The Paisano

Protests collide near Sombrilla

A UTSAPD officer separated a demonstrator from the crowd. This event takes place near the Sombrilla.

Josh Peck, News Editor

February 19, 2020

Opposing demonstrations clashed near the Sombrilla, resulting in a physical altercation and the involvement of UTSAPD officers on Feb 17. One of the demonstrations was organized by Red Star Magazine, a self-proclaimed “anti-government, anti-police, anti-fascist online magazine.” Its demonstration was ce...

Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall designated freshmen-only in Fall 2020

The university designated all non-freshmen to Laurel Village starting Fall 2020. Tammy Wyatt hopes that
clustering students in this way will increase student retention.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

February 11, 2020

Starting in Fall 2020, UTSA will change the way it houses its students who live on campus. The university informed students on Jan. 23, via email, that Alvarez Hall and Chaparral Village will become freshman-only dorms, while non-freshmen students will live in Laurel Village or be referred to other hous...

Dr. Martin Camacho, Dr.Kathaleen Amende continue COLFA dean candidate forums

Dr. Martin Camacho, Dr.Kathaleen Amende continue COLFA dean candidate forums

Xavier Richardson, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 11, 2020

The open forums for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts dean finalist candidates continued with Dr. Martin Camacho on Feb. 3 and Dr. Kathaleen Amende on Feb. 5. Camacho, dean of the College of Fine Arts at Midwestern State University, opened the forum by acknowledging his limited experience with UTSA and...

New administrative position to increase faculty diversity

Graphic by Paola Esquivel/ Source: UTSA Institutional Research Dashboard Graphic by Paola Esquivel/ Source: UTSA Institutional Research Dashboard

Josh Peck, News Editor

February 11, 2020

UTSA is undergoing an internal search for a faculty member to fill the newly created administrative position, the associate vice provost for faculty diversity and inclusion, which will focus on hiring and maintaining a diverse faculty. This position is oriented toward President Taylor Eighmy’s goal ...

Former NASA JPL director visits UTSA

Firouz Naderi described his involvment in previous Mars missions. The next mission is set to launch in Summer 2020.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

February 11, 2020

Dr. Firouz Naderi, former director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), visited UTSA and spoke about past and future Mars missions on Feb. 7. Naderi worked in NASA’s JPL for 36 years, and before he stepped down four years ago, he was the director of solar system exploration. Naderi began his pre...

Early voting for primaries begins Feb. 18 on Main Campus

Early voting for primaries begins Feb. 18 on Main Campus

Ben Shirani, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

UTSA students can participate in early voting for the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries on UTSA’s Main Campus in the Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102) from Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 28. UTSA students can also vote for their party’s presidential candidate at the same l...

SGA election commission assumes role of empty judicial branch

SGA election commission assumes role of empty judicial branch

Josh Peck, News Editor

February 4, 2020

The Student Government Association (SGA) voted on Jan. 30 to create a temporary new election commission in order to promote SGA elections and to increase voter turnout. This commission will temporarily replace the SGA judicial branch, which previously had the responsibility of promoting elections. S...

COLFA dean candidate open forums continue with Dr. Jason Yaeger

COLFA dean candidate open forums continue with Dr. Jason Yaeger

Xavier Richardson, Assistant Opinion Editor

February 4, 2020

Open forums for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts (COLFA) dean finalist candidates continued on Jan. 27. Dr. Jason Yaeger, associate dean of COLFA graduate studies and professor of anthropology at UTSA, spoke about how his current role and past experiences at UTSA would make him a good fit for the d...

Researchers promote Latinx participation in STEM field

Dr. Timothy Yuen received an NSF grant to train
Latinx SAISD educators to teach computer science.
Yuen seeks to diversify Latinx participation in STEM. Photo courtesy of Courtney Clevenger.

Josh Peck, News Editor

February 4, 2020

A group of UTSA researchers has partnered with the San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) to diversify the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field starting at the high school level by training Latinx educators to become computer science teachers. Dr. Timothy Yuen, associate profess...

2020 census push to increase federal funding

UTSA encouraged students to get involved in the 2020 census at an event
on Jan. 23. Census results influence the amount of federal funds disttributed
to states and localities.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

February 4, 2020

UTSA held a 2020 Census Kickoff event on Jan. 23, which informed students about what the census is and encouraged them to count themselves under their UTSA community address. “It’s important for UTSA students to be counted where they live in school rather than where the rest of their family may li...

Byron Frohnen breaks UTSA career records

Byron Frohnen shot a layup in a game against the University of Alabama
at Birmingham Blazers. Frohnen plays power forward for the UTSA men’s
basketball team.

Julia Maenius, Assistant sports editor

February 4, 2020

Senior forward Byron Frohnen has made UTSA basketball history by breaking two school records in back-to-back games. Frohnen now holds the record for career starts with 123 consecutive starts and the all-time rebounding record with 845 career boards. “Breaking a record is pretty cool,” Frohnen said...

UTSA expands Downtown Campus

UTSA expands Downtown Campus

Josh Peck, News Editor

January 28, 2020

Following the University of Texas System Board of Regents’ approval of a 4.601-acre land purchase for UTSA in downtown San Antonio in November 2019, UTSA is also considering approving a land transfer nearby at 218 S Laredo. That land was being used by GEO Group, a for-profit prison operator, for decades u...