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OPINION: Students upset over confusing foreign language credit email
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OPINION: Students upset over confusing foreign language credit email

OPINION: Students upset over confusing foreign language credit email By Juan Carlos PuenteSocial Media ManagerPublished Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 [Editor's Note: This opinion piece is in response to a Thursday, Oct. 5, email from the Office of the University Registrar that read, "Our records indicate that you are under a University Catalog which has the Foreign Language Graduation Requirement. As a directive from the University, this graduation requirement has been removed from all University Catalogs and therefore, its completion for graduation will no longer be required."] I received an email alerting me that the foreign language graduation requirement was removed. I read it during my foreign language class—I won’t specify which course out of respect for the professor—but this em...
OPINION: Games bring joy through friendships
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OPINION: Games bring joy through friendships

OPINION: Games bring joy through friendships By Neto GonzalezEditor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023 Growing up, playing video games with friends is often among a gamer's fondest memories. These are the moments that etch themselves into our hearts, forging friendships that withstand the tests of time and distance. In those days, we counted down the minutes at school, eager to return home and immerse ourselves in the virtual worlds that awaited us. It was a time of boundless excitement, where the hardships of the day could be forgotten, even if for a short moment. Neto Gonzalez Editor-in-chief As we reminisce about the games of our childhood, it's easy to get lost in a wave of melancholic nostalgia. Games like "COD: Zombies," "GTA V" and "MW2" hold a special place in ...
OPINION: Lack of access as useful as plastic baby keys
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OPINION: Lack of access as useful as plastic baby keys

OPINION: Lack of access as useful as plastic baby keys By Elizabeth KennedyBridge IllustratorPublished Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2023 This illustration is inspired by my Residential Learning Community move-in experience this semester. Despite signing the lease and paying in full, somehow my card never got granted access into the residence halls, locking me out and making it functionally useless as a key. Elizabeth Kennedy | Bridge illustration
OPINION: Fear will find you, so let it fuel you
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OPINION: Fear will find you, so let it fuel you

OPINION: Fear will find you, so let it fuel you By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, May 5, 2023 As I type away this opinion column between our staff’s managing editor and interns on the row of Macs in our office, I realize this is something I’ve always wanted. It’s a shame it comes at the end of my time at this university. The paragraph you just read was written two days ago. This opinion piece will be written with a new mindset and for the better—the theme is fear. David Gomez Jr. I must admit I am taking inspiration from Kendrick Lamar’s song “Fear” because it is a powerful song, and lately, that’s what I’ve been feeling while I type away on this laptop on my kitchen table. I fear earning my degree will be for nothing. I fear I gave up so much quality ti...
OPINION: TAMIU sucks, here is why
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OPINION: TAMIU sucks, here is why

OPINION: TAMIU sucks, here is why By Mireilly GonzalezManaging EditorPublished on Friday, May 5, 2023 What is something that has defined your experience here at TAMIU and why? Now that my time is coming to an end, I have changed. I came here in 2019. In January 2020, my mental health, like everyone else’s, worsened as the coronavirus pandemic spread. Seeing the news from my dorm in an isolated campus, looking like a deserted town, was far from what other people’s first-year college experience was before. Mireilly Gonzalez I’ve been involved in several student organizations, among them SLIiC, the film club and then the Laredo Film Club TAMIU Chapter organization it became, and The Bridge. Being involved during the pandemic was strange, but it was my only sanity. For some,...
OPINION: The Bridge wants you, so do I
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OPINION: The Bridge wants you, so do I

OPINION: The Bridge wants you, so do I By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-ChiefPublished Tuesday, March 21, 2023 There is something I should have done a lot sooner, and it starts now. Is there a better way to say, “Hey? Join The Bridge?” Probably not. My opportunity to join the student paper came during Fall 2019 and under the leadership of Matthew Balderas—a legendary, almost mythical, editor-in-chief among veteran staff members. And ever since, I’ve always felt that loose in the shoes I’ve had to fill. David Gomez Jr. But I’m straying away from the point here, and the point I’m trying to make is that students should take advantage of participating in academic organizations. First off, from personal experience, anyone who’d like to be a reporter someday, should just join. Y...
OPINION: Reflections on the knife: cinema’s slasher king ends
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OPINION: Reflections on the knife: cinema’s slasher king ends

OPINION: Reflections on the knife Cinema’s slasher king ends By David Gomez Jr.Editor-in-chiefPublished Friday, Oct. 28, 2022 [Editor’s Note: This piece contains spoilers for Halloween Ends. Readers are warned.] It is 1:45 a.m. at this moment so I must write this before the high, after watching Halloween Ends—uh, well, ends. I must say, this opinion piece will definitely be filled with spoilers of the film and place me in the minority of people who thoroughly enjoyed its conclusion. David Gomez Jr. Why can’t I be this enthusiastic about college? Oh my goodness. Haha. To understand where my cloud nine sensation is coming from, I must take you to the beginning when I was just a wee lad watching the original Halloween (1978) in the daytime of my parents bedroom throug...
OPINION: Australia, UK need to do more for Aboriginal rights
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OPINION: Australia, UK need to do more for Aboriginal rights

OPINION: Australia, UK need to do more for Aboriginal rights By Mireilly GonzalezAssistant EditorPublished Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022 According to the Australian Institute of Criminology, 521 Indigenous people have died in custody since 1992. However, deaths continue to pile up, and Aboriginal communities find themselves without justice. Mireilly Gonzalez Just this past May, police officer Zachary Rolfe was acquitted of the death of Kumaji Walker. He was accused of murder, manslaughter and a violent act resulting in death. Rolfe was the first officer to face trial for an Aboriginal death—and understandably, all eyes from the Aboriginal community were set on the trial. It presented hope amidst the collective mourning that Walker’s death sparked in people’s hearts. The acquittal, ...
OPINION: ‘Tis the Season: Doom, gloom meet Halloween
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OPINION: ‘Tis the Season: Doom, gloom meet Halloween

OPINION: 'Tis the Season: Doom, gloom meet Halloween By Alejandro CarbajalBridge IllustratorPublished Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022 Alejandro Carbajal | Bridge illustrationDuring October 2022, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse have nearly filled their ranks. Like Conquest invoking Pestilence, diseases such as monkeypox and COVID-19 threaten us. Like War spreading conflict and strife, the war between Russia and the Ukraine—as well as other global conflicts—cause the fear of nuclear war, while hurricanes and floods add more strife. The food-merchant symbolizing Famine raises costs as inflation soars on our economic rollercoaster. The world is turned upside down. Where is the fourth horseman? The pale rider known as Death may wait just around the corner.
OPINION: ‘Pro-life’ not in favor of all life
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OPINION: ‘Pro-life’ not in favor of all life

OPINION: ‘Pro-life’ not in favor of all life Movement forgets about livelihood of mothers, children By Mireilly GonzalezAssistant EditorPublished Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 Roe v. Wade was passed but it was then overruled after almost 50 years in a 6-3 ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson decision.  in 1969, Norma McCorvey brought up the case of abortion to her local government official, Wade. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled abortion to be a broad right conferred by the U.S. Constitution. Mireilly Gonzalez Roe v. Wade was controversial at the time, and remained so. Some criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to consider abortion a “civil right” instead of a “human right.” Others criticized the ruling as a form of judicial activism–which meant the ruling was made with bias...
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