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Anonymous attackers infiltrate Black Student Union meeting with racial slurs and racist music

The executive board of the Black Student Union at the Eilan.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 25, 2020

Members of the Black Student Union (BSU), a student organization whose mission is to build connections among students of the Black diaspora, were inundated with racial slurs and racist music during a general meeting for the organization on Sept. 22.  The BSU was holding its second general meeting of the semester w...

Local philanthropist donates $3 million to UTSA for new Career Advancement Center

The Sombrilla Fountain in front of the JPL. Harvey E. Najim's donation will enable UTSA to further support students in finding career opportunities.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 22, 2020

Harvey E. Najim, a local philanthropist and entrepreneur, has donated $3 million to UTSA to launch the Harvey E. Najim Innovation and Career Advancement Center. The Career Advancement Center will focus on connecting students to career opportunities and is part of UTSA’s Classroom to Career initiative....

Student Government Association allocates $9,000 to support Roadrunner Pantry

A sign in front of the Roadrunner Pantry describes how students can utilize the food pantry. The Student Government Association's $9,000 allocation will allow them to buy items to donate to the pantry in the coming months.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 18, 2020

In their latest general assembly, The Student Government Association (SGA) allocated $9,000 of their nearly $50,000 annual budget to supporting the Roadrunner Pantry. The funds will be used to purchase and donate items to the food pantry throughout the semester.  The $9,000 allocation represents 19% of SGA...

UTSA begins Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations

UTSA begins Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations

Breahna Luera, News Editor

September 18, 2020

UTSA has begun its celebration of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration will be from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and will include events such as racial justice book clubs, a university relations speaker series and a symposium on the effects of COVID-19 on the Texas Latino population. The th...

Over 1,500 COVID-19 tests administered on campus, only seven students test positive

Students walk through campus wearing face coverings. UTSA has made wearing face coverings mandatory in all buildings and outside where social distancing cannot be achieved.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 18, 2020

As of Sept. 14, 1,548 COVID-19 tests have been administered on campus by Student Health Services and other UTSA health partners. Approximately 2,300 students are currently living in on-campus housing, and only seven students have reported positive tests as of Sept. 17. Testing has sharply increased since the firs...

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program Launches in Student Housing

A sign in the Student Union tells university community members to wear face coverings. The signage is part of UTSA's

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 15, 2020

UTSA launched a new COVID-19 surveillance testing program on Sept. 14 for asymptomatic students living in on-campus housing. Participation in the program is voluntary, and the tests will come at no cost to students who are selected and choose to participate. The surveillance testing program is aimed at...

Eighmy says Spring 2021 classes will be ‘mostly online’ in new email sent to UTSA community

President Taylor Eighmy (center) talking to Diego Bernal (left) and Senator Jose Menendez (right) at a UTSA event. Eighmy sent out an email with updates on the Spring 2021 semester and Fall 2020 commencement on Sept. 8.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

September 11, 2020

President Taylor Eighmy sent an email to UTSA students, faculty and staff with a number of new campus updates on Sept. 8., including information about what the Spring 2021 semester will look like.  “At this point we expect that modalities for our spring courses and campus operations will look ve...

UTSA launches COVID-19 dashboard to track cases and on-campus isolation and quarantine

A sign asking students to social distance in the John Peace Library. There have been five reported cases of COVID-19 among students that have an impact to campus life.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 11, 2020

UTSA recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to provide the number of positive COVID-19 cases among students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with the university that have a direct campus impact, as well as the number of students in on-campus isolation. There are six total reported cases as of Sept...

UTSA does not commit to offering housing refunds if students are forced to leave campus

Chaparral Village is one of three UTSA-owned dormitories on campus. UTSA has not committed to giving students a pro-rated housing refund if the university forces them to leave on-campus housing.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 4, 2020

At this time, UTSA will not commit to offering prorated housing refunds for students in the event that the university forces students to leave on-campus housing, according to a UTSA spokesperson. UTSA-owned campus housing currently holds 1,027 students.  “Our decision would be based on the circu...

No positive COVID-19 tests on campus in first week, but only four tests administered

The COVID-19 testing center is in the Paseo. Four students were tested for COVID-19 in the first week of the semester, and none have come back positive yet.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 1, 2020

Only four UTSA students have been tested for COVID-19 through Student Health Services (SHS) since testing began this fall, two testing negative and the other two with pending results.   According to data collected by The New York Times, UTSA has had three total COVID-19 cases since the start of...

Two students die from COVID-19

Two students die from COVID-19

Breahna Luera, News Editor

September 1, 2020

Two UTSA Roadrunners, Raymond Shappa and Rudy Stephen Valenzuela, died, aged 50 and 32 years old respectively, this summer after contracting COVID-19. Shappa, an information systems major, died on Aug. 13. Valenzuela, who was supposed to attend his first semester at UTSA as an economics major this seme...

UTSA welcomes over 71 new faculty members after having to release 69 from their service this fall due to COVID-caused budget cuts

The rowdy statue in the Sombrilla is wearing a mask. UTSA announced that they were eliminating 243 staff and 69 faculty positions for fiscal year 2020 due to budget cuts caused by COVID-19

Breahna Luera, News Editor

August 28, 2020

A recent UTSA Today article announced UTSA’s addition of over 70 new faculty members — 68 tenure/tenure-track (TTT) and 3 non-tenure track (NTT) — to seven of its colleges for the Fall 2020 semester. This comes just short of two months after UTSA’s announcement of their fiscal year 2021 (FY202...