Kelsey Manning

If you're graduating soon and you're not feeling motivated anymore, you're not alone. You are part of a campus epidemic! Kelsey Manning has more in this Bobcat Update.

Even with the prestige and excitement of graduation on the horizon for many college seniors, paying attention in class and taking time to hit the books may be harder than ever. The reason? A campus-wide case of Senioritis.
SB: Ethan...semester, actually
Senioritis affects students with a variety of symptoms.
SB: Valerie...all day.
As far as finding a cure, some turn
to post-graduation plans for motivation...
SB: Ethan...law school.
...while others turn to more traditional remedies to stay focused until the semester's end.
SB: Daniel...a lot.
Additionally, professors who enforce strict attendance policies help keep seniors from checking out early.
SB: Daniel...assigned seating.
STANDUP: If you find yourself suffering...I'm Kelsey Manning.

Kelsey Doyle

The dreaded 8 a.m class may not be so bad after all. Psychology professors at St. Laurence University have released a study that shows early classes are beneficial for some. According to the study, college students who attend early classes have higher g-p-a's. Morning classes tend to motivate students to get to bed earlier, work more efficiently and stay sober. On the other hand, students who take classes later in the day are more likely to go to more parties and consume more alcohol. The study shows that lower grades coincide with less sleep.

Emilie Hernandez

If you don't want that egg-nog and turkey to tag along with you at your holiday parties, it might help to set your resolutions early. No need to wait until the New Year. The student rec center is a great place to get started, because to keep pounds off you have to stay active. At the rec center are personal trainers, group exercise classes and even a climbing wall. Go there and you'll find a way to keep your heart rate up. OR if you can't find the time for an intense workout, try something simple, like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

Marissa Wagner

Texas colleges will soon require all students to be vaccinated for bacterial meningitis. A new state law takes affect in January, and it will affect students whether they're new or returning. If you received the shot within the past five years you're exempt from the law, although a booster is recommended. The Health Center at Texas State offers the shot for 110 dollars, but county health departments offer it for less. For more information, visit the health center's Website.

Assignments - Week of Oct. 31-Nov. 3

Pace Center-Cochran-PKG
Holiday Fitness-Hernandez-VO
Early to Class/Better Grades-Doyle-VO
Go Center-Fluker-VO
Bobcat Trail Rerouting-Flores-VO
Tubing in Martindale-Zuniga-PKG
Domestic Violence/Getting Help-Davidson-PKG
Fall Fashion Confusion-Newcomb-VO
Bank of America Protest-O'Brien-VO
KTSW Lunchbox Music Series-Onescu-VO
Wurstfest Part 2-Pena-PkG Carryover
New Residence Hall-Pichon-PKG Carryover


Bobcat Update - Oct. 27, 2011

Elena Garlock

Two A-S-G Senators at Texas State are proposing that the university adopt a plus-minus grading system. Some universities have a wider range of grades to give students, but Texas State still uses A-through-F without any plusses or minuses. Senators Joseph Flores and Adam French wrote a bill to implement the grading system here, but the bill died during the spring semester. They say they plan to introduce the bill again this fall.

Karina Gonzalez

San Marcos and Hays County will host a hazardous waste collection at City Hall this Saturday. Items that will be accepted include cleaning products, paint, and even outdated medications. The program is designed to make sure residents are disposing of medications and other hazardous materials in the correct manner. If you have items, drop them off at City Hall between eight in the morning and noon. For products to be accepted, you will have to bring proof of residency.


Bobcat Update - Oct. 26, 2011

Cambrian Pichon

The Department of Modern Languages is hosting its annual festival for poetry, music and dance. Some Texas State students and faculty participated in reading poems, singing and enjoyed light refreshments while others came to watch. The theme for the festival was centered around peace in honor of Facundo Cabral who died earlier this year. He was an Argentinean singer and songwriter designated as the worldwide messenger of peace, according to the New York Times. The festival ends tonight at 8 o'clock with Latin American dances.

Beth Brinkman

It's Cyber Security Awareness Day at Texas State. Those attending learned how to protect their computers and information at a conference held at the L-B-J Student Center ballroom. To protect their computers, students and faculty were encouraged to install anti-virus software and to change their privacy settings on social networking sites as needed. Some attendees participated in a game called I-T Security Pong and won smart phones and kindles in a raffle. 

Amanda Pena

There's a shop tucked away near the square in downtown San Marcos that is home to more than a thousand different light fixtures from around the world. In this Bobcat Update, Amanda Pena tells us about a unique shop.

(Pena…8 sec…the others)
From floor lamps to chandeliers, Stewart X Douglas has any and every kind of light fixture you could ever imagine, some dating back to the 1800's. Owner Kyle Reese began collecting the fixtures on his travels around the world over 19 years ago. When Reese is away, employee Paul Chrissey tends the store.
(Chrissey…sec… selling it.)
From collecting the lighting to restoring it, Stewart X Douglas does it all. What originally began as a hobby for Reese and Chrissey turned into a new job that they never want to lose.
(Chrissey…sec…still am!)
Ranging in price from 100 dollars to 10-thousand dollars, historical treasures of all kinds can be found at the store. And then there are the thousands of light fixtures!
(Pena…10 sec…Amanda Pena)

Ashley Flores

Watching movies is a favorite pastime for many. You can watch on the big screen at a theater near you or watch at home if you like. But, as Ashley Flores tells us in this Bobcat Update, the industry is changing. Finding a good movie to watch can be challenging.

Netflix -- the popular D-V-D mail delivery company -- is having an identity crisis. Its creation called Qwikster quickly died. But it's even worse at Blockbuster, where most stores -- including the one in San Marcos -- have closed.
[Standup: But companies like Blockbuster aren't the only ones suffering. Within this year, Netflix has lost an estimated 810-thousand subscribers.]
Netflix customers had grown accustomed to paying $9.99 for a combined service of streaming video and DVD renting. But then the company increased its prices by charging $7.99 for each service individually.
SB: "…like, heck no." (Erika Hernandez, Former Netflix User) 7sec
SB: "…without being told." (Elizabeth Lopez, Blockbuster Express User) 11sec
Others consider paying the extra amount.
SB: "be willing to." (Ryan Sanders, Netflix User) 5sec
Many students use alternative options.
SB: "use YouTube too." (Daniel Recio, YouTube/Redbox User) 7sec
SB: "on
Saturday night." (Laura Engells, Redbox User) 12sec
SB: "…the movie theaters." (Recio) 2sec
Maybe a night at the dollar movie theater doesn't sound like a bad idea either. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Flores.

Lauren Newcomb

Fall graduation is coming up soon, and Texas State Career Services is helping students prepare. Lauren Newcomb has more, in this Bobcat Update.

Finding a job. That's a big concern right now for seniors who will be graduating in December.
(Allison Birk "We have career counselors that are in our office at all times. If you're interested in doing a mock interview you can just call and set up an appointment, and you can do a mock interview at your pace."...11 sec)
*Found at 3:36-3:47
Birk says employers tend to give greater weight to experience rather than having a high G-P-A. First impressions are also important.
(Allison Birk 3:24 "The interview process can make or break you, let's be realistic."...4 sec)
*Found at 3:22-3:26)
Senior Kevin Rawls says Career Services has helped prepare him for graduation.
(Kevin Rawls " Getting my name out there, just branding. Even if I don't get the job or internship it's a lasting impression I leave on the employer."..7 sec)
*Found at 13:40-13:47
While some employers are very specific about what qualities they expect in an applicant, others require no experience at all.
(Brad Bishop "Resume or no resume, we get a good feeling of people's personalities and all of that good stuff."...8 sec)
*Found at 10:39-10:57
Colter Ray, with Consolidated Graphics, visited a job fair when he was a student. Now, he's an employer at the event.
(Colter Ray "I actually met Consolidated Graphics at a career fair, the spring career fair at Texas State. The girl who recruited me is actually my co-worker now."...10 sec)
*Found at 16:32-16:42
If you missed Tuesday's job fair...no worries! All the employers who attended accept resumes online or in person. To see what other events career services will be hosting this semester, visit their office on the fifth floor of the L-B-J Student Center. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lauren Newcomb.


Kendra Davidson

San Marcos may become one of the few cities to ban plastic bags, the kind of bags you get when you go grocery shopping. The city council will discuss the issue next week. Some believe plastic bags are harmful to the environment. Very few plastic bags are recycled. Walgreens and other stores may stop using plastic bags in the near future.

Chase Hunter

Students riding their bikes on campus may find themselves dealing with broken pedals and flat tires. The Bike Cave, located in the Colorado Building, offers free assistance. Bike parts and upgrades can be purchased, as well as whole-bikes ready to ride. Bike-training programs are also available for those who want to learn how to replace parts themselves. The class costs five dollars and will be offered next semester.

Chase Joliet

New smoking bans on campus don't seem to be keeping those who want to smoke from doing so. Students who smoke are finding more secluded areas away from the public eye. Behind Old Main is a popular area where there is evidence of smokers marking their territory. According to Campus Police, smoking on campus is not against the law -- it's just against campus policy. There are no consequences for those who choose to break the policy.

Jessica Buck

Many students perform a balancing act -- there's school, there's work and somewhere in between there's a social life. In this Bobcat Update, Jessica Buck takes a look at where students turn to, to include dating in their social lives.

Whether you just want to meet someone as friends or possibly find the love of your life, there are a few places in San Marcos where you might go to get started.
Coffee shops offer a good alternative to the bar scene to find someone. And trending lately among college-age men and women are online dating services. They provide an easy alternative to meet people who are compatible.
<sb......online dating/meet people while running>
Some students will even tell you that classrooms are a great place to meet potential dates.
<sb.....class/grocery >
Stand up <local bar, local grocery make sure you weed out those bad apples...>


Emilie Hernandez

It's the end of October and you know what that means..it's pumpkin time! No matter how old you are, pumpkin carving can be tons of fun, even if it's a little messy. You can find a wide variety of pumpkins to choose from at the First United Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch or any local H-E-B. The University Bookstore is having a pumpkin-carving contest this week. So, if you think your masterpiece could make the cut, you have until October 31st to turn it in. The top three chosen will receive a gift card.

Aspen Streety

Early voting in Hays County has begun. The San Marcos Public Library serves as one of the primary polling locations. Major issues being voted on during this election include several proposed constitutional amendments and a possible increase of the local sales tax. Locations, dates, and hours for early voting can be found on the Hays County government website. Texas State students can vote in the L-B-J Student Center. Early voting continues through November eighth.

Marissa Wagner

Halloween is here! If you are celebrating this weekend and you still need something to wear, popular costumes this year include Charlie Sheen, Angry Birds, and Katy Perry. Group costumes, such as the casts of Harry Potter and The Jersey Shore are also top sellers. You can buy your costumes online or shop at one of three stores in San Marcos.

Bobcat Update - Oct. 20, 2011

Bobcat Update - Oct. 19, 2011

Ryan Cochran

A recent study found that Texas is trailing other states in terms of college retention and graduation, but Texas State University is faring much better. Ryan Cochran has the story in today's Bobcat Update.

A nationwide study on college graduation and retention rates found that Texas is lagging behind other states. About 32 percent of Texans ages 25 to 34 have earned an associate's degree or higher, compared with 41 percent for the rest of the nation. However, Texas State University is doing much better.
(Heintze) "Our retention rates here at the institution, Texas State, are almost 80 percent; 79 percent, in fact."
Dr. Heintze says that the main challenge universities face is the growing number of students every year.
(Heintze) "There's a campus wide effort underway to help students make the transition from high school; to be successful in a college and hopefully have the kind of success both in and out of a classroom that will make it possible for them to be successful and stay and graduate."
No matter what the statistics say, there will always be those who stick out the four or more years for their dream job.
"I want to teach music. I have plans."
For Bobcat update, I'm Ryan Cochran.

Caroline Cook

A bicyclist in San Marcos can find riding to be a perilous journey. The city has a lot of busy streets and very few of them have bike lanes. Caroline Cook has more in this Bobcat Update.

Traveling through San Marcos on a bicycle can be dangerous. Strap on your helmet and watch out:
(SB: Hackman)
If you are traveling by bike on the roadways, be cautious and know the guidelines that bicyclists have to follow. Bike paths in San Marcos are few in number.
(SB: Garza)
For some streets beware…
(SB: Lincoln)
(Caroline Stand Up)


Assignments - Week of Oct. 24-Oct. 27

Food Bank-Holiday Service-Doyle PKG carryover
Enrollment Management-Cochran PKG carryover
Cycling Road Safety-Cook PKG carryover
Dating Options-Buck PKG
Lighting Store-Pena PKG
Pumpkins-Hernandez VO
Costumes-Wagner VO
Early Voting-Streety VO
Movie Choices-PKG-Flores
Cyber Security-VO-Brinkman
Senioritis-PKG-Manning carryover


Jarod Phillips, Fabian Juarez & Jordan Hughes

Texas State's Mass Communication Week is coming to a close. After four days of events that included panels of mass comm professionals and scholars from all over the country, the week wraps up tonight with a screening of the New York Times documentary: Page One. Here are some of the highlights, in case you missed out.

Robert Fluker

Moammar Gadhafi's death is getting a lot of coverage today, and Texas State students are reacting to the news.

Kelsey Doyle

Some families in Hays County are struggling to make ends meet. Unemployment and inflation have taken their toll. Holidays can be especially hard for them as they struggle to put food on the table. For such families, the Hays County Food Bank can help. Kelsey Doyle has more in this Bobcat Update.

Many families will go through the holidays without a traditional meal.
SB: "The City of San Marcos is calling October the turkey tackling month"
Turkeys Tackling Hunger is the food bank's fifth annual campaign to feed hungry families in the Hays County area for the holidays.Hays County Food bank officials say that a 20-dollar donation will buy ingredients for a Thanksgiving Turkey feast for one family in need.
SB: "They don't know if they can do it, that's where we come in. It feels good to help"
Standup: Last Thanksgiving, the Hays County Food Bank provided turkeys with all the trimmings to almost 22-hundred families. This year they hope to beat that record and bring more families together.
SB: "Holidays are a time for family. It's an American tradition."
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kelsey Doyle.

Ashley Flores

Some banks are charging more for you to do business with them. The cost of debit card transactions is going up. The banks are reacting to new regulations that went into effect earlier this month. In this Bobcat Update, Ashley Flores tells us how the changes might affect you.

(STAND-UP: With some banks implementing new fees, swiping a debit card to make a purchase could mean an extra charge out of your pocket.) 
Starting in early 2012, Bank of America account holders will be charged a five-dollar monthly fee just for using their debit card anywhere it is accepted.
SB: Kathryn Whitbeck, Vocal Performance Freshmen "...something that's mine."
Chase and Wells Fargo are now testing out a three-dollar monthly debit card fee in select markets. Neither bank says when it will make a final decision on the card charge.
SB: Tatiana Salazar, Mass Communications Senior "...of my account."
Many have decided to change banks.
SB: Josh Richardson, Manufacturing Engineering Sophomore "...a credit union."
SB: Salazar "...a credit union."
Others are still weighing the pros and cons. 
SB: Kyle Amstutz, Physics Freshmen "to my switch."
But not every customer is worried.
SB: Adrian Omar Ramirez, Journalism Junior "service for me." 
Regardless of which bank they use, customers should review their account statements for changes in their checking fees.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Flores.


Amanda Pena

Students are in the quad this afternoon donating the shirts right off their backs -- literally. It's to help those who lost their clothing in the recent Bastrop fires. A Texas State student organization called Fashion Nation is coordinating the effort. The group is also letting people know about their upcoming fashion show, which will be held on November 18th. After the fashion show, all of the clothing will be taken to Bastrop to be distributed to families in need. Donations will be accepted today and tomorrow in the quad.


Kendra Davidson

Mass Communication students at Texas State are learning from the pros this week. A four-day conference featuring numerous workshops, sessions and interviews is underway. Mass Comm Week gives students an opportunity to interact with professionals and alumni. Tonight's featured speaker will be Bob Metcalfe, who helped develop the Internet. Mass Comm Week wraps up tomorrow night with a screening of Page One-Inside the New York Times. The film will be shown at Evans Auditorium.

Beth Brinkman

Cell phones, Facebook, Twitter. Most of us are connected in some way through technology. And now many San Marcos businesses are using these tools to reach their customers. Beth Brinkman has more in this Bobcat Update.

For many, browsing through text messages or twitter feeds is a daily occurrence. Some San Marcos businesses are aware of the trends and they're finding ways to cash in by using social media.
SB: Rachel Gardener, Mochas and Javas employee (...word out there.)
Businesses such as Nephews, Jimmy Johns and Mochas and Javas have started using social media as a more efficient, less costly way to market themselves.
SB: Jon Zmikly, Adjunct Lecturer (to their group).
STANDUP: With the increased use of social media, such as twitter and Facebook, it's no wonder that businesses like Mochas and Javas are using them to reach out to their customers. For Bobcat Update, I'm Beth Brinkman.

Emilie Hernandez

Intramural sports is a great option for students who want to find a way to have fun with friends and throw in a little competition as well. Emilie Hernandez has more.

Many Texas State students want to compete. Team sports can be a lot of fun, and they're available to all.
<Sound bite Andi Cruz>……likes the competitiveness of intramurals
Intramural sports give students the opportunity to not only commit to a sport they like but be part of a team as well.
<Sound bite Trevon – Intramural Sports Coordinator>…explaining what sports are available
But, for some students, intramural games are more than just a competition.
<Emilie Stand up> If you miss team sports in high school……..intramural sports here at Texas State could be the solution to fill that void.
<Sound bite Mark> Start with him on camera speaking about students playing intramurals to fulfill their glory days in high school..talks about how competitive some of the organizations can get, then transition to b-roll and back to him.
Whether you're trying to relive your glory days from high school or simply trying to stay in shape and have some fun doing it, intramural sports can meet your needs. Not only do you get to compete, you can also build lasting relationships doing something you love. For Bobcat Update, I'm Emilie Hernandez.


Jessica Buck

Tonight Texas State Volleyball team will take on U-T Arlington at Strahan Colesium. The Bobcats hope to improve their win streak to 8. They are currently 7 and 1 in conference play. Tonight's game is the annual "Bobcats Against Breast Cancer" game. The team will be raising money with a silent auction during the game with proceeds going to the Central Texas Medical Center. Game time is at 6:30. Wear a pink shirt for free admission.

Leocadia O'Brien

Drought and recent wildfires have heightened public awareness to a few unsung heroes...the Hays County Firefighters.  Leocadia O'Brien has more...

The sirens blare letting you know to get over to the shoulder and out of the way, but there is more to know about your local firemen.  They're volunteers and go through rigorous training, including an 80-hour orientation.
(SB: Carroll)
But the benefits prove worth it in the end.
(SB: Guys about saving lives)
Especially to those who have had dreams of this since they were little.
(SB: Price)
However, they all pretty much agree on what can be the downside.
(SB: Mustache guy)
And it's even harder on the newbies.
(SB: Lopez)
But the most appealing part of this job...
(SB: Captain Carroll)
(Stand Up)  Firefighters come to work every day knowing their lives are at risk, but these guys wouldn't have it any other way.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Leocadia O'Brien.

Aspen Streety

Registration for the spring semester has begun at Texas State, and some students are finding the process to be frustrating. The university's new registration system is difficult to navigate because it's very different from the system that was replaced. Registration will continue through November fourth. Before logging in, students should check to see when their access periods are. If you have any questions, contact the Registrar's Office.

Kelsey Manning

Getting your morning caffeine fix may be doing more than helping you stay awake in class. A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health says that regular consumption of coffee can help lower the risk of depression by up to 20 percent, especially in college-aged women. The researchers recommend drinking up to four cups a day, but advise to keep a minimum any added sweeteners.

Kaitlin Heaney

Sun worshipers who want to maintain their tan during the cooler months ahead may have to use a bed or a bottle to maintain their appearance. Katy Heaney tells us more in this Bobcat Update.
Keeping your tan in the winter months can be easy if you're willing to use a tanning salon or buy sprays and lotions. Darque Tan offers a range of services.
SB: It's more of a personal preference whether you would rather lay in a bed or if you're not wanting to get the UVA/UVB rays in you. You can always use the mystic. Our mystic, is actually, we use airbrush solution versus the mystic solution, so it's going to give you a more natural color. (Kaela Rettinger, Darque Tan Employee)
Spray tans are preferable for those who concerned about the potential harmful effects of U-V-A/U-V-B rays.
SB:I love it actually, I mean yeah it kinda sucks that it wears off and you have to keep going back but I'd rather save 10 minutes of spraying here then going through a whole years worth of having cancer. (Ghazaleh Shahvandi, Freshman)
SB: I'm super pale and I don't burn, but I don't tan. So I really do have to do mystic tan cause so many people are so tan around Texas State. So I feel I'd be the most palest person around campus. (Kat LaVally, Freshman)
STANDUP: Using tanning salons can give you that summer, glow you want, but can be expensive. Drugstores and makeup stores also offer tanning lotions and sprays.
Sephora and other makeup stores offer a variety of sprays and lotions which vary in price. Such items can also be found online.
SB: I use fake tanner every now and then to bronze up a little bit but I don't ever go into a tanning salon (Justine Osina, Freshman)
Shahvandi says although lotions and sprays from drugstores are cheaper than salons, she's received better results at salons. For Bobcat Update, I'm Katy Heaney.

Cambrian Pichon

Tail-gaters attending Texas State's homecoming game will notice a lot of new construction at the stadium this year. Cambrian Pichon tells us more, in this Bobcat Update.

The football stadium is being expanded to get ready for competition in the Western Athletic Conference next year, but the construction shouldn't affect tail-gaters when they gather for the homecoming game October 29th.
Associate Athletic Director for External Operations Don Coryell says tailgating will be in the same location it's always been.
Bite: "Tailgating for homecoming will be in the Coliseum parking lot. There are some good parking spots here near the Coliseum for those who arrive here early but we still provide buses to pick up students from different locations for the games. We hope to have a good turnout."
The North Side Complex is scheduled for completion in June 2012 in time for the next season.
Site Manager Joe Thompson says the construction crews are working hard.
Bite: "We work 40 hours in six days a week, except for home game days."
Thompson said one thing is for sure.
"There are not enough hours in a day."
For Bobcat Update, I'm Cambrian Pichon.


Assignments - Week of Oct. 17-Oct. 20

So.Hays Firefighters-O'Brien-PKG carryover (Thurs)
Tailgate-Construction-Pichon-PKG carryover (Wed)
Tanning-Staying tanned-Heaney PKG carryover (Thurs)
Mass Comm Week-Phillips, Juarez & Hughes-Montage (Thurs)
ATM Fees Going Up-Flores-PKG (Thurs)
Businesses Using Social Media-Brinkman-PKG (Wed)
Volleyball-Buck-VO (Wed)
Spring Registration-Streety VO (Wed)
Harvard Study Coffee Depression-Manning-VO (Wed)
Intramurals-Hernandez-PKG (Wed)
Road Projects-Zuniga-VO (Thurs)
Mass Comm Week-Davidson-VO (airs Wedn)
Pink Breast Cancer Awareness-Newcomb-VO (Thurs)
Food Bank-Holiday Service-Doyle PKG carryover


Bobcat Update - Oct. 13, 2011

Jaclyn Doan

If you find yourself yawning in class, you're not alone. A recent study by Brown University shows that college students are sleep deprived. That comes as no surprise after you walk around campus. Boko's Living Room is a favorite spot for a mid-day nap. With a student I-D or driver's license, you can get blankets and pillows to be more comfortable. You can also catch some zzzs in rocking chairs or on couches at various locations. And if you're really desperate, you can nap on grassy areas or concrete walls.

Sonia Onescu

Talent shows and derby cars -- It must be that time of year again. Texas State is celebrating Homecoming with several events leading up to the big game on October 29th. A soap-box-car-build was held earlier today at the L-B-J Student Center patio. The derby cars will race down the hill behind Flowers Hall on the Friday before the Homecoming Game. More than two-dozen events are scheduled this month as part of the celebration. For a complete list of events, visit the Texas State website.

Caroline Cook

Texas State's student radio station is searching for a new logo. Caroline Cook tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

The student radio station, K-T-S-W, will soon celebrate 20 years on the air, and it's looking for a new logo. Ryan Smothers, an avid K-T-S-W listener, supports the idea.
Since 2002 the radio station has used the standard logo we know so well -- headphones surrounded by the letters K-T-S-W. For the new logo, a committee of professionals and Texas State faculty and staff will select the winner based on design criteria.
The winner receives 150 dollars and will have the satisfaction of seeing the design on the radio station's website.
Halloween is the last day to submit a logo. If you take the challenge, your logo could be here.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Caroline Cook.

Bobcat Update, Oct. 12, 2011


Kelsey Doyle

For many seniors at Texas State, graduation is fast approaching. The university wants to help make this a stress-free time for them. The campus bookstore has all the accessories a December graduate would need. The Senior Send-off Grad Fair invites students to order caps, gowns, invitations and class rings. Students can visit with vendors and get important commencement information. The photography vendor offers free cap and gown sittings. And students have a chance to win door prizes including diploma frames, class ring discounts and alumni apparel.


Lauren Newcomb

Central Texas farmers are hoping they'll soon get some relief from the drought, which has plagued the region for the past several months. Recent rains have been welcomed but not enough. At a Farmer's Market in San Marcos this week, Lauren Newcomb talked with growers about their concerns:

Many local farmers say their crops are smaller this year and their profits are down. The reason -- the yearlong drought.
SB "I went from…"
Many farmers turned to drip irrigation as a way to sustain their crops. The recent rainfall was a welcome break.
SB "It has made…"
The long drought and extreme summer heat go into the record books as the worst ever, but area farmers say they're used to dealing with harsh conditions.
SB "It's just the…"
Farmers say irrigation sources are necessary during times like these.
SB "If I relied..."
Farmers are hoping more rain will soak San Marcos in the near future.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Lauren Newcomb.

Kenn Zuniga

Students at K-T-S-W are pleased with yesterday's special day of radio programming for National College Radio Day. Organizers of of the event were hoping to raise awareness about the contributions that college stations make across the country. As part of its programming, K-T-S-W aired interviews featuring Mass Communication Faculty as well as former students who once worked there. The station's over-the-air signal reaches from San Antonio to Austin, and it streams worldwide online. You can visit K-T-S-W's website for a list of its daily programs.

Ashley Flores

The San Marcos community is celebrating the opening of its new Park Recreation Hall. A fire destroyed the original building two years ago. The new structure includes ample space for banquets and a covered patio. The city is hoping to rent the space to those who would like to use it. Thanks to the new building, the San Marcos Lions Club again has a permanent home for its tube-rental business and three times more space than it had in the building that burned.

Kendra Davidson

Being located so close to the live music capital of the world, it's almost impossible not to envy those talented Austinites, but San Marcos has talent of its own. Kendra Omega Davidson has more on this Bobcat Update.

Meet Curtis Clay, one of four finalists chosen in the first ever "San Marcos Has Talent" competition. Clay, a 49-year-old Program Director for the Texas School for Safety at Texas State University, has been singing since he was 8 years old.
The competition was held by members of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. Clay and three other finalists were among forty people total who auditioned for a select group of judges.
One walk around the city and you just may agree with Bondy. Clay, himself has performed with numerous big names in showbiz.
Clay says he is constantly impressed with the talented individuals he sees on the Texas State campus.
Stand-In: San Marcos Has Talent will announce a winner on November third at the One-Hundred and Ninth Annual Awards Gala held here at the San Marcos Conference Center. The winner will receive a 500-dollar cash prize, a small price for such tremendous talent. Eat your heart out, Austin.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kendra Omega Davidson

Kelsey Manning

Texas State has record enrollment this semester, but not everyone is excited about the changes that the growing numbers bring. Kelsey Manning has the story.

With 34,113 students now officially attending Texas State, the school is now ranked as the fifth largest public university in the state. For some Bobcats, with a bigger student body comes more prestige and recognition.
BITE: (Booth…getting bigger)
However, with more students comes more construction, even less parking and crowded bus routes. Additionally, students are experiencing bigger class sizes, which takes away some of the appeal of the campus for some.
BITE: (Rhodes…a statistic).
Standup: There are definitely more students enrolled at Texas State than when LBJ attended, but whether the high numbers really benefit students is still undecided. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kelsey Manning.

Emilie Hernandez

Steve Jobs is being compared to men like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford -- the great inventors of the past. Jobs, who died last week, draws such comparisons because of his impact on media technology. Emilie Hernandez has more in this Bobcat Update.

Jobs is regarded as an innovator. As co-founder of Apple Inc, he revolutionized technology and helped create one of the most admired companies in the world.
"It's going to really change a lot of industries to not have that special person driving innovation…and it scares me a little bit…..it makes me think you know, what could have been if we had a few more years with him"
"It's weird to say Apple without Steve Jobs"
Jobs was a college dropout. When he was 21, he met Steve Wozniak and together, they started Apple Computers.
Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985, but he came back in '97 to help revitalize the struggling company.  He did more than that – he created product lines that were designed for everyone to use.
"He created things that empower people, that made them feel like they could do stuff"
Apple -- with Jobs at the helm -- brought us new and dazzling computers as well as the i-Phone and the i-Pad. Jobs and Apple had an impact.
"The computers are fast, customer service in the Apple stores is amazing, and once you go Mac, you never go back"
Jobs, at age 56, died from complications caused by pancreatic cancer.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Emilie Hernandez.

Amanda Pena

There's now a local edition of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The protest in New York has been a daily fixture for the past month. Protests at Texas State -- when they occur -- can usually be found at a couple of locations on campus. Amanda Pena explains why in this Bobcat Update.

Americans cherish their First Amendment rights: Freedom of Speech, Religion and Assembly. But even freedom has its limitations.
(Soundbite from Sgt. Campbell explaining where the two student expression areas are)
(Standup-Student organizations such as the one behind me are available to students at all times of the day to express their thoughts and feelings, but students are not able to block entrances to buildings or walkways, and if they do, they could face repercussions)
sec…something you can be arrested for)
The University Police Department and CASO are adamant that students refrain from using hate speech as well as profanities.
(Standup-CASO also asks that students bring any symbolic structures, such as signs or posters, to be approved before going to an expression area. For Bobcat Update, I'm Amanda Pena.

Aspen Streety

Allergy season is a rough time for many Texas State students, and this year is no different. Aspen Streety tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

If you were thinking about using up the rest of your absences in class, you might want to hold off. Due to the extreme heat, high mold count and recent wildfires this allergy season is predicted to be one of the worst on record. According to Dr. Emilio Carranco at the Texas State Student Health Center, the lack of rain has led to a build-up of dust in the air, and as plants begin to die they become more susceptible to mold. This causes our bodies to react.
(Soundbite… Carranco)
There are some things you can do to prevent your allergies from getting the best of you.
(Soundbite... Carranco)
Mold, cedar and ragweed are common allergens that affect people the most.
(Soundbite… San Marcos resident)
If you are one of those who suffers from a runny nose or itchy eyes around the same time every year, then you probably have an allergy and should think about seeing a doctor. For Bobcat Update, I'm Aspen Streety.


Marissa Wagner

It rained in Texas this past weekend, and nature is already responding. Austin and San Antonio received rainfall amounts ranging from two to three inches. San Marcos got much less. Even so, city officials are hoping the rain will keep the city from entering stage-three water restrictions. The rains were no doubt helpful, but the state still has a long way to go in order to recover from the extreme drought, which started almost a year ago.

Elizabeth Brinkman

Gay marriage - Should religion play a role or is it strictly a civil matter? Questions, like these, are raised each week at Texas State, in what's called the Dialogue Series. Students can earn extra credit by attending the discussions that highlight what are often controversial issues. Among the topics students and faculty talk about include religious freedom, stem cell research and capital punishment. If you're interested in participating in the Dialogue Series, go to the Philosophy Department's web page for a list of upcoming events.

Jessica Buck

The gates at Bobcat Field may be closed and locked to the public now, but that will soon change. The baseball team will soon be ready for a new season. Jessica Buck tells us more, in this Bobcat Update.

Fall practices are in full swing, and next week the team will host its intra-squad World Series.
<SB> ...closest thing we have to a real game, young guys competing for a chance to perform at a real game...
The Series will pit a Maroon team against a Gold squad in a best-of-five format.
The coaches are hoping there will be a good turnout to give the team a good playing atmosphere.
<SB> ...more pressure and way more fun when there is a crowd here making noise
The series next week will be a showcase for talent, and those who want to watch it can get in free.
<SB> the maroon and gold game gets us prepared for the season and to know what we have to work with
Since arriving at Texas State, Coach Herrington has seen 27 of his players drafted into the big leagues. Last year alone there were five who got the call.
<stand up>


Assignments - Week of Oct. 10-Oct. 13

Curtis Clay - San Marcos Got Talent-Davidson
Impact of Record Enrollment-Manning carryover
Maroon & Gold Game-Buck carryover
Steve Jobs' Legacy Apple New Media-Hernandez
CityRec reopened & renovated-Flores
Sleeped Deprived-VO-Doan
KTSW Logo Contest-Cook
College Radio Day-VO-Zuniga
HCEvent-Onescu VO
So.Hays Firefighters-O'Brien PKG carryover
Tailgate-Construction-Pichon PKG carryover
Tanning-Staying tanned now PKG carryover


Bobcat Update - Oct. 6, 2011

Chase Joliet

Body art seems to have increased in popularity in recent years. Many young people, including Texas State students, appreciate tattoos as a unique art form. Many people have tattoos to remember loved ones. Others see them as a means of self-expression. San Marcos has plenty of tattoo parlors to select from, so it shouldn't be surprising if someone you know has one.

Elena Garlock

Stolen bikes at Texas State stand a better chance of being returned to their owners, IF students participate in the U-P-D's Ride Program. The Ride Program encourages students to register their bikes. When a bike is stolen and later recovered, the police department has the information it needs to contact its owner. Students can register online by going to the U-P-D website or by visiting the department's headquarters at the Nueces Building. The Bike Cave can also register bikes.

Ashley Flores

A journalist's role is to provide a voice for others, so says C-N-N correspondent Soledad O'Brien. O'Brien spoke last night at Texas State University. She was invited as part of the L-B-J Distinguished Lecturer series. We learn more in this Bobcat Update from Ashley Flores:

The news media today are often perceived as biased and too opinionated, but Soledad O'Brien told students she believes journalists should use their news stories as a platform for OTHERS to be heard.
SB: "And my job is not to say, well, which side do I want to be on. My job was to say, this is the story of a town in Logan County. And here is what's happened here." (21:16:00-21:26:00)
O'Brien's comments focused on The First Amendment -- this year's Common Experience theme at Texas State.
SB: "As working journalists, it's amazing and it's something that, not only have we fought for, but we have to continually, you know, fight for because people always try to chip away at that right." (14:30:00-14:39:20)
O'Brien's speech at Strahan Coliseum last night was well received.
SB: "I thought she was great, because personally I admire really strong independent women who aren't afraid to go out and do what they have to do to survive in their career." (3:46:00 -3:56:00) (Monica Ramos, Electronic Media Senior)
SB: "I really enjoyed it. I liked how she started out with a few jokes and telling about her background and how she got into journalism, so it was really interesting." (1:00:00-1:25:00) (Blake Barrington, Journalism Senior)
[STAND UP IN STRAHAN] The Common Experience events for this year have only just begun. Texas State University has a line-up of events that can be found online. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Flores.

Katy Heaney

The San Marcos City Council has approved an ordinance delaying implementation of stage-three water restrictions. Katy Heaney explains, in this Bobcat Update.

The city's director of communications, Melissa Millecam, says stage-three water restrictions aren't necessary in San Marcos -- at least, not yet. Millecam says, for the time being, the city will remain at stage two because San Marcos residents have been doing a good job conserving water. Also helping is the city's multi-million dollar surface-water-treatment plant, which now provides about 70 to 80 percent of the city's water supply.
SB: "Our average per capita use everyday is 114 gallons per capita. And that's very low compared to the state goal which is 140 gallons per capita."
Millecam says San Marcos stage two water restrictions are more strict than other cities in Texas. In San Marcos, stage- two water restrictions consist of watering lawns or using a drip irrigation system only once a week. San Antonio's stage two water restrictions allow hand-held watering at any time and drip irrigation system is permitted during certain hours of the day. San Marcos residents have stayed well within these restrictions.
SB: "I think that San Marcos residents contribute and are very aware of the value of following the drought rules and the fact that we have reduced our reliance on the Edwards aquifer significantly is a big factor."
The drought has also affected tourism in San Marcos. Resident Michael Rychaik says the lack of rain has affected his snorkeling adventures.
SB: "So when the aquifer's up in the 700's you know its flowing better and its more people flipping over in their canoes and stuff and I can find their, ya know, sunglasses. Nice Oakleys, Raybands, stuff like that."
These next few months will give the city council a chance to develop a new plan if the situation changes.
SB: Millecam says if the Edwards Aquifer Falls below 640 feet, stage three restrictions could be implemented.
Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Katy Heaney.

Kenn Zuniga

The city of San Marcos is still figuring out how to restore a historic house in the Dunbar Neighborhood. Kenn Zuniga tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

The address is two-17 West M-L-K Drive, and the house needs a lot of work.
The Cephas (See-Fuss) House belonged to prominent African-American Community Leader Ulysses Cephas beginning in the 1920s. Lifelong Dunbar Resident and Historian Ollie Giles recognizes the importance of restoring the house to the way it looked.
(Stand-up) Since its purchase in 2003, it's been difficult for the city to break ground on the project because of funding. Now, the city is approaching the project in a cost-effective way.
A goal that the city has been working on for eight years. Still, Giles is persistent and knows it takes time.
City officials say they hope to have the project complete by January of 2013. Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Kenn Zuniga.


Bobcat Update - Oct. 5, 2011

Aspen Streety

Today is International Bike and Walk to School Day, a day set aside to encourage commuters to use alternative means of transportation. Instead of using their cars to get to and from class, Texas State students can take this opportunity to save gas money and manage to get a workout at the same time. Organizers say another benefit gained by leaving cars at home is that it create less pollution and helps the environment.

Cambrian Pichon

They return year after year. Companies, like Kohls and Dillards, are on campus today participating in one of Texas State's internship and job fairs. A manager for Kohls says the job fair attracts quality students -- the kind that companies like to hire. Eighty-three firms are represented at the fair, which is being held in the L-B-J Student Center Ballroom. Students bring their resumes and hope the interviews they conduct will land them employment in the workforce.


Lauren Newcomb

Wonder World Park is a major tourist attraction for San Marcos, but apparently very few Texas State students are aware of it. Park Manager Leslie Saxton estimates that less than one percent of the traffic at the park consists of college students. The park has been in operation for more than 100 years and is open year-round, rain or shine. Wonder World has four main attractions including: tours of Wonder Cave, an observation tower, an anti-gravity house and a train ride through the wildlife petting park. A full tour costs less than 20 dollars.

Leocadia O'Brien

Be sure to hit the textbooks this fall and pay attention in class, because new data show a strong link between employment opportunities and educational attainment. The U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that college grads have a much greater chance of finding a job and keeping it. The latest numbers show only four-point-three percent of college grads are unemployed, which is far below the national rate which has hovered at about nine percent for more than a year. 

Caroline Cook

Fall is finally here, and temperatures are cooling down. While the Recreation Center at Texas State is a popular place to exercise, a growing number of students are burning their calories outside. The outdoor recreation center, located in Sewell Park, provides students and faculty with many rental options. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boards are popular options, as well as snorkel sets. The outdoor rec center also offers expeditions and workshops in its adventure trip program.  

Marissa Wagner

San Marcos bar patrons may soon have a smoke-free atmosphere. Marissa Wagner has more in this Bobcat update.

The San Marcos City council is considering legislation that would enforce a city-wide smoking ban for all restaurants and bars.
The co-owner of Texas Music Theater, Greg Grayson, says he's indifferent to the proposed law as long as all businesses are treated the same.
"As long as it's even across the board. You know I think that, you know, everybody should have a choice, but if the city wants to do that, I don't have a problem with it."
 The Texas Legislature considered a statewide ban on smoking earlier this year. The bill passed the Texas House but didn't get through the Senate.
ME: more than 40 communities statewide have passed 100 percent smoke-free laws.
Those in favor of the bill say that the ban will save Texas millions of dollars a year in smoking-related healthcare issues, whereas those opposed believe it to be an invasion of people's personal rights.
Musician Johnathan Siem says he understands both sides of the issue.
"I think it's a healthier decision, I guess, for everybody, in the long run because of, I guess, for everybody in the long run because of, I guess, second-hand smoke and all that, but it does…it's not very convenient for smokers. It's a choice that they have and I don't think it should be that big of a deal."
The San Marcos City Council held two public forums this summer and has created an online discussion board for residents to voice their opinions on the matter.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Marissa Wagner.


Kelsey Michelle Doyle

The trains that pass through San Marcos play a central role to the town, and now a new local hot-spot is celebrating that fact. Kelsey Doyle has more in this Bobcat Update.

Anyone who lives in San Marcos has had his or her share of frustrating train experiences.
VO: Fleury "keep rolling by"
Owners of The Railyard Bar and Grille are trying to turn those frustrations into a good time at their new restaurant. They even have a drink special based on the trains:
VO: Matt Hagemann"of my building"
The Railyard owners say they wanted to bring something new to San Marcos:
VO: Matt Hagemann"nice courtyard area"
The grand opening was last Friday. Hagemann says the weather was great, probably the best it had been in six months.
VO: Hagemann "not like that"
Located on Edward Gary, just follow the horn.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kelsey Doyle

Amanda Pena

The fences are up again! You may have noticed the barriers in place along the San Marcos River near the Salt Grass Restaurant and Clear Springs Apartments. The drought can be blamed. Officials are concerned that endangered species, such as Texas Wild Rice, are being harmed by the lower water flow. Officials say swimming is still allowed in the area, but those who use the river must use designated entrances. 

Assignments - Week of Oct. 3-Oct. 6

RailYard, Edward Gary-Doyle
Smoking Ban Update - Bars Downtown-Wagner
Swimming Near Saltgrass/Clear Springs-Pena
Staying Fit Outdoors Now That Weather is Better-Cook
Wonder World update-Newcomb
Water Restrictions Update-Heaney
Education & Employment: How They Relate-O'Brien
Cephas House Restoration-Zuniga
Job Fair Business Perspective-Pichon
Intl Bike and Walk Day-Streety
Tattoos-Who's Got them and why?
Bike Registration on campus


Elizabeth Brinkman

October is Breast Cancer awareness month, and the San Marcos Professional Fire Fighters Association is doing its part to help. Last Sunday it sponsored a 5-K run to raise funds. Money collected as part of the Pink Heals race will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The firefighters will also raise funds at a rally later this month. You can get more information and sign up for the event by going to the firefighters website.