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Anneliese Esparza

Anneliese Esparza, Editor-in-Chief

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 with her three cats. Twitter handle: @a__esparza
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3,637 graduating students from the classes of 2020 and 2021 registered to attend a 2021 commencement
ceremony on the weekend of May 22-23. Pictured are graduates from a past commencement ceremony.

University offers in-person commencement ceremonies for classes of 2020, 2021

May 18, 2021

CSUSM will hold five separate commencement ceremonies on May 22 and 23. Since last year’s commencement ceremony was postponed due to COVID-19, both the classes of 2020 and 2021 were invited to attend. Each...

COLUMN: Thank you, Cougar Chronicle

COLUMN: Thank you, Cougar Chronicle

May 18, 2021

I remember the first time I walked into a Cougar Chronicle staff meeting. It was September 2019, my first semester at CSUSM after transferring from Palomar College. I had never been on a newspaper staff...

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

Former dean under criminal investigation

May 14, 2021

Michael Schroder, the former dean of extended learning, is now under criminal investigation by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for how he spent tens of thousands of dollars in university...

Senior music students will complete their capstone projects virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured is Sarah Lehman singing.

Music majors complete senior capstones virtually

May 9, 2021

Ten music students specializing in vocal performance, composition, piano, bass guitar and more performed or will perform in three livestreamed recitals this month. An additional six music seniors performed...

[Video] VIDEO: Check out some of the latest news at CSUSM

May 6, 2021

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...

[Video] VIDEO: CSU announces fall vaccine requirement, pending complete FDA approval

May 5, 2021

The CSU announced a vaccine requirement for a safe return to campus. To read the written story with more information, click here. Jose Valdovinos is one of two video editors at The Cougar Chronicle....

Photo by Kat Parra, graphic by Carolyn Cheng

Campus Notes (4/28/21)

April 28, 2021

College of Business Administration dean to retire in June Jim Hamerly, dean of the College of Business Administration (COBA), will be retiring on June 30. Hamerly has served as COBA dean since 2014....

The CSU announced plans for a vaccine requirement, as long as one of the available vaccines becomes fully approved by the FDA.

CSU announces fall vaccine requirement, pending complete FDA approval

April 27, 2021

To watch a video version of this story, click here. The CSU system announced in an April 22 press release that faculty, staff and students accessing campus locations will be required to be vaccinated...

Library announces winners of undergraduate research awards

Library announces winners of undergraduate research awards

April 27, 2021

The library has announced the 12 winners of this year's CSUSM University Library Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity. The undergraduates came from 11 disciplines and each won $600 and...

The Academic Senate is calling for Craven Road, Craven Circle and Craven Hall (pictured) to be renamed because of their namesakes past comments about undocumented immigrants.

[Photo] Academic Senate endorses renaming building, streets named after late state legislator William Craven

April 22, 2021

The Academic Senate is calling for Craven Road, Craven Circle and Craven Hall (pictured) to be renamed because of their namesake's past comments about undocumented immigrants.

Fearless (Taylors Version) includes 26 songs, six of which have never been released.

[Photo] REVIEW: Taylor Swift reinvigorates an old classic with Fearless (Taylor’s Version)

April 16, 2021

Fearless (Taylor's Version) includes 26 songs, six of which have never been released.

Photo by Kat Parra, graphic by Carolyn Cheng

Campus Notes (4/10/21)

April 10, 2021

University announces in-person commencement ceremonies for classes of 2020, 2021 CSUSM announced that they will hold five commencement ceremonies for the classes of 2020 and 2021 on May 22 and 23.  Each...

Selena Gomezs Spanish EP Revelación never fully captures your admiration.

REVIEW: Selena Gomez’s Revelación fails to capture its full potential

April 4, 2021

Selena Gomez’s latest musical project, a seven-song EP called Revelación, finds the singer exploring love and independence while paying tribute to her Hispanic heritage (apart from one bilingual song,...

Photo by Kat Parra, graphic by Carolyn Cheng

Campus Notes (3/20/21)

March 20, 2021

State delays giving CSUSM its requested supply of vaccines While the state has given a supply of vaccines to other local colleges such as San Diego State University, University of San Diego and...

Photo by Brian Gallegos, graphic by Carolyn Cheng

Campus Notes (3/8/21)

March 8, 2021

Currently no active coronavirus cases at CSUSM There are no active cases of COVID-19 at CSUSM as of Mar. 8. There have been 113 cumulative cases over the course of the semester. CSUSM may have...

Find out who we predict will win an award at the 63rd annual Grammys on Mar. 14.

Check out our 2021 Grammy Awards predictions

March 6, 2021

Music’s biggest night is nearly here, as the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are scheduled for Mar. 14. Who will go home with an award and who will go home empty-handed? Here’s my best shot at predicting...

While CSUSM has been mainly virtual since March 2020, enrollment has stayed steady.

CSUSM enrollment stays at normal levels despite pandemic

March 6, 2021

Even while some other universities are facing declining enrollments in the time of COVID-19, CSUSM’s enrollment has remained steady throughout the pandemic.  According to Associate Vice President...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

February 27, 2021

Song: “Gasoline” by HAIM (feat. Taylor Swift) Alternative rock band HAIM teamed up with Taylor Swift to release a remix of their song “Gasoline” from their album Women in Music Pt. III....

[Video] VIDEO: CSUSM opens vaccine supersite

February 23, 2021

CSUSM opened a vaccine supersite on Jan. 31. Read the written story here.

Photo by Kat Parra, graphic by Carolyn Cheng

Campus Notes (2/21/21)

February 21, 2021

Library to unveil virtual pandemic exhibit The Kellogg Library will unveil a new exhibit, “Stories & Snapshots: Documenting a Year of the Pandemic,” on Feb. 23.  The exhibit will feature...

[Video] VIDEO: CSUSM releases Annual Security Report

February 14, 2021

CSUSM released its annual security report in December. Read the written version of the story here.

Campus Notes (2/13/21)

Campus Notes (2/13/21)

February 13, 2021

In-person classes and resources to resume this week The USU computer lab and the ASI Cougar Pantry will reopen the week of Feb. 15. Additionally, the few spring classes that are in-person will be allowed...

ASI President Michael Garrett is working hard on making sure students can feel represented by student government.

Cougar of the Week: Q&A with ASI President Michael Garrett

February 13, 2021

Michael Garrett is a fourth-year criminology major and ASI’s President & CEO for the 2020-2021 academic year.  What do you do in your role as ASI president? What is a typical day like for...

People wait in line to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the CSUSM Sports Center on Jan. 31.

Vaccine supersite opens at CSUSM

February 11, 2021

To see this story in video form, click here. As part of the effort to fight COVID-19 in the region, San Diego County has begun to operate a vaccine supersite center at CSUSM.  Beyond providing a...

[Video] VIDEO: Cougar Pantry closes until mid February

February 10, 2021

Citing the high number of COVID-19 cases in the county, the ASI Cougar Pantry will not resume food distributions until Feb. 17. Read the written version of the story here.

The Academic Senate voted to expand the credit/no credit (CR/NC) grading option for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Academic Senate alters credit/no credit policy

February 9, 2021

The Academic Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday to expand the credit/no credit (CR/NC) grading option for the 2020-2021 academic year. The resolution passed with 57 votes for, three against and one...

A Cougar Pantry staff member assembles a bag of groceries. The Cougar Pantry will reopen on Feb. 17.

ASI Cougar Pantry temporarily suspended, to reopen in mid-February

February 5, 2021

To see this story in video form, click here. ASI Cougar Pantry will not resume food distributions until Feb. 17, according to an update posted on their website. The Cougar Pantry did not hold distributions...

CSUSM’s annual security report showed that there was a net increase in reported crimes and violations of state and local drug, liquor and weapons laws in 2019 compared to the previous year.

Annual security report shows increase in reported crime

February 5, 2021

To see this story in video form, click here. CSUSM’s annual security report revealed that 2019 had a net increase in reported crimes and violations of state and local drug, liquor and weapons laws...

Campus Notes (12/10/20)

Campus Notes (12/10/20)

December 10, 2020

This story was updated on Dec. 16 to include CSUSM's extension of the fall 2021 application deadline, current COVID-19 numbers and an update on CSUSM's plans for spring break. CSU anticipates return to...

For their Senior Experience project, five CSUSM business students are helping The Coast News Group learn new marketing tactics.

Business students partner with local news organization

November 25, 2020

A team of five CSUSM business students have partnered with the North County based news organization The Coast News Group for their Senior Experience project. The College of Business Administration requires...

Students are allowed to stay in dorms over winter break, but must continue to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols.

Campus Notes (11/25/20)

November 25, 2020

No decision on commencement plans The university has not yet made commencement plans for spring 2020, fall 2020 and spring 2021 graduates.  According to Chief Communications Officer Margaret Chantung...

The resolution makes several policy and procedural changes to withdrawal requests.

[Photo] Academic Senate temporarily relaxes withdrawal policy due to pandemic

November 9, 2020

The resolution makes several policy and procedural changes to withdrawal requests.

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

November 7, 2020

Web Series/Podcast: Critical Role Beginning as a web series on Twitch in 2015, Critical Role continues to provide laughs and thrills both on and offline today. Critical Role features a group of...

Campus Notes (11/6/20)

Campus Notes (11/6/20)

November 6, 2020

Suspected Poway synagogue shooter may face a federal death penalty trial Federal prosecutors are considering whether to pursue capital punishment for John T. Earnest, the alleged Poway synagogue shooter...

A petition with over 13,000 signatures is calling for a CSUSM students expulsion for alleged sexual assault and abuse.

[Photo] Petition calls for expulsion of student

October 13, 2020

A petition with over 13,000 signatures is calling for a CSUSM student's expulsion for alleged sexual assault and abuse.

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.

[Photo] Students for Quality Education voices statewide demands to defund UPD

October 12, 2020

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...

“Our number one goal this semester has been about the care of our student athletes and providing care, resources and support,” said CSUSM Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo.

[Photo] Student athletes adjust to new normal amid pause on competition

October 12, 2020

“Our number one goal this semester has been about the care of our student athletes and providing care, resources and support,” said CSUSM Director of Athletics Jennifer Milo.

Campus Notes (10/11/20)

Campus Notes (10/11/20)

October 11, 2020

Enrollment remains steady While some colleges are seeing a decline in their enrollment numbers, enrollment has remained steady at CSUSM.  CSUSM’s final stateside enrollment is 14,643 for the fall...

Services like on-campus childcare and the recreation center are currently unavailable, leading some students to question why they are still charged fees for the services.

[Photo] Tuition cost to remain unchanged despite student petition

October 4, 2020

Services like on-campus childcare and the recreation center are currently unavailable, leading some students to question why they are still charged fees for the services.

While students are unable to visit the Latin@/x Center in person, the center does offer virtual events and drop-in hours.

[email protected]/x Center celebrates five year anniversary, offers services virtually

October 9, 2020

In its fifth year, the [email protected]/x Center is continuing to offer students the events, resources and support that it always has - just virtually. The [email protected]/x Center’s goal has been to provide [email protected]/x...

CSTEM gave out over 500 lab kits to students enrolled in virtual lab courses.

Students receive take-home lab kits

September 26, 2020

The College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (CSTEM) distributed over 500 take-home lab kits to students this semester. The kits corresponded to labs in several disciplines including...

Chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro will take office on Jan. 4, 2021.

CSU Chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro shares goals during live broadcast

September 26, 2020

CSU Chancellor-select Joseph I. Castro introduced himself to his constituents and spoke about what he hopes to attain as chancellor during a live broadcast on Sept. 25.  “I am so thrilled to be Chancellor-select...

San Diego County operates a free, walk-up coronavirus testing site at CSUSM open seven days a week.

[Photo] CSUSM maintains relatively low number of coronavirus cases

September 25, 2020

San Diego County operates a free, walk-up coronavirus testing site at CSUSM open seven days a week.

On an official CSUSM Instagram post, a user tagged the Instagram account of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a comment to an undocumented CSUSM student. The university will leave up the comment because of First Amendment rights.

CSUSM will not remove controversial Instagram comment, citing First Amendment rights

September 15, 2020

A comment on a CSUSM Instagram post sparked differing opinions on whether the university should censor speech deemed contrary to its values or allow such speech because of First Amendment rights.  A...

[Video] CSUSM begins new-look virtual semester

September 15, 2020

The mainly virtual semester has resulted in a campus with much less activity than normal. Read the written version of this story here.

[Video] CSUSM library offers virtual services for fall 2020

September 15, 2020

Check out the services that Kellogg Library is offering during the mainly virtual fall 2020 semester. Read the written version of this story here.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, CSU campuses will continue with mainly online learning for the spring semester.

[Photo] Virtual instruction to continue into spring 2021

September 11, 2020

Due to the ongoing pandemic, CSU campuses will continue with mainly online learning for the spring semester.

Students can visit the IT Help Desk, located on the 2nd floor of Kellogg Library, on an appointment basis.

[Photo] Kellogg Library offers a variety of online services for fall 2020

September 7, 2020

Students can visit the IT Help Desk, located on the 2nd floor of Kellogg Library, on an appointment basis.

Like all on-campus eateries, Campus Coffee is closed due to the pandemic.

[Photo] CSUSM gears up for mainly virtual semester

September 3, 2020

Like all on-campus eateries, Campus Coffee is closed due to the pandemic.

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

May 1, 2020

Book: Educated: A Memoir Tara Westover’s 2018 memoir chronicles her inspiring quest to gain an education despite her tumultuous upbringing. Westover was raised in rural Idaho by survivalist Mormon...

Check out four movies to watch depending on your quarantine mood.

What to watch depending on your quarantine mood

May 1, 2020

For many people living in quarantine, it’s a roller coaster of emotions. One moment you’re convinced that the world is ending; the next you’re having a lengthy conversation with your dog. Below...

The 16th Annual CSUSM Media Festival has been moved to a virtual format and will take place on May 15.

Students showcase creativity despite campus shutdown

May 1, 2020

The end of the spring semester is usually a time where students showcase their creative projects to the campus community. While this familiar tradition has been disrupted because of the pandemic, departments...

Students experience Zoombombing, but no officially reported incidents

April 23, 2020

Amid the meteoric rise of Zoom in the wake of COVID-19, several universities around the country have experienced security problems on the platform. Such security breaches are nicknamed Zoombombing and...

THE CHRONICLE ENTERTAINMENT RUNDOWN

April 17, 2020

TV Show: Running Wild with Bear Grylls British survivalist turned reality TV star Bear Grylls might be best known for his iconic series Man vs. Wild, but he does something a little different in...

Joy Harjo, a Native American feminist writer, is the current U.S. Poet Laureate.

Read these four contemporary poets to celebrate National Poetry Month

April 17, 2020

Ever since 1996, April has been designated as National Poetry Month, where we take the time to recognize and appreciate the art of words. We might tend to think of poetry as a flowery, outdated art form,...

Academic Senate passes resolution to modify academic policies

Academic Senate passes resolution to modify academic policies

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...

Students advocate for credit/no credit grading option

Students advocate for credit/no credit grading option

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...

THE CHRONICLE ENTERTAINMENT RUNDOWN

April 5, 2020

Single: “Didn’t I” OneRepublic released their new single “Didn’t I” on Mar. 13. The song is from the band’s upcoming album Humans and is about love lost. The lyrics reminisce about...

Stargirl follows the love story of the exuberant Stargirl (Grace Van- derWaal) and the quiet Leo (Graham Verchere).

Stargirl suffers from meandering pace and plot

April 5, 2020

With movie screens around the country going dark to help stop the spread of coronavirus, streaming services are the only way to catch a new movie. One such film is Disney+’s recently released coming-of-age...

Academic Senate considers whether to relax academic policies amid pandemic

Academic Senate considers whether to relax academic policies amid pandemic

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,...

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Faculty members share changes and challenges with transition to online instruction

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...

Cougar Corner: Shana Medel

March 24, 2020

Shana Medel is a Visual Arts major and vice president of the staircase exhibition, an art club here at CSUSM. She is interested in many mediums of art, but is drawn to patterns, whether that be organic...

Nina Elder hopes that her drawings will raise concern for environmental problems like species loss and deforestation.

Artist speaks on combating environmental problems with art

March 23, 2020

Nina Elder, an artist, researcher and lecturer, visited campus on March 3 for a public lecture as part of the Department of Art, Media and Design’s CoLab Series of Visiting Artists. “I make work...

Celebrate Women’s History Month with these six inspirational films

Celebrate Women’s History Month with these six inspirational films

March 23, 2020

March is Women’s History Month, a month designated for us to recognize women’s contributions to history and importance in contemporary society. Given the scope of its influence in the wider culture,...

Entertainment Rundown

March 23, 2020

TV Show: Gentefied Netflix’s newest original series Gentefied follows the Morales family’s life in the East Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The series tackles the generational gap differences...

Kazim Ali has written across several genres, including poetry, memoir and fiction.

Transnational, multi-genre poet visits campus to share writing

March 8, 2020

On Feb. 28, CSUSM students had the opportunity of hearing from author Kazim Ali read from and speak about his work. The reading was hosted by the Literature and Writing department as part of their Community...

Very few mistakes were made in humorous, heartfelt Timmy Failure

February 22, 2020

With an eccentric yet likeable young protagonist, valuable messages and lots of humor, Disney+’s newly released Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made is a solid film that demonstrates that Disney is putting...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

February 7, 2020

Single: "Underdog"  It’s hard to believe that Alicia Keys has been on the music scene for nearly twenty years, but with her signature soulful vocals and expressive lyrics, her music is just as powerful...

The centerpiece of the Reuse Project is a large tree.

[Photo] CSUSM’s Staircase Exhibition partnership brings awareness to environmental issues on campus

February 7, 2020

The centerpiece of the Reuse Project is a large tree.

92nd Academy Awards predictions

February 7, 2020

The 92nd Academy Awards is just around the corner, scheduled to take place this Sunday Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. Despite recent concerns regarding the lack of diversity in its nominees, winners and voters as well...

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood advocates kindness and acceptance

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood advocates kindness and acceptance

December 7, 2019

Rarely does a movie make you truly reflect on what sort of attitude you should have towards others and yourself in your day-to-day life. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood shatters the shallow goal of...

There’s plenty to do in and around San Marcos during the holidays.

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with these 10 festive events

December 7, 2019

For many, Christmastime is a busy season filled with visiting, traveling, decorating and shopping. While it’s easy to get overwhelmed, it’s important to relax and fully take in the magical, special...

Faculty, staff and students share priorities for new CSU chancellor at open forum

December 7, 2019

The CSU Board of Trustees Special Committee to Consider the Selection of the Chancellor continued their search for the next chancellor of the CSU system during an open forum at CSUSM on Dec. 3. With the...

Five films to watch to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving

Five films to watch to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving

November 22, 2019

Are you a glass half full or glass half empty type of person? Our perspective on whether we choose to be optimistic or pessimistic immensely affects our outlook in life. With Thanksgiving coming...

THE CHRONICLE ENTERTAINMENT RUNDOWN

November 22, 2019

 TV Show: High School Musical: The Musical: The Series Disney+’s High School Musical: The Musical: The Series breathes new life into the original High School Musical movies. The show is not...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

November 10, 2019

  EP: Hallucinations On Oct. 25, alt-rock band PVRIS released Hallucinations, an EP with five songs. The band explores elements of electro and melodic synth-pop while keeping true to the roots...

Art Exhibit Brings Mental Illness to Life

Art Exhibit Brings Mental Illness to Life

November 9, 2019

Halloween may have come and gone this year, taking the goblins and ghouls along with it, but not all monsters are imaginary. There are real-life monsters that are just as scary as the ones that live under...

Students Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Altar Display

Students Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with Altar Display

November 9, 2019

Members of the CSUSM community set up colorful altars to honor those who have died at the annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration on Oct. 31.   Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.),...

Students enjoy traditional Peruvian cuisine at the Latin American Cultural Showcase on Oct. 17.

Students gather for last celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

October 24, 2019

It was a lively, festive night of music, dance, food and games at the Latin American Cultural Showcase on Oct. 17.    “The Latinx Center is closing Heritage Month with a bang tonight as we...

President Neufeldt and Maj. Gen. Tony Jackson cutting the ribbon.

Campus reopens renovated Epstein Family Veterans Center with ceremony

October 24, 2019

CSUSM formally unveiled the newly renovated and expanded Epstein Family Veterans Center in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 10.    The existing building was renovated and an additional building...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

October 10, 2019

TV show: Dark Tourist The Netflix documentary series follows New Zealand journalist David Farrier as he dives into the world of dark tourism. Visiting nuclear wastelands, the spot of JFK’s assassination...

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