The Paisano

Is your laptop a classroom distraction

September 10, 2012

  While many fields of study-such as computer science-require the use of computers, laptops in the classroom can be more of a distraction than the helpful tool they are designed to be. If not beneficial, they should not be allowed in classroom settings. The majority of times laptops, in class,...

Fighting repeated drunk driving offenders

April 23, 2012

Laws are getting tougher on drunk drivers. Just last year, Bexar County adopted the "No Refusal" policy, applicable for every day of the year. But with so many laws in place that punish drunk drivers, how is it that a man has been arrested 12 times for drunk driving as reported in the San Antonio ...

Childhood obesity to become a national security threat

April 9, 2012

Parents or guardians have the obligation to make healthful choices when it comes to exercise and diet in regards to their children. The enabling of childhood obesity should be considered and treated as child abuse. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the trend of childhood obe...

Unpaid internships add stress to students

April 2, 2012

Internships used to be an opportunity for students getting closer to graduation to gain experience in the profession of their choice. Most internships are unpaid, and an intern would be lucky if they found a company willing to do so. Today, internships have become more of a requirement, rather than a w...

Top 10 percent rule has a flaw in system

February 26, 2012

When Texas high school students are deciding to which colleges they should apply; the "Top 10 percent rule," or Texas House Bill 588 becomes a factor. The purpose of this law was to grant the top 10 percent of high school students automatic admission to state-funded universities. The top 10 percent l...

Saving our pennies by eliminating the penny

February 19, 2012

Today a penny is relatively worthless. It costs more money to make a penny than it is actually worth. President Obama recently asked congress to approve changing the material used to make a penny and a nickel to a less expensive material. The real proposal should be to rid the country of the penny a...

Not as ‘amazing’ as you think

February 12, 2012

Not as "amazing" as you think Let's set up a scenario. Two guys are standing on a road. In reality this scenario could take place anywhere and involve anyone, but for the sake of the scenario we will use two gentlemen, Bob and Jim. Bob and Jim are talking, about nothing particularly important, whe...

Does Obama ‘deserve’ a second term?

February 5, 2012

In a recent interview on ABC, President Barack Obama said, "I deserve a second term." While Obama's intended desire was to express his want for another term; he should not use the word "deserve." When Obama first took office in 2008, he said that if progress was not made within a year of taking offi...

Nazi methods used in American system

January 22, 2012

The shaking becomes unbearable as they are pulled into the room and with the first step inside the distinguishing smell of death and carbon monoxide hits their senses. The fear eventually becomes overwhelming causing them to urinate and defecate on themselves. The door closes to the small chamber only big enough t...

Romney is Republicans’ best bet for 2012

January 18, 2012

The dominoes have fallen, and it is safe to conclude that the 2012 Republican candidate will be Mitt Romney, or it should be. In addition to the polls being in favor of Romney, he is also the best chance the Republican party has for reaching the presidency and the safest choice. At the beginning of the rac...

You’re paying for it, might as well use it.

October 10, 2011

UTSA undergraduate students pay upwards $3,500 to $4,500 per semester to attend the university. One-fourth of that goes specifically to pay for classes, and the rest is used to pay for amenities. Those amenities include advising, library resources, the recreation center and transportation. All of which ca...

Justice? Murky facts leave many questions

September 26, 2011

After years of stays, appeals, protests and even a last minute review of the case by the U.S. Supreme Court, Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis on Sept. 21. The official time of death was 11:08 p.m. eastern time. Troy Davis was convicted of the 1989 murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, GA. During Davi...