The Paisano

Surrounded by Solitude: Japanese Tea Garden

Photo by John Hamilton

John Hamilton, Staff Writer

October 2, 2020

Journeying across the busy streets around Broadway and North St. Mary’s on a day that harbored cool winds and a comforting morning sun, I began my trip to Brackenridge with hopes of visiting the Japanese Tea Garden. Arriving at the park in the early morning hours meant seeing the sunrise held in each...

Cooking in the Time of COVID: Southern fried chicken

Wisdom Warner, UTSA Writing Program & Honors College Cooking and Writing Class

September 29, 2020

Welcome to Cooking in the Time of COVID! This column is produced by students in UTSA’s Writing Program and Honors College course Cook, Eat, Write, and Repeat. This column includes recipes, cultural and nutritional facts, and tips and tricks for cooking. Our recipes are ethnic and simple for college st...

Surrounded by Solitude: Landa Park

Photo by John Hamilton

John Hamilton, Staff Writer

September 25, 2020

Heading north on I-35 can bring with it many sights and attractions that embody their own character and charms. One place that offers a retreat from the rush of the interstate is a small network of parks that call New Braunfels home. With a fall feeling in the air, the lure of the Comal River’s hi...

Should you go see ‘Tenet’?

Illustration by Max Aguirre

Jansen Bean, Staff Writer

September 22, 2020

It felt odd walking into a movie theater for the first time since February. There were no lines, no crowds and a little voice in the back of my head warning me to avoid the snacks and just watch the movie with my mask on and my hands out of my face. Besides my brother and me, there were only about s...

Surrounded by Solitude: Guadalupe River State Park

Photo by John Hamilton

John Hamilton, Staff Writer

September 18, 2020

As drivers make their way down I-10's winding side roads en route to Spring Branch, they find themselves submerged in the spirit of the Hill Country. The route is densely populated by mesquites, cedars and cast iron fences. Horses and cattle graze in green pastures, undisturbed by the sounds of passing c...

Roadrunner Films: ‘Glory’

Illustration by Max Aguirre

Santiago Elizondo, Contributing Writer

September 18, 2020

“Glory” is a historical war film about the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, the second African regiment in the Union Army during the Civil War. The film stars Matthew Broderick as Colonel Robert Gould Shaw and Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Andre Braugher and Jihmi Kennedy as fictional ...

Between the Lines: An anti-racist reading list

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer

September 16, 2020

1.“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates appeared in 2015 during a pivotal moment for the Black Lives Matter movement. In 163 pages, Coates writes to his teenage son in the form of a letter, a mesh of autobiography, political commentary...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Anonymous

September 15, 2020

hearts beating   hearts beating fast  while hands were shaking awkward jokes and poking fun in attempt to stall it was almost time; you feared my answer as you breathed in courage, it came out “will you be my girlfriend”  hearts beating fast  not in fear but bec...

Between the Lines: ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ by Eddo-Lodge

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer

September 11, 2020

Reni Eddo-Lodge gave fuel to an international conversation when in 2014 she published a blog post titled “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race.” The post erupted on the internet and was eventually lengthened into a book with the same title. The response to her blog post proved that pe...

Surrounded by Solitude: Espada Park

Photo by John Hamilton

John Hamilton, Staff Writer

September 11, 2020

After a group outing was washed out by a deluge in the hills near Medina Lake Park on Saturday, a quick solo trip through the heart of downtown more than made up for any missed time on the water. Sunday’s travels began with a plan for Padre Park, a beautiful piece of wilderness amid an urban settin...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Ashley Ridoutt, Contributing Writer

September 8, 2020

As a former, attention-seeking, young girl, I learned that intelligence induces a gold star, Impressive physical feats are followed with an ice cream swirl, And helping others prompted a prize from the cookie jar.   However, I optimistically predicted that it would all end in a standing ...

James Baldwin’s ‘The Fire Next Time’ is a guide for the Black Lives Matter movement

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer

September 4, 2020

Reading James Baldwin is always a good idea, but lately, his words have proved to be a lifeline for a new era. He emerged as a writer from Harlem: a voice for the people, a chronicler of the wreck that was the 1960s. In recent years, his voice has resurfaced as a narrator for the civil rights effort tha...