The Paisano

Album of the week: ‘Texas Sun’ by Khruangbin and Leon Bridges

Adrianne Kristianto, Social Media Coordinator

May 6, 2020

Just a couple of weeks before we welcomed 2020, the Houston trio Khruangbin announced a collaboration with Forth Worth-based soul artist Leon Bridges. Though both headlined a 2018 North American tour together, heading into the studio with Khruangbin wasn’t on Bridges’ itinerary — until last year. ...

5 movies to stream on Netflix right now

Photo by Alex Hanks

Jansen Bean, Staff Writer

April 28, 2020

By now, just about everyone’s figured out their personal favorite way of passing the time during these long weeks of quarantine. For some, it’s reading, and for others, it’s TikTok, but without streaming services like Netflix, I’m afraid most of us would have given up by now. Below are five of th...

Q&A with STEM majors dealing with virtual learning

Illustration Robyn Castro

Sofia Garcia, Arts and Life Editor

April 28, 2020

We have seen COVID-19 take over the fast-paced daily lives of UTSA students by forcing all face-to-face classes to move exclusively online. All students depend on face-to-face classes to grasp many ideas and concepts within subjects, and it has been a major adjustment for all. Students in science, tec...

Escaping to New Horizons during the pandemic

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Ana Cecilia Martinez, Copyediting Coordinator

April 26, 2020

While the world has been in quarantine, most individuals have, hopefully, been stuck at home, wondering what to do with the excessive amount of time they now have. That is, those who do not own Animal Crossing: New Horizons are the ones plagued with too much time on their hands. Released at the begin...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Leslie Hicks, UTSA History Professor and Paisano Alumna

April 23, 2020

SAN ANTONIO Dear Dad – Thank you for teaching us how to live through Coronavirus / COVID-19 in 2020. You did not know in the 1970s that you were instructing us, oblivious Baby Boomers that we were. Some examples: You made us re-use plastic wrap and foil, delicately rinsing the uncooperative...

Between the Lines: ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s manifesto, “We Should All Be Feminists,” struck such a chord that, in 2015, Sweden distributed a copy to every 16-year-old to facilitate feminist dialogue within the youth of the country. Published and circulated among third- (or fourth-) wave feminism, “We Should A...

Remembering Beychella’s celebration of black culture

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

April 21, 2020

Beyoncé’s 2018 Coachella performance was a cultural reset in terms of magnitude and reach. Her two-hour performance is regarded by fans and critics alike as the best performance of her career and one of the best performances of all time. Now known as “Beychella,” the performance hosted around 500,0...

Paisano Poets

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Geoffrey Okolo, Staff Writer

April 20, 2020

i miss the commutes  the aged buildings,  the daily dance between pedestrians and vehicles because the cobblestone  did not demarcate the street  from the sidewalk. as i passed numerous shops with uncommon operating hours  i made mental notes of places that caught my eye.  reams of mental notes ...

Taking losses and giving back: small businesses during COVID-19

Photo by Ethan Gullett

Christina Troy, Copyediting Coordinator

April 20, 2020

Small businesses across San Antonio have fallen victim to the coronavirus outbreak and seen unprecedented decreases in sales. In an attempt to flatten the curve, Mayor Ron Nirenburg issued a Stay Home, Work Safe order, forcing all non-essential businesses to close. This has caused emotional and financ...

Film Review: ‘Taxi Driver’

Illustration by Robyn Castro

Jansen Bean, Staff Writer

April 18, 2020

*Mild spoilers for “Taxi Driver”* Travis Bickle stares through the tinted window of his taxi. The gentle rain splatters down onto the glass, blurring the neon lights of the New York City nightlife. All the animals come out at night, he thinks. Someday, a real rain will come and wash all this scum o...

Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival canceled

Photo by Rudy Sanchez

Sofia Garcia, Arts and Life Editor

April 18, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the board and staff leadership of the Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival has canceled the 13th annual festival scheduled for Nov. 14. Luminaria is a non-profit arts organization that supports the San Antonio arts community by putting on the festival each year. The Board of...

How arts majors at UTSA are being affected by COVID-19

Illustration by Robyn Castro

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

As many are aware, UTSA has suspended face-to-face classes for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester due to COVID-19. The university issued several emails informing students of the new reality; however, it left some arts majors feeling frustrated and unaccommodated by the university. Arts majors...