Monte Ashqar

Police say Texas State is prepared -- in case there's a shooter on campus like the one who took his own life at the University of Texas last week. Monte Ash-kar has more in this Bobcat Update.

The U-T shooting has prompted inquiries into Texas State's readiness for a similar situation. Police Sergeant Robert Campbell says the university has made great strides to be prepared. Campbell says most classrooms are now equipped with clock boards that can display an instructional message in times of crisis. He demonstrated how the board works.
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Campbell says -- to prevent any abuse of the warning system -- only four computers have been equipped to transmit alerts. He also says the police department has participated in active-shooter-response training. The U-T incident has renewed debate over allowing concealed handguns on campus. Economics Senior Mike Guzman supports the idea. Guzman at one time chaired a student group that lobbied the Texas legislature. He says police aren't able to react quickly enough when incidents occur.
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Sergeant Campbell says he disagrees with Guzman's estimate. Campbell says police can react much faster. He also doesn't support the idea of allowing people to carry concealed weapons on campus. Police fear more violence would likely be the result.
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Kate Gisi

Today Texas State University hosted a costume show displaying work from Citrus Fiesta. The show served to welcome a new exhibition created by the Fashion Merchandising Program at Texas State. Designers displayed their handmade costumes, which were made of dried and crystallized fruits and vegetables. The produce was turned into a colorful powder and bonded over textiles to create gowns and hats. A reception followed the demonstrations. It featured Mariachi music, folk dancers and of course, citrus fruit. The Texas Citrus Fiesta began in 1932 and has been featured in publications such as National Geographic, Southern Living and Texas Monthly.

Carissa Maines

Noise complaints in San Marcos have decreased since passage of a law to extend bar hours until two a.m. A recent report issued by the City of San Marcos compared noise complaints from 2008-2009 to this past year. The numbers show a decline of 17-percent. More people apparently are going out at night -- now that bars can stay open later -- rather than partying at home. Police say apartment complexes are more neighborhood friendly now, and the number of complaints have been fewer. Another factor, according to police, is that they have made a greater effort to enforce noise control ordinances.


Jessica Garcia

A Texas State sorority is hosting a blood drive on the quad.
Chi Beta Delta works with The Blood Center of Central Texas twice a year as part of their community service. This semester the blood drive lasted for two days from nine in the morning to four in the afternoon. Yesterday's blood collection totaled to five pounds. Delta member Reagan Owen said today's sign-up sheet has been full since yesterday afternoon. She said they have had to turn people away because there isn't enough time. The waiting lines to donate were long and some students had to leave early because of class. More than 100 students donated.

Rachel Nelson

If you're a fan of country music icon Willie Nelson, you may want to stop by the Wittliff Collections on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. Rachel Nelson tells us why in this Bobcat Update.

The Wittliff Collections is now home to Willie Nelson's recordings, spanning the years from 1954 to 2010. The assortment contains 877 recordings. The Wittliff Gallery already had some Nelson memorabilia
**INTERVIEW: Joel Minor, Archivist** (Talking about Nelson's relationship with Wittliff)
The recordings were purchased over the summer from collector John Kalinsky for an undisclosed amount of money. According to a recent press release, The Wittliff Collections is now the nation's primary repository for Nelson materials.
Minor says the institution is working to digitize the extensive collection of L-Ps, audio cassettes, V-H-S tapes, C-Ds and D-V-Ds.
**Minor Quote** (Everyone is invited to come listen)
Some fans see Texas State as the ideal location to house Nelson's artifacts.
**INTERVIEW: Kevin Huffaker, Director of classroom technologies**
Admission to the Wittliff Collections is free, and all exhibitions have barrier-free access. Hours of operation vary throughout the year, so guests are encouraged to call ahead.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Rachel Nelson.

Will McGinnis

Enrollment continues to rise at Texas State.  It's up more than 15-hundred students compared to last year. Higher enrollment means greater demand for services at the university.  Students now wait longer for buses, or if they drive they find fewer parking spaces.  Also, there are longer lines in the food courts.  Some changes have been made to accommodate the increased numbers. For example, at the L-B-J Student Center there's a new Chick-Fil-A Express.  University officials estimate the student population will exceed 32-thousand next year.


Natalie Pendergrass

Colloquium bookstores in San Marcos are offering an option to rent textbooks to Texas State students. Natalie Pendergrass has more in this Bobcat Update.

All college students experience it to some degree -- Sticker Shock. Buying books at the bookstore can be expensive. At one bookstore, students are given the option of renting their books through a website for half price.
Texas State student Chris Steckel says he has seen advantages and disadvantages with renting.
Many students are not aware of Colloquium's option to rent.
Although students don't receive their money back for the rented books, they are given the option of buying them at a lower price.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Natalie Pendergrass.

Ashley Coke-Mendez

There's an app for that is a catchy phrase made popular by Apple to promote its iPhones and iPads. And, as Ashley Coke-Mendez tell us in this Bobcat Update, the variety of apps seems endless.

Looking for back-to-school supplies? There's an app for that. Lost your keys? There's even an app for that. The Apple iPhone has been around for a while now, but only until recently has Apple enabled iPhone users to get an app for almost anything. The iPhone and its many apps are very popular among some Texas State students.
But Senior Dana Orr says she thinks some apps are absolutely ridiculous.
There are plenty of apps in the iTunes store. Some are useful and creative and some seem boring and pointless. Developers are creating a wide range.
With the technology that Apple has provided, some students feel they have more control over their lives.
Mass Communication Major Claudia Giertz uses her iPhone to kill time.

Christina Salazar

Many Latinas have high hopes and dreams for the future. According to recent studies, though, many of these women do not reach their goals because of barriers they must confront. Christina Salazar has more with this Bobcat Update.

According to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, forty-one percent of Latinas drop out from high school before completion. Studies show that many Hispanic women deal with the pressures of early pregnancies, taking care of their families, or working.
Those who do go on to college also encounter even obstacles. Graduate Assistant for Greek Affairs, Eileen Pena, says the reason behind Latina struggle for higher education relates to their family upbringing…
Standup: "The Hispanic culture occupies about 25- percent of the Texas State Student population. It is said that Latinas have the highest teen pregnancy rate of any racial or ethnic group. About 53-percent of young Hispanic women become pregnant before the age of 20; being a major barrier in preventing graduation. Only 10 percent of Hispanic women actually go on to complete 4 years of college."
Hispanic Business Student Association President, Jennifer Rea, says that participation is the key to solving the problem…
Texas State University is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in October. Meetings will be held to help advance Hispanic students and keep them motivated to achieve their goals. For bobcat update, I'm Christina Salazar.

Adam Holloway

A unique sport invented right here in San Marcos is attracting attention every Sunday, causing students and local residents to skip the games on television to enjoy some live action.
Adam Holloway has more in this Bobcat Update.

For five seasons, fans have gathered in San Marcos on Sundays to watch unicycle football games. The Unicycle Football League, or U-F-L, consists of six teams and is played at the Farmer's Market off C-M Allen Parkway. Sunday the 26th the Unicychos (Uni-Psychos) faced a team called the Gnarwhals (Nar-Walls). Rookie member Lance Tschirhart (Sheer-Hart) explained how he got involved with the league.
The concrete lot the teams play on doesn't offer any cushion at all when a player goes down, but that doesn't stop these unicyclists from giving their all for this counter-cultural phenomenon.
The teams play rain or shine every Sunday with the help of sponsorships from local businesses and devoted fans. U-F-L member Marshall Holmes says the community is the driving force behind the U-F-L's success.
The rules of the game are basically the same as football, but everything must be done on the unicycle. The intensity of the game and the skill of the players have to be seen live to completely understand. Games continue through April 17th and will culminate with the championship game, called the Stupor Bowl. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Holloway.

Mandie Garcia

San Marcos residents bring their pets to a day of fun, games, and live music promoting a good cause. Mandie Garcia has the story.

PALS hosted its 8th annual charity event Pet Fest at San Marcos Plaza Park Saturday. PALS stands for Prevent A Litter, and the group works to keep animal shelters from over-crowding. PALS members emphasize the importance of spaying and neutering pets. The 5-K Run kicked off the all-day event and was just one of the many ways PALS accepted donations for the cause. The rest of the day was filled with live music, games, races, concession stands, contests, silent auctions, and informing people on what's best for their pets. PALS executive director Sharri Boyett says welcomed the larger turn-out each year.
Boyett also takes time during the event to promote Hays County Spay Days, when free spay and neuter treatment is provided for lower income pet owners. Spay Day pamphlets were distributed because Boyett says many people overlook the wide range of benefits spaying and neutering their animals provides.
Face painting, dog shows, and goody bags were given to children at Pet Fest. Also at the event were dog and owner look-alike contests and dog races. A chihuahua named Taco Bell won two rounds of races, marking her 5th year attending the festival. Taco Bell's owner always looks forward to Pet Fest and appreciates PALS' efforts.
PALS now celebrates another successful year of giving homes to more than a dozen animals available for adoption at Pet Fest. Spay Days are set for late February and volunteers are always welcome to donate or help with events and pet food drives. For Bobcat Update, I'm Mandie Garcia.

Matt Wyble

The U-S needs to take action now to avoid environmental disaster. That's according to the author of "The No Impact Man" who brought his message to campus last week. Matt Wyble has more in this Bobcat Update.

Colin Beaven, the "No Impact Man," is an author, husband, and father of one. He and his family decided they were going to try to live for one year without making any net impact on the environment.
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That meant no trash, no carbon emissions, no toxins in the water, no elevators, no subway, no products in packaging, no plastics, no air conditioning, no TV, no toilet paper, and on.
Colin's yearlong journey is chronicled in a book and a documentary.
Beaven says his family has kept employing all "no impact" ideas that made most sense to them.
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Colin's message is that everyone can make a difference. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matt Wyble.


Jen Nickell

Highway safety officials say texting while driving is one of the biggest problems for people on the road. Jen Nickell has this Bobcat Update.

Many teens and young adults are causing serious accidents when trying to send texts while they drive. Several studies show it's just as dangerous as driving drunk with a blood alcohol content of point-zero-eight. The Texas State University police department warns students about the dangers.
Many students, though, remain un-convinced that texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk.
Other students say they are able to text and drive without causing problems.
Following several accidents and deaths resulting from texting and driving, 30 states have put bans on texting behind the wheel. It is not banned in Austin and is prohibited in school zones in San Marcos. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jen Nickell.

Jason Britsch

Texas State students now have an application that will help in knowing bus times. Jason Britsch has this Bobcat Update.

Students using the bus routes are getting to campus quicker. Nextbus, a bus-tracking application is helping students know their bus's location. They won't have to wait as long to catch their bus. Even though the application is new, the tram system will not change how it operates.
The application on the i-phone and online at nextbus.com, provides up-to-date routes and estimated arrival times. It covers all routes for the texas state tram. Even though the application has made great advances for students arriving on time, some adjustments need to be made.

Kate Gisi

A small price increase in study abroad programs at Texas State might prove discouraging to some potential adventure seekers. Kate Gisi has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Texas State Study Abroad office is holding a fair on October 7th in the quad.  The fair is intended to inform students about the benefits of experiencing other parts of the world. But it's going to cost more to study abroad. Passport fees have gone up along with program prices.
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A Texas State Psychology senior says that his time spent studying in Spain was worth the cost. Newton says students ought to take advantage of the opportunity.
If you're tired of sitting in a classroom here, maybe it's time to spin the globe and see where the Study Abroad office can you land you. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kate Gisi.


Jessica Garcia

Former Texas U-S Senator Robert Krueger visits Texas State University to kick-off the fifteenth Anniversary Philosophy Dialogue Series. Jessica Garcia has this Bobcat Update.

Krueger, a New Braunfels native, spoke about the contributions Americans can and should make in our democracy.
Every semester the Philosophy Department hosts a ten-week long dialogue series on campus. This fall the first theme is Applied Ethics: Dialogue and Democracy.
Philosophy Department Chair Vincent Luizzi welcomed Senator Krueger to campus.
Krueger talked about the ethic discrimination he has seen and how the U-S needs to get past it.
Texas State Senior Julio Bucio says he agreed with the senator on the issue of illegal immigration.
At the end of his presentation, Krueger interacted with the audience by answering questions.
Krueger has visited Texas State University many times. He is proud of the university's growth and looks forward to coming back.
The dialogue series will continue through November twelfth with a variety of themes.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Jessica Garcia.

Denice Williams

Texas State Students who visit the health center will now have to pay ten dollars to see a physician. Denice Williams has the story.

The new fee hasn't deterred students from going to the student health center.
Health Center Associate Director Karen Gordon-Sosby says most people were not opposed to the new fee. She says the Student Health Center provides affordable and convenient health care to students.
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The Health Center also now has There is also a no-show charge of ten dollars for any patients who do not show up for their appointments. The charge will also apply if students cancel within two hours of their appointment or are late.
Texas State Student Julio Bucio is not happy about the new office visit fee and thinks it's a way for the university to get more money out of students.
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Health Associate Director Karen Gordon Sosby says by adding the fee it allows more physicians to be available year round rather than just during the peak season.
For Bobcat Update I'm Denice Williams

Justin Travis

Texas State students are finding it harder to get to campus using the tram system these days.  Justin Travis has this Bobcat Update.

With a record number of students attending Texas State this year, Bobcat Tram is having problems keeping up with the growing number of riders using the service.  Even with an average of 30 busses running during peak hours, many students find that many busses don't even stop because they're full.
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Students facing a shortage of parking spaces add to the growing congestion.  When students are ready to go home for the day, they find a large crowd with similar ideas waiting at the bus loop.
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Even though the tram system provides a free ride to campus, the large number of students using the tram means they may not get to their classes on time.
With the busses as crowded as they are, students should give themselves plenty of time to catch their bus.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Justin Travis.

Rachel Nelson

Fall is here, and that means flu season is approaching. In this Bobcat Update, Rachel Nelson tells us how you can protect yourself.

The Student Health Center got an early start combating flu season by immunizing more than 100 students, faculty and staff members last week.
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The Health Center is holding walk-in days for flu shots through the end of September on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Recipients can show up without an appointment and expect to wait 15 minutes or less for a vaccination which costs ten dollars.
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Although Texas State expects to receive three-thousand doses of the flu vaccine this season, some will choose not to get the shot.
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Health Administration Senior Jordan Lyons. who works in the Student Health Center, says patients have already been in showing flu symptoms.
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Students should be aware that they can park in the health center parking lot without a parking permit. If spaces are full, they may park along the circle drive in front of the building.
Symptoms of the flu include fever, sore throat, chills, fatigue, cough and head and muscle aches. Anyone showing symptoms should make an appointment with a doctor.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Rachel Nelson.