Football is Back

Football fans rejoice as our heroes on the gridiron are back. This weekend is when we finally get to see how our favorite teams’ new draft picks, big name trades, and superstar free agent signings fair with their new teams. The Philadelphia Eagles look to maintain their status as champions with another run at the Lombardi Trophy. The Dallas Cowboys look to overcome Dak Prescott’s sophomore slump with a full season of Ezekiel Elliott running the ball. This season head coach Jason Garrett needs to prove himself with a trip to the NFC Championship if he wants to keep his job any longer. The Vikings have put a lot of faith in new quarterback Kirk Cousins. Will he work, or will he be their downfall? Aaron Rodgers is back and badder than ever with a healed collar bone. With the addition of tight end Jimmy Graham, he finally has target with not just the speed but the size. And with a new defensive coordinator at the helm with Mike Pettine, the Packers’ defense has immensely improved with a young and hungry secondary.

The Lombardi has a very good chance at coming home to Titletown U.S.A once again. This year’s rookies Baker Mayfield of the Browns, Saquon Barkley of the Giants, and San Darnold of the Jets will have a lot to prove as most of the rookie hype is revolving around these guys. Can Darnold earn the starting spot over Teddy Bridgewater and Josh McCowan? Can Mayfield prove he’s not another name to the list of failed quarterbacks in the most cursed position on the Browns? Can Barkley stay healthy behind veteran quarterback Eli Manning? The Giants haven’t had a running back like Barkley since Tiki Barber. It might take more than signing Richard Sherman to fix San Francisco’s defense. Tom Brady is going to miss his favorite target Julian Edelman as Edelman is out for the first five games of the season with a PED suspension. The Patriots look to remain atop the AFC but teams like the Steelers, Chiefs, and yes, the Jacksonville Jaguars look to end their reign. Can Dez Bryant get on a team? With Dez still scrambling to join a team with an outrageous asking price, he might just have to lose his ego and settle for whatever a team can offer him. There are many questions heading into the preseason. Some will be answered in the preseason, some in the regular season. This season fans of all teams should be excited as teams are starting to show their identity heading into the preseason, and with one of the best rookie classes the league has seen in a while. This year’s rookie of the year race can be anyone. Good luck to your teams, and may the odds be in your favor.

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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