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University Oaks, Chisholm Hall release students from Spring 2020 lease

University Oaks, Chisholm Hall release students from Spring 2020 lease

Josh Peck, News Editor

April 3, 2020

    Effective April 1, Chisholm Hall and University Oaks will be releasing students from the remainder of their rent payments after an agreement was made between UTSA and the private company that operates the two housing facilities, Campus Living Villages (CLV). Students who utilized prepaid rent will ...

UTSA adopts optional credit/no credit grading system for Spring 2020 semester

UTSA adopts optional credit/no credit grading system for Spring 2020 semester

Breahna Luera, News Editor

April 3, 2020

    On March 31, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy sent an email to UTSA students announcing that the university is adopting a temporary Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) option for the Spring 2020 semester. Espy said the decision is in accordance with the UT System B...

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...

UTSA faculty member, student both test positive for COVID-19

UTSA faculty member, student both test positive for COVID-19

Josh Peck, News Editor

March 28, 2020

According to a statement from UTSA President Dr. Taylor Eighmy, a student and faculty member have tested positive for COVID-19 after their separate international travels. They became symptomatic after returning to the U.S. during a period of self-isolation. Because of privacy laws, UTSA is not releasi...

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 ...

President Eighmy updates the UTSA community on the university’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

President Eighmy updates the UTSA community on the university’s response to the coronavirus pandemic

Breahna Luera, News Editor

March 18, 2020

On March 17, President Dr. Taylor Eighmy sent students an email with an update on COVID-19’s effects on the UTSA community. The email stated that virtual instruction will last through the end of the spring semester, Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies will be postponed and all able students who live...

Letter from Editor-in-Chief Rudy Sanchez

Letter from Editor-in-Chief Rudy Sanchez

Rudy Sanchez, Editor-in-Chief

March 17, 2020

  Dear Reader, Since 1981, The Paisano has served the UTSA community with its independent reporting of campus events. Despite the current pandemic of COVID-19 and UTSA’s recent halting of operations, The Paisano’s 40-year commitment to the UTSA community is not going away. Over the la...

Keep track of coronavirus updates from UTSA administration members

Keep track of coronavirus updates from UTSA administration members

Josh Peck, News Editor

March 16, 2020

For the most up-to-date information, visit UTSA’s coronavirus information page.   March 23 Update from UTSA President Dr. Taylor Eighmy On March 23, President Dr. Taylor Eighmy sent an email to students updating them on how UTSA will adjust its operations after San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelso...

UTSA extends spring break and moves classes online due to coronavirus pandemic

UTSA extends spring break and moves classes online due to coronavirus pandemic

Breahna Luera and Josh Peck

March 12, 2020

On March 11, President Taylor Eighmy announced to the UTSA community via email that the university will extend spring break through the week of March 16. As a result, the university will move classes online starting March 23 through at least April 13 in light of growing concern about the spread of COV...