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…
SB:( Jonny Kastle)
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.
SB:( Dr. Randall Osborne)
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…
SB:( Christina Lyman) (have audio cut at outcue but extend the visual for 10-15 extra seconds)
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.
studies. During this hectic period, the Alkek Library is open 24 hours a day to
be more available to students. For those seeking peace and quiet, the 5th, 6th,
and 7th floors of the library are designated quiet floors. Some students prefer
studying alone while others like to stay in groups. Extended library hours run
grand opening this Saturday. The businesses include Subway, Colloquium
Bookstore, Crazy Good Yogurt, Nutrishop, Vance Elliot Realty and Hotspots
Apartment Locators. The open house will have a variety of events including live
music, giveaways, face painting and a moonwalk. The event will take place from
one to four p-m.
and Hopkins Streets. The website -- San Marcos Local News -- reports Comanche
will reopen October 23rd. The project was supposed to be finished in August but
several problems created delays. The city is awaiting approval from Tex-Dot
before reopening the street. The construction project has hampered both traffic
and retail business in the area.
They are, after all, designed for the handicapped. But many people ignore the
restriction -- especially bicyclists and skateboarders. The university's staff
council is reviewing the policy to determine whether greater enforcement of the
rules might be necessary. There've been complaints that legitimate use of the
ramps has been obstructed.
hardships and have to reduce the number of hours they're taking, the change can
ultimately affect their financial aid eligibility. Students may, if they wish,
appeal their case to the financial aid office within ten days. With proper
documentation, there's still a chance they'll get funding. The documentation
would include a detailed description of why enrollment hours had to be reduced,
and a doctor's support statement can be helpful.
Natalie Pendergrass describes the range of activities.
Students interested in trying new ways to exercise are among those attending the
rec center's group exercise classes. These classes -- 15 in all -- include
cycling, boxing, cardio remix and yoga.
The rec center has posted its group exercise schedule at various locations
across campus. One can also find the information at the rec center or on the
center's website.. A 60-dollar fee per semester gives students unlimited access
to the classes.
Having a pass allows students to try new and challenging fitness courses that
meet their needs.
has more in this Bobcat Update.
Statistics show that one in four women will be physically or sexually abused
during her lifetime. Such abuse can be devastating -- physically, emotionally
and mentally. Dr. Kelly Haskard of Texas State's Psychology Department says
victims often experience depression and low self-esteem, and many are unwilling
to leave the abusive relationships in which they're involved
The Hays-Caldwell Women's Center offers a confidential 24-hour, seven-day-a-week
hotline for victims of abuse as well as their families and friends. At Texas
State, the counseling center in the L-B-J Student Center offers private
counseling for abuse victims and provides several pamphlets on violence and
To attend the workshop, one must call the counseling center and be pre-screened.
At the Health Promotions Services Department, Advisor Julie Eckert says that
when trying to assist someone who may be in an abusive relationship avoid
accusing the alleged attacker.
Eckert also says some red flags that might suggest an abusive relationship are
jealousy, violence toward animals and manipulative behavior. For Bobcat Update,
I'm Carissa Maines.
designed to make television and the Internet interchangeable. Google brands it
TV meets the web. It enables viewers to navigate their favorite websites on
television or – if they choose – watch live network programming. With Google TV,
you can search for channels and tune into your favorite shows. Hardware to set
up your Google-to-TV interface will set you back about 300 dollars.
this weekend. The Bobcats have a perfect home record of three wins and no
losses. On the road, however, has been another story. The Bobcats have lost two
games this season, including this past weekend's defeat at Southeastern
Louisiana. The Bobcats are now ranked number 22 in the F-C-S Coaches Poll. Texas
State defeated Nicholls State 34 to 28 last time the two teams met. Last year
the Bobcats put up 480 total yards of offense, but eight penalties almost cost
Texas State the win.
practicing for next year. It's scrimmage time for the 'cats. Last weekend they
got off to a great start trouncing the University of Texas Longhorns
9-to-nothing in 12 innings. Coach Ty Harrington says he's pleased with the
team's effort as they grow accustomed to using new bats regulated by the
N-C-Double-A. Fall practice continues for three more weeks. The 20-11
schedule starts on February 18th against Nebraska.
they put their items in the recycling bins. Justin Travis has more in this Bobcat Update.
While many students on campus are eager to do their part to help the environment
by recycling, many don't know where those recyclables go, or some of the dangers
involved when processing those items.
(sound bite Baker)
The water is used to water plants and clean tools at the center. There are some
dangers that the workers have to keep in mind, however. For example, lifting
heavy loads improperly can result in serious back injuries. Heat can be a
particularly dangerous factor, especially during the summertime. Also, some of
the items themselves carry a risk.
(sound bite Walker)
Transportation to and from the recycling center can also be dangerous, as the
work vans have to maneuver through pedestrian-heavy areas. But even with all of
the potential dangers, these students are still willing to work to protect the
environment. For Bobcat Update, I'm Justin Travis.
State recently, then you may have noticed a curious-looking piece of equipment.
Rachel Nelson explains in this Bobcat Update.
The environmental service committee, the physics department and the university
honors program have worked on a joint project to show everyone at Texas State a
new way to go green. A renovated gas pump under two solar panels provided a
place for passers-by to power up.
**QUOTE** Bill Stapleton talking about charging cell phones, laptops, even his
Some students took advantage of the pump's presence on campus by running
experiments to see how outside power sources interfere with solar energy.
It's possible that a permanent solar charging station will be constructed at
Texas State. It's a project that would cost ten to 25-thousand dollars to
implement. Funding options are being explored.
The physics department's website at Texas State invites comments from anyone
who's interested in the project.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Rachel Nelson.
us more in this Bobcat Update.
A city task force composed of 15 members was recently formed to examine
environmental issues. Of particular concern is the San Marcos River. Members of
the task force say trash near the river and alcohol-related disturbances are
issues that must be addressed.
The task force is recommending a ban on alcohol consumption in the city's parks,
and it would only allow those who cookout in the park to use pits that are
provided by the city. Officials are worried that leftover coals and ash from the
pits can pollute the river. Many park visitors say they don't agree with the
direction the city is taking.
(SOUNDBITES, more than one)
These and other suggestions have been sent to park officials for consideration.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kyle Hinojosa.
this Bobcat Update.
The Texas State Twitter page recently posted a list of blogs written by students
and faculty. The university is urging students to express themselves. Just
last week a Facebook message was sent to students urging them to post links to
their blogs. It was a message that was well received.
Many students use the internet as a journal, to talk about their interests or
promote their ideas.
(SOUNDBITES… more than one)
Besides authoring a blog, students are readers too. Blogs are great source for
learning about fashion, sports and news of the day. More people than you might
expect are expressing themselves via the World Wide Web.
(SOUNDBITES…more than one)
STANDUP…"Over the last decade, blogging has really taken off as a social medium.
It's even considered a news source. It seems these days, everyone has
something to say. So, Texas State wants to know what you're writing about. For
Bobcat Update, I'm Kate Gisi.
take advantage of every opportunity available. Hayley Balin has more in this
Job and Internship Fairs provide an opportunity for students to visit with
employers to talk about potential careers. Employers are looking for a wide
variety of students with different majors. Some companies are looking for
students with specific majors, like A-A-F-E-S, the Army and Air Force Exchange
SB (Carter…10 sec…interview them.)
With any job and internship fair, students should always come prepared. They
should dress appropriately and have plenty of resumes handy. An important aspect
of job fairs is being able to network and get one's name out there.
Texas State offers a number of different job fairs each semester for students to
take advantage of.
SB (Schafer…15 sec…as well.)
For students, the job hunt is never easy, so job fairs, like this one, are
For Bobcat Update I'm Hayley Balin.
with brochures, balloons and banners. Students could find information on
countries they might like to visit. One of the tables offered a taste of Tuscany
while another provided information on opera in Australia. Internship
opportunities are available in such exotic locations as New Zealand, the Czech
Republic, Cambodia and Scotland. Students can receive credit hours for their
be sent during emergencies. The new system is called Rave Alert. The university
police department will ensure that it syncs up with student profiles during
registration. The Texas State homepage will also be included in the system.
U-P-D is confident that the system's efficiency will prevail and help guarantee
the safety of students. Rave Alert is set to begin in January for the spring
student Jessica Ann Huntington has found a way to mix business, school and
pleasure. Huntington's business is called 'Hoop Hoop Hooray.' She has set up a
booth in the Quad to sell her handmade hula-hoops. The hoops come in different
shapes and sizes and can even be personalized with colors and designs. Students
are encouraged to try out the hoops and play for as long as they want.
Huntington says she hopes her efforts to make money using her creativity will
inspire other students to do the same.
helped save a river. Will McGinnis explains in this Bobcat Update.
The Wittliff Collection, stored on the seventh floor of Alkek Library, is
varied. The works of Larry McMurtrey, Willie Nelson and other Texas icons can
be found there. Among the literary treasures is a book that some say saved the
river life of the Hill Country. It's John Graves' Goodbye to a River, which was
published in 1960. The book is about a canoe trip made by the author down the
Brazos River. Graves' experience led him to oppose many of the dams that were
being proposed for several Hill Country rivers. His effort resulted in only
three dams being built out of the 13 that were planned.
SB – Steve Davis, asst. curator (impact of Graves' book)
Most Texas State students are aware of the Graves' book, because they've had to
read it for the university seminar class. Many Bobcats, like Graves, appreciate
the rivers in Central Texas.
SB– Bailey Cain, student – ab fun
Some literary critics regard Graves' book as among the best written about Texas.
SB – Steve Davis – ab john graves impact
SB – Will McGinnis
You've probably seen a lot of pink on campus lately. Whether it's a ribbon or a T-shirt, pink is a color used as a symbol for breast cancer prevention. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Student organizations are doing their part to bring attention to this ongoing health issue. Bra Night will be hosted by Fashion-Nation.
Other organizations are helping as well. Event sponsors -- The Match -- is hosting a bone marrow drive at the L-B-J Student Center. The Breast Cancer Research organization in Austin recently opened a branch in
San Marcos. For Bobcat Update, Tommy LeVrier.
For those who love to participate in athletics, intramural sports can be the ticket at Texas State. The game offer a fast-paced level competition with a more relaxed feel. Trevon Walker, Campus Recreation Assistant Director, says the program has been expanded in recent years.
(Walker Interview: Rec Center expansion.)
Indoor soccer, flag football and volleyball are being offered in the fall. Each sport brings in a variety of players to diversify the intramurals program. Business Sophmore Jackson Upcheshaw says intramurals help keep his body physically and mentally in shape.
There are also various tournaments each semester ranging from three-on-three tournaments to X-Box 360 Madden Challenges. Klaff Standup (Intramurals are still fresh from the pre-season. Anything can happen this early in the season. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jeremy Klaff. )
affecting those who suffer from allergies.
People living in Central Texas are feelings the symptoms of ragweed allergies.
Watery eyes, itchy throat, runny nose, and headaches are the most common
symptoms. One way to treat the symptoms is to take antihistamines like Claritin
Although there is an allergy shot, it must be taken six months prior to allergy
season. Spending less time outdoors during the peak hours of the day, using an
air-conditioner instead of opening the windows, and controlling dust are other
ways to avoid itchy eyes. Agriculture Department Assistant Professor Alice
says there are several types of ragweed and their pollen can spread quickly and
over long distances.
This year's ragweed season is expected to last into November, which is longer
than usual. For Bobcat Update, I'm Karla Estrada.
two years of college. Eating on the go, snacking late at night and seeking out
what is most affordable can lead to unwanted pounds. But on a positive note,
exercise can help burn off those extra calories and many popular fast-food
restaurants are offering healthier options. For example, Taco Bell's fresco menu
and Subway's fresh fit options offer a variety of convenient nutritional meals.
and using barbecue grills in the city's parks and by the river. The task force
members say they want to protect the parks, which are environmentally sensitive
areas. The task force also feels that alcohol use causes too many problems.
Mayor Susan Narvaiz says the task force recommendations will be sent to the
parks and recreation department for consideration.
Texas State. Vending machines are also stocked full of chips and candy. Healthy
food can be hard to find. Only the dining halls serve fruits and salads.
Processed foods, on the other hand, are abundant ...and cheaper.
However, University Ambassador Cody Reynolds says it's the students who bring
fast food to Texas State.
Some students are unaware of the high calorie count that can be found in certain
foods, so the L-B-J Student Center now includes a survey on its website to
assist students. Making healthier choices is what it's all about:
from home. And, as Jason Britsch tells us in this Bobcat Update, one of the
bigger challenges is trying to get along with a roommate.
Freshman year on campus is filled with many opportunities. It's a fresh start
with what seems to be endless possibilities, but it can also cause some
problems. For some freshmen, it's the first time on their own and living with
someone new. Making the transition isn't always easy.
A lot is asked of those who serve as resident advisors. They bear a lot of
Freshmen have to learn about organizing themselves, which includes setting
schedules for eating, washing clothes and cleaning dishes. Even so, that first
year can also be a fun time.
speak. The glass bottom boats at the Aquarena Center have been a popular
attraction since 1946. However, the cost to keep the boats running is greater
than the revenue they generate. The University Star reports that educational
tours at the Aquarena Center -- along with the boat tours -- provide some funds,
but not enough to cover the annual 60-thousand dollar cost to maintain the
boats. Glass bottom boat tours are nine dollars for adults, and students pay
only half price.
their rough drafts.
Employees at the center participated in "You Are Loved Chalk Day," which is a
suicide prevention project. On the first Monday of October each year,
supporters of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans-gender individuals engage in
the chalk-writing project. Participants said that the "You Are Loved" theme is
especially poignant in light of the suicide of a Rutgers' freshman last week
after he was outed by his roommate.