Jonathan Wachsmann

Students at Texas State will soon be a source of some much needed energy, and they'll provide it through their exercise. The student recreation center is retro-fitting 30 elliptical machines that will give the equipment the capability of converting exercise into renewable energy. The machines will be connected to the university's power grid. A typical 30-minute workout will convert into 50-watt hours, which is enough to power a computer for 30 minutes. The nearly 20-thousand dollar project will be funded by the Department of Campus Recreation and is set to be unveiled on December 8th at the student recreation center.  

Bret Taylor

The San Marcos Southside Community Center will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving Feast tomorrow at their location on South Guadalupe. The feast is geared towards less fortunate families in the San Marcos area and starts at Six o'clock P-M. They are expecting two-thousand people to attend. Turkeys have been cooked and provided by Fuschaks Barbeque. In addition to turkey and fixings The Jigglebug Express will be there to provide free rides to kids in the community center parking lot. Admission is free and open to all members of the community.


Colby Howell

A new facebook group regarding school pride has many students talking. The group called "Texas State Traitors" urges students to take pictures of fellow bobcats who wear other schools' clothing. The group has reached almost twelve-hundred members in just a week. Some say that a shirt is just a shirt. Other students say they've had enough- School pride has never been strong at this university and some say wearing colors besides maroon and gold in the quad doesn't help. If your picture is posted, the only way to be removed is to send the group a pic of you either throwing away, burning or donating the shirt to charity.

Timothy Ladusky

Citizens in San Marcos will have to continue to wait for help with traffic problems caused by the trains on Aquarena Springs Dr. The overpass that is supposed to begin at I-35 and travel down the West side of Aquarena Springs. The design phase of the project has been pushed back until May of 2011 and be finished in September of the same year. The overpass will cross in front of Mamacita's Resturant over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks ending at Charles Austin Drive. City officials say the project is could cost up to 22-million dollars and bidding on the project will being in January of 2015

Jesse Moloney

Students at campuses across the country are growing beards and mustaches as part of a No-shave-November campaign. A Holiday that originated in Australia, Called Mo-Vember, combining Mustache and November to celebrate manhood and the changing of the seasons. The celebration has been adopted in the U-S through word of mouth and social networking sites and is now being called Novem-Beard, allowing for all sorts of creative styles. Facial hair popularity is growing at Texas State, and Man-acured styles are causing a hairy situation on campus. Participants are urged not to shave the entire month. The November campaign has even inspired Decem-Beard and Manuary, Leaving men hairy all winter long.

Rena Iglehart

Bobcat Update gets a behind the scene look on the life of a not so average but normal Texas State student. Rena Iglehart has more on this inspiring story.
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.
Lizzie Velasquez....
For Bobcat Update I'm Rena Iglehart


Lianne Thomas

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us.  Next week most everyone at Texas State will take a break from school-related activities to spend time with family.  Bobcat Update's Lianne Thomas asked several people on campus how they'll celebrate the holiday. 


Selina Affram

Students are standing up to the Winter Challenge. The Winter Challenge is an initiative to discourage students from driving under the influence of alcohol during the holidays. The Network is a peer group at Texas State, which is leading the challenge to educate students about living healthy lifestyles. The group is asking students to sign pledges not to drink and drive. The message was reinforced with a portable demonstrator -- set up by the University Police Department. The demonstrator allows students to experience what it feels like to drive drunk.

Mitch Shubert

For seniors at Texas State, commencement is right around the corner. For those graduating, students are asked to arrive at commencement an hour beforehand. To get ready for the big day, make sure you purchase the official Texas State cap and gown, which can be ordered from the University bookstore in the L-B-J Student Center, or on the bookstore website. The bookstore also sells graduation announcements, diploma frames, and official Texas State rings.


Ashley Flores

You need an anchor lead-in.
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.

Amanda Dugan

Credit card companies will no longer have the privilege of soliciting on or near college campuses. Once the CARD Act takes effect after February, credit card companies will be required to let consumers know 21 days before a bill is due. That is a week longer than before. The act will also require individuals under the age of 21 to have a co-signer on their card that has good credit history. Texas State has established a link called Money Savvy Cats to help students learn more about financial responsibilities. Visit v-p-s-a-dot-t-x-state-dot-e-d-u-slash money savvy to learn more.


Hannah Miller

The Hindu festival of Diwali (phonetic spelling?) is a celebration of the triumph of good over evil, and San Marcos got a glimpse of it on Saturday night. Hannah Miller has more in this Bobcat Update.
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.


Claudia Mickle

An article published last week in U-T's Daily Texan is creating quite a stir. Claudia Mickle has more in this Bobcat Update.
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."

Summer Ratliff

Old Main could be undergoing renovations soon. The 107-year-old building at Texas State has cracks in the walls and floors due to ground movement as well as water damages from the leaky roof. Assistant Director (of what?) Michael Petty says the roof needs to be replaced to help minimize leaks. Petty says the construction on the roof could begin as early as June and will take at least six months to complete. Petty says the reroofing of Old Main could cost up to one-million-dollars.

Ansel Hildebrand

Students who want to live on-campus housing may face some hurdles. Ansel Hildebrand has more in this Bobcat Update.
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.

Jonathan Wachsmann

Every year the Marine Corps raises money and collects gifts for less-fortunate children during the holidays. This year Alpha Tau Omega, a fraternity at Texas State, is providing support to the cause. 
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.


Nathan Estrada

Stargazers in San Marcos can view the universe from a unique perspective. An observatory is open at Texas State on Wednesday nights on the top floor of the Supple Science Building on the university's west campus. The observatory has been in operation for several years, but many students and faculty don't even know it exists.  Texas State Physics professor Russell Doescher (Doh-share) is usually on hand to offer interpretations on what can be seen.  The observatory opens at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Rena Iglehart

Intramural sports continues to attract students as fans and participants at Texas State. Indoor soccer claimed victories in all six categories in last week's championships and, just yesterday, women's volleyball spiked in a new champion, Team Toxic. Due to bad weather, intramural football championships were pushed back to Monday. Intramural basketball remains the most popular sport. Sign-up for basketball begins early next spring.


Rhe-Anne Cannaday

Bobcat Update's Rhe-Anne Cannaday spoke to several Texas State students about the fatal shootings at Fort Hood last week.
SB/ Standup

Sarah Hudiburg

Texas State students wanting to work in water resources had the chance to stop by the Environmental Job Fair on Tuesday. The event, held in the L-B-J Ballroom, featured several potential employers including Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Water Development Board. Most of the organizations were seeking students to fill internships or, in some cases, full-time positions. An advisor with Career Services says several hundred students attended the fair. The next event sponsored by Career Services will be the Summer Job Fair next spring.

Selina Affram

Push America is getting a big push this week from members of a Texas State fraternity. Push America promotes volunteerism and education awareness for people with disabilities. Drawing attention to the group's effort is the fraternity Pi Kappa Phi, which has earned about 20 million dollars for Push America over the past two decades. You can find frat members on their scaffold this week. Seventy members will be alternating shifts and manning the quad 24-seven, to raise five thousand dollars. The deadline for donating to the cause is this Friday.


Timothy Ladusky

The grass is green and the boys are back. After setting multiple records last season, the Bobcats baseball team is already gearing up for another run. Timothy Ladusky has more on this Bobcat Update.
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.

Colby Howell

There's no anchor lead-in.  I added the signature out at the end.
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.

Jesse Moloney

Today is Veterans’ Day -- a day of remembrance. And, in this Bobcat Update, Jesse Moloney tells us how San Marcos residents have been observing the event. 

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.  


Jessica Elmore

Thieves have been targeting vehicles parked on the Texas State campus.  Jessica Elmore has more in this Bobcat Update.
For months now, the I-H-35 corridor has provided burglars with an array of opportunities. The number of car break-ins has become so prevalent that the University Police Department is now joining forces with other area police departments to catch the thieves.
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.

Mitch Shubert

A celebration of peace -- that's how an event at Texas State is being described.  Mitch Shubert attended a poetry reading hosted by the Modern Languages Department, and he files this report:

"Paz! Y Daniel!"-quote
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.
Meglar quote
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.


Ashley Flores

Students may have to pay a hefty price if caught downloading material illegally from the Internet. Ashley Flores has more in this Bobcat Update.
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.

Amanda Bayer

One city council race has been decided in San Marcos; another is still up in the air.  Incumbent John Thomaides was reelected yesterday defeating Monica Garcia and Anita Fuller.  However, another city council race has yet to be determined.   Ryan Thomason is three votes shy of the 50 percent he needs to be declared the victor.  A recount is expected, and if that doesn't change the outcome, a runoff will be necessary.  Of his opponents in the race, the top vote-getter was Lisa Marie Coppoletta.  County officials say only seven percent of the eligible voters turned out for yesterday's election.


Sarah Hudiburg

Texas State students, faculty and staff are setting the stage for the first ever Bobcat Tube Film Festival. Sarah Hudiburg (HEW-duh-burg) has more in this Bobcat Update.

It's called the Central Texas version of the Cannes Film Festival. It's the Bobcat Tube Video Contest. Participants create a three-minute video collage entitled, "A Slice of My Life at Texas State" that represents the role the school plays in each individual's life. The director of the contest, David King, says he's not really sure what to expect from the video submissions.
(King…7 secs...of things}
There are many creative and interesting ideas circulating for what a Bobcat Tube video might be.
(Collage of Texas State students… secs…)
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.

Rhe-Anne Cannaday

A network television correspondent visited Texas State University this week. Bobcat Update's Rhe-Anne Cannaday was among a group of Mass Communication students he talked with, and she filed this report:
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. 
(Quinnones...15...something back)
Mass Communications Professor Kym Fox says she welcomes the opportunity for students to hear from a successful former student.
(Fox...13sec...got started)
(Cannaday...15sec...I'm Rhe-Anne Cannaday)

Summer Ratliff

San Marcos motorists may see some street changes soon as part of the city's Downtown Master Plan. The City Council is considering changing some one-way streets to two-way. You need to attribute this to a source since you did not cover the meeting first hand. And the Council has decided  to widen downtown streets and lower the speed limit to make it easier for bikers to navigate alongside motorists.  The city's master plan also includes widening sidewalks and adding benches and trees. The street changes are expected to start within the next two years.

Jonathan Wachsmann

Suicide prevention experts are ready and willing to help at Texas State. That reminder is needed in light of a recent suicide of a freshman.  Jonathan Wachsmann (walks-men) has more in this Bobcat Update.
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)


Nick Loftis

The Texas State volleyball team is looking to defend its title as the Southland Conference Champs. Nick Loftis has more in this Bobcat Update.

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. 

Rena Iglehart

You can now save money and support the Bobcats.
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.