves. CSUSM is holding a contest for the...

ASI women of color: Tiffaney Boyd

ASI women of color: Tiffaney Boyd

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor February 24, 2016

  Tiffaney Boyd Leadership on campus: In ASI, Boyd was the CHABSS representative in 2013/14, the Vice President of Operations in 2014/15 and is currently President. In 2013/14, she was...

A military brat turned activist, Sharon Elise has persevered through it all

A military brat turned activist, Sharon Elise has persevered through it all

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor February 24, 2016

Out of the 264 tenured faculty members at CSUSM in 2015, Dr. Sharon Elise is one of seven faculty members who are black. Elise joined CSUSM in 1994 as an Assistant Professor of Sociology and dropped...

Top from left to right: Darniesha Thornton, Zana Taylor, Daniesha Thornton

Bottom from left to right: Ciara Walker, Natalie Jarmon, Akilah Green

Natural sistas shattering beauty standards

Shanice Davis and Andrea Martinez February 24, 2016

Zana Taylor, junior “I think that we should embrace it if we feel comfortable embracing it … As black people we should embrace our natural hair, our naturals curls, our kinks and everything that...

Dance Club brings spirit to sidelines

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor February 24, 2016

In an athletic department that lacks certain sports, CSUSM students make up for them by taking the initiative to run clubs. One of the longest standing sports clubs at CSUSM, the Dance Club is...

Panelists from left to right: Dr. Garry Rolison, Darniesha Thornton, Dr. Melina Abdullah, Dr. Charles

Toombs, Daniesha Thornton, Ebony Wiley and Dr. Sharon Elise.

CSU leaders express the need for black studies program

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor February 24, 2016

A panel of educators and students from three California State Universities made powerful arguments for the inclusion of black/Africana studies programs in colleges and universities across the nation...

Black Student Union President Darniesha Thorton, expected panelist

CSU faculty, staff highlight the importance of cultural inclusion in academics

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor February 10, 2016

  Drawing from the passion of the Black Lives Matter movement, panelists at the next Conversations that Matter event will present the push for black/Africana studies at CSUSM. Black/Africana...

Sororities representatives (top)
Left to right: Jacy Ann Fong, Angel DiMaria, Adelle Brophy, Tiffany Angel, Kayla Snow and Melanie Arteaga.
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Fraternities representatives (bottom) 
Left to right: Nathan Contreras, Joshua Foronda, Dwaine Collier, Kariar Al-naiem, Andre Gatewood.

Meet the Greeks

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor February 9, 2016

SORORITIES Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Philanthropy: Breast cancer awareness in partnership with Avon Breast Cancer Crusade CSUSM charter date: May 2015 Number of members: 9 Member experience:...

Hillel provides Jewish students with fellowship

Hillel provides Jewish students with fellowship

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor December 12, 2015

  Jewish communities started the eight-day long celebration of Hanukkah on Dec. 6; you can be sure to learn more about the holiday through Hillel. Hillel is a Jewish organization at CSUSM...

GEO students debate campus speech regulation

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor December 10, 2015

  CSUSM has a designated free speech zone in front of University Hall, but should the space be subjected to speech codes? GEO 102: Oral Communication students Caroline Chambers, Nikhil Patel,...

Black Campus Ministries connects culture, spirituality

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor December 10, 2015

  A hip hop study is probably the last thing you expect to engage in at a Christian small group meeting, but that’s just one of the aspects that makes Black Campus Ministries (BCM) dynamic...

The power of sports to bring people together

The power of sports to bring people together

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor November 27, 2015

  In a world often separated by race and language barriers, sports have the power to bring people together. We are far from the history of being bound by restrictive rules banning integrated...

California Indian Tribal Liaison preserves American Indian culture

California Indian Tribal Liaison preserves American Indian culture

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor November 27, 2015

  Tishmall Turner was the first full-time member of the CSU system to be appointed to the California Indian Tribal Liaison in 2007, a role in line with the efforts of her tribal community to...

Lecture presents social justice perspective on scary stories

Lecture presents social justice perspective on scary stories

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Edito November 16, 2015

  Horror themes in film, television and literature involve vampires, chainsaw-wielding men and evil witches, but socio-historical structures hide behind these fears according to Dr. Natalie...

School of Arts Professor teaches new ways of exploring art.

New School of Arts professor brings fresh perspective on art, science to CSUSM

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor November 12, 2015

Lucy HG Solomon mixes work with passion through the lens of digital media. With inspiration stemming from lessons taught by chemistry and photography teachers at the all-girls high school she attended...

Alan Brown is crowned at the 12th annual Mr. Alpha Chi pageant.

CSUSM hosts male pageant for domestic violence awareness

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor October 29, 2015

  Steve Urkel often asks, “Did I do that?” And this time, he did. Alan Brown, who imitated Urkel in the Mr. Alpha Chi pageant was crowned the 2015 winner. Alpha Chi Omega held the 12th...

Restaurant Review

Restaurant Review

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor October 29, 2015

  Stacked puts Burger King’s “Have it Your Way” slogan to shame with their seemingly endless options and ingredients. The lively restaurant, sure to be bustling with guests every night,...

New School of Arts professor brings fresh perspective on art, science to CSUSM

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor October 29, 2015

  Lucy HG Solomon mixes work with passion through the lens of digital media. With inspiration stemming from lessons taught by chemistry and photography teachers at the all-girls high school...

Campus event promotes positive body image

Campus event promotes positive body image

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor October 15, 2015

To support positive body image and stand in solidarity with students, faculty and staff, the Gender Equity Center hosted Love Your Body Day. The event took place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday,...

Caroline Sawyer pushes educational values into action

Caroline Sawyer pushes educational values into action

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor October 15, 2015

  Self-professed “true Texas girl,” Professor Caroline Sawyer doesn’t respond to email complaints on Sunday; she says she’s too busy watching football. The Dallas Cowboys and Baylor...

Julio Villa Chavez embodies the spirit of Latin@ culture at CSUSM

Andrea Martinez, Assistant Copy Editor September 30, 2015

  As an undocumented, first generation college student, Julio Villa Chavez’s accomplishments at CSUSM prove that the odds can be in favor of any student regardless of their background. Chavez,...

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