2/18/18

Halee Brewer

Jones Dining Center and Harris Dining Hall on campus have added a new feature that has students feeling the beat. Bobcat Update's Halee Brewer has the story.

Jones Dining Center is not only a place for students to eat, they NOW can eat and enjoy their favorite songs.  Director of Marketing Steven Granados says the music is by request.
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When students come to Jones or Harris Dining Hall, they are given the opportunity to set the atmosphere. With the Rockbot app the people have the power to hear what they want.
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Students enjoy the music as do those who work there. Chartwells employee Jordan Hartman says the music has made her job way more fun.
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To put together your own playlist while you eat, download the Rockbot app and check into Jones Dining Hall. For Bobcat Update, I'm Halee Brewer.

2/17/18

Zach Butler

A group of Texas State Librarians recently called attention to sexual violence against women by hosting a reading of The Vagina Monologues. Bobcat Update's Zach Butler has the story:

The series of monologues -- written by Eve Ensler -- sheds light on violence and discrimination against women. Library assistant Donna Dean says the idea behind the reading was to make people more aware of the issues.
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Students could sign up to be a part of the reading or just be observers.  Undergraduate Librarian Lorin Flores says the event was a collaborative effort involving Texas State faculty members and V-Day, a non-profit organization that tries to stop violence against women.
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Around 25 students and faculty came to support the effort and to celebrate the play. One volunteer even reprised her monologue from 17 years ago. Liz King says that it was surprisingly emotional for her to be a part of the reading:
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Students who attended were encouraged to donate to the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center. For Bobcat update, I'm Zach Butler.

Rebecca Flores

Some Texas State students are pledging Not On My Campus. It's an effort to bring greater awareness to the harm caused by sexual harassment and assault. Bobcat Update's Rebecca Flores tells us more.

The Not On My Campus pledge is a student-lead movement that seeks to end the silence surrounding sexual assault. Those who take the pledge want a safer environment on campus.
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Some Texas State athletes have joined the movement. The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee recently shared pictures of team members writing Not On My Campus on their hands. 
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Not On My Campus President Brooklyn Boreing says the movement has had a major impact at Texas State since it began a little over a year ago. 
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If you'd like more information about the Not On My Campus pledge, check out the group's Facebook page. For Bobcat Update, I'm Rebecca Flores.

Aaron Derton

A three-way primary has Democrats fighting an uphill battle to represent Texas House District 45. Bobcat Update's Aaron Derton has the story.

The next person to represent Hays and Blanco County in the Texas Legislature isn't a foregone conclusion. Three Democratic candidates are hoping to turn a predominantly Republican district blue. The only male candidate  in the race says he's got what it takes to represent the people of District 45.
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A former school board candidate says her dedication to the community will guide her decisions as a legislator.
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Erin Zwiener says she's been block walking almost every day and intends to bring a progressive voice to Austin.
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Early voting started this week. Election day is March sixth. For Bobcat Update, I'm Aaron Derton.

Trista Castillo

Scholarship  and FAFSA deadlines are approaching quickly. Bobcat Update's Trista Castillo provides some tips on how to finish your applications if you haven't already.

The deadline for submitting your FAFSA application is coming up soon, and if you want a scholarship you only have a week or so to submit a request. Officials say it's important to finish the paperwork as soon as possible for the best financial outcome.
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There are tutorials and helpful links on Texas State's financial aid and scholarships website, but incoming students say it's most helpful to visit the Financial Aid Office and talk to a counselor.
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The  Financial Aid Office posts flyers on campus to remind students to prepare early, and the office hosts workshops to provide assistance.
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If you have not yet completed your FAFSA or scholarship applications, visit the Financial Aid Office at J-C Kellam for help. For Bobcat Update, I'm Trista Castillo.

2/16/18

Alexis Gonzales

A student favorite has a new location under construction. Bobcat Update's Alexis Gonzales tells us more. 

At Hopkins and Comanche Streets in San Marcos is a new Gumby's Pizza, which will feature a patio, a bar, and classic menu favorites. The restaurant's grand opening will take place in a few weeks.
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The restaurant is a couple of blocks from the downtown square.
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Employees at Gumby's are very excited about what the restaurant will offer.
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Gumby's is set to open the week after spring break. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexis Gonzales.          

Cassandria Alvarado

The Kissing Alley Concert Series continues to draw crowds. Bobcat Update's Cassandria Alvarado has more.

The Kissing Alley Concert Series is a free event in San Marcos that happens every third Thursday of the month. The series supports local live music, community radio and charitable drives.
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K-Z-S-M-dot-org and the city's Main Street program help organize the concert series.
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The next concert in the Kissing Alley series will be March 15th. For Bobcat Update, I'm Cassandria Alvarado.

Eric Ramirez

Flu has taken a toll at Texas State. Several students have had to skip class to recover after catching the bug. Eric Ramirez has the story.

Nationwide the flu virus has affected thousands of people. It's not an illness to take lightly. Many deaths have resulted from those who were caught in its grip. The Student Health Center has treated several students who have had the symptoms. Assistant Director Julie Eckert says there are some preventive measures students can take.
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Eckert says the health center has been treating patients who have the flu, and it's still offering vaccinations to avoid the illness altogether.
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Depending on a student's insurance coverage, the cost of the flu shot is minimal or free. For Bobcat Update, I'm Eric Ramirez.

Sara Lange

The new Ingram School of Engineering building is under construction, which, for some people, is a major inconvenience. Sara Lange has the story.

With a construction budget of 120 (m) million dollars, the new Ingram School of Engineering building has been in the making for over two years now, according to the school's website.
The building will be six stories high and have 166 thousand square feet in office and classroom space. The construction project has been a burden for some students, like Sophomore Kendall Anderson.
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However, engineering students are eager to see the doors open.
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Chandler Watson

Food services on campus offers a wide variety of choices. Bobcat Update's Chandler Watson tells us how students are using meal plans to pay for their nutrition.

Texas State requires freshmen and those who live on campus to buy a meal plan. The 150-swipe meal plan is approximately 12-hundred bucks per semester. Some students, like freshmen Jai Stevens, say the meal plan is beneficial for incoming students.
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Meals paid for with the plan cost about eight dollars each. Upperclassmen Justin Gonzales says he prefers the swipe system, rather than paying out of pocket.
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At the end of the day, it's all about preference. Whether you'd like to stay in to cook or get a meal trade to eat, the choice is yours.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Chandler Watson.

2/15/18

Marta Ramirez

The Art Gallery in the Lampasas Building has a new theme called We Are Dreamers. Bobcat Update's Marta Ramirez tells us more.
The term Dreamers has been in the news a lot lately as it relates to young undocumented immigrants who are hoping they can remain in the United States  They had been protected by the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, but the federal government is set to end that program if Congress doesn't act in the next few weeks. Lampasas is hosting an Art Gallery to display opinions on the topic through artwork.
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The gallery features pieces from not only students but also various artists in San Marcos who wish to express their views.
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The We Are Dreamers Art Exhibition is open weekdays from 8 a-m to 5 p-m in the Lampasas Gallery.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Marta Ramirez.

2/11/18

Michael Salas

Many students struggle when it comes to eating a healthy diet, but there are organizations on campus offering some guidance. Bobcat Update's Michael Salas tells us more.
 
The Black Men United and The Talented Tenth Project are working together to promote healthier lifestyles. As part of their Humanitarian Week, they hosted a recent Get You a Man Who Can Cook event. The idea was to share health tips and recipes to generate greater awareness.
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Members of the organizations say the event helped them make new friends, and another benefit was learning how to cook healthier foods.
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If you would like more information about upcoming events, you can find Black Men United and The Talented Tenth Project on Twitter. For Bobcat Update, I'm Michael Salas.

2/9/18

William Perron

Texas State offers help to students who are seeking jobs or internships. Bobcat Update's William Perron has the story.

Finding a job can be hard, but Texas State tries to make it easier. For example, there are several career fairs each semester. Faculty member Bruce Howard says career fairs are a good way to get one's foot in the door.
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Showing up at a career fair can lead to a job interview. One key to having a successful interview is finding the right fit.
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Students who attend fairs appreciate the resources that the school provides.
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There are several career fairs throughout the semester. The website, Jobs-4-Cats, and the T-X-State Career-Fair-Plus app has information on when and where the fairs will be held as well as a list of participating companies.  For Bobcat Update, I'm William Perron.

Treavian Simmons

The student government president at Texas State is under fire. Many students are calling for Connor Clegg to resign or be impeached. Bobcat Update's Tre Simmons has the story.

The fall 2017 semester left an uneasy atmosphere for many Texas State students as racist flyers and banners were posted at various locations on campus. Many students and organizations, such as the Pan African Action Committee, were left wondering whether any action would be taken by University President Denise Trauth to address the tensions. The perceived lack of concrete response has only heightened concerns on campus, and some students want to impeach the student body president Connor Clegg, because of racially-tinged social media messages that he posted years ago
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The campus protest moved to the L-B-J Student Center where the student government meets weekly.
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Some PAAC members and protestors expressed their concerns.
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Others offered ways to correct errors of the institution's recent past.
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The Pan African Action Committee meets every Wednesday at 5 P-M in Lampasas. The group encourages student involvement. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tre Simmons.

1/27/18

Halee Brewer

Many Texas State seniors are already preparing for graduation in May. Bobcat Update’s Halee Brewer has the story.

Although the semester began just last week, some students are already trying on their caps and gowns. For graduating seniors, this is their last semester to make good grades and perhaps intern. Texas State senior Chandler Watson says he is focused on the future.
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Some students admit that they’re not ready to take the next step. Texas State senior Karagan Mayberry says she needs more time to prepare.
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Students can apply for graduation today on CatsWeb. The deadline for applying is March 9th. For Bobcat Update, I’m Halee Brewer.

Clifton Winston

The Wittliff Collections has added a new exhibit on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. Bobcat Update's Clifton Winston has more.

Sunrise Sunset: Solargraphs is the newest edition to the Wittliff Collections. The 50-plus solargraphs were created by Bill Wittliff. The exhibit features ordinary things, like tallboy beer cans or small sections of P-V-C pipe, to show sunlight's effect in a unique way.  
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Sunrise Sunset: Solargraphs will be in the Wittliff Collection until July 8th.  Renovations for the Wittliff expansion have not begun. For Bobcat Update, I'm Clifton Winston.

Mary Diegel

Enrollment at Texas State increased this spring and is causing overcrowding on campus. Bobcat  Update's Mary Diegel has more.

Students are having to adjust their schedules to make more time for daily activities. Part of the reason is the construction on campus, which can cause delays. Unsure they will make it to class on time, students are having to leave earlier to commute to campus. Texas State student Sara Lang says she has noticed a difference in her bus schedule compared to last year.
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Buses are not the only factor affecting students' schedules. There also seem to be longer lines at the food courts in the L-B-J Student Center. 
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Texas  State is the fifth largest university in Texas and is expected to grow. For Bobcat Update, I'm Mary Diegel.

Kristen Flowers

Many Texas State students are coping with longer commutes because of construction in San Marcos. Bobcat Update's Kristen Flowers has the story.
 
Many construction projects -- on and off campus -- are underway. They include the overpass at Aquarena Springs next to the football stadium and a new  engineering building across the street from McCoy Hall. Because of these projects, some students, like Brianna Zemelicka, have noticed a change in their commutes this semester.
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But other students say they're not bothered by the detours.
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The City of San Marcos website states that all major projects are expected to be finished by next winter, and the Texas State University Construction web page shows four projects are underway now and at least fifteen more are in the works. It looks like detours may be required for a little longer. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristen Flowers.