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OPINION: Social distancing evident at Oscars like at school
In Our View, Opinion

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
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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: 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
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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...
OPINION: Feel the ‘Bern-ing’ love
In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Feel the ‘Bern-ing’ love

OPINION: Feel the 'Bern-ing' love By David J. GarciaBridge Staff InternPublished Saturday, March 13, 2021 Memes are usually a product of their time. They can represent current events or ideas (or just a dumb joke that was running around) that were popular or ridiculed. Memes are almost always surface-level in meaning. On rare occasions, they can evoke something major. The meme world today is also ever-changing. Keeping up with this world is a fast-paced effort; one minute, Damn Daniel was the thing—now, I’d rather get beat with a bat than see that meme one more time. Heck, as I write this, the Bernie meme probably isn't even all that “relevant” anymore. Despite so, certain memes do withstand the test of time (see: classic Spongebob memes). Jessica Rodriguez | Bridge Phot...
OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema
Entertainment, In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema

OPINION: Death of a friend, but it’s a cinema By Erick BarrientosBridge Staff InternPublished Friday, March 5, 2021 Cinemark Movies 12 — or as it was known locally in Laredo: the “dollar theater” — is DEAD. Yeah, I know saying it’s dead in all caps is rather aggressive but look it up! Before you continue, do a quick Google search and see what that page tells you, I’ll wait … You’re back? It says “permanently closed” right? That bold red ribbon serves as a weird virtual tombstone, of sorts. Erick Barrientos All I can say is, “What a way to go.” When I got the news, it was shared across Facebook a couple weeks ago by an employee, now ex-employee, with pictures and a caption that read: “And that’s a cut (film emojis)!! Goodbye Cinemark movies 12 (crying emojis), I am glad I...
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: Interning during a pandemic
In Our View, Opinion

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...
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