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SAPD: Abolishing and defunding are not the same

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Jaida Sloan, Staff Writer

October 16, 2020

Defunding the police is a referendum on American values and should not be confused with abolishing the police. In short, defunding the police can be described as the reallocation or redirection of funding away from police departments to other government agencies funded by local municipalities. The ce...

A practical take against police abolition

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Max Aguirre, Sports Editor

August 28, 2020

As all of us are aware, the questionable actions of police officers sent the country into a storm of protests and riots this summer. This isn’t the first time a reckless killing of a civilian by an officer has spread anger around the country, but it needs to be the last. Currently, the policing...

Panelists discuss high school African American Studies

Panelists discuss high school African American Studies

Ebony Purks, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

UTSA hosted a panel of professors, attorneys and activists in the John Peace Library on Feb. 18. They discussed the importance of integrating African American studies into Texas high school curricula. The panel included UTSA professor Dr. Ann Marie Ryan, UTSA lecturer Mario Marcel Salas, Texas A&M-San...

Chief Lewis addresses Feb. 17 protests

Chief Lewis addresses Feb. 17 protests

Josh Peck, News Editor

February 25, 2020

UTSAPD Chief of Police Gerald Lewis held several informal conversation sessions with students, faculty and staff following the on-campus demonstrations which occurred on Feb. 17 to discuss UTSAPD’s actions during the protests. Lewis expressed his view of the actions UTSAPD officers took at the demonstrations. “I...

Update on student escorted out of classroom

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Lauren Donecker

November 28, 2018

On Nov. 12, Dr. Anita Moss called the UTSA Police Department (PD) was to escort senior Paige Burgess out of Moss’ human anatomy and physiology class. The student was allegedly scolded for propping her feet up on another chair. According to reports, after Burgess was removed from the classroom, fellow stude...

A new wave of safety

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Alejandro Lopez

September 5, 2018

LiveSafe app available The UTSA Police Department, alongside other departments such as the President’s Office, implemented a new safety app at UTSA called “LiveSafe.” UTSA is the first UT System institution to have the app available to students and faculty.   LiveSafe has direct contact wi...

Decreasing defense

Gaige Davila

January 10, 2018

Student org. calls for the disarming of campus police   On Dec. 15, Revolutionary Horizon (REVHO), an anarchist organization consisting primarily of UTSA students, drafted a letter to UTSA President Taylor Eighmy calling for the disarming of UTSA police officers and for the rollback of the incre...

UTSA Chief of Police Lewis engages students for a safer campus

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Isaac Serna

April 26, 2017

A non-specific bomb threat, targeting the John Peace Library, left many UTSA students confused and concerned last Monday and Tuesday when they were instructed to evacuate the building. Among the officers on the scene was Associate Vice President of Public Safety and Chief of Police Gerald Lewis, Jr. T...

Shooting on UTSA Blvd

April 28, 2015

Marcus Connolly, The Paisano Two men were shot and wounded as their car pulled out of the Avalon Place apartment complex on UTSA Boulevard in the early hours of Sunday, April 26. According to UTSAPD, one victim was shot in the abdomen, the other in the arm. Students were alerted t...

Sexual assaults, violence remain sparse at UTSA

January 27, 2015

When the president and the vice president of the United States announce that one in five women is sexually assaulted during their college career, people listen. When a Rolling Stone cover story about a gang rape by a University of Virginia fraternity is discredited, people listen. Recent studie...

San Antonio blocks calls, texting while behind the wheel

January 20, 2015

Robert Pistocchi/ The Paisano San Antonio ordinance 255, a new distracted driving law which prohibits cell phone use while driving, is effective as of Jan. 1. According to Ordinance 255, drivers must use a hands free device, such as Bluetooth, if they want to communicate using a mob...