The Paisano

Editorial: Ban on tobacco should go up in smoke

April 9, 2013

UTSA’s smoking policy is slated for change. The University recently moved forward in supporting a tobacco-free and smoke-free campus.The proposed policy explains beginning June 1, 2013 smokers will be allowed only on surface parking lots excluding, Ximenes Avenue lot, Ford Avenue lot, Laurel Villa...

Editorial: It’s time for San Antonio to adopt reusable shopping bags

April 2, 2013

It has been a month since the city of Austin first began regulating the use of plastic bags. The Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance controls the types of bags that can be distributed at local establishments, such as grocery and convenient stores. The new ordinance encourages the use of reusable bags. As...

Editorial: Boy Scouts should adapt to the times, lift ban on homosexuals

March 26, 2013

Rick Perry is no stranger to controversy, so it should come as no surprise that the Texas Governor wouldn’t miss the opportunity to take an unpopular stance on an issue that falls well outside his jurisdiction.Last week, on Glenn Beck’s radio program, the former Eagle Scout stated that he hopes th...

Editorial: Students need to vote in order to be represented

March 5, 2013

Every semester, a portion of student fees are allotted to fund the UTSA Student Government Association (SGA), an organization that serves as the official advocate and voice of the student body. In the 2011-12 school year, this allotment of student fees culminated in an SGA budget of over $47,000 in orde...

Editorial: If we can come together to ‘harlem shake,’ why not for other events

February 26, 2013

UTSA’s “Harlem Shake (UTSA Romo Edition)” has received over 500,000 hits since the video was uploaded to YouTube two weeks ago.UTSA’s incarnation of the internet sensation was an achievement of both student participation and social media. The logistical amassing of hundreds of students (not to menti...

Editorial: Who shows up to class?

February 22, 2013

The fact that a student is enrolled in college-level courses concedes that they recognize the value of a degree. On the first day, many students walk into their class and immediately size up the professor’s expectations. Students gauge the standard of effort by asking many questions: How many exams...

Editorial: UTSA should continue to collect public art

February 19, 2013

Across the nation, one percent of construction costs are set aside for public art. Many cities and states in the U.S., including San Antonio, have a percent allocated for art programs.Section 35-650 of San Antonio’s Unified Development Code, Article VI, Division 5 states that “city capital improv...

Editorial: Clear boundaries to consensual relationships

February 12, 2013

On Feb. 1, 2013 UT Athletic Director DeLoss Dodds issued a statement confirming Texas’ co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite’s engagement in an “inappropriate, consensual sexual behavior with an adult student.”The news follows a similar incident involving the resignation of Beverly Kearney, ...

Editorial: The rise of microbreweries in San Antonio

February 5, 2013

Branchline Brewing Company is the newest microbrewery to open in San Antonio, Texas while some are excited about the new change, others are being left with a bitter taste.Branchline, formerly known as Old Boxcar Brewing Company, joins Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling as the second microbrewery in...

Editorial: UTSA moving comencement ceremony

January 29, 2013

On May 13, 2012, graduating UTSA students will walk across the stage at the Alamodome. The decision to move the ceremony to a new, larger location is a visible example of just how quickly the university is growing.While there are disadvantages to the move to the new location, holding the commencement ...

Editorial: A solution to cut down on the high number of drunk-driving fatalities in Texas

January 15, 2013

Over the holiday season, San Antonio Police Department made 274 DWI arrests.In 2010, Texas was ranked highest in people killed involving a drunken driver, placing the state above California by almost 500 fatalities with 1,259 deaths.College students are going to drink—instead of chastising drinking,...

The Future of College: online collaboration between universities

October 29, 2012

   On Oct. 15, the UT System Board of Regents approved a $5 million investment in edX, an open-source online educational platform established by MIT and Harvard. EdX is just one of many online platforms, often called Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), altering the way people of all ages around the...