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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...

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...

UTSA launches new Equity Advocacy Initiative

Provost Kimberly Espy speaks at university event. Espy explains that the new Equity Advocacy Initiative is meant to increase inclusivity of all students.

Bella Nieto, Assistant News Editor

October 20, 2020

Developed from the findings of the 21st Century Learning Environments Task Group and tasked with creating a collaborative and creative learning environment, UTSA’s Equity Advocacy Initiative has been launched. The initiative will have several areas of focus, including the integration of inclusive te...

Revamped COVID-19 dashboard includes positivity rate, breakdown of different testing groups

A screenshot of the summary of all COVID-19 testing at UTSA on the university's COVID-19 dashboard. This information is from Oct. 15.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 16, 2020

UTSA recently revamped their COVID-19 dashboard to now include more information about positivity rates, athletic testing, the proactive testing program, symptomatic testing and isolation and quarantine in UTSA-owned housing. Out of 3,996 total administered tests to students, faculty and staff, 31 have retu...

‘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...

Nearly 1,000 freshmen admitted into inaugural Bold Promise class

A sign advertising the Bold Promise program at UTSA's announcement ceremony at the Westside Community Center in December 2019. 72% of Bold Promise recipients are first-generation college students.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 13, 2020

The Bold Promise program welcomed around 950 students in its first class of freshmen this fall, over 78% of whom identify as Latino or Hispanic. The last-dollar scholarship program provides four years of full tuition and fees for admitted freshmen who rank in the top 25% of their graduating high schoo...

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...

University announces updates on the president’s initiative on enriching campus wellbeing

A banner hangs on campus. University administration announced updates on the Enriching Campus Wellbeing initiative on Oct. 7.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

October 9, 2020

Dean of Students LT Robinson and Vice Provost for Student Success Tammy Wyatt updated the UTSA community on President Eighmy’s Initiative on Enriching Campus Wellbeing in an email on Oct. 7. Some of the updates listed were expanded drop-in hours for Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS), expanded clinic hours f...

Social Work professor draws connection between the foster care and juvenile justice system

Social Work professor draws connection between the foster care and juvenile justice system

Isabella Nieto, Staff Writer

October 9, 2020

With her recent research on youth involved in foster care and juvenile justice systems, professor of social work Sherri Simmon-Horton draws from her recent experiences working in the child welfare system to encapsulate the complexity and potential for trauma of such a system. The importance of st...

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,...

Laurel Village and Chaparral Village residents can be retested for COVID-19 at no cost

One of the COVID-19 testing centers is in the Paseo. Residents in university housing can be tested more than once at no cost.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 6, 2020

Students living in Laurel Village and Chaparral Village are now allowed to be tested more than once for COVID-19 at no cost, according to an email from Housing and Residence Life (HRL). 17 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 24, although it is unclear how many, if any, of those stud...