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UTSA ALUM DONATES CASH AND STOCK Ryan Branch News Editor
UTSA alum and Executive Chairman of Quarri Technologies, Inc., Bill Morrow, donated $10,000 and 100,000 shares of company stock to UTSA’s Information Assurance and Security program. Speaking at the donation ceremony was Morrow; the program’s director, Dr. Frederick Chang, who also accepted the gift; and U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith R-Texas, who spoke on the importance of investing in cyber security research for national defense purposes. Quarri Technologies is an internet security firm that focuses on securing internet browsers, which can be easily compromised both from outside and inside of a computer network. Morrow is a well-known Texas entrepreneur and has founded numerous technology start-up companies, including the CSIdentity Corporation, and has served as the Board Director and CEO of Grande Communications. As an active UTSA alum, Morrow sits on the UTSA Development Board and was awarded the UTSA Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year award in 2002. Morrow urged future UTSA alumni to follow his example. “I do offer a challenge to all young entrepreneurs that are coming out of UTSA to not wait untill the future to give back to their university, but to give stock in their early start-ups, so that, as those start-ups mature, they merge, they acquire, or they go public, the University of Texas at San Antonio gets a portfolio of stocks that becomes valuable and gives back time and time again,” Morrow said. US Congressman Smith of the 21st District of Texas heads the House Judiciary Committee and is the leader in writing cyber security legislation, including the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act. Smith spoke on the importance of gifts like Morrow’s because they help train and educate future leaders, while keeping America safe from cyber threats. “The idea and the goal of this gift today is to make sure that Quarri Technologies will be able to hire the best and brightest UTSA cyber security graduates in the future. And I hope that, of course, will make the country even more successful as well,” Smith said. “In Washington DC, there is a bipartisan recognition that our nation’s
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From left to right: Dr. Fred Chang, Bill Morrow, and Congressman Lamar Smith hold up a check worth $10,000 and a 100,000 share stock certificate donated to UTSA by Quarri Technologies, Inc.
cyber security efforts are, in fact, inadequate. In testimony before the science and technology committee, a witness once said, ‘There are two types of people in the world; people that can tell you that they have been hacked, and people who don’t realize they have been hacked,’” said Smith. “You read horror stories everyday. ‘Cyber crimes risk our personal finances, proprietary business information and national security knowhow.’ Concerns have been raised that hackers seek to physically damage the nation’s air traffic control systems, DoD and NASA satellites, and the electrical grid. Hackers from a variety of countries, and especially China and Russia, as well as those working inside and outside the US cause a great deal of damage to our nation’s economy and national security. It will take industry, government, and universities working together to stop the bad actors out there and bring them to justice.” Smith is the primary sponsor and author of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is designed to curb the pirating of copyrighted material over the internet. The bill has received wide opposition from tech leaders such as Google, Facebook, and Wikipedia because some of the wording in the bill could lead to internet censorship. The Obama administration also officially
opposed the bill in a statement on Jan. 14, 2012 stating, “Any effort to combat online piracy must guard against the risk of online censorship of lawful activity and must not inhibit innovation by our dynamic businesses large and small.” The bill has already had several measures removed to appease opposition such as domain name system (DNS) filtering. Smith declined to comment on the issue. During Chang’s address, he made five cyber security predictions for 2012. 1. Mobile malicious software (mobile malware) in smart phones will increase significantly in 2012. 2. There will be an increase in search engine optimization poisoning. This type of attack artificially alters search engine results by putting malicious yet seemingly innocent search results higher up in the list. The attacks would focus on high profile event searches such as elections. 3. Social media attacks that would spoof messages and emails from friends on social media networks, but, in reality, would-be hackers trying to steal information. 4. Big news from UTSA cyber security research in 2012. 5. More job opportunities for students in the information assurance and security program
Chang also said, “There were more than 1000 instances of android malicious software cases in 2011, so there is little doubt that the trend for attacks on your smart phones will go up in 2012. That’s a pretty easy prediction to make.” Mobile malware is designed to be hidden inside legitimate looking mobile apps or advertisements (malvertisements) and, once downloaded by the user, take control of the phone, steal personal information, and steal money by secretly charging premiumrates for text messaging services. There are many ways in which the authors of malicious code can use the information for their advantage. “Malware authors have a wide variety of motives behind the malicious applications they create,” said mobile security researcher Cory Adams. “For example, an app found in the Android Market called Dogowar, a dog fighting game, would covertly text people in the device’s contact list of those who downloaded it a message saying, ‘I take pleasure in hurting small animals, just thought you should know that.’ On the other end of the spectrum is crimeware, which is rapidly evolving. Crimeware authors have one motive in mind: stealing sensitive data for financial gain. An example of this type of malware is Zitmo, a phone malware
program that originated from a family of PC malware called Zeus. This dangerous piece of malware targets bank account login information.” Although the mobile application market is dangerous if users do not know how to protect themselves, there are several measures they can take to help avoid attackers according to Adams: - Download applications only from legitimate Markets…e.g. Google, Amazon, (Apple Market) - Pay attention to the permissions requested by an application. For example, a game app should not need permissions to access your SMS messages. This is important because some platforms such as Android depend on these permissions for security. - Download an antivirus app. There are several free anti-virus applications available that offer security features in addition to antivirus scans. These apps also offer remote wiping of data and device locating services in case you misplace your phone or it is stolen. Smartphone users store sensitive data on their devices that would be very valuable to an attacker, such as, email, social media, SMS messages, browser history, passwords, etc.
San Antonio #1: jobs to come
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Workers using a technique called “fracking” to extract oil and gas from shale fields such as the Eagle Ford formation.
The Milken Institute ranked San Antonio the Best Performing City of 2011, up from number 14 in 2010. The reasons for this jump are said to be due to the steady influx of new jobs to the area fueled by the Eagle Ford Shale play, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission (BRAC) and the city’s growing healthcare sector. BRAC is expected to transform Fort Sam Houston into the largest medical training complex in the world and to bring 10,000 families to the city, according to www.ebracebrac.org. BRAC is now the number one economy booster in San Antonio, but that could change once the
Eagle Ford shale really starts paying dividends to the city. According to a UTSA study, the Eagle Ford Shale formation is expected to bring 68,000 jobs to Texas including 4,000 in Bexar County. That estimate is said to be approaching 6,000 by 2020. Eagle Ford is also expected to generate an estimated $21 billion for the Texas economy. Four large oil and gas industry companies - Halliburton, Schlumberger, Weatherford and Baker Hughes - have already pledged to build corporate campuses on the south side of the city near the intersection of Loop 1604 and I-37 to service the shale formation south of town. These complexes are expected to bring 2,050 plus jobs to the area alone. A job search done through the
site indeed.com revealed that there were approximately 267 oil and gas industry positions available in San Antonio. The jobs are related to a variety of disciplines in the oil and gas industry, but the majority centered around engineering, sales, trucking and a range of industry-specific technical positions. “Eagle Ford Shale production and pipeline operators continue to have a positive impact on the general economy of San Antonio and South Texas and likely contributed to San Antonio’s Milken Institute ranking,” said Karen Rayzor, director of professional development for the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD). “In addition to the obvious energy companies, industries and services that support these
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companies and their employees are also expanding.” One such company, NuStar Energy, is reportedly providing pipeline services for Eagle Ford Shale. NuStar Energy actively recruits and hires students from UTSA for internships and post-graduate full-time employment. Industries that provide support for the employees of the Eagle Ford operation include, but are not limited to, healthcare, retail consumer goods, housing, insurance, banking, investment and entertainment.
Every company, whether it is directly involved in the Eagle Ford Shale production, or not, needs employees with solid business backgrounds and education, such as accounting, marketing, public relations, management and finance,” added Rayzor. Some companies like Schlumberger offer programs for upcoming or recent college graduates in engineering, research, operations, geoscience, petro-technical, commercial and business. Each one of these fields is also subdivided into several disciplines.
The influx of new jobs provides major opportunities for UTSA students worried about the job market after graduation. The CSPD gives some advice on the specific majors that cater to these jobs, and what students can do to help maximize their chances of landing one. “This is great news for UTSA students looking for careers, internships or part-time employment,” said Rayzor, about students looking to land one of these new jobs. “A quick search of positions posted for business majors (graduate and
undergraduate) shows an increase of over 1,000 listings, year-over-year from 2010 to 2011. There were 4,698 postings on RowdyJobs for business students in 2011, compared to 2010, when there were 3,635 postings on RowdyJobs for business students.” Students can prepare themselves for this job market by taking advantage of the programs, workshops and seminars offered by the CSPD in the College of Business and the University Career Center,” Rayzor continued. She also offered some tips on how to be competitive in the job market:
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA. - Have your resume reviewed by your career counselor. - Participate in the Career Action Program (CAP) or attend mock interviews and speed networking functions hosted by the CSPD or the Career Center. - Intern in your field. - Expand your horizons through an international experience, such as International Immersions offered by COB.
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Editorial Romney is Republicans’ best bet for 2012 The dominoes have fallen, and it is safe to conclude that the 2012 Republican candidate will be Mitt Romney, or it should be. In addition to the polls being in favor of Romney, he is also the best chance the Republican party has for reaching the presidency and the safest choice. At the beginning of the race of to the Republican nomination, Romney remained quiet as candidates jumped on the media bandwagon soaking up bad attention, a strategic choice that has proven to be beneficial. Why haven’t Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry followed in Huntsman’s footsteps when the
three candidates combined received less than half of the votes Romney has received? Ron Paul might still have a fighting chance, but the realistic outlook is in favor of Romney. The reason for the candidates’ persistence most likely comes from Romney’s needing to choose a running mate. Though Romney does not have to choose from the four Republican candidates left in the race, they are the most likely choice because of their name recognition and the funds they have already raised for their own campaigns. Because Romney is the former governor of Massachusetts, he will more than likely need to choose a southern-
er to gain the southern votes. He will also more than likely choose a Christian because he is a Mormon. These criteria leave a few choices for Romney: Perry being the Texas governor and a Christian, and former Speaker, Gingrich from Georgia and a Roman Catholic. Many people, United States Senator Rick Santorum, in particular, have pointed out Romney’s shifting views on major issues as a possible hindrance, but the majority votes do not lie. The Republican party would do well to stop the bashing and support Romney since it looks as if he will win the nomination with or without it.
Commentary Light at the end of the tunnel seems dim There’s been a general air of doom for the impending 2012 year. The Mayans decided to play the grandest trick on the world and pretend like they knew when it was going to end. This has left my ear filled with conversation from amateur doomsday theorists about all the coincidences occurring around the world that prove the world is coming to an end. The debt in the U.S has topped an unprecedented level and now is equal to the entire U.S economy. In other words, the debt that the U.S has incurred is now equal to everything we’re producing in this country. Long term projections show that the likelihood that the national debt will grow at a faster rate than the U.S economy, and the economy would have to grow at rate of 6 percent in order to keep pace. President Obama’s 2012 budget shows the debt moving past $26 trillion in 10 years. Last summer’s deficit reduction deal could make that number $24 trillion. Among advanced economies only Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan and Portugal have debt larger than their economies. These countries
all share the distinction of being at the center of the European debt crisis. If that doesn’t cheer you up, consider the coming election. Many Republicans find themselves dissatisfied by their candidates. On top of that, President Obama has never looked more unimpressive in the eyes of many voters. The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that “21 percent of the nation’s voters strongly approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing as president. Voters strongly disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -20.” Although declining, unemployment is still higher than it has ever been going into an election year since World War II. At 8.5 percent there is still much to be done by the next president in terms of job creation. We’re also fatter than we’ve ever been. According the CDC, about onethird of U.S. adults (33.8 percent) are obese. Approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. The number of overweight Americans not obese is 34.4 percent. According to a new study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, three-fourths of Americans will be obese or overweight by 2020.
The whole world has gone to hell in a hand basket, and this is coming at a time when many of us will soon be entering the workforce within the next few years. Our generation is inheriting a great big pile of manure, and we will be forced to solve many of these problems. However, over the break I had the chance to talk to a friend who was doing some work for children in Sudan. His church raised money to feed 100 children in Sudan with a bag of rice and beans daily. When he visited, he found many of the children lived naked digging through garbage to survive daily. I’m reminded of the story because many of the problems we have seem so small in the grander scheme of things. Martin Luther King Day has passed with many observing the day by doing things that have little value. Dr. King said, “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.” If the world comes to an end, then I hope that our time on earth would have been spent trying to make it better rather than just complaining about it. Cliff Perez Contributing Writer
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email@example.com Ninetwo Development Group, LLC won the semi-annual CCIM – John Vogel – UTSA Project Competition Award for fall 2011. The award is given out every semester to the winning team from the College of Business’ Real Estate Finance and Development Program (REFD). The teams are composed of students enrolled in the REFD capstone class, FIN 4733 Principle of Real Estate Development. With the help of mentors from local real estate community professionals, the teams had to use knowledge from the REFD program to develop a commercial real estate project under one of the commercial real estate disciplines of multifamily (apartment complexes), industrial (warehouses), retail (shopping centers), office, or a mixture of two or more of the disciplines (mixed use). After each group chose which type of development to build, they then had to find a piece of property in the local area on which their proposed development would be located. Throughout the semester, the teams worked with their mentors to help them solve some of the many complex issues
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The Ninetwo Development Executive Summary demonstrates the detail that students went to in order to win the CCIM competition.
associated with developing a new real estate venture. Ninetwo Development Group, LLC, proposed building a 264-unit class-A multifamily development near Culebra Road and Loop 1604 called The Plaza at Alamo Ranch at a cost of $23 million.
The proposals included an executive summary, site location, market research, engineering issues, development costs, architectural site plans and renderings, pro forma financial analysis, and an exit strategy.
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firstname.lastname@example.org There is no way an American student can continue their education without handing over hundreds of dollars to behemoth nonprofits. Whether its high school students entering college, graduates pursuing a master’s degree or exchange students who apply for U.S. universities, they all end up paying the Educational Testing Services (ETS), a nonprofit organization, hefty sums that endorse a lavish corporate structure. Exempt from paying taxes, from being transparent to public scrutiny and from truly resolving customer-service queries, ETS is seemingly untouchable. The nonprofit testing organization administers over 50 million tests each year. Some of the most common tests administered by ETS are the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), for graduate school applicants, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for non-native English speakers, Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for students applying for graduate business schools, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) for applicants to universities, Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams for substituting classes, and the Praxis series to gain teacher certification. While ETS maintains they provide a significant benefit to the community, criticism has been raised that ETS is a monopoly, taking advantage of their captive clients who have nowhere else to turn. ETS was founded in 1947 in response to the absence of objective academic measurements. Prior to its establishment, academic measurements were subjective for each school. What was required at one college varied widely from what was required at another. ETS believed that by having one organization devoted to educational measurement, schools could reap more benefits from standardized practices and greater integration in the educational industry. ETS earned an estimated $7 million in profits in 2009, less than one percent of its total revenue, $906 million; the remaining $898 million was used for various expenses that the company, because of its private nature, do
not fully disclose. Nonetheless, there is little about the nature of such expenses. ETS facilities are located on a 360-acre complex, with swimming pools, tennis courts, a heliport, a private hotel and a residence where the CEO lives rent free, according to the New York Times. ETS does not pay federal income taxes. In order to be federally tax-exempt, an institution must be classified as a nonprofit organization. Tax exemptions are given to companies that can be seen as providing a service to the community or, in the case of ETS, advancing education. However, many students see a purpose that is anything but educational when they pay hundreds of dollars for electronic tests.
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Practice tests and guides exist for those who can afford them
Unlike students applying as undergraduates, who can choose between taking the SAT or ACT, ETS has a monopoly on graduate admissions because they offer the only test considered for acceptance, the GRE. Registration for the exam begins at $140 for students in the U.S. After the initial charge, there is a $25 fee for late registration, a $50 fee to reschedule, and another $50 fee to change the test location. Not to be outdone, the TOEFL, or Test of English as a Foreign Language Test, can cost as much as $250, and if a student needs to
reschedule, there is a $60 fee. Similar to the GRE, the TOEFL is often the only test accepted by universities as proof of English proficiency. For both tests, cancellation three days prior only result in a refund of will half the cost of registration. These costs can be a heavy burden for students living on a tight budget. Considering that it costs only a few cents to grade a multiple choice test and less than two dollars to grade an essay test, many critics of ETS want to know where exactly students’ money is going. According to Randy Elliot Bennett, who did a study on what it means to be a nonprofit organization in the 21st century, the purpose of ETS, as a nonprofit, is not to make money but to further the quality of education. Any money made, according to Bennett, goes only to advance their purpose. One of the biggest critics of ETS is Americans for Educational Testing Reform (AETR), AETR is an organization that monitors the fairness of standardized testing. AETR considers ETS, ACT Inc. and College Board to be the three biggest violators of testing ethics and demands from each one: “reasonable prices, ethical practices and… a commitment to their promise to serve American students and educators as not-forprofit organizations.” One of the most pressing criticisms raised against ETS by AETR is the compensation of their top “nonprofit” executives. According to AETR, Kurt Landgraf, CEO of ETS, receives $997,608 annually—more than twice the salary of the President of the United States, who earns $400,000—while the top five directors of ETS receive, on average, more than $300,000 annually. Crystal Poenisch, a sophomore political science major, was shocked to learn of the nonprofit status of ETS saying, “it’s outrageous to be nonprofit and still cost so much, nonprofit organizations should provide services for free.” While many nonprofits do uphold that value, ETS chooses a different path of exorbitant executive pay at the expense of giving the tests at cost. As if their government-endorsed presence in schools wasn’t enough to secure their funding, ETS has begun a for-profit subsidiary that sells test preparation material. By taking advantage of their monopoly on the testing industry, ETS has effectively been able to make money by selling a solution after creating the
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The biggest family in the educational mafia
One of ETS largest offices is located in San Antonio on the I-10 highway in a building shared with Chase bank.
problem. Moreover, the fact that exam studyguides are sold by a branch of ETS further contests principles of equal opportunity for all test takers. It also contributes to a different polemic about the fairness of the tests for students from poor school districts. One solution that has been offered by AETR is to place mandatory tests for students in the hands of the government. Rohit Chanden, a freshman political science major, believes, “the government should subsidize the mandatory tests,” or at least regulate private corporations so that they lower their prices on tests. Danny Khalil, who serves as president of the UTSA Young Democrats, believes that since these products are a prerequisite for college applications they, “should be subsidized by the government.” Others see government regulation as just a way for the government to extend their authority. Jason Hensley, a recent UTSA graduate and former president of UTSA’s Young Americans for Liberty, opposes any more government regulation than necessary saying, “going to a school of higher education is a choice, they just happen to require a test of some sort to judge students against each other… it is a slippery slope to take the opinion that it is the role of the government to make tests more affordable, because then, like with most things, where does it stop?”
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Phillip King’s large bright geometrical sculptures fill the foyer of the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Complex.
email@example.com The British have come; and it is not too late to catch a glimpse of them before they are gone. The Blue Star Contemporary Arts Complex is playing host to Phillip King, Philip John Evett and Harold Wood, three fantastic artists from England. The featured show, “The British Invasion,” will be leaving the complex Feb. 12. Make sure you get a glimpse of it before it’s gone. As you enter Blue Star, you are greeted by the incredibly bold, brightly colored sculptures from Phillip King’s exhibit, “Four Decades of Color.” It features over 20 sculptures and prints created between 1963 and 2011. King is said to be one of the most important sculptors of our time. He pays
New ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ to show in San Antonio Katy Glass
Arts&Life Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos” proves to be another adventure of bravery, revolt and romance as the Elric brothers continue their search to uncover the ever deepening world of alchemy. The film’s director, Kazuya Murata, who also worked as assistant director for the ever-popular anime, “Code Geass,” stayed true to the work of Hiromu Arakawa as the film aligns with her original manga series and the second animation series, “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.” In the opening of each “Fullmetal Alchemist” episode, Alphonse Elric
describes the parameters of alchemy: “Humankind cannot obtain anything without first sacrificing something. In order to obtain anything, something of equal value is required. That is Alchemy’s law of equivalent exchange.” This one law dictates the world of the Elric brothers. When they were young boys, their mother passed away and their grief was unbearable. Together, Edward and Alphonse decided to attempt a forbidden human transmutation to bring her back to life. As a result, Alphonse, Edward’s younger brother lost his entire body, and Edward lost his leg. He then sacrificed his arm to affix Alphonse’ soul, which remained in the room, to a suit of armor. Edward must live his life with an
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have been done anywhere, yet the paintings feel very specific. Evett’s untitled exhibit is a beautiful example of the abstraction of the human figure. His pieces are well crafted and designed. This detail enhances the individuality of the wood in each piece. His sculptures, together with his pen and ink drawings, create a duality between two and three-dimensional art. Together, they work fluidly throughout
the space. Evett’s pen never seems to leave the page in his drawings, giving them a constant feel of movement, as if each part is created instantaneously, as if Evett tries not to over-think the work. The drawings are elegant, imaginative and playful. The Blue Star Contemporary Arts Complex is free and open to the public Tues. thru Sat. 12 p.m. until 6 p.m and Thurs. 12 until 8 p.m.
automail (metal prosethetic) leg and arm, Alphonse with a suit of armor as his body and both with the knowledge they obtained at the gateway of truth. Edward’s newly found knowledge combined with his automail arm and leg gain him the title, the Fullmetal Alchemist, as a state alchemist for the country of Amestris. The boys then search the far reaches of their world for knowledge about alchemy in the hope that they may someday restore their bodies to normal. In this search, much of their energy is spent on finding a Philosopher’s stone, a stone that relieves its owner of the bounds of equivalent exchange. In this original video animation (OVA), Edward and Alphonse Elric, trail a fugitive alchemist to the nearly uninhabitable valley of the Milos people. The brothers find that they have stumbled into a battle of three lands, all in search of the sacred star of Milos or, as the Elric brothers know it, the Philosopher’s Stone. At the heart of the story is Julia, a young alchemist who stands as the Milos’ primary hope for
overcoming their oppressors. Not only does the film deliver a sophisticated plot, the animation parallels with the intricate displays of impossible cities, beautiful underground lakes and an expansive demonstration of the mechanical wonders of alchemy. Another compelling feature of the film is the voice casting which has Romi Park in her usual role as Edward Elric. A few other recognizable castings are Rie Kugimiya as Alphonse, Shin-Ichiro Miki as the ever-commanding and attractive Col. Roy Mustang and Kenji Utsumi as the glittering Alex Louis Armstrong. This combination of plot, acting and animation make “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos” a must see. After its debut in Japan on July 2, 2011, Eleven Arts and FUNimation have worked hard to bring the featurelength film to select North American theaters this January. In San Antonio, “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos” premieres at Santikos Northwest 14 on Sun., Jan. 22 at 5 p.m. and Thurs., Jan. 26 at 7 p.m.
arts@paissano-online..com As various nationalities, races, and religions come together, differences are forgotten and everyone stands together for the Martin Luther King Jr. March. Schools such as St. Phillips College and Our Lady of the Lake University, and UTSA joined churches from all over San Antonio to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the march. “It’s actually been about 34 years that the east side has done the march, and it’s only been 25 years since the city has adopted it,” said marcher Chuck Barnslater. One couple has participated in the
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march for 25 years. John and Rosie Hope have endured segregation for years but have seen the change that King’s dream helped create. Rosie Hope describes her experience coming from the north where there was less segregation. She remembers “[getting] off a train in Denton, Texas, and [eating] in a restaurant. A man came up to me and tapped me on the shoulder and told me I couldn’t sit there, so I went to the kitchen and got me a hamburger because I was so hungry.” That wasn’t the only case of segregation they encountered. John Hope was in the military and was the only black man in his group. Rosie explains that his group couldn’t go to a white people restaurant because they wouldn’t let her husband in and the black restaurants
The southwest School of Arts will be featuring the work of Shannon Brock, Marie Swartz and Sonya Clark. The work wil be on display until Feb. 12
The cellar theater will be presenting 10 original 10-minute plays written by the members of the Playhouse Playwrights. Admission is $15. Showtimes are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and sun. at 2:30 p.m.
Evett’s life-size wooden sculptures seem to be influecnced by the human figure.
San Antonio Celebrates its 25th anniversary of Martin Luther King Sylvia Alejandro
This exhibit on display at the McNay begins Jan. 18 and continues until June 16.
San Pedro Playhouse will be performing this classic play all wekend. Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 2:30 p.m.
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Featured art at Blue Star Contemporary Arts Complex turns heads close attention to the construction of his work. The sculptures are minimal at first glance, breaking down complex shapes and revealing their basic elements. At some points the exhibit is confusing due to the lack of information provided to those who might be searching for an explanation. It might be best to look past any desire for meaning and enjoy the work for its geometric shape, bold design and King’s ability to put together his work. It is well done. Wood’s exhibit “Levelland [Points of Scale]” plays with the thin line between landscape and abstract. The series of paints feel peaceful even tranquil due to the lack of bright color in the majority of the series. One in particular that lies in the back left corner of the exhibit and remains untitled, feels exactly like a winter landscape. Without giving away any particular details, Wood instead forces his audience to fill in the blanks of the landscape. These paintings could
Designs from the Tobin collection
Harold Wood’s exhibit “Levelland [Points of Scale]” features his beautiful abstract landscapes.
Th e B r i t i sh have l and ed Katy Schmader
Baroque to Bauhaus:
Martin Luther King Parade walkers celebrate the dreams King had over 25 years ago.
wouldn’t let the white people in. “Yes, I’ve seen a lot of change, we’ve come a long way, and I think Martin Luther had a lot do with it,” she said. Another marcher, James Weathersby, who is relatively new to the San Antonio area said “(I am) very impressed with the turn out here in San Antonio
and seeing an organization this large participate in any kind of march not only the MLK march. I’m very proud of that and being an African American and from the United States, it speaks volumes to me.” Because San Antonio is so diverse, Weathersby says, “I think it’s a good thing to see how we all come
Friday Jan. 20 8 p.m. Beethoven 2,4 and 5 (*editor’s choice)
All month the San Antonio symphony will be playing several of Beethoven’s symphonys. The show will take place at the Majestic. Ticket prices vary.
Saturday Jan. 21 3:30 p.m. James Carlos Blake Reading
Gemini Ink will be hosting Blake, who has written nine novels, and his work has recieved a great amount of praise. The event is free and open to the public.
1:30 p.m. Fiber Arts Symposium and Artist Talk Sonya Clark and Namita Gupta Wiggars, the curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, as well as Paula Owen the Southwest School of Art President will speak. This event is free and open to the public.
Sunday, Jan. 22 3 p.m. Beethoven in the style of jazz (*editor’s choice)
At the McAllister Auditorium.
7 p.m. Hook Mini- Fest [*editor’s choice]
Alamodrafthouse will be showcasing “Hook” and complement the movie with a specially made menu for the event. Tickets are $30.
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together and that’s what I’m so proud of, the number of races that we do have and to be a minority whether it be African American or Hispanic, this is a tribute to that.” Messages carried by some of the 100,000 marchers included “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that” and “the time is always right to do what’s right” Participation represented the YMCA, Valero, CPS Energy, AT&T and Coca Cola Company also stood among the marchers. Radio stations like The Beat 98.5 and La Kalle 95.1 also participated in the anniversary. With each passing year, the crowd increases and marchers were proud and excited to know that the numbers continue to rise. “I can (still) feel the discrimination but it’s getting better along with the years, especially with awareness, so it’s definitely heading in the right direction,” said marcher Leslie Rangel.
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January 17, 2012
Women’s hoops end winter break starting conference season Stephen Whitaker Sports Editor
An artist’s rendering of the new track stadium to be built at Park West between Loop 160 and Hausman Road. Along with this stadium, a soccer-specific stadium will be built in the first phase. Work will begin in March with completion scheduled for fall of 2013.
History to be made again in 2012 Sports Editor
firstname.lastname@example.org Last year was quite a year for the UTSA athletic program. It began with the men’s basketball team winning the Southland Conference tournament for the first time since 2004. The win earned the team a trip to the NCAA tournament, where they knocked off Alabama State for the first win in any NCAA tournament by a UTSA team. The men’s basketball team was not the only UTSA squad that brought home hardware in 2011. The women’s golf team won its first-ever Southland Conference championship, and the men’s indoor track team won its sixth consecutive Southland Conference championship. Of course, 2011 will go down in the annals of UTSA history as the year the football program got underway with a record of four wins and six losses. With all that history it would be easy to think that 2012 will fall short of the excitement provided in 2011. That may not be the case as 2012 should offer plenty of historic opportunities. The biggest story of 2012 will occur
Work in Progress It’s how you play the game Stephen Whitaker Sports Editor email@example.com The game of football may be the greatest thing that the people of Texas have. Aside from bar-b-que, I can’t think of anything that is as Texan as football. Especially at the high school level where entire towns will close on Friday nights to gather at the local field or stadium, depending on the size of the town, to cheer on the local gridiron warriors. Lufkin, my hometown, is one such town where people mark the weeks by Fridays. Every Friday in the fall (and sometimes Saturdays, depending on the playoff run,) the residents of Lufkin rally around the Lufkin High School Panther football team. It is the identity of the town; to be from Lufkin is to be a Panther. For the past 17 seasons, one man has symbolized what it means to be a Panther. John Outlaw made a name for himself in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, where he won two state titles in 1979 and 1987. In Sherman, Texas, he coached for seven years before going to Lufkin in 1995 where he became the head football coach and athletic director. From the time he took over, until his untimely death on December
on July 1, when the UTSA Roadrunners will move from the Southland Conference, their home for the last 20 years, to the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). The move to the WAC means the Roadrunners will move up from the Football Championship Subdivsion (FCS) to the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). While the Roadrunners will not be eligible for a bowl until 2014, the fact that they will be in the FBS when they begin their second season is unique because they will be the fastest program to move from FCS to FBS in NCAA history. “We were fortunate to be in the right place at the right time,” Director of Athletics Lynn Hickey said of the move to the WAC. “We know that to be at that level we are going to have to get better resources.” One of those better resources will be the athletic complex at Park West between Loop 1604 and Hausman Road. Phase one will break ground sometime in March and includes the building of a new soccer stadium and track stadium. The construction marks the first step toward UTSA athletes playing their games in the new complex. 23, 2011, of a heart attack, he led the Panthers to their greatest run of success in school history with a record of 162 wins, 46 losses and one tie. But the man taught lessons off the field as well. “He taught us to work hard in the classroom and in the community,” junior kinesiology major and former Lufkin Panther Zach Taylor said. “To give us a good future.” My football career sputtered out in the eighth grade, and I missed the opportunity to have Coach Outlaw as my coach, but in my time at Lufkin High School I learned things from him that I carry with me to this day. Coach Outlaw believed in the power of community and the ability of football to bring a community together in good times and bad. Whether his team was winning a state championship, as they did in 2001, or slipping out of the playoffs in the first round-as they had done in three of the previous four seasonshis message remained the same. “What matters to me is each and every one of these kids out here and all the ones I’ve coached in the past,” Outlaw told the Lufkin Daily News following his 300th career win in 2011. If there is one thing you can learn from Coach Outlaw, it’s not about winning and losing. It’s about building character, representing your community and playing the game the best you can. Because it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose; the only thing that matters is how you play the game.
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“Everything is approved,” Hickey said. “The funding is in place to start the infrastructure and begin building.” The phase one construction will also include the building of roads and parking facilities for the new complex. Around the same time that ground is broken on Park West, it is possible that either the men’s basketball team or women’s basketball team—or both—could be playing in the NCAA tournament. Also, around that time, both softball and baseball will be getting into their final Southland campaign, attempting to bring back another Southland trophy before the move to the WAC. The 2012 campaign will be a challenging one for the UTSA football team as they will face road tests with South Alabama, Georgia State and Rice in addition to hosting McNeese State and WAC opponents San Jose State, Utah State and Texas State. No matter what happens on or off the field for the UTSA Roadrunner athletic program, 2012 promises to be another historic year.
Coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair has the current Roadrunner squad well positioned for another run at the conference tournament in Katy, Texas.
hands of the Sam Houston State Bearkats who sent the defending Southland West Division champions to an 0-1 start in conference play with a 63-50 win that marked the first Bearkat win in San Antonio in 12 years. A win would finally come for the Roadrunners on Jan. 11 when they went down to the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi to take on the Islanders of Texas A&MCorpus Christi. The Roadrunners were able to return up I-37 with a 58-38 win that brought their overall season record to 5-10 with a split of the first two conference games, 1-1. The Roadrunners returned home on Jan. 14 and continued their winning streak when they pulled out a close 50-46 contest with the Stephen F. Austin Ladyjacks. The Roadrunners were led by freshman Kamra King’s 17 points. The win put Head Coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair two triumphs away from 200 victories at UTSA. It would mark another milestone for Blair, who won her 300th career game earlier this season.
Men’s basketball begins title defense Stephen Whitaker Sports Editor
firstname.lastname@example.org The Roadrunner men’s basketball team concluded the stretch of games played during the break with a 5-3 record. The team played four road games, two non-conference games against Houston and Troy and two conference contests at Sam Houston State and Stephen F. Austin State. The Roadrunners also hosted four home games, two against non-conference foes, UC Riverside and Bowling Green, as well as conference foes Nicholls and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. The eight-game stretch began on the road Dec. 20 against the University of Houston Cougars. The game was a tough back-andforth fight between the Roadrunners and Cougars. The Cougars ultimately defended their home court and escaped with a 77-75 win that dropped the Roadrunners to their fifth loss of the season. Two nights after the setback in Houston, the Roadrunners got back in the win column against the Troy Trojans, 76-70 in Troy, Alabama. Junior Guard Melvin Johnson led the Roadrunners with 25 points as the Roadrunners improved their season record to 6-5. After a week off for Christmas, the Roadrunners returned to action on Dec. 28 at home against the UC-Riverside Highlanders. The Roadrunners fell back to a .500 winning average on the season after the Highlanders handed the Roadrunners a 70-65 defeat. The Roadrunners began the new year with a New Year’s Day home bout with the Bowling Green Falcons. The Roadrunners made sure to start 2012 on a high note as they pulled out a hard fought overtime victory, 86-79. Three days later, on Jan. 4, the Roadrunners opened up the defense of the Southland Conference Title with a victory over the Nicholls Colonels. The Roadrunners were never really challenged as they raced out to a big lead en-route to a 91-50 win that set a
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During the winter break, the women’s basketball team played seven games. In those seven contests, the Roadrunners came away with three victories against four losses. Of the losses, three came on the road and one at home; two of the three victories came at home with one on the road. The first two games were at home against Creighton on Dec. 20 and against Texas-Pan American on Dec. 21. The Creighton Bluejays withstood a late Roadrunner charge to hold on for a 54-53 victory. The Roadrunners salvaged a victory from the UTSA Holiday Classic the next day when they knocked off Texas-Pan American, 68-54. The Roadrunners returned to action on Dec. 28 by taking a trip up I-35 to play the SMU Mustangs at historic Moody Coliseum in Dallas. The Mustangs and Roadrunners played a well-fought game in which the Roadrunners started the second half on a 19-7 run before the Mustangs came back with a run of their own, 23-7, to pull out a 69-65 victory. It would be two days before the Roadrunners would have a chance to return to winning when they played host to the Rice Owls. The Owls proved too much for the Roadrunners, though, as they never trailed en-route to a 71-46 drubbing. The Roadrunners were forced to wait a week before they could return to the court Jan. 7, but when they did, the defeat was there to greet them. This time it was at the
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The Roadrunners were 3-1 in games that Melvin Johnson scored 20 or more points over the winter break.
school record for largest margin of victory in the 20 year history of UTSA in the Southland. The Roadrunners returned to the road on Jan. 8 against the Sam Houston State Bearkats in a game originally scheduled for Jan. 7 but was moved due to the Bearkat football team’s appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) National Championship game. Just like their football team the day before at the hands of North Dakota State, the Bearkats were banished to defeat by the Roadrunners, 62-60, after Junior Guard Kannon Burrage scored the game-tying and victory-clinching baskets. Looking for their fourth consecutive win of the new year and a 3-0 start to Southland Conference play, the Roadrunners returned home on Jan. 11 to
host the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Islanders. The Roadrunners were humbled on their home court by the Islanders, who led the Roadrunners by as much as 19 before the Roadrunners came back and held a late lead before the shooting woes that plagued the Roadrunners all night returned. The Islanders sailed back to Corpus Christi with their first conference win and second win of the season, 51-50. The Roadrunners tried to get back to their winning ways on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the pineywoods of Nacogdoches against the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. In this task, the Roadrunners (10-7, 3-1 SLC) were successful as they left Johnson Coliseum with a 59-52 win that helped them keep up in the tight Southland West Division race.
January 17, 2012
January 17, 2012