10/17/18

Matt Rifley

As it gets colder, people are starting to turn on their heat -- often that heat is made possible with natural gas. The oil industry is working on a way to reduce the amount of natural gas that gets wasted by building a pipeline through Hays County.  Bobcat Update's Matt Rifley has more on this story.

Texas is the largest producer of oil in the United States. In west Texas, at the core of oil-rich Midland County, the Permian Basin is the largest oilfield of them all.
In 2019, the Kinder Morgan Texas Pipeline is scheduled to be built and will go from the Permian Basin to Katy, Texas. The pipeline will go through Hays County, between San Marcos and Kyle. 
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According to a K-M-T-P news release, the pipeline will transport up to two-billion-cubic-feet of natural gas per day through Hays County and over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, just miles away from Spring Lake and Texas State University.
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The pipeline is being built in an attempt to keep the natural gas from being wasted. Natural gas costs too much to ship by truck or by train, so the oil industry is in the habit of burning it off at  the well sites.  Burn off is dangerous, and capable of causing explosions, like the one that injured seven people in August of this year. The burn off also causes environmental concerns.
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While some people like to debate about the reality of climate change, there's one thing they can't argue.
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10/14/18

Elliott Beltran

It's Domestic Violence Awareness And Prevention Month. Domestic violence affects millions, both women and men. Bobcat Update's Elliott Beltran has the story.
 
Nearly three out of four Americans know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence. Not only do women experience domestic violence, but men do as well. Melissa Rodriguez says that men can be sexually assaulted.
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Many people who are victims don't feel empowered enough to tell their stories. Jonnie Wilson says by opening up, you can empower yourself.
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If you have experienced domestic violence or seen others in danger, visit Hays-Caldwell Women's Center website for contact information.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Elliott Beltran.

Loren Schaffer

Fluttering and flapping filled the air this past weekend at the very first Monarch butterfly festival. Bobcat Update's Loren Schaffer has the story.
 
The Discovery Center hosted the festival, along with its native plant sale, to teach visitors about conserving the monarch butterfly.
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The festival featured music, food from local restaurants, and, of course, butterflies. Conservation groups participated in the festival by providing information about local pollinators and other wildlife.
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San Marcos hopes to become the third city in Texas to be a monarch sanctuary city.
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If you missed out this year, not to worry, the festival will be back next fall as the Monarchs make their annual migration South. For Bobcat Update, I'm Loren Schaffer.

Natorre Webb

Create art while you sip a cup of java. A popular San Marcos coffee house is encouraging its patrons to express themselves. Bobcat Update's Natorre Webb has the story.

Wake The Dead Coffee shop on Ranch Road 12 offers a drawing and writing class where you can work in silence to combat the distractions you may have at home.
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The Just Show Up and Draw event provides a space where writers and artists can get together to create what might be a masterpiece. 
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The coffee house has a quaint study room for the event, which is held every second and fourth Sunday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
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Writers and artists are advised to show up with items that help them feel comfortable drawing. Laptops, a pen, paper, and headphones are recommended by the event host. For those who would like more information on the class, contact Wake The Dead Coffee Shop. For Bobcat Update, I'm Natorre Webb.

Alannah Morales

Every year, Texas State hosts Bobcat Days to allow prospective students to find out what the university has to offer. Bobcat Update's Alannah Morales has more.

There are four Saturdays set aside each year for Bobcat Days -- an event hosted by the Undergraduates Admissions Office at Texas State. High school seniors have an opportunity to explore the campus, attend information sessions, and get an inside look at what it means to be a Bobcat.  Many students attend with certain objectives in mind.
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Students are given the chance to talk one-on-one with faculty, staff and student representatives to help them explore the variety of services and programs available at Texas State.
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High school students who attend are often accompanied by parents.
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Aside from being given the chance to view the campus and organizations, students can also look into available scholarships, financial aid, academics, and campus housing.
The next Bobcat Day will be held on November 17th, giving students who missed this Bobcat Day another opportunity to get a look at what life here at Texas State University is like. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alannah Morales.

Amber Olivo

The Great Pumpkin Dash 5-K run attracted runners from all over. Bobcat Update's Amber Olivo has the story.

Over the weekend, the San Marcos Kiwanis Club sponsored its 5th Annual Great Pumpkin 5-k run. 
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Despite the weather, the runners still managed to make the most of the run. 
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The participants shared advice and rituals to future runners.
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Kelli Whigham, president of the organization, gave the inside scoop about the event. 
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The great pumpkin 5-k run brought in runners from all ages -- giving them a chance to prove themselves, overcome challenges and have fun. For Bobcat Update, I'm Amber Olivo.

10/13/18

Aalyssa Carrillo

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. With one wrong click on the web, all of your personal information could be at risk. Bobcat Update's Aalyssa Carrillo has a solution to prevent that from happening to you:

The Instructional Technology Assistance Center offers robust and cost-effective information technology assistance to the Texas State Community. I-TAC offers more than 150 services, which includes -- but is not limited to -- privacy  and security solutions for those who experience fraudulent activities online. 
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Free of charge, I-TAC encourages students to stop by and install anti-virus software on their devices.
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Students are also advised to be cautious while browsing the web. 
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I-TAC is located in the Math and Computer Science building. A 24-hour phone and live chat service is available every day. A list of services and additional information can be found on I-TAC's website.
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Lacey Pompe

Since late September, there have been two carjackings in San Marcos. Bobcat Update's Lacey Pompe tells us what steps students can take to prevent such crimes from happening to them.
 
The recent carjackings are alarming to some people who fear it could happen to them. To ensure it doesn't, there are precautions they can take to protect not only their property but also themselves.
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Some victims of carjackings say they were followed for miles before the attack occurred.
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If such an incident happens to you, be prepared on how to react.
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There are many resources on campus that students can use if they feel threatened.
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So far, there have been no arrests in the San Marcos carjacking cases. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lacey Pompe.  

Matthew Lopez

It's about that time of year when students need to sign up for spring classes. Bobcat Update's Matthew Lopez has more on the story.

As the fall semester reaches its midpoint, many students are concerned about midterms, projects...and now, signing up for classes. For some students, this is a very stressful time of year.
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The registration process can be a bit overwhelming for those, especially freshman, who aren't familiar with how it's done. However, if students have trouble navigating the registration website or just have questions about courses, they are encouraged to talk to an advisor or visit the PACE center for assistance. 
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Registration for the spring semester opens on October 22nd at 6 in the morning and ends on December 2nd at 5 in the afternoon. So for those who want to get ahead, make an appointment with your advisor today. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Lopez.

Parker Rhea

The First United Methodist Church of San Marcos is having its annual pumpkin patch sale this month. Bobcat Update's Parker Rhea (Ray) tells that the sale is part of the fall holiday season.

Halloween is approaching and pumpkins naturally are a part of the festivities. The Methodist Church uses its proceeds from the sale to provide for people who are in need.
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Texas State students can volunteer and earn credit hours.
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Serving the community and working together are satisfying to those who get involved.
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The  pumpkin patch will be open from ten A-M until eight P-M every day until the end of the month. For more information, you can go to the First United Methodist Church's website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Parker Rhea. 

10/9/18

Robert Vela III

Parking at Texas State University can be an everyday struggle for commuters. Bobcat Update's Robert Vela (VEL-UH) -the-third has the story. 
 
Texas State University provides a lot of parking alternatives. There are more than 100 parking lots that require permits, two Pay-to-Park garages, and several Pay-and-Display permit stations on campus. Even so, some commuters say it's difficult to find parking spaces.
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Many students drive from places like Austin and San Antonio, which means planning ahead is essential to make it to class on time.  
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The university's ten-year Master Plan includes more parking. Enrollment is expected to grow over the next decade. By 20-27, the university may have as many as 50-thousand people searching for parking on a daily basis. Some students feel frustrated that more isn't being done now.  
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If you want more information, you can visit the Texas State website: parking-dot-T-X-state-dot-E-D-U. For Bobcat Update, I'm Robert Vela (VEL-UH) the third. 

Weston Howard

Flu season is once again on our doorstep. Bobcat Update's Weston Howard has the story.

After an exceptionally bad 2017 flu season, many students are weighing their options about vaccinations this year.
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Some students believe vaccinations are necessary.
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While others say flu-shots are part of the problem.
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Whether students decide to get their flu-shot or not, taking steps toward better personal hygiene is more important than ever to avoid getting sick.
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For those that wish to get their flu-shot this year, there are many places in town that offer affordable vaccinations for students, including Walgreens, CVS, and the Student Health Center. For Bobcat Update, I'm Weston Howard.

10/6/18

Alex Sereno

The Texas State Horticulture Club hosted its largest ever plant sale this past weekend. The plant sale is only one of the club's many activities. Bobcat Update's Alex Sereno has the story.
 
The Horticulture Club works with other groups to maintain a greenhouse, cultivate plants and prepare for seasonal plant sales. 
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Students spend many months preparing for the plant sales, which are held in the spring and fall.
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Students are welcome to join the Horticulture Club. Whether it's taking part in plant propagation, breaking down compost or learning how to maintain a beehive, the Texas State Horticulture Club allows students to gain experience in the horticulture industry.
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The Horticulture Club also strives to educate students on how to be environmentally conscious. For more information on the club, visit the Agriculture Department's website at Texas State.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Sereno.

Dilynn-Paige Ewing

San Marcos is now home to a semi-professional football team. Bobcat Update's Dilynn-Paige Ewing tells us about a new franchise called the Central Texas Dragons.

Until recently, most of the team members were part of a sports club at Texas State University. But that changed earlier this year when the head coach decided to move on. 
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Team practices have begun, and the players are excited to get things going. 
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Some San Marcos residents say they plan to support the team. 
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The Dragons will play their home games next spring at Hays High School in Buda. You can follow the team on Facebook at C-T-X Dragons. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dilynn-Paige Ewing. 

Maria Salgado

At little or no cost to them, Texas State students now have the option to pick up groceries on campus. Bobcat Update's Maria Salgado has the story.

Bobcat Bounty is a student-run food pantry for those who are struggling to put food on their table. Bobcat Bounty has a partnership with the Hays County Food Bank to provide students with a variety of groceries to take home.
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Bobcat Bounty is a welcome addition, because it's serving students who are struggling financially.
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Students have been receptive to the idea of having an on-campus pantry.
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Bobcat Bounty is open for business at the Family and Consumer Sciences Building on Thursdays from five to seven p-m. For Bobcat Update, I'm Maria Salgado.

Adam Smith

Invasive species are threatening the San Marcos River, but city and Texas State University officials hope they can find a solution. Bobcat Update's Adam Smith has the story.
 
While swimmers enjoy the clear waters of the San Marcos River, something troubling lurks below. Invasive fish like the plecostomus, an algae-eating catfish, and tilapia, have made this their home by muscling out the natives.   
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The issue concerns locals because many think of the river as a second home.
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Often these fish are dumped by aquarium owners who no longer want them. City officials say a better idea would be to take the fish to the Discovery Center on Riverside Drive.  
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But it's not only pet owners causing the problem. Aquarena Springs once attracted visitors from across the state. Owners who operated a theme park at Spring Lake introduced exotic fish to the ecosystem.
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Texas State's Meadows Center is working to keep the river healthy.
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Efforts will continue to keep the waters pristine and thereby preserve the river for generations to come. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Smith.

10/4/18

Devon Foster

Times are a changing. San Marcos is about to lose one of its tourist hot spots. Bobcat Update's Devon Foster has the story.

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Dick's Classic Garage is a home to more 100 years of automobile history. It showcases a rare combination of vintage cars and movie memorabilia.
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The Classic Garage was founded by Dick Burdick, a five-time grand champion of The Great American Race. His goal was to share with the world his love of cars.
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Burdick passed away earlier this year, which prompted a transition for the museum. The museum's inventory will be sold to set up a foundation.
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If you're planning to visit the museum, be sure to take your tour before it closes at end of the year. For Bobcat Update, I'm Devon Foster. 
    

10/3/18

Alannah Morales

Tomorrow is College Radio Day. The day recognizes college radio stations nationwide, including Texas State's very own, K-T-S-W. Bobcat Update's Alannah Morales has more on the event.

October 5th marks the Eighth Annual College Radio Day.  K-T-S-W is one of several hundred radio stations that will be participating in the national event.
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College Radio Day provides an opportunity for stations to elevate their profiles, in not only promoting their programming and activities but also the student broadcasters who do the work.
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K-T-S-W has a unique way of participating in the annual event.
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To listen as K-T-S-W as it observes College Radio Day, tune in to 89-9, the other side of radio. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alannah Morales.

Kyndal Runnels

A faster means of getting to and from campus may be offered soon. Bobcat Update's Kyndal Runnels tells us about plans to bring Blue Duck Scooters to Texas State.

Getting to and from campus can be a hassle, but efforts are being made to reduce the frustration. The City of San Marcos and Blue Duck Scooters are working together to offer a service.
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The scooters aren't available yet at Texas State, but they have been successful at other campuses. The University of Texas at San Antonio has scooters at all bus loops for students to rent.
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When the scooters are available here, you'll need to download and set up the Blue Duck Scooter app.
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Some students say they're eager to have the service at Texas State. 
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Be on the lookout for Blue Duck Scooters in the near future. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kyndal Runnels.

Tyler Jackson

Strahan Coliseum was filled with pink at Tuesday's volleyball game against U-T Arlington as the Bobcats hosted their 12th annual Pink Match. Bobcat Update's Tyler Jackson has the story.

The Pink Match is an effort to increase awareness about breast cancer. A silent auction to raise funds is part of the annual event. Each one of the players on the volleyball team made a basket for the auction. 
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The volleyball team is off to a good start this season with an overall record of 13-and-5, 4-and-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. The Tuesday match against U-T Arlington was an exciting one. The Bobcats were down two sets but started showing signs of life in the third. The Bobcats came back to U-T-A 3-to-2.
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The next home game will be on October 12th. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tyler Jackson.