11/28/18

Kenidee Thomas

Young and old alike are attracted to San Marcos. Texas State University boasts an enrollment of 38-thousand students, but they aren't the only group contributing to the city's significant growth in population. According to Forbes magazine, San Marcos is also a great place to retire. Bobcat Update's Kenidee Thomas tells us why in this report:

According to Forbes, San Marcos is the best place to retire in Texas. The city offers beautiful scenery, good air quality, affordable homes and plenty of doctors. Also, there's no state income tax. The Milken Institute also rates the city highly for successful aging.  San Marcos manages to keep the cost of living 13 percent below the national average.
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San Marcos has a diverse population of 61-thousand. Residents say the city still has a small-town feel.
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The city offers several fringe benefits -- its river, museums, the university, outlets and downtown.
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Located between San Antonio and Austin, San Marcos is ideally situated.
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11/27/18

Tyler Jackson

The dog park in San Marcos is undergoing changes. Bobcat Update's Tyler Jackson has the story.

The dog park is located on Charles Austin Drive. It's being renovated and expanded with several new amenities, including more water fountains and shady areas.
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The city of San Marcos is also adding A-D-A-accessible routes to increase ease of use.
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The expansion will provide two areas for large dogs and two for small dogs. The additional space will promote grass growth and let the city perform regular maintenance. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tyler Jackson.

11/26/18

Valeria Escalante

It's holiday shopping season, which means you'll soon be making gift selections to put under the tree.  Another choice is deciding whether to buy online OR at a brick-and-mortar location.  Bobcat Update's Valeria Escalante tells us what some San Marcos shoppers are doing.

Paper Bear Heartworks in San Marcos is a favorite stop for many, and there are advantages to shopping in the store.
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Some businesses, like Monkies Vintage and Barefoot Campus Outfitter, try to get customers excited about shopping, by offering sales, special events and entertainment.
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According to the U-S Commerce Department, online shopping is a rapidly growing sector of the economy, but local customers prefer having a choice.
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Whether you prefer browsing online or in stores, you only have 26 shopping days left til Christmas. Happy Holidays! For Bobcat Update, I'm Valeria Escalante.

Amber Olivo

Texas State is looking for a new head football coach following the dismissal of Everett Withers.
Bobcat Update's Amber Olivo has the story.

Withers had been coach of the football team for three years until he was fired with one game remaining on the 2018 schedule.
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Withers was dismissed after posting a 3-and-8 record this season and a 7-and-28 record overall.
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His teams performed well academically but weren't successful on the field.
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Defensive Coordinator Chris Woods served as the Bobcats' interim head coach in last Saturday's game against Arkansas State.
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Texas State has retained a search firm to help it find a new coach. For Bobcat Update, I'm Amber Olivo. 

11/21/18

Dilynn-Paige Ewing

Texas State plays an important part in training first responders. The university has received a grant to continue its Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center. Bobcat Update's Dilynn-Paige Ewing has the story.

With the eight-point-seven million dollar grant, the ALERRT center will be able to train 15-thousand first responders in the coming year. Having the grant benefits law enforcement agencies who would otherwise NOT be able to train their personnel adequately.
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First responders are relied on to keep communities safe.
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Some believe the training will have a significant impact.
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11/20/18

Kyndal Runnels

Downtown San Marcos can be a lively place, which is a goal for the many businesses located there. They're finding unique ways to promote downtown. Bobcat Update's Kyndal Runnels has more.

One way of attracting customers is the monthly Walkabout. It happens every Third Thursday. The idea is to shop small and do it downtown. Walkabouts include flash sales and drink specials. You can also find art exhibits and live entertainment. There's something for everyone.
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At November's Walkabout, there was even a live mannequin window competition. Shoppers are a diverse group, and they seem to enjoy the Third Thursday events.
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Music plays a significant role in San Marcos' culture, so it only makes sense that musicians play a big part in the Third Thursday Walkabouts.
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11/19/18

Matthew Smith

The Meadows Center at Texas State hosts The Sacred Springs Powwow, a showcase for hundreds of people to experience Native American culture.  Bobcat Update's Matthew Smith attended the most recent PowWow and files this report:
 
Created by the Indigenous Cultures Institute, the Powwow is an annual event in San Marcos. Handmade jewelry, crystals, native clothing and ritual dances are always on display at the gatherings.
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The main event showcased more than 100 dancers and singers -- all in rhythm to the beat of a native drum.  Vendors from the Aztec, Choctaw, Comanche, Crow and Inca tribes had native items to sell and demonstrations to share.
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The Powwow is a way to experience Native American culture firsthand. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Smith. 
     

11/17/18

Abel Garza

There's a Texas State Film Club on campus, and Bobcat Update's Abel Garza tells us what makes the club special.
 
Texas State offers a few film classes in the theater department, but there aren't enough for students to be designated film majors. Aspiring filmmakers want something more.
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The club gives students filmmaking experience, whether writing, acting or filming, and it's a place to share a passion for movies.
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The club included a variety of activities this semester, with the hope of inspiring confidence among those who attended.
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The students finished shooting a short film in October. It's a horror movie set to premiere next semester.
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The Film Club is run by students, for students.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Abel Garza.

Alexandra Sereno

Some Texas State students had the opportunity to experience virtual reality this month -- thanks to new technologies available on campus. Bobcat Update's Alex Sereno dives into the virtual world.
 
An event known as Prototyping the Future with Virtual Reality and 3-D Printing was held at the Gallery of the Common Experience. Students were given the opportunity to work with a virtual reality headset and to create a structure using a 3-D printer. 
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For some students it was their first time engaging with virtual reality.
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Virtual reality is a tool the tech industry hopes to integrate into art and therapy. In the future, it could become an everyday routine for people to use it.
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...For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Sereno.

Robert Vela III

Jumping into the San Marcos River after graduation is a Texas State tradition for students, but how do students graduating in December feel about this tradition? Bobcat Update's Robert  Vela (VEL-UH)-the-third has the story.     
    
Texas State University holds graduation ceremonies every semester for students finishing their journeys through college. Graduates have the chance to participate in the long-held tradition  of jumping into the San Marcos River at Sewell Park to commemorate their life as a Texas State student. Many students are definitely looking forward to participating in this tradition. 
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But some students say they WON'T be among those jumping in the river.  
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Those who plan to take the dive say it's a tradition they simply can't ignore. 
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Dominique Hutchinson

Finals are quickly approaching, and many Bobcats may have to find novel ways to avoid disruptions as they study.   Dominique Hutchinson has found some alternatives. Here's her report for Bobcat Update. 
 
As students finish up the semester, they are met with a difficult decision on where to study. The usual places, like the L-B-J Student Center and Alkek library, are noisy now because of construction. The noise forces students to look elsewhere to find a quiet study environment. 
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Many students turn to local cafes on campus.
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Some of the cafes are accommodating students by offering special benefits. 
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During finals, many businesses are offering discounts and extended hours, so Bobcats have some alternatives to ensure that they finish the semester strong. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dominique Hutchinson.