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.