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< I y^ T ^^^^ niiyipi^^inp^wwsp^w^p^^^iiiw^^pyy^pp^p^^^^wi^^y^ppniip^^^wpipiw^'^wwiwwi^^^ 5fec Cot. Lt) Serving the University of Texas at San Antonio Community Texas* ONLY Independent Student Newspaper Volume 15, Number 12 Novembers, 1992 Economic downturn likely to delay new academic building By Stephen Cavazos News Editor The following is pari two in a three part series cf an interview held with UTSA President Samuel Kirkpatrick. This weekKirkpatrick talks about, among other things, parking on campus, the Provost position, the Texas lottery and media relations. I know a new contract was just awarded for a parking lot to be built, but how did parking get out of con¬ trol? It seems that the number of parking places to students is a little skewed. Ri^id growth will skew it quickly. The time dial it takes to get resources in line, to get funds for paiking, is a multi- year activity. I moved immediately to get (more) parking. They probably haven't staried digging yet, because it lakes six months lo do dw engineering and design work, even for a pricing lot. So, in the meantime, if you add atxxit a thousand students a year, il creeps up on we'll put outin the next couple of weeks, will show several pariung garages. We cannot continue lo pave the Hill Coun- tiy. There are other facilities on cam¬ pus that students pay for, with no choice, like the university center (UC) expanskin. Why not instead of park¬ ing permits, have everyone pay a park¬ ing fee during registration, to get im¬ mediate funds to go ahead with the plan? My guess is thai the campus would prefer, instead of some flat fee, Ihal users of dial facility or people who want garage pariung would pay differentially. This is not just an issue for studenis, bul for staff. I pay more for my parking place than anytxxly else, except Ihe lop adminislration and that's Ihe way it should be. Studenis should pay less, and beabletohavesomerangeofchoices. If they want closer or covered parking, maybe they ought lo pay more. Bul il is hue Ihat wecouldpulinplace a (flat) fee, dial all studenis would pay. just as we are doing for the UC expan- "Our big risk in this Legislative session is ttiat all of a sudden, higher education is viewed as discre¬ tionary. " -Samuel Kirf^patrick President, UTSA you very quickly. I've heard some people saying that some of the parking lots aren't as efficient as they could be, fire hines are wider than they need to bc. I don't know anything about that. Dan Williams. Vice-President for Busi¬ ness Affairs, is responsible for coital projects. The university is going to need parking garages at some point It's go¬ ing 10 have to be paid for, though, by users. The long-term master plan that sion. We'renxjreinclinedtodoilduough incrementing,overa long peri(xlof lime, parking fees and then having very dif¬ ferential rales for Ihe actual garage use. Whatever die case, users are going lo have to focA Ihe bill, because Ihe slate won't pay for Ihat (parking garage). What is the status ofthe search for a new Provost, and how or what is befaig done to avokl something like what happened with Scott McNall leaving because of perceived prob- It seems that the number of admin¬ istrative positions has risen steadily over the last few years. Why do we need more administration? Would that money be better utilized in in¬ creasing the salaries ofthe faculty or staff? Firsl o^ all, our administrative over¬ head is aniong die lowesi in Ihe slate. for Ihal. Those are services thai I think students ought Io have and ought lo demand, whether it's expansion of Ihe UC slaff. Career Planing & Placemeni or Orientation. The major staff expan¬ sion here, if you did a careful audil, you'd see a lot in Sludeni Affairs. The second place ils (x;curred has been in Advancement & Development, lems here? The search for a Provost is on hold till next fall. We're going lo reassess the search. I've left Ihe search committee technically in place and I'll consult widi them periodically, but there is no activ¬ ity at all on the search. Do you feel the search committee liMiked at enough candklates, selected Scott McNall and then trouble began? Or was it just that the Hispanic groups that opposed him didn't de¬ cide to get involved until it was too late? Was there an avenue for input? There was an avenue for input all along, but the mosl public concerns were stimu¬ lated by people outside Ihe in¬ slilution. There was possibil¬ ity for oulside pec^le to attend Ihe interviews. That was a very open pr(x;ess and we en¬ courage that, bul it usually doesn't produce very many people coming on campus to witness Ihose interviews. Con- troversies came only from Ihe community, not fiom Ihe search committee. And not from very many faculty on campus. There was a strong consensus about that search. Why does the university need a Provost? We've oper¬ ated without one. What du¬ ties would that positi(m en¬ compass? liuvugh a series of reorga¬ nizations we've engaged in Ihe last Iwo years, the Provost is Ihe Chief Academic Officer. The Provost is Ihe first among equals; a person who would function in my absence and Samuel KIrkpatrtek explains why space allocation at UTSA Is "our single who has a broad range of re- tnost critical hurdle." sponsibiHiies: It's an increas¬ ingly popular nxxlel at universities. It We have very slim administration. If which is private fund-raising. There we requires a strong staff, for die Provost, you IcKk at dw expansion, it's been in had a ver>. very small staff for years and Ihal we prelty much have in place. Student Affairs and studenis are paying also raised no money, because il lakes people to raise money. Our fundraising efforts are geared up, and of course, we're under a mandate from Ihe Board of Regents to raise 10 million (k)llars for doctoral programs in Science and Engi¬ neering. From one perspective we didn't have much choice. Bul fi-om another perspective, that's (Advancement & Development) running. We've just fin¬ ished an audit on that and we're doing about 20 cents (university cost) on the dollar (raised from private donations). That doesn't mean that we're not committed lo raising salaries. It is a very serious problem here, but it's serious throughout die state. We're not al a competitive salary level yet for either our staff or faculty in terms of (Xir peer institutions. We have the long-term pbins for the building and development of new degrees. Do we have any program towards research, such as biology? The research expansion of the uni¬ versity is (x;curring in all fields, in a fairly rapid way. You can l(X)k al Ihe funds we're bringing in and expending from outside Ihe universiiy for research. And Ihat's grown. Last fiscal year we had just about six million dollars in research expenditures and thai occurs across a wide variety of topics. The projects that Ihose (money) cover are far reaching. They tend to be dispropor¬ tionately IcKated in higher cost areas, where competitive funds are available. There's big funding in biology, for example. Thai's a field dial's well de¬ veloped. You will see the research ac¬ tivities pick up most rapidly in those fields where we have or are planning d(Kloral activity. We have a research expectation on the part of all Ihe faculty. Last fall, we put in an office of research and development lo stimulate research activity of Ihe faculty and to help them with grants and contracts. --Continued, Kirkpatrick, page 2. Roadrunner ROTC engages In 'sortie' at Camp Bullis By Annie Smith StaffWrtter October 10,1992 marked a decade of existence at UTSA for die Roadrunner Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) Battalion, which is ranked among the top Battalions from other sch(X)ls across the nation. The Advance Camp is a six-week evaluation and training session Ihat all cadets must complete and pass prior to being commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. The cadets are subject lo analysis at all times. To enter active duty a cadet must exhibit incUvidual skills in physical fit¬ ness, land navigation and leadership ability, such as being squad or plat(X)n leader. Upon completing the camp, ca¬ dets receive a final score ranging from a low of three lo a high of five. To prepare for Ihe advance camp, the ROTC offers training in leadership. In the classr(X)m, cadets are required lo wear their uniforms properly, which identify them with the military and in¬ stil Is Ihe cadets with a sense of pride and esprit-de-coips. Cadets also hold rank equivalent to U.S. Army ranks. Through four years of ROTC instruction, cadets leam eveiy- diing from tactics and fust aid for com¬ bat wounds to m ilitary customs and staff officer functions. In addition to class woik, cadets are required to meet twice weekly for physi¬ cal fitness training. They also have combined training sessions or "labs" once each week. At labs Ihe cadets leam how to march, use m^s and compasses, react to enemy fire and anything else they will need to know lo ensure their combat survivid. Members of the UTSA Roadrunner U.S. Army Reserve Offteer's Training Corps discuss mission objectives during a field excise at Camp Bullis. From left: Cadets James Wulfkuhle, Gary Serkhoshlan and Sgt. William Smith. Cadets go to Camp Bullis for realis¬ tic training. Varying terrain conditions challenge Ihe cadets. The cadets must climb sleep hills, maneuver Ihrough dense forests and cross grassy plains. Cadet Captain bird. Bravo Company Commander, said. "The training has dual purposes. One, it leaches Ihe cadet how to get from one point to another in the field. Two, it builds self-confidence by requiring the cadet to rely solely upon himself to complete the mission." Approximately 80 cadels are new enlisted in the Roadrunner ROTC Bat¬ talion. The fust two years consist of basic training and anyone may join. Under Ihe non-scholarship program, cadels receive $ I (X) each month, and are not obligated to join the Armed Forces. The ROTC also provides scholar¬ ships, funded by die U.S. government, to students who join the ROTC. "The national four-year scholarship pays 80 percent or $8,000 of college tuition. Cadels also receive $ 1(X) each month, in addiiion to $225 each semester for books," said Major Dale L. Volley. Four year scholarship recipienlscom- mit lo join die active duty Armed Forces or Reserves for a five year peri(xl upon college graduation. Two and three year scholarships are also available, offering the same bi-nefits as die four year schol¬ arship. However, the active duty or reserve commitments are three years and four year j respectively. To qualify for active duty afler com¬ pleting college, a cadet must not only pass the advance camp, bul also a selec¬ tion process administered by Lieutenant Colonel Gonzales, professor of miliiary science. Gonzalesevaluateseachcadel's mental attitude, physical condition and moral aptitude. Upon entering the Armed Forces, a cadet does not have lo undergo basic training, bul is automatically commis¬ sioned as a Second Lieutenant with a starting salary of $24,000 per year. The ROTC leaches cadels to be lead¬ ers and also gives them thalexira "edge" upon graduation. "The Army ROTC is the smartest college course you'll ever take," said Gonzales. For more information atxxit the Army ROTC conlaci Enrollment Officers Major Dale L. VoUey or Major Gregory J. LuU at 691-4622.
|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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