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Tania Ortiz

Tania Ortiz, Editor-In-Chief

Tania Ortiz is a senior communication major serving as the Editor-in-Chief for The Cougar Chronicle. Before transferring to CSUSM, Tania served as Print Editor for The Chariot News at MiraCosta College. After graduation, she hopes to attend journalism school and become a reporter. In her free time, Tania enjoys reading and spending time with friends.

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Halsey teams up with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails for their newest album.

Halsey takes musical risks with newest album If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power

September 12, 2021

Following the success of their autobiographical album Manic, Halsey crosses over to alternative rock with their fourth studio album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power. The singer teams up with Nine...

Entertainment Rundown

September 12, 2021

Single: “LO$ER=LOVER" by Tania Ortiz K-Pop group, Tomorrow by Together released “LO$ER=LOVER '' on Aug. 17 as a part of their first repackaged album, The Chaos Chapter: Fight or Escape. “LO$ER=LOVER''...

Kassy Doering (#12) is entering her senior season with CSUSM Women’s Volleyball team.

Athlete Spotlight: Q&A with Kassy Doering

September 12, 2021

Kassy Doering is a fifth-year computer science major at CSUSM. Doering is a middle blocker for CSUSM Women’s Volleyball team and has played on the team since the Fall 2017 season. COVID-19 put a strain...

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Campus Notes 9/12

September 12, 2021

Veteran program receives $6 million grant to help student veterans discover careers in sustainable energy The Veterans to Energy Careers (VERC) program at Cal State San Marcos that helps student veterans...

CSUSM students, faculty and staff return to campus after spending more than a year of online instruction.

CSUSM campus open to students, faculty and staff for fall semester

September 1, 2021

Cal State San Marcos welcomes back students and faculty to campus following a year and a half of online instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the campus is open to students, faculty and...

Following graduation, the next step for many graduates is finding a job in their career field.

Simple tips and strategies to help you land a job post-graduation

May 18, 2021

Graduating from college is a big step in everyone’s lives after 4-5 years of working hard to obtain that degree and move on to bigger and better things. Some graduates may continue their educational...

The university plans to rename the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care to the CSU Shiley Haynes Institute for Palliative Care after former president Karen Haynes. From left to right: CSU Board of Trustees member Adam Day, former president Karen Haynes, Darlene Shiley and former CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White, pictured in May 2019.

CSUSM to add the name of retired president Karen Haynes to CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care despite her controversial history

May 14, 2021

University officials plan to add the name of former president Karen Haynes to the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care, named after the well-known philanthropist and longtime CSUSM donor Darlene Shiley. In...

CSUSM students and employees who plan to step on campus in the fall must be vaccinated as per the new mandate.

New vaccine requirement for next fall may cause backlash

May 10, 2021

As vaccines are becoming more available to college-aged students, universities have carefully considered their plans for the forthcoming semester.  The topic of requiring anyone who steps on a college...

With the pandemic still going on, not every course is offered in person for the fall semester.

Limited amount of in-person fall classes may disappoint students, but CSUSM is making the right call to prioritize safety

May 10, 2021

Registration for the 2021 fall semester is in full swing, and students are hurrying to secure a spot in their desired classes.  The upcoming semester will be the first in over a year that students...

Images posted on social media by celebrities and influencers can have a lasting impact on one’s mental health.

Social media provides unrealistic images that impact mental health

May 3, 2021

A conversation we always seem to have is surrounding the way social media implies certain body image expectations. Images of celebrities, like the Kardashian-Jenner family and other influencers, have flooded...

Colleges shouldn’t have the power to withhold student transcripts over an unpaid balance

April 26, 2021

As we are aware, the price of higher education is high, causing students to scramble for any kind of financial aid that they can get. They sometimes resort to student loans that pile up with interest....

Code-switching can be beneficial in the workplace but oftentimes reduces opportunities for self-expression.

Code-switching is a double-edged sword: it can be oppressive or work in your favor

April 18, 2021

Growing up as a first generation Mexican American, I would constantly be reminded that I needed to speak English properly, especially in an academic setting with teachers and peers. The need to fit in...

Girl boss feminism ignores almost every aspect of feminism, while presenting itself as such.

Girl boss feminism symbolizes regressive gender politics

April 11, 2021

We have all seen those shirts with the phrase “girl boss” plastered on them in the name of women empowerment. While the shirts and accessories made women feel empowered to be a “boss” in their...

The future of this year’s graduation celebrations are still up in the air, leaving students wondering if it will happen.

CSUSM’s commencement announcement brings graduates a cautious sense of optimism

March 21, 2021

As we reach the midpoint of our spring semester, seniors are getting ready for commencement — buying caps and gowns, taking photos for announcements — all while wondering whether it will happen this...

While internships give a chance for college students to get experience, many do not pay interns for their hard work.

Unpaid internships force students to choose between gaining experience or getting paid for quality work

March 13, 2021

Internships are usually a rite of passage for any profession, allowing college students to have a foot in the door in their preferred field.  Studies show that students acquire new skills and expand...

DACA recipients must remain hopeful as they wait for more news on the status of the program.

DACA recipients may have to wait to see positive changes to the program

March 13, 2021

It has been almost two months since President Biden was inaugurated, and while there is still a long way to go, many Americans are waiting for the Biden administration to fulfill campaign promises. Throughout...

Victim-blaming questions the actions of the survivor and unfortunately has been normalized in our society.

Society needs to break away from normalizing victim-blaming

March 7, 2021

The #MeToo movement has mobilized the fight against sexual harassment, assault and everyday sexism that has been internalized in our society.  The campaign has empowered many survivors of sexual assault...

Working women have been disproportionately affected during the pandemic.

The pandemic pulls back the curtain at gender inequalities for working women

February 28, 2021

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the job market in America has suffered a lot.  Women, 2.5 million to be exact, have felt the repercussions of the pandemic-induced recession. The pandemic has pushed...

Student involvement in campus organizations has decreased during the pandemic.

Student organizations struggle with participation during the pandemic

February 27, 2021

Student life has drastically been impacted during the pandemic. Since the campus has been closed for almost a year, the “Zoom university” era has created hurdles for campus clubs to thrive. Clubs...

Cultural appropriation disrespects minority cultures at the benefit of the privileged

February 21, 2021

The debate surrounding cultural appropriation and appreciation is nothing new. While we have  come across social media forums on the topic of cultural appropriation versus appreciation, it still tends...

Talking to someone can help overcome imposter syndrome.

Imposter syndrome impacts college students’ mental health

February 8, 2021

The feeling like you don’t belong or feeling like a fake is not a great feeling. Imposter syndrome impacts many college students and how they view themselves, sometimes without even realizing it affects...

Spring break gives students a mental health break during these unprecedented times.

Spring break serves as a mental break during the stress of a virtual semester

February 7, 2021

As the state of the pandemic is ever-shifting, we all have to be on alert for when changes happen. These days, colleges are making changes to their spring semesters by swapping out a week-long spring break...

Harry Styles recently appeared on the cover of Vogue Magazine wearing a dress, igniting a debate about gender.

Harry Styles cover ignites debates on gender performance

December 13, 2020

When Harry Styles graced the cover of the December edition of Vogue, it made a lot of noise online. Not only was the British pop star the first ever solo male to be featured as a cover star on the fashion...

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

The COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan may prolong when we will receive it

December 13, 2020

In the past week, strides have been made in the COVID-19 vaccine race, as pharmaceutical giants Moderna and Pfizer have applied to the Food and Drug Association (FDA) for emergency approval for their vaccines. This...

Manifesting can help people develop a positive mindset.

Manifesting lets the universe take the wheel making our goals come true, but may not be for everyone

November 23, 2020

During this pandemic, we have witnessed trends come and go. A trend currently circulating the internet is manifesting. Manifesting is the practice of having aspirational thoughts or goals with the purpose...

The pandemic may alter the way we celebrate this holiday season.

COVID-19 may press pause on holiday gatherings

November 8, 2020

The holiday season is quickly approaching upon us. Typically, we would be excited to gather around the dinner table with our families and celebrate without a hitch, but not so much this year. The pandemic...

Voting methods have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemic places precautionary measures on how we vote

October 26, 2020

Voting during a pandemic has become a major issue as election day gets closer.  States including California are taking precautionary methods to ensure that everyone gets a chance to vote this election...

Gentrification can lead to the displacement of residents and businesses.

Cities going through gentrification can displace residents and businesses

October 26, 2020

If you haven’t noticed the copious amount of construction in smaller cities and the simultaneous increase in the number of trendy restaurants, shops and breweries, then you might be living under a rock. If...

The Social Dilemma provides insight on the inner workings of tech companies.

Netflix documentary provokes viewers to reevaluate their use of technology

October 12, 2020

Ever wondered why we are so addicted to our phones, more specifically to social media? The Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma has provoked millions of viewers to rethink how much time they spend...

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg rose to rock-star influence in the latter portion of her career.

Death of Justice Ginsburg leaves an impact, creates discussion on the future of the Supreme Court

October 12, 2020

The world lost a true icon a few weeks ago when the Supreme Court announced Ruth Bader Ginsburg died due to complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas.  Ginsburg pushed to serve on the Supreme...

Latinx, Hispanic or Latino/a? The debate that has confused a community

October 12, 2020

In our current society, we have adapted to using gender-neutral and non-discriminatory identifiers. Using these terms gives those who are non-binary a way to identify themselves properly. More recently,...

Cancel culture promotes a mob mentality and causes damage to people’s lives.

Cancel culture gives a toxic power to people on the internet

September 29, 2020

Social media has become a tool for activism, socialization and self-expression. Over the past several years, it has become the ideal platform for cancel culture’s growth.  We have witnessed cancel...

Social media has become a platform for activists during this pandemic.

[Photo] Climate action starts with you

September 29, 2020

Social media has become a platform for activists during this pandemic.

Students will be required to take ethnic studies courses starting 2023.

New graduation requirement will impact students

September 15, 2020

With the nation mobilizing and becoming aware of the social injustices occurring to minority communities, there is a growing demand for schools to require an ethnic studies/social justice class for their...

Campus life is on hold until Fall 2021 until then CSUSM classes will be held virtually.

Returning to campus in the future will change campus life

September 15, 2020

Campus life is on hold for the time being and now that we know classes will unfortunately remain online through the spring, the question remains if we will feel comfortable returning in fall 2021.  With...

The Chronicle Entertainment Rundown

September 15, 2020

Podcast: “Dissect” Named best podcast of 2018 by the New York Times, “Dissect” is a serialized look into the hidden stories behind today’s most popular albums. Each season covers an album...

Learning from last semester’s mistake will help students succeed in virtual classes.

Learn from last semester’s mistakes to succeed this semester

September 14, 2020

As we embark on this new virtual semester, I can’t help but look back to last semester to reflect on what went wrong and what worked for me.  Last semester felt foreign when logging onto Zoom instead...

Reflecting the transition to online learning mid semester

May 7, 2020

As this whirlwind semester is nearing its end, many students are reflecting on how this last half of the semester has thrown us through the wringer and how unexpected all of this really was. I’m not...

Social distancing can affect our mental health past the COVID-19 crisis

May 7, 2020

As we continue social distancing, we are taking everything day by day in hopes of returning to normality. For all we know it could take another couple of weeks, even months, until this is all over. Which...

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...

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...

Love songs that stand the test of time

February 22, 2020

February is the month for celebrating the love and admiration we have for our significant others and for our families too. Music is one of the many ways to show your feelings for your loved ones. Here...

Commercialism creates pressure on a day meant for love and sincerity.

Valentine’s Day promotes unrealistic expectations

February 22, 2020

As Valentine’s Day has come and gone, many of us single people out there may be making those self-deport cating jokes about how lonely we are amongst a sea of seemingly happy couples. The day is supposed...

Students shouldn’t have to mind where their money goes.

Extravagant spending questions where tuition is distributed to

February 22, 2020

Have you ever wondered where our tuition and fees go? As students, we pay so much for our schooling whether it be out of pocket or with help from financial aid. But where does it go and how much of...

Student tracking systems are being implemented in campuses nationwide.

How to make sure that your resolutions stick in the new year

February 7, 2020

Weight loss. The oftenshort-lived prototypical new year’s resolution. Based on the way ads for gym memberships and exercise equipment always get put on overdrive in the new year, this resolution frequently...

Thanksgiving should be taught right

Thanksgiving should be taught right

November 25, 2019

When we think about the origins of Thanksgiving, our minds immediately picture the Plymouth colonists and the Wampanoag Indian sit- ting down to have a feast to celebrate the fall harvest. We’ve learned...

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...

New Dining Hall for 2020 Students

New Dining Hall for 2020 Students

November 9, 2019

CSUSM is undergoing some dining changes for next fall, A new dining hall will be added to the first floor of The QUAD just in time for the 2020 school year.  The new dining hall reportedly will be...

Exceptional student-professor relationships improve the quality of every class.

Student-Professor communication benefits both parties

October 10, 2019

We all have our opinions of our professors throughout the semesters we’ve spent at CSUSM. Thinking about past professors can either bring good or bad memories to mind. Every professor on campus is...

In our day and age, being prepared for on-campus shootings is a must.

Recent gun violence calls for an adjustment to our new reality

October 10, 2019

Mass shooting after mass shooting,t has become a new normal in American society and prayers won’t help  stop them. They can occur anywhere at this point: schools, places of worship, your workplace,...

Cougars Creating a Sustainable Campus

Cougars Creating a Sustainable Campus

September 25, 2019

Save the trees. Save the Amazon. Think about the sea turtles. You might have heard these phrases in the past couple of months, all of them concerning the environment and the sustainability of the place...

Technology, especially modern smartphones, acts as a double edged sword for productivity.

Technology provides artificial sense of togetherness for dependent generation

September 17, 2019

In the age of technology, we find ourselves on our phones interacting with people online more than we do in person. We’ve become attached to our phones, treating them as if they are an extension...

THE CHRONICLE ENTERTAINMENT RUNDOWN

September 17, 2019

Podcast: “A Little Forward” Looking for a new way to tolerate traffic on your commute to school? The television channel Freeform introduced its first original...

The Sprinter is a favored form of alternative transportation for some CSUSM students.

Say goodbye to the Compass Card

September 17, 2019

As the 2019 fall semester begins, students, faculty and staff who use public transportation have returned to a price hike and changes in their monthly commuter passes.    Effective Sept. 1,...

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