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Island Waves

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

Karina Garcia, Riptide Host

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Newly elected Vice President William Whitworth (left) and President Mo Jenkins (right).

SGA welcomes President-elect Mo Jenkins and Vice President-elect William Whitworth

May 9, 2021

After a successful campaign, the Student Government Association (SGA) welcomed President-elect Mo Jenkins and Vice President-elect William Whitworth. They won a steady race against runner-up William Hammond...

What is AAPI and why do we celebrate it during the month of May?

What is AAPI and why do we celebrate it during the month of May?

May 9, 2021

Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage, or AAPI, is a culture that is commemorated during the month of May. According to the Library of Congress, it is during this month that the United States recognizes...

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all counts related to the death of George Floyd

Derek Chauvin’s trial ends on a “promising” note

April 22, 2021

On April 20 the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on three counts of second-degree manslaughter, culpable negligence and unreasonable risk in the death of George Floyd. As the country waits to hear Chauvin’s...

Students respond to lifted mask mandate order

Students respond to lifted mask mandate order

March 7, 2021

As issued by Governor Greg Abbott, beginning March 10 Executive Order GA-34 will be going into full effect thus lifting the mask mandate and allowing all businesses and facilities in the state of Texas...

Corpus Christi and Texas as a whole faced unusually low temperatures throughout the winter storm

Blame for Texas’s winter storm shifts between independent power companies and Texas lawmakers

March 1, 2021

Millions of Texans went a week without electrical power and water, some report not showering for days, while others huddled for warmth under extreme temperatures due to lack of heat within their homes....

Annette Rodriguez speaking at the City Hall meeting.

Nueces County addresses COVID-19 city concerns

February 25, 2021

On Feb. 10, the Nueces County Public Health District held a briefing where they addressed questions regarding the vaccine drives and clinics, the active COVID-19 cases and trends in Corpus Christi as well...

Winners for Best Team Photo in Edinburgh on July 27.

‘The Ripper’ is coming to Corpus Christi

February 23, 2021

‘The Ripper’ is a virtual UK based game of clue where participants will scatter across the city of Corpus Christi to solve the murder mystery of the infamous Jack the Ripper. On Feb. 20 teams of six...

An increase in polling locations in Harris county

November 3, 2020

Hear from Karina Garcia about an increase in polling locations in Harris county

What another voter hopes to see from the election

November 3, 2020

Hear about what voter Julian wishes to see come from the 2020 election.

More Voting Inspiration

November 3, 2020

Hear from another voter about what inspired them to come out and vote for the 2020 election.

Voter Josh and what inspired him to vote

November 3, 2020

Find out what inspired Josh from Harris county to come out and vote.

Stay Tuned for Election Updates

November 3, 2020

Tonight Island Waves travels to Harris county in Houston, Texas for coverage on the 2020 Election. Island Waves will also be reporting from the Nueces county courthouse tonight (Nov. 3) at 6:30 PM. Stay...

Spring Break 2021 has been cancelled

Spring Break 2021 has been cancelled

October 24, 2020

On Oct. 23. President Kelly Miller informed the Islander Community that the university has taken on the final decision to terminate Spring Break for the 2021 spring semester.  This means that classes...

Spring breakers enjoy South Padre Island beaches without social-distancing back in 2016.

Spring break could be removed from the spring semester calendar

October 22, 2020

On Oct. 5 President Dr. Kelly M. Miller sent out a memorandum informing faculty and staff that because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic they are considering opening classes a week later with students...

The university will present Sushic and Copperhead Jack’s as the latest food vendors in the Cove.

Sushi Rolls and Copperhead Jacks coming to TAMU-CC

October 6, 2020

A few changes will be happening to The Cove’s dining options soon. Replacing the salad bar, Pizza Hut, and the deli counter will be TAMU-CC’s new food vendors, Sushic and Copperhead Jacks. Open house...

Sandra Gonzalez is seen working on her latest project located in San Antonio.

Las Muralistas discuss their aesthetics and heritage in virtual event

October 5, 2020

Las Muralistas is a group made up of three talented latinx artists, Sandra Gonzalez, Monica Marie Garcia, and Mayra Zamora. They individually paint murals all over the south Texas region from Laredo to...

Mariachi De La Isla at the Performing Art Center where they will livestream a performance on Nov. 11.

TAMU-CC’s Mariachi De La Isla strives to move forward despite Covid-19

September 29, 2020

Mariachi De La Isla is a uniquely talented group of musicians who come together to bring the sound of Hispanic culture live in their featured concerts. They are known for their bright colored suits and...

Mariachi Mexicanisimo played during the virtual HHM Kickoff.

Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off virtually

September 28, 2020

TAMU-CC annually commemorates Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) through various campus events and festivities. This year's HHM Kickoff took place on Sept. 15. However due to the coronavirus, this year’s...

TAMU-CC student athlete tests positive for the coronavirus

TAMU-CC student athlete tests positive for the coronavirus

September 18, 2020

Another student athlete has recently tested positive for Coronavirus, this after the latest round of 82 tests were administered in the past two weeks. In accordance with HIPAA policy and regulations,...

Karol G presents A.B Quintanilla with both the Musical Legacy award for producer, and the Musical Legacy award for his sister Selena Quintanilla.

TAMU-CC professor Gabriel Duran collabs with Latin music and Corpus Christi legend A.B Quintanilla on upcoming film project

September 12, 2020

In the early stages of quarantine many of us resorted to Netflix binging and banana bread making. However, media professor Gabriel Duran was busy working alongside musical composer, director, writer, Grammy...

TAMU-CC students Elaine Trancoso and Amanda Martinez report working 24-36 hours a week at Corpus Christi’s Christus Spohn Shoreline Hospital, while balancing full time classes.

Frontline healthcare workers share pandemic work experience

September 10, 2020

It has been nearly six months since the first coronavirus lockdowns went into place, and while experts are recommending people continue to social distance and avoid large gatherings, some college students...

Online transition proves difficult for hands-on classes

Online transition proves difficult for hands-on classes

April 20, 2020

It’s been a few weeks since everyone at TAMU-CC has had the chance to fully participate in online learning. Many of these courses designed for an in-class setting cannot always meet or guarantee the...

TAMU-CC joins other universities in allowing students to choose a pass/fail option.

Pass/fail option becomes available at TAMU-CC

April 2, 2020

As of April 1, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the petition to push for a pass/fail grading system, TAMU-CC has decided to give its undergraduate students the option of applying the Pass/Fail system to...

Blake Naylor’s petition to push for a pass/fail grading system reaches over 3,000 signatures.

University responds to the pass/fail petition

March 30, 2020

Blake Naylor, a freshman studying Biomedical Sciences at TAMU-CC, created a petition to advocate making the ‘pass/fail option’ available to students at the university. On March 26, Clarenda Phillips,...

Drive through testing came to Corpus Christi on March 19 at  Christus Spohn Memorial.

First positive COVID-19 case at TAMU-CC

March 26, 2020

Today, March 26, Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi announced its first positive case of COVID-19. According to an email sent by president Dr. Kelly Miller, the employee that tested positive had...

Kitana Sanchez lectures a Communication class on the LGBTQ+ community.

Kitana Sanchez speaks about her journey and experiences as a transgender woman

February 19, 2020

Kitana Sanchez is a drag queen performer, local activist, column writer for the Hard Candy Magazine and a transgender spokeswoman who visited TAMU-CC as a guest speaker for a Gender Communications  class...

Trump shakes hands before delivering his State of the Union address on Feb. 4.

President Donald Trump impeachment trial ends with acquittal

February 5, 2020

After many months of back-to-back hearings between Republicans and Democrats, President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial comes to an end, resulting in Trump becoming acquitted by the U.S Senate for...

President Donald Trumps final verdict will be announced on Feb. 5.

Trump’s impeachment trial coming to an end

February 3, 2020

The Senate Democrats tried to push for more witnesses and other documents that could potentially add more context to the impeachment hearings. However, Republicans shut down the request in a close vote...

Volunteers sit under the “All of Us” hut, partaking in the first step of the process, which is registering to take part in the research program.

“All of Us” research leading to brighter future

January 27, 2020

A new medical research program called “All of Us” reached the corners of TAMU-CC to improve the ways modern medicine can help future patients. They visited the campus on Jan. 22 and on Jan. 23 in front...

Photography courtesy of Roasted/Roasteds Facebook

A new coffee shop around the corner

November 21, 2019

Many may be familiar with Roasted, a friendly coffee shop that serves a great cup of coffee, delicious pastries and holds a variety of CBD products. Recently, the same owners have decided to open Wired,...

Kedran Wade/ISLAND WAVES - Mariachi de la Isla hit the stage to perform for a full house.

‘Mariachi de la Isla and Folklórico Showcase’ ends HHM with a flourish

November 16, 2019

As soon as Mariachi de la Isla strolle onto the stage of the Performing Arts Center, they were met with thunderous applause from the audience. The concert, held on Oct. 17, was accompanied by a folklorico...

Poster illustration by Favianna Rodriguezs “Migration is beautiful” project.

The monarch butterfly symbolizes support for undocumented students

November 16, 2019

The monarch butterfly is a commonly used symbol taken by pro-immigration activists who strive to change people’s views on immigration. In recent years, educators and other supporters of immigration...

Karina Garcia/ISLAND WAVES - Projected Five year Financial plan for the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority.

Regional Transportation public meeting answers city questions

November 14, 2019

The Corpus Christi Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) held a public meeting on Nov. 14 to discuss the 2020-2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP is a transportation plan that will...

Kedran Wade/ISLAND WAVES - The university bus stop

Students have mixed feelings about Flex bus route

October 31, 2019

The new 93 Flex bus route, which has replaced last year’s route 63, The Wave, is a new form of transportation that TAMU-CC students have had to adjust to recently. Now over a month into using the new...

Photo courtesy of Joe Amon/The Denver Post - Randi Smith, a psychology teacher at Metro carries a sign for her students as students, immigrants and Impacted individuals marched to Tivoli Quad on Auraria Campus to defend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program during a city wide walkout and rally at Auraria Campus downtown Denver, CO.

DACA student tells Island Waves they fear deportation

October 31, 2019

Roughly 800,000 of immigrant youths who fell beneath the government protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, remain in limbo and are faced with uncertainty, including students...

Karina Garcia/ISLAND WAVES- Students can now walk in to speak with a Counselor on Duty Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m and then 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

Students are coping with midterm stress

October 24, 2019

As midterm grades begin to finalize, students are quick to feel the pressure of school, work and extracurricular activities pile on. This kind of stress can sometimes be overwhelming for students. Island...

Left, courtesy of KRIS 6 News, right courtesy of Facebook.

Left, Anthony Quintanilla.

Right, an undated picture from Pres. Kelly Quintanillas Facebook.

Estranged husband of President Kelly Quintanilla charged with sexual assault of a minor

October 16, 2019

47-year-old Anthony Quintanilla is charged with sexual assault of a minor.  He is the estranged husband of TAMU-CC President Kelly Quintanilla. According to KRIS 6 News, Anthony Quintanilla surrendered...

Gabriella Ruiz/ISLAND WAVES- The girls set the stage to perform the Fashion Show.

Beauty queens unite for an afternoon of empowerment

October 14, 2019

Queen Beauty Club is a newly found interest group on campus that held their fall retreat on Oct. 12 in UC ballroom. The afternoon was filled with board games, karaoke, fashion, and laugher. Students...

Photo courtesy of Exo Roast Coffee - Starts with Liudvik Cutiño Cruz on the left, followed by Arnulfo Velásquez, Alfredo Quiahuitl Villegas, and Beatrice Velázquez.

Fiesta concert gives songs without borders

October 8, 2019

Arnulfo Velásquez and his piano accompaniment, Liudvik Cutiño held a concert for Hispanic Heritage Month on Oct. 6 in the Performing Arts Center. Mexican Tenor Arnulfo Velásquez began his vocal training...

Photography courtesy of Karina Garcia/ISLANDWAVES

Movie night in the UC ballroom

October 1, 2019

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Spanish program held a film night where students gathered in the UC ballroom for refreshments and a movie on Sept. 30. This year, instead of watching a Hispanic...

Photo Credits: TAMUCC Marketing and Communications)

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates by offering students information on health

October 1, 2019

On Sept 24 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, TAMU-CC nursing students and faculty held a health fair. Students were offered the chance to receive health check-ups, as well as other important health...

Photography courtesy of Deborah Hendrix from Home Magazine Gainesville

Historian Paul Ortiz visits TAMU-CC to emphasize why history matters

April 15, 2019

Paul Ortiz, an American historian and Humanities speaker, held a talk on African American and Latinx history in the UC ballroom on April 11. A student mixer was held before the lecture, allowing students...

Weil Gallery 6-8 pm, March 20,
Photos by Jonathan Garcia/Island Waves
Chin-Cheng Hung draws a sketch with pastel colors, explaining the differences with cool and warm tones and utilizing lighting to give the artwork more definition.

Live portrait drawing with Chin-Cheng Hung

March 28, 2019

Chin-Cheng Hung, an artist from Atlanta who focuses on pastels paintings, held an art exhibition in the Theatre Arts building on March 28. His exhibit “Drawing from Life” consisted of a live portrait...

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