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Spring or Fall, Pass/Fail option for all

Photo by  Chukwuemeka Temiloluwa Alumanah.

Editorial Board

October 24, 2020

Last spring, UTSA utilized an optional Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) "pass/fail" grading system for all undergraduate and graduate students. UTSA understood that COVID-19 has drastically affected the ways in which we learn and that some students may be in a poor learning environment, therefore hindering their acade...

Despite record-breaking enrollment, UTSA will remain ‘conservative’ in its budget process

The entrance to the John Peace Library. UTSA enrollment has reached its highest point with 34,742 enrolled students.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 23, 2020

Enrollment has reached a record high in the Fall 2020 semester at UTSA with 34,742 total students, 77% of the 2028 goal for 45,000 enrolled students. UTSA is also inching closer to several other institutional goals, including improving first-year retention and four-year graduation rates and increasing...

Parker McCollum on the inspirations behind his new EP, ‘Hollywood Gold’

Photo courtesy of Madison Florence

Julia Maenius, Assistant Sports Editor

October 21, 2020

Parker McCollum, otherwise known as the The Limestone Kid, has released a new EP, “Hollywood Gold,” following his top-charted 2017 album “Probably Wrong.” McCollum released the six-track EP, named after a racehorse his grandfather bought, on Oct. 16. Solely as a musician, I think I have grown a lot,...

UTSA gives on-campus residents an option to cancel their Spring 2021 housing contracts

Chaparral Village on campus. Housing and Residence Life is giving students a chance to change their on-campus living options for the Spring 2021 semester.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

October 20, 2020

UTSA Housing and Residence Life (HRL) sent an email to students who have a Spring 2021 housing contract with them that laid out possible options for housing next semester. This email was sent out on Oct. 16 and is in response to President Taylor Eighmy’s email sent to students earlier in the semeste...

Athlete of the week: Lowell Narcisse

Lowell Narcisse runs the ball in a 2019 game against the Rice Owls.

Julia Maenius, Assistant Sports Editor

October 16, 2020

Coming off the bench against the Brigham Young University Cougars and completing 17 of 20 passes, throwing for 229 yards and two touchdowns and earning himself the highest rated quarterback title from Pro Football Focus, redshirt junior quarterback Lowell Narcisse has set the tone for the Roadrunner...

‘It has been such a powerful cataclysm here’: UTSA professor researches the effects of COVID-19 on the Latino population in America

Photo courtesy of Rogelio Sáenz

Breahna Luera, News Editor

October 16, 2020

The COVID-19 virus has infected over eight million Americans and killed 218,000. One-fifth of the deaths in the U.S. have been identified as Hispanic or Latino. Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, professor and demographer at UTSA, has been studying the effects of COVID-19 on the Latino community in the U.S. and how th...

Cornyn vs. Hegar: the Senate race that could evolve (or devolve) Texas

Cornyn vs. Hegar: the Senate race that could evolve (or devolve) Texas

Joseph Hernandez, Copyediting Coordinator

October 13, 2020

Amidst the tidal wave of attention devoted to the presidential election that comes around every four years, it’s easy for down-ballot elections to go relatively ignored by many voters. But these races are just as — and in some cases, more — important than the main event. One big election that Texa...

UTSA takes measures for safe early voting on campus, which starts on Oct. 13

A sign with information about where to vote and how long the early voting period will last. UTSA will be hosting early voting and Election Day voting in the H-E-B Student Union Ballroom.

Jada Thomas, Contributing Writer

October 13, 2020

This year, UTSA is changing the way citizens of San Antonio vote on UTSA’s campus in the middle of a global pandemic. The university has moved voting to the H-E-B Student Union Ballroom, which is bigger than previous locations, for both early voting, beginning on Oct. 13 and ending on Oct. 30, and ...

Over 3,000 students, faculty, staff have been tested for COVID-19, only 22 test positive with direct campus impact

Over 3,000 students, faculty, staff have been tested for COVID-19, only 22 test positive with direct campus impact

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 9, 2020

2,182 students and 1,055 faculty and staff have been tested for COVID-19 since the start of the fall semester as of Oct. 7. Of those, 21 students and one faculty or staff member have reported positive COVID-19 tests to the university that have a direct campus impact, according to the university’s coronavir...

Election 2020: Immigration must become a priority for candidates

Illustration by Amber Chin

Marina Cruz, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

In the midst of the 2020 presidential election, an issue that hasn’t been fully discussed by the two candidates is immigration reform, and particularly the role of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).  As we saw in the recent presidential and vice presidential debates, both parties never tou...

How the federal Title IX rule changes impact the UTSA community

The Main Building at UTSA's Main Campus.

Jaida Sloan, Staff Writer

October 6, 2020

A series of major Title IX and sexual misconduct policy changes were approved by the UT-System Board of Regents to remain in compliance with federal Title IX modifications on Aug. 12. The main four Title IX policy changes were narrowing the definition of sexual harassment, minimizing Title IX obligations,...

Dean of students LT Robinson emphasizes education over punishment when it comes to COVID safety guideline violations

A sign in the Student Union encourages wearing face masks on campus. Dean of Students LT Robinson said violations of safety violations will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

October 2, 2020

In a recent interview with The Paisano, Dean of Students LT Robinson did not lay out a clear path of punishment for students who do not follow the safety guidelines for gatherings provided by the Public Health Taskforce report.  “It is the responsibility of our entire university community—including students, faculty, staff and visitors—to do their part to keep our campus comm...