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A holiday letter from the editor
December 22, 2014

A holiday letter from the editor

Illustration created by Gloria Petit
Illustration created by Gloria Petit

By Oscar Gonzalez


Hello fellow Jaguars!

Just like the weather, there are changes happening at The Mesquite, Texas A&M University-San Antonio’s student-run news site. My name is Oscar Gonzalez, the new Editor-in-Chief of, and I will be your tour guide for this letter.

As the new Editor-in-Chief, I’d like to lay out some of the changes you can look forward to in The Mesquite, but I’d first like to thank our former editors — Alma Linda Manzanares, Emily Rodriguez, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Rebecca Salinas and Jennifer Luna. These student editors were instrumental in the growth of The Mesquite and mentoring of staff writers, like me, over the course of three semesters. We wish them all the best and thank them for the work they did over this past year to transition our team from the Brooks City-Base Campus to our expanded Mac Lab and student newsroom.

The new editorial staff includes a well trained team. Next month, Gloria Petit begins work as managing/online editor, Jacob Beltran returns for a second stint on staff as community and public editor, Jesse Cazares as marketing/advertising manager and Monica LaMadrid returns for a third semester as photo and multimedia editor.

Starting Spring 2015,the staff and I will delve into new technologies to improve our reporting capabilities and help The Mesquite grow. We began to experiment with new digital tools to use on the site and looking forward to provide more multimedia content such as more videos, a podcast and possibly a livestream.

More importantly, we want you, the readers of The Mesquite, to be more interactive with us. As fellow students, we work for you.

Changes are already in place to revamp the site to allow more interaction from the readers.

We also want to reach out to the students and campus groups in hopes that we can report on your achievements, highlights, and even your growing pains in The Mesquite.

I recently met with Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson, sole finalist and interim president of A&M-SA, to talk about communication. We’re both excited about the opportunities in the future to work with each other to provide more transparency and communication between the administration and students.

If you feel that you are not being listened to, feel free to contact us.

The staff and I of The Mesquite wish you a safe and Happy Holidays and we’ll see you in January.

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  • Allan Hill
    Facebook: Support for Marissa Alexander (SFMA)

    Alma Linda Manzanares
    Texas A&M University-San Antonio
    Central Academic Building (CEAC), Suite 320
    One University Way
    San Antonio, TX 78224

    Re: Public Service Announcement
    Oakland to Jacksonville Cross-Country Caravan to Free Marissa Now

    January 17, 2015

    Dear Alma,

    Support for Marissa Alexander is an online Facebook organization

    supporting the pregnant Florida mother of four, a holder of a Masters

    Degree in Business Administration who was arrested and sentenced

    initially to 20 years for merely defending herself by firing a “warning

    shot” at her attacking ex-husband.

    We are also supporting Free Marissa Now Eastbay Organization (dot)

    org in their Oakland chapter’s quest to caravan across America in the

    Black Women’s Lives Matter: FREE MARISSA NOW Caravan that

    arrived in Tucson, NM earlier today (1/17/15) and is scheduled to leave

    tomorrow and arrive in San Antonio, TX on January 18, 2015.

    Angela: (one of the crewmembers of the Oakland to Jacksonville
    Cross-Country Caravan to Free Marissa Now)

    “Hello, my name is Angela Scott and I am working with the Free Marissa Alexander East Bay organization. We expect to caravan across the country from Oakland, California to Jacksonville, Florida from January 12-27. We will be spreading the word about her case thus making Marissa a household name. We want to see her get home to her family. We need help though. We not only need funding but people willing to come and join our two-vehicle caravan. Please spread the word. Post it on your page. We need all the help we can get to support Marissa. Thanks! If you have any questions about the project email

    The crew of the FREE MARISSA NOW Caravan is scheduled to visit the following cities:

    Jan 11- LA (Tongva & Chumash Territory) 11th
    Jan 12 – Palm Springs 12th
    Jan 13 – Phoenix, AZ (Akimel O’odham Territory)
    Jan 14- Tucson, AZ
    Jan 16 – Las Cruces, NM
    Jan 17 – El Paso, TX
    Jan 18 – San Antonio, TX
    Jan 19 – Houston, TX
    Jan 21, 22 – New Orleans, LA
    Jan 23 – Jackson, MS
    Jan 24 – Birmingham, AL
    Jan 25 – Atlanta, GA

    Along the route the caravan will stop at the above locations and they will be having potlucks, music, spoken word, theater, and testimonials from the womyn who are going on the caravan!

    . . . finally arriving in Jacksonville, Florida on January 26, 2015 the eve of Marissa’s departure from prion and her final exit out of the maniacal hands of southern justice including that of Governor Rick Scott, Judge James Daniels and SO prosecutor Angela Corey. We encourage everyone to come out and bring a dish with you (please bring your own personal eating utensils) and spend the day with these traveling warriors of truth.

    The crewmembers of the Free Marissa Caravan have agreed to on-site

    interviews with the press.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Allan Hill,
    Admin: Support for Marissa Alexander

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