The Paisano

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...

Maybe we should think in terms of introspection, not isolation

Maybe we should think in terms of introspection, not isolation

​Mary McNaughton-Cassill, Ph.D

April 8, 2020

​Like people all over the world, I now have experience with “voluntary self-isolation” because of the coronavirus. In January, I traveled to Italy with a group of college students only to return home abruptly due to the viral outbreak. Instead of spending spring break in Europe, we made a 26-h...

Tik Tok will never be Vine, thankfully

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Analisa Sulaica, Staff Writer

April 5, 2020

In all honesty, I spend at least three hours on TikTok per day. Is this excessive? Probably. Am I embarrassed? Only slightly. However, I know I am not alone in traveling down the rabbit hole that is the For You page, especially as many of us are currently practicing social distancing. During this time, T...

Dear Texas Republicans, now is not the time.

Dear Texas Republicans, now is not the time.

Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities and local governments are taking various measures to reduce strain on health care providers. Texas Governor Greg Abbott had already ordered health care facilities to postpone any procedures deemed not medically necessary, and on Monday, Texas Attorney G...

Pandemic at the polls

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Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

Most voters know what it can be like to go to the polls on election day: long lines, long waits and uncomfortably close proximity to other voters while waiting. This in itself hinders voter turnout and is a sign that many states need to be better prepared for election days. With the current pandemic...

5 tips to succeed in online classes

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Alex Hanks, Opinion Editor

March 25, 2020

Have a designated work area. Many of you had your residency uprooted and were forced to move back in with family at a moment's notice. The area where you spent most of your time studying has ceased to exist, and you will now be doing 100% of your coursework in a different setting. If you a...

The working class deserves a living wage now more than ever

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Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

March 23, 2020

Since 2007, the federal minimum wage has been stagnant at $7.25 per hour. Since then, minimum wage has lagged while cost of living has steadily increased. Essentials like food, education, medical care and homes have become more expensive. For example, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the avera...

What we fail to consider when petitioning for pass/fail

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Xavier Richardson, Staff Writer

March 21, 2020

The recent shift to online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic left many students frustrated. These frustrations have manifested into a change.org petition titled “Make UTSA pass/fail Spring 2020,” which has been signed electronically by 3,200 people ...

Paid sick leave: the time is now

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Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

March 21, 2020

If San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave (SSL) law had not been blocked by a lawsuit from a collection of small business owners, San Antonio workers could have begun accruing paid sick time on Dec. 1, 2019. Anyone working 40 hours per week in the city could have collected 21 hours of paid sick time by March ...

Does discord sow civil war?

Does discord sow civil war?

Joseph Hernandez, Contributing Writer

March 4, 2020

“Do you think there’s going to be a civil war?” Ian asked me. We were standing outside Cowboys Dance Hall, the site of the Bernie Sanders rally I had just attended. Ian wasn’t a Bernie fan, though. He was here for a counter-rally being held outside Cowboys by anti-socialist conservatives,...

We are no great nation

We are no great nation

Ben Shirani, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

Elizabeth Warren hosted a town hall Thursday at San Antonio’s historic Sunset Station. She was noticeably tired, evidence that her grueling schedule of eight campaign stops across seven states and performances in three national debates during February alone has taken a toll. However, Warren’s stumping...

Reach all, teach all

Reach all, teach all

Ryan Houston-Dial, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 3, 2020

An environment that isn’t reflective of your ethnicity and gender can be unsettling. As an African American male studying psychology, I questioned if the fit of the major was correct midway through my college career since I was typically the only African American male in my upper-division courses....