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Issue III 2013


Online magazine exclusives: San Antonio nightlife, What to do after no-shave

November, Make the most out of your break, Students in the real world

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Happy Holidays from The Paisano’s Special Issues Staff! Erin Boren Special Issues Editor (center)

Rebecca Conejo Special Issues Assistant

Jade Cuevas Special Issues Assistant



Contents 4

Beard Business: What to do after ‘No-shave’ Novemember


Be Polished: Making your Nails Shine


UTSA Alumni: She’s not Monkeying around

11 How to Make the Most of Break 12 SA Local: Claire Creating Creatures 15 Last Call: SA Nightlife

Photo: Vicente Cardenas

On the Cover: Clash of the Holidays


Beard Business Words: Mark Zavala Photos: Courtesy of Beard Brand


acial hair: a man’s biological cozy. Now that winter is upon us, the way we conduct ourselves will change. Ditching the t-shirts and shorts for flannels and hoodies is just the start, though. Swap out that baby face for something a little more robust. Grow yourself a beard! Beards are manly, and recently have become acceptable again. A beard can add character or can become a character itself. Just like the hair on your head, you need to take proper care of the hair on your face. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you think growing a beard is for you: One: Set the foundation. Great hair begins with great skin, so take care if your face. Make sure you are washing your face twice a day (morning and 4

night), exfoliate at least once a week and moisturize with a face lotion, preferably with SPF (two birds, one stone). Keeping your face from getting dried out will help with the itch that comes with the early stages of beard growth. Two: Don’t shave! The age old tale that shaving promotes more hair growth has been debunked; shaving your face only cuts the hair that has already grown through the skin, but has no effect on the hair beneath the skin. Resist the urge to shave! Three: Do maintain! While not shaving your face is the first step in growing your face-warmer, you want to maintain it by shaving the areas where hair is unwantedly sprouting like the lower neck and upper cheek areas. You don’t want to look like a Neanderthal. You can use a cheaper disposable razor — one with a single or double blade — for more precision. You want to sculpt the hair line to your liking

on the cheeks, or wherever the hair is most even in thickness. You want to to avoid the despised neck beard as well, but don’t trim too close to the jaw line. Four: Get healthy. A health body bears a healthy beard. Taking in more vitamins like Biotin can help promote healthy hair. Invest in a daily multivitamin; most of them contain Biotin and other nutrients that you’re probably not getting but should be. Changing up your diet can really help out as well (again, a healthy body bears a healthy beard). And start working out. Cardio is always good, but weightlifting burns just as many calories, aids in building muscle mass and promotes testosterone naturally in the body. Men with higher levels of testosterone have been proven to be healthier and in better physical shape and at a lower risk for depression. Testosterone also promotes hair growth. Use growing a beard as an excuse to turn over a new leaf and live a health-

ier life. Five: Keep it clean. If you are using a bar of soap to wash your face, even if you are not growing a beard, stop now. Facial soaps exist; they are made specifically to care for the skin on your face, which is much different than the skin on your arms and chest. You can use any store-bought face soap to clean your face and beard. With that said, once your beard reaches a reasonable length you may want to avoid using facial soaps as well. Soaps made specifically for beards like those sold by Honest Amish ( are crafted from organic all-natural ingredients like virgin olive oil, coconut and avocado to provide a gentle clean that doesn’t rob your skin of oils that are actually good. Beard-specific soaps keep the skin under your beard from drying out and causing itching. Six: Stop that itch. Once your beard has gotten to a reasonable length you may want to start using beard oils. Beard oils help keep your beard looking and feeling healthy and (in some cases) smelling great. Beard Brand ( offers all-natural beard oils that can give your beard a healthy shine, keep it soft and smelling like the most rugged lumberjack. Try the tree-ranger beard oil. Seven: Trimmers be damned. Using an electric trimmer is perfect for keeping your facial hair at a reasonabe length, close to your face and neat, but if you’re going for the gold and growing it out, avoid any and all accidents that could happen while using trimmers. Invest in a pair of small facial hair trimming scissors. They’re dulled at the tips so you won’t stab yourself, and they offer a greater control of what you are cutting. As the hair on your face gets longer, you may notice tangles and knots forming.Use a small brush or comb regularly to keep the hair tangle free. Continued on page 14


! d BE e h s poli Words: Abril Villarreal Photo: Vicente Cardenas


s someone who has worked in a professional environment for over four years and required to abide by a business dress code, I know that showing your personal style can get tricky. Nail painting recently became one of my favorite hobbies after I realized that nail polish could add a dash of color to my daily outfit without being too flashy or compromising my professionalism. Some of the recent trends in nail polish and nail art have increasingly mimicked the runway styles and colors presented by fashion designers. For the upcoming colder months, dark hues are again the traditional choices, along side autumn shades and classy neutrals, while metallic colors are making an appearance. Personally, I prefer brighter shades since the cheery colors instantly lift my mood. This year though, I’ve found myself enjoying the earthly tones as well. For special occasions, sassy reds or rich burgundy tones will never go out of style, but in the office grey, plum, brown, muted blues and mossy greens will keep you in vogue this season. On the other hand, the metallic trends in gold, silver and bronze can truly bring your nails to a high shine without being too bright. There isn’t a woman alive who doesn’t enjoy going out to a salon to get a nice manicure or pedicure. But painting your own nails is not only fun, but also convenient and

very affordable! I have experimented with a few mainstream brands over the years, and some of the polishes I recommend are Essie, OPI, Sally Hansen and China Glaze. These nail polishes are long-lasting, affordable, and have great formulas. Nowadays, it is easy to find a healthy selection of polish brands and hues at nearly every store. Essie Nail Polish ( has a great website full of tips and manicure ideas. This is the basic advice that Essie gives: “Base coats act as a foundation for nails and will help polish go on smooth and adhere properly; not using one can result in dry, stained nails… A topcoat maintains the high gloss shine of your manicure and adds to its longevity. Apply it every other day to prolong your manicure.” When using fake nails, always choose a nail shape that works for you by following the shape of your cuticle. I’ve found out that very long nails are hard to maintain and might not look as professional as a set of short, round or squared nails. Personally, I alternate between oval and squared nails; but I’m always making sure I keep them short and neat with the help of a glass nail file. Even if you decide to skip the nail polish, always make sure to keep your hands, nails and cuticles lathered up and moisturized. Moisturizing — particularly essential when colder weather arrives — is the most important step in achieving and maintaining beautiful hands. Balms, lotions, creams and oils will all do the trick. Cuticle oil will keep your fingers in top shape by penetrating and protecting the skin around your nails, while nurturing it; I often carry a small container of a sweet-scented cuticle oil in my purse and make sure I apply it every day. Getting a beautiful, do-it-yourself manicure is easy if you follow a few basic steps! Which colors will you pick to polish off your look this fall and winter?

(NOT!) Monkeying Words: Beth Marshall Photo: Courtesy of Christina Cuyler


raduation can breed mixed feelings. While obtaining a degree provides a sense of pride and accomplishment, it can also conjure up some stress. This marks the time when the real world becomes just that, but fear not — Roadrunner success stories are plentiful. A prime example of this is UTSA alumna Christina Cuyler. Since graduating in 2011, she has gained experience in a few different industries. From modeling to zoo keeping, Christina has landed careers that accentuate many skill sets. Besides her career skills, Cuyler exudes happiness and can always keep everyone laughing. Her easy-going personality helps her take on anything, and she genuinely cares about others. She loves music, sushi, the color pink, the movie “Grease” and describes herself as an avid reader. When asked about her time at UTSA, Cuyler says, “ I will always cherish the time I had there. My classes were very interesting. My professors were very knowledgeable and that made learning challenging yet fun.” After gaining interest from her introduction to Anthropology class, Cuyler decided this would be her major. At a deeper level she focused on Primatology, which reflects her love for animals. As her education progressed she “fell in love with learning about non-human primates,” Cuyler says. In fact, her dream job was to become a non-human primates re-

searcher. After graduating, Cuyler worked for the San Antonio Zoo and Aquarium as a zoo keeper. There she tended to and worked with the animals. “I was able to do animal training and teach the animals new behaviors such as standing on their hind legs,” Cuyler says. Although she loved her job at the zoo, the maintenance became too intense. “I could not see myself doing that type of work long term.” Aside from school and work, Cuyler developed her talent as a model. From taking this leap she gained great insight. She described her experience as fun and challengin. “If I were to explore that world again, I would know what my strengths and weaknesses are,” Cuyler remarks. Currently, Cuyler enjoys her job as a retail manager for Hollister and plans to grow with the company. In addition to this career she is working to develop a non-profit organization called Gifts Too. “I had the idea one night to create a group that will allow my friends and myself to get together once a month and volunteer somewhere,” says Cuyler. The interest in starting the Gifts Too organization was sparked from feeling like she didn’t “get out enough to make a difference to better the world.” Gifts Too had its first event in January 2013 — an event devoted to helping the homeless of San Antonio in various ways. Par-

Around ticipants handed out blankets, scarves, gloves, hats and Bibles and “talked about Christianity to anyone who was willing to learn about (Gifts Too) and what inspired us to help reach out,” Cuyler says. “My most memorable event since then was the outreach of handing out hygiene kits and Bibles to homeless people downtown,” Cuyler recalls. Gifts Too strives to be a fun and welcoming place for anyone to volunteer to help people in need. It’s also meant to be a great way to make new friends. There are even a few prizes awarded for volunteering. In five years, Cuyler plans to have greatly furthered her status with Hollister and hopes to have developed Continued on page 14



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Holiday ‘Tis the season...for stress?

As the holiday season descends upon the world, college students everywhere are hit with a wave of stress. Between traveling home for a short Thanksgiving break, finding the perfect gift for all your friends and family around Christmas time (while staying within a reasonable budget), and, of course, dreaded finals week, how is anyone supposed to keep their sanity? Dr. McNaughton-Cassill, Psychology professor at UTSA, explains how the holidays can stressful for anyone. “I think the biggest problem is the conflict we feel between wanting to have a Hallmark Channel holiday and the reality of our everyday lives. Most of us feel pressed for time, low on money, and stressed about our social lives and families, before we layer on all of the holiday expectations.” Particularly for college students, the average holiday season stress is only multiplied with academics. Final exams, papers and projects start to pile up when all you want to do is nestle down with a cup of hot cocoa and have a holiday movie marathon. The tease of Thanksgiving break followed by the sucker punch of final exams, along with winter break on the horizon, can cause a stomach ache of emotions. You’re coming back to

school off of a turkey high, nervous about doing well on exams, yet excited to finally go home to relax and catch up with family and old friends. These pent up emotions can bring all kinds of stress to college students. “I think that the gap between Thanksgiving and Christmas is particularly tough for college students. After the long weekend it is tough to buckle down to study, and when finals finally end, you have very little time to get ready for the holidays,” McNaughton-Cassill says. The holiday season causes homesickness to everyone and becomes a major stress level booster, especially for college students that are away from home for the first time. Memo-

everyone knows, perfection is near to impossible. Despite knowing this, we still yearn for that picture perfect holiday that we expect every year, only to be deflated when it never happens. We all seem to want the impeccably delicious Thanksgiving meal, with the perfect winter weather and a bright and exciting New Year’s Eve to kick off the new year. While dreaming for a great holiday season is certainly not a crime, it becomes a problem when you’re pressured by this universal idea of a “perfect” holiday. In reality, Thanksgiving meals can be hectic and not always the impeccable meal we wish for; New Year’s

“I think the biggest problem is the conflict we feel between wanting to have a Hallmark Channel holiday and the reality of our everyday lives.” Dr. McNaughton-Cassill

UTSA Psychology Professor ries of home and family traditions begin to swirl in your mind and leave you wanting nothing more than to go home and participate in all the fun. Overall, everyone just wants their holiday season to be perfect. But as

Eve usually ends with the “same ole, same ole” party with your friends, and as we all know, Texas winter weather is nothing short of bipolar. We know these holiday flukes are bound to happen, but why do we al9

Thinking about your holiday woes all the time will not do anything to get rid of them, if anything it will just add more stress and make woes into a bigger deal than they already are. “It all comes down to how you think about your situation,” explains McNaughton-Cassill. “If you spend a lot of time focusing on the things you don’t have, you are likely to be unhappy. However, if you step back and look at your expectations, your past history and your values, you can make conscious choices about where to focus your time and energy.” In other words, you can’t always w a y s control the situation you’re in, but expect it to be differ- you can control how you act upon it. In even simpler terms, that final exam ent every year? “I put a lot of blame on the media,” coming up is inevitable, but procrasMcNaughton-Cassill explains. “It is tinating on studying for it until the so easy to look at magazines, movies, night prior can easily be avoided. As with anything, this idea of taktelevision shows, ads... showing beautiful people in beautiful homes having ing control of your stress can still be effortless holidays. For most of us (we a major struggle for anyone. For many believe), relaxing and enjoying our- students, they have so many stressful selves more and worrying less about events going on in their life, they do doing everything and making it look not know where to even begin managperfect and easy, would actually en- ing it. If you have trouble though getting hance the holiday season.”

Talking to your roommates, friends and family can prevent conflict and also help you cope more effectively. Students should also know that they can get free psychological help at the Counseling Center on campus.” Overall, the holidays are unavoidably stressful, but that doesn’t mean you have to succumb to the

complete chaos that comes along with them. Keeping a good perspective on your situation in life will help you keep you a calm, collect“If you spend a lot of time focusing on the things ed feeling and will help remind you who is in control of your life — you. you don’t have, you are likely to be unhappy.” To find out more about how to manDr. McNaughton-Cassill age your stress, visit the UTSA CounUTSA Psychology Professor seling Center or together for the holiday seasel. This sense of a perfect holiday seaWords: Jade Cuevas son only adds to stark difference of son, there are plenty of helpful rePhoto: Vicente Cardenas the hard-hitting reality for college stu- sources available to you. Graphic: Erin Boren “It also helps if you realize that you dents: long study nights, low-budget dining and crazy family events. This can’t change other people’s unnecessary perfect-holiday pressure behavior, only your reonly adds to the already high stress sponses to them,” points out Mclevels of a college student. With all this stress, how is one sup- N a u g h t o n Cassill. posed to cope with everything? The solution: Don’t think about “ F i n a l l y, your stress. As hard as it may be, you c o m m u can’t let your stress control your holi- n i c a t i o n helps. day season or it will fall flat. 10


Making the Turn off Netflix, step away from the eggnog and make the most of winter break. As cold weather and the holiday season arrive, so does the tendency to become unmotivated and ultimately bored. Although winter break is a welcome distraction from an undoubtedly stressful semester, don’t forget to make it count. After all, breaks are too few and far between to let them go to waste.

FIRST: Pick an intriguing destination.

Funds permitting, traveling is a great way to not only learn about yourself but to explore a new destination you might not have even thought to visit. Road trips are an excellent way to make the most of break whether it’s visiting old friends or far-away family members. Here are a few affordable, Texas weekend trips you might want to experience during winter break: TRY: Fredericksburg, Texas Things to do: While the town is known for its mix of German and Texas flavor, the real attraction is the hiking trail known as Enchanted Rock, which is open year-round. With the cool weather and amount of free time you’ll have, a semi-intense hiking trail might be the perfect antidote for a boring winter break. TRY: Corpus Christi & Mustang Island Things to do: Although it’s too cold to dip your toes in the Gulf, there are plenty of attractions to keep you occupied. The USS Lexington as well as the Texas State Aquarium are thrilling

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sights for anyone interested in sea life. Alternatively, the small town of Port Aransas offers a great weekend experience for winter beach bums. The small town has great restaurants and an entertaining night life. TRY: New Braunfels Things to do: Much like Fredericksburg, this town is known for its fusion of Texas and German cultures. During the winter, the town’s famous waterpark, Schlitterbahn, turns into a winter wonderland complete with iceskating rinks and a marketplace. Interested in something a bit more unusual? Visit Animal World and Snake Farm where you can play with exotic reptiles and animals not normally found in Texas.

SECOND: Keep your mind sharp!

Although winter break is a great time to drink and binge on Netflix, it’s important to not become too engrossed in menial distractions. Make time to read, write or visit a museum to keep your mind sharp. Most students don’t get an opportunity to read for pleasure during a busy semester. Pick a seasonal or humorous book to keep your mind active as well as your creativity flowing. Writing is also an excellent way to express yourself; whether it’s an interesting winter break story or a fictional short story. Museums are a great way to not only explore your hometown or college town, but also to expand your intellectual horizons. Did you find a historical topic interesting this past semester? Perhaps there is a stirring art exhibit featured at the SAMA or McNay. Wherever your interests lie,

Words: Jackie Calvert

winter break is a great way to further explore your intellectual boundaries.

THIRD: Explore your city.

Whether you were born and raised in the Alamo City or you’re just here for school, take a few days out of the break to discover new treasures in San Antonio. HOT SPOT: The Alamo Drafthouse Reasons to go: The Alamo Drafthouse has many features that set it above the average standards of a movie theater. Beer, food and a zero-tolerance policy for talkers and “texters” makes this theater not only a great place to catch new releases, but to see classic films as well. The Drafthouse has quote-alongs, girl’s-night-out nights and more to set it apart from the typical movie-going experience. HOT SPOT: Spurs Game Reasons to go: No matter what city you hail from, you can’t live in San Antonio without experiencing a Spurs game. Whether you get lucky and experience our hometown team in the AT&T Center or you end up watching at a popular downtown bar, there’s nothing quite like Spurs fever. Experience the pride and joy of San Antonio, but don’t you dare cheer for the San Antonio rivals the Miami Heat! HOT SPOT: Downtown Reasons to go: Downtown San Antonio may seem like a tourist trap, but there are a few places that make our city a gem to live in. Downtown Tuesdays provides free parking at meters, garages and lots; many businesses also extend their hours and offer various discounts. If you’d rather go out on the weekend, experience First Friday. Continued on page 14

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ipping on a warm Chai Tea Latte, Michelle Lorentzen reminisces about the first “creature” she made. “It was this little octopus with four tentacles, and she had a little bow.” Lorentzen continues, “I tried to use different fabrics on the front and back. Hmm… maybe it was a tetrapod since it only had four tentacles.” While the clatter of the baristas can be overheard in the background of the coffee shop, she scrolls through an online photo album of her original creatures on her laptop. Soon enough, a picture of the octopus-creature pops on screen. “Creatures by Claire,” is a personal 12

project for Lorentzen that specializes in cute, cuddly one-of-a-kind creatures. Getting its name from the creations’ creature-like appearances and “Claire” coming from Lorentzen’s middle name, the shop offers unique lovable creatures that are completely customizable. “I used ‘creatures,’ since a lot of the things I make are off-the-wall,” Lorentzen explains. “Some of them aren’t even recognizable animals, just kind of bits and pieces of other things I put together.” The shop was inspired by other plush dolls on the market such as Ugly Dolls. Lorentzen got the idea for her own type of creature when she was


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given an Ugly Doll as a gift from her boyfriend’s sister. Soon enough, a hobby of making stuffed animals emerged as an Etsy shop along with a booth at First Friday for creatures to be sold. Lorentzen officially began her online shop in September 2010 after she received many requests for creatures. For custom orders, patrons can choose their own color and fabric combinations while Lorentzen decides on the overall features of the plush doll. “Each time I make a creature they’re always different. ‘One of a kind, all the time’ is my motto,” says Lorentzen. The process involves Lorentzen

tracing an outline of the creature onto the chosen fabric and spontaneously choosing the details of its look. “After I make the general shape of it I decide if I want to have tentacles, or arms, or two legs and then after that I decide if I want it to have one eye, two eyes, four eyes, five eyes, and then it just goes from there,” she says. These kooky creatures each have their own quirks. Googly eyes, fuzzy mustaches or clean cut, multiple eyes, legs, or in some cases, tentacles — each one charming in its own special way. Every creature is made with the intention of being adopted to a good home. Although they are nameless, each one oozes with its own personality. “A lot of people ask me if I name my creatures and my answer is always ‘I’m terrible at naming things,’” she laughs. “Since I make a different one every time it’s difficult to name it and give it its own identity when each of them is always different.” Prices fluctuate based on the size of the creature; miniature ones can be purchased for $3, while small and medium plush animals are sold between $10 and $25. Large custom orders can be placed for around $60.

In the future, Lorentzen would like to expand her online shop by selling art prints based on the creatures and allowing customers to share personal stories of their new plush pal. Having customers name and make a background story after the creature is made is just one of the new features Lorentzen wants to add to the site. Over the years, learning to separate from these adorable memories has proven to be a personal struggle for Lorentzen, she confesses. These adorable minions are hard to separate from. On wanting to keep certain creatures for herself, Lorentzen admits it happens “all the time.” “I kind of fight the temptation to keep it and think, ‘I make these to let them go,’” she says. Creatures can be purchased online at Etsy. com/CreaturesByClaire and custom orders can be placed on the Creatures by Claire Facebook page. Lorentzen also sets up a booth on First Fridays at 1008 S. Alamo Street, across from Tito’s Mexican Restaurant. For more information, visit

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Also, using a comb on trouble areas like the mustache will train the hair to fall the way you want it to. Seven: Bad beard day? Don’t get discouraged, everyone is susceptible to bad hair days, and now that you have a beard you’re having to care for two ‘dos. Using a beard wax — something that doesn’t have petroleum or that is made for your hair like pomade — can keep those stray hairs from stick-

ing out all over you face, and a mustache wax can help keep those wiry whiskers out of your mouth and out of your food. Eight: To “yeard” or not to “yeard?” How long do you let the masterpiece growing on your face grow? That depends on you. Many individuals with facial hair come from different walks of life. If you can get away with it, why not let it grow for the entire year?

Nine: Knowing when to call it quits. Not everyone can grow a beard; some men are just not genetically gifted with luscious facial hair. If after a month or two your face is still patchy, it’s time to scrap it and shave it off. Or, if you’re brave and think you can pull it off, keep a mustache or a goatee. Just remember to take care of it.

I need. As a Christian, I completely rely on God for true fulfillment.” While attending UTSA, Cuyler was an active member of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, where she gained some life-long friends, grew as a leader and even got to go to Mexico for a week-long mission trip. “For freshmen, I would say to take

school seriously, but go with the flow as well. You won’t have all the answers, and you might see people who think they do, but they don’t,” Cuyler offers as advice. “For seniors, never forget what you truly love doing. (College) is a time to find your path career-wise, but it might take you a while to find a place that you want to stay long term.”

First Friday has a themed (usually sea- are closest to. sonal) pub run for athletic drinkers as FIFTH: Staying healthy well as an art walk in Southtown. and fit. FOURTH: Reconnect Although Christmas cookies and Advent Calendar candy is delicious, with family and friends. Winter break is an important it’s important to stay healthy and fit chance to reconnect with friends between all the turkey and candy from high school and family mem- binges. Exercising not only benefits bers you haven’t seen in months. If your body but your mental well-being. it’s your freshman year or your senior Yoga, pilates and other indoor workyear, there’s nothing quite like seeing out classes are great ways t o friends again and feeling like no time have a relaxing has passed. Seeing family can garner and rewarding even more appreciation for them and workout durseeing friends can rekindle a part of ing the coolyou left behind in high school. er weather. The holidays can also bring back If you’ll be warm traditions that you may have around for the forgotten about and provide a chance holidays, take to relax and be yourself with those you advantage of the

Campus Rec; their holiday hours are reasonable and can help you maintain your exercise routine. Alternatively, make sure to portion your food intake as overeating in the winter is very common. Overall though, just remember to have fun.

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Gifts Too even more. In 10 years, she hopes the non-profit will be well known in and around the country. To achieve goals, determination and motivation are two key factors. Feeling encouraged and supported by others has a huge impact, too. Cuyler adds, “I have an amazing family that I have and still can rely on for anything

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Last Call

{ The Paisano } Editor-in-Chief:

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Dancing club:

The Falls Bar Cover: $$ Cost: $ In five words: Great specials, music variety, welcoming Overall stars: 4/5


Sparky’s Pub Cover: N/A Cost: $ In five words: Inviting atmosphere meets reasonable prices Overall stars: 1/5

Suggestions: Paisano editors Words: Erin Boren

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Special Issues Editor: Erin Boren

Special Issues Assistants: Rebecca Conejo Jade Cuevas

Managing Editor: J. Corey Franco

Interim Photo Editor: Rafael Gutierrez

Web Editor:

Jennifer Alejos

Ads Coordinator: Mark Zavala

Ads Committee: Sara Flores Brittney Lopez

Business Manager: Jenelle Duff

Senior Copy Editor: Beth Marshall

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{Writers} Jennifer Alejos, Erin Boren, Jackie Calvert, Jade Cuevas, Beth Marshall, Abril Villarreal, Mark Zavala

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