Spurs Future Looking Optimistic

Coach Gregg Popovich hosted, alongside Team USA, the best representing basketball in America last weekend in Las Vegas. Although the week long camp was filled with press availability and meet and greets, Pop managed to get in a few scrimmages and drills for the players to test the water and see what kind of talent he has for next year’s FIBA World Cup and then the 2020 Olympics which will be held in Tokyo, Japan. The field included superstars like Blake Griffin, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and Paul George. Most notably absent was former San Antonio Spurs forward, Kawhi Leonard. But, the newest Spurs guard was there, DeMar DeRozan, who got his chance to finally work with his soon to be head coach in San Antonio.

Most were curious to see how their relationship would start off since DeRozan was still disgruntled about how the franchise he loved so much in Toronto would trade themselves into a risky and uncertain future with Leonard. Having earned the respect he’s worked for over the past 20 years, Pop and DeRozan hit it off like they’ve been around each other for years. The two were often seen laughing and sharing long conversations between drills. Perhaps this mini-camp was just what the Spurs fans needed to calm the nerves as we head into the next season. The fans will see the kind of team we really haven’t seen before, a young, new, and fresh team. Fans will be excited to see that Patty Mills, Marco Belinelli, and as of right now, Manu Ginobili, are with us from the 2014 Championship team, but fans have never seen a younger and different skill set team in quite a long time. Every single member on the team currently has a skill others on the team don’t, yet there is one skill that they all have in common. They are all willing to learn and adjust. There are players that stick to what they are good at and just settle. For example, centers Andre Drummond from the Pistons and DeAndre Jordan from the Mavericks. Both known for their dominance in the paint offensively and both strong rebounders. Now don’t get me wrong, these guys are both stars and great NBA bigs right now. But, my gosh, they continually hurt their teams late in games with their free throw shooting. Drummond was forced to sit late in playoff games and Jordan would cost crucial points that could’ve put the Clippers farther in the playoffs. With the tutelage of Coach Pop, we’ve seen recent videos of current Spurs guards Bryn Forbes and DeJounte Murray working out their games and underdeveloped flaws, and with noticeably more muscles. These young guards listened and learned. Sure, many fans thought Leonard and his camp created a dark cloud around the Spurs and San Antonio but in reality, they actually did the opposite. This team is learning from their past mistakes, adjusting their game and realizing just how much potential they’ve had all along. This might be the season and team to give the Western Conference of Titans a run for the money. In the words of the great Muhammed Ali “The best ways to make your dreams come true is to wake up.” Time to wake up Spurs, go Spurs go!

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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