The Paisano

Academics, not athletics, determine Tier One

Editorial staff

October 19, 2016

Like Athletic Director Lynn Hickey said, the $25 million UTSA Athletics requested from the City of San Antonio to fund Phase II of the Park West complex is not out-of-the-question. It pales in comparison to the $169 million in tax-exempt bonds issued to construct the AT&T Center, for example. But the ...

It’s sexual assault, not “locker room talk”

Statistics from 2016 National Sexual Violence Resource Center Report. Graphics by Brady Phelps

Editorial staff

October 12, 2016

Warning - graphic content The U.S. Department of Justice defines sexual assault as “any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient.” Language is important when discussing sexual violence and misconduct - for legal reasons and lucidity.   ...

De-stigmatizing depression will save lives

Editorial staff

October 5, 2016

For some people, depression feels like putting on a playlist of their 100 favorite songs, only to skip each one because nothing sounds right. For others, it’s sitting down to their favorite meal but taking only a few bites before staring at the rest, hoping their appetite may reappear before the food go...

We don’t really remember the Alamo

Editorial staff

September 27, 2016

 Each year, 2.5 million people visit the landmark where - according to its website and reiterated by Texas history teachers across the state’s schools -  “men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom” making the site “hallowed ground and the Shrine of Texas Liberty.” The National Historical Lan...

The trouble with combining oil and water

Graphic by Tristan Ipock

Editorial staff

September 21, 2016

High school students in chemistry class across the U.S. are introduced to the basic concept of molecular density and polarization with a simple experiment: mixing oil and water. Even the slackers among those classes remember that the two will not mix. The polar molecules of water are packed very den...

McRaven memorandum misses point of protest

Editorial Board

September 14, 2016

As symbols of America's relatively short, yet contentious history, our nation’s flag and anthem conjure different images for everybody. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem at games to draw attention to police brutality has been part of the na...

The cost of Tier One is more than economic

Editorial staff

September 7, 2016

The primary criteria for achieving the Carnegie classification of Tier One status is reaching a research fund expenditure of $100 million in the sciences and engineering. UTSA’s relentless pursuit of this status - one that completely disregards and neglects the arts - is evident. The enter...

UTSA’s faculty should reflect its students’ diversity

Editorial staff

August 31, 2016

Hispanic Outlook magazine has once again commended UTSA for its high enrollment of Hispanic students and graduation of Hispanic graduate students. But despite serving a student body in which half of the students identified as Hispanic, only 18 percent of UTSA’s faculty identified as Hispanic. This figure ...

What’s the cost of luxury student living?

Editorial staff

August 16, 2016

Developers plan on constructing a walk-able mix of office space, retail stores, restaurants and apartments over 114 vacant acres in the UTSA area. The project (part of the SA Tomorrow Plan) will be bounded by UTSA Boulevard, Hausman Road, Interstate 10 and the Leon Creek Greenway. The development is ...

Is GPA more important than experience?

Is GPA more important than experience?

Editorial Board

April 27, 2016

Higher education is truly an enigma sometimes. At the collegiate level, students are encouraged to succeed in every way possible — both inside the classroom and out. College was intended to prepare young adults for a career — to pave their way to a successful life. Until the day they ...

Enthusiastic professor greatly overestimates the quality of student video projects

Enthusiastic professor greatly overestimates the quality of student video projects

Robert Avila

April 20, 2016

Bringing a popcorn machine from home and reserving a room in the UC with a large screen projector and surround sound, Professor Barry Goodteach was visibly excited for his technical writing class’ video projects last Friday. The 5-week-long video assignment was meant to showcase the talent and edi...

Gun free zones: not with a bang, but a whimper

Gun free zones: not with a bang, but a whimper

Editorial Board

April 20, 2016

Fellow Roadrunners received an email from President Ricardo Romo last week stating that campus carry is a distraction from UTSA’s mission of providing excellence to students and the community. No decision in his 15 years as the university’s president had weighed heavier on his mind than SB 11...