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City continues courts complex construction
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City continues courts complex construction

City continues courts complex construction By Silvia BlancoBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 [Editor’s Note: This is ongoing coverage of the tennis courts construction, which The Bridge began reporting on in 2019 by David Gomez Jr. and continued with a story by Leslie Villafana Martinez on April 3, 2021. Our most recent story was by Cristian Alardin on Nov. 19, 2021.] Despite delays, construction continues on the city’s new tennis courts located at TAMIU. In an effort to bring a new tennis facility to Laredo, the city and Texas A&M International University partnered to make the complex a reality. The completed City of Laredo Tennis Complex at TAMIU is expected to include 18 courts, concession stands and locker rooms. The courts were originally s...
Outrage raised over perceived EPA inaction
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Outrage raised over perceived EPA inaction

Outrage raised over perceived EPA inaction By Gabriel RodriguezBridge Staff WriterPublished Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 During their first combined meeting regarding the health dangers of ethylene oxide, Laredo and EPA representatives were met by cries from the audience. The Sept. 15 meeting centered around reported pollution from the Midwest Sterilization Corporation at its Laredo facility. Environmental Protection Agency representatives insisted they would take action to protect the Laredo residents’ health, yet audience members called the actions neither timely nor substantial. According to a Dec. 27, 2021, investigative article by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica, the EPA began its look into the then-theory that EtOs caused cancer in 2002. By 2006, the agency assessed that “the ...
NEWS: Alumna becomes first female TAMIU police chief
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NEWS: Alumna becomes first female TAMIU police chief

NEWS: Alumna becomes first female TAMIU police chief By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 TAMIU installs an alumni member as its first female TAMIU police chief. “She’s a role model and truly represents our ‘Go Beyond’ vision for our campus, its students and its graduates,” Texas A&M International University President Pablo Arenaz said in a press release. “We look forward to her leadership and service here.” David Gomez Jr. | BridgeNew TAMIU Police Department Chief Cordelia G. Perez, left, gets sworn in during a Sept. 30 ceremony. New TAMIU Police Department Chief Cordelia G. Perez was sworn in during a Friday, Sept. 30, ceremony in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library Great Room. “I’m really excited to get started and we’d like to get out ...
HEALTH: 1950s flashback virus threatens human contact
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HEALTH: 1950s flashback virus threatens human contact

HEALTH: 1950s flashback virus threatens human contact By Caroline RiveraBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 While many flashbacks to the 1950s summon images of Elvis or pop culture, one particular human health threat returns to haunt people. The variola virus, which causes smallpox, led to other viruses such as cowpox viruses and more recently in the form of monkeypox. Courtesy TAMIU Public RelationsPosters like this have been placed all around campus this semester, such as in restrooms, to inform students of the monkeypox virus symptoms. Student Health Services Director Claudia C. Beltran finds herself on the frontlines of these types of health concerns at Texas A&M International University.  “It’s basically an infection caused by the monkeypox...
EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course
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EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course

EDUCATION: Professor launches new theater course By Viviana TellezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 Although COVID-19 temporarily closed the curtains for theater performances, TAMIU launched a new course to get the show back on the road. Academic Cooperative, the new course, began this Fall for anyone who wants to work on a theater production. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeInstructional Associate Professor of theater and communication Gilberto Martinez Jr. acts out a monologue during one of his theater courses in Academic Innovation Center Room 221 on Sept. 14. Instructional Associate Professor of theater and communication Gilberto Martinez Jr. held auditions for the upcoming show in early September. Martinez expects the performances to occur Nov. 3 to...
EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house
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EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house

EDUCATION: Graduate School to host open house By Tomas SolisBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022 Open houses and new online programs are some of the big items coming up for the TAMIU Graduate School. “[This] semester is going to be busy,” Director of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Guillermo F. Gonzalez Jr. said. “We are going to be having our open house face-to-face again.” David Gomez Jr. | Bridge Photo IllustrationSpanish major in all-level certification Jesus Ivan Arellano Guzman looks on Sept. 27 at graduation materials he could splurge for at the Sen. Judith Zaffarini Success Center. Beyond graduation, some students look toward graduate school. The first open house is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Sen. Judith Zaff...
NEWS: Fresh Start wipes estimated $1.3 million in institutional student debt
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NEWS: Fresh Start wipes estimated $1.3 million in institutional student debt

NEWS: Fresh Start wipes estimated $1.3 million in institutional student debt By Gabriel RodriguezBridge Staff WriterPublished Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 One barrier, which prevents some students from continuing their education, keeps getting the ax at TAMIU. The Fresh Start 2.0 program cut additional student debt this past summer at $352,437. First implemented in the summer of 2021 and again in the summer of 2022, as Fresh Start 2.0, the Fresh Start program has wiped about $1.3 million total in institutional student debt for students at Texas A&M International University, according to the University’s press releases. Marco Villarreal | Bridge Photo IllustrationTAMIU student Marielise Rodriguez Sosa shows her excitement over having her debt to the University paid off due to th...
CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future
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CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future

CAMPUS: Possible new health sciences building in TAMIU’s future By Laurie RenickBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022 If it receives final approval, TAMIU plans to construct a new building to support the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. No official date or blueprints are currently available for the proposed facility. “The project is still pending authorization by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, and no designs or schematics have been created at this time,” Texas A&M International University Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services Steve Harmon wrote in an email to The Bridge. “We would expect to have a more complete assessment with possible building details and forecasts by late Spring …” David Gomez...
NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award
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NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award

NEWS: TAMIU student wins state writing award By Mireilly GonzalezAssistant EditorPublished Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 A third-person perspective work led to a first-place award for one TAMIU creative writing student. Over the summer, Texas A&M International University senior mathematics major and creative writing minor Daniel Tovar Jr. won a Texas state creative writing award for his story, “The End?” in the Texas Association of Creative Writing Teachers’ competition in the undergraduate nonfiction category. Rolando Santos | TAMIU Public RelationsDaniel Tovar Jr. poses for a photo near the TAMIU fountain. Tovar won a creative nonfiction writing state contest in summer 2022. Tovar is the type of guy who would excitedly rant to anyone in a writing group about comics, like S...
NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future
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NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future

NEWS: Spring commencement ceremonies catapult students into future By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Once again, TAMIU graduation candidates stepped across the stage of the Sames Auto Arena during one of two commencement ceremonies on May 12. Texas A&M International University’s graduating class of 2022 experienced a shorter, cautious ceremony for attendees, while still holding onto the same message. David Gomez Jr. | BridgeFaculty and graduates stand in celebration at the end of Thursday afternoon's College of Arts and Sciences commencement at the Sames Auto Arena in Laredo on May 12. “A job well done today,” Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, said about the ceremony and graduates. “We have a very unique graduation today with well [more than]...
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