The Paisano

The Tracy Rule: a great first step with an Achilles’ heel

Illustration by Amber Chan

Editorial Board

October 2, 2019

Effective this fall, the Tracy Rule holds all UTSA student athletes accountable for their actions. The Tracy Rule form consists of seven yes or no questions regarding the athlete’s criminal history and convictions of Serious Misconduct (any act of rape, sexual assault, sexual violence, dating violence,...

SGA has two options: reform or be abolished

SGA has two options: reform or be abolished

Liam Quesada

October 2, 2019

I've been organizing on campus long enough to butt heads with the Student Government Association (SGA) on multiple occasions. Many students have been able to get on with their lives as if it doesn't exist, but I've had the pleasure of gaining multiple perspectives on SGA’s ability to function, or lack...

Professors lead stargazing experience

Professors lead stargazing experience

Amber Navarrete Gonzalez

October 2, 2019

During the spring and fall semesters, the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy will host free stargazing experiences. The event will take place on the first and third Friday of every month at the Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory, which is located on the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. All...

UTSA offers new Master of Science programs

UTSA offers new Master of Science programs

Julia Maenius

October 2, 2019

Beginning Spring 2020, the College of Business and the College of Engineering will be offering a new master’s program to students. Collaborating on this new program, the two colleges will be offering a joint Master of Science program in Biomedical Technology Commercialization. “This degree...

The only solution, is a communist revolution’

Students protest at Sombrilla Plaza. Photo by Cheyenne Morton

Joseph Torres

October 2, 2019

“Climate change is not a lie, do not let our planet die,” was one of the chants heard in the Sombrilla Plaza on UTSA’s Main Campus Sept. 25. Red Star Magazine, a leftist digital publication, organized a climate strike in support of Climate Week 2019. Student protestors stood in front of the So...

Student government to hold special election

Student government votes in Clara Akwarandu as fourth justice. Photo by Rudy Sanchez

Heather Montoya

October 2, 2019

Student Government Association (SGA) Secretary Megan Holloway tendered her resignation on Sept. 26. Registration for the vacancy of student body secretary is now open for students. The filing process for candidates opened at 11:59 p.m. Sept. 26, and will remain open until 5:00 p.m. Oct. 3. Voting for...

Student government justices seek improvement

Student government justices seek improvement

Heather Montoya

October 2, 2019

UTSA voter turnout for the recent Student Government Association (SGA) elections and the SGA budget approval has led SGA’s judicial branch to charge itself with the inherited goals of revising their constitution, formulating a way to increase voter turnout and developing a process to help new justices...

2018 UTSA crime statistics

Graphic by Paola Esquivel

Joseph Torres

October 2, 2019

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates UTSA to release a report disclosing security information and criminal statistics annually. The Department of Public Safety at UTSA released the 2019 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report in...

Bike repair shop grand opening

Harry Bradshaw cuts ribbon for grand opening. Photo by Breahna Luera

Breahna Luera

October 2, 2019

The Tito Bradshaw Bike Repair Shop opened on Ximenes Avenue on Sept. 21. The Bike Repair Shop will be a part of the new Paseo Verde, a pedestrian-only, bike-friendly space on campus that was proposed in President Taylor Eighmy’s Master Plan. The UTSA Office of Sustainability launched the Bike Rep...

Zero tolerance for athletes

Graphic by Lindsey Thomas

Heather Montoya

September 24, 2019

UTSA is the first college in the nation to implement a zero-tolerance policy for sexual assault and misconduct for athletes. On Sept. 17, UTSA announced the implementation of the Tracy Rule, a policy now in effect that attaches a student-athlete’s eligibility to their behavior. “I think it speaks...

UTSA celebrates 5 years tobacco free

UTSA celebrates 5 years tobacco free

Jewel Uzquiano

September 24, 2019

UTSA is celebrating 5 years of being a tobacco-free campus. The process began with an initiative by the UT system for a tobacco-free policy that went into effect at UTSA in 2014. This ended the previous policy at UTSA: Smoking and tobacco were only allowed on surface parking areas. “This policy...

Senate Bill 25 affects Texas students

Senate Bill 25 affects Texas students

Mina Alaniz

September 24, 2019

Senate Bill 25, a state legislative act, was passed on June 14. The bill aims to make transferring credits from junior colleges to public higher education institutions easier in order to facilitate academic progress and timely graduation of undergraduate students. “In practice, semester credit hours...