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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 ...
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...
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...
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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...
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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...
Comics take over TAMIU
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Comics take over TAMIU

Comics take over TAMIU By Andrew AlfaroBridge contributing writerPublished Monday April 27, 2020 The kids who came of age during the comic book movie boom are now adults and want to see how far the genre can go. In today’s world, comics are all over pop culture and every weekend it seems as if a new comic book movie was being released before COVID-19. The popularity of these comics has even made its way into classrooms with topics based on the art form. Assistant Professional of visual communication Thomas Brown, teaches photography and writing courses at Texas A&M International University. One of the courses he offers is Writing for Comics Books, a writing intensive course. The class will be made available again in Summer Session 1 via online due to COVID-19. The class...
QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic – Part 1
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QUARANTINE CORNER: Dealing with the pandemic – Part 1

TAMIU together: dealing with the pandemic By Angela K. CarranzaBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, April 20, 2020 [Editor’s note: The following is the first 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.] Daniel RodriguezTAMIU senior During the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals discover how to keep themselves busy in many different ways. For example, some take up different hobbies: cooking, reading, gaming, etc. But for Texas A&M International University senior Daniel Rodriguez, a variety of hobbies keep him occupied throughout the day. “I have been living alone for quit...
DustyCup event canceled
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DustyCup event canceled

DustyCup event canceled By Joel CaballeroBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 Considered by some to be the most competitive event, both mentally and physically, between student organizations, DustyCup was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Student Government Association at Texas A&M International University, which sponsors the annual event, planned to host it this semester on April 4. The event normally brings student organizations together for the opportunity to compete for bragging rights and for the winner to take home a trophy and a grant. DustyCup is typically hosted after the Big Event, a Universitywide community service event for the local community. The event was expected to not only have a physical portion but also one for academics w...
Mariachis strive for excellence
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Mariachis strive for excellence

Mariachis strive for excellence By Jason ReyesBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, April 13, 2020 Often performing at celebrations, the Mariachi Internacional took the opportunity to perform at Discover TAMIU to represent Hispanic culture. “We kind of want people to see that [Texas A&M International University] has mariachis and has that Mexican culture,” lead vocalist and trumpet player Danny Perez said. “The mariachis represents Mexican tradition and values.”  Along with performing at Discover TAMIU, the mariachis expected to take part in the upcoming mariachi festival originally scheduled for Apr. 23. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that event is most likely canceled. “Mariachi does play a big part in TAMIU because it is a part of the Mexican culture, and t...
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Students showcase talents during WBCA youth festival

Students showcase talents during WBCA youth festival By Vanessa SantosBridge Contributing WriterPublished March 30, 2020 Some of Laredo’s most talented voices and dancers performed in the WBCA Youth Song and Dance Festival to celebrate Washington’s Birthday Celebration. This event was sponsored by IBC Bank on Feb. 8 at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Theater at Laredo College. “I love to bring my family to these events to show them the importance of supporting our local talents,” Juan Jose Garcia said. Garcia attended the Washington Celebration events each year since his childhood. His mother and father brought him to these events, which he said he loves and wants to pass on that tradition to his own children. Parents provided support to their performing ...
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