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“The Hills” Season 6 Premiere Review

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By: Ann Redus (UTSA)

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First of all, thanks to MTV for hiding Heidi’s face for us for as long as possible because the second I saw her distorted face , I had to stop eating. It’s not like I hadn’t seen her plastic body plastered all over cheesy magazine covers and tabloids but, luckily, I had forgotten about it for a while. I’ll probably have vivid nightmares tonight.

When Heidi’s mom first saw Heidi at her home in Crested Butte, CO, she compared Heidi to Barbie doll and for 2.5 seconds Heidi thought her mother was saying she was pretty. Ha, just kidding – that wasn’t a good thing. Poor Heidi, ya know? Here she is with all these body “issues” and her family is constantly cutting her down. At the dinner table Heidi’s stepfather said she looked frozen, but he wouldn’t use the word “plastic,” yet it was obvious that was the first thing that came to his mind. Poor… Poor… Heidi.

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Big Boss Blasts: Big Dez in Big D

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By: Tony Peralez (UTSA)

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So Dallas picks up Dez Bryant in the first round. SWEET GRAB! Yeah maybe they needed some more help in the secondary, which yes they do need, but I personally am pretty excited about this pick. I’m a pretty big Longhorn fan down to my shoes but I have to say, I am incredibly disappointed with Roy Williams.  I don’t think anyone else I know has been as stubborn as I have been to stand beside him despite his drops, miscommunications, and poorly ran routes.  Maybe I’m truly the only fool in this state and the other 49 that think he still has some good to offer. But that’s not the topic of today’s column so we’re just going to skip right over all of the hypotheticals regarding number 11.  We’re here today to discuss Dez Bryant and that’s what we’re going to do.

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Mr. Right? Or Mr. Right Now? Outlasting the Honeymoon Stage

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By: Ann Redus (UTSA)

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In the beginning, relationships are full of excitement, passion, laughter, and no worries. You get butterflies in your stomach when they call, you can’t stop smiling, and nothing else seems to even matter. One month of dating turns into a few months… You have a toothbrush at their place and an extra pair of clothes. Date nights have gone from multiple nights a week to just a couple of nights, if that. A few months have turned into several months and those giddy feelings of infatuation have faded as quickly as the last few months have flown by. Unfortunately, it seems as though your honeymoon stage is over. The flight has landed and it’s time to unpack your backs so you can settle in for sex one night a week and pee on the toilet seat. What do you do when those incredible feelings of chemistry have been put out by the sands of time? You seem to be more annoyed and irritated than you are enjoying yourself. Little things like a messy toothpaste tube or how they hog the blanket just aren’t as cute as they once were. Once you’ve realized the fun part is over it becomes more and more difficult for both of you to stay when the past few months look brighter than the months to come. 

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Texas: The Best State in the Union

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By: Ann Redus (UTSA)

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Everything’s better in Texas – everyone knows that. Everything’s also bigger in Texas, which makes our great state bigger and better than yours. Why? Because we make it that way. Texas wouldn’t have the reputation of a badass for nothing, right? All Texans are proud to live in Texas and here’s why Texas is better than the state you “live” in.

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Big Boss Works Out: The Top 5 Ways to Get Those Swimsuit Abs

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By Tony Peralez (UTSA)

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So here we are in mid April with May just around the corner is fair weather and sunshine to turn us all to a nice healthy bronze. However, none of us are going to feel comfortable and confident unless we have some sick abs! And you’ll never get them sitting in the gym doing thousands of ab exercises! Instead of getting suckered by ocular peer pressure into filling your workout with useless ab exercises, here are a few practices to help meet your abdominal standards. 

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Big Boss Presents: Toursick 2010 at Sunset Station

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By: Tony Peralez (UTSA)

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In less than a month some of the greatest underground bands in the scene right now will be gracing the fine streets of San Antonio. Sunset Station will be hosting Toursick, which features A Day to Remember, August Burns Red, Silverstein, and Go Radio on May 12th (The day before the big Campus Socialite Party at the Ivy Rooftop!).

Sunset Station usually hosts some great big bands, and Toursick will be nothing less!

Go Radio will be opening the show, a younger band from Tallahassee, Florida. Former lead singer of Mayday Parade, Jason Lancaster leads this foursome into an alternative world that is in need of great lyrical majesty. Lancaster’s previous Florida native band, Mayday Parade, completely dropped Lancaster in 2007, devoid of nearly all credit from A Lesson In Romantics, their sophomore album that he helped write, produce, and perform on.

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The Truth Behind Your Favorite Fast Food Treats

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By: Ann Redus (UTSA)

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I’ve never really been into fast food, but when I do eat fast food I always try to get something that I feel is somewhat healthy. If I’m choosing between a cheeseburger Happy Meal and a chicken nugget Happy Meal, I always go with the chicken. I just feel like chicken is better for me, ya know? Well, unfortunately, I was wrong. Not saying that the cheeseburger is any better than chicken nuggets, but when I found out what kind of stuff goes into a chicken McNugget I was shocked. I was checking my email this morning and found an article on Yahoo! from Men’s Health about some of the ingredients that go into American’s favorite fast food items. I’m here to enlighten and spread the word so you know exactly what you’re eating when you consume those “chicken” nuggets, among other things. 

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Big Boss Presents: The Top 5 Shows in Texas, Part DEUX

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By: Tony Peralez (UTSA)

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Alright music junkies, about a week ago I put up an article about the top 5 shows in Texas. I only gave you 3 shows to start with because I wrote so heavily and I know nobody wants to sit here and read a dissertation so I broke it up. Here is the second half and also what I feel is the stronger half of live music this month. These shows are on back to back days but if you care enough about original, outstanding, and emotionally powerful sounds you wont miss either one! So here we go!

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Taking The High Road: How To Handle The Boss From Hell

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By: Ann Redus (UTSA)

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I think at some point throughout your lifetime, you’ll work for one of those bosses who is just a complete asshole. You love your coworkers, your pay, and the company you work for, but your boss is keeping you from having the highest quality of life possible. Figures, right? Because things just can’t ever be easy.

First of all, I’d like to make it clear that this is not necessarily the situation I’m in, but how about we just assume that it is. So let’s say I’ve been working for a company for almost two years. I have spent more time with my coworkers over those two years than with my immediate family. I have adapted – chameleon style – to every demand asked of me, I provide excellent customer service, and I have managed to maintain a certain amount of hours each month so I can financially plan out what I can save for (summer school, books, rent, etc.) and for bills I pay (groceries, cell phone, gas, etc.). Oh yeah, and not to mention it’s all while attending school full time. Then – it happens – POOF. There goes the bulk of my part time job. To go from working 25 hours a week to 12 hours a week is a HUGE pay cut in college speak. I mean, if I get $10 an hour then that means I would get roughly $250 every week, and now a pitiful $120 a week? What a joke. I wouldn’t even be able to drive my 13 year old, gas-guzzling SUV 25 miles every other day to my job, while commuting to school, on that kind of pay check. Looks like it’s time for a bike

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