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.
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.
Early to Class/Better Grades-Doyle-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
(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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
Stand up <local bar, local grocery make sure you weed out those bad apples...>
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.
Traveling through San Marcos on a bicycle can be dangerous. Strap on your helmet and watch out:
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.
For some streets beware…
(Caroline Stand Up)
Enrollment Management-Cochran PKG carryover
Cycling Road Safety-Cook PKG carryover
Dating Options-Buck PKG
Lighting Store-Pena PKG
Early Voting-Streety VO
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
However, they all pretty much agree on what can be the downside.
(SB: Mustache guy)
And it's even harder on the newbies.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Spring Registration-Streety VO (Wed)
Harvard Study Coffee Depression-Manning-VO (Wed)
Road Projects-Zuniga-VO (Thurs)
Mass Comm Week-Davidson-VO (airs Wedn)
Pink Breast Cancer Awareness-Newcomb-VO (Thurs)
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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.
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.
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
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.
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.
SOUNDBITE - CINDY ROYAL
"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.
SOUNDBITE – CINDY ROYAL
"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.
SOUNDBITE – NOMA JOWAD
"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.
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.
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.
There are some things you can do to prevent your allergies from getting the best of you.
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.
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.
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Maroon & Gold Game-Buck carryover
Steve Jobs' Legacy Apple New Media-Hernandez
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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