UTB reacts favorably to new university name

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POSTED: Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 5:39pm

UPDATED: Friday, December 13, 2013 - 11:23am

Nearly everyone inside La Casa Bella Clubhouse at UTB erupted with cheers and applause when the highly anticipated name of the new university was announced, despite a few technical difficulties with viewing connection.

Students expressed their happiness as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley was unanimously chosen as the institution's name:

"I really like the name because I mean, it's representative of the whole region from McAllen to Brownsville," said UTB student Dean Garcia. "It's really great."

"This is a good name," said UTB student Andrea Martinez. "I think it was a good decision because it's something that represents us, like, we are like, we're in the Rio Grande, so I'm just excited."

"Yeah I was excited about the name," said UTB student Stephen Torres. "I honestly did prefer that one over all the three, so when it was announced it was really exciting for all of us."

And while the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley may have not been the first choice for some students at UTB, they preferred it over one of the alternatives:

"I'm happy with the name as long as it wasn't UTPA because that's a little bit one sided, but yes, I was very happy," sad UTB student Brittany Mendez.

"I hoped for UT South," said UTB student Elizabeth Alanis. "I don't know, it just has a better ring to it, but I'm happy about it."

For many students, this event marks a significant moment in time:

"This is a pretty historic event, I mean this lays the foundation for the new university and I mean obviously the university's gonna be here to stay," said Garcia.

"It's part of history and I want to be part of what our new university's gonna be like," said Mendez.

"In this part of Texas, there's not that many opportunities as opposed to other states or other parts of Texas and it's just good to see these types of things happening to the lower...to the Rio Grande Valley," said Torres.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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