The Paisano



Josh Peck, News Editor

May 28, 2020

The American political system is unlike any other in the world. Since its inception, it has inspired struggles for democracy and liberty across the world, from the French Revolution in the 18th century to the Arab Spring in the early 2010s and the Hong Kong protests today. The American Dream has called...

Between the Lines

Illustration by Ethan Gullett

Paris Cantu, Staff Writer

February 18, 2020

Toni Morrison began writing her debut novel, “The Bluest Eye,” 50 years ago, following her own advice: “If you find a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” She does this with her latest work of nonfiction, as with every book she published, writing...

‘If we get knocked down, we get back up’: Wendy Davis on being a progressive woman in Texas Politics

Kae Roemershauser hosting conversation with Wendy Davis. The two spoke about setting an example for young women.

Rudy Sanchez, Editor-in-Chief

February 18, 2020

When Wendy Davis finally left the senate floor after trying to block a restrictive anti-abortion bill inside the Texas legislature in 2013, a concerned colleague handed the former state senator her first meal since her thirteen-hour-long filibuster began. UTSA students laughed when Davis recalled her...

Iowa caucuses chaos, explained


Isabella Briseño, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

During each presidential election cycle, the Iowa caucuses are regarded as the deciding factor in who will be the presidential nominee for their party. The Iowa caucuses are the first nomination process in the nation, and they build momentum for candidates. Usually, one would expect results to be posted ...

What impeachment could mean for Democrats, and America

What impeachment could mean for Democrats, and America

Alex Hanks, Co Opinion Editor

January 21, 2020

The disunity in the U.S.’s political arena is increasing — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has officially sent the articles of impeachment to the Senate, and the Senate has sworn an oath to be fair jurors. This administration has been nothing short of mobbish. Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giulani, and oth...

Q&A: TEDx Speaker Hector Garcia

Hector Garcia to speak for
TEDxSanAntonio. Photo Courtesy of Hector Garcia

Breahna Luera

November 6, 2019

Clinical psychologist, private consultant and Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Dr. Hector Garcia, will speak at TEDxSan Antonio on Nov. 9. Q: What is your main focus of study for psychology? A: I am a clinical psychologist and a researcher. My...

A legacy solidified

Graphic by Emma Reeves

Alex Hanks

October 2, 2019

This Wednesday, Oct 2, the life of Mahatma Gandhi will be showcased by UTSA faculty and scholars. On what would’ve been Gandhi's 150th birthday, the event will highlight his activism and anticolonial work that cemented his legacy as one of the most prominent humanitarians of all time. The event...

Do not read this

Photo by Lindsey Thomas

Joseph Torres

September 18, 2019

Imagine having unlimited information in the palm of your hand. How would you use this power? The First Amendment protects an individual’s right to freedom of speech and freedom of the press. Regrettably, not everyone uses these freedoms for good. So, it falls on consumers of information to ensure the...

Where do you fit in our democracy?

Graphic by Amber Chin

Editorial Board

September 11, 2019

When you walk through the Sombrilla on your way to class, you may see a collective of tables draped in table cloths sporting the logos of various political and civic engagement groups. What, at times, seems like the brink of a riot, turns out to be a myriad of Roadrunners from all walks of life contributing...

The Mueller Report is bigger than politics

The Mueller Report is bigger than politics

Josh Peck

April 2, 2019

On March 24, the summary of the long-awaited Mueller Report was released to Congress and the public, and the response has been heavily politicized. No matter where you fall on (or off) the political spectrum, this report and its conclusions are incredibly important; it will be a deciding factor in the...

Identity politics: a dangerous game

Joseph Torres

April 2, 2019

In the current political climate our country is experiencing, it may seem difficult to avoid tensions when trying to freely discuss your ideas. At the beginning of this semester, I had a student sit next to me in one of my classes and they delivered an abrasive question, “So, are you a Republican or...

Democratic threat: warnings from ancient philosophers

Busts of ancient philosophers.

Chase Parsons

November 29, 2018

Through my study of American politics, I have come to the conclusion that our political climate today is as divisive as the outbreak of the Civil War. There are many factors which plague our political system today, but the one which I feel is most dangerous to democracy is tribalism. It is surprising how...