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El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture
Entertainment, International Studies, Life & Arts, On Campus

El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture

El Grito celebration embraces Mexican culture By Gabrielle PratherAssistant EditorPublished Monday, Oct. 11, 2021 One of the bigger annual Fall semester campus events focuses on Mexican Independence Day. Unlike last year, this year’s Sept. 16 fiesta—frequently called El Grito—returned to in-person status. El Grito participants celebrate Mexican history and Hispanic Heritage Month in the U.S. Leonard Gonzalez | BridgeFolklorico dancers perform for the crowd during the El Grito event Sept. 16 on campus. These types of events are created to bring cultural awareness so new participants can understand the culture and history of Mexican independence from Spain. The general public of Laredo and TAMIU students attended the widely popular campus event, which took place outdoors, ...
International students adjust to pandemic
Academia, International Studies

International students adjust to pandemic

International students adjust to pandemic By Mariana Cabrera Bridge contributing writerPublished Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 Among the many changes resulting from the pandemic, TAMIU’s international students felt the brunt of it last semester. Time and distance further impacted their college experience. Keanu Born, of Aachen, Germany, majored in multidisciplinary studies for arts, communication and business. A former Texas A&M International University soccer player, Born ended up finishing his degree in Germany while attending classes virtually. “Communication is no problem as it has been expanded throughout the world and now it is easy to communicate with anyone at any time,” Born said. Courtesy Keanu BornA digitally edited image titled "Seagull" by art photographer Kea...
Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month
Civil Affairs, Español, International Affairs, International Studies, On Campus

Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month

Looking back on Latinx Heritage Month By Jhoanna AngelesBridge Staff WriterPublished on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 Latinx Heritage Month, also known as Hispanic Heritage Month, is celebrated annually from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. This event is dedicated primarily to honor the culture and contributions of Hispanics and Latino Americans throughout history, as well as demonstrating the importance of their impact on society. Information Literacy Librarian Elizabeth DeZouch said, “This [celebration] was established by President [Lyndon B.] Johnson but was extended to last month by President [Ronald] Reagan. [Latinx Heritage Month] begins on Sept. 16 because that is when Mexico got [its] independence from Spain, so it makes sense to begin celebrating on that date.” DeZouch’s job includes ...
Academia, Education, International Affairs, International Studies, On Campus

‘Invisible Graves’ focus of speech

‘Invisible Graves’ focus of speech By Andrea MartinezBridge contributing writerPublished March 30, 2020 Near the U.S.-Mexico border, there are high numbers of unknown dead migrants. These migrants are buried in trash bags in forgotten unmarked graves. Professor Kate Spradley, a forensic anthropologist at Texas State University, presented “Invisible Graves: Migrant Deaths in the Texas Desert” at TAMIU. She quoted Sheriff Martinez of Brooks County, Texas, “For every person found, there are at least five that are not found.” Spradley said Brooks County is recognized as “Death Valley” for all the migrants passing through. It is a little further from the border; however, it bears the highest migrant death toll for Texas border towns since 2009. They bury the unknown migrants in the...
International Studies

Studying abroad gains experience

Student describes study abroad experience By Shelley RodriguezBridge Staff WriterPublished March 30, 2020 Attracted to its affordability, relevance to her major and lo-cation, one student was convinced a study abroad to Azerbaijan was the trip for her. Texas A&M International University engineering major Denisse Campos expected this summer 2019 journey to be the trip of a lifetime. “I was grateful for the first half,” Campos said. At first, she enjoyed being in a different part of the world. After all, Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, was nothing like Campos’ home country. “[Being a tourist] was pretty nice … the architecture was so modern … a lot of the buildings were unique and you don’t get to see that a lot here in the United States,” she said. Shelley Rodriguez ...
Features, International Studies, Life & Arts

Machu Picchu: Study abroad students learn travel photography

Machu Picchu Study abroad students learn travel photography By Erick BarrientosManaging Editor Published March 30, 2020 From Cusco to Machu Picchu, TAMIU students embarked on a journey to capture images of the vibrant country of Peru. This previous wintermester, Jan. 3–19, the Study Abroad program hosted a trip to Peru as part of the Travel Photography class led by Assistant Professional Thomas R. Brown. Students in the class visited and photographed many of the unique and historic places, such as the Maras Salt Mines, Sacsayhuaman Inca Fortress and the Andean Artisanal Market. Senior Yulissa Diaz, who attended her first study abroad, said the experience wracked her nerves at first, due to the preparation involved, but getting to the country left her in awe. “I didn’...
Twice as nice: Pelosi returns to Gateway City
Civil Affairs, International Affairs, International Studies, News, Politics

Twice as nice: Pelosi returns to Gateway City

Twice as nice Pelosi returns to Gateway City By Angela CarranzaBridge Staff Writerand Reuben RodriguezBridge Circulation ManagerPublished March 30, 2020 Returning for a second year, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., attended WBCA’s International Bridge Ceremony on the U.S.-Mexico border. On Feb. 22, Pelosi; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., stood at the border. Jessica Rodriguez | BridgeThree U.S. House of Representatives members participate during the International Bridge Ceremony on Feb. 22 on the U.S.-Mexico border. From left: law enforcement officers, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md.; Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas; and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., listen to the National Anthem. Cuellar began t...
Language professors bring a world of knowledge to students
International Studies, Professor Profile

Language professors bring a world of knowledge to students

For some students, learning a foreign language can be an exciting endeavor and an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of other cultures. For others, it can be a daunting task filled with anxiety and frustration. The language faculty at Texas A&M International University includes several dedicated and patient instructors, including Julien and Melody Carrière, assistant professors of French and Italian. (more…)
Paying It Forward with Project Pengyou
Guest Article, International Studies

Paying It Forward with Project Pengyou

By Soledad Olmeda From January 27th to February 2nd, Project Pengyou hosted an event for chapters across the nation to celebrate Chinese New Year by paying it forward. This event was called Pay It Forward on Chinese New Year (PIFOCNY) and the purpose was for each respective chapter to “adopt” a school in their community and inspire children to learn about China. The ultimate goal of PIFOCNY is to teach kids to become aware of other cultures, and to teach empathy and respect to them at a young age.   (more…)
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