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The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

Natalie Navarro

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor

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.
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The latest update on the mask mandate has many saying sayonara to safety amid Omicrons reign

Reversing the mask mandate is not as good as it sounds

Natalie Navarro, Staff Writer February 24, 2022

As of Feb. 15, California will be reversing its mask mandate for indoor places due to decreasing COVID-19 cases nationwide. This will be the second time the California government has done so throughout...

CSUSM Theatre students perform “The Thanksgiving Play.”

CSUSM Theatre presents: The Thanksgiving Play

Natalie Navarro, Opinion Editor December 8, 2021

From Nov. 17-20, the CSUSM School of Arts produced The Thanksgiving Play in room Arts 111. Written by Larissa Fasthorse, The Thanksgiving Play is a satire about good intentions and insensitive actions.  After...

Thanksgiving’s origin has been taught incorrectly, contradicting the real history.

Thanksgiving’s origins highlights the impact of inaccurate history

Natalie Navarro, Opinion Editor December 3, 2021

On the last Thursday of November, Americans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a day where family and friends conjoin to share a meal and express gratitude for their blessings. Many excite...

FAFSA only relieves some students’ financial stress.

FAFSA is the help college students need but do not get

Natalie Navarro, Opinion Editor November 15, 2021

Each year on Oct. 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( FAFSA) opens for high school seniors and college students nationwide. Universities often require students to apply for two reasons: for...

Students believe that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is beneficial to the community.

Why I got the COVID-19 vaccine

Natalie Navarro, Opinion Editor November 2, 2021

As of Sept. 30, CSUSM officially enacted a vaccine mandate on all students and faculty. In addition to the vaccine mandate, CSUSM is still enforcing masking while indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unless...

This pasta dish is easy for anyone to cook.

The easiest pasta recipe for college students

Natalie Navarro, Opinion Editor October 26, 2021

During my first year here at CSUSM, I lived in a shared dorm. I often struggled to make adequate meals since I had no experience cooking. However, with the help of my mom, I learned a simple pasta recipe...

“The Hatmaker’s Wife” is the first in-person production post-pandemic for the CSUSM Theatre Department.

CSUSM’s Theatre Arts Department Presents: “The Hatmaker’s Wife”

Natalie Navarro, Opinion Editor September 29, 2021

On Sept. 9, CSUSM’s Theatre Arts Department debuted the first play of the fall semester,  “The Hatmaker’s Wife,” a play written by Lauren Yee and directed by CSUSM theatre professor Jason Heil....

Hurricane Ida is the beginning of climate change-induced weather

Natalie Navarro, Opinion Editor September 15, 2021

Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the state of Louisiana and destroyed everything in its path. The natural disaster cost a significant amount of lives and billions in damages. Since...

COLUMN: What I look forward to next semester

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor May 18, 2021

As the COVID-19 pandemic seems to calm down throughout the state, CSUSM has scheduled for some classes to be in-person next semester. Because of the move, many students expect to spend some time on campus...

While online learning has taught students about adaptability, many still prefer in-person classes.

In-person classes provide more for students than online courses

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor May 10, 2021

After over a year of virtual learning, CSUSM has allowed several classes to be hosted in person for the fall semester. To many, the transition may seem like a light at the end of a tunnel, while others...

Stan culture can become toxic once fans blindly ignore the wrongs of their idols and defend their every move.

Stan culture is problematic for both the celebrity and the fans

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor May 3, 2021

With the popularity of social media in today’s digital age, it is easy to connect with others about shared interests and activities. Social media has also allowed celebrities and prominent companies...

The Academic Senate endorsed renaming Craven Hall due to the legislator’s controversial remarks toward the Hispanic community.

CSUSM faculty senate is correct: William Craven should not be honored at CSUSM

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor April 26, 2021

The CSUSM Academic Senate voted to show their support of removing all campus associations with late California Legislator William Craven on April 7. This proposed motion would include renaming Craven Hall,...

Envelopes are something we all need but often do not have right when we need them. With this simple trick, you can make your own.

Get creative by making your own envelopes

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor April 18, 2021

Although it seems useless to need envelopes during the age of instant messaging, sometimes it is nice to receive a letter from a loved one. It could also be fun to make your own and surprise others with...

COLUMN: My plans for a post-pandemic world

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor April 11, 2021

As we all know, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has restricted us from doing basic things such as attending large-scale events and traveling. Even schooling has been affected, as we have not stepped foot...

Students are feeling more academic burnout during the online learning period.

Online learning causes academic burnout in students

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor April 6, 2021

For many students, college is a time where they learn to balance coursework with real-life responsibilities. Many begin to live independently and/or take on extracurriculars that were not offered to...

Many corporations only speak on important issues to maintain their brand and appearance.

Corporate activism is performative and does more harm than good

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor March 21, 2021

In the summer of 2020, the unjust killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless other Black and brown Americans sparked protests around the world to demand social justice reform. Media coverage...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

Jaelyn Decena, Natalie Navarro, and Magali Castillo March 15, 2021

TV Show: Ginny and Georgia Netflix released the first season of its newest comedy-drama Ginny and Georgia on Feb. 24. The show follows the story of a young mom, Georgia, and her two kids, Ginny...

The answer is still very unclear whether CSUSM students should return to campus next fall.

Return to campus remains uncertain

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor February 21, 2021

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic brings up several questions about future reopenings and how groups of people could convene with each other safely. However, a sense of normalcy seems to be on the horizon...

Senior Stacey Trejo decided to start a small business selling chocolate-covered strawberries to fill her extra time during quarantine.

Student opens small strawberry decorating business

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor February 12, 2021

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the switch from in-person classes to virtual learning, some students have used creative ways to fill their time. One CSUSM student, Stacey Trejo, has taken her excess...

In the aftermath of the insurrection, social media platforms have suspended accounts encouraging violence.

Accountability is not censorship

Natalie Navarro, Assistant Opinion Editor February 12, 2021

As the world watched the attempted insurrection of the United States Capitol last month, we anxiously waited for a response from then-President Trump. Many hoped that Trump would condemn the violence but...

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