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February 2, 2012

GROUNDED SGA halts travel reimbursements

By Ayesha Zahid The Pan American

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In the past, travelling to New York or Florida didn’t seem impossible as long as it was on the Student Government Association’s tab. But now, SGA dollars will not be used to reimburse off-campus educational trips. Under new guidelines adopted last summer, students can only be reimbursed for expenses as long as

the event takes place on campus and is open to all students. The previous Special Events Fund guidelines did not limit the events to campus. The SGA changed the guidelines after Patricia Martin, SGA adviser, voiced that she felt the Senate’s decisions regarding funding was drifting from the guidelines’ original intent. “SGA went back and looked at the guidelines to try and determine

the purpose,” Martin said, “It really should be focused on providing events on campus.” According to the Statement, the funds should “increase students’ educational experience at the University of Texas-Pan American … and enrich the UTPA community.” “(The Statement) says that we have to help the campus at large,” said Eduardo Medellin, chair of the SGA Fiscal Committee.

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Erick Gonzalez

Ignoring the real problem

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During the last few months, we have been bombarded with information about the privacyabridging bills SOPA and PIPA. In a bizarre turn of events, the Internet community - seemingly detached from social and political issues -  rallied for its “freedom.” It was quite inspiring to see a community which spends most of its time viewing pictures of cats with misspelled quotes and insulting each other, gather together to fight for a cause. What none of the Internet’s defenders realized was that PIPA, SOPA and Rep. Lamar Smith (RTX) were just scapegoats, decoys to keep the public occupied with unimportant bills that didn’t have a chance of seeing the light of day. Meanwhile, other bills that would give the government more power than SOPA or PIPA could have passed through Congress without attracting too much attention. Even we, The Pan American, were guilty of giving these bills

way too much importance. While the entire world was gathering efforts into stopping a couple of lousy bills, a bigger weapon against Internet freedom was being brought up to different countries to be signed. This wasn’t a bill. A bill merely affects the nation in which it becomes law. This is a treaty, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, which gives governments the power to track anyone’s online activity. The United States had been a member of the treaty for nearly four months when we began pathetically mourning the loss of Megaupload. While ACTA is still a threat against the Internet we know and love, the point that I’m trying to make here is that this is not the time to rise up in arms again, but to be smart and become involved in what the government is doing. We worry about our Internet privileges being reduced, yet we

let the government do as they please on other issues. Sadly, we are easy to fool. Every time that we focus our attention on an unimportant issue and lose sight of the big picture, we fall into their game. We become oblivious to the world. Not so long ago, Egypt was about to be burned to the ground, and all we cared about was what Charlie Sheen was snorting at the time. We are better than that. We just proved it. We can rise to the occasion and fight for what we believe is right. Together we have a lot of power. We only need to be heard. We just need to focus on the real issues and not be distracted by how much Kim Kardashian spent on her wedding. We believe the Internet should stay as it is, and we are fighting for it. Good, but there are still other battles to be fought. We have the power to change things. Now let’s get to it.

Can’t learn something? Really O.o? To be honest, it irritates me when someone in my generation says they can’t understand something. Can’t? Or don’t want to? Let’s face it, anything that we, the last children of the ‘80s and the first of the ‘90s, want to learn is just a Web browser and a search engine away. If you know how to Google something, you know how to learn something. I think our generation is so used to the World Wide Web, we forget how wondrous a tool it really is. “Yes,” we say. “The Internet is nice. I can see what my roommate did last night or, you know, find pizza.” Even worse, apparently, it’s not “in” to be genuinely interested and excited about something, whether it’s

computers, typography, musical theater or anything else. Trolling the net is seen as being a waste of time, or even worse, a nerdy thing to do. I have a proposal though, let’s change that. If you haven’t recently, you should spend a day being a pupil of the Interwebz. Wikipedia something and read all the related links. Google your house and then Google the opposite side of the planet. Trawl through the entire archive of TED talks, which has speeches from experts in almost every field. Watch a YouTube video about the latest tech in phones, then open a new tab and find out about the first one. Even better, let’s learn new skills. You don’t need to be enrolled in a class to start

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learning something. There are video tutorials on how to achieve anything. Learn to write HTML or construct sweaters, or speak Swedish, or win an argument. So here’s what I say we do: everyone get ridiculously excited over something you’re interested in and research the hell out of it. Maybe it’s not the coolest thing to do, being passionate about something, but it sure is more fun than not caring. And maybe we’ll be remembered for more than just being the vanguard of the Facebook generation. Maybe we can be the ones who use the greatest tool to the fullest extent.

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Francisco Rodriguez/The Pan American of Wednesday night. Here’s what’s behind the paper you’re holding. 6:35 “Where’s the police blotter?” News Editor panics slightly waiting for the email from UTPA PD that eventually becomes the police beat on page 4. 6:50 “I want to finish this documentary. It’s evil.” Multimedia Editor puts the finishing touches on our ROTC documentary. 8:23 Bad news. Design Editor announces last minute ads, and we

decide Arts & Life will have to take the hit. 8:25 More bad news- yet another ad, pushing a story in News to next week. 10:10 Why hasn’t anyone made coffee yet? 10:35 “There is a bag of beans in our fridge!” Fridge had to be cleaned out due to ghastly smell; giant Ziplock of legumes discovered. 11:12 “You want me to do a ride along with a hot dog? … Fine I’ll

do it.” Vegetarian Co-Editor-inchief resigns herself to doing a story on the Wienermobile. 11:14 We find out our favorite custodian was moved out of COAS. Only we deserve Robert. 11:40 “Y’all are going to have to leave.” UTPA police officer informs us we need to leave due to lack of overnight passes. Convince him to give us until Monday to get the paperwork straightened out. Thought we were about to have a sit-in to finish this paper.

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Police Beat Thursday, Jan. 26 UT Police responded to a report of an assault at the Communication Arts and Sciences building. A female student reported that her exboyfriend, a male that was not a student, wrapped his arms around her, but she was able to break free. The student did not want to file charges. The male was given a criminal trespass warning. UT Police responded to a burglary of a vending machine at the Education Complex. The machine was damaged; the door was pried open and would not close. The inventory value of stolen items could not be determined at the time. Friday, Jan. 27 UT Police responded to a welfare concern at Unity Hall. The reporting party said they overheard a male say he wanted to kill himself. The male said it was a misunderstanding, just a figure of speech. Saturday, Jan. 28 UT Police performed a traffic stop in the Bronc Village parking lot. Officers asked the driver for a driver’s license and the male provided a credit card, and then urinated on himself. He appeared to be intoxicated and under the influence of an unknown drug. Two marijuana cigarettes were found in the car. He was placed under arrest. Tuesday, Jan. 31 UT Police responded to a report in Lot-D. A female student reported that a young boy had been forced into a red SUV by unknown females. The SUV was located and it was discovered that the boy suffered from behavioral problems. His mother was trying to get him into the Hearing and Speech Center for a therapy session. The child became hysterical and had to be carried into the building because he had lain on an ant pile. The Edinburg Police took an unknown female into custody on Sugar Road around 3 p.m. for alleged public intoxication, according to Officer Scott Luke. The arraignment will take place at the Edinburg Courthouse on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

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BEFORE THE CHANGE Last year, SGA reimbursed individual students and student organizations up to 50 percent of their accommodations and travel expenses to places as far away as Manhattan and Anaheim, Calif. Applications are reimbursed on a first-come, firstserve basis. Four of the six oncampus applications from the last academic year were rejected because the fund ran out of money in April. SGA used $30,000 to fund approximately 25,000 miles of travel for students during the 2010-2011 year, using money from the SEF generated by student service fees. The Senate’s main concern this year is to try and keep the students’ money within the University instead of reimbursing student trips to nation-wide conferences and competitions. Each student pays approximately $1.50 under student service fees into the annual $30,000 budget allotted for the SEF. Tangible Effects The money might be helping students arrange events on campus, but a number of organizations counted on the SEF reimbursements to keep their financial accounts steady. The organizations still had to make arrangements to pay for the trips before SGA reimbursed them. This money was often raised through fundraisers, donations and sponsors. “Every year, depending

on how much the expenses are, we go to SGA and usually have it reimbursed,” said Diana Chavez, co-president of the Mock Trial Team at UTPA. “We did have some problems with [the funding] at the beginning. That’s why we did fundraising at HESTEC, sold barbecue tickets and asked for donations.” Through their own efforts, the team now has enough finances to cover a trip to Houston Baptist University for the tournament. It will be the team’s fourth year going to the competition, and they are still looking for their initial win. In another case, members of the Anthropology Club are planning a trip to New Mexico this year. They have been working on raising $200 per member without SGA’s help. Semiweekly bake sales have been successful and Maria Vallejo, president of the club, isn’t too worried about the change in guidelines causing problems. “We usually fundraise for the rest of the year, so it was not that big of an effect,” she said. Members of the Association of Information Technology Professionals attend the AITP National Collegiate Conference annually. Last year the conference took place in Orlando, Fla., and the SEF helped them with about $1,700 for the trip. This year’s conference will be held in San Antonio, but the SEF cannot reimburse the members’ travel or accommodation expenses. “A lot of the money has to come from us,” said Evan Brough, an AITP member.

“We did have to fundraise a lot this year. We got lucky, though. Since nationals are at San Antonio, we don’t have to pay a lot. We’re pretty sure we’re going to have enough.” The change is also affecting the number of applications that the SGA received. By this time last year, SGA received 19 applications, while this year it has received eight. Out of those eight, it has approved six for reimbursement, including Sigma Kappa Phi’s Turkey Feast,

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the Great American Condom Campaign, a car show by Cosecha Voices and the Walkathon for Veterans’ Day. The SEF has used $5,000, leaving $25,000 to be disbursed before Aug. 31 since funds do not roll over. Medellin said that SGA changed the guidelines with the University’s best interest in mind. “We want to make sure that with this money, we help the most number of students possible,” he concluded.

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Risqué business.xxx By Michael Chavez The Pan American Don’t expect to find anything at utpa.xxx The University has reserved five porn domain names, including utpa.xxx and utpabroncs.xxx, to protect UTPA’s name and brand. While .xxx sites are reserved for pornographic content, individuals, companies and universities like UTPA have the option of reserving websites from registration to keep their trademarks unassociated with adult content. “Trademark owners like Microsoft or UTPA could go and (reserve their trademark),” said Kumar Raman, director of Internet services at UTPA. “We applied for utpa.xxx so that nobody else could register it.” Triple X endings to websites became available when the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved them in April. The University reserved five of its most accessed websites under the new sponsored toplevel domain (sTLD) .xxx in September. STLDs (such as .edu, .gov, .travel) are website endings meant for specific types of institutions, like universities or government entities. Each domain ending is sponsored by a private organization that regulates its use. The .xxx ending is sponsored by ICM Registry.

Some culturally sensitive keywords and names, like “barackobama” and “thevatican” were pulled from registration permanently by ICM. ICM also reserved a few high value keywords, like “love,” “girl” and other four letter words, for auction at a later time. OBTAINING UTPA’S .XXX The University paid a one-time fee of $200 to reserve utpa.xxx and an $800 biennial fee for panam.xxx, utpabroncs. xxx, utpapanam.xxx and my.utpa. xxx. The money came out of the UT System account. Unlike other institutions, UTPA chose not to reach too far in to claiming any website someone might register. The University of Kansas reserved domains such as KUnurses.xxx, among others. “A school could register UTgirls. xxx, but what about UTgirlz.xxx and UTgurlz.xxx?” Raman asked. “We determined that it really wasn’t worth the hassle. So we just went after high value/traffic domains.” OTHER SCHOOLS While all schools in the UT System registered such domains, UTAustin claimed more than UTPA with 12. “Schools that are really big on athletics tended to register more domain names,”

said Raman. “They registered a few names related to sports, cheerleaders, and mascots.” According to the ICM website, Texas A&M has 15 known registered domains, many of which came out of the Aggie lexicon, including gigem.xxx,

commented through email, “All terms and agreements are met through the registry and nothing on the site is wrong... with the popularity it has gotten, I only see positive things from here on out.” Lynne Waters, a spokeswoman for

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Universities with large athletic departments purchased more domain names than others.

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homeofthe12thman.xxx, wreckingcrew. xxx and humpitAgs.xxx. Texas Tech has 12 known registered domains. The University of Hawaii opted not to buy their .xxx doppelganger. UniversityofHawaii.xxx is a full-fledged, island-themed porn site. The owner of the .xxx domain

the University of Hawaii System, said that reduced state funding and the impossibility of reserving all potential domains contributed to the decision not to reserve any .xxx domains. “We also believe that, in general, most members of the public are likely to understand that no .xxx site will

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actually be associated with a real college or university,” she added. The University of Illinois won’t be purchasing .xxx domains, instead choosing to threaten cybersquatters with legal action. Cybersquatting is the practice of claiming a trademarked domain with the intent to sell it back to the legitimate owners. Luckily for the university, ICM Registry announced Dec. 13 that it would “suspend registrations that appear to involve unmistakable, blatant cybersquatting.” The University of Houston spent $5,000 blocking about 50 domains. Sex scandal-rattled Penn State purchased four. The future of .xxx remains to be seen. Advocates of .xxx claim that the unified domain will make it easier for concerned parents and workplace bosses, to restrict access to pornographic content by simply blocking all .xxx websites. Critics reply that blocking .xxx sites does not change the fact that there are plenty of .com sites that offer pornography, and that the domain ending may lead to legislation restricting all pornography to .xxx domains, effectively censoring Internet pornography and possibly violating the First Amendment. As for UTPA, as long as they pay the fee every two years, no smut will occupy the five domain names the University reserved. As for UTPAgurlz.xxx, no one knows.


Height: 6-9

Class: Sophomore

Height: 6-0

Class: Junior

Height: 5-7

Class: Junior

Height: 5-5

Class: Junior

Height: 5-11

Class: Junior Gordon has had few opportunities, but received her first start of her career at UTPA against HBU. She recorded 16 minutes in her start and has played in 16 out of the 21 games so far this year. Gordon is averaging 2.1 points per game so far this season.

Hometown: Duarte, CA

Jasmine Gordon

The Valley native has started in all but five of the games she has played in her three years as a Bronc. The junior guard has been named GWC Newcomer of the Year (09-10), GWC SecondTeam (09-10) and the GWC First-Team (10-11) throughout her career. She is averaging 14 points per game during conference play.

Hometown: Harlingen, TX

Bianca Torre

Patterson is a transfer from Saddleback College, where she averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game. She has played in 20 of the 21 games this year, starting eight of those contests. She has averaged 11 minutes per game, but in her most recent start she tallied 13 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Hometown: Escondido, CA

Johnondra Patterson

Urbanus led the team in scoring last year (12.5 ppg) and is averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game during conference play this year. He has clocked 34.5 per game during the first three GWC matches, and has hit eight three-point baskets in the last three games.

Hometown: Austin, TX

Aaron Urbanus

Mason is a sophomore who started 10 games as a freshman for the Broncs, and is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery that has limited his first half of the season production. Enique is averaging four points per game, 2.5 rebounds and shooting the ball at a 47 percent rate.

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Enique Mason

Height: 6-4

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Height: 6-3

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Height: 5-8

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The senior forward is in her second year after transferring from Collin County Community College. She has started in 47 out of 52 games that she has played for UTPA. During conference play she averaged 10.3 points and 8.6 rebounds in the first three contests, including an 18 point, 10 rebound output against HBU.

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Donna Jackson

Simon sat out much of last season after suffering a season-ending injury after just two games. She was redshirted to save her junior year, this year she is averaging 4.6 points per game. She is second on the team in threepoint shooting at nearly 33 percent.

Hometown: Lewisville, TX

Franchesca Simon Class: Junior

Maree has improved his field goal percentage in each year for the Broncs and is now shooting it at 47 percent for the season, and has had the hot hand during conference. He is shooting nearly 50 percent from two-point land (7-14) and 50 percent from three-point field goals (3-6) during the GWC games.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Jared Maree

Delgado is a junior college transfer from Cochise College. During the first half of the season he averaged 3.6 points per game, but during GWC he is scoring 7.7 points per game. He has shot 53 percent from the field and four rebounds per game. His minutes have jumped from 18.7 minutes per game to 27 during the past three games.

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Provost has started every game since stepping foot on UTPA. He transferred to the Broncs after his freshman year at Air Force Academy. After the first three games of conference play, Provost has seen his shooting percentage increase. His field goal percentage has increased from 44 to 56 and his there-point percentage has jumped from 47 to 53. He is averaging 15.3 points per game during GWC play.

Hometown: Katy, TX

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Height: 6-9

Class: Sophomore

Height: 6-0

Class: Junior

Height: 5-7

Class: Junior

Height: 5-5

Class: Junior

Height: 5-11

Class: Junior Gordon has had few opportunities, but received her first start of her career at UTPA against HBU. She recorded 16 minutes in her start and has played in 16 out of the 21 games so far this year. Gordon is averaging 2.1 points per game so far this season.

Hometown: Duarte, CA

Jasmine Gordon

The Valley native has started in all but five of the games she has played in her three years as a Bronc. The junior guard has been named GWC Newcomer of the Year (09-10), GWC SecondTeam (09-10) and the GWC First-Team (10-11) throughout her career. She is averaging 14 points per game during conference play.

Hometown: Harlingen, TX

Bianca Torre

Patterson is a transfer from Saddleback College, where she averaged 15 points and seven rebounds per game. She has played in 20 of the 21 games this year, starting eight of those contests. She has averaged 11 minutes per game, but in her most recent start she tallied 13 points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

Hometown: Escondido, CA

Johnondra Patterson

Urbanus led the team in scoring last year (12.5 ppg) and is averaging a team-high 14.5 points per game during conference play this year. He has clocked 34.5 per game during the first three GWC matches, and has hit eight three-point baskets in the last three games.

Hometown: Austin, TX

Aaron Urbanus

Mason is a sophomore who started 10 games as a freshman for the Broncs, and is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery that has limited his first half of the season production. Enique is averaging four points per game, 2.5 rebounds and shooting the ball at a 47 percent rate.

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Enique Mason

Height: 6-4

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Height: 6-3

Height: 6-3

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The senior forward is in her second year after transferring from Collin County Community College. She has started in 47 out of 52 games that she has played for UTPA. During conference play she averaged 10.3 points and 8.6 rebounds in the first three contests, including an 18 point, 10 rebound output against HBU.

Hometown: Arlington, TX

Donna Jackson

Simon sat out much of last season after suffering a season-ending injury after just two games. She was redshirted to save her junior year, this year she is averaging 4.6 points per game. She is second on the team in threepoint shooting at nearly 33 percent.

Hometown: Lewisville, TX

Franchesca Simon Class: Junior

Maree has improved his field goal percentage in each year for the Broncs and is now shooting it at 47 percent for the season, and has had the hot hand during conference. He is shooting nearly 50 percent from two-point land (7-14) and 50 percent from three-point field goals (3-6) during the GWC games.

Hometown: Houston, TX

Jared Maree

Delgado is a junior college transfer from Cochise College. During the first half of the season he averaged 3.6 points per game, but during GWC he is scoring 7.7 points per game. He has shot 53 percent from the field and four rebounds per game. His minutes have jumped from 18.7 minutes per game to 27 during the past three games.

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Provost has started every game since stepping foot on UTPA. He transferred to the Broncs after his freshman year at Air Force Academy. After the first three games of conference play, Provost has seen his shooting percentage increase. His field goal percentage has increased from 44 to 56 and his there-point percentage has jumped from 47 to 53. He is averaging 15.3 points per game during GWC play.

Hometown: Katy, TX

University of North Dakota Utah Valley University Houston Baptist University

Jesus Delgado

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By Norma Gonzalez The Pan American Behind the bar, hands grab bottles in a flash. Bourbon, peach schnapps and coconut rum are all poured into a mixer and shaken vigorously. A shot glass with is placed on the bar top and the bartender pours the golden drink. Rushing behind the bar again, a smaller shot glass is retrieved, a Red Bull can is opened and its contents poured in. Plunk. The bartender finishes the drop shot. The concoction: Vegas Bomb. “Everybody makes their own shots,” said Raymond Hinojosa, 28, a bartender at McAllen’s Cigar Bar. “Sometimes people come ask for other shots, and we don’t have them.” There are many reasons for concocting new shots. Bartenders could start mixing out of boredom or may want to create something using a certain alcohol or simply want it to be a specific color. James Rogers, manager of Peacock’s Bar in downtown McAllen, has created almost 25 of the shots offered at the bar. He said the three most popular are Mr. Rogers, a red

sweet-and-sour, layered shot; Party Mode, a blue thing with a strong taste of medicine; and Bomb Pop, a red drink with a blue drop shot that resembles a melted popsicle. “We were bored,” said Rogers, 25. “It’s a process. We try it, and maybe use this, until we get it right. You can’t just throw anything together. Trying to perfect a shot takes time.” Although some bars don’t include the shot’s ingredients on their menu, that doesn’t stop people from trying out new drinks. “It’s the name that gets them,” Hinojosa said. “They are intrigued by curiosity.” The appeal of unique drinks to customers causes a sense of rivalry between the bars, which sometimes leads to stealing recipes. “For Fourth of July, we made four or five shots, and an hour later another bar had them,” Peacock’s deejay Trey Quintaro, 24, said. Across the street from Peacock’s in downtown McAllen, OMG Bar manager Sergio Sandoval, 26, said he doesn’t encounter the same problem. Instead, he believes the shot bars work well in the

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Liquid courage - Raymond Hinojosa, 28, creates one of many unique shots available only at McAllen’s Cigar Bar. predominant club scene. “There is a demand for both,” Sandoval said. “It’s a stop for people who want a couple of shots before the club - it’s not a takeover. It’s cool working side by side.” When it comes to night-life culture, people have different tastes in drinks, but a shot is

like the exclamation point in the story of a night out. “As far as what people drink, a customer’s preference is always a beer or cocktail,” Hinojosa said. “Sometimes they’ll throw in a shot just to mix it up. People like shots because of the flavor, the taste and variety.”

Dancing with Alegria UTPA’s Ballet Folklorico celebrates tradition with annual performance

By Sarah Perrill The Pan American A brilliant display of color swept across the stage as dancers in traditional Mexican costumes dazzled audiences during Alegria 2012, the yearly performance by UTPA Ballet Folklorico. Audience members gathered at the Fine Arts Auditorium Jan. 28 and 29 to watch the eight-act show, now in its 43rd year. Each dance was set to the theme of a state in Mexico and was accompanied by UTPA’s mariachi troupe Mexico Lindo. “It is about enjoying the show and being festive and happy,” said Francisco Munoz, the current Dance Program coordinator for UTPA and professor of dance education. Munoz coordinated each performance to get his students and the audience to see and experience the heart

of Spanish culture through this vibrant showpiece of festive, traditional dances. “We are trying to get more young people to come see the show, they need to be aware of this, it’s a part of their culture,” he said. The 30 students who were selected to be part of Ballet Folklorico were chosen by Munoz based on their performance in his classes. On average the dancers practice twice a week for three hours to perfect each live performance. “It’s like a way of life. I’ve been dancing since I was 7,” said Norma Silva, dancer and graduate student of art and design. “I continued ‘cause I love to do it, and it’s the only way for me to express my feelings for my culture.” Ballet Folklorico has gained much recognition performing at national and international competitions, and for many on

campus and cultural events. The group has collaborated with the Valley Symphony Orchestra, the UTPA theater, and Department of Music producing choreography for musicals, ballets and concerts. In 1999, they received the honor of performing for the Texas House of Representatives in Austin, and at the National Organization of Folkloric Dance and the American College Dance Festival in 2007, were selected as one of the top 10 choreography’s from the South Central division. “Seventy-five percent of the student population is Mexican American,” Munoz said. “We need to be involved to have more of a cultural awareness.” The concert series will continue throughout the month from Feb. 3, 10, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 4, 5, 11, and 1219 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 for students, and $12 for the general public at the door.

mexican beat Ballet Folklorico performs Alegria 2012 in traditional Mexican costumes at the UTPA Fine Arts Auditorium Sunday.

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By Jonathan Salinas The Pan American The University of TexasPan American inducted its sixth class of Hall of Fame Athletes on Saturday, Jan. 28.   The recipients of induction were Mike Brisky, Ron Edquist, Reid Harter, Jesse Trinidad, Monica Swift, and former UTPA President Dr. Ralph F. Schilling. The former greats and their families gathered at the UTPA student ballroom as they relived the memorable moments of their days as Broncs. “As a coach I don’t think there’s a higher honor than this,” said former track and field coach Reid Harter. “This is a reflection of the work ethic, talented athletes and coaches that made it happen. Certainly returning to UTPA for this induction is something that I will always treasure.” During his nine-year tenure, Harter led the track and field and cross country teams to five conference championships. His women’s cross country teams won four consecutive American South Conference titles and a Sun Belt Conference championship in 1995. After 57 years of athletic competition at UTPA, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics honored its first Hall of Fame Class in Feb. 2007.  Now entering the sixth-year, its inductees are

Dr. Ralph F. Schilling

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Goode Time

By Michael Saenz The Pan American

It’s always difficult to build and maintain a winning program, especially when bad

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habits have developed. A year ago the UTPA men’s tennis team failed to make the Southland Conference Tournament and lost 12 of its last 13 matches.

After a coaching change and a shuffle of players, the Broncs know that winning will not come over night. “We need to look at the

Faith Aguilar/The Pan American Set to serve - Men's Tennis Coach Paul Goode gives pointers on proper techniques during practice Wednesday.

New tennis coach looks to build winning culture program in a long-term sense,” first-year head coach Paul Goode said regarding program expectations. “It’s a long process to build a winning culture and takes a little bit of time, along with the right mindset. Winning is a habit, and there are things you have to do to get into that.” Goode was an assistant coach at North Carolina State last year after having spent the previous six seasons as the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Lees-McRae in Banner Elk, N.C. The 31-year-old is a 2002 University of North Carolina-Greensboro graduate and a four-year letter winner for the Spartans men’s tennis team, which won a conference championship in 2001. He also played professionally on the Futures Tour from 2002-05. A winning culture is a difficult thing to have and keep, even for a coaching staff. Goode will be the third coach in five

years for the tennis program, but this time is different. Instead of having both the men’s and women’s tennis team sharing one leader, each program will now have its own. The women will be guided by Stephanie Vallejos. The truth of the matter is that there are no excuses in sports. When hired, one is expected to improve the program one way or another and that is what Goode is expecting to do by season’s end. “We’ve already seen progress from the fall season and are encouraged from it,” he said. “I am finally able to work with the guys at a more constant rate. We are now practicing 20 hours a week during practice, and it’s helping greatly.” This year’s team only carries two seniors, Abdel Riani and Beau Bernstein, and six underclassmen. Couple that with a new coach, and things could be a little rough. But

instead of having a vocal leader to take command, Goode sees a different approach from his young squad. “The dynamic of our team doesn’t require that,” he explained. “Our team leads by example. Our top player has shown great attitude and work ethic and it has developed in the rest of the team. The older guys set the tone, and it motivated everyone else.” The Broncs were set to play a match Feb. 5 against Laredo Community College, but it has been cancelled. The men will be back in action on Feb. 9 at Prairie View A&M University, where they will play their first of three team matches on the road in consecutive days. It will be followed by matches against Bethany College in Prairie View on Feb. 10 and St. Mary’s University in Houston on Feb. 11.


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Briefs Men’s basketball to face undefeated UVU The Broncs are 2-1 in Great West Conference play and look to take another step in the right direction tonight against Utah Valley. The Wolverines (3-0 GWC, 13-10 overall) are riding a six-game winning streak, but will have their first road test of the conference schedule when they visit the Broncs at 7 p.m. in the Field House. UTPA knocked off Houston Baptist 81-71 on Jan. 28 to open a six-game homestand that will feature five conference foes. Brandon Provost is coming off a career-tying 23-point effort that powered the Broncs win. Jared Maree added 14 points and is now 15 away from joining the 1,000 point club. Only 21 other Broncs have reached that milestone. Broncs road-swing continues Coach Denny Downing and the women’s basketball

team look to improve to 3-1 in conference play as they travel to Orem, Utah, to play their second game on a fivegame road trip, tonight at 8 p.m.   Fresh off a comeback victory on Jan. 28 over Houston Baptist 55-41, the Broncs (2-1 GWC, 9-12 overall) get back at it against a Utah Valley team which beat NJIT 61-54 last week. Just two weeks ago, NJIT knocked off the Broncs 41-40 at the UTPA Field House. Senior Donna Jackson led all scorers against HBU with 18 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, her third double-double of the season. Track and indoor continues

Field season

Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will continue their indoor season Fr iday at Lake Charles, La., in the Jess Davis Bank Cowboy Indoor Invitational. During the first meet of the season, freshman Jasmine

Davison won the women’s shot put section B with a mark of 13.11 meters (43 feet) and finished second in the women’s weight throw section B, measuring a toss of 14.26 meters (46.78 feet). For the men, Scott Bann led the Broncs with a third-place finish in shot put section B with a throw of 14.82 meters (48.62 feet). Conference hunting UTPA President Robert S. Nelson has confirmed that the school will be making a presentation to the Southland Conference March 7 in Katy to seek league affiliation. The SLC would then need to make a decision on whether or not to give an invitation to UTPA, which would likely come later this year. In 2005, the SLC chose Central Arkansas and Texas A&MCorpus Christi instead of UTPA. If UTPA were to join the SLC, it would mean a shot at automatic invitation to the NCAA tournaments in men’s and women’s basketball and baseball.

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selected by a committee made up of Hall of Fame members and athletic administrators, becoming members based on their success on and off the playing field. “We are very excited to induct such a talented class into the UTPA Athletics Hall of Fame,” said Director of UTPA Athletics Chris King. “Each one of these individuals achieved great success as a student-athlete and they have continued to be outstanding representatives of Bronc Athletics. On behalf of our current studentathletes, coaches and staff, it is a proud privilege to recognize them for their accomplishments.” The room was filled with laughter and tears as each stood at the podium to thank their supporters. In one instance an inductee hadn’t considered competing after high school, but admitted that one conversation with a UTPA coach changed the rest of her life. “This is an amazing honor,” former track star Monica Wesley Swift said. “It’s even more special to be entering the Hall of Fame with my former track coach Reid Harter, a man that I admire and respect tremendously. Coach Harter, you may not have been the best bus driver, but you were a great coach.” Swift competed for the Broncs from 1987 through 1991 and holds the program record in the outdoor triple long jump and in the indoor long jump. This is such a great honor," Harter said. "I would like to thank the hall of fame selection committee for this special recognition."

Conference Standings Women’s Men’s overall

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UND

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10

UTPA

9

12

UVU

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CSU

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13

10

3

2

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UND

10

10

2

1

10

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UTPA

7

16

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4

17

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2

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2

NJIT

8

13

2

2

CSU

2

19

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3

HBU

1

18

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3

HBU

6

14

0

3

2

Recent Results Women's basketball Men's basketball Jan. 28 UTPA 55, HBU 41

Jan. 28 UTPA 81, HBU 71

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