3/16/19

Preston Cox

Texas State's Sound Recording Technology Department is helping local artists make a giant leap in their development. S-R-T has a reputation of turning amateurs into professionals in how they sound. Bobcat Update's Preston Cox has the story.

Andrew Maktenieks (MAC-TEN-E-AX) is a local music artist who goes by the name Chi Runner. He needed help with the final touches of his first album. He walked into the Firehouse studios on Guadalupe Street and waited for a recording engineer. That's when he met Gary [WHO?! Keith Gary or Gary Hickinbotham?]. ____ has a Grammy under his belt, and gave Chi Runner's album a listen. Gary enjoyed what he heard knowing that it had been produced with entry- level equipment. So, for the next day-and-a-half Gary shared his wisdom and helped master the album.  
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Chi Runner is using the knowledge he gained from the S-R-T department to produce his next album, and he wants to help other local artists record professionally as well.
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Welcome to L-A is Chi Runner's top hit on Spotify with more than ten-thousand listens. If you have a project that you want to take to the next level, stop by the Firehouse Studios in San Marcos or contact Chi Runner through his website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Preston Cox.

Ashley Bowerman

The Texas State Strutters have performed in more than 26 foreign lands since their establishment in 1960, and now they can lay claim to performing at sea. Bobcat Update's Ashley Bowerman reports on the Strutters' recent adventure on a cruise ship.

The world-famous dance team is the largest of its kind in the nation, with more than 100 student dancers. This spring break, the Strutters were invited to showcase their talent aboard the Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas cruise ship. The team spent hours  preparing for the performance of a lifetime.
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The dancers were nervous but glad to be working as a team.  
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All the preparation paid off after the Strutters delivered a show-stopping 30-minute performance in the ship's main ballroom. The girls say the experience is one they will cherish forever.
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Strutter Director Tammy Fife says the team will always hold a special place in her heart.
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SU: The Strutters have arrived back home in the states, and are now preparing for their spring show, happening here in Evans Auditorium, on April fifth and sixth. For Bobcat Update, I'm  Ashley Bowerman.  

Emily Garcia

Computer science is an industry that's been dominated by men, but things could soon change. More women are entering the field, and Texas State is helping lead the way. Bobcat Update's Emily Garcia has the story.
 
According to ___________________, Texas State is one of the top 25 public four-year colleges in terms of graduating women with computer science degrees. Ere Untawale emigrated from India in hopes of pursuing a master's degree in computer science. She's happy to be here.
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Out of the 253 four-year public institutions, Texas State was ranked 24th overall, showing a 14-point-4 percent increase in female computer science graduates since 2009. [SOURCE!?]
The computer science department has taken steps to create and maintain an inclusive environment to ensure that women, like Ere, are getting the most out their education.
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A computer science degree can lead to careers in software development and instructional technology. These are options Ere says she will pursue when she starts looking for a full time job after completing her master's degree. For Bobcat Update, I'm Emily Garcia.

Hannah Shaw

You don't have to look far on campus to find students who appear to be sleep-deprived, and that lack of sleep has an impact. Bobcat Update's Hannah Shaw tells us how some people are coping.

Texas State Junior Jared Martin says the effects of sleep deprivation are often visible in the classroom. Martin says going without enough sleep results in irritability, inability to focus and a lack of concern for homework.
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Inadequate sleep is linked to numerous health problems such as heart attacks, increased anxiety and high blood pressure.
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Texas State Sophomore Parker Pennington says he's found ways to cope with sleep deprivation but nothing compares to getting the proper amount of rest.
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Not only does sleep deprivation cause health problems, but it also increases one's likelihood of being involved in some sort of accident. So, the next time you're thinking about pulling an all-nighter for an exam, just remember the best way to prepare is to get a good night of sleep. For Bobcat Update, I'm Hannah Shaw.

Cartney Sharp

Texas State University has a diverse population of students. However, some of them take issue with what they perceive as a lack of diversity among the faculty who teach them.  Bobcat Update's Cartney Sharp has the story.

Forbes magazine lists Texas State as one of the best employers for diversity. Evidence showing the university's commitment includes the hiring of a new Chief Diversity Officer, more staff being added to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and a special assistant now on staff to increase diversity among faculty. But some students complain that the university still has a long way to go.
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While many students feel that minorities are underrepresented among the faculty, some believe that they are getting enough representation.
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While there are many viewpoints on the topic of diversity, one thing rings true—students feel this is an issue that needs to be addressed.
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The newly elected student body president says diversity is one of his concerns. Corey Benbow, who takes office next month, says he wants the university to serve the students better.
SU: For those who want to get involved in increasing diversity on campus, you can contact the student government or attend their public meetings held every week. For Bobcat Update, I'm Cartney Sharp.

Mallorie Sanders

The Texas State Meadows Center invites young adults to participate in a Natural Leaders Summit this weekend. Bobcat Update's Mallorie Sanders has more on this story.

The Natural Leaders Summit is for people who are interested in learning more about conservation and how to lead others in the cause. Registration is underway for adults, ages 18 to 29.  
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Mentors will be at the event to discuss ways to connect with nature. Activities this weekend will include kayaking Spring Lake and learning important survival skills. Organizers of the Meadows Center event say participants will be provided meals and a t-shirt. 
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SU: You can register and find more information at naturalleaders.meadowswater.org. For Bobcat Update, I'm Mallorie Sanders.

Ashley Brown

A popular downtown restaurant is now offering a unique, and exclusive, menu to the San Marcos area. Bobcat Update's Ashley Brown has more:

Buzzmill is now serving food from a vegan-only menu. The restaurant decided to go fully vegan in mid-February. Before the switch, Buzzmill offered options that included both vegan and non-vegan food choices. Now it's vegan all the way. There have been mixed reviews from the public, but for people who follow a vegan diet, they are satisfied with the decision. 
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The ethos of the restaurant's management is focused on helping the environment and  providing healthy alternatives for people who want to try something different.  
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Before adopting the fully vegan menu, Buzzmill bought meat products from the Central Texas Farmers Co-op. In the future the restaurant will continue to buy vegetable products from and make donations to the co-op.
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3/11/19

Branson Fairbrother

San Marcos is once again home to a thriving music supply store. Bobcat Update's Branson Fairbrother has the story. 

Jess and Ace Music Supply, or JAMS for short, has opened its doors as the first music instrument store in San Marcos in almost three years. 
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Having a store again in San Marcos means a lot to the music scene. Before the store opened, local musicians would have to drive to New Braunfels  or Austin to buy strings, cables and other supplies. 
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JAMS is located at 15-08 Aquarena Springs Drive. The store hosts weekly concerts every Saturday. Check out JAMS' Facebook page for more information. For Bobcat Update, I'm Branson Fairbrother. 

3/9/19

Josh Davis

San Marcos is home to a few open mics, but a new one has emerged. It can be found at the Lazy-Daze Coffee shop on Hopkins Street where customers can participate in stand-up comedy. Bobcat Update's Josh Davis has the story.

Hosted by Gabe Cortez, the Lazy-Daze open mic is held every Thursday night at nine o'clock. Cortez says the first time he came to LazyDaze, he knew immediately it would be a great place for comedy.
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Open mics are stand-up shows that anyone can sign up for. They're a great opportunity to try stand-up for the first time or try new material. Comedian Scott Stephenson says LazyDaze is a comfortable place to perform.
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Texas State junior McKenna Segar started performing stand-up comedy a few weeks ago.
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If you're interested in stand-up comedy, the LazyDaze open mic may be the ideal venue to seek some laughs. For Bobcat Update, I'm Josh Davis.

Mark Brown

From Toronto to Beijing, Texas State provides plenty of opportunities to study abroad. Bobcat Update's Mark Brown has more on the story. 

The College of Fine Arts and Communication is enrolling students now to study in London and Paris. Students can register using the college's website. 
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There will be six instructors involved in this year's program, which starts May 18th and ends June second.
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Students who participate are expected to pay a 24-hundred-dollar course fee for which they receive six hours of general education credit. 
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Students may contact any of the six instructors involved if they want more information about the program.
SU: Studying Abroad gives students the opportunity to broaden their insight and gain knowledge on world views. For Bobcat Update, I'm Mark Brown.

Alex Gibbs

It can be a stressful time for students as they take their mid-terms. If the burdens become too much to bear, they can seek help on campus. Alex Gibbs has the story.

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 30 percent of college students report stress negatively affects their academic performance. 
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Some Texas State students have also noted that managing a job on top of studying can be extremely hard to handle. 
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The Texas State Counseling Center offers students a chance to step back and relax. Interim Director Heather Aidala says that she's always given simple advice to help students who struggle with anxiety and stress. 
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Aidala also encourages students to reach out and use other resources on campus.
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Standup: Aidala says the despite the challenges students may face when preparing for final exams, help can always be found at the counseling center here at Texas State. If you're interested for more information, you  can contact them at (512)-245-2208 or you can visit their website at counseling.txstate.edu. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Gibbs. 

Raul Torres

Grub on the go has been made a lot easier. Texas State recently adopted a new app that allows students to order campus food ahead of time using their mobile devices. Bobcat Update's Raul Torres has more

It may be difficult to grab a quick bite in between classes during busy lunch hours, but with the convenience of a new app called tap-in-go, students can avoid long lines. Tap-in-go is a quick and easy way to order food for pickup or delivery from the restaurants on campus
The app removes some of the the hassle of making transactions and gives students more time to focus on other things rather than waiting. 
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Tap-in-Go also provides easy access to a variety of menus.
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The app means less waiting and more time for living … and eating. For Bobcat Update, I'm Raul Torres.

Alejandro Bazan

Emergency repairs are underway at Rio Vista Falls in San Marcos. Bobcat Update's Alejandro Bazan says officials have safety concerns as they attempt to fix damages caused by flooding. 


Floods that occurred about three years ago caused significant damage. The San Marcos River experienced bank erosion, and the Rio Vista Dam was weakened. Officials say there's potential danger after the second and third drop on the rapids. 
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The river area is still open to the public, but the parks department is warning the public to be cautious while swimming. There are some fenced areas with signs and tape along the banks. 
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Repairs should be finished in a couple of months. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alejandro Bazan. 

Alexis Richard

The student-run radio station at Texas State has much to offer. Bobcat Update's Alexis Richard (Ree-Shard) tells us what listeners can hear when they tune to 89-point-9.

K-T-S-W features a wide variety of music genres -- from rock to hip-hop. Students who work there have a passion for all things media. They gain hands-on experience in such areas as production, programming, graphic design and sports reporting. The possibilities offer a broad range of experience. 
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The radio station gives students a chance to be a part of the community and interact with people they wouldn't ordinarily meet. It's a learning environment where lasting relationships can form.
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For more information, visit ktsw.txstate.edu. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexis Richard. 

3/7/19

Isaac Hart

Big changes are coming for computer users on campus. For example, anyone using the Windows 7 operating system on their personal or office computers will -- in about a year -- be prohibited from logging on to Texas State's network. Bobcat Update's Isaac Hart has more on the story.

After January 14, 20-20, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for P-Cs running Windows 7. If you plan to be on campus next Spring, you'll need to upgrade. Texas State announced last week that computers running Windows 7 will no longer be allowed to connect to the wired or wireless networks. 
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Hackers, viruses and cyber-crime are a constant threat, which means security updates are a necessity. So, when operating systems are no longer being updated, computers are at increased risk of exploitation. Upgrades are required to keep Texas State information and data safe, for both students and faculty.
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When Microsoft ended support for Windows X-P in 2014, it affected 40 percent of the world's estimated one billion computers. The shift away from Windows 7 is expected to have a similar global impact, but Texas State students don't seem all that concerned. 
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Texas State students can download Windows 10 for free on the university's I-TAC support website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Isaac Hart.

3/6/19

Alicia Almendariz

From jewelry to artwork,  San MARKET provides locals with an opportunity to sell their handcrafts. Bobcat Update's Alicia Almendariz has more details on the artsy event.

Artists  gathered on Sunday to sell their self-made products at San Market. The unique marketplace is an opportunity for locals to network and advertise their works.  
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Admittance  to the event is free of charge. Artists sell a variety of different products like graphic t-shirts, framed artwork, jewelry and stones.
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Market  go-ers can also expect live performances by different artists who entertain the audience with their music.
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San  Market is located at the parking lot next to Juice Monkey and Vitality Bowls every Sunday from 11  a-m-to 4 p-m.
SU:  Anyone is welcome to sell their arts, veggies and crafts at the Sunday San Market. All you have to do is register on the website and pay a fee of 15 dollars to reserve your spot. For Bobcat update, I'm Alicia Almendariz.

Darrell Green

Best Friends for Life -- that's the name of a program for kids who have abilities of all kinds. The program is sponsored by Texas State University and the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department, and the idea is for children to get together and play. Bobcat Update's Darrell Green tells us why that's important. 
 
The Best Friends For Life Program provides an opportunity for Texas State University students to have a positive impact in the San Marcos community.  B-F-F-L encourages children to play a variety of games for an hour once a week under the guidance of volunteers. 
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This inclusive program was created to help kids  -- ages 2 through 13 -- to socialize and learn, by applying educational concepts as well as music and fitness. 
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One mother has had her daughter in the program for three years. She says it allows her daughter to be around other kids who are different in several ways, but the playtime shows there are similarities as well.
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The B-F-F-L's next meeting will occur on April 1st.
SU: The Best Friends For Life Program is a program that connects the community and Texas State University together and allows kids of all abilities to come together every Monday at the Activity Center. Darrell Green Bobcat Update. 

3/5/19

Victoria Vasquez

Spring Break is right around the corner and many students are looking forward to getting away to enjoy some fun in the sun. Having the time off can be an adventure for the lucky ones, BUT what about the students who are going to be hanging around San Marcos? We talked with some Bobcats to find out how they plan to spend their stay-cation.
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No classes are scheduled at Texas State from Monday March 18th to Friday March 22nd.

3/4/19

Ashley Brown

Many Texas State students are faced with the dual challenge of going to school AND working to pay their bills. Bobcat Update's Ashley Brown tells us how they're able to balance their studies with a job.

San Marcos has its share of restaurants and bars, and most of them depend on students to stay in business. It can be a challenge keeping up with schoolwork and doing what's expected on the job. 
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Few bartenders who go to school get enough sleep. 
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SU: Bartending can be a pretty cool party trick, but when the bars are closing after 12 A-M, and cleanup can go past three, class in the morning can be pretty rough. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Brown.