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^^m^mmmKmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmimmmmmmmmmmmimmiimmmmm Serving the University of Texas at San Antonio Community Television reality? •page 6 Texas* ONLY Independent Student Newspaper Volume 15, Number 8 Septembers, 1992 Road 'Runers' •pages 7 University services offer rest and recreation By Mike Mzyk Contributing Writer CAB picks up passengers new orsanizational chart has positions should have mu •The 1992-'93 fiscal year will be one of growth and change for the UTSA Campus Activities Board (CAB), and students will be the key to making that change reality." said Rena Sardo, assis¬ tant director for university center pro¬ grams. According to Sardo, the CAB is be¬ ginning the second year of restructuring to make the organization more student friendly. "This is a building year, and our goal is to make students more aware of our organization and build membership," she said. The CAB is an outgrowth of the now defunct University Center Program CouncU (UCPC). UCPC was created during the 1979-'80 school year by a student election that allowed for the collection of a fee currently added to the cost of tuition. "The old name made it sound as if the [Hogram was only for the University Center," Sardo said. "Our goal now is to make the CAB more of a campus-wide organization." The CAB began restructuring last year to involve more students, Sardo said. The UCPC was a five person coun¬ cil with each person acting as a chairman for a specific area of the program. The new organizational chart has positions for a president, three vice iMesidents and eight committee chairs, along with sup¬ port positions within each committee. "We decided to create the position of pt^ident for a student who started as a committee chair and worked their way up," Saido said. "Anyone can join as a committee chair, but our focus is to get freshmen and other students who have not been involved to function as com mittee mem- ben," she said. Committee members serve various functions from planning to stage set up and publicity, with the only requirement being a willingness to woilc. And with this year's CAB budget set at approximately $52,000, members should have much to work with. "Our funding has stayed the same and may actually increase over last year," Sardo said. "Since our budget is enroll¬ ment generated, the higher the enroll¬ ment, the more money we have avail¬ able." The CAB books a combination of local and national acts as well as spon¬ sors events such as BestFest, Fiesta UTSA, homecoming events and other awareness and heritage programs. Almost all CAB sponsored activities are free of charge to students, with the exception of a few events that cost more to produce than funds allow. Students interested in membership or more information can call 691-4727 or stop by UC 2.01.04. UC prepares for growth lice Mzyic break around in mid 1994. CAB provides Spike beverage to thirsty students during club fair. By Mike Mzyk Contributing Writer In a time when many college pro¬ grams find themselves licking wounds and fighting for survival from the drop of the budget ax, UTSA's University Center (UC) is in the enviable position of expanding and indeed thriving. The UC is a program independent of state funding, with the majority of its income generated by a $27 University Center Fee paid by all students along with tuition. This sen" ester, the UC will enjoy a budget which should soon be fmalized at approximately $576,000, ac¬ cording to Karen Whimey, assistant vice president for student life. "Since the early 70's. the state stopped funding auxiliary enterprises, such as the UC, sports, counseling and health centers or campus housing," Whitney said. "Now the state will only fund aca¬ demic things like teacher salaries and classrooms." In addition to paying for the fun and games of the Campus Activities Board (CAB), the University Center Fund has portions earmarked to cover payroll and benefilcostsofUCemployees and main¬ tenance and operating costs on the UC building. The fund also allocates a large portion of the total budget to pay out¬ standing debts on the existing building, as well as creating a separate fund to pay for building expansion, which is set to break ground in mid 1994. The expansion, due to be completed in the fall of 1995, is the result of a 1990 student election that voted an increase in the University Center Fee to allow for new construction as well as payment on "We're not going to duplicate what's there." "Karen Whitney theexistingbuilding'soutstandingdebt. Early plans call for increasing the size of the UC building from its current 40,000 square feet to approximately 132,000 square feet. Whitney said the larger structure is planned to house the University Book¬ store, the Student Health Center, in¬ creased retail space for restaurants and possibly a theater that can be used for plays, films and classroom space. "We're not going to duplicate what's already there," Whitney said. "What we want to do is to expand in areas where there is a demand." The expanded space will be added to the north side of the UC building and may connect it with the Humanities- Business (HB) building via a bridge to the second floor of HB. An architect for the project will be selected later this semester. Summer months see swarm of specialty students Academic and athletic students overrun campus facilities By Linda Germain Associate News Editor The summer programs at UTSA may be one reason for the university's con¬ tinued growth in San Antonio as well as Texas. Thesummerprogramsconsistof a wide variety of sports and educational events that take place at the university throughout the summer. The university has allowed groups to use the UTSA campus during the sum¬ mer for several years. Many of the groups have been coming to UTSA for as many as eight years. The summer programs allow middle and high school students from around the state to visit a university and get the experience of col¬ lege life. These programs not only help stu¬ dents who are trying to decide whether or not to go to college, but they also provide positive exposure for the uni¬ versity. Vice president for business af¬ fairs, Dan Williams, said that these pro¬ grams are "an effort to get middle and high school students involved in an aca¬ demic endeavor which will lead to en¬ rollment in college." Many of the larger universities in Texas, he said, are cap¬ ping student enrollment, but UTSA does not Many of these students will con¬ sider coming to UTSA if they are not admitted by a larger university because of overpopulation. Groups that come to UTSA during the summer must be invited by the uni¬ versity, be ai^xoved by Dan Williams, offer an educational experience, carry at least $1,000,000 of liability insurance and must fiilly reimburse the university for the expenses it expends in manpower and fiicility usage. The university makes little orno profit firom these groups, because it charges only the amount needed to recover all of the operating costs and pay the salaries of university personnel involved in these programs. Connie Young, athletic sec¬ retary and facility coordinator, is in charge of booking the groups. She coordinates the time they will be spend¬ ing on campus as well as the living anangements while they are visiting the school. Some of the groups stay on campus in the dorms while some of the larger groups stay in hotels, if there is not room on campus for them. Groups that participated this summer include a twirling camp, high school dance and cheerleading camps, high school student council leaders, pre-fiesh- man engineering and science program (PREP) students and a 13 and under AAU basketball tournament. The PREP program was started in the San Antonio area in 1979. Middle and high school students spend eight weeks taking classes, going to labs, doing re¬ search projects and taking field trips. I>r. Manuel Berriozabal, professor of mathematics, computer science and sta¬ tistics, sponsors the program at UTSA. "The program, he said, "helps recruit students and at the same time responds to a national crisis." Beiriozabal said that by the year 2000 the number of engineers in the United States will drop to approximately 350,000, creating a strong demand for engineers. This program allows students to get an idea of what will be expected of them in college, and it helps them to develop problem solving and reasoning skills which are very important skills in an engineering and science career, Beiriozabal said. Out of the 1,166 stu¬ dents who completed the program in San Antonio, 350 attended UTSA. This program also exposes UTSA to the San Antoniocommunity as well as to students who are making career deci¬ sions. Berriozabal said that out of all of the students who attend UTSA in this eight week period about 18 percent have eventually enrolled in UTSA. He ex¬ plained that out of all of the students who go through the PREP program 80 percent will go on to graduate from high school and 55 percent will major in science or engineering. The AAU basketball tournament, another group that participated in UTSA sponsored programs this summer, was a one time event used as an experiment to see if UTS A could accommodate a large group. UTSA sponsored the AAU tour¬ nament in preparation for the Olympic Festival events that UTSA will be host¬ ing in the summer of 1993. The three-day tournament was held in the convocation center and the two P.E. gyms on campus. Some students, however, were upset because the facili¬ ties could not be used during the tourna¬ ment. Connie Young stated that be¬ cause of the size of the AAU tournament it could not be helped and that the uni¬ versity felt that because the tournament occurred after the summer session was over and before the fall semester started, it would not be a great inconvenience to the students. Young stated, "The university's first priority is to the stu¬ dents and to the campus groups." Young also said that because the university has close to 17,000 students, there generally aren't enough facilities on campus. The UTSA sponsored summer pro¬ grams are an advantage for the univer¬ sity and the students participating in the programs. They provide middle and high school students with important in¬ formation they will need when deciding on a college, as well as introduce them to a college career. These programs ex¬ pose UTSA to San Antonio students and students across the state. The VI Biennial Faculty Exhibition Is now running at the UTSA Art Gallery. This untitled work by Patricia Tillman is made of steel, caste concrete over styrofoam. UTSA area may lose some fire protection By Stephen Cavazos News Editor San Antonio Fire Station number 34 (FS34), locaicd at Babcock road and 1604, is the primary response station for emergencies at UTSA, Fiesta Texas and the surrounding community. San Anto¬ nio Fire Dcp;ulmcnl(SAFD) Chief, Raul Losoya. has recommended that FS34 undergoc a consolidation of its two ex¬ isting fire vehicles to one unit. Under the proposal FS34 would re¬ duce equipment from a pumper truck and a aerial (ladder) truck to a combina¬ tion ladder/pumper u^uck called a Quint. Lxjsoya said, "We determined that the volume of calls (handled by FS34) were minimal during the last several years." The SAFD has projected a budget defi¬ cit for the upcoming fiscal year. Con¬ solidating the two existing fire vehicles intoone vehicle will result in the savings of $186,000 annually. Morris Menor, President of the San Antonio Fire Fighters Association calls the Quint a "sound piece of equipment" but noted that the Quint is larger than the existing vehicles and cannot access all areas. Losoyadid notagree with Menor's assessment and noted that the SAFD had taken a Quint to Fiesta Texas to insure that it could access all areas. If FS34 switches to the Quint from its two existing fire vehicles, it will also face a reduction in staff Menor said. "The number of staff on duty would change from seven or eight, (with two tnicks) to six staff members with the Quint." Menor expressed concern that a largeemergcncy at UTS A or Fiesta Texas would require additional units that wqukl not now be on hand. However, Losoya pointed out that any large emergency would require the use of at least4 engine companies that would have to respond from other stations in the city. The San Antonio City Council will vote on the proposed reduction this Thursday, Sep. 10, during its regular meeting at 1:00 p.m.
|Subject||University of Texas at San Antonio--Periodicals.|
|Description||A digital archive of The Paisano, a student operated newspaper at the University of Texas at San Antonio.|
|Publisher||The Paisano Educational Trust|
|Collection||UTSA Student Publications Collection|
|Coverage||United States; Texas; San Antonio;|
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