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OPINION: Social distancing evident at Oscars like at school
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OPINION: Social distancing evident at Oscars like at school

OPINION: Social distancing evident at Oscars like at school By Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff InternPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 So the Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, occurred last weekend; they were quite different from previous years. This is the first time the Academy Awards ceremony was held during the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the Emmys took place and the ceremony went completely virtually—much like current TAMIU courses. Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff Intern At this year’s Academy Awards, announcers said it would not be virtual, but would be held in person. This was true in a sense, but it was done a little bit different than just in person. For the most part, the nominated celebrities all showed up at the actual location. This year’s ceremony was ...
OPINION: Looking back on an internship experience
In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Looking back on an internship experience

OPINION: Looking back on an internship experience By Gabriel ArredondoThe Bridge Staff InternPublished Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Before beginning my internship at The Bridge, I had no idea what to expect. I never took a written journalism course, so I had very little experience. I took broadcast journalism, but I knew those kinds of courses were quite different things. I also had a habit of not working well on a team. That is mostly because I’ve always been a very introverted person. So at first, I was kind of lost for these reasons, but, as time went on, I started to get used to the idea of working with others on stories and so on. Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff Intern I learned the ethics of journalism, the art of photography and how to conduct interviews. This internship lef...
OPINION: Returning to ‘normal’ in classrooms
In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Returning to ‘normal’ in classrooms

OPINION: Returning to ‘normal’ in classrooms By Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, April 30, 2021 After almost a year of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAMIU finally ramps up to return to in-person learning. In the fall semester, the University will return to traditional in-person classes. With this comes some positive and negative things. As a graduating student who will possibly return to TAMIU in the fall for my master’s, I have very mixed feelings about this idea of returning to in-person learning. Gabriel ArredondoBridge Staff Intern As far as positives, there are a few that come to mind. Speaking from personal experience, I am a very visual learner and I tend to learn better when I’m physically present. I understand more when the prof...
OPINION: 3 million too many to lose
Editorial, Illustrations, Opinion

OPINION: 3 million too many to lose

OPINION: 3 million too many to lose Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge illustration By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Friday, April 30, 2021 Since COVID-19 erupted onto the local scene in March 2020, the disease took 3 million people's lives. Some lost friends, family, coworkers and acquaintances. May they rest in peace as the fight continues with hope on the horizon.
OPINION: Fear of the unknown
Editorial, Opinion

OPINION: Fear of the unknown

OPINION: Fear of the unknown By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Thursday, April 22, 2021 “Good, but you can do better.” Those words haunted me throughout my college career and they still sound strongly. To be clear, no one told me that. This is something that constantly goes through my head. My own personal, unsatisfied boss that lives in my mind. David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chief This spring semester has certainly made that voice—I do not want to say louder—but more aggressive. Each time I miss an assignment and turn it in late, each time I let a classmate down and each time I let myself down. But to preserve each time makes me believe my degree will be worth it. I sure hope so. I have so many friends that could not find work as soon as they graduated. Whether they...
OPINION: Student ready for another adventure
In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Student ready for another adventure

OPINION: Student ready for another adventure By Jessica RodriguezBridge Director of Photography and Social MediaPublished Thursday, April 22, 2021 When I was a senior in high school, I used to equate success with leaving your hometown and starting fresh at a new college out of town. But just like many others, life happened and I ended up staying in Laredo. I didn’t know if I was sad or content, but I knew I just had to keep going and make the best out of my college experience at Texas A&M International University. Jessica RodriguezBridge director of photography and social media Entering TAMIU, I didn’t really talk to anyone and I quit almost every club I tried to stick with. The classes were lackluster and nothing inspired me. I was sort of passing my college years by. My ...
OPINION: Earth Day should be every day
In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Earth Day should be every day

OPINION: Earth Day should be every day By David J. GarciaBridge Staff InternPublished Thursday, April 22, 2021 It’s that time of year again when we get together—socially distanced and masked up—to do something for our Earth. Earth Day has a great history, and to me, is a really important day.  Earth Day reaches its 51st year. A pretty significant milestone and it was started by Sen. Gaylord Nelson (D-Wis.) and many peaceful protestors; they were really adamant in showing the crisis of polluting and damaging our natural environment. It was met with some resistance, but the very first Earth Day was held April 22, 1970. David J. Garcia The April 22 date was proposed to make the day virtually always available in school or on campus. This day was essentially made to teach f...
GUEST COLUMN: ‘Oh—that’s a truck’
Guest Article, In Our View, Opinion

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Oh—that’s a truck’

GUEST COLUMN: ‘Oh—that’s a truck’ By Miguel A. Cabello Jr.Bridge guest columnistPublished March 25, 2021 [Editor’s note: This article was originally written for adjunct faculty member Deena Garza’s English 1301 course on Sept. 23, 2019.] It’s quite strange what your mind can think of when you’re so close to death. For me, that thought was, “Oh—that’s a truck.” The day was Sept. 11, 2019, and as usual, I was headed to school. As for my mother, she was going to have a typical day at the office. “Hurry up, Mikey; if you take this long getting ready, school will be let out for the summer,” my mom said with that classic motherly sarcasm. Miguel A. Cabello Jr. With a rehearsed tone I said, “Ha ha…very funny… I’ll have you know I’m already ready.”  I felt proud saying thos...
EDITORIAL: 2020: Man, what a year
Editorial, Opinion

EDITORIAL: 2020: Man, what a year

EDITORIAL: 2020: Man, what a year By Erick BarrientosBridge Staff InternPublished Thursday, March 25, 2021 As the title of my editorial may indicate, I’m going to be jumping back into the ­ “fascinating” year of 2020. Let me make this clear from the get go, I want to navigate this review with as much class and eloquence as possible­ because utterance of “2020” is met with a lot of vitriol and resentment. Now that I have the luxury of hindsight on my side, since I made it this far, I can provide fair criticism on the progression of the year. So let’s get this shit show going. Erick Barrientos JANUARY: This was a weird introduction, right? Iran and the U.S. had their big old beef, almost causing World War III. The World Health Organization identified weird cases of pneumonia ...
OPINION: To mask or not to mask?
Editorial, Illustrations, Opinion

OPINION: To mask or not to mask?

OPINION: To mask or not to mask? Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge editorial illustration By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Sunday, March 14, 2021 Gov. Greg Abbott may be a bit in over his head as he mandates to lift the mask policy to start getting things up and running again in Texas. While some places and people still abide by the mask policy, others who choose not to abide by the mandate will increase the number of state cases, as this pandemic is not yet over.
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