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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

Library tips to students from Allison Carr.

Briana Osuna, Features Editor 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 on the needs of first year students and transfer students, but I’ll help anyone who asks. Why...

Why I don’t drink alcohol

Micaela Johansson, Assistant Opinion Editor March 31, 2017

My relationship with alcohol started at the age of 13 or 14. It had been there for celebration and heartbreaks, in secret and out in the open. It had such an impact on me, that I became a bartender  at the age of 19. Little did I know, my friend alcohol would consume me as much as I had consumed it.   At...


Ways to stay organized for spring semester

Mackenzie Waldron, Assistant Features Editor February 25, 2017

School is back in session, and it is time to get back into the swing of things. The overload of assignments and exams can sometimes stress students out.     It is very important to remain as organized as possible so you don’t stress about the clutter in your school bag on top of all of...

College is Hard

College is Hard

Jeni Scaturro, Assistant Opinion Editor September 28, 2016

College is hard. Waking up early; driving through traffic; staying afloat in a sea of homework; having to talk to people (morning extroverts aside); and the financial aspect. So why do we go? Believe it or not, despite all these inconvenient factors, achieving a college degree is worth the cost....

The journey through college

The journey through college

Tiffany Trent, Opinion Editor May 11, 2016

College is quite the journey. Graduating from CSUSM in less than two weeks has me looking back on this adventure of mine. This road has taken me six full years to complete and not a moment was wasted. Leaving CSUSM is a very joyous and bittersweet event for me. I went to CSUSM as a transfer student...

Photo of an open book next to a cup of tea

Why Literature and Writing is the best major

September 22, 2014

By Caleb Hogland  Staff Writer  Have you chosen a major yet? It’s kind of important. When we were preparing to leave high school, we were all told to think about a career. We were supposed to know what career we would want for the rest of our lives. But the first step in getting to that...

Couple looking over bills and receipts

Reasons to wait to get married

September 14, 2014

By Celeste Morales Outreach Assistant  For many students, and people in general, the question of when to get married is a huge decision. Some people choose to get married depending on when they find their ideal partner; however, even if that ideal partner is found, the question is whether or...

Last years Whiteness Forum   drew dozens of curious students and staff

What being ‘white’ means

November 27, 2013
White mythologies and ideologies are prevalent characteristics of society that the ‘Whiteness Forum’ has been educating the public about for the past decade.
Student nurses out on a limb

Student nurses out on a limb

November 10, 2013
Due to the distance between the School of Nursing building and the main CSUSM campus there has developed a bit of disconnect between the general student population and Nursing students.


December 8, 2010
Gerrity received the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship, and was one of only 10 students nationwide to collect the award. According to the scholarship’s website, Gerrity will attend the American University in Dubai.

WHERE DOES ALL OF OUR TUITION GO? The hidden benefits students don’t know about

December 8, 2010
The tuition fee students pay each semester covers more than just academic classes. Programs and services CSUSM offers its students are funded and operated by portions of paid tuition.


December 8, 2010
Finals are the last way for our professors to know if we have been paying attention all semester. If you’ve been sleeping instead well this might be the last chance at getting that A—or C. As a senior at CSUSM, I’ve been reflecting on what has helped me get through finals week
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