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San Antonio Eighty activists from the group Open Carry Texas rallied outside an SAPD station Sunday, April 6, to protest a city ordinance that prohibits carrying a loaded gun on a public street.

Texas According to a report by the Texas House of Representatives, UT Regent Wallace Hall may have committed several impeachable offenses by leaking confidential student information — including breaking state and federal law.

U.S. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data Friday, April 4, that revealed 3 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program since October.

World India began the first phase of a ninephase general election to be held April 7 to May 12. With 814 million prospective voters, it will be the largest democratic election in history.

UTSA Baseball hosts the Marshall Thundering Herd in a three game series April 11, 12 and 13.


Policy student spreads democracy

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Art in the Garden Smell the flowers and the art at Art in the Garden 2014. Art in the Garden combines sculptures and the atmosphere of the San Antonio Botanical Gardens in an outdoor exhibit. The pieces will be available to view until 2015. See p. 7 for photos.

Scholastic dishonesty

UTSA Anthony Mendoza Staff Writer

Has cheating become a UTSA epidemic? UTSA student Drew Galloway is ensuring democratic participation with a new nonprofit, the Civic Court Project (CCP). Galloway, with assistance from UTSA professors Dr. Francine Romero and Dr. Patricia Jaramillo, founded the CCP to facilitate political discussion among communities.

UTSA Sarah Gibbens News Editor “If you’re going to cheat, cheat properly,” said a 2011 UTSA alumnus who supplemented his college income by writing essays for other students. The alumnus majored in English but didn’t have trouble writing essays on subjects for which he had little knowledge. “The English language has enough wiggle room where you can say anything without being untruthful,” he said. His skills in writing essays stemmed from his major. “If you have an English degree, you know how to put an idea concisely down on paper.” According to the American Psychological Association, a surveyed sample of college graduates found that 82 percent admitted to cheating while in school. “If you look at your degree from UTSA and you got an A and someone says, ‘Oh, but they cheat a lot there,’ it’s not really an A — it’s a C. Other col-

Students can purchase test answer banks on publisher websites for $40 on average. Essay writing services are also accessable to some students.

leges and employers know that,” said Professor Dale Clark from the College of Business. Because professors often use pre-made tests provided by textbook publishers, students often have no problem finding the necessary answer banks. By simply searching the specific edition of a textbook, students can purchase test banks for $40 on average. Tests are circulated among groups of students. Clark knows that students in his business ethics classes cheat. He takes preventative measures to

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mitigate this behavior but feels responsibility not to cheat lies with students, rather than with professors. “I didn’t become a professor so that I could act like a police officer,” said Clark. “I’m more concerned with teaching moral reasoning.” One student, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed that even if a professor did not use publisher provided tests students were able to cheat by taking copies of a test and saving them for a friend. “Professors hardly ever change the

test,” said the student. Sites such as thetopsites. com sell test answer banks that directly correlate to a test that may be given in class — if the professor purchased the test from the textbook publisher. With some professors teaching hundreds of students, it may not be feasible for them to implement more cheat-proof tests.


UTSA students walk an FTK kid down a runway during their annual fashion show last November.

Integrating downtown with student life UTSA Staff Writer Innovative ideas are helping to integrate student life with the established cultural influences that downtown offers. District 5 Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales is advocating for “life under the bridge,”

a project that plans to improve urban development by connecting study activity with downtown’s growing economy. In order to improve existing student housing and increase the number of housing units in the downtown area, San Antonio created a public-private partnership with Peanut Lofts by selling city property for $235,000 while providing an additional Brownfield cleanup grant totaling $400,000. Peanut

Lofts provided housing options for students whose courses are primarily downtown. The roughly 100-unit complex has dorm-style options with a community kitchen, a co-op and retail shops so residents can experience student living. Councilwoman Gonzales also promotes the safety of locals and students in the surrounding area. She has proposed a pedestrian priority zone near UTSA, multimodal

The Civic Court Project


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transport and nearby housing developments. “The idea is not for students to push a button and wait to cross,” said Gonzales, “It’s that they should be able to cross anytime at anywhere on the street.” The plan calls for slowing down traffic and making the area safe for pedestrians to walk to campuses and restaurants, and increasing overall walkabil-

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Jessica Rosales was a teenager when she was diagnosed with Advanced Chronic Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. “I suffered for two years with this disease with pains that could best be described as ‘bone-ripping pain,’ not breaking — ripping apart.”

“If I put myself in your shoes and you put yourself in my shoes, we should be able to at least come a little closer together.” The non-partisan, non-profit organization intends to increase communication between citizens and their government through mock trials that raise awareness about community issues. “It’s an easy way to find (your) voice,” said Galloway, “because that’s our motto: be heard. We want everyone’s opinion to matter.” The mock trials are open to the public and will focus on important community issues. The CCP plans on hosting their first mock trial about city council pay at the end of the spring 2014 semester. During the mock trials, two experts will debate a current issue while citizens can voice their opinion in person or submit their response via a social networking site, such as Twitter or Facebook. Galloway stressed the importance of having multiple communication outlets so that an accurate representation of community needs are identified. Mock trials will be held in San Antonio’s east, north and south regions to obtain precise information and feedback. Once mock trials are completed, the information and opinions gathered are assessed and sent to the appropriate legislative body that could make the proposed changes. “We’re providing data to the community and taking public opinion,” said Galloway. “We’re hoping to see some consensus and say ‘if I put myself in your shoes and you put yourself in my shoes we should be able to at least come a little closer together.’”

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April 7-12, UTSA will host its annual Communication Week, which will include a Career Exploration Fair, a keynote address by Ernest Bromley, a storytelling workshop and open mic contest. Follow @comm_week_2014

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Drew Galloway (second from left) has lunch with Microsoft reps at the Clinton Global Initiative. Continued from page 1

Sustaining an organization requires funding. Galloway sought assistance through the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Established in 2005, the CGI helps organizations solidify their ideas into a working project. The CGI requires organizations to have a “commitment to an action” or a plan that demonstrates how an organization can address their proposed challenge. Romero, a cofounder of the CCP, believes the project will spread democracy to the San Antonio community. “This is the kind of thing that can help people internalize the idea that government is not ‘them’ but ‘us.’ Incorporating technology into this effort is an important mechanism for getting young people involved as well.” For the CCP, that means effectively creating communication methods so citizens can voice their opinion to create desired change, forming a stronger com-

munity. “(We’re) trying to affect the number of people who vote and volunteer,” said Galloway, “and who just generally discuss information that revolves around politics, government, community and neighborhoods.” Specifically, the CCP plans to hold eight or more mock trials from 2014-2015 that focus on local and national issues. Additional goals include passing three CCP sponsored legislative initiatives, expanding the organization across Texas and increasing citizen to government interaction by five percent (two percent increase during primary elections and a three percent increase in general election.) The CCP has a projected twoyear plan to establish a foundation in San Antonio and hope to eventually move to Austin and other smaller cities within the region. For more information on the Civic Court Project, visit

You’re a fashion genius. In an analysis released on Mar. 18 by Richard Florida, the senior editor at The Atlantic, the San Antonio Metropolitan area was listed as the metropolitan area with the highest levels of income segregation. According to Florida, the report was conducted by analyzing the concentration of low-income vs. high-income residents in a given neighborhood. The analysis, which was coordinated with the help of Charlotta Mellander, a professor of economics at Jönköping International Business School, also

found that income segregation is influenced by the size of the city, income inequality and race. The Century Foundation, a non-partisan think-tank that focuses on equality and opportunity issues in the U.S., reported that income segregation results in “fewer Americans interacting with people outside their own socioeconomic class, less empathy and more political polarization” and is a leading factor in the decline of middle class neighborhoods. “Obviously, you never want to end up on a list like that,” said Mayor Julian Castro in an interview with KSAT News following the release of Florida’s analysis. “We need to revitalize our older neighborhoods so that you have a mix of people living amongst each other.” Dr. Nazgol Bagheri, an as-

sistant professor of urban geography in the Department of Political Science & Geography at UTSA, also expressed her concern regarding the analysis. “Income and racial segregation not only negatively affects the quality of life in lower income neighborhoods, but also dramatically deprives society as a whole,” she said. Nevertheless, she remains hopeful for the future of San Antonio despite the current circumstances. “UTSA is combating educational inequality by expanding its Downtown Campus and programs, making it more accessible to a diverse body of students,” and “initiatives to desegregate San Antonio have already begun in downtown neighborhoods. But, we must be careful be-

cause there is a fine line between desegregation and gentrification.” Audrey Magnuson, the university career center director, believes that, although the analysis is a disappointment, there is hope that San Antonio will unite to overcome the obstacles of inequality. “The mayor came out a few years back with SA2020, which is our vision for the future of San Antonio. I look at (the report) as an opportunity for a UTSA graduate to go out and help make the change that is the vision of SA2020 and the revitalization of San Antonio. “I think this is more of an opportunity for a UTSA graduate, rather than a concern, to go out looking at our city as an opportunity to create new growth and contribute to the vision.”

Development: councilwoman on future of SA Continued from page 1

ity in the area. Ideally, students will cross two lanes instead of four lanes when walking to UTSA from nearby parking lots. Additionally, “life under the bridge” is intended to provide a sense of community by encouraging cultural awareness. Coun-

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cilwoman Gonzales stressed that “it has to do with increasing pedestrian viability of the neighborhood and area.” Suggestions to achieve this goal include having food trucks, music venues and non-profit art organizations revitalize life under the bridge. Specifically,

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bridges may become a canvas for artists to portray the life of downtown San Antonio. Moreover, education reform is projected to make progressive changes that would provide students with the resources to be college ready. District 5 contains UTSA’s

Downtown Campus, Our Lady Of The Lake University and St. Phillips community college. Councilwoman Gonzales believes “it requires partnerships between the city, the schools and the universities to ensure our students are successful.”

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Be brave: FTK to hold dance marathon

Student Chris Stewart and Ms. UTSA Rebeccas Smith serve as escorts for FTK. Continued from page 1

Andy Pardo and Hiromi Avila are two children who also have pediatric cancer. After receiving extensive treatment, Hiromi’s cancer is now in remission; Andy has not been so lucky. Doctors predict that he may have only a few months left to live. The two children have many similarities — both have suffered from cancer, both have

lost a leg and both are receiving help from the largest studentrun non-profit in San Antonio. For the Kids (FTK) Dance Marathon began as a student project in the College of Business in 2009. Since then, FTK has obtained 501(c)3 non-profit status, allowing them to run as an independent charitable organization. FTK holds events throughout the academic year that aim

to raise money and create a fun environment. Its annual fashion show, most recently held last November, allowed some of the FTK-sponsored families to have fun and take their minds off their illnesses while the children strutted down a makeshift runway. The fashion show is also where FTK revealed its theme for the dance marathon: Be Brave. Hiromi has spent a long time being brave, as have her parents and two brothers, ages seven and 16. Her mother, Monica Elizondo, relied on FTK for support while Hiromi underwent three years of extensive treatment, eventually losing her left leg. Hiromi’s cancer is now in remission, but her mother still lives in fear of the day it could return. “It’s like giving birth a second time,” she said of hearing the news that her daughter would survive. “It’s the best news you could ever hear.” Elizondo heard about FTK after seeing a flyer in the hospital. “We heard about the dance marathon and wanted to go,” she explained. Katrina Parkey is the Family Relations Overall for FTK and maintains contact with the Elizondo and Avila families, as well as the other families receiving support from FTK.

“I’ve stayed with the organization since I joined my freshman year,” said Parkey. “I learned that by being involved with FTK I was also giving back to families around San Antonio and even South Texas. “ While FTK can’t pay for the entirety of a child’s cancer treatment, they provide small reliefs such as gift cards for food and gas in addition to fun events for children. Associate Dean of the Honors College, Dr. Ann Eisenberg, is an avid supporter of FTK. “Imagine trying to entertain a child in one tiny room for nine months in an 18-month period — away from family and friends,” said Eisenberg. “Health insurance doesn’t help with babysitting costs or the cost of food your child might eat during chemo — but FTK does.” The group is most famous for its annual 12-hour dance marathon held to raise money for families with children undergoing pediatric cancer. Last year the group raised $40,000 and hopes to increase that number this year. The marathon will take place this Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Convocation Center.

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UTSA goes international UTSA Paulina Rivero-Borrell Staff Writer UTSA has created a 10year agreement with the Teconológico de Monterrey System (ITESM) in Mexico, which will offer students the opportunity to study abroad at any of their 31 Mexican campuses. The program facilitates educational, research and cultural exchange programs between the two institutions. The partnership has existed between UTSA and ITESM since 1997, but it will now include exchange programs in all the ITESM campuses in Mexico, such as Guadalajara, Queretaro and Puebla. Along with exchange programs, the two universities will also provide joint research and education programs such as organized symposia, conferences and short courses on research issues, and exchange best practices in teaching, student development and research at each institution. The ITESM system is one of the largest private multi-campus university systems in Latin America. Based in Monterrey, Mexico, it has 31 campuses in 25 different Mexican cities. ITESM has one of the top graduate business schools, is a leader in patent applications among Mexican universities and was ranked in the 2010 QS World University Rankings, where it was number 65 worldwide in its Employer’s Review. UTSA President Ricardo Romo believes that this partnership will broaden student experience and opportunities for success. “Expanding this relation-

ship will strengthen our ability to offer top-tier opportunities to students and scholars for pursuing education, research and collaboration abroad,” said Romo in a press release. He believes that UTSA and the Teconologico de Monterrey have very similar research interests and have been great collaborators. “The strategic partnership with UTSA will facilitate and support our internationalization goals for faculty and students,” said David Noel Ramirez, president of the ITESM. “We are honored to work together and to have new avenues of collaboration.” The first ITESM students will arrive this summer at the College of Business to study how to launch a start-up in the U.S. The office of the vice president for research, college of engineering and the college of sciences will also host the Monterrey Institute of Technology Research Immersion Camp this summer. The camp offers programs lasting from one to six weeks, and students will be housed on the UTSA campus. Nestor Hernandez, a current UTSA student who attended ITESM at the Torreon campus, believes this agreement will be beneficial for students. “I believe this is a great opportunity for students from all over Mexico to get to know UTSA. Likewise, UTSA students now can study abroad in practically any city in Mexico at a very well known university.” Hernandez also believes this agreement will benefit his home campus in Torreon, better known as ITESM Campus Laguna. “This will make Campus Laguna an international university that could get involved in practices with UTSA in order to grow together.”

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Bad things happen

When violent acts occur in society, the public almost always echoes the same repetitive conversations: gun control, mental illness, crisis training, violence prevention. Lois Lowry, author of “The Giver,” explained that her son, active in the first Iraq war in 1991, used to write to her from Saudi Arabia. “He (wrote) ‘Why do people do such terrible things to each other? And how do we put an end to it?’” she said at a Book Expo America (BEA) breakfast in 2012. “So I wrote ‘The Giver,’ which was about human behavior and why people do what they do.” She said her writing was sparked by curiosity — a yearning to answer her son’s questions. After violent events transpire, the public always demands answers to the same questions Lowry’s son asked. The first question, “why did this happen?” is the most intriguing, since it is frankly unanswerable. How could we ever be 100 percent positive on motives behind violent crimes? The human brain is a mystery, and human behavior is an everchanging science. The shooting that occurred at Fort Hood on April 2 caused four deaths, including the shooter’s , along with multiple injuries. The Washington Post wrote, “What was going through (the

shooter) Lopez’s head before his outburst remains a mystery. Investigators said he left no explanation behind.” With mental illness and war’s after effects traumatizing veterans on the forefront of the violence prevention conversation, the need for clear answers are often brought loudly into public debate after nation-wide coverage of tragedies. This shooting left Internet bloggers, editors and commentators asking yet again what could be done about violence. This incident is Fort Hood’s second in five years. Furthermore, in 2012 the Sandy Hook attack claimed 27 lives, including the shooter’s, and in 2013 the Boston Marathon bombing fatally killed three and wounded over 200 others. In his weekly address on Jan. 19, 2013, President Obama spoke in response to Sandy Hook. “While we may not be able to prevent every senseless act of violence in this country, if there’s even one thing we can do to reduce it — even if one life can be saved — we’ve got an obligation to try.” The public’s actions concerning this obligation should be a constant commitment. The conversation surrounding violence, mental health and emergency situations should not just surface in the midst of tragedy, but should be present daily.

Bad things have happened, are happening and will continue to happen. Awareness shouldn’t ebb and flow according to a murderer’s schedule and when he or she makes the news. The repetitive conversation surrounding violence prevention and mental illness needs to remain relevant. Lowry wrote three additional novels dealing with the same two questions. In each of those books, Lowery said “the world is still in conflict.” “People are still doing terrible things,” she said. “And my own memory now includes an American flag over a coffin, the day that my own son was laid to rest.” Bad things happen. We have an obligation to keep the violence conversation in the forefront of public discussion. We have the obligation to keep attempting to answer, “How can we stop it?” We must also remember, though, that events like the Fort Hood shooting happen. We should not be shocked, but instead motivated to continue our research on prevention and crisis training. Because human nature is first and foremost a curiosity, we’ll never know why people do bad things, but we can still attempt to stop it.

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Get Lost T a k ing time to study abroad would be a dream come true for a lot of student s , but for others travelling to a foreign country sounds too expensive, and the distance from familiarity seems too scary. UTSA’s Education Abroad Services offer many opportunities for students to study abroad, and the last thing they would want holding students back from taking the leap is money or homesickness.

Not many students seem to be taking advantage of these invaluable opportunities. During the 2013-2014 school year, the most popular trips were to Belize, Italy, Urbino, Spain and Barcelona. Belize, Italy and Spain were summer trips while the Urbino and Barcelona programs involved an entire semester. Each of these programs had fewer than 20 students enrolled. There are around 26,000 students enrolled at this university and fewer than 100 people participated in the top-rated study abroad programs last year. Different programs are offered for a variety of majors, and it is even possible to earn internship credit through studying abroad. So why

aren’t more students eager to travel? If the fear of debt and feeling lost are the most daunting elements about studying abroad, then knowledge about the price tag and duration of these trips should come as a relief. The cost of studying for a semester in a foreign country can be similar to the fees paid to attend school in San Antonio. Some programs are more costly, but surely there is at least one trip that is appealing and affordable with financial aid. Choosing to be so far from home can definitely seem like a big leap, but the time away can be as little as two weeks. If being accepted to a certain program seems like a roadblock, all it takes is a minimal 2.5 GPA and

sophomore status. It actually seems financially and educationally wise to use the study abroad program as an excuse to travel in college. Getting educated both scholastically and culturally rarely go hand-inhand, so now is the time to take full advantage of these potentially lifechanging opportunities. Students can take advantage of three study abroad programs. Faculty-led programs are taught by faculty members interested in teaching abroad. They can be scheduled for a few weeks in the summer or last an entire semester. Exchange programs connect with universities from around the world. Students can enroll for a semester or an entire academic year for little to

no cost difference. Third-party programs are created by organizations not affiliated with UTSA. They can take place only during the summer, but there are also curricula available for the equivalent of two semesters. In addition to the flexibility and variety that studying abroad offers, it also looks great on a résumé. Future employers will be interested to hear about travel experiences, and it’s a great topic to discuss during an interview. Make studying abroad a reality – not just a dream. Beth Marshall Arts Assistant


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Tuesday, April 8 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Event: “COLFA Career Explorations Fair” UTSA’s Career Center hosts a career fair for COLFA students to explore potential job opportunities. The theme for the fair is “COLFA Majors and the Real World: Where Do I Fit In?” The event will be held in the Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02). For more information, call the Career Center at (210) 458-4589.

Wednesday, April 9 7:30 p.m. Performance: “Motionhouse Dance Theatre”

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The Jo Long Theatre (226 N. Hackberry St.) presents the UKbased dance theatre that combines dance, theatre, acrobatics and film to wow audiences. For more information, call (210) 226-2891.

Garret “Kai” McGough plays some old-school beats under the Sombrilla next to the fountain.

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m a n We have all heard an upbeat tune blaring from the walking stereo on campus. But who is the man behind the music? Have you spoken to him? Do you know his name? Garret “Kai” McGough is responsible for livening up the Sombrilla, providing a beat for walking to and from class and making the atmosphere around school a little more cheerful. As a freshman, the now junior criminal justice major would walk to and from class with his headphones on, wouldn’t talk

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to anyone, get his stuff done and go straight home. “That was my life and I wasn’t really happy with it. I wasn’t being who I wanted to be,” McGough recalled. “So, when I got the stereo, I actually had no intention of bringing it. I actually didn’t even know what I was going to do with it. I just liked it and I bought it.” Having moved too many times to count in 21 years, Kai considered himself great at making friends. He moved all over the country and wanted to come back to Texas; so, when meeting new people seemed to be so difficult at UTSA, that’s when the wheels started

turning. Kai noted that “before, when I had been walking around with my headphones on, I’d always thought to myself, ‘what would it be like if other people would hear my music?’” After contemplating what would be popular among the crowds, Kai decided to bring his stereo to school and play one of the tapes from his library for all to hear. The first song played was “Step Off” by Grand Master Flash and the Furious 5. “I don’t want to go so far as to say it was a social experiment, because I didn’t think that far into it,” McGough remarked. “I just kind of wanted to see how

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people would react.” And react, they did. He thought he was going to look like a jerk —and still thinks there are people who may think he is one. However, Kai claims he probably would not have met his current group of friends if it weren’t for the stereo. “It’s a social catalyst; it gets people talking, if not to me, at least to each other,” McGough said. His intentions are to bring a smile to tired students’ faces and provide some music that people may not have heard before. When asked if he gets stopped often to answer ques-

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tions about the stereo, Kai revealed that surprisingly few people actually inquire. “Those are the people I really respect — the people who are willing to come up to me,” McGough said. “People tell me I’m intimidating and…people tell me I look like I would be mean – and I’m not. I’m probably one of the least serious people.” (to continue reading this article, go to paisano-online. com)

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The White Rabbit (2410 N. St. Mary’s St.) presents “blessthefall,” the metalcore band from Phoenix, Arizona that participated in the 2013 Vans Warped Tour, with bands “Motion City Soundtrack,” “Big D and the Kids Table” and others. Previous singles include “Higinia” and “Guys like you make us look bad,” and this year, “blessthefall” is headlining with “Hollow Bodies.” Ticket prices are $18. For more information, visit

Friday, April 11 5:30-8 p.m. Event: Viva Fiesta! Latin American Folk Art This event kicks off with a brief discussion about the Latin American folk art collection on display at the San Antonio Museum of Art (200 W. Jones Ave). At 6:00 p.m., the Art Party begins with live music and fiesta cocktails. Viva Fiesta will take place, rain or shine, and student admission is just $5. For more details, visit

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“Art in the Garden” is an outdoor installation organized by Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. The exhibit will be on display until January 2015.

Thursday, April 10 6 p.m. Concert: “blessthefall”

As I cling to a branch I watch as all of my brothers and sisters are suspended with me. Dawn approaches, the dewy droplets drip down my side while the light breeze sneezed. Paradise encloses around us as the bright sun turns off the dark and makes everything revisable. A monkey swings by and snatches my brother from the bountiful leaves; A slithery snake slowly slides and I’m getting nervous as he glides along the branch to slimily perch to the upper right of me; Leering outside of the leaves to a nearby feathered friend. Two brothers fall but that’s every day. I often wonder what happens when fallen. A bird rubs its feathery neck on my smooth, red skin moments before being devoured by the serpent. A hairless ape walks by pointing at things. So sculpted to perfection; so handsome. I’ve never seen anything like it before. Darkness soon follows; I must sleep. I wake up to the feel of fingers around my round figure. The plush extremities leave me and I notice another hairless ape. This one, nude as every other animal, with long curvy hair, a beautiful face,

wide hips; fascinating. I watch with inquisitiveness as the long-haired beauty seemingly converses with the smelly snake. She chooses meOWWWWWW! I fall to the floor in agony as a huge chunk of me slides down the flawless larynx . The other hairless ape arrives. OWWWWW! The serpent retreats as It gets dark. Thunderous claps, the couple are petrified with fear. The dark clouds have an interrupted beam of light on the two. More ear-demolishing noise as the two are frightened away. Still I lie in excruciating pain, wondering what ever happened to the two as they never came back. Word around the grapevine is that the couple is cursed, and all of their future decedents must endure painful child births; Whatever that is. Well, I’m still here on the cold ground waiting for the couple to come back and finish me off before I rot… Waiting Waiting

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August 26, 2008 ARTS&LIFE

The healthful choice: The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe Erica Gonzalez Staff Writer

While entering the small, wooden and peaceful cafe, the staff greets their customers with a big smile. Whether it is raining or excruciating hot, the staff is kind enough to ask about their customer’s day. The staff is willing to recommend anything that people often ask for, such as the personal “Create Your Own” pan pizza or the chocolate pecan cake. The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe was established in 2006 by two Australian registered nurses, Rita Sturzbecher and John Apostolovic. In 2011, Sturzbecher was recognized as one of the top ten bread bakers in America. The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe sells everyone’s favorite foods, including gluten-free and dairy-free products. Once the meal has been ordered, staff will quickly set out a basket of fresh, gluten-free biscuits — your choice of flaxseed or white. It is complemented with gluten-free butter, which is very satisfying. The staff recommended the “Create Your Own” Pizza. You can choose from different toppings such as bacon bits, spinach and chicken. The crust is very crunchy while the middle is soft — the perfect way to eat a pizza. Both chicken and ba-

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Keep the goodness and not the gluten with the chocolate pecan cake. Its decadent chocolate mousse amplifies in your mouth while glazed pecans add subtle hints of a Texas tradition. con bits are crispy and tender with a delicious flavor of the spices used. Although the pizza is crunchy and crispy, it satisfies your hunger by melting in your mouth. After you finish your pizza, you’ll be guilt-free since the crust is gluten-free. Upon request, you can also have a dairy-free pizza. While eating

the pizza, your fingers will not have the same texture that other brands have. For those who are in a strict low-fat diet this pizza will be perfect to satisfy cravings. The staff recommends the South African Rooibos tea — just make sure to add a packet of Stevia to quench your thirst and to taste the sweetness of

the red tea. The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe offers a variety of glutenfree and dairy-free pastries. The staff recommends chocolate pecan cake, which is layered with chocolate mousse and adorned with crushed pecans around the slice of cake. The half pecans are surrounded with a candy-like fill-

ing and frosted with a creamy, chocolate mousse. The dairyfree slice of cake is very moist, and melts in your mouth the second it hits your tongue. The slice of cake can easily be shared by two people due to the large serving size. The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe offers a variety of takehome foods, such as cookie

dough, pie crusts, pastry dough, salad dressing, among others at a reasonable price. You can also find their selected products at limited H-E-B locations in San Antonio. After buying the first pizza crust or dough, The Little Aussie Bakery and Cafe offers a variety of recipes on their website. The recipes include a delicious banana bread, gluten-free french toast and how to freeze and store gluten free bread articles. The categories range from bread, cakes, cookies, desserts, frosting and glaze, pastries, sandwiches and wraps, sauces and spreads recipes. Do not be startled once you receive your receipt. Although a bit pricey, the delicious, gluten-free pizza and dairy free chocolate cake compensates for its heavy price tag. You can find the homelike cafe on 3610 Avenue B. San Antonio, Texas 78209. The cafe serves their daily menu from Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Join them on Sundays for brunch from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The Little Aussie’s Bakery and Cafe kitchen closes at 5:30 p.m., but you can pick up your favorite desserts and products until 6 p.m. Prices range from $4-$20. For menu options, tutorials or information, visit

Theatrical art staged at SAMA Amelia Reyes Staff Writer Striking poses and backgrounds emphasize Thomas Sully’s love for aesthetic beauty in theater and art. Many of Sully’s portraits on display at the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) depict how he viewed his subjects as actors. Sully (1783-1872) was born in England to a family of actors but the family immigrated to the United States for better acting prospects. Sully and his siblings also acted in theaters with their parents, but it was both art and theater that really captured him. Sully was a popular painter among the elite in early Pennsylvania and Maryland societies and even helped portraiture art become popular in the 1800s. He was constantly booked for commissions for celebrated public figures and the most eminent citizens. Sully was also known for painting elegant and affectionate portraits of women, especially mothers. Organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum, the “Thomas Sully: Painted Performance” exhibit highlights Sully’s famous portraits of key figures in nineteenth century American and British politics, business and culture. Even though his works were portraits, Sully designed the background and props to suit each sitter’s occupation. “Thomas Sully: Painted Performance” celebrates Sully’s theatrical aesthetic, with a

close look at those themes that define his oeuvre. It is his range of subject matter rather than the chronology of his life that carries this exhibition,” as mentioned on the walls of the exhibit. One of his famous series of portraits are the Frances “Fanny” Anne Kemble portraits. Sully met the theater actress in 1832 and maintained a close friendship because of their mutual love of theater. There are 13 portraits of Kemble, and most of them were painted by memory. Only four of the 13 are traditional portraits. His most famous portrait of her is “Frances Anne Kimble As Beatrice,” where she is posing as the character Beatrice in William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Since this particular portrait was based on his memory of Kemble, the borders and background of her portrait are smeared as if the audience is recalling her image. Kimble’s Beatrice also looks over her shoulder with a coy smile, possibly to emphasize Kimble portraying the playful and clever Beatrice. Another Sully portrait that depicts his love of theater and honor for his friends is “The Reverend James Abercrombie.” Sully focuses on Reverend Abercrombie’s welcoming gesture, but it is the theatrical background that highlights the reverend’s character. Abercrombie seems to be rehearsing a sermon or conducting a lecture with numerous books on the desk and a

painting of the Crucifixion behind the reverend, showing the audience how the reverend is a well-learned faithful man. “The composition emphasizes the Reverend Abercrombie in his study, in action, surrounded by the props of his study,” according to curator William Keyse Rudolph’s written statement. Sully also used the setting to define personality in his portraits of presidents and royalty. The most recognizable one would be his portrait of President Andrew Jackson that was also used for the twenty-dollar bill. The artist highlights Jackson’s authority and seriousness by not having a background but rather a beige background. Jackson sat down for Sully twice — once before he became president and the other right before he died in 1845. The portrait exhibited at SAMA is the copy Sully made for Jackson in 1845. His decision to not design a background for the portrait illustrates Jackson’s power as a strong political leader because the audience only focuses on Jackson’s facial expression. However, Jackson’s portrait does contain theatrical elements because Sully uses light to highlight Jackson as if he was the protagonist in a play. Another famous portrait that is also prominent in the SAMA collection is Sully’s portrait of Queen Victoria I of England. In 1837, Sully was commissioned by the Society

of Sons of Saint George in Philadelphia to paint a full-length portrait of the young queen. Sully portrays the queen as regal but relaxed because of her turned posture. Unlike most monarchs, who are painted sitting down and facing the audience with a stern look, Queen Victoria’s portrait seems inviting and illustrates her youth. The complementing ruby red and white colors exhibit Sully’s love for theatrical aesthetics, and Sully also made

the queen look as if she was in a Shakespeare production. She is looking at the audience like she is about to perform a soliloquy. And she is inviting the audience to look at her, not the coronation crown or throne. In addition to the exhibit, SAMA and its curators will be lecturing about Thomas Sully, his themes and his works for free on Tuesdays (Mar. 11, Apr. 8, Apr. 15) at 6 p.m. Thomas Sully: Painted Performance will run until May

11. There is a $5 special exhibit admission price for this exhibit. Regular admission for seniors (65+) is $7, $10 for adults, students and military for $5 with ID and free for children under 12. Admission is free for all on Tuesdays 4 p.m.9 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For more information on hours and lecture series, visit


9 April 8, 2014

{Sports Events}

UTSA softball goes 1-2 against the 49ers

Wednesday, April 9


The Roadrunners host the Texas State Bobcats at Roadrunner Field. The UTSA Roadrunners (1821, 6-6 C-USA) dropped two of three games at home against the tough Charlotte 49ers (1516, 6-8 C-USA) on April 5 and 6. Charlotte’s Jackie Kleinsmith hit a two RBI single at the top of the sixth inning to propel the 49ers to a 2-0 win in the series opener Saturday afternoon. “We didn’t come out really aggressive,” said UTSA Head Coach Michelle Cheatham about the loss. “Game one sets the tone, and we didn’t set the tone, saying that this was our turf.” Courtney Buchman went 2-for-3 to lead the Roadrunners. Megan Low, Vivian Tijerina and Madison Kinley also provided hits in an effort to spark the ill-fated Roadrunners. Kacy Freeze had an amazing game, with just two runs allowed on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Freeze converted five strikeouts out of the first seven batters. The 49ers’ Jessica Plemmons hit a two-out single in the first inning, but Freeze continued with a hot arm, retiring ten consecutive batters until the fifth inning. Low and Tijerina helped keep the game knotted at zero with a couple of great defensive plays in the fifth. Despite losing the first game, the Roadrunners were able to bounce back in the second with an incredible display of offense,

The Roadrunners went 1-2 over the weekend.

NCAA in home runs. “I’ve always wanted to be the best, play with the best, compete with the best. All I’m really trying to do is produce for my teammates.” “She very much is one of the best hitters in the nation,” added UTSA Head Coach Michelle Cheatham on Lowe’s spectacular play. “She’s very strong mentally, and we’re happy she’s on our side. She’s a big time leader on this team defensively. She’s like our ‘on the field’ coach. You can put that girl anywhere and she’ll get the ball.” Jori Fox led the team with three hits and racked up her 29th RBI of the season. With a

two-run homer in the last inning, Megan Low tied her career high for RBIs in a season at 32. UTSA raced out to a five-run lead in the first inning with one more in the second, making it 6-0 after the first two periods. The Roadrunners loaded the bases with one out and grabbed a 1-0 lead on a fielder’s hit. Tijerina extended the lead to 5-0 with her grand slam. Charlotte finally received their first run in the third and added one more in the top of the sixth before the Roadrunners pulled to a convincing win. Game three started out slower than game two but right on track with the first game. Roadrunner pitcher Nicole Merrill started out hot, striking out the first person opposite her at bat. The outcome was a little different, as Charlotte was getting hits but going nowhere. Both parties were getting their hits and bunts, but without success until the fourth inning rolled around. 49er Natalie Capone drew a walk to get onto first base, before Jackie Kleinsmith batted for an easy run for the first score of the game. The following inning saw a fast out for Charlotte before Chelsea Ingersoll smashed the ball out of the park for a solo homerun to put Charlotte up two runs to none. With one strikeout for the Roadrunners, the bases were set up for senior Jori Fox to overpower the swing, hitting the ball out of the field for a three-run homerun from Me-

gan Low, Courtney Buchman, and Fox herself, raising the score to a 3-2 Roadrunner lead at the top of the fifth. “The (players) in front of me gave me that opportunity (to score),” said Fox after the game on the exciting play. Charlotte had a chance for a grand slam, but Roadrunner pitcher Nicole Merrill had two consecutive bases loaded strikeouts in the clutch to save UTSA. However, with already two outs at the bottom of the seventh and final inning, Charlotte’s Jessica Plemmons hit a grand slam, helping herself, Lexi Betancourt and Natalie Capone for the winning homeruns of the game. The Roadrunners couldn’t recover, and Charlotte finished the game up 5-3. The 49ers completed the weekend series winning two out of the three games at Roadrunner Field. “There’s no easy games and we enjoy the competition,” said Coach Cheatham after the game. “I love the conference.” The tougher conference has undoubtedly demanded

a higher play from the UTSA players. “Everybody is brushing us off as a smaller school, thinking we’re not going do much this year, but we come out everyday to prove ourselves to the conference and to the university,” said Megan Lowe on the improved competition. “I definitely expect us to make the conference tournament and be contenders for the championship.” “The competition is a completely different level. Even though we go up against tougher people, we come out fighting every day. We don’t get scared or intimidated,” added Jori Fox. The Roadrunners will face off against the Texas State Bobcats on Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. While the next three games will be in Miami, Florida, against Florida International in a double header on Saturday, April 12 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., and on Sunday, April 13 before they come back home.

Thursday, April 10 7 p.m. Spurs The Spurs head to Dallas, Texas, to take on the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center.

Friday, April 11 6 p.m. UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners host the Marshall Thundering Herd at Roadrunner Field.

7:30 p.m. Spurs The Spurs host the Phoenix Suns at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.

Saturday, April 12 2 p.m. UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners host the Marshall Thundering Herd at Roadrunner Field.

3 p.m. & 5 pm UTSA Softball The Roadrunners head to Miami, Florida, to take on the Florida International Panthers at FIU Stadium.

Sunday, April 13 10:30 a.m. UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners host the Marshall Thundering Herd at Roadrunner Field. Daryl Smith/ The Paisano

Staff Writer

defeating the 49ers 12-2. Jolene Graham went 2-for4 with a grand slam and career best five RBIs in game two, while Vivian Tijerina also rattled off a grand slam for the Roadrunners. It marked the second time this season that UTSA has hit two grand slams in one game. Megan Low also delivered her NCAA-leading 16th home run of the season. “I think it’s pretty cool,” said Megan Low on leading the

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6 p.m. UTSA Softball

The Roadrunners hit two grandslams in their second game against the Charlotte 49ers.

11 a.m. UTSA Softball The Roadrunners finish their three game series in Miami, Florida, against the Florida International Panthers at FIU Stadium.


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April 8, 2014

The San Antonio Rampage have now won two games in a row, defeating the Lake Erie Monsters with a crippling defensive display.


Rampage win with defense

Staff Writer The San Antonio Rampage (29-33-3-6) defeated the Lake Erie Monsters (29-31-0-9) 3-0 with a stifling defensive effort on Saturday, April 5 at the AT&T Center. “We didn’t play great in the first (period) but the veterans took control,” said Rampage Head Coach Tom Rowe after the victory. “We went out in the second and third (periods) and played the way we were supposed to play.” With tough defense and physical play, the first period saw the both teams remain scoreless. The Rampage spent most of their time on the offensive side, shooting 12 shots compared to the Monsters’ seven. Lake Erie goalie Calvin Pickard showed poise and determination to stop the three San Antonio power plays of the term. With about 12:49 left in the period, a Rampage goal by Defenseman Josh McFadden with an assist from right wing John McFarland and center Ryan

Martindale ended the all-zero tie. The goal was McFadden’s first of the season. Sensational saves by Rampage goalie Michael Houser kept the defense strong willed throughout the game. This was Houser’s first AHL shutout of the season, ending the game stopping all of the Monsters’ 26 shots. “It’s been a tough stretch, but the season’s never over until the last game is played,” said Houser after the game, commenting on the now two-game winning

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The Rampage outshot the Monsters 30-26.

streak. With about 2:33 left in the period, Rampage left wing Connor Brickley, scored on a power play assisted by center Ryan Martindale, his second assist of game.

“Coach was generous enough to put me on the power play, and I was able to score,” explained Brickley on his goal after the game. The Lake Erie Monsters sharpened their defense in the third period, stealing the puck from the Rampage with every chance they could get. Unfortunately for Lake Erie, the Rampage scored one more goal with 12:24 left by right wing Gregg Rallo. He found open space during the power play, and was assisted by Mike Mottau. “It was a tough game played,” said a stern Coach Rowe after the game. “We got the goals when we needed them. We got some timely goals.” The San Antonio Rampage will face off against the Texas Stars on Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Dallas, Texas. With the season winding down, the last four games of the season for the Rampage will be at home. The next two will be against the Texas Stars on Saturday, April 12 at 7p.m. and Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m.



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