Jayci Hess

Many seniors are camera ready and posing for their graduation pictures. However, adding glitz to the photos can cause harm. Bobcat Update's Jayci Hess explains.

Many seniors like to use confetti in their snapshots, but the practice can be hazardous to fish and other aquatic animals. Once the glitter is thrown, much of it goes down the drain and into the San Marcos River.
There is a non-toxic, biodegradable alternative that seniors could use instead of plastics.
The group makes the confetti out of rice and color it organically with beet juice and turmeric to show the Texas State maroon and gold. The confetti is occasionally sold on the quad, or you can contact the HEAT organization to buy some.
su- "When celebrating graduation, think about our river before throwing confetti and think about the alternative options. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jayci Hess."

Jasmine Clark

t's known for style -- an annual gala at Texas State where formal attire is expected. Bobcat Update's Jasmine Clark has more.

SACA recently hosted a gala for students to pull out their best attire and party like celebrities. SACA Member Malik Mingo says the purpose of the met gala is to give students a unique, more upscale event to enjoy.
SB: Malik Mingo (what is the gala)
SB: Ama Laura (loves dressing up)
The affair was also a way for Bobcats to de-stress and get back into the swing of school after transitioning from spring break.
SB: Ama Laura, (stress reliever)
The gala featured an oxygen bar, "mock"-tails, and a red carpet.
SB: Malik Mingo(amenities)
SACA's gala also had celebrity impersonators, including a thriller performance from Michael Jackson.
SU: Bobcats are hitting the red carpet to enjoy an elegant evening of fun. SACA's met gala is one that even Michael Jackson couldn't miss. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jasmine Clark.




Kathryn Macchia

There's a place in San Marcos where local hip-hop and rap artists are showcased. As Bobcat Update's Kathryn Macchia tells us, the artists have a chance to perform in front of an audience.

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse is usually a quiet place to study while sipping brew and eating pastries, but once a month it becomes a music venue:
The student-run radio station K-T-S-W hosts what it calls Underground Excellence to give emerging artists a platform to be heard.
The next Underground Excellence program will be this Saturday. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Macchia.


Jacey Yarbrough

Two San Marcos historic districts could be expanding in coming months. Bobcat Update's Jacey Yarbrough has more.

The Historic Preservation Commission wants the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council to expand the Hopkins and Lindsey-Rodgers historic districts. The expansions would include residential neighborhoods just south of the downtown square. San Marcos City Planner Allison Brake says it's all part of an effort to preserve the city's unique history.
One particular structure in the expansion zone, originally built in 1886, is the vacant Lamar School located off Blanco and Hutchison Street. With deteriorating walls, no-trespass signs, and empty hallways that haven't had students in years, the building is in dire straits.
Some residents are hoping they can preserve as many historic structures as possible. San Marcos home owner, Clarke Hammond, who serves on the preservation commission, says having these districts allows the city to honor its cultural heritage.
What determines which structures are historical has changed.

Cristian Perez

Texas State students are giving back to the community. Bobcat Update's Cristian Perez tells us about this weekend's big event.
Bobcat Build is a one-day affair involving several thousand people who volunteer their services  to work on projects in the San Marcos area -- all in the hopes of improving the community. Volunteers  work on such things as landscaping, picking up trash and even painting houses. Outreach Co-Chair Marissa Trevino says it's a great way to give back.
(SB Trevino- Exciting)
When Bobcat Build started in 2002, it had approximately 700 volunteers at 50 job sites. Since then, the numbers have skyrocketed. Last year about 45-hundred people volunteered to work at more than 300 job sites. Organizers say they're hoping this year's Bobcat Build will be even bigger.
(SB Trevino)
The volunteers show up at the Strahan Coliseum parking lot around 7:30 in the morning and soon go to work. This year will mark Bobcat Build's 15th  anniversary, which goes to show how dedicated the students are to their adopted home.
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The dedication that many of the workers show to get Bobcat Build going each year is something that everyone in the community can all be thankful for. For Bobcat Update, I'm Cristian Perez.

Jason Harris

As the population of San Marcos continues to grow, so does the number of our four-legged, furry friends. The places in the city where Fido can run and play are limited, which makes the San Marcos dog park a popular place for master and pet. But, in this Bobcat Update, Jason Harris tells us the dog park needs some work.

It's spring time -- time to take our pets outside and enjoy the warm, Texas rays. The San Marcos dog park offers a wide-open space for our best  friends to run in the sun and hang out with its friends. The dog park is ideal for city dwellers who rent apartments. It provides a fenced-in area for dogs to stretch their legs and really run.
The park provides two separate areas for dogs of different sizes as well as two covered areas with seating for parents to sit and watch their adopted children play. Water fountains are also available for Scooby to grab a cool drink on a  hot day. Almost always busy, the park has developed into a small community of dog lovers. However a few months back, patrons voiced their concerns over a few problems they thought were plaguing the park. The first was drainage. Water and mud would linger for weeks after a storm passed through the area. The second was the old water fountain, which rarely worked and was covered in grime and dirt from years of use.
The city responded by shutting down the park, removing the old water fountain and installing a drainage ditch. Patrons of the park were appreciative of the changes but feel more work needs to be done.
A canopy providing shade to humans and dogs alike was also removed leaving only one side of the park with a covered area to escape the sun. A new water fountain was installed but it's the only one in working condition, and it's located on  the opposite side of the park from the covered area. Residents know that keeping the park in tip-top shape is a two-way street but also feel the city left a few problems unsolved.
Despite the issues still facing the dog park, residents of San Marcos still flock to it for a chance to let their dogs run wild and socialize with friends. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jason Harris. 

Brittany Hill

Many San Marcos drivers are relieved that back-in parking will soon end downtown. In this Bobcat Update, Brittany Hill tells us why back-in parking is being discontinued.

The main reason is that motorists didn't like backing into parking spaces. It's not common and sometimes awkward. Transportation planners implemented the system as a safety measure for bicyclists downtown. However, the parking method caused several problems on North L-B-J.
Some drivers say they avoided parking on streets where backing-in was required.
 A lot of residents are excited about the change.
Some drivers believe more should be done to alleviate the traffic problems in San Marcos. 
The San Marcos City Council in January voted unanimously to return to more traditional parking. For Bobcat Update, I'm Brittany Hill.

Dylan Anguiano

Texas State has created an app to promote a safer environment on campus. Bobcat Update's Dylan Anguiano has more.
The Bobcat Guardian app is designed to ensure safety, a goal that many students can appreciate.
By merely pushing a button, students can dial University Police in emergency situations, or they can assign guardians to monitor them remotely. Also, a timer can be set to show when users are supposed to arrive at their destinations.
Assigned guardians can be friends or family members. Using the app offers some security and peace of mind.  
SU: If you want to download the app to be safer on campus, you can download the Bobcat Rave Guardian app though the app store or Google play for android. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dylan Anguiano.


Adam Carreno

A few Texas State students are setting an example of how to achieve one's goals. Bobcat Update's Adam Carreno has more.

What started as a dream has quickly become reality for the owners of Bad Habits Hookah Lounge. After opening its doors just over a year ago, Bad Habits has gone from being a start-up business to the top hookah lounge in San Marcos. Co-founder Taylor Henry says that catering to students, as well the San Marcos community, has been a key to making the business successful.
(SB Taylor- localizing)
The business owners say their guests are offered variety at the hookah lounge.
(SB Ryan - Quality hookahs)
(SB Taylor- Open Mic)
(SB Ryan- Oxygen bar)
Henry says although the business may have sidetracked them from their studies at Texas State, both he and Castillo are  committed to finishing their degrees.
(SB Taylor The degree will come)
The owners say they participated in Texas State's three-day start-up program for entrepreneurs. And now that they're up and running their own business, they've been given an opportunity to give back as guest speakers themselves.
(SB Taylor You can be average)
For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Carreno.


Ke'Anna Bullard

For those with a sweet tooth, cravings always seem to hit at the worst times. San Marcos' newest shop may be able to help late-night snackers. Bobcat Update's Ke'Anna Bullard has the scoop.

San Marcos is known for its vibrant and ever-changing downtown. Shops seem to pop up overnight, adding to what San Marcos has to offer. Insomnia Cookies is the newest among them.
What started out as the brainchild of a college student has grown into a national brand, with more than 113 shops across the U-S and more opening every week.
Insomnia Cookies offers a variety of sweets, and it delivers to the San Marcos area from 10 a-m to 3 a-m.
And here at Insomnia Cookies there's no wrong time for a treat, day or night.
Insomnia Cookies is located at 111 East Hopkins Street, across from the old Hays County Courthouse. For more information about Insomnia Cookies visit insomnia-cookies-dot-com. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ke'Anna Bullard.  


Morgan Burrell

The Meadows Center at Texas State is offering guided tours again. Morgan Burrell (buh-RELL) tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

The Wetlands Boardwalk is a floating walkway along the fertile soil of Spring Lake Park. Those who visit this time of year can expect to see birds, lizards and spawning fish. Tours have  been offered since 2014. However, in 2015, the boardwalk floated down the river after heavy rain and flooding. The newly-built dock has support beams that are 25 feet higher than the original.
[SB] – Howard
[ATTRIBUTION NEEDED -- WHO SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT?] The educational elements of the wetlands are especially important for the children who visit.
[SB] – Nelson
[ATTRIBUTION NEEDED -- WHO SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT?] The wetlands are also important to Texas State students and San Marcos residents.
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Bill Manson

The City of San Marcos is adapting to Texas State's growing enrollment. More roads, restaurants and apartment complexes are being built. And there's more noise. Bobcat Update's Bill Manson has the story.
Thomas Schaar, a senior at Texas State studying finance, received a citation recently for violating the city's noise ordinance.  Schaar says he had no idea there was such an ordinance, and after doing some research he believes he shouldn't have been fined.
Some people support the noise ordinances.
San Marcos Public Information Officer Kristy Wyatt:
Schaar apparently has some options to consider. He could pay the fine and take a defensive driving course. He could request a hearing before a judge. He could request a trial by judge or jury. OR he plead no contest. 
For Bobcat Update, I'm Bill Manson.     

Josh Kelley

Texas State is hosting its annual Family Day Event this weekend. Bobcat Update's Josh Kelley tells us more.

Family Day is an all-day event. There will be prizes and other giveaways for participants. Activities begin with a meet-and-greet lunch, followed by a keynote speaker at the L-B-J Student Center. Later in the day the Texas State Recreation Center will host the students. Some of them might even do some rock climbing.
After some fun at the Rec Center, the Texas State Quidditch team will compete in a tournament.
The last activity of the day, called the Sip-N-Shop, will have students and their families strolling through the historic San Marcos Square. For tickets and more information, visit the Texas State Parent and Family Relations website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Josh Kelley.