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UTSA lagging behind other emerging tier one universities in research spending

April 21, 2015

Marcus Connnolly, The Paisano As UTSA continues its unabashed push for Tier One, many of the achievements go unnoticed by the student body. Although much of the emphasis of tier one universities is to recruit and retain high quality students and faculty, there is just as much of a dri...

Liquor sales coming to Wal-Mart?

March 3, 2015

Robert Pistochi/ The Paisano Wal-Mart, the largest retailer of wine and beer in Texas, filed a lawsuit against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for the right to sell distilled spirits at its Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club locations in Texas for off-premises consumption. Curren...

Open Carry coming to Texas?

February 17, 2015

Marcus Connolly/ The Paisano Texas has taken another step towards joining the other 44 states in the country that allow guns to be carried openly. Making good on its promise to prioritize gun legislation, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted Thursday, February 12 to allow the open...

New Lt. Governor wants to cut Texas Dream Act

January 27, 2015

Marcus Connally/ The Paisano The Texas DREAM Act is facing revocation with Texas’ new legislative session. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is determined in leading the act’s abrogation. In 2001, former governor Rick Perry signed the Texas DREAM Act, which gave undocumented...

High hopes for UTSA as new Legislature meets in Austin

January 20, 2015

Although it may be hard to notice all the way from San Antonio, big things could be in store for UTSA as the Legislature meets in Austin this spring. Higher education is high on the agenda of many legislators. From tuition prices to construction projects, what happens in Austin over the next f...

State legislators seek incentive for recycling used water bottles

April 9, 2013

Two Bottle Bills, designed to decrease litter by offering monetary incentives for recycled bottles, have been introduced in the Texas House of Representatives and in the Senate.State Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) introduced HB 1473 to the House and State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) int...

Bills seek to improve women’s health, but limit number of health clinics

April 9, 2013

Two bills have been proposed in the Texas Legislature that, if passed, would severely restrict abortion access for Texas women.The first, SB 537, “would require all abortion clinics in Texas to meet the same physical requirements as ambulatory surgical centers, even if they do not perform surgical abo...

Conservative policy threatens ethnic studies

April 9, 2013

As the Texas Legislature sits in session, many Texans are questioning the future of diversity in Texas education. SB 1128, filed by Republican Texas Senator Dan Patrick, has the potential to lessen the diversity in higher education by discouraging ethnic studies. Many concerned Chicana and Chicano voters h...

Perry Outlines Goals for Legislature

February 12, 2013

On Jan. 8, the Texas Legislature began their 83rd session in Austin, Texas.The 140-day session, which meets every two years, is the only opportunity for budgetary and legislative matters to be passed in Texas, excluding a special session by the governor to handle unsettled matters. As such, the Legi...

Judge deems school funding unconstitutional

February 12, 2013

Courtesy of Will Tallent / The Paisano On Feb. 4, State District Judge John Dietz ruled in favor of the six plaintiffs in a major state school finance lawsuit and deemed that the funding to the Texas public education system is unconstitutional.The six plaintiffs represent about two-t...