Category: Humans of TAMIU

Student staff of The Bridge receives honors

During its end-of-semester dinner and awards, several members of The Bridge Independent Student Newspaper Fall 2019 staff were honored for their journalistic work on the paper. The event was held Wednesday afternoon, Dec. 11, at Cheddar’s restaurant in Laredo, Texas.

In addition, promotions were announced: Current Editor-in-chief Matthew Balderas graduates tomorrow, Dec. 12, and current Staff Writer David Gomez Jr. was promoted tonight to become the new editor-in-chief. Current Staff Writer Erick Barrientos was also promoted to the rank of Managing Editor. While both are fairly new to college journalism, they have stepped up to the plate and worked well as a team. In addition to her continuing duties, Director of Photography Jessica Rodriguez will also be picking up the mantle of Director of Social Media for The Bridge. Current Staff Writer Nayelle Acosta steps up to join the newspaper design staff. Current Bridge Illustrator Tomas Cruz will be shifting positions to focus on monetization as the new Advertising Director for The Bridge. Jennifer Rodriguez joins the staff as a photographer. Brandon Valdez joins the staff to help with social media.

The Bridge Hall of Fame Inductee for Fall 2019: Editor-in-chief Matthew Balderas, “For his long-standing service to The Bridge from rookie reporter in 2017 to editor-in-chief and chief designer in 2019, for helping grow the student newspaper and journalism program at TAMIU, and for his countless hours behind the curtain, performing the magic.”

  • The Bridge Best Rookie for Fall 2019: David Gomez Jr.
  • The Bridge Best Deadline Management for Fall 2019: David Gomez Jr.
  • The Bridge Reporter of the Semester: Erick Barrientos
  • The Bridge Photographer of the Semester: Jessica Rodriguez
  • The Bridge Best Editorial for Fall 2019: “Is 33 larger than 39,773? … asking for a friend” by Matthew Balderas
  • The Bridge Best Opinion Column for Fall 2019: “Our ol’ payphone reflects past, present, future” by David Gomez Jr.
  • The Bridge Best Illustration for Fall 2019: “Are you still listening?” by Tomas Cruz
  • The Bridge Best Photo Illustration for Fall 2019: “God the Mother representatives startle students” by Jessica Rodriguez
  • The Bridge Best News Story for Fall 2019: “God the Mother representatives startle students” by Erick Barrientos
  • The Bridge Best News Photo for Fall 2019: “Climate strike raises environmental issues” by Erick Barrientos
  • The Bridge Best Feature Story for Fall 2019: “Goodbye to a dear friend” by Erick Barrientos
  • The Bridge Best Feature Photo for Fall 2019: “Dance concert displays student creativity” by Jessica Rodriguez
  • The Bridge Best Sports Story for Fall 2019: “Men’s soccer wraps up historic season” by Allan Rodriguez
  • The Bridge Best Sports Photo for Fall 2019: “Men’s soccer wraps up historic season” by Matthew Balderas

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Student creates modern beauty with a vintage touch

On a warm Saturday afternoon in Laredo, Ruth Castañeda sits at the desk in her dorm room surrounded by a variety of creams, extracts and powders. It is in this makeshift lab that Castañeda creates custom-made foundations, lipsticks, eye pigments, beauty oils and kajal (a type of charcoal-based eyeliner originating in South Asia) by hand.

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Finding Freedom Through Art

“But I’m not an artist,” Gerardo Piña bashfully said when asked if he’d like to be interviewed. Yet there is plenty of evidence that proves otherwise.

 

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Student Invites Community to Thanksgiving

For most Americans, Thanksgiving is a day in which families come together, break bread, and enjoy each other’s company. Yet some are not fortunate to share this day with their loved ones for various reasons. For college students, time, distance, and money are often factors that can keep them from joining their families for the holiday.
Santiago Rubio, a junior majoring in history, noticed this and took matters into his own hands.

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The Sun Also Rises with Carmen Garcia

Most of my summer was spent taking courses and working.  It’s a real shame that I didn’t even go swimming.  However, that wasn’t the same for Carmen Garcia. Like her personality, her summer was quite adventurous.

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Experience and Vision From Senator-at-Large Ryan Hodgson

Senator-at-Large Ryan Hodgson of the Student Government Association (SGA) is one of the many new members elected in last semester’s election. He fills in one of the four Senator-at-Large positions. Hodgson, a TAMIU senior and athlete intends to use his experience to set out his vision for a better student government and community.

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Lucky Thirteen: A Story of Surviving And Thriving

At twenty-one years old, Kenneth “Kenny” Duncan Jr. leads a rather ordinary life. A self-described cowboy, his wardrobe largely consists of boots and jeans. His playlist includes classics from George Strait and Kenny Chesney, which he blasts while driving on the streets of Laredo. When he’s not on campus working or studying, he can be found fishing at the lake or sharing poems at Gallery 201.

This life, filled with simple pleasures and few worries, is something Duncan cherishes now more than ever.  Because just over a year ago, his life was forever changed by three words: “You have cancer.”

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