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The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

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KA President, API social activist says goodbye

KA President, API social activist says goodbye

Shanice Davis, Features Editor May 11, 2016

After attending CSUSM for four years, Andrea Aduna, Kamalayan Alliance (KA) President, leaves a legacy of advocating for diversity on campus and spreading awareness about the Asian-Pacific Islander...

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....

Alex Maravillas aspires to be a voice for various identities

Alex Maravillas aspires to be a voice for various identities

Shanice Davis, Features Editor April 13, 2016

  As a Filipino man who identifies as both queer and gay, Alex Maravillas strives to make a difference in the LGBTQA+ community using his own personal experiences and identity as a way to...

Dr. Chonwerawong aspires to break the cycle of generalizing the Asian-Pacific  Islander community

Dr. Chonwerawong aspires to break the cycle of generalizing the Asian-Pacific Islander community

Shanice Davis, Features Editor April 13, 2016

  Born in Bangkok, Thailand to Chinese immigrants, Dr. Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong came to the States as an immigrant, reliving the life her parents once led. But the U.S. stripped her...

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi encourages growth, cultural diversity

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi encourages growth, cultural diversity

Shanice Davis, Features Editor April 13, 2016

  Priding themselves on being the first and only female Asian-interest sorority on campus, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi paves the way for their members, shaping them into tomorrow’s leaders. The...

Veteran encourages women in the Marines to lead by example to empower one another

Veteran encourages women in the Marines to lead by example to empower one another

Shanice Davis, Features Editor April 3, 2016

  Chrystal Zinni dedicated 10 years of service to the Marine Corps, her country and to her brothers and sisters, but due to a knee injury, her life took an unexpected turn. Initially, Zinni...

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 women of color: Jamaela Johnson

ASI women of color: Jamaela Johnson

Shanice Davis, Features Editor February 24, 2016

Jamaela Johnson Leadership on campus: “I’ve helped establish our first NPHC (National Pan-Hellenic Council) sororities and fraternities and helped with getting resources and support for black students...

Veteran reflects on his military career, plans future

Shanice Davis, Features Editor February 24, 2016

  Born into an army family and raised on values of patriotism, Aquila Hairston continued on the path his father so proudly paved when he decided to join the army. Hailing from a military...

Director of CARSS encourages marginalized  students to break the cycle in higher education

Director of CARSS encourages marginalized students to break the cycle in higher education

Shanice Davis, Features Editor February 24, 2016

Once a student without direction, Dr. Geoffrey Gilmore met people that guided him throughout his college career. Now he returns the favor by lending a hand to students in need of guidance. Gilmore...

Connecting to brothers and sisters from the past

Shanice Davis, Features Editor February 24, 2016

Whenever you stand in a crowd and hear synchronized shouts, claps and stomps, do you ever wonder what those performers are doing? Members of Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta...

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...

First black sorority to be admitted to CSUSM Greek life

Shanice Davis, Features Editor February 24, 2016

For years, CSUSM students have expressed the need to further diversify our campus community with the addition of an African American Greek organization. After a prolonged push for this inclusion,...

Justin Donner graduated in 2014 with a bachelors in business administrations.

Former Cougar Chronicle Sports Editor cautions students to explore the workfield before grad school

Shanice Davis, Features Editor February 9, 2016

  As former Cougar Chronicle Sports Editor Justin Donner walked across the stage, it was only a matter of time before he’d pursue bigger and better things. In 2014, Donner graduated with...

Graduating senior encourages students to pave their own path

Shanice Davis, Features Editor December 10, 2015

  Coming from a Filipino family that strongly believes that money equates to success turned out to be the total opposite of what graduating senior Resty Grey found to be true during his journey...

Jonathan Gheorghin aspires to bring happiness into people’s lives

Shanice Davis, Features Editor December 10, 2015

  At the age of 10, graduating senior Jonathan Gheorghin and his family moved to the States from France so his father could achieve the American Dream. Since then, he has been paving his own...

Amiyonette Goodblanket strives to bring awareness about police brutality in the Native American community

Amiyonette Goodblanket strives to bring awareness about police brutality in the Native American community

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 27, 2015

  It’s been two years since senior Amiyonette Goodblanket got the chance to see her brother, Mah-Hi-Vist, whose name means Red Bird, after his death at the hands of police officers in Oklahoma. Goodblacket...

Anderson Gould Jr. reflects on importance of his Navajo heritage

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 27, 2015

  In the fall of 2014, veteran Anderson Gould Jr. graduated with his bachelor's degree in Visual Performing Arts. While in attendance at CSUSM, Gould was a member of the PR Group, held an...

Navajo veteran reflects on contribution in Marine Corps Modern day warrior

Navajo veteran reflects on contribution in Marine Corps Modern day warrior

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 27, 2015

  Coming from a broken home in the small town of Grants, New Mexico, Navajo Marjon Pino overcame violence, poverty and alcoholism from his childhood and found a new meaning to life through...

Dancy Turner discusses ignorance, uneducated approach associated with race

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 27, 2015

  According to society, Native Americans have often been characterized as being dark skinned, with dark hair, but Dancy Turner is from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians tribe and is fair-toned...

Panelists discuss issues surrounding hunger and homelessness

Panelists discuss issues surrounding hunger and homelessness

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 16, 2015

  As a part of the CSUSM Conversations That Matter Series, panelists brought attention to issues that affect the lives of many and called audience members to action. On Oct. 29, panelists...

Veteran strives to make difference in the transgender community

Veteran strives to make difference in the transgender community

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 13, 2015

  Three years ago, service member Emmy Williamson, now a transgender woman, was not who she was meant to be. Due to social constraints and her own personal struggles, she decided to part ways...

Naval Commander retires, helps inspires veterans to look forward to life after the military

Naval Commander retires, helps inspires veterans to look forward to life after the military

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 13, 2015

  Patricia Reily, Director of the Veterans Center, dedicated 20 years of her life to the Navy before retiring as a commander, giving up what she loved most in order to be with her family. Reily...

Alumnus betters herself through military career, seeks education

Alumnus betters herself through military career, seeks education

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 12, 2015

  As a daughter of migrant workers, Claudia Oreegal was well aware of her family's financial situation, and saw the military as an outlet to escape poverty and better herself. Oreegal was...

Wounded veteran aims to assist other vets

Wounded veteran aims to assist other vets

Shanice Davis, Features Editor November 12, 2015

  While deployed overseas, Lance Corporal Erik Galvan’s life was changed in an instant. One moment he was fine, the next he’d stepped on an IED, an improvised explosive device. Galvan...

Alumni aims to give back to the community, make difference for marginalized groups

Alumni aims to give back to the community, make difference for marginalized groups

Shanice Davis, Features Editor October 29, 2015

  As the son of parents who escaped poverty and homelessness, Arnold Burgos knows the importance of earning an education and intends on seeking his full potential. Burgos graduated in May...

Veteran spotlight

Veteran spotlight

Shanice Davis, Features Editor October 29, 2015

  When new Air Force recruit Nathan Zulim stepped off the bus for basic training in San Antonio, Texas, the first thing he heard was his instructor loudly yelling orders. He was in for an interesting...

Alumni encourages hard work, dedication and to never give up on your dreams

Alumni encourages hard work, dedication and to never give up on your dreams

Shanice Davis, Features Editor October 15, 2015

  Graduating Magna Cum Laude from CSUSM in May 2015, alumni Erin Leclair is on to bigger things as she is currently tackling the newest addition to her life: law school. Leclair received...

Alpha Xi Delta encourages people to reach their full potential

Alpha Xi Delta encourages people to reach their full potential

Shanice Davis, Features Editor October 15, 2015

  Established as the first recognized Greek organization at CSUSM, Alpha Xi Delta was introduced to the campus on Feb. 25, 1995. They have built their reputation as an atypical sorority with...

Cesar Cruz discusses his speech on September 17

First male Mexican immigrant in Harvard program speaks at CSUSM

Shanice Davis, Features Editor September 30, 2015

  As a part of the “Conversations that Matter” series, a Mexican immigrant shared his journey to becoming the first male Mexican immigrant in his academic program at Harvard. On Sept....

Student spotlight: Diana Garcia encourages local youth to go above and beyond

Student spotlight: Diana Garcia encourages local youth to go above and beyond

Shanice Davis, Features Editor September 30, 2015

Diana Garcia is a first generation college student here at CSUSM, who works closely with youth within the community, striving to be a positive role model in each of her student’s lives, helping them...

First generation alumni gives back to Latino youth

First generation alumni gives back to Latino youth

Shanice Davis, Features Editor September 30, 2015

  Last spring, Jalena Montenegro finally ended her chapter at CSUSM when she walked across the stage to accept her degree, making her the first person in her family to accomplish the milestone...

Faculty spotlight: Xicana professor supports students drive to further their education

Faculty spotlight: Xicana professor supports students drive to further their education

Shanice Davis, Features Editor September 30, 2015

Being the first in her family to attend college and receive degrees, Professor Martha Gonzales prides herself on her accomplishments as an Xicana woman and encourages students to not let others steer them...

Experts explore psychology of water conservation

Experts explore psychology of water conservation

Shanice Davis, Features Editor September 29, 2015

  Dr. Lee Brown and panelists Dr. P. Wesley Schultz, Jeffrey Pasek and Dr. Robert Brown spoke at the Psychology of Water Forum in order to shed light on the issues surrounding California’s...

Alumni spotlight: Former ASI president encourages students to make best of college years

Alumni spotlight: Former ASI president encourages students to make best of college years

Shanice Davis, Features Editor September 29, 2015

This past May, former Associated Students, Inc. CEO/President Haley Perko, said her final goodbyes to CSUSM and graduated with her bachelor's degree in Kinesiology, leaving behind four years of life changing...

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