The Paisano

Dear Texas Republicans, now is not the time.

Dear Texas Republicans, now is not the time.

Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

     In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities and local governments are taking various measures to reduce strain on health care providers. Texas Governor Greg Abbott had already ordered health care facilities to postpone any procedures deemed not medically necessary, and on Monday, Texas Attor...

Pandemic at the polls

Pandemic at the polls

Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

Most voters know what it can be like to go to the polls on election day: long lines, long waits and uncomfortably close proximity to other voters while waiting. This in itself hinders voter turnout and is a sign that many states need to be better prepared for election days. With the current pandemic...

5 tips to succeed in online classes

5 tips to succeed in online classes

Alex Hanks, Opinion Editor

March 25, 2020

Have a designated work area. Many of you had your residency uprooted and were forced to move back in with family at a moment's notice. The area where you spent most of your time studying has ceased to exist, and you will now be doing 100% of your coursework in a different setting. If you a...

The working class deserves a living wage now more than ever

The working class deserves a living wage now more than ever

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

March 23, 2020

Since 2007, the federal minimum wage has been stagnant at $7.25 per hour. Since then, minimum wage has lagged while cost of living has steadily increased. Essentials like food, education, medical care and homes have become more expensive. For example, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the avera...

What we fail to consider when petitioning for pass/fail

What we fail to consider when petitioning for pass/fail

Xavier Richardson, Staff Writer

March 21, 2020

The recent shift to online learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic left many students frustrated. These frustrations have manifested into a change.org petition titled “Make UTSA pass/fail Spring 2020,” which has been signed electronically by 3,200 people ...

Paid sick leave: the time is now

Paid sick leave: the time is now

Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

March 21, 2020

If San Antonio’s Sick and Safe Leave (SSL) law had not been blocked by a lawsuit from a collection of small business owners, San Antonio workers could have begun accruing paid sick time on Dec. 1, 2019. Anyone working 40 hours per week in the city could have collected 21 hours of paid sick time by March ...

Does discord sow civil war?

Does discord sow civil war?

Joseph Hernandez, Contributing Writer

March 4, 2020

“Do you think there’s going to be a civil war?” Ian asked me. We were standing outside Cowboys Dance Hall, the site of the Bernie Sanders rally I had just attended. Ian wasn’t a Bernie fan, though. He was here for a counter-rally being held outside Cowboys by anti-socialist conservatives,...

Softball finishes their tournament slate of games

Softball finishes their tournament slate of games

Dalton Hartmann, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

The UTSA Roadrunner softball team (12-8) finished their last tournament of the season when they played the Samford University Bulldogs and the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in Jacksonville, Alabama. The ‘Runners started the Jacksonville State Invite tournament with a win against the Bulldogs. The...

We are no great nation

We are no great nation

Ben Shirani, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

Elizabeth Warren hosted a town hall Thursday at San Antonio’s historic Sunset Station. She was noticeably tired, evidence that her grueling schedule of eight campaign stops across seven states and performances in three national debates during February alone has taken a toll. However, Warren’s stumping...

Reach all, teach all

Reach all, teach all

Ryan Houston-Dial, Assistant Opinion Editor

March 3, 2020

An environment that isn’t reflective of your ethnicity and gender can be unsettling. As an African American male studying psychology, I questioned if the fit of the major was correct midway through my college career since I was typically the only African American male in my upper-division courses....

Bernie Sanders: Radical or Practical?

Bernie Sanders: Radical or Practical?

Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

As the Democratic presidential primary race continues and the debate stage grows more intense, I notice the following phrase being said a lot: “I can appeal to moderate Republicans.” Now, why would young, progressive, working class people like myself want that? If this were what we wanted, we...

When will Snoop Dogg learn?

When will Snoop Dogg learn?

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

March 3, 2020

On Feb. 26, Snoop Dogg visited Jada Pinkett Smith’s Facebook show, “Red Table Talk,” to discuss his recent controversy with Gayle King. In early February, Snoop took to Instagram to express his anger at King for interviewing Lisa Leslie and asking her questions about how Kobe Bryant’s controversial...