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Issue 19 February 14, 2011

Mendez: Transferring ‘HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS’


assets to UT System
‘not a prudent idea’
By Cleiri Quezada --the dissolution of the community
THE COLLEGIAN college district and cancellation of district
property taxes as soon as possible;
Texas Southmost College Trustee Trey --the transfer of all assets of the college
Mendez talked about the differences in district to the University of Texas at
the models offered by the University of Brownsville free of charge;
Texas System for the separation of UTB --giving UT-Brownsville full
and TSC during the Student Government responsibility for providing all higher
Association meeting held Tuesday. education programs and services at the
Mendez said he disagrees with fellow university and community college level at
Trustee Dr. Roberto Robles, who supports competitive tuition and fee rates.
the option to “transfer all assets of the “I know Dr. Robles was here last week
college district to the University of Texas trying to get you to support one certain
at Brownsville free of charge.” model,” Mendez said. “However, certain
During his address to the SGA on Jan. 25,
Robles asked the SGA to pass a resolution • See ‘SGA,’ Page 11
that supports:

5 cities, towns support


dissolving TSC District
By Francisco Garza This symbolic gesture happened Feb. 8,
THE COLLEGIAN after Dr. Roberto Robles, vice chairman
of the TSC board of trustees, held talks
The cities of Port Isabel, South Padre with residents and officials from the cities
Island and Los Fresnos and the towns and towns.
of Rancho Viejo and Laguna Vista “A lot of people in the audience in the
have passed resolutions supporting the different towns were extremely thankful
dissolution of the Texas Southmost when they heard there was another option
College District and having UT- on the table,” Robles told The Collegian
Brownsville assume responsibility
for higher education programs at the • See ‘Robles,’ Page 3
university and college level.

García to lawmakers:
Budget cuts mean
layoffs, less students
By Alejandra González that would have come to us fully prepared,
THE COLLEGIAN ready for that kind of trajectory, not the
dropout trajectory, but those who have
UTB/TSC President Juliet V. García done what we asked and not be able to
testified Wednesday in Austin before the enroll,” Garcia told the lawmakers.
Texas Senate Finance Committee, saying The president also explained that the
proposed budget cuts for higher education university is 20 years old and is still
would force the school to lay off nearly catching up in some areas and that if
200 staff members and keep hundreds of the tuition revenue bond funding and
freshmen out of the university. special-item funding would be reduced,
Senate Bill 1 would slash Texas Grant the progress toward growing academic
and Texas Work-Study funding by 41 programs on campus would stop.
PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY LESLIE BARRIENTOS AND CHRISTOPHER PEÑA/COLLEGIAN
percent for the university. Aid to the Top 5 “We are still catching up in some areas,
in terms of the bachelor’s degrees,” García Junior business major Viridiana Lomeli feels the love in the air. Lomeli, who has been in a relationship for
Percent and 10 Percent students would be
two years, says she has to work on Valentine’s Day but will spend quality time with her boyfriend and watch
slashed by 79 percent. movies at home after work. See Valentine’s Day song list, Page 9.
“We have estimated that we would lose • See ‘Legislation,’ Page 10
this coming fall 674 incoming freshmen
Page 2 • February 14, 2011 On Campus The Collegian

C ollegian Cupid’s Corner event


Briefs
information, call 882-7025. noon March 2 in Tandy Hall 113. For more
The Collegian is the mul- Enjoy live music, speed dating and The Daedalus String Quartet of New information, call 882-8292.
timedia student newspaper a “Blinded by Love” obstacle course York will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 24 in the RGV Science and Engineering fair
serving the University of during Cupid’s Corner, scheduled from Arts Center. Tickets are $15 for adults, Volunteers are needed to serve as judges
Texas at Brownsville and noon to 3 p.m. today in the Student Union’s $10 for senior citizens and children and $5 or support staff for the annual Rio Grande
Texas Southmost College. La Sala. The event, sponsored by Student for UTB/TSC students with ID. For more Valley Regional Science and Engineering
The newspaper is widely Life and the Campus Activities Board, information, call 882-7025. Fair on March 4 and 5 in ITECC and
will also feature a chocolate fountain and Mr. Amigo reception Fort Brown. For more information, call
distributed on campus and is
wedding chapel. For more information, call UTB/TSC will welcome Mr. Amigo Administrative Secretary Hugo I. Montes
an award-winning member 882-5111. 2010 Carlos Cuevas at noon Feb. 24 in the at 882-6676 or send him an e-mail at
of the Texas Intercollegiate Time management workshop SET-B Lecture Hall. Admission is free. The hugo.i.montes@utb.edu.
Press Association. The Student Success Center will university’s Mariachi Escorpión, Grupo ARTOPIA III art show
Collegian Editor conduct a workshop titled “Time Flies Folklórico Tizatlán and children from the The Student Union is seeking original
Christine Cavazos When You Are on Facebook: Time Raul Guerra Early Childhood Daycare art from the campus community for its
Management and Goal Setting” at noon Center will perform. For more information, ARTOPIA III art show, which will be
Collegian Online Editor Wednesday in Tandy Hall 113. For more call 882-5144. juried by art Professor Carlos G. Gómez.
Jonathan de los Santos information, call 882-8292. ‘Frida’ screening The show will take place at 6 p.m. March
‘Piel Caliente’ show The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 7 in the Student Union’s Gran Salon.
Collegian Webcast Editor Unik Entertainment presents “Piel 660 Ringgold St., will screen the movie Entry forms can be picked up at Student
Michael Peña Caliente” at 7 p.m. Thursday at Club Illsus, “Frida” at 7 p.m. Feb. 24. March 3, the Union 1.20. For more information, call
943 N. Expy. in Brownsville. Tickets are museum will host a lecture on the artist Assistant Director Patricia M. Longoria
Spanish Editor $25. For more information and reservations, Frida Kahlo presented by her niece, at 882-6776 or send her an e-mail at
call 640-1320. Cristina Kahlo. Museum admission is $5 patricia.m.longoria@utb.edu.
Héctor Aguilar
Photo exhibit for adults, $3 for university students and Tax preparation assistance
“Serenity,” an exhibit of UTB/TSC $2 for students in kindergarten through The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
Sports Editor
photos by Pu Chen, continues through 12th grade. For more information, call 542- program offers free tax return
Louie Vera
March 10 in the University Archives and 0941. preparation to those who qualify until
Special Collections Room of the Arnulfo Black History Month program April 15 at the International Technology,
Advertising Manager
L. Oliveira Memorial Library. Admission The fifth annual Black History Month Education and Commerce Center. For more
Jimena Evia
is free. For more information, call Special Celebration featuring the South Texas information, send an e-mail to Applied
Events Coordinator Millie Hernandez at Mass Choir led by Minister Donald Business Technology Assistant Master
Advertising Representatives
882-7130. Hamm will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Technical Instructors Pat Celaya at pat.
Melissa Ramirez
Slavery, segregation exhibit SET-B Lecture Hall. The guest speaker celaya@utb.edu or Magdalena Solis at
Lucia Regalado
An exhibit documenting abuse against will be the Rev. Meizie Bobbins-Lofton. maggie.solis@utb.edu.
African-Americans during the times of Admission is free. For more information, Brownsville Farmers’ Market
Staff Writers call Deloria Nanze-Davis at 882-4196 or The Brownsville Farmers’ Market is
slavery and segregation in the United
Daniel Beltrán send her an e-mail at deloria.nanzedavis@ held from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday
States will be on display throughout
Rene Cardona Jr. utb.edu. through May at Brownsville’s Linear Park
February in the first floor of the Arnulfo L.
Francisco Garza Art exhibit on Harrison Street, between East Sixth and
Oliveira Memorial Library. The exhibit
Alejandra González “In Pursuit of the Figure,” an exhibit Seventh streets. For more information, call
is co-curated by UTB/TSC history students
Cleiri Quezada Debby Cruz and Demaracus Gatlin. For featuring the work of David Ransom, 882-5896.
Irma Mora more information, call 882-7130 or send an an adjunct faculty member at UTB/TSC, Internship opportunities
e-mail to milagro.hernandez@utb.edu. continues until Feb. 25 in the Rusteberg The Rio Bravo Wildlife Institute
Copy Editor Mandatory advising Art Gallery. Gallery hours are 4:20 to 7 is looking for interns across many
Rene Cardona Jr. Mandatory advising is under way for p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 12-5 p.m. disciplines. Opportunities available include
students wanting to attend classes in the Tuesday and Thursday and 1-5 p.m. Friday. videographer, journalist, graphic designer,
Photographers summer and fall. For more information, call Admission is $1 for the public and free for event coordinator/planner, marketing, trail
Leslie Barrientos Academic Advising at 882-7362 or send an art majors. For more information, call 882- and garden designer, business planner,
Christopher Peña e-mail to academicadvising@utb.edu. 7571. Web designer and assisting with eco-bus
Sergio Salazar Archer Center deadline Research Symposium logistics. For more information, send an
Students who are interested in Faculty, staff and students are e-mail to Joe Boswell at jboswell@rbwi.
Cartoonist experiencing a semester in Washington, encouraged to submit papers to the UTB/ org.
Michelle Serrano D.C., in 2011-2012 are encouraged to TSC Research Symposium. The deadline Mount Calvary services
submit their application for the Archer is Feb. 28 and requirements are posted at Mount Calvary Christian Church
Secretary II Center program.  The deadline is Feb. www.utb.edu/symposium. The event takes conducts services from 11 a.m. to noon
Ana Sanchez 18. For more information, call the Dean of place from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 25 every Sunday at 712 N. 77 Sunshine Strip,
Students Office at 882-5141 or visit www. at the International Education, Technology Suite 11, in Harlingen. The church holds
utb.edu/archer. and Commerce Center. a support group meeting for the GLBT
Student Media Coordinator Patron of the Arts Careers in education workshop community, family and friends from 7 to
Susie Cantu Clarinetist Jonathan Guist and other The Student Success Center will 8 p.m. Mondays and Bible study from 7 to
faculty members will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. conduct a workshop that will highlight 8 p.m. Wednesdays. For more information,
21 in the Arts Center. Tickets are $10 for the different career choices available in call 551-6275 or visit www.mtcalvarycc.
Student Media Director adults and $5 for senior citizens, children the education field, alternative education org.
Azenett Cornejo and UTB/TSC students with ID. For more possibilities and advancement in the field at --Compiled by Daniel Beltrán

Address: Police Repor ts


The Collegian
Student Union 1.28 Following are reported that his Chevrolet Silverado was advised to take his property with him when
80 Fort Brown among the incidents damaged while it was parked in Lot Z. The classes are not in session.
Brownsville, TX 78520 reported by Campus vehicle was scratched and there was a note At 9:34 p.m. the same day, a staff
Phone: (956) 882-5143 Police between Jan. advising him to learn how to park. member at the University Boulevard
Fax: (956) 882-5176 18 and 26. At 7:09 p.m. the same day, a staff Library reported that he had received three
e-mail: collegian@utb.edu At 3:20 p.m. Jan. member reported a student who was phone calls from an unknown person and
www.utbcollegian.com 18, a staff member opening the back door of the Recreation, felt unsafe.
reported that she Educational and Kinesiology Center and At 2:54 p.m. Jan. 21, a Campus Police
received a letter with letting students in to use the facilities. Officer was dispatched to Tandy Hall
© 2011 The Collegian a drawing from an At 9:34 a.m. Jan. 20, a staff member because a construction worker had
unknown man. She suspected the letter reported a student who behaved strangely fallen off a scaffold. The man declined
The University of Texas at was related to harassing telephone calls she when he entered class. transportation to the hospital.
Brownsville and received on her cell phone. At 2:25 p.m. the same day, a staff member At 4:52 p.m. Jan. 23, an officer was
Texas Southmost College At 4:41 p.m. the same day, a Campus reported that she received a disturbing call. dispatched to Lot P because a man was
Police officer was dispatched to Lot Q At 7 p.m. the same day, a staff member looking into cars. The officer contacted the
because a vehicle was missing. The vehicle reported that the rear left quarter of her man and noticed that he smelled of alcohol.
was later found to have been repossessed. Nissan Altima was struck. The damage He also found a small bag of cocaine in the
At 3:53 p.m. Jan.19, a student reported was estimated at $500. man’s jacket. The man was charged with
that an item had been stolen from his At 7:03 p.m. the same day, a student possession of a controlled substance and
Chevrolet Silverado while it was parked at reported that his bicycle was stolen from transported to Campus Police headquarters
the Village at Fort Brown. the breezeway between North and South for booking.
At 5:10 p.m. the same day, a student halls during winter break. The student was --Compiled by Alejandra González
The Collegian On Campus February 14, 2011 • Page 3

Dune restoration project continues Saturday


By Héctor Aguilar Lastly, they are planted during the events.
Spanish Editor “We only put native dune vegetation
out there, it’s a state law,” Treviño said.
You may not notice the dunes as you’re Bitter panicum and sea oats are the most
tanning on the beach, but the beach commonly used, usually in mixtures of
wouldn’t be the same without them. 25 percent and 75 percent, respectively,
Volunteers interested in preserving the he said. These two perennial grasses are
beach environment can do so Saturday among eight to nine native dune plant
by participating in the South Padre Island species used when revegetating the
Dune Revegetation Project. dunes.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. The sea oats are obtained through
to noon at Good Hope Circle Beach a North Carolinian grower, Coastal
Access 21. Transplants, who grows them from seeds
“The dunes are our first line of defense harvested in Texas.
[against hurricanes and high waters],” The plants that are used respond to being
said Ruben Treviño, coastal resources covered with sand and grow accordingly;
manager for the city and organizer of the roots act as rebar concrete, which
the project since 2008. “You know, they reinforce the dune structure, Treviño said.
Photo Courtesy Elizabeth Heise
are sacrificial and ... what we need to do Occasionally, Heise and her students
Volunteers help dig holes in which they will plant vegetation to restore dunes on South Padre Island.
is help the beach along. We can’t speed collect dune vegetation from construction
up Mother Nature but we can help her sites on the island and grow these plants Officials from counties affected “On top of all that, we’ve gone and
along.” in a greenhouse at UTB/TSC so that they by hurricanes, such as Brazoria and we continue to go to schools, especially
A study conducted by UTB/TSC may be used in future revegetation. Galveston, have contacted officials from in Brownsville, and talk to classes and
professors and students in 2008 supported South Padre Island Councilwoman the revegetation project to learn more educate people on what’s going on out
the fact that vegetated dunes withstood Alita Bagley said the dune revegetation about what they are doing and apply here,” Nixon said. “It’s really paid off,
the impact of Hurricane Ike better than project is ongoing because of the constant those measures at home, Heise said. I mean, our cleanups now, especially at
unvegetated dunes. erosion that the island undergoes. Several Rio Grande Valley the dune restoration days … we have a
“The condominiums that have “It’s grown a lot,” Bagley said of the organizations have joined forces to give lot of students from colleges around the
vegetated dunes in front of them do not get project. “When we started it was just the project momentum. These include Valley.”
hit by the waves when there is a big storm a few of us, Dr. Heise and some of her the South Texas chapter of the Surfrider Circle K International takes part in
surge as often as the places where there students. … People are becoming more Foundation, Leadership Laguna Madre, volunteer opportunities that arise locally.
is no vegetation in front,” said geology educated on how important it is … South Texas College and UTB/TSC “It’s a great way to directly impact the
and oceanography Professor Elizabeth that we have a healthy dune system so student organizations such as Circle K environment and it’s fun,” said Oscar
Heise, who conducted the study along through that education, people have been International and the Gorgas Science García, president of Circle K and an
with Jude Benavides, assistant professor much more involved.” Society. environmental sciences senior. “It’s not
of hydrology and water resources, Revegetations are scheduled The Surfrider Foundation is a often that you go out to help out the sand
and students Mara Contreras, Andrés throughout the year. The gaps usually nonprofit environmental organization dunes. They are an important part of our
Cárdenas and Joseph Lemen. range from 2,000 to 12,000 square feet that is concerned with the protection and ecosystem and even the economy.”
The revegetation process consists of and about 8,000 plants are used per enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves Dune revegetation events are scheduled
several steps. First, a gap or unvegetated event. During the last two events, a total and beaches. Rob Nixon, chairman for for March 17 and April 2; however,
section is chosen through the use of aerial of 19,000 plants were planted in 37,000 the South Texas chapter, informs the a location has not been established.
imaging. Second, the number of plants square feet. This totaled what had been community about these types of events For more information, call Treviño at
is calculated per gap. Third, the plants previously done over the lapse of a year, through the use of social media such as 761-3035 or visit www.facebook.com/
are gathered and transported to the site. Treviño said. Twitter and Facebook. surfridersotx.

Robles university and community college level


“at competitive tuition and fee rates.”
community members and taxpayers,” he
said.
“Kiko” Rendon failed to send a letter to
the UT System board of regents outlining
Continued from page 1
Robles said the majority of the people Robles said he would meet with any the core concepts the TSC board wanted
in an interview Thursday, referring to the with whom he spoke was completely city or town that wants to meet with him. in a new UTB/TSC model.
options offered by the University of Texas unaware there was the “opportunity to Asked if he had met with City of In a letter to TSC board Chairman
System regarding the separation of TSC have the University of Texas help us out Brownsville officials, the trustee replied Francisco “Kiko” Rendon dated Jan. 21,
and UT-Brownsville. with the taxes and at the same time keep no. UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa
The City of Port Isabel resolution calls the college open.” “The commissioners are aware, so it’s offers two proposals: “two wholly
for dissolving the community college He said comments such as this being a up to them to pass [the resolution], and separate institutions with contractual
district and canceling district property win-win situation were heard in all of the I will talk to them if they ask me to,” arrangements for use of resources, but no
taxes “as soon as possible,” transferring all talks. Robles said. shared governance, and a single institution
assets of the college district free of charge Some residents reacted with anger at On Nov. 10, 2010, the UT System whereby the community college becomes
to the University of Texas at Brownsville first, believing they were being kept out board of regents voted to terminate an important part of the University of
and having the university assume “the of the loop, Robles said. its partnership agreement with Texas Texas at Brownsville.”
full responsibility for providing all higher “They felt this was a very important Southmost College no later than Aug. 31,
education programs and services at both matter to be discussed among all 2015, after TSC board Chair Francisco

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What’s
Your
Beef?
Quiet library?
“Well, my problem is that this is a
library and we’re
supposed to
be quiet and
studying but
there’s always
people talking
on the phone
while we’re
trying to use the
computers, so it’s
really hard to focus
on your work when [there are] people
around your computer or talking on the
phone loudly [about] things that don’t
pertain to schoolwork at all.”
Damaris Zuniga
GOP focusing on your uterus
Senior environmental By Francisco Garza “forcible rape” has been dropped. Abortion- to any entity that performs abortions.
sciences major The Collegian rights supporters protested against the term You might call it the “Let’s Kill Planned
because they said it could be used to block Parenthood Bill.”
“Today’s jobs access to abortion for rape victims who Planned Parenthood does not use federal
Campus jobs report reveals far were drugged, unconscious or mentally ill. money to provide abortions and it gives
“My only issue in this university too many people Rape is rape. There are no degrees, or communities many essential medical
is finding a job, so I think that the remain out of levels, of rape and categorizing it is just an services.
university should work; that’s why
have
positions
more all our efforts are
centered around
jobs,” Tweeted
“The House of Representatives
available for
students who
work because,
House Majority
Leader Eric Cantor
has one week off after every two
weeks of work. No wonder they’re
as you can see, (R-Va.) from his account GOPLeader on
finding a job Feb 4.
is not easy. So, Three bills have been introduced by
there should be more
vacancies … so that people can work.”
the Republican majority in the House of
Representatives, all of which deal with not focused on creating jobs; they
have such nice ones.”
abortion yet, strangely, they don’t create
Brenda Lopez jobs.
Freshman education major First we have H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer
for Abortion Act,” sponsored by Rep. Chris
Smith (R-N.J.). --Francisco Garza
Financial aid cuts This bill would “eliminate tax breaks
“The financial aid thing is really for abortions permanently and any U.S.
unclear. I heard it’s up for freshmen. ... government financial support for abortion, insult to anyone who has been a victim of The first two bills have already been
Someone tells you whether it be direct funding or by tax rape. presented at hearings in front of House
something and credits or any other subsidy.” H.R. 358, sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts committees, where the Democrats have
then I hear If this bill passes, it would deny tax (R-Pa.), is called the “Protect the Life Act” tried to prevent them from going forward
something else. credits to companies that offer health and would allow hospitals and doctors to by arguing that these bills do not create
I’m actually plans that cover abortions and it would refuse to administer abortions if they so jobs.
afraid I’m not block anyone with an insurance policy that choose. The Republicans campaigned with two
going to get covers abortions from receiving any federal Basically, it becomes a conscience major platforms: creating more jobs and
financial aid for subsidies, even if the abortion portion is clause; this includes cases where an making government smaller. However,
next semester paid separately with personal funds. abortion would save the woman’s life. these three bills create no jobs and give
because I heard The bill has two exceptions: if the This bill says it will protect life, but who government control over a woman’s
many students are [not getting pregnancy is the result of “forcible rape,” cares if a few women die along the way? choice.
financial aid] and won’t be able to the pregnant woman is a minor or the I don’t like the Republican sense of irony. I want to clarify that not all Republicans
come back.” victim of incest. H.R. 217, the “Title X Abortion Provider support these bills, but none has spoken up.
The other exception is if the woman’s life Prohibition Act” sponsored by Rep. Mike By the way, the House of Representatives
Mario Perez would be endangered unless an abortion is Pence (R-Ind.), would amend Title X of has one week off after every two weeks of
Freshman criminal justice major performed. the Public Health Service Act to prohibit work. No wonder they’re not focused on
Since the bill’s introduction, the term family planning grants from being awarded creating jobs; they have such nice ones.

--Compiled by Rene Cardona Jr.


--Photos by Christopher Peña Letter to the Editor
Do you have beef? If so, call Don’t bring us down taken, seeing as he is a graduate student, but those of [the University of Texas at Austin]
Collegian Reporter Rene Cardona Jr. I don’t agree with the comment made my classes are difficult and at a university or [Texas] A&M? He might also want to
at 882-5143 or send him an e-mail at by Enrique de la Garza [in last week’s level. I don’t believe our professors lower check his grammar before he says anything
collegian@utb.edu. “What’s Your Beef?” section]. Who is he any standards. about Brownsville citizens being dumb.
to stereotype Brownsville students and call Why doesn’t he go tell the two new Pricilla Hernandez
us dumb? doctors [who] just graduated from UTB Junior psychology major
I don’t know what classes he may have that their degree doesn’t measure up to
The Collegian On Campus February 14, 2011 • Page 5

Website ‘spreads the word’ about Brownsville


By Irma Mora Park and much more. The website residents to find this information without Viva Brownsville, the Chapas’ main
The Collegian includes information on the Brownsville using search engine after search engine. goals are to get all of Brownsville
Urban System, which was “hidden” from To advance on this goal, Viva Brownsville connected and informed while motivating
“There is nothing to do” or “there’s the public. has made registration and listing residents to promote and make the city a
nowhere to go” are common phrases The BUS opportunities better place. With a fast-growing rate of
some Brownsville residents utter. information was accessible to local more than 1,000 hits a day in its short
These two phrases were also the “obscured and businesses. life, Viva Brownsville might reach its
inspiration a local family needed to hidden under a rock, Whether a ultimate goal, especially because it has
launch www.vivabrownsville.com, a Web in a folder, a website business is Brownsville on the palm of your hand.
page designed to inform and enlighten not advertised, that home-based or Ernesto Perez, a sophomore social
Brownsville residents about local events wasn’t promoted, van-based, Viva work major and an officer of the SSSP/
and businesses. With the motto “Spread that nobody knew Brownsville will ASPIRE student organization at UTB/
the Word,” it hopes to give residents about,” according list and promote TSC, has visited the website and said
local alternatives to going to McAllen to Chapa. But now, the information is it free of charge, Chapa said. To register, it will be helpful in organizing cultural
and South Padre Island for some fun. just a click away alongside information contact the sales department at 465-5820 events and civic engagement for the
Guillermo Chapa III, Viva on the local recycling center and other or fill out the registration form available organization. Perez has tagged Viva
Brownsville’s chief creative officer, said services that seem almost impossible to on the website. Brownsville as one of his favorite sites
that thanks to the research he and his find elsewhere. Chapa hopes to make Viva Brownsville on his Internet browser.
wife, Daniela Chapa, President of Viva Information such as weather and even more interactive by adding an He suggests that the site add Matamoros
Brownsville, have conducted, they have events are available on a daily basis free arcade in March, featuring such classic newspapers for people who study in
gone out and had a great time in the city of charge and this service is ready for the games as “Frogger” and “Pac-Man” and Brownsville but live in the Mexican city.
at such places as the Camille Playhouse, desktop computer, laptop, iPhone, iPad maybe promote local talent by featuring As more students begin to log onto
the Palo Alto Battlefield and to the and iPod. video games created by residents. Viva Brownsville, Chapa’s excitement
Farmer’s Market. Local business listings are also Future changes for the website could increases, for he said that all the next “big
Launched on Jan. 11, Viva Brownsville available through this website. From also include a blogging community for things will come from the college.” Viva
is packed with information on city restaurants to nightclubs to dance lessons Brownsville bloggers only or a restaurant Brownsville makes for an interesting and
services, local businesses, museums, the and fashion stores, Viva Brownsville’s review section. useful new tool.
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic goal is to make it easier for Brownsville’s Although they have many goals for

Message from Student Health Services

How to recognize an STD


Feb. 14-18 is Sexual Responsibility
Week and Student Health Services is here
Get treated
Many STDs can be cured. Others
Let’s rock!
to provide a respectful understanding of cannot be cured, but all STDs can and
sexual health. Take action to practice safe must be treated. Take responsibility for
sex and know the risks. your actions and get checked regularly by
What is an STD? contacting Student Health Services (882-
A sexually transmitted disease (STD) 3896) or your health care provider. You
is an infection that is passed during oral, must also inform your sexual partner(s).
anal or vaginal sex or sometimes through If they are not treated, they can get sick
genital touching. Some STDs (HIV and and spread the STD. They could even
hepatitis B) are also spread by contact give it to you again!
with infected blood or needles. STD What to watch for
germs need to live in warm, moist areas, Women: an unusual vaginal discharge
which is why they infect areas like the or smell, pelvic pain, vaginal burning or
mouth, rectum and sex organs (vagina, itching, irregular vaginal bleeding and
vulva, penis, testes). deep vaginal pain during intercourse.
STDs are serious Men: penile drip or discharge. Women
Some STDs infect only your sexual and men: frequent urination, itching and
and reproductive organs. Others (HIV, swelling around sex organs and groin
hepatitis B, syphilis) can cause general area, a swelling or redness in the throat,
body infections. Sometimes you can have flulike symptoms with fever, chills and
an STD with no signs or symptoms, or the aches, sores, bumps or blisters near
symptoms may go away. Regardless, you or on the sex organs, rectum or mouth,
will still have the STD until you receive burning or pain during urination or bowel
treatment for it. movement.
Get checked Be proactive and take steps to a healthier Sergio Salazar/Collegian
Don’t just hope the STD will go away. sex life! Stop by Student Health Services
It won’t! You may feel embarrassed about Freshman music major Martin Castañon (from left), freshman nursing major Jack Gonzales and
for confidential STD and HIV testing.
sophomore emergency medical science major Kani Canizales perform a song from the “Rock Band”
having an STD, but getting checked and Call 882-3896 to make an appointment game Wednesday in the Student Union game room.
treated is the only way to get well. today or stop by Cortez Hall 237.
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Academic Advising Alert: Scholarships

tips for taking exams The Alliance Scholars Fund


scholarship is available to U.S. citizens
who are of Hispanic heritage, are in
eugenia.curet@utb.edu or call her at 882-
7283.
The 2011/2012 South Texas Academic
have space to work. good academic standing and enrolled Rising Scholars scholarship is available to
By Academic Advising
Always read directions carefully. If full time in an accredited university and U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
We cannot avoid them; there is no way time allows, preview the exam for key have a minimum cumulative grade-point who have earned 12 undergraduate hours
out. They exist: exams. Sometimes it looks terms. Jot notes and if you can, mark your average of 2.75 or higher. The deadline and have at least a 2.7 cumulative grade-
as if professors get together and schedule exam with comments that come to mind. to apply is Tuesday. The application is point average. The deadline to apply is
their exams about the same time--on the Find a strategy to answer the exam. available at http://www.alliancescholars. March 31. For more information, visit
same day. It’s no secret that preparing for Answer the easy questions first and leave org/applications/. www.southtexasstars.org.
exams takes time. Fortunately, students the hard ones for last or vice versa. The Society for Human Resource The Adopted Students Formerly
can know in advance when exams are Resist the temptation of leaving right Management scholarship is available to in Foster or Other Residential Care
scheduled because that information can after you finish your test. Review. Make U.S. citizens or resident aliens who have Exemption scholarship is available to
easily be found in the course syllabus. sure you proofread for spelling, grammar, a 2.7 cumulative grade-point average students who were adopted, were in foster
We all know that cramming is not a punctuation, etc. You also want to make or higher and who are pursuing an or other residential care. It covers tuition
good idea, so here are some important sure you have answered all questions, you associate’s of applied science degree in and fees, other than property deposit fees,
tips on how to get ready for exams: did not mark anything incorrectly or did medical office or international business; for courses for which the college receives
Before the exam: not make any simple errors. a bachelor of applied arts and sciences in tax support. There is no deadline to apply.
Attend classes regularly. It helps! After the exam: applied business technology; a bachelor The application is at: http://www.utb.edu/
You are receiving valuable information Attend the class and classes following of applied technology in workforce em/fa/Pages/FAWaiversandExemptions.
firsthand. Also, if you have questions, the exam. Oftentimes, instructors use leadership and supervision or a bachelor aspx. For more information, visit http://
you can ask your instructor to clarify any this time to review the exam, and it can of business administration; or are www.collegeforalltexans.com/apps/
doubts. reinforce the information learned. This members of the UTB/TSC student chapter financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=551.
Take good notes from lectures and might also help you in preparing for your of the society. The deadline to apply The Blind/Deaf Student Exemption
textbooks. next exam! is Friday. Applications are available Program is available to students who are
Begin reviewing early. Try to read your Finally, take advantage of campus at http://www.utb.edu/em/fa/Pages/ enrolled in classes for which the college
assignments ahead of time. If possible, resources available to you. The Student FAScholarshipsLatest.aspx. receives tax support. The student must
review your notes soon after class; it is Success Center, located in Cardenas Hall The 2011 Daniel B. Goldberg provide certification from the Department
also a good idea to review your notes North 122, will host workshops on test- Scholarship is available to U.S. citizens of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
before your next class meeting. Review taking strategies in March and April. or resident aliens who are enrolled in of status as blind or deaf and fill
with a study group--this will be helpful If you have experienced “test anxiety” full-time master’s study preparing for a out the “Special Programs Payment
since you may go over material you might before, it may be helpful to attend one career in state and local government and Authorization” form. There is no
have overlooked in class. of these sessions to get tips on how to finance. Students cannot be past winners deadline to apply. For more information,
Always study the most difficult material successfully overcome this anxiety. Visit of a scholarship program administered visit http://www.collegeforalltexans.com/
when you are fully alert. Schedule times the Student Success Center’s Web page by the Government Finance Officers apps/financialaid/tofa2.cfm?ID=547.
for study, even if it means giving up part for detailed information on dates and Association. The deadline to apply is The Exemption for Students under
of your time on the weekends. times or by calling 882-8208. Friday. Applications are at www.gfoa.org Conservatorship of the Department
Always do your homework on time. As you create your road map to your under student opportunities. of Family and Protective Services is
Many times, these assignments cover test final destination, please do not hesitate The 2011 Frank L. Greathouse available to students who have been in
content. to consult with your academic adviser Government Accounting Scholarship the care or conservatorship of the Texas
Rest, rest, rest and rest. Get a good about campus resources and tools to is available to U.S. citizens or resident Department of Family and Protective
night’s sleep before the day of the exam. succeed. As a student-centered university, aliens who are undergraduate or graduate Services (TDFPS), enrolled in a public
During the exam UTB/TSC is committed to helping you students enrolled in full-time study university in Texas and enrolled in
Arrive early for the exam. It gives you achieve your educational goals. You may preparing for a career in state and local classes for which the college receives tax
time, not only to review, but also to make reach at us at 882-7362, by e-mail at government. Undergraduate students support. There is no deadline to apply.
sure you are prepared (don’t forget pens, academicadvising@utb.edu by stopping must be in the process of completing at To request the award, the student must
pencil, paper, calculators, etc.). at the Camille Lightner Center or at the least their junior year by the time the fill out the “Special Programs Payment
Be relaxed and confident. Breathe various academic advising locations scholarship is awarded. The deadline to Authorization” form. The application
slowly if you are too nervous. Also, throughout our campus. apply is Friday. Applications are at www. is at: http://www.utb.edu/em/fa/Pages/
choose a good area to sit where you will gfoa.org under student opportunities. FAWaiversandExemptions.aspx. For
The Cameron County Mental Health more information, visit http://www.
Task Force offers scholarships to eligible collegeforalltexans.com.
students who are pursuing graduate The Army ROTC College Student
higher education in one of the following scholarship is available to U.S. citizens
careers: psychiatric nurse practitioner, planning to attend a four-year college
licensed professional counselor or social program. Applicants must be between the
work. The award amount per semester is ages of 17 and 26 and have a high school
$500 and will be provided during fall and grade-point average of at least 2.5 and
spring semesters. The deadlines to apply have a high school diploma or equivalent.
are Feb. 28 and Aug. 30. The application There is no deadline to apply. For more
is at cameroncountymentalhealth@ information, visit http://www.goarmy.
yahoo.com. For more information, send com/rotc/college-students/four-year-
an e-mail to UTB/TSC Student Health scholarships.html.
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Page 8 • February 14, 2011 UTB/TSC Partnership: Is It Over? The Collegian

Taking a look back ...


Feb. 10, 2010: TSC board of trustees holds
2008: TSC District tries first of three
to collect $10.8 million in community Aug. 26: Newly elected
lease payments from the advisory March 25: TSC board Trustee Francisco “Kiko”
Sept. 1, 1991:
state. University officials committee unanimously approves Rendon is elected chairman
The partnership
agree the partnership no meetings a resolution supporting of the TSC board. Also
between the University of Texas at
longer reflects how the on how to a new model for the sworn in are new Trustees
Brownsville and Texas
institution operates. improve the existing partnership agreement. partnership agreement. Trey Mendez and Dr.
Southmost College begins.
Robert Lozano.

Sept. 23: During a meeting, all seven


TSC trustees say they are in favor of
modifying the existing partnership.

“Everybody
“I endorse “I don’t “We are “We’re “The issue of “We are h e r e
t h e think there currently trying dissolving the looking knows my
partnership are any working to get partnership is o u t commitment
that has of us here in the best not an issue. for the to this
successfully that wants a united possible It has never district partnership.
united a anything way to d e a l been an issue b u t … My dad
community college and an less than the best for come up with a plan for our district, for and it will never be an issue. wanting to absolutely was [TSC president] here
upper-division university the district. We need to that helps all of us, the employees of Our discussions have been preserve the and I served as [TSC
to become a nationwide remember our fiduciary with the student at the UTB/TSC, the entire about trying to decide what’s opportunity that has boardchairman] here.
model for nearly 20 years.” duty is to the taxpayers forefront.” community, the people best for the students, staff, been created through …This college means
and to the district.” that pay taxes.” faculty and specifically for the this partnership.” everything to my family.”
--Kiko Rendon --Adela Garza --Dr. Roberto Robles --Trey Mendez taxpayers.” --Rene Torres --Dr. Robert Lozano --David Oliveira

Oct. 4: During a public “I would hope that you are all more
workshop, residents urge interested in community service than
TSC trustees to keep in political gain and will take a broader
the partnership. “The view of your role as a policymaking
partnership is not in board, which is, in fact, your role as a
jeopardy,” Rendon tells the board member.”
audience. “We are strong
behind the partnership.” --Rosemary Breedlove, former TSC trustee

Oct. 21: TSC trustees reject a


proposal by the University of Texas
System that would make the board
of regents the managing board for
the school. Legal counsel is told to
negotiate a new agreement between
TSC and the UT System.

Nov. 10: The UT System board of regents In a letter to Rendon dated Nov. 10, UT
votes to terminate its partnership agreement System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said
with TSC no later than Aug. 31, 2015, after he is “truly disappointed that we could not
Rendon fails to send a letter to the UT forge a new agreement that would propel UT
System regarding the pact. System and TSC into the future as partners.”

Nov. 11: UTB/TSC President Juliet V. García


assembles the university’s top administrators
and informs them of the board of regents’
decision: “They made a decision yesterday
about committing to the growth and expansion
of the
University
of [Texas at]
Brownsville, In the same meeting, Trustees Jan. 19, 2011:
decoupled Oliveira and Lozano ask TSC trustees
from the Nov. 18: During a board meeting, Trustee Rendon if he sent a letter meet with
j u n i o r Robles makes a motion to remove Rendon to Chancellor Figueroa that Chancellor
college.” as board chairman and it is seconded by states changes the board wants Cigarroa,
Oliveira. The motion fails in a 4-to-3 vote, to make to the partnership who offers
after Rendon breaks a tie by voting against agreement. Rendon replies: two options:
the motion. “No, I didn’t.” Separate both institutions and
come to a contractual agreement
on the use of buildings or let
the UT System take over the
operation of TSC and eliminate
district taxes.

Jan. 21: Trustee Robles tells The


Collegian UT System officials want
to come up with a final decision
before March 15, the last day to
submit requests or proposals to the
Texas Legislature. Mendez tells
Feb. 17: TSC board is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. in the Gorgas Hall boardroom. the paper he doesn’t know of any
deadline, while Rendon says: “There
is no deadline.”
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Shots&Labels

Leslie Barrientos/Collegian Photos

Name: Ana Gonzalez com ($190) What/who inspires your style? “People,
Classification: Freshman Accessories: watch, Michael Kors places and things.”
Major: Sociology ($200); snake ring, jewelry store in Describe your style in three words:
Clothing: sweater, Zara ($60); shorts, Durango, Mexico ($40); bracelet, “Girly, comfortable and classy.”
urbanoutfitters.com ($35); tights, shopbop.com ($40); Chanel purse;
American Apparel ($30); boots, topshop. Versace sunglasses, Sunglass Hut ($200) --Compiled by Leslie Barrientos

Club spotlight
Leslie Barrientos/Collegian
Members of the Toastmasters at UTB/TSC include member Vicenta Fernandez, Adviser Paula Garcia and President Prax Cortina.

Name: Toastmasters at UTB/TSC Garza Requirements: Must be a current UTB/


Purpose: To improve communication Sergeant at Arms: Robert Garza TSC student, faculty or staff member.
and leadership skills. Adviser: Paula Garcia, senior lecturer Dues: $33 per semester
Established: December 1999 for the Applied Business Technology For more information: Send an e-mail
President: Prax Cortina Department to Cortina at praxcortina@yahoo.com, to
Vice President of Education: Michael Activities: The club offers seminars the Garcia at paula.garcia@utb.edu, or
Lopez to groups interested in improving visit http://orange.utb.edu/toastmasters/
Vice President of Membership: John communication skills and volunteers at
Froozan various events. or http://www.toastmasters.org/.
Vice President of Public Relations: Meetings: At 6:30 p.m. every first and
Robert Garza third Friday of the month in Education --Compiled by Daniel Beltrán
Secretary and Treasurer: Charmiane and Business Complex 2.420.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


from The Collegian staff
Page 10 • February 14, 2011 On Campus The Collegian

Deadline approaching for study abroad


By Héctor Aguilar inspect the UTB/TSC campus and to meet Summer Session II. During the session,
Spanish Editor with faculty to determine where possible French language and culture courses will
cooperation could be established. The be offered by native-speaking professors
UTB/TSC’s Office of Global jazz band from CQU also attended and who will provide the student with a
Engagement not only has programs to met with music professors and its students uniquely genuine view of Paris.
study abroad for the summer but also has performed in a concert. Students will have the opportunity
semesterlong programs for student and Today, Elena Domaschkina, head of to visit museums and cultural places,
faculty exchange. the Center for International Education including the Louvre, the medieval Musée
Alla Paroiatnikova, director of the and Mobility of the Vienna School of de Cluny, Musée Branly, Montmartre and
Office of Global Engagement, said the Management and Communication, is the Mediatèque in the afternoon and on
goal of the office is to provide students scheduled to visit UTB/TSC to meet weekends they will be free to explore
with first-class education by adding an with the dean and faculty of the School places such as the Loire Region on a
international component that will make of Business to discuss possible venues of bicycle.
students truly global citizens and will cooperation between both institutions. “We try to make the students know
Courtesy Photo Suzanne LaLonde.
boost their résumés and improve their Nine students are taking advantage of Students had a chance to explore the Loire region
other places that they would’ve never
skills. the study abroad opportunities for the in France last semester during Summer Session II. thought of before. Because we are all
“It’s a full immersion in culture. semester; these include three studying three French, it is easy for us to find
their own institution. The scholarships
It’s being in a different educational in France and six in Spain. Respective the interesting outings to do,” said Alix
and financial aid that students normally
environment,” Paroiatnikova said, exchange students are here as well: three Rivière, a French professor and exchange
receive also remain the same.
“which can be challenging but at the from France and two from Spain. student from the Sorbonne University.
“If they try to go to these universities
same time, it’s most rewarding because it Li Wenzhong, a Chinese language and “It’s not only focused on French
on their own as international students, for
demonstrates your flexibility, adaptability history professor from Henan University culture,” added French Professor Olivier
example, at our partner university, Central
and learning abilities, which will be very in China, is an exchange faculty who Schouteden. “For example, we go every
Queensland University in Australia, the
important for the 21st century.” presently teaches at UTB/TSC. year to the Musée Branly, which is the
semester tuition and fees are $11,000,”
Forming a partnership with other Silvia del Cerro Cuesta is an exchange ethnographic museum to discover South
Paroiatnikova said.
universities is analogous to a marriage student from the Universitat Autònoma American culture, African culture, Asian
“Students who come from France and
and careful considerations must be taken de Barcelona who is studying translation culture. It’s kind of broad knowledge.”
Spain also work as teacher assistants in
into account in order for the partnership to at UTB/TSC for nine months and would The deadline to apply for this program
our classes. … We provide a lot of native
function. To ensure a good match, Global like to pursue sign language translation. has been extended to March 1. The cost
speakers for these classes, so there is a
Engagement considers universities that Initially, she found it hard to adapt but is $3,940, which includes airfare and
lot UTB is getting from these exchange
have similar characteristics such as size, made friends and said the fact that Spanish lodging. Scholarships are available to
[students],” Paroiatnikova said.
safety, academic goals and where courses is spoken here made her feel at home. students, ranging from $500 to $1,000.
UTB/TSC has partnerships with the
are taught in English, and have the same “It’s like a challenge to leave your Future plans for the Office of Global
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona,
course curriculums. country and not spend a month abroad Engagement include expanding
the Sorbonne University in Paris and
“We have to go and visit this university. but nine months without your family, partnership opportunities to China and
is finalizing the process with Central
... You need to see the place where our starting from scratch in a new university Latin America, specifically Argentina,
Queensland University in Australia,
students are going to be, you need to meet and having new friends and a new house,” Brazil and Chile.
the École d’Ingenieurs of La Rochelle,
with the people, you need to work with del Cerro Cuesta said. “I think it is a good The deadlines to apply are March 15
France, SupBiotech in Paris and the
the administration, with the faculty, see place. It has a nice culture and the people for the Fall 2011 semester and Oct. 11
Vienna School of Management and
how we will fit and they also come and are very kind and hardworking. I would for the Spring 2012 semester. For more
Communication.
visit our campus,” Paroiatnikova said. tell others to come and give it a try.” information, contact Larissa Guijosa at
A taste of Paris
Most recently, a representative from One of the benefits of this program 882-8955 or at larissa.guijosa@utb.edu.
Students can get a taste of what being
Central Queensland University came to is that students pay tuition and fees at
abroad is like by studying in Paris during

Legislation Accordingly, the UT board of regents has


voted to terminate the present agreement
a bill in the Texas Legislature, which is
March 15.
students at all levels, at the graduate level
and at the freshman level and everything
Continued from page 1
and to dissolve the partnership. Thus, the “So, if a solution is to be enacted into in between. And, so when you ask how
said. “We still don’t offer as much as Pan present agreement will end no later than law this legislative session, it must be should it be resolved, the students’ issues
Am offers. … So reducing or cutting back Aug. 31, 2015. Transition teams from filed before March 15 and then it doesn’t and the students’ needs should be the most
special-item funding would inhibit and Texas Southmost College and UT System guarantee that it gets passed,” García important issue on the table. The rest is
decrease the momentum we have to not are already at work to try and facilitate said. “It simply gets it in line in order to secondary.”
only catch up but to leap-frog forward in an orderly … wind down of the present be considered by the Legislature. If a new On Nov. 10, 2010, the UT System board
specific areas of excellence.” relationship. a bill is not filed by March 15, then it’s of regents voted to terminate its partnership
She said the cuts would mean laying off “UT System board of regents has delayed for two years.” agreement with Texas Southmost College
about 170 faculty, staff and administrators indicated a very firm commitment to Garcia’s believes that the solution on the no later than Aug. 31, 2015, after Rendon
and cutting four degree programs. its four-year educational mission in partnership agreement should be the best failed to send a letter to the UT System
Garcia said 92 percent of UTB/TSC Brownsville and the Lower Rio Grande one for students. board of regents outlining the core concepts
students come from low-income families Valley. UT board of regents and TSC board “Twenty years ago, when this partnership the TSC board wanted in a new UTB/TSC
and 77 percent receive Pell Grant funds. of trustees, the campus and the greater was first conceived, it was not about who model.
Before addressing the proposed budget Brownsville community all look forward gets what, who gets to sit where or who The next TSC board of trustees meeting
cuts, García talked about the status of to the development of a new and innovative gets to be in charge or who owns what,” is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the
the partnership between the University structure that we hope will ensure success García said. “It was how do we arrange Gorgas Hall boardroom.
of Texas System and Texas Southmost for our future. So, while it is not clear what this work to better provide opportunity for
College. the future for the two partners individually students, to grow higher education here for
“UTB has had a 20-year relationship or together might be, one thing is clear:
with Texas Southmost College that is The need in the Valley and in South
undergoing, right now, dramatic change,” Texas remains urgently the same and that
she said. “The partnership has been very is, provide more access, more support,
successful for students. The partnership more quality in higher education for our
started out with 49 acres to over 480 community.”
acres [now]. Our student body has grown UT System Chancellor Francisco
exponentially to now total over 12,000 Cigarroa has offered TSC two proposals
students and this last year alone, we on separation of the institutions: “1)
graduated over 2,000 students in just one two wholly separate institutions with
year.” contractual arrangements for use of
Garcia explained that the partnership resources, but no shared governance and 2)
model has worked for students but a single institution whereby the community
“unfortunately, the partnership agreement college becomes an important part of the
was found to be outdated and incapable University of Texas-Brownsville.”
of addressing some of the complexities Under the second option, UTB would
and growth of the university and Texas either receive TSC’s assets as a gift or
Southmost College. …” lease TSC’s assets on a no-cost basis and
“Notwithstanding 18 months of inclusive the local taxing district would be phased
and positive work towards creating a out, according to Cigarroa’s letter to TSC
new partnership to correct the situation, board Chairman Francisco “Kiko” Rendon
ultimately, to this date, no agreement dated Jan. 21.
has been executed,” she said. “Now, In an interview a day before her
both UT System and Texas Southmost testimony, García told The Collegian that
College find the status quo unacceptable. discussion about a deadline regarding the
options has to do with the last day to file
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students would also stay, so it wouldn’t be


SGA as dire if the institutions were to separate as
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FIRST
might be portrayed.” Master’s Programs
Mendez told the SGA that the trustees Business Administration
parts of that model are not the way they Catholic School Leadership
were actually supported by the trustees. I are not trying to dissolve the partnership. Clinical Mental Health
know, for example, Dr. Robles asked for “Everybody recalls the UT System is Counseling
you to support a resolution that would the one that sent the letter telling us that Communication Studies
they wanted to terminate the partnership,” Computer Engineering
include giving all the assets away to the UT Computer Information

in the
System at no charge; that’s $160 million he said. “None of the trustees wanted to Systems
worth of assets and Dr. Robles supports terminate the partnership.” Computer Science
giving that away to the UT System for SGA Vice President of Administration Education
Educational Leadership

N AT I O N
free.” Rosalinda Rangel, however, reminded
Electrical Engineering
He said there’s still $60 million to $65 Mendez that Rendon never sent a letter to Engineering Systems
million owed on a bond debt that students the UT System board of regents outlining Management
and voters approved several years ago. the core concepts the TSC board wanted in English Literature and
Language
“I don’t think it’s a prudent idea to be a new UTB/TSC model.
Industrial Engineering
promoting a model that gives away $160 He responded by saying that it is Industrial/Organizational
debatable as to whether sending or not Among Master’s Universities Psychology
million worth of assets that our taxpayers
have been paying 85 years for, to turn it sending the e-mail would have made a for Commitment to Service, International Relations
Marriage and Family Therapy
over to somebody that may or may not be difference in UT System’s decision to Research and Social Mobility Political Science
paying rent,” Mendez said. terminate the partnership. Public Administration
Rather than give away all the assets over “I know for a fact that the UT System - Washington Monthly magazine’s 2010 Reading
“College Rankings—What Can Colleges Do for the Country?” Software Engineering
to UTB, Mendez believes little tweaks watched the board that night,” Mendez
Theology
can be made, rather than just giving away said. “There was contact between UT
everything. System counsel and our board counsel Ph.D. Programs
“The reason the taxing district exists is that night and after that meeting, where Counselor Education and
because the community thought that it be UT counsel said, ‘We’re well aware; we Supervision
a good idea to pay taxes to subsidize and watched the meeting. We’re well aware of Marriage and Family Therapy
support a junior college because that’s the core concepts that you guys chose to Graduate School Admissions Office
go forward with. We’ll see if we can make One Camino Santa Maria Online Master’s
what we needed and that still continues,” Programs
he said. them work.’” San Antonio, Texas 78228 Clinical Mental Health
Mendez said that while Robles supports In regard to Trustee Robles’ concern in Counseling
giving all the assets away to the UT maintaining the partnership, Mendez said (210) 436-3101 • gradsch@stmarytx.edu International Relations
System, he also supports a model in which the partnership is not something the UT (Security Policy
System wants to continue, as it is now. Apply online at www.stmarytx.edu/grad concentration only)
the district’s taxpayers would still be fully
responsible for paying the bond debt. “I think all the trustees want to be in
“UT System has told us that they are not some kind of partnership with the UT
going to actually consider any model where System,” he said. “It’s, in my opinion, the
they’re actually going to assume the debt best school in the state, but when it comes
for us because the [Texas] Legislature is down to it, like I said in the meeting, I’m
not going to approve a model that includes a TSC trustee, so I think both models
assuming $60 million worth of debt,” he right now, the way they’re written, both
told the SGA. models in concept would include some
In a letter to TSC board Chairman type of partnership with UT, whether it’s
Francisco “Kiko” Rendon dated Jan. 21, as a whole, getting swallowed up by UT or
UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa kind of running in conjunction with them A Catholic and Marianist
offers two options on the separation of the on certain things, which I think will save Liberal Arts institution
institution: the first calls for “two wholly money and save maybe a lot of resources
separate institutions with contractual down the road.”
arrangements for use of resources, but no In other business, SGA President Jorge
shared governance and the second calls for Muñoz administered the oath of office to
a single institution whereby the community six newly appointed senators.
college becomes an important part of the Pedro Licona and Kaitlin Lara are the
University of Texas at Brownsville.” new senators for the College of Liberal
Asked by The Collegian which of the Arts; Elda Flores and Alberto Mata,
two options the board of trustees is leaning senators for the College of Science,
toward, Mendez responded that the trustees Mathematics and Technology; and Grady
weren’t leaning toward a certain model Lunsford and Erick Dominguez, senators
until an expert who has been through a at large.
separation of two institutions tells them “I have met with all of these individuals
how it would affect enrollment. and we have spoken in the [executive
“In the event that the institutions were board] meeting regarding the individuals
to be separate, then we need experts to be and from talking to all them, they all
able to tell us how the enrollment would showed the willingness to participate
project,” he said, “how many students they in student government,” Muñoz said.
believe will be attending TSC, how many “They’ve shared their views of why they
students they believe will be attending want to join and how they would help
UTB, and once we know that, then we student government as a whole.”
project out what the actual tuitions are The SGA also unanimously approved
going to be, what the costs are going to three resolutions:
be and then we need an actual audit of No. 23 sets dates and deadlines for
all the buildings: What’s owned by TSC? SGA elections and sets aside $200 for
What’s owned by UTB? Is the land owned advertising the elections. The deadline to
by TSC? Is the land owned by UTB? How declare candidacy is 4:30 p.m. March 23
much square footage is in there? That sort student eligibility check and notification,
of thing, so that’s one thing that the trustees by 4:30 p.m. March 24; candidate meeting,
have decided is probably the best thing, noon to 4 p.m. March 25 in Salon Gardenia;
rather than go towards one model hastily, campaigning, 8 a.m. March 28; elections,
which we don’t want to do,” he said. 8 a.m. March 30 to 4 p.m. March 31;
Mendez indicated that none of the tabulation and results disclosure, 5 p.m.
trustees knows if the separation of assets March 31.
will increase taxes. No. 24, which authorizes the senate
“[Neither] Dr. Robles or I know that, to investigate other universities’ policies
nobody knows that,” he said. “We haven’t and recommend that a tobacco-use fine
had anybody to go in there and do the work be created as a means to enforce the
to actually tell us the taxes are gonna go implementation of UTB/TSC’s tobacco-
up, the taxes are gonna go down; we don’t free campus policy.
know.” No. 25, which supports the need for
However, he mentioned that 70 percent deadlines to be adhered to in order to
of the students attending UTB/TSC are promote success of the student body in its
TSC credit hours. “If the campus were to preparation for college, understanding that
separate, would that still be the case?” he students will be informed by the appropriate
said. “Probably not. You’re going to lose channels through academic calendars and
some students in UT. We realize that, but other means of communication in a timely
there’s also the likelihood that a lot of the manner.
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Valley native now chairs


UT System board of regents
UT System Public Affairs formed the Powell Companies, a real estate
brokerage company and, with Laddie
AUSTIN--The Denton, formed Bitterblue Inc. Powell also
University of Texas is co-founder of AirStrip Technologies.
System board of AirStrip is a medical software company.
regents elected new Foster was appointed to the board in
officers Tuesday 2007. He has been a vice chairman of
during its board the
the board since 2009. He is the chairman arts
meeting in Austin. of the Finance and Planning Committee center
Wm. Eugene and serves as a member of the Academic
“Gene” Powell of Affairs Committee as well as the Audit,
San Antonio was Compliance and Management Review
named chairman of the board. Powell Committee. Foster serves as the chairman
succeeds Colleen McHugh of Corpus of the board of directors of the University
Christi. Paul L. Foster of El Paso, R. of Texas Investment Management Co.
Steven “Steve” Hicks of Austin and James Foster is president and chief executive
D. Dannebaum of Houston each were officer of Western Refining Co. He
named vice chairmen of the board. graduated with a degree in accounting
“As an alumnus of the University of from Baylor University.
Texas at Austin, I cannot imagine a greater Hicks was appointed to the UT System
privilege than to serve as chairman of board of regents in 2009 by Perry. He chairs
the UT System board of regents,” Powell the Audit, Compliance and Management
said. “I am honored that my colleagues Review Committee. In addition, he serves
on the board have entrusted me with this on the Facilities Planning and Construction
tremendous responsibility of guiding the Committee as well as the Student, Faculty
service our outstanding institutions provide and Staff Campus Life Committee. .
to our students and their parents.” Hicks owns and serves as executive
Powell was appointed to the UT System chairman of Capstar Partners LLC, a
board of regents in 2009 by Gov. Rick private investment firm. He graduated with
Perry. He serves on the Facilities Planning a degree in government from UT-Austin.
and Construction Committee, the Finance Dannenbaum was appointed to the
and Planning Committee and the Health board in 2007.  He is chairman of the
Affairs Committee. He also serves as Student, Faculty and Staff Campus Life
the regental representative on the Texas Committee and serves on the Health
Growth Fund board of trustees. Affairs Committee as well as the Facilities
Raised in Weslaco, Powell is a native Planning and Construction Committee.
of the Rio Grande Valley. He earned a He also serves on the Board for Lease of
bachelor’s degree in finance at UT-Austin. University Lands and is the liaison to the
He later earned a master’s degree in finance Governor’s Office on Technology Transfer
from UT before returning to the Valley. and Commercialization Issues.
In 1983, he moved to San Antonio Dannenbaum is chairman of
to become president of the Quincy Lee Dannenbaum Engineering Corp. He earned
Co., which, at the time, was the largest a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering
commercial real estate development from UT-Austin.
company in San Antonio. In 1987, Powell

All Shook Up
It’s like an Elvis movie …
but better!
Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
7:30 p.m.

SPECIAL STUDENT PRICING


$6 orchestra front • $10 balcony
Ticket holder must present valid Sting ID for admission.

The University of Texas at Brownsville


and Texas Southmost College
To purchase tickets or for more information, go to
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The Collegian
Arts & Entertainment February 14, 2011 • Page 13

Review
Pianist Manuel Matarrita ‘Night Song and other
to perform at Arts Center
True Tales of the Orient’
By Michelle Serrano Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (Costa
Rica), Orquesta Juvenil de El Salvador, By Alejandra González who is one of many poverty-stricken
The Collegian women in Vietnam who resort to
Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín The Collegian
Costa Rican (Colombia), the Louisiana State prostitution because they cannot stand
“Night Song and other True Tales of to see their families suffering.
pianist Manuel University Philharmonic, the Washburn
the Orient” by William L. Adams is an His travel to the Philippines produced
Matarrita will Symphony in Kansas, Sinfonietta of
excellent piece of literature the stories of a social worker
perform music Costa Rica, the University of Costa Rica
that informs you about the making a difference in the lives
from Spain and Chamber Orchestra and the Orquesta
reality of the other side of of street children in its capital,
Latin America Sinfónica Municipal de Cartago.
the world. Manila, and of Lyka, who told
We d n e s d a y In addition to his solo work, Matarrita
Adams took a sabbatical Adams of how she was a third-
night at the has been active in accompanist piano
from teaching history at UTB/ generation prostitute and was
UTB/TSC Arts work with big names like Irwin
TSC to conduct research for doing all she could to prevent
Center. Hoffman, Giancarlo Guerrero, Martín
the book, traveling to Hanoi, her daughter from following
Manuel Matarrita According Jorge, Agustín Cullell, Norman
Siberia, Sri Lanka, Mumbai in her footsteps.
to information Gamboa, Alfredo Bonavera and
and Manila, among other Not all is sad or
provided by the Music Department, Alejandro Gutiérrez.
places. His description of heartbreaking in these tales, as
Matarrita, a professor of music and The program for the evening features
those places and the people Adams finds hope and humor
associate chair at the University of works by Granados, Falla, Mompou,
he encounters make you feel as if you in his subjects’ lives as well.
Costa Rica School of Musical Arts, has Cervantes, Barrios, Villa-Lobos, Meza
are living in the Orient. “Night Song and other True Tales
studied under such renown teachers as and Moncayo. The dates of these pieces
The book tells the stories of 19 people of the Orient” (Nortex Press, $24.95)
Higinio Fernández, María Clara Cullell, range from the late 19th to the 20th
he interviewed, including a Vietnamese is available at the Barnes & Noble
Mary Ann Bulla and Constance K. centuries and come from such places
prostitute, Song, who sold herself to aid Bookstore on campus.
Carroll. He will give his Brownsville as Paraguay, Spain, Cuba, Brazil, Costa
her family financially. Adams’ story is
audience a sample of among many Rica and Mexico.
written with respect for the 17-year-old,
things, classic huapango. Matarrita’s concert begins at 8 p.m.
Matarrita has appeared as a soloist For ticket prices or other information,
with Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil and call the Arts Center at 882-8587. Review
‘127 hours’ a grimacing adventure
Nothing to do on Friday night? By Louie Vera whether he is trying to make light of the
Try Border Block Party Sports Editor situation to keep sanity by pretending to be
on a talk show or looking back at recorded
If you are claustrophobic, think you times as he tries to keep a drive to live
By Francisco Garza Blanchard hopes that in the near future, might be or you simply don’t like feeling with it looking bleaker as the minutes and
The Collegian people won’t “have to go all the way to trapped, “127 Hours” isn’t for you. hours pass. His screams of desperation
McAllen or all the way to [South Padre Yet, if you buy the ticket and are unforgettable as they echo
The first Border Block Party, featuring Island] to enjoy themselves.” take director Danny Boyle’s through the cavern, and seeing
live music by the Bright Light Carlos Solitaire III, vice ride, you’re in for a thrilling, a ray of light sneak in on the
Social Hour, the Young Maths, president of the Student Radio compelling and even grimacing early morning brings about a
AUX, the All Days and Tangarine Club at UTB/TSC, or SRC, adventure of rock climber smile that lowers as the days
57’ Chevy, will take place Friday which is one of the event’s Aron Ralston, played by James go.
night on 13th Street, between sponsors, said the organization Franco, who masterfully hits the With flashbacks and futuristic
East Levee and Elizabeth streets. “decided to support the Border audience with every emotional dream images it’s impossible to
“It started off in a venue; it Block Party because SRC’s chord you can think of. turn away from the big screen
became bigger than what the mission is to help get the word Ralston is out hiking, with his captivating courage,
venue could hold, so I had to out on events catered more unbeknownst to family or even when failed attempts to
move it to the street,” explained toward the youth culture.” friends, and falls into a ravine where his dislodge his arm turn bloody, inducing
Hugo Teran of AUX, the event’s “We’re excited about what is right arm becomes pinned by a boulder contorted faces from the audience. You
producer. happening,” Solitaire said. for five days. He is desperately limited in almost can’t turn away and ostensibly
Teran, a sophomore accounting and “The whole point of this event is water and food as the struggle begins to won’t to be a part of this unrelenting will
marketing major at UTB/TSC, said 300 promoting the downtown renovation,” find a way of out or slowly wither away. to live at its height.
people are expected to attend. Teran said. Boyle expands on the remarkable 2003 It is quite a different road than Boyle’s
The block party is the newest in a He hopes that in the future, the event true story using a camera Ralston had with Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire,” but
series of concerts produced by different can expand, with more stages and bigger him during the ordeal as a different way to with his eyes and Franco’s performance it’s
Brownsville residents to try to promote names. get a sense of everything going on in his just as memorable.
the renovation of downtown and create an “I’m … hoping that next year I bring a thoughts--past, future and present. The film is nominated for 27 awards,
entertainment district. big artist, like Maná.” The versatile Franco, known for his roles including Oscars for Best Picture, Actor
“I think it’s a really good idea,” said Ben The event starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 1 in “Spiderman” and “Pineapple Express.” in a Leading Role, Writing (Original
Blanchard, guitarist and vocalist for the All a.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $7 for is gripping in his array of emotions, Screenplay) and Music (Original Score).
Days. minors.

A soldier’s story

Director John J. Valadez (left) discusses


“The Longoria Affair” with viewers Thursday
in the Student Union’s Gran Salon. The
documentary features the story of Felix
Longoria, a decorated World War II veteran
who was refused funerary services in his
South Texas hometown of Three Rivers. One
hundred fifty people attended the screening,
said Patricia Longoria, the union’s assistant
director.
Michelle Serrano/Collegian
Página 14 • 14 de febrero del 2011 Noticias en español The Collegian

La restauración de las dunas se llevará a cabo el sábado


Por Héctor Aguilar “Solamente utilizamos vegetación
Editor de español endémica, según lo dicta una ley estatal”,
dijo Treviño. Panicum amargo y uniola
Quizás no les hayas puesto atención a las paniculata, unos pastos perenes, son los
dunas mientras te bronceabas en la playa, que se usan más a menudo. Por lo general
sin embargo sin ellas la playa no sería la se usan en combinaciones de 25 por ciento
misma. y 75 por ciento, respectivamente”, él
El sábado las personas podrán participar dijo. Estas dos especies son de entre 8 o
como voluntarios para restablecer la 9 plantas de dunas endémicas que se usan
vegetación de las dunas como parte del para revegetar las dunas.
Proyecto de Revegetación de la Isla del La uniola paniculata se obtiene por
Padre del Sur. medio de un cultivador de Carolina del
Este evento se llevará a cabo de las Norte, Coastal Transplants, que cosecha
9 a.m. hasta medio día en la entrada a la las semillas de Texas.
playa número 21 Good Hope Circle. “Las plantas que usamos responden
“Las dunas son nuestra primera línea de cuando las cubre la arena; las raíces sirven
defensa [contra los huracanes y las mareas como un hormigón armado, el cual refuerza
altas]”, dijo Ruben Treviño, el director de a la estructura de las dunas”, dijo Treviño.
recursos costeros de la ciudad de la Isla del De vez en cuando, Heise y sus estudiantes
Padre del Sur y organizador del proyecto recolectan la vegetación de las dunas de
desde 2008. “Lo que tenemos que hacer es sitios de construcción y las siembran en su Photo Courtesy Elizabeth Heise
ayudar a la playa. No podemos aumentar la invernadero en la universidad para usarlas Ruben Treviño (derecha) director de recursos costeros para la ciudad de la Isla del Padre del Sur les instruye
velocidad de la Madre Naturaleza pero la posteriormente. a los voluntarios los pasos a seguir para sembrar la vegetación endémica de las dunas en diciembre de 2010.
podemos ayudar”. La concejala de la Isla del Padre del Sur
Un estudio que llevaron a cabo unos Alita Bagley dijo que el proyecto de la afectados por huracanes han contactado a especialmente en Brownsville, y hablamos
profesores de UTB/TSC en 2008 respaldó revegetación de las dunas es continua dada los directores del proyecto de revegetación con los estudiantes para educar a la gente
el hecho de que las dunas que se encuentran la erosión que ocurre. para aprender más acerca de lo que se está acerca de lo que está sucediendo aquí”, dijo
vegetadas lograron resistir el impacto del “Ha crecido muchísimo,” dijo Bagley haciendo para implementar esas medidas Nixon. “Realmente ha valido la pena, o sea,
Huracán Ike mejor que las dunas que no acerca del proyecto. “Cuando comenzamos en sus condados, dijo Heise. nuestra limpieza de playa, especialmente
tenían vegetación. solamente éramos pocos, la Dra. Heise y Varias organizaciones del Valle del Río en los días de restauración… Hemos tenido
“Cuando hay una tormenta, no les pegan algunos de sus estudiantes… La gente está Grande se han sumado para echar a andar a muchos estudiantes de universidades de
tanto las olas a los condominos que tienen más informada a cerca de la importancia… el proyecto. Estas organizaciones incluyen todo el Valle”.
dunas en frente como a aquellos que no de tener un sistema de dunas sano, así que a la sección local de Surfrider Foundation, Circle K International participa en
tienen vegetación,” dijo la profesora de a través de la educación, la gente se ha Liderazgo Laguna Madre, la Universidad eventos locales de voluntarios.
geología y oceanografía Elizabeth Heise, involucrado mucho más. del Sur de Texas South Texas College, y “Es una gran manera de impactar al
quien desarrolló el estudio junto con Los eventos de revegetación están organizaciones estudiantiles de UTB/TSC medio ambiente y es divertido”, dijo Oscar
Jude Benavídes, profesor de hidrología y programados durante todo el año. Los tales como Circle K International y Gorgas García, presidente de Circle K y estudiante
recursos hídricos, y los estudiantes Mara huecos varían en tamaño de 2,000 a Science Society. de ciencias ambientales de último año.
Contreras, Andrés Cárdenas y Joseph 12,000 pies cuadrados y se siembran Surfrider Foundation es una organización “No es tan a menudo que ayudamos a las
Lemen. aproximadamente 8,000 plantas en cada ambientalista sin fines lucrativos que se dunas. Son una parte importante de nuestro
El proceso de revegetación consiste en evento. Durante los dos eventos pasados se encarga de la protección y el goce de los ecosistema y hasta de nuestra economía.
varias etapas. Primero, se escoge un sitio sembraron alrededor de 19,000 plantas en océanos del mundo, las olas y las playas. Unos eventos de restauración de dunas
o hueco por medio de imágenes aéreas. un hueco de 37,000 pies cuadrados. Esta Rob Nixon, el presidente de la sección del están planeados para el 17 de marzo
Después, se calcula el número de plantas cantidad sumó lo que se había sembrado Sur de Texas se encarga de informarle al y el 2 de abril, sin embargo, aún no se
que se usará en cada sitio. Acto seguido se previamente durante el lapso de un año, público de estos eventos a través de redes ha asignado algún lugar. Para mayores
juntan las plantas y se transportan hacia el dijo Treviño. sociales como Twitter y Facebook. informes, contacte a Treviño al 761-3035
sitio. Por último, los voluntarios siembran Las autoridades de condados tales “Aparte de todo eso, hemos ido o visite www.facebook.com/sufridersotx.
las plantas. como Brazoria y Galveston que han sido y seguimos yendo a las escuelas,

Techo nuevo, vida nueva


Estudiante Nombre: Ingrid Garza
Edad: 22
Ciudad Natal: Matamoros,
diferentes culturas y que hay
muchos animales y plantas”.
¿Qué lección has aprendido

de hoy Tamaulipas, México.


Promedio: 3.0
Especialidad: Español
durante el semestre pasado
que te ha hecho pensar de
otra manera? “Que para ser
Clasificación: Estudiante de buena en tu trabajo, tienes que
cuarto año esforzarte, no solamente a la
Fecha de graduación: hora que ya trabajes, sino antes,
Diciembre del 2011 echándole muchas ganas a las
Reconocimientos: Lista clases porque como voy a ser
del Decano: Verano 2008, maestra, lo que aprenda ahorita
Primavera 2009 y Otoño 2010. es lo que voy a enseñarle a mis
Pasatiempos: “Me gusta alumnos”.
cocinar, hacer ejercicio, ver ¿Cuál es tu clase preferida?
películas, estudiar e ir de ¿Por qué? “Mi clase favorita
compras”. es gramática avanzada, que
Actividades extracurriculares: es ‘Spanish 3330’, porque la
“Ir al gimnasio”. gramática es un reto para mí y
¿Cuál sería tu trabajo ideal? me gusta mucho la clase”.
“Ser maestra de español para Anécdota: “Iba entrando por
niños de kínder o primaria”. una de las puertas de un costado
¿Cuáles son tus metas? [del edificio] Sur, era temprano,
“Terminar la universidad y mi clase de las 9 y entrando
encontrar un muy buen trabajo”. había un gato … acostado así
¿Cómo te ves dentro de 10 como de ladito viendo a la gente
años? “Realizada laboral pasar nada más adentro del
y sentimentalmente en edificio y todos se le quedaban
Indianápolis”. viendo. Pasaban con cara de que Sergio Salazar/Collegian
¿Qué te gusta de la y éste gato que quiere y ya fue David Haralson (primer plano) de los distribuidores of
universidad? “Me gusta que muy gracioso”! Bowman de San Benito cambia el viejo tejado metálico del
existen personas de alrededor techo del Centro Academico Regional de Salud el martes. El
Daniel Beltrán/Collegian del mundo estudiando aquí, de ­--Recopilado por Daniel Beltrán nuevo tejado costará $259,000 y se tiene programado estar
listo para el 31 de marzo según Shon Bower, especialista de
comunciaciones para el Centro de Ciencias de Salud de la
Universidad de Texas en Houston. El contratista general es
Jamal Construction.
The Collegian Sports Page 15 • February 14, 2011

Scorpions roll, start road trip Gidora, Ginn earn


recognition from
By Louie Vera RRA Conference
Sports Editor
By Louie Vera
The UTB/TSC Scorpions welcomed Sports Editor
the University of Houston-Victoria for
a four-game set during the weekend Ask any of the UTB/
and didn’t exactly roll out the red TSC Scorpions how
carpet. hard they work under
With stellar pitching and timely Coach Bryan Aughney
hits in the non-conference action, the and they’ll take a deep
Jaguars would suffer three losses at Danny Gidora breath, then exhale.
the hands of UTB/TSC, which earned The tireless effort from
the series win and some momentum as the Scorpions has them at their best
the team heads on a daunting 11-game mark (4-1) since joining the Red
road trip. River Athletic Conference in 2007
After taking the first three games of and gritty performances by Matt Ginn
the series, Coach Bryan Aughney and and Danny Gidora in its first series of
his Scorpion squad were left with a the season helped and earned them
bitter taste in their mouths, losing the RRAC Player of the Week and Pitcher
final game of the set 9-2. of the Week awards for Jan. 21-Feb.6.
“You like to take three out of four,” “I was real happy to see those two
Aughney said. “But our philosophy guys get some recognition,” Aughney
is sweep at home. We did not said. “They’re both pivotal to our
play [Games 3 and 4] very good, success so it’s nice to see them off to
defensively. You’re not going to win Christopher Peña/Collegian a good start.”
a lot of games with four errors each Gidora, a senior, hurled his best
UTB/TSC first baseman Matt Ginn scores a run in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game 4 vs. the University
game. It wasn’t our pitching or hitting, of Houston-Victoria, held Feb. 6 at Scorpion Field. The Jaguars outpaced the Scorpions 9-2. Also shown is performance in a UTB/TSC uniform,
it was our defense. Their guy threw Jaguars catcher Brandon Bohanon. tossing a complete game shutout
well on the mound and I was happy the for a 1-0 win over the University
way we threw on the mound. We just in Dallas and we haven’t played four- game.” of Houston-Victoria, striking out a
have to make those routine outs.” game series in back-to-back weekends UTB/TSC will continue its road staggering 11 batters, scattering six
Game 4 starter Julian Moya had a in a while, so we’re getting back into trip this weekend as it faces perennial hits and stranding nine Jaguar base
rough outing as the Jaguars rocked the baseball shape.” national contender Texas Wesleyan runners. Six of those runners were left
senior hurler in the fourth inning for With the losses, UHV dropped to University Feb.18-19 for a three- in scoring position.
seven runs and was relieved by Baylr 3-7 overall and Jaguar skipper Terry game series. “It was probably Danny’s best
Bickerton after giving up eight earned Puhl wasn’t expecting to leave the Rio The Scorpions will end the month outing since his sophomore year in
runs on 11 hits and walking four. Grande Valley with three more losses with a game against the University the conference tournament,” Aughney
Bickerton and Adam Vera finished the to his record. of Texas-Pan American, followed by said. “I was happy for him to see
game, allowing just one unearned run, “It’s big for us,” Puhl said about a three-game series against Huston- some of that hard work pay off. He’s
but the Scorpion bats couldn’t get hot. sneaking away with the last win of the Tillotson University the final weekend been a horse for us the last two years.
“We start conference and it’s good for series. “We came in here against Bryan of the month. He’s a guy that we’re going to rely on
us to see what can happen when we’re and his team playing well and we The games will be the first of 30 to go out and give us an opportunity
not mentally ready to go,” Aughney expected to take more than one game. Red River Athletic Conference games to win when he’s on the mound. It’s a
said. “Hopefully, the weather holds up Our pitching staff came around a little for the Scorpions in 2011. great start for him and, hopefully, he
bit and John [Touchton] threw a good can build on it.”
Ginn came in clutch in Game 1

Mettle test: Golfers host Lucio invitational of the UHV series, smashing two
homers in the 8-7 victory that sprung
the Scorpions to take 3
By Louie Vera Golf Coach Anthony Lopez and his teammates for this tournament. With of 4 from the Jaguars.
Sports Editor Scorpion golfers are gearing up for stiff this being our home course, we should The 6-foot-1-inch junior
competition as they tee off the spring do pretty well and Coach has been finished the week 6 for
The Red River Athletic Conference semester hosting the 12th annual Eddie giving us a lot of drills to prepare us for 11 at the dish, including
Tournament is in May, but the UTB/ Lucio Jr. Collegiate Golf Invitational this.” two doubles, five walks
TSC men’s and women’s golf teams Sunday and Feb. 21 at the South Padre Lopez has emphasized a strong Matt Ginn and knocking home six
will have a glimpse of whom and what Island Golf Course in Laguna Vista. mentality in his women’s team and is runs. Ginn’s offensive
they’ll be up against this weekend. The South Padre Island Golf Course hoping the extra work on the links is explosion skyrocketed his slugging
is also the site of the RRAC Conference going to pay off in Laguna Vista and the percentage to 1.273.
Tournament and with league rivals rest of the spring semester. “[Matt] had a rough fall and worked
Texas Wesleyan University, Our Lady They are practicing hard,” Lopez really hard earlier that week in batting
of the Lake University, Northwood said. “[Lately,] on days we don’t practice,” Aughney said. “All his
University and University of Southwest usually have practice, we’re out there. early work and late work is starting
in the field, Lopez and company are Even if it’s cold, we’re practicing. As to show. Hopefully, he doesn’t get
looking to gain a gauge of where his far as preparation goes, we’re doing too home-run happy and thinking line
teams are. everything we can. It’s just a matter of drives up the middle. The home runs
“We’ve been preparing really well,” posting the scores we are capable of.” will take care of themselves.”
Lopez said. “It’s important that we get Lopez added that his team has In his 2010 season, Ginn hit 12
off to a good start here for this semester ostensibly more practice time because homers.
and important to get comfortable with of less inclement weather the last few Aughney said he is pleased to
that golf course in competition. I’m weeks and is cognizant his team is up to have a few of his players performing
excited for the guys, they’re really the challenge of shooting low rounds on well early and with conference play
starting to get out of hibernation and its home turf. under way, he is hoping that success
play some good golf. There are really “We’ve been able to practice. I’ve permeates through the rest of the
no limits right now.” talked to other coaches around the state Scorpions.
Marcus Cavazos (75.56 avg.) and and they’ve had some tough weather,” “It’s good to get some guys hot
Vince Cavazos (76.44) each placed he said. “We’ve had the best weather early,” he said. “Hitting is contagious
in events in the fall for the Scorpions out of anybody and the only downfall and guys see that and see the work
and while the brother tandem were of having the tournament here is there is he’s put in. Hopefully, the guys take
consistent, Lopez will also lean a little added pressure on us to perform note and follow suit. The luxury of our
toward freshman and third brother Eric well.” staff this year is Mitch [Schaafsma]
File Photo Cavazos. Rounding out the women’s team is goes out and throws a good outing,
Andrea Cadriel is pictured in this file photo teeing off. “Right now, I feel confident,” Eric Andrea Cadriel, Krystal Garza, Cat then Danny goes out there and does
Coach Anthony Lopez is looking for low scores out of Cavazos said. “I’ve been working Lira, Pamela Lopez, Eneida Alonso and the same. That internal competition is
his senior, who is playing in her last semester. hard over the break and so have my freshman Liz Garza. only going to help us breed success.
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