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UTSA UTSA Stress Down Days will take place April 28 - May 2 at the Main and Downtown Campuses and feature free, stressreducing activities for students.

San Antonio Madison High School was on lockdown Monday, April 28 after a student was caught with a loaded AK-47 and two other guns.

Texas The UT Board of Regents announced Guy Bailey as the lone finalist to be president of the newly established University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

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At least 14 people have been reported dead after a storm of tornados ravaged Arkansas over the weekend. The storm was one of several that swept across the southern U.S.

World The U.S. and its European allies enacted new sanctions against Russia Monday April 28, that included asset freezes and visa bans.

UTSA Sarah Gibbens News Editor The First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama will be at UTSA on Friday, May 2. She will be speaking in support of the Fourth Annual College Signing Day, an initiative started by Mayor Julian Castro to encourage students to attend college. The Mayor announced the First Lady’s visit at Briscoe Academy Middle School. More than 2,000 high school seniors are expected to fill the Convocation Center, where they will pledge to continue their education to pursue a college degree. However, the event is closed to the public, and

The UTSA Softball team will host the UAB Blazers May 3 and 4 at Roadrunner Field

UTSA students will no be allowed entry into the event. In her speech, the First Lady will touch on the significance of pursuing higher education and how it ties into the President’s “North Star” education goal for the U.S. to have the largest proportion of college graduates internationally by 2020. Using the hashtag #ReachHigher, the First Lady is encouraging people across the country to share photos of themselves wearing college apparel via social media. College signing day is one of the many events sponsored by Destination College, a week of free events to celebrate San Antonio as a city committed to higher education. Other events include a Destination College kick-off, silly sock day and a career block party — among others that can be found at iknow-

Preparing for finals week UTSA Brittany Lopez Assistant to the Editor

Finals week is rapidly approaching. Some students may think they can wait until the last minute to crack open those books, review notes and prepare flashcards — but the time to start studying was yesterday. The key to reducing stress when studying for finals is time management. It is extremely difficult to cram in a semester’s worth of material a couple days before the test date, especially with multiple exams. The


mistake most students make when studying for finals is procrastinating. This leads to higher stress levels and hinders a student’s ability to p e r form Destination College is a part of the Mayor’s SA2020 plan, which aims to increase high school enrollment by 80 percent and achieve 50 percent college completion by 2020. According to the Destination College website, San Antonio’s graduation rates have already increased by 42 percent since 2010. It is these impressive statistics that has attracted the First Lady to San Antonio. According to Darryl Byrd, president and CEO of SA2020, the First Lady was impressed by San Antonio’s education initiatives after learning about them through U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. In an interview with KSAT 12 News, Byrd said of the First Lady’s visit, “We’ve done this as well or better than any other

city in the nation, and she recognizes that and she wants to celebrate it and continue to forward it as a model.”

well on exam day. Assistant Director of Counseling Services Melissa Hernandez reassures students that, “not all stress is bad. Having some stress helps motivate us to work a little bit harder and a little bit longer to get the job done. Too much stress, however, can be overwhelming and lead your brain to shut down.” One of the main things students can do to avoid o r

reduce their stress levels during finals week is to manage their time and avoid procrastination. When students allocate enough time to study before exam day they are less likely to panic. By making a list of when to complete important tasks, students will be less likely to feel overwhelmed. The benefits of list-making include organizing, prioritizing and managing time efficiently. “The best way to reduce stress is to build

stress management skills. Deep breathi n g ,

exercise, stretching, meditation, positive thinking and biofeedback are just some of the options Counseling Services recommends to students,” Hernandez said. According to Health Education Coordinator II, Amanda Graves, “UTSA Counseling Services offers services to students to help them deal with stress and anxiety.” Students can reach them at (210) 458-4140. The Tomás Rivera Center also offers ser vices a n d p r o grams to help st udents with studying tips and time management skills. Studying is essential if students want to pass. When preparing for multiple choice and true/false questions, some ways to study are to make flashcards. Quizlet is a free website that provides learning tools for See Exams, Page 3

Making sense of the latest Therapy dogs relieve Supreme Court Ruling stress during finals UTSA Lorenzo Garcia News Assistant


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Affirmative action has a storied history in the United States. It was only last year that an affirmative action case from the state of Texas, “Fisher v. University of Texas” ascended to the hallowed chambers of the U.S. Supreme Court. In that 7-1 decision, the Supreme Court remanded the ruling of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, upholding the affirmative action policy of the University of Texas at Austin. A year later, the Supreme Court appears to have come full circle. On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-2 to reverse the ruling of a Court of Appeals on “Schuette v. Coali-

tion.” By reversing the decision, the Supreme Court upheld Proposal 2, an initiative passed by Michigan voters that prohibits the use of race-based preferences as part of the admissions process for state universities. In his ruling, Justice Kennedy clarifies that “Schuette v. Coalition” was “not about the constitutionality, or the merits, of race-conscious admission policies in higher education.” Rather, the issue considered by the Court was “whether, and in what manner, voters in the States may choose to prohibit the consideration of racial preferences in governmental decisions, in particular with respect to school admissions.” In this context, the ruling may take on a new light. The judgment of the Court of Appeals was primarily based upon the cases “Hunter v. Erickson” and “Seattle.”

In the first case, the Akron City Council found that majority of its racial minority citizens were living in segregated areas that were overcrowded and unsafe. To counter this problem, the council enacted a fair housing ordinance; however, the citizens of the city responded by amending the city charter to overturn the ordinance and require further anti-discrimination housing to be passed by referendum. The plaintiff, a black citizen of Akron, claimed that her real estate agent would not show her certain houses because the owners stated they would not sell to black persons. According to the ruling, the city responded to the challenge by stating that the amendment was “simply (a) public decision to move slowly in the delicate See RULING, Page 3

UTSA Sarah Gibbens News Editor This year, the Student Health Services and Student Government Association (SGA) took a unique approach to help students cope with stress. The UTSA “Puppy Zone” was held on Tuesday afternoon, April 29, in the University Center Ski Lounge outside of Chili’s. Delta Pet Partners of San Antonio provided six therapy dogs free of charge that students could interact with for a limited amount of time. They opted to bring trained therapy dogs — as opposed to actual puppies — so that the dogs would be prepared to handle a poten-

tially unpredictable situation. The dogs are trained therapy dogs certified by the national non-profit Pet Partners. Health Education Coordinator II Amanda Graves worked closely with Delta Pet Partners to bring the dogs to UTSA. “Animal assisted therapy can provide students with a short break that can improve their mood and help them return to their studies with less stress and anxiety,” said Graves. The Puppy Zone has been a long-term project from SGA’s University Advancement Committee. Originally proposed in the spring of 2013, the Puppy Zone faced opposition and doubt from the student body, according to University Advancement Chair Josh Fierro. “This is not only an accomplishment from the University See CANINES, Page 3




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Exams: how to prepare for finals without losing your mind From Page 1

students, including flashcards, study and game modes such as “Test,” which randomly generates tests based on flashcard sets. “Scatter,” allows students to race against the clock to drag and match terms and definitions. And now Quizlet offers a mobile app that allows students to study on the go. When preparing for oral exams or open-ended response questions, take advantage of group study sessions. The John Peace Library (JPL) now offers a room specifically designed for group study. The room features multiple tables each equipped with widescreen monitors. Students can easily practice their presentations by using

one of these monitors or one of the projector screens located on each wall of the room. In addition to these study tips, additional events will be on campus to help prepare students for finals week. On Tuesday, April 29 from 3 p.m. -6 p.m., UTSA’s annual Stress Down Day event will take place at the University Center Ski Lodge. Stress Down Day is designed to help students unwind and relax before finals week starts. “Remember that your final exam stress is temporary. Give yourself encouragement and practice positive self-talk. Don’t forget to take care of yourself. This is not the time to revert to junk food, skip the gym or skip meals,” Hernandez recommended.

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“Focus on your end goal, whether it’s passing your class, graduating or that reward you have planned for yourself.” Counseling Services also will host activities for students to learn stress reduction and relaxation techniques that are separate from Stress Down Day. The activities include biofeedback, art therapy, finals stretch and relaxation exercises starting April 29 through May 1 from 12-1 p.m. located in room RWC 1.806. For more information contact Counseling Services at (210) 458-4140. Graves encourages students to “have confidence in yourself and do the best you can.”

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Advancement Committee, but an accomplishment from Student Government as a whole,” said Fierro. Vicky Gurinsky serves as the treasurer and event coordinator for Delta Pet Partners. “Since October I’ve been working with Amanda Graves. Our team is very excited to visit with students,” said Gurinksy about the project. In the past, the dogs have provided therapy at assisted living centers, hospitals and have provided reading therapy to elementary school children. Their visit to UTSA will mark the first time that they have provided therapy in a college setting. Graves hopes to continue bring-

ing therapy dogs to campus to help students relax in the future. “If students have a positive response to the program, we would definitely love to bring this program to campus again and make it a recurring program.”

“Animal assisted therapy can provide students with a short break that can improve their mood.” Amanda Graves

Health Education Coordinator

Ruling: hidden depths in the latest Supreme Court case From Page 1

area of race relations” and as a way “to allow the people of Akron to participate” in the decision. The Court of Appeals rejected Akron’s justification on the grounds that the explanation of their decision described the discriminatory nature of the charter amendment. Further, the Court of Appeals found that the charter amendment, by targeting anti-discrimination ordinances, “had (placed) a burden on racial minorities within the governmental process,” which according to the Supreme Court, was “… as impermissible as any other government action taken with the invidious to injure a racial minority.” Justice Kennedy then explained “Hunter” established that unjust discrimination will be the response of the majority to state encouragement or participation in anti-discriminatory practices, but failed to establish a

principle to prevent further discrimination. However, Kennedy noted that Appellate Justice Harlan considered this point in his concurring (agreeing, but for a different reason) opinion of “Hunter.” Justice Harlan argued that the amendment “has the clear purpose of making it more difficult for certain racial and religious minorities to achieve legislation that is in their interest.” In “Seattle,” a school board adopted a mandatory busing program to remedy the isolation of minority students in schools throughout the district. Voters who were against the busing plan passed a state initiative that prohibited the use of bussing to desegregate. A U.S. Court of Appeals court made the following rulings. First, the Court decided that, although “white as well as Negro children benefit from diversity,” the school board’s plan primarily benefits

the minority. Second, the Court found that “the practical effect” of the state initiative was to remove the authority of the existing decision-making body to address a racial problem — specifically a racial problem —“in such a way as to burden minority interests.” Based upon these statements, the Court found that the initiative had “explicitly us(ed) the racial nature of a decision to determine the decisionmaking process.” Predictably, the “Seattle” Court found that the State’s condemnation of the school board’s busing plan was a targeted attack on anti-discriminatory policy the state itself had created the need for. Yet, Justice Kennedy did not celebrate this case. Rather, he explained that by combining the “Hunter” concurrence with the context of “Seattle,” the Court of Appeals drafted a dangerous, far-reaching rationale.

The Appellate Court’s reading of “Seattle” states that when a government policy primarily benefits a minority, and the minority consider the policy to be “in their interest,” then any state action that places decisionmaking authority over that policy “at a different level of government” must be reviewed under strict scrutiny — the legislative equivalent of the death sentence. Justice Kennedy passionately rejected this reading. The Justice stated that the rationale adopted by the Court of Appeals “has no principled limitation,” was not necessary for the decision of Proposal 2 and “raises serious constitutional concerns.” The Supreme Court also found the Proposal that all individuals of the same race think alike to be a ridiculous, narrow-minded principle in a society in which the lines between races are becoming increasingly blurred. Racial definitions aside, the Court

stated that “by approving Proposal 2 and thereby adding Section 26 to their State Constitution, the Michigan voters exercised their privilege to enact laws as a basic exercise of their democratic power.” The Court has found no issue with citizen use of an initiative system to bypass their public officials. For those who disagree with the court opinion, Justice Kennedy explained the largest flaw in the argument of the Court of Appeals. Proposal 2 does not cause “…a specific injury of the kind at issue in ‘Hunter’ and in the history of the Seattle schools.” Consequently, there is no judicial history to support the restriction of the right of Michigan voters to determine the use of affirmative action in the state’s governmental entities.


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“I had and interesting take on sustainability and I decided to share that in a creative experession.” Olivia Ybarra

Enviornmental Science Major Paseo area. The information fair showcased projects from environmental organizations on campus, such as Roadrunners for Renewable Resources and

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Sustainability is quickly becoming an area in which the university is setting an example for the community. Earth Week 2014 was the culmination of UTSA’s most sustainable efforts. The weeklong event, April 21 to April 24, showcased environmental initiatives within all academic concentrations. The first event to take place was a Bike Rodeo intended to promote riding bicycles as a sustainable alternative to using carbon-producing transportation. Students had the opportunity to bring their bicycles to be inspected and have minor problems fixed. For students who do not own bicycles, a 45-minute orientation provided by the Outdoor Resource Center gave access to bikes from the rec. The second day’s events included an information fair and green car show. A Tesla Model S and Roadster were both featured in the University Center


Students at the Earth Week Information Fair learn about the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Institute.

The Green Society. Students were able to win a free t-shirt by visiting each table. The second day of Earth Week events also featured the documentary film “Switch,” which supported “the switch” to renewable energy policies. Wednesday’s Earth Week event included a project to show students not to waste food. Weigh the Waste involved student volunteers weighing leftover food of students eating in Roadrunner Café. When students threw away leftover food, volunteers weighed the leftover amount for students to see how much food is wasted and to encourage them to take less. The final day of events began with a day long paper-recycling event. Students, faculty and staff were invited to bring old papers no longer needed at the end of the semester to recycle outside of the UC Ballroom. That afternoon, a Goodwill donation station was also set up near the San Saba Hall dorms to collect old clothes and belongings from students

who were cleaning out their rooms. The last Earth Week event introduced the inaugural environmentally themed art exhibition that took place at the High Wire Arts Gallery downtown. The event featured environmentally themed works of art from various students in different colleges. Olivia Ybarra, senior environmental science major, contributed a piece to the art show. “I participated in the Earth Week Art contest because I had an interesting take on sustainability and I decided to share that in a creative expression,” said Ybarra. “It is important to advocate Earth Week because it reminds people how sensitive our environment is and the many things we can do to protect it.” The tuition-funded Green Fund provided funding for Earth Week. The Earth Week Planning Committee organized Earth Week; they plan to continue a tradition of showcasing sustainability in 2015.

University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall, already facing possible removal from office by state lawmakers, is now under criminal investigation for his efforts to force out the president of the system’s flagship Austin campus. Gregg Cox, who leads the Travis County district attorney’s Public Integrity Unit, said Friday his office has opened a formal investigation of Hall’s actions. A Texas House committee had sent to prosecutors a report by its investigator that alleged Hall may have broken federal and state student privacy laws. Cox said his office did an initial review to determine if it had jurisdiction. “Now we’re opening an investigation to gather more information,’’ Cox said, declining further comment. Hall’s attorney, Allan Van Fleet, had not been aware of the criminal investigation until contacted by The Associated Press and declined comment. Van Fleet has previously denied that Hall released any legally protected information to the public. The announcement of the criminal investigation came a day after the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations scheduled a May 12 vote on whether it would recommend to the full House that Hall should be impeached. The House panel does not have to conclude that Hall broke the law in order for him to be impeached.

If the panel votes to recommend impeachment, the matter would go before the full House and then a trial in the Senate to determine if Hall would be removed from his governor-appointed position. Hall was appointed to the board of regents in 2011 by Gov. Rick Perry and is one of nine members. Since then he has aggressively pursued efforts by several regents to push out Powers, who has clashed with Perry and some board members on tuition and graduation rates, the role of teaching and research in higher education and other issues. The House panel was charged in 2013 to investigate whether Hall abused open records laws with requests for more than 800,000 pages of documents and released private student or employee information. The panel was also charged with finding if Hall’s actions amounted to malfeasance or misuse of his office. Hall did not testify before the committee. Powers managed to hang onto his job with a slim majority of support on the board as state lawmakers, prominent alumni, faculty and students rallied behind him. Several groups have in recent days called on Hall to resign. Perry has previously stated his support for Hall amid the House investigation. On Friday, Perry spokeswoman Lucy Nashed said in an email that “the governor’s position on this has not changed.’’ A board of regents spokeswoman said the board did not have immediate comment.

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All the money goes to the dogs

Puppy love or money pit? The UTSA Student Health Services’ latest initiative to spread puppy love and decrease student stress is sadly another promise that leaves student’s tails wagging for more constructive progress. On Tuesday, April 29, UTSA Student Health Services will be holding a Stress Down Day from 3-6 p.m. at the Paseo. The project, which was originally called the “Puppy Zone,” will feature a few fuzzy canines in a fenced area for students to pet and adore. Now using trained Therapy Dogs instead of young-

er puppies, the project has been on the table since last spring. Maybe it’s time to put this program on pause and focus on worthy student projects. The Student Government Association (SGA) was originally linked to the project, but it was continued in collaboration with the UTSA Student Health Services. Since its conception, very little has been done to publicize the event, even after a year of planning. At the beginning of the spring semester, the SGA’s agenda aimed to improve campus Wi-Fi, transportation, and

to switch up dining availability. As the semester is coming to a close, it is not hard to believe that these ideas have turned into wishful thinking. Some projects have been put on hold, others have been proven infeasible and many have been dropped for one reason or another. The speed at which the university makes progress on these projects needs to match the speed at which student needs arise. Students should expect more from their government associations and should demand that their needs be taken seri-

“University of California,” the phone operator on the other end of the line greeted UCLA Chancellor Franklin Murphy. UCLA had come a long way towards distinguishing itself as a top-tier university, independent in its own right from the flagship campus in Berkeley (then simply known as “The University of California”). Yet, resistance towards its development was common among the UC Regents. Many believed that Berkeley should stand head and shoulders above the other UC schools, including UCLA. “Is this Berkeley?” the chancellor asked, to which the operator responded “No.” “Well who have I gotten to?” he inquired. “UCLA.” “Why didn’t you say ‘UCLA’?” “Oh,” the operator paused, “we’re instructed to say ‘University of California’.” Taken aback, Chancellor Murphy made a point of it to instruct all

phone operators to say “UCLA” from then on. Murphy knew then what UTSA has just recently discovered: forming a unique identity is crucial for a university’s success. If UCLA was to continue to brand itself part of the University of California, it would merely be seen as a branch of the more powerful Berkeley. When it was created in 1969, UTSA was simply viewed by the UT Regents as a satellite of UT Austin, intended to serve the local community much like UCLA in its early years. In fact, it was only two years before UTSA’s founding that UT Austin was officially titled “The University of Texas,” a nickname it retains to this day. There are many similarities between the development experienced by the University of California, Los Angeles and what lies ahead for the Univer-

sity of Texas at San Antonio. Taken at face value, both universities couldn’t be more different. UCLA is a bustling hub of research activity, a reflection of the prestigious University of California System. UTSA, on the other hand, is young and vying for national recognition. Yet, both grew up under the auspices of a powerful flagship institution: the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. President Romo made a comparison between the development of the UC System and UTSA in an interview with the Texas Tribune last year - citing all the esteemed public schools that are now in California, such as UCLA, UC San Diego and UC Irvine, among others. Both UTSA and UCLA had to fight fiercely for serious recognition from system regents. In fact, it wasn’t until 1993 that UTSA and other “satellite” Texas schools successfully convinced the Texas Legislature to adequately fund public univer-

Letter to the Editor


Affirmative action solves nothing Given the Supreme Court’s recent ruling upholding a state’s right to ban the use of race with regards to university admissions, it may be time to revisit the conversation regarding the reasoning behind “affirmative action.” While the ruling on April 23 upheld the rights of voters to limit or eliminate the use of affirmative action on technical grounds, the fact of the matter is that affirmative action is a construct of a bygone era. While it was instrumental in bringing a measure of equality to an educational system that was separate, but most definitely not equal, that educational system is long dead and the tools that were used to bring about its demise no longer have a place in today’s world. Nowadays, the main argument for affirmative action is not fairness and equality, but diversity in schools and in the workplace. This is an important and drastic shift. It means that we are no longer fighting injustices: rather, those who promote affirmative action are doing so to reach or maintain certain quotas that have been dictated to them, quotas that have no merit or grounding in the skills or abilities of those who are being judged by them. This is harmful, both to groups that are “protected” by this policy and to those who are aren’t. For example, it is quite easy to assume that minority students who attended prestigious schools did not gain the opportunity based on their merits, and merely got in because they

ticked off the right race/ethnicity checkbox that was deemed “underrepresented” by whatever university they attended. These questions will haunt the students in and out of the educational environment. And these questions are hardly fair for those who indeed deserve the prestige afforded them, but whose accomplishments will be in question too, because no one will know whether they’ve earned their lot in life or were granted it by diktat. On the other hand, there are those students who worked hard and went above and beyond the call of duty, only to find themselves placed behind less qualified candidates who were only granted their place in line due to the color of their skin instead of the content of their character. This is as fair now as it was in the 1960s, though now we call it “affirmative” and switched around who gets in and who is left out. None of this is to say that there are not serious issues of class and inequality that need to be addressed. All of this is to say that it is not the role of an anonymous admissions counselor to simply accept a student due to that person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status, in the same way that it is not the role of said admissions counselor to deny anyone based on their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. The issues that need to be fixed are not merely racial, they are socio-economic, and they are structural, and they cannot be fixed with outdated policies such as affirmative action. Hector Torres Managing Assistant

ously. Although student input into SGA’s activities could be described as lukewarm at best, the purpose of these organizations is to represent the student body in a way that can make a positive difference. Perhaps students would be less stressed if their tuition money were not being used to support seemingly frivolous events such as this one. It appears that more serious issues will be pushed aside for another semester — or better yet moved on to the agenda of another organization to pick up the pieces. It’s a fact that most students

would prefer a better variety of food choices on campus, and there remains a demand for more efficient transportation and Wi-Fi. These problems have persisted despite semesters spent discussing them. If the Student Government Association cannot take these issues seriously then how do they expect the student body to take them seriously? It’s time to give students a break and get these problems fixed. After all, all problems cannot be solved with puppies.


I’ll just sit here. By Chris Breakell

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Danny Khalil is a graduating senior at UTSA who will be attending the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin this fall to study education policy.


Democracy inaction American author Isaac Asimov o n c e noted in a 1980 Newsweek column that there existed a cult of ignorance in the United States. He went on to state, “(This) strain of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’” While Asimov pulled no punches here, his words should serve not to enrage American voters, but to remind them of the weight of their responsibility. Participation is not the only ingredient necessary for a successful democracy. A voter with no understanding of the impact of his or her choices, simply going through the motions in order to affirm his or her notion of civic engagement. is the equivalent of finding your next home with a dart board and a map. Informed participation is a facet of American democracy that has become dangerously scarce. Texas’ March primaries exemplified the sort of disastrous disconnect that occurs when informed choices elude voter participation. According to the Texas Tribune, primary results reflected that “Republicans who touted their stance against abortion — even when the offices they sought had little to do with the issue — saw strong primary

night returns.” The Republican primary for agricultural commissioner was taken by former state Rep. Sid Miller. Miller noted on his campaign website endorsements ,which included Texas Right to Life and Ted Nugent. On the other hand, one of his opponents, J. Allen Carnes, a farmer, had the endorsement of 14 agricultural trade associations — including the Texas Farm Bureau — but won just 13 percent of the vote. As history has shown, the Texas Republican primaries are equivalent to the general election and when voters fail to recognize candidates’ qualifications there is a big problem with the system. The Texas Farm Bureau, which endorsed Carnes and happens to be one of the state’s largest and most powerful agricultural lobbying organizations, will not endorse a candidate for agriculture commissioner in May’s runoff election. It is a fallacy to assume — as many politicians do — that American voters are inherently informed and equipped to make the right choices. It seems that the increasing accessibility of information has not been able to assuage the growing incidence of voter ignorance. Ilya Somin of George Mason University School of Law noted to The Washington Post that “during the Cold War in 1964, only 38 percent of Americans knew the Soviet Union was not a member of NATO. In 2003, about 70 percent was unaware of enactment of the prescription drug entitlement, then the largest welfare-state expan-

sion since Medicare (1965). In a 2006 Zogby poll, only 42 percent could name the three branches of the federal government.” With the Texas primary runoff elections on the horizon for next month, voters will have another opportunity to exercise their right to vote. It is vital to the success of the democratic process that Americans start seeing this not only as a right but also a responsibility. According to a Gallup poll releaed earlier this month, as of April 2014, 83 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job. In April 1974, the disapproval rating was at 47 percent. When a company consistently hires unqualified and unproductive employees, the blame eventually falls squarely on the shoulders of the HR department. That said, the HR department for the state and federal government in the American democracy is and always has been the American voters. Recognizing the reality of American ignorance is the first step to refuting those who would undermine its validity. Winston Churchill is alleged to have said that “the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Perhaps instead of dismissing this sort of dissent, it is time the responsibility for ineffective politicians is shouldered by those who put them there. J. Corey Franco Managing Editor

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August 26, 2008 FOOD REVIEW


April 29, 2014

Cultura redefined at La Panadería Jennifer Alejos Arts Editor

UTSA Student Activities presents “Stress Busters,” an event for students to de-stress before finals week. Chair massages, crafts and other fun activities will be available at the Frio Street Commons Area at the Downtown Campus. For more information, call (210) 458-2816.

Wednesday, April 30 6 p.m. Concert: Chiodos Rock out at the White Rabbit (2410 N. St. Mary’s St.) when post-hardcore band Chiodos comes on stage. Previous albums were featured on the Billboard 200 chart with singles like “Baby, You Wouldn’t Last a Minute on the Creek,” and “The Word ‘Best Friend’ Becomes Redefined.” . Tickets are $17. For more information, visit

Friday, May 2 6:30 p.m. Film: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Jennifer Alejos/ The Paisano

No ifs, ands or buns about it — La Panadería is the place to go for a sweet time. Formerly a booth at the Quarry Farmers Market, La Panadería’s first storefront specializes in the tasty Mexican tradition of pan dulce, or “sweet bread.” Brothers Jose and David Cáceres had a mission to bring the tradition of pan dulce to America. After many years in the industry as chefs for major corporations, the Cáceres brothers decided to create La Panadería as a tribute to their mother who originally inspired their passion for baking. In bold letters above the front counter a sign reads “Welcome to Bread Cultura,” a statement that represents the mission of La Panadería. Behind the counter, the small space looks like a mini-factory as bakers zip through the kitchen creating their delicacies. Workers in baker attire pull fresh bread from the oven, knead dough and put the final touches on their pan dulce. Made fresh daily, La Panadería’s breads range from rye and birote to cheddar bacon and banderilla salchicha y queso. Customers can taste samples of popular pan dulce choices at the front counter before they choose their treats. La Panadería invites their compañeros to choose pan dulce or pan artesano with

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Straight from the oven and into your mouth, the pan de xocol is La Panadería’s stample chocolate creation complete with powdered sugar sprinked over this tasty pastry.

tongs and a large tin tray known as a charola. Guests will find a stack of the circular trays lined along the cabinet where they can use tongs to retrieve the pastries of their choice. All of the bakery’s desserts are sealed in glass containers with sliding doors. For those who are cocoa crazy, the pan de xocol is the perfect choice. The chocolate bread’s cocoa flavor is subtle. Topped with powdered sugar, the treat perfectly comple-

ments some of La Panadería’s café drinks such as the Café Goteo Americano or cappuccino. The rosca de Reyes, or “king’s cake,” is a rounded pastry that looks similar to a king’s crown. The bread uses flavors from the traditional pan dulce pastries, chocolate conchas and concha de vanilla, while dried fruit glaze is slathered in various spots. Its soft, flaky texture is quite pleasant, and the fruit glaze gives the perfect amount

of sweetness. Named after its appearance, the peineta, or “the comb,” is a pastry drizzled with chocolate and clear icing in a striped pattern. The chocolately confection is a must-have with its sweet vanilla custard that bursts with every bite. This pastry oozes with flavor as the crème, chocolate and icing create a trinity of dessert heaven. La Panadería offers two types of the popular peineta, one containing the sweet crème and

the other with cajeta, which is similar to caramel. Although its craft lies in baked breads, La Panadería is much more than an average pastry shop. Their vast menu includes breakfast and lunch entrees along with café items. (to continue reading this article, go to paisano-online. com)

The San Antonio Botanical Gardens (555 Funston) brings a free outdoor screening of the lovable Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” The 1961 film follows socialite Holly Golighty (Hepburn) and her love affair with neighbor Paul Varjak (George Peppard). The film is part of the botanical garden’s outdoor film series. For more information, visit

Saturday, May 3 – Sunday, May 4 All Day Event: Cinco de Mayo This weekend marks the 17th annual Cinco de Mayo celebration held in Market Square (514 W. Commerce). Mi Tierra and La Margarita, two of San Antonio’s most famous restaurants, are housed here, along with more than 100 shops that sell Mexican art and craft. The free event runs from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Sunday.

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Cashier’s personality registers with students Paul McIntier Staff Writer “Is that a joint in your mouth?!” The food court cashier catches the student’s eye with a slight grin sneaking across her face. The student has a white plastic toothpick, fat in the middle and tapered to a point on the protruding end, dangling from his mouth. It could possibly resemble the hand-rolled cigarette, but the student removes it and shows her. “It better not be,” the cashier playfully scolds. The unsuspecting student has just been “mothered” by Rachel De La Garza, the supervising cashier in the JPL food court. And just like that, a special connection has been made, one of hundreds she has with UTSA students. “These kids are fantastic,” she beams. “They’re not disrespectful – they’re just wonderful.” De La Garza loves her job as a cashier. An employee with Aramark, UTSA’s food concession company, for six years, she’s been in the JPL food court for the past three. Here, she has made friends with many of the staff and faculty, as well as students. De La Garza watches over them like a mother hen, encouraging them to eat right and playfully nagging them to study. “I get after them, just like they’re my kids,” she laughs. Following a 16-year stint in human resources for the hotel industry, De La Garza moved to Aramark’s accounts payable/

receivable department in August 2008. Three years later she moved to her present position behind the cash register, and today she can think of no other place she would rather be. De La Garza, a former student at two local colleges, knows the importance of young people going to college. “Before I was married, my father told me: ‘When you have kids, give them love and an education,’ ” she recalls. “‘And keep them on that track and you’ll be doing good.’ ” Married at 21, De La Garza welcomed her twins, a boy and a girl, six years later. Her son is a captain in the Army and is currently stationed in Alaska. He plans to retire from the Army. Her daughter works as a pediatric speech therapist at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital. Both of her children graduated from OLLU. De La Garza’s day begins at 5:30 a.m. She opens the gates to the food courts, turns on the lights, starts the coffee and checks the grab-and-go stock. Everything has to be ready for the 7:00 a.m. opening. Soon, faculty and staff wander in, and there are even a few students. “It’s really surprising that they’re here,” she said. “I never went to school at 5:30 in the morning! But they’re in here, studying.” As the day progresses, hundreds of students come through for breakfast, lunch and studybreak munchies. For the students who come through her line, De La Garza is all ears. “Believe it or not, I do listen (to the students),” she says.

“And a lot of them come to my line just so I can make them laugh. I don’t always know how they’re feeling; maybe they’re feeling down, or missing their parents. But I take away a lot of happiness.” She is encouraged, though, when she hears students talking about their classes. “What makes me excited is when they talk about their grades. ‘Oh, the test was easy,’ or ‘It was a little tough, but I think I passed it.’ They’re sure of themselves, and that’s good.” De La Garza plans to retire in a few years, but she doubts she will be far from her students. “I’ll probably ask Aramark to let me work part-time — I don’t think I can stay away!” Even if she won’t be on campus, she still has plenty of reason to continue her mothering. De La Garza enjoys hanging out with her 13-month-old granddaughter. “She’s a good kid — she’s my baby,” she says with a smile. Another student hands De La Garza money for her purchase. There is some confusion as the student asks for change. “I don’t owe you 50 cents, you owe me 50 cents,” De La Garza politely tells her. The student appears to be doing the math in her head before she arrives at the same conclusion. “I hope you’re not an accounting major,” De La Garza playfully chides her. The student assures her that she’s not, and they share a laugh. And just like that, De La Garza welcomes another student into her brood.


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ARTS&LIFE 3 Just like the coffee, the artwork is always fresh at Espresso Gallery. The quaint coffee shop was once a place of refuge for owner Aaron Garza. The aspiring artist used the storefront as a workspace for his personal artwork — flash forward three years later and this local hotspot is now a steppingstone for artists to display their work. The room doubles as a gallery with coffee as a perk; however, walking into the gallery creates the aura of a regular coffeehouse. The smells of fresh, robust coffee beans and paint fill the air. Low-key decorations, such as a patterned couch and a sign on the gallery’s door that reads “Be a Messenger of Love,” creates a welcoming environment to guests. Original artwork covers almost every sec-

tion of the walls. Espresso Gallery welcomes artists from all around the country with its mission aimed at promoting local artists and showcasing talent from the entire art community. The gallery hopes to serve as a platform for lesser-known artists to get their message out to the masses. UTSA alumna Raquel Zawronty works as a curator at the gallery. After she obtained her bachelor’s degree in fine arts Zawronty decided to help Garza, a close friend of hers, with getting the gallery started. Currently, Zawronty is in charge of recruiting talent for exhibits and seeking promising artists. “I want the artist to feel like this is a part of them; this is part of their community,” says Zawronty. Exhibits are held once or twice a month, with each one centered on a theme. Local musicians are invited to perform at the opening to the exhibits. The gallery also hosts poetry nights on Thursdays with the group

Jazz Poets of San Antonio. Espresso Gallery also sells organic pastries and coffees. The menu features favorites such as cookies, biscotti and muffins, with all the desserts made from local farmer’s markets. “All of the coffee is prepared here, all sourced locally. Everyone who does the baked goods is from San Antonio and our coffee is from Austin. “It’s cool being able to support two local businesses,” says Garza. He goes on to explain that some of their coffee is imported from Africa and other foreign countries. Artists who are interested in showcasing their work are encouraged to submit an application along with their portfolio. Espresso Gallery is located on 512 San Pedro Rd., 78212 and is open Mondays-Fridays 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit espressogallery.

Espresso Gallery features artists from San Antonio and the entire country.

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Jennifer Alejos Arts Editor

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Gallery brews local art

Peace, love and art are the foundations of the Espresso Gallery.

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{Sports Events} Tuesday, April 29 6 p.m. UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners host the Lamar Cardinals at Roadrunner Field.

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The first loss the Roadrunners suffered against Charlotte over the weekend was their fourth consecutive and marked the longest losing streak of the season so far. Despite this, UTSA bounced back with a decisive 3-1 victory over the 49ers.

1 p.m. UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners continue their homestand against the visiting Lamar Cardinals

4 pm. UTSA Softball The Roadrunners will face the Incarnate Word Cardinals at Cardinal Field.

Roadrunners drop two over the weekend

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UTSA BASEBALL Sports Assistant The UTSA Roadrunners (2717, 12-9 C-USA) took a step back this weekend against the Charlotte 49er’s (14-26-1, 6-14 C-USA) April 25-27, at Roadrunner field. With clear skies overhead, the Roadrunners took the mound Friday night and looked to gain some ground against another conference opponent. The 49ers did not get the message. UTSA sophomore Brock Hartson and Charlotte’s Corey Roberts each put on a strong performance, but the 49er’s ace went the distance. Roberts stopped the UTSA offense in its tracks, allowing just two runs on seven hits over eight plus innings. “Roberts was on tonight,”

added Head Coach Jason Marshall. “We caught fire towards the end, but we need to continue it all game.” The Roadrunners found more opportunities to score, but were just unable to find hits when they needed them most. UTSA senior Mike Warren cashed in another solid performance at the plate, going 3-4 with three singles. Roadrunner sophomore outfield Jesse Baker hit his teamleading sixth homerun of the

“It’s tough when it’s in conference, but you need to get ready for the next game.” Jason Marshall

UTSA Head Coach

season, before the 49ers closed out the ninth inning and the game, 5-2. The loss Friday was UTSA’s fourth in a row — UTSA’s longest losing streak of the season. Game two heated up early as UTSA sophomore pitcher Nolan Trabinino matched his career-high with six strikeouts, and allowed no runs over six innings. Trabinino looked masterful on the mound, giving up just six hits in his seventh victory on the season. “That’s Nolan; he has always been reliable this year, and he is really learning how to take control of the game,” stated Marshall on Trabinino’s performance on the day. UTSA junior infielder Horacio Correa allowed Charlotte to score in the top of the first inning on a fielding error. After the early hiccup, the


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Roadrunners dominated on both sides of the ball and never let up. Jesse Baker continued his dynamic play from game one on Saturday, scoring twice in UTSA’s 3-1 victory over the 49ers. The Roadrunners evened up the series at one apiece, and looked to clinch the series with a win on Sunday. In game three both teams fell silent on offense early on and did not find the scoreboard till the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fourth, after back-to-back singles, Jesse Baker plated in senior infielder R.J. Peruki as UTSA took the early lead. UTSA’s lead did not last, as Charlotte blasted four runs in the top of the fifth. “Our guys never stop fighting; they are always talking and finding ways to make plays,” said Marshall on his team’s continued tenacity.

The Roadrunners showed signs of life in the bottom of the sixth, loading up the bases with only one out. UTSA freshman infielder Mitchell Matulia continued to battle, hitting in Mike Warren from second to get the Roadrunners back on the scoreboard. But Charlotte pitcher Micah Wells came in to relieve, and put an end to the UTSA rally to finish the series with a 4-2 Charlotte win. “It’s tough when it (the loss) is in conference, but you have to get ready for the next game,” stated Marshall on the tough weekend. “And come back with some fire.” UTSA will begin a two-game home series with Lamar (2518) at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

6 p.m. UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners take to the road to face Middle Tennessee State at Reese Smith Field.

The Spurs host the Dallas Mavericks for Game four at the AT&T Center.

Saturday, May 3 1 pm & 3 pm. UTSA Softball The Roadrunners host UAB at Roadrunner Field.

4pm. UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners continue their series against Middle Tennessee State at Reese Smith Field.

Sunday, May 4 12 pm. UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners play their final game at Middle Tennessee State at Reese Smith Field.

12 pm. UTSA Softball The Roadrunners host their final game against UAB at Roadrunner Field.


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Athlete Spotlight: In the dugout with Courtney Buchman Jonathon Garza Sports Assistant

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Courtney “Buc” Buchman’s numbers may seem arbitrary, but that isn’t to say they are not impressive. The UTSA junior shortstop has been on a roll all season, stifling pitchers at the plate with her precision bunting and stellar defensive play. The 2012 third-team AllSouthland Conference player led her high school team, Cinco Ranch, to three district champi-

Buchman is a junior kinesiology major.

onships, earning first-team AllAmerican awards in three years there. Although she amassed numerous accolades during her time in Katy, Buchman knew early on college ball was her ultimate dream. “I’ve wanted to play college ball since I was 10. I had a college coach, Lindsey Garner, who was an amazing second baseman at the University of Texas,” said Buchman. “As soon as I saw her play, I knew it was what I really wanted.” Buc’s dream of being a collegiate athlete did not come without its fair share of scrapes and bruises. During her freshman year at UTSA, Buchman

suffered a broken ankle that forced her to sit out an entire year. Since then she has battled back, and continues to take the necessary precautions so that she can stay on the field yearround. “It was definitely an eyeopener,” reiterated Buchman on the rehabilitation it took to come back. “I came back with fire, and it really allowed me to have a new respect and love for the game.” Buchman is not only a division one collegiate athlete, but also a charismatic teammate who reassures everyone in the dugout that being a little goofy is the best medicine for success. “I try to be the funniest person on the team,” joked Buchman. “Because when we play with tension, we don’t play well. But if I’m dancing and my team-

“I came back with fire, and it really allowed me to have a new respect and love for the game.” Courtney Buchman UTSA Shortstop

mates are laughing, we tend to play better.” Being a shortstop requires high improvised intelligence and is one of the most critical positions to play; however, Buchman makes playing shortstop look more like fun than business. Nevertheless, Buchman’s approach when hitting the field is no laughing matter. “Defense comes naturally for me,” stated Buchman. “But before each pitch, I am constantly telling everyone how many outs

there are and what their assignments are on the field.” Buchman’s endurance on the field should not be questioned. She has started 50 games this season — enough to lead the team — and she is second on the team in at bats with 147. She is also currently second on the team with runs scored at 23 and third in doubles and hits, with eight doubles and 34 hits. Buchman’s versatility and

tenacity has proven that she is an elite athlete who is ready for whatever obstacle comes her or UTSA’s way. As the season comes to a close, Buchman will need to continue her elite performance as the C-USA Tournament draws near. The junior shortstop will take the field again Wednesday, April 30, when the Roadrunners take on the Incarnate Word Cardinals (20-28) at Cardinal Field.

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Buchman stares down a pitch for one of her 147 at bats of the season so far .


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