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Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

October 4, 2011

Volume 46

Issue 7


Unauthorized users access Honors College student records Sheila Alvarado

University’s food supplier provides commercial food but not the benefits

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Starting this semester, students will not be able to invite as many guests to the Roadrunner Café as before.

Daniel Crotty Victor H. Hernandez

Last year, when the last worker of the 33 Chilean miners was rescued from the mine in Copiapó, Chile, Aramark, the company that provides food services to UTSA, had already fed the miners 6,000 meals under contract with the Chilean government. “First of all,” read a note sent to Aramark cooks from 2,300 feet under, “we wish to thank you for your goodwill and kindness towards us. Let there not be the slightest doubt that the service you have rendered has made a major difference in the food we eat we will soon be with you.” But in the United States, where Aramark makes most of its profit from students, inmates and sports fans, the ambience seems to be entirely different. “I can’t believe this. I don’t understand why on earth there are no independent options to eat on campus,” said Margaret Jackson, freshman political science major. “If you

Students can now access food from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.

really think about it, there seems to be many options to eat at UTSA, but there are none. There is only one: Aramark.” Aramark is in charge of managing all restaurants on campus, having acquired the licenses for commercial purposes of Burger King, Taco Cabana, Subway and many others. Places like Starbucks often reward their customers with points and promotions, but not the ones at UTSA. This was a revelation for Jackson, who was left with her Starbucks rewards card in her hand. See ARAMARK, Page 2

For over 40 days, the personal information of 688 students and prospective students of UTSA’s Honors College was exposed to unauthorized viewers. The students were not notified until almost two months later. On Sep. 20, 2011, Richard A. Diem Ph.D., dean of the Honors College, mailed a personal letter to the 688 students stating that there was “an inadvertent exposure of student education records.” An e-mail with the same information was sent to each of the students as well. The exposure began June 20, 2011, because of a configuration change to the Automated Student Access Program (ASAP), which is used by students and faculty to access information including class schedules, advising information, fiscal services and information on the Honors College. On Aug. 2, 2011, an employee notified UTSA officials of a potential unauthorized exposure of Honors College student information. The exposure allowed employees, including those who did not have a business need, to view students’ information such as names, dates of birth, addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and GPAs. According to information reported in an article on the UTSA Today website, “233 records were accessed by unauthorized users. An additional 455 records may have been accessed by unauthorized users; the remaining 4,012 records were not accessed.” David Gabler, associate vice president for university communications, stated that social security numbers were not visible at any time.

“I want to be very clear that no information was changed. Viewing is very different than having access to change,” Gabler said. He also stated that the exposure was closed down within an hour after it was noticed; an investigation was started and the situation was rectified. UTSA’s Information Technology department was able to determine who accessed which files and determined that there appeared to be no malicious intent involved in the accessing of the students’ files. The past 10 years have seen a tremendous change in the amount of data and information that universities store online about students and faculty. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) has set standards for what student educational information is available to the public and what should be done in the case of exposure. FERPA was enacted by Congress to protect the privacy of students and their parents. FERPA does not protect against disclosing records that have a student’s name but does protect against disclosing a student’s status and educational information. The university was not required by FERPA or federal guidelines to send a letter or an e-mail to those students who were possibly affected but erred on the side of caution, even though no social security information was exposed.

See HONORS, Page 3

Slate of new state laws New VIA route makes attending going into place football games easier

The new law authorizing the attorney general’s crackdown on repeat drunken drivers is among a slate of new laws going into effect on Saturday. More than 150 of the laws that the Legislature passed earlier this year formally go into effect on Oct. 1. Most are considered minor housekeeping adjustments to current statutes. But one of the higher-profile new laws is the so-called “24/7” program that was overwhelmingly endorsed by lawmakers in April with the strong backing of Attorney General Steve Bullock. The program requires repeat DUI offenders to take a breath test twice a day, every day, at their own expense from the time of arrest until their sentence is completed. “Every day, judges in Montana require repeat DUI offenders to stay sober and to stay out of bars as a condition of their bond, but until now, we’ve had no effective program to make sure that happened,” Bullock said. “The 24/7 Sobriety Program gives communities an enforcement mechanism to

keep repeat drunk drivers off the road.” Supporters argue it has proven successful in keeping repeat offenders sober during a pilot project, and costs taxpayers nothing since the offenders pay for the tests. A few opponents at the Legislature, including one lawmaker and bar owner, unsuccessfully tried to argue that the full slate of DUI crackdowns was bad for business in small towns. The attorney general said work will continue to implement the program around the state. Within the next week, five counties should have their programs working _ Yellowstone, Custer, Lewis and Clark, Butte-Silver Bow and Sanders counties. Cascade and Flathead counties are expected to start testing sometime in the next month, and Missoula County is expected to be ready sometime after that. “With a steady rollout across Montana, I believe we can partner with local law enforcement agencies to reduce the terrible toll drunk drivers exact on Montana families,” Bullock said. See LAWS, Page 3

Christian Gamboa If anyone has attended a UTSA football game at the Alamodome, they have most likely noticed the hordes of fans that begin to form two lines outside the exit doors after the game. One line is used for VIA buses traveling directly to UTSA’s Main Campus and the other line is for the VIA buses traveling to Crossroads Mall. Since the first football game of the season, VIA has offered discounted rates for UTSA students who wish to travel by bus to the Alamodome. For $1.25 each way, ($2.50 roundtrip) students can park at either the UTSA main campus or at Crossroads Mall and the buses drop off students by the main entrance of the Alamodome. Students must show their UTSA ID when purchasing their special event tokens and can also purchase tokens for their friends and family at a rate of $2.50 each way. Aside from the two main park-andride lines servicing UTSA and Cross-

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Students are now able to take the VIA bus from the downtown campus to the Alamodome for games at a discount.

roads Mall, Madla Transit Center on Cantrell Street also offers transportation to the Alamodome. The Yellow Streetcar line that provides regular service between the Downtown UTSA Campus and the Alamodome can also

be used to attend the game. Students can receive a discounted rate of .55 when they show their student ID, as opposed to the normal rate of $1.10. See VIA, Page 2

Hot Off The Press Knox cleared of homicide charges

Allison Tinn Four years of trials, and sentences came to an end on Oct. 3 when Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito were cleared of homicide convictions for the 2007 sexual assault and murder of Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. Knox, Sollecito and Kercher were all college students in Perugia. Kercher shared an apartment with Knox and two other young women. Knox and Sollecito, formerly a couple, were thought to have killed their fellow student. In 2009 Knox and Sollecito were found guilty of the stabbing of Kercher and were sentenced to 25 plus years in Italian prison. However, the case was largely based on DNA evidence that legal experts called “flimsy and suspect.” Knox received the most media coverage because, even though she was an American student from Seattle studying abroad, Italian officials insisted the trial take place in the country the crime was committed. Crying in front of the court earlier in the day, Knox presented her statement in Italian: “I did not kill, I did not rape, I did not steal. I was not there,” Knox said. “I want to go back home. I want to go back to my life. I don’t want to be punished. I don’t want my life and my future to be taken away for something I didn’t do.”


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ARAMARK: Required meal plans give

students fewer choices From Page 1

More restaurants do not mean more options. When the Bauerle garage is finished, there will be three Starbucks on campus, none of which allow the Starbucks Rewards card or the Starbucks $.50 coffee refill, which entitles customers who buy a Starbucks coffee mug to get a $.50 refill, anywhere but licensed spots, such as the ones at UTSA. And it is not only Starbucks; coupon books, which have been traditionally linked to student life, are of no use on campus. “As a student you often rely on coupons and promotions that you would find in, or coupon books. But here you can’t do jack with them,” said Yaneth Guzman, senior public relations major. “Being so many entrepreneurs at UTSA, and so many local business

owners in San Antonio, does it not make sense to allow at least a fraction of our dining options to private owners?” asked Guzman. Many students are beginning to wonder if having Aramark as a monopoly for food on campus is beneficial for the student body, especially after the recent changes at the Roadrunner Café. “What they are doing is deadwrong,” said sophomore Vanessa Angello, a former resident of Laurel Village. “It is preposterous to be forced to buy a meal plan when the least expensive option is around a thousand dollars,” Angello said. “UTSA is supposed to be an open access university, and yet, we are faced with outrageous living expenses that should not be forced onto students.” Last year, the cheapest meal plan was $1,020 plus tax for a semester, and $1,341 plan plus tax for the most expensive. This year, Aramark’s meal

plans range from $1,050 to $1,494 plus tax. Since the opening of the Café, students could buy block meals that entitled them to 125-145 meals each semester, which included guests, making the Roadrunner Café one of the few university’s social hotspots. Now, all of the plans are called access plans. These plans offer students the opportunity to eat an unlimited number of meals at the Roadrunner Café but limit the days they can eat and the guest passes. Students can choose between plans that offer unlimited meals Monday through Friday or plans that would also provide meals through the weekend. Sophomore geology major Angela Rodriguez said, “It’s mandatory that you buy [a meal plan] if you live in Laurel or Chap. I had to buy an unlimited plan, and I only eat there three times a week.” These new meal plans only offer a

limited number of guest passes. Meal plan Access 5B, for example, offers unlimited meals Monday through Friday, 10 guest passes and $150 dining dollars. This is the cheapest plan that will allow students to bring their friends in with them with no out-of-pocket cost. The highest number of guest passes available on a plan is 20. Sadie Rodriguez, sophomore biology major, says, “This year I have friends who do not live on campus anymore, but who eat lunch with me on certain days, but because I now have a dwindling amount of guest swipes, we will not be able to continue eating there together. They could pay for their meals, but they charge a ridiculous amount for the quality of food and service.”

VIA: Buses provide safe mode of transportation From Page 1

Although parking is available at the Alamodome and in surrounding parking lots, parking rates vary from $10 to $20 per vehicle. Riding VIA saves fans from the hassle of driving through downtown traffic as well as from the cost of parking and gas. The convenience of the VIA transportation service has also been keeping students who live on campus safe when they consume alcohol during the football game. VIA bus transportation to the Alamodome is typically meant for fans attending the game, and for those fans, the excitement of the game begins once they get on the bus. “The atmosphere is great, there are lots of people who are going to the game and it’s great to see so much support for UTSA,” reflected UTSA football fan and chemistry major Evin Eiteljorge.

“Each time I’ve taken the bus, people are always revved up for the game. Both times the entire bus would sporadically chant ‘U-T-S-A’ as we drove down I-10.” The only complaint that Eiteljorge has about VIA transportation is that the lines to get into the bus after the game are under the sun. “I don’t mind the lines, but maybe a tarp or something to prevent the sunshine,” Eiteljorge said. Special event tokens for VIA can be purchased at the Roadrunner Express store on UTSA’s Main Campus in the UC building (next to Rios Golden Cut), at the Crossroads Mall park-and-ride lot or at VIA information centers. All VIA buses departing from the UTSA Main Campus and Crossroads Mall begin service three hours before kickoff and the last returning bus leaves 45 minutes after the end of the game.

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Rowdy fans prepare to go to the Alamodome for the UTSA game against Bacone.

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WEEKLY LAWS: New law proposal would help ranchers with wild life predators POLICE BLOTTER COURTESY OF UTSA PD Theft Location: Downtown, Frio Building Date/Time: 9/29/2011 07:39 PM Disposition: Cleared by arrest Criminal Mischief Location: Mckinney H. Building Date/Time: 9/28/2011 06:00 AM Disposition: Active Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Location: University Oaks Phase III Date/Time: 9/27/2011 01:26 AM Disposition: Cleared by arrest Driving Under the Influence by a Minor Location: Lot 14 Date/Time: 9/25/2011 04:25 AM Disposition: Cleared by arrest Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor Location: University Oaks Phase II Date/Time: 9/25/2011 03:28 AM Disposition: Cleared by arrest Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor Location: Sam Barshop Blvd. Date/Time: 9/25/2011 02:13 AM Disposition: Cleared by arrest Motor Vehicle Theft Location: Police Department Date/Time: Unknown Disposition: Unknown

Another new law going into effect faces more difficult hurdles before it is implemented. The Legislature authorized the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks to sell the hides of wolves killed by government agents dealing with problem wolves. The money would go into the account used to repay ranchers for animals lost to wolf predation. But FWP director Joe Maurier has outlined several problems with the proposal. In a letter to the Livestock Loss Board, Maurier noted that federal agents are the ones who kill most of the wolves. The feds used to deliver wolves to FWP for testing, where they were often kept in a freezer. But the feds no longer bring the wolves to FWP, and instead just deliver a tissue sample for tests. State agents still bring some wolves in.

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A drunk driver crashes his SUV on Babcock Rd. near UTSA.

“None of these are handled or stored in a manner where the hide remains useable,” Maurier said. “For commercially useable hides, they would need to be skinned as soon as possible after death, and then either salted and fro-

zen or tanned.” Maurier pointed out that the time and cost of processing, tanning, storing and auctioning of the hides is likely to exceed the proceeds. Maurier said the Livestock Loss

Board could try to develop a system to immediately retrieve animals killed by the feds to ensure they could be processed. But no system is in place as the new law goes into place. A sampling of some of the other laws going into place: -The state will have to verify lawful presence in country prior to issuing a driver’s license or identification card -Stronger sexual assault penalties for repeat offenders of the crime -Clarified duty of driver in an accident to remain at the scene -A new crime of “predatory loitering” can be used against previously convicted sex offenders -Law clarifies that shooting range noise cannot be considered a public nuisance -Audiologists allowed to sell hearing aids without a special license

HONORS: University assures students that records were never altered, only viewed From Page 1

“When it comes to data and information about students, that is a priority number one here.” President Ricardo Romo has put together a fairly comprehensive task force to look at security issues. “We are doing everything we can to make sure these things don’t

happen and when they do, Dr. Romo is very clear that [we] share what we know with the students,” Gabler said. Gabler can remember only one other incident similar to this exposure in his 15 years of employment at UTSA. “It’s been so long ago that I can’t remember details. Very rare,” he said. When asked about the breach in security, Honors College student Caro-

lina Canizales, senior Communications major, stated that she worried a little bit about her address information leaking to the public, but other than that she was fairly certain that everything was handled well. Students trust that when they provide their personal information to the university it will be kept confidential. It appears that the university has held

up its end of the bargain. When asked if anyone else should be concerned about the access of his or her information, Gabler said, “We did a double check and a triple check on that, and if you did not get the e-mail or the letter, you can be comfortable that your records were not accessed.”


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Face-to-face conversations in jeopardy The Sept. 28 announcement of Amazon’s Kindle Fire marked Amazon’s foray into the tablet market. The Kindle Fire will provide its users with the ability to stream videos, access the Amazon’s music library and free cloud storage. The Kindle Fire will be another way in which the public can consume entertainment at a faster rate. But is our consumption of entertainment at such a speed and through such mediums a good thing? Is the ability to entertain oneself without any type of

human interaction crippling our social development. With the rise of the tablet, both in consumer and professional markets, people are becoming more reliant on social media and less on the simple handshake. Students can no longer carry on conversations while looking each other in the eye, or pay attention to conversations without reaching for their cell phones. Students need to learn to put down their electronics and realize that there

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The Occupy Wall Street campaign in New York has clearly tapped into a deep frustration within our youth fueled — a frustration fueled by poor job pros-

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Porn for Bibles event and the abortion posters in the middle of the Sombrilla were mostly mild affairs. I’d be interested to see what issues would inspire students to demonstrate and protest. Students at UTSA seem more passive aggressive. A friend of mine commented on the recent vote to increase shuttles fees. He thought that it was ridiculous to pa y any fee at all. When I told him to make a complaint (or better yet write a letter to the editor for The Paisano), he shrugged off my suggestions and changed the subject. Students aren’t protesting about just economics. Recently, the public university system in California decided to reconsider using race, gender or ethnicity in college admissions decisions. In response, a club of college Republicans at the University of California, Berkeley organized a pastry sale protest of affirmative action. While their opinion might be controversial (student protestors made White students pay more for their pastries than minority students), at least they have an opinion. What grinds your gears, UTSA? Stop disguising political correctness

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as politeness. I’d rather have students tell me how they really feel about issues like abortion, redistricting or building a third Starbucks when what we really need is more grants from the Financial Aid department and fewer Starbucks. I can live without more expensive cappuccinos. Can you? These issues are ones that students should to take action on. UTSA students are oddly silent on these issues, though. They’re too worried about parties and SAPD. Karl Marx said, “Religion is the opium of the people.” Apparently, alcohol is the opium of college students. Students seem not only to be inactive but also non opinionated or not informed enough to have an opinion. My Texas Politics professor spent the first day of class polling the political ideologies of students. Out of 90 students 20 said they were non political. So, UTSA, what do you stand for? What will it take for students to mobilize? My prediction would be a dry campus.

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Students use home remedies for illnesses Isla Cruz You wake up one day with a sore throat and your head hurts. What is the home remedy you use to feel better? Some people make their own heal-

ing medicine. For example, tea with honey, or a shot of liquor to help sweat their cold out. The creativity that goes into making a good remedy originates from what you have around your house at the time. Once you have that one remedy that works, you will always use it.

There is no scientific way to judge if a “home remedy” works; only the person who created it can judge its effectiveness. There are some traditional home remedies that we do unknowingly. “If you have an upset stomach, you should drink some Sprite,” suggests James Whetstone a senior at UTSA. Or if you have the flu, make sure you take extra vitamin C to boost your immune system. Whitney Pitts, a junior at UTSA, suggests making ice pops with lemon juice, honey and some cayenne pepper for a sore throat. The ice pops are effective because the cayenne pepper can help clear the sinuses. A common ingredient, honey, is good for a sore throat because it coats the vocal cords by soothing them with warmth. A shot of liquor may sound silly, but it can help. The liquor causes your temperature to rise, making you sweat. Many people believe you can sweat out an illness. However, home remedies are not just for when you’re sick. There are also remedies for skincare, such as eating avocado for your skin, or applying brown sugar and honey to your acne. Garlic is also a great acne treatment because of its anti-bacterial qualities; you just mush the garlic then blot it on the acne spot. Almond oil can be used for dry skin as a night moisturizer. The almonds are good for the skin because they contain vitamin E which promotes healthy skin and hair. Dry hair? Use mayonnaise as a mask on the hair for hydration. Hang nails can be very painful. Soaking your nails in olive oil a couple times a week helps moisturize them without weakening them. A home remedy is something we put together for our own good. Remedies can either be passed down from generation to generation or just discovered. Regardless of how they came about, home remedies are often a cheap and effective solution.

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Students use raw talents to express themselves Dylan Crice A person’s raw passion can transform an ordinary object into something extraordinary. Creativity can shape current technologies and future innovations. Students at UTSA often use art as a form of recreation. On a dull Saturday night few things are as rewarding as jamming to a favorite musician’s tunes before eating a hot meal. “Guitar playing, cooking and drawing make me feel a sense of accomplishment; it helps me relax and feel badass,” sophomore geology major Carlos Elizondo said. “I like to play heavy metal and rock−music in general−and I love to make Italian and Mexican Food.” Some students seek fame through their creative expression and to consolidate their inner emotions. “For me, composing music has less to do with expressing a specific thought or feeling and more to do with flushing out my mental and emotional toxins,” senior psychology major Reid Cook said. “It’s a lot like therapy.” Those interested in photography and graphic design attempt to freeze a moment in time for others to experience. “I often express myself through words, and the pictures help me

capture the moment,” sophomore electrical engineering major Robert Zubiat said. “I was working at Home Depot and I saw the Social Network, movie which inspired me to create Easy Paste, a toothpaste filled tooth brush container,” senior communication major Andy Hernandez said. Some students also use their creative talents to design jewelry and some design furniture that serves a useful purpose. “I’ve welded horseshoe towel racks, horseshoe crosses and other objects that reflect my personal interests,” senior construction science and management major Katelen Stehling said. Sometimes art can be intensely personal; sometimes it may manifest itself as entertainment. There may never be a clear-cut definition as to what artistic expression truly represents. The answer seems to depend on the individual. “I feel that when the person injects something personal − whether it’s a belief or stance on war, sex or politics−it becomes more individualistic and gives way to a new layer of sincerity,” drawing and painting lecturer Gerardo Cabrera said.

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Taking the time: U TSA Students have mixed feelings about televised courses students lend a hand Christy Munson

Sarah Gibbens UTSA students know what volunteering is all about. Claudia Sanchez, a political science major, connects personally to volunteering. Doctors gave a relative of Sanchez’s 2-year-old son only 10 days to live but he/she was saved at St. Jude’s Hospital. “You want someone to just help you; you have to try anything and everything,” Sanchez said. Dozens of groups in San Antonio are run by volunteers. Chances are, there is an organization that would interest you. Timothy Clark, a junior public administration major, volunteers at Haven for Hope and the refugee center. His reasons reflect a moral standing. “I feel it’s a more personal way of helping than giving,” Clark said. For some students, volunteering has changed their lives and inspired their dedicated to a life of service. Chevala Woods, a junior psychology major, pledged Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority (GSS) in Kentucky before transferring to UTSA. The sorority specializes in community service. “I would like to see more of a presence of community service here at UTSA,” Woods said. She is hoping to become part of a sorority similar to GSS, so she can continue doing what she loves. “I can’t see myself working without helping people,” Woods said. Claudia Perez, a senior Spanish major who is minoring in non-profit management and ESL, spends 50

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Organizations like the Boys and Girls Club located on southwest 19th street are great ways for students to volunteer in the community.

percent of her free time volunteering. That’s after she has worked a full time job and taken care of her own family. “It really doesn’t take much to make an impact in a person’s life,” Perez said. At the downtown campus, Dr. Patricia Jaramillo, who teaches Fundraising for Non-Profit Organization, requires that her students volunteer for 15 hours per semester as part of the course requirements. “It’s important for students (and citizens in general) to volunteer, so we recognize ourselves as part of a larger community,” Jaramillo said. “We become more sensitive to the needs of others.” Jaramillo went on to explain that volunteering gives her students a

deeper understanding of how a volunteer organzations works and how their input makes a difference “to get to know the organization, along with its programs, clients, patrons, it provides a fuller picture of the organization.” So whether it’s for fun or personal resume building, volunteering is a good way to spend time learning something new or helping others less fortunate. There is something intangibly real to be gained by volunteering. Not to mention the connections and networking that can lead to bigger things down the road. Wherever your interests lie, you can bet there is an organization that needs and wants your help.

On the first day of class, some students sat down to watch their professor via an online video connection. In this Interactive Video Based Course (IVBC), students more or less Skype with their professors, as opposed to seeing them in person. Keeping up with the digital era, UTSA now uses these virtual teaching classrooms when resources, such as time or room scheduling, become scarce. UTSA offers approximately 38 IVBCs a semester between the downtown and main campuses and 3-5 courses in conjunction with other universities. According to the UTSA website, these courses use technology to complement academic programs while integrating state-of-the-art advancements in interactive classroom technology. Classes, including accounting, political science and biology, make use of these new technology. “It’s just as effective as a traditional classroom. The classroom lesson is still the same, and the only thing that would hinder it is if the computers went down,” freshman biology major Bianca Macintosh said in an Introduction to American Politics IVBC class. While some students are satisfied watching their professor over a video connection, many feel cheated by the lack of personal interaction with their professor. Brantë Zbranek, a freshman enrolled in an IVBC, feels “disconnected from a lack of one-on-one interaction.” Zbranek also notes that the equipment is less than perfect. “Sometimes I don’t want to ask a question because the speakers

don’t even work,” Zbranck said. This, combined with regular cellphone interference distorting audio, can discourage many students from interacting with their instructor. Professor Robert Rosales, who virtually teaches an American politics class between the downtown and main campuses, would prefer to see his students in person. Rosales believes students should be more involved in deciding whether to implement these courses. Some students even feel cheated that they paid money for a class and are only able to see their professor on a TV screen. IVBCs are not limited to the downtown and main campuses. Classes are often linked to Southwest Research Institute and periodically share a course with the UT Health Science Center, UT Austin and Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. According to Robert Granado, the Office of Information Technology has an extra-large world map with pushpins, marking all the places that have digitally connected with UTSA. The Office of Information Technology has even connected to the International Space Station. Since 1993, UTSA has embraced digital technology through the use of Interactive Video Courses. Even though some students may find the courses less favorable to a traditional classroom setting, these courses can offer advantages that would have otherwise been impossible. And with state cuts to Texas higher education funding, these classes may become more and more common as an effective way for the university to save money.

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Japanese cartoons shape American dreams Katy Glass Japanese anime is the number one cartoon import in the U.S. The art forms and complex plots have put anime such as “Naruto”, “Full-Metal Alchemist” and “Pokemon” on the primetime-programming block of Cartoon Network and its late night programming block, Adult Swim. Much of this success can be attributed to the director and screenplay writer, Hayao Miyazaki, whose animated films were amongst the first to achieve mainstream attention in the U.S. American movies and television shows are commonly viewed in other countries, but it is rare for foreign films or shows to become popular in the U.S. “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” are among the few examples of foreign films to make it big in America. Japan’s anime has been the only type of cinema to make a large cross over into the U.S. Anime is not only popular here, but it’s also the only type of foreign television show or film to be commonly dubbed into English. Unlike simply adding subtitles dubbing requires an entire Englishspeaking cast, which is only done when there is great interest, and the

opportunity for large profits, as Miyazaki’s films have proven to be. Miyazaki is one of Japan’s most well known directors and screenplay writers. His imaginative story lines, dynamic characters and breathtaking animations have earned him international recognition. His films have received such widespread praise that Disney has made a commitment to introducing them to the rest of the world by dubbing and distributing them. Through Disney’s support, Miyazaki’s film “Princess Mononoke” was boosted to such a high level of success that it led to the creation of Studio Ghibli. Studio Ghibli is an animation and film studio that was founded by Miyazaki and Isao Takahata, another well known Japanese artist. Studio Ghibli produces mainly Miyazaki’s films, but it has also produced the works of other directors. “Spirited Away” has by far been Miyazaki’s most successful film. Not only did it win an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film in 2003, but it is also ranked as the all-time top grossing film in Japanese box office history, and was the first movie to earn $200 million at the worldwide box office before opening in the U.S. “Spirited Away” is about a young girl named Chihiro Ogino who,

through some mysterious circumstances ends up in a strange new world inhabited by spirits. After her parents are turned into pigs by the witch Yubaba, Chihiro must work in Yubaba’s bath house in the hope of finding a way to change them back and escape back to the human world. Then in 2004 came Miyazaki’s most recent film “Howl’s Moving Castle.” Usually Miyazaki’s animations are entirely original, but this film is an adaptation of a novel by British author Diana Wynne Jones. Having been so inspired by the morals and underlying storyline of the novel, Miyazaki was dedicated to making it a film. Like some of his other films, “Howl’s Moving Castle” was dubbed by Pixar into English and distributed by Disney. “Howl’s Moving Castle” tells the story of Sophie, an ordinary girl who after being turned into a 90-yearold woman by the Wicked Witch of the Waste has been thrown into an adventure with the handsome, but strange wizard Howl. It’s a film about love, war and magic. The many dramatic complexities of “Howl’s Moving Castle” are tied together through delicately placed comedy. Although tragedies surround the main characters, Miyazaki maintains a lighthearted whimsy throughout the en-

tire film. Miyazaki’s 1997 animated film “Princess Mononoke” was the piece that initially pushed him into global fame. “Princess Mononoke” was dubbed into English by their Miramax division, and distributed by Disney to the U.S. in 1999. “Princess Mononoke” is about a medieval prince who has been cursed by a demon and must now travel through an enchanted forest to the demon’s homeland to remove the curse before it kills him. As one of Miyazaki’s more violent films, “Princess Mononoke” would be suitable for more mature audiences. Andy Contreras, president of Anime Kurabu, a student organization at UTSA, gave his opinion as to why anime has become so popular in the United States: “One of the reasons why I think that it is really popular over here is because of the art style,” Contreras said. “The art attracts you, at least that’s what got me into anime. It was something different. Anime characters often have extra details and to me, these characters look more human than those in American cartoons.” The majority of anime fans agree with Contreras in that the artistry draws you in. Some fans would even go further to say that not only do the

characters look more realistic, but that appearance-wise the characters do not look race specific which makes it easier for viewers to put themselves into the stories. The art style actually helps to integrate anime fans of any country into the action. Not only do the characters look better, but they also follow a clear and ongoing story line that gradually builds up your understanding of the characters and their stories: “Most anime have a rich story line that is continuous, whereas most cartoons here in America such as “The Simpsons” follow episodic story lines in which anyone can jump in at any time,” Contreras said. “But what’s special about anime is that its just one continuous story. It keeps going. It moves you because you grow on the characters.” Next, Contreras commented on something true of nearly all Americans, especially those here in Texas in that we like it big: “Here in America we like to be extravagant,” Contreras said. “We may have one show on American TV with maybe one small robot, but in anime it’s an entire fleet of robots who are giant. Anime is full of drama, and Americans like drama.” Each of these films can be found on Netflix, or at local video stores.

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Isla Cruz Oct. 9, 2011 would have marked John Lennon’s 71st birthday. Known as the “smart” Beatle, Lennon was an inspiration in times of trouble. Lennon was a rebellious child who never followed the rules. Lennon’s father was absent during most of his youth. He disappeared for good when Lennon was five, only to return after his son had become famous as a member of the Beatles. Lennon’s mother sent him to live with his aunt Mimi Smith and uncle George, who died in a car accident when Lennon was 17. His mother visited on many occasions. It was Lennon’s mother who gave him his first guitar, in 1956. Lennon formed The Quarrymen, named after Lennon’s high school, Quarry Bank high school. The boys were only 15 at the time. Later The Quarrymen became The Beatles, made up of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Lennon. It was Lennon himself that said the Beatles were “more popular than Jesus.” Lennon left the Beatles in 1970, to pursue a solo career. He was outraged when Paul McCartney publicised his own departure after releasing his own debut in April 1970. Lennon later wrote, “I started the band. I disbanded it. It’s as simple as that.” In later interviews with ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine, he revealed his bitterness towards McCartney, saying, “I was a fool not to do what Paul did, which was use it to sell a record.” Many Beatles fans blamed Yoko Ono for The Beatles break up. Lennon became a solo artist and Ono became his manager. Lennon’s solo work revealed the influence of Ono, whom Lennon married in 1969 after leaving his first wife, Cynthia and their son Julian in order to do so. In 1971, Lennon released “Imagine”. The album was beautifully writ-

ten, blunt and honest. The title track alone ensured its historical importance. His next album ‘Sometime In New York City’ reflected the noise and drama of New York City, where he moved to with Ono. Lennon’s political activism created enormous problems. The Nixon administration, paranoid about the possibility that a former Beatle might become a potent leader and recruiting tool of the anti-war movement, attempted to have Lennon deported. Years of legal battles ensued before Lennon finally was awarded his green card in 1976. John Lennon wrote two books called ‘ In His Own Write’ and ‘A Spaniard in the Works’. The book ‘In His Own Write’ completely sold out when it hit the shelves and it consisted of 15 short stories, eight poems, three screen plays and 26 drawings. ‘A Spaniard in the Works’ followed his previous book; and was much like his first book of poems and short stories. Today, New Yorkers and fans from all around the world visit Strawberry Fields to celebrate Lennon’s birthday. Strawberry Fields is a 2.5 acre section of Central Park that is directly across the street from John Lennon’s home, the Dakota Apartments, where he was ultimately killed. Ono underwrote the Strawberry Fields memorial project, and it opened on Oct 9, 1985. Fans gather around a mosaic design that reads “Imagine” every Oct. 9 where musicians bring their guitars and various other instruments to play and sing their most beloved Beatles and Lennon songs.

9 8 Thats a Wrap! Does Texas deserve a month of music? Katy Schmader On Sept. 11, 2011, Rick Perry declared that the month of October would recognize Texas musicians and would be furthermore known as Texas Music Month. The Lone Star State has long enjoyed a wealth of great musical artists. With nearly 8,000 regularly performing Texas bands and ensembles, the music business provides jobs as well as entertainment for the great state. Our music industry also sparks tourism, as visitors from across the country travel to Texas for festivals such as South by Southwest. There is no doubt that Texas has contributed many artists to the music scene. Buddy Holly, Willie Nelson, ZZ Top, Selena and Janice Joplin started their musical career in Texas. Texans have made numerous contributions to music. But is it worth celebrating? According to Texas governor Rick Perry it is. “To highlight the importance of the Texas music industry and recognize the accomplishments of our many great musicians, an appreciation campaign is being conducted during the month of October,” Perry said. Why stop celebrating music with Texas? Why not celebrate music in schools? Rick Perry recently made $4 billion in cuts to Texas Public Schools. According to the Huffington Post, these proposed budget cuts would include slashing art education. An unintended consequence is that art classes like music and art get cut or compromised to focus more on the core curriculum, and standardized tests. How is the Texas music scene suppose to grow, if we don’t support it? So instead of a month of Texas music lets dedicate ourselves to the arts.


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Scary places: Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Morgan Kennedy Halloween is creeping up, and Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is outfitted for enthusiasts looking to get spooked this Fall. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure opened in March of 2002 and is currently open year round as a tourist attraction and a multi-million dollar haunted house filled with special effects and animatronics. A tour of the haunted house begins with a trip to the top floor of the building in a “coffin cage,” forcing visitors

to interact with trained actors during their search for an exit. It’s because of the success of Ripley’s Haunted Adventure that expansion began within the family owned business of PEI to open the Guinness World Records Museum in July of 2003. Expansion continued within the company and Ripley’s San Antonio now offers entertainment suitable for all members of the family. Claiming to offer “weird class family fun,” Ripley’s San Antonio is conveniently located downtown, across from the Alamo. Containing multiple

attractions, it is America’s largest and most interactive Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. The newly renovated Louis Tussaud Waxworks wax museum contains a collection of over 200 well-known people, all in waxy detail. The Tomb Rider 3D Adventure Ride is also offered, but the newest attraction is the Ripley’s Moving Theater and 4D virtual reality simulator. Visitors sit in a full sized theatre where motion simulators move the seats in eight different directions. Ripley’s Haunted Adventure is located at 307 Alamo Plaza, San An-

tonio, TX 78205. Operating hours during October are as stated: Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Friday through Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Discount tickets for Ripley’s Haunted Adventure are offered online at, or can be bought at the door at $11.99 for a children’s ticket and $19.99 for an adult ticket. Ripley’s San Antonio also offers discounts to visitors buying multiple attractions. (Details can be found on the web site.)

Celebrate fall the right way Alyssa Torres Temperatures near the 90s are not ideal for a nice, autumn day especially for those who prefer fall above other seasons. Although the fall equinox technically started on Sept. 23, the summer swelter has yet to let up. Don’t sweat it! There are plenty of things to do to get you into that autumn spirit. Check out these events before the season changes once again. South Texas Maize is a huge corn maze located roughly 30 miles southwest of San Antonio. Each year the focus is on another impressive design imprinted on a large family farm cornfield. Adults and children alike will become delightfully baffled as they try to figure their way out of the cornfield’s labyrinth. There are lot of attractions for the whole family including hayrides through the pumpkin patch and a larger-than-life tram-

poline. There is more than enough entertainment to keep kids of any age satisfied. This event is currently open and will run until Nov. 27. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children. Typically practiced within communities of Mexican heritage, el Día de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a celebration that memorializes the dearly departed. It is usually celebrated on Nov. 1 and 2 but San Antonio begins honoring this holiday at the beginning of October all the way until Nov. 12. The city will be filled with authentic Mexican food, fine arts and customary activities. Among these, local artist Rex Hausmann will exhibit a traditional Day of the Dead altar with a contemporary twist. Dance with the Dead is a costume ball hosted by the Institute of Texan Cultures taking place on Oct. 28. Prepaid tickets of $20 each or $25 at the door will get you into the ultimate 21 and up Halloween party.

San Antonio’s very own Oktoberfest begins on Friday, Oct. 7 at Beethoven Maennerchor Halle und Garten. The Beethoven Maennerchor is an organization with the mission of keeping German culture intact in Texas. Located in Southtown, the Beethoven Maennerchor Halle und Garten will incorporate music, dance and imported German beer to reproduce the traditional Deutschland festival. Take a bite out of Germany with common food staples such as bratwurst and potato pancakes. Festivities occur on Saturday, Oct. 8, Friday Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15. Not only will you rake up some fall fun with these seasonal ventures but you can also appreciate the simple pleasure that comes with autumn. Take a drive into the beautiful Texas Hill Country. If you have the time for a day trip, Lost Maples State Natural Area is a hidden place in Texas where the trees change colors.

Consider stopping by a pumpkin patch on your way home. Fill your dorm, apartment or home with scents of fall with candles or decorative diffusers. Spiced pumpkin and cinnamon are some great fragrances to warm up your home while hopefully anticipating colder weather. For you Halloween fanatics out there, rent your favorite spooky movies from the UTSA library, for free. Play touch or tackle football with friends, or make some seasonal treats such as homemade caramel apples or sweet potato pie. Chili and various soups are also common in the autumn.

Accordion festival plays the right tune Morgan Kennedy This weekend San Antonio might just hold the record for the most accordions in a concentrated amount of space. It’s time for the International Accordion Festival! Based in San Antonio, the International Accordion Festival has earned a reputation for innovative programming, featuring international performers, and a commitment to cultural education. The accordion is at the root of numerous multicultural music traditions throughout the world, many of which have found their way to the U.S. San Antonio is considered the birthplace for Tejano conjunto music. Conjunto draws on European and Latin American influences and rhythms. It has assimilated quickly into American music culture. Because of this, San Antonio seems like the perfect place to house the Accordion Festival. In the past ten years, the International Accordion Festival has presented: 159 ensembles, representing over 39 distinct genres (Russian, Texas Czech, French Canadian, Indian, Klezmer, Basque, Vallenato, Irish, Merengue Tipico Ripiao, Conjunto, Tango, Cajun, German Polka, Klezmer and Eastern Europe, Bulgarian Wedding Music, Zydeco, Western Swing, Slovenian, Breton, Croatian, Nuclear Polka, Italian, Argentine Chamame, Brazilian Forro, Albanian, Middle Eastern, Texas Ecletic, Czech Republic, Third Coast, Azebaijani, Cape Verdean, Quebecois, Creole, Canary Islands, Alternative, Chicken Scratch, Bulgarian Roma, Panamian Pindin and Parisian Musette and many more), 85 workshops, demonstrations, panels, lectures, and open mics. The International Accordion Festival is held in La Villita, located downtown on the Riverwalk. Featuring four stages, two of the stages are reserved for nearly non-stop music playing.

The Juarez Plaza Stage
features demonstrations and workshops geared at promoting exchanges among musical traditions and between artists and audiences. Performances on this stage include Louisiana Cajun: Then and Now;
African Roots: Louisiana Creole Meets Cape Verdean Funaná; Polka Dancing with Bohemian Dutchmen; and Fiddling Around the Accordion, among others. The remaining stage is Bolivar Hall; Performances such as Improvising Around the Accordion and Accordion Shakedown: Musical Crossovers and Experimentations are held in Bolivar Hall to engage students, clubs and other performers in a coffee house atmosphere. Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole is a band you can’t miss. Cedric has received four Grammy nominations for his Cajun influence sound. Originally From Austin, Bluesqueezebox has a great gypsy punk feel. The band plays on Friday night as well as Saturday afternoon, and is worth checking out. The International Accordion Festival is held from Oct. 7-9. All money raised at the festival is reinvested into the festival in order to guarantee a free accordion festival for years to come.

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Campus Calendar

Ongoing Events:   McNay

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Wednesday, October 5 – Sunday January 15, 2012 Art + Present: Gifts from the Peter Norton Family Garden Level 2 Cases works will be shown from the following artists: Anna Gaskell, Christian Marclay, Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Yinka Shonibare and Kara Walker Cassatt and the Orient: Japan’s Influence on Printmaking Butt Paperworks Gallery Several prints by Cassatt included in this exhibition reveal her interest in the everyday, domestic subject matter of Japanese woodblock prints.


The London Stage Actors will be performing “the Tempest” (*editor’s choice) Performance will be taking place, Oct. 5, 7 and 8 at the main campus.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Mat Kubo 135 East Commerce

Art in the Window San Antonio brings local art to abandoned store fronts

6 p.m.  UTSA (*editors choice) A fusion of poetry, performance and art. Featuring the work of Greg Barrios with guest performers and readers including John Phillip Santos, Sandra Cisneros, Ben Olguin, Norma Cantu, Anthony Flores and Brad Milne Program will be held in the Retama Auditorium and Gallery 23

7 p.m.  Friendly Spot

The Friendly Spot will be screening “Big” on their big slab cinema screen. Sit down and enjoy food and an excellent comedy.

Thursday, Oct. 6 7 p.m.  Bijou

Free movie night at the Bijou will be screening the western “the Magnificent Seven.”

Katy Glass Public Art San Antonio (PASA) recently launched a new downtown collaborative public art exhibit entitled “Downtown Storefronts.” For the exhibit, local artists set up installations in vacant storefronts around downtown in an effort to rejuvenate the empty properties. Local artists featured in the initial series include: Jessica Ramirez, Cathy CunninghamLittle, Thomas Cummins, Mat Kubo, Kyle Olson and Clay McClure. Artist Cathy Cunningham-Little is a full-time studio artist is proficient in working in glass creations from stained to neon. She has studied with glass artists such as Dale Chihuly, who has a glass sculpture located in San

Antonio’s downtown Central Library. Matt Kubo, a current graduate student here at UTSA is another local artist participating in the storefront installations. Kubo cuts out negative space on wood panels to create an image that emphasizes the beauty of everyday people. The “Downtown Storefront” exhibits promote the availability of public art in San Antonio, and are a step towards supporting local artists while brightening up our community. These storefront installations can be found along Houston and Commerce streets downtown. PASA is currently in the process of identifying potential properties for upcoming installations.

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The New Latino Generation:

all day.  Gruene

The 25th Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest

Kyle Olson 311 East Houston

Live Music and Delicious Food Benefitting Local Charity

Friday, Oct. 7 all day  La Villita

(*editor’s choice) International Accordian Festival. the festival will go on until Sunday, Oct. 9

7 p.m.  White Rabbit Portugal the Man, and Never Shout Never will be performing.

11 a.m.  McNay Museum (*editors choice) Wake up with Tim Burton every Saturday in October. This week the McNay will be screening Batman’s.

Monday, Oct. 10 7:30 p.m.  UTSA the UTSA Department of Music will host guitarist Jason Vieaux. Vieaux has been recognized as one of the “youngest stars of the guitar world” according to the New York Times.The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts-Recital Hall on the main campus. Tickets are $20.00 for general admission and $10.00 for student admission.

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Clay McClure 311 East Houston

Jessica Ramirez 314 West Houston

Arrested Development continues Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) The Bluth family’s frozen banana stand may be back in business. At an ``Arrested Development’’ reunion Sunday at the New York Festival, the creators and cast announced plans for a new TV show that spins off the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV show, which went off the air in 2006 after just three seasons. They also discussed more concrete plans for a much-awaited movie. Creator Mitchell Hurwitz said the spinoff will feature nine or ten episodes focusing on each character and leading up to the movie. The first scene

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of the movie will be all the characters reunited. The Fox show, which suffered low ratings despite its rabid fan base, starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi. They played members of a dysfunctional family who ran a collapsing real estate development company and frozen banana stand. Shooting for the TV show is tentatively set to begin next summer. The movie doesn’t have a release date, Hurwitz said, adding that the creative aspects have been largely worked out, but the business side is still being negotiated. ``We’re all game,’’ he said. ``We’ve hated being coy, but we’ve been trying to put together this ambitious idea.’’

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Running ‘em out of town Volleyball sweeps conference rival in three sets Richard Castillo


Set by Set First Set UTSA def. SFA 25-15 Second Set UTSA def. SFA 25-20 Third Set UTSA def. SFA 25-11 Southland Conference Standings

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This past Saturday, Oct. 1, the Roadrunner volleyball team treated fans to an impressive and dominating win over the visiting Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks with a three set sweep (25-15, 25-20, 25-11). The Runners are off to their best start in conference since 2008. They are 4-0 in Southland Conference action with an overall record of 10-8 on the year. The Runners proved that their offense was too much for the Ladyjacks to handle. The depth of the Runners team was on full display; no matter who substituted into the game the Runners established and maintained their lead in every set. Both teams came out excited and ready to compete. The Runners took the first set with a powerful offensive performance from senior Elise Huskey and junior Brittney Malloy, who contributed with five kills each. The second set showcased a huge offensive explosion from both teams, but sophomore McKenzie Adams came up with three solo blocks and four assisted blocks. The Runner’s offense operated smoothly with the help of junior Kelsey Schwirtlich’s outstanding 23 assists in the first two sets. The third set was a simple wrap up for the Runners as they put away the Ladyjacks behind junior Whitney Walls, who led the Runners with 10 kills. Schwirtlich kept the Runners offense flowing with an outstanding 34 assists at the end of the match. Schwirtlich currently leads the Southland Conference in assists and is also ranked 77th nationally for her 10.33 assists per set

1. UTSA..........................4-0 2. Central Arkansas.................4-1 3. Texas State.........................3-1 4. UT-Arlington........................3-1 5. Sam Houston State..............3-2 6. Lamar................................2-2 7. Stephen F. Austin.................2-3 8. Northwestern State..............2-3

The Roadrunners added to their lead in the conference standings by sweeping the SFA Ladyjacks in three sets. The Roadrunners are 4-0 in Southland conference play.

ratio. Senior Kelsey Jewasko made her defensive presence known with 16 digs on the day. Jewasko is currently ranked second all time for digs in UTSA history with 2,044 to her credit. Adams also had an outstanding game with nine individual blocks and two serving aces. A Schertz native, Adams transferred from a successful freshman year at the University of Virginia to play in her hometown. Adams won

the 2010 ACC and the NCAA East Region Freshman of the Year while she was at Virginia. “You see people that used to watch you in high school and now they watch me in college,” Adams said. “I love being here.” The chemistry of the Runners this year has also impressed Adams. “I have never been on a team that gets along as well as we do,” Adams said. “We also respect our leaders on our team, and we trust each other.”

Volleyball coach Laura Neugebauer-Groff was very impressed with the team’s character. “These girls are playing with such confidence and composure, and I’m very optimistic for the rest of this season,” Neugebauer-Groff said. “Our depth is our biggest strength; everyone is contributing so much. It was a real team effort for this win.” Neugebauer-Groff has helped lead the Roadrunners to the top of the conference, both in the standings and on the stat sheet.

The volleyball team is the best this year in the Southland Conference in kills per set with 13.63, assists per set with 12.9 and 2.23 blocks per set. “I challenge more people to come out and watch our ladies play,” Neugebaur-Groff said. “Once you see them play, you’ll want to come back to see them again.” The Runners next home game is October 13 vs. Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m.

Work In Progress: NBA Lockout threatens season Stephen Whitaker Oct. 3, 2011 was supposed to be the day that the 30 teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA) convened their training camps in preparation of the upcoming season. Instead, Oct. 3 saw the owners and players in another meeting in New York City. The purpose of the meeting was to decide on what kind of salary cap the NBA would have, an important step toward the opening of the new NBA season. The two sides, the team owners and the players, could not come to an agreement on whether there would be a hard cap where the amount of money a team could spend on players would be set or a soft cap, as is the system now and is preferred by the players. The two sides will try again on Tuesday but the long and short of this situation is that the two sides, the owners and the players cannot figure out a way to share the profits from the NBA. That is what this lockout is about in its simplest form. The billionaires (owners) and millionaires (players) don’t know how to divvy out the earnings from one of the ‘big four’ leagues of North American sports. Because the owners and players can’t figure out a way to share the millions of dollars that they make annually, the paying customers in 29 markets are forced to suffer the possibility of no basketball. The lockout has been ongoing since July 1 with no end in sight. Already the preseason games that were supposed to start Oct. 9 have been cancelled up to Oct. 15 with the possibility that the entire preseason will be cancelled. While this does not affect the standings once the regular season kicks off, the fact of the matter is that the preseason games are important for the teams of the NBA to prepare so that they can put the best squads on the

floor. With reports of NBA players looking to play overseas rising by the day, the reality of a winter without NBA basketball is a scary one. If there is no season, then an important source of money will be lost to the communities who support an NBA team. No NBA means harder times economically for smaller NBA markets, where the local team is the only professional team in town. A half season, as happened the last time the NBA had a work stoppage in 1998-99, would be doable only if the two sides are able to come to an agreement on the salary cap and other issues. At least in a half season, the cities make their money from their arenas, the teams make money and the fans are rewarded with exciting games. Oct. 3, 2011 was supposed to be a good day for the NBA. It was supposed to be the day that the teams reported to training camp. It is unfortunate that the day did not go as planned because of the lockout. Instead of the three Texas teams coming in with the promise of a new season, there is only the unknown of what lies ahead for the NBA. If the NBA doesn’t figure out how to share the millions of dollars that hardworking Americans pay to watch them play a game, then no one will win. Instead of getting to see the Dallas Mavericks defend their crown, the San Antonio Spurs trying to squeeze one more playoff berth out of Tim Duncan and the Houston Rockets learning how to play under new coach Kevin McHale, Texas basketball fans might have to experience something never before known by any fans of the NBA: A season without NBA basketball. Without an NBA season, the big team in San Antonio during the winter months will become the Rampage of the American Hockey League.



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Win some, lose some

Soccer splits games with visiting ‘piney woods’ universities The Fixtures

Jay Weber

UTSA record: 4 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw

Aug. 19-21 Aggie Invitational Aug. 19 #17 UC Irvine L 1-2 Aug. 21 Fresno State L 0-4 Aug. 26 @ SMU L 0-2 Aug. 28 @ Baylor L 1-5 Sept. 2 @ Texas L 0-2 Sept. 6 @ Texas Southern W 7-0 Sept. 16 vs. Prairie View A&M W 7-0 Sept. 18 vs. UTEP D 3-3 Sept. 23 vs. Weber State W 2-0 *Sept. 30 vs. Stephen F. Austin L 0-3 *Oct. 2 vs. Sam Houston W 2-0 *Oct. 9 @ Texas State 1 p.m. Burk Frey/The Paisano

UTSA battled to an even 0-0 halftime score at home against the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks on Friday, but the Roadrunners were unable to take the lead in the second half thanks to SFA’s Chelsea Raymond, who posted a hat trick in the second 45 to spoil UTSA’s conference opener, 3-0. Both teams had opportunities to score in the first half, but neither could put the finishing touch on the ball. It didn’t take long for Raymond to find the touch and steal the show in the second half. Raymond struck first in the 48th minute off a pass that found her in good position to score. She made the most of the opportunity and buried the ball in the back of the net to put the Ladyjacks up 1-0. She connected again in the 68th minute as she muscled a shot into the upper-region of the net to increase her team’s lead to 2-0. Her second strike seemed to deflate the Runners comeback hopes. Raymond attained her hat-trick in the 86th minute as she found the back of the net once more to make the score 3-0 as time wound down. The score stuck, and UTSA had to wait until Sunday for an opportunity to notch their first conference win. UTSA moved to 3-6-1 on the season while SFA improved to 6-2-1. UTSA recorded their first conference win on Sunday, 2-0, against the Sam Houston Bearkats to split their conference opening

UTSA’s Maria Jose Rojas tries to ellude four Sam Houston defenders. While Rojas failed to find the back of the net on this play, the Roadrunners were able to win the game, 2-0.

home stand. The Roadrunners recorded their fourth shutout of the season. The Roadrunners controlled the game from the opening kick and notched their first goal in the 44th minute as sophomore Laylla Da Cruz cruised past the defense and blasted a shot past the keeper to give the Roadrunners the lead, 1-0. UTSA came out strong again in the second half and continued to dominate possession. Sophomore Edith Lopez added a goal to increase the lead 2-0 when she

connected on a nice header off a corner in the 64th minute. The Roadrunners easily finished the game to complete a dominating performance in their first conference win. They improved to 4-6-1 on the season and 1-1 in Southland Conference play. The Bearkats fell to 4-7-1 on the season and 0-2 in conference. UTSA has time to rest before playing rival Texas State on Sunday Oct. 9 in San Marcos. The Bobcats are 6-5 on the season and 1-1 in the Southland. Texas State

also faced Sam Houston and SFA over the weekend, defeating Sam Houston 1-0 on Friday and falling to SFA 0-1 Sunday. Kickoff for the I-35 rivalry with Texas State will be at 1 p.m.

I-35 Rivalry on the soccer field

- UTSA leads all time series, 2-1-2 - The series began in 2006 - Texas State’s lone win came in San Marcos on Oct. 30, 2009. - The Oct. 9 meeting will be the only regular season meeting in soccer between the rivals.

*Oct. 14 @ Central Arkansas 4 p.m. *Oct. 16 @ Northwestern State 1 p.m. *Oct. 21 vs. Lamar 7 p.m. *Oct. 23 vs. McNeese State 1 p.m. *Oct. 28 @ Nicholls 4 p.m. *Oct. 30 @ Southeastern Louisiana 12 p.m. *Nov. 3-6 Southland Conference tournament @ Natchitoches, LA *-Southland Conference game Home Games at Roadrunner Field

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The Paisano

October 4, 2011