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E-cigarettes are not a safer option

E-cigarettes are not a safer option

Donald Escamilla Jr.

September 24, 2019

The American Vaping Association loves to defend their products as a “healthy” or “safer” substitute for smoking cigarettes. Electronic cigarettes are not a healthy substitute to regular smoking. The only difference between the two cigarettes is that one requires a lighter and the other requires...

For Antonio Brown, the ruling is under review; now it’s the NFL’s call

For Antonio Brown, the ruling is under review; now it’s the NFL’s call

Xavier Richardson

September 24, 2019

Just when we thought the situation was settled after he signed with the New England Patriots, we were hit with the news of a lawsuit filed against NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown on Sept. 10. The lawsuit filed by former collegiate gymnast Britney Taylor, who had acted as Brown’s trainer shortly...

Did you know there is (was) an election?

Did you know there is (was) an election?

Editorial Board

September 17, 2019

If you are a student reading this editorial on Tuesday, Sep. 17, then you have less than 24 hours to vote for UTSA’s Student Government Association (SGA) representatives. These elected representatives are the student body’s voice to the university. SGA is funded by student fees; therefore, SGA is...

The culture behind West Point’s alma mater

The culture behind West Point’s alma mater

Dr. Scott Kruse

September 17, 2019

It is difficult for me to communicate the depth of the faux pas from Saturday’s post-game event. It transcends courtesy and ventures into cultural violation. I wrote this in recognition of the cultural divide between our populations. Following games, cadets, the Army Team, alumni, and family assemble...

Chanel Miller speaks out and says “know my name”

Chanel Miller speaks out and says “know my name”

Natalia Brookens

September 17, 2019

On Jan. 18, 2015, Brock Turner permanently changed the life of a woman who for years was known by the public as Emily Doe. Due to the fact that Doe was unconscious, the details of the assault are unclear. However, according to Turner’s account, he met the victim outside of the fraternity house of...

The art of listening

The art of listening

Ryan Houston-Dial

September 17, 2019

Today, communication has many more facets than most could have imagined in the past. Due to technological innovations, individuals now possess smartphones that have convenient functions such as a calendar, alarm and fitness trackers, as well as electronic personal assistants that can complete a multitude...

Do not read this

Do not read this

Joseph Torres

September 17, 2019

Imagine having unlimited information in the palm of your hand. How would you use this power? The First Amendment protects an individual’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Regrettably, not everyone uses these freedoms for good. So, it falls on consumers of information to ensure the...

Odessa-Midland: yet another avoidable tragedy

Odessa-Midland: yet another avoidable tragedy

Josh Peck

September 11, 2019

Hundreds of mass shootings have taken place in the U.S. within the past several years. Shootings like Columbine and Sandy Hook were able to shock the country’s conscience for longer than a couple of weeks, but it seems that we are increasingly taking part in a collective acceptance of their occurrence. Somehow,...

Where do you fit in our democracy?

Where do you fit in our democracy?

Editorial Board

September 11, 2019

When you walk through the Sombrilla on your way to class, you may see a collective of tables draped in table cloths sporting the logos of various political and civic engagement groups. What, at times, seems like the brink of a riot, turns out to be a myriad of Roadrunners from all walks of life contributing...

The good, the bad and the Brexit

The good, the bad and the Brexit

Ben Shirani

September 11, 2019

Brexit is a bad idea and has been controversial since it was first voted on in June 2016. Brexit’s controversy comes from, as observers have astutely noted, the fact that people were fed false information through a series of sensationalist media campaigns prior to the vote. Even if British voters had...

Hong Kongers show what democracy looks like

Hong Kongers show what democracy looks like

Geoffrey Okolo

September 11, 2019

he proposal of a contentious extradition bill by the Hong Kong government has stirred unrest in the region. The bill arose after a Hong Kong man killed his girlfriend in Taiwan but could not be criminally charged because there was no extradition arrangement between the two countries. Fearing thi...

Don’t push your luck

Don’t push your luck

Alex Hanks

September 3, 2019

Imagine fighting to get to the top of your career field, and suddenly calling it quits once you get there. That’s what Indianapolis Colts quarterback and 2012 #1 overall draft pick Andrew Luck announced last week when he retired from the NFL at age 29, an age that is known for being a period of peak...