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10.12.2010 Vol. 44 Issue 8
President Romo gives university address UTSA President Ricardo Romo addressed students, faculty, staff, elected officials and guests Oct. 6 in the University Center Ballroom on the Main Campus for his second annual State of the University address. The 45 minute address detailed UTSA’s momentum over the last year toward fulfilling its vision to become a Tier One national research university. Romo was introduced by Bexar County’s Rep. Joaquin Castro, a San Antonio native and vice chairman of the House Higher Education Committee. Romo spoke of his pride for UTSA’s teaching faculty and touted their creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to students in advancing their knowledge of the world and their chosen professional fields. “This year we were fortunate to have nine UTSA faculty members selected to receive the prestigious UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award,” said Romo. “After UT Austin, that is more than any other school in the UT System.” Additionally, Romo pointed out accomplishments within the ranks of research faculty and the university’s commitment to continue recruiting the best and brightest and to build the infrastructure needed to do ground breaking research. He also highlighted the 34 percent increase in total research spending over the period. Sources: UTSA Today.
Are we prepared for a shooter on campus?
firstname.lastname@example.org UTSAPD is not waiting for a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. The police force has created its own violence prevention training in order to better respond to emergency situations, such as the shooting at the University of Texas (UT) Austin earlier this semester. Colton Tooley, 19-year-old mathematics major, brought an AK-47 to UT Austin and fired multiple rounds around campus before running to UT’s PerryCastañeda Library on Sept. 28. “I was surprised like everyone else,” UTSA Police Chief Steve Barrera said. “It hits home when it’s so close. I was also relieved that we’re prepared. You always think—are we ready to handle such a situation?”
smaller, more remote campus, I think [UTSAPD] would do a lot better [than UT Austin],” Alonzo said. “They are more on top of things than a lot of the police departments of the larger, more separated universities I’ve seen—like UT Austin.” Barrera said he felt comfortable that UTSAPD is prepared for a conflict like the one in Austin. “Our UTSAPD are pretty much anywhere at all times,” Alonzo said. A video called “Shots Fired” is available on the UTSAPD website and is used by the police department to train students and faculty on the way to respond to emergencies. UTSAPD will show the video to groups; individuals can view the video online. “We’re a smaller campus,
something that drastic is less likely to happen,” Alonzo said. Not every training scenario is as elaborate as the August scenario; officers quiz each other in tabletop training, in which different scenarios are presented and officers must think through the steps they would take in a real-life situation. ”In the past, when a situation happens like this, the local police department would call a SWAT team,” Barrera said. “You would have to wait and potentially more people could be hurt.” “The chances are very minimal that it will ever happen, but if it does you need to have a plan,” Barrera said. “You read more and more about these situations. The realization hits you that it could happen here—it could happen anywhere.”
San Antonio bans texting while driving Bailey Curwick
email@example.com It seems like young and old drivers alike will have to give their fast fingers a rest. Last week, the San Antonio City Council met Oct. 7 and enacted a ban on texting while driving within city limits. According to the Request for Council Action the ordinance amends Chapter 19, Article VII of the City Code, by adding a new section under Section 19, which will prohibit the use of a hand-held mobile communications device to send, read, or write a text message, or engage in any other use of the device besides dialing telephone numbers or talking to another person, while operating a motor vehicle. “San Antonio’s roads are hectic enough,” said freshman biology majors Warda Riaz and Larhonda Daniels. “People should
Barrera has been police chief for five months; his first step in finding an answer to that question was to stage a full-scale scenario involving an active shooter. UTSAPD worked with the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) Aug. 6 to find out how well the two departments communicate with each other in emergencies. “In the training exercise a SWAT team was also called in to help with the demonstration,” Barrera said. “That communication was key in the exercise to ensure all components worked well. The department sent emails, text messages and called campus phones to spread the message that there was danger to as many people as possible.” UTSA sophomore Jordan Alonzo is encouraged by the preparation. “Because it is a
not be texting or handling their phones while driving in the first place.” The restrictions on cell phone use while driving strengthened in 2008 with the ordinance that banned any use of a cell phone while traveling through a school zone. While the restrictions were specific to school zones with posted markings at the beginning and end of the zone’s perimeter, the San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) has still given numerous citations for drivers refusing to put down their mobile devices while driving close to schools. Officers will give warnings for the first 90 days after the ordinance takes place and inform San Antonio residents and inform them about the new law with public service announcements. After 90 days, officers will begin issuing citations of up to $200 per violation.
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Applications are being accepted through Friday, Oct. 15 for the UTSA Legislative Scholars program. As “McClendon Scholars,” UTSA students will have the opportunity to serve as interns in the Texas Legislature with a stipend of $10,000. Created in August 2004, the UTSA Legislative Scholars program is a collaborative initiative between UTSA and state Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon. Coordinated by the UTSA Institute of Law and Public Affairs, the program provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to serve as legislative assistants in the Texas House of Representatives during regular legislative sessions in odd-numbered years. Students are assigned to legislative offices where they learn the legislative process and perform important duties with bills, constituents and committees.
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JPL expanded to include Writing Center Anne Peters
Late October will mark the opening of an expanded Information Commons and an 80-seat study room. “We’ve grown tremendously in the past few years, and anyone who has visited our last locations knows how crowded they can be,” Newcomb said.. “The new spaces in the JPL for both our Tutor Room and our Computer Lab are beautiful, as well as spacious. We believe this move is a continuation of the dream of the Writing Center’s founder and namesake, Judith G. Gardner.” Integrating student academic support services into a university’s library is an increasingly common phenomenon nationwide, Krisellen Maloney, Dean of Libraries, said. “It just makes sense for students,” Maloney said. “We are trying to find new and creative ways to ensure students graduate from UTSA. I believe one of the keys to engagement is to make all our academic support services as accessible and inviting as we
can. With these additional programs now integrated into JPL, students can get the help they need without traveling all over campus.” Library resources once found in the new Writing Center/SI/Tutoring space have been relocated to other areas of the library. A new room dedicated to periodicals, microforms and newspapers has opened on JPL’s fourth floor. Two additional components of the JPL renovation project are due to be complete later this semester. An expansion of the Information Commons—with the addition of 75 computer terminals—is scheduled to open in late October, and a new 80-seat quiet study room will open mid-November. More information can be found at http://libtmp.lib.utsa.edu/blogs
How rough is being gay at UTSA? Joey Alabbassi
firstname.lastname@example.org The latest gay teen suicides because of bullying at school and online has sparked concern from the gay community. For some, living a gay life is not easy – they are constantly bullied, harassed, mocked and even sometimes threatened. “I was constantly bullied and harassed in middle and high school because I looked homosexual, but luckily I was never in a fight or gay bashed,” Jonathan Bernal said, junior psychology/chemistry major and member of Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Questioning (GLBTQ). Some, on the other hand, were more fortunate. “I have been fortunate to grow up in an accepting environment, so I did not have to experience any of that,” Charles Miles, president of the GLBTQ organization at UTSA said. According to the most recent Gal-
lup poll, American’s support for the moral acceptability of gay and lesbian relations crossed the symbolic 50 percent threshold in 2010. “It is absolutely alarming! These killings and suicides should not be happening. It is everyone’s fault, there are so many things people could have done to prevent it,” Miles said. Unfortunately, it is news and events like this that encourage gays and lesbians in schools to hide themselves from others and not become targets of potential bullying and threats. “I try to surround myself with gay friends, because we can relate better, be on the same level and just feel more comfortable,” Bernal said. GLBTQ at UTSA emphasizes on awareness of the gay community on campus. A “gay table” is set up every Wednesday in front of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building as an effort to spread awareness, gain acceptance and answer any questions that students, faculty and staff may have of the organization or GLBTQ in gen-
eral. “Putting yourself out there certainly takes a lot of courage. But the more of us who speak out, the better people can understand, learn and accept,” Miles said. October is Gay Pride Month and the GLBTQ organization will be hosting a number of events during the month of Oct. 11 marked National Coming Out Day which GLBTQ hosted a booth in the UC Paseo. “Coming out is probably one of the most hardest things a gay person can do,” Miles said. “But I’ve never been ‘in’ to come out. So it’s a big day and a big deal for all closeted gays to finally come out and embrace who they are.” Some of GLBTQ’s upcoming events also include: Ally Mixer on Oct. 13, Fagbug (guest speaker and documentary) on Oct. 19 at the Downtown Campus and 20th Main Campus and the Annual Halloween Gayla/Dragshow on the Oct. 27.
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Another milestone in the ongoing renovation of the John Peace Library (JPL) was reached with the opening of brand new spaces for the Writing Center and two units of the Tomás Rivera Center (TRC)— Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring Services. The integration of these three key academic support programs into the building effectively creates a one-stop shop for student learning engagement. The newly renovated wing, located on the south side of JPL’s second floor, includes a mix of study rooms, collaborative study spaces, computing resources and office space for staff. The move to JPL triples the space for TRC’s Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction (SI) Programs, accommodating more students for tutoring and group study sessions. “Students will have a much easier time finding the Tutoring program and attending regularly scheduled SI study groups,” Leticia DuncanBrosnan, Executive Director of the TRC, said. “The new library location will also provide students with convenient access to the academic resources available at the library. It is a great model to have three large academic support programs such as these in one centralized location.” Marguerite Newcomb, Associate Director of the Judith G. Gardner Center for Writing Excellence, agrees that the new space will greatly enhance service to students.
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CTE is brain disease that alters brain function.
email@example.com The University of Pennsylvania began their college football season with weighted hearts this year because Penn lineman Owen Thomas committed suicide. No one in his life –including his parents or his coach—had any clue Thomas was capable of suicide, but his unexpected death confirmed that Thomas was hiding something about his life. After his death, researchers at Boston University conducted a brain au-
WSI offers Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women’s Studies Women Studies Institute partners with Association of Women in Communications Allison Tinn
firstname.lastname@example.org The Women Studies Institute (WSI) honored new faculty and majors Oct. 7 and announced their partnership with The Association for Women in Communications (AWC), a UTSA student organization. Two years ago, WSI got their own major and last year graduated the first majors. WSI has partnered with AWC so the student organization can take on the project of the WSI’s public relations and “get the word out, on and off campus,” AWC President Nicole Vasquez, said.
Vasquez said this collaboration is the “perfect partnership,” and “they [WSI] don’t have a big enough voice, so we are going to be that voice.” The first plan of action for the AWC is to recruit more members and eventually form committees. The AWC is open to all majors even those not communication majors. Another one of the AWC’s inital plans of action is to publicize the 2nd annual Take Back the Night event scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 19. The event, part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, is open to anyone who want to participate in the march around campus. Participants will
meet on campus at the Paseo at 6:00 pm for poster making, then march at 6:30pm. The WSI/AWC collaboration is particularly exciting for WSI Executive Director Sonia Saldivar-Hull. “It is an exciting time for WSI. The new major in Women’s Studies is officially on the books, we will soon begin planning another event-packed Women’s History Month, and continue to develop new student programs,” she said. For more information on how to get involved with either of these organizations, visit http://communicationutsa. weebly.com/ or utsa.edu/wsi/.
topsy found that Thomas suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a disease the of the brain that alters brain function or structure. It was the first confirmed case outside the NFL, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s website The Boston University researchers said that CTE may not have been the definitive cause of Thomas’ suicide, but it was certainly a contributing factor. See CONCUSSIONS, Page 10
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Editorial Stay the course but remember the passengers and the contents Last week, UTSA President Dr. Ricardo Romo delivered his second annual State of the University address. During the speech Romo pointed to many UTSA accomplishments in the past few years including the greatest number of faculty members to earn the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching awards, the $12 million increase in total research spending over the previous fiscal year and the amount of private donations received. He also announced that UTSA had received $22 million donation, the largest in the university’s history. The rat race to tier one status seems to blind the eyes of the faculty and the administration. Now, reputation is important to a university. It not only improves upon alumni relations and application statistics but also creates positive relationships between the university and the general public. However, prestige should not be mistaken for reputation. Prestige allows the university to become complacent and discourages the need for constant re-evaluation of what needs change. The professors may shirk their teaching duties for research a university may deem is more
important. This already appears to be happening with increased dependence on teaching assistants and supplemental instruction. It’s understandable that a professor can’t reach 350 students on an individual level, and it’s especially true when the professor has two or three more courses that are the same size. Still, the computer age has created a numbers-based system that many students pay thousands to avoid at private universities. The student body demands that the university try to improve its local, state and national reputation. It also demands that the university does not forget the very reason it’s able to grow. Romo has made his mark in his past 10 years as president. He must recognize then that rankings are a double-edged sword for universities. They create massive buzz for those willing to cut every corner in order to fall within its most respected ranks. They create another ideal as well - arrogance. UTSA must remember to remain humble and not fall into the same trap that captures other more reputable schools - that is relying on reputation alone with no real evidence to back it up.
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Keep your flash-drive under lock and key
I hope the new owner of my thumb drive realizes they’re evil. Sure I left it and have enough (not much) money to get a new one, but to think that my storage device was taken by someone who has probably been in the same or very similar situation is upsetting! Morality is a difficult ‘thing’ to define as are such concepts as beauty and love. Though intuition most often leads us in the right direction working within the extremes can often change a value into a vice, a good student into a bad one and a believer into an unbeliever. Like the yin-yang in Chinese philosophy the thumb drive that I tried so hard to hold onto fatefully left my hands and ended up in some infamous persons pocket. Hours of work lost, whether because of ignorance, memory loss or some diabolical plan to steal what was mine. Though in hopes of proving a point I must say that what I care most about is the thumb drive I found the next day. You doubt that I returned it? Well I did, though your skepticism may be justified.
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My sense of duty in that moment was tested; to be dramatic my concept of justice could have turned into a dark cold place of ignorance. I might have taken that thumb drive to replace my own, but I didn’t! Order up, one thumb drive, a person sits down at a computer, briefly looking around to see if anyone’s watching. They slip the newly found hardware into their pocket, mentally repeating “thank you come again.” Four gigs, is that enough space to save a wanted poster for all the clepto’s scouring the UTSA library? The lost and found ironically isn’t always easy to find, but I can assure you that if you have a passion for Chinese philosophy, a sense of karma, or more common a conscience, the ‘thing’ you found that’s not yours… it can and more importantly should be simply handed over to the kind recipients behind the libraries information desk. Thank you, come again! Alexandre Smith Contributing Writer
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Can what you wear affect the health of your feet? Crystal Cox
“They can also cause breaks in the skin either in the form of blisters or abrasions, which can leave your feet exposed to environmental contaminants.”
Director of Operations for Health Services Bretton A. Gilmore.
Most of us probably own at least three pairs of flip–flops. Why not? They’re cheap, fashionable and they make that morning routine of getting dressed just a few minutes faster. But according to the director of operations for student health services, Bretton A. Gilmore, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N., PhD (Health Sciences), they also put you at greater risk for injury. When asked whether he considers flip flops to be bad for the health of the feet, Gilmore
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replied, “In my opinion, yes. They are not ergonomically suited to the natural shape of the foot since they are flat and do not give any kind of support. Foot fractures can happen very easily; more easily than most people would think.” Prolonged use of this type of footwear can lead to other serious complications such as: inflammation, foot strain, Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. Gilmore went on to say, “They can also cause breaks in the skin either in the form of blisters or abrasions which can leave your feet exposed to environmental contaminants.” Our skin is a protective barrier. Gilmore explains that they are just “not sanitary.” The effects of such complications might require treatment in the form of orthopedic support, antiinflammatory medications and in some instances even surgery. People that have a medical condition such as diabetes should be more careful since flip flops do not provide the protection that a closed toe shoe would. In addition to information about the use of improper footwear, it is defined as, “shoes that are thin– soled, loose, or lack arch support or the ability to absorb shock and don’t protect your feet,” The Mayo Clinic website gives a list of other risk factors that may contribute to the two more serious complications listed above which are Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis. They are as follows: Age (Plantar Fasciitis is more common in people between the ages of 40-60), gender (women are more likely to develop Plantar Fasciitis), Obesity (extra weight = extra stress), Faulty Foot Mechanics (people who have flat fleet or high arches), Occupation (people who
do a lot of walking and standing i.e. waitresses & teachers), exercise without warming up, running on uneven or hard surfaces, sports such as basketball & tennis (these require a great deal of sudden starts, stops and jumps) and last but not least high heels (they can actually cause shortening of the Achilles tendon causing severe strain on the tissue surrounding the heel). Armed with these facts, most agreed that while they would not completely ban them from their wardrobe, they would definitely make an effort to decrease the time spent in them. Junior history major Fern Quintanilla said, “I would attempt to wear them less often.” Senior communications major Hassan Barzani replied, “I wouldn’t stop wearing them completely. I would try to wear tennis shoes more.” While junior political science and criminal justice major Alexis Coltonelli stated that she would stop wearing them all together. “Considering that I seldom wear them I probably would [stop],” Colt said. So, for all of you who have that favorite pair that you just can’t see yourself parting with-ever (until the strap breaks), here are some signs to be on the look-out for: warm areas, redness, breaks in the skin, discoloration of the toenails, aches, pains and a sharp stabbing pain in the heels. These symptoms could be an indication that you need to seek medical advice if basic remedies fail to relieve them. Be sure to remember the golden rule according to Gilmore: “Closed– toed shoes are optimal and should always fit the activity that you are doing.”
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Dr. Romo cuts the ribbon for his art gallery.
UTSA President Romo explores South Africa in new art exhibition Maritza Avelar
A new art gallery in the UC known as Gallery 23 saw its grand opening reception on Sept. 29. The gallery’s first exhibit is “South Africa,” featuring photographs by UTSA President Ricardo Romo. Before a big orange and blue ribbon was cut to let visitors and students view the photographs, words from Kevin Price, Associate Vice President for Student Life, Charles Miles, Student Life Advisory representative and Dr. Gage Paine, Vice President of Student Affairs, filled the ears of many. “This is really about making the UTSA student experience a complete one,” Paine said. “It’s just not what happens in the classroom, it’s not just about what happens out on The Paseo, it’s about all the opportunities students have to find something new that interests them.” Inside the new UTSA art gallery, located in the University Center on the UTSA main campus, students submerged into the deep atmosphere of South Africa. From left to right they were met eyeto-eye with wild animals and scenes of a different continent. Romo embarked the wonders of South Africa during his trip for an extensive literacy project led by Misty Sailors, a UTSA associate of interdisciplinary learning and teaching. These UTSA officials helped distribute about 2 million books to under privelleged kids. Romo and his wife, Dr. Harriet Romo, UTSA professor of sociology,
spent 10 days nurturing education-hungry kids in Africa. “The kids were grateful for UTSA to provide them with books,” Dr. Romo said, “Not only did I enjoy seeing a new country and a different culture, but the joy of seeing young people being interested in education and watching them smile was great. ” The grand opening featured a free reception and music by Michelle Peters. People mingled and gathered in groups to view and discuss the photographs. From smiling children to two grand elephants, visitors slowly took in the new world and explored the adventure behind it. While people slowly moved from portrait to portrait the scenery of the wild glimmered into the eyes and spoke to Justin Mitchell, junior mathematics major. “It was kind of looking at me and I felt like I was in the picture,” Mitchell said. “It was a very graceful gazelle that helped me see a new side to Dr. Romo. I believe that this art exhibition shows that UTSA is a little bit more diverse than it normally seems.” Dr. Romo was very pleased to be able to promote and be part of the new art gallery. He hopes to see new opportunities open for faculty members and students at UTSA. Whether it is artistic pottery, paintings, or photography, he encourages others to reach out into an artistic field and take part in discovering a new passion. He believes the art gallery will be an eye opening experience for many and is interested to see new material from UTSA students that will add to Gallery 23.
Celebrity sex scandals, while not the blood and guts of Hollywood, hold a substantial power in keeping the audience continuously captivated in the ever-so-dramatic world of Tinseltown. As much as I don’t want to sound like I’m advocating the actions of these men, I have to give them credit for keeping me entertained (and in work!) Our most recent perpetrator, Brett Favre, is doing a great job of keeping the man-whore tradition alive with reports surfacing from his lady friend Jenn Sterger, a well-known “Gameday host” for the New York Jets and a former columnist for Sports Illustrated. It seems he has been participating in some pretty naughty sexting as well as leaving explicit voicemails. While not the most classy (or exciting) example of celebrity sex mishaps, Favre’s at least takes a little weight off of David Beckham’s shoulders for the time being. Since I’ve already mentioned Beckham, I might as well bring to light this poor guys intimacy issues. He had the whole alleged relationship with his assistant thing way back in ’04 and now that all of this hooker drama is surfacing I just can’t help but feel like the poor guy can’t catch a break. He’s David Beckham; as far as I’m concerned, he’s allowed to fool around with whomever he wants to. Don’t get me wrong, I love Posh and Becks just as much as the next gossip, but I can only imagine her overly skinny frame and bitchy attitude has to be a bit underwhelming for Mr. Beckham at times. This brings me to my final examination of cheating celebs: Tiger Woods and Jesse James. The occasional cheating spouse story doesn’t bother me so much but these two clearly crossed the line. Seriously, cheating with multiple women based on sex addiction or tattoo preferences is just gross. Considering neither of these dudes is really living in the lime light anymore, at least in a popular sense, I can cut them some slack and not knock on them anymore in this article. So, as much as America hates the cheating husband thing, I believe it’s safe to say that these guys’ actions have done the job of keeping us entertained throughout the years and will most likely continue to do so-morally correct or not.
UCPC continues to entertain with Coffee House Wednesday Jennifer Cisneros
Snowbirds Joe Dretsch and Bryan Loweree made their first visit to the Lone Star state in their Ford Explorer almost hitting a hitch hiker and losing a tire along the way. The two were headlining Coffee House Wednesday in the Ski Lodge, with melodies that chased away the midterm blues. The duo started by taking requests from the audience. Not sure of their style, students yelled, “Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson.” Sure enough
Dretsch and Loweree delivered the requests adding their own pizzazz. Their style is a crossroads where grassroots’ country meets Collective Soul. Joel Huerta, junior psychology major said, “I thought it was fantastic, especially when it came to the covers. They were really good and added their own originality.” Dretsch’s gifted voice was a treat to all the hopeless romantics. He serenaded the females in the audience with a tremolo that lingered in a lasting note as he sang, “You’re the closest to heaven that I’ll ever be, and I don’t want to go home right now,” by the Goo Goo Dolls. The live acoustic music, tal-
ent and interactive harmony were even better than a concert. The drummer, Brian Loweree of Santa Monica, California, sang his all-time favorite, the song he used to sing in the shower at his youth, “Rockin’ Robbin’.” Dretsch and Loweree mixed things up a bit blending two songs into one. They alternated the verses of Poison and Daughtry using the background of the acoustic guitar. Even Cameron, sound technician, had a nice set of lungs as he was put on the spot and handed a guitar. Sophomore Quinton Winston said, “They’re funny and excep-
tionally good singers. I love live acoustic music.” Senior accounting major, Justin Dodson’s favorite song of the night was “Wanted Dead or Alive.” Dretsch said, “Don’t ever listen to anyone that tells you to quit chasing your dream; the most rewarding things in life are hard.” Loweree had a more radical view. “Quit your job and join a band, cause it’s a lot better than a 9-5,” Loweree said. In their free time Dretsch likes to hunt and fish and Loweree said, “I really like to cook.” Dretsch and Loweree have known each other for two years and met at Jamestown College in North, Dakota.
Dretsch had a residence scholarship and Loweree played football. Up and coming Two Days Notice is interactive, down-to-earth and provided pure musical entertainment. They were the openers at an Emerson Drive concert and played for an Extreme Makeover closing party. To find out more about Two Days Notice, visit their website at http://www.twodaysnotice.net. UCPC sponsors Coffee House Wednesday providing a chill environment of a singer/songwriter at 8 p.m., every Wednesday. Ernie Halter will sing Oct.13.
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Midsummer ‘A Night’s Dream’
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During the week of Oct. 11-17 the Actors From The London Stage (AFTLS) will be visiting UTSA to put on a performance of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” as well as visit classes to give lectures, workshops, seminars, and information sessions. This gives students an opportunity to experience the theatre on a deeper level than just watching a performance. The AFTLS tour every year with a new performance of a Shakespeare play, and they have been coming to the campus since the UTSA Friends of Shakespeare was founded in 1988. The performances put on by the actors are not done in the most conventional way. While many plays are performed with major sets and directors the AFTLS productions use only five actors. The actors rely on the audience’s imagination to create the set. Peter Holland, the Academic Director for the AFTLS at Notre Dame, said in reference to the collaboration of the actors and the audience in creating the image of the play that “it is not a hard job for people to do, even though we are now used to having everything shown us on screen, and even though we usually no longer rely on the powers of the imagination and collaboration to bring a play’s world into being” and “if you share the fun of collaborating with us, then the excitement of the performance will be richly rewarding.” There are five actors making up the AFTLS: Nicola Alexis, Devon Black, Matthew Douglas, Paul O’Mahony, and Julian Rivett. The actors divide 23 different rolls in the play. The performances take place on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, but when the actors are not on the stage they are taking time to visit classrooms and allow students to not talk about literature and theatre in a hands-on environment. UTSA’s Shakespeare expert, Professor Mark Bayer, encourages students to go see the play saying and for the students who are confused by the “etymology and allusions” in Shakespeare’s works the plays are “designed for that kind of audience…the actor’s goal is to make Shakespeare intelligible to students who are not familiar with Shakespeare.” Students can go see the production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on Oct. 13, 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available in the University Center.
The cast perform many roles throughout the play.
by Lindsey Sumrall A single word that brings about thoughts of: Privacy, shame, hiding What I want to feel is: FREEDOM I want to walk around the park Swim in a river Gaze at the stars Lay in my bed Free from the bindings that form our civilization Told by the media That if you aren’t perfect They have ways to help you hide Showing women with no bumps, bulges, sags, wrinkles Saying the perfect woman is tall, lean, androgynous What should a woman think? We are told to hide ourselves Bind ourselves Because our bodies are something no one wants to see But I want to be naked Void of the clothes that will hide the roundness of my stomach The size of my thighs The wideness of my hips The sag in my breasts Because I wasn’t born clothed I left my mother naked and screaming Without the judgment of society Telling me I’m imperfect What if I am perfect?
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Roadrunners remain undefeated in SLC Kristoffer Hellesmark
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Lindsay South’s brace helped the Roadrunners defeat Central Arkansas Sunday Oct. 10.
This past weekend, UTSA’s women’s soccer won against Northwestern State and Central Arkansas, continuing the Roadrunners winning streak and proving that last weekend’s game against rival Texas State was no fluke. The Northwestern State game was one of the season’s closest, going into overtime when the score was still 1-1 at 90 minutes. The game started off badly as Northwestern scored the first goal at 23 minutes, lowering UTSA’s hope of beating their out of state competitor. But right before halftime, Allison Dillon tied up the score by beating the keeper from the top left of the penalty box. In the 2nd period, no goals were scored. Going into overtime, Jodi Leroy took only six minutes to find the ball and tap it
into the goal, making the final score 2-1. The second match of the weekend saw UTSA face off against Central Arkansas, which would give UTSA its second win of the weekend and a 3-game winning streak. At the 34-minute mark, UTSA’s Lindsay South cannoned the ball right over the keeper’s head straight into Arkansas’ goal, making the score 1-0. To add to the excitement, only 38 seconds later Dillon scored her second goal of the weekend by tapping the ball in from the penalty box. After the first half, UTSA scored their third goal by South, with a shot from the right-hand side of the penalty box, making the final score 3-0. These two victories combined to give the Roadrunners an 8-5 record overall. The team remains undefeated in SLC play.
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CTE can be a result of many factors including brain tumors, drugs, and solvents, but a contributing factor of Thomas’ CTE was repeated concussions while he was playing football. And one of the hallmark symptoms of CTE is an altered mental state, which can lead victims into depression. With the Roadrunners football debut only a year away, head trauma diseases like CTE may be a concern. “[CTE] is kind of a long-term diagnosis. Typically what we see are kids that get concussions and mood changes right after the initial injury,” UTSA Associate Athletic Director Jer-
ry Greeson said. “A kid gets hit, and for the next few days there may be some mood swings. There may be some depression, or maybe some euphoria.” To combat the dangers of repeated concussions, UTSA has adopted an information program mandated by the National Athletic Association (NCAA) to help educate student athletes about the symptoms of a concussion: confusion, nausea, balance problems and amnesia. The NCAA has partnered with the Center for Disease Control and produced a concussion fact sheet for student athletes and a video explaining the symptoms and prevention of concussions. However, for the information to
be effective, student athletes must recognize the symptoms and then inform trainers when they suffer a concussion. For example, during his 12 years of playing football, 21-year old Owen Thomas may have received more blows to the head than he had admitted to his family and coach, which led to his CTE. “That’s always a big concern of ours, to not hide those things,” Greeson said. “It’s something you always got to be aware of. They don’t want people to know because they don’t want to be pulled from competition.” To determine the severity of a student athlete’s concussion, the UTSA athletic staff conducts a pre-impact
test, which is a series of computer based questions used to determine the athlete’s cognitive abilities. If a player is thought to have a concussion, a post-impact test is administered and compared to the pre-impact test. The comparison of the two allows trainers to measure the level of a concussion. “We have a computer-based test plus we film them balancing, and if there’s a concussion, we have the capability to post film-balance to compare and see if their balance is still ok,” Greeson said. “We’ve got a whole protocol setup for someone who has a concussion and a return-to-play criterion that’s been approved by our physicians.” The best measures to prevent
head injuries, however, are simply good equipment and proper training. The Roadrunners are using new gear with properly fitted helmets; their training room is stocked with state of the art medical equipment, and all the players are taught proper tackling techniques. “[Concussions] come with the territory, unfortunately,” Greeson said, “But we’re educating our student athletes.”
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