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Campus Briefs: Campus hosts socially distant activities, financial literacy class

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Students play archery tag at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. Photo Courtesy of Recreational Sports

Texas A&M-San Antonio hosts Rec Day, prepares for intramural sports


By Xander Chavarria

Students at Texas A&M University-San Antonio can socialize outdoors and stay physically active — at a safe distance — at Rec Days hosted by the Recreational Sports Department.

This week’s events are “Frisbee Toss” and “Archery Bullseye” from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sept. 29 on the East Lawn. 

The event provides opportunities for students to get out of their comfort zone, interact socially and participate in physical activities that help relieve day-to-day stress, said Trevor Brunet, competitive sports coordinator  

In order to meet COVID guidelines restricting groups of more than 10 from gathering, each Rec Day activity will be played individually. Participants will wear face masks and maintain appropriate social distance.  

Frisbee Toss is a game where individuals throw frisbees at 10 different targets on the course. The participant who completes the course the fastest wins. In Archery Bullseye, each participant will have 10 shots to see who gets closest to the center, and whoever has the highest score wins. Winners will receive a free shirt.

Typically, the Recreational Sports Department uses Rec Day to help promote seasonal intramural sports offered throughout the school year. This season, Rec Day will be promoting volleyball, esports such as Madden for Xbox one and PS4, and women’s and men’s (singles) 8 ball.

Rec Days are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Future Rec Days will include activities such as Trash Can Toss, Archery Tag, Punt Pass Kick Contest and Target Shooting.  

For more information, visit JagSync for the times, dates and descriptions of each event. 


Kite making event celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month


By Brittany Salazar

Students are invited to make, design and fly kites at a two-day event this week to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.

A kite-making activity is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sep. 29 at Texas A&M University-San Antonio in the CAB Courtyard. The first 50 students who RSVP will receive a kite to decorate.

Students can RSVP on JagSync at

Students can bring their own kite or the ones they made and fly them for the kite festival noon-1:30 p.m. Sep. 30 on the West Lawn. 

Students can RSVP on JagSync for the kite festival at:

This is a celebration that Colombia does every year, and doing it at A&M-San Antonio gives students a chance to celebrate this culture, said Jarrick Brown, coordinator of student activities.

The event was last done in 2018 on campus. Organizers select activities based on what the community wants to do during Hispanic Heritage Month. 

“It teaches you a different way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.” Brown said. “Fourteen different countries fall within the Hispanic Heritage Month and we just wanted to highlight a couple this year and Colombia is just one country that we said, ‘Oh, they had a nice festival, something that we can do on campus’ — so really highlighting the rich culture of Colombia.”


Palo Alto College hosts author talk with author Ernesto Todd Mireles


By Juan Veliz


The winner of the 2020 International Latino Book award will speak at a public virtual event hosted by Palo Alto College’s Center for Mexican American Studies 10:30-11:30 a.m. Sept. 30. 

Students can pre-register for the event on Zoom. 

Ernesto Todd Mireles, the author of “Insurgent Aztlán: The Liberating Power of Cultural Resistance,” will give insight on his book about Mexican American identities and political stance. 

He also has a podcast, “The Reality Dysfunction on Chicano Politics.” 

Palo Alto College organized the event as part of Hispanic Heritage Month.

Lori B. Rodriguez, an assistant professor and lead instructor coordinator of the Center for Mexican American Studies at PAC, will be the event’s moderator. It will include a Q&A session.

Mireles said the future of the United States is going to see an increase in Mexican Americans. Mireles points out the constant increase of Mexican Americans in the country and how it could lead to a change in the presidency. 

The “future is brown in this country,” Mireles said in an interview Sept. 16.

For more information, contact Rodriguez at . Or contact Mireles at


Online event to teach students about loans, financial literacy 


By Mia Vasquez 

The financial literacy organization at Texas A&M University-San Antonio will host a virtual student loan event during Financial Literacy Week at noon Oct. 1 on Zoom. 

“Student Loans: Fact or Fiction?” will be beneficial for students because loans are “something they will have to manage once they get out of school,” said student assistant Armando Alanis Flores.

Students will be guided through the process on how to fill out paperwork when paying off loans. The organization wants the event to be interactive so students will be allowed to converse and ask many questions. 

A trivia fact or fiction game will be played, and prizes like Chick Fil-A and Smoothie King gift cards will be given out. 

“Sometimes we have questions where we feel like they might be silly so this is the perfect time for them to … ask those questions,” Flores said

For more information, email Eli McCullen, coordinator at the Mays Center, or visit

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