Pulse, the university’s first student magazine, is to be released by the end of the month. Pulse is the new name for legacy institution UTPA’s student magazine, the Panorama.
Twenty to 25 people have been working hard since last semester to put the magazine together.
Donna Pazdera, program adviser for Pulse magazine, provided insight on what is to be featured in the magazine.
“It’s sort of a compilation of what’s going on in culture, what’s going on in a regional level, school, art and entertainment, and fashion,” Pazdera said. “So, we try to get a variety of area of interests so that way, hopefully, there is something for everyone.”
She said she is excited about some stories that are going to be published.
“One is about the Sacred Heart church in McAllen,” the communication lecturer said. “I think a lot of people have forgotten that, that was pretty much ground zero for the immigrant crisis from Central America a couple of years ago, so this story is about a student who volunteered at the church and just kind of chronicles her experiences and talks about the crisis.”
Pazdera also mentioned there is going to be a story on politics and a randy story on the sex life of Winter Texans, which came to light from one of her students during class.
“I’m pretty happy with the content this time around,” she said. “It’s nice and the cover is beautiful.”
“It’s sort of a compilation of what’s going on in culture, what’s going on in a regional level, school, art and entertainment, and fashion.
Program adviser for Pulse magazine”
She said the most challenging part of putting the magazine together was making sure to cover some stuff from Brownsville.
“It’s tough because [the Brownsville campus’] communication program is a little different from [the Edinburg campus] and so they don’t necessarily offer the same courses that we do,” Pazdera said. “I mean, they are now, but I mean it’s a challenge.”
Enrique Ybarra, a computer science major, said he will pick up a copy once Pulse is on the stands.
“I feel like a lot of it would be featured in sports because they are pretty good,” Ybarra said. “And I would hope that they try and diversify a little, like not just all sports. Maybe some of the projects in the engineering or the arts.”
Ybarra said he is aware of different plays that are held on campus.
“It’s pretty cool,” the sophomore said. “That’s basically all I hope for the magazine.”
Pulse magazine is free of charge and will be distributed across both campuses. Look out for them, grab a copy and check the Pulse!