NFL Pre Season: Rookies Excite, Veterans Struggle

NFL fans are starting to paint a picture of how strong or weak their teams are just after completing the first week of games. Although most teams’ starters and superstars were sitting out, these are games to see how well you spent your draft picks and how much each team invested in free agent signings. All eyes were on number one draft pick Cleveland Browns rookie QB Baker Mayfield. The former Oklahoma Heisman excited the loyal “Dawg Pound” Browns and fans were excited to get their first glance of Mayfield in game action. Mayfield did not disappoint. In a 20-10 victory over the New York Giants, Mayfield impressed fans and quieted critics throwing 11-20 for 212 yards. He threw two touchdown passes showing great passing decisions and the ability to move around in and out of the pocket. In the same game, the number two pick, Giants running back Saquon Barkley impressed Giants fans with a breakout 39-yard run showcasing his elusiveness with football avoided tackles left and right from Browns’ defenders. Although that one run accounted for a majority of his yardage in his total of only four carries, that play might give him a good boost in playing time from head coach Pat Shurmer. The Denver Broncos squared off against NFC North Champs the Minnesota Vikings. Former Vikings quarterback Case Keenum has been on multiple NFL rosters. This time he’s in Denver and started against his former team. Although new Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins looked sharp, the same case couldn’t be made for Keenum who struggled and finished 1-5 and threw for just five yards, yikes. Broncos rookie quarterback Chad Kelly, looked poised in his debut. Even though he threw an interception, Kelly threw an impressive 14-21 for 177 yards, and finished with two touchdown passes. Kelly is the hidden gem in the Broncos group of quarterbacks and if Keenum doesn’t find his play from his almost Cinderella season last year, he might just be back to what he has always been, a good back up. The number three pick New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold impressed Jets fans and coaches. Darnold was able to throw six straight and accurate passes in a row in one series and threw for a touchdown pass. Making a case for himself, he has not faltered under the pressure and has kept up in the quarterback battle in New York. But, veteran quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is making it tough and competitive for Darnold by also having a solid outing. With an almost perfect passer rating, Bridgewater went 7-8 and threw for 87 yards. Whether or not Minnesota lost a quality star quarterback in Bridgewater may depend on the success of Kirk Cousins. Either way, Jets fans should be excited. Given that it’s just one week of preseason games, their performance in one game shouldn’t mean anything, but they do. Signs shown in these early weeks of preseason could be the dominos that can crumble a team halfway through the full NFL season. Rookies and veterans will have just three more weeks to prove themselves. Time to step up or shut up.

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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