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} There are plenty of sweet temptations at La Panadería page 6 UTSA Baseball goes 1-2 over the weekend against the Charlotte 49ers page 9 { Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio {SINCE 1981} UTSA UTSA Stress Down Days will take place April 28 - May 2 at the Main and Downtown Campuses and feature free, stressreducing activities for students. San Antonio Madison High School was on lockdown Monday, April 28 after a student was caught with a loaded AK-47 and two other guns. Texas The UT Board of Regents announced Guy Bailey as the lone finalist to be president of the newly established University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Volume 49 At least 14 people have been reported dead after a storm of tornados ravaged Arkansas over the weekend. The storm was one of several that swept across the southern U.S. World The U.S. and its European allies enacted new sanctions against Russia Monday April 28, that included asset freezes and visa bans. UTSA Sarah Gibbens News Editor The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama will be at UTSA on Friday, May 2. She will be speaking in support of the Fourth Annual College Signing Day, an initiative started by Mayor Julian Castro to encourage students to attend college. The Mayor announced the First Lady’s visit at Briscoe Academy Middle School. More than 2,000 high school seniors are expected to fill the Convocation Center, where they will pledge to continue their education to pursue a college degree. However, the event is closed to the public, and The UTSA Softball team will host the UAB Blazers May 3 and 4 at Roadrunner Field UTSA students will no be allowed entry into the event. In her speech, the First Lady will touch on the significance of pursuing higher education and how it ties into the President’s “North Star” education goal for the U.S. to have the largest proportion of college graduates internationally by 2020. Using the hashtag #ReachHigher, the First Lady is encouraging people across the country to share photos of themselves wearing college apparel via social media. College signing day is one of the many events sponsored by Destination College, a week of free events to celebrate San Antonio as a city committed to higher education. Other events include a Destination College kick-off, silly sock day and a career block party — among others that can be found at iknow- Preparing for finals week UTSA Brittany Lopez Assistant to the Editor Finals week is rapidly approaching. Some students may think they can wait until the last minute to crack open those books, review notes and prepare flashcards — but the time to start studying was yesterday. The key to reducing stress when studying for finals is time management. It is extremely difficult to cram in a semester’s worth of material a couple days before the test date, especially with multiple exams. The {WWW.PAISANO-ONLINE.COM} mistake most students make when studying for finals is procrastinating. This leads to higher stress levels and hinders a student’s ability to p e r form Destination College is a part of the Mayor’s SA2020 plan, which aims to increase high school enrollment by 80 percent and achieve 50 percent college completion by 2020. According to the Destination College website, San Antonio’s graduation rates have already increased by 42 percent since 2010. It is these impressive statistics that has attracted the First Lady to San Antonio. According to Darryl Byrd, president and CEO of SA2020, the First Lady was impressed by San Antonio’s education initiatives after learning about them through U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. In an interview with KSAT 12 News, Byrd said of the First Lady’s visit, “We’ve done this as well or better than any other city in the nation, and she recognizes that and she wants to celebrate it and continue to forward it as a model.” well on exam day. Assistant Director of Counseling Services Melissa Hernandez reassures students that, “not all stress is bad. Having some stress helps motivate us to work a little bit harder and a little bit longer to get the job done. Too much stress, however, can be overwhelming and lead your brain to shut down.” One of the main things students can do to avoid o r reduce their stress levels during finals week is to manage their time and avoid procrastination. When students allocate enough time to study before exam day they are less likely to panic. By making a list of when to complete important tasks, students will be less likely to feel overwhelmed. The benefits of list-making include organizing, prioritizing and managing time efficiently. “The best way to reduce stress is to build stress management skills. Deep breathi n g , exercise, stretching, meditation, positive thinking and biofeedback are just some of the options Counseling Services recommends to students,” Hernandez said. According to Health Education Coordinator II, Amanda Graves, “UTSA Counseling Services offers services to students to help them deal with stress and anxiety.” Students can reach them at (210) 458-4140. The Tomás Rivera Center also offers ser vices a n d p r o grams to help st udents with studying tips and time management skills. Studying is essential if students want to pass. When preparing for multiple choice and true/false questions, some ways to study are to make flashcards. Quizlet is a free website that provides learning tools for See Exams, Page 3 Making sense of the latest Therapy dogs relieve Supreme Court Ruling stress during finals UTSA Lorenzo Garcia News Assistant Sports April 29, 2014 First Lady to speak at UTSA U.S. Issue 15 Affirmative action has a storied history in the United States. It was only last year that an affirmative action case from the state of Texas, “Fisher v. University of Texas” ascended to the hallowed chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court. In that 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court remanded the ruling of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding the affirmative action policy of the University of Texas at Austin. A year later, the Supreme Court appears to have come full circle. On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 to reverse the ruling of a Court of Appeals on “Schuette v. Coali- tion.” By reversing the decision, the Supreme Court upheld Proposal 2, an initiative passed by Michigan voters that prohibits the use of race-based preferences as part of the admissions process for state universities. In his ruling, Justice Kennedy clarifies that “Schuette v. Coalition” was “not about the constitutionality, or the merits, of race-conscious admission policies in higher education.” Rather, the issue considered by the Court was “whether, and in what manner, voters in the States may choose to prohibit the consideration of racial preferences in governmental decisions, in particular with respect to school admissions.” In this context, the ruling may take on a new light. The judgment of the Court of Appeals was primarily based upon the cases “Hunter v. Erickson” and “Seattle.” In the first case, the Akron City Council found that majority of its racial minority citizens were living in segregated areas that were overcrowded and unsafe. To counter this problem, the council enacted a fair housing ordinance; however, the citizens of the city responded by amending the city charter to overturn the ordinance and require further anti-discrimination housing to be passed by referendum. The plaintiff, a black citizen of Akron, claimed that her real estate agent would not show her certain houses because the owners stated they would not sell to black persons. According to the ruling, the city responded to the challenge by stating that the amendment was “simply (a) public decision to move slowly in the delicate See RULING, Page 3 UTSA Sarah Gibbens News Editor This year, the Student Health Services and Student Government Association (SGA) took a unique approach to help students cope with stress. The UTSA “Puppy Zone” was held on Tuesday afternoon, April 29, in the University Center Ski Lounge outside of Chili’s. Delta Pet Partners of San Antonio provided six therapy dogs free of charge that students could interact with for a limited amount of time. They opted to bring trained therapy dogs — as opposed to actual puppies — so that the dogs would be prepared to handle a poten- tially unpredictable situation. The dogs are trained therapy dogs certified by the national non-profit Pet Partners. Health Education Coordinator II Amanda Graves worked closely with Delta Pet Partners to bring the dogs to UTSA. “Animal assisted therapy can provide students with a short break that can improve their mood and help them return to their studies with less stress and anxiety,” said Graves. The Puppy Zone has been a long-term project from SGA’s University Advancement Committee. Originally proposed in the spring of 2013, the Puppy Zone faced opposition and doubt from the student body, according to University Advancement Chair Josh Fierro. “This is not only an accomplishment from the University See CANINES, Page 3

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