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Wednesday Nov. 10, 2021

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Task force to evaluate legacy of late Senator Craven By Tania Ortiz Editor -In- Chief CSUSM President Ellen Neufeldt recently charged a task force to examine the legacy of the late state legislator William Craven, following the Academic Senate resolution last spring endorsing the removal of his name on CSUSM buildings and streets. The call for the removal of the late senator’s name came after his past comments on undocumented immigrants and the Hispanic community. The Academic Senate vote in April passed with 56 for, two against and two abstaining. The Craven task force’s mission to examine the late senator’s legacy will “analyze and build a common understanding of the contemporary issues surrounding the William A. Craven name,” according to the Office of the President’s website. The Craven task force, consisting of faculty, student and community representatives, had its first meeting in the beginning of October and will submit a final report to President Neufeldt by Feb. 1.

Photo by Angelica Parra The Craven Task force was created following the events of the Academic Senate vote in April.

Dr. Patricia Prado-Olmos, CSUSM’s chief community engagement officer and interim dean for the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS), Dr. Elizabeth Matthews are co-chairs of the task force

“We need to make sure that we hear lots and lots of voices about this issue,” said Dr. Prado-Olmos, who is responsible for ensuring that the process is as transparent and inclusive as possible. The pandemic has made it challenging. “Some peo-

ple are good with meeting in person; others feel safer meeting virtually,” said Prado-Olmos. The 22 members of the task force were either appointed or voluntarily joined based on their interest in the issue, said Prado-Olmos. For

student representatives, the committee worked with ASI to select students. . The task force also consists of community members. She said President Neufeldt wanted a careful study to situate the late senator’s legacy and activity related to CSUSM, reagrding the incident that called into questioning the naming of Craven Hall. “It’s about looking at the relationship, outlining the consequences of either changing the name or keeping the name,” said Dr. Prado-Olmos of the task force’s job. The original naming was approved by the CSU Board of Trustees in 1989 before any building was built for the university. Dr. Prado-Olmos also mentions numerous letters written to the then-president of CSUSM Bill Stacy and the Board of Trustees advocating for the building to be named after the senator. President Neufeldt would decide whether to go forward with renaming Craven Hall, but it would need to go to the Board of Trustees, said the co-chair. The current call to rename

Craven Hall is not the first time CSUSM’s Academic Senate has supported the removal of Craven’s name. In 1994, the student newspaper, formerly known as The Pride, reported that the Academic Senate voted unanimously to support the removal of Craven’s name from the CSUSM building, but no further action was taken. As the chief community engagement officer for the university, Dr. Prado-Olmos said that there have been community members who have voiced their reactions to the Craven taskforce and the Academic Senate endorsement of removing Craven’s name from CSUSM. “I’ve had a number of community members express interest, concern, and deep regret that we’re not just leaving things alone. We have launched a website as soon as we could, and we’ve received numerous emails, numerous feedback that believes that it’s important to keep the name and outlined numerous reasons for it,” said Prado-Olmos. In terms of response from Task force, continued on page 2

Students learn about CalFresh resources during info session By Cassidy Lovell Staff Writer

ASI hosted CalFresh Extravaganza, their annual CalFresh information session, during U-Hour on Oct. 28, around 50 people attended the Zoom meeting. The session included two presentations: one from David Andrade, a San Diego County employee and another from Noemi Ramirez, CSUSM CalFresh specialist. Presentations covered the CalFresh application process, eligibility requirements and ended in a Q&A session. Students may be eligible for CalFresh if they meet any of the following requirements. These requirements include, but are not limited to, being a recipient of CalGrant A or B, qualifying for work-study, having an EFC of zero, working an average of 20 hours or being enrolled in a state-funded program such as EOP. If a student is unsure of their eligibility,

Photo from CalFresh/ASI Website Students were able to learn more about CalFresh and its resources.

Andrade encourages them to apply anyway. “It doesn’t matter how many are in your household, what income you have, what bank accounts, vehicles. It doesn’t matter. Apply anyways, and let the worker determine eligibility for your particular case,” Andrade said. Even if students are cur-

“We want to make sure students feel safe in a space where they can share that with the CalFresh specialist —Noemi Ramirez rently receiving other forms of aid, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), they

can still qualify for CalFresh. “It does not affect your SSI, it does not affect your retirement, your disability, your unemployment,”Andrade said, “It doesn’t affect that at all. It’s just a supplement that gets added on top of your already active benefits.” During the application process, students should be prepared to show documents

such as a driver’s license or other identification card, rent receipts, proof of income and household address. For additional help regarding the application process, students can reach out to one of three CSUSM CalFresh specialists. These student team members are available via appointment Monday through Thursday. Students can also direct inquiries to the new CalFresh office, located at Commons 104 inside the Cougar Pantry. “CalFresh is already dealing with a lot of information, your social security, private documents. We want to make sure that students feel safe in a space where they can share that with the CalFresh specialist. So, that’s why I am really glad that we now have this office,”Ramirez said. If approved for CalFresh, students will receive an EBT card loaded with an amount specific to the student’s needs. This amount will be determined by the CalFresh worker and based on household size, expenses, income,

and other factors. The card is reloaded monthly, any leftover funds will roll over to the following month. The EBT card can be used at most grocery stores, such as Walmart, Costco or Amazon. At qualifying locations, the CalFresh funds can be used to purchase a variety of food items such as meat, vegetables, fruits, dairy products or seeds to plant and grow food. However, some items cannot be purchased using the EBT card. Alcohol and non-edible items such as deodorant and toilet paper are not able to be purchased using CalFresh funds. CalFresh is for food only. At the end of the session, attendees’ names were placed on a wheel for the opportunity to win Starbucks gift cards or AirPods. For more information regarding CalFresh resources and appointments, visit services/calfresh/index.html.


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Task force: continued from page 1

In terms of response from the late senator’s family, Prado-Olmos says that they have also expressed concern about the renaming. Apart from the feedback website, the task force plans to hold public forums in the future. Dr. Prado-Olmos said she had hoped to have a range of forums this semester, but COVID-19 is making it challenging. “I’m hoping we’ll maybe have at least one for students

The Cougar Chronicle, Wednesday, November 10, 2021 and then continuing various formats in the spring,” said Prado-Olmos, “I’m hoping we’ll have a larger on-campus presence in the spring, so we can host larger conversations.” The Craven taskforce cochair shared that while the deadline for the extensive report on Craven’s legacy is in February, they will most likely ask President Neufeldt for an extension. She also said that Neufeldt wants a preliminary in-progress report in December. Dr. Prado-Olmos says that

it is hard to predict if the removal of Craven’s name from the university will happen. “My role is to ensure the process gets to something where CSUSM can move forward with integrity that this has been well-studied. It depends on how well the committee understands and sees the materials that we have.” For more information on the Craven task force, please visit president/initiatives/craven/ index.html.

Reported incidents of sexual assault at student housing area By Tania Ortiz Editor-In Chief

The CSUSM Clery Office received a report of an alleged rape and an alleged fondling that occurred to two CSUSM students. The Clery Office received the report on Nov. 8. In an email sent out to the CSUSM community, the two separate incidents occurred on Sept. 3 at approximately 12:30 a.m. and on Oct. 28 at approximately 3:30 a.m. Both incidents occurred at The QUAD residential areas. The statement released by the university indicates that the suspect is a male, estimated to be around 19 or 20 years of age. The suspect is

not a CSUSM student and was invited to The QUAD to “gatherings on both occasions where alcohol was involved.” While the incidents occurred on different days, the male suspect is the same, according to CSUSM chief communications officer Margaret Chantung. The CSUSM Police Department is conducting investigations on both incidents. “Both victims have been provided with care and support from the campus,” said Chantung. At the moment, there are no updates that can be shared due to the sensitivity of the incidents, said Chantung. She also said that there is always ongoing security at the student residential areas.

The university wants students to be vigilant and encourage bystander intervention if they see someone trying to lead an intoxicated person to a private area. Students can either intervene in the incident themselves or find someone who can help. If students have any information about these incidents, the university encourages them to contact UPD at (760) 750-4567 or they can do so anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

CAMPUS NOTES Professor Leads Second Report on COVID Impact on Farmworkers| CSUSM News Center Cal State San Marcos professor Bonnie Bade is part of a team of academic researchers who came together last year to study the effects of COVID-19 on the vulnerable population of farmworkers throughout the state. The COVID-19 Farmworker Study (COFS) team released its first report last February, and now it’s back with another one. Bade, a professor of medical anthropology, participated in a press conference on Oct. 18 to discuss the new report highlighting extensive interviews with Indigenous agricultural workers and the dire conditions they are facing during the pandemic. Read more at Biology professor earns award for up-and-coming scientists CSUSM biology professor Elinne Becket was selected to receive an award from Biocom California, the organization that represents the California life science industry. The award recognizes up-and-coming professionals in the life science industry. Becket is one of 10 recipients of the sixth annual Life Science Catalyst Awards. The CSUSM biology professor was chosen from a pool of nominees who represent all facets of life science including pharma, diagnostics, venture funding, industrial biotech and digital health. Winners of the award, including professor Becket, will be highlighted on the cover of Biocom California’s online magazine, Lifelines and celebrated at their annual gala in San Diego on Nov. 18. Last semester, Becket was awarded a three-year, $447,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to study antibiotic resistant bacteria in urban water runoff along the Pacific coast. She was also one of the recipients of the COVID-19 Research Recovery Microgrant Program awards last month. Floyd Protests Inspire Student-Athlete to Work Toward Diversity| CSUSM News Center Like many Americans, Kiora Ridgeway took to the streets after the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer in May 2020. The Cal State San Marcos sociology student and volleyball player was in her hometown of Portland at the time, having completed her sophomore year at CSUSM. Several times that summer, she ventured downtown to join in some of the largest and most visible protests in the nation, with thousands of people making their voices heard and sometimes encountering police who deployed tear gas and riot gear against them. Read more at Currently, seven active COVID-19 cases reported at CSUSM

Men’s soccer suffers devastating loss against Cal State San Bernardino Sports Recap By Nijat Mamtimen Staff Writer Cal State San Marcos men’s soccer team lost 5-0 to Cal State San Bernardino (CSUSB) in their Season Finale on Nov. 4, at Premier Field on CSUSB’s campus. The loss means the Cougars failed to compete in the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament (College Cup). To win over their opponent, they can only prepare for the next College Cup in 2022 since they cannot participate in playoffs. CSUSB’s Gerardo Flores scored the first goal in the 25th minute, assisted by Francisco Sierra. Sierra, a Cal State San Bernardino soccer player, made a fast cross pass to Flores from the right side of the goal and Flores kicked a powerful shot to the CSUSM goalkeeper, which compelled the goaltender to deflect it intohis own goal. CSUSB got a

1-0 lead. The Cougars conducted several counterattacks to salvage a draw, in the meantime, they saved a ball in the 19th minute when the CSUSB players tried to cut through a path so gave the ball to the winger, Sierra, near the front line of the goal from the middle of the field. Yet, San Berardino’s Francisco Gomez got a second goal for his team in the 9th minute. Coby Atkinson gave the ball to Gomez at the end of the line from the left side near the goalie, and Gomez bundled the ball to the right corner of the goal, allowing CSUSB to widen their lead against CSUSM. With time running out for Cal State San Marcos, the referee whistled for a foul in the 67th minute when a CSUSM defender knocked down a CSUSB player Ed Rodriguez in the penalty area. But, Kevin Aguilar received the penalty kick for Rodriguez. Aguilar tricked the goalkeeper by moving his body to the right while delivering the ball to the

lower-left corner of the goal. In the second half, CSUSM’s players did well from the start to the end, playing the give-and-go tactic in long and short ranges, attacking their opponent by threatening Cal State San Berardino’s goalkeeper several times, and deflecting many balls in the goal box. Overall, the Cougars made their best effort to win the game during the second half. In the 68th minute, Rigo Aguilar poke tackled a CSUSM defender near the left front of the penalty area and made a chip shot to the goal, and the goalie leaped high and tried to deflect it over the goal and collapsed on the ground. In the remaining ten minutes, Pedro Arellano and Omari Mark knocked a ball from a Cal State San Marcos defender and passed it to Tannor Knorr by using a wall pass to trick the goaltender and get a 5-0 lead.

The CSUSM campus has seven active COVID cases as of Nov. 2. There have been 211 cumulative COVID-19 cases this year. The data includes cases from students and employees who have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, the data shows whether individuals with COVID-19 were on campus or in an off-site campus program. The positivity rate of students, faculty and staff testing through on-campus testing is 0.99% as of Nov. 1. The numbers demonstrated in the current data include the cases only known to CSUSM and are not inclusive of positive cases impacting CSUSM community members off-campus. CSUSM data can be found on html. The data updates when there is a new case reported to the university. ASI Cougar Pantry ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate new location The ASI Cougar Pantry will be celebrating the opening of their new location in the Commons 104 on Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. The Cougar Pantry has been serving CSUSM students since 2019 in an effort to decrease food insecurity on campus. The ribbon cutting ceremony is one of many events ASI has lined up to celebrate their 30th anniversary this semester. CSUSM to hold 2022 Commencement ceremony in May On Nov. 5, CSUSM announced it will be holding the 2022 Commencement ceremonies on May. 20 and 21. The university stated via Instagram that students are allowed to bring up to eight guests. Additionally, on the commencement website added a disclaimer stating that CSUSM will continue to monitor county and state regulations. The university advises upcoming graduates to monitor the website for current details. For more information, please visit index.html.

3 Latest installment of Arts & Lectures series teaches students about sharing life experiences The Cougar Chronicle, Wednesday, November 10, 2021

By Jaiden Quiroz Staff Writer Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the CSUSM community has made numerous efforts to incorporate more events that focus on social justice, community engagement and healing through virtual programs. These events have recognized students and staff that have gone above and beyond to make sure that our campus was safe once again. Due to campus maintaining the hybrid model of teaching, this fall semester has been the first experimental trial of this new way of learning. The collaboration of in-person and online courses and events has provided students with access to information in a more opportune format allowing them to be present within any setting, not just physically on campus. This model of learning has brought CSUSM many amazing ways to showcase an immense number of public speakers, teachers, artists and leaders to campus this academic year. On Oct. 19, students had the opportunity to attend the “Tell Them Where You’re From: Teaching Our Lives/ Stories” event with Dr. Irene Sanchez-Diaz via Zoom. In this presentation, Sanchez-Diaz shared her personal experiences within the education system as a student and now as a teacher and writer in Riverside and Los Angeles County. She discussed topics such as social justice, ethnic studies, heritage, education, teaching/ mentorship and even read some of the poetry pieces she has written over the years. Dr. Irene Sanchez-Diaz is a

poet, writer, educator, mother and public speaker. She received her Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy studies from the University of Washington and received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and Latin American/ Latino studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. Sanchez-Diaz opened her presentation with a complex and interesting statement, “what it’s like teaching and studying Latinx studies.” Through this first slide, she gave a bit of background as to why she believed teaching Latinx studies was crucial to societal growth and how this country’s educational system could do better in regards to respecting and recognizing cultural diversity. She went on to tell her audience about why telling others who you are is so important, especially in society today. Sanchez-Diaz provided three key components in her explanation. The first was that there is a significance in sharing our lives and stories with other people because we are able to learn more from each other when we listen,opposed to constantly responding. The second being there is an influx of Latina/o/x student learning loss for future generations because education systems within the U.S. tend to disregard or exclude historically significant events associated with cultural contexts. And third, the transformative education through ethnic studies because people have the right to have the freedom to learn about their heritage and the opportunity to heal from generational and present trauma. Additionally, Dr. San-

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Photo taken from CSUSM Events website. Dr. Sanchez-Diaz shared the importance of sharing ones story at the latest Arts & Lectures event.

chez-Diaz began to explain more about her personal experiences within the education system as a student. As a community college student, she described herself as a student that had little motivation to maintain a good academic standing with her university. However, she did tell us that although she did not consider herself a good student, she still believed that there was a light at the end of the tunnel and pursued her journey in higher education for that reason. Dr. Sanchez-Diaz was captivating in the ways in which she described her teaching

methods and why she believes teaching enthic studies is so crucial to personal and social development. She discussed that as a teacher, she has learned that expressing to your students that you care, supporting and encouraging them is more effective than simply teaching them from a place of authority. Furthermore, Dr. Sanchez-Diaz explained how she found that judgments and capabilities based on grades are highly valued in our society today. Instead of this being used as a tool for success, it is used as a form of pressure that can consume a student’s academic future.

The significance lies in discovering what you don’t see or understanding that you don’t know what others are going through and recognizing that each student is experiencing their own challenges and struggles in their life. Throughout the presentation, she had all of her viewers to think about three different questions and after reflecting, each person would put their story or comment on a shared document where everyone was able to see their response anonymously. She would then read aloud the responses she received and respond by complementing the commenter or relating it

back to its connection with identity. Lastly, Dr. Irene Sanchez-Diaz concluded with a discussion about why it is our job as a member of society to build connections, contextualize our entire history, and express respect for our community, life and family. She then closed with her favorite poem she wrote. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Irene Sanchez-Diaz or read her work, be sure to check out her blog titled “Xicana Ph.D.” found at

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Single: “Bad Life”

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“Bad Life” is Apollo’s second release of 2021.

Mexican-American artist Omar Apollo teams up with past collaborator Kali Uchis for his new song “Bad Life.” Apollo and Uchis last joined forces on his sophomore album, Apolonio on the track “Hey Boy.” In contrast to their past collaboration, “Bad Life” is a simple yet beautiful guitar melody with a few string elements in the background, paired with Apollo’s and Uchis’ soft vocals makes for an intimate song. The song captures Apollo addressing a former lover and being resentful towards them; wishing them a bad life with whoever they are with. “Bad Life” is available on all music streaming platforms.

Book: Yolk

Photo from Wikipedia, property of Simon & Schuster. Yolk is the first novel from Mary H.K. Choi.

On Mar. 1, Mary H.K. Choi released her first novel titled Yolk. The novel follows the story of two Korean-American sisters who are nothing alike: Jayne and June Baek. Jayne feels as though June has never understood what it meant to work hard and earn what she wants; Jayne struggles with an eating disorder and an unstable relationship with her boyfriend and superficial friends. Over the years, the two sisters lose touch because of their estranged relationship. However, everything changes when June is diagnosed with uterine cancer. Yolk is a heartfelt and sincere story about Korean-American identity and the importance of family.

Video Game: “Mario Party Superstars”

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Mario Party Superstars is available for the Nintendo Switch.

Mario Party Superstars, released Oct. 29, brings back five classic boards and 100 minigames featured in previous Mario Party games. Minigames include a variety of modes, such as 1 v 1, 2 v 2, 1 v 3 and free-for-all. The game can be enjoyed with up to four players, allowing for both local and online multiplayer. There are a total of ten characters available: Mario, Luigi, Peach, Yoshi, Daisy, Wario, Waluigi, Rosalina, Donkey and Birdo. A faithful addition to the Mario Party series, Mario Party Superstars is available for purchase on the Nintendo Switch.

Movie: Last Night in Soho

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Last Night in Soho was is the latest film from director Edgar Wright

Edgar Wright’s newest film Last Night in Soho was released in select theatres on Oct. 29. The film follows Eloise (played by Thomasin McKenzie), an aspiring fashion designer obsessed with the past. She gets accepted into fashion design school in London and moves into an auspicious apartment rich with history- for better or for worse. She begins seeing, and eventually living, the life of a woman named Sandy (played by Anya Taylor Joy): an aspiring singer from the 60’s. The psychological horror blends reality with the past, showing that even glamour of the past has its dark secrets.

Limited-series Maid looks into familial complications REVIEW By Sayna Nassertorabi Staff Writer This review contains spoilers. Many people have been talking about newly-released series on Netflix. One of those series that have been on the top ten list for a while now is Maid. Maid is a limited-series released on Oct. 1. The series follows Alex, a young woman who escapes her abusive boyfriend with her daughter Maddy. After she leaves her boyfriend, her problems grow even bigger because she then has to face the difficulties of being a single mother in a harsh world. Margaret Qualley shows an incredible performance as Alex, making the audience feel sincere empathy for her character as she takes on a new life as a single mother. The young mother has never been in the real world by herself and now must go through struggles of finding a job, housing, and a good daycare for her child. Among these struggles, she also has to go through a custody battle with her abu-

sive now-ex-boyfriend Sean, played by Nick Robinson of the film Love, Simon. After coming to an agreement with him to share custody, Alex still continues to struggle with housing after being kicked out of multiple places. Her ex-boyfriend catches her in a time of vulnerability, and that’s when Alex gives in to his constant apologies and claims that he has changed. After Alex moves back in with him and tells him about her plan to attend college, he once again turns into the old version of himself and makes Alex a prisoner in his home. This is when Alex comes to the final realization that she wants to leave him for good. After a final custody battle, Alex and Sean finally come to an agreement that Alex should get full custody. In the end, Alex moves to Montana with her daughter to attend college. Maid is a series that many would definitely recommend. The series is worth a watch because it shows the struggles and strength it takes to become independent. The story depicted in Maid can help someone who has been in the same place and was a victim of domestic violence.

Photo from Wikipedia, property of Netflix. Maid is a touching series about a single-mother going through the trials and tribulations of life.

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Five ways to prevent end-of-semester jitters 15-minutes. A good rule to follow is for every 40 minutes of studying or writing; you should take a break to clear your mind.

Photo courtesy of on Pexels The final weeks of the semester tend to become very stressful for students.

By Tania Ortiz Editor-In-Chief As we enter the final weeks of the semester, anxiety and stress tend to make their regular appearances in college students nationwide. Fear of missing assignments, balancing a proper schoolwork-life balance and making sure to catch some sleep becomes the only priorities. Every college student experiences end-of-semester stress differently. As a fifthyear student, managing my end-of-semester stress has been a trial-and-error process. Luckily, heading into the final stretch of this semester, I have picked up some strategies to ease the stress and finish off the semester strong. Here are some tips that may be helpful to students as

we enter the final third of the semester: 1. Plan/work on assignments in increments: Students have probably heard that time management is a key to preventing stress and staying on top of your work. And while that is true, planning out and working on assignments in increments helps ease the amount of work. Especially if you are writing 17-page papers for your finals, I find planning to accomplish certain parts of assignments to be the biggest stress reliever. This is an excellent strategy because you can focus on fine-tuning each section each day you work on it. Make sure to set achievable progress thresholds for

each day! 2. Develop a self-care routine: Students should carve time out of their days to care for themselves. Studying and writing papers should not be the way one spends their day because it is not fun. Treat yourself to a nice bath, put on a face mask, binge watch your favorite show. It’s all about doing something that makes you happy and takes your mind off the papers you are writing, even if it is for a few hours. 3. Take breaks in between studying: Setting up times to take a break between studying will help once finals season is in full swing. Taking breaks helps give your mind for

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4. Keep a positive mindset: The end of the semester tends to bring out negative mindsets in all of us due to assignments piling up or lack of sleep. Keeping a positive attitude will give you a chance to see the light at the end of the tunnel. A shift in perspective helps us better handle stress because we can get carried away at times. A way to get out of that frantic mindset is by practicing shutting out the out-of-control panic, examining the reality of your situation. Saying positive phrases is always a great way to prevent getting in a panicked and stressful mindset. 5. Listen to music: At least for me, listening to music always relieves my stress and makes writing out papers and studying for exams less boring. Create a playlist with music from your favorite artists to keep you motivated. Having some background noise will help you stay focused and ease those end-of-semester jitters. Hopefully, you find one— if not all—of these tips helpful as we embark on the home stretch. Remember to take breaks and stay positive and finish out the semester strong!

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A simple and healthy smoothie By Magali Castillo Features Editor

Smoothies are the perfect way to start the beginning of your day or the end of your day! They are a great pick me up. There are a variety of ways in which you can make a smoothie, however an easy smoothie that I like to make is a “licuado de banano,” also known in Honduras as “batido de leche.” The ingredients I use can be substituted like the milk can be oat milk, almond milk or whole milk. I use 2% milk for this smoothie. No sugar is needed in this recipe because you are using the natural sugar in the fruit of the banana. A tip used in this recipe is to use a ripe banana since there is more of a sweet flavor to the smoothie. Ingredients For this recipe you will need: 1 whole banana, ½ cup

of milk (of your choosing), 6 cubes of ice and a teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Directions First, grab a blender to use to mix the ingredients. Cut the banana either in half or smaller pieces, to your liking. Then add your milk of choice and ice. Push the button to blend the ingredients for about a minute or two. Serve it in your favorite cup and sprinkle a teaspoon of cinnamon on top. The first sip always reminds me of home when my parents would make it for me and my siblings! It is yummy and healthy!

Photo by Magali Castillo First, gather all of your ingredients you want to add to the smoothie.

Photo by Magali Castillo The perfect smoothie recipe that is both delicious and nutritious. Photo by Magali Castillo Next, add the ingredients to a blender.


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DIY: Painting your tote bag

Come try delicious tacos at Tacos Mi Estilo Jalisco

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Picture courtesy of Charlotte Powell on Flickr Using tote bags is environmentally friendly, painting a fun design adds personality.

By Magali Castillo Features Editor To be more environmentally friendly on outings, bringing your own bag instead of using plastic bags goes a long way. You can add personality to a plain tote by painting it to match your personality! Etsy or Amazon has canvas tote bags that are great to purchase to paint over them. To learn how to do this crafty, do-it-yourself project on painting your own tote bag, read more. Materials Needed: 1 tote bag, sharpies, paint palette, craft paint, brushes, a cup of water and paper towels. Directions:

Step 1: Fill the paint palette with your favorite craft paint. Step 2: Lay out the tote bag on a clear surface with the materials needed. Step 3: Use thin and thick brushes as you paint to create the design to your liking. Step 4: When switching paint colors make sure to clean the brush with the cup of water and paper towels. Step 5: Clean up and leave the tote bag on the table to dry. Now you can take this tote bag to school, grocery store, gym, or anywhere you would like! Tips: If you are a beginner take your time when it comes to the design you create.

Look up designs on the internet for inspiration. Use an apron or old clothes so that your favorite shirt doesn’t get paint on it!

Tacos are one of the many things Southern California is known for. If you are looking for delicious tacos to eat, stop by Tacos Mi Estilo Jalisco, located in San Marcos. On their instagram page, the food truck's grand opening was in 2019 in Fallbrook. Following the success of that location, Tacos Mi Estilo Jalisco has now settled in San Marcos. The menu consists of tacos, tortas, quesadillas, burritos, quesabirrias, mulitas and to drink agua frescas. The meat options range from beef, pork, shrimp and chicken. To drink, the flavors of the agua frescas are horchata and jamaica. In addition, they have sodas and water. When ordering your meal you can customize it by either choosing “con todo” meaning all the toppings to be included like sliced onions,cilantro to have all of the toppings or no toppings on your meal. The food order comes with green and red salsas plus limes and sliced radishes. Tacos Mi Estilo Jalisco

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Photo by Magali Castillo The delicious tacos at Tacos Mi Estilo Jalisco are very customizable so you can enjoy your food exactly the way you like it .

are open 7 days a week from 10 a.m to 10 p.m. To order ahead, they take phone orders. They are located in front of a Chevron at 1290 W Mission Rd, San Mar-

cos, California 92069 next to Palomar College. To learn more, see their Instagram page.


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CSUSM COVID-19 Compassion Quilting Project: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Kellogg Terrace


CSU’s Got Talent: Digital Nutrition: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.



Speaking of Democracy Civic Action Party: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.



Cougar Cinema: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.



Cultural Taboos In Women’s Health: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.


Cougar of the Week Do you have a cool job? Run your own business? Participate in greek life or a school club? We want to feature you as Cougar of the Week! Inspire your classmates and community by sharing your passions, hobbies, or just a little bit about yourself! Whether you’re getting the word out about your school organization, a project you’ve been working on, or just introducing yourself, Cougar of the Week is open to everyone. To set up a short interview or recommend a friend, please email

Relax from midterm exams with these jokes

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The Cougar Chronicle, Wednesday, November 10, 2021

FAFSA is the help college students need but do not get

Opinion Editor Natalie Navarro


The new normal? Are you f’ing kidding me? By Kevin Kilpatrick Guest Writer

Kevin Kilpatrick is a lecturer for CSUSM’s Sociology Department

Graphic by Shea Hauswirth FAFSA only relieves some students’ financial stress.

By Natalie Navarro Opinion Editor 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 statistical data and financial aid eligibility. Depending on the applicant’s financial status, they can receive various amounts of money for academic purposes. Each year, students hope to receive enough aid and reduce tuition-related stress for the next term. Many apply early to earn as much as possible. The deadline to submit falls on Jun. 30, but it is recommended to do so before February for award priority. While the federal government’s intention to assist those in need is honorable, their efforts are not enough to adequately support pres-

ent and future generations of students. Truthfully, FAFSA is not the holy grail colleges make it out to be. If anything, FAFSA is a gilded casket coated with chalky acrylic paint. Sure, plenty of students benefit from having their tuition funded in full, especially when they cannot afford their education otherwise. However, too many students struggle to afford their schooling even after federal aid. A large proponent of the issue lies in the idea that dependents do not fund their academics. FAFSA requires all dependents to submit their parents’ tax forms for eligibility. Since eligibility depends on their records, aid may decrease significantly. According to a study conducted by LendEDU, approximately “32 percent of students have no responsibility in paying for college,

while 39 percent pay for some of it, and 29 percent are responsible for all of it,”. Minority students also fund a majority of their schooling. Only a fraction of Black and brown students rely on other means such as family. Twenty-nine percent. Twenty-nine percent of college students in the U.S. pay for their entire educational experience. Adding those who pay for some, the total increases to sixty-eight percent. If most students have to fund their education, why is FAFSA awarding money purely based on their guardian’s records? What happens to students who do not get aid but need it? Although there are a plethora of grants and private scholarships, it seems nearly impossible to win anything. Applications often require similar information as the

FAFSA form, once again making judgments based on financial status and not merit. Acquiring funds has evolved into a competition of necessity. Those most unlucky turn to federal and private loans, a battle that will likely die with the student. According to an article by Melanie Hanson for the Education Data Initiative, the typical student borrower owes “an average of $39,351 each,”. Because of high-interest rates, the amounts owed drastically increase years after the first repayment. Former students are starting to become less likely to pay their debts in full throughout their lifetimes. This trend has been apparent in recent years; student loans are prohibiting millennials from purchasing milestone items such as a house. If FAFSA is meant to alleviate students from not af-

I’ve read a few articles recently containing the peculiar meme, The New Normal. Unless I’ve really faded in my advancing years, I take this to mean that we should all get comfortable wearing masks, practicing physical distancing (why they ever called it social distancing, I’ll never know), and washing our hands a hundred times a day. I call BS. If the old normal, you know, the way we used to live, is now considered abnormal, then I want to live in an abnormal world. I can’t wait to take the damn mask off for the last time. I want to clasp hands with people when I meet them. I want to give and receive hugs again--long, crushy hugs, the kind that are good for the soul. I want to walk across campus under a blinding sun among hundreds of students. I want to trip into the USU and see a room full of people eating, talking, laughing, and having fun with each other. I want to see someone’s smile, and I want them to see mine. I smile and laugh a lot. It makes people feel better. When I see someone else’s smile, it brightens my day. I have to wear a mask when I teach. Uncomfortable? Incredibly so. My students all wear masks in the classroom. I can’t hear a word they say. I can hardly hear them without the masks, but with? Forget it. Is that part of the New Normal we’re all supposed to accept? Hell with that. I want my abnormal world back.

fording college, why are so many of them swimming in debt? The education system needs to decipher why they cannot afford to make students a priority because the economy has and will continue to suffer at the hands of

debt-ridden generations. Awards are the equivalent of cookie crumbs today. America has the world’s largest economy, yet little regard for its consumers.

Midterms stress can lead to success by practicing self-care and time management By Jaiden Quiroz Staff Writer From university to university across the country, midterm season is taking form and opening the floor for additional academic stress upon students. The COVID-19 pandemic taught us a lot about education, academic stress and stress within our personal lives. Students have experienced test taking formats in a new way, coming to the realization that this semester will revert back into this old habit of testing a more difficult transition than originally perceived. Over the course of the pandemic, more programs and events have been provided by universities to combat excess stress students are fac-

ing. CSUSM is one of those universities. During midterms season, CSUSM works tirelessly to provide online and in-person events and workshops to help students prepare for testing and teach them different ways to deal with stress. Truthfully, I am a student who has attended these workshops since I was a freshman here at CSUSM. I found these programs to be extremely beneficial to my academic success in terms of how I manage any stress I experience and how to determine which study tips work best for my type of learning. Therefore, gaining an understanding for the importance of time management when midterms begin. Some tips that I have learned could help your testing experience go smoothly

are : 1) create a schedule of your study and test days a week or two in advance (this could be written in a journal or planner of some sort), 2) set aside time to do self-care activities such as a nature walk or listening to a guided meditation practice because 10 minutes can go a long way and 3) maintain eating consistent, balanced meals everyday. In all honesty, I am not the best test taker and understand it is something that I have to work hard at. Nonetheless, I do recognize my growth over the past four years and am appreciative of the support I have received from my professors, friends and family. This semester I decided to take on six classes, a part time job, two volunteer proMidterms, continued on page 8

Graphic by Mallory Arcena Students are facing more stress during midterms this fall.


The Cougar Chronicle, Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Despite progress, President Biden has plenty of work ahead By Jaden Whitehead Staff Writer Last week marked a full year since the 2020 Presidential Election where Joe Biden defeated the incumbent President Donald Trump. President Biden has done plenty within his first year in office to separate himself from his tumultuous predecessor, but while progress has been made, he still has a ways to go. Most notably, President Biden has made major headway in getting the COVID-19 pandemic under control in the country. Everybody who wants to get a vaccine in the country can do so, allowing most mask requirements to be eased for those who are fully vaccinated. By summer time, hospitalizations and death rates dropped to a low, but the Delta variant caused another major wave in our country. In response to the Delta variant spreading, President Biden announced a six-part plan to combat it. The plan includes a vaccination mandate for both federal employees and private companies who employ 100 or more. While this is a good start, the Biden administration needs to be more fierce in their efforts to curb COVID and the Delta variant. This can be done by re-instituting mask mandates na-

Photo from Wikimedia Commons President Biden has plenty of work to, despite changes.

tionwide, requiring proof of vaccination before entry into public spaces and most importantly, creating a federal vaccination mandate, which has been done before in our history to curb and fully eliminate smallpox. Instituting a federal vaccination mandate is the most reliable way to fully eliminate COVID as both a problem of the present and a potential one in the future. When it comes to combating climate change, President Biden has also made the proper strides. Upon becoming President, one of the first things he did was re-join the Paris Climate Accords.

The treaty’s main goal is to lower global temperature averages by two degrees Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit), while also having contributing countries attain net zero carbon emissions by 2030. During the recent COP26 meeting amongst world leaders, Biden reiterated these goals, sharing that he wanted to drop carbon emissions 50 percent below where the U.S. was in 2005 by the year 2030. Additionally, he promised legislation worth over 500 billion dollars towards climate centered infrastructure. While these promises are good hearted and in the right

direction in fighting the ongoing climate crisis, actions are obviously needed to back these words up. It is still far too early to tell if President Biden will hold true to these pledges. The public will need to continue to lay pressure on lawmakers, those in Congress and the Biden Administration to ensure these goals are on track to be complete, not just for the sake of our country, but the world. One of President Biden’s biggest points in his campaign was to restore the soul of the nation. He wants to unite a country in disarray, not just for the last 4 years,

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grams and a leadership position within my sorority, Alpha Omicron Pi. Needless to say this has been my busiest semester , but I have enjoyed every moment because it has given me the structure I need in order to be successful both socially and academically. Transitioning back into the schedule of attending in-person classes, presentation anxiety and written exams has been challenging for me. However, I acknowledge that challenges

but brewing as early as 2000. Beyond promising to work towards bipartisan deals, this was something he never fully mapped out while out campaigning and now a year later. America has been a divided state for years now and the previous presidency only enhanced those divisions. To restore the soul of America is no easy task and not one that Biden can do through any sort of policy enactments. To fix the soul of the country, Biden needs to be the antithesis of his predecessor. Rather than leading with hatred, Biden needs to be open minded and hearted to not just restore the soul of the nation, but to open the souls of the country’s citizens. President Trump helped perpetuate the division through racist dog whistles, policy choices and spewing falsities

are a blessing in disguise because they teach you that you are capable of more than you might think. I have recognized this through the current midterms season. I believe that midterms can cause a lot of stress, but our interpretations as to how we manage it can be learned, practiced and achieved successfully. I encourage you all to research various test taking strategies, different selfcare activities, and attend some of the testing taking workshops here on campus. Good luck on your midterms Cougars! at every turn. To truly begin the process of fixing the soul of the nation, President Biden needs to bring trust back to the office of the President. He must be a President who stands by their words and promises with real action. He must be someone who is truthful, one who can speak to the American public without a veil of deception. At this point, it is too early to tell what President Joe Biden’s overall impact on the country will be . He has made significant progress to both restore our standing on the world stage while making progress to lead the way only a year into the job. Though there is more work to be done, only time will tell if President Biden upholds his promises to the American people.

COVID-19 has taken its toll on the campus community By Kristin Bergmann Staff Writer

Symptoms of anxiety or depression have gone up by 30 percent in the U.S. during the Covid-19 pandemic. According to KFF, four in 10 adults have reported symptoms linked to anxiety or depression in January, compared to 11 percent between January and June of 2019. This concerning trend can be seen on our campus too: the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on the mental health of the CSUSM community. Students and faculty were thrown into uncertainty during the transition to online learning. The lockdowns closed CSUSM for over a year, but also left an impact on students individually. In a survey among CSUSM students, multiple students reported that the pandemic negatively impacted their mental health. The most prevalent fear reported was uncertainty of the future. The pandemic also increased financial and food

Graphic by Fernanda Ugarte Students have faced many struggles with mental health during the pandemic.

insecurity problems among students. Loneliness during the lockdowns also impacted the mental health of some students. They were also worried about not getting accurate facts about the virus. These fears were shared by students who did not indicate COVID as a negative impact

to their mental health. The findings imply that mental health issues are very common among students and still remain a stigma. It is the responsibility of all of us as a campus community to work towards eliminating prevalent stereotypes and reducing stigma around mental

health disorders. At the same time, there need to be campus-wide initiatives to improve mental health. Oftentimes, initiatives are directed towards physical health. The “Take the Stairs” campaign, which launched in July, encourages students to use the stairs instead of ele-

vators when possible. In the past, there have been many on-campus events promoting clean eating and a healthy lifestyle. As an effort to promote mental wellbeing, counseling is available for all CSUSM students at the Student Health Center located in the Chavez Circle opposite the first floor of the USU. For students who are experiencing food insecurity, the Cougar Pantry located in Commons 104 can ease the psychological stress coming from this. However, many students think that more should be done. In the survey, students suggested that there should be events to get students to meet and events that the campus community could look forward to, for example a Formal. Students also want open discussions about how to get back into being social without anxiety. Generally, students find open dialogue about mental health the most important measure to improve understanding for mental issues.

Regarding the learning environment, some students think that professors have a responsibility to ease stress on students. One student said that professors should coordinate their assignments instead of assigning them all at the same time. Another student suggested offering more art programs as a stress relief. As the survey showed, the CSUSM community demands increased efforts to promote mental health. As a first step it is important to understand that health is not just determined by the state of the body, but by the state of the mind respectively. As community members, we have to raise awareness for mental health issues and direct our efforts toward the mind and the body as a unity rather than one or the other.

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