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Volume 47

UTSA recycling program switches to single-stream.

U.S. student loan debt nears $1,000,000, 000,000

Mini-bins make big difference


President Barrack Obama speaks to a group of young students.

Students choose Obama

Daniel Crotty

The total U.S. student loan liability is approaching the one trillion dollar mark, which translates to $3,195 for every man, woman and child in the United States. To put it another way, if one trillion crisp, new one dollar bills were placed against each other face to face, not side-by-side, or end-to-end, but on their razor-thin edges, the line of bills would wrap all the way around the equator eight times. After the eighth time around, the line of bills would extend for another 4,800 miles—and it all has to be paid back, all 197,285 miles of it. As the economy struggles to recover from the worst recession since the Great Depression, repaying student loan debt is high on the list of concerns for many students, especially seniors. Students who took out loans are concerned that they will not be able to afford the payments, which average around $200 per month for most college graduates. Anthropology major Kelly Gustainis echoed the concerns of many of her peers. “I am worried about paying back my student loans because there are not a lot of guaranteed jobs for people with anthropology degrees,” Gustainis said. According to, total student loan debt currently exceeds $990 billion, and will cross the psychologically important trillion-dollar mark in early May 2012. That $10 billion gap is closing at a staggering $2,853.88 every second. For the 2010-2011 academic year alone, UTSA awarded $134,738,757 in federal Stafford Loans. “Stafford loans have a bigger impact on (school) funding than any other financial aid source,” Director of Student Enrollment Services Eric Cooper said. “Everyone is eligible for loans; not everyone is eligible for Pell grants.” He added that many of the benefits students have come to expect from a quality education like class size, classroom availability and state-of-the-art technology would be seriously degraded in a world without funding from student loans. Money from student loans is making higher education possible for millions around the country and improving the quality of that education in the process, but there are some ways to help reduce the amount of debt following graduation.

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According to a straw poll conducted by a new organization called M.O.V.E. (Mobilize, Organize, Vote and Educate) UTSA, 43.2 percent of UTSA students would vote to re-elect President Barrack Obama if the vote was held today. The poll also asked students about several important issues that have become the focus of this election season. A total 836 students voted in the straw poll; which is a vote with nonbinding results. These types of surveys are often used to obtain statistics on how a certain population feels about a specific candidate or issue. The poll revealed that students are split almost down the center on issues such as the size of the U.S. government, whether or not it helps or hurts the economy, and who would students vote for if given the choice between Barack Obama and Ron Paul. Some issues on which students were not so evenly divided were Obama (65.1 percent) versus Romney (34.9 percent), Obama (72 percent) versus Santorum (28 percent), abortion—62.2 percent said it should be legal in all or most cases, while 37.8 percent said it should be illegal in all or most cases—and the best system for student loans. Participants were also asked what three issues were most

important to them at the moment. The most frequent responses were education, health care and the national debt. For the outright vote among all current presidential candidates, the participants responded as follows: Barack Obama (43.2 percent), Ron Paul (22.3 percent), Mitt Romney (13.4 percent), Rick Santorum, (5.6 percent), Newt Gingrich (2.69 percent) and Gary Johnson (1 percent). A small percentage of respondents (2.7 percent) said they would vote for a candidate not listed in the poll and 9.1 percent said they would not vote at all. A striking issue confirmed by the straw poll is voter non-participation. Just over 55 percent of respondents said they have never voted in a state or local election or referendum and 61 percent said they had never voted in a campus election, survey or referendum. Ian Jacobson, a senior real estate finance and development major and president of the College Republicans of UTSA, is a member of M.O.V.E. UTSA. “I’m in M.O.V.E. because I’m politically active and I feel that raising voter awareness and stifling campus apathy is paramount,” Jacobson said. “Within the group we have libertarians, democrats, republicans, marxists, etc. who are committed to working together and promoting civil discourse.” In addition to his experience in voter registration drives the group regularly

conducts, Jacobson responded to his work on the straw poll. “It was a great experience. In the future we hope to have more volunteers so that we can catch a larger spread of the student population,” Jacobson said. M.O.V.E. was founded in October 2011 by Charles Wilkison (founder of Young Democrats at UTSA), Jason Hensley (former president of Young Americans for Liberty at UTSA) and Alexis Colton (former chairwoman of the College Republicans of UTSA). The group’s mission is to, “educate, register, and mobilize voters of all and any political beliefs and affiliations in order to produce/generate a more concerned and politically aware populace, not only at UTSA but throughout the city of San Antonio and Bexar County; and to encourage political participation within all UTSA communities, regardless of ethnicity, religion, sexual and gender identity, and political affiliation and belief system.” Wilkison also explained that there are nine organizations involved with M.O.V.E. In addition, the organization is non-partisan, does not endorse any candidates, and divides power equally among officers. “We have a debate organized by students and faculty planned for the fall, as well as a voter registration drive. We are also planning some other things (that) we’re going to have to keep secret until the fall,” Wilkison said.

‘Club JPL’ celebrates National Library Week Matthew Duarte News Assistant In celebration of National Library Week, the John Peace Library (JPL) and the downtown campus library will be hosting several events including a scavenger hunt and a photo booth. The scavenger hunt will be virtual; which requires participants to download the SCVNGR app to their phones. The scavenger hunt will consist of five events, which can be completed on any day until Friday and must be done inside either the JPL or the downtown library. The events range from doing a roadrunner impersonation to making a tin sculpture. Once players have completed each event, they can collect a button at the library’s front desk. See LIBRARY WEEK, Page 3

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UTSA students apply for millions in loans each year.

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Dylan Bynum Staff Writer With the opening of the new North Paseo Building in November 2011, came the introduction of the mini-bin – small trash receptacles that attach to the side of recycling bins. These .75 gallon containers take the place of a typical seven-gallon trash can. “We were finding that a lot of recyclable materials were actually being put into trash cans. Now it’s hard to put (recyclables) in (the mini-bin). It makes you stop and think,” Richard Garza, UTSA environmental and construction safety manager said. The mini-bins were designed with lids to remind users that the bins are not for ordinary trash. The lids also prevent unknowing passersby from tossing in non-recyclable material. All recycling bins on campus are single-stream, meaning that all recyclable material can go into one container. There are only a few items that are not allowed in the bins. “Liquids, Styrofoam and food (cannot be recycled). Everything else has a recycling capability, including trash bags,” Garza said. Paper makes up the majority of recyclable material in the offices where the bins are located. So far, the North Paseo Building is the first and only building to incorporate the mini-bin program, but the plan is to put the bins into every building on campus by the end of 2013. “Introducing the program as they’re moving in (to the North Paseo Building) allowed us to get away from the old way of thinking and it worked out great,” Garza said. “Everybody seems to be responding very positively towards the program.” Each month a new building will incorporate the program as the budget for the recycling program allows. When the recycling program began in 2005, only toner cartridges were recycled. Over the years, and with the help of student organizations like the Student Government Association and The Movement, UTSA has been recycling more and more types of materials. “We never stop thinking about how the university can improve sustainability efforts,” Garza said. The recycling program is also represented at orientation so incoming students can learn about it right away. The UTSA recycling program is run by Garza and safety specialists Israel Falcon and Anastacio Alvarez. For a more detailed list of recyclable materials or more information about the recycling program, visit http://



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$1 Trillion: UTSA students borrow total of



$134,738,757 in 2010-2011academic year From Page 1

Books are a major part of student costs.

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File photo recommends five practical tips for minimizing student loan debt problems. 1) Borrow federal first. Federal loans are cheaper. 2) Live like a student while in school to avoid living like one after graduation. 3) Don’t borrow more for your entire education than your expected (annual) starting salary after you graduate. 4) If you’re borrowing more than $10,000 per year you might be borrowing too much. 5) Make full use of grants and scholarships when possible.

Students sitting in the lobby of the John Peace Library where the events for National Library Week are held.

LIBRARY WEEK: Library holds first virtual scavenger hunt From Page 1

Students who earn all five buttons will be eligible to win a prize. “What we are trying to do is to raise awareness of the resources the library provides,” Sanchez said. National Library Week is traditionally held on the second full week in April, and is celebrated in libraries across the country. “National Libraries Week is a week-long celebration of libraries, librarians and library workers (that) began in 1958 by the American Libraries Association,” UTSA communication specialist Stephanie Sanchez said. “It also helps promote and encourage libraries.” Even though modern libraries might be used more for the wireless hotspots than literary meccas, UTSA’s library system is keeping up with the times while honoring tradition. Each event being hosted by the libraries will utilize recent technology and give students a chance to win prizes. There will also be a free photo booth where

students can take pictures of themselves. The photos will then be uploaded to UTSA Libraries’ Facebook page, and participants who tag themselves will also be put into a drawing to win a prize. In addition to the online pictures, students will also get a copy of the photo strip. “The Photo Booth contest is just a fun factor,” Sanchez said. UTSA’s libraries have been hosting events for National Library Week for several years, and they have always tried to make the event fun for participants. In addition to the events being hosted by the libraries, there will also be a wall of fame where students to put their names. Other prizes include flash drives and the popular “Club JPL” T-shirt. UTSA Libraries will be hosting these events through Friday, April 13. The scavenger hunt is held from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. at both libraries, while the photo booth will be downtown from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and at the JPL from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.



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Mike Wallace’s legacy lives on at U. Michigan Associated Press Three-quarters of a century after Mike Wallace graduated from the University of Michigan, his name and his contributions live on at the Ann Arbor school, where he helped create a journalism fellowship and raise $1.3 billion. The veteran CBS newsman died Saturday in New Canaan, Conn., at age 93. “Society will remember Mike Wallace as a dedicated, hard-charging journalist,’’ said university President Mary Sue Coleman. “At the University of Michigan, we know him as that and so much more. He was extremely generous with his time, his papers, his financial support and, most important, his belief in this university and its role in today’s world.’’ The Brookline, Mass., native reported for the student-run newspaper, The Michigan Daily, graduating from the Ann Arbor school in 1939. He went on to radio work at radio stations WOOD in Grand Rapids and WXYZ in Detroit, followed by a stint in the Navy before launching his national broadcast career. For decades, Wallace had fairly loose ties with his alma mater, but that began to change in 1980 when his interest in launching what became the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists brought him together with Michigan journalism faculty member Charles Eisendrath. Eisendrath, who now directs the Livingston program, asked for Wallace’s help in endowing a fellowship program for mid-career journal-

ists. It didn’t hurt that Wallace knew virtually everyone, Eisendrath said. Wallace agreed. “He was phenomenal with that,’’ Eisendrath said. Wallace also gave generously of his own funds for what became the Knight-Wallace Fellowship program, which gives participants opportunities to explore subjects of interest to them. Wallace went well beyond giving money and a marquee name to the program, Eisendrath said. “He would come to Ann Arbor once or twice a year,’’ he said. “It was a very happy exchange.’’ Deciding that the fellowship needed a homelike center where participants could gather, Eisendrath flew to New York and asked Wallace for help. “He said, `Why don’t we do it?’’’ Eisendrath said. Three months later, Wallace House was a reality. “He was just wonderfully fast when he knew what he wanted to do,’’ Eisendrath said. Wallace showed his qualities as a friend in 2000, when Eisendrath, wife Julia Eisendrath, their two sons and daughter-in-law were on board a plane that crashed in Costa Rica, leaving his wife with a long and painful recovery. “Mike would call. He would make her feel beautiful,’’ Charles Eisendrath said. Wallace signed on as co-chair of a Michigan fundraising campaign that eventually raised $1.3 billion for the university. “We could not have asked for a more enthu-

siastic and loyal alumnus, one whose words and actions changed both the University of Michigan and the world beyond,’’ the university’s president said Sunday. In 2006, Wallace gave papers from his 40year career at CBS News to the school. The papers included notes, transcripts, photographs, correspondence, interviews and research and fill about 50 file cabinet drawers. “Researchers will find these papers an archival treasure trove,’’ Francis X. Blouin, director of the university’s Bentley Library, said at the time. “These papers reconstruct the thinking that lay behind groundbreaking television journalism. Wallace’s well-crafted interviews explored the gamut of major issues of our time.’’ The gift followed an earlier one to the university’s Bentley Library that included Wallace’s papers from the 1950s, when he wrote a newspaper column and hosted an interview program on ABC. Wallace said then that his decades with “60 Minutes’’ gave him “the chance to travel the globe, meet and report on world issues, and broadcast what I’ve learned to an audience at home that had long trusted CBS News reporters like Walter Cronkite and Eric Severeid.’’ Wallace’s “60 Minutes’’ interview with Dr. Jack Kevorkian, which included a video of the 1998 death by injection of Lou Gehrig’s patient Thomas Youk, of Waterford Township, was the beginning of the end of Kevorkian’s hands-on role in the assisted suicide movement. Oakland County prosecutors drew on Wallace’s interview at the trial, which led to Kevorkian’s conviction and imprisonment for second-degree murder.

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Stem cell research has proven to be a regenerative approach to healing wounds and other illnesses; a new alternative to the traditional approaches of treatment for paResearch concerns masupials, rodents and non-human primates like the olive baboon. tients. ”Stem cells can really help that regenerative process. The basic idea is that stem cells devise new cells that will be used to regenerate either an entire organ or tissue,” said Dr. John McCarrey, professor of cellular molecular biology at UTSA. The benefits of stem cell research include regenerating tissue that is damaged by injury, heart disease, diabetes and neural diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. “The hope is that the treatment used for these problems will be bio stem cell-based approaches,” McCarrey said. Stem cell research has continued to expand, and there is an exceptional group of researchers working closely with McCarrey. “The excitement about stem cells is that this will give a completely different approach to medicine. Instead of going in and taking Embryonic stem cells of a mouse, highlighted by a flourescent marker, help follow cell processes. something out, or instead of just throwing in some chemicals, we will actually put in new cells, whole cells – in the hope that those cells will function where there has been a problem either due to a disease or an injury,” McCarrey said. The controversy surrounding stem cell research began in the late 90’s when a method to derive stem cells from human embryos emerged. However, recent studies, reported by the National Institute of Health, found that another way to produce stem cells has been discovered; the new type of stem cell – an “induced pluripotent adult cell that could assume a stem cell-like state” is now used for research. “What we need to do first is make sure that all the methods (of stem cell research) are completely optimized ethically and for their (a patient’s) safety,” McCarrey said. He went on to say, “Major studies are beDr. John McCarrey has published several papers on mechanisms that regulate ing conducted at the Southwest National germ-cell-specific gene expression in mammals.



Contributing Writer Most students don’t know very much about cyber security although our emails, YouTube and Facebook accounts play an integral part in our lives, and are the recipients of our information, relationships, financial information and, sometimes, secrets. What lies behind our web accounts, authentication devices, encryption and firewalls, are foreign concepts to most web surfers, but they are crucial to protecting our privacy, which is more often at risk than we would like to believe. Rouge and clever hackers break into databases and personal accounts everyday, which is precisely why there is a need to have brilliant defenders on our side. At UTSA, men and women are relentlessly trained to keep us virtually safe. The UTSA’s Institute for Cyber Security (ICS), directed by Dr. Ravi Sandhu, employs a team of skilled researchers to discover a complete cyber security solution for industry and users. Motivated by aspirations of establishing the university as a major research facility, and the lack of a unified security model, Sandhu, an information assurance professional with almost 30 years of experience, acknowledges the importance of cyber security in an era where computers are highly integrated into our lives. According to Sandhu, cyber security can be understood as the act of protecting the integrity and availability of our online information, without sacrificing the accessibility of technology. “Security tends to have the connotation of secrecy and confidentiality and privacy, but it also includes integrity and availability,” Sandhu says. Although information assurance is a

pressing topic in the information age, it would be illogical to tighten security so much that computers lose their convenience. Imagine having to pass through numerous levels of rigorous authentication before seeing your friends’ latest Facebook postings or reviewing your most recent financial activity. Technology would become tedious and cumbersome and defeat its purpose as a tool for communication, work and leisure. Some examples that combine security and accessibility have already been established, Sandhu argues. “The Automatic Teller Machine network (ATM), online banking, and electronic commerce are all pretty secure and very widely used. They are not foolproof, but they have achieved a reasonable balance between security and ease of use.” These technologies provide an accessible, yet safe, option for commerce, and are solid models to emulate in the pursuit of a complete security solution. While possible solutions do exist, Sandhu insists that a logical, unified system for complete protection is yet to be discovered. “There are individual point problems, and at that individual level, we have solved many problems, but those solutions only cure part of the problem,” he says. One of these point problems is encryption, the art of disguising information. While it is a powerful tool, the isolated area in which it proves useful is not the answer to the overall information security that ICS seeks. “Encryption is a very important technology, but in many ways it only shifts the problem. Instead of trying to break the encryption, which is very hard to do, attackers will target the point where the key to that encryption is revealed,” Sandhu says. Even with encryption, sensitive infor-

Primate Center, located at The Texas Medical Research Institute of San Antonio, to use the baboon as a model system for some of the ways to use stem cells for therapeutic applications.” “The nonhuman primate is closely related to humans, but we can still test the different methods and figure out which ones work. Others can make the move into the human clinical trials.” “A baboon’s genome is about 92 percent similar to that of a human. Obviously, their anatomy is similar, their physiology is similar, their immune system is similar, so it’s a very relevant model system that essentially recapitulates much of the human situation and with the most accurate information about how methods work out in baboons and how these methods can be transferred to use in humans,” McCarrey explained. Two major sources of funding for stem cell research at UTSA are, The Kleberg Foundation and The National Institutes of Health. “It’s at about 1.5 million dollars that’s been put into the program,” McCarrey said. UTSA’s research group includes, Dr. McCarrey, Dr. Richard Le Baron, associate professor in the biology department; Dr. Chris Navara, associate professor. Some recently hired faculty members are, Dr. Brian Hermann and Dr. Annie Lin. “We each have an interest in stem cell research and we each bring a different background to the table, which is good because we want to have a complimentary set of interests and expertise,” McCarrey said. “There’s a lot of hope to use stem cells in a lot of ways. When you think about the approach we take with medicine these days, you can really kind of narrow it down to two approaches. One is surgery, the other is a whole variety of different kinds of treatments with various types of chemicals,” McCarrey said. “Stem cell research offers a different approach to medicine. In terms of what type of applications stem cells can be used on – the sky’s the limit.”

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Although we tend to associate memory loss with old age, memory loss shows no mercy for youth. Research by Dr. R. Reed Hunt, Director of Adult Cognition and Memory Lab at UTSA, highlights the difference between normal forgetting and forgetting caused by degenerative forces brought on by old age or disease. We often worry when we forget things, especially when we do it more often than what we think is normal. Hunt says that fear is overstated, likening a person’s memory to a butterfly, which are so fragile and yet are capable of 4,000-mile migrations. It is exactly that kind of appreciation that Hunt’s analogy is intended to give us for our own memory capacity. Hunt says we worry about the tiny percentage of time that our memories fail us, and seem oblivious to a vast majority of tasks that our memories perform flawlessly. “If the bulk of your memory was inaccurate,” he said reassuringly, “you wouldn’t survive long, or if it was worse than everyone else’s, you’d be institutionalized.” Hunt goes on to explain, “as much as 90 percent of what we claim to have forgotten was never in (our) memory.” One of the main reasons we fail to imprint those images in our memory is that we are not paying attention to them in the first place. Our minds are busy thinking about something else. Inattention, not faulty circuits in our brain, is to blame for much of what we perceive as “flawed memory.”

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mation can still be vulnerable. Used on e-mail servers and automated teller machine transactions, encryption has bolstered security in that aspect of information assurance, but it still does not satisfy the growing concern for absolute protection. Even without a perfect defense system in place, the majority of people still willingly use the Internet. “Our system is relatively safe. It could be better, but the benefits far outweigh the risks,” Sandhu said “Besides, who is going to advise people to stop using Facebook and stop using your smartphone?” It’s almost impossible to conduct our lives without the Internet, and it’s just not logical to attempt to do so. Furthermore, Sandhu estimates that the number of people who actually fall victim to cyber crimes is relatively small compared to the vast number of people using the Internet. “The saving grace is that most of us are not major targets of attackers. If you don’t have a lot of money, who is going to come after you at the end of the day?” adds Sandhu. He is quick to point out that everyone is still vulnerable, “There is no way you’re going to be fully secure, it’s just not going to happen. A way to counteract this [vulnerability] is to do some basic due diligence on the Internet and to change your computer every once in a while.” Clearly, we are nowhere near absolute safety on the Internet. However, Sandhu advises users to follow some precautions in an effort to thwart cyber criminals’ malicious intentions: Internet users should carefully monitor their financial records, guard sensitive information, such as social security numbers and passwords, and refrain from visiting websites with questionable content.


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Parents or guardians have the obligation to make healthful choices when it comes to exercise and diet in regards to their children. The enabling of childhood obesity should be considered and treated as child abuse. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the trend of childhood obesity has tripled in the United States since 1980. The reasons behind this growing epidemic are lifestyle choices, such as a high caloric diet and a lack of exercise. An adult can make the decision to attempt a more healthy lifestyle, but children solely rely on their providers to supply their food and to moderate their daily intake. First Lady Michelle Obama has been a heavy advocate for providing

a healthier lifestyle for the next generation. She began the initiative “Let’s Move,” which is “dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.” But the change has to begin with the parents, so the initiative focuses on providing families with healthful, affordable food, giving helpful information to parents and guardians and providing healthful food in schools. The First Lady is not the only person launching initiatives to create a more healthy future for the young generations. Food Network star Rachael Ray has begun a similar nonprofit organization called “Yum-o.” Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver also began

the “Jamie Oliver Foundation,” which informs people of all ages of the risks an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to. Excessive body weight in children can lead to early death, type 2 diabetes, breathing problems and joint problems. Children can also suffer from psychological problems from social bullying at school. If this growing epidemic does not cease, it might even become a national security threat. Military leaders have said that more than one in four young people are unqualified for military service because of their weight. This will eventually lead to a shortage of people able to fight for the country. Parents are accountable for their children’s health and should act accordingly.

Commentary Politicians pass the blame of high cost of gas There are some preposterous fibs about gas prices that need dispelling. Both Democrats and Republicans have felt the need to attribute gas prices to presidents over the years, which has fueled some heated political debates (pun intended). Republicans like to ask the question, “Are you better off now than you were four years ago?” Those famous words were first spoken by “Republican Jesus” Ronald Reagan to win the election in 1980 against President Jimmy Carter. Republicans continue to use the phrase in tandem with current gas prices. The answer is obvious to any car owner, because no one likes to spend more on fuel. The oil prices have little to do with presidents and more to do with supply and demand (warning: economic jibber-jabber to follow). The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business recently polled a panel of 41 economists. They were asked if they agreed with the following statement: “Changes in U.S. gasoline prices over the past 10 years have predominantly been due to market factors rather than U.S. federal economic or energy policies.” Would you believe that not a

single one of them disagreed with that statement? Consider that the U.S. holds only two percent of the world’s oil reserves while consuming a grand total of 20 percent of the world’s oil. Although domestic production is at its highest level since 2003, the U.S. still is and will always be a small player in oil production. Simply put, we don’t have as much oil, nor could we produce as much as everybody else. Stupid. Even if oil companies produced more oil domestically, they would still sell to the highest global bidder. The average price of oil during the Bush administration in February 2001 was $1.69 a gallon. By June of 2008, the prices had skyrocketed to $4.05 a gallon. A few months later it plummeted with the rest of the global economy to a $1.69 a gallon. President Bush could not have controlled those prices anymore than Lady Gaga’s outfits. Newt Gingrich says he could put gas prices at $2.50 a gallon. He might as well change the price of milk, dog food or tampons. The reason all these statements are ridiculous is because no single person can dictate individual pricing on commodities. Would you like a practical way to reduce the prices of oil? Hmmm, I don’t know, maybe we can reduce the amount of oil we consume (eureka!). When we reduce the amount of oil we

consume, then the demand for oil is reduced (supply and demand). This leads to the oil companies’ having too much oil and the need to sell it at lower prices. President Obama’s administration has raised the requirements of fuel efficiency for auto-makers in the U.S., but this can only help marginally. Those same economists, cited earlier on gas prices, agree 40-to-1 with the statement that “A tax on the carbon content of fuels would be a less expensive way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions than would a collection of policies such as ‘corporate average fuel economy’ requirements for automobiles.” This could be slightly controversial, because raising taxes to Republicans is the same as drowning puppies and babies. N. Gregory Mankiw, Harvard economist and economic adviser to Mitt Romney, is the main proponent of this policy. He has a whole list of ways this would better the country and lessen the burden of gas prices, but that’s for another article. The bottom line is that the president (Republican or Democrat) does not influence gas prices.

favorite UTSA sport and why?

Apostolos Kotsiolis

Graduate student / computer science “Football because I love the environment and being there all day barbecuing and drinks.”

Fransheska Ortega Freshman / biology

“Soccer because I get to watch hot, sweaty guys run around.”

Fernando Tamez

Freshman / business management “Football because it is awesome and we have a great stadium.”

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Letter to the Editor Moving on from disq ualif ication In the most recent issue of The Paisano, the article entitled “SGA VP candidate disqualified,” discussed the results of the Student Government Association (SGA) elections, including my disqualification from the race due to use of university email. Though I am obviously not happy with how the elections ended, I am moving on. I encourage all those who voted in these past elections (as well as those who did not) to do the same. Most importantly, I encourage my

supporters and the supporters of the other candidates to embrace this new administration. At the end of the day, we can either sit and quibble about what could have gone differently, or we can move on, taking advantage of everything that this new direction has to offer. Student Government is empowered by the involvement of students, elected positions and otherwise. It is only through the support of each and every student at UTSA that SGA

will be able to reach its full potential and fulfill its creed to serve as the official representation of the students at UTSA. In closing, I would like to offer my sincerest congratulations to Xavier Johnson, Charles Miles and all the other incoming SGA officials. I know that you will do great things for UTSA in the coming year.

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Alyssa Torres Staff Writer Light fades away and glow-in-thedark marks subtly get brighter to reveal a luminous connotation of death. The image of Michael Jackson as a zombie in his iconic “Thriller” music video pops in phosphorescent paint, his eyes glaring in the dark. Ethan Moore is an artist from San Antonio who has created a series entitled “After Life Portraits.” The series focuses on multiple themes of fear through the portraits of deceased popculture celebrities and classic movie monsters. Moore utilizes the style of pointillism, the use of painted dots to create a whole image, similar to that of artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. The dots are painted on top of the glass of shadow boxes to create the images. The various materials inside the boxes make the pieces sparkle and shine. The contrast between the portraits and their vibrant backgrounds adds a dynamic effect to the artwork. There is also an apparent dichotomy

between light and dark, which can symbolize life and death. The contradiction may be that, in the dark, these reflections of death and horror actually become alive with their incandescent presence. The play with perspective created by the shadow boxes makes the twodemensional pieces appear almost three-dimensional. Moore’s idea is that ghosts materialize through electric energy, which is conveyed through the green color of the glowing dots. The exhibit is being held at the Many Hands Gallery, a small and intimate art gallery unlike any other. Gently touching and taking pictures of the work is usually prohibited, but is permitted at this gallery. In the corner of the gallery, there is a section where the light is blocked off by long, black curtains; this is where the transformation begins. A few seconds go by and the portrait becomes its brightest. Some “ghosts” to look forward to are Princess Diana, rapper Tupac Shakur, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. The portrait of Michael Jackson is entitled, “Zombie” and is done with a

glittery, silver background. In daylight, the details of Jackson’s face are not easily seen but stand out in the dark. The movie monsters displayed are the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride of Frankenstein. Moore’s “Frankenstein” seems to be the most contradictory with its bright, pink glitter background contrasted against his menacing stare. Images can be seen on the Contemporary Art Month website, but it is best to make a trip to the gallery to get the full experience. These “After Life Portraits” will be displayed until Friday, April 13 at Many Hands Gallery, which is located at 555 W. Bitters Rd. Admission is free and hours of operation are Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Forget your fear of the dark and enjoy the multifaceted works of Ethan Moore.

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“It’s All Going Back” - UTSA Satellite Space Everything is going back in Mat Kubo’s MFA thesis work, from the frames on the wall to the tool boxes he fills with cereal. “It’s All Going Back” is an ongoing project in which Kubo interacts with store-bought objects, which he documents wtih still images and videos. Kubo uses mock infomercials, how to clips and karaoke pushing his audience to question their relationship to the objects they buy. The items are then returned to their original packaging and retail locations containing documentation on DVD and contact information. Kubo’s work is incredibly insightful, mocking consumer culture. ‘It’s All Going Back” will be on display until April 22.

Hannah Smothers Contributing Writer The year is 1969, and the world’s most influential rock group is on the brink of extinction. The Fab Four had been slowly disintegrating following the death of manager Brian Epstein, and a conflict ridden session recording the unreleased album “Get Back,” later released as “Let It Be,” was indicative of a band who was seemingly past their prime. Hoping to once again capture the spirit responsible for selling millions of albums in previous years, Paul McCartney called long-time Beatles producer George Martin and asked if he would help the band record “the way we used to do it,” all together in the studio versus their recently adopted tactic of separation. The result of the final death rattle that was the “Abbey Road” sessions was 47 minutes of music that comprise arguably the Beatles’ most important album. According to research conducted by

Neilsen Soundscan, “Abbey Road” has been the top selling vinyl album for the past three years, selling over 30,000 copies each year since 2009. So how is it that an album that is over forty years old still finds itself flying off of record store shelves? The two sides of the album are polar opposites, and the flip of the record from the wildly diverse and borderline disorganized side one to the flowing, intertwined suite of side two carries the listener to another realm. This effect is lost on a CD or in digital format, a factor leading to the high vinyl sales. Side one opens with John Lennon’s Chuck Berry-inspired “Come Together”, and ends with another of Lennon’s songs, the titillating, blues-tinged “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” The first half of “Abbey Road” features an array of songs from each band member, even allowing Ringo Starr to follow up his song “Yellow Submarine” with “Octopus’s Garden.” There is no flow to the compilation of tracks that adorn side one, a trend reminiscent of the heavily divided “White Album.” The first two tracks on side two set

the stage for the remainder of the album, the acclaimed climax that is the “Abbey Road” medley. The following eight songs could be the key ingredient in the album’s perfect recipe for success. The suite culminates in the triumphant “The End,” which features a brief solo from each band member, serving as a brilliant send-off from the band that forever altered the world of music. The final track, the sixteen-second long, lighthearted “Her Majesty,” finishes the album off in true Beatles fashion, in a manner only they could rightfully pull-off. In an industry that changes pace so rapidly, it’s not surprising that music aficionados and casual listeners alike find themselves clinging to the very roots of so many of the modern-day tunes that fill radio waves and top iTunes charts. “Abbey Road” offers something unique upon every revolution of the plate, and if it follows the trend of the past three years, you can expect to see it spinning on more turntables in 2012.

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H.J. Bott: “Juxtapostion of 1970’s with 2012” - Blue Star Contemporary Art Complex Initially inspired by Edwin A. Abbott’s Flatland, H.J. Bott’s work speaks through the language of line, shape, form and texture. The lines are memorizing, as they direct their audience through the piece, enticing and often leaving the audience still searching for answers. The exhibition will be on exhibit until April 28.

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“Indians for Sale”- UTSA Satellite Space Joe Harjo’s MFA thesis exhibition uses sculpture, ceramics, installation, photographs and performance prints to discuss Native American Indian identity. Harjo, through his works, looks at misinformed stereotypes, false imagery, representation and identity of Native American Indian culture. Harjo’s work will be on display through April 22.


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Record Store Day spins a fresh twist on vinyl Hannah Smothers Contributing Writer

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“When I’m looking for contemporary records I usually go to Hogwild,” said UTSA alumna Lauren McGrath.

For many students shopping for records is all about the joy of the hunt. For good finds, record enthusiats have to be willing to dig.

Since its introduction in 2001, the iPod has continually decreased in size, from something resembling a small, white brick, to a tiny screen that can fit in the palm of a hand, easily making its way into a washing machine completely unnoticed. It is capable of carrying an entire music library, plus a few movies and television shows. The iPod’s success over the past 10 years is impossible to ignore. The ability to carry an entire collection of music in your pocket has revolutionized the way people listen to music. However, there’s a now deafening cry ringing from dimly lit, dusty record stores around the world. A cry that started out as a dull whisper had now turned into what is considered to be the most widely recognized music holiday in the world. Independent record store employee Chris Brown introduced the concept of Record Store Day in 2007. Now in its fifth year, this annual celebration and the eccentric culture that accompanies the record store atmosphere has spanned into several countries around the world, including England, France, Japan and many others. On the third Saturday in April, artists occupy indie record stores, giving intimate performances and releasing Record Store day exclusive albums. Vinyl culture has been rapidly increasing over the past few years, with more artists deciding to release their albums on this once-antiquated format. The invention of the compact disk, which many audiophiles argue has a much higher sound quality than that of a vinyl album, should have

brought about the demise of the 12inch, black-lacquered albums. So why the sudden surge in sales? Since the invention of the iPod, music has become highly digitized, and an entire library can be easily deleted with the press of a button. Something as tangible as a big circular disk brings a sense of connection and intimacy into a form of art and expression many people consider to be very personal. An MP3 can be passively listened to as it’s pumped through small ear buds, but listening to a record requires a higher level of attentiveness. Vinyl albums demand your attention, while digital formats are content to serve as background noise. Noticing the increasing trend in record sales, artists have more commonly begun to release vinyl pressings of newly released albums. The 2012 list of Record Store Day exclusive releases includes classic acts such as Paul McCartney and David Bowie, newcomers like The Black Keys and The Tallest Man On Earth, and even dips into the realm of popular music with releases from Katy Perry and Foster The People. Only a limited number of albums are available from each of the artists, and vinyl lovers everywhere have probably already cleared their schedules for this year’s Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21. Independent record stores in San Antonio are participating to cater to those participating in this newfound celebration of music and record store culture. Hogwild Records, located downtown, offers a wide variety of both used and new albums, considering everyone’s unique tastes. For more information of Record Store Day, and a complete list of exclusive 2012 releases, visit

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Photo Courtesy of As lines of record enthusiasts begin curving around independent record stores the morning of April 21, a little over 300 new albums will be wrapped and waiting inside, anticipating the riot that will come moments within opening time. Many artists release new albums on Record Store Day to celebrate the unique sub culture that surrounds the independent music store. To help guide collectors toward what to expect, The Paisano has complied a list of favorites, not to be passed up. Animal Collective: “Transverse Temporal Gyrus” Coinciding with Record Store Day, Animal Collective will release an exclusive album consisting of original tracks from an previous installation at the Guggenheim Museum with visual artist Danny Perez. The album will also feature live recordings made inside the Guggenheim before the doors were opened to the public. It is the only physical format on which any of the tracks will be released. Expect nothing less than exquisitely experimental, from the Baltimore-based band. Miles Davis: “Forever Miles”

 For all those Davis fans out there, this is a record that just can’t be passed up. Forever Miles includes
“Dear Old Stockholm,”
“Blues For Pablo,”
“Hand Jive,”
“Early Minor”
and a previously unreleased track from the Filmore East 1970 It’s About Time recording “Directions.” Regina Spektor: “The Prayer of Francois Villon (Moltiva)” Spektor continues to impress. Often re-

vealing her Russian decent, Spektor is releasing two previous unrecorded tracks: “The Prayer of Francois Villon (Moltiva)”
and “Old Jacket (Stariy Pedjak),” both completely in Russian. Black Keys: “El Camino” Always a fan of vinyl, the black Keys are releasing the orginal album including unreleased live tracks on 7” “Sister” and “Moneymaker”

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“Family Traditions,” an exhibition of photographs by Dr. Ricardo Romo are now on display at the Witte Museum. Romo’s images capture the Easter holiday. The exhibit will run through May 27 and is included in museum admission

National Library Week (*editor’s choice)

The UTSA libraries will celebrate National Library Week through April 13, with activities ranging from scavenger hunt challenges to photo booth contests. For more information on how to participate check out their website, at:

Wednesday, April 11 6 p.m. Darwin in Depth: Mysteries of Mass


(*editors choice) Noted Professor Dan Lehrmann, Ph. D., Department of Geosciences at Trinity University, will explore the role of mass extinctions in the history of life on earth. Also, as a thank you, the Witte museum is offering a $2 discount off of the surcharge with any college student ID until May 31.

Thursday, April 12 8:45 a.m. “African American Masculinities: the

Barack Obama Effect”

The African American Studies Symposium serves to educate the UTSA community about the African American presence in the United States. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

8 a.m. Eric Breish

(*editor’s choice) Eric Breish’s work challenges the viewer to explore the different dimensions that reveal themselves through Breish’s calculated planning and the uncontrollable results. Curated by Rebecca Gomez., his exhibit can be found in the art Gallery in the Durango Building 1.122

Friday, April 13 6 p.m. 2nd Friday Art Walk

Hop aboard the free shuttle and visit with exhibiting artists at Blank Studio Garden, The Gallery Josephine, High Wire Arts, The Villa, Tycoon Flats, El Milagrito and Main Street Art. For details, visit

Saturday, April 14 9 p.m. “Vinylmania: When Life Runs at 33 Revolu-

tions Per Minute”

(*editor’s choice) In anticipation of Record Store Day, the University of the Incarnate Word is hosting a screening of Paolo Campana’s 2011 documentary Vinylmania: When Life Runs at 33 Revolutions Per Minute in the Marian Hall Student Lounge. Shot in 11 different cities, “Vinylmania” explores the love and passion behind the collection of vinyl records. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Sunday, April 15 3 p.m. Adriadne’s Thread: Antiquity Reakened in

the Modern Art

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Ricardo Romo “Family Traditions”

The Civil Wars: “Billie Jean” and “Live at Amoeba” Sometimes played in concert, The Civil Wars cover of a Michael Jackson favorite is being released for this very special occassion. Along with, a new live album “Live at the Amoeba,” will feature tracks, “Tip of My Tongue,”
“Forget Me Not,”
“From This Valley,”
“20 Years,”
“I’ve Got This Friend,”
“Dance Me to the End of Love” and
“Disarm.” The album was recorded live in Hollywood on June 14, 2011 exclusively for Record Store Day 2012. A Portion of the album goes directly to support Record Store Day. For more information, on the day and participating locations check out

Jens Daehner, curator of antiquities at the Getty Villa in Malibu, explores how modern artists reinvent the antique and how they have shaped the way in which we now perceive classical art. San Antonio Museum of Art

Monday, April 16 8:45 a.m. 82nd Annual Juried Artists Exhibition (*editor’s choice)

This year’s juror, Peter Trippi, is Editor of Fine Art Connoisseur. All works exhibited are available for purchase with the exception of the Onderdonk winning artwork, which becomes a part of the Art League’s permanent museum collection. The exhibit will be on display through May 26 at the San Antonio Art League & Museum.

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Roadrunner football gears up for 2nd annual Spring Fiesta Football Game Staff Writer The UTSA football players came ready to practice for their upcoming seaon in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) on Saturday, April 1. Afterwards, Head Coach Larry Coker had a few words to say. “The skill level has really picked up,” Coker said at the beginning of the interview. “The guys played hard—just like they’re supposed to do.” How would he compare last week to this week? “They’re more efficient this week than they were last week, they’ll be more efficient when they play again. The pass protection has been the best since I’ve been here,” Coker said. “Protection got better and we did more things with defense. We did some special plays and some things. With defense, we got shut out last week, didn’t have a shut out this week, but I think we’ll learn from it.” The players, both returning and new, also had some things to say about this practice. “Practice was hard, but I pushed through it,” returning wide receiver

Earon Holmes said, “I’m expecting us to do big things. I’d be telling you a lie if I was expecting us to go into the WAC and be a freshman team, like everyone expects. I want us to go into the WAC and win.” When asked what the team was working on, Holmes said, “We’re just working on getting bigger, faster, stronger and trying to make big plays.” Considering the move into a big conference, Holmes said, “I feel good about it—because we’re going to be on TV! But I know that we gotta step our game up as much as we can, because everybody is bigger, faster and stronger.” Holmes joined UTSA’s football team because, “It’s close to my home, all of my family is here. I like for my whole family to come out here and see me play. I know it would’ve been harder if I would have gone somewhere else to play. I love UTSA. Go Roadrunners!” Brian King, a new free safety on the team, also had a few words about the day’s practice. “It was great. I wanted to come out, run around and have fun,” King said. “It’s a great experience knowing (Coker) has coached some greats. His passion for football makes me want to play for him.”

King also explained why he decided to play for UTSA. “When I came out for my visit I felt a lot of love from the coaches and the players, and San Antonio reminded me a lot of my home in Orlando,” King said. So what does the new free safety hope to offer this team for this season? “My athleticism, my speed and just knowing where to be,” King said. The Roadrunners will play in the second annual UTSA Fiesta Spring Game at the Alamodome on Sunday, April 15. The UTSA football team’s 2012 schedule is posted at

2nd Annual Spring Football Game Sunday April 15, 2 p.m. Alamodome Free Admission

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Members of the Roadrunner football team take a break from practice. The team will begin play in the WAC this fall.

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On Saturday of Easter weekend, UTSA’s men’s tennis team hosted the UT-Arlington Mavericks in the Runners’ last home Southland Conference match-up before they enter their new home in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The Runners came into the weekend on a three-match winning streak, but the Mavericks eventually edged the Runners in a highly competitive afternoon, 4-3. The Runners and Mavericks battled fiercely in the early doubles competition. The visiting Mavs jumped to an early advantage, winning two of the matches in tie-breakers (8-2, 9-8, 9-8). The Mavs and Runners competed ferociously through all of the singles matches. Freshman David Kelleher fought back from an early losing set and eventually defeated UTA senior David Subirats (1-6,6-3,6-3). “He’s done that quite a bit throughout the year and that’s been pretty impressive,” UTSA Head Coach Jeff Kader said about Kelleher’s performance. After that victory, the Runners and Mavs were tied at three victories each. The UTSA and UTA tennis teams and the attending audience watched UTSA

junior Tyler Brown and UTA junior Soren Goritzka compete against each other. The international battle resembled a major professional tournament. Teammates and audience members watched as the two players battled for almost four hours in the Texas heat. The match was a display of heart and guts, each player matching each other point for point. Wood remained determined to keep up with his opponent, who was once ranked third in his home country Germany. Eventually Goritzka clinched the winning point for the Mavs, defeating Wood 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3). The Roadrunners have one more matchup with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi before they participate in the Southland Conference Tournament in Nacogdoches, Texas. They will continue to sharpen their skills until then. “When you have the opportunity, you need to finish it. If you leave someone hanging around for the rest the game, you tire yourself out so you need to put the game away on the first opportunity you have,” Kader said. The Roadrunners will go on the road for their next tennis match in Corpus Christi to play against the Texas A&MCorpus Christi Islanders on April 14.

Yannick Junger takes on UT Arlington in singles competition over the weekend.

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The Roadrunners have won five of their last seven games. They are currently fifth in the Southland Conference with less than a month until the conference tournament.

Runners win three of four over weekend Richard Castillo

Assistant Sports Editor Roadrunners’ softball team had a very busy Easter weekend. They hosted two doubleheader games on consecutive days. In the first doubleheader, the Runners played the visiting Sam Houston State Bearkats on Friday, April 6. In the first game, the visiting Bearkats got on the board in the first inning as shortstop Sarah Allison hit an RBI single down the third base line. The Roadrunners didn’t respond until the bottom of the third inning when UTSA shortstop Molly Fichtner hit a lead-off single to wake up the Runners’ offense. Eventually, first baseman Caitlyn Ivy smashed a line drive single to tie up the game. The Runners’ offense stayed aggressive in the fourth inning, as catcher Megan Low hit a two RBI single down the middle of the infield that was mishandled by Bearkats’ second baseman Alyssa Coggins and giving the Runners the lead 3-1. The Roadrunners’ defense also kept the Sam Houston offense quiet. The Bearkats couldn’t score another run until the top of the sixth inning as Allison hit a streaking line drive to left center field. Third baseman Shelbi Tucker hit a pop fly ball that gave Allison enough time to come in for another Bearkats run. UTSA responded with an offensive explosion in the bottom half of the inning. Second baseman Ashley Kappler struck a scorching line drive off the first pitch of the inning, down the left foul line for a lead off double. Fichtner kept the offensive momentum going with a ground ball RBI double to put the Runners up 4-2. Third baseman Nikki Goff stepped up and hit the third consecutive double in the inning for the Runners. Goff’s double also scored Fichtner from second base and

the Runners led 5-2. The home crowd was electric; cheering on the Runners’ new offensive life. UTSA center fielder Courtney Buchman was able to walk on four consecutive balls, and right fielder Alaina Byars hit a towering 210-foot, tworun homerun to bring all the Runners home. After the homerun, the Runners held to an insurmountable 8-2 lead and eventually won the first game of the double-header. “We are known to not give up. We will fight to very end. We’ve had a lot of games where we came back and won them. We just stayed in the game, and hit the ball hard,” Byars said. Getting the win for the Runners was junior Alyssa Vordenbaum. Senior Morgan Luksa picked up the save for the Runners; the losing pitcher for the Bearkats was senior Tomi Garrison. The Friday night lights turned on for the second game of the day, and the offense for both teams was effective from the first pitch. Bearkats shortstop Allison started off the game with another RBI double down the third base line. Allison stayed aggressive on the base paths, eventually stealing home to Sam Houston State, a 2-0 lead. On the next pitch, designated hitter Hillary Adams hit a booming solo homerun off the Roadrunner softball scoreboard for a 3-0 lead. The Runners responded quickly in the bottom half of the inning. Goff responded to Adams’ homerun by hitting one of her own. With one stroke of the bat, Goff’s three-run homerun tied up the game at 3-3. That was last sign of offense for the Runners, but that wasn’t the case for the visiting Sam Houston State. The Bearkats continued to score in the next two innings, highlighted by Adams’ second homerun of the night that drove in two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Sam Houston State’s lead ballooned to 8-3, and the Roadrunners

couldn’t find the right rhythm to get back in the game. The Bearkats won the second game of the doubleheader by that score, splitting the series one win for UTSA and the other for Sam Houston State. The winning pitcher for the Bearkats was sophomore Shelby Lancaster. Picking up the loss for the Runners was Vordenbaum. “As long as we make the conference tournament, anything can happen,” first-year Head Softball Coach Amanda Lehotak said. “We are taking all of this as a learning experiences, so we can get better for more conference games but we see them when it counts.”

“We are known to not give up. We will fight to very end. We’ve had a lot of games where we came back and won them.” Alaina Byars

Senior softball player The Runners returned to the diamond Saturday, April 7, to host a makeup doubleheader with the Sugar Bears of Central Arkansas. The Runners swept both games of the series. The first game went the way of the Runners by a score of 3-0. The winning pitcher for the Runners was Haylee Staton. The losing pitcher was Kelsie Armstrong The second game was won by the Runners by a score of 2-1. Luksa got the win for the Runners with Kelley Martino, taking the loss for the Sugar Bears.

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Sophomores Jeromie Hill and Igor Nujic named to Southland Conference All-Academic Team

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UTSA sophomore Jeromie Hill was named the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year and sophomore Igor Nujic was tabbed second-team all-academic, the league office announced Wednesday. The 6-8 forward averaged 12.5 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds per game to help the Roadrunners to an 18-14 record in the 2011-12 campaign. He shot 48.6 percent from the floor, including 40.7 percent (35-86) from behind the 3-point line, and posted 48 assists, 30 steals and 22 blocks in starting all 32 contests. In Southland play, the Cairns, Australia native averaged a team-best 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Hill carries a 3.25 GPA and has yet to declare a major.   Hill, who earned second-team allconference and NABC All-District 23 accolades, collected UTSA’s third consecutive Southland Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year. He is the third Roadrunner to win the award, joining two-time winners Kurt Attaway (2005, ’06) and Devin Gibson (2010, ’11).  Nujic was one of five players chosen to the second team. The 6-8 forward averaged 5.8 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, shot 42.1 percent from the field and 76.3 percent at the free-throw line to go along with 23 assists, 15 steals and eight blocks. The Perth, Australia native played in all 32 games and drew five starts, four in league play where he posted 6.4 points and 3.3 boards per contest. He came on strong late in the season, averaging 13.0 points and 4.4 rebounds and shooting 50 percent (22-44) during the last five contests. He carries a 3.18 GPA as a business major.

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Jeromie Hill (12) is a key contributor for the Roadrunners both on the court and in the classroom.

Igor Nujic drives past a McNeese defender during the Southland tournament quarterfinals earlier this year.

With Hill and Nujic’s selections, five Roadrunners have combined to garner nine Southland All-Academic honors since 2005.   The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 12 member schools, voted for the student-athlete of the year.   The student-athlete of the year award is presented to the student-ath-

a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad. The Roadrunners lost in the first round of the Southland Conference tournament to McNeese State and finished with a record of 19-15 for the season.

lete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated achievement in athletics for at least two years at the nominating institution. The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess

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Jeromie Hill: 12.5 points/ game.6.4 rebounds/game with a 3.25 GPA Igor Nujic: 5.8 points points/ game 2.7 rebounds/game with a 3.18 GPA Source:

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