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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...

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...

On-Campus Voting Location for 2020 November Election

October 1, 2020

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Anonymous attackers infiltrate Black Student Union meeting with racial slurs and racist music

The executive board of the Black Student Union at the Eilan.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 25, 2020

Editor's Note: This story makes reference to a derogatory racial slur. Members of the Black Student Union (BSU), a student organization whose mission is to build connections among students of the Black diaspora, were inundated with racial slurs and racist music during a general meeting for the org...

Local philanthropist donates $3 million to UTSA for new Career Advancement Center

Photo by Robyn Castro

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 22, 2020

Harvey E. Najim, a local philanthropist and entrepreneur, has donated $3 million to UTSA to launch the Harvey E. Najim Innovation and Career Advancement Center. The Career Advancement Center will focus on connecting students to career opportunities and is part of UTSA’s Classroom to Career initiative....

Student Government Association allocates $9,000 to support Roadrunner Pantry

A sign in front of the Roadrunner Pantry describes how students can utilize the food pantry. The Student Government Association's $9,000 allocation will allow them to buy items to donate to the pantry in the coming months.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 18, 2020

In their latest general assembly, The Student Government Association (SGA) allocated $9,000 of their nearly $50,000 annual budget to supporting the Roadrunner Pantry. The funds will be used to purchase and donate items to the food pantry throughout the semester.  The $9,000 allocation represents 19% of SGA...

UTSA begins Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations

UTSA begins Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations

Breahna Luera, News Editor

September 18, 2020

UTSA has begun its celebration of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month. The celebration will be from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 and will include events such as racial justice book clubs, a university relations speaker series and a symposium on the effects of COVID-19 on the Texas Latino population. The th...

Over 1,500 COVID-19 tests administered on campus, only seven students test positive

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Josh Peck, News Editor

September 18, 2020

As of Sept. 14, 1,548 COVID-19 tests have been administered on campus by Student Health Services and other UTSA health partners. Approximately 2,300 students are currently living in on-campus housing, and only seven students have reported positive tests as of Sept. 17. Testing has sharply increased since the firs...

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program Launches in Student Housing

A sign in the Student Union tells university community members to wear face coverings. The signage is part of UTSA's

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 15, 2020

UTSA launched a new COVID-19 surveillance testing program on Sept. 14 for asymptomatic students living in on-campus housing. Participation in the program is voluntary, and the tests will come at no cost to students who are selected and choose to participate. The surveillance testing program is aimed at...

Eighmy says Spring 2021 classes will be ‘mostly online’ in new email sent to UTSA community

President Taylor Eighmy (center) talking to Diego Bernal (left) and Senator Jose Menendez (right) at a UTSA event. Eighmy sent out an email with updates on the Spring 2021 semester and Fall 2020 commencement on Sept. 8.

Breahna Luera, News Editor

September 11, 2020

President Taylor Eighmy sent an email to UTSA students, faculty and staff with a number of new campus updates on Sept. 8., including information about what the Spring 2021 semester will look like.  “At this point we expect that modalities for our spring courses and campus operations will look ve...

UTSA launches COVID-19 dashboard to track cases and on-campus isolation and quarantine

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Josh Peck, News Editor

September 11, 2020

UTSA recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to provide the number of positive COVID-19 cases among students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with the university that have a direct campus impact, as well as the number of students in on-campus isolation. There are six total reported cases as of Sept...

UTSA does not commit to offering housing refunds if students are forced to leave campus

Chaparral Village is one of three UTSA-owned dormitories on campus. UTSA has not committed to giving students a pro-rated housing refund if the university forces them to leave on-campus housing.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 4, 2020

At this time, UTSA will not commit to offering prorated housing refunds for students in the event that the university forces students to leave on-campus housing, according to a UTSA spokesperson. UTSA-owned campus housing currently holds 1,027 students.  “Our decision would be based on the circu...