Discover Texas State: Tours, Wine Walk, Greenfest
Is Smoking Ban Being Enforced on Campus?
What is The Hitch? Mobile Eating
Future of Aquarena Center
Military Friendly-Three Years Running
Drinking on the Square-Open Containers
Student Running for Place 3 Council
What's All the Construction? Ramps near LBJ
Guy in a Cage
Honors Program-Meet the Professors
Dining Options-Striving to Find Healthy Food
Dropoff points have changed for commuters
Calf Muscles enhanced-Climbing stairs
Popular games-Distractions in the Classroom
Political Science Major Nicholas Cubides' (Coo-Pee_Dez) is no stranger to riding the bull on the campaign trail. Cubides' experience includes working for John Thomaides when he ran for mayor in 2009. Now, the two men are running against each other for Place Three on the City Council.
Cubides says although he's a student, he considers himself a San Marcan first.
Cubides' other opponents include retired San Marcos Police Commander Terry Nichols and Seton Healthcare Contract Negotiator Toby Hooper. Cubides says he plans to run a targeted campaign.
Luck isn't the only thing that Cubides has bestowed to Thomaides.
Cubides says he's looking forward to the November 8th election.
(stand in) The San Marcos Area League of Women Voters is sponsoring a debate for both Place three and Place four City Council positions here at the Activity Center. You can hear the candidates, including Cubides and Thomaides, square off on Monday October 17th at 7 p-m. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kenn Zuniga.
Three conditions exist in Texas that can contribute to the spread of wildfires -- hot temperatures, drought and gusty winds.
San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stevens says wildfires are unpredictable and can spread quickly. Stevens says there isn't a simple solution to stop wildfires, but careful landscaping can help prevent them from spreading.
(Fire Chief Les Stevens...13 secs...house)
Vegetation is any dry piece of bio-mass that burns, such as leaves, grass and brush. The combination of record-setting temperatures and high winds doesn't help either. One spark in a dry area is enough to start a small fire and winds push fires in every direction. Stevens says most wildfires are accidents and can be prevented.
(Fire Chief Les Stevens...13 secs...hour)
There is no universal answer to stop a wildfire, but certain precautions can be taken to prevent them for spreading. For more information you can contact your local fire department. For Bobcat Update, I'm William Foster.
Many students need financial help. Tuition, fees and other expenses quickly add up to big bucks. Loans are one way to make ends meet. And whether they're loans from the government OR from a private lender, eventually they come due. Payments have to be made.
(Soundbite: Lens on school loans vs governmental)
(Soundbite/Standup: Enderle on default rates rising by 7%)
Usually within a few months of graduation, students will have to begin payments on their loans. That can be a big problem if the newly-minted graduate can't find a job.
(Soundbite: Lens on repayment of loans)
One option for students who can't immediately find a job is to defer their payments, which could mean more time in school.
(Soundbite: Lens on graduate school)
For Bobcat Update, I'm Adrienne Enderle.
Much of the river habitation has been affected by the drought and the lower than normal flow. For example, officials are concerned about an already endangered plant called Texas Wild Rice. Erosion of the river bank is another issue for those who enjoy the San Marcos River.
Texas State officially became a tobacco-free campus on August 1st. The university handbook states that students and faculty are encouraged to enforce the policy themselves but many choose not to.
A recent survey showed that 70 percent of students and 75 percent of faculty wanted a tobacco-free campus. Although the ban is now in effect, many ignore the policy.
The school is offering classes and a hotline to students and staff who want to quit smoking. The ban is in effect for both the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses. For Bobcat Update, I'm Caroline Cook.
The San Marcos Fire Department has been working non-stop since Labor Day weekend, offering assistance to control wildfires in the region and aiding families who have been affected by the fires.
The fire department has sent firemen and supplies to Wimberley, Dripping Springs, Travis County and Caldwell County during the past week alone.
Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Clark says the fire department expects more of the same in the coming weeks.
CLARK ( :__ __ seconds)
"We're getting ready you know, because I think this, unfortunately, is going to be the start, until we get some rain, of a busy, busy fire season."
The fire department and other San Marcos organizations have been collecting donations for families in Bastrop who lost homes in the fire.
The generosity of San Marcos residents has led the city to look for a place to store the donations until they're distributed.
In assisting others, the local fire department has logged more than 120 overtime hours -- all of which must be paid up front by the city -- BUT, in time, the funds will be reimbursed. Texas has been declared a disaster area and will receive federal funds to cover the costs of battling the wildfires.
CLARK ( : __ __)
"Just costs of feeding people when they're up there and trying to get people rest; there's costs associated with it and down the road it will be recoverable. But right now, it's going to be a little bit of a burden on the city."
San Marcos has been fortunate, so far, to avoid any large fires, but some small fires have been reported. Clark says residents need to take precautions.
CLARK ( :__ __)"The wind hasn't been blowing, the humidity has been high, but everybody's just going to have to be careful, because it's the same here as it is everywhere, and it takes just one wrong move."
With daily highs in the 90s and 100s, wildfires are still possible. Even the smallest actions, from lighting a match for a grill to discarding a lit cigarette in an open area, can start a big fire.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Marissa Wagner.
The university's Auxiliary Services has installed Q-R codes at the major stops along the Texas State bus routes. School officials say the codes are a big improvement over existing applications.
SOUNDBITE: (Hamilton…:08…major bus stops)
You just have to scan the code with your phone and it will display the wait time for every bus in your vicinity.
SOUNDBITE: (Hamilton…:10…those scanners)
However, some students do not know these codes exist.
SOUNDBITE: (Walker…:05…something else)
SOUNDBITE: (Walker…:04…using it)
STANDUP: (Streety...:07...Aspen Streety)
If you're hungry for something different, The Hitch may offer the perfect solution. Located in historic downtown San Marcos, off of East Hopkins, the mobile eatery is a collection of food trucks.
SOUNDBITE : (Booth…14 sec…showing up.)
Other food trailers include Mr. Bigote's Tacos and The Tin Box. Soon to open will be barbeque, pizza and hot dog trucks. The Hitch accepts credit and debit cards and provides a covered picnic table area.
SOUNDBITE : (Booth…8 sec…good here.)
No matter if you like things sweet or salty, The Hitch has something for you. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kelsey Manning.
One way for students to adjust to college life is to get involved in extracurricular activites. The Student Organizations Council at Texas State University helps students stay involved. This past Thursday the S-O-C had an organizational fair to showcase the different groups on campus
Senior Kristopher Infante says the effort won't end there.
SB-Kristopher Infante Director of Marketing and Public Relations for SOC
S-O-C holds these events throughout the year and it's never too late to get involved! Angel Prangner, of the Phi Beta Chi sorority, says she wishes she would have gotten involved earlier and encourages others to join an organization as soon as possible to reap all the benefits.
SB-Angel Prangner Phi Beta Chi
Be sure to check out some of S-O-C's future events to see if there's an organization that fits you!
For Bobcat Update, I'm Lauren Newcomb.
University Police used its RAVE emergency text messaging system to let students know about a potentially dangerous situation on campus.
Text messages kept students updated throughout the day by informing them about the suspect's last known whereabouts on campus. The messages said the man was seen with a knife on the corner of Sessom and Comanche.
Freshman Sara Cardwell says today's events upset her.
SB: (Sara Cardwell)
Sergeant Robert Campbell says the text messaging system alerted students about the situation faster than e-mail.
SB: (Robert Campbell)
Some students receiving the text messages liked the system. Criminal Justice Major Conrad Reyes says he believes RAVE is a great way of alerting students about what's going on.
SB: (Conrad Reyes)
Campbell says he encourages students to join Rave.
Several updates were posted on RAVE throughout the day. And though no one was arrested on campus, students were encouraged to continue with their regular activities.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Katy Heaney.
Footnote: Police later apprehended the individual in San Antonio.
Sparked by what some now call the Bastrop Blaze, many San Marcos businesses have begun accepting donations to give to those who have been misplaced by the disastrous fires. Sonic Drive-In, located on Aquarena Springs Drive, has joined in the city's relief efforts, encouraging the donation of any non-perishable items. The Triple Crown bar, located downtown, is conducting a drive and a benefit concert to assist evacuees. Greg Ellis, an employee at the Sundance Record Store, says San Marcos seems to be in a giving spirit.
Some local churches are offering their facilities as shelter for evacuees. Texas State junior Ryan Sellers says every one should get involved.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kendra Davidson
With the constant back and forth, commuters have to deal with potential obstacles -- occasional traffic jams, high gas prices and overcrowded buses. Getting to class on time can be a big hassle for anyone who chooses to live out of town.
SB: (Caleb Hey-TX State Senior)
Commuting by bus from Austin or San Antonio can cost up to nine dollars per round trip, which is on top of the almost 80-dollar bus fee that students pay at registration. Driving isn't much easier. Parking spots are scarce and then there's the construction on campus.
SB: (Curtis Hammil-TX State Junior)
However, a little bit of travel is worth it to these Texas State students who make the sacrifice to live in a city they call home.
SB: (Jessica Kornberg-Psychology major)
Commuters hope these issues will be resolved soon, but until then they'll just have to make due. For Bobcat Update, I'm Leocadia O'Brien.
Unemployment remains high in the United States -- lingering at more than nine percent. But Marketing Junior Andrew Patterson says he doesn't let it bother him.
(SB: "I'm not really that nervous when I get out of college, maybe because I'm not there yet, but I already have a job with a marketing company, so I should be fine." 00:08)
While some students may be optimistic about finding a job in their field, other students are feeling pressure.
Education Senior Brian Reppart says although he's currently interning at a middle school, he is still worried about finding a job.
(SB: "I'm terrified. I really am. Especially, with teachers right now. The employment rates for teachers have gone down so much with layoffs and just having Ricky Perry cut our budget by more than half." 00:10)
Adviser Allison Birk says Career Services host many programs for students concerned about the job market. The programs offer a range of services -- from polishing up the resumes to meeting employers for interviews.
(SB: "We bring real employers from all different industries in and allow students to interview with those companies in our office so students don't have to travel to San Antonio, Austin." 00:09)
Career Services will also be hosting a Career Fair Prep on September 14th at five p-m on the fifth floor of LBJ for students for those who are interested in getting a quick lesson on the do's and don'ts at a job fair.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Flores.