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New library suite deal for Palomar president

As officials prepared for the Friday grand opening of a $67 million library at Palomar College, crews already had begun demolishing part of the building’s top floor to build President Joi Lin Blake an office suite. Design of the nearly $1 million remodel started more than a year ago when architectural plans were ordered. The college’s governing board later approved a $797,000 contract to build…


CSUSM Congress intern gets insider view

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 the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program, giving him firsthand experience in the inner workings of Washington, D.C. “I don’t think people who don’t work…


CSUSM student union going strong at 5

Heart of student life, University Student Union beats strong after five years… 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 Union (USU) has become an integral part in helping to reinforce and integrate…


CSUSM student finishes 100-appearance reign as Miss Kumeyaay Nation

Autumn Brown, 19, who grew up on the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians’ reservation in Alpine,California, recently finished her year representing her culture as Miss Kumeyaay Nation. According to Brown, the elected position of Miss Kumeyaay Nation is a great example of empowerment of Native women. In order to be considered for Miss Kumeyaay, a female tribal member must submit a YouTube video, do a…


San Pasqual High, CSUSM alumnus thrives in entertainment industry

Meeting Cheech Marin would lead most people to reference one of the dozens of TV shows or films in which the actor has appeared. Escondido native and San Pasqual High School graduate, Michael Flores took a different approach. He talked about art. One of the classes Flores took when he attended Cal State San Marcos required a trip to an area museum. He visited one…


Palomar College pledges free tuition for all San Marcos school district graduates

Move over Bernie Sanders, community college just became free at San Marcos for local students. Sanders is known for his proposal to bring free tuition to public colleges, and today, Wednesday, June 21 Palomar College became just that — free — for all eligible graduating San Marcos Unified School District students. The Palomar Community College District Governing Board approved a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between…


Luann in house for CSUSM commencement

As befitting a school on the rise, Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM) graduated its largest class ever over the weekend. Five separate ceremonies bestowed degrees to over 3,160 students — 3,012 undergraduates and 588 teacher credential candidates. It was the school’s 25th commencement. “Notably, 55 percent of the graduating students are the first in their families to earn a four-year college degree and 35 percent…


Of roads, town halls and apartment buildings

Don’t go messing with San Elijo Road Meanwhile, over at San Marcos, motorists take care. Beginning Monday, May 16, otherwise known as today, when the story filed, traffic was reduced to one lane on both north- and southbound sides along San Elijo Road and S. Twin Oaks Valley Road “to accommodate roadway improvements critical to student, pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety while paving the way…


Palomar smoking policy flirts with fines

It’s no secret that Palomar College has a campus smoking issue despite the ‘smoke-free campus’ placards placed throughout the college. A new proposal seeks to increase the campus’s authority to further enforce the campus smoking policy, potentially levying fines against violators instead of verbal warnings. While some students say that Palomar should not include vaping in its policy — and others want to bring back…


A tree grows at San Marcos High School

In keeping with the 46th Annual Earth Day theme of “Trees for the Earth,” the Lake San Marcos Democratic Club along with the San Marcos High School Senior Class planted a tree at the school quad. This tree, planted on April 20, 2016, will stand forever as a reminder of these ideals for all students who pass through the school in coming years. The club…