The Paisano

Spring or Fall, Pass/Fail option for all

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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...

Where Texas public schools went wrong

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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...

‘It has been such a powerful cataclysm here’: UTSA professor researches the effects of COVID-19 on the Latino population in America

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Breahna Luera, News Editor

October 16, 2020

The COVID-19 virus has infected over eight million Americans and killed 218,000. One-fifth of the deaths in the U.S. have been identified as Hispanic or Latino. Dr. Rogelio Sáenz, professor and demographer at UTSA, has been studying the effects of COVID-19 on the Latino community in the U.S. and how th...

Over 3,000 students, faculty, staff have been tested for COVID-19, only 22 test positive with direct campus impact

Over 3,000 students, faculty, staff have been tested for COVID-19, only 22 test positive with direct campus impact

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 9, 2020

2,182 students and 1,055 faculty and staff have been tested for COVID-19 since the start of the fall semester as of Oct. 7. Of those, 21 students and one faculty or staff member have reported positive COVID-19 tests to the university that have a direct campus impact, according to the university’s coronavir...

Laurel Village and Chaparral Village residents can be retested for COVID-19 at no cost

One of the COVID-19 testing centers is in the Paseo. Residents in university housing can be tested more than once at no cost.

Josh Peck, News Editor

October 6, 2020

Students living in Laurel Village and Chaparral Village are now allowed to be tested more than once for COVID-19 at no cost, according to an email from Housing and Residence Life (HRL). 17 students have tested positive for COVID-19 since Aug. 24, although it is unclear how many, if any, of those stud...

Over 1,500 COVID-19 tests administered on campus, only seven students test positive

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Josh Peck, News Editor

September 18, 2020

As of Sept. 14, 1,548 COVID-19 tests have been administered on campus by Student Health Services and other UTSA health partners. Approximately 2,300 students are currently living in on-campus housing, and only seven students have reported positive tests as of Sept. 17. Testing has sharply increased since the firs...

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Program Launches in Student Housing

A sign in the Student Union tells university community members to wear face coverings. The signage is part of UTSA's

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 15, 2020

UTSA launched a new COVID-19 surveillance testing program on Sept. 14 for asymptomatic students living in on-campus housing. Participation in the program is voluntary, and the tests will come at no cost to students who are selected and choose to participate. The surveillance testing program is aimed at...

UTSA launches COVID-19 dashboard to track cases and on-campus isolation and quarantine

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Josh Peck, News Editor

September 11, 2020

UTSA recently launched a COVID-19 dashboard to provide the number of positive COVID-19 cases among students, faculty, staff and others affiliated with the university that have a direct campus impact, as well as the number of students in on-campus isolation. There are six total reported cases as of Sept...

UTSA’s Flu Vaccine Clinics

September 6, 2020

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOJb6UbY4QE   UTSA is allowing students to do their part to protect their own health and the health of others by offering flu vaccine clinics on both the main and downtown campus. This clinic is open to students, faculty, staff, and also dependents on the same...

UTSA does not commit to offering housing refunds if students are forced to leave campus

Chaparral Village is one of three UTSA-owned dormitories on campus. UTSA has not committed to giving students a pro-rated housing refund if the university forces them to leave on-campus housing.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 4, 2020

At this time, UTSA will not commit to offering prorated housing refunds for students in the event that the university forces students to leave on-campus housing, according to a UTSA spokesperson. UTSA-owned campus housing currently holds 1,027 students.  “Our decision would be based on the circu...

No positive COVID-19 tests on campus in first week, but only four tests administered

One of the COVID-19 testing centers is in the Paseo. Residents in university housing can be tested more than once at no cost.

Josh Peck, News Editor

September 1, 2020

Only four UTSA students have been tested for COVID-19 through Student Health Services (SHS) since testing began this fall, two testing negative and the other two with pending results.   According to data collected by The New York Times, UTSA has had three total COVID-19 cases since the start of...

Two students die from COVID-19

Two students die from COVID-19

Breahna Luera, News Editor

September 1, 2020

Two UTSA Roadrunners, Raymond Shappa and Rudy Stephen Valenzuela, died, aged 50 and 32 years old respectively, this summer after contracting COVID-19. Shappa, an information systems major, died on Aug. 13. Valenzuela, who was supposed to attend his first semester at UTSA as an economics major this seme...