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Gays in sports

| 27th March 2014

Former National Football League Head Coach and player Herm Edwards once said, “Players play to win the game.” If that saying rings true, then what is the problem with a teammate who is gay? If they show the work ethic that is necessary to win, would you treat them any differently? Speaking as an athlete Continue Reading



Going digital

The electronic alternative to smoking

| 21st February 2014

The world today is jam packed with electrical devices. Nearly every person carries a smartphone, owns a computer and watches their favorite programs on television. In such a world, it is no surprise that even small things,such as cigarettes, are being replaced with a digital counterpart. A counterpart that is safer and cheaper than the Continue Reading



Letter to the Editor – 2/6/13

| 6th February 2014

Hi! I have a habit of strolling into the UTPA bookstore when I have time to kill on campus. Unfortunately, all my experiences have been less than pleasant. One afternoon, while looking through a book’s contents to gauge whether I should buy it or not, I was told to buy the book immediately or put Continue Reading



Movie dumps

Hollywood needs a better system for releasing films

| 30th January 2014

In case you didn’t get the memo, it’s still awards season. The Grammys aired this past weekend (Lorde was victorious, obviously) and we still have the Oscars to face when they air on March 2. When the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards were announced, there was a trend among the Best Picture nominees: they Continue Reading



A message to the scared and undeclared

| 23rd January 2014

Fumbling through the threshold of teenage life into adult life can be scary and overwhelming, especially when trying to declare a major in college. At that point in your life, the question remains: are you old enough to know what you want to do with the rest of your life? A former employee of The Continue Reading



Steering the ship

Changes ahead for UTPA, The Pan American

| 13th January 2014

Taking over a print newspaper in this day and age is pretty much like taking over a sinking ship, which is exactly what has happened this spring as I take over for last semester’s editors-in-chief. In a digital age where every person seems to have three or more social media accounts, somehow everyone becomes a Continue Reading



Athletic’s photographer passes

| 12th December 2013

The University Athletic Department and Rio Grande Valley Viper photographer Dutch Cowgill passed away Dec. 10, due to a heart attack. Cowgill was 59 years old and is survived by his wife Dana, who resides in Edinburg. Cowgill joined the UTPA staff in November 2010 and with the Vipers since November 2007. He was always Continue Reading



…And so we say goodbye

| 9th December 2013

Lea Victoria Juarez Co-Editor-in-Chief Bidding farewell in posthumous fashion seemed to be best. (Imagine the song Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd playing as you read this.) Dear Bronc Country, I know I died and only got to know a few of you, but your best interest was always at heart. The UTPA community Continue Reading



…And so we say goodbye

| 5th December 2013

Norma Gonzalez, Co-Editor-in-Chief It’s hard to believe that my three-year-and-nine-month stay at The Pan American is all coming to an end this week. It’s unreal. What started as a small job as a sports photographer has morphed into being the Co- Editor-in-Chief of this amazing establishment. I’ve grown so much, learned more than I could Continue Reading



Man up

Different genders should not mean different standards

| 22nd November 2013

Last year, the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office had the second-highest amount of sexual assaults reported among Texas counties after Houston’s Harris County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) stated that in 2003, one in every 10 rape victims was male, so believe it or not, Continue Reading