The Paisano

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...

President Eighmy says UTSA will ‘broadly re-open’ in Fall 2020

President Eighmy speaks at a podium. Eighmy announced on May 11 that UTSA campuses will reopen in the coming fall.

Josh Peck, News Editor

May 11, 2020

President Taylor Eighmy announced on May 11 that the UTSA campuses would reopen in Fall 2020 and that a detailed plan of the process and safety measures that will be put in place when the university reopens would be released in late June.  The announcement came 12 days after UT System Chancellor J...

COVID-19: San Antonio should be bracing for the worst

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Daniel Ysmael Dominguez, Contributing Writer

April 13, 2020

I work at a coffee shop in the medical center in which the majority of my customers are first responders in nearby hospitals.  Those who are awake enough before their morning dose of coffee often speak about the day as something foreboding, like the drizzle before the downpour: “It is steady, but...

Keep track of coronavirus updates from UTSA administration members

The mostly-empty Sombrilla sits in the center of Main Campus. UTSA has recently decided to transition classes online for the remainder of the spring semester.

Josh Peck and Breahna Luera

April 8, 2020

For the most up-to-date information, visit UTSA’s coronavirus information page. April 8 Update from UTSA President Dr. Taylor Eighmy On April 8, President Dr. Taylor Eighmy sent an email to students announcing that summer courses will be held online for the upcoming Summer 2020 terms. According to Eighmy, the univer...

University Oaks, Chisholm Hall release students from Spring 2020 leases

University Oaks, Chisholm Hall release students from Spring 2020 leases

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 be r...

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 Board of Reg...

Pandemic at the polls

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...