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  • Talk Does

    having a gun in your

    home encourage violence?

    Page 3

    NEWS

    With the U.S. Air Force already searching for two missing F-15C fighters near the Scottish Highlands, the U.S. military suffered another loss when an Army RC-12 aircraft crashed in an unpopulated area of Germany Monday. A statement released by the Army stated that the pilots of the RC-12 were conducting a training mission when the aircraft crashed into a forested area near Nuremberg around 4 p.m. local time.

    SPORTS

    Despite being the smallest market in the NBA, the Vancouver Grizzlies are competing with the Charlotte Hornets for the right to head to Memphis, Tenn. The next big decision concerns how Memphis will pay for a new arena, which should cost between $200 and $250 million, Until a new arena is built, the Grizzlies will play at The Pyramid, which seats about 19,000 for basketball events.

    TUESDAY March 27,2001

    An Inside Look: Forgotten Veterans? 2 Calendar 5 Bronc Baseball 11 UTPA tennis earns wins 12

    FEATURE

    Page 6

    T h e S t u d e n t N e w s p a p e r o f T h e U n i v e r s i t y o f T e x a s - P a n A m e r i c a n

    Texas senator proposes guest worker bill By Miguel Liscano Jr. The Pan American Austin Bureau

    Austin-A proposed guest worker program meant to reduce illegal immigration and improve the Mexican economy is stimulating uneasiness among Americans who fear the

    , exploitation of Mexican workers. The proposal, written by U.S. Sen.

    Phil Gramm, R-Texas, is still in the development stage, but opponents have said the plan will stop hard working people from gaining the opportunity to contribute to society.

    The program is designed to be a small answer to the problem of illegal

    immigration said Lany Neal, press secretary for

    Gramm. The workers would labor in the United States for one year with their visas as their identifications. When the visa expires, workers would return to Mexico with the money and skills they obtained in the hopes of stimulating the Mexican economy, Neal said. *

    "As long as the American economy is so much richer in jobs, growth and opportunity, people are going to come across the border looking for work," Neal said. "We hope a guest worker program will help [Mexican] President Vicente Fox build a strong economy in

    Mexico so people will not be forced to leave their country and come to America to work."

    The basis of Gramm's proposal is to include protection under the law for guest workers in the United States, Neal said. Workers would have no restriction regarding the type of employment gained, and they would be paid at least minimum wage, a fact sheet provided by Gramm explained.

    PayroE taxes paid by employers would be replaced with an emergency health care program. Guest workers would receive an account from which they would finance the health care, and the remaining funds would be avail

    able directly to the worker upon expiration of his visa.

    The number of guest workers granted a visa would fluctuate from year to year in response to U.S. unemployment rates. Undocumented workers already in the United States, Gramm said, would be encouraged to participate but would be required to return to Mexico after a year.

    A new guest worker program is a contradiction charged Maria Gomez, organizer for the United Farm Workers Union. She questions why guest workers should be brought into this country when many citizens currently

    See GUEST WORKER page 8

    Officer: Inner city violence differs from suburb shootings By Eladio Jaimez The Pan American

    Although recent school shootings have made headlines, inner city problems go on year-round and most of the time unnoticed.

    Jerry Garza, Dallas County Juvenile Probation Officer, said gun-related violence problems are prevalent in the inner city, while problems in the suburbs are more drag related.

    Garza said violence in the inner city is a day to day problem and usually doesn't happen in schools.

    Garza said inner city kids may take guns or other weapons to school, but are smarter about using them. They use them as a scare tactic or as intimidation.

    "These kids don't take crime to school," Garza said. "They're

    smarter than that. They do their killings or commit murders outside the school, in the streets."

    Garza said in his five years as a probation officer he hasn't seen a student get caught with a gun on campus.

    "They'll likely get caught with pot," Garza said. "The inner city kids are more street smart and usually do not take guns to school. They'd rather sell drags because they can make money."

    Garza said the alleged shooters at Columbine or other schools usually don't have a criminal record.

    "The ones I deal with already have a rap sheet," Garza said.

    Garza said he has dealt with kids making terrorist or bomb threats to schools.

    See VIOLENCE page 9

    Irene Trevino/77ie Pan American

    The UTPA police department displays a number of weapons confiscated during UTPA-releated incidents.

    Reported pseudo-cop burglaries on rise in Valley By Andrew McDiarmid The Pan American

    The Valley is currently experiencing a rise in 'pseudo-cop' burglaries, a type of robbery that involves perpetrators posing as law enforcement while illegaUy entering houses.

    Wearing police clothing and

    badges, the criminal forcibly enters a household and commandeers valuable items such as electronics, money, jewelry and other possessions.

    According to Valley law enforcement, the numbers of reported pseudo-cop cases is on an upward trend, with Hidalgo County reporting 11

    cases in the last year and Cameron County registering one as weU. Officials have not agreed on a working profile, but certain trends seem to illustrate patterns in this type of crime.

    Lieutenant Arnold Flores of the Cameron County Sheriff's Department said that criminals who

    commit pseudo-cop burglaries are often "thieves trying to get a quick buck."

    However, he added that this crime can involve gang members in Mexico who hire these criminals to coUect debts by using pseudo-cop thefts. Usually, the guns used in pseudo-cop

    See PSEUDO-COP page 9

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    Does having a gun in Y |} your home encourage 181 violence?

    -Irene Trevino

    Jacqueline Ayala Communications Freshman

    Yes. Once a person has a gun, it makes it easier for them to just pull it out when they get mad. Everyone has a hidden secret, and you don't always know a person as well as you think.

    Bias Castillo Kinesiology

    Freshman

    Yes, it would encourage violence. Sometimes people argue, lose control, and don't think twice. They end up shooting others or themselves, usually because of stress or anger.

    Claudia Gonzalez Communication Disorders Senior

    No! I think if a person is taught to respect what a gun is and what it could do, then we wouldn't have as many of the problems that we do today.

    Stephen Beckman Pre-Med.

    Senior

    Yes, because kids see them on t.v., and see how they're portrayed on t.v. It definitely provides a tool to use in moments of anger.

    Lupita Garza Education Sophomore

    Yes, because a person doesn't have something without intending to use it sooner or later. People today are blinded with problems, emotions and fear. Often, they use guns for attention.

    CAMPUS POLICE training with the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team," Miller said.

    UTPA police officers provide students and staff with a number of services, ranging from car, bike and foot patrols to night escorts available through the blue-light emergency phones located throughout campus.

    The UTPA police force also works to keep students and staff safe from threats coming from both on and off campus. To that end, all phones on campus can be traced in the event of a phone

    VETERANS

    continued from page Z

    threat. In the past eight years, Miller says the university has received between 40 and 50 bomb threats.

    "We are set up with the Telecommunications center which traces and monitors calls made on campus," Miller said. "We can notify local authorities where and when it came from. We do take it seriously, and we've apprehended the individuals."

    The UT police department Crime Prevention Unit provides crime prevention programs to familiarize students with their safety options on

    campus. Services include security surveys, presentations, and updates on alarms and security systems. Students, staff and faculty can contact the police department on-line or through crime stoppers.

    "We depend heavily on communication with the public," Miller said. "We have crime stoppers and we follow up on those tips. If someone is suspected of being a threat on campus, we notify the public through computers, fliers and the media and radio stations."

    continued from page 2

    relocate the work-studies somewhere else, but the thing is we won't have an office on campus. My concern is not my job. My concern is the office and the services we provide."

    VA supervisor Marie Martin also works at admissions and records as a certification clerk and Meza said her supervisor, director of admissions David Zuniga, could provide the

    needed space. Meza said the downside to

    that solution would be a cut in hours the work-studies work weekly.

    "Right now we are getting paid for 25 hours a week," Meza said.

    "Mr. Zuniga wants to cut our hours dramatically. The money we get paid w'th doesn't come from UTPA tunds and they still want to cut our

    hours." "The money we get paid

    with comes from our VA office in Houston," he added.

    Meza said UTPA wants to compensate the hours taken away from them by sending work-studies to the VA office.

    "The VA requires that anybody working at the VA office has to be a veteran," Meza said. "These are students who apply to work on campus."

    Protecting Yourself While Walking at Night Tip #1: If someone follows you and is persistent or

    becomes obscene, write down the license plate

    number and report it to the appropriate police

    department as soon as possible.

    Tip #2:

    If you are trapped in your car, honk your horn in

    quick short bursts. This will attract people's

    attention.

    Tip #3:

    Make sure that all the doors are locked when

    ever you leave your vehicle.

    Tip #4:

    Do not pick up hitch-hikers.

    Tip #5: When returning to your car, have your keys

    ready so you can enter your vehicle quickly. Be

    aware of your surroundings. If you have to look

    into a purse or pocket to find them, it takes

    extra time and you lose sight of what is around

    you.

    Tip #6:

    As you approach your vehicle, look underneath

    to make sure no one is hiding there. And before

    you enter your vehicle look to see if all of the

    doors are how you left them or if there might be

    any uninvited passengers in the back seat or

    floor. If the door locks are not the way you

    remember leaving them, or you see someone

    inside, leave the area as quickly as possible

    and notify the University Police Department.

    Tip #7:

    Park in the best-lit parking lot nearest to where

    you are going.

    For more information on how you can reduce

    your risk of becoming a victim of crime contact the

    University Police Department Crime Prevention Unit

    at 316-7151.

  • March 27, 2001 MNMAflMN Page 4

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    Wednesday, March 28 and Thursday, March 29 Student Health Services offers sexually transmitted diseases (STD) screenings for all students, staff and faculty in Emilia Hall, room 1.113. Screenings take place from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    Through Friday, March 30 UTPA along with various Rio Grande Valley organizjUjpns will host the "Tamaulipas etmexas" cultural festival. The festival will bring culture and economy of the Mexican State of Tamaulipas to the Valley. The free festival features art and photography exhibits and lectures on music, anthropology, history and business. There will also be folkloric dancers and plays. The festival begins with a 6 p.m. banquet Monday in the Student Union Theatre. For more

    information, call Ed Davila, special events coordinator or Francisco Gonzalez, Mexican Business Information Center coordinator at 318-3361.

    Monday, April 2 As pqrt of the NaSonal Library Week, the v University Library presents "Check-it-out Yourself Day," an opportunity for students and faculty to become more self-sufficient in the librai^ by checking out their own materials with the 3M SelfCheck System. The event will also help the UTPA Library become eligible for random drawings of $1,000 cash prizes. The library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

    Through April 2 "New Faces," a group exhibition by James Dutremaine, Dindy Reich, Rolando Reyna and Charles Wissinger is open in the University Gallery in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building. The gallery is open Mondays through Fridays

    and admission is free for 'every-one. i

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    Friday, April 6 Student Health Services offers a Men's Wellness Clinic from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. SHS will conduct prostate, testicular and rectal screenings for g male students, faculty and Staff.I' For appointments, call 381 -251L.

    Wednesday,April 11 Student T Health Services presents a Skin Care Clinic from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. with reduced pricing for all students, faculty and staff. The clinic will perform removal oft' warts and skin tags, evaluation of sun exposure and moles as well as treatment for acne and other skin problems. For appointments, , call Student Health Services at 381-2511. .

    Thursday, April 12 The Disney Recruiters are back. Career Placement Services presents a Walt Disney World Information Session. For more information^ call 381-2781 or 381-2267.

    Monday, April 23 s|udent H&alth Services offers a Women's Wellness Clinic from; 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pap smears, pelvic exams and breast exams are at a reduced rate. For apppintments, call 381-2511.

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  • March 27, 2001 TMNJMlMflN Page 6

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    After a recent rash of school shootings in California and threats posted on the Intern have been done while the media tries toLfind a balance between writing yesterday's n By Daniel Garcia Ordaz The Pan American

    WARNING SIGNS

    As a friend, peer, teacher or boss, what might be the warning signs to look for in a person who is about to commit an act of violence?

    "There may be warning signs such as changes in behavior, hygiene, and demeanor" said UTPA Chief of Police Howard Miller. "There may be verbal threats or comments to friends or colleagues."

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management's report, "Dealing with Workplace Violence," said certain behaviors and personality traits aid in predicting future violent actions.

    "No one can predict human behavior, however, indicators of increased risk of violent behavior are available," the OPM report reads.

    The warning signs in the report were provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, Profiling and Behavioral Assessment Unit, which

    analyzed past incidents of violence. Some of the prevelant warning i

    signs to violence are use of direct, or veiled threats of harmjintimidat-ing, belligerent, harassing, or other aggressive behavior, multiple conflicts with peers, carrying a weapon or showing it off, making inappropriate references to guns, or fascination with weapons.

    "It has been consistent in each of the school shootings that friends had been told but did not take the threats seriously," Miller said.

    People should similarly beware of persons using "statements showing fascination" with violence, statements assuming approval of "the use of violence to resolve a problem," or statements indicating identification with perpetrators of violence.

    Drug and alcohol abuse is also a warning sign, the OPM report reads.

    "Each of these behaviors is a clear sign that something is wrong," the OPM report reads. "None should be ignored."

    The OPM report advises against reliance on "profiles" or "early

    warning signs" to predict violent behavior. "Profiles often suggest that people with certain characteristics, such as 'loners' are potentially violent," the OPM report reads, since this type of categorization does not help predict violence but can lead to "unfair and destructive stereotyping."

    "The same can be said of reliance on 'early warning signs' that include descriptions of problem situations such as 'in therapy,' 'has had a death in the family,' or 'suf

    fers from mental illness,"' the OPM

    report reads. Many acts of

    violence or suicide are often a

    direct response to "dramatic personal

    experiences" exacerbated by depression, Miller said. "Everyone experiences stress,

    loss, or illness at some point in life," the OPM report reads. "All - but a very few people weather these storms without resorting to violence."

    If one suspects another of plan

    ning or contemplating an lence on campus, one sho tact the UTPA police depi "immediately," said Mille

    "We will follow up and appropriate assessment pt of threat," Miller said.

    MEDIA INFLU

    With the number of sch ings on the rise, many pe< asking if media coverage more violence by encoun copycat crimes.

    "Research is mixed con the impacts of media cov ageand I'll stretch this include the impacts of vie TV, film, music, and vide may be significant that a ago there were virtually r that linked behvavior to t forms of media whereas t are such studies," said Di Polinard, political scienti: UTPA.

    "The media plays a tnaj copycat crimes," said UT Chief Miller. "It focuses: on the suspect, which is r one of the primary object

  • March 27, 2001 Till M fllMM

    Understanding Violent Behavior in Children

    and Adolescents From www.AACAP.org (The American Academy

    of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Rangeof Violent.Behavior; Violent behavior in children and adolescents can include a wide range of behaviors: explosive temper tantrums, physical aggression, fighting, threats or attempts to hurt others (including homicidal thoughts), use of weapons, cruelty toward animals, fire setting, intentional destruction of property and vandalism.

    Numerous research studies have concluded that a complex interaction or combination of factors leads to an increased risk of violent behavior in children and adolescents. These factors include: Previous aggressive or violent behavior Being the victim of physical abuse and/or sexuai abuse 1

    Exposure to violence in the home and/or community Genetic (family heredity) factors Exposure to violence in media (TV, movies, etc.) Use of drugs and/or alcohol Presence of firearms in home Combination of stressful family socioeconomic factors (poverty, severe deprivation, marital breakup, single parenting, unemployment, loss of support from extended family) Brain damage from head injury

    Children who have several risk factors and show the following behaviors should be carefully evaluated: Intense anger Frequent loss of temper or blow-ups Extreme irritability Extreme impulsiveness Becoming easily frustrated Parents and teachers should be careful not to minimize these behaviors in children.

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    What can be done if a child shows violent behavior? Whenever a parent or other adult is concerned, they should immediately arrange for a comprehensive evaluation by a qualified mental health professional. Early treatment by a professional can often help. The goals of treatment typically focus on helping the child to: learn how to control his/her anger; express anger and frustrations in appropriate ways; be responsible for his/her actions; and accept consequences. In addition, family conflicts, school problems, and community issues must be addressed.

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    perpetrator." Miller said incorrect news reports

    during a school shooting last week were submitted even before the school could be evacuated.

    "The media was reporting erroneous information about the shooter and the number of people shot,"

    % Miller said. "They created a panic among parents.

    Miller said news agencies commonly "provide such detail"

    that the next "perpetrator" often follows the same

    patterns or "refines" them to get more

    attention or violent results.

    "As a civil libertarian, I oppose censorship of the media," Polinard said. "Therefore, I am comfortable with whatever 'ethical standards' a publication wants to set for itself, but do not believe that there should be laws preventing coverage."

    Miller said the media ought to adhere to higher ethical standards and be more sensitive.

    "I understand constitutional rights, freedom of speech, etc., but there is no doubt that our Founding Fathers did not intend that we pro

    vide to children methods on how to murder each other without remorse," Miller said. "A civilized society must implement measures to maintain it's civility."

    "I think it's most important that we not view this issue in the context of what 'single' factor can explain, cause, or resolve violence in the schools," Polinard said. "There are many factors, ranging from the role of the family, the impact of peers, the impact of the media, to the accessibility of weapons."

    "If we are going to seriously address the problem [of violence], we have to attack it on several fronts," Polinard said.

    "I think to resolve this problem it will take society as a whole to make it a goal and work together, especially with our youth," Miller said. "We need to get back to the basics, not go backwards: listening to our children, family values, spirituality, societal intergration and intervention."

  • March 27, 2001 TMIUWMH Page 8

    CAMPUS POLICE cannot find work. She said people should look at the condition the workers would come to work under, and question whether or not the situation is fair for them. The workers should be given a chance to improve their situation, she said.

    Eziquiel "Ike" Tapia crossed the Mexico-Arizona border from Mexico City more than 30 years ago wearing a coat and tie with his tourist's visa in hand.

    In the early '80s, Tapia was an illegal alien beginning his own dairy farm in New Mexico.

    He paid his dues working for others and illustrated an excellent work ethic when he took one day to do a job that should have taken him three. Tapia said this was how he earned the respect of his employer. At one point, he worked four years straight with no vacation on his first farm.

    He would wake up at 4:30 a.m. to milk the cows, only taking take breaks on Sunday to attend mass services. Tapia, now the biggest independent farmer in the state, gained his citizenship and now operates out of Miles and Veribest, Texas.

    "I came to the United States with a lot of ambition," he said with in a strong tone, "If you don't have ambition, you don't go anywhere. I started from the bottom."

    Tapia says the only thing illegal immigrants in this country are asking for is a chance. He says undocumented workers in the United States have already earned this opportunity by working hard at rough jobs.

    Gramm brought up his proposal during a

    continued trom page 1 meeting with Fox in January, Neal said, and Fox seemed interested.

    Neal said Fox needs workers who bring skills and capital to Mexico in order to build a new economy.

    \He said Fox was interested in a program that would ensure his countrymen were well treated and that they received the pay they deserved while working as guests in the United States.

    It is common sense that a better Mexican economy would curb illegal immigration, said Maria Alcaraz, migration authority at the Mexican Embassy to the United States. She would not comment on Gramm's forthcoming proposal, but says if enough jobs are created in Mexico the economic need for people to leave and find a job somewhere else decreases or disappears.

    "As long as there are jobs in Mexico, and more are created, then there is less pressure for people to leave, therefore it releases the pressure on the migration phenomenon," Alcaraz said.

    Although Gramm's plan offers medical insurance and protection for immigrants under U.S. wage and hour laws, some say it is not enough for hard working guest workers. U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Dlinois, has introduced a bill into Congress that calls for amnesty for undocumented workers already in the United States.

    "It looks like Gramm is going to have a program which fails to allow individuals who have been in the country, making a contribution to this country, helping build this country,

    the chance to fully integrate themselves in the U.S. economy and into U.S. society," said Billy Weinberg, press secretary for Gutierrez.

    Weinberg said Gramm's proposal recognizes that the United States depends on labor from immigrants, but implies that even though this country needs their labor, once workers are done they should leave. He does not think this is fair.

    If the migrant workers are contributing to the growth of this country, then they have earned the right to make it their home, Weinberg said.

    He points out that not every guest worker would like to stay in this country on a permanent basis but should have the choice. Gramm's proposal, Weinberg said, fails to allow the Mexican worker that option.

    He says he is suspicious of Gramm's intent. The agricultural industry, Weinberg said, is looking at Gramm unfavorably since he blocked a bill last year, which would have lifted the current limit on importing workers under the current H-2A agricultural visa program.

    The reason Gramm blocked the proposal, Weinberg says, was that it would have adjusted the status of thousands of currently undocumented workers.

    Weinberg theorizes that Gramm's intent has nothing to do with the Mexican economy and much to due with politics in the agricultural industry.

    "I think during the months of December and January he (Gramm) went home and got an ear-full from people in the agricultural

    community who said, 'This would have been a good deal for us,"' Weinberg said.

    There is no labor shortage in Texas' agricultural industry said Wes Sims, president of the Texas Farmers Union, so a guest worker program is not necessary.

    He is also suspicious of the motive behind a new guest worker program, and compared it to the Bracero Program of the '40s and '50s, which was terminated after working conditions were found to be intolerable. He said people must be careful that the Mexican workers are not exploited.

    Sims, who has employed illegal aliens and workers under the Bracero Program, says he is a much stronger advocate of an amnesty program.

    "Why not give them permanent visas, if they (undocumented workers) are needed, and let them come over here and contribute to society," Sims asked.

    He said he understands that the minimum wage might look appealing to the Mexican worker, but it is insufficient to five on. Sims said he has seen many cases like Tapia's in which an illegal alien crosses the border, works hard, and becomes an active member in society.

    Sims says he believes illegal immigrants should be given the chance to create a better fife for themselves in this country.

    "No telling how many millions across the United States came into this country and worked and saved their money," Sims said, "They got a chance. All they ever wanted was a chance, an opportunity."

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    Criminals can easily obtain uniforms or badges from numerous outlets in South Texas and Mexico that serve the public as well as law enforcement officers. Flores said that owning law enforcement clothing and accessories is not illegal, but it is against the law to use them to portray law enforcement officers.

    Flores said that pseudo-cop burglaries are usually carried out by drug dealers, with their targets "nine out of ten times" being other drug dealers.

    "In Cameron County, we are dealing with an ongoing investigation concerning [drug dealers] that stole 1,700 pounds of drugs from another [drug dealer], who was shot during the burglary," Flores said about Cameron County's lone pseudo-cop case. Two people have been taken into custody in that investigation.

    Flores added that when drug dealers target other drug dealers, officers believe that those incidents usually are not reported,

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    The task force is working to reverse the upward trend in crimes like pseudo-cop burglaries. Cisneros said that pseudo-cop crimes are conducted by "a combination of locals, resident aliens and Mexican nationals."

    Cisneros maintains that the Violent Crimes Task Force and Valley law enforcement agents have "zero tolerance" toward pseudo-cop crime. "Between the FBI and local Valley agencies, we are certainly addressing the problem, and we will prosecute to the full extent of the law," he said.

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    "They're usually [white] kids," Garza said. "We stick them in jail for 30 days and they get set straight. They probably won't do it again."

    Garza said these kids almost always come from two parent homes and do this as a cry for attention.

    Garza said the majority of kids he deals with come from single parent homes.

    "At least 80 percent of the time it is going to be a single parent household," Garza said. "I would venture to say 90 percent. The parent always works at least 40 hours and the single parent is usually a mom."

    He said fathers or male figures are seldom involved and if there is an older brother in

    the family, he is already in the criminal system.

    "These kids are usually angry about the separation of their father from the family," Garza said. "They end up looking for guidance and acceptance in

    gangs. Most of the time parents rely on the

    schools to play a parental role, Garza said, but many schools in Dallas and nationwide are overcrowded and can't take on that role.

    "The majority of the kids I deal with are truant," Garza said. "They don't even go to school."

    Garza said parents respond differently according to ethnic background.

    "In my experience, Hispanic parents usually respond well and want to fix the problem," Garza said. "African Americans seem to be resentful towards the probation officer and whites tend to be more distant towards us [probation officers.] They don't want their neighbors or friends to find out their child is on probation."

    He said nearly 70 to 80 percent of inner city kids are associated with gangs and 100 percent of the kids in juvenile detention know about gangs or a gang member.

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    Robert Lopez threw the hammer 171 "7", 52 inches longer than the previous record at the Angela Proctor Invitational. Galina Ojeda broke her own record in the 400-meter hurd les .

    UTPA has strong individual results By Isaac Chavarria The Par American

    The Broncs returned from Texas A&M-Kingsville without a team title, but had another meet with individual performances.

    The Javelinas' men's team took their division with 172 points and IJTPA's men's team took fourth.

    The womens' team came closer, finishing behind title winner TAMUK. The Javelinas had 128 points and the Lady Broncs had 116 points.

    UTPA had some personal best and continues improving.

    "This is part of the program: Getting faster every weekend. They took bigger chunks (in time) than we thought they would," said track and field assistant Gabriel Rodriguez.

    One of the surprises was the amount of time runners were able to take off of their personal records.

    Perla Handy cut 11 seconds off of her personal best of 4:57 and timed 4:46 in the 1600 meter.

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    After throwing a school record 171'7" in UTPA's last meet, Bronc Robert Lopez had 168" 8.50" in the hammer throw to lead the the team in the event. Isaac Ybarra finished third, with a throw of 122' 9.25".

    J.C Crosby was the leader for the Broncs in the shot put, with a third place finish and a throw of 48'. Ybarra and Lopez followed up with the next two spots, with a 47' 10" and 47' 7", respectively-

    In distance, Israel Arroyo had the best placing for the Broncs. Arroyo ran 16:07.83 in the 5000-meter run, for fourth place.

    The womens' distance team had a better day, matching or improv

    ing on last weeks results. In the 800-meter April Hipolito

    was third with a time of 2:24.77. Islander Laura Dewel finished first with 2:24.12. Patty Villarreal and Millie Martinez finished in fourth and fifth.

    Like in their last meet, Valerie Summa tied the school record for the high jump with a 5' 6". The mark was good enough for second, behind TAMUK's Sherri Cain's 5' 8" jump.

    Shari Galvin shaved off some time in the 400-meter dash, earning second place by running a time of 58.90.

    In her last meet, the Angela Proctor Invitational, Galvin won the event with a 59.10.

    Shari Galvin and Handy had first place finishes in the 200-meter dash and 1600-meter run, respectively.

    In the long jump, Lovie Mathis placed second with a 17' 6.50".

    Although many of the Broncs are showing better times, the next two meets will not be as important as the Texas A&M Invitational on April 14.

    "The whole team will be training for the meet after the Texas Relays," said Rodriguez.

    The next two meets for UTPA will be relays and only a few athletes will be competing at the Texas Relays because of entry standards.

    The UTPA track and field team travels to Beaumont for their next competition, the Ty Terrell Relays, on March 31.

    Rodriguez stated that there would not be individual accomplishments aside from the field events.

    "They're just looking to put a good meet together," said Rodriguez.

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    The Broncs swept the three-game series and outscored the Crusaders 28-13. The won came after a loss to the University of Texas and an exhibition loss to the Reynosa Broncos. UTPA followed the wins with two losses.

    This season -3, First pitch Tuesday is at 2 p.m. These games are the only meetings of the season for the two teams. UTPAis plays as an independent | member of the NCAA < Division I. J Incarnate Word has had three other games this year against a Division I oppo-nent-the Crusaders beat Texas A&M / Corpus Christi three times. UIW is 14-9 heading into Tuesday's games. After the southern trip on Tuesday, the Crusaders return home for three games against Tarleton State of the Lone Star Conference. Friday will see the teams playing a doubleheader at Sullivan Field beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday they will play a single nine-inning game with first pitch at noon.

    Broncs go 1-2 against SWTS By Jerry Perez The Pan American0

    Senior Jason Garcia pitched six solid innings and two Bronc relievers pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to help the Broncs salvage the final game of a three game series with a 5-4 victory over the Southwest Texas State Bobcats.

    Garcia, a southpaw from Amarillo masterfully kept the high octane Bobcats offense confused with a deadly assortment of change-ups and well placed faslballs. "I was throwing the fast ball

    in and out of the spots I needed and I was able to get my change-up over. My change was working real well today and I think that's what helped me the most," Garcia said.

    The Bobcats rank in a number of top ten college offensive statistics, but against Garcia the 'Cats seemed befuddled throughout the contest.

    The Broncs now 4-21 on the season ended a four game losing streak.

    "We have the talent to win, we just have to stay focused together mentally for all nine innings," added Garcia.

    Garcia allowed three earned runs in 6 2/3 innings and only walked two SWT batters during the game.

    The 'Cats powered their way

    with two runs in the second when catcher Josh Newland smacked a two-run homer over the right field fence.

    But UTPA quickly responded with one run in the bottom half of the inning on Sean Flynn's sacrifice fly that brought Clark Bagget in from third.

    Bagget led off the inning with a double down the left field line. Bagget led the Broncs offensive charge, as he went 3-for-3 with two doubles , and an RBI .

    The Broncs then erupted for three runs in the third, as Darren Heinrichs doubled in a run and Bagget and Matt Sisk followed with consecutive RBI singles for UTPA.

    "Our hitting is coming around. We had a couple of situations today where we got some base hits in key situations and that will definitely give our guys some confidence in future situations," said head coach Reggie Treadaway.

    "We made 12 errors in three games and you don't win that many games that way. I thought today our pitchers pitched pretty well. Jason gave us a good strong six innings and that really helped. But we got to get better defensively, no question about it," added Treadaway.

    UTPA added its final and game-winning run in the fourth when senior Caleb Schmidt lashed an RBI single to left field

    Darren Heinrichs smacked that scored Matt Kutac.

    SWT made a late charge in the top of the seventh on Eric Tomlinson's two run single, but Jacob Pierce came in for Garcia and retired the Bobcats Louie Carmona on a pop-up with run-

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    two home runs against SWT. ners on second and third to end the 'Cats final threat.

    Pierce followed with a perfect eighth inning and Scott Fowler overpowered the Bobcats in the ninth for his second save of the year.

    SB SWTS 7 By Jerry Perez Trie Pan American

    In baseball? the team that generates the most hits more times than not, usually wins

    the game. But don't tell that to the Broncs. In a season that would like to be all but

    forgotten, the straggling Texas Pan American Broncs committed five errors, added three wild pitches, to 'give' the Southwest Texas State Bobcats a 6-2 victory, despite out hitting the 'Cats 7-5.

    SWT's Manuel Olivera (4-2) pitched seven strong innings for his fourth victory, while

    UTPA 5 UTPA's Frank James (0-5) took the tough luck loss for the Broncs.

    SWT never trailed in game one, as they struck for runs in the first and third innings to

    build a 3-0. The Bobcats added two more in the fifth

    against James and cruised to victory against the hapless Broncs.

    Mike Gultz saved the game for the Bobcats, as he held the Broncs hitless in the eighth and ninth innings.

    "We just can't give any opponents four to five outs an inning and that's what we did. We need to get a lot better defensively," said Head Coach Reggie Treadaway.

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    By Jerry Perez The Pan American

    The Bobcats' Evan Tierce wrapped out three hits including a tie breaking two ran RBI double in the fifth inning to spark the Southwest Texas State Bobcats over the error prone UTPA Broncs 6-3.

    Jacob Casanova (3-3) pitched five innings for the Bobcats and allowed two earned runs. The Broncs Ed Marko took the loss, but allowed only three earned runs in five innings of work.

    UTPA continued their sloppy play from the night before, as they committed four errors.

    The Broncs now 3-21 are 1-16 against Southland Conference opponents. With the score tied at two in the fifth, Dominique Lewis and Lance Williams led off with consecutive singles and Louie Carmona followed with a sacrifice bunt to move them an additional 90 feet.

    Tierce, a true freshman from Keller, then spanked a double into the left center field gap to easily score Lewis and Williams for the eventual game winning runs.

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    sixth when the 'Cats leadoff hitter Coy Lowden scored without getting a hit. Lowden reached second base after shortstop Marvin Manns dropped a routine pop-up.

    Two pitches later he attempted to steal third, but the throw from back-up catcher Bobby Killins sailed over Matt Sisk's head into left field, letting Lowden to walk home for another unearned ran.

    The Broncs put the tying ran up in the bottom of the seventh with singles from Macon Bodle and Manns but Caleb Schmidt popped up to end the

    game.

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    Broncs stop losing streak with three weekend victories

    By Matt Lynch The Pan American

    After dropping their last five matches, the UTPA men's tennis team ended the losing skid by winning three straight matches to close out the weekend.

    "The men played well," said men's tennis coach Scott Howard. "We thought we matched up well against most of the teams."

    The Broncs got off to a slow start Friday, dropping their first two matches 6-1 to Memphis University and 5-2 to Marquette University. Senior Juan Saiz picked up the lone win for the Broncs against Memphis University, beating Jack Hu 6-4, 4-6, (11-9) at number five singles.

    Senior Enrique Bastante earned a win for UTPA against Marquette by beating Raj Gill 6-4, 1-6, (10-6) at number three singles. Freshman Tom Mangelschots got the other win for the Broncs against Marquette, beating Kent Davis 6-4, 6-3.

    Mangelschots continued to play well throughout the remainder of the weekend, winning four out of five matches, losing the fifth in a super tiebreaker 7-6, 6-3, (10-5).

    "Everyone agrees that he [Mangelschots] has a lot of talent," Howard said. "He's going to get better and better the more he plays."

    "Both of those teams [Memphis University and Marquette University] are very strong," Howard said. "Conference USA is one of the toughest in the country once you get past the top four or five conferences."

    The Broncs picked up two wins Saturday, pounding University of Tennessee-Martin and Austin Peay State University 5-1. UTPA earned another win on Sunday by beating Western

    Kentucky 5-2. "We played well against the last three teams,"

    Howard said. "We were able to win pretty convincingly."

    The Lady Broncs started their weekend strong by beating Independent-rival Belmont University 6-1 Friday. Freshman Celine Merlini continued to play well for the Lady Broncs, beating Alba Garcia 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 at number one singles. "It's always good to beat the other indepen

    dent schools," Howard said. The Lady Broncs straggled in competition

    Saturday and Sunday, losing to UT-Martin and Austin Peay State 5-1 and Western Kentucky 6-1. Merlini picked up the single UTPA points in those losses by beating Martha Montano of UT-Martin 6-4, 6-1, Judy Unanpo of Austin Peay State 6-1, 6-4 and Therese Johansson of Western Kentucky 6-1, 6-3.

    "We didn't play all that bad," Howard said. "Those schools are just a little further along than we are with our young group."

    Looking ahead to this weekend's matches, the Broncs face their next Southland Conference opponent, Lamar, Friday at noon. The Broncs beat Lamar 6-1 earlier this season in non-conference action, but Howard believes things will be harder for UTPA this time around.

    "Lamar will give us a tougher time than they did the first time around," Howard said. "We're confident and we should be able to win both our matches [Friday]."

    The Broncs also face Alcorn State at 5:30 p.m. Friday, while the Lady Broncs battle Alcorn State at 10 a.m. and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 5 p.m. Friday.

    "Corpus is pretty deep, but we match up pretty well against Alcorn State," Howard said.

    (Above) Sophomore Matt Gower hits a backhand. Gower picked up two wins over the weekend, beating Justin Keller of Austin Peay 7-5, 6-1 and Tom Wride of UT-Martin 6-3, 6-4.

    (Left) Freshman Alana Breen hits a serve. Breen earned one win over the weekend, beating Carrie Osborne of Belmont University 6-3, 5-7,10-5.

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    With league play somewhat slowed last week by spring breaks and out-of-confer-ence matches, Texas-Arlington and Southeastern Louisiana registered victories to improve their Southland Conference records.

    UTA (12-6, 4-1) stayed in second place behind Texas-San Antonio (7-9, 5-0), which was idle last week, by shutting out SLU 7-0. The Mavericks took eight of nine matches, including all six singles and two of three doubles. UTA's Ola

    Bentzen and Mark Illgner lost to SLU's Milos Vasovic and Eric Subirats 8-4 at No. 3.

    The win capped off three matches in three days for the Mavs, who blanked Louisiana-Lafayette 7-0, then were dominated by No. 26 Louisiana State 7-0. It was the Tigers' 15th consecutive non-conference home victory and their sixth shutout. Four of the six singles matches went to three sets.

    SLU (6-8, 3-2) picked up its Southland win two days later on Saturday with a 5-2 decision over Lamar (3-12, 1-4).

    For the Lions, freshman Vasovic split his singles matches, losing a three-setter to UTA's Alon Goldshuv 6-3, 4-6, 3-6 at the No. 6 spot and winning in straight sets over LU's Thatcher Cribbs. The duo of Vasovic and Subirats went 2-0 with the win over UTA and the 8-4 win over the Cardinals.

    UTPA (7-14, 1-2) straggled through a five-match road swing, ending the week 1-4 with a 5-2 win at Western Kentucky that halted a seven-match losing streak.

    Freshman Tom Mangelschots, playing at No. 6 singles, had a better week than

    most of his teammates. At 4-1, Mangelschots posted wins against WKU, Austin Peay, Tennessee-Martin and Marquette. His only loss came against Michael Lahaie of Memphis in a close tiebreaker 6-7, 6-3, 7-6.

    Louisiana-Monroe (3-11, 1-2) lost two non-league matches to No. 17 Ole Miss and New Orleans.

    Centenary (2-13, 0-4) had its one match against Jackson State rescheduled for April 7. UTSA will stay undefeated in the SLC with four non-conference matches scheduled this week.