The Paisano

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...

The final debate: key takeaways

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Joseph Hernandez, Copyediting Coordinator

October 24, 2020

The first debate was chaotic; the second debate never was. On Thursday night, the final debate of this year’s presidential election kicked off in Nashville, Tennessee, promising that each candidate not speaking would have their microphone muted during the other candidate’s initial two-minute answer...

Why the Ad Hominem Attacks Against Amy Coney Barrett don’t Preserve RBG’s Legacy

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Bella Nieto, Assistant News Editor

October 20, 2020

The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ushered in movements of grief and outrage, both because of the loss of an icon for feminism and the Trump administration’s politicization of Ginsburg’s passing. President Trump was quick to move on nominating the potential new justice, Amy Coney Barret, atto...

Where Texas public schools went wrong

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Jessica Mclaren, Contributing Writer

October 20, 2020

Although many refuse to acknowledge the serious global health implications of COVID-19, it continues to wreak havoc on one country in particular: the United States. Whether this is the result of poor policymaking or simply public non-compliance, the infection rates continue to rise while countries such as...

SAPD: Abolishing and defunding are not the same

Illustration by Amber Chin

Jaida Sloan, Staff Writer

October 16, 2020

Defunding the police is a referendum on American values and should not be confused with abolishing the police. In short, defunding the police can be described as the reallocation or redirection of funding away from police departments to other government agencies funded by local municipalities. The ce...

Dissecting body shaming: It’s deeper than your feed

Graphic by Alex Hanks

Bella Nieto, Staff Writer

October 16, 2020

Ah, social media: the new American pastime. Although social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have been criticized for their allowance of fake news, malicious political posturing and unjustifiable content which festers in the online social sphere, they remain a staple in daily l...

Looking past Pence’s fly: key takeaways from the VP debate

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Bella Nieto, Staff Writer

October 13, 2020

Last Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris faced off in the first and only vice presidential debate. The main takeaway for many was the fly that landed on Mike Pence’s hair. In a year that has proved to be a cornucopia of bad luck for many, it’s comforting to know that even the m...

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...

All or nothing: local candidates and the stake they have in Texas public schools

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Alex Hanks, Opinion Editor

October 13, 2020

At this point in the year, we have all affirmed that things are different now. Uncertainty has run the show, and more specifically, our schools. President Trump and his team have emphasized throughout the pandemic the urgency America’s public schools must have to re-open. But ultimately, local candidate...

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...

Choosing a new SCOTUS: A double bind

Illustration by Alex Hanks

Isabella Nieto, Staff Writer

October 6, 2020

On September 18, 2020, advocates for gender equality and women’s rights lost a champion in Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Throughout her career, Ginsburg joined the faculty at Columbia University Law School, founded the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project and was appointed to the U.S. Court...

Dissecting the chaos of debate #1

Dissecting the chaos of debate #1

Joseph Hernandez, Junior Copyeditor

October 4, 2020

In September 1960, the first U.S. presidential debate on live television was held between candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. This debate is famous in political circles for the impact that the contrasting images of a tanned, well-groomed Kennedy and a gaunt, stubbly Nixon had not only o...