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Student forms small business during pandemic
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Student forms small business during pandemic

Student forms small business during pandemic By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 The novel coronavirus pandemic presents new challenges for most everyone. Texas A&M International University sophomore communication disorders major Ana Karen Arriaga is no exception; it helped her hone a new passion which turned into a money-making business. Since early March when the pandemic began to isolate people in their homes in South Texas, many young Laredoans created small businesses. Most of these started and continue to thrive on both Facebook and Instagram. On July 9, Arriaga joined this new wave of small entrepreneurs. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeTAMIU sophomore Ana Karen Arriaga, owner of ShopHunnyBunny, turns her time into a business in ...
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...
Student creates own small business during self-quarantine
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Student creates own small business during self-quarantine

Student creates own small business during self-quarantine By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 [Editor’s note: The following is the third installment in a series of articles about different Texas A&M International University students, faculty and staff who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope their stories can be as inspiring to you as we found them to be.] While some found time on their hands during the COVID-19 self-quarantine, one TAMIU student turned his hobby into a business. Psychology major Jesus Huerta, 24, also minoring in sociology, is close to graduating this December. Huerta always connected to art and music and this is how he found inspiration to create marble paintings in his spare time over the summer...
Academia, Alumni, Education, Humans of TAMIU

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Online learning tries parents, teachers

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Online learning tries parents, teachers By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanPublished Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 Think back to when most people received their first mobile phone. If it was 1973, it was probably as long as a briefcase and so thick it wouldn’t even fit in a pocket. In today’s modern world, people often say that children are born with technology in their hands, but did that prepare them for online learning? 2013 alumni graduate, Juan J. Martinez Jr. who currently works at Communities in Schools in San Antonio as the Physic Coordinator, shares his students’ and teachers’ struggles. “Many teachers [and] many educators thought students were going to simply be able to transfer from at-school to at-home very easily, but they are struggling big time,” M...
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...
ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact
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ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact

ALUMNI SUCCESSES: Alumnus lives TAMIU international mission, makes impact By Matthew BalderasBridge OmbudsmanPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 [Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of profile articles on the successes of various TAMIU alumni, written by a TAMIU alumnus who recently returned to his alma mater to work on a graduate degree. Matthew Balderas is also a former editor-in-chief of The Bridge.] First-generation college graduate Osvaldo "Ozzy" Guzman describes getting accepted into TAMIU as one of his family's most significant accomplishments. After graduation, he continues to raise that bar ever higher. "I had taken a lot of the experiences that I had undergone in my undergraduate studies,” Guzman said. “I got to be exposed to a lot of leadership [and] I got a l...
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PHOTO GALLERY: Pandemic life

PHOTO STORY: Pandemic life By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyandAlejandro HernandezBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, May 4, 2020 Residents shopping for essentials at a local grocery store on April 19. Jessica RodriguezAn abandoned swing set at 3 Points Park amid COVID-19 emergecy orders on April 19. | Jessica RodriguezBuilding a mask. Jessica RodriguezResidents shopping for essentials at a local grocery store on April 19. Jessica RodriguezAn empty street in downtown Laredo due to the closure of nonessential businesses on April 19. | Alejandro HernandezBuilding a mask. Jessica RodriguezResidents shopping for essentials at a local grocery store on April 19.Empty Sears parking lot due to closure of nonessential businesses amid COVID-19 pandemic on April 19. Jessica Rodrigu...
$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students
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$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students

$4.75 million TAMIU CARES Program grants emergency funds to students By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Monday, May 4, 2020 On April 24, TAMIU announced it will give emergency grants to students thanks to the TAMIU CARES Program. These funds could begin disbursing to applicants as early as May 8. As one of the many universities which received this emergency grant from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act approved by the Department of Education, Texas A&M International University was awarded $9 million. This amount was based on the number of students enrolled who qualify for the Pell Grant and those who do not. According to the CARES Act, the money would be split in half so $4.75 million will go to the university and the other half provided t...
Education, Features, Humans of TAMIU, Life & Arts

QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic – Part 2

QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic - Part 2 By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished Monday, April 27, 2020 [Editor’s note: The following is the second installment in a series of articles about different Texas A&M International University students, faculty and staff who are working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope their stories can be as inspiring to you as we found them to be.] Staying at home 24/7 during an almost catastrophic pandemic can be daunting. However, for Texas A&M International University art student Elkin Cortez, he sees this as an opportunity to get back to his creative ventures. Cortez possesses multiple talents, including art, photography and even a knack for making YouTube videos in his spare time. He says that...
Chasing ‘black gold’
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Chasing ‘black gold’

Chasing ‘black gold’ By Tiffani De La OBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 27, 2020 Three hours North of Laredo lies one of many oilfield drilling rigs. These rigs run around the clock without any means of stopping, which makes this profession one of the most demanding in the world.  Working in the oilfields backtracks to 1859 when the first American oil well was discovered. OPEC started up in 1960 in order to coordinate and create a union between 14 of its members, all foreign countries—the U.S. not among them. Under the guidelines of that organization, crude oil is being drilled every day, worldwide, to produce energy, gasoline and other resources used on a daily basis. Each barrel, which contains about 40 gallons of crude oil, makes 19 gallons of gasoline...
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