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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...
Dusty’s Food Pantry expands services amid pandemic
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Dusty’s Food Pantry expands services amid pandemic

Dusty’s Food Pantry expands services amid pandemic By Juan BarreraBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 Around its third anniversary, Dusty’s Food Pantry offers new services for students. Dusty’s Food Pantry Coordinator Mariana Rodriguez said the food pantry adapted to the new-normal of the COVID-19 pandemic. Located at the Office of Student Conduct and Community Engagement, students can find foods ranging from granola bars to noodles and canned protein to hygienic products such as shampoo, soap and toothbrushes. In order to adapt to the novel coronavirus, staff members frequently sanitize the pantry and items donated before making them available for the students. The pantry also expanded its services by opening a second location at the University Village. ...
TAMIU helps students cope with pandemic effects
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TAMIU helps students cope with pandemic effects

TAMIU helps students cope with pandemic effects By Azeneth CamposBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 Although uncertainty affected the lives of students amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the spirit of the Dustdevils are aided through the guidance and outlook of a group of counselors. Daniel Alvarado, a licensed professional counselor from the Texas A&M International University Student Counseling Center, said the University offers a variety of services to students; one of which includes Telehealth during therapy sessions. Through the center, students access counseling and accommodation services without additional charge; student health fees pay for these services. Additionally, the center offers similar services to faculty, as well as staff, needing counseli...
University reorganizes science labs for student safety
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University reorganizes science labs for student safety

University reorganizes science labs for student safety By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 In an attempt to further prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the University reorganized many of its science labs for Fall 2020. The new Texas A&M International University Flex courses and other virtual classroom options, such as the changes to science labs, make up part of a new University plan unveiled in August. “This TAMIU Back Together Plan is the product of five committees formed by President Arenaz that included faculty, staff, students and administrators,” according to the TAMIU student FAQs on the coronavirus webpage. “Their recommendations, along with guidance from The Texas A&M University System, guides our safe return to campus thi...
COVID-19 testing continues on campus
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COVID-19 testing continues on campus

COVID-19 testing continues on campus By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 With a limited number of COVID-19 tests available, TAMIU students, faculty and staff might want to take advantage while the opportunity still exists. “I fear of testing numbers being so low that the A&M branches will stop testing and then have our numbers rise again,” Vice President for Student Success Minita Ramirez said. Her job includes advocating for Texas A&M International University students and faculty, as well as raising their concerns. “Everyone who shops for groceries or goes out to parks to take long walks, they should test,” Ramirez said. “Try to test regularly when you think you’ve been somewhere you might have been exposed and self-quarantine until you...
Nursing program seeking examiner applicants
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Nursing program seeking examiner applicants

Nursing program seeking examiner applicants By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 The Advanced Nursing Examiners Sexual Assault Nursing Examiner program at TAMIU seeks applicants to continually certify local nurses. Texas A&M International University’s ANE-SANE program expects to select 18 applicants, who will be taught and certified as examiners for sexual assault cases. “We are aiming to certify 18 more nurses to become sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE) this year,” program manager Rosario Benavides emailed The Bridge. This program is expected to help in an area that only includes 20 certified sexual assault examiners in all of Laredo and its surrounding areas. “The availability of SANE-trained nurses in our health care facilities in ...
CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops
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CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops

CARES Act provides campus loaner laptops By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Sept. 14, 2020 Purchasing 500 laptops for its new Student Loaner Laptop Program, TAMIU helps students continue course attendance during the fall semester. As the times continue to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the return to face-to-face classes, Texas A&M International University released a new program where students can check out a laptop for the semester. The Student Loaner Laptop Program was created through the TAMIU CARES Program with the goal of helping students who struggle with technology and want to continue their classes. TAMIU purchased these devices that are being distributed to students. Students enrolled in both Fall and Spring semesters will be able to kee...
City issues quarantine orders, not applicable to TAMIU
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City issues quarantine orders, not applicable to TAMIU

City issues quarantine orders, not applicable to TAMIU By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 Laredo Health Authority Dr. Victor Treviño laid down quarantine orders last week on two of TAMIU’s buildings only to later rescind those orders under state revocation. On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Treviño had papers served to Texas A&M International University for a quarantine of the Academic Innovation Center and the Kinesiology, Wellness, & Recreation Center. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeSocial distancing signs are placed all over campus, as seen Sept. 4. “Under the orders issued by Governor [Greg] Abbott and other state law, the (Laredo health authority) does not have the legal power to issue quarantine orders to this University,” TAMIU President Pablo Are...
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OPINION: Internships, more hurt by COVID-19

OPINION: Internships, more hurt by COVID-19 By Tomas CruzBridge Marketing DirectorPublished Monday, May 11, 2020 The Spring 2020 semester rapidly became one of the toughest semesters for many students’ academic journey at TAMIU. The coronavirus pandemic impacted not only our university, but the rest of the world. As a Texas A&M International University senior, I faced many bumps on the road to finish my degree. This spring semester I was interning at a marketing/advertising agency for my COMM 4350 Internship course. Due to the COVID-19 shutdown, many interns faced issues with internship locations closing and not being able to complete their hours. While some of us were able to work remotely, many others were unfortunately not able to return to their internship because ...
Spring graduation falls shy of fall semester
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Spring graduation falls shy of fall semester

Spring graduation falls shy of fall semester By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, May 11, 2020  This spring’s graduation occurs at the beginning of the fall semester on Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Sames Auto Arena, due to the pandemic. On April 17, Texas A&M International University President Pablo Arenaz, appeared in a video in full regalia, in front of the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts organ, speaking to the 50th graduating class in TAMIU history. He said the graduation ceremony, along with summer commencement exercises, would be postponed until mid-August before the start of the fall semester because of the coronavirus pandemic affecting day-to-day routines. “The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on life as we know it,” Arenaz told viewers of...
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