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Vol. 57, Issue 6
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February 13 - February 20, 2018
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A historic UTSA voter turnout of over 6,000 Roadrunners suggests a large number of the student body is against raising athletics and transportation fees.
By Samuel De Leon Co-News Editor The athletics and transportation fees at UTSA will not be raised for students next academic year. More than 6,100 students, the largest voter-turnout in UTSA history, cast their ballots during the two day voting period. Both proposals to increase the fees were voted down. “I am very appreciative that so many Roadrunners came out for the referendum vote,” UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said. “It is vitally important to have participation in this democratic process and use the results to better understand our students’ viewpoints and areas of concern. We will carry this knowledge forward as we work toward
supporting our athletic programs and their role in helping to build UTSA’s reputation beyond San Antonio and Texas.” The athletics fee will remain $20 per semester credit hour, with a cap at 12 hours ($240), and the transportation fee will remain $20 per semester. UTSA athletics’ campaign of “Be the Why in Yes,” had little effect on the student body’s opinion, as 4,734 students voted against the athletics fee increase. “I felt, as I believe many students did, that the athletics fee increase is not a priority at the moment,” sophomore cybersecurity major and SGA senator Michael Barbosa said. “Lots of students go into debt for their education, and this was a hard sell. I don’t think of this as the student saying ‘No’ to athletics, but a ‘Not right now’ to a fee increase.”
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Students reject fee proposal By Isaac Serna Editor-in-Chief
Some students felt the athletics campaign was not fairly run, with signs posted around campus emphasizing voting “Yes” for the increase.
“The mission of UTSA Athletics is to serve as a front door and source of pride for the university. ” - Lisa Campos, UTSA Athletic Director “The historic voter turnout and overwhelmingly negative response to the proposed athletic fee increase, in spite of a wellfunded, corrupt and highly uninformative marketing campaign
UTSA alumni and students share their thoughts on the result of the fee increase vote over Twitter.
run by the athletic department should serve as a reminder to the UTSA administration of what students’ real priorities are,” sophomore finance major and SGA secretary Montana Meeker said. “In future development of tuition and fee proposals, the administration should work harder to ensure they are focusing on what students want, and involving them in the process.” Comments made by both SGA members are their own and not representative of SGA’s view. Although the athletics department’s campaign did not succeed, Athletics Director Lisa Campos believes the students voted in their best collective interest. “I am looking forward to exploring ways we can seek a deeper engagement with the student body and learn more about how we can best serve its
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needs,” Campos said in an email. “The mission of UTSA Athletics is to serve as a front door and a source of pride for the university. We are committed to providing opportunities for the entire Roadrunner family and the local community to connect with UTSA and to build the national reputation of our institution.” The transportation fee has not increased in nearly a decade. The athletics fee was last increased in Fall 2013. The transportation fee still serves as the primary funding source for the Campus Service Transit. SGA’s GA 104 noted the current transportation budget deficit is no longer sustainable. Tuition and fee proposals are docketed to be reviewed every two years.
The history of black brother and sisterhood in America Black History Month Panel discusses fraternities and sororities in African American history By Kenyatta Battle Editor-in-Chief’s Assistant During Black History Month, UTSA will host a panel for Black History Month discussing the importance of black fraternities’ and sororities’ history and importance. Organized by Karla Broadus, UTSA director of African American studies and senior lecturer in the interdisciplinary learning and teaching department, this event will host a panel of black professionals who found their experience in these fraternities and sororities to be beneficial. “I feel there’s some rich history that is not being explored or understood. So, I came up with as many chapters of fraternities and sororities that I could get to talk about their chapters and their history,” Broadus said. “Too often we think of fraternities and sororities as only doing step shows and partying, but we don’t understand the purpose behind all of them, and how they started and where they started. So, I thought we needed to en-
compass that in our history.” Broadus believes people are unaware of the community service and resources made available by fraternities and sororities. “The forefront of these fraternities and sororities is community service,” Broadus said. “Community service is usually not even paid attention to when it comes to these groups. “Also, nobody highlights the scholarship opportunity: how many black students have been able to go to college because of all these organizations over the years that have existed? Each one of these organizations are giving away thousands of scholarships.” Broadus also said she created this event so people of color can know that there are many successful black professionals. “There are thousands of educated people with degrees that look like us—people of color. There are more than anybody could count,” Broadus said. “I want people to understand that there are a bunch of profes-
Members of the UTSA chapter of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity pose at an organized social event.
sional black people out there, and nobody’s paying attention to all those educated people. “One of the state reps from Dallas came and he said, ‘San Antonio has more educated blacks than almost any place.’”
Broadus is not trying to encourage students to join fraternities or sororities, but she wants to make inform students about the resources available to them. Broadus designed the event to make students aware of the his-
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tory of these organizations and not be distracted by the stereotype of the “party group.”
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UTSA UTSA will jointly host a town hall meeting with San Antonio Express-News in the Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326) at the UTSA Downtown Campus on Feb.15. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will have panelists discuss the social dialogue the #MeToo movement has caused and the changes expected to occur as a result. The panel will consist of former Texas state senator Leticia Van de Putte, CEO of the Deberry Group Trish Deberry, UTSA professor of psychology Michael Baumann and former assistant police chief of the San Antonio Police Department Geraldine Garcia.
Texas Hidalgo county filed charges against the former chief of the county’s drainage district, Godfrey Garza Jr., accusing him of fraud in the construction of a $232 million border fence, funded by the Department of Homeland Security. Judge Martin Chiuminatto dismissed some of the charges against Garza because he did not think the evidence of fraud was strong enough to send to a jury. The county withdrew the remaining legal actions against Garza after Chiuminatto’s ruling.
U.S. Two Ohio police officers, Eric Joering and Tony Morelli, were fatally shot on Feb. 10. Police took the suspect into custody, reportedly wounding them in the exchange. The two officers were responding to a 911 hang-up call that was thought to be a potential domestic situation.
Former UTSA interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Mauli Agrawal, shakes hands with military personnel.
Agrawal says ‘goodbye’ By Isaac Serna Editor-in-Chief By Samuel De Leon Co-News Editor UTSA interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs C. Mauli Agrawal was selected as Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), effective June 20, 2018. Agrawal first came to San Antonio in 2003, joining UTSA at the UT Health Science Center. Prior to being provost, he served as Dean for the College of Engineering and the Vice President for Research. “Mauli brings skills and expe-
rience that will be invaluable as we work together and with leaders of the campus, the Greater Kansas City community and the University of Missouri System to create the great university that UMKC deserves to be,” Barbara Bichelmeyer, interim Chancellor of UMKC, said in an email to Kansas City’s local radio station. Agrawal was one of 24 candidates reviewed by the UMKC search team. From three finalists, University of Missouri System President Mun Choi chose Agrawal. “I’m confident that the university will reach new heights of success in research, education and outreach through his leadership,” Choi said.
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World A Tokyo public school is facing criticism for adopting Giorgio Armani uniforms for students. The price for a full set is more than 80,000 yen, equivalent to $730. Wearing the uniforms is not mandatory, but most students in secondary schools wear uniforms because of Japan’s value of conformity. Toshitsugu Wada, the school’s principal, chose Armani because he believes the brand fits the identity of the school.
Business The chief executive of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Javier Palomarez, has been accused of sexual assault and giving himself raises he was not entitled to. The chamber’s executive committee voted on, Oct. 13, to give Palomarez a week to resign and repay the chamber the overpayment amount. On Dec. 6, the committee reconsidered the overpayment allegations and rejected them. The board is still investigating Palomarez’s sexual assault allegations.
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Continued from Page 1 According to Broadus, these groups are more than the stereotype of the “party group,” they represent a group of people students can count on and a group that will push those students to the next level. Speakers will include several historians and organization officers from the fraternities and sororities represented. One of the speakers, Cassandra Carter, said she will discuss the impact her organization made in her life and the lives of others. “We will discuss our organizations and the impact they have made on history. It is important to come together to discuss our history and the history of our organizations. It is important for African American students to know why fraternities and sororities were formed and how they have evolved to where they are today. It is a hope that attendees will walk away with a better understanding of the role Greek letter organizations play in the community.” Another speaker, Jamal Hasty, UTSA alumnus and vice chairman of membership selection process for the southwest region of Omega Psi Phi fraternities, said he wants to discuss the importance of fraternities and sororities participating in community service. Hasty believes it is important for students to attend events such as the Black History Month panel to find the organization that best suits each student’s needs. “I would love it if the audience walked away knowing that fraternities and sororities are not just all about parties, that most organizations and chapters are about taking care of the business side of their organization and putting on educational events for their campus,” Hasty said. Black History Month was originally called “Achievement Week,” a program started by Carter G. Woodson, a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity in the 1920s. The discussion is set to take place at the Mesquite room—SU 2.01.24 on Feb. 20. For more information, students can view the event details on UTSA’s main campus events calendar.
Agrawal’s departure came just months after UTSA sent an email announcing its nationwide search for a new Provost and Vice-President of Academic Affairs last December. Wheless Partners, an executive search and leadership consulting firm, is listed as the agency to contact for submissions on the position. The Provost reports directly to the President and is the Chief Academic Officer who offers UTSA guidance and leadership. Agrawal’s announcement occurred before the UTSA Provost Search Committee made a decision. When speaking with The Paisano, UTSA President Taylor Eighmy expressed gratitude for Agrawal’s impact and leader-
ship at the university. “In my world, these kind of changes happen all the time. People come, people go. If you plan correctly, you can put interim people in place; that works,” Eighmy said. “We launched our provost search in November, and we expect to have a new provost in place before he departs, so, we will be fine there,” Eighmy said. “We expect that he will do a wonderful job in his new role and wish him the absolute best.” Agrawal called his time at UTSA an “incredible journey” and said though he and his wife, Sue, will miss UTSA, he is excited for his new position at UMKC. UMKC staff and leadership echoed an interest in Agrawal’s ability to understand the role higher education institutions play in economic development. “It is good for institutions to send off their people to go do other big things because that says a lot about UTSA and Mauli,” Eighmy said. “It’s also good to bring in new blood to bring a fresh perspective to the outside, so there’s good in change.” The Provost search committee consists of 21 UTSA personnel, made up of faculty, staff and university administrators. The committee is expected to identify its candidates early this year and aims to hire a new Provost by the end of the spring semester. Students can read the entire proposal by visiting utsa. edu/financialaffairs/tuitionfees/ proposals.
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opinion Universities care about your love-life Editorial A healthy relationship can uplift and empower students to achieve their academic goals. In light of Valentine’s day, students should make the distinction between how their love-life can help and hurt their pursuits. For those very reasons, UTSA cares about students relationships. There are a range of tips and tricks available in relationship advice pieces. The Paisano has featured relationship advice columns and Her Campus at Cornell University, a publication that included contributions from UTSA students, offers university-centric advice pieces as well. Advice aside, it’s important to note students aren’t the only people considering how their relationships will affect their studies. Universities have concerns for student quality of life and the relationships that they build. When it comes down to it, UTSA must sustain their budgets. Retaining students is a way to do so. Retention is a challenge UTSA faces. It has one of the
lowest retention rates in the UT System. Many factors contribute to this challenge, but student relationships, whether intimate or friendly, are one indicator of how likely a student is to stay on campus. Vincent Tinto’s Interactionalist Theory of College Student Departure has been described as the standard among theoretical views on college student attrition and retention. Tinto explained that when students have insufficient interactions with others in college and their goals and values are not aligned with those of the college, students are more likely to leave the school. The theory covers more than intimate relationships, but it is certainly applicable to them. If one floats through college alone, they are less likely to remain on campus. Conversely, if one’s partner’s goals and values don’t align with a student’s academic pursuits, that student’s participation at their university may falter. A relationship isn’t the answer to retention, but a healthy relationship may be. Can UTSA help facilitate healthy relationships? Perhaps. Some universities have large
green spaces that welcome picnics and public studying, such as “the yard” at Howard University. UTSA incorporates date-friendly programs students may use to enjoy a night out on the school’s tab, such as UCinema nights, which is listed on the UTSA
Calendar. Imagine a universityrun Tinder that, in order to join, requires a student to be in good academic standing, would it work? Ultimately, fostering and maintaining a healthy relationship is a student’s responsibility,
but many are invested in the student’s relationship decisions. Take care of yourself, your university is rooting for you.
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Should students have pets? Point
Having pets on campus is complicated and has its pros and cons. Are pets worth having on campus or are they a nuisance for residents?
By Angela Porter Contributing Writer
Jordy and Feebie Lou pose for their photo with UTSA swag.
College is stressful, and pets are proven to be stress relievers, something every student needs. Cats and dogs are among the most popular pets and offer companionship to their owners. Pets can range from dogs and cats to more exotic animals such as rabbits and snakes. Preference as well as what dormitories or apartment complexes allow plays a role in the decision to get a pet. Some may say college students are not responsible enough to care for a pet or are too busy to spend time with it. While pets may take a lot of time to care for, they are also a good step into adulthood for many students. Pets teach students responsibility and time management. Of course, if a student is truly too busy or does not have the resources to care for a pet, the student should wait until they are better suited to give an animal a good life and properly care for it. Pets can offer emotional support to students in many situations. Symptoms of frequent anxiety, panic attacks and depression can be reduced by the inclusion of a pet as an emotional support animal. Attention is one of the most vital aspects in caring for a pet. Dogs require exercise and attention, including taking them for walks. Not only does walking benefit the dog, it also gives the owner
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more of an incentive to work out, contributing to an improvement in emotional and physical health. Baylor College of Medicine in Houston determined that “dog owners were 54 percent more likely than other adults to get recommended levels of exercise.” When spending time walking your dog, you are increasing your health and happiness as well as your dog’s health. It is vital to consider your budget and time availability in order to get a pet best suited for your lifestyle. If you have a low budget, you may want to wait to get a pet or get one that is less costly than a dog or cat. Availability is also important, because you should not get a pet that requires a lot of attention if you’re constantly busy with school or work; this will hurt both you and the pet. Instead, get one that requires minimal attention or two pets to keep each other company. The life of a college student is often hectic and stressful. Pets can provide relief from all the pressures and worries. With their friendly and loving demeanor, pets offer emotional support to students to ease their stress. A pet’s contribution to a student’s mental and physical health is beneficial to their overall well-being and success.
Pets and college students don’t mix. While in college, students should not be allowed to have a pet because college students constantly live in unstable, poor, idle and stressful environments. Most college students are aware of the uncertainty of the college atmosphere. One minute, a student can be vomiting out of a car window on the highway going 100 mph; the next minute they could be waking up in a strange location next to unknown individuals. This wild influx of time and varying schedules are not a good environment for a pet. Pets need stability. If the pet owner is unable to be around late in the night or throughout most of the day, they could possibly destroy that student’s residence or be endangered by the things left in a college student’s room. College is an expensive place. Generally students are irresponsible with their money, and the added expense of a dog is no small matter. Marketwatch.com said the national student loan debt is estimated to be around 1.2 trillion dollars and nearly 70 percent of bachelor’s degree recipients leave school with debt, while the added cost of ownership for a dog exceeds 1000 dollars a year. This expense would burden college students further who are already living off Ramen noodles. Many college students live in campus dormitories that do not allow pets. Even if they do, pets could cause various housing issues. The UTSA Resident Handbook specifically states, “the university allows a person with a disability to be accompanied by a Service Animal which is by definition limited to dogs.” The handbook also states students may have “Emotional Support” (or Assistance) animals. UTSA does not allow residents to have pets in their dorms (or on campus) unless that pet is being used for emotional support or for a person with a disability; however, even if pets are permitted, they could be an annoyance to students in a small dorm. Not only are many pets are untrained, but pets can also be very noisy during after hours, which could potentially cause conflicts between roommates. Lastly, many college students are lazy, and they may not clean
By Kenyatta Battle Editor-in-Chief’s Assistant up after their messy pets. The final reason college students should not be allowed to have dogs as pets is because of the stress. College, as we all know, can be a stressful place. Even though some people believe having a pet will change that reality; they are completely and utterly wrong. I will be the first to admit dogs, cats and other pets are cute and fun to have around. They can make you feel better, but they cannot help you get over the rigors of studying, failing an exam or, most importantly, depression. According to the College Health Assessment, at four-year institutions nearly 30 percent of college students reported they felt so depressed it was difficult to function. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, this type of depression stems from students leaving home for the first time, learning to live independently, taking tough classes and getting less sleep, while in an unfamiliar environment. Adopting a pet can incur great, unexpected and long term obligations that many students would be unprepared for. When considering the stresses of college life and the increased responsibilities as well as mental health concerns, college students should not be allowed to own a pet.
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Black History Month: Black love Commentary
By Kimiya Factory Staff Writer Is it a coincidence that Valentine’s day and black history share the same month? Since both topics are current, can we talk about black love? I know it’s not just me who notices Hollywood portrays black love as either single mothers with deadbeat fathers or a cliché version of “hood love.” Hollywood, here’s a fun fact: black excellence includes black love too. I have the privilege of knowing this for a fact from watching my grandparents prove every tainted cliché of black couples wrong. Whether you don’t believe in love or simply hate Valentine’s day as much as I do, keep on reading; I have a story for you. One may even argue a testimony of hope for the disappointing depiction that
the world has had about black love for centuries. It was May. My grandmother, Cheryl, who had already previously been married, rolled her eyes at any notion of love. Her demanding on-call nursing schedule didn’t help the dating scene either, so one can imagine that when a friend called with high regards for a smooth, dark fellow at church she felt would be a great fit, my grandmother firmly declined. My grandfather, Fred Nolan Factory, who was once divorced himself, sprinkled whatever hope for love and determination I have running through my veins, because he finally obtained her phone number. One phone call ran into the other and began to run later into the night. After two weeks of talking on the phone when the other was available, (remember, texting and cell phones weren’t a thing) a face to face was finally took place. And from there, I’d love to say it was magic; and while it was in its own way, it wasn’t magic right away. My grandmother was stubborn. While she opened her mind to this charming social studies teacher, intimacy would not follow. When he would stay over too late, she would suggest her spare bedroom across the hall and a subtle peck on the
Fred Factory and Cheryl Factory, married on Nov. 4, 1990, have been together for 27 years.
cheek. Sass and class, Cheryl had the entire package. My grandfather loved it. He knew she would be the woman who exercised his mind and challenged his idea of life. On Jun. 16, 1990, Fred Factory couldn’t wait a moment longer. He made his way to the ninth floor of St. Anthony’s Hospital, pulled her away from her busy day to ask for her opinion on what was inside a small brown box. She answered, “Honestly? If you’re trying to make an impression, you could do much better.” He smirked and simply replied with, “If you aren’t doing anything for the next 60 years, would you consider spending it with me?”
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On Nov. 4, 1990, Fred and Cheryl Factory jumped the broom, a historic symbol of union that slaves used to signify their truth in love while not able to marry one another legally. Now a retired principal and nurse, these two beat every negative stereotype that society has created about black couples. Twenty-seven years later the woman who felt like love was never in her favor, makes jars of jam and homemade recipes of wine with Mr. Factory, all the while nagging at the social studies teacher who swept her off her feet to take his medicine. Now that’s black love, Hollywood; better yet, try black excellence. Hollywood, it’s time to take a better approach to black love; we already have.
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Finstagram sparks conversation on digital identity.
“They seek a second self for escape and relaxation on finstagram. Selfidentity explains that youngsters use Finstagram to experience a true-self which may influence wellbeing.”
By Katrina Clements Arts & Life Assistant Editor
-Dr. Seok Kang
ince its debut in 2010, Instagram has become one of the most popular social media platforms today. Who you follow determines the kind of content you see, but the appeal of this platform from the user’s perspective is your profile consists of only content you want the public to see: the successes, travel logs, the engagements, etc. This selective digital reality allows users to create the ideal version of themselves. While broadcasting the highlight reel of one’s life to the masses can be fun, it can also lead to boredom and a desire to express a different image, leading to the creation of multiple accounts. According to CNBC, there are 800 million registered Instagram users as of 2017. Part of the Instagram population consists of “Finstagram” also known as “fake Instagram” accounts. Finstagram or “Finsta” for short, started to become popular among teenagers and young adults who were seeking a place to share parts of their lives that they wouldn’t broadcast on their real instagram also referred to as “Rinsta” by
communication professors. Contradictory to the name, Finsta accounts created a private place for people to post content that reveals a more real version of themselves. These types of accounts gained popularity by teenagers after parents started to become active on social media and were able to view their children’s posts. Similarly, young adults entering the workforce make these accounts so employers only view the filtered persona users create on their main social media accounts. Finsta users typically keep their follower numbers to fewer than one hundred people, allowing them to pick and choose exactly who can view their content. While Instagram allows for anyone to make their accounts private and select who follows you, the purpose of Finsta is different. UTSA freshman Faiza Ahmed has 608 followers on her main account and a selected 48 Finsta followers. She created her Finsta because “the idea of having a private forum as opposed to a public one where I could post more intimate things, while still delivering it to people that I want to see it was cool to me,” Ahmed said.
A common trend on Finsta is the phenomenon of “sad posting,” where users vent and expose a negative side of themselves. “I would say my Finsta is unconventional in that I try to send positivity on my account because I feel like Finsta is a breeding ground for hate and negativity, and I know a lot of people who primarily use their Finstas for that purpose” said Ahmed. She described the content she typically sees on Finsta as “a lot of memes, people sharing information on fights they have with their parents, complaints on how their life isn’t as good as it could be, semi nude or nude photos and recently as my followers and I transitioned into college, a lot of drunken posts.” Following someone’s Finsta account gives an inside look at the more taboo aspects of their life, creating another side to the way they are perceived. “Whatever you choose to publicize whether it’s on Finsta or not, there is subconscious judgment of your character that is bound to happen,” said Ahmed. The growth of social media has taken hold of the way society commu-
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nicates and views humanity. UTSA digital communication professor Dr. Seok Kang said that “as social media has become a sphere of expressing who we are and interaction with friends and followers, teens and college students use social media as a space to build self- and social identity.” While to the average social media user Instagram and other platforms are just places to essentially create a digital scrapbook, there is a science behind it all. The communication theories of self identity and social identity relate to the Finsta phenomenon. According to Dr. Kang, self-identity theory states that the motivation of self-identity via mediated communication channels influences social wellbeing. The term well-being in this case is used to describe self esteem, social health, mental health and narcissism. Referring to Finsta users in relation to the self-identity theory, The theory of social identity states that people use the groups they belong to as a source of pride and self esteem. By creating a second account, Finsta users are creating a second social
“When Finstagram users feel belongingness in their group (limited friends), it can lead to the feeling of pride or out-group aggressiveness. We can assume that social identity building on Finstagram increases in-group solidarity and out-group hostility.” said Dr. Kang. As social media is relatively new, society has yet to see how these platforms will continue to change the way we interact. However, if the dependency on private accounts like Finstas continues there is potential to affect users views of socialization and build a dependency on insular networks. The purpose of having multiple accounts on one social media site is hard to grasp for some, as there is question as to why there is a need to separate different aspects of one’s personali-
ty. UTSA Communications professor Ryan McPherson said that “compartmentalization is encouraged by Finstas. This activity is a threat to identity, because it limits the ability to communicate with consistent freedom and authenticity.” Compartmentalization can lead to the deflection of self awareness and projection of unrealistic views of communication. However, some use the separation provided by Finsta as a way to broadcast a more marketable aspect of themselves, such as their fitness journey, recipes, fashion or makeup. Creating separate accounts to cater to different groups is a frequently used marketing tool to reach different audiences without overwhelming or losing public interest by displaying all aspects of an individual on one account, therefore having potential to reach a larger audience. Social media is an important tool in the modern age, as it allows us the opportunity to reach millions in the palm of our hands. Businesses, celebrities, politicians, students and adults come together on these platforms to create a diverse digital community that can be utilized for greater human connection. However, just as everything else, social media should be used in moderation. As said by Professor McPherson, “I know that when we use less social media, we have more time in our lives for activities that nurture happiness.”
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Ciudad, a crecer: Genesis of the village
Impending development near the UTSA area to change traffic, economy and landscape. By Isaac Serna Editor-In-Chief
Construction can be seen along UTSA Blvd near main campus.
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One developer is doing a little California dreaming near UTSA Main Campus. A 114-acre plot on UTSA Blvd, near the crossing of Loop 1604 and Interstate 10 has been tapped into by developers following a revival of mixed-use development in San Antonio, such as the Pearl Brewery. Joey Lindsey, senior public health major and LUXX community assistant noticed changes across from where he lived. “Not a lot has changed so far. As of right now, they’ve torn down many
trees.” Lindsey said. “I’m excited as a resident to have more shopping and restaurants nearby, but it is more competition for where I live.” Mixed-use development can potentially change how San Antonians commute and live. Unlike traditional new residential areas, mixed-use developments are pedestrianfriendly. These developments were common throughout the U.S. in the 1920s, but the arrival of the automobile as a primary means of transportation gave residents the incentive to move out of the city. Mixed-use properties have experienced a revival
since the 1980s, as developers seek new ways to use limited space in dense cities, while improving the quality of life and stimulating the economy. In 2015, Austin-based developer Steve Sanders and California developer Rob Schumacher acquired the lot for $20.3 million dollars at a bankruptcy auction. “From a helicopter view, it’s just a fabulous piece of property,” Schumacher said after the bankruptcy court hearing. “It just lends itself to a high-end development that everyone will like.”
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Chain links freckle the area around UTSA as development encroaches available pieces of land.
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The developers broke ground on Dec. 1 alongside Mayor Ron Nirenberg, Councilman Manny Pelaez and UTSA SGA President Marcus Thomas. Schumacher describes the $320 million project as a “master-planned community” titled, University Village. “It is a 116-acre blank canvas to do a mixed use Legacy project that will stand the test of time,” Schumacher said. “The project will have three components; 1000 low density, modern apartments, 200,000 square feet of retail with a majority what I call local retail or retail from San Antonio only and 500,000 square feet of office, which I hope has a incubator component to tie in with UTSA, like I see at Stanford and the Stanford Research Park.” Schumacher said students can expect to enjoy food, living and entertainment at University Village. “We have met and constantly talked to the university. One aspect will be our entertainment tract that is on the trailhead that connects to UTSA via the trail,” Schumacher said. “We hope to promote people walking, biking and skateboarding to our
entertainment tract for various options of entertainment, reasonably priced food and perhaps a beer garden if allowed.” Schumacher is against large fast food chains appearing at University Village, but the California developer said he would make an exception for his local favorite, In-N-Out. Dallas firm Provident Realty Advisors has been hired to help plan and develop the multifamily and retail portions of the community, located just east of campus. The project is expected to be open for business in five years. When complete, University Village will join the ranks of San Antonio’s other masterplanned communities—the Pearl Brewery being the most visible. These communities are carefully planned in an ad hoc fashion from their inception and are typically constructed in a green space. The design plan aims for sustainability in a way which the needs of the present are met without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The process includes a joint deal with the City of San Antonio and University Village developers to expand UTSA Blvd to five lanes. The developers are covering the cost of three of the lanes and the city will pick up the cost of the other two.
“I think the highways will definitely open up more access to UTSA, though it’s two-fold.” Lindsey said. “I’d be worried it’ll create traffic around the area.” To integrate the UTSA academic community, Schumacher suggested UTSA explore business incubator opportunities at the offices at University Village. Business incubators are companies that help promote the growth of startup companies by offering services and innovative ideas. UTSA uses business incubators. The UTSA New Venture Incubator (NVI) program is focused on the translation from research to products and services. “We would love to work with UTSA to set up something in our office component to promote university and commercial efforts for promoting ideas to commercial successes,” Schumacher said. “This is an example of others recognizing UTSA’s growth and momentum. This project is also great because it contributes to the overall growth of the Northwest side,” Thomas said. UTSA President Taylor Eighmy said he wants to meet with Sanders and Schumacher to better understand the plans for University Village. “There are a number of things that they are considering about development over there. I’ve
Rudiments of production Music Technology Club invites students to MuTe Fest to increase knowledge of audio production. By Devin DeLeon Staff Writer Have a passion for the technical side of producing music? MuTe festival will be held on campus in the Music Tech Lab 3.01.30 B and the Recital Hall in the Arts Building from Feb. 21-23. The festival will have various speakers lecturing on music production, acoustics of a tracking room, composition creation, a chamber ensemble performance as a live film score and a night of compositions in surround sound accompanied with a light show. MuTe Fest is led by the Music Technology Club or MuTe for short. MuTe is led by president Wesley Penix and professor Dr. Andrew Bergmann who serves as administrative oversight to the club. To kickoff the festival is Grammy-award winner
bassist and producer Steve Starnes, who has recorded musical acts such as Willie Nelson and Buddy Guy. Starnes runs Bee Creek Recording Studio in Austin. Starnes will teach a class in live tracking, mixing and session preparation, in which he will provide his expertise regarding the tricks of the trade. This class will be held on Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live tracking is merely “capturing sound and moments through the waves in a room with a microphone,” according to Bergmann. The live tracking portion of a recording session is when an engineer records all of the instruments of a song, which include, guitar, bass, drums, vocals etc. Once all of the instrumentation has been
recorded, the engineer moves to the next step, which is the mixing portion. Dr. Bergman defines mixing as “giving every element of instrumentation its proper spot in the stereo.” Dr. Bergmann summed up the rest of mixing with an analogy: the engineer “places musicians on a stage and spaces them out on that stage where they are simultaneously inte racting with each other, but remain independent agents that the independent listener can identify.” RB Blackstone will teach a class in acoustics, and studio sound treatment on Thursday, Feb. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Blackstone, a producer, performer and sound engineer, is known as an acoustics specialist famous for having the best set of ears in the industry.
heard a couple of models of what it might be, but I haven’t heard from them directly,” Eighmy said. UTSA is undergoing a master planning process of its own. “Right now we are in the midst of hiring a master planner for our campus. We are interviewing four firms. It will help us figure out what to do with our Parkwest properties, Downtown Campus and what we’ll do with all the property we have (at Main Campus).” Eighmy said. Eighmy described the development process as “very participatory.” Before developing he believes the entire community should be informed. Community associations, local business and other developers all affect what each other do. “This whole process of master plan developing will unlock the door of conversation everyone needs to have. The more I’m in my job, the more I start hearing from developer XYZ who’s doing XYZ and wants to know what we’re doing,” Eighmy said. There’s a lot of interest for Park West, (Main Campus) and Downtown Campus. Developers like Sanders and Schumacher find mixed-use zoning a desirable business opportunity. It benefits San Antonio because these developments reduce the distance between housing, workplaces and general amenities.
According to Dr. Bergmann, “(Blackstone) has made a career out of his understanding of acoustics and how to design a studio.” Derek VanScoten, AKA Cloudchord, will lead a demonstration on Feb. 23 on how to use the recording program Ableton Live with the Push Pad Controller as a compositional tool. VanScoten is a well known composer, producer, soundtracker and guitarist. VanScoten has worked with groups such as DJ Logic, Devotchka and Lotus. Later in the afternoon on Friday, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Jamail Chachere, a distinguished UTSA student, will lead a 16- piece chamber ensemble as they provide a live score to the film “The Kid With a Bike” along with the projection and dialogue. Bergmann referred to Chachere as “musical polyglot who produces his own music and plays trumpet, bass and guitar.” MuTe hopes the festival will cast a lens for what has been going on in the music lab and will be an overall showcase for MuTe itself. The music lab is open to all students.
“It’s increasing exponentially. Developers aren’t coming in once a month trying to understand where we’re going (with development). It’s like two this week and three next week.”
These compact developments promote residents to support the market built around them. Instead of the extensive driving San Antonians are accustomed to, University Village residents and visitors can anticipate walkable, bike-able neighborhoods with their needs in close proximity. Time will tell if University Village will meet these mixeddevelopment standards. “We hope our development will be recognized as responsible development,” Schumacher said. “We have attempted to design a modern, progressive lower-density project that people will want to live, work and play in because it is well thought out, esthetically pleasing and promotes open space and access on the trailhead.”
The Weekend Feb Sexual Healing / Free 7 p.m. Mesquite Room Panel by UTSA’s Embrace organization
discussing virginity, sexuality and sexual conversation. Fredricksburg Road Studio Tour/ Free 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Various art spaces on Fredricksburg Rd
Self guided tour to the galleries/studios on and near Fredricksburg Rd to promote work of diverse visual & cultural artists in the area. San Antonio 1718 / $8 for students 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. San Antonio Museum of Art
Exhibit telling the story of San Antonio’s first 100 years through landscapes, portraits, narrative paintings etc. Lanterns on the Water / Free 7 - 9 p.m. San Antonio River Walk
A new event hosted by the SA River Walk displaying lanterns of all shapes and sizes along the river walk. The main board in the Music Tech Lab and its various preamps, effects and mixers.
Photo courtesy of MuTe
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Sports Roadrunners announce 2018 signing class UTSA football makes waves in C-USA with strong signing class
Head Coach Frank Wilson at the signing day press conference.
By Connor Zimmerlee Sports Assistant Following Alabama’s victory over Georgia to claim another national title, the 2017-2018 football season officially came to an end. With this, college football fans are forced to endure an arduous seven-month period without college football on Saturday’s. However, it’s not to say that there is nothing for college football fans to look forward to during this long stretch. Many diehard fans anticipate National Signing Day (NSD), which occurs every Feb. 7. On NSD, college fans across the country tune in to see which big name high school recruits
signed to their school. UTSA was able to sign a solid 2018 class mixed with both promising freshman and junior college athletes who will make an instant impact. Deven Boston: Running back (Santa Ana College) In the 2017 season, the Roadrunner offense struggled to produce down the stretch of conference play, and while much of the blame deservedly falls on the offensive coordinator, the inconsistency at running back did not help either. The best running back on the roster, senior Tyrell Clay, graduated, leaving the ‘Runners without a dynamic running back. That’s where Deven Boston comes in. Boston,
a junior transfer from Santa Ana College, will have an immediate impact on the offense. During his sophomore season, Boston put up 1,243 rushing yards along with a whopping 17 rushing touchdowns. With his ability to make quick cuts and shrug off would be tacklers, watch for Boston to have a big season in 2018. Spencer Burford-Watts: Offensive tackle (Karen Wagner High School) The offensive line is arguably the most important position in football because if there is a bad offensive line, your offense is essentially doomed from the start. While UTSA did not have a terrible offensive line last sea-
son, the 2017 unit was inconsistent and plagued by injuries all season long. With the addition of Burford-Watts, the offensive line will see an immediate boost. Coming in at 6’3” and 289 pounds, Watts is the ideal size for a tackle and could very well be the foundation of the offensive line going forward. Watts boasts exceptional strength and quickness, rarely allowing defensive ends to get past him. Burford-Watts has a high chance to come in and immediately start, giving the offensive line an instant boost. Tykee Ogle-Kellogg: Wide receiver (Alcoa High School) Entering the 2018 season, the ‘Runners offense will be in need
of another receiver to pair up with Tariq Woolen and Marquez McNair. With the signing of Kellogg, the ‘Runners will add a dynamic freshman who will compete for starting reps from day one. At 6’4, he is already the ideal height for a receiver and should have no trouble grabbing the high throws over defensive backs. However, Kellogg also boasts excellent speed that will help him blow past the defense. This, along with his ability to run the whole route tree, will make him an explosive presence for the offense and a key weapon for years to come. Trumane Bell: Defensive end (Lake Highlands High School) On the defensive side of the ball, UTSA boasted one of the best defensive units in all of college football. This success started up front, largely in part to the sensational season from Marcus Davenport. The loss of Davenport could be huge on the ‘Runner defense, putting a lot of pressure on Bell’s shoulders early in his freshman year to fill such massive shoes. If there is anyone capable of impacting the game along the defensive line, its Bell. Bell, at 6’1” and 230 pounds, is a monster on the line. His explosiveness off the ball is impressive and helps him get the edge on offensive tackles who can’t handle his speed. While Bell may have massive shoes to fill, he is definitely capable of picking up where Davenport left off. Head Coach Frank Wilson has always been a talented recruiter and this offseason he has proven it yet again. The talented 2018 signing class could mean a bright future for UTSA football.
NBA trade deadline results in shocking moves By Roman Felan Contributing Writer On Feb. 8, the NBA trade deadline was upon us and the excitement for this day was huge for basketball fans. Many role players from teams around the league were no doubt on the edge of their seat, wondering if they would be traded. The long anticipated day did not disappoint, as players and fans alike were left with their jaws on the floor. This year the trade rumors have been wild, but some of the trades before the deadline were equally crazy. From last season’s end to a week before the deadline, a total of 14 big name players changed teams. The most recent trade that comes to mind is Blake Griffin, who moved from Los Angeles to Detroit. Over the summer, we also saw Chris Paul head to the Rockets and Kyrie Irving join the Celtics. After all these trades, how could the trade deadline possibly top these?
Jordan Clarkson drives to the hoop.
This trade deadline didn’t involve the biggest names, but it did involve a lot of names. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been looking to make some changes, as the team has been slipping this past few weeks. The Cavs’ front office decided to practically change up their whole roster in a push to win another title. There were also smaller trades that shook up the NBA as well, making this day exciting for sports fans. After the Cavaliers pulled the trigger in the off-season for Isaiah Thomas, sending away the highly coveted Kyrie Irving to the Celtics, they realized the assets they received just weren’t working out. In a stunning fashion, the Cavaliers completely revamped their roster. They moved away a total of six players from the team including Thomas. The Cavs sent Thomas to the Lakers for Larry Nance Jr. and Jordan Clarkson. After losing Gordon Hayward in free agency during the off-
season, the Utah Jazz have gone guard with loads of talent for a rights to Milocan Rakovic. The into a downward spiral despite second round pick. The Magic fan favorite Bruno Caboclo production from rookie Donovan continue to tank the season away got traded to the Kings while Mitchell. In a bid to save money with this trade. the Raptors obtained Malachi for the future, they traded away In a move many didn’t see Richardson. Smaller moves like Rodney Hood and Joe Johncoming, the Knicks were able to these have one objective: Free son. In return, they got Derrick bolster their backcourt with Em- up cap space for this summer Rose and Jae Crowder from the manuel Mudiay while sending and next summer. As soon as big Cavaliers. However, the Jazz are away Devin Harris and sending name free agents hit the market, expected to cut Rose right away. Doug McDermott to the Maveveryone wants to be in the race. If there is any true winner in ericks to clear cap space. While The trade deadline is a stressthis fiasco, it may be the Miami the Knicks lose shooting ability, ful time of the year for everyone Heat. The Heat traded for their they gain an explosive young involved. Will GMs get the hero Dwyane Wade. The long talent in Mudiay. right pieces? Players question time Heat star returned to South In smaller moves around the if they’ll be moving, but for Beach for virtually nothing. league, Noah Vonleh got moved fans it’s a day of excitement and Wade is at the end of his career, to the Bulls while they claim uncertainty. but still show flashes of what he once was. In a feel-good story, the Cavaliers sent him away for a 2024 second round pick. Wade can NOW HIRING now hopefully finish his career where SALES PROFESSIONALS he started it. The Heat also • Great earning potential acquired Luke Babbitt from • Hourly pay plus commission the Hawks while sending • Benefits away Okaro White. • Training is provided All these big trades draw • Must have great customer service skills away from the small smart • Must have transportation moves made by other teams. • Must have valid drivers license The Suns made • Sales experience a deal with the Magic for Elfrid Payton, Email your resume to email@example.com a young point
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UTSA softball hosts season opening tournament By Ryan Garza Staff Writer This past weekend marked the beginning of the UTSA Softball season as they hosted the UTSA Softball Classic. The Roadrunners come off of a 21-32 record from last season and hoped to start the season with a bang. The Roadrunners won their first game of the season when they took down Southern Illinois Salukis on Friday night by a score of 6-4. Junior outfielder Bailee Baldwin paved the way for the UTSA offense as she gave the ‘Runners the early lead with two home runs in the first two innings. Senior pitcher Lizzy Fox started the game for the Roadrunners and only gave up four runs while posting two strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Madison Nelson pitched one third of an inning for her first career save to close out the game. Sophomore outfielder Celeste Loughman also had a solid game herself as she went 2 for 4 on the day along with one run and one RBI. Freshman shortstop Ashlynn Walls batted 2 for 3 on the day. UTSA and Southern Illinois both managed to get eight hits. UTSA then had a double header on Saturday when they took on Abilene Christian and Seton Hall on day two of the tournament. The ‘Runners would first take on the Abilene Christian Wildcats in the first game. Loughman had another solid performance by hitting 2 for 4 and scoring a run. Nelson had a strong outing by only allowing two runs on seven hits through the whole seven innings of the game. Freshman outfielder Hannah Boring went 2 for 3 in the game and also tacked on two runs batted in (RBIs) and one run to go along with her performance. Walls had another
UTSA pitcher Lizzy Fox fires a pitch during a game in the 2017 season. 2 for 3 day and also managed to have one RBI. The Roadrunners would end up winning the game against Abilene Christian by a score of 4-2 and putting up nine hits against the Wildcats to bring their tournament record to 2-0. In the second game of their double header, the Roadrunners took on the 2-1 Seton Hall Pirates. Loughman once again shined in the ‘Runners third game of the season as she went 2 for 3 with one RBI. Sophomore third baseman Rylee Rodriguez had a good day hitting as she
went 2 for 3 against the Pirates. Fox was in the circle for the Roadrunners and pitched all seven innings while allowing eight hits but only three runs. Fox also posted two strikeouts. The game remained scoreless for the first three innings until Seton Hall managed to put up three runs after an explosive start to the fourth inning. The ‘Runners managed to put up one run in the final inning of the game but it wasn’t enough, and UTSA suffered its first loss on the young season by a score of 3-1. The
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loss dropped the Roadrunner’s to 2-1 in tournament play. The Roadrunners were slated to have one final game against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi but due to the frigid temperatures and nasty weather, the remainder of the tournament was canceled with no plans for makeup games to be scheduled. The ‘Runners will be back in tournament action very soon as this upcoming weekend marks the beginning of the UTSA Softball Tournament. The softball team will begin tournament play
against Lamar University at 4:30 p.m. and the University of Kansas at 7 p.m. on Friday followed by two Saturday games against Prairie View A&M and Missouri State. The ‘Runners will then close out the tournament with a final game against Prairie View A&M on Sunday. After a solid outing to kick off the season, the UTSA softball team is poised to ride the momentum off their strong start into the next tournament.