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GoctfO LO bikini zone Alternative Spring Break possibilities have a rewarding break with VOICES Features, page 4 B-Ball 'March Madness' UTSA is two wins away from the NCAA Tournament Sports, page 8 Pharaohs come to S.A. San Antonio Art Museum brings ancient Egypt to San Antonio Arts & Entertainment, page 6 <l:'"\ March 7,1995 Volume 18, Number 8 Santikos to build 14-screen theater next to UTSA StRviNG THE University of Texas at San. AntonioCoh/imunitv By Angela Fairmeadow Contributing Writer Construction on a 14-screen Santikos Theater at the intersection of UTSA and UTEX Boulevard will begin this fall. Ground breaking will commence af¬ ter Santikos Investments brings the land into compliance with Edwards Aquifer regulations. Before construction, an amount of impervious cover, such as asphalt and concrete, must be spread to discourage waler seepage. According to Shelly McTee, Santikos spokesperson, any water mnoff is far enough away from Leon Creek so as not to affect the environment. The new theater will open spring 1996 after six months of construction and will be part of a strip of commercial retail establishments and several restau¬ rants. McTee said the company does not anticipate the strip having a negative impact on UTSA Blvd. by increasing traffic flow. She added thai Santikos Investments does not foresee a negative impact on traffic at the intersection due to congestion. The theater, at 50,(X)0 square feet, will be comparable in size to the Em¬ bassy 14 Theater. Its single strip of commercial outlets will be half the size ofthe Embassy 14 Theater's two su-ips. It will not be a 24-hour theater, bul will generally operate from noon until midnight. Other construction is also underway near UTSA. Across from UTSA on the soulh side of UTS A Blvd. west of MO. Orion Partners is converting 36 acres originally slated for industrial use lo residential housing. Phase One of the project consists of developing 51 lots inlo 51 single-family houses. This development will be fol¬ lowed by Phase Two, during which an additional 75 homes will be buill. The builders are Prestige Homes and Scott Felder Homes. Construction is tak¬ ing place on land rejxjssessed by Frost Bank as a loan foreclosure. Two sales trailers have been set up on the site for prospective buyers. According to Walt Busby, chief fi¬ nancial officer for Orion Partners, the company spent two years studying the site. Financed through Valley-Hi Bank, Orion Partners bought the land for $12,(XX) to $ 15,0(K) per acre. The sales prices for the homes range from $120,000 to $160,0(K). Residnets will be pan ofa gated subdivision wilh computer controlled, carded or punched number access. Eleven homes have been sold, six of them to UTSA faculty and staff Construction continues for the gated residential community directly across from UTSA. Student Government explains budget !*¦ li'af Comedian Marc Moran shows how to hide a hole in your crotch. By Lisa Crews Editorial Assistant Winners from this week's Student Government (SG) elections will take the helm ol an organizalion funded by $27.(HH) of stuilent scrviccs fees in 1994 95. In last year'sclcclions. only 129 students voted. The Student (jovemmcnt's budget is usedto fund a variety of programs, including AIDS Awareness Week, University Life Awards, and a retreat and banquet for SG mem¬ bers. A student taking thirteen hours pays a total of $ 128 (X) a semester for the student service fee. This fee also funds intramurals and intercollegiate athletics, among olher services. This year's $27,(X)() budget includes almost $5,000 rolled over from lasl year. Danielle Bush, student government treasurer said, "The budget was cut $7,000 from lasl year because we did not get a chance to represent ourselves as far as myself being on the student fees committee or our president being on the committee. "The way it works is if for some reason we are going lo be cut, a mem¬ ber of student government other than the one already sitting on the commit¬ tee, should be represented. Our ad¬ viser would present a detailed budget explaining how we would spend the money. We did not get lo do thai." When asked about the roll over money from lasl semester. Bush said, "We did not count on the money roll¬ ing over since that has never happened since I've been treasurer, bul we are going to put it lo good use." The SG's budget is spent two ways: administrative cosl^ ind projects Ihe slu dent govemment sponsors. Approximately $5.0(H) is spent en adminsirative costs. Five hundred dol¬ lars are allotcd for the repair and mainte¬ nance ofthe equipment in thc SG office in the UC. Printing of student govern ment material has a SI.IKK) dollar bud¬ get. This is only for three printing of papers for SG use. In Ociober 1994, SG "[The recognition banquet] is only thing where we spend money on ourselves. But we thinl< that is okay." —Danielle Bush SG Treasurer the spent $427.25 on copier charges. There also is a $49.50 monthly fee for duplic.it- ing. When asked aboul who is allowed to use this money. Bush said. "Only commitee heads and excessive officers can print things." Supplies and miscellaneous items have a $ I ,(KX) dollar budget.This money goes lo the purchase of anything that is used in the office. The telephone has a $I,(KK) dollar budget and $250 is spent on postage. "We included postage in this years budget so hopefully wc will start lo mail out things to the student's home because a student is morc likely to read some¬ thing in the mail than if you post il." Bush said. "When the wellness and Rec Center problem was going on, we really wanted to get out the pros and cons to the student body. That is when we discussed do¬ ing the mailouts," Bush said. F'ivc hundred dollars is allocated for the training of new officers. This money gues lo the rental of a retreat location for the incoming and outgo¬ ing ofticeis. "We have done this in the past and il is very beneficial. As soon as the new nicinbcrs arc elected we are going tostay the weekend or overnight some¬ where and ically educate each new meiiibcr on policy, how the SG works, and responsibility," Bush said. SG officers participate in out of town conferences each year, llic budget allots $750 for their travel cost. This year some mem¬ bers went to COSGA (Confer¬ ence on Student Govemment As- sociations). The cost for their participation was $520.00 and the Ramada Inn where they stayed was $34u.26. "The SG is encouraged to partici¬ pate in these cimlcrences sothat UTSA is represented and we can discuss dif¬ ferent issues and how other schools deal willi ihcm "Ilio reason ihe student govem- mcnl feels il should foot thc hill is that it is not righl lo send two studenis to these conferences and then force them lo pay." Bush said. Ilic bulk ol the SG budget goes lo sponsoring various projects such as the annual Bookwalk which is held each fall. The Bookwalk raises money fur the library and has a budget of $ 1200. This money goes towards pub¬ licity, printing, and pri/cs. cont on pg 3 University promotes cult awareness By Cherie Rhoad Marmging Editor The UTSA Office of Student Life is initiating a program designed to make students more aware of the nature of cults and their recruitment practices. As part of this program, Ron Loomis, a cult awareness educator and consultant will visit the UTSA campus next week to speak to students, faculty and staff aooul cults, Loomis, fonner Director of Student Unions and Activities at Cornell Uni¬ versity, became an expen on cults while at Cornell. He left there two years ago after 23 years so that he could travel to college campuses throughout the coun¬ try and educate siudents about cults. Loomis is nationally recognized for his vast knowledge of cults and mind control. He was widely consulted dur¬ ing the Branch Davidian standoff He is past president of the Cull Awareness Network and a founding member of the Steering Committee of the International Cult Educalion program. Although claiming there isn'l currently a problem, Karen Whitney ot the Office of Sludeni Life said, "We received informaiion that there were some students who belong lo a religious groupoperalingintheSan Anionio area known as The Boston Movement. It's a9tual1y the San An¬ tonio Church of Christ Jesus. "Some colleagues al olher universi¬ ties in other slates have characterized this group as a radical seel, or some Ron Loomis people have called it a cult." Loomis is familiar with the Boston Movement. In a tele¬ phone interview he said, "They are the cull hav¬ ing the reatest inpacl on the greatest number of colleges throughout the world." Referringlo their tactics, he said, "I don't know of any olher religious organization on any campus that has been banned for flagrantly violating campus regu¬ lations." According lo Loomis, this group as been banned from at least a dozen universities, in¬ cluding Thc llni versily of California at Berkeley. Whitney explains there is not a prob¬ lem with cull activity on the UTSA cam¬ pus. However, "The universiiy does involve itself wilh sludeni life. We want il to be a quality experience both educa¬ tionally and co-curricularly," she said. The cull awareness and education ac¬ tivities are the university's way of pre¬ serving the quality of student life and experiences forstudenis while at UTSA. "The university wants to do whatever it possibly canto preempt an; problems on our campus." added Whitney. Along with the Ron Loomis' visil and presentation, the university is designing a brochure with guidelines lo help stu¬ dents make decisions on whether or not to join a particular group on campus. In his presenlalion, Loomis will de scribe the differeni types of cults and their characterislics He will also iden¬ tify and discuss various mind control techniques used by these groups lo de¬ ceive, ccierce. manipulate, exploit and psychologically entrap victims. Former cult members from San Anionio will share iheir experiences wilh cul .. I noinis' goal is lo educate students. 'VVhai I'm into is exposing them jculis] for what they do. 1 want them I siudents I to understand the life circum¬ stances ihai make siudents vulnerable. I warn them to bc able to identify the techniques culls use lo trick and ma¬ nipulate people. Finally, I leach indi¬ viduals and institutions the things they can do to prevent cults from being suc¬ cessful," Loomis said. Loomis will make three presenta¬ tions H) U ISA studentsat the following locations: Chisolm Residence Hall, Mar. 12: University Oaks Phase IlClub House, Mar. 13; and the VC Laurel Room Mar 14. An open-mike question and answer period will follow all three sessions. wmmammmm^amm^mamm Meeting to decide on fee increase By Chris Arispe Contributing Writer Ryan Lambrecht Editor-in-Chief Starting this week, a university com¬ mittee will decide whether to raise the student service fee for academic year 1995-96. This committee, the student service fee advisory committee (SSFAC), also will recommend how the university should fund services provided by the student .service fee. The student service fee is $12 per credil hour with a cap al $ 128 per semes¬ ter or summer session, but over the past two years the fee increased each aca¬ demic year. Last year the fee reir lined at $ 12 per credil hour, but the maximum charge was raised from $ 118 to $ 128 per semester. During the 1993-94 academic year the student service fee's cap in¬ creased ten dollars from $108, and the fee's rate increased one dollar per credil hour. Last month university programs and offices reported lo SSFAC how they spent this year's budget and how they plan to spend any new funds they re¬ ceive. Tliis year SSFAC anticipates allocating $4.2 million in funds from the sludeni service fee. The SSFAC is unique among UTSA committees determining fee expendi¬ tures because it consists of five students and four UTSA administrators. This arrangement was created by the Texas legislature to give students a voice in how student service funds are spent. Students and administrators have differ¬ ing views on the role of the SSFAC. "The whole underlying goal of the [SSFAC] is how the university can serve the students belter," said Karen Whit¬ ney, assistant vice president for student life. "How can we continue to improve the quality of student life at UTSA? What can we do' What are we doing right, what can we do better, what new things do we need to get into? That's a constant annual process." Lisa Loll, a student serving on the SSFAC for the first time this year, has different ideas about the responsibilities of the committee are. "Going into this committee I felt like 1 really needed tu keep these fees down, and 1 still feel that way," Lott said. "But seeing from a different perspective how much this university is in need, it's not these greedy administrators sucking money from us poor siudents. It's noth¬ ing like that at all as I thought. On the committee. 1 sec Ihal every program that comes in is using its money to ihe great¬ est extent possible." SSFAC is responsible for reviewing and reporiing on the allocation and use oflhe student service fee. The commit¬ tee serves only in an advisory capacity to the president, who is ultimately respon¬ sible for UTSA's budgets, but lo date the president has accepted all submitted SSFAC budgets. Since studenis on the SSFAC repre¬ sent student interests, they are allowed to talk lo committee members about theirconcerns. This year, liowever, some student committee members have heard no feedback from their <;onstituents. "Students haven't asked me to vote a certain way, bul I have been approached by acouple of administrators who talked with me aboul money," said James Pinkard, a student member of SSFAC. This year the student representatives on SSFAC are Michael Gadelia, Robyn Jaynes, Lisa Lott, James Pinkard, and Jason Block. To contact the student representatives on SSFAC, call the Stu¬ dent Govemment office at 691-4597.
|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;|
|Rights||The Paisano Educational Trust|
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