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} Senior art majors display talent at newest exhibit page 9 { Take a look at some thesis work from UTSA scholars page 8 Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio {SINCE 1981} Volume 48 April 30, 2013 {WWW.PAISANO-ONLINE.COM} Issue 14 UTSA The Texas Senate has approved a bill that would give UTSA $46,375,000 for an experimental science instructional building. Erin Boren Assistant to the Editor Texas Gov. Rick Perry has threatened to call a special session of the legislature if they do not address tax cuts for businesses and water and infrastructure projects before the end of the regular session. In 2009, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) named UTSA one of seven universities to compete for funding and the status of Tier One, giving it the title “Upcoming Research University.” To propel its path toward Tier One, UTSA increased its admission and research standards. Texas has only three Tier One universities: the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University and Rice University. Universities are categorized as Tier One if they receive no less than $100 million annually in research funding, have admission selectivity, low student-faculty ratios and high quality faculty members. In an effort to increase the likelihood of Tier One status universities in Texas, Texas lawmakers created a competition in which the seven chosen schools could compete for over $600 million dollars in funding and with that, outside funding donations and some research grants would be matched by the state. “I can’t imagine what it’s like for students, but I can tell you that the pace of change here compared to other institutions that I’m familiar with is tremendously fast,” said Dr. John Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It’s very gratifying to be in an institution that’s willing to take on that change and do it in a thoughtful and graceful way.” Acceptance To achieve Tier One status, UTSA must increase its acceptance standards. Starting in Fall 2013, students from the top 25 percent of their class will be automatically admitted. From the 2012-2013 academic year to the 2013-2014 academic year, admission requirements for incoming freshmen from the second 25 percent of their graduating class increase by roughly 17 percent. For example, the required score for the SAT rose from 960 to 1100, while the ACT score rose from 20 to 24. According to Frederick, UTSA should not expect anymore drastic admission changes, as UTSA has changed its standards three times in the past six years, which is unusual for universities. “The top 25 percent is the group we want to target out of high school,” Frederick said. “But there are those in the next 25 percent that we think can succeed and contribute to student life here at UTSA. I think you’ll see us move more and more away from anybody that’s in the bottom half of their high school class, though.” According to the Graduation Rate Improvement Plan (GRIP), UTSA aims for an acceptance rate of 40.2 percent by 2021, meaning that only 40.2 percent of applicants in that year would be acceptSee UTSA, Page 4 Will Tallent / The Paisano U.S. Jason Collins has become the first professional athlete of a major American sport to publically declare he is gay. TEXAS History In this week in 2005, UTSA officially submitted a bid to host the George W. Bush presidential library and museum. Sports Baseball takes on Texas State at Roadrunner Field, May 3-5. Softball plays at home against UT Arglington those same dates. Matthew Duarte News Editor The Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has found itself in a series of scandals that have resulted in new regulations making their way through the Texas Legislature, and the Institute’s future remains unclear as the Legislature has not yet approved a bill to fund the institute past this year. Notably, UTSA was required to make the areas around facilities that house CPRIT research smoke-free; these requirements apply to the Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering Building and Applied Engineering and Technology Building at the UTSA Main Campus and Monterrey Building at the Downtown Campus. CPRIT was created in 2007 when Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment that allocated $3 billion in bonds over 10 years to support cancer research. As a result, CPRIT is the second largest benefactor of cancer research in the country, behind only the National Can- Council Royal Staff Writer CPRIT currently provides $900,000 in research grants to UTSA. cer Institute. CPRIT currently provides $900,000 of research grants to UTSA. The smoke-free areas around these buildings were the university’s first step toward making UTSA a smoke-free campus, a goal that administrators hope to achieve by June 2014. The cancer research organization has been accused of ignoring several conflicts of interests, mismanaging funds allocated to it by the Legislature and hiring a tobacco lobbyist to represent the organization’s interests. Among the CPRIT research projects at UTSA are a noninvasive imaging system to detect melanoma and a system to deliver toxic iron to cancer cells. In spite of its large budget and influence, there are very few results to show for CPRIT’s efforts thus far, said James Grey of the American Cancer Society in Texas. “You can bring something through a clinical trial process and what you have learned is how to make this drug better,” See CPRIT, Page 6 On April 17, the Texas House of Representatives voted to approve a preliminary ban on texting and driving in the state, which is among the 11 states that do not have such a ban, according to the House Research Organization. The bill would criminalize the typing and reading of text messages with a $100 maximum fine for first offenders and a maximum $200 fine for repeat offenders. The bill passed in the House, 97-48, however it is likely to be dead on arrival when it reaches Gov. Rick Perry’s desk. Perry is opposed to the measure and vetoed a similar bill in 2011. The governor seems ready to do so again, despite smaller, local texting bans that have been adopted in dozens of areas including San Antonio, according to the Austin American-Statesman. The reason for Perry’s opposition to the measure, according to the The Paisano Syrian activists have accused the Syrian government of using chemical weapons against its people. Texas driving laws heading for change F uture o f U T S A r e s e a r c h d onor unce r ta i n a m i d c o n t r o v e r s y Will Tallent / The Paisano World TEXAS San Antonio Express News, is that he feels that the bill would infringe on people’s personal liberties and would increase the size of government. Other opponents of the bill are more concerned with it as a threat to civil liberties and would present the opportunity for racial profiling. One of the congressmen opposing the bill is Rep. Harold Dutton Jr. (DHouston). Dutton introduced an amendment which would require more probable cause than just an officer’s belief that a person was texting while driving. The amendment was defeated. Another opponent of the bill was Rep. Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), who said he was being consistent by voting against the bill in 2011 and was among the 47 who voted against it last week. Larson said, “They already have provisions of law that if someone is distracted, texting falls within that purview,” according to the Express-News. “It was See TEXAS, Page 6 UTSA New office on the horizon for the Paisano. Page 2

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