Bertans Signs Extension

The San Antonio Spurs decided to use their ‘bird clause’ in their contract with restricted free agent Forward Davis Bertans, signing him to a 2 year extension worth $14.5 million. The former three time Serbian League Champion is heading into his third season as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. Originally drafted by the Indiana Pacers with the 42nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, they then had his right traded to the Spurs. Bertans played in the Slovenian team, Union Olimpija. He then moved to the Serbian League in 2012 playing for Partizan, prior to joining Laboral Kutxa Baskonia in 2014 and finally joining San Antonio in 2016. Bertans is a member of the Latvian National Team alongside superstar Center from the New York Knicks, Kristaps Porzingus. The Spurs Forward averaged about 14 minutes a game with about 5.9 points a game. Bertans made multiple appearances in the starting lineup last season for the Spurs as an aging Pau Gasol performed better off the bench with the second group. This gave the Spurs much needed depth with an injury riddled team last year.

Many project the Spurs to start Bertans at the Power Forward spot with LaMarcus Aldridge at the Center position. Bertans is quickly becoming a fan favorite with his “never back down” attitude and an astounding knack shooting the 3 point shot well for his size and position. Many Spurs fans, including myself, choose to recognize him by the nickname “The Latvian Laser” for his shooting ability. With the Spurs saving money by letting former Spurs forward Kyle Anderson walk and not match his $37 million contract could very well be the move of the summer aside from drafting Lonnie Walker IV. This year could be the breakout year for Bertans the Spurs saw coming as far back as when they traded for him back in 2011, the same night they also traded the Pacers for Kawhi Leonard in the 1st Round.

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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