The Paisano

Capturing the good, the bad and the truth

Brenda Pina stands on the other side of the lens.

Mark Joseph Leon

January 30, 2019

Brenda Pina, 30, is a photographer for San Antonio Magazine and was invited to speak at one of DreamWeek’s DreamHour Speaker Series. “You make [art] for yourself until you decide to share it with the world… You have to be happy with yourself to put yourself out there,” Pina said referring to using p...

Behavioral Intervention Specialist emphasizes mental health

Mental health prominent among college students.

Alejandro Lopez

January 30, 2019

  Roseanne McSweeney began her role as UTSA’s new behavioral intervention specialist in public safety on May 1. Being a part of President Eighmy’s strategic plan, the role was created to formalize and support the existing Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT). BIT is a multidisciplinary group that ...

Professor explores mental health among college students

College student stressed while on laptop

Ryan Houston-Dial

November 15, 2018

According to the American College Health Association (ACHA), college students are showing a significant rise in diagnosed mental health conditions, increasing the possibility of hindering academic success. Utilizing a national data survey from the ACHA, researchers wanted to examine changes within diagnoses...

Be a man and take care of your health

Man crying

Editorial Board and Kenyatta Battle

November 14, 2018

Men: are three times more likely to commit suicide, six million men suffer from depression (with the majority of male depression cases going undiagnosed), and one-in-nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer (one-in-forty-one men will die from prostate cancer). Simply put — men need to do a ...

The pursuit to perfection

Photo of a person experiencing depression.

Ethan Pham

April 24, 2018

College is meant to be a place of education, growth and learning. What happens far too often is the overwhelming pressure to succeed in college leads to severe issues that affect many students across campuses in America. A survey conducted by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at UCLA’s Hi...

Mental health in the mind of a college student

Graphic of a brain filled with stressor words like work, relationships, and exam.

Natalie Hollenbeck

March 30, 2018

Millennials have become the butt of baby-boomers’ jokes. Millenials have been on the receiving end of intentional attacks over workplace-readiness. Baby-boomers feel that millennials are entitled and unambitious, and this image is portrayed in news broadcasts and articles, advertisements, television...

Suicide by police

Kade Davis

October 4, 2017

On the evening of Sept. 16, Scout Schultz created a disruption with a multi-tool knife on the Georgia Tech campus. When the police arrived, Schultz pleaded with one of them to shoot and kill Schultz; one officer ultimately complied. From there, Georgia Tech students protested, and this became yet another...

Your insults could be their end

Project Semicolon is a nonprofit
that a has a focus on anti-suicide
initiatives. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Kimiya Factory

September 20, 2017

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. But they do. Words have a way of cutting so deep that one could argue verbal insults heal much slower than a physical blow. Imagine this, you’re completely numb. The sun is shining bright and warm today, but you can’t even feel it....

Paisano Podcast: Active Minds

Ricardo Rodriguez

November 22, 2016

In this podcast, Ricardo speaks with Melina Acosta, the president of UTSA's chapter of Active Minds. We discuss mental health, depression, and the stigma associated with mental health in college. Links to get involved with Active Minds: Active Minds at UTSA-…veminds/about Active Minds Web...

De-stigmatizing depression will save lives

Editorial staff

October 5, 2016

For some people, depression feels like putting on a playlist of their 100 favorite songs, only to skip each one because nothing sounds right. For others, it’s sitting down to their favorite meal but taking only a few bites before staring at the rest, hoping their appetite may reappear before the food go...

The art of being a hot mess

The art of being a hot mess

Jade Cuevas

May 5, 2016

College is hard. Schoolwork, student organizations, social life, romantic relationships, career possibilities, finances, friendships, apartment life — balancing all of these aspects of college life can feel like an impossible challenge. There’s no secret recipe or exact equation to follow for coll...

(COMMENTARY) Depression: You’re never alone

(COMMENTARY) Depression: You're never alone

Ricardo Rodriguez

May 4, 2016

It’s time to change the dialogue of depression. There is a stigma that depression is a choice, or that you can simply “snap out of it” like a bad dream. But the solution is much more complex because depression itself is a complex human experience. A year ago, I was ashamed to admit my own depression because I was af...