11/12/19

Dalton Williams

December can be a busy time for local businesses. Graduations and the holiday rush contribute to the bottom line for many retailers. Bobcat Update's Dalton Williams looks into the impact.

Tiff's Treats in San Marcos caters to the graduating crowd. The shop opened prior to the commencement ceremony in August graduation. The store manager says he expects to see a surge in traffic in the coming weeks.
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Graduation and the Christmas holiday provide a big spike in business for most retailers, and the city will have more hotel rooms booked.
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Graduates and their families are advised to book reservations and place their orders as soon as possible. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dalton Williams.

11/9/19

Andrea Morales

Homecoming is a decades-long tradition at Texas State. Last week students showed their school pride by participating in several events leading up to Saturday's big homecoming game against South Alabama. Andrea Morales has the story.

Texas State hosted events throughout the week leading up to Saturday's football game. Students participated in such activities as the Taco Throwdown, Texas State's Got Talent and the Spirit Rally. Unfortunately, some events were canceled because of poor weather conditions, but that didn't stop the Bobcat family from keeping Texas State pride alive.
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The homecoming King and Queen winners were announced during Saturday's game, which continued a long tradition.
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The football game aired on E-S-P-N-3. It was a home victory for the Bobcats. Texas State defeated South Alabama 30-28. For Bobcat Update, I'm Andrea Morales.

Breann Barrow

Giving back to those in need is important to many organizations at Texas State, especially those representing the Greek community. For example, the Delta Zeta sorority will soon have a fundraising event to help the hearing impaired. Breann Barrow tells us about the Mister Bobcat Pageant.

Delta Zeta is one of the eight Panhellenic sororities on campus and each year it hosts several philanthropic events to provide assistance to the community. The Mr. Bobcat Beauty Pageant is a favorite event hosted every November by the women of Delta Zeta.
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The contestants of Mr. Bobcat have to compete in a wide range of categories to secure first place.
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Delta Zeta will be donating all proceeds to the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
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The women of Delta Zeta and all of the contestants are very excited to be raising money for an important cause.
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All Texas State students and the community are welcome to attend the Mr. Bobcat Pageant.
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Jose Valenzuela

The Texas State men's basketball team now has a X-x record in the early stages of the season. There are high hopes the Bobcats have what it takes to win championships this year. Bobcat Update's Jose Valenzuela has the story.

The men's basketball team is coming off a very successful 2018-19 season in which it had 24 wins and 10 losses. There's hope that last year's success can be renewed this year with the same energy.
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Some students have their hearts set on seeing the Bobcats making it into the post-season tournaments next March.
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Many want to show their support for the Bobcats.
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The Bobcats will battle it out against the Baylor Bears in Waco this Friday. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jose Valenzuela.

Michelle Rivera

First-generation students represent opportunity in America, and Texas State seeks to provide them with a nurturing environment. Bobcat Update's Michelle Rivera tells us more...

The Higher Education Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson on November 8th, 1965, has made it possible for millions of students to earn their college degrees -- many of those students were the first in their families to go beyond high school. The Higher Education Act created grants, loans and other programs to help students advance to new heights. Some organizations at Texas State -- like First-Gen Proud -- provide support for first-generation students who are navigating their way through college.
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First-Gen Proud focuses on cultivating students' strengths and accomplishments while providing individual mentorship. The organization provides direction that can last a lifetime —from college to commencement to one's career.
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First-generation students can also benefit from the organization's on-the-spot resume critiques and professional head shots.
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Remi Carrasco

In New Braunfels, you're bound to encounter the smell of sausage. It's part of the celebrated heritage of the city. Bobcat Update's Remi Carrasco tells us about the traditional festival, called Wurstfest.

This past week, Wurstfest took over New Braunfels. People came from all over to share and enjoy German culture. The unique festival blends Texas and German traditions and includes imported and locally brewed beer, carnival rides and Bavarian style events.
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From humble beginnings in 1961 when the city meat inspector started a festival to honor sausage, Wurstfest has turned into a huge event with its own dedicated grounds in Landa Park.
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Whether it's homemade crafts, traditional music or the homecooked food, Wurstfest has something for the whole family to enjoy.
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11/5/19

Ernesto Santos

Whether they're staying at home or on the go, many San Marcos residents start their day with a cup of joe. One coffee shop has been serving coffee for over a decade. Bobcat Update's Ernesto Santos has more.

Students have a variety of places to get their coffee -- Tantras, Wake the Dead and Starbucks, to name just a few. One of the coffeehouses has been serving brew in San Marcos for 16 years. Mochas and Javas opened its doors in 2003. Owner Kevin Carswell says a lot of thought goes into every cup.
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Carswell hires friendly people who are passionate about serving their customers. General manager Jordyn Grey has been working at Mochas and Javas for over a year.
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Customers say they enjoy the laid-back atmosphere at Mochas and Javas.
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Mochas and Javas has several locations in San Marcos including shops at Wonderworld Drive at Hunter Road, on North L-B-J at Sessom, at the Central Texas Medical Center, and the big H-E-B grocery store. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ernesto Santos.

Brynn McCurley

Clocks have been returned to central-standard-time, which means Texas State students are adjusting to new patterns of light and darkness. With nights seeming to creep up faster this time of year, the change can affect how people feel. Bobcat Update's Brynn McCurley has the story.

For some students, the changing seasons and clock adjustments contribute to seasonal affective disorder.
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Even if you're NOT among those who battle depression, the seasonal changes can affect you.
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There are different forms of treatments for those who feel they could be dealing with seasonal affective disorder.
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Stand up: For more information on mental health, go to the student health center website. I'm Brynn McCurley for Bobcat Update.

AJ Sanchez

On-campus housing is a way to be close to the action at Texas State, but for many upperclassmen, it's not even an option. Bobcat Update's A-J Sanchez tells us about a new method for selecting those who can live on campus.
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Starting fall 2020, upperclassmen wanting to live in one of the many residence halls at Texas State University will be entered into a lottery, where they will be randomly assigned one of the 400 spots available.
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Before this change, upperclassmen had to register for a spot via the housing portal online. Spots were often filled within 30 minutes of registration opening, so the lottery system is seen as a fairer alternative by officials and students.
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There are many advantages to living on-campus. One prominent reason so many upperclassmen desire a dorm is the close proximity to classes, food, and social events.
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11/1/19

Kyle Emmott

Netflix and Hulu, two streaming services widely used by college students, now face powerful new competition with the launch of Apple-TV-Plus. And, as Bobcat Update's Kyle Emmott tells us, there's even more competition on the horizon.

This past Friday, Apple released its new streaming service to rival Netflix, and Apple isn't the only company vying for your subscription dollars. Disney-Plus begins on November 12th and next spring HBO-Max and NBC's Peacock are set to launch. While some students say they're willing to pay for additional services, others are more hesitant.
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Disney Plus will provide all things Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and, of course, Disney. Still, some students are taking a wait- and-see approach before adding to their existing subscriptions.
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The new Peacock streaming service will have the rights to popular series like "The Office" and "Friends." Even so, don't expect Netflix to be knocked off its perch anytime soon.
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While some may be hesitant to add to their list of subscription services, they're growing more accustomed to paying for multiple streams.
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O'Bryant Muralles

The fall season means homeowners will have more leaves to rake and dispose of. Bobcat Update's O'Bryant Muralles tells us about a beneficial way to get rid of those leaves.

Trees are adjusting to the temperatures dropping and the sun setting sooner. Leaves are falling in greater numbers this time of year. The city of San Marcos and a student group called Bobcat Blend have teamed up to provide a composting program for the accumulated leaves.
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After the leaves have been collected, the Bobcat Blend composting program will turn its attention to Christmas trees that are discarded after the holidays.
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Jacob Hall

Today is Election Day, and voters have been encouraged to make choices on issues that could affect their local communities. Bobcat Update's Jacob Hall has the story.

The City of San Marcos had early voting through last week, and one of the polling locations was at Texas State. Many students saw it as an opportunity to participate in local issues and vote on possible solutions.
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Hays County Election Administrator Jennifer Anderson says voting in local elections is just as important as voting on statewide and national tickets. Anderson says that's because local elections have been the biggest impact on the community.
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Daisy Colon

San Marcos has millions of dollars to spend as a result of two historic floods four years ago. Bobcat Update's Daisy Colon reports on the city's efforts aimed at getting local feedback on how the money should be spent.

The city has until March of next year to submit a Mitigation Action Plan, which will outline how 24 million dollars will be spent to help prevent or reduce damages resulting from disasters. One city official said the community's input is vital in taking the next step forward in the decision-making process.
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Residents are being asked to take a survey to rank the most critical needs of the community. The results of the survey will help determine which concerns will be given priority and how funding will be divided. One resident questions if the grant will be enough.
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The needs of the community are important factors to take into consideration when deciding which projects get looked at first. San Marcos officials say they hope to prevent disasters from happening again.
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Conner Yarbrough

Daylight savings time ended this past Sunday and, while many enjoyed the extra hour of sleep, others wonder why they had to set their clocks back at all. Bobcat Update's Conner Yarbrough has more...

Since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act of 1966, most people have participated in the biannual ritual of re-setting their clocks twice a year - once in the spring and again in the fall.
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Supporters of the time change claim it allows people to make better use of daylight, especially farmers. But, as the U-S economy became more reliant on service and technology, daylight savings time seems less necessary.
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Many grow up with daylight savings time without knowing its purpose and don't think getting rid of it would change much of anything.
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[Stand-up] States like Arizona and Hawaii have already stopped switching their clocks, and many others have proposed legislation to do the same. For Bobcat Update, I'm Conner Yarbrough.

10/29/19

Will Wadsworth

Texas State students can expect their tuition and fees to go up again next fall. That was clearly the consensus at an open hearing yesterday. Bobcat Update's Will Wadsworth reports on the hearing, which was conducted by the university's Division of Student Affairs along with Finance and Support.

More than 70 students filled a small backroom in the L-B-J Student Center to find out why tuition keeps growing at the university. Some students are angry with the rising costs of college.
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When it comes to curtailing the expenses, university officials say their hands are often tied. Every year, budget writers face unfunded mandates ordered by the state and a rising number of low-income, first-generation and military-connected students. Texas State's Vice President of Finance and Support says another big issue is the state's funding allocation for higher education continues to shrink.
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Algoe says Texas State wants to become a national research university, which could attract more federal dollars.
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10/27/19

Darreane Valles

Autumn is in full effect and seasonal activities are underway. Bobcat Update's Darreane Valles tells us about one such event, called Farmer Fred's Carnival.

The San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department organizes the carnival, which consists of pumpkins, a costume contest and lots of games. People of all ages are welcome, but children probably have the most fun because they can win prizes as they play.
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Several Texas State students volunteered to help at the event. Organizations such as the Women of Gold ran many of the games as well as passed out candy.
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SU: That's a wrap for the fall carnival. For more information on events, visit San Marcos Community Service on Facebook. For Bobcat Update, I'm Darreane Valles.

10/26/19

Breann Barrow

Halloween will be celebrated later this week, and the city is full of spirit. And, as Breann Barrow tells us, costumes are in high demand.

Halloween is a popular holiday in San Marcos, and multiple costume shops have popped up around the city within the past month. Spirit Halloween is one of the more popular stores, housing over 250 costume options for men, women, and children. The famous character Penny-wise from the movie sensation "IT" seems to be a hot costume this year, already being sold out at the store. Other popular costumes are in stock:
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Men and women alike are finding something to wear this Halloween.
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Most students are hoping to wear budget-friendly costumes or simply to use clothing they already own.
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There are a lot of options for creating something fun or scary.
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Michelle Rivera

Texas State is changing learning experiences for students with augmented reality for geographic education. Michelle Rivera has the story…

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The interactive Augmented Reality museum at the Hispanic Cultural Center will open in San Marcos this Saturday. Tours will be offered that will cover Mexican migration, the history of segregation in America, and struggles for equality.
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The main goal is to create a more enjoyable learning experiences for students through new technology.
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The museum will be open Tuesdays through Fridays from 2 to 6 p-m and Saturdays from 10 to 2. To get the most out of the experience, curators suggest you download the H-P Reveal app for the tour. There's additional information online. For Bobcat Update, I'm Michelle Rivera.

Syd Smith

Hidden away on campus is a bike shop for Texas State students and faculty. Bobcat Update's Syd Smith tell us more.

From outside the Bike Cave looks like another plain building on campus, but once you step inside you will find a busy shop decorated with cycling gear. The shop opened 12 years ago with tools and workspace provided to students free of charge. Bike Cave workers repair bikes of all kinds -- no matter how strange or challenging the request might be.
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There is a row of used bikes along the wall for sale at affordable prices. Some students like having an alternative to renting the yellow Veo Rides that can be found on campus.
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The Bike Cave is a great educational resource. Workers offer safety tips and they even teach customers how to make basic repairs.
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