Joshua Humphreys

The Texas State Paintball Team will be heading to the nationals next week to compete against other teams from colleges all across the country. Joshua Humphreys has more in this Bobcat Update…
The national championships will be in Lakeland, Florida, where the Bobcats hope to blast the competition. The N-C-P-A’s national championships are held every spring and have nearly 50 college teams competing.
The paintball team is going into this championship after placing 7th at the University of Texas Open and ranking 27th in the nation. All major Texas universities have a paintball team and host tournaments during the season.
Wells says the Texas State Paintball Team is building a new tournament field in San Marcos and hopes to generate more awareness by placing well in the national tournaments.
Texas State's paintball team hopes to have its own field by this summer, which would make it possible for the Bobcats to host tournaments starting next year.  For Bobcat Update I’m Joshua Humphreys.


Lauren Murphy

Texas State University hosted its annual Bobcat Build this past weekend. Lauren Murphy has more in this Bobcat Update.

Bobcat Build is an opportunity for Texas State University students to give back to the San Marcos community.  Being one of the largest organized service projects in the southwest region, Bobcat Build is being recognized by Texas’ elected officials. Texas State Representative Patrick Rose and U-S Congressman Lloyd Doggett spoke at the event and congratulated Texas State and San Marcos for its efforts.
SB Congressman Lloyd Doggett
Due to the enormous growth of volunteers, Bobcat Build is expanding its services to include not only those of low socioeconomic status but also job sites at schools, homes and non-profit organizations.
This is the second year Bobcat Build has been completely student organized by the Bobcat Build Student Planning Committee. Assistant Director Eddie Garcia has seen Bobcat Build's unprecedented growth.
SB Eddie Garcia
SB Lauren Murphy Stand Up

Jessica Peters

The City of San Marcos is taking the initiative to become a little more green. Jessica Peters has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Parks and Recreation Department has purchased an electric vehicle. The truck will be used to help maintain the San Marcos parks, while reducing emissions and lowering the impact of driving on parklands.
SB: Jimmy Salmon
The new truck uses no gas—it is completely powered by electricity. The Parks and Recreation Department bought the electric truck to replace an existing gas-fueled vehicle.  It will only cost about 200 dollars a year to maintain the electric truck versus the two-thousand dollars in fuel the city paid to operate a gas-powered maintenance truck.
Director of Community Services Rodney Cobb says city officials are excited to have a vehicle that is environmentally sensitive. He says the city has been moving toward becoming greener over the past few years.
SB: Jimmy Salmon
The Parks and Recreation Department has only purchased one electric vehicle so far, but there are plans to buy more later.
SU: The City of San Marcos is en route to a greener community. For Bobcat Update, I’m Jessica Peters.

Jennifer Alvarez

San Marcos Police Department is searching for two men in connection with the robbery of a Sonic late Thursday. According to S-M-P-D, two employees were leaving the Sonic on South Guadalupe when two masked suspects approached-each holding a long rifle or shotgun. The employees were ordered by the suspects to drop the deposit bag. The suspects grabbed the bag and took off on foot. It is believed they had a vehicle waiting nearby. Both were dressed in long-sleeved black shirts and were wearing white masks with wavy lines.  Sergeant Dave Waugh says some evidence was recovered at the scene.

Tim Leeland

Seems everywhere you go near campus these days, streets are under construction.  Utility work began Monday on Comanche  from the Woods intersection to Pat Garrison.  Workers will install a sewer line.  Once the line is in place, workers will re-pave the street with asphalt. Traffic will be blocked for four weeks, but there are detours to streets like North Guadalupe and Fredericksburg. Construction is extensive, but access to driveways and mailboxes will be possible. 


James McNeal

The new Piqasso restaurant at Hopkins and C-M Allen is now open. James McNeal tells us how the head chef’s unique background landed him the position.

Piqasso head chef and general manager Steve McCowan’s path to success starts a little differently than most of his colleagues.
(SB…10sec…McCowan) Marine grew up in the valley.
McCowan started his career as a jarhead, but his start in the culinary arts came after his tours.
(SB…12sec…McCowan) Work in Napa and Italy
McCowan learned a lot from some big-name mentors while in Italy.
(SB…10sec… McCowan) Guys he worked under
San Marcos doesn’t get too many “top-chefs,” but for McCowan this town is the right fit.
Piqasso serves anything from gyros to pasta, and will have even more when the menu is complete.
(SB…8sec…McCowan) Describes weird foods
McCowan says San Marcos fits such an appetite.
Piqasso plans to have all decorations and the full menu complete in four weeks.  At that time, customers will be able to dine later in the evening.
(SB…6sec…McCowan) Bar at night, student oriented


Kara Bell

A new housing policy has created problems for some students at Texas State. Kara Bell has more in this Bobcat Update.

Texas State's housing policy now allows students with more than 30 credit hours to live off campus. Last year the threshold was 42 hours.  As a result, some students are having problems finding an apartment in San Marcos, because a lot more people are in the market for one.
Apartment complexes are filling up faster than expected due to the fact that many students renewed their leases. According to Westfield Management, more than half of the students who live at the apartment complex renewed. That means new applicants are put on a waiting list.
Some students have turned to services, like apartment locators, for extra guidance.
Apartment locators are continuing to help students find housing. One such firm, Great Locations, says its business has increased 40 percent since the university's new housing policy went into effect. For Bobcat Update, I’m Kara Bell.


Aaron Kolar

Texas State students are facing more obstacles trying to get on campus. Bobcat Update’s Aaron Kolar has more.
The lack of parking on campus is already a common complaint by many students, and now they have the added frustration of trying to avoid major construction on Sessom Street as well.
Stand Up: With the city of San Marcos focusing on repairing roads; the Bobcat trams are left looking for new routes.
The Aquarena route is a prime example. It regularly travels down Aquarena and Sessom leading directly to the bus stop; however, with the current construction the route is occasionally forced to detour elsewhere at unpredictable times:
The unpredictable nature of the re-routes also make it hard to keep students informed.
Bobcat tram officials estimate that the re-route only adds five additional minutes to a student's commute.  The construction project should be finished soon because contractors are working under a 30 day deadline. Plans to repair sidewalks and curbs will be pushed back until after graduation. So there could be a repeat performance during summer school. For Bobcat Update, I’m Aaron Kolar.

Nathan Seltzer

The Texas State Job and Internship Expo is happening now at Strahan Coliseum. Students attending the event can meet around 70 employers, including Apple, News 8 Austin and the Peace Corps. Seniors who are graduating in May can set up interviews, which begin tomorrow in the L-B-J Student Center. The expo runs until 6 p.m., and Career Services Associate Director Josie Garrott says she expects about a thousand students to participate in the three-hour event. Last year’s fair had around 11-hundred student attendees.


Anisia Morales

Order of Omega, the council that's in charge of all Greek organizations at Texas State, has made some changes in the way it conducts Greek Week. Anisia Morales has more in this Bobcat Update…

The biggest change has been improved cash flow.  The organization has more to spend this year.
Order of Omega President [A-T] says revenue gathered from this year’s recruitment drive raised the budget for Greek Week from about one thousand dollars to nine thousand dollars.
During Greek Week, members raise money for Saint Jude Hospital, improve recruitment techniques and donate school supplies to San Marcos elementary schools.
Motivational speaker Matt Mattson was the featured attraction Monday night.  Mattson urged the sororities and fraternities to be more inclusive in their activities.  Sigma Tau Gamma member Teddy Krapin (cray-pin) praised the speaker's efforts.

Jennifer Alvarez

It's now law.  President Obama has signed the health care reform bill, which was approved Sunday night by the U-S House.  Jennifer Alvarez has some local reaction in this Bobcat Update

The healthcare reform bill was passed by a vote of 219-to-212 Sunday night. The legislation has generated mix reactions at Texas State.
MONTE-(ecstatic about the bill)
Junior Tim Bishop says he was upset about no longer having the choice for a public option.
TIM -(No PO-can't be on mom/dad insurance)
So how exactly will it affect college students?  One provision in the new law allows adult children to stay on their parents' policy until the age of 26.
Many states are gearing up to fight the law by challenging it in court.  Texas will be among them, according to Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Graduate teaching assistant Clay Fuller says the law is not perfect, but it is important.
FULLER-(huge step in a direction-not sure if right or not)

Peter Norosky

Associated Student Government elections will soon be underway at Texas State. A-S-G candidates have been campaigning in the quad and at the student center this week, trying to get their names recognized by the student body. A-S-G Presidential nominee Mel Ferrari and her running mate Colter Ray set up three tents in the quad on Tuesday, taking student e-mail addresses in exchange for free t-shirts. A-S-G voting will take place next Tuesday and Wednesday. Students can cast their votes online or at a polling station in the quad.

Joe Doyle

The Student Health Center is facing the possibility of a 500-thousand dollar deficit by 2011, if it does not change its funding model, according to a memo issued by the Associated Student Government. The memo says between 40 and 80 students are being turned away daily at the Health Center because of increased student demand for appointments. The Health Center is proposing a medical service fee that would charge students 53 dollars per semester for health services. In addition, students would pay ten MORE dollars per office visit.

Colleen Baker

A championship title may have been on the line, but everyone was a winner this past weekend.  Colleen Baker tells us about a fundraising effort sponsored by Greeks at Texas State.
More than 80 fraternities and sororities participated in a four-square tournament last weekend to benefit the Saint Jude's Children's Hospital.
While winning the 80s-themed tournament was on everyone's minds, the real goal at hand was not lost among the competitors.
Saint Jude's representative Nichole Alcalde says Texas State and the national organization make a good team.
In the past several years, the university has donated over **** (we have the actual number in the b-roll) to the medical organization, based in Memphis Tennessee.

Tim Leeland

The Ford Motor Company --  including the San Marcos dealerships -- is enjoying a spike in sales. Nationally, Ford sold 43 percent more cars and trucks in February than it did a year ago. The sales increase  is led by the mid-sized Ford Fusion. Ford sold 110 percent more Fusions than it did this time last year.   In February, Ford had better sales than recall-beleaguered Toyota as well as G-M. That hadn't happened in more than a decade.  Ford’s stock has increased to more than 12 dollars per share -- a dramatic increase over last year’s price, which was below two dollars.

Liz Guzman

Texas State University’s drive for diversity could soon pay off as it gets closer to reaching its goal of becoming a Hispanic-serving institution. Liz Guzman has more in this Bobcat Update.
The university's admissions office has revamped its recruiting tactics in an effort to attract more Hispanic students. More full-time recruiters are being stationed in Houston, San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley area where Hispanic families are prominent. They’re also visiting secondary schools where there's a high concentration of minorities. Admissions Associate Director Carlos Laird says increasing Texas State's Hispanic student population would elevate the university’s  profile.
Once a university is certified, it is eligible for federal funds to support faculty research and student-focused programs. Spanish professor Gloria Velasquez (VELAS-KEZ) says the Spanish Department wants to become H-S-I certified.
If the plan succeeds, Texas State would be the largest four-year Hispanic-serving institution in the state.
SU: Currently Hispanics make up 18 percent of Texas State’s population. In order to be considered a Hispanic-serving institution, that number must rise up to at least 25 percent. For Bobcat Update, I'm Liz Guzman.

Alex Hering

Spring has arrived, and for many San Marcos homeowners that means it's time to **spring** into action.  Alex Hering has more in this Bobcat Update.

San Marcos resident Twinkle Brown says she's glad the colder weather is behind us, because now she can begin her gardening routine.
SB "I just love gardening.. blah blah"
Hays County Master Gardener Joe Scott says the warmer weather gives landscapers an incentive to buy plants and flowers that grow best this time of year.
SB "You need the perennials the blahs and blahs" caused many locals to take to their gardens in full force.
Beware, though -- more coughing and sneezing seem to occur in the spring.
Standup: And Scott says that trees with blossoms and mold will cause the most allergies this season. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Hering.

Jacqueline Baylon

The Associated Student Government elections are about a week away, but students may not have a lot of voting to do.

There are 60 seats in the senate, but, as of Friday, only 51 students had filed to run for the positions.  A potential candidate must file his or her intentions with the Dean of Students Office. Two candidates have indicated they will run for student body president and one has filed for vice president.
Mass comm junior Melanie Ferrari and political science sophomore Samuel Hillhouse are running for president. Mass comm student Colter Ray, who is Ferrari’s running mate, is an unopposed candidate, running for vice president. Ferrari and Ray’s supporters have been campaigning in the quad.
SB: Will Fox, “ I am representing Ferrari/Ray...”
Hillhouse says running for A-S-G doesn't seem to be a popular pursuit among students.
SB: “It’s been a trending topic in the last...students don’t run”
A-S-G adviser Kathy Weiser says she does not know why students won’t run but adds that the senate positions will be filled. Weiser says after the elections the new A-S-G president will appoint students to the senate to complete the administration.
For Bobcat Update, I’m Jacqueline Baylon.


Lauren Kendrick

Two Texas State instructors have been honored for their work with new media.  Cindy Royal and Dara Quakenbush were co-winners of the Texas Social Media award at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival.  They were recognized for bringing social media to the forefront of public relations.  Royal and Quackenbush have both built websites to encourage students to incorporate social media into their P-R work, Quackenbush says she has her students blog about PR and social media trends.  Royal also hosts a technology blog.

Peter Norosky

After having Spring Break a week earlier than normal, some Texas State students feel that they still need more time. Peter Norosky has more in this bobcat Update.
A week of rest and relaxation during Spring Break was not enough time for some Texas State students. This past week, many students were absent from class, taking it upon themselves to enjoy an extended break with their friends from other universities. Texas State’s Spring Break was a week earlier than most, because of the university is going through an accreditation process.
SB (Rhima)
The Quad and other places on campus where students are usually seen have been less populated, but some believe the empty desks in classrooms are to be expected after a break.
SB (Mursch)
Stand Up

Joe Doyle

Bobcat Bobbies, a service that provides safety escorts for Texas State students, is facing budget constraints that could limit their capability in the future. Joe Doyle has more in this Bobcat Update.
Bobcat Bobbies has been operating under the same budget for the past 14 years, but those funds fall short of covering current costs.
In response to budget limitations, the service has been cut to a minimum staff during some hours, which means that there are less help at night, when crimes are more likely to occur.
Despite the fact that the Bobbies themselves may be available in fewer numbers, there is always someone available to escort students during nighttime hours.


Tim Leeland

The A-S-P-C-A [The name of the group should be spelled out in first reference] calls this week the National Animal Poison Prevention week. Bobcat Update's Tim Leeland tells us how the group observes the week.

The A-S-P-C-A seeks to educate the public on how to prevent pets from being poisoned.  Pets get into trouble in all kinds of way -- from ingesting certain plants to contact with harmful household items.  Pets are even susceptible to foods that humans routinely consume.  The A-S-P-C-A says there are more than 700 plants that can harm pets.  Some common ones you may have in your yard are azaleas, Easter lilies and sago palms.  Some human foods harmful to pets are raisins, avocado, or onion.  Chocolate is the most common poisonous food harmful to dogs.  Pet owners must also be aware of poisonous household cleaning products like ammonia or bleach.
If you see odd physical responses from your pets, such as labored breathing or lack of energy, call a vet right away.  If you are unable to seek help, you can use an animal first aid kit that can be bought in stores or online. Knowing abourt poison prevention is one way you can keep your pet safe and healthy

James McNeal

It's St. Patrick’s Day -- a time to celebrate all things Irish.  James McNeal tells us how some people will celebrate the day in San Marcos.

Sean Patrick’s -- located just off the square on L-B-J Drive -- enjoys this day like no other.
Every year people of all ages come to celebrate the Irish holiday, but this year may be a little different.
Customers have celebrated in diverse ways since the Texas pub opened in 2005.
Music will be performed throughout the day.
And to make the Irish theme complete, Sean Patrick's today is serving up green beer.
There is plenty of green showcased in Sean Patrick’s. Although Almaraz says it’s not required to wear green to get into the bar, other customers will be sure to call you out if you don’t. For Bobcat Update, I’m James McNeal

Tim Lormor

The Wittliff (WIT-lif) Collections at Texas State University will open its latest exhibition next week. The exhibit called Swim Against The Current: Highlights from the Jim Hightower Archive will feature documents, press, and memorabilia (mem-or-a-BE-lia) from Hightower’s life in politics, writing and talk radio. The exhibition will be open to the public from March 22nd to July 31st. A reception celebrating Hightower and the exhibition will be held at the Collections on May first. The Wittliff (WIT-lif) Collections are located on the seventh floor of Alkek Library.


Nathan Seltzer

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The Texas State political science department is trying to encourage student involvement in the politics.  Nathan Seltzer tells us more in this Bobcat Update:

Surveys have shown that students are generally apathetic about the political process. Vicki Brittain, who chairs the political science department, says one way to get students more interested is by encouraging them to add their opinions to the Discourse in Democracy white board, which is on the second floor of the Evans Liberal Arts Building.
[Brittain :15]
Jim O’Neill says reading the discourse board is one of the highlights of his day.
[O’Neill :05]
[Standup: Seltzer :12 “In 2008, college student turnout in the primary was 24%, but on March 2nd, turnout was only 10% in Hays county. Now, off year elections typically have lower turnout, but some are worried that college students are becoming apathetic toward government”]
Mass Communication professor Bob Mann says being politically aware is crucial for students entering the job hunt after graduation.
[Mann: 08]
If students have a better understanding of government, it stand to reason that they'll more informed decisions on voting day. The alternative is abiding by the decision of others. For Bobcat Update, I’m Nathan Seltzer.


Megan Turney

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools is conducting an on-site peer review at Texas State University as part of the accreditation process this month. Megan Turney has more in this Bobcat

There are fliers all over campus and signs posted in the quad, but many students still don't know what accreditation means or why it's important to the university.
Dr. Cathy Fleuriet, head of the committee overseeing the accreditation process on the university's behalf, sheds some light on the subject.
As part of that plan, the university is building the PACE center, which stands for Personalized Academic and Career Exploration. The center will be located on the first floor of the new Undergraduate Academic Center that will replace the parking lot adjacent to Evans Hall.


Lauren Kendrick

Although students are looking forward to enjoying their Spring Break holiday next week, Mothers Against Drunk Driving wants students to be safe. Students got a first hand look at the consequences they face if they choose to drink and drive.  Each car on display in the quad has been involved in a deadly car accident due to intoxication.  Pictures as well as the victims’ stories line the vehicles so students could get a look into the victims’ lives.  Message boards were placed around the vehicles so students could leave their messages to loved ones affected by drunk driving accidents.

Jacqueline Baylon

It’s about that time again: South by Southwest...Thousands of people will be in Austin to experience the latest in film and music, and Texas State students will be a part of it... Jacqueline Baylon has more in this Bobcat Update.

The internationally recognized media and music festival has been around for more than two decades now, and brings in about 17-thousand registrants to Austin every March.
KTSW adviser Dan Shumacker says there is no doubt he wants his students to be a part of that.
SB “This is great opportunity for students....”
Mass Comm professor Cindy Royal will be having her advanced Web design class participate in the interactive conference by having them blog, shoot and report the highlights.
Stand up: “In less than two weeks it all starts here, at the Austin Convention Center. Students will have the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world at this year’ South by South West.”
The KTSW news team will be documenting the music festival from behind the scenes.
SB “ We will be interviewing band before they go on stage...”
Students say they are looking forward to meeting some of the top media leaders at this year’s big event.
SB”It’s huge...this is really big.”
For Bobcate Update,I’m Jacqueline Baylon.

April Adams

Students at Texas State have more options getting help with their classes. April Adams has more in this Bobcat Update…
The Writing Center is now offering drop-in tutoring to students who need assistance. Graduate students provide the service in a classroom-style setting, located in room G-04 in Flowers Hall. Drop-in tutoring was added to help the many students who prefer NOT to make appointments for 25- or 55-minute sessions.
SB (Erin Jines, Drop-in Tutor)
Unlike other tutoring services, drop-in tutoring allows students to walk in and get help quickly. Some students think this is a great opportunity.
SB (Elliot Brandsma, English Junior)
Although drop-in tutoring is being used on a trial basis, Jines says she and other graduate students feel confident it will flourish.
SB (Jines)
STAND-UP: Drop-in tutoring is available to all students Monday through Thursday. To see a list of times, you can visit their website at writingcenter.txstate.edu. For Bobcat Update, I’m April Adams.


Jessica Peters

A water sample from a San Marcos well recently tested positive for E. coli. Jessica Peters has more in this Bobcat Update.

The San Marcos Public Services division each month tests more than 60 water distribution sites, and this past Thursday a well at Spring Lake tested positive for E. coli.
Bacterium like E. coli is common in the environment and in raw water supply sources.
According to Biology Professor Bob McLean, E. coli is found in humans and actually assists in keeping one's digestive tract healthy. He says in water there's more E. coli than any other organism.
SB (Bob McLean)
The contaminated sample had been taken from raw, untreated water that had NOT been chlorinated or disinfected.  The well where the sample was taken services only one-point-five percent of the city’s water supply.
SB (Jon Clack)
After the discovery of the E. coli bacteria, the well was immediately de-activated until water quality could be assured.  Public Services is in the process of disinfecting the Spring Lake well with chlorine, which should kill any traces of the bacteria.

Kara Bell

Businesses in a San Marcos shopping center are struggling to survive after a few larger stores relocated to better locations. Kara Bell has this Bobcat Update.

The Springtown Shopping Center has been serving its customers for many years. But during 2009, the shopping center lost several of its large stores. Most of the stores relocated to areas along Interstate 35 SOUTH of the city.  Some customers are upset because the new locations are less convenient to them.
Having so many businesses relocate at the same time leaves the remaining ones with less traffic.  They've seen sales decline over the past several months.
The shopping center saw its first loss when Best Buy closed. Soon to follow were Target, Penneys and Bealls. The city explored the possibility of assisting the Alamo Drafthouse in opening a theater in one of the abandoned stores, but the idea hasn't been approved yet.  Some feel the status quo is a big waste. 
The most recent store to close at the Springtown Shopping Center was Applebees, which had been doing business there for almost ten years. For Bobcat Update, I’m Kara Bell.

Whitney Paul

The Bobcats are back on the football field for spring practice.  And, as Whitney Paul tells us in this Bobcat Update, the team has a new co-offensive coordinator. 

The Texas State football team began spring practice last week under four-year Head Coach Brad Wright, but without Travis Bush who had served as associate head coach and co-offensive coordinator.  Bush left his position to join U-T-S-A.
Coach Wright has named Slade Nagle as the new man for the job.  Nagle is no stranger to the Southland Conference. He spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Texas State rival, Northwestern University.
The Bobcats are coming off two straight winning seasons, and the transition has everyone talking about what’s to come.
(Stand up): The Bobcats may be without Coach Bush this upcoming season, but they don’t seem to be letting that slow them down. For Bobcat Update, I’m Whitney Paul.

John Gregory

With spring break just around the corner, many Texas State students are still trying to find something to do during their week off.  John Gregory has more in this Bobcat Update-----
Every ten years, the university must go through reaccreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.  Texas State has to make sure it is operating in compliance with core requirements and standards. Because the accrediting team is visiting iin mid-March, Texas State's spring break was scheduled to start a week earlier than most universities in the region.  This creates a problem for students who wanted to spend their spring break with friends from other colleges or to experience the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin.
Some students say they'll use the time off to get a little rest and relaxation.  With warmer weather on the horizon, Sewell Park becomes a popular destination for many.  After a rainy winter, the San Marcos River is full, and it's a great place to beat the heat.  Other students are planning to hit the road for spring break destinations like South Padre Island.
Spring break begins on March fifth and classes will resume on the sixteenth.  For Bobcat Update, I’m John Gregory.

Alex Hering

A devastating earthquake shook the city of Concepcion, Chile, over the weekend.   And some people at Texas State have been affected in a personal way.
Alex Hering has more on the story.
More than 700 people died in the earthquake that left many Chilean cities in rubble.

The news is especially sad for those who have spent time in Chile or have other connections there.  Piano Professor Washington Garcia says he loves Chile -- with its rich history and art.  Years ago he performed for Chile's president.
SB “The culture was so rich I just loved it. etc”
Garcia says he hopes Texas State will be involved in the relief effort.
SB: “I hope they are OK, blah blah”
Some students have plans to study in Chile, and so far they'll still be able to.  The university's Study Abroad Director, Isis Gomez, says a student will be going to Chile's capital next week.  Gomez says the summer program will also continue.

STANDUP/IN STUDIO: Latest reports confirm that the Chilean Red Cross is spreading out within the affected cities – street by street and home by home – searching for survivors. They are calling this a major catastrophe and are asking for international aid for field hospitals, power supplies and rescue workers.
For Bobcat Update I’m Alex Hering.

Colleen Baker

The annual South By Southwest festival is a little different this year for Texas State University.
Although the film, convention and music festival is usually held during Texas State’s Spring Break, this year classes have been pushed back for the universities’ re-accreditation.
People can choose either to purchase a wristband for event access, but some bands will schedule free shows for other nights.
The week-long activities allow attendees to get up close and personal to their favorite artists.
In the past, the events have brought in huge celebrity names to the area.
Since classes and the festival’s schedule overlap, students now have to make some tough decisions.