Day: March 21, 2016

Women on Weights: Defying Gender Stereotypes

By Joy Davis

When someone mentions weight training, most people think of an extremely buff male.  When you walk into a weight room, it is with the expectation that you will find the majority of people working out will be male.  Gender roles are deeply ingrained in our subconscious that we don’t even realize it. Women sometimes feel uncomfortable doing “manly” activities such as weight training for fear of judgement. Men, in most cases, picture their workouts with bench-presses, pull-ups, and push-ups. Being lean isn’t manly. It’s all about being big.

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Turn Down For What? Turning Up.

By Rebekah Rodriguez

In late January, I turned twenty-one. The day was met with plenty of birthday wishes, junk food, and good times shared with friends and family. Since my birthday landed on a Monday, I had to limit the celebrations to a reasonable hour. I decided it would be best for me to celebrate with a few friends on Saturday. Throughout the week, questions and presumptions about my plans for the weekend popped up. Despite my attempts to brush them off or even change the subject, I eventually had to be straightforward with them: I don’t drink alcohol.

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To Vote Or Not To Vote?

This is the final installment of a three-part series covering Bill Clinton’s visit to TAMIU and related topics.

By Iris Vasquez Guerrero

Students seem to feel like they make up a large part of the voting population. While this may be true, they are not showing up to vote.

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The Student’s Perspective

This is the second installment of a three-part series covering Bill Clinton’s visit to TAMIU and related topics.

By Rebekah Rodriguez

When it comes to describing former President Bill Clinton’s visit to TAMIU, adjectives such as “historic” and “amazing” have been spoken by students, faculty, and the general public in recent days. However, it is impossible to find one word to describe the myriad of opinions found among students in wake of this event. A majority of these students compose the exact demographic — middle class, minority college students — being targeted by Hillary Clinton in her presidential campaign.

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President Bill Clinton at TAMIU

This is the first installment of a three-part series covering Bill Clinton’s visit to TAMIU and related topics.

Story and photos by I.M. Kero.

Texas A&M International University was given the historic honor of having former President Bill Clinton speak at a campaign rally to an audience of students, professors, general public, and other faculty. The event took place on February 22 at the Kinesiology and Convocation Building during the afternoon. Clinton came to campaign for his wife as she continues to seek the Democratic presidential nomination.

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This article originally appeared in the February 2016 print edition.

Story and photos by Iris Vasquez Guerrero

Imagine a ballroom filled with hundreds of boxes of comics, every kind of action figure, and even some stuffed My Little Ponys.  That is what got underway the last weekend in January here on campus.  The South Texas Collectors Expo was held Saturday January 30th, and Sunday January 31s, 2016.

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His Dream Lives In Laredo

By I.M. Kero

Under certain circumstances, Valentine’s Day could overshadow February’s significance as Black History Month. The African-American community is not the most prominent group in the City of Laredo, but much of the celebrated efforts of Black leaders influence Laredo’s Hispanic community.

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SGA Presidential Primary Poll: TAMIU Favors the Dems

By I.M Kero

The Student Government Association sponsored a mock presidential primary poll during the fall semester in 2015. It was one of the few rare instances where the SGA actually performed an event that dealt in government and politics. On their Facebook page, an info graphic was developed  to present some of the statistics and the primary results.

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The Road Never Taken: TAMIU’s Missing Access

By Rodolfo Salinas

Sometimes I wish I had all the money in the world to do the changes I envision for Laredo. I always ask myself why University Boulevard is incomplete. Why isn’t there more housing for students like in other cities? I wish that TAMIU could receive the treatment it deserves from the community. I would apply more emphasis on the institution because it is our only university in town. In more simple words, let’s give it more recognition. There literally needs to be more connection between the community and the university. The fact that University Boulevard doesn’t extend to McPherson Road bothers me. It limits the chances of the university being connected with an important road in Laredo.

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Student Hero Surprises at Construction Accident at TAMIU Rec. Site

This article originally appeared in the February 2016 print edition.

Story and photos by I.M. Kero

At 3:45 PM on the first Monday of February, the construction site, where workers are actively building the expansion to recreation center, experienced a shocking accident. A construction vehicle known as a lull was lifting some equipment when the weight of the equipment overcompensated the lull causing it to completely fall over on its side with the operator still in it. The operator had fallen several feet from his seat straight into the ground.

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