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Island Waves

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Island Waves

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

Island Waves

Raul Alonzo Jr.

Raul Alonzo Jr., Reporter

Raul Alonzo Jr. is a senior Media Studies major with a minor in Digital Journalism. He likes to dabble in a few artistic pursuits in his free time, including printmaking, zine-publishing and, most recently, photography.

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From left to right, Mayra Zamora, Monica Marie Garcia and Sandra Gonzalez, known collectively as Las Muralistas, pose in front of their mural “Viva TAMU-CC” during the piece’s unveiling on Sept. 27, 2019.

Las Muralistas running for local honor with campus mural

April 23, 2020

TAMU-CC campus may be closed to promote social distancing, but that hasn’t stopped one of its artistic fixtures from receiving area-wide recognition. The university’s “Viva TAMU-CC” mural, created...

 Students line up during the May 2018 Commencement Ceremony.

Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony postponed

April 1, 2020

The Spring 2020 Commencement Ceremony has been rescheduled, according to an email sent Wednesday by TAMU-CC President Dr. Kelly M. Miller. The announcement follows efforts undertaken by the university...

The Blind Owls perform a livestreamed set at the House of Rock as part of a series the venue is hosting to provide entertainment to those remaining at home amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Local venues innovate and turn to community amid pandemic measures

March 30, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of communities across the globe, taking a particular economic toll on individuals and small businesses. In Corpus Christi, this has included several...

Miramar student housing complexes as seen from the air.

First-year housing requirement coming to TAMU-CC

February 21, 2020

A new rule and going into effect Fall 2020 will require incoming first-year TAMU-CC students to live on campus for at least two semesters. According to Dr. Amanda Drum, Executive Director of Strategic...

STUFF draws local and global filmmakers to Alamo Drafthouse

January 27, 2020

The eighth installment of the South Texas Underground Film Festival opened Thursday, Jan. 23, enticing audiences with a wide array of films from across the world. According to festival co-founder...

Photography courtesy of the New York Daily News - Protesters rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as hearings begin over whether or not the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will end. With a decision expected early next year, groups are pushing for those currently enrolled in the program to renew their status. The local office of RAICES will be holding a workshop on Friday, Dec. 6, where they will offer free consultations to those looking to renew.

DACA recipients encouraged to renew status at upcoming workshop

November 26, 2019

The local office of RAICES will host a renewal workshop for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Garcia Arts & Education...

Courtesy of Eric Cuevas/TAMU-CC ISLANDER
- Spectators view the assembled mosaic of the ImMigration Project, organized by the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and including pieces from TAMU-CC students. The project was most recently displayed in the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica gallery in Venice, Italy, where it ran from Oct. 3 to Oct 30.

TAMU-CC art students have pieces included in Venice exhibit

November 16, 2019

Pieces created by TAMU-CC art students recently made their way overseas when the ImMigration Project, an initiative by the Los Angeles Printmaking Society (LAPS), opened up an exhibit at the Scuola Internazionale...

Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES - A dancer with Comparsa Tempoal Veracruz participated in the 2016 Dia de Los Muertos Street Festival in downtown Corpus Christi.

Don’t let commodification reduce the meaning behind Dia de Los Muertos

November 16, 2019

When it comes to the debate over the commercialization of holidays and traditions like Dia de Los Muertos, one instance in particular comes to mind for me. Dia de Los Muertos is a Mexican tradition...

Photo Courtesy of TAMU-CC Marketing and Communication- Students make their way past the Dr. Robert R. Furgason Engineering Building. The university’s engineering department is set to grow following the approval of civil and industrial engineering degree programs, slated to be offered for the Fall 2020 semester.

TAMU-CC adding civil and industrial engineering programs

November 16, 2019

TAMU-CC’s engineering curriculum is set to grow as the Island University received the green light to add civil and industrial engineering bachelor’s degrees to their offerings. A final approval...

Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES- (From left) Professor of English Dr. Sarah Salter, Professor of Modern European History Dr. Sandrine Sanos, and Professor of English Dr. Jarred Wiehe share a laugh during the Queering the Island event Wednesday, Nov. 6, in the UC Anchor Ballroom C. The faculty panel for the event facilitated discussion around Jennifer Doyle’s book-length essay “Campus Sex/Campus Security.”

Title IX draws focus at Queering the Island event

November 16, 2019

Around 27 students and faculty members attended a panel discussion surrounding topics discussing Title IX, campus security, and sexuality as part of the Queering the Island seminar series. Held Nov....

Photo courtesy of the Rodney Reed: Innocent on Texas Death Row Facebook page

A protestor holds a sign depicting Rodney Reed during a march demanding his exoneration. Reed is scheduled to be executed on Nov. 20 for the 1996 rape and murder of Stacey Stites in Bastrop, a crime he maintains he didn’t do. As more and more evidence has emerged over the years that put the initial ruling into question, calls for his exoneration have grown.

The execution of Rodney Reed must be halted

November 14, 2019

Update: The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted Rodney Reed an indefinite stay of execution on Nov. 15. While this is definitely a huge relief, and one undoubtedly won through the many who spoke up...

Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES - El Dusty takes the stage at the 2016 Dia de Los Muertos street festival. The festival is back again this weekend, with numerous live music acts in tow. Included in the weekend festivities is a festival after party curated by El Dusty himself.

Annual street festival is the main event this weekend

October 31, 2019

This weekend, one of the biggest festivals in the city is going down — chock full of some notable artists taking several stages. But if you’re not wanting to deal with the crowds and parking downtown...

Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES - Alfred Williams (left), a steward at Brooks African Methodist Episcopal Worship Center, lifts a packet of canned food into a U-Haul bound for McAllen’s Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center Thursday, Sept. 26. The donations will be going to the migrants assisted by the center, as well as those waiting out their asylum claims across the border.

Supply drive underway to aid migrants

October 31, 2019

On their first trip to the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas, S. Diane Gudmanson and Carol Lowe were ready to lend a hand with whatever the staff needed help with. “We...

Photo courtesy of Levi Guzman- Quentin Arispe, a Corpus Christi native now based in Austin, has big aspirations and already boasts a strong foundation with a wide array of projects under their belt. One of those projects includes the upcoming EP “Fruit,” from which they released their lead single, “I’m That Bitch,” this summer.

With a wide array of projects, Quentin Arispe sets eyes for greatness

October 31, 2019

Among the pantheon of Texas pop artists, Quentin Arispe sees two in particular who have left their indelible stamp, and if the Austin-via-Corpus-Christi-based artist has their way, another name isn’t...

Photo courtesy of Yahoo Finance - Prompted by the No Notoriety Movement, Anderson Cooper swore off naming mass shooters in 2015, a move that has slowly become more commonplace within the journalism industry.

Active shooter naming debate is complex, but the media shouldn’t shy away from change

October 31, 2019

Of the many things I recall vividly of working in a local newsroom some years ago, one that sticks out the most are those historic events that would break at a moment’s notice: the great, and the tragic. It’s...

Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES - Jesse De Los Santos of the Blind Owls sings during their set at the ¡Que Bueno! Taco Fest this past September. The Blind Owls will be bringing their brand of high-energy rock and roll to two stages this weekend: Bourbon St. for Hippie Halloween on Friday and the Halloween Dance Party at The NASA on Saturday.

Halloween-themed shows will be a highlight this weekend

October 24, 2019

It’s the weekend before Halloween, which means some of the best spooky-themed events are going to be going down throughout the city. But even if you’re not feeling the Halloween spirit, there’s...

Album cover courtesy of Bandcamp - Denim Hares’ debut full-length LP captures the band’s output over the years — showcasing both the band’s raw, psychedelic energy but also their dancey, garage rock roots.

Denim Hares’ full, self-titled debut brings the energy

October 16, 2019

It seems fitting that, for their first full-length album, Denim Hares recorded and engineered the tracks at local venue The NASA. It is, after all, a floor they’ve graced numerous times — the trio’s...

Photo courtesy of NPR- President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Friday, Oct. 4.

With the inquiry underway, what does impeachment actually mean?

October 8, 2019

When Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., formally announced the launch of an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump on Sept. 24, a process not often seen in U.S. politics...

All photos Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES- Imelda M. Jimenéz speaks during the Spanish Teachers Panel. For Jimenéz, learning Spanish doesn’t mean just acquiring a skill, but can also be a way to hold onto one’s heritage.

Panel provides insight on Spanish teaching profession

October 4, 2019

Over a dozen students considering entering into the Spanish teaching profession were able to learn from those working in the field during a Spanish Teachers Panel event, held Oct. 2 as part of the university’s...

Global Climate Strike action comes to TAMU-CC campus

October 2, 2019

Chanting “No more coal, no more oil,” a little over a dozen participants marched throughout campus Friday, Sept. 27, as part of the Global Climate Strike week-long call for action. Organized by...

Photography courtesy of Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES - Juan Gomez-Rodriguez, attorney with the Corpus Christi office of the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES), speaks of his challenging experiences representing clients caught up in the immigration system.

Speakers discuss humanitarian and legal plights of migrants

September 25, 2019

The first time Cat Yuracka visited McAllen’s Ursula Detention Center in the summer of 2018, she had to fight every instinct she had as a grandmother while watching buses filled with migrant children...

CCShooting: WARNING: Video contains graphic material.

Video of officer-involved shooting in Corpus Christi draws controversy

September 18, 2019

An officer-involved shooting on the morning of Sept. 10 drew some controversy following the circulation of a video of the incident. According to KIII News, the officer, later identified by the Corpus...

Photography courtesy of Raul Alonzo Jr. - A collaborative piece by Ryan OMalley and Kill Joy can be found at the intersection of Schatzell and N. Chaparral in downtown Corpus Christi.

Mythology and cycle of life inspires Kill Joy’s work

September 10, 2019

When the morning light broke on Labor Day in downtown Corpus Christi, a new work of art adorning one of the city’s walls was illuminated. It was in an inconspicuous location near the intersection of...

Jalyn Casarez talks with a festival goer as she works on a fabric art piece at the Arts Alive Festival.

Attendees see and learn about creative process at Arts Alive

September 2, 2019

For two days, the world of art across multiple mediums was on full display as the fourth installment of Arts Alive Festival that kicked off Labor Day weekend. The event was held downtown at the Art...

All photos credited to Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES/ Criselda Lugo (center) observes a moment of reflection for the victims of the Aug. 3 shootings in El Paso and Dayton on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Dozens gathered at La Retama Park for the event, meant to remember those lost but also to call for action against hate and white supremacy.

Vigil remembers El Paso shooting victims and calls for action

August 9, 2019

As dusk fell on La Retama Park in downtown Corpus Christi, a bell rang twice, piercing the still silence surrounding dozes as they congregated on Aug. 7 around the center of the park. They were gathered...

All photos Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES;  Olivia Lopez holds up her sign to traffic during the Close the Camps Rally Saturday, June 13. Lopez was one of several speakers that spoke to rally attendees at the conclusion of the event.

Rally calls for closing of detention camps

August 2, 2019

Dozens of protestors gathered in Cole Park Saturday, July 13, to demonstrate against the ongoing detention of migrants and the poor conditions in facilities housing them uncovered by recent reports. For...

Photography courtesy of Dan Gale/COLLEGEAD

New Athletic Director, Jonathan Palumbo, joins Islander Athletics

April 26, 2019

Jonathan Palumbo joined the Islander Athletics team in November of 2018 and is excited to grow the athletics program and student involvement here on the Island. “I came to TAMU-CC because of the vision...

Raul Alonzo Jr./Island Waves -  Nashville-based band Arts Fishing Club performs at the Islander Music Festival.

Islander Music Festival provides some pre-finals fun

April 23, 2019

The TAMU-CC East Lawn lit up with vibrant sounds and fair spring weather as the Islander Music Festival invited hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members to partake in festivities on Thursday,...

Photography courtesty of El Dusty, 
Corpus-based DJ El Dusty fuses vintage Latin music sounds with modern trap and hip-hop beats to create his own distinct music.

El Dusty’s success paves way for other up-and-coming artists

April 17, 2019

The section of People’s Street in downtown Corpus Christi where Horacio “Dusty” Oliveira jointly runs Produce, a clothing/art/recording studio space, is relatively quiet. In fact, on the late afternoon...

Dr. Courtney Brannon Donoghue delivers her keynote presentation April 3 as part of the Comm & Media Week series of events. Photos courtesy of Raul Alonzo Jr./Island Waves

Comm & Media Week keynote speaks on Hollywood abroad

April 8, 2019

For Dr. Courtney Brannon Donoghue, associate professor of Cinema Studies at Oakland University in Michigan, her path into the Media Studies field was not always clear. Initially looking to major in Biomedical...

Image courtesy of Raul Alonzo Jr./ISLAND WAVES. Deshawna Colvin (left) speaks on her experience encountering controversies concerning natural hair as part of the Campus Conversations: Why Does My Hair Bother You? panel.

BHM event puts focus on natural hair trials

February 24, 2019

For TAMU-CC alumni Ginger Morgan, it was the charged rhetoric that followed the election of Donald Trump to the presidency that led her to make a change. That change came the day she decided she would...

C-SPAN Bus stops at Island University

February 20, 2019

The world of national politics literally rolled onto TAMU-CC campus when the C-SPAN bus made a stop at the Island University on Feb. 8. Students were invited on board during the visit to learn more about...

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