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OPINION: BOOK REVIEW: Modern tragedy in If We Were Villains
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OPINION: BOOK REVIEW: Modern tragedy in If We Were Villains

OPINION: BOOK REVIEW: Modern tragedy in If We Were Villains By Alexia AlemanBridge Staff PodcasterPublished Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 “You can justify anything if you do it poetically enough,” M.L. Rio writes in her debut novel If We Were Villains. Although the novel is full of beautiful quotes, this one completely captures the essence and meaning of the story. The novel follows seven young actors studying Shakespeare at a prestigious university. At the center, Oliver Marks is completing a 10-year prison sentence for the murder of Richard Sterling, his former classmate and friend. Alexia Aleman Complex relationships join together the seven friends. Even between friends, feelings of envy and hatred become dangerous rather quickly. Shakespeare becomes the center of their lives ...
OPINION: Seduction of ‘Saltburn’
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OPINION: Seduction of ‘Saltburn’

OPINION: Seduction of Saltburn By Destiny R. SanchezAssistant EditorPublished Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 The paced and satiric displays of wealth and pleasure unveil the true motives of the upper class in Saltburn. This masterpiece of cinema flashes back to the 2000s, as molded by director Emerald Fennell. “Is there really ever such a thing as an accident, Elspeth?” Oliver Quick, the main character of Saltburn, asked. “I don’t know. Accidents are for people like you. For the rest of us, there’s work. And unlike you, I actually know how to work.” Destiny Sanchez Saltburn keeps the audience captivated every minute while peeling away at each character, frame-by-frame. Full of Oscar-worthy performances led by Barry Keoghan’s character, Quick, who displays his ability to seduce an...
OPINION: Digital dharma and the zeitgeist
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OPINION: Digital dharma and the zeitgeist

OPINION: Digital dharma and the zeitgeist By Ana VaraBridge Staff WriterPublished Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024 It is Jan. 24 as I begin to write this and the much-awaited Academy Award nominations have finally been announced. Whether you’ve liked Maestro since Bradley Cooper peed his pants in A Star Is Born or saved a Cillian Murphy as Scarecrow edit on your TikTok favorites, today is a big day. Though, like any other day living in a hellscape, our seemingly vacuum-existing opinions have become almost laughably good examples of playing stupid games and winning stupid prizes. I took a class on Hinduism and Buddhist philosophy this past Wintermester with Instructional Assistant Professor Jude Galbraith, and as the aftermath of four straight hours of Abhidharma metaphysics finally gives wa...
OPINION: New editor, same Bridge
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OPINION: New editor, same Bridge

OPINION: New editor, same Bridge By Juan Carlos PuenteEditor-in-chiefPublished Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2024 Hello, TAMIU! My name is Juan Carlos Puente, newly appointed editor-in-chief for The Bridge. You may have seen my name on a handful of stories from last semester, or viewed my and my team’s Instagram work or on other various platforms, as I was The Bridge’s previous social media manager. I’m currently a senior studying communication with a minor in marketing at Texas A&M International University, and am currently set to graduate in December of 2024. Until then, I plan to use all of my power to help elevate The Bridge to new forms of media as well as be as relevant and efficient as possible. Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of the rest of The Bridge s...
OPINION: To TAMIU, I bid adieu
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OPINION: To TAMIU, I bid adieu

OPINION: To TAMIU, I bid adieu By Neto GonzalezEditor-in-chiefPublished Sunday, Dec. 3, 2023 As I bid farewell to TAMIU and The Bridge, a wave of nostalgia and gratitude washes over me. Leading this newspaper has been a labor of love, a challenging yet immensely rewarding experience that I proudly call mine. The Bridge became a canvas for our collective passion for journalism, a platform to amplify student voices and a testament to the power of community-driven storytelling. The countless sleepless nights spent working on projects, stories, midterms and finals were not merely moments of stress but tests of resilience. Neto GonzalezEditor-in-chief Beyond the newsroom, the relationships forged on campus are the heartbeats of my Texas A&M International University journey. ...
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: Dating in digital era
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OPINION: Dating in digital era

OPINION: Dating in digital era By Destiny R. SanchezAssistant EditorPublished Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023 Growing up as the oldest of four children, I was always warned of the dangers of dating. I remember my dad telling me, “Destiny, all logic goes out the window when it comes to someone you’re passionate about.” Frankly, my father was right. Dating just isn’t how it used to be 10, 20, 30 years ago.  Destiny Sanchez We live in the digital age, where follower count and Snapchat scores matter. Then, there’s that one point where we all wait for that one person to like our Instagram story that was specifically posted for them. The greatest thing a person can do now to grab your attention is head straight into your direct messages with a simple “hey” and that’s where it all beg...
OPINION: Swift’s music not just about boys
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OPINION: Swift’s music not just about boys

OPINION: Swift’s music not just about boys By Alexia AlemanBridge Staff WriterPublished Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023 For the longest time, Taylor Swift was known as the girl who wrote breakup songs about the boys she dated. Yet, Swift proved many times that she's more than the girl with all the boyfriends. She went from being known for her love life to being the greatest singer-songwriter of our generation. Swift's lyrics are like no other. Her lyrics convey intense and heartfelt emotion in her music. One of her most heartbreaking lyrics is, “You drew stars around my scars but now I’m bleeding” from her song Cardigan. She describes a girl who had her heart broken before, and whose father left when she was young. But she meets a guy who heals her and makes her feel special. She falls c...
OPINION: ‘Oppenheimer’ retains fan faith in film director
Entertainment, In Our View, Opinion

OPINION: ‘Oppenheimer’ retains fan faith in film director

OPINION: ‘Oppenheimer’ retains fan faith in film director By Emmanuel Reyes CoronaBridge Staff PodcasterPublished Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023 “They won’t fear it until they understand it. And they won’t understand it until they’ve used it.” These words marked a turning point in World War II, a pivotal historical moment. They also resonated with my encounter with cinematic brilliance. As a devoted Christopher Nolan fan, I eagerly awaited the silver screen debut of Oppenheimer for years. Despite not having explored Nolan’s earlier masterpieces—Inception (2010), Interstellar (2014), Dunkirk (2017)—I was familiar with his style, work ethic and passion for cinema. The announcement of screenings gave me the chance to secure my ticket, and I eagerly anticipated my journey into the cinema. ...
OPINION: Trans rights are human rights
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OPINION: Trans rights are human rights

OPINION: Trans rights are human rights By Elizabeth KennedyBridge IllustratorPublished Thursday, March 23, 2023 During the past few months, dozens of anti-LGBT bills have been proposed in Texas. The focus of multiple bills reduces access to or downright bans trans healthcare and visibility, even including medical procedures for trans adults. Though some politicians wish we would disappear, trans people will not be gotten rid of. Elizabeth Kennedy | Bridge illustration
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