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OPINION: Interning during a pandemic
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OPINION: Interning during a pandemic

OPINION: Interning during a pandemic By Gabriela ChapaBridge Staff InternPublished Monday, Nov. 23, 2020 Many people told me that working on my internship would be one of the best parts of my final semester because I would get to work and gain experience in my career field. However, during the novel coronavirus pandemic, this goal was close to being destroyed until I found The Bridge. I personally think communication is one of the skills everyone should develop and work on during their college days as it will open many opportunities for the future; being a communication major is not the exception. These past months, everyone realized the importance of communication and social interaction. It is part of our nature and we need to socialize with others in order for each of us to dev...
OPINION: Times they are a-changin’
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OPINION: Times they are a-changin’

OPINION: Times they are a-changin’ By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Nov. 16, 2020 It seems most of my friends were relieved with the results of the latest presidential election. To be honest, so was I. I, too, think our president has done an odd job in the White House. I have found it nice to no longer hear his name, or the administration’s, on television and every news station every day. Will president-elect Joe Biden do a better job? I can’t say that he will. So far, I like his presentation and that’s all I can say so far. Now that I have your attention, 2020 has been an excruciating year for so many people around the world. Since I’m a U.S. citizen, I can only speak on our behalf. David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chief COVID-19 flipped our world upsid...
OPINION: Don’t give up on world, don’t give up on voting
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OPINION: Don’t give up on world, don’t give up on voting

OPINION: Don’t give up on world, don’t give up on voting By Jessica RodriguezDirector of PhotographyPublished on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 What an extremely wild year. We’ve gone through highs but mostly lows. A deadly virus gave us a cold start at the beginning of the year, murder hornets followed soon after, gender reveal parties were fire (literally), we had famous celebrities—most recently with longtime Jeopardy host Alex Trebek on Nov. 8—and political legends die and to top it off this seems like the year we’ve seen the most protests due to police brutality. America is begging for things to improve and it’s our duty to listen. As the year slowly comes to an end, I know voting may have been the last thing on people’s minds. I know many busy students reading this struggled to fi...
OPINION: Everyone needs a mask
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OPINION: Everyone needs a mask

OPINION: Everyone needs a mask By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 TAMIU’s own “Forrest Gump” often sits outside alone, despite Laredo’s grueling summer heat. This particular summer, he wasn’t even protecting himself with a mask through the novel coronavirus pandemic. David Gomez Jr. Back on Aug. 3, 2017, no one would have guessed the statue of J. O. Walker, sitting on a bench on the northeast side of the Fine and Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M International University, would ever walk of his own free will to the bookstore, grab a mask, put it on and without any discomfort around his ears. The poor guy sits out in all weather conditions—the least TAMIU could do is supply him with a complementary mask, a cloth one at that. Were the s...
OPINION: Positivity can hurt too
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OPINION: Positivity can hurt too

OPINION: Positivity can hurt too By Erick BarrientosManaging EditorPublished Monday, Oct. 12, 2020 Last semester, I was dealing with a pretty heavy break up and, well — we all know how that goes. The days that followed were not my best because there was a lot of frustration, confusion and pain but it is normal. If you know anything about me, if you don’t then you’re gonna learn something, I tend to dive into those kinds of emotions and let myself “feel them out.” Otherwise, I will never get better. Of course, my friends were aware of the situation, obviously because I told them. They were as supportive as they could have been, which was great. I loved that. However, I noticed something very interesting as the weeks progressed. The longer I was dealing with my feelings, expressing...
OPINION: Perplexing pandemic times
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OPINION: Perplexing pandemic times

OPINION: Perplexing pandemic times By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 So far as editor-in-chief for a second semester, it is already overwhelming but I cannot see anyone else doing what I do. I am sure anyone can do what I do, especially if they have organization skills--seriously. Anyway, that was just me blowing off some steam, but blowing off steam can get people into strange situations or start something they never intended to start. One of the things blowing up my realms of social media has been that Texas A&M International University and the City of Laredo are in some type of “battle.” This disagreement calls into question TAMIU choices regarding the pandemic. Leaving flex scheduling and both buildings, the Academic Innovation Center...
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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 ...
OPINION: Following an amazing editor
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OPINION: Following an amazing editor

OPINION: Following an amazing editor EDITOR'S VIEWBy David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, May 4, 2020 I, David Gomez Jr., am the latest editor-in-chief of The Bridge student newspaper at TAMIU. Many of you who have already seen my articles and editorials knew I had some great big shoes to fill. David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chief Matt, the editor-in-chief before me, was a shining example of what it took to run a campus student newspaper. He had the will, the fortitude, the social skills and the natural talent to find a story. Among our own reporters, photographers and editors, he is talked about fondly and they reminisce of his managing and straightforward advice. He was absolutely one of a kind. “I remember when Matt would…,” someone in The Bridge staff would say as ...
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OPINION: Being essential these days

OPINION: Being essential these days EDITOR'S POINT of VIEWBy David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, April 20, 2020 The coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, causes the disease COVID-19. The ‘rona, as some people are calling it, came fast and deadly. It added pressure to an already fragile economy. At the front lines of keeping the economy afloat, other than the medical, grocery store clerks, farmers and janitorial staff who deserve so much praise, are also the other “essential” businesses. I am currently one of those essential workers. David Gomez Jr. I work in a hardware store, yet it doesn’t feel essential. I recently went from a part-time to a full-time employee. Nowadays, the type of customers who come into the store are those tired of being at home. It used to be just t...
OPINION: Time on our hands
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OPINION: Time on our hands

OPINION: Time on our hands Allison Villareal | Special to The Bridge ARTIST’S STATEMENTBy Allison VillarealBridge contributing illustratorPublished Monday, April 20, 2020 For this concept, I intended to use variety, contrast and movement to demonstrate the overwhelming and uneasy feelings that can be experienced when having too many things in our hands. I used variety by having hands of many sizes holding different objects that represent time, relationships, health, financial issues, chores, education, entertainment and self care. I used contrast to highlight the dark pressures and stress that can be behind each responsibility that is being held. I used movement to express the variety of weight each hand is carrying.
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