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The Cougar Chronicle

The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

Briana Osuna

Briana Osuna, Features Editor

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All content by Briana Osuna
Film still from Avengers: Endgame trailer.

Eleven year saga comes to a close in Avengers: Endgame

May 8, 2019

After 11 years, 22 films, countless hours of suspense and emotional investment, the Infinity War saga came to a close in Marvel’s latest cinematic installment, Avengers: Endgame.   The movie...

Fight sickness with natural remedies

March 25, 2019

Sickness is spreading like wildfire this semester. It is as if you simply cannot escape the pool of germs surrounding campus. If you’re like me you probably feel like you’ll never get better, I feel...

Planning ahead by using a planner is a way students can stay organized and decrease stress.

Have a stress-free semester

February 8, 2019

As the school year kicks off and classes begin to pile up, staying organized becomes difficult. However, organization is key to ensuring you stay on track and have a balanced semester. The most important...

Student provides awareness about Coast Guard scholarship

December 7, 2018

Jessica Guerra, the first CSUSM student to receive the College Pre-Commissioning Initiative, a Coast Guard scholarship, shares her experience in hopes of CSUSM students to apply.   “Not many...

Indulge in a healthier dessert this Thanksgiving

November 29, 2018

Thanksgiving is rapidly approaching and the sudden feeling of wanting to eat every carb in sight emerges.   While it is okay to treat yourself to some of the decadent, carb-loaded items...

Student reminisces study abroad trip to South Korea

September 27, 2018

At about midnight last March, Stephanie Martinez called her mother, letting her know her plane had landed safely -- 6,000 miles from home.   In an email interview, Martinez recalled stepping...

An edible way to remember the importance of Easter Day

March 29, 2018

The Easter holiday is rapidly approaching, and while it’s easy to get caught up in the chocolate eggs, jelly beans and sugary goodness, it is important to not lose sight of the true meaning of this day. Easter...

Get plugged in with the Features section

Get plugged in with the Features section

March 7, 2018

Upon reading The Cougar Chronicle, you may have wondered, “what exactly is the Features section?” As you may have seen in previous editions, the Features section highlights students, staff and organizations...

Dean of CSM shares experiences and accomplishments

February 24, 2018

Katherine Kantardjieff is the founding Dean of CSUSM’s College of Science and Mathematics. Kantardjieff received her B.S. degrees from the University of Southern California in both Chemistry and Biology....

Jim Hamerly is the Dean of CoBA

Dean of CoBA desires to strengthen campus relationships with community

February 7, 2018

Students may associate Jim Hamerly as the Dean of College of Business Administration. Yet, what others may not know is that he is a first-generation college student. He holds his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. Hamerly...

Inexpensive sock snowman under the christmas tree adds a perfect christmas magic.

Make an adorable and inexpensive Christmas decoration

December 8, 2017

December is here which means it is now acceptable to begin decorating for Christmas. Unfortunately, Christmas decorations can be quite expensive. That's why I always try to craft up some of my own decor....

Wrap up the year with unique Christmas gift wrap tips

Wrap up the year with unique Christmas gift wrap tips

December 8, 2017

Tired of the millions of different wrapping papers and lack of personality? There are plenty of simple ways to create individuality to each of you Christmas gifts this year. I personally like to have a...

Donate a meal or volunteer with Gobble Gobble Give this Thanksgiving to help the less fortunate.

Put the giving back in Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

Fall breeze, falling leaves and the sweet smell of a prepared feast can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving, is near. While you are enjoying all the delightful qualities the holiday has to offer, do not...

The aisles of retail stores remain calm and orderly before Black Friday when shoppers shuffle in on the lookout for the best deals.

Burn off your holiday meal and shop ‘til you drop

November 22, 2017

It's Thanksgiving Day, and once again, you have overdone it on the amount of food you consumed. How could you help yourself? There was so much to eat, turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, mashed...

Popsicle stick turkeys are a fun and innovative Thanksgiving craft.

Holiday crafting for all ages

November 22, 2017

Turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie, these are just a few things that come to mind when people think about Thanksgiving. However, the things that come to my mind are family and togetherness. I love...

Pumpkin at the heart of healthy, guilt-free treat

Pumpkin at the heart of healthy, guilt-free treat

November 10, 2017

The fall season is here which means colder weather, leafless trees and pumpkin flavored everything. It is the season of the pumpkin and almost every grocery store takes part in selling some sort of pumpkin...

The Environmental Studies Club poses after their monthly Coastal Clean Up Day from left to right Kimberly Anderson, Cameron White, Kaitlyn Fudge, Silvia Lopez, Adrina Hernandez and Nathan Serrato.

The importance of environmental stewardship on campus

October 26, 2017

Surrounded by heaps of garbage, members of the Environmental Studies Club worked with diligence on a hot September month to rid a sensitive habitat of waste.  This clean up of the Coastal Sage Scrub habitat...

Student parents and their children enjoy one another’s company at a picnic gathering

Student parents strive to succeed despite difficulty

September 28, 2017

Being a college student is not always easy, however, being a student and a parent can be a bit more challenging. Students like single parent, Alisha Donaldson accept the difficulty and choose to persevere....

Chia seed pudding put the fast in breakfast

September 14, 2017

School is back in session Cougars. This means students are frantically leaving their homes in a hurry, in order to arrive to class on time. Due to the busy schedules and high paced life of a CSUSM...

Decorate your cap this graduation

Decorate your cap this graduation

May 16, 2017

Imagine it's graduation day and the last graduate name has been called. You throw your cap in the air in celebration of your accomplishments. You then go to pick up your cap but are confused and don't...

Graduate reflects on her time at CSUSM

May 16, 2017

Jordan Waldron’s journey at CSUSM will come to an end in a few short weeks. Commencement is quickly approaching and Waldron will receive a degree in Sociology and a minor in Global Studies. After...

Fellow Cougar leaves her mark on CSUSM

May 16, 2017

As the academic year comes to a close fellow Cougars will be leaving CSUSM to embark on the next chapter of their life. Amongst these graduates is Monique Lazaro. Lazaro will be graduating from CSUSM...

Make delicious and nutritious snacks this finals week

May 16, 2017

The end of the semester is near and classes are beginning to speed up, suddenly 10, 10-page papers are all due the same week. This can only mean one thing, finals week is here. While you are busy studying...

Become an advocate this Sexual Assault Awareness month

May 16, 2017

Christa Wencl held the position of Sexual Violence Advocate and Educator since Sept. 1, 2015. She provides support services to students and faculty that are connected to any type of sexual violence. “My...

Recreating a Resurrection Day scene

April 18, 2017

Bunnies, chocolate, eggs and jelly beans. These are things that come to mind when people hear the word Easter. However, when I think about Easter or Resurrection Day, the words that come to my mind are...

Make your own Reese’s peanut butter eggs

April 18, 2017

  Easter is approaching, which means stores are flooded with various sweet treats waiting to be devoured. One popular Easter goody is the seasonal Reese’s peanut butter egg. These peanut butter...

Daily tasks of a student employee

March 31, 2017

Taylor Quinn, a fourth year student employee at the Circulation desk in the Kellogg Library, gave insight on what it’s like to be employed on campus.   What do you do/ what are your tasks? I...

Library tips to students from Allison Carr.

March 31, 2017

  What is your position? My position is the Academic Transitions Librarian, and the librarian for Communication & Mass Media, Political Science and Global Studies. Most of my work focuses...

A sweet treat for all to eat

A sweet treat for all to eat

February 24, 2017

Calling all peanut butter and chocolate lovers. This edition I have yet another delightful cupcake recipe for you to impress your friends with, courtesy of gimmesomeoven.com. This cupcake consists of a...

Speaking out against abortion

Speaking out against abortion

February 24, 2017

On Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 the Genocide Awareness Project came to CSUSM. Genocide Awareness is one out of four of the Center for Bio-Ethical Reforms (CBR) projects. This organization visits about 10 college...

Baking is a sign of thanking

Baking is a sign of thanking

February 9, 2017

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to show your loved ones you care than to bake them a delicious treat? If you want to make something for multiple people at a time, then...

Rethink Greek

Rethink Greek

February 9, 2017

School is back in session, and if one of your regrets last semester was a lack of student involvement, perhaps you’ll consider joining a sorority or fraternity in the Spring. During the first few...

Graduating Editor reflects on CSUSM journey

December 14, 2016

Rebecca Sykes, current Sports editor for the Cougar Chronicle and soon to be graduate, took the time to reflect back on her experience at CSUSM. “My first semester of college I did not focus on my...

Baking the perfect Christmas Cookie

Baking the perfect Christmas Cookie

December 14, 2016

Christmas is less than a month away and it is officially acceptable to unleash your inner Christmas spirit! And what better way than baking cookies? Searching for the perfect recipe can be difficult....

Help fight hunger this Christmas

December 14, 2016

Christmas is rapidly approaching and while it’s easy to get caught up in what we may be receiving, we shouldn’t forget about the beauty of giving.  If you are looking for ways to give back this Holiday...

Cooking my first turkey

Cooking my first turkey

December 1, 2016

I’m going to be honest, when I first started the process of preparing a turkey, I had no idea what to do. I went to the store, bought a turkey, opened it and thought, “What in the world did I get myself...

Discovering the hauntings of Questhaven

October 29, 2016

Questhaven and Elfin Forest in San Diego county are rumored to contain haunted trails and there are several urban legends and myths that have circulated the community for years. These tales include...

Spirits lurk in local lagoon and food chain

Spirits lurk in local lagoon and food chain

October 29, 2016

Buena Vista Lagoon, located off of I-5 between Oceanside and Carlsbad is known for being the only fresh water lagoon in California. Many people visit the site and are able to enjoy the beautiful San Diego...

CSUSM professor finds joy in volunteering

CSUSM professor finds joy in volunteering

October 29, 2016

If you’ve ever driven down Twin Oaks Valley Rd., odds are, you’ve seen people walking large dogs on the side of the road. These people are volunteers for the Coastal German Shepherds Rescue, San Marcos...

Refuel your mind and stomach

October 24, 2016

School has been back in session for about a month now and while it’s fun and exciting getting back to school and getting involved in all the campus events, it can also be incredibly exhausting. This...

Soon to be graduate shares her CSUSM experience

Soon to be graduate shares her CSUSM experience

May 12, 2016

  Justine Ronas, one of the founding members of the Theta Iota chapter of Alpha Omicron Pi, will be saying farewell to CSUSM in just a few short weeks. When Ronas first began college, she...

Graduating senior says farewell as she embarks on a new journey

Graduating senior says farewell as she embarks on a new journey

May 12, 2016

  Elizabeth Nadeau, one of CSUSM’s graduating seniors, expected her college career to be one of the greatest experiences of her life. Lucky for her, she was not disappointed. In just...

Porcha Ingram strives to support, empower young women

Porcha Ingram strives to support, empower young women

April 3, 2016

  By working with underrepresented populations and currently serving as the Coordinator for Student Involvement, Porcha Ingram strives to give students tools to support individuals in need,...

Cassandra Steppat during her study abroad trip in Europe.

Study abroad, experience a new way of learning

March 9, 2016

CSUSM offers various programs that allow students to travel overseas and study in another country of their choice. There, they have the opportunity to experience a new way of learning. Cassandra...

Student Veteran Organization provides encouraging, supportive atmosphere

November 12, 2015

  The Student Veteran Organization (SVO) welcomes all veterans of the Armed Forces and aims to provide its members with a supportive environment and tools needed to succeed. SVO is often...

CSUSM faculty, staff, students embrace diversity

CSUSM faculty, staff, students embrace diversity

October 15, 2015

  To begin a month of celebration, the campus community launched Diversity Awareness Month with an event filled with food and fun. The Office of Diversity, Educational Equity and Inclusion...

Challenging borders conference brings awareness to undocumented students

October 15, 2015

  UC Riverside is hosting a conference to discuss current research on undocumented students in higher education, with CSUSM professor Dr. Marisol Clark-Ibanez as one of the nine speakers. “[The...

M.E.Ch.A encourages awareness and success within the Latino community

M.E.Ch.A encourages awareness and success within the Latino community

September 30, 2015

  Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A) is a Latino organization that brings awareness and support to all underrepresented communities. To get a better understanding of what...

Get on board with campus activities

September 30, 2015

Throughout October, the Campus Activities Board (CAB) will be hosting several events that you will not want to miss. Free Movie Night will take place on Oct. 6 at Edwards Cinema on San Marcos Blvd. Programming...

Faculty spotlight: Shannon Nolan conquers trials with triumph

September 29, 2015

Growing up, Nolan was a determined young woman who longed to attend college, however she was worried as to how she would be able to fulfill her dream due to financial hardships. Born and raised in San...

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