The Paisano

Primary problems: a better site for UTSA’s reputation

February 4, 2014

On Feb. 18, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will visit UTSA’s campus for the first time. The controversial politician — whom some suspect has his eyes on the White House — will likely discuss a school voucher program and may also address the role of government (or lack thereof) in higher education. ...

All A’s not created equal

January 28, 2014

When UTSA opened its doors to students in the early 1970s, getting an A in class was a rare occurrence, and only the most outstanding students received the highest marks. Now, surveys of colleges around the country suggest that over 40 percent of the grades awarded to college students are A’s, whil...

Downtown Streetcars keeping UTSA on track for growth

January 21, 2014

While the neighborhoods surrounding UTSA’s Main Campus have begun evolving into a community built on college culture and student life, its downtown campus is much more intertwined with the economic fabric of San Antonio and presents the most efficient way for UTSA to become a part of that culture ...

Water from the Sombrilla fountain clouding the real issues

January 14, 2014

For the first time since 2011, the fountain in the Sombrilla is flowing, and students are taking notice. In a recent interview with the Paisano, City Councilman Ron Nirenberg highlighted what many college students fail to recognize: taken as a whole, young people simply don’t care about the ...

Editorial: Food fight between residents and supermarket chain leaves locals splattered

December 3, 2013

In a debate that has manifested in a matter of months, supermarket giant H-E-B is in negotiations to build a grocery store in the historic King William district. Residents opposed to the new addition contend that the popular retail store will inevitably lead to the gentrification of the area. The...

Editorial: An “A” can only get you so far

November 19, 2013

Last month, for the third consecutive year, UTSA was awarded an “A” ranking by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) for its core curriculum. This recognition is awarded to schools that require students to take classes in a wide variety of subject areas, such as math, composition...

Editorial: The Alamo City is more than ready for a plastic bag ban

November 12, 2013

On Nov. 12 San Antonio City Council member Cris Medina will go public with a plastic bag ban proposal. This ban will likely be similar to Austin’s ban, which prohibits single-use plastic bags found in most grocery and convenience stores. San Antonio spends over $1 million a year on cleaning ...

Editorial: The ultimate unpaid internship

November 5, 2013

If you believe student-athletes are not being properly compensated for playing sports you have never gone to college. This debate has grown in the last decade from a few complaints and suggestions, to a philosophical argument that has grown legs and is threatening to run away. But the simple fact remains ...

Editorial: Higher education is not one size fits all

October 29, 2013

The Texas Tribune published an article last week regarding an approaching deadline for a Texas higher education plan that was enacted in 2000. The plan, titled Closing the Gaps (CTG), set out to make Texas a national competitor in higher education, thus ensuring the future economic success of its...

Editorial: Board of Regents should let UTSA move on without CAP

October 22, 2013

When the Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP) began in 2001 UTSA’s admission rate was essentially 100 percent, fewer than 20,000 students were enrolled here and we were without a football team, a Rec Center or an identity. Now, as UTSA continues its push for Tier One status, it is becoming incre...

Board of Regents should let UTSA move on without CAP

October 22, 2013

When the Coordinated Admissions Program (CAP) began in 2001 UTSA’s admission rate was essentially 100 percent, fewer than 20,000 students were enrolled here and we were without a football team, a Rec Center or an identity. Now, as UTSA continues its push for Tier One status, it is becoming incre...

Editorial San Antonio is a long way from “College Town” status

October 15, 2013

A few weeks ago, the San Antonio Express-News published an article proclaiming that San Antonio is “a ‘college town’ without the name.” Citing the city’s high number of students enrolled in college — plus San Antonio’s low unemployment, high entrepreneurship and the large number of co...