Ana Anguiano

The Communication Studies Department at Texas State is hosting its 23rd annual
communication week through Friday. Every year the department hosts a series of
lectures, seminars and workshops -- all free and open to the public. Among the
speakers scheduled this week are Dr. Will Powers, an internationally recognized
and award-winning educator from Texas Christian University, and Vic Bazan, a
former F-B-I consultant and hostage negotiator.

Louise Armstrong

The Texas State Associated Student government is considering a bill that would
allow recent graduates to keep their Bobcat Mail service indefinitely. Some of
the A-S-G Senators believe if graduates were allowed to keep their e-mail
addresses, alumni services would have an easier time keeping in touch.
Currently, the university allows students to keep their e-mail service for only
90 days after graduation, then they have to switch to another service.


Amanda Escobedo

Texas State's College of Science is undergoing a name change. Amanda Escobedo
has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Dean of the College of Science has proposed a name change. The idea seems to
have widespread support among college's faculty and staff. The new name will be
the College of Science and Engineering to reflect the expanded curriculum the
unit is offering. Dr. Jitendru Tate, who has taught at Texas State since 2006,
says three new engineering specializations have evolved over the years --
manufacturing, industrial and electrical.
The Texas State College of Science began offering engineering courses in 1999,
with a total of 13 students enrolled. Today, more then 500 students are
enrolled in what is now called the Ingram School of Engineering.
(Stand Up) "The Ingram School of engineering is located here in the Mitte
complex, where students can do hands on research in Labs such as this one"
These large labs house intimidating contraptions that give students ample
opportunity to learn about the machinery and concepts they will need in their
prospective careers. Students are currently researching and experimenting with
innovative concepts like nano technology, resin compounds, water jet lasers and
even green energy conservation techniques that will help future employers.
Faculty members in the Ingram School of Engineering have been engaged with their
discipline by attending national conferences and reaching out to local high
Engineering jobs in Texas are in demand, which means the Texas State program
will likely grow. For Bobcat Update, I'm Amanda Escobedo.

Avron Fernandes

As Texas State gears up for competing at football's highest division, the
university is looking at ways to improve its facilities. Avron Fernandes has
more in this Bobcat Update.

The Texas State Board of Regents recently approved plans to construct a new
North Side Complex for Bobcat Stadium. The expansion is expected to cost nearly
33 (M) million dollars and add about 13-thousand seats, bringing the stadium's
capacity up to nearly 30-thousand. The addition will include a Bookstore Fan
Shop and a Strutters Gallery.
Justin Watts, a freshman at Texas State, sees the expansion as a step in the
right direction and a worthwhile investment.
SB - Watts (:10) We can host playoff games. I mean we already do, but we can
host bigger games. Maybe even a state game if our stadium's nice enough.
But the expansion has created some controversy. Some students question the
university's priorities. Philosophy Major Annalisa Turner regards the expansion
as a waste, especially considering how rarely the football team attracts enough
fans to fill the existing stadium.
SB - Turner (:13) It depends on what image of the university you're trying to
portray. If anything, universities are about learning and not about sports. So
maybe they should focus on expanding their departments before sports.
The North Side Complex is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2012
football season.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Avron Fernandes.


Genna Eneman

Turmoil in several oil-rich countries is having an impact at the gas pump. In
this Bobcat Update, Genna Eneman tells us why prices are rising.

Drivers are feeling tense these days when they pull up to the gas pump. Prices
for crude oil and gasoline have spiked as unrest in the Middle East and Libya
have caused fear that oil supplies from the region may be interrupted.
Last week Triple A said the nation's average price jumped nine cents a gallon to
three-dollars-and-23 cents, and the average price per gallon in Texas also
jumped by nine cents to three-dollars and eight cents a gallon. Many San Marcos
drivers are wondering how long prices will continue to rise.
Texas State commuters are especially vulnerable when gas prices go up, but some
use transportation alternatives that are less costly.
Prices are still far from the highest national average ever reached, which was
in 2008. Prices then peaked at four-dollars and eleven cents per gallon.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Genna Eneman.

Bobcat Update, Feb. 24, 2011

Anthony Sifuentes

Several students attended a construction job fair on campus this afternoon. The
event, which was held at the L-B-J Ballroom, provided an opportunity to meet
with representatives from several corporations. Students had a chance to network
and to learn about internships and possible full-time positions.

Hollee Barfield

The Combat Paper Project is a nationwide workshop created to help student veterans cope with their military experiences. The organization was set up in the quad this week and allowed veterans to use their old uniforms to create something new. The process starts with cutting up the veteran's uniforms and turning them into paper. The handmade paper is then used to create a piece of artwork. Tonight in the Lampasas Building, participants are invited to come enjoy pizza while they talk about their experiences and view the finished projects.

Sam Howell

Hazing is an all-too-familiar ritual on many college campuses, although most universities prohibit its practice. Sam Howell has more in this Bobcat Update.

Every semester students in Greek organizations are lectured on the dangers of hazing, but it's still prevalent at many universities. Hazing is not limited to Greek life.
(soundbite - Terence Parker former Greek Advisor)
A few people defend hazing, saying it can help build group camaraderie.
(soundbite – Jonathan Gensch Freshman)
(Walk Up)
(soundbite – Alexis Sosa Sophomore)
Organizations that allow hazing must realize that they are not only hurting individuals mentally and emotionally, but the practice can also cause serious lifelong injuries or even death. More information on hazing can be found at the Campus Activities and Student Organizations, on the fourth floor of the L-B-J Student Center. For Bobcat Update, I’m Sam Howell.

Valerie Soja

Texas State University's Technology Resources is introducing a new Student Information System. Valerie Soja describes the system, in this Bobcat Update.

The new system will eventually replace CatsWeb and will change how students, faculty and staff interact with the university's information systems, including billing, grades, registration and other functions.
Mass Communication Professor Tom Grimes says he has trouble with the current system.
CatsWeb will still be used throughout the spring and summer semesters, but students can expect to see some improved services soon for advising and degree planning, student registration as well as traffic and parking. Texas State Senior Caroline Cook says the changes will be good.
Starting this fall, CatsWeb will be replaced by the new system, which is yet to be named. For Bobcat Update, I'm Valerie Soja.


Bobcat Update-Feb. 23, 2001

Kelsey Kearns

Many Texas State students attended the baseball tournament this past weekend. Kelsey Kearns has more on this Bobcat Update.

The Bobcats had their first tournament of the season against Missouri State, Nebraska, Washington, and Air Force. Texas State beat Nebraska on Friday and the Air Force on Sunday, but lost to Missouri State on Saturday. Students filled the stands all three days.
There were over fifteen hundred Texas State students at the tournament this weekend. Coaches and players alike say that having the student presence amps up morale.
Assistant baseball coach, Derek Matlock, says the players perform well when there's a big crowd.
(SB 0:13 … "at home")
Second baseman, Tyler Sibley, appreciates the enthusiasm from student fans.
(SB 0:10 … "little bit")
The players are now gearing up to play Rice on Wednesday at 6:30 pm at Bobcat Stadium. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kelsey Kearns.

Louise Armstrong

Texas State is one of the fastest growing universities in the state. The university has experienced significant growth over the past ten years, with an increase of ten-thousand students. The school is also expanding its facilities with constant construction of new buildings and dormitories. Texas State President Dr. Denise Trauth says the university received around 18-thousand applications for the incoming Freshman class and was able to accept fewer than eight-thousand new students.

John Spain

Few on campus may be aware of the university's horticulture center, but its reputation is growing. John Spain has more in this Bobcat Update.

Indeed -- growing is what it's all about at the horticulture center, where you can find a greenhouse and a garden -- all maintained by students, staff and several volunteers.  The center is located in the agriculture building between Sessoms Drive and Pleasant Street. Those with a green thumb are encouraged to help nurture the wide variety of plant life found at the center.  Dr. Tina Cade supervises the center with a relatively small, close-knit group. Cade say the group is eager to promote a thriving educational and social environment.
(Cade 0:15 "...happy place.")
Dr. Cade wants the center to be an inviting place.  It offers all students a quiet place in the garden to study. There's even a hammock for relaxing.  
(Etheredge 0:10 "...Cade still.")
The horticulture center sponsors several programs during the year.  The programs are designed to help students and volunteers find ways to have a positive impact on their community through their love of plants.
For Bobcat Update, I'm John Spain.


Rob Gaines

Some days, most days, in fact, you just NEED a cup of coffee.  Luckily, there are several coffee shops on or near the Texas State campus.  Along with a dose of caffeine, you can also find pastries on sale at many of the coffee shops. Coffee shops are a popular place for studying, for gathering with friends, or for surfing the web. Free wi-fi is a common amenity at most of the shops in town. Some of the coffeehouses even offer live music, especially after dark. 

Megan O'Connell

Construction of a new Performing Arts Center will soon be underway in San Marcos. Designs for the structure -- to be built at Texas State -- have been set. The center will have a 400-seat theater and a 300-seat recital hall. The facility will give students an opportunity to showcase their talents as well as give the faculty a way to show-off their guidance. The center will be built where Falls Hall currently stands.  It will face University Drive and is expected to be completed by 2014.

Luke McBroom

Downtown San Marcos is about to get another big boost to its nightlife, as workers prepare for the grand opening of the Texas Music Theater.  State-of-the-art digital sound and lighting are being brought in to the 70-year-old music hall that was formally called Gordos.  The Texas Music Theater already has the opening night concert planned with well-known Texas Country artist Corey Morrow set to play on March 9th.  You can find more information about the Texas Music Theater by visiting its website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Danielle Elisabeth Madsen

After serving three terms as San Marcos mayor, Susan Narvaiz has passed the torch to the man she endorsed, Daniel Guerrero. Danielle Elisabeth Madsen has more on this Bobcat Update.

Susan Narvaiz says she appreciates her three terms as Mayor. Narvaiz says the city accomplished a lot while she was in office.
SOUNDBITE Susan Narvaiz (5-9 sec.)
Stand Up
Narvaiz says she's looking forward to seeing what her successor is able to accomplish. She says Guerrero is well suited for the job.
SOUNDBITE Susan Narvaiz (8-15 sec.)
Mayor Guerrero has much that he wants to implement during his first term as mayor.
SOUNDBITE Daniel Guerrero (5-9 sec.)
Guerrero graduated from Texas State University and proudly displays his Texas State diploma in his Education Foundation office.
SOUNDBITE Daniel Guerrero (6-10 sec.)
Stand Up
While Susan Narvaiz was able to serve multiple terms as mayor of San Marcos, the community now looks to Daniel Guerrero and what he will accomplish. For Bobcat Update, I'm Danielle Elisabeth Madsen.


Douglas Bloom

With spring break right around the corner, Texas State students are sure to be looking for ways to get back into their swimsuits.  The Student Rec Center offers a variety of ways to do that.  Open from six a-m until midnight, the rec center offers state-of-the-art facilities for cardio and weight fitness. At the rec center, students are sure to find a way to drop their unwanted pounds in a few short weeks.  The staff is available to answer questions and to help find the tools needed to get in shape.

Kayla Hale

Even though the first day of spring isn't until March 20th, Texas State students are beginning to feel the warm weather that spring will offer. Students are taking advantage of the beautiful scenery. Some can be found walking or reading outside while others are seen working on their fitness, playing sports by the soccer fields or throwing a Frisbee. They can relax by the river by lying out in the sun or possibly fishing. Even animals are joining in on the fun.

Ty Bishop

Texas State is participating in the Recycle-Mania competition for the third year in a row. Recycle-Mania 2011 will have 630 colleges competing to see who can collect the most recycled material in an eight-week period. Last year, Texas State collected more than 197-thousand pounds of material and ranked 117 out of 346 colleges. Students and faculty can participate until April 2nd by recycling plastic, paper, bottles and cans. More information can be found at recycle-mania-dot-org.


Ana Anguiano

Obesity in Texas is on the rise. Ana Anguiano has more in this Bobcat Update.

According to a recent report from Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, more than 65 percent of adult Texans are overweight or obese. Perhaps part of the problem is that many of us opt for the wrong kinds of food. On campus, there are plenty of healthy options available, according to Leslie Bulkley, resident district manager of Chartwells. Bulkley says students just have to choose the right foods.
Senior Amanda Mendoze says she's satisfied with the many choices offere at Texas state, but sometimes sheÕs unsure of which foods are the healthiest.
If students are still unsure of what to choose from, Chartwells Chefs are available for consultation. All you have to do is set up an appointment with the district manager of Chartwells.
Stand up


Anthony Sifuentes

Technology is doing wonders for both patients and physical therapy students at Texas State. Anthony Sifuentes has more in this Bobcat Update.

The physical therapy clinic, located in the Health Professions Building, uses the latest technology in helping patients recover from stroke and brain injuries. Equipment at the clinic includes the Un-loader, the M-2 Square, the Rebounder, and even a Wii (wee). Such equipment is useful in training patients to maintain balance and to relieve stress through exercise. A Physical Therapy doctoral student, Bryan McAdams, and Physical Therapy Clinic Director Shannon Williams say the equipment is very benecifial:
The technology used here is similar to what is found in a professional setting. For McAdams and Williams, the patients are not only receiving excellent treatment, but the students are also getting the best hands-on experience possible:

Amanda Escobedo

Last week's winter storm turned Texas State into an icy mess. Mandy Escobedo has
more on this Bobcat Update.

Record breaking low temperatures, high winds and freezing rain turned Texas
State into a winter wonderland last week, and the threat of the iced over roads
and blackouts leaving campus buildings without power forced the university to
shut down. Campus residents were advised to stay in their dormitories.
Texas State relied on social media such as Facebook and e-mail to alert students
on the weather conditions and changing class schedules. Most students,
especially commuters, found these alerts helpful.
Although the ice has long since melted, the desire to stay warm lingers on. Some
students find a warm cup of coffee fills the bill. Others just want a break from
the chilly winds.
Stand up
The cold blast has been a hard adjustment from the usually beautiful San Marcos
weather and has left the student body anticipating Spring Break more then ever
before. For Bobcat Update, I'm Mandy Escobedo.


Hollee Barfield

Texas State's very own campus radio station, K-T-S-W, has been voted by
listeners as one of the best in the nation. Hollee Barfield has more
information in this Bobcat Update.

Each year, m-t-v-u gives one campus radio station the coveted woodie award, and
the students themselves are given the power to influence the outcome.
Loyal K-T-S-W fans vote several times a day in hopes the station will be
recognized for its contributions to the local music scene.
K-T-S-W has been voted as one of the top 25 in the nation, and station
personnel want to make it to the next level.
However, not ALL of the K-T-S-W staff and fans are pleased with the recognition.
Some see it as too mainstream, that m-t-v goes against what the station is
truly about: being different, and embracing all styles of music.
(Stand-Up) K-T-S-W is the only campus radio station in the state that has
qualified for one of the top 25 spots in the competition. The winner will be
announced when the Woodie Awards air on Wednesday, March 16. For Bobcat
Update, this is Hollee Barfield.

Avron Fernandes

Riding the bus has its pros and cons. Texas State University students voice their concerns and offer some time saving pointers. Avron Fernandes has more in this Bobcat Update.

Texas State University is growing rapidly, and, for many students, the University Tram system has become an integral part of their daily commutes. But Pre-med student Preston O'Brien says the system is not running as effectively as it should.
Texas State Tram Driver Diana Rawlings says there's always room for improvement, but the Tram system is challenged by the growing ridership.
Rawlings recommends using the NEXT-Bus smart-phone app to help students plan their commutes. Sophomore Business major Bileili Villegas says riding the bus used to be inconvenient until the app eased her daily commute.
Even with the help of the app, commuting during peak hours still has many students frustrated. Commuter Sandra Santos says it can be a struggle to get on the bus because of overcrowding.
With Texas State's enrollment on the rise, it looks like the University Tram system will continue to face problems accommodating all students. For Bobcat Update, I'm Avron Fernandes.

John Spain

Valentine's Day usually symbolizes a time of love and togetherness. But, for
online thieves, it serves a different purpose. John Spain has more in this
Bobcat Update.

Many Texas State students and staff are looking forward to the upcoming holiday.
But beware. There's a computer worm making the rounds -- disguised as a
Valentine's Day message. It might just make its way into your inbox.
In early February, the Texas State Information Technology Assistance Center, or
I-TAC, released an alert, warning computer users across campus to be wary of
Valentine's Day-themed attachments. Such attachments or e-greetings, ITAC warns,
may have potentially dangerous consequences.
Computer worms are designed to utilize networks, much like Texas State's, to
continually replicate a payload of information from one user's system to
another. Once an unsuspecting user willingly opens the email attachment, the
spread begins.
Information phishing schemes, designed to extract personal and financial
information from computers, are often spread via computer worms, and unlike a
typical virus, a worm needs nothing more than a trusting click of the mouse.
Corbett Consolvo, Senior Information Analyst at Texas State, says
thieves are always on the ready to uncover and distribute personal information.
Such attacks are more prevalent at certain times of the year.
(SB 0:15 "...money later.")
E-mail-savvy users are usually able to make distinctions between legitimate and
malicious e-mail, but having protective software helps considerably.
(SB 0:15 "...on it." )
Most attacks affect Windows-based P-C users. Security analysts like Consolvo
say mobile devices are less likely to fall prey to a worm. But in the future,
as attackers learn how to manipulate the technology, smart-phones might also be
vulnerable. For Bobcat Update, I'm John Spain.

Ty Bishop

It's Valentine's Day, and San Marcos has no shortage of places to treat your
date. Ty Bishop has more in this Bobcat Update.

Standup at bowling alley: If you're looking for a non-traditional date, why not
try bowling? It's a great way to have fun and get to know your Valentine.
Nineteen-year-old students Sebastian Parra-Cordero and Kimi Diedrich enjoy
bowling together and say it's a unique way to spend time with each other.
Sound bite: Sebastian Parra-Cordero and Kimi Diedrich (7 seconds)
Sunset Lanes will have one-dollar bowling from 9 until midnight tonight. But, if
you'd prefer a more traditional type of date -- like a romantic dinner -- there
are several restaurants in town that are local favorites. Italian Garden offers
entrees for under 15-dollars and even allows you to B-Y-O-B. Or there's Grin's
-- with its spacious deck and lively Happy Hour.Restaurants in town are hoping
they'll have increased business tonight for their Valentine's Day specials. And
if you're short on cash, many establishments accept Bobcat Bucks.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Ty Bishop.

Sam Howell

Texas State students are encouraged to use TRACS, but they're finding that some of their professors aren't on board. Sam Howell has more in this Bobcat Update.

During orientation, students are made aware of TRACS. The online network is a valuable link, which can provide access to grades, notes, homework, online exams and course syllabi.
(soundbite) Ryan Howard – Soph.
(Most professors welcome technology with open arms but for some the digital dawn just isn't on their horizon… these teachers prefer the old-school methods instead of TRACS or e-mail.)
TRACS also provides a class roster allowing students to e-mail each other for group studying or providing notes when they miss class. Students say the service offers convenience.
(soundbite) Kaleigh Isbell – Jr.
Students say they get frustrated when they find out they're enrolled in a class that doesn't use TRACS.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Sam Howell.


Megan O'Connell

If you need some help preparing your taxes, there's an organization on campus
willing to help. It's called Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, or VITA. Megan
O'Connell has more in this Bobcat Update.

The group consists of accounting students at Texas State who volunteer to help
prepare tax returns through the end of March. The free service has been offered
at Texas State for the past decade, but this is the first year it is not only
being offered to Texas State students but to San Marcos residents as well.
Volunteers can provide assistance for those with complex returns, including
self-employed individuals or those seeking education credits.
The service is offered at the McCoy Business Building in room one-25. You must
bring your w-two, or ten-99, your social security card and your drivers license.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance coordinator, Victoria Otto, says this weeks'
turnout was much better than the first week. The L-B-J Student Center parking
garage offers a reduced fee of two dollars for parking on Tuesdays for those who
are coming to campus for the assistance. The tax service is offered every
Tuesday, from three to seven P-M and every Thursday from three to five P-M until
March 31st. For Bobcat Update, I'm Megan O'Connell.

Clair Hugo

It's treasure hunting with a modern twist. It's called geo-caching. Clair Hugo
explains, in this Bobcat Update:

Geo-caching is a new way to hunt for treasures worldwide. The treasure hunters
use Global Positioning Systems technology, which you can find in most smart
phones. A geo-cache is a hidden container placed anywhere by anyone. The
treasure hunter tries to pinpoint the location using G-P-S. The results are
then posted online for others to search. With more than a million geo-caches
hidden in the world, it is a great way to explore and have fun.
SOUNDBITE Noah Coltman (6-7 sec.)
Geo-caching is similar to what's called orienteering, but the tool of choice for
geo-caching is the G-P-S rather than a compass. With today's advanced
technologies, an adventure is at your fingertips. Once you find a geo-cache,
you're allowed to take the treasure and leave something of yours behind for
SOUNDBITE Luke Junco (10-12 sec.)
So if you have G-P-S capabilities on your phone and want to get involved,
download a geo-cache application and get started. A treasure may be hidden in
your very own neighborhood. For Bobcat Update, I'm Clair Hugo.

Eddie Garcia

Many students are beginning their search for off-campus housing. Eddie Garcia
has one way they are looking -- in this Bobcat Update.

Texas State University requires students younger than 20 with fewer than 30
credit hours to live on campus. The students who fall under this rule fill up
most of the residence halls, leaving many students looking for somewhere else to
live in San Marcos.
Stand Up
Apartment locators offer their services free to their clients and the whole
process takes a few hours to complete. Students can call to make an appointment
or simply walk in. San Marcos Realtor Evan Hale, with San Marcos City Realty,
says that by using an apartment locator, students will save time and effort.
The complexes pay for the apartment locators for bringing in new tenants.
Nowhere in the process will students be paying for apartment locators. The
locators want to make sure they get the perfect fit for students, because there
would be no point in using this service otherwise. Texas State Student Mariana
San Juan has been to an apartment locator and enjoyed the experience
There are new complexes being built right now in San Marcos which means even
more choices for students. Using an Apartment locator can play a helpful role
-- if these new complexes fit what students are looking for. They might even
relieve the stress in finding a new place to live.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Eddie Garcia.


Ryan Smothers

Many Texas State students were happy last week when classes were canceled
because of bad weather. Thanks to the university's new RAVE alert system,
students and faculty were able to receive updates and alerts instantaneously.
Under the new system, Texas State's emergency management department can send
alerts though email, text messages, on-campus marquees and even website and
social media web sites. While all Texas State students and faculty automatically
receive email notifications, those wanting to receive text message alerts must
sign up for them at the university's website.

Louise Armstrong

The campus radio station, K-T-S-W, will benefit from a fundraiser this week --
a fundraiser tied to a movie premiere. Louise Armstrong explains in this Bobcat

You may have seen ads for the feature film Campus Radio on buses or around
campus. The ads are part of a promotional campaign for the movie, which was
shot--in part--here in San Marcos. In the movie, you'll see scenes of the Texas
State campus and of the square in downtown San Marcos two years ago. Campus
Radio premiered last week at the Starplex movie theater. K-T-S-W Station Manager
Jenn Kelly was an extra in the film and says the crew used the station to stage
However, the Campus Radio promoters have taken their relationship with K-T-S-W
even further. Tomorrow a special screening at Starplex will also serve as a
fundraiser for the station's annual music festival. For every ticket sold, a
dollar will be donated to the My Radio Festival fund. K-T-S-W's Promotions
Manager says the movie promoters came up with the idea.
The Campus Radio bus will be in San Marcos until the end of the week before
embarking on a 120-city tour. [Standup] Starplex will continue to screen the
film for as long as they have an audience. For Bobcat Update I'm Louise

Nicholas Medina

When the hunger pangs hit, Texas State students have many choices available to
them for dining. Nicholas Medina tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

If you want to avoid snack machines on campus, there's always Chartwells.  Texas
State has a contract with Chartwells to offer meal plans for students. Sophomore
Ryan Ledet bought a meal plan, and he's a regular at the Commons Dining Hall.
(LEDET 00:10)
In addition to the dining halls, Texas State serves up meals at The Den, Jones
Food Court and The Lair -- all located in the L-B-J Student Center. You can find
variety--Greek, Mexican, Italian, Chinese--and there are popular favorites like
Chick-Fi-La and Blimpies.
Recently Chartwell's introduced Lyndon's U-Club on the first floor of the L-B-J
Student Center. The U-Club goes beyond the fast-food experience.  There's a wait
staff to attend to customers, and faculty often dine there as well.  You don't
have to have a meal plan to find good food on campus.
(STAND-UP 00:30)

Valerie Soja

San Marcos becomes the first city in South-Central Texas to offer single stream
recycling to all residents. Valerie Soja has more in this Bobcat Update.

A couple of months ago, the City Council passed an ordinance establishing single
stream recycling for all multi-family units. This was in response to many
requests made by San Marcos apartment residents. Local Apartment Manager Tammy
?????? says her residents are happy with the new policy.
Starting February 1st each multi-family unit will be billed four-dollars-and-40
cents for the curbside service. This will be added to the residents' regular
utility bill. Texas Disposal Systems will provide the service and the 96-gallon
single stream recycling bins to each unit. The single stream recycling system
allows residents to put all their recyclables, unsorted, in one large bin. Texas
State student Emily Price says that this has made recycling a lot easier.
Items that will be accepted in the recycling bins are: paper, tin, aluminum,
plastic and glass. Items that will not be accepted include: plastic bags, any
type of Styrofoam or pizza boxes. For Bobcat Update, I'm Valerie Soja.


Marie Webber

Texting, Tweeting, or updating Facebook are ways to pass the time in between
classes or during a study break. According to Live-science-dot-com, college
students are addicted to social media as they use Facebook and texting to stay
in touch with friends. Some students feel the temptation to check their social
networking sites during class and drift away from the lecture. For others
checking their social media platforms is a way to refresh their minds during