Adrienne Enderle

It’s the hottest time of year, and everyone on campus is trying to cope. Adrienne Enderle has more in this Bobcat Update.

With the temperature in San Marcos reaching record highs, Texas State students and faculty are searching for a reprieve wherever they can find one. But one part of the university’s population doesn’t have the luxury of working indoors. Construction workers are performing hard labor in this hot climate, and yet they have to do so wearing long pants, hardhats, gloves and, in some cases, long-sleeve shirts and goggles. They have to because of OSHA rules -- rules mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Act. The multiple layers of clothing add to the sweat brought by hard labor. Construction workers must take certain precautions to prevent heat stroke and dehydration when working outside.
(Sound bite: Brad Olson on water breaks and shade)
Texas State’s Department of Engineering Technology trains Construction Science and Management majors to be prepared for the future.
(Sound bite: CSM student on course)
So, what’s the best way to beat the heat?
(Sound bite: Kent on the river)
For Bobcat Update, I’m Adrienne Enderle.

Jarod Phillips

Texas State students are finding ways to make their first day of class more comfortable -- despite today’s extreme heat. Jarod Phillips has the story.

With temperatures today approaching 105 degrees, most students are trying to find ways to beat the heat. Senior Cambrian Pichon says she wanted to wear something dressy on her first day, BUT...
(:09) “But being as how the weather is in the 100s and 90s, I’m dressed for comfort and so I have on a sundress and some flats cause it’s hot out here.”
Pichon says her attire is a far cry from the pants and heels she would have worn.
Senior Erin Barlow says she won’t try to dress up as long as she lives in Texas. Until she finds a way to move
north, she'll have a different approach to clothing.
(:09) “So I’m trying to get as close to naked as humanly possible without being inappropriate, ‘cause it’s hot.”
Despite the heat, some students still wore pants and long-sleeved shirts. Most simply wore shorts and t-shirts.
Water bottles and hats are a common sight on campus today. University faculty and administrators agree that drinking plenty of fluids and staying out of the sun as much as possible are necessary precautions. In this weather, the saying “Be cool, stay in school” has to be taken literally.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Jarod Phillips.

Kelsey Manning

After 70 days of record-high temperatures, students are finding different ways to seek refuge from the heat. Kelsey Manning has this Bobcat Update.
The first day of school usually has students rushing to get to their classes on time, but this year they may be moving even faster to get out of the sun. Coming off of a dry summer, the heat in Texas Hill Country has not let up. San Marcos residents are feeling the effects, even in the shade. Bobcats at Texas State are trying to stay cool -- using sunglasses, hats or even umbrellas. For some, simply adjusting to the climate is the biggest thing.
SOUNDBITE - Chris - "Hotter than ever"
For others, changing clothes is the best option.
SOUNDBITE - Andre - Clothing
No matter what, staying hydrated is a popular choice for beating the heat. You can see water bottles nearly everywhere on campus. High temperatures are expected to continue through the rest of the month. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kelsey Manning.

Chase Hunter

With the record-breaking heat in Central Texas, students at Texas State are finding ways to adjust during the first week of classes. Chase Hunter has more on this Bobcat Update.

One-hundred degree temperatures are not ending any time soon, and many students are beating the heat in unique ways. One way they are cooling off is with free gear in the quad courtesy of Student Affairs. Frisbees are being handed out. Graduate student Hope Herrington says the frisbees are mostly being used as fans to provide some relief :
Soundbite 1: (Hope Herrington, division of Student Affairs)
Some students are experiencing a problem in the theater building. A sewer line recently broke, which means the building has no running water. This means no restrooms and no water fountains. Portable toilets have been set up outside of the building [and a few come equipped with air-conditioning -- Seriously!]. Inside the theater building water stations are set up with cups for everyone to rehydrate. Senior Breck Robinson says it's a little frustrating, but everyone has to cope:
Soundbite 2: (Breck Robinson, senior student)
Drinking plenty of water will help cool off some of the heat in the afternoon hours. Senior Chase Joliet says he brings a water bottle with him to keep refreshed.
Soundbite 3: (Chase Joliet, Mass Comm Senior)
Luckily for students a brief shower today provided some temporary relief from the heat. But most students were caught without umbrellas and were left walking in the rain.
For Bobcat Update, I’m Chase Hunter.