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Campus maintains low positivity rate
By Victoria Velazquez LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The University of the Incarnate Word is maintaining a low COVID-19 positivity rate on its campuses, according to a team monitoring the situation.
As of Oct. 12, UIW’s Broadway campus had nine total active cases, 44 cumulative cases, and a 1.5 percent positivity rate. As of October, “4,036 COVID-19 tests have been administered with only 47 positives on the Broadway
campus,” said Dr. Ronda Gottlieb, UIW’s director of clinical health. UIW’s medical health and safety team has employed, suggested and monitored several measures to keep the positivity rate at a level low enough
to avert shutdowns. UIW is part of a network in the San Antonio Metro Health District that helps Bexar County manage
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Tickets will be available beginning today, Nov. 2, for the Nov. 20-22 opening weekend program of the 34th annual ‘Light the Way’ holiday-lighting event at the UIW campus.
Drive-through event set for ‘Light the Way’ “Light the Way” is going drivethrough its opening weekend 6-9 p.m. Nov. 20-22 to provide a safe way to cope with the pandemic at the University of the Incarnate Word. Admission is free to the 34th annual, holiday-lighting drive which features a million twinkling lights. However, ticket reservations are required for the special
weekend event due to the “vehicle capacity,” said Eric Martinez, special events manager for UIW’s Office of Communications and Marketing. The opening weekend program will include a tour of the UIW campus, performances by UIW students, event activations along the route and a chance to see special guests Red the
Cardinal and Santa Claus. Tickets will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 2. “Light the Way,” originated by a former UIW president, Dr. Lou J. Agnese Jr., and supported by HEB, has evolved from a kickoff indoor event, outdoor stadium event, outdoor festival event to this drive-through event due to COVID-19.
After the opening weekend event, visitors coming to the campus Nov. 23-Jan. 6 who want to see the lights nightly at a slower pace should wear masks and stay socially distanced, Martinez said. “If you are walking, you must wear a mask,” Martinez said.
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Class received an award in the College-Magazine Program. Bocanegra, a sophomore communication arts major, produced an Theresa Coronado award-winning PSA on self-isolation while he and his family were battling COVID-19 last spring. The PSA was Bocanegra’s final assignment in last spring’s Video
Production I class. The Video Production II class produced a 30-minute show, “Cardstock,” that highlighted programs and Antonio Bocanegra II services offered at UIW. The show aired on the City of San Antonio’s TVSA-Education channel. Bocanegra, who is taking classes remotely from his home in Porter,
Texas, said he wanted to thank Coronado and the Department of Communication Arts for their support. Bocanegra said he was “incredibly astonished” to have won the award. “It shows that the hard work and determination that I had was achieved in this PSA by it being reflected to the judges who work in the industry.” Faced with a two-week deadline working remotely from home last April and May in a household coping with COVID-19, Bocanegra said
UIWtv wins two Lone Star Emmys UIWtv, the online TV station at the University of the Incarnate Word, has received two, first-time student production awards from the Lone Star Emmy® Educational Foundation. Professor Theresa Coronado, a communication arts instructor who serves as general manager and adviser for the station, said UIWtv’s operations director, Antonia Bocanegra II, received an award in the Public Service Announcement category, and the Spring 2020 Video Production
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he lived through the situation. “I felt how self-isolation affects oneself, and I wanted to inform others what to do while in self-isolation. The goals for the PSA were to educate the public on why self-isolation is necessary during any health crisis, what activities you can do, and how to get support from national and local resources to manage your emotions and stability.” Bocanegra’s mother, who worked in an assisted-living facility, was stricken first. Then Bocanegra, his younger brother and younger sister fell ill. “During this challenging time, people should make a household plan to react when someone in the household tested positive for any infectious disease,” Bocanegra said. “This PSA is sweet and straightforward on how to continue
Campus cont. and respond to COVID-19. “We had assistance from the School of Osteopathic Medicine and (UIW) Health Services on campus,” said Dr. Glenn James, UIW’s vice provost. “There are several expert doctors whose specialties include public health and epidemiology designed to help us prepare and respond to COVID-19.” Overall, the efforts of UIW’s medical team have proven to reduce the serious spread of COVID-19 with extra steps in place until an effective vaccine is established. Additionally, UIW has employed the services of an epidemiologist consultant to assist in the response of testing based on trends that help care for students and employees successfully. The process for reporting cases can be found on the alert icon of UIW’s webpage that contains further vital information as well. The illness reporting form is for all students and employees that are symptomatic or have been exposed to COVID-19. Once completed, “there will be someone who contacts the individual to see what compassionate care can be provided and in parallel, a second group will respond to the incident by conducting contact tracing or
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Twenty-seven missing children were recovered during a five-day “Operation Find Our Children” rescue effort in Virginia, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Deputy U.S. marshals led the campaign, in conjunction with the federal agency’s Fugitive Task Force, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and state and local agencies. Six other children who originally were reported missing were found in the custody of their legal guardian, marshals reported this past Friday.
If you rent a Hertz car Monday, Nov. 2, for two or more days, you’ll get a free day on the rental – in effect renting one day gets you two. That’s the offer the rental car company is featuring on its “Drive the Vote” special. “We want to make it easier for people to exercise their right to vote -- especially those who need safe and reliable transportation,” Laura Smith, the firm’s executive vice president of global marketing and customer experience, said in a statement. “We’re happy to provide local and convenient mobility options to the communities we serve on Election Day.”
your active state of mind on your recovery from any infectious disease.” “As I was still sick with COVID-19, I had to balance resting to recover from the virus while simultaneously making the PSA. While the class was being held in a virtual environment, we didn’t have the equipment we would have if we were in the classroom. I had to use my iPhone to record my family members in-person, and I used Zoom to record the voice-over, and some show-up appearances with my connections for the PSA. Then I had to edit my footage on my computer while using Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Illustrator to create the call-to-action graphics at the end of the PSA.” Three students involved with the award-winning “CardStock” show also shared their reactions. “It’s a nice feeling knowing that our
work was recognized,” Allison Gomez, one of the producers, said. “I’m glad that I got the chance to work on the project. It gave me experience working on a more professional project. I also enjoyed getting to learn more about various projects that UIW is involved in, such as the Cardinal Cupboard and Compassionate San Antonio.” “When we were nominated, I felt fulfilled,” producer Jason Futrell said. “Knowing we won, I am overflowing with joy. I am humbled and grateful to Professor Coronado for putting this program together. It really was the culmination of a whole team (class) effort.” “CardStock” co-host Jacob Martinez also expressed excitement. “It’s absolutely amazing. I’m ecstatic,” Martinez said after hearing
news of the award. “This is the result of passionate individuals who were placed in the studio to make magic happen. Winning this Emmy – to me – is just absolutely phenomenal and it motivates me to believe in my dreams and aspirations like never before.” Coronado said producing a 30-minute news magazine show in half a semester requires a lot of coordination and production skill. “The goal in the assignment was to allow students to produce a complete half-hour show while cultivating their storytelling abilities,” she said. “I’m extremely proud of our students for excelling in their craft. It’s a privilege to guide them in their filmmaking endeavors and witness their achievements.”
disinfecting areas,” James said. “I believe UIW’s illness reporting form has been very successful in tracking positive cases within the UIW community,” Gottlieb said. UIW’s general pandemic page contains a wealth of information related to the current state of COVID-19 on campus and in the community. The indicator information is based on the guidance of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that has been adapted for the UIW campus. The warning level summarizes the direction of protocol that should be implemented. Currently, UIW is in the yellow, minimal to moderate warning level indicator that is dependent on the levels of positive cases in San Antonio and on campus. “The planning team is not ready to go into (the) green warning level indicator just yet, but everyone is planning toward what it would take to reach this in the next three to six months,” James said. He emphasized the medical team has implemented a testing plan that has two major parts consisting of baseline and surveillance testing to assess the appropriate warning level indicator. The baseline testing conducted at UIW involved testing everyone physically present on campus with no cost to
them. Thereafter, the surveillance testing looks to the baseline for positive COVID-19 cases. Based solely on medical data, Dr. Ronda Gottlieb “surveillance testing requires a random sample every couple of weeks to continue to get an early alert to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” James said. Wishfully hoping the number of positives to be zero defies the reality of this contagion, which will mean there are going to be positive cases, Gottlieb said. “Identifying COVID-19 positive cases early allows us to mitigate the potential risk to others.” Most significantly, UIW’s positivity rate is low because of the testing that has been implemented at every campus location and is publicly documented on the University’s homepage. UIW has continually administered effective testing methods including self-administered tests. While on-campus testing was provided and occupied by students, in the interests of time, “we were able to provide testing for UIW employees with a self-administered nasal swab test, where they would receive results within three to five days,” James said.
The response of UIW’s medical team, students, and faculty to mitigation efforts has been exemplary, Gottlieb said. “We have over 1,700 individuals working, studying, living, and attending curricular activities on the Broadway campus,” Gottlieb said. “The UIW positivity rate has remained consistently low throughout the summer and fall which continues to be lower than the Bexar County rate. Reporting an illness, close contact with someone positive for COVID-19, or a diagnosis of COVID-19 is a part of UIW’s shared responsibility to keep our community members safe. It is one very important step in the process that includes wearing face masks, washing your hands, and maintaining six feet of physical distance from others that will continue to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 on campus.” James also praised the UIW community’s efforts. “I am so proud of our faculty and students that are involved in-person instruction,” James said. “We have over 1,000 students. In all cases but one, the cases have not spread in the classroom and the spread has been limited because everyone has shared in the responsibility of COVID-19 and are doing their best in the classroom and on campus.”
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Masked participants enjoy ‘National Night Out’ By Cameron Brennan LOGOS STAFF WRITER Wearing masks and maintaining social distance, University of the Incarnate Word students on campus participated in “National Night Out,” a traditional fall event. Sponsored by the Office of Campus Engagement, the outdoor event is geared towards uniting the UIW community and local law enforcement. A variety of activities were offered including T-shirt dyeing, raffles, booths, games, free food, and prizes including a bike. Due to the severity of the global pandemic and many off campus, this year’s event was anticipating seeing a relatively smaller turnout than years prior. Typically set up outside, National Night Out was relocated to the
Cameron Brennan/LOGOS PHOTO Sophomores Sabrina Goains, left, and Nathaniel Zapata-Ramirez chat with junior Ivette Alcantar-Herrera at ‘National Night Out.’
parking lot in front of Ann Barshop Natatorium. In the past, it had been under bleachers at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium. Moving the event to a more controlled area allowed planners to unite the community
while being more spread out. Those attending were expected to complete the Cardinal daily health check prior to entering as well as wearing masks when not eating or drinking. Commitment to adhere to the
Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences shared the survey with students and collected 117 responses. The questions asked students about plans to vote in the presidential election, their voting history, voting party they most identify with, and the most important election issues. The responses show 89.2 percent of those surveyed are planning to vote compared to nearly 30 percent who voted in the last election. More than half of the students said they were Democrats, nearly 19 percent Republicans and nearly 18 percent
identifying as independent or other. The data suggests young voters are energized and ready to make their voices heard. A recent report released by Tufts University shows Texas leads the nation of early votes among those ages 18-29. As of Oct. 21, when Tufts issued a statement, “more than 3 million young people (ages 18–29) have already voted early or absentee in the 2020 elections, including more than 2 million in 14 key states that may well decide the presidency and control of the (U.S.) Senate.”
federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and safety by everyone who attended contributed to the success of the event in a tense year nationwide between law enforcement and the community. National Night Out also promoted healthy lifestyles and advocated for safety amongst the greater UIW community. Asked if she had any apprehensions about attending the event, graduate student Mariana Olguin said the spacing was a major factor in her decision. “I knew that it was going to be very open-spaced,” Olguin said. “I wasn’t worried at all. I knew they would be taking all the precautions to keep us safe. I had friends coming tonight and I wanted to come and say hi.”
Survey: UIW Cardinals rush to vote By Julia Robles LOGOS STAFF WRITER
Using SurveyMonkey, the Logos learned at least 89 percent of University of the Incarnate Word students responding have made their voices heard or will in the presidential election. Early voting ended Friday night in Texas. So far, early voting has broken records in Texas and across the country. And a record turnout is anticipated in the final day of voting, Tuesday, Nov. 3. Professors in the College of
Students suit up through online event
By Julia Robles LOGOS STAFF WRITER
University of the Incarnate Word students saved big and stocked up after two days of deep discounts at the annual JCPenney’s Suit-Up event in September – and the next one is for March. The Office of Career Services-sponsored fall event featured online and in-person savings Sept. 20-21. UIW students received a coupon code to apply an additional 30 percent off select career wear items. Other in-store discounts were available at Sephora inside JCPenney and in select salon services. Previous years have provided lucrative savings for students. While the current pandemic has provided uncertainty among many, especially college students, the fashion industry is no exception with department stores such
as JCPenney filing for bankruptcy. Another new challenge for graduates is navigating the changing landscape of the business dress code. Finding deals and savings, especially on often labeled non-essential goods like a new wardrobe, are ways to stay afloat during these unprecedented times. In a National Public Radio interview, Keanan Duffty, director at Parsons School of Design, said working at home has created changes in the fashion world. “What’s happening for apparel actually has been kind of in the cards for a long time,” Duffty said. “ ‘Casual Friday’ became ‘Casual Thursday, Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday.’ “ Still, with this changing trend, UIW students will need to stock their closet with basic career wear staples.
A classic blazer is a must for every professional, but the difference now is the need for a versatile blazer that is casual and professional. With more companies offering remote
working and Zoom conferencing, the business on top and athleisure on the bottom means the work pant is out, and the elastic waistband is in! So, the Suit-Up event is one Angelo Mitchell, a graduate communication arts student at UIW, looks forward to, and has taken advantage of when it’s offered when he needed business attire. “What a great opportunity,” Mitchell said. “I saved so much money.” Details about the next JCPenney Suit-Up Event will be available in December via Handshake through the Cardinal Apps page, according to the Office of Career Services. To stay connected with other future Career Services events, go to my.uiw.edu/career/career-events or follow @uiwcareers.
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Student media leaders cope with pandemic Ten University of the Incarnate Word students are leading the effort to keep the campus newspaper digitally alive, radio and TV on the air and social media updated. Despite the pandemic limiting the number of students normally involved in student media, the leaders survived Zoom interviews with administrators over the summer to earn work-study positions in the Department of Communication Arts. New Logos Editor Ruby Filoteo got the party started on the first day of Main Campus classes Aug. 24 with a first-time, Back-to-School digital edition of the student-driven newspaper. Adviser Michael Mercer, a senior instructor in the department, said Filoteo is leading a team planning to produce four editions this fall and three in the spring on a digital platform. Filoteo is being assisted by Assistant Editor Justin Kraiza, and freshmen editorial assistants Bre DeGracia and John David Gamez. Volunteers and students enrolled in the Publications Practicum class also contribute. Filoteo, a native of San Antonio, was a work-study writer, photographer and graphic artist for the newspaper last year but stepped up when the editor position became open. “My first goal before I took this role was to convert the Logos student-run newspaper to a digital flipbook, and I achieved it,” said Filoteo, a graphic design major minoring in marketing and communication arts. “My goal is to use my creativity to enhance the newspaper. It’s all about being consistent and able to deliver on time. Taking on the editor role is hard work, but rewarding at the same time. Another goal of mines is to train Justin to learn how to use the software needed to create the newspaper. Lastly, a personal goal
of mine is not only to improve in my writing, but to learn from others, and improve my communication. I want to be part of the student’s journey, by assisting to get their work published, while giving the feedback needed, and I feel they will gain the confidence needed for their future career.” Kraiza, Filoteo’s assistant, is a native of Goshen, N.Y., He is majoring in communication arts with a concentration in multimediajournalism. Both he and Filoteo are writing regular columns for the paper and having Zoom sessions to handle the production of the paper remotely. “My goals are to acquire knowledge and experience in writing for a student paper,” Kraiza said. “Also, the great value and responsibility that comes with editing stories from students, and designing the layout of the student paper. Also learning the ropes while juggling freshmen schedules are assistants Bre DeGracia, a pre-physical therapy major originally from Ponce, Puerto Rico, and Gamez, a communication arts major from San Antonio. “My goal for this position is to learn skills from my fellow editors,” DeGracia said. Gamez said, “My goal for this job is to improve upon my writing/storytelling and make it appealing to read. That’s why I joined writing for the papers in the first place. To inform but most importantly test out my writing skills.” Current and past editions of the newspaper may be accessed at https:// uiwcommarts.com/the-logos/ KUIW, the Internet radio station, and UIWtv, are back on the air in limited, safety-first ways with guidance from Theresa Coronado, a communication arts instructor who advises both operations. She’s getting help from Operations Manager
Maggie Ramirez, a communication arts major from San Antonio who’s concentrating in media production. “I believe that being a part of a radio station is a good form of self-expression and I want to express myself through my work on the radio,” Ramirez said. “Hopefully, I can continue being a part of radio in the future and explore new artists along the way.” KUIW’s music director, Marisa Allen of San Antonio, is a communication arts major concentrating in multimedia-journalism. Her goals are simple: “Add more new music to KUIW (and) interview more local artists.” KUIW streams 24-7. Pre-pandemic, volunteers, work-studies and students enrolled in the Radio Practicum class often did more than 12-hour-a-day, weekday shifts and occasionally some weekend sports coverage. Now, air personalities are limited. On KUIW.org, you can hear live DJs Ian Comuzzie from 2-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Julia Martinez from 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays, Jake Fortune from 10 a.m.-noon Fridays and Ricardo Rodriguez from noon through 2 p.m. – airing from its Main Campus studio in the Administration Building. UIWtv already has produced broadcasts from its studio next door to the radio station since September. Communication arts majors Antonio Bocanegra II and Alyssa Munoz are sharing operational duties related to producing the broadcasts with a skeleton crew maintaining social distancing in the studio and wearing masks while on campus. Bocanegra and Munoz are both concentrating in multimedia-production. “My goal is to introduce fresh new perspectives and new techniques to evolve and grow and remain on the cutting-edge of advancements within student media,” said Bocanegra,
who is working remotely from his home in Porter, Texas, where he battled COVID-19 last spring. “Identifying innovative approaches and improved solutions through observation, inspiration, and determination to be able to create an award-winning student news media organization here at UIW.” Munoz, a San Antonio native who also is doing double-duty as news editor, also shared her goals: “My goals as UIWtv director are to successfully learn every aspect of all the work that goes into creating a professional broadcast, and to maintain a safe, comfortable, and welcoming work environment so that we can begin to see new faces wanting to get involved at UIWtv.” Puerto Rican native Zoe Del Rosario, also a communication arts major concentrating in multimedia-production, is serving as UIWtv’s program director. “My goal is to produce unique content that is both informative and enjoyable for the entire Cardinal community,” she said. UIWtv has broadcasts planned every two weeks through Nov. 17 this fall. To see past broadcasts, you must go to https://www.youtube.com/user/uiwtv Beni Resendez, a communication arts major concentrating in multimediaproduction from San Antonio, is helping to promote the students’ media work on social media in his job as office assistant for the department. “I hope that working as an office assistant for UIW helps me improve my communication and critical thinking skills,” Resendez said. “As I continue to work at UIW I hope to build stronger relationships with professors and peers.”
to be on Zoom and Facebook live at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4. Virtual Thirsty Thursday with High Street Wine Company on Thursday, Nov. 5, is going to be a Zoom event. At 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, an alumni talent show is planned. A Cardinal Spirit car parade through campus is planned
at 2 p.m. Saturday. It will be followed by a virtual Trivia and Pizza Night at 6. Sunday, Nov. 8, brings three virtual activities. The first one is the Homecoming Memorial Liturgy of the Word at 11 a.m. on Zoom. A Virtual Campus Tour is set to start at 1 p.m. on Facebook Live, and the finale is a
Taste of Home cooking show at 5. “Who knows what we can learn from this year’s virtual events,” Alumni Association President Martin Padron said. “We may keep some of them for future homecomings for those who are not able to make it back to San Antonio.”
‘Home Sweet Homecoming’ offers hybrid mix By Christina Emmett
LOGOS STAFF WRITER The University of the Incarnate Word Alumni Association has a mostly virtual mix of activities remaining for “Home Sweet Homecoming.” An activity aimed at engaging students with alumni is “The Power of Mentorship Alumni Panel” set
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Steve Lucke, left, Dr. Chris Pierce, Sister Martha Ann Kirk and James Riggin participate in a ceremony marking the planting of a ‘Compassion Tree’ near the San Antonio River’s edge on campus. The tree shows the link between the city and UIW on conservation.
‘Compassion Tree’ shows climate concerns SPECIAL TO THE LOGOS
Overlooking the Headwaters of the San Antonio River adjacent to the University of the Incarnate Word campus, a group gathered Oct. 10 to symbolically plant a “Compassion Tree.” The special occasion marked global “Climate Reality Day.” And the group included the likes of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and UIW’s president, Dr. Thomas Evans. Also happening that day was the Countdown Global Launch, a call to action on climate change and the first-ever free TED conference presented by TED and Future Stewards. Concerned people from many countries were speaking including Pope Francis who invited all people to unite in care of creation in the face of climate change. His writing is called “Laudato Si.” At the Headwaters ceremony, Evans thanked the City of San Antonio, Mayor Nirenberg, “and every organization here today for making this moment possible.” The University of the Incarnate Word, Evans said, “we are guided by a Mission to educate concerned and enlightened citizens within a global community. Here, young people, with boundless potential, discover some of the world’s most pressing needs and how they can contribute to their resolution.” Earth stewardship has been
long promoted at UIW as well as Catholic Social Teaching that “tells us that we have a responsibility to love and protect creation,” Evans said. “By doing so, we hold sacred that which God has given us and preserve it for future generations. Upholding and serving future generations is at the core of all we do and at the root of who we are. “Every day, students walk these historic grounds – our Incarnate Word campus – and see the work and effort made by each ministry to live our shared values, to value nature, and today, to plant a compassion tree. What better way to teach sustainability than to model it? “Today, we have shown that while each of us here come from many different organizations with many different goals, we are truly One in our love for our city, our Earth and those who do and will inhabit it. Thank you all for being here with us today. May the planting of this tree at the Headwaters be a symbol of our dedication to the care of creation and our commitment to instilling this value in every student of the University of the Incarnate Word.” Dr. Sally Said, secretary of the board of directors for Headwaters at Incarnate Word, explained how Headwaters is a non-profit, Earth-care ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate
Word, founders of the university. Headwaters is responsible for a nature sanctuary of 53 acres adjacent to the UIW campus, including the Blue Hole Spring. The Blue Hole -- because of its free-flowing spring -- was the site of native encampments beginning 12,000 years ago, according to archeological evidence. Native groups continue to visit the spring, which they consider sacred, to this day. During Spanish colonization from the early 18 th century, acequias -- stone-lined ditches -carried water from the Blue Hole and San Pedro Springs to the civilian community, the presidio, and the missions. After the Texas War of Secession from Mexico, ownership of the headwaters passed to the City of San Antonio, which sold the springs to thencity Alderman J.R. Sweet. Sweet sold the springs and adjacent land to George W. Brackenridge in 1869. After the drilling of artesian wells made spring ownership less critical, Brackenridge sold some 283 acres, his Head of the River Estate, to the Incarnate Word Sisters in 1897. Today, the Sisters retain about 155 acres, including the campus of UIW; the retirement community; land surrounding the Sister’s offices, chapel, and Brackenridge Villa; and the Headwaters Sanctuary.
On July 22, 2020, the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and Headwaters at Incarnate Word signed a conservation easement agreement with Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas. The easement will preserve in perpetuity a 50-acre natural area encompassing the Headwaters of the San Antonio River and guaranteeing the continued existence of the only nature sanctuary in the urban core of San Antonio. The tree planted overlooks the Blue Hole, included in this easement. Darshana Gupte, chair of the San Antonio chapter of the Climate Reality Project, shared how former Vice President Al Gore had founded the project in 2006, which since then has trained more than 31,000 climate leaders in more than 170 countries world. For 24 straight hours on Oct. 10, Gore and other leaders led digital presentations and discussion across the planet, including climate change, COVID-19 and systemic racism. “So, in addition to this ceremonial tree planting, as climate-conscious citizens of the world, let us vow to plant as many trees as possible in our lifetime and encourage our friends and family,” Gupte said.
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Saying bye-bye to Buddy By Ruby Filoteo LOGOS EDITOR I will never ever forget Buddy. He was not just a dog to me. He was family. It was 4:55 a.m. Oct. 15, and Buddy had taken his last breath. I couldn’t believe he was gone. I sat there and cried and cried. I had just lost my best friend. Buddy was diagnosed earlier this year with osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer. The veterinarian gave him six months to two years to live. At first, we thought a limp he had developed was due to an injury. X-rays revealed the devastating news. The chances were slim for Buddy, a 14-year old dog, to survive surgery from this aggressive cancer. An initial step also would have required him to have part of his back-left leg removed. We needed to make a decision soon. We did research, but given his age, we decided to forgo surgery and give him the best life he could have. Buddy was very intelligent and wouldn’t ask for much. He would simply poke me on my leg with his wet nose, implying he wanted something. He loved his toys and snacks, and
I didn’t mind spoiling him. He loved his walks and enjoyed running into old and new dogs in the neighborhood. If it wasn’t for our walks, I Ruby Filoteo would have stayed glued to my laptop, constantly working and taking no breaks. Before Buddy died that night, I noticed he was having trouble coming back inside. I even had to help him get up. He even grew a tremendous thirst, and with that, I knew the end was near. After he died, at first I didn’t want to accept it. I would wake up thinking he was in his bed, besides mine. But he wasn’t. I developed feelings of guilt and had that image of Buddy grasping for air. I even became mad, thinking why he had to go. With all these feelings going on, I decided to do some research on mourning and grief. I came to various articles on the steps of grieving. Many of the articles were similar, and had steps ranging from five to 12. Not everyone will
experience every step, or in order. The first step is denial and isolation. This is the step I experienced. I didn’t want to accept Buddy’s loss. What helped me was I had someone to talk to about it. I repeatedly talked about it and cried my eyes out. The second step is anger. I went through this step. I became angry at the idea when Buddy left us. At the same time, I knew it wasn’t his fault, and this was my first time having lost something I deeply loved to cancer. The third step is bargaining. The thought of “what if.” If we had done the surgery, maybe he would have lived longer. Taking him to the vet was painful toward the end. He didn’t want to get in the car anymore because it would hurt him to do so. So, I couldn’t forgive myself for that. But he had a skin tag that became enlarged and started to constantly bleed. The medications I bought -- to clean his wound and stop the bleeding -- did not work. That’s why he had to see the vet. The fourth step is depression. I believe I did go into depression. In fact, I’m still going through it. I am a private person, but I feel writing about your feelings really helps with relieving stress.
How can we conquer fear? By Justin Kraiza LOGOS ASSISTANT
Fear Itself: The Causes and Consequences of Fear in America have raised some poignant questions about how fear has, in a sense, ruled my life. My first understanding of this fear came as a result of UIW’s campus closure in late March. My phone exploded with messages from friends, asking if I heard what happened. Or expressing eagerness over an extended spring break. I fondly remember myself experiencing excitement. But, that feeling was transient once I recognized how the shutdown would gravely impact my social life. That’s when the fear settled in. Socializing with my friends on-campus was
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now just a memory. Participation in on-campus events was now an aspect of my recollection. In the short-term, I knew this fear required adaptation. Sombering around with questions like, “what could’ve been?” wasn’t going to help. It made things worse. So, my friends and I had to adapt. We knew that texting wasn’t social communication. Since it’s absent of all the interpersonal features that come with face-to-face communication, we decided to gravitate toward Facetime and Skype. Seeing each other established stronger conversational flow and allowed us to pick up on non-verbal cues. It felt like simulated interpersonal communication. On one occasion, we all set the same backgrounds. This
added an element of comedic effect. Unfortunately, this desire to talk daily, via Skype, died out. With that, we quickly fell into our old habits of “communicating” through group messaging. There was no interest in meeting up interpersonally out of rational fear of the virus. And, many of the places worth visiting had been shutdown. Fear crept in heavily at this point. I was scared of losing my social skills. I was scared of losing my friends. I was scared that my friends were going to lose me. I was afraid that this pandemic would go beyond a point of no return. It took over two and a half months to be comfortable with physically seeing each other again. And, we did it safely and responsibly. The conversations
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The fifth and final step is acceptance. I believe I have accepted Buddy’s death. At first, I kept all of his blankets and things out. Buddy Slowly, I washed them and put them away. I still have some of his toys out, but I understand he is no longer with us, and it was best he passed because he was suffering, showing signs the cancer was winning in his body. Coping with the loss of a loved one is ultimately life’s biggest challenge but understanding the process and knowing how to get through it will bring comfort. Everyone is different and copes with loss various ways. The time it takes to get through all these steps will vary and be different for everyone. This past weekend, we sprinkled Buddy’s ashes on some of his favorite places. We shared happy memories we had with him. I will always remember Buddy. He was a best friend. He will always hold a place in my heart. E-mail Filoteo at rfiloteo@ student.uiwtx.edu
were awkward but necessary. We recognized the only real way to heal wounded friendships is by communicating interpersonally. After meeting inJustin Kraiza person repeatedly, that awkwardness faded away and comfort set in. The real takeaway of my fear is learning to minimize its impact through social comfort. The fear is still there, but you have the choice of deciding how impactful that fear is. My choice is that fear would no longer live in my head rent-free. Email Kraiza at Kraiza@ student.uiwtx.edu
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PERSPECTIVE OCT. - NOV. 2020 | PAGE 7
Constitutional protections becoming matter of convenience By Michael Lazarz LOGOS STAFF WRITER
The current social and political climate have made it apparent freedoms once protected under the Constitution are only upheld when it fits a political agenda and is conveniently timed. Political affiliation aside, this concerns every American as selective enforcement of law or mandates that hinder natural rights could spell disaster in the years to come. The American Constitution was created, holding within, the framework for a truly representative democracy with balanced branches of government. The first 10 amendments are known as the Bill of Rights, a promise by the government, binding it legally, to uphold certain natural rights. Chief among them, the First Amendment which covers speech, religious and assembly freedoms. The country has seen mass protest marches in the midst of a pandemic, exposing citizens’ distaste for how the government has handled the crisis, on a multitude of levels, and bringing light to the reform desperately needed within the criminal justice system. One question hidden amongst the chaos is if people are allowed to protest in mass, why can people not vote in person? While there has been federal enforcement, met with staunch resistance from protestors, many concur that people are afforded the right to protest as the First Amendment covers freedom of peaceful assembly. Those
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was created, holding within, the framework for a truly representative democracy with balanced branches of government.
who oppose such protests cite the global health crisis as reasons to not gather in mass and that seems fairly in line with the Center for Disease Controls (CDC) guidance, which state and local health officials have echoed. There is now a paradoxical dilemma facing public officials. First, the Constitution does allow peaceful assembly. Second, public officials have an obligation by the oath of their office to ensure public safety regarding health and welfare. Where does the decision, legally speaking, lie then? The Supreme Court case of Texas vs. Johnson in 1989 gives a starting point. Consequently, Texas vs. Johnson decided Johnson’s freedom of speech (expression) in burning the flag as symbolic was constitutional in that the government could not prohibit expression simply because others or the government itself disagreed with the message of burning a flag. Also decided in this case was that the freedom of speech (expression) must be an expression of ideas and subject to time, place, and manner restrictions. The case also outlines how the government must establish
a substantial interest, can be unrelated to limiting free speech, and restrictions must be narrow in scope. Addressing the freedom to vote, which has been established as a form of speech, the court has upheld voting is protected under the First Amendment just as is the right to peaceful assembly. Therefore, allowing peaceful assembly during a health crisis means voting in person should also be allowed as not allowing it would be unconstitutional given the precedent the government has set for itself. That precedent is the public officials who have declined to prosecute non-violent protestors and condemning the actions taken against non-violent protestors (rightfully so). At the same time, enforcing mask mandates in some states, nearly all businesses, shutting down commerce and pleading for no in-person voting. Therein lies the primary issue, public officials are selectively choosing to enforce executive orders, not laws, that infringe upon the right to vote but praise and allow the right to assemble because they at least in spirit agree with the message being expressed. The real threat is not only the upcoming election, but if the government -- the executive branch -- is allowed to enact orders, and selectively enforce as they see fit, establishes an uneasy precedent for future administrations to further those orders to restrict more “unwanted” actions. The solution is relatively simple and easy. The government has two options, either to allow peaceful
protesting and in-person voting or disallow both activities on the grounds of public safety. The logistics of in-person voting may be complex and dynamic as people worry about safety, yet it can be controlled much easier than peaceful protests. Both issues at hand -- protesting and voting -- are fundamental rights American citizens are allowed to partake in. The ironic argument of those who believe other forms of voting are equally efficient fails because the same argument can be said for protesting, as the dissent written in the Texas vs. Johnson case noted there were several methods of speech (expression) available instead of burning the flag that would have conveyed the same or similar message. It is not about politics. It is about fundamental, constitutional rights that if left unprotected will erode over time. E-mail Lazarz at lazarz@ student.uiwtx.edu
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Cameron Brennan/LOGOS PHOTO Normally a fall season is when the Cardinals play volleyball. Because of the pandemic, the season was postponed. The team is staying in condition, however, as it prepares for court action at home and away in UIW’s Alice McDemott Convocation Center.
Volleyball hopes to make ‘net’ gains SPECIAL TO THE LOGOS The University of the Incarnate Word volleyball team, which last played in fall 2019 to a 7-23 overall record, is getting ready for a spring 2021 season after COVID-19’s disruption. Currently, the Cardinals are set to play a 12-game, all Southland Conference schedule, playing six opponents -- Abilene Christian, Stephen F. Austin, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Nicholls, Lamar and McNeese – at Alice McDermott Convocation Center. UIW will hit the road to play Central Arkansas, Northwestern State, Houston Baptist, Sam Houston, New Orleans and Southeastern Louisiana. However, with Jan. 23 set as the first
permissible date for competition, UIW will look at the possibility of scheduling additional non-conference competition.
If UIW is among the top four teams in the regular spring conference season, the team will land in the tournament set April 2-3 at the site of the No. 1 seed. That would be a big improvement on its 3-13 conference record in 2019. Head Coach Samantha DabbsThomas, a native of San Antonio who has headed the program since Dec. 19, 2017, is getting her team ready for an unusual season that still could be disrupted depending on the coronavirus situation. Before coming to UIW, Dabbs-Thomas spent six seasons at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, where she served as head coach of the beach volleyball program and associate head
coach of the indoor volleyball team. Prior to UNF, Dabbs-Thomas had stints as an assistant coach at Cincinnati and Appalachian State in Boone, N.C. She was a setter as a collegiate player at Louisville and Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Volleyball Spring Schedule
Golf Buddies: On and off course SPECIAL TO THE LOGOS
They were first brought together on a golf course playing for the University of the Incarnate Word men’s golf team. Now Drew Hermesmeyer and Trevor Bailey have become buddies with a friendship that will last beyond their time as teammates. In August 2019, Hermesmeyer, then a freshman, shared with UIW Athletics that he was nervous about making friends, connecting with people and seeing how his golf game would compare to his new teammates. Born and raised in Goldwaite, Texas, Heresmey anticipated a different atmosphere in the nation’s seventhlargest city. Goldwaite has a population of less than 1,400. He only had 33 students in his graduating class. “When you grow up in a small town, you’ve known everyone in your school since elementary, which makes the bond you have with your classmates,” Hermesmeyer said. “You never had to just put yourself out there. I didn’t grow up surrounded by golfers in general. It was mostly cowboys and ranchers. I knew it was going to be a transition.” Although he was anxious,
Hermesmeyer said he also was excited to start a new adventure. He met his teammates before classes started. Being around his coach and teammates helped him feel more at home. Like a family, they teased each other but also respected each other. “I knew from the first time I met all the guys on the golf team we would all get along,” said Hermesmeyer. “It eased my nerves to know that all the golfers on the team grew up in different backgrounds and had different personalities just like myself. “One of the best things about my teammates is that we love to give each other a hard time. Through all the teasing, though, I know they respect me not only as a golfer, but also as a person.” Hermesmeyer ended up getting paired with Bailey, a junior then, in an intra-team match involving two other teams. The two instantly clicked. “Sure enough, we won,” Hermesmeyer said. “Ever since that day, Trev and I have become close friends, and he has helped take me through the life of a college student-athlete.” “In Drew, like many freshmen, I saw a lot of raw talent and
potential,” Bailey said. “I wanted to make sure that we could grow his talent and reach his goals.” Bailey, now a graduate student assistant to the team while he works on a master’s in accounting, said he remembers what it was like entering college as a small fish in a big pond and how former UIW men’s golfer John Hill – then a sophomore -- took him under his wing. “Coming out of high school I was shy, timid, and not full of confidence,” Bailey said. “My favorite memory, and what I base my interaction with incoming freshmen on, was my first round with my soon-to-be close friend (Hill). I remember standing on the 18th tee and John saying that he respects my work ethic because he had seen me practicing every day before the semester even started. John became
the big brother I never had, and I’ve tried to base my interactions with incoming teammates as he did.” Bailey helped teach Hermesmeyer aspects of the game that were unfamiliar, such as technical terms in a golf swing. In a kind way, he made sure Hermesmeyer learned the ropes of being on a Division I golf team. “A more fun connection that we have is that we both have a slight Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper addiction,” Bailey said. “This is how we formed our friendship’s foundation, and it has grown from there.” “Off the course, I know that being away from home is difficult and I would try to make sure that he was doing well. If he was feeling homesick, I would let him know that he always has me and his teammates if he ever needs anything.”
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Men’s soccer gets ready to play in spring SPECIAL TO THE LOGOS Kiki Lara’s first season as the head coach for the University of the Incarnate Word men’s soccer team play has been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He’ll make his on-field debut as the Cardinals’ season begins Feb. 6 away at San Jose State with the home opener at Gayle and Tom Benson Stadium scheduled Feb. 13 against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) The spring schedule of games was announced Tuesday, Oct. 27. Ten of the games will pit the Cardinals against Western Athletic Conference foes. All game times are to be determined. The Cardinals, who had a 2-9 conference record in 2019, are looking to improve under Lara – a former, three-time all-American for UIW. Before being named as UIW’s head coach last Dec. 20, Lara, a Las Cruces, N.M., native, had coached collegiate soccer 11 years including stops at Washington State University, University of Dayton
and Eastern Illinois University. “The delayed season has allowed us to place a hyper focus on staying healthy while adjusting to life with COVID,” Lara said in a statement to the Logos. “Of course, everyone was excited to kick off at the start of the fall, but we consider ourselves blessed to be training right now and are grateful for the extra time we have been given. “This extra time has allowed us to integrate newcomers and returners alike and strengthen the relationships we have with each other both on and off the field. Newcomers are given time to adjust and learn some of the great UIW history they will represent. Also, it has given our new staff an opportunity to work with some amazing seniors for an extra semester. “We are excited to play some competitive matches in the spring which will look different than any spring these guys will be accustomed to. It will be a complete year since we played any competitive conference
matches, so everyone is very excited for that possibility. We will approach the spring season with the same mentality with which we trained today. “We know that with some of the uncertainties ahead it will be important to stay grateful for what we do get and the ability to compete for a championship at a maximum level. It is important to keep an accurate perspective. We are blessed to represent UIW in the sport that we love. That is the most exciting part of what is ahead.”
passing yards in 2019, ranking him 15th nationally. Copeland broke the single-season passing yard record for UIW, becoming the first QB to Angelo Mitchell eclipse 3,000 yards in a single season – a feat he’s done twice. He now has 11, 300-yard games in his career. Copeland has amassed 6,325 career passing yards, just 143 yards shy of breaking the career passing record at UIW. In 2019, he averaged 24.83 completions per game, good for sixth nationally, and 278.4 passing yards per game, which ranked No. 13 nationally. It’s no wonder he was named to the HERO Sports Sophomore All-America honorable mention team after the 2019 season. Copeland will be supported by an experienced. versatile and cohesive offensive line, which is critical to offensive success. UIW returns four offensive linemen who have played or started in at least 10 games in 2019: seniors Dawson Kier, Ryan Carlson and Uzoma Okera along with junior Jeremy Williams. Coming out of the backfield is a dynamic trio of running backs, each bringing their individual talent and
skillset to the field. Senior Kevin Brown led the backfield with over 700 yards on the ground in 2019, averaging 5.6 yards a carry and recording 826 all-purpose yards. Next, the bruiser, senior Keyondrick Philio, is the shortyardage expert leading the team with nine touchdowns, while recording 300 yards rushing. Junior Ameer King is a dual threat, capable of taking it to the paydirt on every touch. With over 500 rushing yards at 5.1 yards per carry and 42 receptions in 2019, King is the all-utility purpose running back. Defensive Coordinator Justin Deason, now in his third season with the Cardinals, is at the helm of a defense that forced an impressive 33 turnovers, which led the nation through the first round of the FCS Playoffs (third in final rankings). UIW had a takeaway in 23 consecutive games between 2017 and 2019. The Cardinals also tallied a national-best 1.33 turnover margin and were named statistical champions in that category. UIW snagged 17 interceptions, a conference-high mark that finished seventh nationally. Additionally, their 16 fumbles recovered ranked third nationally. UIW’s defense scored four touchdowns, which led the SLC and ranked fifth in the nation. UIW is returning two all-conference selections on defense. Junior defensive lineman Kelechi Anyalebechi tied for
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Cardinal football looks hopeful for spring
By Angelo Mitchell LOGOS SPORTS WRITER
The University of the Incarnate Word football team is looking forward to a new season, bringing the winning ways back to the Nest! The team is coming off a successful 2018 Southland Conference championship, the school’s first since becoming a Division I program in 2011. The Cardinals then started the 2019 season 5-2 and appeared headed to the playoffs except for losing the next five games. COVID-19 derailed the muchanticipated 2020 fall season, but the six-game, all-Southland Conference spring 2021 campaign is hoping to bring back that winning Cardinal spirit. The spring kickoff game will be at home Feb. 20 against Sam Houston State University. With a great nucleus returning from a once-young team, that experience and leadership will prove vital for an already challenged season under Head Coach Eric Morris. Over half of the returning players played in 10 or more of the 12 games the 2019 season alone. Morris will be putting the offense in the hands of junior quarterback Jon Copeland, returning for his third year as the starter. Copeland had six 300-yard games through the air and accumulated 3,341
team lead with 11.5 tackles for a loss. Anyalebechi also had a team-leading, five sacks. Sophomore cornerback Jaylon Jimmerson led the team with four interceptions. Jimmerson played in 11 games in 2019 but only started two. He still garnered conference accolades and earned HERO Sports Freshman All-America honorable mention team honors. Other notable names returning on defense are junior linebacker Gerald Bowie III, junior defensive end Chance Main, and redshirt junior defensive end TJ Wright. Wright was named to the Academic All-District football first team, selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Special teams is led by sophomore place kicker Carson Mohr. Mohr saw action in all 12 games as UIW’s kicker, setting program records for points after touchdown (PAT) kicks made at (42), PAT kicks attempted (44) and field goals attempted (17). Mohr is currently second in program history in total points scored (72), PAT kick percent (95.5) and field goals made (11). He had two field goals of 40-plus yards, with a 46-yarder against Northwestern State and a 40-yarder against Nicholls. Mohr was a perfect 4-4 on field goals between 20-29 yards. E-mail Mitchell at ammitch1@student. uiwtx.edu
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Budding bodybuilder strikes winning poses By Christina Emmett
LOGOS STAFF WRITER Karen Gaona competed in her first amateur bodybuilding show last year, but she’s done well enough in three Texas trials to qualify for nationals Dec. 11-13 in Las Vegas. Gaona, 25, is a senior communication arts major at the University of the Incarnate Word. She started bodybuilding two years ago. Watching her brother, Christian, prepare for competitions and noticing how well he kept himself inspired her to give the sport a try, she said. Gaona first competed in 2019’s “Battle of the Bay” in Corpus Christi, winning first in novice and first in her class. She then went on to the figure division, competing this past June in Austin for “Rock’s Show of Champions,” where she placed first in her class and third in open competition. Her third trip took her to Houston in July to compete for “Phil Heath,” placing first in her class and second in open. For Gaona, bodybuilding is not a hobby. It is a 24-7 lifestyle. She said she enjoys bodybuilding very much. It is her therapy, obsession, and home away from home, she said. Many people like to go to bars or clubbing on the weekend, but this is her way of getting away from all the
chaos during the week, she said. “Once the headphones (and) music comes on, it’s game time,” Gaona said. Born in Mexico City, Gaona said she’s lived in San Antonio since she was 10. When she and her brother lived together, that’s when she observed his bodybuilding regimen. He no longer competes but still remains fit. When she is training for competition, Gaona trains about two hours in the early morning and two hours in the afternoon. Cardio is especially important in staying physically fit, she said. After she graduates in December, Gaona plans to continue in the field of personal training. She said she loves helping others live a healthy lifestyle. When people look good, they feel good, Gaona said. Her diet changes consistently depending on the goal or rules of competition. She eats six meals a day with 5 ounces of protein. She eats foods such as egg whites, whitefish, shrimp, a cup of vegetables such as asparagus, green beans or salad, and carbs that change constantly but consists of jasmine rice and oatmeal. Her advice for younger people who want to get into bodybuilding should do their research and make sure they’re in it for the right reasons. You need to know what you are getting
into because this is a sport that takes your body to an extreme, she said. And if you decide to do it, make sure you have a good, reliable coach. She said her coach, Louie Diaz, has a lot of experience in competing and made her part of “Team Beast.” She is sponsored by “Rock’s Discount and Vitamins” -- a supplement company -- and Elite Meal Prep. They take care of her weekly meals. Her goal is to become part of the International Federation of Body Bulkers/Bikinis -- IFBB for short. There are a variety of divisions for both women and men to compete. Gaona is taking personal-training clients and is helping people develop to reach their goals. She also tries to educate people along the way, so they have resources to continue their life goals. She believes investing in your health should not feel like a job but should be fun and challenging throughout life. She shares her journey on Instagram saiyan_karen. “When you fall in love with taking care of yourself,” Gaona said, “you fall in love with the process.”
International symposium addresses displaced
By Justin Kraiza LOGOS ASSISTANT
Human displacement is causing a socioeconomic crisis here and abroad, and needs to be addressed, scholars from the University of the Incarnate Word and Ataturk University agreed in an international symposium. The symposium on displacement took place virtually Friday, Oct. 16. “Displacement has made Turkey one of the most affected countries in the world,” Mustafa Sözbilir, vice rector at Ataturk, said in opening remarks highlighting how immigration issues plaguing neighboring nations such as Syria, Afghanistan and Middle Eastern countries have forced millions of people to move into Turkey. “Those immigration problems are causing a lot of economic Dr. Kevin Vichales issues,”
Sözbilir said, “as well as cultural issues and educational issues which need to be taken seriously.” In his opening remarks, Dr. Kevin Vichales, associate provost and dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, said the joint symposium allowed “intercultural dialogue” that reveals a commonality of experiences and commitments to serve others and uplift the downtrodden through education. The issues of health ailments, foreign wars, refugee populations, legal and illegal immigration are common issues which “bind us together” and “devastate our share of humanity,” Vichales said. Vichcales pointed out that the prophet, Muhammad, was a refugee
because he had to flee his home city for city. And Jesus Christ, who faced relentless persecution, also had to seek sanctuary, he said. “The pilgrim, the refugee, and the migrant are all people searching beyond the hearth and home for peace,” Vichcales said. Ataturk’s Oktay Akarsu said eLearning can positively impact lives by cultivating a safe, secure, and polite online environment. People who use the Internet daily can claim “digital citizenship.” “I hope we can continue to grow, share, and learn as informed individuals and connect with each other around the globe (through) e-learning,” Akarsu said. Dr. Emily Clark, an associate
professor of English, said 1914 and 2020 both featured significant social changes brought on by what she called “monolithic historical events.” In 1914, women transitioned into the workforce and away from restricted domestic roles, Clark said. “They were no longer simply wives and mothers, but now also typists, fundraisers and journalists,” she said, adding that the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has shown women returning to “the space of the home” while carefully balancing domestic roles and their professional careers. Ethnic identity and assimilation were subjects of commentary during the finale of the symposium’s first act. Dr. Ismail Avcu, an assistant professor at Ataturk, expressed concern for individuals who are forced to flee their country and reside within a predominant foreign culture. “This interaction process is painfully experienced by migrants,” Avcu said.
SAN ANTONIO OCT. - NOV. 2020 | PAGE 11
UIW provides flu shots at Main, medical campuses By Christina Emmett LOGOS STAFF WRITER Mayor Ron Nirenberg got a flu shot Saturday, Oct. 3, at the University of the Incarnate Word’s School of Osteopathic Medicine where he joined UIW administrators in a symbolic ribbon-cutting. UIW and the city have negotiated a partnership to help lower medical costs on the south side of town, starting with flu-shot season. By calling in advance and scheduling an appointment, as many as four people in a vehicle could get flu shots ultimately as they went through five stations set up at the medical school. The school is part of the University of the Incarnate Word. UIW has five medical buildings there that students attend and participate in helping the community. The ribbon cutting was part of negotiation with the city to partner lower cost medical help for the community. People had to call in advance and schedule an appointment
Christina Emmett/LOGOS PHOTO San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, right, receives a flu shot Saturday, Oct. 3, at the UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine.
to get a flu shot. They were aloud up to four people in each vehicle. People had to call in advance and schedule an appointment to get a flu shot the morning of the ribbon-cutting. They were allowed up to four people in a vehicle that made drive-up stops to do paperwork, take a COVID-19 test, get temperatures test, their shots and then a waiting area to make sure there were no allergic reactions. On the Main Campus, the UIW Health Services Clinic began giving
flu shots in September.. However, medical students, nursing students and pharmacy students are all able to administer vaccines while they are in training. To get a flu shot, students need to call Health Services at (210) 829-6017 to make an appointment. The shots are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. All students are eligible to receive the flu shot regardless if they are taking classes in school or online. The clinic takes all major insurances. If a student does not have insurance,
they can still get it by paying $25. A COVID-19 screen is done before the flu vaccine is given. Although the federal Centers for Disease and Prevention (CDC) does not require the screen to be done before getting the shot, UIW Health Services is taking no chances. Since COVID-19 and the flu have similar symptoms, the providers have tests to help them rule which illness a student has. If students feel sick, they need to look for these symptoms before going to the doctor. Symptoms include cough, fever, sore throat, runny nose, body aches, chills, and headaches. If any of these are present, then a medical appointment is suggested. “The most important thing you can do this season to prevent getting the flu is to get your flu vaccine early,” said Dr. Ronda Gottlieb, director of clinic health services at UIW. “Last year, we saw a spike in flu cases in November which was usually early for San Antonio. To prevent getting the flu make sure you wash your hands frequently.”
Library returns to service in phases SPECIAL TO THE LOGOS
With most students taking classes remotely due to the pandemic, J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library is seeing less traffic. But the library’s website proclaims Mabee “is now in Phase II of returning to service with a modified schedule for online and in-person service.” So, if you need to attend a class via Zoom but can’t find a spot, library officials say you can reserve a computer workstation for a two-hour block in the Cardinals’ Nest Computer Lab at https://uiwtx.libcal.com/r From that point, you’re welcome to Zoom, complete your research, write a paper or work on an assignment. Or bring your own laptop and take advantage of the Wi-Fi. If you are going to Zoom, you must bring your own headphones with an attached mic if you are planning to speak. “We ask that you remain mindful of those around you who don’t care to hear your class input,” a news release states. The library opened its doors Aug. 17 on a 52-hour-a-week schedule with social distancing and PPE in place to meet students’ needs for study areas, computer/printer access and research services. Now the library is open until 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon Friday and 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday.
J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library on the Main Campus has been open since the semester started but is requiring students who want a seat in it to make reservations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Although the building was physically closed back in March, library reference and research services transitioned to a greater online presence, offering student and faculty access to one of nine instruction and research librarians and library staff to answer questions or to provide research assistance online through chat, e-mail and phone services 78 hours a week. These online service hours continue to answer as many as 100 patron questions/day. Although the library is providing a growing amount of 24-7 electronic content, if the library owns a physical copy of an item the patron would like to have, a request may be made. If the library doesn’t own the item, a request can be made through an interlibrary loan. Three multifunction printers are in the library for printing, scanning
and photocopying. Documents sent to the UIW WebPrint queue can be released in the library. This service along with scanning and photocopying will not require a reservation. The library also maintains a small collection of Surface Pro and Dell tablet computers that students may check out up to three days. These items cannot be reserved in advance and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats in the library require a reservation. There are also seats in the atrium with social distancing. Seats in the library’s quiet study area can be reserved for a four-hour block. “We would love to see you but want all to be mindful that the furniture is spaced to keep everyone safe, so we ask that you don’t move it,” the news release states.
FYI Visit the UIW Libraries’ homepage (https://my.uiw.edu/library/) to find out about chat widget and other contact information – and hours. Optometry Library: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Pharmacy Library: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. A librarian is physically on duty 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Physical Therapy Library: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. A librarian is physically on duty 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
Online Reference Hours (All Libraries): 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday
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ELECTION 2020 PAGE 12 | OCT. - NOV. 2020
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Vote for the Biden-Harris Ticket Vote for the Trump-Pence Ticket By Abigail Velez LOGOS STAFF WRITER This Presidential Election is in the midst of a global pandemic, in the peak of division in the United States, and could change the course of America for years to come. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected over 9,000,000 Americans and has cost more than 230,000 deaths. To combat this virus, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden plans to create more opportunities for faster and more accessible COVID-19 tests, use the Defense Production Act to produce more PPE and other safety accessories, plan for the effective distribution of vaccines, and implement a mask mandate. The Trump Administration not only disregards the severity of COVID-19 but has not provided leadership to address it in the United States, which has less than 5 percent of the world’s population but consistently 20 percent of COVID-19’s cases and deaths. Trump attacks the Affordable Care Act that Biden helped develop when he was vice president in the Obama Administration. Trump has offered no alternative to the program that covers 20 million Americans. Biden promises to protect the act, which prohibits insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions, or set annual or lifetime limits. Trump boasts he’s been the best president ever to handle the economy and create jobs. Biden, who said Trump inherited a robust economy from President Barack Obama, promises to secure the jobs of educators, firefighters and other essential workers, and extend COVID crisis unemployment. At his inauguration, Trump vowed to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, spewing hateful rhetoric against migrants that may have influenced a massacre in my hometown, El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 3, 2019, committed by a white supremacist from Allen, Texas. Biden’s plan to handle immigration involves protecting our borders, but not at the expense of the lives of migrant families, family separation,
and the glorification of white supremacy. Biden plans to reassert America’s commitment to asylum-seekers Abigail Valez and refugees while effectively border-screening. Trump claims to be pro-life, making him the darling of some evangelicals and other people of faith due to Biden’s support of female reproductive rights and Planned Parenthood. But Trump is about to set a record for the number of federal executions carried out. And more than 5,000 children of immigrants have been separated from their parents. And what is Trump doing about oppression against the LGBTQIA community, women, and minorities, especially the African American community? Trump’s banned transgenders from serving in the military. Trump has been known to make extremely offensive and inappropriate comments about women. During the debates, Trump refused to condemn white supremacy. A vote for Trump is a vote against LGBTQIA, women and minorities. Biden vows to expand access to high-quality health care for LGBTQ+ individuals, fight for equal pay, and make the right to vote and the right to equal protection real for African Americans. A vote for Biden is not just something we should do. It is something we must do. We need to undo the division and hate Trump has wrought, enforce protection and rights for minorities and women in America, take disease control and foreign policy seriously, combat climate change instead of calling it a hoax, and defend our democracy. The rights, virtues and lives of Americans are at stake if we endure another term of Trump’s nightmare administration and it will take a man of honor and service to reclaim our great America. That man is Joe Biden. E-mail Velez at acvelez@ student.uiwtx.edu
By Hallie Ruiz LOGOS STAFF WRITER If you vote for President Trump, you vote for American prosperity, freedom, faith, and family. If you are still unsure of Trump, you shouldn’t be because the facts are on his side. President Trump has done much to reverse the Obama Administration’s downward trajectory and the destructive legacy it has left behind. President Trump has promised “the best is yet to come” if he is re-elected. Here is what you can look forward to for his next four-year term: Jobs: By enacting fair-trade deals that protect American jobs, “made in America” tax credits, and creating 1 million new small businesses. Trump has proven time and time again; he is the true hero of the American Middle Class. Trump’s tax cuts are the most significant in American history, cutting over $5.5 trillion in taxes over ten years. Trump’s tax law included substantial reforms to make taxes simpler and fairer, which helped offset the tax cuts’ cost and limited the net tax cut to $1.5 trillion. There will be the eradication of COVID-19 by refilling stockpiles and prepping for future pandemics. We will resume our normal way of life without masks or national lockdowns. Trump will end our reliance on China by allowing 100 percent expensing deductions for essential industries such as pharmaceuticals and robotics who bring back their manufacturing to the United States. President Trump will defend our police, not defund them. He will bring violent extremist groups such as Antifa to justice, increase criminal penalties for assaults on law enforcement officers, end cashless bail, and keep dangerous criminals locked away until their trial. Illegal immigration will also come to an end, meaning there will be mandatory deportation for noncitizen gang members, dismantling human trafficking networks, and new immigrants’ requirement to support themselves financially. Ronald Reagan once said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to Hallie Ruiz do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” President Trump will ensure we do not fall into the hands of socialists and their mobs that despise us for our way of life and are determined to destroy us and our history. A vote for Donald J. Trump is a vote to preserve our history and our rights. The alternative to Trump will be destruction, chaos, and extinguishing our freedoms that those who came before us have sacrificed to preserve. Voting former Vice President Joe Biden for office is a vote for anarchy, economic paralysis, and intolerance. We will be persecuted, demonized, and attacked for our views. Conservatives are not allowed to have an opinion or express their opinion in America’s dominant media without fear of being “doxed.” We are not allowed to like Trump. If we do, our real character is questioned. The left is desperate to push the narrative that Trump and his supporters are homophobic, racist, and defamatory. A message to the left: We reject these ridiculous claims, we will continue to voice our opinions, and we will not fall victim to censorship. Stay firm in your beliefs, stand strong, and help unite others. The silent majority can be silent no more. Exercise your rights, do your civic duty, and vote for Donald J. Trump to protect America. The stakes have never been higher.
E-mail Velez at hjruiz@ student.uiwtx.edu
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