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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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Rise of esports at TAMIU

Rise of esports at TAMIU By Ruben ReyesBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 The TAMIU Smash Club is composed of students who play “Super Smash Bros.” for relaxation and competition. Over the course of the semester, students formed bonds, thus enhancing the college experience for most. Management information systems major Luis Arriaga said his studies of networking exceeded his expectations in the TAMIU Smash Club. “I want to have events that bring competitors from around the United States to [Texas A&M International University] and compete with our local Smash players,” Arriaga said. Arriaga hopes to persuade TAMIU into looking at programs or scholarships for esports. “TAMIU lags a little behind, but recently, the TAMIU [Recreational Sports Cent...
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Students showcase talents during WBCA youth festival

Students showcase talents during WBCA youth festival By Vanessa SantosBridge Contributing WriterPublished March 30, 2020 Some of Laredo’s most talented voices and dancers performed in the WBCA Youth Song and Dance Festival to celebrate Washington’s Birthday Celebration. This event was sponsored by IBC Bank on Feb. 8 at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Theater at Laredo College. “I love to bring my family to these events to show them the importance of supporting our local talents,” Juan Jose Garcia said. Garcia attended the Washington Celebration events each year since his childhood. His mother and father brought him to these events, which he said he loves and wants to pass on that tradition to his own children. Parents provided support to their performing ...
Esports on campus gets life of its own
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Esports on campus gets life of its own

Esports on campus gets life of its own By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished March 30, 2020 One campus group of student gamers, TAMIU Smash, is making more than a name for itself, as its members bring change to the campus. Club President Luis Arriaga plays and practices "Super Smash Bros." at Texas A&M International University; this is one type of esports fighting games he plays both competitively and non-competitively. TAMIU Smash hosted two huge tournaments in the past which brought in people from the surrounding area to Texas. “We were able to draw the attention of gamers from Arkansas and even Honduras to come to our tournaments,” Arriaga said. “The max[imum number] of people we have held was around 153 players from all over.” Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeStude...
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