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Dungeons & Dragons delves into campus
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Dungeons & Dragons delves into campus

Dungeons & Dragons delves into campus By Alejandro CarbajalIllustratorAndBy David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 The Dungeons & Dragons Organization on campus conjures up, as if by magical means, a way for students to try something new and communicate with fellow roleplayers. Also known as D&D Club for short, the organization began just before the start of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Before it could even get going, the club stuttered as if down to a single hit point and almost ceased its existence. In October, the club found a proverbial potion of healing and its status with SOLE resumed as an official campus club. Due to the pandemic, the organization’s presence primarily existed and also continues online. Though in-person events no...
TAMIU students volunteer at Pillar’s Black Out Haunted House
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TAMIU students volunteer at Pillar’s Black Out Haunted House

TAMIU students volunteer at Pillar’s Black Out Haunted House By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Halloween time is finally here. Gather round, for something comes near. As witches and goblins begin to reappear, spirits and zombies plan to domineer. Can visitors survive this spooky season’s house of fear? Pillar hosts the Black Out Haunted House at Mall del Norte on the weekends of Oct. 15-17, Oct. 21-24, Oct. 28-31, and Nov. 4-7. Carolina Cruz | BridgeThe Black Out Haunted House at Mall del Norte recently. As a non-profit mental health organization, Pillar’s goal is to help people with substance abuse, reduce bullying, suicide prevention and help increase access to mental health services in the community. Texas A&M International Uni...
Halloween Toyshow offers action figures, collectibles, smiles
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Halloween Toyshow offers action figures, collectibles, smiles

Halloween Toyshow offers action figures, collectibles, smiles By Jhoanna AngelesSocial Media ManagerPublished Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Local collectors searched through bins, counters, racks and shelves looking for that elusive collectible. On Saturday, Oct. 2, local collectors hosted The Laredo Toyshow Halloween Edition at Embassy Suites on Calle del Norte. Jhoanna Angeles | BridgeAn unidentified person sells masks at a table full of Halloween decorations on Saturday, Oct. 2, at Embassy Suites Hotel in Laredo during The Laredo Toyshow Halloween Edition. Close to 30 vendors attended the event to share products with fanatics who attended the event, which consisted of toys, anime collectibles, comics, trading cards, Funko Pops and more. Texport vendor Salma Guzman recalled h...
El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture
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El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture

El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 One of the bigger annual Fall semester campus events focuses on Mexican Independence Day. Unlike last year, this year’s Sept. 16 fiesta—frequently called El Grito—returned to in-person status. El Grito participants celebrate Mexican history and Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeFolklorico dancers perform for the crowd during the El Grito event Sept. 16 on campus. These types of events are created to bring cultural awareness so new participants can understand the culture and history of Mexican independence from Spain. The general public of Laredo and TAMIU students attended the widely popular campus event, which took place outdoors, ...
Spring Fling Carnival runs through May 2
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Spring Fling Carnival runs through May 2

Spring Fling Carnival runs through May 2 By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Thursday, April 22, 2021 The Spring Fling Carnival returns and operates April 15 to May 2, according to an April 5 announcement on the Sames Auto Arena’s Facebook page. Operating from 6–10 p.m. weekdays and 2–10 p.m. weekends, attendees can enjoy the return to a somewhat normal event. Despite the carnival’s mandate of face masks, it still requires people to maintain a social distance of six feet. There are still diverse opinions on the Spring Fling Carnival. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeThe Spring Fling Carnival gets ready to open to the Laredo public on April 22. Texas A&M International University student Cesar Oldham said he would attend the carnival. “I wouldn't mind going [bec...
OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema
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OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema

OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema By Erick BarrientosBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, March 5, 2021 Cinemark Movies 12 — or as it was known locally in Laredo: the “dollar theater” — is DEAD. Yeah, I know saying it’s dead in all caps is rather aggressive but look it up! Before you continue, do a quick Google search and see what that page tells you, I’ll wait … You’re back? It says “permanently closed” right? That bold red ribbon serves as a weird virtual tombstone, of sorts. Erick Barrientos All I can say is, “What a way to go.” When I got the news, it was shared across Facebook a couple weeks ago by an employee, now ex-employee, with pictures and a caption that read: “And that’s a cut (film emojis)!! Goodbye Cinemark movies 12 (crying emojis), I am glad I...
SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events
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SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events

SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 While many things on campus can be accommodated in a virtual environment, not everything does so easily. For the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement, COVID-19 made a major impact on its ability to bring students together. “As everyone else, it has significantly impacted the office operations,” Director of SOLE Nicholas Hudson said. “If you look at our office, we are really in many forms a majority of the co-curricular engagement the students would have outside the classroom, so everything from orientation to activities, to leadership programs, to campus traditions and things of that nature. We are really that office. “When we are not able t...
Drive-in Movie event provides entertainment, social distancing
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Drive-in Movie event provides entertainment, social distancing

Drive-in Movie event provides entertainment, social distancing By Gabrielle PratherBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 One of the newest additions to campus activities, included a late August Drive-in Movie event, the finale of Welcome Week 2020. “The Conjuring” became a horror feast for the eyes of students who attended the event, but in a pandemic-friendly way. Last semester, TAMIU administrators chose virtual learning options due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and further added to those options proceeding into the Fall 2020 semester. Likewise, the Student Organization, Leadership and Engagement Office, as well as its member campus organizations, responded in new ways to the pandemic. Every fall semester, the University’s Welcome Week events allow students...
Mariachis strive for excellence
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Mariachis strive for excellence

Mariachis strive for excellence By Jason ReyesBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 Often performing at celebrations, the Mariachi Internacional took the opportunity to perform at Discover TAMIU to represent Hispanic culture. “We kind of want people to see that [Texas A&M International University] has mariachis and has that Mexican culture,” lead vocalist and trumpet player Danny Perez said. “The mariachis represents Mexican tradition and values.”  Along with performing at Discover TAMIU, the mariachis expected to take part in the upcoming mariachi festival originally scheduled for Apr. 23. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that event is most likely canceled. “Mariachi does play a big part in TAMIU because it is a part of the Mexican culture, and t...
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Level up at LVL 2 Gaming

Level up at LVL 2 Gaming By Ruben ReyesBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 LVL 2 Gaming offers experiences in trading cards, video games and more for its customers. The store features numerous tournaments and events. From all kinds of video games, LVL 2 Gaming capitalizes on Laredo’s competitive gaming culture. Regular patron Gregorio Resendez said LVL 2 Gaming gave him the opportunity to interact with more people and gain new hobby experiences. “I didn’t live near any gaming stores, so my friends and I wouldn’t really have spots to hang outside of school,” Resendez said.  Esports currently make considerable profit. LVL 2 Gaming hopes to keep improving the quality of entertainment and competition for its customers. The business hosts weekly to...
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