The Paisano

Football could open up San Antonio to students

August 29, 2011

Saturday, Sept. 3, UTSA Roadrunners will play their inaugural football game at the Alamodome, the venue for the entire season. The location of the game has been an interesting point of conversation: some think it's great; others think that it won't help foster the sense of unity that UTSA so desperate...

Perry’s quick ascent raises many questions for voters

August 23, 2011

It's shocking how quickly Governor Rick Perry has risen in the polls and in the eyes of the public. It's also shocking that his candidacy follows closely on the heels of a prayer rally said to be free of any political motivation a couple of weeks ago one would never believe that a prayer rally cou...

The more you know…

June 13, 2011

The start of a college career can be a daunting time. There are decisions to be made, classes to take and plenty of other responsibilities that can make these challenges overwhelming. The best way to conquer this feeling is to be informed. If you don't understand the material that is being taught in cl...

Match.com makes flawed attempt to screen users

April 19, 2011

Match.com, a popular dating site, announced last Sunday that it plans to begin screening users against the national sex offender registry. This change in policy comes in reaction to a pending lawsuit filed by a woman who alleges that she was assaulted by a man she met through the site. Match.com p...

Amendment complicates budget woes

April 11, 2011

Public colleges and universities in Texas with LGBT resource centers may have to spend an equal amount of money on centers promoting "family and traditional values," under a budget amendment approved by the House on April 1. The amendment from State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, passed by a vote o...

The loss of libraries means the loss of knowledge

March 29, 2011

The proposed Texas budget will eliminate state funding for libraries, cutting key programs at academic libraries, public schools and public libraries. The budget's first draft calls for a complete withdrawal of state funds for the TexShare program, which provides college students with access to tho...

SGA slow to react to controversial legislation

March 8, 2011

As UTSA continues to strive for national recognition, some campus entities remain behind the curve, namely the Student Government Association (SGA). In this past week's meeting, SGA made it clear that they intended to discuss the issue of guns on campus - then they didn't. When the issue of the gun legi...

Reducing drinking age may alleviate pressure on budget and crime

February 28, 2011

Underage drinking and drug use seem to be major issues on campus. According to UTSAPD, in February (as of 2/25/11) there have been 31 minor in possession or consumption violations, 14 possessions of marijuana or drug paraphernalia violations, four DUI alcohol by a minor violations and two DWI violation...

Political guilt trip is not the right way to address abortion

February 23, 2011

Senate Bill 16 (SB 16), dubbed as the ‘Pre-abortion Sonogram Bill,' was passed by the Texas Senate last Thursday. It has now been sent down to the Texas House of Representatives where, given the current supermajority of Republicans, it will almost assuredly pass with little or no further revisions. I...

Sacrifice is only way to combat deficit

February 14, 2011

You know the greatest difference between us and the generation that went through the Great Depression?  To recover from their respective recession, they pretty much had to sacrifice to be able to rebuild and prosper.  For the generations that followed, from the Baby Boomers to the Facebook gener...

Has SGA made Mr. UTSA into Mr. SGA

February 7, 2011

Even with the best of intentions, it is never a wise choice to mingle personal interests with a political issue. Even if the two just so happen to be hand-in-hand, the mere association is a cause for concern and may in fact speak to a lack of hindsight on their part. In a series of exchanges on Fac...

U.S. must address conflict in Egypt

January 31, 2011

"The Army is not in the hands of anyone," said Mahmoud Shokry, a retired diplomat and a friend of the new vice president, Omar Suleiman, in response to the recent announcement. Now that the Army of Egypt has officially announced that it will not fire on the protesters who have rallied in Cairo, negot...