Sounds of Christmas will be attracting visitors who are ready to celebrate the
season. The Christmas spirit can be found at the San Marcos Plaza Park where
ferris wheels will be turning and funnel cakes will be eaten. This year's
four-day event will feature a toy train exhibit, and Santa Claus will be
greeting children every night of the event. Sight and Sounds kicked off last
night and will continue through Saturday. Admission is four dollars a person,
and kids who are 10 or under get in free.
adorning your home, you can find several places in Central Texas that sell
Christmas trees. Giant retailers like Wal-Mart and Target have a lot to choose
from, or you buy local -- from places like Vogel's Tannenbaum Farms. The most
commonly purchased trees are Fraser Fir, Afghan Pine and Leyland Cypress. Some
take three to four years to grow to six feet, depending on the rain. Natural
trees require no storage, they have a great Christmas scent, and they can be
turned into mulch after the holidays.
has more in this Bobcat Update.
A-S-G President Mel Ferrari made the decision to veto the bill on
concealed carry Wednesday afternoon. Ferrari said allowing concealed
handguns on campus would be reason for grave concern should there
ever be an active shooter on campus.
(Ferrari...22 sec...too great)
population at Texas State, because almost one-third of the A-S-G
Senators did NOT participate in the vote that approved the bill. A-S-G
Senators Adam French and Tyler Crump
introduced the bill to change the policy Monday night.
Current policy states that concealed weapons are banned in buildings
on campus. French said the university, in his view, needs to reconsider
(French…33 sec…the senate)
At an A-S-G meeting Monday, 25 senators voted in favor of seeking a
change in the policy. Ten voted against it. This came after a open forum
on November 22nd at which Texas State students were able to voice
their opinions on the matter. A University Police Captain also spoke
about his concerns during the forum.
(Benitez…13 sec…aware of)
Now that the bill has been vetoed it could come before the senate again
in the spring, if there is enough support to attempt to override the veto.
For Bobcat Update, I’m Hayley Balin.
Chase Birthisel has more in this Bobcat Update.
The official word of coach Brad Wright's firing came Monday, November 22nd,
after a losing season of four wins and seven loses. The coach was let go only
eleven days after the athletic department's announcement of joining the Western
Athletic Conference in 2012. Sports information director Rick Poulter says the
search for the next coach will be nationwide.
Wright signed a three-year contract extension in January, guaranteeing him
190-thousand dollars per year. According to a University Star article, an
athletics department spokesperson said a buyout clause from Wright's contract
will be used.
Pay attention now, there'll be a quiz at the end of this.
Here are the facts. Residential College. Have you heard about it? It's open to all freshmen and includes three residential halls: Brogdon, Beretta and Laurel. You have to be pretty smart to be a part of it.
Another fun fact: Texas State is a diverse campus. The student body closely resembles the make-up of Central Texas with 65-percent white, 25-percent Hispanic, 6-percent African American and 3-percent Asian.
The campus newspaper. Texas State's University Star is the fourth oldest student-run newspaper in Texas: founded in 1911.
Editor in Chief Allen Reed says the secret to the Star's longevity is its integrity.
For all the social media fans, Texas State ranks fifth. Yeh, but we're moving up…we are after all the rising star in Texas. How many fans do you think Texas State has?
ever-present solicitors on campus. The solicitations usually take place on the
quad where the heaviest foot traffic exists. According to the University Star,
organizations distributing fliers have incited criticism from students.
University policy states that anyone wishing to distribute literature in the
Quad is required to use a table and must not interfere with traffic or create
Regents. The governing board has authorized Texas State to offer a doctor of
philosophy major in Materials Science, Engineering, and Commercialization. The
program will be unique in Texas. It will advance research in the development of
the next generation of plastics, renewable energy, and electronics, and it will
help doctoral students learn how to commercialize their findings. Courses in the
doctoral program are expected to begin as early as the fall of 2011.
concluded that adding caffeine to alcohol is unsafe. Four Loko and Joose are
among the companies that received the letters. If the companies do not take
action within 15 days, the F-D-A could begin seizing the products. Federal
officials were facing increasing pressure to take action in the wake of
high-profile incidents, especially involving college students. Experts say the
drinks, sometimes called a blackout in a can, contain high levels of alcohol and
caffeine, making it difficult for people to realize how intoxicated they are.
Mint Café in San Marcos serves as a role model. The San Marcos Chamber of
Commerce recently chose Cool Mint as the Green Business of the Year. Cool Mint
saves and separates its containers for recycling. So, glass, cardboard,
aluminum, steel and plastic are all reused. Even the scraps from the
restaurant's food are recycled and composted. The scraps are used in its organic
garden, which in turn helps the restaurant grow fresh fruits and vegetables.
Theatre and dance professor John Hood and his University Seminar sections hosted
a free acoustic and variety show today at the L-B-J Student Center Amphitheater.
The majority of the artists featured in the show were Texas State students, and
their material conveyed a message of Sustainability in Music and Entertainment.
According to Hood, the showcase was appropriate because playing acoustic music
saves electricity and hearing.
being heard at Texas State. Tina Salazar has more on this Bobcat Update.
The Allies of Texas State had its Fall 2010 Bi-annual Meeting in the L-B-J
Student Center Ballroom Tuesday. The assembly discussed the controversial topic
of the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy, which allows gays to serve in the military
so long as they keep their sexual orientation quiet.
Allies of Texas State Graduate Research Assistant, Greg Snodgrass, says
discussion at Texas State was designed to promote awareness…
Aaron Tax of the Service member's Legal Defense Network said Texas State can
play a role in supporting veterans and students.
Texas State Senior Albert James DeGarmo said he believes the military's policy
The move to repeal the policy is facing many obstacles in courts and in
For Bobcat Update, I'm Tina Salazar.
College graduation should be a time to celebrate a new chapter in your life. However, today’s economy is leaving students in a state of uncertainty. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, two-point-four million students will graduate with a bachelors degree in December -- at a time when jobs are scarce. Texas State Senior Katie Dyson says she's approaching graduation with mixed emotions:
Texas State University Career Services Director Curt Schafer says looking for a job can be frustrating in hard economic times, but there are ways to manage it.
Student Jordan Jamison is more optimistic than most.
(Stand up w/ sign off)
Aid and Lifeguard Instructor. Jessica Garcia tells us more in this Bobcat
The American Red Cross has authorized the rec center to provide safety classes
to the university and community.
Re-certification courses for C-P-R and Lifeguard Instructor are also available.
Each of these safety classes is offered three to four times every semester. The
class registration fee ranges from 25 to 50 dollars.
The C-P-R and First Aid courses are mainly on Fridays and Saturdays at the rec
The rec center is on the corner of Sessom Drive and Academy Street. To find out
more about the classes offered here, visit their page online or ask the front
desk. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jessica Garcia.
cameras began last summer as a part of a campus-wide surveillance system.
According to the University Star, the Department of Housing and Residential Life
initiated the effort to improve security in the residence halls. Dorms without
elevators are receiving new cameras at the front entrances. So far, students
have responded positively to the new security additions, and vandalism has
our clocks a couple of weeks ago, and the daylight hours will be fewer and fewer
as the winter season approaches. Natalie Pendergrass reports on the impact of
Many students and faculty are having a hard time adjusting their schedules.
According to health officials, having a predictable sleep pattern, or the lack
of one, affects one's mood:
Changing clocks from Daylight Savings Time to Standard Time gave some people an
excuse to party for an extra hour:
For others, clock shifting is an irrelevant exercise. It simply doesn't
matter. For example, Aviation Club President Brian Dierks, says any time is a
good time to fly.
launch the music careers of many country artists for 30-plus years. Kent Fin-lay
founded the venue in 1974. He rented an old warehouse and turned it into a
honky-tonk bar that provided local musicians a venue for their talents. The
small stage has nurtured the career of several country music artists, including
George Strait. Strait played his first 60 gigs at the bar. The Cheatham Street
Warehouse features live music almost every night and a songwriters' circle on
steps up to the Western Athletic Conference. The move puts the Bobcats in the
Football Bowl Subdivision. But some students are concerned. Monte Ash-car has
more, in this report.
The concern is this: The move is going to cost a lot of money, and there's fear
that the needed funding will come at the expense of academics.
(Insert Elaine Roll's SB)
Roll says the university should get its house in order before making such move.
Next year the Athletics Department will be receiving an *additional* two million
dollars for its budget, bringing the total up to 18 million dollars.
Associate Athletics Director Don Coryell (Correll) says the move will benefit
everyone at the university.
(Insert Coryell's SB)
Some students like the idea of joining the WAC and being eligible for F-B-S
(Insert Hernandez' SB)
Insert Stand up
Featured on YouTube are people who have tried it. Some of the TV stations in Austin and San Antonio have picked up on the phenomenon. Vodka Balling is -- get this -- shooting straight vodka directly into your eyes just to get drunk faster. Sounds pretty bizarre, right?
Julie Eckert of Health Promotion Services at Texas State says putting alcohol in your eyes can be more than painful--it can lead to blindness. She says there's a big difference between drinking alcohol and putting it in your eyes.
Eckert also says no cases of vodka balling have been reported at the Student Health Center.
Local bar owners are skeptical. The ones we talked to haven't seen anyone engage in Vodka Balling.
Seems the only people that know what vodka balling is, heard about it in a news report.
one billion dollars each year to theft -- when they use A-T-Ms and other card
scanners. The thieves are called skimmers, and they steal debit and credit card
information. Students can avoid becoming victims of skimming by avoiding A-T-Ms
in poorly lit or low-traffic areas. They should also avoid A-T-Ms if cameras
have been placed in areas where skimmers could be recording PIN numbers. If you
encounter such a situation, report it immediately to the bank and closely
monitor your account statements for suspicious activity.
providing a wide range of water analysis services. The center also serves to
educate students and the public-at-large about water issues in the region. It
sponsors a variety of workshops and seminars to inform people about water
conservation. The center was established to provide a place where water quality
of the aquifer could be evaluated, and it also seeks to improve waste water
thousands of families in need. For the upcoming holiday season, the agency has
received a record number of requests -- more than two-thousand total. That's an
increase of 30 percent from last year. The Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign
lasts through the end of November. Each donation buys one family a turkey box,
which includes a turkey, corn, green beans, stuffing mix and more. The Food
Bank also needs volunteers to help put up posters and distribute promotional
You don't have to be a science major to find some enjoyment in gazing into the vast night sky. Every week you can find students with various interests coming together at the star gazing observatory in the Supple Science building. Make your way to the fourth floor and find a group of enthusiasts equipped with telescopes and binoculars ready to share their interests with you. On a clear night when the observatory is open, you can see the moon and its craters, Jupiter and its largest moons, and a number of famous constellations. Science Professor ___ _____ says his passion for the universe and its wonders extend far beyond the classroom.
Some students have lab in the observatory and some come because they are looking for a great view. ________ _____________ comes every chance he gets, even when there isn't a grade involved.
"The star gazing observatory at Texas State opened in 1994 and since then, every Wednesday about 15 students come up here to check out the stars. This really is a secret gem here at Texas State and you ought to come experience it for yourself. It's out of this world. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kate Gisi.
University officials say the fire alarms have been accidentally triggered by ongoing construction at the center.
The alarms forced students to evacuate the student center and wait up to 30 minutes for U-P-D to approve re-entry. The student center is undergoing renovations, including additions to the basement dining hall, larger seating areas and a new restaurant.
Sophomore Alex Smith says university officials should try to keep students informed about big projects on campus:
(SB: Alex Smith, Texas State commuter student)
The project was supposed to have been finished last August, but updated floor plans and equipment delays have forced postponements. The blocked-off area makes for a cramped and frustrating environment.
(SB: Robin-Lee Pennington, Texas State freshman)
"Lyndon's U-Club promises a sit-down restaurant environment and full wait staff for students to enjoy. Construction began in May and Texas State officials are hopeful that U-Club will be up and running by the end of next semester. For Bobcat Update, I'm Mandie Garcia."
Thanksgiving is a time when most families like to get together for a feast. And since most students at Texas State grew up in the Lone Star State, the way home is to drive.
Montage of Interviews – Texas State Students
The Greyhound bus station in San Marcos tends to get rather busy around Thanksgiving. Greyhound employee Michael Romero says the rush comes mostly from the students at Texas State.
Interview - Michael Romero, Grey Hound Employee
The train lines in San Marcos may look busy during the day, but most of the trains are not passenger filled.
Michael Romero cont..
Flying is perhaps the safest way to travel, but the San Marcos Municipal airport doesn't see too many Texas State Passengers during Thanksgiving.
Emma Gardner-Interview, San Marcos Municipal Airport employee
Ashley Coke-Mendez - Stand Up
the efforts of a dedicated staff who oversees the university's landscaping. The
Texas State Grounds Operation is charge of creating the scenery on campus. The
group's work intensifies when the seasons change. Flowers and trees are
replenished in preparation for warmer and cooler temperatures. Yesterday the
grounds operation hosted its first annual Arbor Day Celebration. The event
allowed volunteers to help plant 20 trees to replace ones that have died on
delicious smell of hamburgers and sausage wraps. When students stop to buy a
snack, they also help organizations raise funds. Before setting up on the quad,
approval must be sought from CASO, which stands for Campus Activities and
Student Organizations. A solicitation form and a food waiver have to be signed.
The whole process takes about a week. Food prices are set by the organizations.
succeed. As in any community, retailers come and go -- only a very few stick
around for the long haul. Hayley Balin tells us more in this Bobcat Update.
Being close to the Texas State campus is good for business. When school is in
session, retailers in the neighborhood get a lot of foot traffic. But other
locations require more work and having what buyers want. Certain locations have
had a lot of turnover since they opened for business. Take, for example, the
corner of Wonder World Drive and Hunter Road, or Holland and Ranch Road 12.
Some local establishments, though, have been around for decades and enjoyed
great success. Café on the Square has been a long time fixture in downtown San
(SB: Esther Williams Daytime Manager).
The San Marcos Center -- located at Sessom and North L-B-J -- receives a heavy
volume of business everyday. The Rose Garden has been around for ten years and
has had continued success at its location. Being close to campus helps, but
other factors come into play as well.
(SB: Teresa Chen, Manager of Rose Garden) –
Standup: "Good service and devoted customers have kept certain businesses around
for years—even decades. New businesses may come and go, but some will stick
around for years to come.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Hayley Balin.
be sold there. Residents last week approved a proposition that legalizes the
sale of alcohol in the town, which is seven miles east of San Marcos. The town
needs an economic boost -- many of its businesses have closed in recent years,
and most voters apparently feel that alcohol sales will help generate needed
revenues. Licenses to sale alcohol could be issued as early as next year.
Julie Eckert, once in charge of those services, is now the assistant director for Health Promotion Services.
Eckert says the change did not result in any cuts to the staff.
Students looking for counseling in the Alcohol and Drug Resource Center are now being sent to the counseling center.
familiarity with one of the university's coziest rest spots. Kyle Hinojosa joins
us live to shine some light on this little known hot spot.
Thanks, __________. Yes, I am here in the L-B-J Student Center, in what's
called Boko's Living Room. It's a great place to hang out, but -- unfortunately
-- if you were to mention Boko's Living Room in conversation with most students,
you're likely to get a shrug and a "Huh?"
The dimly lit area is where students can go, check out a blanket and a pillow,
and drift away from the pressures of school. Boko's is loaded with comfy couches
and big screen T-V's. The area is also home to Click's Internet Café, for those
who cant get to a computer in the library. So if you're needing a place to kill
some time or if you just to rest for a while between classes, Boko's is a place
to check out.
(Back to Kyle)
Again, you can find Boko's Living Room here in the L-B-J Student Center. It
stays open until ____ o'clock most nights. Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm
Kyle Hinojosa. Back to you at the studio.
student newspaper for free. However, there is now a limit on the number of
copies a person can get in a bundle. If want more than five copies of one
edition of The University Star, you're now going to have to pay 50-cents per
additional copy. The new limit was implemented because other Texas Universities
have had problems with their papers being taken out of circulation by
individuals who didn't like what was being reported. The Star's editor-in-chief
Allen Reed says the limit also protects the newspaper's integrity with its
John Thomaides was extremely close -- a mere 41 votes made the difference for
Guerrero who will succeed Susan Narvais as city mayor. The 33-year-old Guerrero
will be the youngest mayor in San Marcos history, and he will also be the first
Hispanic to have the job.
night. Democrat incumbent Patrick Rose, who had served for three terms as a
state representative for Hays County, lost to Republican Jason Isaac. In the
mayoral race Daniel Guerrero defeated city council member John Thomaides
(toe-my-dus). And in the city council races, Jude Prather, Kim Porterfield and
Shane Scott were the winners. Officials say 36 percent of the 98-thousand
eligible voters in Hays County participated in the election.
some of your frustrations. The club gives students an opportunity to practice
fencing in a safe environment. It has something to offer for beginners and the
experienced alike. The Fencing Club provides all of the gear for practicing with
foil, saber or epee. Meetings take place Monday through Thursday from seven P-M
to ten P-M at Jowers.
again. Maybe you've noticed the different attire that people are wearing
today. Matt Wyble joins us live now to tell us what he's seen on campus:
November has brought us a change in the weather.
We can feel the autumn temperatures at last.
In the interest of staying warm, many Texas State students are
bundled up today -- wrapped in their best sweaters, scarves and boots for the
occasion. Some tried to warm up by drinking coffee or hot chocolate. While
others, still wearing shorts and t-shirts, seem unaffected by the abrupt drop
Wind gusts are also a factor today. It's blustery out here this
afternoon. So get those jackets out, folks, wintery weather is on its way!
Back to you at the studio.
placing an altar on display. This Latino holiday celebrates the lives of those
who have passed before. Special emphasis is placed on the life of Private Felix
Longoria who was killed in World War Two. Longoria's body was denied burial at a
community cemetery in his hometown of Three Rivers because he was Hispanic.
Lyndon Johnson, who was a U-S Senator at the time, intervened to allow Longoria
to be buried at the Arlington Cemetery.
Brock Lesnar, George St. Pierre, and B.J. Penn. These names are probably unfamiliar to most sports fans; but to the die-hard fans of mixed martial arts, they're legends. In recent years, mixed martial arts or m-m-a, has increased in popularity. The San Marcos bar Sean Patricks holds pay-per-view showings of m-m-a contests and has to provide extra space to accommodate viewers.
Mixed martial arts captures all aspects of fighting. Everything from wrestling to boxing to brazilian jiu-jitsu. Eddie Diaz, head instructor at Diaz Martial Arts in San Marcos, says that newcomers are often caught off guard by the diversity of the sport.
Some students wonder if the website and its stories can be subject to libel, since many of the claims are damaging and untrue. Texas State media law professor Gilbert Martinez says since the website is for entertainment, it would be difficult to have a winning case against the site.
The website may be satire and protected by the First Amendment, but some students feel it's not fair to make fun of others for everyone to see online.
Texas State students walk to and from class. Construction for the Undergraduate Academic Center has been
underway since June of this year. The four-story building will cover a little more than 130-thousand
square feet. The estimated cost to build the structureÑalmost 48 million dollars. The building should be
finished in 2012.
different color. The first 24-pages of the paper are pink. It was published
that way to call attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Testimonials are
included in the paper that give advice to women who are battling the disease.
Last month, the M-D Anderson Cancer Center reported that 75-percent of women
diagnosed with cancer now live at least 10 years after detection. Six years ago
that rate was 25-percent. A portion of the proceeds from today's edition of the
paper will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
85 percent ethanol fuel gas pumps. The difference between ethanol 85 fuel and
regular unleaded gas is that its produced domestically and is
environmentally–friendly, because it gives off less hazardous emissions.
Ethanol 85 fuel is cheaper then regular unleaded gasoline. Currently the E 85
fuel is running for two dollars and 25 cents, while regular unleaded is up to
two dollars and 61 cents. Only flex fuel vehicles can run on E 85. The city
plans to accommodate more gas stations around San Marcos with flex fuel options.
deadline for entries is midnight, November 14th. This year's theme is Texas
State's Got Talent. The contest -- organized by the university's marketing
department -- is open to all Texas State students, staff, faculty and
alumni. Last year's contest had about 100 entries, and the top three received
prizes. Contest winners will be revealed at the Bobcat Tube Film Festival on
where you can find it, in this Bobcat Update.
If you're looking for fresh and homegrown products, the San Marcos Farmers
Market is the place to visit.
The San Marcos/New Braunfels Farmers Market Association operates the market.
San Marcos residents can choose from a variety of homegrown vegetables such as
zucchini and squash, as well as crisp apples and canned peaches. They can also
purchase an assortment of homemade breads, honey, and jams.
The San Marcos Farmers Market is located on Edward Gary Street and takes place
every Tuesday from 3 till 6
option to help you gain experience in the workplace. Rachel Nelson tells us more
in this Bobcat Update.
Texas State offers several opportunities for students to get their foot in the
door with future employers. One way for students to get a head start is to take
advantage of job shadowing.
**QUOTE: Miguel Guerrero, Career Adviser** (talking about doing a job shadow
over Christmas Break)
Students looking to translate skills learned in the classroom to on-the-job
situations can sign up through November 12th at the Career Services office,
located on the fifth floor of the L-B-J Student Center.
**QUOTE: Michelle Solari, Student** (talking about doing a job shadow last year)
Michelle Solari also says she took advantage of last year's environmental job
and internship fair. Such an event is also scheduled this semester. Look for it
to occur on November 9th.
Career Services will also continue to host job fairs for teaching and
**QUOTE: Miguel Guerrero** (discussing the purpose of "nitch" job fairs)
ENDING THE PKG WITH MY STAND-UP…. "Although it's best to interact with future
employers face to face, there's still hope if you can't make it to a job fair.
All companies who participate in the events are posted on the Jobs4Cats website.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Rachel Nelson."
during the coming weeks. Jeremy Klaff has more in this Bobcat Update:
Breast Cancer Awareness has been observed this month. The focus has been on
women's health. November will arrive next week, and the focus will shift to
health issues affecting men. The Movember Foundation is leading the effort.
Pete Isaac, the Coordinator of Greek Affairs at Texas State, is in charge of
Movember events at the university.
"Isaac…see right here…10 seconds"
Movember was started in Australia in 2003. The idea was simple: Grow a mustache
and support men's health. The campaign has evolved over the years to include
many different countries on several continents.
"Poulos…university involvement…5 seconds"
Participants in Movember are called Mo Bros and Mo Sistas. The funds raised
through Movember will benefit Livestrong and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
"Klaff Stand up…8 seconds…I'm Jeremy Klaff"
revealing a rather haunted history. In this Bobcat Update, Matthew Wyble
provides us with the eerie details.
The story goes that San Marcos is home to ghosts -- and some of them are
considered unfriendly. At least that's according to the Texas Hauntings Society.
That group is an authority on the subject. The society loves to explore ghostly
sightings. For example, they've collected stories from older members of the
Pikes fraternity who are pretty sure they used to see ghosts at their former
house on Belvin Street, which at one time -- according to legend -- was an
(Sound bite about "Pike House")
The old mammoth structure is gone now -- burned to the ground in a mysterious
fire three years ago. Hmmmm. Did the ghosts decide to hide their secrets?
Another haunted location in San Marcos is on the Texas State campus. The Theater
Center -- that round familiar building on University Drive -- is said to be home
of a ghost named Ramsey. Legend has it that he hanged himself in the building.
Some say his presence is felt because he loves to turn out the lights on
unsuspecting students and faculty. And then there's Old Main. A young girl is to
said to roam its halls.
(Sound bite about Old Main)
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, they provide a ready explanation for the
strange and unusual. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Wyble.
Early votes can also be cast at the Hays County Elections Office or the San Marcos Public Library. San Marcos voters are electing a new city mayor and three city council members.
combined two of his passions — pottery and teaching. Chase Birthisel has more
in this Bobcat Update.
I think I've just been learning how to do this and do that.
Billy Mangham, along with his wife Beverly, created the Eye of
the Dog Art Center with donations from friends.
(Mangham...08 sec...65 years [laughter])
Three buildings stand in a wooded lot. One of them is a home. The other
two are art studios
Artists come to the workshop to improve their skills in pottery.
(Johnson...12 sec...what they do.)
(Birthisel...07 sec...of inspiration.)
Mangham says from the start, everything necessary in creating the center
has fallen into place.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Chase Birthisel.
annual flu shot. The biggest flu outreach event for Texas State was held today
in the ballroom of the L-B-J Student Center. From ten in the morning to four in
the afternoon students, faculty, and staff were able to freely walk in and get
their seasonal flu shot. Nurse Supervisor Gina Burns says that it is recommended
for everyone to get a flu shot this year. If students were unable to attend the
flu outreach, they should make an appointment with the Student Health Center as
soon as possible.
a time for students and alums to celebrate their common pride in being a Bobcat.
Robert Fisher has more in this report.
Homecoming is the prime time for Texas State students to show their Bobcat
pride. The University hosts a variety of events for students to attend. Just
walking around campus can get you in the Bobcat state of mind. Arts and
entertainment coordinator Cynthia Juraidini says even small things, like window
painting, can lift one's spirit.
One of this week's main events is the Spirit Rally, which is in its second year.
Event Coordinator Sarah Hadley says this year will be a little different from
last but still jam-packed with activities.
Some of the special guests at the event will be Hip Hop Congress, the Texas
State drum-line and BOKO himself.
The rally is somewhat of a friendly competition among students but there are a
few prizes on the line.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Robert Fisher.
than two weeks. For months, the candidates have been bombarding us with ads
trying to sway our votes. In this Bobcat Update, Michael Fallis tells us about
the possible impact of these ads.
Many voters have already shown up at the polls by casting ballots at the San
Marcos Public Library. But the campaign won't let up until November 2nd. It
would be difficult to ignore. Turn on your TV or radio, and you'll hear all
about it. Thousands of dollars in ads are being spent every hour of every day.
Many of the ads are negative, and some believe that approach ultimately hurts
But negative campaigning has long been a staple of American politics.
Whether the ads are negative or not, many believe the average voter already
knows BY NOW who they will be voting for.
its menu. According to U-S-A Today, the coffee chain gets 70-percent of its
business before two in the afternoon, so to attract more customers the chain is
expanding its choices to include beer and wine. The first store to change its
menu is in Seattle. If it's a hit, Starbucks will likely expand the new menu and
redesign about half of its 16-thousand stores nationwide. Starbucks has two
stores in San Marcos -- one in the L-B-J Student Center & the other near the
Centerpoint exit off I-35.
travelling to Beaumont, Texas, next week to compete in the Southland Conference
Championships. Lamar University will host the event. With the championship
series, the Bobcats are winding down their season. At the S-L-C championships
last year, the women's team finished in eighth place, while the men finished
ninth. The Bobcats are hoping they'll show improvement this year. They had a
good showing this past weekend at the Concordia Invitational. Both teams
donated for the creation of new plays. Adam Holloway has more in this Bobcat
Two years after donating eight-million dollars to the theatre department for a
new performing arts center, Patti Strickel Harrison of the P-S-H Foundation of
Wimberley will commission two new musical productions every three years. The
donation should bring well-known Broadway writers and composers to the
performing arts department. Tony and Grammy award-nominee Andrew Lippa is the
first recipient of the commission. Department Chair Doctor John Fleming predicts
the partnership will greatly help the theatre department.
The first original play written for Texas State should be finished by 2014 and
will be presented in the new performing arts center, which will replace Falls
dormitory. Theatre major Katherine Gruetzner (Gretz-ner) is excited about the
The next commission will be announced early next year. Andrew Lippa will
continue to write productions for the theatre, teach classes and present
workshops throughout his residency. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Holloway.
Stand up: "Early voting began this Monday for midterm elections. Here in San
Marcos people are coming out to choose their city mayor and city council members
place one, two and six."
Until Friday, October 29th, there are two locations in the city where you can
vote. Hays County registered voters can go to the San Marcos Public Library or
the Hays County Elections Office to cast their ballots
San Marcos voters will be choosing a new mayor and positions on the city
council. Running for mayor are John Thomaides and Daniel Guerrero, and for city
council place one are Kim Porterfield and Dave Newman.
City council place two candidates are Toby Hooper and Jude Prather. For city
council place six candidates are Shane Scott and Rodney Van Oudekerke.
County, state and national elections will be decided as well.
Texas State University will host early voting on October 28th and 29th in the
L-B-J Student Center.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Jessica Garcia.
Hendrix on campus. Stenciled graffiti with a consistent style is a common sight at Texas
State. Although the University Police Department has not been able to pinpoint a
culprit, investigators believe the stencils could be made using supplies from
the art building. When discovered, workers cover up or blast away the paint
using high power washers. U-P-D sergeant Brian Carpenter said vandalism that
occurs on school property carries a higher penalty than off campus offenses.
Anyone with information should contact the U-P-D.
Austin Community College taxing district. A-C-C is hoping to expand beyond
Travis County -- and San Marcos is one of five communities where annexation is
on the ballot this year. If approved, area residents would pay more in taxes
but students would benefit by having more programs and services at a lower cost.
Tuition would drop to about 42-dollars per credit hour, compared with the
out-of-district cost of 150 dollars per hour. If the proposition is approved,
A-C-C will establish a permanent campus in Hays County -- with classes starting
at the new location in 2013.
Firefighters, police officers, and local volunteers brought the Pink Heals Tour to San Marcos Embassy Suites on Saturday; promoting love and support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The nationwide tour travels with pink fire trucks for 57 days, making stops in about 100 cities. Founder Dave Graybill started the non-profit organization to raise funds for research and treatment for all life-threatening diseases.
The event was filled with live music and raffles. Cancer survivors shared stories and signed the pink trucks. Family and friends honored their loved ones who've been affected by disease. Tour General Manger Michelle Carswell enjoys promoting local charities with Pink Heals.
This was the second time the tour has stopped in San Marcos. Carswell says she hopes the event will be even bigger next year.
reporter for the Fox affiliate. What you might NOT know is John's strong link with
Texas State University. Tommy LeVrier tells us more in this Bobcat Update.
John Hygh loves sports. You're apt to see him covering games throughout the
Hill Country. For several years, he's been a go-to guy as part of the sports
reporting team at Fox-7 in Austin. In the early 90s, John was part of another
sports team -- the football team here at Texas State, then known as Southwest
Texas State University. He was quarterback. And he was a student.
When not on the football field, Hygh spent a lot of time in Old Main where he
was working on his degree in Mass Communication. He was learning how to
be a television broadcaster.
Dr. Laurie Fluker says she remembers John's enthusiasm:
After graduation, John fulfilled his dream of being a sports broadcaster. Along
the way, he's met many of the up-and-comers in sports as he once was, and he's
met the legends. And he'll never forget his encounter as a player against
Michael Strahan who would later become an N-F-L All Pro defensive end.
John takes pride in being a former Bobcat and enjoys any opportunity he gets to
return to his alma mater to cover a game.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Tommy LeVrier.
The Hays County Food Bank works with organizations such as H-E-B, Grande Communications, Kettler Roofing and Broadway Bank to make the food drive is a success. It also receives contributions from the community.
Turkeys Tackling Hunger helps residents of San Marcos, Kyle, Buda, Wimberley, and Martindale. Event Coordinator and Board Liaison Kate Shaw says it's important to give back to the community.
STAND UP: The Hays County Food Bank expects up to 1,700 families receiving assistance from the Turkeys Tackling Hunger program. With the way the community has been responding, it looks like the food bank will be able to assist all these families in need. For Bobcat Update, I'm Karla Estrada.
Anywhere on campus you can find students and even faculty members regularly checking their Facebook or Twitter accounts, or perhaps they're watching the latest videos on YouTube. Texas State student Jonny Kastle says his browsing on Facebook takes up too much of his time…
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Some symptoms experienced by those who are addicted include excessive time devoted to online activity, lack of sleep, fatigue, declining grades, apathy, and irritability offline. Texas State Psychology Professor, Dr. Randall Osborne, says that online addiction should be dealt.
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Nowadays social media users have the capability to check their accounts on their phone and wireless laptops. Many do so while eating, studying, or even during class. Texas State Sophomore Christina Lyman says checking her Facebook has become a distraction from doing more important things…
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Perhaps you've seen those cable programs that describe interventions to help save the addicted. Some studies suggest that such an intervention might be necessary for the Internet-addicted as well. Or, at the very least, if you feel your life online activity has gotten out of control, you should speak to a counselor to evaluate the situation.