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Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

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Volume 49

Issue 7

February 25, 2014

UTSA Votes


Don’t know who to vote for? We’ve got you covered with our official Paisano Primary Election Candidate Guide

The UTSA LGBTQ Faculty-Staff Association will be hosting a lecture on same-sex legal issues on Feb. 28.

San Antonio The San Antonio Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization will be holding public meetings about how to best manage transportation issues accompanying San Antonio’s rising population.


For more information about statewide and local candidates, read page 3.

The rising Latino majority Drunk UTSA Amelia Reyes Staff Writers Will Latinos become the majority demographic in Texas? UTSA’s Dean for the College of Public Policy Dr. Rogelio Sáenz published a report earlier this month that examines

the factors behind the fastgrowing Latino population rates. According to the report, high birth rates, low infant mortality rates and immigrant culture will position Latino children to be 40 percent of the U.S. child demographic by 2060. This puts Latino children in a position to replace caucasian children as the largest demographic. The Council on Contempo-

rary Families commissioned his report, “The State of Latino Children.” The organization wanted to examine the changes in family and population since the Civil Rights era. Accurate demographic information about Latinos in the U.S. has only recently come to light. “In 1980, … six percent of the population was mostly Mexican, Mexican-American population in the Southwest. So it was considered a small re-

gional minority that not many people knew about,” said Dr. Sáenz. The Latino population was first documented in the 1960s by Spanish surname, regional areas or the ability to speak Spanish. Most of the information used in the report is based on the American Community Survey from 2011. His findings show that more than 90 per-

driver kills student

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UTSA Diego Ramirez

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The Texas Solicitor General and other industry leaders are challenging an Environmental Protection Agency regulation meant to limit carbon emissions for large industries.

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. questioned the validity of state bans on same-sex marriage, saying officials are not obligated to defend discriminatory laws.

GLBTQ more likely to smoke LOCAL Alejandra Barrazza Staff Writer

World Mexican drug cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was arrested in Mazatlan, Mexico and charged with cocaine trafficking.

Sports The 30th annual UTSA Diploma Dash will take place this Saturday, March 1 at 8 a.m.

Studies reveal cigarette smoking is about twice as prevalent among gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBTQ) adults as it is among heterosexual adults. According to a 2007 study by the Colorado School of Pub-

lic Health, an astonishing 80.4 percent of the 1,500 GLBTQidentified participants living in Colorado smoked daily. Close to one-third of them smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day. Regarding intentions to quit, only 8.5 percent were preparing to quit, and more than two-thirds (67.6%) had no intention to quit within the next six months. Another study, conducted by the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, found a similar correla-

tion between those identifying as GLBTQ and smoking cigarettes. A plausible explanation for the spike in cigarette-use by this cultural group may be the everyday pressures on the GLBTQ community. Smoking serves as a coping method for everyday social stress, which may include stigma, prejudice, rejection and homophobia. “A lot of stress comes from being bullied. We have had many members stop going to school and it may possibly have

to do with (their) identity or some sort of bullying,” mentioned UTSA’s GLBTQ president Gisselle Laredo. “Our main goal is to provide a safe space for GLBTQ students here at UTSA”, said Laredo. Women’s Studies Professor Michael Lee Gardin explained the possible influences that push members of the GLBTQ community to smoke. “Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals often display See SMOKERS, Page 2

Alpha Sigma Phi comes to campus UTSA Sarah Gibbens News Editor As UTSA continues to grow, new traditions and organizations continue to develop. Alpha Sigma Phi is one of the newest organizations to establish a chapter at UTSA and it will also be the eighth social fraternity to be established at

UTSA. The new chapter currently has 20 founding fathers and plans on having 40 total members by March 7. This 168-yearold fraternity, originally founded at Yale University, underwent a three-year expansion process to establish a local chapter. Working with Student Activities and the Interfraternity Council, Alpha Sigma Phi chose to establish a UTSA chapter based on the university’s recent rapid growth.

Although social fraternities typically require new members to undergo an extensive recruitment process, Alpha Sigma Phi has chosen to send a representative from the fraternity’s headquarters to pick the founding fathers of the new chapter. “I look for men that have been engaged in competitive settings,” said Seth Melcho, Alpha Sigma Phi Coordinator for Expansion and Growth. “It’s akin to creating your own

country. You have to have that founding father mentality.” Melcho interviewed an average of 15-20 students a day and worked with the university to determine which of those students were fit to create a sustainable organization. While fraternities are notorious for being costly, Melcho believes Alpha Sigma Phi will be an attractive option to students because it will be the cheapest fraTo continue reading, visit:

Only minutes away from home, UTSA student Brandon Guzman was killed instantly in a high-speed wreck that occurred on Feb. 16. Police reports state that while waiting for a red light at the intersection of Loop 1604 and Hausman Rd., Brandon Guzman was rear-ended by drunk driver Carlton Jenkins. According to the reports, Carlton Jenkins was traveling at approximately one hundred miles per hour when he struck Guzman’s car from behind.

“He had his whole life. He had everything going for him.” Melissa Pichardo

Friend of Guzman

Guzman was heading home Sunday at around 1:00 a.m. after attending a charity fundraiser event for children with disabilities on Saturday night. 21-year-old Guzman was studying physical therapy at UTSA and was an active member of the Filipino Student Association, the Pre-Physical Therapy Society and the Student Health Organization. Melissa Pichardo was a close friend to Guzman and told FOX-29 News, “He had his whole life. He had everything going for him. He was going to be a physical therapist (but lost his life) for some loser driving like an idiot.” Friends of Guzman expressed their condolences on his Facebook page by writing and posting memories they shared. Jenkins is currently facing charges of intoxicated manslaughter and intoxicated assault.


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Changing demographic: Latinos may become national majority Continued from page 1

cent of children who are identified as Latino are born in the United States or abroad to U.S. citizens. “In terms of fertility, I think the educational differences create this high fertility. For example, Latino women who are college graduates are going to have on average 1.5 to 1.6, kids but women with lower levels of education, like high school graduates, will have 2.5 to 2.8 kids,” says Dr. Sáenz. Another factor for the rise in

Latino births is immigration. Women who are immigrants usually have lower levels of education and high fertility rates. However, infant mortality rates are found to be lower for Latino immigrants compared to caucasian infant mortality rates. Dr. Sáenz believes that there are two factors explaining this paradox—immigrant culture (such as the closeness of family and a certain diet) and the fact that immigrants need to

be healthy in order to cross the border. “When people immigrate to the United States, they tend to be healthier (and) have healthy babies. Then, there is a statistical issue for the adult population called ‘salmon bias’—for example, if Mexican adults immigrate to the U.S. but become sick, it’s more likely they will return to Mexico. If those adults die in Mexico, their death is counted as a statistic over there,” says Dr. Sáenz.

Smokers: societal pressures may induce bad habits Continued from page 1

health disparities at higher rates than their counterparts, such as greater incidents of struggles with mental health and addiction,” said Gardin. “Largely, society contributes to those trends.” Gardin further explained that everyday micro-aggressions — messages, insults, snubs, scorns that communicate hostility based on a person’s identity — can contribute to stress that may push someone to take up smoking. “GLBTQ (people) are often in positions where they must explain and defend their identity, behavior or appearance, whereas a heterosexual counterpart would not be placed in such a position,” added Gardin.

“Furthermore, society is structured with heteronormativity, so that GLBTQ people are consistently faced with cultural messages that demean them or communicate how they are lesser or abnormal human beings.” This negative social effect on the GLBTQ community has been used by cigarette companies through their sponsorships, and more directly by their campaign ads that speak to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender public. American Spirit brand cigarettes is one of the tobacco companies who have adopted this targeting technique through ads for menthol-flavored cigarettes, the only kind of flavored

cigarettes not banned by the FDA in 2009. Their ad contains selective language specifically targeting the GLBTQ community with phrases such as “freedom to speak, to choose, to marry.” According to a report from the National LGBTQ Young Adult Tobacco Project, 71 percent of LGBTQ youth who smoke cigarettes smoke menthol cigarettes. As a way to intervene and act against this increase in smoking, public health campaigns need to step up their efforts to encourage cessation through the same methods used by smoking companies that have proven to be highly effective.

More Latinos are completing high school and becoming a larger portion of college students in the United States. According to UTSA’s student profile report for fall 2013, there were 46.6 percent Hispanics (Latinos); 29.2 percent White, non-Hispanics; 8.7 percent African-Americans and 5.1 percent Asian-American students at the university. Politicians have taken note the increasing voting power of Latinos, and many candidates

depend on the Latino vote. However, only 38.8 percent of Hispanics living in Texas voted in the last general elections. “In Texas, the white population increased by 10 percent and non-white populations increased by 90 percent. 70 percent of the non-white population growth was from Latinos…but when the redistricting was done, all the new districts were given (to the areas where the caucasian population increased),” says Dr.

Sáenz. “We’ve seen all these strategies that are being initiated to try to deal with the growing Latino population. There are also issues of education—if you make it difficult for kids to have a good education, then they are less likely to be civically engaged and less likely to vote,” says Dr. Sáenz.


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The Paisano’s 2014 Primary Election Candidate Guide The 2014 Primary Elections will determine who will run on Democrat and Republican tickets for state wide and county elections. Early voting will take place Feb. 28 and polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The official date to vote is March 4. UTSA students who registered to vote with an on-campus address can vote at the John Igo Public Library off of Hausman Road. The following graphic details candidates at the federal, state and local level. A sample ballot with judicial elections can be found at the Bexar County Elections Department website. Candidates can be found arranged from Democrat to Republican with prominent details listed for each. Outcomes of the 2014 primaries will determine which candidates proceed to the midterm elections in November. The race for governor is expected to be particularly influential — current governor Rick Perry will not be returning to office. Media attention has centered around Attorney General Greg Abbott and Senator Wendy Davis as the most competitive gubernatorial candidates. The UTSA Student Government Association and MOVE (Mobilize, Organize, Vote, Empower) will be sponsoring shuttles to take students from the convocation center to the John Igo Public Library from 7-8 p.m. to early vote. An on-campus voting location will be available only for the midterm elections in November. As a result of Senate Bill 14, voters are now required to present a photo ID in order to vote in all Texas elections. Valid forms of photo ID include Texas driver licenses, Texas election identification certificates, Texas personal ID cards, concealed handgun licenses, U.S. military IDs, citizenship certificates and passports. Student IDs cannot be used. This graphic was intended to provide key information for candidates and is not an official endorsement on behalf of The Paisano Independent Student Newspaper.

Federal Races

US Senator

Michael Fjetland

Maxey Marie Scherr

Kesha Rogers

John Cornyn*

Steve Stockman

Reid Reasor

Fortune - 500 International Business Attorney

El Paso Attorney

Activist for the LaRouche Youth Movement

US Senator (‘02 - Present), current Minority Whip

State Rep. (‘95 - ‘97), US Rep. (‘12 - ‘13)

Air Force Squadron Cmdr. and founder of IdeaCorp

• For public and higher education funding • Supports the legalization of marijuana • Against voter id laws

• For low student loan interest rates • Pro-choice and pro GLTBQ equality • Supports raising minimum wage to $10

• For the impeachment of Pres. Obama • Strongly supports space exploration • For the reform of investment banking

• Supports programs for military veterans • For deregulation of the economy • Supports agricultural subsidies

• Supports 2nd Amendment rights • Pro-life and traditional marriage supporter • For Keystone XL pipeline construction

• For the increase of oil exportation • For federal investment in desalination • Supports education reform

Harry Kim

David M. Alameel

Linda Vega

Dwayne Stovall

Chris Mapp

Ken Cope

Family Doctor from Odessa

Founded a successful network of dental clinics

Founder and Partner of The Vega Law Firm

Founder of Diamond K Equipment Inc.

Self-employed entrepreneur in Marine Sales & Service

Worked for the Triumph Group for 28 years.

• For the reinforcement of the DREAM Act • Pro-choice and GTLBQ supporter • Supports raising minimum wage to $10

• For the reinforcement of the DREAM Act • Pro-choice and for equal pay for women • Supports raising minimum wage to $10

• Supports 2nd Ammendment rights • For traditional marriage • Supporter of immigration reform

• For the repeal of the Affordable Care Act • Pro-life and traditional marriage supporter • Against separation of church and state

• For the repeal of the Affordable Care Act • Supports creation of job training prgms. • For deportation of all illegal immigants

• For the repeal of the Affordable Care Act • For replacing the IRS with a nat. sales tax • For elimination of the EPA

State Races Governor

Lieutenant Governor

Attorney General Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court Criminal District Attorney

Wendy R. Davis

Reynaldo Madrigal

Lisa Fritsch

Miriam Martinez

Greg Abbott

SECEDE Kilgore

State Senator (‘08 - ‘13)

Former Professional Photographer

National Radio and Television Commentator

Television Personality

TX Attorney General (‘02+)

Arlington Telecommunications Contractor

• Pro-choice and GTLBQ supporter • Supports concealed carry legislation • For the decriminalization of marijuana

• Long term supporter of Hispanic equality • Supports programs for military veterans • For extensive state immigration reform

• Supports student focused education • Supports 2nd Amendment rights • For deregulation of Texas economy

• For decriminalization of marijuana • Supports 2nd Amendment rights • For naturalization of illegal immigrants

• Has worked to reduce human trafficking • Pro-life and traditional marriage suppoter • For strong voter ID laws

Leticia Van de Putte

Jerry Patterson

David Dewhurst*

Todd Staples

Dan Patrick

State Rep. (‘90 - ’99) State Senator (‘99 - ’14)

State Sentor (‘93 - ‘99), TX Land Cmsr. (‘02 - ‘14)

Lieutenant Gov. (‘03+)

Tx Ag. Commissoner (‘06+) State Senator (‘01 - ‘07)

State Representative (‘90-’99)

• Consistent supporter of women’s rights • Supports programs for military veterans • Supports 2nd Amendment rights

• Supports charter school funding • Pro-life and traditional marriage supporter • Supports strong voter ID laws

• Supports charter school funding • For deregulation of the Texas economy • Supports strong voter ID laws

• Supports 2nd Amendment rights • Pro-life and traditional marriage • Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants

Sam Houston

Ken Paxton

Barry Smitherman

Dan Branch

Partner at Shepherd, Scott, Clawater & Houston, L.L.P.

State Rep. (‘03 - ‘13) State Senator (‘13+)

RR Commissoner (‘12+)

State Rep (‘02+)

• 26 years of experience • Believes there is bias towards businesses • Favors child support legislation

• Prioritizes repealing the ACA • Pro-life and traditional marriage supporter • Opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants

• Prioritizes securing the border • For reducing the reach of the EPA • Supports independence from foreign oil

William Moody

Nathan Hecht*

Robert Talton

District Judge, 34th District Court (‘86 - 13’)

TX Sprm. Crt. Justice (‘88+) , Chief Justice (‘12+)

State Rep (‘93 - ‘09)

• Extremely experienced with civil cases • Served as a State Ethics Commissioner • Raised the pay of Texas jurors to $40

• Extremely experienced with criminal cases • Prioritizes traditional marriage • Long term supporter of gun rights

• Longest serving justice in Texas history • Ensured legal services for the impoverished

Therese M. Huntzinger

Nicholas LaHood

Susan D. Reed*

Criminal Defense Attorney, frequent Special Prosecutor

Criminal Defense Attorney, previous magistrate judge

Criminal District Attorney (‘98+)

• Removed a corrupt DA from office in ‘89 • Has 15 years of prosecuting experience • Openly gay, supporter of GLTBQ rights

• Reformed after a felony drug charge • Has 10 years of prosecuting experience • Advocates for crackdown on child abuse

• Hard on abusers of women • Created a Gang unit in Adult Probation • Enhanced awareness of victim’s rights

• For the succession of Texas from the US • For death penalty for abortionists • Against separation of church and state


• Supports 2nd Amendment rights • Pro-life and traditional marriage • Supports programs for military veterans

* = Incumbent Candidate Blue frame = Democrat Red frame = Republican

• For deregulation of the Texas economy • Supports increasing govt. accountability • For increased punishment for pedophiles

In last year’s election, only


% of all REGISTERED voters showed up to fill in their ballots – making it the worst year for voter turnout in Bexar County since 1997.

County Races District Clerk

County Judge

County Clerk

Elva Abundis-Esparza

Mary Angie Garcia

Esmeralda Montez

Donna Kay McKinney*

Chief Deputy for the District Clerk’s Office (‘03 - ‘13)

Juvenile County Clerk for the DA’s Office (‘03 - 13’)

Clerk for Hollywood Park Municipal Court

District Clerk (‘11 - ‘14)

• Has managed a large budget and staff • Has 35 years of legal experience • Helped move fee collection online

• Came out of retirement to campaign • Has preformed clerical work for 14 years • Wants to bring transparency to the office

• Wants to make the department efficient • Has performed 40 years of public service • Wants to move all court filings online

District Clerk • For increasing office transparency • Supports online document viewing • Wants to complete online transition

Tommy Adkisson

Nelson W. Wolff*

Carlton Soules

Gerard Ponce

Ex State Rep, Bexar County Commissioner (‘98+)

SA Major (‘91 - ‘95), Bexar County Judge (‘03+)

Former SA City Councilman, District 10

Small Business Owner

• Supports a green energy agenda • For streetcar development with vote • For inmate rehabilitation programs

• Has served as Judge since 2003 • For streetcar development with no vote • For inmate rehabilitation programs

• Prioritizes infrastructure improvement • Supports limitation of city debt • For an Ethics Review Commission

A Guide to County Races

• For redevelopment of San Pedro Creek • Supports limitation of city debt • Opposes Southside ecosystem restoration

The District Clerk is elected for a four-year term and is the Clerk of Court for all District Courts that hear Civil, Criminal, Juvenile, and Family Court cases.

County Judge The County Judge is the presiding officer and a voting member of the Bexar County Commissioners Court. Approves the annual budget for the entire county.

County Clerk The County Clerk is responsible for maintaining the records of Commissioners’ Court, County Probate Courts, and County Civil Courts at Law, and is charged with recording all public records. They also serve as the Vice Chair of Bexar County Elections Commission.

Christopher Forbrich

Suzanne de Leon

Allen Castro

Cassandra Littlejohn

Gerard C. Rickhoff*

Founder of the IT firm, Forbrich and Associates

Founder of San Antonio Birth Doulas, a charity

Adjunct Professor at UTSA & Board Member of MHAT

Founder of Tag Team Parents

Bexar County Clerk (‘94+)

• For educating the public about the office • For moving the clerk’s office online • Wants to focus on small businesses

• Experienced manager of non-profits • Wants to improve employee morale • For decentralization of office services

• Extensive grant writing experience • For moving the clerk’s office online • Improve the efficiency of the office

• Has the ability to connect with youth • Enormous body of volunteer work • Works “with”, not “for” people

Credits Research

• Supports completing the move to online • For creating a “paperless” office • Nationaly certified elections admin.

Lorenzo Garcia Anthony Mendoza Sarah Gibbens

Graphic Design Lorenzo Garcia

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Too frat to care: Are fraternities really money well spent? This spring, social fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi will begin the process of forming an official chapter at UTSA. Last spring a similar fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, began establishing an official UTSA chapter and was officially recognized this past Saturday. Fraternities and sororities offer some obvious benefits. Students join and, through paying anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars annually, gain access to friends, parties and camaraderie. For young freshmen that have just moved away from home, this large support system can be an attractive option. Social fraternities and sororities provide students with a sense of identity and belonging — but at a cost that may not be worth what students could find in other organizations. College campuses are no strangers to what can best be described as disorderly conduct and fraternities are often a common denominator among the worst incidents reported. In 2012, UTSA social fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon was suspended from campus after being charged with failure to report hazing, consumption of questionable nonalcoholic liq-

uids, partial nudity and burning of the skin. Sigma Phi Epsilon is not the only Greek organization to have been suspended. In 2010, Phi Mu was suspended from campus after reportedly blindfolding recruits in a darkened barn, forcing them to recite the sorority’s creed and telling them to imitate lions and monkeys. Additionally, Gamma Delta in 2009 and Delta Sigma Phi in 2007 were found to be in violation of hazing policies. Hazing, however, is only a small fraction of the most appalling incidents committed by fraternities. As a result of millions of dollars in lawsuits stemming from crimes committed by Greeks or in Greek housing, many fraternities are required by universities to preemptively pay insurance for their organization as a whole. In 1992, the Fraternity Risk Management Trust (FRMT) was created to insure fraternities. Today, 32 fraternities actively belong to this trust, including UTSA’s most recent chapter, Alpha Sigma Phi. Under the FRMT, the Fraternal Information and Programming Group (FIPG) is responsible for training its recruits on ap-

propriate fraternity behavior. The FIPG allows, in the event of crime, for the fraternity to shift blame from the organization itself to the individual member who underwent FIPG classes. Other fraternity insurers include insurance broker James R. Favor Company and Willis. A 2010 analysis by Willis broke down the most common liability claims of the fraternities they represent: 7 percent from hazing, 7 percent from auto accidents, 9 percent as a result of falling from heights, 10 percent from slipping and falling, 15 percent from sexual assault and 23 percent from assault and battery. Sexual assault is one of the most egregious problems plaguing college campuses. A study performed by Cornell University Professor Andrea Parrot found that, of all gang rapes committed by college students, fraternities committed 55 percent. While a few bad members don’t represent Greek life as a whole, fraternities and sororities are a common denominator for these questionable occurrences and therefore may not be the best option for students looking to have a success-

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A uniform appeal It has been reported by G.I. Jobs that UTSA is one of the most militaryfriendly schools for 2014. UTSA’s Main Campus has several resources available to its student veterans. A few of the resources listed are the VetSuccess program, two full-time vocational counselors, a Veterans Affairs office and an online veteran portal at Unfortunately, even to the trained eye it can be hard to find or feel a sense of the military atmosphere that UTSA is described to have. The VA office at UTSA is located on the second floor of the McKinney Humanities Building, but you wouldn’t know this if you were looking at a map of the campus or even if you were standing outside the MH building itself. In order to find the VA office, a veteran would more than likely need to ask another veteran, who had already somehow located the office. If, by chance, you had a class on the second floor of this building, you might take notice of the white paper signs that are taped to walls at hallway intersections and entryways, pointing in the direction of the VA office, room number 3.01.26. The difficulty in finding, or lack of recogni-

tion that this office exists, could be misconstrued as a disinterest in the needs of student veterans. At UTSA, the average retention rate for freshmen is 59.5%. This rate could increase if student veterans felt the “military friendly” atmosphere that UTSA affirms it has. UTSA’s student organizations have offices and designated meeting areas for them to come together as an individual community. UTSA could exhibit its support for its student veterans by designating a room or office for their sole use. Currently, the Student Veteran’s Association is passing around a petition to fellow student veterans in hopes that numbers will count and that one day they might get a designated area for their use. This location could be named something like “Camaraderie Commons” and be a designated place for student veterans to come together, network, obtain college and military benefits information, form friendships, unwind with others that they feel comfortable around, find a sense of belonging, get help on class work and even form carpools. For many veterans, the transition from military life back to civilian life is a strenuous undertaking, but if student veterans felt like they had a place for them to be the persons they have been for so long, the road ahead just might appear less bleak. No longer is there the all-encompassing sense of uniformity and ca-

maraderie that a military member is accustomed to; instead there is an unclear and oftentime lonesome road. In the end, if UTSA really wants to express its support and appreciation for its military-affiliated students, tangible forms of support could do everything for the university but hurt their desired militaryfriendly outlook. Jane Powers Contributing Writer

ful college career. It is true that 18 U.S. Presidents were members of a fraternity, but these presidents were also students at Ivy League institutions. Undoubtedly a firstclass education was the catalyst to their success. UTSA has historically been a commuter campus and an affordable option to residents of the surrounding area. Only recently has the university tightened admission standards and transitioned to a more traditional college atmosphere; however, many students continue to choose UTSA because it is more affordable than its Austin affiliate. Non-Greek registered student organizations often offer students a more affordable option than their Greek counterparts. By not joining a social fraternity or sorority, students can join clubs that are more specialized towards their field of interest, a potential benefit to a successful post-grad career. Multidisciplinary sciences major Merced Carbajal was a former member of Alpha Tau Omega, but quit after the cost became too much of a burden. Carbajal later became the president of UTSA’s Green So-

ciety and a member of the Student Government Association (SGA). He felt that Alpha Tau Omega was not more beneficial than the other organizations he became involved with. Greek organizations often depict themselves as an investment. Acknowledging their steep costs, many fraternities and sororities promise their members post-graduation connections in the job market of their choosing. A 2012 report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, however, found that finding the right college internship was the biggest factor contributing to post-graduation success. According to the report, 60 percent of students who participated in an internship received at least one job offer after graduating. Any campus organization can provide students with friends and a sense of belonging. As UTSA grows in size and student population, its Greek community will undoubtedly grow with it. Students have many promising options for success — some come with arbitrary Greek letters and some don’t.

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{Local Events} Tuesday, February 25 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Event: “Great Conversation!” The Institute of Texan Cultures (801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd.) hosts the UTSA Honors College’s annual benefit to raise money for scholarships. The event presents a buffet dinner with conversation leaders seated at each table to facilitate discussions on prevalent topics in the community. Admission is $95. For more information, visit utsa. edu/greatconversation.

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Wednesday, February 26 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Fine Art: “Art in the Garden”

Every student suffers from stress, but learning how to manage one’s stress can lead to higher productivity and better grades.

Students and stress: Learning how to chill

Kevin Femmel Staff Writer Stress goes hand in hand with being a college student. Seeking higher education is a full-time job itself. Unfortunately, most students can’t focus solely on their studies as they juggle work, school and other commitments. Stress factors like those listed increase levels of stress and damages the quality of work produced. Associate Professor Dr. Mary McNaughton-Cassil is an expert on stress management and teaches a class on it at UTSA. She says that one major hurdle

for students is that they enter college with a pre-determined dream job in mind. They push themselves toward this particular dream career without trying other majors. Sometimes students switch majors a year or two into their college career when their dream doesn’t work out, thus prolonging the time they spend in college. It can be difficult to admit to yourself that your life will not work out exactly how you planned. “We don’t always make choices that benefit us in the long term. We eat the chocolate,” said McNaughton-Cassil. UTSA Senior Jordan Rabb started down the pre-med ca-

reer path by majoring in Biology during her first few years in college. Eventually, she changed her major to English, but kept her dream of being a doctor alive by minoring in Biology. “The English department rescued me from a college career filled with binge eating and hair pulling,” Rabb said. “Switching majors, not career choices, can be stressful. Thankfully I’ve got support from my family. They are a rock solid place that I know will always be there.” A large portion of students at UTSA come from families without a college graduate. This contributes to stress because

parents want to help but don’t know how. “Many students are first generation so balancing is hard,” Cassil said. “UTSA is the ultimate diverse community, but that also can set up some stressors.” One bad habit that seems to be a reoccurring theme with college students is not getting enough sleep. Sleep deprivation can degenerate cognitive skills and can make life difficult. “Students think they can get away with sleeping less but it cuts down on concentration skills,” Cassil said. Senior English major, Alysia Anderson can attest to that.

She reveals that her life becomes more stressful when she gets less than eight hours of sleep. “I do believe it adds to my stress,” says Anderson. “When I’m tired I can’t focus on much of anything.” “Sleep is so important that when I don’t get enough rest, I really feel the impact,” Rabb conceded. “I lose my patience, which adds even more stress. No sleep equals more stress.” (to continue reading this article, visit

San Antonio Botanical Garden (555 Funston Pl.) presents works from artists such as Danville Chadbourne, Ted Sitting, Crow Garner, Jean Jacques Porret and more. These artists represent Chicago International, Mid-South Alliance and the Texas Sculpture Group. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, visit

Thursday, February 27 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fine Art: “The Full Monty: Male Nudes from the Collection” The McNay Art Museum (6000 N. New Braunfels Ave.) curates prints and drawings of male nudes by twentieth-century artists. The exhibition serves to commemorate the male nude motif created by ancient Greek and Roman painters and sculptors. Admission is $10$15. For more information, visit

Friday, February 28 9 p.m. Screening: UCinema presents “Frozen” Let it go this Friday night as UCinema presents a film sure to get the audiences singing. If the cold never bothered you anyway be sure to check out Disney’s “Frozen” in the Retama Room on the second floor of the UC. Ignore prices tickets for the first time in forever, as admission and popcorn are free for students.

Luc k of t he duc k: s mo o thie shop offers tasty pick-me-ups FOOD REVIEW Searching for healthier options when dining out? Look no further than the Pearl District. One Lucky Duck is a healthy eater’s haven that migrated to San Antonio all the way from New York. Inside, earthy tones are reflected in the dark brown and charcoal wooden tables and booths tucked in on one side of the shop. A corkboard hangs on the wall, decorated with flyers, posters and lists of events happening in the community. The menu is written on a blackboard in colorful chalk, which gives the shop a cool urban vibe. The menu is also posted outside the shop to give prospective customers a glimpse of what is inside. A variety of raw, organic, vegan-friendly snacks, salads, juices and shakes are offered, so every customer can be satisfied. One Lucky Duck’s specialty their shakes start at $8. Juices start at $5 and entrees start at $8. Keep in mind you are paying for quality at One Lucky Duck since most items are fresh and organic.

The unique shakes range from simple combinations such as pineapples and strawberries to eclectic blends like kale, cilantro and grapefruit. Each shake leaves you feeling full and satisfied. If you’re having trouble deciding, the friendly staff are more than willing to provide recommendations. The fan favorite is the Banana Nut, which is a mix of banana, cashew milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Flavors explode in your mouth as though you’re chewing on an actual muffin. The Banana Nut shake indulges your sweet-tooth with the comfort of drinking something healthy. If you’re looking for something different and adventurous, go for the Green Mango—a combination of mango, cucumber, cilantro, coconut water and lime. It’s packed with nutrients, with the cilantro being the strongest flavor. The sweetness of the mango tames the overwhelming flavors of the cilantro and lime, making it a very enjoyable not-so-traditional green shake. The lemonade is a safe choice at $5 if you want something lighter. It’s homemade and sweetened with agave. Try it with a shot of ginger for $2 for

an extra punch to your drink, leaving a light and refreshed feeling. There are also readymade drinks available to buy if you are in a rush or want to take something home. One Lucky Duck offers packaged snacks and treats that are great for nibbling when you’re on the go. The Honey Bunches Bar is crunchy, sweet and fulfilling made with almonds, oats, buckwheat, cranberries, nutmeg, vanilla extract, honey and Himalayan crystal salt. It tastes great when paired with the Banana Nut shake. For something more substantial, go for the savory and crunchy Spicy Thai Lettuce Wraps, which come with a tangy tamarind sauce that is stacked with flavor. It’s on the spicier side of the menu, so be sure to cool down with a juice like the Green Apple, which provides the perfect amount of sweet. Wraps come three per order and make for a great snack or meal to share with a friend.

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Contemporary Art Month 2014 March 1 marks the beginning of Contemporary Art Month (CAM) 2014. This month-long event gives local artists opportunities to showcase their talents while enriching the community. Goals associated with CAM include expanding San Antonio’s horizons for art appreciation, supporting local artists and ensuring the welfare of public education. Various artists portraying an assortment of talents will be featured in several different venues. With all this variety, everyone is sure to find something that sparks their interest. Contemporary Art Month began in 1986 as a non-profit organization supported by local institutions, artists and art buyers. The event debuted in what is now known as the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum. Now, every year Blue Star hosts the annual CAM KickOff party. Featured artists for the KickOff party will include Rosane Volchan O’Conor, Claire Watson, Paul Rodriguez and Mira Hnatyshyn-Hudson. Sophomore art major Veronica Caceres will be volunteering at the event and shared some behind-the-scenes insight. “I don’t think people realize how time consuming the arts are,” Caceres said. “It requires so much creativity, time, craftsmanship and problem solving.” Volunteer work will include things like setting up the venue and helping out with installation work. Since this is the event that rings in Contemporary Art Month, providing their helping hands is a perfect way for students to get involved. Caceres was given the opportunity to work at the Kick-

Off party through one of her professors, Megan Harrison. “She really pushes her students to take advantage of being involved within the art community,” Caceres remarked. For Caceres, this opportunity is more than a one-time experience. She hopes this will provide a better understanding of how these events flow and a means of creating connections. This being her first CAM event, she is really looking forward to mingling with the artists and learning from what they present. The art student is “hoping that this experience will open (her) mind up to new ideas.” “I felt it would be a great experience and open new doors in the art industry,” Caceres said. “As an artist, that’s the way you put yourself out there and get to where you want to be. Connections are important and helpful.” One of the perks that this month dedicated to celebrating art has to offer is seeing so many different pieces side by side. It is more than a monthlong exhibit featuring the best of one artist. CAM strives to feature all sides of what local artists bring to the table, which strengthens art culture in San Antonio. “It constantly amazes me how everyone comes up with something so different and aesthetically pleasing to the eye,” Caceres observed. “A lot of these artists usually have to build something out of nothing.” Caceres hopes to walk away from this experience with more insight. She wants this to be an opportunity for her to challenge herself. “I hope it will teach me to take on life, and just go make connections with people I don’t know,” Caceres said. “You never know who you’ll meet and in the end they may be very helpful.”

This year, CAM Kick-Off will be held on March 6 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The evening will start with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate new exhibitions that Blue Star will be housing. The party will continue with live music, drinks and food from some of the best local food trucks. The night will end with the crowning of Miss CAM San Antonio. Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum is located on 116 Blue Star, 78204.For more information about all the exhibits CAM has to offer, visit

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“Organismo” by Rosane Volchan O’Conor is one of many exhibits opening for Contemporary Art Month.

notice we’re personal and they appreciate us by supporting us. When we played at Never Say Never Festival in the Valley, the local kids were on spring break and we were giving away stickers and they wanted us to sign their CD’s, it felt good and everyone was really psyched, especially when we sang the Spongebob theme song during our sound check and the crowd busted out in unison: “Ohhh, who lives in a pineapple under the sea...” Experiences like that are inspiring.

Taylor Bird Staff Writer Playing together since August 2011 in venues and festivals across Texas, RMRS has attracted a loyal following with their energetic live performances. Friday, February 28th they will celebrate the release of their debut album “Don’t Say What It Means to You” at the Korova with Lonely Horse and The Black Market Club, to name a few, as well as many other local acts to keep you dancing all night. Doors open at 7 pm. $8 Minors, $6 21+. Q: What brought the five of you all together to form RMRS? A: We each left different bands with a similar feeling of new found creative freedom. In a sense (because of that) it took more convincing, both of ourselves and of each other, to commit to a group, but it also

brought us together with a common vision of limitlessness that stemmed from being independently successful musicians and yearning to create our own experiment. Each member brings something invaluable to RMRS and the result is harmony. Q: Who are your greatest influences? A: We come from diverse musical tastes. From Local Natives to Circa Survive to — lets be honest — the Backstreet Boys. Q: What else inspires your music? A: Every year Michael takes trips to the beach and comes back with new material, its something about the wide open spaces that let you relax. Our audience and fans inspire us too, when we are out there promoting ourselves and selling our own merch, people

Q: Which song should a potential fan listen to first off of the new album? A: “Pillow.” It’s unanimously our favorite. We took a step back and worked to articulate something refined and wellwritten rather than experimental. And it kind of sounds like a song from the 90’s movie’ll just have to listen to it and be the judge. Q: How has RMRS changed since your first show together? What change is in the future? A: Like a relationship, when you form a band together everyone involved is heading in the same direction...ideally. When RMRS first formed it was more like an open relationship, with those 2 am texts that you wake up in the morning to (u up?). But now with our album releasing, we are committed. We are playing SXSW, planning a tour, and heading back to the studio to work on new material.

Q: What is your pre-show ritual? A: We don’t have one because setting up for a show is probably the most stressful thing in the world until we’re done playing. We’re five grown men showing up to one place at a set time, so you would assume things go smoothly, but we each bring our own equipment separately and set it up ourselves...sometimes at the last possible moment...and so when we are up on stage before we perform we are focused primarily on our equipment and sound.

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Gallery 23 presents the exploration of civil rights through photos Amelia Reyes Staff Writer You have probably passed by the small art gallery next to The Princeton Review office in the UC before. For the first time, The Exploration: Exploring Social Justice For All series is on display at UTSA’s Gallery 23 and it’s something worth visiting for students. The Exploration: Exploring Social Justice For All exhibit documents the experience 40 UTSA students felt as they traveled to important civil rights movement sites. The various photographs show iconic images from Kelly Ingram Park, the Lorraine Motel and the Slave Haven Underground Railroad. UTSA’s Student Leadership Center sponsors the Civil Rights Exploration trip, a unique experience that educates and engages students in the history of the civil rights movement. Forty students are chosen through an application process to travel to New Orleans, Birmingham and Memphis. The Paisano sat down with Christian Ume-Ezeoke, who has attended the Exploration trip twice and was a student facilitator for the latest trip, to talk to him about his experience with Exploration. What is a student facilitator and what were your responsibilities as one? Last year we had students and staff hold a debriefing ses-

sion on all of the places we had visited during the day. A student facilitator puts the students into small groups and asks questions that are related to what they have seen during the day. I think the student facilitator’s role is important because other students are able to open up when you are able to share your experience and relate to you more than the staff. How did you become involved with this program? I found out through my job at The Student Leadership Center. The center offers an application for the civil rights movement trip every year, but it was LeaderShape that got me involved in this program. Ever since I applied to LeaderShape, I’ve been involved in the Student Leadership Center and Student Government Association and other great things. The center not only gives you the leadership aspect, but also helps you stay focused in the classroom. What is the application process like? Within the application they have questions related to social justice and social issues. You answer those questions to the best of your abilities and a selection committee chooses the top 40 students they think answer the questions best. Do these trips count as a course credit?

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That’s a great idea, but these trips do not. It’s an experience that helps you be empathetic to things that happened prior and helps (minority) students view how we got to where we are today. The humbling experience makes you not take things for granted today. I really want more students to be Christian Ume-Ezeoke attended the Civil RIghts Exploration trip and served as a student facilitator for the program. a part of this program because I don’t shot. That’s definitely one of my Is there one location that think I would be the individual favorite places. epitomizes the Civil Rights I am today without this departMovement? ment. Did have a favorite piece for this exhibit? Yes! It’s called the Slave HaWhat location did you like ven. A slave owner had an unbest? There are so many! If I was derground, secret spot where going to choose a favorite, he hid slaves and helped them I’d have to say Memphis be- there was a piece last year with escape. We got to actually climb cause we got to visit the Lor- bronze statues of dogs lung- down to where (the slaves were raine Motel, where Martin ing at you from all sides. It hidden). It was pretty dark in Luther King, Jr., was (shot). We reminded you of the dogs at- there, and light only came in got to explore the exhibit set up tacking civil rights movement through small holes. The only in the area, we saw the suspect’s members, though all the pieces picture of that being exhibited rifle, (King’s) room duplicated were great. is of students walking into the and the window where he was spot.

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The UTSA Softball team ended their six game skid with a succesful weekend, going 3-2. After a trio of wins, the team will look to get back on track.

Six game losing streak ends UTSA SOFTBALL Jonathon Garza Staff Writer The UTSA Roadrunners (78) hosted the Bryant Bulldogs (1-4), the Omaha Mavericks (11-3), and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (3-11) during the UTSA Mid-Major Classic, Feb. 21-24 at Roadrunner Field. The Roadrunners started the weekend opener by snapping their six-game losing streak, with a 7-4 win against Bryant. “Last week we had a little bit of a downhill moment, but we came back and fought. I was very happy with the way they (UTSA) responded this weekend.” Coach Cheatham stated of her Roadrunners after the MidMajor Classic came to a close. Megan Low started the barrage against Bryant with an early two-run slam, giving UTSA a 2-0 lead. UTSA found the bases loaded early, and Madison Kinley went the distance, plating UTSA’s fourth Grand Slam of the season, and giving the Roadrunners a commanding lead. The Bulldogs rallied back and scored four of their own runs before UTSA took the victory. Friday’s second game proved troublesome for the Roadrunners, as they took a loss in a 3-1

pitcher’s duel. UTSA found only one run, in the third inning, as Omaha’s pitcher Dana Elsasser went the distance and stole a win in the final innings of the game. After losing a late one Friday, the second day of the Mid-Major Classic gave UTSA new life, as they took wins in both games, registering five home runs and 18 total runs on the day. Courtney Buchman and Sierra Sproul each sent one over the fence, giving Buchman her second career homerun and Sproul’s second of the season. However, the Bulldogs answered back, and scored three runs to take the lead late in the fifth inning. UTSA closed the door on any chance of the Bulldogs snagging their first win, as the Roadrunners had another big offensive inning, scoring six more runs to put Bryant away 8-5. In the Roadrunners closing game of the evening, Megan Low had another phenomenal game, scoring two solo home runs in UTSA’s pummel of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Jori Fox also blasted one out of the park against the Islanders, as UTSA took the final game of the day, 10-4. On the last day of the MidMajor Classic, UTSA had an-

other chance to even things up against Omaha. The game went scoreless through four, but Megan Low again delivered another home run, her eighth of the season, to give UTSA the 1-0 lead. Both team’s bats went cold after the home run, with no more runs being scored until Omaha plated in three in extra innings. The Roadrunners recorded no runs and no hits in their final at bat. “I think we did a good job. We had a game plan against that pitcher and we executed pretty well, but we just need to stay loose and get outs at the end,” said Coach Cheatham after the game. “We swung the bats, and we fought hard,” reiterated Megan Low, as her solo shot was the only run registered for UTSA on the day. Omaha was perfect through the tournament, and improved to 11-3 on the season. UTSA (7-8) will have a nice break before heading to play in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic, a three-day tournament beginning on Feb. 28.

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UTSA CLUB SPORTS Jakob Lopez Sports Editor The 30th annual Diploma Dash and City 5K Championship Race will take place on Saturday, March 1 at the UTSA Main Campus. Thousands of San Antonio joggers and competitive runners will partake in the yearly contest. The race is open to everyone, with categories including Masters, Team Challenges, UTSA students, UTSA departments and ROTC students. The proceeds from Diploma Dash benefit the UTSA Alumni Association and the scholarships that they distribute to commendable UTSA students. Taking part in this year’s Diploma Dash and City 5K Championship Race will be the UTSA Triathlon Club. The club is currently led by UTSA freshman Garrett Kneese, a biochemistry major who serves as the club’s president and captain. Created in the fall of 2012, the club asks official members to attend workouts regularly throughout the week, whether it is swimming, cycling, running or a combination of the three. “As a younger club, our goal is to grow competitively,” says Kneese. “But we also would like to grow as a fitness outlet for those looking to branch into the triathlon scene or just master a new sport or two.” The club currently has 20

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Members of the Triathlon Club at the Natural Bridge Caverns Duathlon last fall.

“We swim every Tuesday and Thursday at the Chisholm pool and also cycle three times a week for various distances, leaving from and returning to the UTSA campus,” says Kneese on the club’s training routine. “We also spend every Friday morning at the Rec for strength training and injury prevention for our athletes.” The club will be competing in various races throughout the semester, such as the Collegiate National Championships in Tempe, Arizona, that requires rigorous training. “Those who are competing with the club are held to a standard of preparation, more so than performance,” says Kneese. “With over 13 hours per week of available training, there are plenty of opportunities for members to prepare themselves for competition, whether it be their first or fifth tri.”

The Roadrunners head to El Paso, Texas, to take on the UTEP Miners at the Don Haskins Center.

Thursday, February 27 7 p.m. UTSA Men’s Basketball The Roadrunners host the North Texas Mean Green at the Convocation Center.

Friday, February 28 UTSA Softball The Roadrunners head to Gulfport, Mississippi, to to take part in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Classic with games Friday through Sunday.

UTSA Baseball The Roadrunners host the South Dakota State Jackrabbits with games on Friday through Sunday.

Saturday, March 1 4 p.m. UTSA Women’s Basketball The Roadrunners host the Florida Atlantic Owls at the Convocation Center.

Sunday, March 2 3 p.m. UTSA Men’s Basketball The Roadrunners head to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane’s at the Reynolds Center.

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Jonathon Garza Sports Assistant The UTSA softball team has hit some rough patches during this season’s campaign, but the offensive prowess that junior catcher Megan Low has displayed has been a constant bright spot. In 2012, when Low was just a freshman, she earned the 2012 Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and 2012 firstteam All-Southland Conference honors, as well as the Southland Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll (2012). So far this season Low has continued her stellar play, earning a C-USA Co-Player of the Week award after hitting three home runs and 10 RBI’s over a three-game span. Along with Low’s superb hitting consistency, she has played in almost every game since joining the Roadrunners and continues to makes plays in clutch moments. Her yearn to play college ball wasn’t instant, but was seen early on. “I started playing tee-ball, and then when I was about ten years-old I started playing tournament ball, but it was when I was twelve that I started to train with the older girls and thought ‘hey, maybe I could play college

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softball,’” said Low on Megan Low has eight home runs and a .429 batting average. when she knew college ball was in her future. Honoree (2013) as a sophoAlthough she was born in Ft. more and the Southland ConWorth, Texas; Megan would ference Commissioner’s Honor find her talents in the Greater Roll (2012) as a freshman. Houston area, playing catcher “Being a student athlete, you all four years for the Spring Li- always have the pressure to perons. Megan had caught 91 of form; if you don’t pass you don’t the last 105 games over the past play,” said the kinesiology matwo seasons, but has seen a lot jor. “But I mean I have always more action at first base in her been driven by my parents, by junior season. my family, and just by myself to succeed in the classroom.” Low can already see that no matter how good things seem, it is necessary to look at the bigger picture at hand and continue to make strides. “I just came back from shoulder surgery, so rehabbing and getting back to where I was last year is my main goal, but as a team we just want to win conMegan Low ference, and that’s what I’m foUTSA junior catcher cused on,” said Low. Low is currently holding a .429 batting avg., with 42 at “I prefer catcher. I started bats, eight homeruns, 19 RBI’s, catching all four years in high and an (OPS) of 1.071. Her ofschool, except the last game fensive expertise is sweeping where I played shortstop,” said through C-USA, and it won’t Low of the position she prefers be long before UTSA breaks to play. “It was weird, but I just through, and opens things up play wherever I’m needed on in conference play. the field.” Megan’s performance on the field has also translated to the classroom, where she has received the Western Athletic Conference All-Academic

“As a team we just want to win conference and thats what I’m focused on. ”

Staff Writer The UTSA women’s basketball team (13-13, 4-9 C-USA) endured a difficult loss, falling 68-57 against the Old Dominion Monarchs (13-14, 6-7 CUSA) in their first meeting in school history on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Convocation Center. “Without communication we defeat ourselves,” UTSA freshman Tesha Smith said after the tough loss. Despite the loss, Smith shined for UTSA with 11 rebounds and 10 points. The freshman center was the top scorer for the game and led the team in rebounds. Smith averaged 14 points and nearly 12 rebounds throughout the week, earning her fourth double-double against Old Dominion and ending her week winning the C-USA Freshman of the Week Award. Things started off bright for the Roadrunners, with the UTSA defense protecting the paint and snatching 16 defensive rebounds in the first half. The Roadrunner’s offense did not fall short either. UTSA guard Miki Turner sparked the offense with six points and three assists by the end of the first half. The Roadrunners defense forced the Monarchs to go 0-for-5 from the 3-point mark in the first half. But the defensive effort was not enough, as the Roadrunners were trailing 28-32 at the end of the first half. UTSA started the second half slow, trailing by six points

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The UTSA men’s basketball team (8-18, 4-9 C-USA) within minutes of the second dropped their second straight half whistle. Reluctant to give game against the Tulane Green up, the Roadrunners shortened Wave (15-13, 7-6 C-USA) 68ODU’s lead with a 6-0 run, cut56 in New Orleans, Louisiana ting the deficit to 36-39 in favor on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Devlin of the Monarchs. But ODU was Fieldhouse. quick to react, going on an 11-1 Roadrunner Hyjii Thomas run to extend their lead. led UTSA with 16 points, with three 3-pointers, three assists and a steal. Keon Lewis contributed with 12 points. Tulane’s Jay Hook scored a game-high 25 points and sparked the Green Wave to shoot 57 percent in the second half, allowing Tulane to run away with the win. UTSA will host the North Texas Mean Green (14-13, 5-8 Tesha Smith drives to the basket against ODU. C-USA) at the Convocation Center on Thursday Feb. 26, at The Roadrunners lacked 7 p.m. communication and balance, allowing the Monarchs 19 UTSA Golf points off turnovers in the secThe UTSA women’s golf ond half. With only 16 points scored in the second half, the team had a disappointing outUTSA Roadrunners fell to the ing on the first day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate ODU Monarchs 68-57. After failing to take advan- Championship, while the first tage of second chance conver- round play for the men was sions and lacking a strong of- postponed due to rain. Roadrunners Fabiola Arriaga fense in the second half, UTSA Head Coach Luby Lichonczak and Brogan Townend are tied was notably frustrated after the for 24th at one-over-par 145 as the women’s golf team is in game. “We couldn’t get to the line. I 16th place. The 17-team field includes 13 thought that was the difference in the ball game,” said Lichon- ranked teams, including UCLA (No. 2), Alabama (No. 9), USC czack. The Roadrunners will take on (No. 1), and Oklahoma State the UTEP Miners Wednesday, (No. 12). The third and final round is Feb. 26 in El Paso, Texas. UTSA has three games remaining be- scheduled to start on Tuesday, fore entering the Conference Feb. 25 at 8 a.m. USA Tournament. Daryl Smith/The Paisano


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