The Paisano

Protests collide near Sombrilla

A UTSAPD officer separated a demonstrator from the crowd. This event takes place near the Sombrilla.

Josh Peck, News Editor

February 19, 2020

Opposing demonstrations clashed near the Sombrilla, resulting in a physical altercation and the involvement of UTSAPD officers on Feb 17. One of the demonstrations was organized by Red Star Magazine, a self-proclaimed “anti-government, anti-police, anti-fascist online magazine.” Its demonstration was ce...

#ChangeRapeCulture protest at Sombrilla

Protestors pose with signs in front of Student Union.

Alfonzo Mendoza

February 20, 2019

UTSA students filled the Sombrilla in protest, calling for a far-reaching and immediate change in sexual assault proceedings and rape culture on campus on Feb. 12. The protest occurred the day after the announcement of the President Eighmy’s Initiative on Preventing Sexual Assault and Misconduct.  The...

Students rally against sexual assault

Students rally against sexual assault

Alejandro Lopez

February 13, 2019

Students involved in the #ChangeRapeCulture group organized a rally under the Sombrilla on Feb. 13 at 12 p.m. The purpose of the rally is to raise awareness of the group’s call to action and make their presence known. “We're hosting the protest to let people know that #ChangeRapeCulture is more t...

Take Back the Night – Event recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month

March during

Matthew Muriel

October 18, 2018

On Oct. 11, the UTSA Women’s Studies Institute (WSI), UTSA Police Department (UTSA PD) and The Office of Student Advocacy, Violence Prevention and Empowerment hosted their annual “Take Back the Night” event in recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  “Take Back the Night” has existed since the ...

New furniture installed in Sombrilla Plaza

Taylor Zamora, The Paisano.

Carlos Hughes

September 13, 2017

Over the summer, the wooden furniture that had been in the Sombrilla for decades was replaced with brand new aluminum furniture with poly-teak wooden finish. The former furniture was installed in the 1980s, being refurbished and replaced in 2002 and 2005. The Sombrilla Plaza is one of the most popul...

Rowdy hoop troupe hula hoops way to fitness and fun

Members of the Rowdy Hoop Troupe gather around during practice for a quick photo. Photo courtesy of Jasmine Ayena

Taiwo Adepoju

January 18, 2017

As the music plays, they waist hoop, lasso (hooping over the head), weave (weaving the hoop from the left side to the right), and hoop their elbows and necks. These are some of the moves members of Rowdy Hoop Troupe display whenever they hula-hoop on the lawn between the MS and the Sombrilla. Rowd...

5 things you MUST do before graduating from UTSA

Raquel Simon Calderon

December 15, 2016

December is here, and with it comes cold weather, a million assignments due, finals and, for some very lucky people, graduation. With that in mind, I invite everyone to take a step back. If you are graduating, congratulations! Reflect on your journey, remember those who made your experience at UTSA mem...