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Prisoners of healthcare

Veteran Affairs Department gets overhauled

| 17th July 2014

Veterans Affairs Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson testified in front of the VA Senate Committee Wednesday to discuss the progress and future of the ailing VA system. Reports of falsified documents and malpractice have brought negative attention to a department that Gibson called “poorly positioned.” After former secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki resigned May 30 […]

Border crisis

RGV at center of national immigration issue

| 17th July 2014

A family of four rests in the corner, draped in donated blankets, on one of the approximately 20 plastic cots lining the sides of an off-white tent behind Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, where undocumented UTPA student Abraham Diaz has been volunteering for the past three weeks. The church is one of several places […]

Net nightmare

New rules may bring data decrease

| 17th July 2014

UTPA freshman Sergio Nuñez watches Netflix on his laptop at the Student Union while drinking a latte. He checks his phone, connected to UTPA’s wireless network, before heading to class. “I use UTPA’s Internet for everyday use including web, music and videos,” the 19-year-old said. “If the Federal Communications Commission passes (the net neutrality) law, […]

Nearing equality

RGV cities among nation’s best places for working women

| 17th July 2014

When the U.S. first passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963, women throughout the country were earning 59 cents for every dollar a male made. Today, that has increased to 77 cents for every dollar paid to men, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The “gender wage gap” has narrowed, but it has not […]

Economic upturn

Valley cities among most improved since recession

| 17th July 2014

This June marked five years since the U.S. economy ended its longest recession since World War II and local people have taken note. According to an analysis by personal finance information website NerdWallet, two of the top 10 most improved cities in the country are in the Rio Grande Valley. The Great Recession officially began […]

Speak your mind

Statewide discussion on mental health comes to UTPA

| 17th July 2014

According to an October 2009 study by Daniel Eisenburg, an associate professor at the University of Michigan, students at UTPA are less likely to seek help from their families regarding mental health issues than students from other universities. This was just one tidbit of information shared at the “Speak Your Mind Texas” event held in […]

News briefs: Week of July 14

| 14th July 2014

Texas Bar Foundation awards grant to UTPA The Texas Bar Foundation awarded $16,000 to UTPA’s Law School Preparation Institute in late June. The $16,000 grant will help 10 LSPI students with the cost of books, Law School Admission Test preparation courses and will also provide a stipend to students while enrolled in the five-week summer […]

Chancellor Cigarroa, UT-RGV President Guy Bailey visit UTPA

| 14th July 2014

Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, the chancellor of the University of Texas System, visited the UTPA Student Union Theater June 25 with University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley President Guy Bailey for an update on UTRGV and announced the ad interim presidents for both universities during the transition year. The open forum, which was open to faculty, staff […]

UT-Austin president to resign

| 9th July 2014

University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers submitted a letter of resignation today to University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa. The letter of resignation, which Cigarroa accepted, will be effective June 2, 2015. According to a UTS statement, Powers said he hopes to guide UT-Austin through their legislative session, which begins January and […]

Applying again

UTPA faculty face uncertainty with UT-RGV hiring process

| 19th June 2014

The University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, the result of the merger between the University of Texas at Brownsville and UTPA, officially enrolls its inaugural freshman class in one year and two months but the faculty that currently work at the University begin their application process this summer. The hiring process is divided into two phases: […]