CSUSM NewsCenter (Students)

2019
February
04,
2019
If Tyler Burch had preconceived notions about life as a congressional staffer, they quickly dissipated last fall. Tyler, who will graduate from Cal State San Marcos with a bachelor’s in economics in May, spent the fall semester as a participant in...
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January
29,
2019
The 2018-19 academic year at CSUSM witnessed the largest influx of incoming students to date. With 17,000 students, the campus is home to a diverse array of student interests, backgrounds and values. Since its opening in 2014, the University Student ...
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January
24,
2019
Lauren Tafla’s introduction to Gerardo Dominguez’s physics lab at Cal State San Marcos began with a simple knock on the door. Lauren had only recently started taking physics courses and was touring some of the labs when her professor, Stephen Tsui...
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January
21,
2019
It certainly wasn’t an ideal schedule for a student taking a full class load during his first semester at a university.  Every Wednesday, for about five months starting last January, Jeffrey Foertsch would arise at 4 a.m. and take a bus from his O...
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January
03,
2019
As Jameson Meyst sat in jail, facing charges of drunken driving, his mind focused on the other people involved in the three-car accident. “I thought everyone had died,” Jameson said. While others sustained injuries, Jameson was relieved to lear...
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2018
November
08,
2018
CSUSM spirit has attracted a lot of attention – 1.5 million views and counting – on social media in the last month with the university’s first collection of official GIFs. A GIF, a commonly used acronym that stands for Graphics Interchange Format,...
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November
07,
2018
This time last year, Steven Sutherland was attending a Veterans Day ceremony at MiraCosta College that doubled as a memorial service for one of his friends at the college, a Marine veteran who had committed suicide two weeks earlier.  During the s...
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November
05,
2018
Hagen Javier almost ignored the Instagram post about an internship fair at Cal State San Marcos, but the advice he received from an older friend kept gnawing away at him. The friend had returned from college and told Hagen, then in high school, th...
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October
25,
2018
Salvador was docked in Newport, Ore., midway through a two-week summer internship at sea doing geological research through the STEMSEAS program when he checked his email and noticed a message on a topic very near to his heart.  Marisol Clark-Ibane...
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October
25,
2018
Looking at Armando Zaragoza’s resumé, it is easy to understand his desire to become a university vice president of student affairs. “I just love interacting with students,” said Armando, who will graduate from Cal State San Marcos in May with a ba...
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October
17,
2018
To help students become more engaged in the political process, Cal State San Marcos decided to bring the politicians to them.  Almost a year ago, with the midterm elections on the horizon, the CSUSM Office of Government Relations approached Associ...
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October
09,
2018
William Felty received the 22 Pushup Challenge in the fall of 2016. It was the year when the social media craze was sweeping the nation, similar to but on a smaller scale than the famous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge of 2014.  The idea was to do 22 pus...
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October
04,
2018
Music feeds the soul, as the saying goes. Sean Griser believes that now more than ever, especially since a music-based project he took on more than three years ago has transformed the course of his academic career at Cal State San Marcos.  Griser ...
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September
25,
2018
Oscar Duran forwarded an email about a summer fellowship to his younger brother Juan with a succinct message: You better apply for this. Juan didn’t exactly jump at the opportunity. When Oscar asked how the application was going as the deadline...
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September
25,
2018
Iris Lee tries to visit art galleries and exhibitions as often as possible. Unfortunately, many of her friends don’t share her interest in visual arts. “It’s a bummer going by yourself and having no one to talk to,” Iris said. Iris, a visual...
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September
19,
2018
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latin@ Center is partnering with campus organizations to plan an exciting lineup of events. The month runs from Sept. 15 until Oct. 15 and is an opportunity to celebrate the rich culture and diverse back...
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September
12,
2018
If Lorena Aguirre goes on to become a famous astrophysicist, perhaps she can look back in gratitude to her father and his fascination with “Star Trek.”   Growing up in Escondido, Lorena and her dad, Manuel, would watch old episodes of “Star Trek: ...
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September
11,
2018
The fall semester is underway, and the Cougars are back! Following move in, Weeks of Welcome wasted no time getting students involved with over 1,000 attending Miiyu: Welcome Night. With over 40 events between Aug. 25 and Sept. 9, Weeks of Welcome ha...
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September
10,
2018
Welcome to the start of a new academic year at Cal State San Marcos. I hope that you, as fellow professors, had time this summer to engage in things that bring you joy, and that make you feel rejuvenated. I know that many of you taught in summer sess...
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August
28,
2018
When he first arrived at Cal State San Marcos, Alexander Zarrabian had no interest in Greek life. He had heard all the stories about rowdy college fraternities that cared about partying more than passionate brotherhood and service.  Now a senior i...
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August
27,
2018
Luiseño for hello, Miiyu kicked off the fall semester at Cal State San Marcos with an action-packed, late-night celebration on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The opening event for Weeks of Welcome drew 1,200 students and featured games, food...
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August
23,
2018
Talk about a much-needed public awareness campaign. Even though a significant number of Cal State San Marcos students are dealing with issues of food insecurity, a recent survey showed barely half of CSUSM students had heard about the new Cougar Pant...
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July
27,
2018
Many students in the Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program (IYLEP) share two common reasons for wanting to participate – the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and a chance to visit the United States. Rand Al-Khalidi is among 20 Iraqi s...
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May
24,
2018
Cal State San Marcos celebrated the graduation of more than 3,500 students – the largest graduating class in CSUSM history – during the University’s 27th annual commencement ceremonies May 18-19. Notably, 54 percent of the graduating students were...
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May
15,
2018
The epiphany came when Mariana Arevalo was imparting a bit of parental advice to her oldest son as he was readying to enter high school. Education, she said, was of paramount importance. College, she emphasized, was the key to a better future. “Af...
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May
10,
2018
Dwaine Collier wasn’t supposed to be at Cal State San Marcos' commencement ceremony on May 18. Not after being born to a mother addicted to drugs. Not after bouncing between family members and foster families for most of his childhood. Not after atte...
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May
08,
2018
When Stephen Vandereb became a father at 16, he never could have imagined he would be where he is today. Stephen was recently recognized as a Cal State San Marcos Civility Champion and the Outstanding Senior Student of the Year for his contributio...
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May
04,
2018
More than 3,500 students are expected to graduate from Cal State San Marcos this month. On May 1, five standouts from the Class of 2018 were honored at a special awards dinner to celebrate their achievements. Honorees were nominated by faculty or ...
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May
02,
2018
Jenny Veyna is justifiably proud of her many achievements at Cal State San Marcos. A senior biochemistry major, Veyna will become a first-generation college graduate later this month, and she even tried out to speak at commencement on May 18 (she was...
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April
23,
2018
Brittany Masterson remembers the exact moment she decided to leave. It wasn’t after the black eye. It wasn’t after being kicked in the head. It wasn’t after finding a scarf to hide the bruises on her neck. It wasn’t even one of the terrif...
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