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Doña Carmen’s Restaurant recently opened its newest location in Los Fresnos! Los Fresnos News got the pleasure to sit down with Ezequiel Garcia, who is both the manager of now TWO Doña Carmen Restaurant locations, as well as the son of Maria Del Carmen Garcia. The chain of restaurants was first started by Garcia’s mother in 2017. It had been a dream of Doña Carmen’s to have her own restaurant. But it wasn’t always easy. Her son, Ezequiel Garcia, explains that in 2001 his mother emigrated to the United States with his sister, younger brother, and himself. As a single mom, Doña Carmen had to work hard to provide for her three kids, which led to her working long shifts at a Mexican restaurant. Nevertheless, she worked hard as a

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waitress for 15 years and in 2017 she opened her very own restaurant in Brownsville off of Boca Chica. Naming it Doña Carmen’s Restaurant. Mother Opening a Location for Each of Her Children Since then she has opened several other, leaving one to each of her three grown kids. Garcia explains that the first location that his mom gave him was in Brownsville, off of Paredes Line Rd. He’s been running that location since 2020. But Ezequiel didn’t always think he was gonna run his own restaurant. His career had somewhat shifted focus to other things before deciding to open his own location and keep with the family business. Garcia says that it was an adjustment because prior to opening the location in Brownsville, he had a full-time job as a store manager for T-Mobile. He explains

that he really got his That’s the way I see feet wet in 2020 when it…” he opened his first Now, just last location. month, in December, “I had to learn how Garcia opened up a to do eggs on the grill, new location, right how to do enchiladas…” here in Los Fresnos! He explains that it was He expressed that it’s a little nerve-racking at been great hearing all first and he says it was the positive feedback an adjustment, “It took and seeing the same me a good six months” faces, but also new but says that with faces that have come covid hitting it actually try something a little helped him through the different. adjustment period. The location was open for only three weeks before the shutdown. It wasn’t until things started picking back up that Garcia really started to have a passion for the restaurant business. He enjoyed the customers coming in and having them enjoy the great food. He also says a big part of it was his employees. “We’re able to give people jobs,” He says and that Doña Carmen’s has over 60 employees across the 5 different locations. “The way I see it, 60 CULL Generic 5x2 eng_Layout 1 10/30/12 11:27 AM families are fed because of my mom’s dream.

He states “It’s good to know that people receive you well, that even though we’re the new one’s in town, that they’re happy that we’re here.” He also says it was a bit of an adjustment aswell, people from Los Fresnos were asking for all sorts of different things that they weren’t used to. But says “We’re here to adjust TO them” He also says people in Los Fresnos sure do love there sweet tea! And ain’t that the truth! Towards the end of the interview Garcia notes that he’s not here to be in competition of other restaurants, but to simply share Doña Carmen’s Dream to more of the Valley. “My mom always said a phrase in spanish, ‘El sol brilla para todos’ the sun comes out in the morning for everyone.” He says “I think what she was trying to say was… don’t try and take over, share your knowledge… And we had the example, she was successful and she shared it with us” He says now its our responsibility to share the dream.

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4 Ways to Go Green If You’re Not TSC Art Exhibit Introduces Student Art To The Community Ready for an Electric Vehicle BROWNSVILLE, Texas (December 28, 2021) - Chloe Vela has been putting paint brush to canvas since she was a little girl, and this year, she got to showcase her art as a Painting I student during the Texas Southmost College Master Copy Art Exhibit. The college’s Fine Arts department hosts this exhibit annually at the TSC Fine Arts Gallery, located at the International Technology, Education and Commerce Center (ITECC) to give Painting I students like Vela a chance to share their art with family and friends. “Becoming an artist has always been a dream of mine,” said the 29-yearold. “Painting, drawing and writing are my passion and I’m so glad I finally decided to pursue it and put all my energy into it.” The McAllen native, who’s painting was inspired by the work of Belgian artist Rene Magritte and his piece Lovers II, started college several years ago as a

nursing student, but never found the profession to fill the void created by not pursuing art. “Art is all around us. It has a never-ending role in this world,” she said. “Being here at TSC and studying under instructors and artists like David Ransom and Robert Andes and being given the opportunity to share our work with the world is priceless.” This is also the first time that Vela and many of her classmates have had an art piece for sale. “Whether my piece sells or not this time around, all of these opportunities are still learning experiences and evidence that TSC changes lives, it has changed mine,” said Vela. “I’ve undeniably grown as an artist and established a foundation I can build upon, reaffirming that the decision I made to pursue art was the right choice.” Vela expects to earn an associate degree in Art from TSC next semester and plans on continuing her education as an artist.

TSC Art Instructor David Ransom said he is proud of Vela and her classmates who have spent countless hours perfecting their paintings and preparing them for the Master Copy exhibit. “For our students, this exhibit and the experiences leading up to it are a moment of transformation and is immeasurable,” said Ransom. “I’m excited that their laborious effort is now being recognized. This is why we created this exhibit - to highlight their work. I’m proud of what they have produced and I know these students are going to go far.” Ransom is also excited to see the TSC Art program growing with the addition of two new programs in spring 2022: Digital Media and Design II, which will introduce instruction in threedimensional design. For more information about TSC’s Art program, visit tsc.edu. Registration for spring 2022 is underway. Classes begin January 17.

For Chloe Vela this exhibit and discussing her art with others is a dream come true.

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Statepoint Countless headlines suggest you have to drive a battery-powered electric vehicle (EV) if you care about the planet. Yet consumers, including many who want to be “green,” are still opting for gasolinepowered vehicles 98 percent of the time. What’s standing in their way? Cost. It may cost as much as $10,000 or $15,000 more up-front for a batteryelectric car compared with a similar gas-powered car. Charging. Installing a home charger that’s required to run a EV can cost an additional $1,000 to $3,000. Additionally, a home charger may not be possible for those who park on the street or live in an apartment building. Road trips. The number of public charging spots is growing, but it’s not like the nationwide network of gas stations. Even with a relatively robust 200-mile range, EV owners must plan carefully for charging breaks every few hours of driving. It may take 30 to 60 minutes to add enough battery power for another couple hours of driving. Bigger battery packs can give longer range, but also longer charging times.

If any of these realities are the deal-breakers preventing you from going green behind the wheel -- relax! There are still at least four good alternatives to EVs that will still help the environment without breaking the bank. Hybrids Hybrid technology has been around since the late 1990s. Hybrids combine a smaller gas engine with battery-powered electric motors for better fuel economy. Hybrid sedans like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or Hyundai Sonata now average more than 50 miles per gallon. The Toyota Prius Eco gets 56 mpg in combined cityhighway driving, according to fueleconomy.gov A 50-mpg hybrid replacing a 30-mpg vehicle will save $625 a year in fuel costs, or $3,100 over five years. You’ll save even more if your trade-in gets less than 30 mpg! Plug-in Hybrids A plug-in hybrid is a hybrid you can plugin to charge a separate battery and then drive for 30-50 miles on pure electric power. After that, a gasoline engine kicks in,

Fuel-Cell Electric Vehicles Fuel-cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are electric vehicles powered by a reaction from hydrogen fuel and oxygen, making water vapor the only emission. The 2021 Toyota Mirai, for example, has a range of more than 400 miles, compared to 200-300 for most newer EVs. FCEVs are refilled at a station, like the gas stations you’re used to. The main challenge is a lack of hydrogen infrastructure. California is the only state with a robust network of fueling stations -- but more are on the way. More Efficient GasolinePowered Cars While not as dramatic in helping the environment as the other options mentioned, conventional gas engine cars still have a lot to offer. Automakers have been improving them continuously to meet tougher federal fuel economy regulations. Some gas-powered SUVs you see around town, like the 2021 Honda CR-V or the Toyota RAV4, might get 30 percent better mileage than the 10-year-old car or SUV they’re replacing. That would cost about $400 less per year to operate than their 2011 counterparts, or an extra $2,000 in your pocket after just five years!

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The Next Chapter Poem A Heartfelt Prayer We wish you great blessings For the upcoming year. May the great God of Love Hold you tenderly near. May His Son Who’s the Light Lead you safely each day. With His hand on your shoulder, May he show you the Way So... You journey rejoicing In the Love that is felt As you walk through each day. In His Holy Name do I pray, Amen



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TSC Hosts Accomplished Authors During The Binational Literary Conference

TSC hosts the Binational Literary Conference every year and it includes panels and discussions with well-known local, state and national authors.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (December 28, 2021) - In its 20th year, the Binational Literary Conference was hosted recently at Texas Southmost College, bringing some of the most extraordinary authors and poets from the region together for readings and panel discussions. The conference, also hosted simultaneously in Matamoros, Mexico,

this year honored the late McAllen author Roberto de la Torre Hurtado, who is known as the pilar of Spanish literature across the country and is the founder of “Voces en la Frontera” (Voices on the Border), one of the best-established literary events along the U.S. and Mexico border. “It’s been two decades since this conference was first hosted, and we’re so excited to be

back in person, sharing it with our communities after last year’s hiatus,” said TSC Division of Humanities Spanish Professor Juan Antonio Gonzalez. “It’s great seeing our campus and local community engage with us.” The conference was well attended by TSC faculty, staff, students and community members from both sides of the border who have an

interest in literature or are looking to become published authors. One of those TSC students in attendance was Christian Valladares, a general studies student who expects to graduate next month with an associate degree and who has dreams of becoming a published writer. “I think it’s amazing how TSC gives us opportunities like this one,” said the Brownsville native. “It exposes us and allows us to network with writers and speakers who can educate us on important issues, and because I’m an aspiring writer, they have also served as inspiration.” Valladares added, “The conference has given me a better understanding and new perspective on the culture and people of the region. Hopefully, one day I have the chance to write a book about life along the border.” Students like Valladares and others

in attendance had the opportunity to hear poems and narratives from more than 20 authors, including keynote speaker, author, researcher and professor Lauro Zavala, Ph.D. Zavala traveled to TSC for this year’s conference from the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City to share a lecture on short story evolution and theories. An accomplished author himself with 24 books, 18 literary anthologies and 19 scholarly books, Zavala wants others to understand the writing and analysis of a short story – to help, he delivered examples of contemporary writing. “The short story is the DNA of any kind of narration, so understanding its structural principles is very useful for any person interested in writing and teaching language and literature,” he said. TSC President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez said

hosting this group of accomplished scholars and authors is an honor. “Our goal as a comprehensive community college is to always provide these types of experiences and opportunities to our students and community to enrich their cultural perspectives and lives,” he said. “Hosting this many accomplished writers and scholars, some from TSC, is something we can’t take for granted. Their works speak to so many and to be among them is inspirational.” Gonzalez called this event a true success for the literary world. “This conference serves to promote to our community the talent and aptitude that surrounds our region and state,” he said. “It allows our students to see the possibilities of writing and how it profoundly shapes our perspectives and thoughts. It gives them reason to dream and realize that anything is possible.”

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The Art of Manliness Monthly Segment

Why I Eat the Same Thing Every Day Brett and Kate McKay Art of Manliness For the past five years, I’ve eaten pretty much the same thing every single day. Every morning for the last 1,825 some odd days, I’ve eaten an egg scramble (1 whole egg + 8 ounces of egg whites) + 1 oz of cheddar cheese + 2 Xtreme Wellness High Fiber Low Carb Tortilla Wraps. I’ve had almost 2,000 mid-morning “meals” consisting of a whey protein shake (two scoops of whey protein + two tablespoons of olive oil), along with a cup of oatmeal topped with some fruit (usually blueberries, blackberries, or cherries).

My lunch has invariably consisted of one of three iterations of premade Ice Age meals: chicken and sweet potatoes, chicken and rice, or barbacoa and rice. In recent days, I’ve started to add some greens to the meal, like some spinach or broccoli. You know, to mix it up. For my post-workout afternoon meal, I’ve chugged another 1,800+ whey protein shakes, accompanied, again, by a cup of oatmeal and some fruit. Dinners are my wild card for the day. I have whatever the family is having (in a portion that fits my macros). On special occasions and holidays, I’ll sometimes

deviate from this routine. But other than those occasional indulgences, my diet pretty much never varies. I eat the same things for breakfast, lunch, and “snacks” day in and day out, nearly 365 days a year. Over the last five years, I’ve been able to easily maintain a healthy weight, without feeling hungry or hangry, and I attribute this to two factors: The first has been a commitment to tracking my macros (you can find our complete guide to following this way of eating here). The second is my “Groundhog Day” diet. Let’s talk today about why it works and how to tailor and implement it in your own life

Why Eating the Same Thing Every Day Can Help You Lose Weight and Keep It Off If you eat a burger for lunch on Monday, a chicken sandwich on Tuesday, pizza on Wednesday, and so on, each meal retains a significant amount of novelty, triggering what we might call the “Long-Term Buffet Effect,” which makes you want to eat more at each meal and keeps you experiencing higher levels of hunger. But if you eat the very same burger every single day for a week, two weeks, months at a time, its novelty wears off, and your brain sends you greater satiety signals to stop eating. When you consume the same thing every day, it loses its excitement, and becomes significantly less tempting to overeat. Limiting your menu of food options helps curb overeating in more practical ways as well. When you’re deciding afresh every.single.day, at every.single.meal, what you’re going to eat (which typically comes down to what you feel like eating), oftentimes you’re going to default to less healthy choices. Eating the same thing every day helps you stay on track by putting this decision on autopilot. I’m never thinking, “What should I eat for lunch today?” I pull my meal out of the freezer, pop it in the microwave, and consume it with zero dithering or

deviations. Eating the same thing every day also makes it much easier to track your macros. Instead of looking up new foods in MyFitnessPal all the time, I just tell the app to re-log what I ate yesterday as what I ate today. And since I’ve gotten to know the macro breakdown of my meals like the back of my hand, figuring out which macros I have remaining, and thus how much I should eat at dinner, is a cinch. As a final benefit, putting your eating choices on autopilot just makes life easier in general; you’re required to make fewer decisions throughout the day; creating grocery lists is simpler, cooking is simpler (I can practically make my breakfast with my eyes closed); and you can put the bandwidth and willpower you subsequently save towards maintaining other health-promoting habits. What Should You Eat When Eating the Same Thing Every Day? While paleo man ate the same things for all his meals, all of his days, citizens of the modern world, who are cognizant of having so many choices, and understandably wish to sample them, will likely find that regimen unsustainable. What is very sustainable is keeping your breakfasts and lunches entirely uniform, and then allowing yourself variety in your

dinners, and this is the eating plan I would recommend. As to what to eat for these day-in-day-out breakfasts and lunches, first consider a couple factors. The fact that we likely evolved to be healthy while consuming only a handful of things calls into question the modern edict that an ideal diet must consist of a wide variety of foods. And while I personally don’t recommend something like the carnivore diet, the fact that people can seemingly subsist entirely on meat also makes one think that eating a very limited number of foods may not be as unhealthy as often thought. That being said, if you’re eating something 365 times a year, you probably want to eat things that will give you good nutritional bang for the buck. You also want to settle on a consistent menu of fairly bland, less palatable foods because they’re even less tempting to overeat. While any food you eat day after day will lose its novelty/ excitement and become less tempting to overeat, this effect is far stronger with healthier, less tasty food than less healthy, more tasty (read: sugar/fat/carb laden) food; that is, it’s easier to control your portions with a daily lunch of chicken and sweet potatoes than a daily lunch of pepperoni pizza. The participants on the

UTRGV Home To New Doctorate Degree In School Of Mathematical And Statistical Sciences By Victoria Brito Morales RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – DEC. 28, 2021 – UTRGV now offers a doctorate in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications in the School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and is designed to provide a strong mathematics and statistics background that supports intense quantitative work in a wide range of disciplines. The curriculum is designed to prepare scholars to work on problems at the intersection of mathematics, science, engineering, medicine, finance, computer science and other quantitative disciplines, and aims to be the most inclusive and broadly interdisciplinary in the state. “The Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics with Interdisciplinary Applications is for anyone wanting to gain higher credentials in this field,” said Dr. Zhijun Qiao, Ph.D., President’s Endowed Professor of Mathematics and Statistical Sciences and the MSIA program director. The program has four concentrations: Computational Mathematics and

Computer/Electrical Engineering. Mathematical Biology and Nonlinear Mechanics. Data Analytics and Medical Applications. Mathematical Physics. Students will have to complete 57 credit hours if entering the program with a master’s degree, and 72 hours if entering with a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, there are interdisciplinary bridge courses available to nonmath majors who are pursuing the program from other STEM fields, like physics, computer science, engineering, biomedical sciences and others. Requirements for admission to the program include: A bachelor’s degree in a STEM or related field, with at least three advanced courses in mathematics or a master’s degree in mathematics or a related field, official transcripts, a GRE General Test, three letters of recommendation and a TOEFL score of 79 or higher for international students only. The program offers opportunities to participate in a variety of research topics with the department’s 70 faculty members, as well as graduate teaching

Mathematics and General Classrooms Building on the UTRGV Edinburg Campus. (UTRGV Archival Photo by Silver Salas)

opportunities. Graduates of the program will be prepared for careers in academic research, and as analysts in a variety of STEM fields. “UTRGV is committed to providing a wide range of new and innovative programs to meet the unique educational goals of our students,” said Dr. Janna Arney, UTRGV executive vice president and provost. “This doctoral program is in alignment with our university’s commitment to increasing the educational opportunities to the Rio Grande Valley and beyond.”

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