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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...
OPINION: Is it worth it? I don’t know, but it’s a struggle
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OPINION: Is it worth it? I don’t know, but it’s a struggle

WEB EXCLUSIVE DECEMBER EDITION OPINION: Is it worth it? I don’t know, but it’s a struggle By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 As I get closer and closer to taking less credits per semester, I can’t help but think, so far: is earning a degree even worth it? I see my family getting older and impatient, my goddaughter growing up faster than I can blink, my body getting wider from malnutrition and my debt accumulating. Reaching near $30,000 now. Yup. David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chief I am a part-time student, part-time worker and part-time editor-in-chief of The Bridge. Every day, I contemplate quitting one of the three and it’s taking its toll. Though, let me tell you all the things that make me believe I am on the right track. I’ll start wit...
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...
Pair of poem presenters paw prizes
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Pair of poem presenters paw prizes

Pair of poem presenters paw prizes By Juan ReyesBridge Staff WriterOriginally published in the print edition on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 During a recent poetry slam event, students shared cultural experiences through the voice of poetry. Two of Texas A&M International University’s Greek Life organizations, Sigma Lambda Beta and the Delta Xi Nu “Honeys,” hosted the event at the Student Center, providing food for attendees and prizes for poem presenters. Karla De Leon | BridgeAn unidentified participant recites her poetry to the small audience for the “Global Diversity Awareness Poetry Slam“ event in the Student Center on Oct. 27. Based on Instagram posts promoting this event, the slam poetry event was organized to allow students “to show pride, critique, love and more for y...
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...
Trick-or-Treat: Participants earn points at Rec Center
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Trick-or-Treat: Participants earn points at Rec Center

Trick-or-Treat Participants earn points By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterOriginally published in the print edition on Nov. 19, 2021 From Oct. 1 to 31, the TAMIU Rec Center conducted its Trick or Treat Point Challenge. Students earned points by attending Rec Sports events and entered for a chance to win various prizes. TAMIU Rec Sports personal trainer Angela Salas said the purpose of this challenge is to motivate people to participate in more Rec-sponsored events.  “The Trick or Treat Point system is something the Rec has been doing in order to get more participants to join either fitness classes or any events that the Rec is hosting,” Salas said. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeAn unidentified competitor lifts weights during the Trick-or-Treat Point Challenge event, whi...
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. ...
Students help clean up Las Palmas Nature Trail for Make a Difference Day
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Students help clean up Las Palmas Nature Trail for Make a Difference Day

Students help clean up Las Palmas Nature Trail for Make a Difference Day By Carolina CruzBridge Staff WriterPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 TAMIU students came together in late October to help out the Rio Grande International Study Center as part of Make a Difference Day. Held nationally every fourth Saturday of October, this event became the largest single-day of volunteering in the country; it encourages people to become more active in their communities. For National Make a Difference Day this year, Texas A&M International University students came together to help out the Rio Grande International Study Center in its Día del Rio Cleanup at Las Palmas Nature Trail on Saturday, Oct. 23. Carolina Cruz | BridgeA crowd gathers to get information for Make a Difference Day...
Late professor honored with named library collection
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Late professor honored with named library collection

Late professor honored with named library collection By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Late faculty member, retired Associate Professor of English Frances “Panchita” Gates Rhodes, was honored at TAMIU’s Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library with her own literature collection. Texas A&M International University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas Mitchell spoke about her legacy at an event on Oct. 15 held in her honor. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeVice President and Provost Thomas Mitchell speaks during the Frances “Panchita” Gates Rhodes memorial event on Oct. 15 in the TAMIU library. “Dr. Rhodes was a passionate advocate for her discipline, for her students, for her colleagues and for TAMIU,” Mitchell said. “The students, grad...
Faculty awards presented at Convocation
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Faculty awards presented at Convocation

Faculty awards presented at Convocation By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021 Each year, TAMIU names an elite list of faculty recognized for excellence in teaching and research. This year’s announcement came as part of the University’s Fall Convocation. One assistant professional, plus two assistant and two associate professors received the fall semester’s coveted awards. These honors spotlight Texas A&M International University faculty who hone their field of expertise and create a unique way of learning in their classroom and community. Phoebe Chavez | Special to The BridgeDistinguished Teacher of the Year Fei Lou and Outstanding Teacher of the Year Hailey Kazen Among the winners were Assistant Professor Jared R. Dmello for the Instructio...
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