The Paisano

COVID-19: How I turned the pandemic into something positive

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Ryan Houston-Dial, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 20, 2020

I sat in my room on a dreadful Monday afternoon staring at my roof. I overheard on my TV that COVID-19 was spreading quickly throughout the U.S. It was only a matter of time before it reached my hometown of Austin, Texas. I looked outside my window to watch the rain build up and flow down my neighborhoo...

Simping: The subtle art of misogyny

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Joseph Torres, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

​Have you seen the term “simp” being used lately? I have, and I had no idea what it meant until a quick search online enlightened me with the latest Gen-Z lingo. “Simp” is actually an acronym I don’t find very pleasant. According to Men’s Health, it stands for “Sucker Idealizing Medioc...

Tara Reade’s testimony: The media’s silence is saying something

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Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

About a month ago, sexual assault allegations came out against projected Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and there has been practically no news coverage on the matter. A woman named Tara Reade came forward with sexual assault allegations against the former vice president, alleging he sexually...

COVID-19 and racial disparities: It’s all by design

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Daniel Ysmael Dominguez, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

Once again, the U.S. government has failed the communities that are most vulnerable. While the overall handling of COVID-19 has been poor, the federal government has mostly forgotten about the Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, African Americans and other racial minorities that have suffered the most throughout...

Billionaires belong under a microscope

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Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Kylie Jenner have been criticized for their donation amounts to foundations and charities, which sparks controversial debates on social media. On one side of the argument, many find fault with critiquing billionaires’ donations. Some feel it’s wrong...

Hillary Clinton could be Biden’s ‘Dick Cheney’

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Taylor Edwards, Contributing Writer

April 24, 2020

As of April 8, Bernie Sanders is officially out of the presidential race, and the path to power for Joe Biden has never been more clear. Only two things exist that can prevent a future President Biden: Donald Trump and Joe Biden himself. Goof after gaff, Biden tends to stumble through speeches and de...

The power online conformity has over us

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Adrianne Kristianto, Social Media Coordinator

April 17, 2020

In 1815, German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote an essay titled “Thinking for Oneself” in which he essentially explored the polarity between the practice of self-thinking and adherence to social knowledge. He asserted that reading is a replacement for thoughts because the work of thinking is...

Why isn’t the EPA being enforced?

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Jansen Bean, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

On March 26, the Environmental Protection Agency announced it would be relaxing a large number of environmental rules governing the reporting of air pollution by U.S. companies and businesses. This was done in response to numerous businesses requesting some form of relief in light of the current COVID-1...

COVID-19: San Antonio should be bracing for the worst

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Daniel Ysmael Dominguez, Contributing Writer

April 13, 2020

I work at a coffee shop in the medical center in which the majority of my customers are first responders in nearby hospitals.  Those who are awake enough before their morning dose of coffee often speak about the day as something foreboding, like the drizzle before the downpour: “It is steady, but...

UTSA COLFA matters, but our campus budget says otherwise

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Blue Flores, Contributing Writer

April 13, 2020

A recent student report mentioned that a ceiling tile fell during a lecture in her class in the McKinney Humanities Building. The building, which houses most of the academic classes for the College of Liberal and Fine Arts, was built in 1974 and has not undergone a large-scale renovation since.  Students...

American society lacks empathy

Illustration by Ana Lorant

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

April 10, 2020

While countries like Italy and China have been on lockdown for the past couple of weeks, American spring breakers were crowding bars and beaches, blissfully enjoying their vacation as people across the world were fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Many American citizens have been continuously ignoring caut...

Thank you, Bernie

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Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

April 8, 2020

We are all feeling a lot of emotions right now. Among a pandemic, the primary and all the other bad things that were already happening, it is easy and valid to feel hopeless. When I learned that Bernie suspended campaigning, my heart sank. A lot of people’s did. He gave a lot of people, especially you...