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The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Island Waves

The Student News Site of Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Island Waves

Jonathan Garcia

Jonathan Garcia, Reporter

Jonathan Garcia is a post baccalaureate majoring in Communications Studies. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Jonathan aims to be a strong speaker in the communications field. He also loves long walks enjoying the scenery, gaming, and going to the movies in his spare time.

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An impromptu memorial was put together outside  of NGR park in Houston, Texas in honor of those who passed at Astroworld Festival.

Astroworld causes tragedy that hits close to home

November 19, 2021

As fallout from the recent tragedy at the Astroworld Festival continues, talk of how the Travis Scott concert may have been mishandled and how it may impact future concerts in Texas continues on campus. What...

Dr. Rossy Lima discusses her book “Migrare Mutare” and the inspiration into what helped shape the book into what it is today.

Dr. Lima talks to TAMU-CC about her experiences through poetry

October 25, 2021

Dr. Rossy Lima took students and staff on a journey through poetry detailing her life as an immigrant and what inspires her to write as a poet. As a part of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s...

The Dugan Gymnasium has been set up for required COVID-19 testing by the university and wrapped up it’s last week of testing.

COVID-19 Testing Wraps Up on Campus

September 22, 2021

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has wrapped up COVID-19 testing in the Dugan Gymnasium. At the start of the fall semester, TAMU-CC required students and staff to get a mandatory BinaxNOW COVID-19...

Student Activities Coordinator Stacy Rowan assists an international student over the phone at TAMU-CC’s call center.

TAMU-CC classes go fully online amidst COVID-19 pandemic

March 19, 2020

On March 16, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s President Dr. Kelly Miller announced classes will be held online for the remainder of the Spring semester. “We were looking at what the CDC...

CCRTA plans to post informational flyers around campus along with making a safety video to show riders how to safely ride the shuttle.

SURGE shuttle temporarily suspended due to safety concerns

March 2, 2020

The Corpus Christi Regional Transit Authority’s SURGE autonomous shuttle route has been temporarily suspended at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi following a safety concern. The EZ 10 Generation...

A portion of the Bayside Parking Garage’s second floor has been reserved for ParkMobile visitors.

ParkMobile: Primo parking will cost you

February 21, 2020

The ParkMobile app is now fully available at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and has been in use since its Nov. 20 announcement. The app allows you to reserve a parking spot in a designated...

SGA senate meeting recap 02-17-2020

SGA senate meeting recap 02-17-2020

February 20, 2020

TAMU-CC’s Student Government Association discussed parking, recruiting future Islanders and the passing of a new resolution at the senate meeting on Monday, Feb. 17. Speaker of the Senate Morell Jenkins...

SGA senate meeting recap 2-10-2020

SGA senate meeting recap 2-10-2020

February 12, 2020

TAMU-CC’s Student Government Association Feb. 10 senate meeting welcomed a new senator and discussed topics including the departure of the Wells Fargo Bank on campus. Speaker of the Senate Morell...

SGA senate meeting 02-03-20

SGA senate meeting 02-03-20

February 5, 2020

TAMU-CC’s Student Government Association Feb. 3 senate discussed topics like the resignation of the treasurer, appointment of a new senator and coming event like Fresh Food Friday. Speaker of the...

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes (left) and safety Tyrann Mathieu celebrate their Super Bowl LIV victory after their last victory in 1970.

Chiefs rally in the end to win Super Bowl LIV

February 3, 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 at Super Bowl LIV at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL on Feb. 2. The big game was a fight to the finish as both teams showcased...

SGA senate meeting 01-27-20

SGA senate meeting 01-27-20

January 29, 2020

TAMU-CC’s Student Government Association kicked off their first meeting of the semester on Monday, Jan. 27, after returning from the break. The meeting began with Speaker of the Senate Morell Jenkins...

Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta gave a speech during the 2015 Coastal Bend Social Forum at Del Mar College. (Courtesy of Coastal Bend Social Forum/FACEBOOK)

Coastal Bend forum shines a light on activism and labor unions

January 29, 2020

The 2019 Coastal Bend Social Forum will be looking to educate people on issues happening in America before the upcoming presidential elections. The bi-annual event will be taking place from 9 a.m. to...

Kedran Wade/ISLAND WAVES - J. Don Luna immerses himself in the role by taking a moment to process being “fired from his job” recently.

J. Don Luna immerses himself in student film made by seniors at TAMU-CC

November 25, 2019

Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance J. Don Luna gets ready for his close-up by starring in the student film “Affinity.” Directed by senior Media Production major Xander Smith, the film...

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One of the designated ParkMobile areas will be set in front of Classroom East starting this Fall.

The parking garage plans to get rid of the gate that dispenses garage tickets for visitors in order to make way for ParkMobile zones in the future.

ParkMobile offers more parking for visitors at TAMU-CC

November 21, 2019

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been working to help improve visitor parking by implementing ParkMobile to help with the issues of parking. ParkMobile is an app you can use on your phone...

Illustration by Sierra Lutz

TAMU-CC recalls wacky finals excuses from students

November 20, 2019

The fall semester is coming to a close here at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi as students prepare for the most dreaded time known as finals. It is the time of the semester where students scramble...

Courtesy of the Counseling Center/TAMU-CC- Alison Marks explains to a student on what the pledge cards are about and informs her about bullying among the LGBT community and regular bullying.

Alison Marks stands against LGBTQ+ bullying

November 16, 2019

What started as a pledge to fight against bullying turned into something far more impactful for Outreach Services Coordinator Dr. Alison Marks. Marks started an LGBT Spirit Day, otherwise known as anti-bullying...

Photo archive contributed by Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Photo featured on New York Times Article on Nov. 23, 2017) - Many shoppers browsing through shoes getting a great price on them at JCPenney which will be open during Black Friday on Nov. 29.

Unnecessary aggression celebrated after giving thanks

November 16, 2019

With Thanksgiving around the corner, it also brings attention to the one holiday that contradicts “Turkey day,” and it’s known as Black Friday. It is a day where many people, moments after discussing...

Photo courtesy of PC Gamer - SAS Captain John Price leads his squad on a stealth operation to take down terrorists in Camden Town in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

‘Modern Warfare’ review: Infinity Ward tackles terrors of war

November 16, 2019

Infinity Ward “goes dark” and back into the present day after spending time in space in the “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.” Not to be confused with the entry released in 2007 of the same name,...

Jonathan Garcia/ISLAND WAVES - Veterans Memorial High School sophomore Sunidhi Kulkarni performs for a group of many in attendance at the Diwali festival, getting in touch with her roots.

India Student Association celebrates Diwali at TAMU-CC

November 4, 2019

The India Student Association at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi brings Diwali, otherwise known as the Festival of Lights for an evening of celebration. Diwali is a festival that celebrates...

SGA meeting recap: 10/28

SGA meeting recap: 10/28

October 31, 2019

The SGA held their meeting on Monday, Oct. 28 to make up for the cancellation last week, during which Dr. Amy Aldridge-Sanford, Associate Provost, discussed the proposal for an International Student program...

Illustration by Sierra Lutz/ISLAND WAVES

Caught in the Crossfire: Video games’ addition to violence is still unclear

October 31, 2019

Video games have often been thought of as a stress reliever, but they have also been seen as a recipe for disaster in recent news about active and mass shootings. In the wake of the recent mass shootings...

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Joaquin Phoenix immerses himself as the “Joker” in DC Comics’ most talked about film that has garnered both controversy and strong Oscar buzz.

‘Joker’ review: DC delivers a dark, yet great conversation starter

October 31, 2019

Joaquin Phoenix immersed himself as Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line,” and now he transforms into the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips’ “Joker.” Phillips, who is known for directing comedies...

Jonathan Garcia/ISLAND WAVES - Samuel Reyes goes for a nice swim after getting dunked in the dunk tank by a festival goer at the Columbian Food Festival.

Local church gives South Texas a taste of Colombia

October 31, 2019

Corpus Christi got a slice of Colombian culture with the third annual “Festival de comida Colombiana,” otherwise known as the Colombian Food Festival. The event was held on Oct. 10 by local church...

Jonathan Garcia/ISLAND WAVES- Jacquelyn Scott (left) and Nicole Aman beg the minimum wage employer for a job to get by at the Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE).

TAMU-CC gives people an insight into a life of poverty

October 15, 2019

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi partners up with local community organizations to immerse students and staff in an exact model of living in poverty. Kicking off Domestic Violence Prevention...

Jonathan Garcia/ISLANDWAVES - Beth Franz (left) holds her composure as Walgreens Pharmacist Michelle Soliz administers the flu shot to combat the flu.

TAMU-CC and Walgreens help students and faculty combat the flu

October 12, 2019

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Health Services department aids students and staff in fighting flu season by giving out flu shots on campus. In partnership with Walgreens Pharmacy, the first...

Photos by Jonathan Garcia/Island Waves- Freshman Kayla Vasquez (left) and Freshman Sebastian Szpack paint their own alebrijes while Junior Karla Vasquez is fascinated by the color choices.

TAMU-CC students gather to paint their spirit animal

October 4, 2019

Students showed off their artistic side by painting their own spirit animal in the University Center to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Cultural...

Photos by Jonathan Garcia/Island Waves-Juggling duo Reid Belstock (left) juggles a set of clubs with Warren Hammond while having friendly banter in their show “SMIRK.”

Juggling duo gives TAMU-CC audience a “SMIRK”

October 2, 2019

Juggling duo Reid Belstock and Warren Hammond bring their 90-minute show “SMIRK” to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Performing Arts Center. Kicking off the Furgason BRAVO! Series on...

Photos by Jonathan Garcia/Island Waves- Mayra Zamora (from left), Andrea Montalvo-Hamid, Monica Garcia and Sandra Gonzalez stand for a photo with the mural.

Las Muralistas unveil finished mural for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 30, 2019

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi alumnae, Las Muralistas, unveil their mural on Sept. 27 in the Legacy Ballroom in the University Center. After students and the community helped paint the mural...

Illustration by Jolina Limary (Island Waves)

TAMU-CC club helps felines in need

September 25, 2019

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is home to a group known simply as the Cat Club, which aims to help any felines in need on the Island and raises awareness about them. The club aims to teach...

Photos courtesy of ISLAND WAVES / Event attendees work hard into the evening to finish the mural.

TAMU-CC alums host mural painting for Hispanic Heritage Month

September 23, 2019

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi gave students a chance to show off their art skills by painting a mural as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. The event was hosted by TAMU-CC alums Mayra Zamora,...

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Mitchell Jackson explains the game of “dumbbell races” as Jacob Martinez and Austin Brady link up together, playing the couple “pantstelope,” a couple obsessed with wearing pants.

Islander Improv begins semester with back to school show

September 16, 2019

The Islander Improv student club kicks off the fall semester right with their first back to school show at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Performed on Saturday, Sept. 16 in the Wilson Theater...

MUA 3 - Spider-Man goes toe-to-toe against an Alpha Primitive in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, the newest exclusive title only available on the Nintendo Switch.

New games to help melt that fresh semester stress

September 5, 2019

2019 has been a pretty solid year for video games as there were many hot titles to come out this year. From the Playstation 4 to the growing Nintendo Switch, these games have solidified themselves in...

Photos courtesy of Johnathan Garcia. Students wait over 40  minutes at the campus bookstore the first week classes.

Students waiting in unexpected long lines at campus bookstore

August 29, 2019

The first week of the fall semester welcome students with unexpected wait times at the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi campus bookstore. The campus bookstore, located in the University Center,...

Courtesy of Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority. CCRTA closes Route 63 The Wave for new,on-call Route 93.

CCRTA stops bus route 63 and replaces with on-call service

August 23, 2019

An email went out to all students and faculty this Wednesday, Aug. 21, stating that Route 63 the Wave, which stopped near the Shores apartments, Aspen Heights, La Palmera mall, and the Southside Transit...

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Adriana Chapa (right) watches Catherine Worley paint her oyster shell in the “Paint your own oyster” activity which was one of the many activities present at the event.

TAMU-CC swims to Brewster for Shark Week Live

August 2, 2019

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico studies got their fins out for “Shark Week Live” at Brewster Street Icehouse downtown. In partnership with...

Photo contributed by The Wrap/

Aladdin (Mena Massoud) listens to Genie (Will Smith) on how to use his three wishes in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin.”

A fun but bumpy magic carpet ride

May 31, 2019

Disney keeps their live-action remakes going with the classic “Aladdin,” taking audiences through the streets of Agrabah in a new way. Despite Disney’s successes with “The Jungle Book” and...

Photos by Jonathan Garcia/Island Waves

Dept of Comm and Media - The students of Communications and Media standing together on stage as they are honored for their excellence in their respected categories.

TAMU-CC hosts 7th annual SAMC Awards

April 30, 2019

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted the 7th annual School of Art, Media and Communication awards ceremony on Sunday, April 28, in the Performing Arts Center. The event honored students who...

Image courtesy of Tim Hannah/Islander Athletics- Carlos Pedrosa Cuevas representing the Islanders in the men’s tennis match against the
University of the Incarnate Word on April 9, their first win in the Southland Conference.

Islander Athletics spring update is promising

April 26, 2019

In the Spring semester, the Islander Athletics department is busy with games and tournaments for baseball, softball, golf, track and field, beach volleyball and tennis. Here is a brief update on how...

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Alexes Bryant moves the basketball down the court against Nicholls State in the Southland Conference Tournamnet in Katy, Texas.

Lady Islanders basketball season wraps up

April 26, 2019

The TAMU-CC Lady Islanders basketball team had a great season with their performance in the Southland Conference tournament in Katy, Texas. This season, the Lady Islanders managed to pull through to...

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Dustin Lacaze readies himself to strike out his opponent.

Player Spotlight: Dustin Lacaze, baseball

April 26, 2019

When out on the diamond, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islanders baseball pitcher Dustin Lacaze lets his arm do the talking. Lacaze, who is currently a junior majoring in Sports Management,...

Photo contributed by Islander Green Team

Green Team Garden - The Islander Green Team works together in the garden located near printing services and will be hosting an event there Friday, April 26, at 9:30 a.m. for Earth Week.

Islander Green Team kicking off Earth Week today

April 22, 2019

The Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Islander Green Team is celebrating Earth Day with the campus by hosting Earth Week around campus. Originally called Green Week, the name was changed to better...

Photos by Jonathan Garcia/Island Waves

Dr. Shane Gleason, assistant professor of political science at TAMU-CC explains the issue of race and law from the civil war onward in the Separate but Equal lecture on Friday, Feb. 22.

Discussing the issue of race from the past to today

March 18, 2019

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted the “Separate but Equal from the Civil War to Today” panel Friday, Feb. 22 in the O’Connor Building. The discussion was a part of the university’s...

Image courtesy of, Julian Edelman- New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman celebrates the victory with his teammates and fans on the teams sixth Super Bowl win.

Super Bowl underwhelms, but not a complete failure

February 15, 2019

What was said to be one of the greatest things to look forward to in the NFL, Super Bowl LIII came in with a whimper. Performed on the first Sunday of the month of February, the latest Super Bowl saw...

HOCO: student v. faculty game

HOCO: student v. faculty game

February 13, 2019

Damian Olivera, SGA and Izzy Islander cheer on the other Homecoming nominees at the Students vs Faculty basketball game. (Left to right) Seniors McAllen Waobikeze, Phi Delta Theta nominee, Kalon Melton,...

12 Wolves (Photo by Sara Krulwich/The New York Times, Contributed by The New York Times) - 12 Wolves will be set to perform at the Wilson Theatre at TAMU-CC Center for the Arts building at 7:30 p.m.  April 15-20.

The stage is set for TAMU-CC Theatre department

February 9, 2019

The Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Theater department are setting up for their spring 2019 season of memorable performances. And the semester kicks off with the one performance only production...

Photo from - Step Afrika! will be performing in the Performing Arts Center for the first time this year at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 26 in celebration of Black History Month.

TAMU-CC music department and PAC lining up unforgettable performances

February 9, 2019

The Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center and music department have some performances lined up that you don’t want to miss out on. One of the many great performances the...

Homecoming week kicks off with Anchors Aweigh

Homecoming week kicks off with Anchors Aweigh

February 7, 2019

TAMU-CC President Dr. Kelly Quintanilla kicks off Homecoming week at the Anchors Aweigh event on Feb. 4 in front of the University Center.   Connar Allen, TAMU-CC SGA President reaches...

Image courtesy of Resident Evil 2 has you take control of Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield as they fight to survive in Raccoon City after a zombie outbreak. The original was released on Playstation back in Jan. 21, 1998.

Capcom revisits horror classic 20 years later

January 27, 2019

Capcom revisits the zombie infested streets of Raccoon City for an updated remake on the hit classic “Resident Evil 2.” Released on Jan. 21, 1998 on Playstation, the sequel to hit survival-horror...

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