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Friday, September 5, 2008

Fiesta Del Paseo Free Event Today

What: Fiesta Del Paseo

When: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5

Where: Ringgold Street in front of the Science, Engineering & Technology Building

Background: The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College’s Office of Student Life will sponsor the Fiesta Del Paseo from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, on Ringgold Street in front of the Science, Engineering & Technology Building. Admission is free.

The event is scheduled to feature:

· Auditivo: The Matamoros-based band counts their Mexican roots and British pop as musical influences. The group released their first CD, “Noches de Otoño,” earlier this summer and already has their first single, “Sincera,” on the radio.

· Nina Pilots: The four-woman indie pop/rock band from Monterrey uses The Killers, Def Leppard, Incubus and No Doubt as some of their musical influences. Their self-titled CD is on Movic Records.

· NTN: The indie rock/pop/alternative group from Reynosa has been together since the late 1990s. Their musical influences include U2 and Smashing Pumpkins.

· Labial: The indie rock/pop group from Reynosa released their latest CD, “Residencia Royal,” earlier this year. Their music is reminiscent of the Foo Fighters, Mana and Morrissey.

For more information call the Office of Student Life at (956) 882-5111.

Visit the event Web site, click here.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

off topic: There's an extra meeting on the budget this Tuesday, September 9.

Patricia A.

Saturday, September 06, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there any Harlingen coverage on here?

There's a major story at TSTC brewing with one of its own board members (Cesar Maldonado) vying for the President post after Leal's recent retirement.

It is rather amazing that the TSTC administration does not see any conflict of interest with a Board of Regents member applying for the position of the president of one of the college campuses the Board was appointed by the Governor to oversee.

At a minimum Mr. Maldonado should have stepped down from his position as a Board member prior to applying for the position of president. The TSTC administration is naïve to think that requiring Mr. Maldonado to excuse himself from the room during discussion effectively eliminates his influence over the decision of the board. Or perhaps they believe the people of the RGV are unaware of the back room discussions and negotiations that are the foundations for most decisions.

The Harlingen TSTC community was well aware of the fact that Dr. Leal intended to retire in August of 2009. That is until returning from an event this past July, where TSTC administration was also present, when Dr. Leal returned he suddenly and unexpectedly announced his intent to retire in short order. Then at the board meeting the next month Dr. Leal was made President Emeritus, of course this assures Dr. Leal that he continues to get his salary for another year, effectively providing him with his paycheck until August 2009, his originally announced retirement date.

If Mr. Maldonado is not appointed the next president of TSTC does TSTC administration seriously believe his relationship with the other Board members or his oversight of the campus and judgment won’t be affected. As a Board member he will continue to have oversight of the person who would have gotten the job he desired and he will have to continue a working relationship with other Board members who did not approve his appointment. You have to wonder, what is going through the mind of Dr. Segura? He appoints the person to the position of president. Put yourself in his shoes, How you not appoint a board member?, when the board who has oversight of your job and has the power to terminate your contract.

Perhaps TSTC Administration is not worried about that scenario and perhaps the decision to appoint Mr. Maldonado to the position of president was made before Dr Leal announced his retirement. After all the sudden change of retirement plans for Dr. Leal occurred shortly after a change in the board membership, when Connie De La Garza’s appointment ended and Mr. Maldonado’s appointment begin.

Then Mr. Maldonado is no stranger to riding the razor’s edge of conflict of interest, as a Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District’s Board of Trustee Member with oversight of the Harlingen public school system, where his wife is the newly appointed principal of the soon to open Lee H. Means Elementary school, just down the road from the TSTC campus.

One also wonders how Mr. Maldonado’s and Mr. Javier De Leon’s relationship will be affected as Mr. Javier De Leon is not only a member of the HCISD Board of Trustee’s with Mr. Maldonado but Mr. De Leon is also an Associate Vice President at TSTC.

No conflict of interest! In legal systems the rule is, if it walks like a duck, quack s like a duck, and looks like a duck, it is a duck…there seems to be a lot of quacking going on at TSTC administration that is drowning out good judgment.

Sunday, September 07, 2008  

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