For students who have jobs, Uncle Sam is expecting his share. It's time to file your taxes. Many students have already done so...
...and some haven't...
If you fall into the latter category, it's better if you DON'T wait until the last minute.
Stand-up: If you're a do-it-yourselfer, there are a number of online programs you can use to file your taxes. But if you feel like you need some help, you might consider visiting a tax preparer.
Whether you get help or decide to tackle the task on your own, remember the last day to file your taxes or ask for an extension is April 15th and the I-R-S isn't as forgiving as some of your professors when it comes to deadlines. For Bobcat Update, I'm Christopher Sells.
Construction of new sewer lines has disrupted traffic. The street is lined with road signs pointing in different directions, which makes it quite confusing to know which route to take.
SB- Alex Cabrera –Detours and mapping a rout
Texas Sterling Construction is in charge of the site and workers are busy rebasing manholes to make the streets more vehicle and pedestrian friendly.
Stand up: San Marcos residents are wondering when construction on Cheatham Street and River Road will stop.
The construction has taken longer than hoped and owners of nearby businesses are starting to get impatient.
SB: Catherine Wilsford- Parking and Noise
After the construction of the manholes is complete, Texas Sterling will lay down asphalt to complete the project.
Stand up/ Sign off: Due to company policy…construction should be complete by next week.
For more than 100 years, Goodwill Industries has made it easier for people to attain everyday necessities from clothing to furniture at low prices. The organization is now branching out into a new endeavor. The San Marcos Goodwill store has opened a job help center, which provides essential information for those seeking employment.
Intake specialist Jamie Velazquez says the job center is very much needed.
Finding available job listings, improving resume writing and interview skills are points the staff focuses on when working with customers.
The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 to 5. For Bobcat Update, I'm Sasha Armstrong.
Blackberry Thumb is described as pain or swelling in the thumb. Its cause is the unnatural position the thumb is in while using the phone to text or e-mail. Blackberry Thumb can also affect your arm, wrist and back. Massaging and stretching the tendons in the thumb as well as moving frequently can help relieve the pain.
When you use a free downloading website such as Limewire, you are seriously running the risk of harming your computer by exposing it to viruses and spyware. One of these viruses is called Conficker, which is also known as Downup or Kido. It is a computer worm that targets all Microsoft Windows operating system. The virus works by entering security holes and overflows in the Server Service on Windows computers. Although the virus has been around since October of last year, it is said to have a payload that will activate on April first.
Here at Texas State, the Information Technology Assistant Center, or ITAC (I-TACK) is ready to assist. I-TACK offers free virus scanning and repairs both p.c. and Macintosh computers. ITAC says its most popular service is virus scanning.
SB: Nalepa, pc advice…
Nalepa also says to make sure and create a back up of all your files from your computer before you take it in for repairs.
The Conflicker virus uses coding to execute on the computer it is infecting, then will disable services such as Windows Automatic Update, Windows Security Center, Windows Defender, and Windows Error Reporting. There is a patch that was distributed through Microsoft to fix the holes back in October to block the virus, but 30 percent of Windows computers don't have it.
STAND UP---Students, staff and faculty should be aware that there are always security risks on the internet including viruses and spyware.
ITAC rep Kevin Conway says there are steps you can take if your computer becomes infected by a virus.
SB: Conway, infection…
Last month, Microsoft announced a technology industry collaboration to fight Conficker. Microsoft is offering a 250-thousand dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the criminals behind the creation and spread of Conficker. For Bobcat Update, I'm Frances Rendon.
This is the site that claimed the life of 24-year-old Tam Tran. Police say Tran was swimming in the San Marcos River last Friday when he drowned. Police say he was pulled out by a bystander who tried to revive him.
Tran was a junior at Texas State; he lived at Comanche Hills Apartments and was a Mathematics major. Professor Moonis Ali taught Tran last semester and says he was an excellent student.
I spoke with Tam's younger brother Thinh (TRIN) on the phone. He says the loss has been rough on the family. He says his family was told the undercurrent might have played a part in the death of his brother.
Tam's death is a tragedy affecting many.
This is the # drowning that has been recorded in Sewell Park since #.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Shay Creech.
Housing location services will be busy for the next month or so, as students seek guidance in finding a place to live during the summer. Texas State sophomore Alexis Garcia is looking for her first apartment, and she's weighing a lot of different factors.
Of course, many worry about the price of housing, and they're concerned about availability. Toward the end of the school year, a lot of apartment complexes run out of units. Electrical Engineeering Sophomore Vic Okon says he wishes he had started earlier looking for an apartment:
Apartment complex managers know that students are eagerly searching at this time, so they promote certain features. Some offer to waive the application fee; others allow pets.
Students have many choices including whether to live on campus or off.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Brandon Simmons.
As we grow older our playtime decreases, work time increases, and stress levels rise. Recent studies have shown incorporating free time into weekly routines can relieve stress and increase levels of happiness. Riding a bike, playing basketball, swimming, and other favorite pastimes are recommended activities.
Scott Jenke, Supervising Psychologist for the Texas State Counseling Center, recommends a balance between work and play.
Texas State student Lindsay Campbell has her own methods for relieving stress.
So there's some truth to the motto "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Taking time out for yourself is important, leading to a healthier and happier life. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kara Marshall.
The Covo-Luna campaign has been handing out flyers, T-shirts and posting signs throughout the quad. Presidential candidate Chris Covo says he's excited about this year's elections.
SB:One of the more healthy elections.
The current A-S-G President, Bret Baker, encourages students to participate.
SB: Now is the time for students to research.
Opposing presidential candidate Brice Loving says he and Covo share a goal of promoting student organizations, but funding for campaigns is limited for each candidate.
SB: Average $2000-$3000 for campaign
The candidates are using inexpensive resources like Facebook and Twitter to promote their tickets
SB: ASG candidates will be campaigning in the quad for the rest of the week. Voting begins on Tuesday. For Bobcat Update I'm Amabilia Esparza.
The San Marcos River is a popular hangout, but there are dangers. With no lifeguards on
duty, it is up to each individual to stay safe.
SU: Hundreds of students and families alike come here each summer to enjoy the beautiful San Marcos rivers, however many are unaware of the dangers that these waters bring. Knowing your surroundings and using caution will make for a more fun and enjoyable experience for everyone.
San Marcos resident Mark Diaz has some advice for those who plan to get in the water.
The river has always been a special site for San Marcos residents and its visitors. To keep it that way, take precautions and be sure to look out for those around you. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lindsay Skaggs.
feature twelve of Juilliard's best musicians, dancers and actors in theatrical scenes all focused on Texas State's Common Experience theme. This is the third visit the Juilliard program has made to Texas State.
By now, most everybody has felt it in one way or another. The economic recession is even affecting San Marcos' own shopping mecca--The Outlet Malls. Dexter Ellison has more in this Bobcat Update.
The Outlet Malls have long been a place for students to earn money in retail. But now consumers are being a little tighter with their spending. Feras Rachid, Store Manager at the Levi's Outlet, has noticed a change. He says customers are purchasing only necessary items. Rachid says retailers are trying to encourage shoppers by offering more discounts and bulk item sales. Even so, business is down.
Senior Marketing Major Dane Roberts is an employee at the Tanger Outlet Mall where slow sales have begun to affect him.
Roberts is one of many students who are employed at the outlets and feeling the economic downturn. They're all hoping for a turnaround soon. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dexter Ellison.
Sewell and Rio Vista Park are both home to the San Marcos River. Students use the river for boating, swimming, and hanging out. The river relies on the water flow from the Edwards Aquifer which is recharged when it rains. The San Marcos area has received less than an inch of rain so far this year. In 2008, San Marcos recorded half its usual rain fall. The current drought conditions South Texas is experiencing has left the river lower than normal. The endangered species of fish and wild plants that live in the San Marcos river could also feel the effects of the drought if conditions don't change. Julie King, the Nature Center Coordinator for San Marcos says the low water level could cause some problems for river goers.
Many students spend time in Sewell Park and take advantage of the river on campus. Sophmore Brian Evans says he spends a lot of time in the park and has noticed a change in the river.
The Texas State University Police Officer's Association is a non-profit organization created by front line officers at the Texas State University Police Department. The association strives to network with the community by building partnerships with campus organizations, local businesses and other law enforcement agencies.
Association President, Alex Villalobos says the program helps development versatile officers.
The association will educate the community on what the department undergoes from training to other daily endeavors.
Association Treasurer, Otto Glenweinkle says the station has many officers with valuable assets to share.
Officers will perform a number of community outreach programs including education on D-W-Is, drug awareness and cancer awareness. In return, the association hopes to take back an understanding of the community that will help them to better serve and protect.
Association officials believe if students have the opportunity to build relationships with officers in and out of uniform, the negative image of university police instilled in students' minds will be erased.
Villalobos says there is much more to officers than what meets the eye.
Eight teams are headed for the conference tourney -- and Texas State is one of them.
The Bobcats will play at the Merrill Center in Katy, Texas, as the seventh seeded team. They'll play number-two seed Nicholls State tomorrow at noon. The Bobcats beat the Colonels in overtime in Strahan Coliseum earlier this year.
If the Bobcats prevail in the first round matchup, they will play the winner of the Sam Houston U-T-S-A game Friday night. The championship game will be held on March 15th in the afternoon. The winner receives an automatic bid to play in the N-C-double-A tournament.
STANDUP: Tickets are available through the Texas State Ticket Office and students get in free with their student i-d card. Ben Wempe, Bobcat Update.
Registration is held at the L-B-J student center on the 4th floor, either at the Campus Activities and Student Organization Center or the Bobcat Build office. Forms can be found there or on the Texas State website.
Organizers of Bobcat Build decided to extend the deadline because more people are needed to participate in the event on April 4th. Three thousand people helped last year.
Spring Break is only a few days away and many students are hitting the gym to achieve their "spring break body". But, at what cost? A student Rec Center employee says that during the two weeks before spring break, many students are working out to the point of becoming dangerous to their health. Last week, a female student passed out during a group fitness class, claiming that she had not eaten in a couple of days. Students seeking advice on how to get fit in a healthy way can join one of the many programs offered by the Student Rec Center.
A graduate research assistant for Student Volunteer Services, Jill Summar, says the students will be paid 45 dollars each for food, lodging and transportation.
SB (explains what they'll be doing)
Summar says there were more than 30 applicants who wanted to participate.
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(Stand-up) If you're interested in spending your spring break in service to others, go to the Student Volunteer Services office in the L-B-J Student Center.
Angelita Cabrera has more in this Bobcat Update.
The L-B-J Student Center referendum was approved recently by a vote of 57 to 43 percent. Almost every Texas State Student uses the center on a daily basis for meals, relaxation, studying and even catching some z's. [Who is Greg Sharpe? -- What is his context with this story?] Greg Sharpe says the higher fee will benefit the student center and, therefore, the students.
Less than ten percent of the student body participated in the referendum. Some argue that the election outcome is not truly representative of the students' wishes, because there was such a low turnout.
The last fee increase affecting the student center was approved ten years ago. For Bobcat Update, I'm Angelita Cabrera.
Students with cell phones, iPods or laptops are a pretty common sight in classrooms in this digital age.
But how do professors feel about these distractions in the learning environment?
Bridge: Not everyone thinks that students having electronic devices in the classroom is necessarily a bad thing.
Still, before you decide to Tweet in class, take some time to think about how you'd feel if the shoe were on the other foot.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Christopher Sells.
The group is called A Better Texas State University-San Marcos. It now claims a little less than 200 members on Facebook. The group opposes the university's move to elevate the athletic program to the highest level of collegiate competition.
The group takes issue with the move because it will be very expensive to do so. Group founder Bobby Cast says he decided to form A Better Texas State University after reading a newspaper article last year.
Cast says the university can find better uses for the money than spending it on athletics:
Sophomore Michael Groff says he believes Texas State should follow the example set by other universities.
The group serves to enlighten students on the issue and hopes that Texas State will one day be considered a contender to become a flagship university.
Able-bodied pedestrians, bicyclists and skateboarders --- you're apt to see a lot of people using ramps on campus.
Although most handicapped ramps have signs like these limiting access to handicapped students, students capable of using the stairs still use the ramps.
Texas State student Dane Rasmussen says he doesn't see a problem, and he's one who's had to use a wheelchair in recent weeks.
SB: Dane Rasmussen
U-P-D Officer Phillip Holden says problems occur when the disabled are blocked from using the ramps. Holden says, as a courtesy, that should never happen.
Holden says if a handicapped person needs to use a ramp, all others should get out of the way. For Bobcat Update, I'm Andrew Salazar.
I came out here to support the team check out this new facility we have, I'm excited about this year.
Many fans came out for tailgating activities from one to four including these guys.
Baseball player Garrett Caruth said the team was well prepared.
In any game there is going to be a challenge especially against a good squad like Texas, but if we play top notch baseball we will come out on top.
Students who were unable to get tickets to the home opener have a chance to watch the team tomorrow night at 6:30 when the Bobcats play against Purdue. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kara Marshall.
Texas State University has a nine-hole course where students and locals alike can play a round of golf in a beautiful setting at Aquarena Springs.
Junior Matt Whitman says he's heard a lot about the course and is eager to play.
Golf course Director Ryan Zimmerman says the course will be in top condition for the tournaments.
The golf course is open from seven in the morning until dusk. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lindsay Skaggs.
He's known to many as "dancing Todd" and it's easy to see why. Todd Andrews has taken a job that most would consider dull and turned it into a big attraction for the Great Locations Real Estate agency. Operations Manager Julie Walsh says that Todd brings a unique style to the job.
Todd has overcome some serious obstacles in his life -- including a car accident. But today it's hard to find Todd without a smile. He says that he tries to find ways to make his work interesting.
Todd's philosophy on life is inspiring. He says his goal is simply to provide a good atmosphere for drivers, customers and the people he meets in town.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Amy Lane.