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So we #AbolishUTSAPD: What comes after?

So we #AbolishUTSAPD: What comes after?

Xavier Richardson, Staff Writer

September 1, 2020

Following the death of George Floyd in late May, the effort to divest police departments nationwide and reallocate their funds to other areas such as public health and education has been a major topic of discussion. In light of President Eighmy’s July 1 email regarding the recent budget cuts at UTSA,...

The 2020 VP bid that should have happened

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Jaida Sloan, Contributing Writer

September 1, 2020

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden may have made a fatal misstep in selecting Kamala Harris as his running mate. Kamala Harris is the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent to be nominated for national office by a major party.

Democracy in action: Why we shouldn’t run Kanye out of politics

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Xavier Richardson, Staff Writer

August 28, 2020

Ever since Kanye West announced his presidential bid in early July, many Americans have questioned the validity of West’s political aspirations. Whether this is a serious effort to take office or merely a publicity stunt, West is determined to get his name on the ballot in as many states as possib...

A practical take against police abolition

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Max Aguirre, Sports Editor

August 28, 2020

As all of us are aware, the questionable actions of police officers sent the country into a storm of protests and riots this summer. This isn’t the first time a reckless killing of a civilian by an officer has spread anger around the country, but it needs to be the last. Currently, the policing...

Lackadaisical authority in the face of social justice

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Kristin Paredez, Contributing Writer

August 25, 2020

I am a Latina and my opinions and life experiences are not representative of how it feels to be Black in America. If you were to ask me whether I believe that looting and destruction of property during the recent unrest over the police murder of George Floyd was understandable, I'd have to say ye...

Birds of a Feather: How ‘Runners can cultivate a more inclusive campus

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Chris Garcia, Contributing Writer

August 25, 2020

“Birds of a Feather” is a saying we all know as Roadrunners. It accounts for the many different backgrounds that comprise our student body. When you step foot on UTSA’s campuses, one might notice the many different appearances within the endless wave of students. But as a community, we care...

This is not a trend — we are more than hashtags

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Ryan Houston-Dial, Assistant Opinion Editor

June 17, 2020

At 12 years old, I watched Trayvon Martin’s case on TV and cried because when I saw Trayvon, I saw a reflection of myself. A young African American boy, in the blink of an eye, could be killed. For several days, I was in a state of shock and anger at the world, attempting to process how a Black boy coul...

COVID-19: How I turned the pandemic into something positive

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Ryan Houston-Dial, Assistant Opinion Editor

May 20, 2020

I sat in my room on a dreadful Monday afternoon staring at my roof. I overheard on my TV that COVID-19 was spreading quickly throughout the U.S. It was only a matter of time before it reached my hometown of Austin, Texas. I looked outside my window to watch the rain build up and flow down my neighborhoo...

Simping: The subtle art of misogyny

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Joseph Torres, Managing Editor

May 20, 2020

​Have you seen the term “simp” being used lately? I have, and I had no idea what it meant until a quick search online enlightened me with the latest Gen-Z lingo. “Simp” is actually an acronym I don’t find very pleasant. According to Men’s Health, it stands for “Sucker Idealizing Medioc...

Tara Reade’s testimony: The media’s silence is saying something

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Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

May 7, 2020

About a month ago, sexual assault allegations came out against projected Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and there has been practically no news coverage on the matter. A woman named Tara Reade came forward with sexual assault allegations against the former vice president, alleging he sexually...

COVID-19 and racial disparities: It’s all by design

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Daniel Ysmael Dominguez, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

Once again, the U.S. government has failed the communities that are most vulnerable. While the overall handling of COVID-19 has been poor, the federal government has mostly forgotten about the Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, African Americans and other racial minorities that have suffered the most throughout...

Billionaires belong under a microscope

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Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

April 27, 2020

Billionaires like Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and Kylie Jenner have been criticized for their donation amounts to foundations and charities, which sparks controversial debates on social media. On one side of the argument, many find fault with critiquing billionaires’ donations. Some feel it’s wrong...