Baseball HOF Welcomes Newest Class

Vladimir Guerrero, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Trevor Hoffman, Jack Morris, Alan Trammell. These six baseball legends entered the Baseball Hall Of Fame in Cooperstown, New York this past weekend as the 82nd class to enter the hall of legends since its creation back in 1936. Jones, a former Atlanta Braves player, handled his emotions well during his speech speaking about his wife Taylor. He spoke on how much of a support system she was during his 19 year career with the Braves as well as his parents and Braves fans. Taylor Jones is also close to going into labor as they are expecting a son, destined to be named Chipper as well, in honor of his dad. He molded his game on of course one of the game’s greats, Micky Mantle, who just happened to be his dad’s favorite player. Jones led the Braves to a World Series title back in 1995 and finished his career with a .301 batting average, an impressive 468 home runs, 1,623 RBI. Trevor Hoffman, was more than just your average MLB closing pitcher. This former San Diego Padre could’ve also been named Mr. Padre like the late Tony Gwynn. Although he finished his career with the Milwaukee Brewers, he is a man beloved by the city of San Diego. Many forget he spent his first 3 seasons as a shortstop before giving pitching a hand, and was later known for his tricky changeup. Hoffman also credited his parents for his successful career. Hoffman is accredited with 601 total saves in his career, only second to the greatest closer of all time, former New York Yankee, Mariano Rivera, who finished with 652 saves. Jim Thome, like Jones, thanked his wife for her support. Thome played for six different franchises, but was mainly a Cleveland Indian for a majority of his career throughout the 1990’s and very early 2000’s. The famous lefty finished with 612 home runs and currently sits eighth all-time. He was one RBI shy of hitting 1,700. He scored over 1,500 runs, and drew an incredible 1,747 walks. Vladimir Guerrero, the nine time All-Star, was greeted by hundreds of Dominican Republic flags during his speech which he gave in his native Spanish language. Guerrero’s son Vladimir Jr., is currently the number one prospect in the minors playing for the Toronto Blue Jays. Wearing an Angels hat, he thanked his parents but also the support from his hometown Don Gregorio. The former outfielder batted an average .318, hit 449 home runs, and hit 1,496 RBIs. Jack Morris, four time World Series champion pitched for 18 seasons under the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twins, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Cleveland Indians. During the 1980’s Morris led all pitchers with 162 career wins, and 1,629. Alan Trammell was a former teammate of Morris, spending 20 seasons in the majors- all with the Tigers. Trammell was a six time All-Star, earned four Golden Glove awards and three Silver Slugger awards. Having played at least 2,000 games, he currently sits sixth among shortstops with a .977 fielding percentage.

UTSA Professor Discusses the Resilience of San Antonio’s Cultural Heritage

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 By R Eguia . Last month, scholars, community members and students gathered at the Southwest School of Art Coates Chapel to hear a conversation by the San Antonio Conservation Society Endowed Professor at UTSA, William Dupont, called A Resilient Heritage: Designing San Antonio’s Future to Preserve Our Past. The talk introduced Cultural Sustainability as the continuity of cultural systems of human existence. People have heritage identities and values that bind them to places and communities are essential for full sustainability. “Design with respect for Heritage,” was a key theme as Dupont...

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Computer and Internet Addiction is a Real Thing

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 Are you dependent on technology to bring you satisfaction in life? Dependency can be playing video games to escape reality, posting to social media to get attention or validation, compulsive online spending when anxious or bored, or visiting dating sites with the hopes of meeting the love of your life. Are there noticeable negative patterns surrounding your computer or internet activities? Are they causing problems in your relationships or affecting your work performance? Most of the time, these addictions are just distractions to real issues that people are not yet ready to face. They may feel anxious, impulsive or unfulfilled in life. These activities produce a “high”, filling a void and bringing pleasure that lasts momentarily. Overtime, these addictions have negative consequences that outweigh the positive feelings experienced. They can also have long-term negative effects on many areas of our lives. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) research has shown that certain people are more susceptible to computer or internet addiction. These individuals include; those who have had prior addictions to other behaviors or substances; a history of depression or anxiety; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; or Low self-esteem. Recovering computer addicts reported feelings of euphoria when using the computer and feelings of depression, unfulfillment and irritability when not using it. They also described feeling withdrawn or neglected by family and...

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S.A Performance Art Collective HoK

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 On March 9, the local performance art collective, HoK (House of Kenzo) presented Permutations, a 20 minute production exploring systems, fluidity, work and cycles, at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston. The trio, Ledef (sound production), Brexxitt (choreography) and Grapefruit (concept design) embodied possibilities through splash choreography and projection mapping. Local carpenter company, Precision Woodworking Texas, assisted the group with an installation that included an indoor water trough, a 10 part pulley system and a network of clear bags filled with water tied onto natural rope. The performance was inspired by...

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Mariachi Girl Stars Lucero Garcia at the Magik Theatre

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 1 Many women have made their mark in the performance arts. In San Antonio, girls go to places like the Magik theatre to begin their journey. Like 14-year-old San Antonio actress, Lucero Garcia. She began acting at the age of 7 during The Magik Theatre’s summer camps and classes. She plays the role of Carmencita in the new show called Mariachi girl at the Magik Theatre. “I fell in love with musical theatre. All I could think about was being on stage singing and dancing and performing for people and making them...

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Guadalupe Cultural Arts

Facebook Twitter Google+ Gmail Print Friendly Like 0 By Melinda Gonzalez There is a renewed energy in the air and the culmination of efforts to re-establish the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (GCAC) as the beacon of Chicano Art is paying off. Founded in 1980 and located in the heart of San Antonio’s historic Westside, the nonprofit organization serves over 100,000 people each year on a local, national and international scale through artistic, educational, and community programming. Jorge Piña who is a native San Antonian is back and fulfills a key leadership position for the GCAC after resigning from the...

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