In an interview before the big speech, Lizzie gives Bobcat Update a peak into her story.
Like most college students Lizzie enjoys the typical pleasures.
Later that night Lizzie would be addressing her Texas State peers, for the very first time.
Stand up: Showtime is just a few minutes away but students continue to come to hear the spectacular story of Lizzie Velasquez.
A once empty auditorium is almost full. As students and family wait to hear a unique story.
Even though things are looking up. Times haven't always been so easy.
Family members, audience members and even an old friend were inspired by her determination.
The event was a success. Friends and family express their joy and gratitude for taking another yet another big step.
For Bobcat Update I'm Rena Iglehart
November 15th through the 20th is National Hunger and Homelessness week. The Student Volunteer Connection in the L-B-J student center has planned programs and events for every day of this week.
The purpose of the designating this week for events is to help raise poverty and hunger awareness. The Student Volunteer Connection hopes students will gain a better understanding of what it means to be homeless.
Bridge: If you're unable to make it to this week's events, you can still help feed the hungry.
If you have meal trades and would like to make a difference, you can stop by Harris Dining Hall and donate by simply swiping your card.
Whether you donate a swipe, a can of food or your time, any little bit will count for something.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Flores.
There were speakers at Diwali, a lot of singing, and, of course, decorations. But the Indian Student Association's real reason for bringing almost 400 Westerners and Asians together in a crowded auditorium was not religious.
The night's celebration featured eleven different dances, all meant to give San Marcos a small taste of Indian culture.
The Kuchipudi dance is a representation of Diwali. I-S-A vice president Deepthi Komati performed the dance with her feet not on the floor – but on a gold plate. She balanced a candle on her head, and one in her hand.
Deepthi moved from India two years ago. She's been dancing at Diwali since she was eleven years old.
Girls decked out in traditional Indian jewelry and dresses performed time-honored Bollywood classics.
And traditional dances were fused with hip hop beats and danced moves to represent the rich diversity of India's culture.
I-S-A President Pawan Gogad remembers celebrating Diwali in India, where festivities last for several days.
After several high-energy dance performances, the I-S-A served everyone a traditional Indian meal of naan, rice, curry, and vegetable fritters.
After dinner, a string of fusion dances enthralled the crowd, getting some audience members on their feet.
The I-S-A has been celebrating Diwali at Texas State for the past six years. For Texas State's Indian community, sharing their culture with others holds a lot of meaning.
The festivities are over for now, but Diwali will be back next year, and another three hours of Indian cultural immersion will be sure to go by in the blink of an eye. For Bobcat Update, I'm Hannah Miller.
The title: Professors dispute employment value of college degrees -- the article had a good start, but a sour ending. A University of Texas professor said U-T should NOT be compared with Austin Community College or Texas State University. He said U-T's approach is not skills-based training, but rather to guide the leaders of tomorrow in how to think. The professor also described Texas as a regional institution lacking in basic research.
Senior Nate Foss says Texas State is often perceived inaccurately.
SB : (Nate Foss) "First and foremost I think that Texas State gets a bad rep as not a good educational college and since everybody in Texas has this stigma that if your football team is not D-1 and if you're not in the big twelve, that your college must reflect that on the education scale."
Foss says Texas State doesn't have a big marquee name, like U-T, but the university here does offer a lot to be desired..
SB: (Nate Foss) "Beating ACC or UT in a community, you walk through Texas State and you know everybody, you know your professors and if you are going to get a lot more out of the job market from people that you know rather than just some grade or statistic at UT, I think that Texas State people are going to get some great jobs from just the relationships they have with professors and students here."
A requirements for a program that is nationally recognized takes place in a building located right off the Quad.
Stand Up: "The Evans Liberal Arts building is home to the largest Geography program in the country."
This Fall semester alone there are over 613 undergraduate majors for Geography, double that of UT's program of only 310. There are also125 masters students and 70 plus P-h-D students.
Dr. Richard Earl, the undergraduate program coordinator for geography, says the geography department does a good job of preparing students.
SB : (Dr. Earl) "Our program was built on good teaching, good advising and good career placement and counseling. Our students have an excellent record of getting good training and a good education in geography and then going out and securing professional employment."
SB : (Dr. Earl) "Last year we looked at our alumni survey and at least 90 percent of the graduates get professional related careers within one year of graduation."
Stand Up : "Despite what others may say, Texas State has its many achievements. We are the rising star of Texas. For Bobcat Update, I'm Claudia Mickle."
Incoming Texas State students who want to live on campus will now be required to receive a bacterial meningitis vaccine before they can get a room.
A state law requires students at all higher education institutions to get the vaccine in order to live on campus.
Texas State Department of Housing and Residential Life says the vaccine is necessary because meningitis can be very dangerous.
The university does allow a few exceptions. Students who object due to personal conscience or religious beliefs may sign an affidavit and seek a waiver. Also, physicians may decide against administering the vaccine if they determine it might be detrimental to a student's health.
SB: "With Toys for…underprivileged children"
Giving a little bit goes a long way.
SB: "From my memories…their Christmas better"
So far the fraternity's efforts have paid off, with several boxes full of toys and more than 200 dollars raised in less than week. People interested in donating toys or some loose change can find A-T-O in the quad or at one of their two houses located at the intersection of Lindsey and North Street.
The Bobcats won 41 games last year, which set a team record and won them a conference championship. Junior outfielder Bret Atwood says the off-season is a good time for the team to work on the basics:
Standup: After having a record setting year and winning a S-L-C championship, Coach Ty Harrington and the Bobcats are already getting for next year.
Bobcat pitchers and hitters report every afternoon to work on the fundamentals. Pitchers work with pitching coach Derek Matlock on technique and conditioning.
While Bobcat hitters take their cuts in the cage, the pitching staff has its own routines. Junior Outfielder Cody Gambill says that the pitchers will be even better this coming year.
Drop the standup -- This is fall. You can't say that spring is "right around the corner." Plus, "the smell of victory" is cliche and nonsensical. Give me a different closing statement. Cover it with B-Roll. Standup: With spring right around the corner the smell of victory is already in the air for Bobcat Update I'm Timothy Ladusky.
The Texas State football program is working toward a move from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. With an enrollment of more than 30-thousand students, Texas State is one of the largest schools NOT to play in the F-B-S. The process, if successful, should be completed in 2012, but there are mixed reviews regarding The Drive.
SB: "I am not for it because I'm a really big sports fan and I don't wanna see them... I think there's a good chance they'll struggle at the next level."
SB: "Nah, I don't think it's a bad idea. At first, I definitely thought it was something that was , like "Why are we doing this." If you can't even win, but then after everybody starts putting support into the program we see how Texas State athletics can definitely change and became better."
One of the requirements for the jump is a minimum average attendance of 15-thousand at home games. Such a benchmark seems possible for the Bobcats, because at their homecoming game two weeks ago the team drew a near capacity crowd. The next game at Bobcat Stadium will be this Saturday night versus McNeese State. For Bobcat Update, I'm Colby Howell.
Downtown San Marcos was shut down Saturday morning to make way for a record 80 entries in this year's Veterans’ Day Parade.
Families, friends and flags surrounded the Square as Parade Master of Ceremonies and Vietnam Vet Alan Camaron sang to the crowd preparing them for the spirited caravan of floats.
Camaron says the amount of work to prepare for the parade is amazing.
Kiwanis club members invited children of all ages to bring their bikes to the square to be decorated and to participate in the parade.
Retired Sergeant First Class Alicia Pineda says it's important for children to understand why these celebrations are held.
Onlookers waved to government officials and veterans while being entertained by marching bands. Veterans say the sacrifices of their fellow soldiers must be remembered.
The parade's grand marshal was George Kumpe, who was awarded two Purple Hearts for his service in the U-S Army during the Vietnam War.
Police say they believe the criminals are non-students. U-P-D captain Rickey Lattie says the same group may be responsible for a string of break-ins. Lattie says the thieves are showing no respect for property and are doing incredible amounts of damage. Lattie says it's important not to provide bait for the burglars.
Thieves often go after radio and stereo equipment, G-P-S devices, laptops and purses. Many students feel uneasy about the break-ins and are taking precautions to protect themselves.
Several campus parking lots have been hit and the burglaries are often happening in the early morning hours between 2 and 6. The lots are vulnerable because most Texas State parking lots don't have surveillance cameras. To try to curb the amount of burglaries, the U-P-D has increased patrols on campus.
To remind her audience of the evening's theme, Dr. Maria Echeverria would stand and call out "Paz Y Daniel" or Peace and Daniel.. The event, a poetry and musical performance by students, was a celebration of peace and the life of Daniel Frouman, who died last summer. Daniel was a Spanish teacher at Texas State who had recently passed his med school exams. Maria Echeverria remembers Daniel as being the type of person who brought passion into everything he set his mind to.
Quote from Dr. Echeveria
Texas State students and faculty read from poems, shared their thoughts, even played music. The chosen poems transcended time, location, topic, even language. English samples included works by Shakespeare, Poe, Bukowski, and Whitman. Others chose to read Spanish-influenced poetry, Don Quixote, Santiasco's La Linea Roja, Cristobal's "Al Mas el Futuro." Alba Meglar reminded attendees that poetry may not always be understood but can always be enjoyed.
One of the students who attended, Cassie Kitchen, said the event was a success.
Quote from Cassie Kitchen
For those who attended the event, they got a glimpse into a life lived to the fullest, along with the ever-present theme of peace. After all, according to Plato, poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. We can all learn a little something from that. For Bobcat Update, I'm Mitch Shubert.
It may seem innocent at first. You tell yourself it's just this one time. One song won't hurt anyone. Then you get an e-mail that says you've been busted. Some students are unaware of the university policy on downloading material from such websites as Limewire or Ares.
When students activate a Texas State Net I-D, they agree to the Appropriate Use Policy that states the student will not use university resources to download unauthorized materials. Texas State senior Joseph Adenji says the policy is wise and thinks nothing good can come from downloading illegal files.
SB Joseph Adenji
The Recording Industry Association of America is the watchdog that looks for students engaging in illegal activity. Once the association spots prohibited downloading it sends the university a complaint which includes the I-P address of the computer. Some students don't appreciate this and feel it's unfair to pay for music.
Bridge- "If you want to download music there are alternative sites, such as hulu, myspace or even youtube."
Students who refuse to comply with the rules and continue to download illegally face consequences that can cost a lot more than 99 cents per song. According to the Texas State website, offenders face paying fines of up to 150-thousand dollars for each movie or song that has been illegally acquired or shared. That makes 99 cents seem like a bargain after all. For Bobcat Update I'm Ashley Flores.
(King…7 secs...of things}
There are many creative and interesting ideas circulating for what a Bobcat Tube video might be.
King has some tips for those wanting to take part in the contest.
(King…14 secs…copyrighted material)
The grand prize winner receives a Sony video camera. Second place gets an i-Touch, while the third spot receives an i-Pod Nano. Prizes will be presented at the Bobcat Tube Film Festival next month. Bobcats have until November 22nd to submit their videos for the contest. For Bobcat Update, I'm Sarah Hudiburg.
John Quinnones, a reporter for A-B-C's 20-20 and the news show What Would You Do?, spoke with students about his life, career and his new book. After lecturing, Quinnes sat with a small group of students over pizza and discussed the thought-provoking journalism he is known for. Students asked questions about trends in society and the media today.
Mass Communications Professor Kym Fox says she welcomes the opportunity for students to hear from a successful former student.
(Cannaday...15sec...I'm Rhe-Anne Cannaday)
Twenty-three-year-old David Edwards of Kerrville was discovered by his brother James Edwards early on the morning of October 26th. The body was found with a suicide note in an abandoned building by Spring Lake, near the two brother's off-campus apartment. The investigation continues.
Karen Gordon-Sosby, associate director of the Student Health Center, says depression is common among students, but help is available.
SB: "o/c: __________" (13 seconds)
Freshmen Chemistry major Allison McGlamory says she believes it's important to be aware of university resources, especially in cases such as this.
SB: "o/c ___________" (7 seconds)
Students who believe they, or a friend, need immediate assistance can go to the counseling center located on the fifth floor in the L-B-J Student Center or visit the Student Health Center to receive professional advising. If the two locations are closed, students are encouraged to call the crisis hotline at 1-877-466-0660 where there are people available to speak 24-hours a day.
Stand up: "I'm Jonathan Wachsmann (6 seconds)
The women are on a five-game winning streak. Their last win at Mcneese State puts them at 8-3 on the year for conference play and settles them into third place just behind Central Arkansas and Sam Houston State. Coach Karen Chisum is more than happy with the play of her team as the season nears the end.
The Southland Conference Tournament begins November 20th. Coach Chisum says the team will be ready for San Antonio and will bring some weapons.
The team has its eyes set on the Conference Tournament trophy. The Bobcats already have four of them, the last one in 2007.
Standup: "There are only four games left on the schedule until the conference tournament. We'll host Lamar Thursday and Sam Houston on Saturday, so come out and support the Lady Bobcats, for Bobcat Update I'm Nick Loftis.
The Associated Student Government recently passed legislation to have Maroon Madness Monday.
The University Bookstore will take five percent off any Maroon shirt, hoodie or polo shirt for each Bobcat touchdown scored the previous Saturday, with a maximum of 30 percent off. The final two games discount will be raised to 50 percent.
But you do have to stay the entire game to receive a coupon.
The bookstore plans to offer similar discounts during the upcoming basketball season.
Thirty years, and 9## wins later, Coach Chisum is still here and loving what she does. She began her coaching career at San Marcos and New Braunfels High Schools before finding her way back to then Southwest Texas State University, where she earned two degrees.
Her first year as head coach here was 1980. Since then, she has climbed all the way to 8th on the all-time N-C-double-A wins list.
STANDUP -"Over the 30 plus years shes been here at Texas State, Coach Chisum said not the wins and losses that matter, but the relationships shes forged over the years"
SOUNDBITE- "The reason I keep coming back is the people. I've met so many great people over the years here at Texas State."
Senior Captain Brittany Collins says Coach Chisum is much more than just a coach to her.
SOUNDBITE- "Her door is always open. She's makes sure that she is there for us whenever we need here." The Volleyball Banners hanging in the rafters at Texas State are a testament to her success and passion for the game. Yet, no matter how many wins and championships she has under her belt, Chisum says she has no timetable for her exit.
SOUNDBITE- "I'm still energetic. I still love to coach. I'm not gonna be Joe Paterno. You won't see me here at 82. But as long as I can do this well. I'll be here at Texas State University."
Coach Chisum- a true bobcat. For Bobcat Update, I'm Colby Howell.
Texas State University and the City of San Marcos are in talks to restore the Sessom's Creek watershed. The project will decrease the amount of dirt found at the bottom of the San Marcos River. The dirt builds up after filtering down from the university's property and into Sessom's Creek. The restoration of the water shed will be a multi-million dollar project and will take anywhere from 10-15 years to complete. Forty percent of the water shed is owned by Texas State and the rest is owned by San Marcos. Funds required for the restoration will come from the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies. Once the watershed is completed, the university, the San Marcos community and the U-S Fish and Wildlife services will look into dredging the river as the next step. Not everyone agrees that this is a good idea. [Let the CG identify the speaker.]
SB: I don't think it's necessary. What's here is here, it's apart of the river and Sewell Park.
Dredging the river will require transplanting some of the endangered Texas wild rice that grows there. The rice may be moved to other parts of the river or to the National Fish Hatchery for further research. Director of the Aquatics Station at Texas State, Tim Bonner, says moving the rice would benefit the river and community.
SB: Once able to minimize the amount of sediment in the river. That would allow us, working with U.S. Fish and Wildlife. ....Transplant those Texas wild rice elsewhere, so that it is a more recreational area for students.
Bonner and the scientific community feel that this would help the river prosper and would not hurt any of the endangered wild rice.
Standup: Dredging some of the wild rice in the San Marcos river will cause water levels to rise. Making river recreation easier and more enjoyable. For Bobcat Update, I'm Amanda Dugan
[I sure hope you have plenty of B-Roll.]
Homecoming will be celebrated this weekend.
Campus windows in the L-B-J Student center show the students' spirit with paintings of bobcats and sayings such as "Let's go Cats, beat the Jacks."
Homecoming Queen nominee Jenni Kraft says the event will be exciting.
SB: (12 secs) "This year it's actually going to be on Halloween so it's really exciting because first of all we're going to win first place, but now we're gonna scare them with our Bobcat fierce face, and the Lumberjacks will go down."
The Bobcats will take on Stephen F. Austin at 2 p-m Saturday.
The first-ever Homecoming Kick-off Rally was held in the L-B-J Amphitheater Tuesday and the first Spirit Stick was introduced as well.
Student Coordinator Roman Arispe (Air-is-pee) says the rally is a good way to boost school spirit.
SB: (10 secs) "I feel Texas State's on a way to becoming something bigger and better and I know that a lot of faculty and staff on campus are trying to increase the pride and tradition here."
The rally featured Hip Hop Congress, the Texas State Band Drum Line and, of course, cheerleaders.
The King and Queen, along with best Halloween costume, will be announced at Saturday's tailgate.
SB: (9 Secs) "Whose house is this, this is Bobcats house so students and Bobcat fans don't forget to show your pride this Saturday at the game, for Bobcate Update I'm Claudia Mickle.
SU: With Halloween right around the corner, we went to find out.. … What will be the most popular costume this year?
SB: 4 different reactions from students.
Political Science Major, Bryce Arnold
Junior Sarah Pezzaro
Senior Ben McCullough
University Police Officer Otto Glenewinkel
For those still searching for a costume, stores like the Halloween Costume Warehouse at the Outlet Mall in San Marcos has a lot to offer.
SU: Here you can find a variety of costumes with prices ranging from 29-99 to 49-99.
Store-bought costumes can be expensive, but Manager Abbey Miers says the slow economy hasn't affected business.
SB: People are always willing to spend money on that one day of the year for Halloween just to have a good costume.
For those who want to spend less, Goodwill is an alternative for the bargain costume shopper.
SU: Here at goodwill the prices are low, even as low as 2.99 but you might need to be creative.
Mother of two, Vanessa Bermudez says she doesn't mind looking through the racks or altering costumes if it will save her a little money.
SB: although these are two different costumes I'm going to be taking apart at least I don't have to spend money on one and my son is only six months old he will grow out of it….and this way I can make it look the way I want it to look.
Whether you're a goblin, witch, or vampire, either store has plenty of options for the last minute shopper. For Bobcat Update, I'm Summer Ratliff.
Many stores offer the traditional boxed costumes, but Costumed Occasions offers a personalized touch. They make over ninety percent of their costumes by hand and can help anyone find exactly what he or she is looking for.
Some of the most popular costumes this year include flapper costumes for women and vampires for men. Store employees say abstract costumes are becoming more popular.
With Halloween falling on a Saturday this year, many students will start festivities early, dressing up Friday as well and continuing until early Sunday morning when the clocks are switched back to standard time.
C-V-S at the corner of Hunter Road and Wonder World Drive tomorrow morning. The discount comes in the form of a card that will be available at all city offices. The card is free to all San Marcos residents, and no enrollment or fee is required. The card will save residents an average of 20 percent on retail prescription drug prices and can be used if their prescriptions are not covered by insurance.
If you're in the market to buy a house, you may be running out of time to qualify for a big tax credit. Kristy Hoerig tells us more in this Bobcat Update.
To receive an eight-thousand dollar tax credit from the federal government, you must be a first-time home buyer. November 30th is the cut-off date to close the deal. You may be eligible if the home is within the city limits and is either a single-family dwelling, a condo or a townhouse built after 1978. Income is another criterion. To qualify for the full tax credit, single taxpayers cannot have incomes that do exceed 75-thousand dollars and for married couples the limit is 150-thousand dollars.
Century 21 Realtor Robbie Wiley says this is a great opportunity.
You have up to two years to amend your 2008 tax return.
Stand-up(extra incentive for professors)
SB: Wiley..$5,000 credit for professors…
Tenured and tenure-track professors who are full-time employees and who have not owned a residence in San Marcos city limits within the past three years qualify for this program.
Program requirements include living in the home for five years and working for the university. After five years, the loan balance goes to zero and the lien is released. No repayment will be required if the professor lives in the house for five years.
It doesn't seem that long ago that the campus Bike Cave moved here to the Pecos Building. The former woodshop had been abandoned for years and required a lengthy clean-up job before re-opening in February. Bike Cave student manager Judith Wilson remembers the renovation fondly.
SB: Judith Wilson
Now the Department of Anthropology will take over the building as a place for a new faculty member to conduct his research close to the center for archeological research next door. The move will force the Bike Cave to relocate all of its equipment including shelves of tools, tires and of course, its many bicycles. In keeping with their eco-friendly philosophy, the Bike Cave hopes to move all of it without the use of trucks. Instead, there are plans to use a specially outfitted tri-cycle courtesy of the Environment Service Committee.
SB: Judith Wilson
The Bike Cave's future location at the Colorado Building has only one-third the space and will also need some work before it's fully operational.
SB: Paul Hamilton
STANDUP: "While there's no exact date for yet for the Bike Cave's relocation here to the Colorado Building. The move will mark their second large renovation project of this year alone. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Swank."
The Texas State School of Music will be presenting two shows tonight and tomorrow at the Wine Cellar restaurant at Hopkins and L-B-J. The event will feature two one-act performances along with a three-course dinner.
The director of opera studies, Dr. Samuel Mungo, has been involved in opera for more than 20 years and will direct the event. Dr. Mungo says the event will bring a different perspective to students who attend the performance.
SB-"opera is a perfect merger of great music and great theater, when you put great music and great theater than that creates magic and that's what i am trying to bring to Texas State."
Music Education Junior Sam Parrott says the School of Music has much to offer the student body.
"Bring music education in general, bring production into the school to give a chance for the students to see what we do."
The two performances will include The Game of Chance and Face on the Barroom Floor. The dinner opera begins at six tonight.
Stand up- Now the performance for tonight is sold out but you can buy tickets for tomorrow show at the front office in the music building. For Bobcat Update, I'm Nathan Estrada.
Here at the Alkek Library you'll find rows of bookshelves, study rooms and studious students. But, located on the seventh floor is Alkek's hidden secret.
The newly renovated Wittliff Collection opened this past Saturday. It is now the home of literary archives and major collections. Let's take a look.
The gallery's exhibit halls are now adorned with Southwestern and Mexican Photography.Compared to the old gallery, the library now has more space for the Wittliff Collections.
Directly across is the Southwestern Writers Collection where the works of Texas legends -- from songwriters to the cinema -- can be seen and accessed. Profiled are the works of author Cormac McCarthy, singer Willie Nelsen and Selena.Handwritten drafts of books and screenplays can be accessed at the gallery.
Media Relations Director Michele Miller is one of the many staff members who gives tours of the literacy archive exhibit.
Students enjoy the new additions.
The gallery has a full schedule of events for the coming year.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Rena Iglehart.
They are being held at the Hays County Law Enforcement Center in lieu of 50-thousand-dollar-bail for each.
October 19th through the 22nd professionals from broadcasting, advertising, public relations and social media are giving advice on how to make it in the real world.
"making it outside of school..."
A Whole New Media is the theme this year. Discussions this week will cover such topics as how to dress for success and the relationships between reporters and P-R people. Dara Quakenbush, senior lecturer and one of the coordinators of the event-filled week, says the theme is all about the new realities of media.
A nice dose of reality will do everyone some good and so will some extra points in class, as some professors are offering to students that attend and take notes.
"I get extra points..."
If you're unable to make it to some of the lecture, no problem, they're being streamed at txstatemcweek.com. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Flores.
You'll need to have a graphic to reinforce txstatemcweek.com I'll show you how. You did a nice job with the story.
Researchers and students from all over Texas attended a daylong workshop today in the J-C Kellam building to brainstorm solutions for central Texas' flash flood problem. One of the guest speakers was Doctor Eve Gruntfest who about the importance of meteorologists and geographers working together.
Kevin Barrett, a P-H-D student at Texas State, was given an opportunity to work alongside professional researchers during Monday's workshop.
The goal of the workshop was to integrate governmental, professional and academic forces to reduce the fatal impact of flash flooding. The focus of the International Laboratory is a bit more vague. Barrett says finding that focus will be a process.
Though central Texas is in need of more rain, not less, the danger of flash floods is as serious as ever. And Texas State is at the forefront of new research and technology to keep us safe. For Bobcat Update, I'm Hannah Miller.
Students are having trouble listening to K-T-S-W. Let the CG identify Nick.
SB Some students have had a hard time getting the station in their dorms
Recently K-T-S-W announced plans to improve its signal by upgrading the radio station's transmitter.
Let the CG identify Adam
Earlier this year Texas State University purchased the land where the station's tower is located. A leasing arrangement had been in effect prior to the purchase. K-T-S-W General Manager Dan Schumacher says that due to unique geographical features between San Marcos and New Braunfels, the signal reaching San Marcos listeners has been weakened by the terrain.
SB: There's a ridge between here and New Braunfels that the signal has a hard time getting over.
A key to improving the signal will be to replace the existing tower. In all, the project is expected to cost more than 400-thousand dollars
STAND UP: Hopefully after adding a little height to the tower students won't have any trouble picking up K-T-S-W. For Bobcat Update, I'm Bret Taylor.
The H-1-N-1 flu has been spreading. University officials are urging students to stay home if they feel any symptoms.
STAND UP: "Even in the height of the flu season, a lobby like this may be empty due to a new initiative at Texas State."
The Office of the Dean of Students has started a new program to help slow the spread of germs on campus. An online form called the Texas State Influenza Absence Notification may be used by sick students. It allows them to stay home and not be penalized by attendance policies.
All they have to do is fill out the form online and it will automatically send an e-mail to each of their professors letting them know of their sickness. Students are asked to stay home for five days from the start of their symptoms. And professors are asked to be lenient on absence policies.
The Assistant Dean of Students Vincent Morton says the program has been much needed.
SB: We had five hundred cases come into the health center and Professors and students alike have welcomed the online system.
Some students have taken advantage of the program, but not in a bad way. Texas State Senior Imeleda Vergara says she thinks the online form will benefit the campus.
STAND UP: "So if you enter an empty classroom, don't be alarmed. The online absence form is what's keeping you from getting the flu on campus. For Bobcat Update, I'm Rhe-Anne Cannaday.
All of the remaining seasonal flu clinics have been canceled in San Marcos and Kyle. That worries some health officials because they're already seeing a lot of people experiencing flu-like symptoms.
SB "It's obvious there's a problem..."
The Texas State Health Clinic offered no comment about the lack of flu shots, but a Hays County Communications Specialist says alternatives will be used in the meantime.
SB "We're out of the shots but we have..."
In response to the lack of shots, a flu mist is being offered.
SB "The flu mist is..."
For any more information, please contact Hays County Personal Health Department at 512-393-5520. For Bobcat Update, I'm Nick Loftis.
If you're going to throw a phone number out there, then you'll have to prepare a graphic overlay to show the number over the last video clip or two.
The alleged attack and sexual assault on a female student Monday morning has raised concerns about campus safety. The Texas State Police Department offers presentations and personal safety programs intended to educate the university community.
SB: "It's a rape aggression defense program...."
By taking some precautions, students can avoid potential dangers.
SB: "Always just know your surroundings...."
SU: "Anyone with...For Bobcat Update, I'm Jessica Elmore."
San Marcos drivers are adapting to the new cell phone ban in school zones, which took effect September first.
Thanks to the recent rainfall in San Marcos, water levels have been bumped up to 660 feet, which is significant because it means the city's water restriction level has been reset to Stage One. Citizens can find some differences between Stage One and Stage Two.
Restaurants may still only serve water to customers upon request, and residents are still only permitted specific days to water their lawns. The city has established various rebate programs to help promote water conservation.
Associate Professor of Biology Tim Bonner says that low water levels can be bothersome for those who conduct experiments at the campus ponds.
Local wildlife has also been affected by the recent drought.
STANDUP If you have questions about the drought response rules. The Utility Services building of San Marcos has pamphlets available that will help you answer your Stage 1 water restriction questions. For Bobcat Update, I'm Amanda Dugan.
Students across campus will soon be the hitting the books and preparing for midterms. Late-night cramming and last-minute paper writing may be the norm for some students, but there are other ways to prepare for those dreaded midterms.
One source of comfort that provides many resources is none other than Alkek Library. The doors will be open around the clock during midterms. The library offers quiet corners for cramming and larger rooms for study groups. SLAC, the Student Learning Advancement Center, is a place where students can go and get the tutoring they need in order to ace their midterms. SLAC has more than 100 tutors and provides help in science, math, business and writing. SLAC tutor Amanda Barney says the midterm is a busy time.
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As we approach the time when it's wise to stop texting and start typing, students should know that the computer labs are also accessible late into the night. Some students, like junior Danielle Heredia, look for a quiet atmosphere when studying for exams.
SB "If I try to go…place for me"
When getting ready for midterms, it may help to get a few classmates together for a study group session. Both group and individual study rooms are available on the fifth, sixth and seventh floors of the library.
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Students, parents, professors…it seems as though everyone is connected to the popular social network Facebook.According to Facebook-dot-com, there are more than 300-million active users.
But a recent Ohio University study suggested that Facebook contributes to lower grades among heavy users. The study found that students who used Facebook had G-P-A's between three-point-zero and three-point-five and they studied one to five hours per week. Non-users, on the other hand, maintained G-P-A'a between three-point-five and four-point-zero. Using Facebook in the college classroom can be a distraction.
Sociology professor, Dr. Bob Price, allows students to bring laptops to class as long as they sit in the front half of the room.
A board game called Bobcat-Opoly which is similar to Milton Bradley's Monopoly was sold in the Quad today.
The game was created by five Business students in the Spring of 2008 as part of a class project.
Twenty-five hundred games were produced and there are only one-thousand left to sell. Pieces include many local and popular sites of San Marcos. Bobcat-Opoly can be purchased at Hastings and the University Bookstore.
They're everywhere. Non-smoking signs are posted outside most buildings and walls, yet we still see students smoking throughout campus. A group of non-smokers has decided to fight by creating a petition that would make Texas State smoke-free. The idea has gotten some attention.
The petition lists several reasons a smoke-free campus would be to everyone's advantage. Avoiding health risks is one such reason.
SB "I think the campus should be smoke free, just walking by it is detrimental to me.
Other grievances include higher clean-up costs on campus, unsafe levels of second-hand smoke and illness. Texas State senior Paul Moreno says he finds smokers to be intrusive.
SB "Walking by somebody and their smoke is in your face and it's not a fun time on campus."
But those who do light up seem to enjoy it. Austin Nichols says it's a social activity for him.
SB "It's a sense of community, I come to this specific location in front of flowers hall specifically because I can meet people and share an activity, and one of those activities happens to be smoking."
Smoker Eric Hibbs says he doesn't believe the correlations that have linked smoking to bad health:
SB "Smoking areas will not impact health hazards…"
According to the petition, about 25 percent of the student body regularly lights up. Organizers of the petition drive are hoping their efforts will end the habit -- at least at Texas State. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Flores.
STANDUP- "Seven dollars. That's how much a meal costs at a Texas State cafeteria. But I'm in the quad today to figure out just how much food I can eat for the same price."
There are many student-run organizations that prepare food for fundraisers. Under the College Republicans' tent they were serving fajitas and chicken sandwhiches for just two dollars. President XOXOXOXOXO says the money directly supports the association.
SB- "The money is used to supply fliers, banners and social networking...."
Don't want to support the conservatives? No problem! The College Democrats have you covered with hamburgers for two dollars as well. Club President Amanda XOXOXO says there are steps to take in order to serve the public food.
SB- "You have to ba student organization and file for a permit...."
Beef? Got it! Chicken? Check! But what about the other white meat? The Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization offers a variety of sausage wraps for just two dollars and fifty cents. C-E-O member XOXOXOXOXO says the food is a great substitute for what you can find at Chartwells, Texas State's official food supplier.
SB- "Here you get fresh, wholesome food. There, you have to eat food that sits around all day."
One thing all these places have in common: Apparently, they're all the best.
3SB COMBO- "We're the best/We have the best food/They don't know what they are talking about, we've got the best food."
With only fifty cents left, I bought a Diet Coke from the Japanese Club to wash down all that good grub down.
STANDUP- "With a full stomach, and for Bobcat Update. I'm Colby Howell."
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SU: Ratliff - Students have been avoiding warning signs like these and are entering gated construction areas.
A Director for Campus Construction Michael Petty says the best safety tip for students is to be aware of fences and caution signs.
SB-PETTY: Just bare with us and go around… we put a fence up …the fence typically represents the limits of construction we put the fence up for a reason….
Petty says there are no reports of injuries on construction zones but he fears students fail to acknowledge how hazardous these site can be.
SB: Petty - It's potential somebody could step into a 60 feet deep hole, that's pretty frightening if you stop and think about it.
English Major Lance Jones says he has never walked through closed gates, but he would not rule out the possibility.
SB: Jones – if I really need to be at this class and a professor that's going to ding me on my attendance if I don't get there right on time then I might consider going behind a gate that's a little bit open or something
In some areas construction fences are knocked down and could cause confusion to students about site boundaries. But ditches within the site could cause injury to students who try and enter the zoned area.
SU: Ratliff – Petty says entering a construction site without proper safety protection can be very dangerous for Bobcat Update I'm Summer Ratliff.
The University College Advising Center hosted a Majors Fair this past Tuesday at L-B-J Student Center. The event gave students an opportunity to explore majors, minors and certificate programs offered at Texas State.
Freshmen Hope Braley says she was apprehensive about attending but changed her mind soon after arriving.
SB: I had to come for my seminar class….
Academic advisors and departmental representatives were available to interact with students and provide information intended to help select a major. Academic Advisor Ashley Ransom offered advice to the attendees.
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Ransom said internships and job shadowing are very important.
SB: Anything where you can learn more….
Whether they're indecisive or just lack of knowledge about what the university has to offer, students can turn to Career Services and the University College Advising Center for help.
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For more information regarding career services, you can visit the Career Services website at Texas State. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jessica Elmore.
One important bit of information to include is showing employers how skills you've learned in college can transfer to real world jobs.
Careers Services offers resume critiques on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1 to 3 and Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3 to 5.
It's right on their doorstep, but many students seem to overlook the university's Aquarena Center. The aquatic nature preserve is the site of an aquarium, a wetlands board walk and, of course, the antique glass bottom boats. Aquatic Studies Junior Violeta Avina is a captain and tour guide.
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A new book written by the founder's great-granddaughter will be released next month when a reunion of former center employees is scheduled. Royalties from book sales will help fund the more than 60-thousand dollars a year required for upkeep of the boats.
SB: Ron Coley, Director of Aquarena Center
Many attractions at the center, including a sky ride and the submarine theater where the famous Ralph the Swimming Pig performed, have been abandoned for more than a decade. Remnants of the amusement park will eventually be removed as the university seeks to enhance its mission of river preservation and education.
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STANDUP: " While, the summer drought actually saw an increase of visitors to the Aquarena Center, Coley says what's good for the center, isn't always good for the preservation of the river and the recent rainfall has been long overdue. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Swank."
You may have noticed the yellow ribbons that have decorated the campus this fall. They serve as a reminder of those who have chosen to serve in the military. After completing their enlistments, many of the veterans go to college where they find a very different lifestyle. Texas State has programs to help make the adjustment easier.
The recently established Veterans Alliance is an organization that provides former servicemen an opportunity to share their life experiences. The group also serves as a tool to make veterans aware of available resources on campus.
The United States Veterans Office has been received more than 250-thousand applications for the funds, but only about ten percent of them have been processed -- leading to a lot of frustration.
About one-third of the eleven thousand veterans on campus have applied for the funds. For Bobcat Update, I'm Amanda Dugan.