The Paisano

Medical marijuana soon to take root in the Lone Star State

September 29, 2015

Fabian DeSoto, Paisano The recent legalization of marijuana in states like Colorado has paved the way toward legalization in other states. The Texas Compassionate Use Act was signed into law at the beginning of September and allows for patients with intractable epilepsy to us...

UT system leases West Texas land for fracking

September 22, 2015

Urub Khawaja , The Paisano Of the 2.1 million acres the UT system land owns across the region of West Texas, 95% of the land has been leased for the purpose of fracking ­or high-volume hydraulic fracturing, according to a report by the nonprofit organization Environment Texas Resear...

Body cameras on police officers: ‘1,537 total but we hope for more’

September 8, 2015

Photo Courtesy of MOVE San Antonio Marquis Jones, a 23-year-old African-American man, was shot in the back eight times by an SAPD officer, Robert Encina , following an incident outside a Chacho’s restaurant on February 28, 2014. In response to these recurring instances of “deadly ...

ISIS kills, but so does ignorance

September 3, 2015

Courtesy of UTSA Muslim Student Association The blending of pornographic violence and social media savvy from the Islamic State has lodged the group firmly into the public consciousness. While their ascendancy has been precipitous to watch, much less attention has been afforded to th...

A truly lazy river

August 25, 2015

Courtesy of UTSA Campus Recreation With the design finalized and the contracts signed, construction on the Recreation Wellness Center pool facility on UTSA’s Main Campus can finally commence. Laura Monroe, Director of the Campus Recreation ensures that there will be some mob...

Time to bring in the birds

August 17, 2015

Mia Cabello, The Paisano The Class of 2019 is special. Expect this Class to be buzzing with excitement, cheering loud — perhaps louder and rowdier than their academic elders — at athletic events, connecting with student organizations, leading in classroom discussions and embr...

Shooting on UTSA Blvd

April 28, 2015

Marcus Connolly, The Paisano Two men were shot and wounded as their car pulled out of the Avalon Place apartment complex on UTSA Boulevard in the early hours of Sunday, April 26. According to UTSAPD, one victim was shot in the abdomen, the other in the arm. Students were alerted t...

Countless sex offenses likely going unreported

April 14, 2015

Marcus Connolly, The Paisano Despite being one of the largest universities in the state, a disproportionately small number of forcible sexual offenses are committed each year. UTSA’s 2014 Annual Security Report only recorded a total of seven forcible sex offenses for on-campus and non-ca...

Smoking banned in name only

April 7, 2015

Marcus Connolly, The Paisano Eleven months after UTSA enacted a tobacco and smoke free campus policy to promote a healthier campus environment, cigarette butts continue to litter the grounds as students smoke in unofficial smoking areas. Section 9.36 of UTSA’s Handbook of Operating Pr...

Women treated differently in narcotics cases

March 24, 2015

Robert Pistocchi, The Paisano A recent UTSA study suggests female defendants are treated differently than similarly situated male counterparts in federal narcotic cases, depending on their criminal history. UTSA Associate Professor Dr. Robert Tillyer, Associate Professor Richard Hart...

Liquor sales coming to Wal-Mart?

March 3, 2015

Robert Pistochi/ The Paisano Wal-Mart, the largest retailer of wine and beer in Texas, filed a lawsuit against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for the right to sell distilled spirits at its Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations in Texas for off-premises consumption. Curren...

Open Carry coming to Texas?

February 17, 2015

Marcus Connolly/ The Paisano Texas has taken another step towards joining the other 44 states in the country that allow guns to be carried openly. Making good on its promise to prioritize gun legislation, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted Thursday, February 12 to allow the open...