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CAMPUS: Aramark makes menu changes, new Mexican place in food court
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CAMPUS: Aramark makes menu changes, new Mexican place in food court

CAMPUS: Aramark makes menu changes, new Mexican place in food court By Natxo FausBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 11, 2022 In order to change and improve its offerings, Aramark Food Service switches things up from time to time. This semester is no different. The food service contractor introduced a new Mexican place in the food court on Thursdays. The cultural cuisine of Mexico is featured in a place where students congregate on campus, said Aramark’s local Food Service Director Carlos J. Rodriguez. Aramark, a company based on providing food to schools, serves Texas A&M International University right on the border between the U.S. and Mexico; Laredo is about 95.4% Hispanic or Latino according to the U.S. Census Bureau numbers. “TAMIU is the border betwe...
Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU
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Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU

Entrepreneurs share rags-to-riches stories at TAMIU By Juan ReyesSocial Media ReporterandBy David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 A collaboration of TAMIU’s LULAC and SOLE held a panel with two of Mexico’s successful entrepreneurs. Empresarios Hispanos TAMIU 2021 took place in the Student Center in the auditorium, Room 236, where a pair of successful entrepreneurs, Palos Garza Group CEO Mario Palos Garza, and Pollo Loco and Taco Palenque founder Juan “Don Pancho” Francisco Ochoa.  “Without respect, everything falls apart,” Ochoa says. These are words he lives his life by, leading to prosperous results. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeTaco Pelinque founder Juan Francisco Ochoa, left, and Palos Garza Group CEO Mario Palos Garza speak to one another dur...
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...
Local barber offers $2 haircuts to college students
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Local barber offers $2 haircuts to college students

Local barber offers $2 haircuts to college students By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 The Barber Education Academy offers $2 haircuts to college students with a valid student ID. Javier and Wendy Hernandez, owner and administrator of the academy, began this discounted offer in 2019. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeJavier Hernandez, owner of the Barber Education Academy, speaks with one of his students at the barber school on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. “At first, we would post this on our Facebook page because we do know how expensive it could be when you’re in college,” Wendy Hernandez said. The promotion was recently advertised again through the TAMIU Student Network page on the social media platform Facebook on Aug. 23—while simultaneously giving a...
Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu
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Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu

Dusty’s Diner offers alternate menu  By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, April 9, 2021 TAMIU’s Dusty’s Diner changed its breakfast menu on March 3 to swap out its typical U.S. offerings for more of a Mexican-style. Diner employees hope the change continues on Wednesdays. Dusty’s Diner cook Genesis Silva offered her insight on the menu change. “We want to make something different,” Silva said. “Because we always put an American breakfast, so we decided to put more Mexican-style breakfast for [the students] and they love it.” Alejandro Carbajal | BridgeThe Breakfast Bonanza at Dusty's Diner features: re-fried chorizo beans, papa ala Mexicana and picadillo con papas. This dish was part of a special event at the diner on March 3. Diner employees hope this off...
Entrepreneur imparts wisdom, help
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Entrepreneur imparts wisdom, help

Entrepreneur imparts wisdom, help By Mario LopezBridge Staff WriterPublished on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021 As an entrepreneur and local leader, one Nuevo Laredo native is perhaps one of the most important businessmen in the local region. Eduardo Garza Robles’ company Uni-Trade, with more than 500 employees, has a presence in Mexico, the United States and Japan. Founded on Sept. 30, 1988, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Uni-Trade Group is a corporation with more than 20 businesses focused on foreign trade, real estate and financial services. Courtesy Raul Rodriguez | Uni-Trade GroupEduardo Garza Robles But not everything has been sunshine and rainbows. He and his wife, Juanita Garza, have had to work and sacrifice many things to get where they are today. “Part of my success h...
Garden, Dusty’s Diner team up for meals
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Garden, Dusty’s Diner team up for meals

Garden, Dusty's Diner team up for meals By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 During a free event for participants who signed up, the TAMIU Garden and Dusty’s Diner teamed up to offer a healthy meal. Texas A&M International University students were treated to a dinner featuring organic ingredients on Feb. 1 at the Student Center. Those ingredients were grown on campus. Students received an email providing information about the event, as well as a link to sign up to receive a plate of the following options: cauliflower steak or chicken stir fry. Alejandro Carbajal | BridgeA cauliflower steak seared and served alongside spinach and mashed cauliflower on Feb. 1 at Dusty's Diner. Christopher Segovia manages the garden. “There was a small...
Campus food court nearly deserted
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Campus food court nearly deserted

Campus food court nearly deserted By Angela K. CarranzaBridge Assistant Editorand by Juan BarreraBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 What was once filled with life and lively conversations, is now a deserted island filled with limited food options. For those unaware, Aramark changed its dining hours at the Student Center Food Court and for Starbucks due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Sue & Radcliffe Killam Library’s Starbuck is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., which is shortened from previous semesters when the coffee shop’s doors would remain open until late hours. Gabriela Chapa | BridgeAn after-hours empty Food Court shows a lack of chairs and seating to prevent student congregation due to COVID-19 risks, on Nov. 4. Instead, chairs are piled up a...
TAMIU bookstore pushes on amidst pandemic
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TAMIU bookstore pushes on amidst pandemic

TAMIU bookstore pushes on amidst pandemic By Jesus A. GarciaBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 The University Bookstore located at the Sen. Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center remains open for students during the pandemic. To better serve students in these times, the Texas A&M International University Bookstore added more options to online orders. Students can order books online and decide to pick them up in person on campus or get their items shipped to their home or residence hall. Gabriela Chapa | BridgeThe online order pick up line allows students to pick up orders without spending too much time in the bookstore, as seen Nov. 4. The bookstore also offers face masks in a variety of colors and school logos to promote health and school spirit...
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 ...
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