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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 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...
No classes after Thanksgiving
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No classes after Thanksgiving

No classes after Thanksgiving By Juan BarreraBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 The Fall 2020 semester nears its end with some differences to the final-examination period before the winter break. Texas A&M International University offered new TAMIU Flex and hybrid classes, along with online courses, for students’ choice regarding the attendance of lectures in person or from home. Along with this, students were notified prior to the start of the semester that they would not be required to come back to campus after Thanksgiving Break. “We have modified our teaching to provide students with a choice of when and where they participate in most of their classes,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas R. Mitchell said in an email to The Brid...
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 ...
Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters
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Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters

Recorded lectures not returning in winter or spring semesters By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 Students voice growing concerns as the University takes away recorded lectures for the upcoming winter and spring semesters. The announcement was made Monday, Oct. 19, by Texas A&M International University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Thomas R. Mitchell, via e-mail to all students and faculty. “We do not do things arbitrarily, and we understand that some of our decisions will not be universally popular,” emailed Mitchell to The Bridge. “We believe with great conviction, however, that this change is in the best interest of the education of our students.” The decision did not sit well with many students who then expressed their c...
Election Day
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Election Day

Art students encourage all to vote From Staff ReportsPublished Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 TAMIU art students recently participated in a non-partisan voting campaign in light of today's major election. The following students' work is featured in the above image gallery, in order of appearance (from top left): Estefania Rodriguez, Kassandra Romero, Nehemias Santos, Jessica Ramos, Travis Gonzalez and Venessa Rodriguez Renteria. For additional information on the project, interested persons may check out the @tamiuvisualarts Instagram feed.
SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events
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SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events

SOLE adapts to new normal, creates virtual events By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 While many things on campus can be accommodated in a virtual environment, not everything does so easily. For the Office of Student Orientation, Leadership and Engagement, COVID-19 made a major impact on its ability to bring students together. “As everyone else, it has significantly impacted the office operations,” Director of SOLE Nicholas Hudson said. “If you look at our office, we are really in many forms a majority of the co-curricular engagement the students would have outside the classroom, so everything from orientation to activities, to leadership programs, to campus traditions and things of that nature. We are really that office. “When we are not able t...
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...
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...
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