Day: September 13, 2016

To This Year’s Freshman Class

I want to start off with a polite message welcoming you the university, much like the ones you’ve been hearing since orientation and these first few weeks of school.   While I’m really happy that you guys have decided to attend this university, I feel like it’s my duty as a senior to tell you what I’ve learned since my first day of college three years ago: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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When The Dark Knight Returned

Last month, we looked back at Alan Moore’s Watchmen and began to explore the literary and visual art of graphic novels.  However, around the same time of Watchmen’s release, DC Comics published another graphic novel that is as influential and critically adored as Alan Moore’s classic.  This story is Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns.  Like Watchmen, this story helped pioneer the mature age of comic books, but unlike Watchmen, which had original characters, The Dark Knight Returns brings the mature cynicism and dark realism to DC’s mainstream characters.

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TAMIU Represented At International Conference

Just as many students spent their summers studying abroad, several professors also had the opportunity to expand their horizons during the summer as well.  Dr. Stuart Davis, assistant professor of communication, recently returned from a conference hosted by the International Association of Mass Communication Researchers (IAMCR).

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Trump’s Softer Side in Mexico

In a surprise turn of events, Donald J. Trump packed his bags, put them in his private jet and flew south. However, in this trip he did not stop to a border city just like he did last year when he visited our Laredo. He went even further south, directly to Mexico City.

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Federal Grants for Migrant and Farm Worker Students

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28), alongside TAMIU representatives, the One Star Foundation, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Charitable Trust, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and Laredo First Assembly of God, collectively announced the awarding of $2.4 million in federal grants.

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TAMIU’s First Student Regent

As if only yesterday, I remember seeing Stephanie Martinez for the first time.  Martinez and I both had college algebra together and the atmosphere of the class was brightened with her unique persona.  She seemed the kind of person you would want to sit next to since she would probably help you without a “price tag.”

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Engineering students travel to Azerbaijan

This past July, forty-seven students from Texas A&M International University and other colleges and universities from South Texas had the opportunity to travel to Baku, Azerbaijan to attend the Baku Summer Energy School from July 10th to July 22nd.

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From TAMIU With Love

TAMIU’s Advising & Mentoring Center (AMC) is a precious gem among the university’s vast resources.  It’s an office that has imprinted memories to just about every TAMIU student, including myself.  The hard-working student mentors work rigorously, helping freshman and sophomore students acclimate to TAMIU systems, student routines, and campus resources.  Though freshman students may enter school with confidence, it is the mentors and their office that opens the door for them.

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The Sun Also Rises with Carmen Garcia

Most of my summer was spent taking courses and working.  It’s a real shame that I didn’t even go swimming.  However, that wasn’t the same for Carmen Garcia. Like her personality, her summer was quite adventurous.

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Prime Minister Clinton?

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has rode her post-convention bump with glee.  The polls have her with a comfortable lead against Republican challenger Donald Trump.  However, both candidates have a poor favorability rating.  In terms of public approval ratings, President Obama leads them significantly, but the president communicated a message that could explain this year’s election: Do not vote for the candidate.  Vote for the party.
“We all need to get out and vote for Democrats up and down the ticket, and then hold them accountable until they get the job done,” said Obama in his speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention (DNC).

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