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First-Gen Loteria Night brings students together for fun, prizes
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First-Gen Loteria Night brings students together for fun, prizes

WEB EXCLUSIVE DECEMBER EDITION First-Gen Loteria Night brings students together for fun, prizes Pre-exam Jam a stress-lowering student event By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 CAB hosted its First-Gen Loteria Night on Thursday, Nov. 11, as part of celebrating the achievements of first-generation college students, faculty and staff. The event was popular enough that Rooms 126 and 128 of the Academic Innovation Center were used to host the event. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeMs. TAMIU Anabel Contreras performs caller duties during La Loteria Night on Nov. 11 in AIC Room 126. “This is a [Campus Activities Board]-sponsored event and we have them throughout each semester and they’re one of our most popular events,” junior Victoria Moreno said. C...
TAMIU chamber singers face coronavirus challenges
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TAMIU chamber singers face coronavirus challenges

WEB EXCLUSIVE DECEMBER ISSUE TAMIU chamber singers face coronavirus challenges By Angeline ChavanaBridge contributing writerPublished Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 Despite being Back Together, TAMIU’s chamber singers faces their own pandemic woes this semester. After Texas A&M International University opened its doors to all students at the beginning of the semester, choir students wondered if it was safe for them to keep attending singing rehearsals. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeInstructor of music Dana Crabtree, next to right, leads the TAMIU Choir Chamber while accompanied by Associate Professor of music Colin A. Campbell on piano during the Wednesday, Nov. 17, performance. TAMIU’s Back Together plan included students’ return to face-to-face classes with some restrictions, suc...
TAMIU esports takes competitive gaming to next level
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TAMIU esports takes competitive gaming to next level

TAMIU esports takes competitive gaming to next level  By Dulce CastellanosBridge contributing writerOriginally published in the print edition on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 Several of the esports teams on campus are taking it to the next level—not Level 2, but the national level. Call of Duty Esports team member Ivan Larumbe said, “It is a big deal.” Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeAn unidentified esports player live streams on Nov. 2 at the Dusty’s Den Game Room near the Student Center. The National Association of Collegiate Esports, the largest membership association of varsity esports programs at colleges and universities across the U.S., added Texas A&M International University organizations to its ranks. Competing at a varsity level in competitive gaming comes with perks, be...
Maroon Madness Returns
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Maroon Madness Returns

Maroon Madness Returns By David Gomez Jr. Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Maroon Madness brought the return of food, fun and competition to TAMIU after two years since the 2019 offering.  The Texas A&M International University Kinesiology, Wellness and Recreation Center again housed one of TAMIU’s biggest annual events. Before the start of basketball season, the event takes the form of a pep rally to bring an escape after midterms. Kicked off at 4:30 p.m. by the Spooky Fest, food and games occurred on the lawn in front of the building before the doors opened at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeA crowd of students compete for a free Dustdevils baseball cap during Maroon Madness on Thursday, Oct. 28, in the TAMIU gymnasium. ...
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...
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