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t Find your niche at UTSA Club Fair highlights more than thirty student organizations Features, page 5 Six sticky balls Art students exhibit sculpture and mixed media at Blue Star Art Space The Plus, page 4 Iguanas play on ice Minor league hockey team starts its season in October Sports, page 7 .^••*««i^ September 20,1994 Volume 17, Number 17 Serving the University or Texas at San Antonio Community Student government prepares for election By Rachel Dupnik News Editor The UTSA Student Govemment (SG) held its first official meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at5:00 p.m. Executive Officers for the 1994-95 year are as follows: president Andy McManus, vice- president Kristi Hall, recording secretary Dina Estrada, corresponding secretary James Pinkard. treasurer Danielle Bush, parliamentarian Cindy Miskeka and historian Sean LeBeau. All future meetings ofthe SG will be on Tuesdays at 5:(X)p.m. To date, the entire SG consists of 16 members. However, SG candidate elections for the fall will be Sept. 28-29, and there will be a candidates meeting at noon on Sept. 21. There is one senior representative opening, one junior representative opening and three freshman openings. Advisor for SG this year is Terri Marshall Schrader, director of student leadershipand activity. Schrader said. "1 ihink that they ——^^i—^ (SG) arc in a process of recouping from thc beginning of the year chaos that college students encounter in general." McManus opened the meeting by discussing the Student Advisory Group (SAG) meeting ofthe UT system held in Austin on Sept. 10-11. McManus, SG reprcsentati ve Mike Petersen and Lauren Walthour attended the meeting in Austin. McManus lold SG that it was the first organizing meeting of the SAG for the upcoming year. "We elected new chairmen of different action committees that exist and we got organized for what we needed to do." McManus said that chancellor Cunningham informed the group as to what the regents would be bringing to the seventy-forth legislature during the next legislative session. For thc upcoming year, McManus will serve as a member of the students rights movement commission and the student fee committee. In addition to those committees "It people are not here. .. then I am going to find someone who will come to the meetings." —^Andy McManus SG president SG president, will be working on a newsletter for all student governments, university presidents and newspapers to inform them of what the SAG is doing. After McManus' report on SAG, he addressed the lack of attendance of representatives al previous meetings. "There are people who are not here who have not been here all semester. We need to find out why these people are not coming to the meetings. These people need to either resign or participate," said McManus. Hall said that representatives need to decide before elections whether or not they want to be members of SG. McManus said "We are trying to get a student on every university committee." Committees which have vacancies are the student service fee allocation ——^—"^^ advisory committee, the university center advisory committee and the UC expansion public art committee. SG had planned an overnight retreat for the fall; instead, SG will have a day retreat on Oct. <mm,^mmm^^m^^ I5 McManus Said, "I don't think it is feasible for this semester to have an overnight retreat. I wanted it, but it looks like now wejusl need to get our goals su-aight." On the agenda for the Sept. 13 meeting, CAB submitted a request to SG for funds to support HIV Awareness Week. SG has given money to the HFV Memorial Garden in the past in support of HIV Awareness Week. However, further discussion for the financial support of HIV Awareness Week will be discussed at the SG meeting on Sept. 20. Also to be discussed at the Sept. 20 meeting will be the cost of entertainment for Best Fest. McManus said, "I plan to change a lot of things. If people are not here to representthemsel ves, then I am going to find someone who will come to the meetings. If people think this is just a club, they are wrong. This is an organization for students rights, the voices of the students. Without student representatives, we have no voice." McManus, along with the UT Arlington UTSA core curriculum changes for freshmen By Yvonne Mulhem Contributing Writer This semester UTSA's new core curriculum goes into effect forincoming freshmen. This curriculum is the final product ofa 1990-91 task force which was developed by UTSA's president, Samuel Kirkpatrick, in response to a mandate from the Texas legislature. The task force included faculty members from UTSA, SAC, St. Phillips Coiiege. and Palo Alto. Over 100 faculty members worked on developing curricula from 1991 to 1992 in response to the general rules laid down by the Texas higher education coqrdinating board. In addition, workshops will continue between UTSA and local community colleges as the curriculum progresse*;. "1 believe that it represents a comprehensive and thoughtful design for students' preparation in higher education as we move toward the challenges ofthe next century," said Dr. Linda Woodson, director of core curriculm at UTSA and member of thc task force. "The point of the core curriculum is toensure that students will attain necessary leaming objectives in an adequate manner, not to make sure that they take a certain numbcrof credit hours in a certain way. "Tlie actual numbers of courses that students take to meet the requirements will vary, depending on prior preparation and choices students make among courses. It is expected that most students will fulfill the requirements by completing 54 to 55 credit hours of coursework, she said" The previous curriculum required approximately 40 credit hours of coursework. Some of the more obvious changes include placement tests in English, mathematics, and languages at a mandatory orientation session. Students who do not lest into the level of their choice may use the next highest course as elective credit, unless they fail to meci the minimum TASP scores for the subject. The curriculum covers four domains: I) science, technology, and mathematics; 2) society and culture; 3)literature, the arts and language; and 4) interdisciplinary studies. Domain one includes math at either the college algebra or statistics level, two science courses (onj with a math prerequisite), and either computer science or l^gic. Domanin two will "help students to attain critical understanding o*^ the political and economic dimensions of social life; cont on pg. 3 •«.¦¦' ^8r iL^ J^BI ^^ Alicia Wormsbaker/The Paisanc Jl^ 1 ' The Ballet Foiltiorico Dancers entertain spectators for the Diez y Seis celebration under the Sombrilla. Kirlcpatricic addresses rec center vote, library By Ryan Lambrecht Editor-in-Chief This is the second section in a three- part interview with UTSA president Samuel Kirkpatrick. Topics addressed include the aftermath ofthe rec center vote, teaching associa.e salaries, and the quality of UTSA's library. Paisano: What is the status of the recreation and wellness center? Klritpatrick: We hope that we will be able to devise a much more robust kind of up-front recreational activities and enhancements on campus than we had originally envisioned. There are a lot of things that need to be done in relation to that project before that project comes on line. At the time the original proposal was developed there were not as many people involved that should have been involved. We need some new intramural fields, we need some expanded exercise and physical activity areas that we need to get in place before we do the rec center. I think the time we get a proposal together we also need something that is scaled fee wise, and that is the logic that we have been using. I think students need some things quickly, especially if they are going lo pay for it. They need to see some enhancements sooner —¦'¦^¦¦¦——¦ than when a building would come on-line Our most significant andwejust don't have accompHshment is many facilities now. really tWO things'. access and quality" —Samuel Kirkpatrick UTSA president We need some new facilities anyway even if we wouldn't be d )ing a rec center. Secondly we need to make it equitable, a little easier to pay, i^^^s^^ss^^ spread out over time so that people who will benefit from the most substantial part ofthe facilities becoming available are students who will be there at that time. Paisano: Last spring articles in the Express-News and The Paisano were published conceming the low salaries that UTSA teaching associates (TA) have been paid. Since that time has there be^n any addressing of the problem of TA salaries? Kirkpatiick: That question you would have to ask academic affairs and the provost officeandthedeans. Isuspect not because during this period there has been no additional salary money provided by the state. One thing thai we did begin lo do to addres.'; this issue is to create two new categories of faculty personnel: lecturers and senior lecturers. These positions arc aimed at individuals whoare well qualified, who like to teach are very good at teaching and have been evaluated for their teaching for whom the research activities arc not the .same as for our regular faculty but for whom more certainty can be availahic than a semester-by-semester appointment. These people would be appointed at ———^ a full-time load, teaching-only, under a multi-year contract arrangement so there IS more certainty. They have a one step promotion from lecturer to senior lecturer and ihey will bc paid salaries equivalent to an ¦¦"¦^~~"—^~ assistant professor initially. We' ve done Ihat through the board of regents about two years ago. Wc funded a program to have Ihat happen last year but the state cut our budget mid-year so we had to puil all our money back, so I don't think there have been too many of those appointments made. Thai still d.ies not mean that we will not have a lol of part-time people, there will bc .some dynamic activity there as courses come on 'ine and we to hire people quickly. But we are most concerned with the add rale of high-qualified faculty associates who would like to work more or less full-time and would like some certainty, do not want to be a.- heavily engaged in other professional activities but want only a teaching responsibility. We want those type of people to stay and be rewarded and to be offered a decent wage. I don't know that our part- time faculty, while their wages are low, are dramatical ly lower than at other state institutions. It depends a little bit on the environment and the local marketing conditions. Ofcourse our first priority is to expand our tenure-track faculty and not to expand our part-time faculty. Paisano: The problem that was pointed oui was that there were 109 full- time leaching associates lasl semester and they are still getting salaries . . . Kirkpatrick: But those would be the people that I would be the mosl concemed about to get something regular and stable, for them, make sure they are evaluated and do a goodjob. give them a littlejob security, periodic reviews and chance for promotion and competitive salaries, but we would have to get more salary money lo get that lo work. The state pulled back the raises thai the state funded for this year, so we've had to dig into our faculty salary budget jusl to keep people's pay to what i> was before. so this has not been a good year for faculty .salaries. Paisano: After 25 years, what is UTSA's most significant accomplishment? Kirkpatrick: I think our mosl significant accomplishment IS really two things: access and quality. Therc probably has been no other institution in the country that has developed programatically as rapidly as we have over 25 years. There are other institutions cont. on pg. 3 Frat party bruises pizzeria By IMaria Teresa Gordon Managing Editor Tail Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity's Bid Day party at Little Roma's Pizza on Sept. 16, resulted in more than nernal brotherhood when a fight broke out just around midnight leaving restaurant owne^Rodney Cromeans with damaged property and misgivings aboul future parties. TTie Bid Day party arrangments were made through John Hudson TKE vice president. The party was supposed to last until 2:(X) a.m.. two hours after Little Roma's liquor license expired. Security was supposed to be on the premises. "We talked about security. I specifically asked them to gel a police officer out here," Cromeans said. I lold them that I would do it. bul they said no. we'll lake care ofit. He (security) never showed up. 1 don't know ifany attempt was made. "TTiey should have done something so* that if therc was a problem it could be deterred or dealt with. There was no planning at all. They have no concern for the businesses that are try ing to work wilh them." Cromeans said. But according to Hudson, security wascontacled but never arrived. During the party several altercations turned into a brawl. "Sometines fights like that will break out and they'll lasl u lew seconds and everybody will get a few punchesin. Then it's over with, but this seemed to keep going and going and going," Cromeans said. "Il moved from thisend ofthe parking lot all' the way to Roadrunner Way. around the corner and down the street. 1 shut il down and started clearing everybody out." Melissa Finger, a junior who was a <;ustomer at the restaurant, said that some believed that the fight was gang-related. But Cromeans' assessment differed. "What it boils down to is a group of drunks gol into a fight with another group ofdrunks." said Cromeans. "When you have a large group of people and people are drunk, then tempers flare and a fight can break out." The damage to Little Roma's included five large holes on two walls in the men's restroom. Additionally, half of the beer pitchers were unaccounted for. the eight ball from the pool table was missing and one lawn chair was damaged. "We're not talking about a whole lot of money." Cromeans explained. "Its just the irresponsibiliiv that aggravates me. I could sec guys gelling into a fight out in the parking lol and something bein^ damaged out there, but then to carry your anger into my bathroom and then trashoul my bathroom for absolutely no reason is kind of ridiculous." By the time the San Antonio Police Department arrived, most of the people had already left thc scene. • Cromeans said that the Friday night's activities did not tum him away from hosting parties for student organizations. "I'd be foolish to think that I could open up a business here and not do any business with the studenis. "What irritates me is that they wanted to come over here and Ihey wanted to have this parly. I'm trying to promote my business. I'm trying to get as much exposure as 1 can. and sure. I want lo have parties over here bul you don" t lake advantage of people." However. Cromeans .said that "if I do anything wilh the TKEs in the future, there's going to be some stipulations set well in advance. The fraternity and Cromeans have not yei come to an agreement about reparations.
|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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