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Down, set, hut! First football game to be played on Sept. 3
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vs. Northeastern State 9/3
vs. McMurry 9/10
Chris Johnson, starting tailback, is one of the players expected to produce early for the young Roadrunners team.
email@example.com The day of the first game seemed far away; then it got closer and closer. Now there are just days separating the Roadrunners from their first game, and the clock in the football office continues to click down toward the first game in the history of the Roadrunner program. “It has been a fun process; it has been a scary process as I look and it gets closer to the third,” Head Football Coach Larry Coker said. “It has been a great process.” The process began with UTSA students taking a chance on the future
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by twice voting on a raise in tuition to fund a football program. “That’s one of the reasons I came here, if the students didn’t want it then there is no reason for me to be here, but they wanted the program,” Coker said. “Now we have to give them a good program.” As the days got closer, Coker built a staff of coaches with varying experience and a team of players big and small that would take the field against Northeastern State in the first game. “I feel great about the players but how good we do I don’t know that; we will find out: That’s why we need to play,” Coker said. “But we have good coaches, I’d take these coaches any-
@ Southern Utah 9/17 vs. Bacone 9/24 @ Sam Houston 10/1 where.” The coaches were hired and the players recruited knowing that the first game would be in the Alamodome. For a startup, the Alamodome represents a chance for the program to get started without having to worry about the trials of building the playing facilities. “I haven’t been in any nicer than this. As far as stadiums are concerned I think this is a great football venue; there isn’t a bad seat in here,” Coker said. “What we have to do is make this a home field advantage, we have to do good things so the fans get behind us, if we do that, it is going to be a great place to play.”
Former tenured economics professor Ronald Ayers is suing the university to regain his position, claiming that university officials violated his “constitutional right to free speech.” Ayers, who taught at UTSA for close to three decades, had never received a complaint against him. But in 2006 investigations began when a graduate student reported overhearing “sexual noises” coming from Ayers’ office. A year later, in 2007, after extensive investigations and committee meetings, Ayers was fired. Ayers was found to have been viewing pornography and was accused of accessing child pornography, but no evidence relating to child pornography was found on his computer. Initially, Ayers denied viewing pornography, but after being shown computer records proving his viewing of the sites, he said the incidents may have “happened after a long work day.” Eventually, he claimed the viewing was for “academic research.” At the time of Ayers’ termination, viewing “sexually explicit” web pages was not technically against university policy. The reasoning behind the firing was based on Ayers “allegedly excessively using his school computer for private purposes,” Ayers’ attorney, Glen Levy, said. After the investigation began, it
was not long before Ayers claimed to have felt “threatened” about the security of his job, saying that he was told he would be fired if he did not seek medical help and, if he was found with child pornography, he would be “taken away in handcuffs.” Ayers sought the medical help, but he was still terminated. UTSA attorneys and university spokesperson David Gabler declined to discuss the case due to the ongoing lawsuit. Ayers appealed to a faculty tribunal, which found he had poor judgment but should not have been fired. Nevertheless, Ayers was terminated on grounds of accessing “sexually explicit” materials, and the university appealed the tribunal’s decision to the UT Board of Regents, who ruled in favor of the university. Levy noted, “People don’t seem to understand that his peers, every single tenured professor, recommended that he not be fired.” The San Antonio Express News reported that Ayers claimed the university released a series of e-mails to Ayers and a professor at Palo Alto College. The e-mail discussions between the two professors included talk about young women in Ayers’ classes describing one student as having “huge chest puppies” and being “the beautiful, dumb, full-figured nude model.”
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See FOOTBALL, Page 9
Education compromised for financial benefit President Ricardo Romo serves on nearly two dozen boards including the appointment by the White House to the Advisory Commission on Hispanic Education.
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firstname.lastname@example.org The Hispanic population is the largest and fastest-growing minority group in the United States. However, only 12 percent of adult Hispanics have a bachelor’s degree, and only three percent have completed a graduate or professional degree program. President Barack Obama has implemented a 16-member White House Advisory Commission on Hispanic
Education to help increase those numbers; one of those seat holders is UTSA’s President Dr. Ricardo Romo. Earlier this year, Romo traveled to Washington, D.C. for the commission’s inaugural meeting and swearing in. “There are tremendous challenges and opportunities right now in the area of education throughout the whole country in every field, for everybody,” Romo said. “The one area that we seem to just not have made a lot of progress in the past decade has been for Hispanics.” See ROMO, Page 4
email@example.com In his State of the State address, Texas Governor Rick Perry puzzled his audience as he called on higher education institutions to create a $10,000 undergraduate degree to ease the financial burden on Texas families and students. This idea of a $10,000 degree is a challenge, Perry acknowledges, but he believes it can be done. “It is time for a bold, Texas-style solution to this challenge; the brightest minds in our universities can devise,” Perry said in his address to the State. Perry suggests that universities implement more “web-based instruction, innovative teaching techniques and aggressive efficiency measures” in order to reach the goal of a $10,000 degree, which includes the cost of textbooks as well. Perry claims the option of a more affordable college degree will serve as incentive for Texas students to enroll in and, more importantly, graduate from
college. According to The Project on Student Debt, 58 percent of college students who graduate from a public, four-year institution in Texas accumulate about $20,015 in debt. At UTSA, 64 percent of students graduate with roughly $23,000 in student loans. This heavy financial burden, according to the project, causes students to delay graduation dates. Thus, graduating from college becomes a goal that, each year, becomes more out of reach to students due to financial barriers. The project also reports the main reason low-income, at-risk high school seniors choose not to enroll in college—to avoid accumulating debt. Urban school counselors report that the students’ “fear of debt strongly affects college choices.” Thus, Perry calls for a drastic cut— to $10,000—in the cost of higher education. Nonetheless, several congressmen, educators and college students are concerned with Perry’s proposal and conclude it is simply impossible. Call-
ing Perry an “all hat but no cattle” type, Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett brings an important issue to the surface: “In the most recent budget Governor Perry signed, more than $2 billion in higher education funding was either cut or not allocated, and 43,000 fewer students will receive state aid.” Thus, he questions how Perry expects universities to offer a degree at such a reduced value when, Doggett says, “he also proposes deep cuts in higher education funding.” Professors also agree that the $10,000 degree is an idea that is far-stretched. Jeanne Reesman, literature professor, strongly feels that this idea is an unrealistic one: “I do not think a $10,000 bachelor’s degree is possible in Texas or anywhere else, no matter who imagines it is,” Reesman said. All you have to do is look at the incredibly hard work by UTSA administrators to get our budget up enough with the state so that UTSA does not have to charge everything to the students.” See EDUCATION, Page 3
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August 30, 2011 A little country’s big stop Allison Tinn
news@paisano-online. Though the United States is in the midst of a declining economy, Europe is also suffering financially. The European sovereign debt crisis isn’t a new phenomenon to the Europeans; they have been on a financial roller coaster since at least 2007. Greece, being one of the countries in the most financial debt, received a €110 billion loan from Eurozone countries (17-country union that adopted the euro) and the International Monetary Fund. In November, Ireland received a €85 billion rescue, and in May Portugal received a €78 billion bail-out. Now that Greece once again needs financial assistance, the small country of Finland is stepping in with demands of collateral. Finland is even prepared to end an agreement made in July to expand the European Bailout fund. In the midst of one of the deepest crises Europe has ever faced, Finland is raising serious concerns. The country’s vote is crucial to Greece’s debt status. If Greece does not receive financial assistance, it will run the risk of defaulting on its debt. Finland would contribute less than two percent to the fund, but for a country with a population of only 5.3 million, that amount of money could make the difference between crisis and financial stability.
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firstname.lastname@example.org The end of January marked the beginning of the ongoing Egyptian revolution, and next month Egyptians will again witness a major building block in their fight for a corruption-free government; the country’s first open elections. In support of this country’s significant time in history, UTSA expert Dr. Christopher Reddick is helping Egyptian academic and political leaders develop an e-government system that will help the new democratic system. Last year, Reddick was approached by Cairo University and was identified through his other publication “Handbook of Research on Strategies for Local E-Government Adoption and Implementation: Comparative Studies.” The book consists of two volumes
and provides research on 21 different countries and the impact e-government has had on them. Reddick took his first trip to Egypt last June where he met with Cairo University associate Hisham Abdelsalam, and they began talking about how they were going to implement grants. They began work on some of the papers they would be working on in the upcoming year. In the United States, more than 50 percent of citizens use the internet to pay bills and taxes online or to look up trash collection pick-up and voting registration information. In Egypt, the statistics are much lower; only 15 percent use the internet to gather taht information. Though most of Reddick’s research is based on citizens’ interaction with the government through the internet, businesses are using the internet to
contact the government for licensing. “The whole idea of e-government is so the citizens (or businesses) can contact their government 24/7,” Reddick said. E-government in Egypt is still a developing operation because Egypt’s goverment is in a rebuilding process. “The promise for developing countries is that they will be able to use this technology and utilize e-government and mobile banking,” Reddick said. “I think the future is mobile technology, especially for developing technologies.” With more government services online, one of Reddick’s goals is to “eliminate some of the corruption and give Egyptians more trust and confidence in their government.” The ‘digital divide’ in Egypt falls mostly on the side of the people who do not have internet and technology
access, but more than 50 percent of Egyptians have the use of basic cell phones. They may not have the access to smart phones, but they are able to send and receive text messages, and in some cases even read web pages, and those are the beginning steps for this developing government. It is largely in the hands of the younger generation to make a difference in the upcoming elections, and it is the youth that this new notion of internet and technology based government will take off with. “Technology is not something that is going away and governments have to keep pace. If they don’t, citizens will demand more,” Reddick said. “The future is very promising in what is put online; it’s just part of the issue that technology doesn’t take place alone. It takes place in a social setting.”
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Reesman also disagrees with Perry’s idea to implement more online classes. Incorporating more online classes to cut tuition costs would not be effective for two reasons. First, online classes simply will not do much to cut costs, Reesman says. “Even if a university went completely online, which is a highly debatable educational idea, UTSA could never price a degree so low.” Second, she believes online classes will reduce the effectiveness of the learning environment. “There is a special value to teacherstudent interaction, and even though UTSA is growing, it is still a special
part of its offerings to students,” Reesman said. Students are concerned that if the cost of tuition were to decrease significantly, the quality of their education would be sacrificed. Cortney Sinclair, senior marketing major is apprehensive. “Obviously a $10,000 degree would be a great thing; however, Perry’s ideas to achieve this are unrealistic,” Sinclair said. “Although I am frustrated with the amount of debt I am in, I am willing to go in debt for an outstanding education. I wouldn’t want my education to be sacrificed.” Some Tier One universities in Texas also worry about the sacrifice. John J. Antel, provost at the University of
Houston, reported to Hearst Newspaper’s online chronicle that the university “will not compromise on our longterm goal to build an internationally recognized research university… We must continue the momentum that has recently moved the university to Tier One status.” Despite opposition, Perry believes in his plan and will not waiver in his philosophy on “accountability, affordability, and accessibility,” as he writes on his website, in terms of higher education. Nonetheless, congressmen such as Lloyd Doggett want students to know that they are working hard to ease the financial burden for students in ways that are less risky. One of those strategies is Doggett’s American Opportu-
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nity Tax Credit, which currently gives students up to $2,500 of the cost of tuition and related expenses per year. “We must do everything possible to give students the opportunity to achieve as much education for which they are willing to work—to achieve their full, God-given potential,” Doggett said.
is the new bachelor’s’
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The commission will be responsible for developing educational programs and initiatives to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for Hispanics of all age, and will also be increasing the participation of the Hispanic community in education programs. “Our goals are to figure out strategies for encouraging more participation in college, a lot of that is going to have to involve parents, we will need them to encourage their kids to be thinking about college,” Romo said. “It will also involve working with schools that need to be preparing young people for college.” Affordability is another major hindrance for Hispanic households trying to send their children to college, and that’s why “in terms of our campus one of our big priorities was to get the Texas grants for our students. Because so many students depend on those grants,” Romo said.
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In helping more Hispanics enter universities, the commission will also be helping make Hispanics to become more desirable in the work field. “In today’s world, college is essential to getting a good paying job,” Romo said. And the goals don’t end with a four year degree; the commission will work to increase the percentages of Hispanics gaining a graduate or a professional level degree. “The master’s degree is the new bachelor’s,” Romo said. Through his career Romo has worn many different hats, and in 2002 President Bush appointed Romo to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. In 2004, Romo was appointed as a U.S. representative to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, and in 2008, he was appointed to a 23-member commission that will explore the potential of creating a national museum dedicated to American Latinos.
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On Aug. 24, Chili’s Too started selling beer on campus. Going from a dry campus to a wet campus raises some concern. “We are on the watch,” said the UTSA Chief of Police Steve Barrera. “We are in direct communication with the Chili’s to prevent any driving while intoxicated (DWI) or minors in possession (MIP).” But what to some is serious business, is trivial to others. “It isn’t that big of a deal,” said Bernardo Clamont, senior civil engineering major. “It’s just one restaurant selling beers.” “Some people believe that UTSA might be some sort of a haven for drunk driving,” said Barrera. “That is not the case; in fact, we collaborate very closely with SAPD. Our cars are seen at the edge of campus all the time, while theirs patrol outside.” “What many people don’t know is that many of the DWIs that occur on campus are actually from people who are not affiliated with the university at all, ” UTSA Chief Communication Officer David Gabler said. According to the Crime Analy-
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These e-mails were presented to the tribunal, but they were viewed as irrelevant. Ayers claimed that the emails were taken out of context and that they were meant for academic purposes of “evolutionary psychology and feminist thought.” UTSA has fired one other tenured professor, Philip Stotter. Stotter was fired on grounds that he would keep his lab dangerously unsafe and extremely cluttered. Stotter also sued the university in 2009 for compensation for the loss of 35 years’ worth of research notes he claimed the notes
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were lost due to the university’s ordering for his laboratory to be cleaned in 2001. District judge Orlando Garcia, determined that the research belonged to the university, and the Court of Appeals agreed saying Stotter failed to provide he had a “protectable interest” in the lost notes. When the Ayers case will be tried is unknown. “We would like to get a trial as soon as possible, but there are just some delays that are caused from the prosecution of the case,” Levy said.
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UTSA alumnus Officer Jonathan Harris works with SAPD to reduce alcohol related incidents on campus.
sis Unit Monthly Report on January 2011, arrests on UTSA’s Main campus have increased compared to 2010. In January 2010, 14 people were charged with alcohol related offenses; in January 2011, 39 people were charged with the similar offenses. At University Oaks, 22 charges were made in Jan. 2011 compared to the two people arrested from last year. When asked if the UTSA PD officers had any sort of tolerance for first time underage drinkers, Barrera seemed reluctant. “It really depends on the situation. Our job is to go by the law and enforce the law. We believe that the best way to enforce it is by prevention—to give as much information to students as early as pos-
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Football could open up San Antonio to students Saturday, Sept. 3, UTSA Roadrunners will play their inaugural football game at the Alamodome, the venue for the entire season. The location of the game has been an interesting point of conversation: some think it’s great; others think that it won’t help foster the sense of unity that UTSA so desperately needs. Most students at UTSA tend to stay on the main campus. They travel downtown to take class at the Downtown campus. By staying so close to the main campus, they’ve lost out on a good part of San Antonio.
Playing in the Alamodome might help UTSA students develop a better understanding of the city where they’ve chosen to live. The location might be a bit farther than a trip to DeZavala, but the Alamodome is right in the heart of San Antonio. Playing in a location that is relatively removed from the main campus will give students the opportunity to finally move away from the 1604 area and start exploring the city. The city of San Antonio has a lot more to offer than just the River Walk and The Alamo. There’s a variety of
restaurants, music venues, parks, art galleries and museums. Football games downtown will also give students a chance to visit both the downtown campus as well as the Institute of Texan Cultures which is also part of UTSA. UTSA is located on the newer part of San Antonio, but the historic and charming part of the city is only 13 miles away. Maybe it’s about time that UTSA students discover what tourists have been flocking to for years.
Commentary The MTV VMAs teach us more about youth each year
During the MTV’s Video Music Awards (VMA), Adam Levine, lead singer of Maroon 5, tweeted, “The VMAs, one day a year when MTV pretends to still care about music. I’m drawing a line in the sand. [expletive] you VMA’s.” There’s no doubt that music is pretty hard to find on Music Television, but I thought the pre-show said the most about where MTV and youth culture is today. The VMAs opened up the black carpet with the cast of “Jersey Shore”. Now there’s a number of punch lines that could follow that statement, but I will refrain due to my secret fandom of the show (don’t judge me). The cast said some nonsense about what celebrities/musicians they were excited to see and what designer they were wearing, but in a way, I feel like Jersey Shore is the representation of youth in America. Hear me out. The party atmosphere and the hype surrounding the event help us to forget about our daily problems and keep
us entertained. Our generation is one that seeks escape more than previous generations. Our stances on politics or national and global issues do not categorize us. Instead, everything about us is compartmentalized into little Facebook icons and brands that are supposed to say something about who we are. Individuality is defined within the confines of established social groups where we pretend to find a niche. Jersey Shore is just a show about eccentric people consuming exorbitant amounts of alcohol and going to dance clubs. This practice is followed by chauvinistic attempts of bedding multiple partners and arguing with each other over minute things that are magnified by the magic of alcohol (TV Genius). So you’re probably wondering, “How does this define youth culture?” It defines us because we are able to vicariously experience life through these characters without actually experiencing it ourselves (although it wouldn’t be a bad gig). What I have a problem with is that as much fun as it is to watch people binge drink and fornicate, I’m not sure that I want to be defined by that superficial image.
Vicariously living through outside experiences is what categorizes us. We cultivate virtual images that have little action or substance and lots of embellishment. Being a cool person on Facebook makes you just that, a fake person with a fake virtual image. Instead, all of us should perhaps disconnect from Facebook and actually go out in the world and do something. Our lives are currently being dictated by older generations who increasingly enjoy passing on problems they can’t fix. Here’s a hint: They’re not going to fix them. They don’t have to because we’ll never hold them accountable. We’re too busy worrying about how we look in those new pictures posted on Facebook and the profile default pic that looks the best. So the next time you’re watching the Jersey Shore cast debauching about and trying to figure out how to repeat their actions, remember the world is passing us by while we sit back, watch, and pretend that we’re in it.
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email@example.com As you settle into your dorm room on Friday night, you think about going to parties and hanging out. Soon the weekend is over and the reality of college life sets in: the anxiety of papers, midterms and finals—an anxiety you have never understood before, until now. Then there are the more frightening ‘f’ words: “freshman fifteen.” The extra skin, love handles around your waist, fluff added to your torso: those wonderful 15 pounds you gain freshman year. Freshman year is life altering, which can lead to over indulgence. Late nights with friends, all-night study sessions and just serving yourself too much at the buffet—all create the perfect opportunities to eat and drink excessively. Many times, the excitement and stress of college life cause a student to rationalize their unhealthy habits. As a college student you must exercise will power. UTSA freshman Regina Madrigal is optimistic about avoiding the “freshman fifteen.” “I feel it is all about eating right and taking care of your body; temptation is always there, but the satisfaction from over-eating is only temporary,” Madrigal said. She knows about pressure and
stress. Madrigal is enrolled in 12 hours this semester and has a part-time job. “School and work can get really hectic, so I know it is really hard to constantly exercise or eat healthy in general, but the food you eat and your weight is definitely something you can and should control,” she said. There are several ways to avoid the infamous weight gain. For instance, the accessibility of intramural sports can became an outlet for stress and opportunity to maintain weight for incoming freshman. Many times it is easier to relax and “chill” after class; however, your body and mind will thank you if you allow yourself to participate in physical activities. The campus Rec Center, along with its services, provides a healthy haven for student; plus an opportunity to meet new people. Although there are many ways to avoid weight gain in college, there is, sometimes, an overlooked factor to consider in a student’s stress level, ultimately leading to extra “fluff”; out of state versus in state students. Kristin Kuckleman, a freshman at Kansas State University, believes lacking control and poor sleeping habits contribute to weight gain. “At home, my mom served enough for one serving, however, at the cafeteria buffet, people eat second and third
servings,” Kuckleman said. “Also, not getting enough or too much sleep contributes to weight gain.” “I limit myself to one dessert a week and have a consistent eating schedule. Also, I stay away from snacking on junk food,” Kuckleman said. Kuckleman has will power, even though she has to eat in the cafeteria everyday. “Unfortunately, I am limited in my food options,” she says. The main issue students seem to face is being able to say “no” to over indulgence. Food is a fleeting comfort, humans (not only students) in general seem unable to use moderation. Pete Torres, senior, claims cooking for yourself is the best way to avoid eating unhealthy meals. “As a freshman, I could only make toast, but I quickly learned if I wanted to enjoy what I was eating, and not gain weight, I needed to cook for myself. My mom helped me out, but I got the hang of it now.” “Freshman fifteen” may seem unavoidable; however, gaining weight is an issue, regardless of where you are in life. The benefits of creating a healthy lifestyle early in life are underestimated. Eating healthy, exercising and getting enough sleep all lead to a positive mindset, and a successful freshman year.
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If someone were to ask you what your civil liberties are, would you be able to list any? The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) at UTSA was recently established so students could learn about civil liberties and civil rights by becoming involved in their local chapter. “The group’s goals are to inform UTSA students of their civil liberties and to encourage students to promote civil liberties on behalf of those disenfranchised,” says Katy Womble, President of the new student chapter of the ACLU at UTSA. The group plans to discuss and debate the rights of LGBTQI, women and children, as well as immigration and voting rights and capital punishment. The group focuses on protecting Constitutional rights such as free speech, free exercise of religion and free press. The local chapter began earlier this year when a member of the ACLU of Texas contacted Katy Womble, a senior English and history major. The ACLU of Texas contacted her because there is interest in increasing the number of
student chapters of the ACLU, and has the potential of increasing the number of overall supporters. Regarding her founding of the new group, Womble said, “I think you can never have enough people or groups actively interested in protecting people’s civil rights, especially in these difficult times.” She continues, “I started this group because it gives me more freedom to pursue a wide array of issues.” The campus ACLU chapter will meet at 4 p.m. Students can contact the group on Facebook or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Womble says, “The meetings should be around an hour. We will have a speaker for 30 minutes to give background information about an issue, and then for the remaining 30 minutes, we will debate the issue.” Quang Huynh, the group’s secretary, says, “Dues will be $20 to $25 and there will be food at every meeting.” The American Civil Liberties Union has strived to protect Constitutional rights and liberties since 1920. ACLU has been involved with many notable cases: Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade.
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August 30, 2011
The real party is at the
Derrick Penny Salina Cram
The UTSA and San Antonio community are getting “rowdy!” UTSA’s first football season is fast approaching, and with it comes a classic college football tradition: tailgating. Arguably, tailgating began during the Civil War. During the Battle of Bull Run in 1861 a group of Union supporters got together with their picnics and were yelling, “Go, Big Blue” to the troops. The first recorded instance of tailgating at a sporting event was a football contest between Rutgers and Princeton in 1869. The fans cheered on their teams and had a communal feast from the rear of their wagons, hence tailgating. The first UTSA football tailgating event, “1st and Rowdy,” was held last fall on September 16th, 2010. Although a year in advance, the event nevertheless surpassed expectations in attendance, attracting more than 1,000 participants. More than 560 season tickets were sold that day, totaling $120,000. With so much Roadrunner spirit a year before the kickoff, expectations for this year are high. The tradition doesn’t stop there. Many students are looking forward to the first games festivities “We will get to see the start of a whole tradition,” states Steve Pye, a junior majoring in business. For each UTSA football game, historic Sunset Station, located just north of the Alamodome, will be temporarily renamed Roadrunner Station. There will be many activities including giveaways, food, live music and activities all in the spirit of roadrunner pride. Roadrunner station will be open before each game from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Also a feature of each roadrunner football game is Rowdy Town, located in the North Plaza outside of the Alamodome. Opening three hours before each home game, Rowdy Town
7 presents entertainment for participants of all ages, such as a play area for young roadrunners, an official tailgate party, and live music. Shuttles are available to transport students from UTSA to the Alamodome to participate in Roadrunner
“I really can’t explain it.I just like watching football. “ Marco Gorena Junior
Station and Rowdy Town on game days, allowing residential UTSA students to participate in the fun. UTSA seems to be buzzing with football fever. “I really can’t explain it. I just like watching football. I get really excited about rooting for a team that I like,” states Marco Gorena, a junior art major. Festive tailgating events will further serve to gather diverse groups of people together and amplify the roadrunner morale. Football is wellknown as an integral part of life in many colleges across the nation, rallying students of all interests and people from all walks of life together. In less than a week, UTSA will finally have a share in this spirit and unity, and the students, faculty, and community could not be more excited. The beauty of tailgating is the presence of school spirit that is palpable as you walk to the stadium; as well as the smell of hamburgers and the sizzle of bratwurst on the grill. There will be impromptu reenactments of great college plays in the lanes of the parking lot and debates over the quality of the BCS or why we should have a playoff system. Then you realize that you have to rush to the stadium so you can watch the game, which is why you
Students celebrate before the Spring Homecoming basketball game. Tailgating is a popular way for students to celebrate school sporting events.
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Spicy BBQ Shrimp Poppers Ingredients: 1 Dozen Jumbo Gulf Shrimp (Peeled, leave the tails on) 12 strips of bacon 3 Jalapeno Peppers 12 Cubes of Pepper Jack Cheese (Bite Size) toothpicks Favorite Barbeque Sauce for taste
Famous Five-layer dip Ingredients: 3 cups of your favorite guacamole 3 cups refried beans 3 cups of sour cream 1 cup of freshly shredded lettuce 1 cup of salsa 1 cup of shredded cheese
Start by Smoking the Jalapenos on the grill (whole). Let them cool, then quarter each pepper into 4 slices. Place a cube of cheese between one slice Jalapeno and the body of a shrimp. Wrap each bundle with 1 strip of bacon (hold together witha toothpick). Place each bacon wrapped shrimp on the grill. Cover with barbque sauce. Cook until bacon is crisp. Flip after 1 minute to ensure all sides get done.
Grab a flat cassarole dish. spread an even coat of beans on the bottom of the dish. Spread the guacomole on top of the beans in the same fashion, than follow with the sour cream. Repeat the first three layers until you are out of beans, guacomole and sourcream. Sprinkle the lettuce salsa and cheese on top. Dip with your favorite brand of tortilla chip or cracker. If you are feeling especially full of school spirit, use blue corn chips.
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FOTOSEPTIEMBRE: September marks a month of photography
email@example.com September in San Antonio means all photography, all the time. Duck and cover because in this coming week every gallery will be opening its doors to photographers from far and wide and as they bombard San Antonio residents with art. You can’t hide, these exhibits are everywhere and are well worth viewing. Festivities throughout the month, highly recognized as Fotoseptiembre, can be seen in galleries all over the country. It’s a celebration of artistic talent and endeavors in the photographic medium. Excellent photographic work will be available on and around campus with easily accessible exhibits in the UTSA gallery. With a plethora of artwork to
Wednesday, Aug. 31 Movies to be released:
(* editor’s choice) Thrity years ago, three top agents were sent into Germany to track down a top Nazi criminal.
p.m. Friendly Spot
The Friendly Spot wil be screening Grease on their big slab cinema screen. Sit down and enjoy some friendly eats and a classic movie.
Thursday, Sept. 1 5:30 p.m. Scouthwest School of Art
Southwest School of Arts and Crafts will be displaying Laura McPhee’s exhibit, River of No Return.
6:30 p.m. UTSA Satellite Space (* editor’s choice)
Istoria: Exploration in Contemporary Narrative featuring artists: Pinky Bass, Julie Blackmon, Brianna Burnett, Beau Comeao, Carol Golemboske, Nate Larson, Blue Mitchell and Christopher Winton-Stahle
‘Mega Shark versus Crocasaurus’ 7 p.m. Bijou
Come to free movie night at the Bijou. They will be screening the classic American film, Psycho. featuring artist Barbara Riley
7:30 p.m. Botanical Gardens
As a rule, movie critics differ widely in opinion; it’s the reason we have more than one person writing reviews. However, in the wake of movies like “Citizen Kane”, “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Casablanca”, one universal question echoed from review to review: Wouldn’t these movies be way better if there had been a giant shark in them? If so, then why wasn’t one inserted? At a loss for answers, director Christopher Ray attempts to rectify these classic mistakes by delivering “Mega Shark versus Crocosaurus,” a film bursting at the seams with all the megalodon one could ever hope for, complete with a skyscraper-sized crocodile nemesis. Ray, whose background includes such works as Bikini Jones and the Temple of Eros, displays great economy throughout the movie. This frugality extends from the CGI budget to the literal film itself; the viewer may notice that Megalodon’s lurking dorsal fin resembles a massive, gray windsurfing sail. Money was so precious that Ray chose to use establishing shots more than once. In the same way, he reuses familiar character stereotypes without trespassing on their one-dimensionality: the grizzled, cocky outdoorsman (who has somehow built up a reputation as a monster slayer); the nervous, nerdy scientist; and the frigid, female, “My-only-expression-is-mad” FBI agent. Meanwhile, the plot revolves around the premise that crocodiles love protecting their eggs and sharks love eating them. In a startling break from Ray’s usually distant relation-
(* editors choice)
Starlight Movies in the Garden, the Botanical Gardens will be screening To Catch a Thief, a classic Alfred Hitchcock film.
Movies to be released: The Guard: A comedic story filled with murder blackmail and drug trafficking. The movie follows two policmen in their attempt to take on an international drug gang. Apollo 18: With a science-fiction, horror plot the movie revolves around the idea that although the government offically cancelled Apollo 18, the spacecraft was launched and lost in space. Seven Days in Utopia:
Chuck Ramirez In Memoriam
Lost in Utopia, a young golfer set on going pro go runs into a man (Robert Duvall) who helps him find his game
featuring artist: Barbara Riley
6 p.m. Blue Star Complex She Alone
featuring artist: Lauri Garcia Jones
5:30 p.m. Southwest School of Art
Because there just aren’t enough giant sharks to go around
Friday, Sept. 2
6 p.m. Blue Star Contemporary complex 5:30p.m. Southwest School of Art
Schrom. Fotoseptiembre includes artists on display at the Southwest School of Art; including UTSA photography grad students. The exhibit titled “Emerging Talent” showcases can the work of Julie Fremin, Joe Harjo and Beth Devillier. “Emerging Talent” features various perspectives of the medium. Julie Fremin’s pieces explore her own idiosyncrasies by tracing similar behaviors; Joe Harjo’s work plays with the role of the viewer, as he depends on the viewer to create a conversation. Beth Devillier’s explores the emotions associated with the lack of emotional relationship between her and her father. Check The Paisano for details on Fotoseptiembre’s exhibits throughout the month.
Courtesy of Luther Smith
choose from UTSA’s art gallery does an excellent job of displaying talent from around the region, including artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Luther Smith, Sarah Cusimano and Andy Bloxham. Closer to downtown, near the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, UTSA’s satellite space is also putting on a fantastic must-see exhibit titled “ISTORIA.” It is a national juried and invitational exhibition that will showcase the various styles of narrative photography. All the artists in the show will play with the medium in such a way as to tell their own unique stories. Featured artists include Pinky Bass, Julie Blackmon, Brianna Burnet, Elizabeth Claffey, Beau Comeaux, Thea Augustina Eck, Hans Gindlesberger, Carol Golemboski, Steven Joshlin, Nate Larson, Ann Mansolino, Blue Mitchell, Kenda North, Steven Rubin and Jes
Saturday, Aug. 3 7 p.m. 1011
San Antonio local bands, The Hooch and Hydra Melody are sure to put on a good show. Interested in local music? Make your way to the 1011
(*editors choice) Emerging Talent
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ship with reality, both these facts are true. Eventually, both shark and crocodile sink to the ocean’s floor locked in a mutual death grip, and neither of them wins, lending this movie a heartfelt message on the futility of violence. However, the movie doesn’t limit itself to one life lesson. Whatever Christopher Ray’s intentions are, it’s clear that “Mega Shark versus Crocosaurus” is open to as many interpretations as we can come up with. For example, we might be tempted to dismiss the scientist’s attempts to develop a device that can both repel and attract sharks as absurd, but in the end his perseverance pays off, and the day belongs to him rather than to the Indiana Dundee caricature. On a more abstract level, one could easily draw a parallel between the monolithic struggle and the internal spiritual struggle of man, reminding us that when our own nature does battle against itself, both sides lose. It could even be viewed as an “Alice in Wonderland-esque” critique of a universe without order: after all, in a world where sharks have explosive tails and crocodiles can undergo a significant evolutionary mutation in a matter of minutes, what would be left for us but confusion and madness? Despite its heavily symbolic nature, a few prosaic points were sadly neglected in this movie. The name of the scientist’s device, for instance, remains eternally ambiguous: it’s referred to periodically as a “hydroponic” and “hydrosonic” sphere (depending, no doubt, on who was writing the script that day) before the characters finally settle on “balls.” It’s also questionable whether Agent “I can do a man’s job”
Hutchinson would really be able to successfully pilot a helicopter while severely concussed; or whether she would be more likely to nosedive into the ocean while monologuing on her love for plants. These are questions to which we don’t yet have the answers, but fear not, gentle readers: recently released in January was “Mega Shark versus Crocosaurus”s spiritual descendent, “Mega Python versus Gatoroid” (not the sports drink). While it lacks the key ingredient of a huge shark, Mega Python vs. Gatoroid seems determined, like its predecessor, to wholeheartedly make up for the grievous monster-less-ness from previous generations of filmmakers; and as we await the release of movies like “The Amazing Spiderman” and “The Hobbit,” we can only hope that their producers have learned a valuable lesson about the importance of a megalodon.
“Megashark versus Crocasaurus” can be found in most bargain bins at most local electronic stores.
August 30, 2011
Football: Excitement builds as team prepares for inaugural game Having the Alamodome means one less thing for Coker to worry about leading up to the first game. Instead of having to worry about a venue to play, the Roadrunners are working on getting a practice facility built on campus. “Facilities have been the biggest challenge. I thought recruiting would be but the facilities have been the biggest,” Coker said. “That’s something we are still working on, we own the land, now we just need to build the facilities.” The Roadrunners new uniforms are among the things that will be unveiled at the Alamodome on Sept. 3. The uniforms are blue with white numbers trimmed in orange. Above the numbers, the name ‘UTSA’ is printed. The pants are white and the helmets are completely blue with blue facemasks and orange flecks on the helmet. On the helmets is the UTSA bird logo with UTSA written underneath. “I like them, I don’t know how shoulder pads are going to fit under those,” Coker said. “I guarantee you there will be no holding because you can’t grab hold of those. But they are really sharp. I like them a lot.” Junior linebacker Brandon Reeves shared Coker’s sentiments about the new uniforms. “I like them, they are nice and tight,” Reeves said. “Better than anything I’ve worn.” Reeves will line up in the Roadrunners defensive 4-2-5 formation. The 4-2-5 utilizes four defensive linemen, two linebackers and five defensive backs. It won’t be the only formation the Roadrunners run on defense though. “We will get in our nickel package, some,” defensive coordinator Neal Neathery said. “But the 4-2-5 allows us to be aggressive against the run and get into situations where we can pressure the passer.” The Roadrunners offense will utilize multiple looks to confuse defenses. “We will run multiple formations and multiple personnel packages,” offensive coordinator Travis Bush said. Leading the offense will either be redshirt sophomore Eric Soza or redshirt freshman John Simmons. The latest depth chart, as of August 28, had Soza as the starter, though both are prepared. “It is special, Eric and I are roommates, I couldn’t ask for anyone better to push me,” Simmons said. “We are just excited, as a team, to get this started; we are ready to play some games.” Soza, who transferred to UTSA from Texas State, echoed his teammate’s sentiments about the first game. “It’s exciting, we are going out there and having fun,” Soza said. “Every day you go in that coach’s office and see that clock counting down.” The ticking clock brings the excitement of the first game closer every day, something Coker has to keep in check. “The main thing we are trying to do is to not get too wrapped up in the awe of the moment,” Coker said. “It is going to be a good first game.”
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The Roadrunners look toward the future of the program.
The opponent in that first game, Northeastern State (OK), will enter a venue the size of which it has never played, but then again so will the Roadrunners. “Someone said the team we are playing has never played in front of a crowd like that and our guys have never played in front of any crowd,” Coker said. “So I don’t know how big an advantage that will be. We want to keep the game in between the white lines [of the field].” The Alamodome represents quite a difference from the facility at Dub Farris Stadium where the Roadrunners spent the hot days of August practicing and where they will continue to practice all season. “I told our equipment manager we might need to get jackets because it was so cool in here,” Coker said when asked about the change to the Alamodome. “That was a lift for us; this has been huge for us to be able to do this.” The players got a chance to see the Alamodome in its empty greatness during the Roadrunners media day on Aug. 19. If anything it brought the reality of Sept. 3 closer to the players. “I think it sunk in today when we first got out here, just looking in the stands and seeing that all these seats will be full,” junior tight end TJ Nielsen said. “It is starting to get a little more nerve-wracking, a little more exciting.” Nielsen contains his excitement by taking on a leadership role, being an example for his teammates to follow. “Being one of the oldest on the team I try to be the leader as much as I can.
We have a lot of young talent on this team,” Nielsen said. “So I like to make sure everyone keeps a level head. Everyone knows we have work to do coming up.” How the Roadrunners mesh as a team throughout the season will determine the kind of record they have when the dust settles in November. “In order to have a great team you have to be a family, you have to strive forward,” junior defensive end Marlon Smith said. “It gives me hope for the season that we will go through it as a team, not individuals.” The game on Sept. 3 will be played and the history of UTSA football will begin its on-field chapter. “The more we come around, the more we feel more comfortable about playing here and the more anxious we get,” Smith said. “We are ready; we know we have a first game on Sept. 3.” The excitement of the first game reveals the possibilities for the program. No matter where the team stands in the years to come, the fans must not be too quick to hop off the team bandwagon, something Coker understands comes with the play on the field. “I think patience is very important, this is a process, we are going to compete to win every game,” Coker said. “Our fans need to realize is this is process, but if they stay with us they can look back on it and have something to be proud of.” Years of preparation are in the past, it is now time for the team to kick it off and begin the journey of UTSA football.
The Roadrunners will host the Northeastern State Riverhawks at 1 p.m. Saturday.
2011 UTSA football Schedule Sept. 3 vs. Northeastern St. 1 p.m. Alamodome Sept. 10 vs. McMurry 1 p.m. Alamodome Sept. 17 @ Southern Utah 7 p.m. Cedar City, Utah Sept. 24 vs. Bacone 1 p.m. Alamodome (homecoming) Oct. 1 @ Sam Houston State 6 p.m. Huntsville, TX Oct. 8 vs. South Alabama 1 p.m. Alamodome Oct. 15 @ UC Davis 4 p.m. Davis, CA Oct. 29 vs. Georgia State 1 p.m. Alamodome Nov. 12 @ McNeese State 7 p.m. Lake Charles, LA Nov. 19 vs. Minot State 1 p.m. Alamodome
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In the August 23 issue, the Paisano reported that Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey began the UTSA women’s tennis program. The article should have stated that the sport was women’s soccer. The Paisano regrets the error.
2011 Roadrunners 1 Kam Jones WR 2 Jeremy Hall CB 3 Noe Garcia WR 3 Alondre Thorn CB 4 Crosby Adams CB 5 Brandon Armstrong WR 6 Tevin Williams RB 7 Ryan Polite QB 8 Eric Soza QB 9 Marcellus Mack WR 10 Jake Wanamaker WR 11 David Glasco II RB 11 Mauricio Sanchez S 12 John Free QB 12 Earon Holmes WR 13 Jake Smith S 14 Travis Menn QB 14 Cole Hubble TE 14 Triston Wade S 15 Josiah Monroe WR 16 John Simmons QB 17 Sean Hesler WR 18 Kenny Harrison WR 19 De’Metrius Jacobs LB 20 Malcom Scott CB 21 Chris Johnson RB 22 Nic Johnston S 23 John Walker III LB 24 Darrien Starling CB 25 Mark Waters S 26 Cole Hicks WR 27 Nate Shaw RB 28 Terrance Wilburn RB 29 Adefemi Adekeye S 30 Trent Langley S 31 Joseph Lizcano S 32 Drew Douglas LB 33 Miguellino Byrd S 35 Xaviar Archangel CB 36 Evans Okotcha RB 37 Lekenwic Haynes S 38 Shane Jones S 39 Richard Mendoza RB 40 William Ritter DE 41 CheRod Simpson RB 42 Godwin Wyche II CB 43 Cody Rogers S 44 Steven Kurfehs LB 45 Marlon Smith DE 46 Sean Atkins RB 47 Josh Ward PK/P 48 Clay Williaford PK 49 Dominique Henderson DT 51 Payton Rion OG 52 Blake Terry LB 53 Brandon Reeves LB 54 Darius Anderson DT 55 Nate Leonard C 56 Mike Sanchez OG 58 Ferrington Macon DT 59 Jesse Medrano DS 61 Richard Burge DT 62 Jamie Bernal C 64 Franky Anaya DT 65 Michael Roberson OG 68 Cody Harris OT 71 Chance Vernon OT 73 Nathan Ahlert DE 74 Drew Phillips OT 75 Brady Brown OG 76 Josh Walker OT 77 James Bakke OT 78 Patrick Hoog OG/OT 79 Scott Inskeep OG 80 TJ Nielsen TE 81 Kenny Bias WR 82 David Morgan TE 83 Mike Wilburn WR 84 Brandon Freeman WR 85 Jeremiah Moeller TE 86 Seth Grubb WR 87 Jay Kazen TE 88 Cody Seaber WR 89 Sean Luchnick WR 90 Kristian Bryant DE 91 John Roper DE 92 Sean Ianno PK/P 93 Cory Williams DE 94 Loren Koehler DE 95 Kristian Stern PK 96 Jason Neill DE 97Ashaad Mabry DT 98 Leighton Gilbert DT
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Work In Progress: UTSA begins journey down a well traveled road Stephen Whitaker
With the first game of UTSA football just a few days away there is reason for excitement. Soon UTSA will join its Texas university brethren and field a football team. In order to find out how the other schools in Texas that currently play in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of Division I fared, I dove into fact books and media guides of the Lone Star colleges to find out what happened in those inaugural years. To begin, we must go back to 1893. There were 44 states in the union, The Civil War had been over for just 28 years and the University of Texas became the first university in the state to form a football team. The game of college football was a lot different back then. Fewer teams meant that colleges had to schedule anybody who could field a team. Texas found its first opponents in the form of the Dallas Athletic Club and the San Antonio Town Team. Texas-they weren’t called the Longhorns yet-played their first ever game on the road in Dallas, defeating the Athletic Club 18-16. They would play the town team from San Antonio two times in a row and win both, 30-0 in Austin and 34-0 in San Antonio, before closing out their inaugural season with a 16-0 victory over the Dallas Athletic Club. The following year, 1894, saw the birth of another Texas college football program; this time it was the Aggies of Texas A&M. A&M began its collegiate football journey in the state capital against the University of Texas. In the first game ever in the history of A&M football and the Lone Star showdown, Texas rolled past A&M, 38-0. A&M returned home and finished their first season with a 14-6 victory over Ball High School out of Galveston, Texas. It was two years before another school in Texas would start a football
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While a winning percentage of .600 is respectable for any first year program, as shown by the 1912 Rice squad, the 2011 Roadrunners have an advantage in numbers over their predecessors both on the sideline and on their jerseys.
program. This time the school was Texas Christian University (TCU or AddRan College at the time). The Horned Frogs, as the team was already known, didn’t have to play Texas or A&M in their first season. They opened up with Toby’s Business School in Waco, Texas (TCU was located in Waco until 1910). TCU knocked off Toby’s 8-6 before losing to the Houston Athletic Club’s football team 22-0 in Houston. TCU salvaged a tie against the Houston Athletic Club in the final game of their first season to finish with a ledger of one win, one loss and one tie. In 1899, three years after TCU established football, Baylor University, started a football program. Baylor opened its collegiate career the same way TCU had, beating Toby’s Business school 20-0 in its first game. The Baptists, as they were known at the time, would follow that up with a loss to Texas A&M, 33-0, before winning another game at the expense of Toby’s, 6-0. Following the victory over Toby’s, Baylor met up with TCU in what at the time must have felt like the beginning of a great rivalry between the two Waco schools. The two
schools tied 0-0 leaving Baylor with a first year record of 2-1-1. The first decade of the 20th century saw little growth in terms of schools in Texas adding teams. This might have had something to do with how violent college football was at the time. It got so bad that after a series of player deaths in 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt threatened to end college football. By 1912, interest in College football had grown enough in Texas that another school, Rice University in Houston, would open up shop that year. The team from Rice began with a pair of victories over Houston High School and Orange High School before facing Sam Houston State in Huntsville. Rice defeated Sam Houston State before losing to Southwestern and Austin College to finish its first campaign at 3-2. The year of 1913 saw North Texas enter the fold. North Texas played one game that season against newly relocated TCU. TCU knocked off North Texas 13-0. A year later and another school in Texas started a team. This time it was the University of Texas at
El Paso (UTEP or the Texas State school of Mines and Metallurgy as it was known at the time). UTEP opened against a team from the El Paso YMCA. UTEP knocked off the YMCA team before losing two straight, first to New Mexico State and then to New Mexico Military Institute. The second win of the year came against the 20th Infantry located in El Paso. UTEP sat at 2-2 going into its final contest against El Paso High School. El Paso High shutout UTEP 20-0 and sent the Miners to a 2-3 record in their first year. As World War I raged in Europe, college football found another home in Dallas in 1915 when Southern Methodist University (SMU) fielded its first team. The Parsons, as they were called then by sportswriters, fell in their first game against TCU, 43-0. They got their first win against Hendrix College out of Arkansas but would only get one more win that year, against Dallas University. SMU would fall to Austin College, Daniel Baker, Southwestern and Trinity to finish 2-5 in its first year. Ten years followed before college football spread to Texas Tech on the plains of Lubbock. Tech began with
two straight ties against McMurry (the same McMurry that UTSA will play on Sept. 10) and Austin College before reeling off five straight wins. Tech split its final two games to finish 6-1-2. For 20 years there were no new Texas teams as the Great Depression and World War II held the nation’s attention. That changed in 1946 with the birth of the University of Houston Cougar football program, the most recent program to begin before UTSA. The Cougars began with a loss against UL-Lafayette. They then won three games in a row before closing out the season with one win in their last six games. The teams they fell to included UTEP, North Texas, Texas State and Sam Houston State. The newest program finished 4-6 in its first season. It has been 65 years since a Texas UTSA began playing football. For UTSA, the trail has been blazed by 10 other schools. Whether UTSA has a first season like that of Texas and Texas Tech, or one like SMU and Houston, remains to be seen. What is known is that UTSA is going down a road well travelled.
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