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EDITORIAL: Black to the future: turning tragedy to triumph through the lens of a black woman
Editorial, Opinion

EDITORIAL: Black to the future: turning tragedy to triumph through the lens of a black woman

EDITORIAL: Black to the future: turning tragedy to triumph through the lens of a black woman By Brittany Stubblefield-EngramBridge Staff WriterPublished Friday, Feb. 26, 2021 For most, the thought of February relates to love and plans of how Valentine’s Day will be spent. For others, it puts the fate of our weather’s future and arrival of Spring in the paws of a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil. However, for me, the approach of February means that for 28 days, 29 during leap years, it is a time I hope the world places their anti-blackness on pause and celebrates the black people who constructed civilization’s greatness. Brittany Stubblefield-Engram Black History Month began in 1926 as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It was chosen as the second week of February bec...
OPINION: Washington Celebration holds important local heritage
Editorial, Opinion

OPINION: Washington Celebration holds important local heritage

OPINION: Washington Celebration holds important local heritage By Gabrielle A. PratherBridge Staff WriterPublished Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 In the month of February, many special holidays and occasions are noted such as Valentine’s Day and Black History Month but locally, there’s one major event that dominates Laredo culture. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration is a citywide and month-long extravaganza honoring the first U.S. president George Washington. The Washington’s Birthday Celebration Association sponsors the series of events that were created in 1923, which involve numerous organizations. Historically, the inaugural celebration was held in 1898 as a way of encouraging American patriotism along the Texas-Mexican border. This was a way of joining both neighbors as one and ce...
OPINION: Year off to unexpected start
Editorial, Illustrations, Opinion

OPINION: Year off to unexpected start

OPINION: Year off to unexpected start By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 It's a new year with hopes of a better future than the past year. Let's start off with former President Donald Trump igniting chaos upon the country, our newly elected President Joe Biden successfully moving into office under the sleepy eyes of Sen. Bernie Sanders in mittens, and finishing off the first month of the year with an uprising in the stock market.
EDITORIAL: Student loan forgiveness on horizon under new administration
Academia, Editorial, Education, Opinion

EDITORIAL: Student loan forgiveness on horizon under new administration

EDITORIAL: Student loan forgiveness on horizon under new administration By Brittany Stubblefield-EngramBridge Staff WriterPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 The push for federal student loan forgiveness has begun. “OK, now let’s cancel them,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., tweeted out on Jan. 20 after newly sworn-in President Joe Biden announced student loan forgiveness as part of the administration’s first 100-day agenda. With nearly a half million likes and more than 50,000 retweets, it is the cry of many Gen Xers and Millennials alike. The temporary suspension of payments and interest on federal student loans, due to COVID-19, was set to expire at the end of January after an extension was granted by former President Donald Trump. Following a request from Biden, the Dep...
OPINION: Just trudging through
Editorial, In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Just trudging through

OPINION: Just trudging through By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 2021 is in full effect. Now that it is February, I must admit I am already losing my grip this semester. No more Trump. Here comes Biden. The first female vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris. Bernie Sanders chilling on a chair in chilly weather. Redditors start a revolution through stocks rather than storming the Capitol. David Gomez Jr. Anyway, that is happening over there, and we are here. In six weeks, we will have had a year surviving a pandemic. Individualism is on high as people wander the sidewalks and highways without a care. Some take it so far as to not wear a mask. Collectivism, I believe, is not welcome in the United States. At least in Laredo, I am sur...
OPINION: Times they are a-changin’
Editorial, Opinion

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
Editorial, In Our View, Opinion

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: Perplexing pandemic times
Editorial, Opinion

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...
Business, Editorial, Health, In Our View, Opinion

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 ...
Editorial, In Our View, Opinion

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...
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