Record enrollment at Texas State has made nearly every place on campus a bit louder. Parts of the library are packed with people hacking away on keyboards and printing papers. The fifth and sixth floors of the library are reserved for quiet study. There are even private study rooms available for students to reserve. The library is not the only place students can go to get away from the clamor.
Boko's Living Room is the best place if you are seeking serenity with darkness.
Texas State's oldest building, Old Main is surrounded by hidden spaces away from distracting foot traffic.
The area around the agriculture building offers peace from the crowds in a beautiful natural setting. One can relax at benches, tables or even a hammock.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a study last month showing that one in five Americans claim no religious identity. This group of non-believers has a name -- Nones on the Rise. As a group, it's second only to Catholicism in size. According to the study, the Nones have in five years grown from 15 to 20 percent of adults in America. They feel no need to be part of a religious organization.
The Secular Student Alliance chapter at Texas State is just one of many that have been created in the United States.
It's unclear what kind of cultural or political impact the lack of religious identification will have in America, but there are signs that the trend will continue. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matt Southall.
This is the 400-seat teaching theater in Centennial Hall at Texas State University; Brianne Corn is the Media Technician for the theater.
SB- (job responsibilities)
Brianne has been working for Texas State for 12 years and has learned much from the diversity of courses taught in the teaching theater.
While Brianne’s job doesn’t seem like a story we should cover, it is what she does when she’s not working that may surprise you. Brianne is a professional rally car racer and has built her own track, Brianne Corn Raceway, near the San Marcos Municipal Airport.
Brianne realized her passion in life while racing down a hill in Italy. A month after returning to Texas, she entered her first race at the age of 36. Since then she has racked up several accomplishments including winning three championships last year.
While her work and passion seem to be different she says they actually go hand in hand.
SB-(job and racing comparison)
Brianne urges you not to give up on your dream.
Brianne even took the time to show my photographer Sammantha, and me her talents behind the wheel.
San Marcos officials say they expect the F-One race will bring new business to San Marcos.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau says reservations at San Marcos hotels are nearing capacity. Hotel officials are excited about the weekend. They're looking forward to showing visitors a little Texas hospitality.
[STANDUP: The San Marcos Municipal Airport may see an increase in traffic. Those who make last-minute travel plans probably won't be accommodated in Austin if they haven't made reservations. Some of the overflow will have to come here.]
Airport officials say they're prepared.
The F-One race brings with it anticipation and excitement. Many in San Marcos are ready.
Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Daisy Saenz
The event kicked off on Saturday with a fly by and a parade, which included veterans young and old as well as numerous community organizations. On Monday a separate Veterans Day commemoration, organized by the Student Foundation, was held at Texas State. Student Foundation Director Ryan Elliot began the ceremony with a speech about the university's tradition of military and R-O-T-C service dating back to World War II. University President Denise Trauth introduced the keynote speaker, distinguished alumni Army Colonel Paul Philips III, who spoke about the significance of the national holiday.
Colonel Philips said the United States will always need men and women to provide national defense and security.
Following the commemoration, the L-B-J Student Center hosted a military history exhibit that included artifacts and memorabilia from past wars. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Marshall.
It's that time again. Graduating students are preparing for their transition from classroom to workforce. Career Services at Texas State offers assistance to graduates to help them land that first job.
SB: Ross Wood
Many students use the job placement services through the Jobs - 4 - Cats database.
SB: David Shabani
Students can make appointments with counselors to seek career advice before and after graduation.
SB: Ross Wood
Career Services offers students practice interviews, resume referrals, job postings and a host of other services to prepare students for the working world after they leave Texas State. For Bobcat Update, I'm Evan Bolton.
People come from all over Texas and other parts of America to enjoy Wurstfest, a ten-day festival chock full of entertainment. Some are here just for the food.
The marketplace is a smorgasbord of culinary treats. If you like meat on a stick, Wurstfest has you covered, with sausage and porkchops. Potato pancakes and German nachos are great choices for the carb lover.
Wurstfest is a treat for the eyes and ears as well. Bavarian and Alpine music can be heard each night of the festival.
Rides, slides and more occupy the children, while adults wash down festival eats with ice cold beer.
This is the 51st year of Wurstfest. The fun continues tonight. The gates open at five. Wurstfest ends on Sunday. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chris Green.
It's November, and for some guys, that means more than just Thanksgiving Day turkey!
Men across the country are saying goodbye to the razors and shaving cream, and saying hello to an all-new look - a good old fashioned beard!
For some, no-shave November is a way of spreading awareness for men's health - particularly prostate cancer.
SOUND BITE (participant #1)
"I do it to raise awareness, because my dad has cancer. He always grows his beard out too, so it's something we do together."
END SOUND BITE
SOUND BITE (participant #5)
I thought 'Hey, everyone wears pink for breast cancer, why not help raise awareness for guys' prostate cancer?'"
END SOUND BITE
For others, no-shave November is nothing more than an excuse to grow out a beard, despite their girlfriends' protests.
SOUNDBITE (participant #3)
"She hates it! She absolutely hates it. If she could, she would chain me to the bed and shave it all off!"
END SOUND BITE
SOUND BITE (participant #4)
"We're having a mustache contest."
END SOUND BITE
Some guys are just sporting the same thick beard that they have for years.
SOUND BITE (participant #2)
"I didn't even know that it was for cancer awareness. Now that i know that I've got another reason!"
END SOUND BITE
Whatever the reason, Texas State is in no shortage of ruggedly-handsome, hairy guys this month!
With Bobcate Update, I'm Brittney Vaughn Frank.
Thanks Jenny. Bell-Metereau was a candidate for the District Five Seat. She had hoped to become an agent for change. The State Board of Education plays a key role in selecting textbooks in Texas and beyond.
Bell-Metereau's attempt to unseat Mercer fell short. Bell-Metereau said she got involved in the race out of concern that the board had become too extreme.
Bell-Metereau says the state board's revision of science and social studies textbooks should alarm Texans.
Bell-Metereau says choosing textbooks is an important function of the state board, and she wants students to have the means to gain knowledge and comprehension.
Bell-Metereau says as far as she's concerned the battle is not over. She doesn't rule out the possibility of running again for the State Board Education. Reporting live from the quad, I'm Erik Pompa. Back to you in the studio.
Susan Narvais served as San Marcos Mayor for six years before she decided to run for federal office. The Narvais campaign watched election results at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos. This seemed a fitting place because construction of that hotel and its adjoining convention center had been one of the triumphs of her administration as mayor. She and her supporters were hoping last night would be a victory party.
Among the many supporters attending last night's party were volunteers and interns who had worked for Narvais:
Narvais' campaign netted 32 percent of the vote against the incumbent Congressman who was running for reelection in a newly drawn district. Doggett took 64 percent of the vote. Even in defeat, Narvais said she felt her team had been victorious:
Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Christian Ochoa.
Thanksgiving is around the corner and the people of San Marcos are taking fitness and wellness to another level. How do they shed off those pounds? CrossFit.
CrossFit San Marcos is a facility located off Hunter Road, where athletes execute each "Workout of the Day". CrossFit is a high-intensity workout that combines self-resistant exercises, weight lighting and gymnastics, and it targets all areas of the body.
The trainers of CrossFit San Marcos teach their clients the safe, correct to carry out the task at hand, while motivating them to do their best.
Although the CrossFit workouts may seem brutal at times, the athletes challenge their bodies in order to see the results of their fitness goals.
Workouts are scheduled several times throughout the day and exercises change daily. For Bobcat Update, I'm Aerin Carreno.
Midnight -- a time most people are already in bed, but not if you're waiting for the release of Halo Four.
(Stand up) "You can find this scene at locations across the country, hundreds awaiting the release of Halo Four"
People filled the parking lot and sidewalk to get their hands on the game. GameStop provided a DJ, and many patrons brought their own forms of entertainment to keep them busy during the wait. One dedicated individual arrived ten hours early to be the first in line to receive the first copy of the game.
SB: (Sean Spivey) "I got here at two, been waiting for ten hours, go home and beat that game in one day, I'm so excited."
Even though these people in line will be the first to receive a copy of the game, the length of the line discouraged several.
SB: (Krista Pruske) "hoping the line goes by really quick, heard graphics phenomenal, really excited to play, nice step up from Reach."
Many have had versions of the game going back eleven years -- when it first came out.
SB: (Carson Belew) "I've been a huge fan of the franchise since halo 1"
SB: (Jonathon Esquivel) "been waiting for about three hours, we grew up playing halo, cool experience getting halo four, this is our childhood, grow up with master chief, wouldn't want this experience with anyone else but my friends."
Obviously, it takes a dedicated gamer to wait in line for hours and hours. But those who were at GameStop early Tuesday morning will tell you, the wait was worth it. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jeff Goldblatt.
Construction along L-B-J Drive means fewer customers are dropping in to shop. Alex Castillo says she's doing what she can to get the word out that her favorite shop is open.
(SB: "I've been asked to volunteer here because the business is so slow…dust everywhere." - Alex Castillo, Volunteer)
Construction began in September, closing East Hutchison from L-B-J to C-M Allen. Businesses in the area have seen foot traffic in their stores drop off dramatically.
Store owners say the lack of parking is a major concern. A lot of potential customers believe the shops are now closed.
(SB: Business Owner)
Store owners want to assure customers that they're still open for business. The construction project is scheduled to be finished in 20-14. For Bobcat Update, I'm Anyssa Bohanan.
Traffic is slow every morning on Aquarena Springs Drive, and breakfast tacos are to blame.
Lolita's Café serves burritos and tacos that many San Marcos residents would consider the best in town. What's not so great is the traffic the café causes because of the long line of cars waiting to order.
The city has asked the café to change the layout of the drive-thru lanes in hopes of reducing congestion.
Customers are still willing to wait in line regardless of the traffic jam and keep coming back for more. Sound Bite
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristen Buechler.
This is the inaugural semester for the North Campus Housing Complex, and it provides a glimpse into what the future holds for residence halls at Texas State. Three more dorms will be constructed over the next seven years. The West Campus Housing Complex is next, and it should be completed in 20-14.
After the West Campus Housing Complex is finished, the university will build two more dorms.
Funding for constructing and maintaining the residence halls comes from a variety of sources.
After the proposed residence halls are finished and the existing ones have been renovated, Texas State will raise its on-campus population from just under six thousand to a little more than eight thousand. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Boyd.
International organizations on campus are using the month of November to share information about countries around the world. The point of the program is to educate students on the importance of gaining knowledge and relationships with others.
Dr. Seese interview
Dr. Rao interview
Events this month will include guest speakers, information on studying abroad, an awards ceremony for outstanding international students, and additional information that could help students become more involved globally.
Dr. Seese interview
Every Sunday crowds gather at the San Marcos Activity Center on West Hopkins to witness a different kind of football; football on one wheel."
The Unicycle Football League was created in 2007 and is unique to San Marcos. Pitting two five-man teams against each other, the game is a mix of tackle and flag-football played on asphalt and, of course, on a unicycle.
For last weekend's game between the Hot Dogs and the Rolling Blackouts, everybody -- from the players and officials to the spectators and their pets -- wore their best costumes.
The leagues cheerleaders, the Unibrawdz, entertained the crowd with a half-time chow comprised of songs from The Rocky Horror Picture show.
With a D-J spinning vinyl, a lively crowd, and a loud-mouthed commentator, the games move fast and the fun never stops.
The Hot Dogs came out on top, winning 32 to 12. You can catch games every Sunday at 4 p-m and help support this San Marcos tradition. For Bobcat Update, I'm Price Newell.
San Marcos is a college town full of students who have yet to outgrow the Halloween traditions. Texas State students rush to the nearest costume store to get the trendiest costumes for the fun festivities that will occur Halloween night.
On the San Marcos square, there's a costume store that's open year-round called, Costumed Occasions, but its popularity peaks during the Halloween season. The store has a wide range of hand-made costumes that can be either rented or purchased. San Marcos has other costume stores as well.
Whether you choose an oldie but goody or one of the latest trends, you'll be in the Halloween spirit at Texas State University. Remember to have a safe Halloween everyone. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexis LaFosse.
Mass Comm week is a four-day conference that provides students with access to Mass Media professionals.
The event, this year will have more than 60 speakers, all of them professionals in Mass Communication.
Students from different academic programs are invited to attend and take full advantage of the networking opportunities. Coordinators advise students to visit the Mass Comm Week webpage and take a look at the schedule for a list of speakers and contests. Reporting for Bobcat Update, I’m Daisy Saenz.
STANDUP (Kristen Buechler, The Texas State student recreation center offers a wide variety of activities and equipment to accommodate students of every fitness level.)
SOUND BITE (Jaclyn)
Unlimited group exercise passes are now half price. These passes allow entrance into all group exercise classes on the class schedule. Certified personal trainers are available and are offering a new body assessment called the Polar Body Age Assessment. The assessment tests your strength, flexibility and fat percentage to compare your body age to your actual age. Another new fitness level test, called the Workout of the Week, is offered in the weight room. Ask an attendant for a demonstration and to keep time. The male and female with the fastest time receives a prize.
SOUND BITE (Jaclyn)
Ladies Night is a good time to climb the rock wall because it's free. Also, anyone who wears a costume to the rec center on Halloween will be allowed to climb for free.
SOUND BITE (Jasmine McDuffie, Informal Recreation Manager)
SOUND BITE (Jasmine McDuffie, Cover with B-Roll)
To find new specials or to get involved, visit the rec center's web page for more information or visit the Center at Sessom Drive and Academy Street. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristen Buechler.
The work-study program provides an opportunity for students to earn a paycheck on campus. Having a job allows students to learn firsthand what it takes to be part of a working environment.
Students must first be approved through the financial aid office, because funds for the program come from the state and federal governments. The income earned can be used in any way the students choose.
Stand Up: Some students are in a work-study program that may not lead them down their career path they plan to pursue. Although, being in the program can have its advantages.
Students can find information to begin their job search by going to the university's career services website. If there are available positions on campus, students are encouraged to apply. For Bobcat Update, I'm Erik Pompa.
Technology has allowed us to do amazing things with our hands. What if we could do those same things with our eyes? Dr. Oleg Komogortsev, with the help of his students, is working on making that idea a reality.
(Nat. Sound lead in - Dr. K explaining the chart of eye movement)
Dr. Komogortsev, or Dr. K as his students call him, has been developing a system that identifies a person by his or her unique eye movements. This new technology allows the user to select pictures, open files, and even play games with the blink of an eye.
The eye tracking unit used in this example is being sold for a hefty 25-thousand dollars, but Dr. K is working on a similar, more affordable device.
"So basically this is just a web camera that is attached to this stand. So the camera itself cost 20 dollars in contrast with 25-thousand dollar equipment. But essentially does the same thing."
STAND UP (STANDING NEXT TO BIG POSTER OF WORLD OF WARCRAFT)
"Dr. Komogortsev came up with this brilliant idea while playing the popular video game World of Warcraft."
I loved computer gaming when I was an undergraduate student. When I was a PhD student I was enamored with World of Warcraft."
Dr. K was so intrigued by the video game that he emailed the company, Blizzard, with an interesting proposal.
"I wrote in the proposal, by the way, that I want disabled people to play World of Warcraft. Let's say someone is handicapped or cannot move their arms to play the game, they would be able to with eye movements."
Blizzard was impressed with Dr. K's idea and rewarded him with free access to the game. Dr. K says that developing the technology will not only allow easier communication for the disabled, but will also provide better security. Dr. K says a password system that memorizes a person's unique eye movement will be almost impossible to hack. However,
he says it may be a while before we start using eye-movement passwords.
SB (Talking about technology and how it needs to progress)
For Bobcat Update, I'm Brittney Vaughn Frank.
The A-S-G has what it calls Engagement Weeks. Each month some of the student leaders go to the Quad to hand out promotional items and offer free food. They have these encounters to hear from students about a wide variety of issues. This week the A-S-G sought opinions about concealed carry on campus.
SOUNDBITE (Nathan McDaniel, Student Body President) "We feel like it is important for the Associated Student Government to address something like this in order for the State Legislatures to have an accurate idea of where Texas State students stand."
A-S-G will be hosting a public forum soon on concealed carry. The forum will be for Texas State students, faculty and staff.
SOUNDBITE (Danielle Bonanno, ASG Senator-at-large) "This is a definitely a very open thing for the students and we want to hear their voice and so if you're there expect to get asked questions and to give your opinions. We really want you to give your opinions and why you have that feeling because we're going to be voting in the Senate and we're not voting for our personal opinions we're voting on what you the students at Texas State feel. "
The forum will be next Monday at 5:30 in the L-B-J Student Center Teaching Theater.
SOUNDBITE (McDaniel) "We've been getting a ton of different reactions from students. On such an important issue, you usually have people who are strongly for it, strongly against it, or people who just wish it would go away."
STANDUP (… for Bobcat Update I'm Kristen Buechler.)
More than four-thousand students started their freshman year at Texas State this fall. Though Texas State is the fifth largest public university in Texas, the number of minorities on campus is considered relatively low when compared to non-minority students. The Supreme Court last ruled on affirmative action in 2003 when they agreed that race could be used when making decisions on admittance into public universities. Texas State students have mixed feelings when it comes to the program.
"I think it would be worked with...but it can be abused because there are people like that."
"Over 30% of Texas State's population is Hispanic this year with a 10% African American population, making this class the most diverse yet on campus."
School officials say that though they support the University of Texas' use of affirmative action, race is not considered for potential students at Texas State. Instead, the university considers students' grades, class rank and S-A-T or A-C-T scores.
"Diversity is not a factor…we do spend a great deal of time reaching out to all…"
Students say that despite the size of the minority population they still enjoy the diversity on campus.
"The university does a good job of....not affirmative action but more programs..."
Texas State became a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2011, and university officials say they will continue to encourage diversity when searching for future Bobcats. For Bobcat Update, I'm Anyssa Bohanan.
Stroll across campus and you're likely to see students spreading the word about different organizations at Texas State. Being involved can be extremely beneficial to college students.
S.B. Yadira Vizcaya
S.B . MaryAnn Navarro
Students who show involvement and leadership are attractive in the job market. Employers say they want people who go above and beyond making good grades in the classroom. Participating in organizations shows potential employers that you're able to create a balance between school, work and other activities.
S. B. Janine Sultana
As you can see not only do organizations help you in the future but they can create life long memories of our college years. By joining an organization you are able to meet people of different backgrounds, make lasting friendships, and strengthen your leadership and communication skills.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexis LaFosse.
It's impossible to walk across campus without encountering hills or stairs. Even those taking the tram to campus have to trek from the quad to get to their first class of the day. These daily journeys around campus amount to a good exercise routine.
Walking around campus each day can provide the moderate-intensity aerobic activity that students need to be healthy.
Climbing the stairs to the Alkek library is a heart-pumping Texas State tradition.
Who is the president of Texas State? Do you know the names of any notable alumni? How old is Old Main?
Time's up. If you didn't immediately know the answers, you're not alone. A lot of students have a hard time remembering.
Naming notable alumni and some of the time-honored traditions at Texas State is apparently easier to do.
Stand-Up ...I'm Matthew Boyd."
National coming out week is a celebration. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community at Texas State participate. They say the celebration promotes tolerance and helps break stigmas.
This year's theme was Come Out – Vote.
Sponsors hosted several events aimed at ending stereotypes and at gaining more resources.
One such event was the Guess Who's Gay Panel. Both men and women of different sexual orientations were part of the panel, which demonstrated how misleading stereotypes can be. Activists say students benefit from having a voice and fostering tolerance. They say it's empowering when they're able to raise awareness.
Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Daisy Saenz.
Early voting starts soon in Texas, and to encourage participation, you may have seen the registration effort on campus. Republicans and Democrats alike tried to get students to sign up. But many students lack passion when it comes to politics.
Traditionally, young adults don't show up in great numbers at the polls. There are many reasons for the low turnout.
Despite the general lack of interest or faith in politics among the younger crowd, a few do get involved because they want their voices heard.
"With early voting still a few DAYS away, students still have time to decide whether to vote or not. For Bobcat Update, I'm Price Newell"
Notebooks, pencils, staples, folders and many other items needed for classes can be found at the University Bookstore. Many students believe these items to be overpriced, when in fact, the costs are very comparable to what can be found at other office supply stores.
SB: Douglas Tatsch
Many students find the same supplies on campus that they would find at other stores.
SB: Jaylee Mcgee
Though the University Bookstore sells a variety of products from Texas State apparel to electronics, many students still buy school supplies everyday.
SB: Amber Montemayor
Whether students need spiral notebooks, binders, or any other typical office supplies, the University Bookstore is a convenient alternative.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Evan Bolton.
The items on display in the gallery are made possible by Bill and Sally Wittliff. They share their collections to showcase diverse cultures -- whether through art, writing or photography.
SB 1- Michele
Events at the gallery are offered year round, attracting students and the public at large. On display now are photograms taken by Kate Breakey who uses a 19th century technique of contact printing.
Stand up…(A quiet and serene place for study or contemplation, Wittliff collections are housed on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. They are open seven days a week and admission is free. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lynn Anderson.
It's hard to find work in a competitive job market.While some students have found ways to make lemonade out of life's lemons by straying away from the corporate world, others are hoping
to put their degrees to use. Students are now being advised to take extra precautions when applying for jobs.
The University has several resources for students. They can find help in career counseling, job postings and networking. The idea is to prepare students for the job market and offer guidance in launching their careers.
Stand up- Jenny
Many students have to work while attending school, and finding the right balance can be difficult.
Students have various ways of mixing things up in order to relieve stress.
Texas State students often work between 12-30 hours a week while also managing full-course loads. For those who find these demands difficult to meet, there are on-campus resources available.
SB: Allison Career Services
Students can access these resources both online and on campus at SLAC and the L-B-J Student Center.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Matt Rogers.
The Texas State Bobcats competed in their third home game Saturday against the Nevada Wolfpack. Bad weather may have been to blame for the game's poor attendance, yet many Bobcat fans braved the rainy conditions. The Bobcats scored first following an interception on the Wolfpack’s first drive and remained competitive through halftime leading 21 to 20. But the Nevada defense didn't allow any second-half scoring, and the Bobcat's lost 34-to-21. Despite the setback, some fans said they realize Texas State is going to be facing tougher competition from now on.
Other fans are more optimistic.
The Bobcats travel to Albuquerque next weekend to face New Mexico. The Texas State coaches say for the Bobcats to win they'll need to run the ball better and eliminate costly turnovers. For Bobcat Update I’m William Bolling.
Students often get absorbed in their smartphones, laptops and tablets. Electronic devices are a common sight on campus. A lot of students consider them essential:
But some students say they're willing to put away their smartphones occasionally to better connect with others.
Browsing social networking sites and text messaging are popular pastimes.
Now more than ever those who are bilingual find themselves in high demand. It's important to speak a foreign language.
Studying a second language can also provide a potential edge against the competition.
The Department of Modern Languages at Texas State University offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and American Sign Language. Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Daisy Saenz.
Rain may pour over Texas State students during a tailgate but it certainly doesn't stop them from showing their pride. Bobcats -- armed with umbrellas, ponchos and sweaters -- endured the rain at the Strahan parking lot Saturday.
Fans were huddled underneath tents to protect themselves from the rain. Others dealt with it in just a sweater.
Cooks grilled hamburgers and hotdogs as usual while music played in the background. Others ignored the rain while tossing around a football.
Many students decided that a little precipitation was not enough to cloud their support. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chrisdyann Uribe.
This fall many students will be going to the polls for the first time to vote for a presidential candidate. But to participate, they have to be registered. College Republicans and Democrats are spreading the word on campus about early voting, and they're handing out registration cards.
Staying informed and getting involved are part of the process.
Election day is November sixth, but students can vote early from October 22nd through November second. One of the polling places in San Marcos is the L-B-J Student Center. For Bobcat Update, I'm Christina Ochoa.
STAND-UP (Buechler- As of fall 2011, Texas State is a Tobacco-Free Campus.)
The tobacco restriction includes Sewell Park, the golf course, Bobcat Stadium and all university athletic fields. The University Police say they're attempting to enforce the ban, but their capability is limited.
SOUNDBITE (Daniel Benitez, University Police Captain)
SOUNDBITE (Robert Brewer, Texas State Student)
Some students want to see greater enforcement, and they've called police to complain.
SOUNDSBITE (Daniel Benitez, University Police Captain)
SOUNDBITE (Robert Brewer, Texas State Student)
The Student Health Center provides a free smoking cessation program. Medications are also offered at a reduced price to assist students who want to quit smoking.
SOUNDITE (Karen Gordon-Sorsby, Student Health Associate Director)
STAND-UP (Buechler- Smoking and exposure to second-hand smoke are associated with significant health risks. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristen Buechler.)
Old Main has been a fixture in San Marcos for more than a century. Thousands of students and faculty have passed through its halls since the building opened.
It's difficult to see the effects of time on the century-old building from afar, but students, staff and faculty who occupy the building for classes and office space are aware of its defects. Cracks in the walls and floors can be seen on all three floors of Old Main. Water damage can be seen on the third floor of the building. As is common with older structures, temperature control is a challenge.
Old Main is on the National Register Of Historic Places, which means that any changes to the structure must be carefully planned to preserve the building's integrity as a landmark.
For all its cosmetic flaws, Old Main still stands tall over the rising star of Texas. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chris Green.
The PACE center is located on the first floor of the newly opened Undergraduate Academic Center. PACE helps students get their college experience off on the right foot.
Many freshmen have already used the resources that the PACE center offers, including advising, university seminar, career counseling and peer mentoring.
Texas State hired nearly 40 new advisers to assist freshmen students at the PACE center. More advisers may be hired later if there is sufficient demand. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Boyd.
In theory at least, riding a bike ought to help students arrive at their destinations more quickly. However, the campus is lacking when it comes to bike ramps and pathways, so cyclists often have to take alternate routes.
Some students complain that it's difficult to ride bikes on campus and not much easier navigating the busy streets of San Marcos.
Not only do bicyclists face difficulties finding ways getting to and from classes, but they also have to deal with roads and intersections such as this, which have them worried. For Bobcat Update, I'm Erik Pompa.
An alarming number of pedestrian-related accidents inside the city limits has many San Marcos residents being more cautious at crosswalks. In the past month alone, three hit-and-run accidents occurred in the city, causing some of the locals to take notice, and pay more attention when crossing busy intersections.
One of the hit-and-runs occurred on the square earlier this month, when a motorist struck three people, leaving two of them seriously injured. The driver fled the scene.
City and county police are cracking down on jaywalking and other pedestrian-related offenses in an effort to reduce unnecessary tragedies. The city has also placed some electronic crosswalk signs at high-traffic intersections. The signs give visual and audio indications of when it's okay to cross the street.
Officials at Texas State say students can be assured that the campus is under constant surveillance to prevent criminal activity. Safety is a major concern at the university -- a job that is made more difficult with a higher enrollment. But when there's a threat, university officials can act quickly using a text message system called RAVE. It's a mobile system to get messages to the 11-thousand students who are signed up for the service.
(Soundbite: Robert L. Campbell, Texas State UPD Sergeant of Special Projects)
The alert system was most recently used over the weekend when two Texas State employees were attacked outside of Harris Dining Hall. An e-mail message containing information on the suspected attacker went to all students, but a similar *text* message only went out to those who had signed up to receive them.
(Soundbite: Teressa Waits, Texas State University Junior)
Texas State U-P-D said that the warnings are transmitted quickly with text messages being sent a few minutes before e-mails.
(Stand-Up: "Texas State is one of many universities in the nation implementing a service for student safety. One day, it may just save a life. For Bobcat Update, I'm Anyssa Bohanan.")
After a recent assault on campus, the University's Police Department is urging people to be more aware of their surroundings. Avoiding crime might be as simple as following a few common sense tips.
Some students are concerned about their safety and are taking precautions, especially at night.
The University Police Department wants to prevent further attacks if possible.
The police department also suggests that people avoid walking through dark areas, such as this parking lot, and to be readily available to call 9-1-1. For Bobcat Update, I'm Erik Pompa.
Prior to the fall semester, an entire row of all-zone parking at the lot on West Sessom was converted to a restricted area. The lot had been the closest one on campus containing all-zone parking spaces. Monday through Friday you can see cars circling the lot like sharks, searching for parking spaces.
Many students are unaware of the changes to the Sessom lot and have later discovered tickets on their vehicles.
The restricted passes are issued to faculty and staff. Many of the restricted spaces in the Sessom lot stay empty much of the time. A row of car-pool spots is mostly unused. With parking at a premium all over campus, it's a daily challenge for Texas State students to arrive to class on time. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chris Green.
New construction projects are underway. The student population at Texas State is soaring. And the number of parking spaces is dwindling. What these facts amount to is a growing sense of frustration for many, especially when they see parking fees going up. And those who don't buy a permit know there's a price to pay for their reluctance.
The residence hall permits are now 245-dollars, up 35-dollars from previous semesters. The restricted faculty and staff parking pass has increased by 40-dollars. And the restricted 7a.m. to 7 p.m. parking pass for administrators went up 45-dollars. Perimeter parking -- aimed at commuters -- went up ten-dollars and those permits now set a student back 105-dollars for the academic year..
If you try to park without a permit, the fines can range from ten to 150-dollars per violation. Some violation notices include "improper display of permit", "parking out-of-zone", and "blocking a sidewalk". Though no one likes to be fined, there is an understanding of why it's necessary.
Appeals can be made at the Parking Services building within ten working days of the issued ticket. For Bobcat Update, I'm Aerin Carreno.
Colder weather is approaching, which means students will be spending more time indoors. When that happens, the chances of coming down with a cold or flu increase. Many students and faculty recognize the need for prevention if they want to stay healthy.
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Flu vaccinations are offered at several locations in San Marcos, but some students doubt whether the vaccine is effective..
SB 2 (Karen Gordon-Sosby)
Student Health Center officials say Texas State students will have access to a new type of flu vaccine beginning in October.
SB3 (Karen Gordon-Sosby)
Other preventative measures that students can take to stay healthy are to wash their hands regularly, cover their mouths when coughing and get plenty of sleep. For Bobcat Update, I'm Price Newell.
Please don't write SLUG on your copy. Just type the script.
Texas State is an entity, a body, an institution -- It is singular. Pronouns referring to it should be singular. You used "their."
You made students possessive when you inserted an apostrophe. The word is not possessive in this case.
You're better off sticking to a basic Subject-Verb-Object structure. You tend to use too many introductory phrases and clauses.
The Student Recreation Center offers a wide variety of activities including personal training, group exercise and intramural sports. Although activities can be found for almost any level of fitness, the center decided to create even greater opportunities by adding three specialty classes -- T-R-X, yoga and hip-hop.
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Many students are looking forward to attending these new classes.
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The instructors who teach these courses are all qualified.
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All students interested are encouraged to sign up for these specialty classes at the front desk of the Recreation Center. During the intro week, there will be no charge. Registration closes after the first week.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristen Buechler.
The stadium's 33-million dollar expansion has resulted in more seats, restrooms, locker rooms and retail space. Many Bobcat fans are excited about the improvements that took more than a year to construct.
The opening game was a sellout, even though ticket prices have been raised. The Bobcats played their first home game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Five more home games are scheduled this season.
Texas State is now part of the Western Athletic Conference as an F-B-S competitor. Next year the Bobcats will join the Sun Belt Conference. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexis LaFosse.
Many complaints are made by students as they are forced to wait longer at the bus stop due to an already crowded bus. Some students are late to class because too few buses are being used on each route. One problem is that the bus system doesn't have enough drivers.
Many bus drivers are working overtime to be able to make up for the shortage. One driver said he worked a 12-hour shift to make sure the students were being served.
While many students blame the transportation department on being disorganized, it is actually a need for more drivers. Officials of the bus system say they hope to create new routes to better serve the students even though there aren't enough drivers.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Chrisdyann Uribe.
It is apparent just by peeking in a lecture at Texas State that more and more students are using technology in classrooms. Many students bring their laptops, tablets and smart phones into the classroom.
SB1 (Student, Chaunce Blake)
Some students use technology to help with their schoolwork, but others are engaging in non-class related material. To their classmates, using technology in such a way can be annoying.
SB2 (student, Lauren Cox)
Students aren't the only ones with mixed feelings about technology in the classroom. Professors have differing opinions as well.
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Whether professors try to ban the use of technology in the classroom or embrace it, there's no doubt that such devices play a major role in students' lives. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Boyd.
The comprehensive master plan covers many of the city's development needs, including transportation. City officials have been meeting with area residents to talk about traffic issues, including pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Input from the community has led the city to take a closer look at coordinating bus service with the university as well as the Lone Star Rail District. Another idea to come from the meetings is to offer free bicycles to students who agree to leave their cars at home.
Texas State University has been involved in the planning. City officials say that from the very beginning it has been a joint effort to help alleviate traffic congestion and expand transportation options.
Residents and students can expect more details about the plan later this week. If the City Council adopts the plan, implementation may begin as early as next year.
Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Daisy Saenz.
As the student body grows each semester, campus expansion becomes a central focus. First time Texas State students and veterans alike will find it hard to ignore the many different construction projects taking place during the semester. Often times students will have to set aside extra time in the mornings or afternoons in order to get to class on time. First Sound bite (Grant) Because several construction projects take place on the Texas State campus, detours are created to safely navigate students and faculty to their destinations. Sidewalks are often blocked and fences are raised to prohibit students from moving through construction zones. Though some detours work just fine, many students find them to be a longer and more inconvenient alternative. Second Sound bite (Matt) Whether you are able to easily adjust to Texas State's campus construction or have a difficult time with it, most people enjoy seeing the final product. For Bobcat Update, I'm William Bolling.
With multiple construction projects going on all over the Texas State campus, many sidewalks and roadways are closed to accommodate for the construction, leaving many students having to find different routes to their classes.
While some students are unhappy with all the inconveniences that come with the construction, some are happy to see what direction the campus is headed.
With the increasing enrollment at Texas State, construction will be a mainstay for several years to come, but future students will have the opportunity to benefit from the growth. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Boyd.
Texas State is now home to more than 34-thousand students, so there's a high demand on campus for more facilities. To accommodate the construction, many sidewalks have been closed, and some students find the necessary detours to be a nuisance.
Building planners are using as much the available space on campus as they can.
Some projects won't be finished anytime soon. For example, the performing arts center won't be completed until 20-14. But other sites, such as the Undergraduate Academic Center and the North Campus Housing Complex, opened this fall.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Reid Farris.
Many construction projects are underway at Texas State. The most ambitious project is the new performing arts center, which is set to open in the spring of 20-14. The complex will contain a 400-seat theater and a 300-seat recital hall. The building will also contain rehearsal spaces and a scenery shop.
Near the L-B-J Student Center, the North Campus Housing project is complete and residents have already moved in. While many are pleased with the construction, the noise from heavy machinery can be disruptive:
Other new buildings include the new Undergraduate Academic Center and houses a new program designed for freshmen. The personalized Academic and Career exploration, or PACE program will assist freshman in finding the right career path based on the students interests and skills. The U-A-C also houses the Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology departments. For Bobcat Update, I'm Noel Fisher.
Students will have to get used to taking different routes to classes this semester at Texas State University. The campus construction has closed several walking areas as well as roads. Plans to expand the university have been in effect since last spring and have blocked several main areas of campus. Commuters have felt the impact of construction as traffic builds near campus.
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The construction has forced returning students to help out freshman during P-A-W-S Preview week.
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Once construction will be completed, future students will have the opportunity to benefit as new buildings and centers will be open. For Bobcat Update, I'm Christina Ochoa.
Finals have arrived, and students are almost done with another spring semester. So, what's next?! Whether it's work or play, most are looking forward to the break.
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Taking summer classes is one way to get ahead and get closer to graduation. Another option is earning some money, or perhaps interning.
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For those who just want to relax, there are plenty of fun activities -- indoors and out.
Stand-Up: Whether you're taking summer classes, looking for a job or simply relaxing by the river, this summer is sure to be a beautiful one for Texas State students.
You may know her for the sweet voice she has when she tells you that your orange chicken is not a meal trade. Or maybe you know her because of her long pigtails. Most know her for being the Viking Goddess of Jones Dining Hall. Susie Mullen graduated from Texas State in 19-88 and has been working at Jones for the past seven years. She says she can't imagine having a different job.
Mullen: I never know when the next person going through my line could be some famous football player, a great politician, a famous musician. There's so many talents and interests that the students have here, its fascinating to get to know them."
Students and co-workers feel the same about Susie.
Sias: "Susie, she's a real character, she's very nice. She always brightens your day, always gives you that pick me up."
Ibarra: "she's really nice, she actually cares about how your day is going and everything. She actually has a conversation with you, unlike the other ladies that just swipe your card."
And if that weren't enough, her Facebook fan page has more than four-thousand "likes".
Standup: "Many people don't know that Susie had her own restaurant on the corner of Concho and Guadalupe, where this abandoned lot is now."
Mullen: "I had a blackboard that rocked with several entrees, appetizers, desserts, everyday. Just changing on the whim on whatever was on the produce and what looked good and what inspired me that day."
Not only can she cook, but she also writes music and has some of her own artwork on display at Jones. And in her spare time, she helps raise money for the Hays County Food Bank. One could say that Susie -- the Viking Goddess -- is a real Renaissance woman. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tatiana Salazar.
T.J. Wolling…0:10…how long he has been playing, the different obstacles, it's a challenge
Disc golf is a sport that combines the physical aspects of hiking with the precision of regular golf. The object of the game is to try to get your disc in the basket in the least amount of throws.
The discs are hard or soft rubber and vary in weights and sizes.
Grant Powell…0:10…explaining the disks he has and their significance
The weight of each disc, ranging from 150 to 180 grams, is written on its bottom. The weight varies depending on the designated purpose of the disc. The types of discs fall into three categories: drivers, mid-range and putters; each designed specifically for its own control, speed and accuracy. Discs can be purchased at most outdoor or sporting goods stores, and the prices can range from ten to 20 dollars. That means that losing a disc can get pricey.
Cori Grohman…0:08…losing discs in the grass and water
But one upside to searching for a bad shot is finding more disc in the process.
Cori Grohman…0:09…roommate lost, then found other discs
T.J. Wolling…0:07…ready for grass to die so he can go look for discs
Gorman…0:08…stand up, where the course is located, and it's free.
At the end of each Spring semester, many Texas State students using meal plans find themselves with a surplus of unused meal trades. Meal trades or "swipes" not used in the fall are rolled over to the spring semester, but any swipes left at the end of the school year simply go to waste with no option for a refund.
Students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan each semester, with the smallest plan carrying 150 meals. So, with at least 300 meals at their disposal each year, many students end up forfeiting quite a few meal trades in lieu of off-campus dining and other options, essentially not eating meals they were required to purchase.
Hernandez..."It's a waste...money down the drain."
Crider..."As the semester draws...already paid for."
Junior Morgan Eaton decided she wasn't OK with letting her unused meals go to waste, so she and several friends organized to donate meals purchased with some of the swipes they won't use to feed the homeless at the Southside Community Center.
Eaton..."It killed me...put their money to use"
Jennifer Gray of the Southside Community Center says there is always a need for food at the San Marcos's homeless community. Gray encourages students to follow Eaton's lead and donate what they can of their pre-purchased leftovers.
Gray..."Meals feed a ton...mean a lot to them."
With support from more students, Eaton says she wants to create a student organization to help fight hunger in San Marcos. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Crider.
Texas State anthropologists Dr. Michelle Hamilton and Dr. Kate Spradley are helping shed light on events that helped define this country. The two are studying skeletal remains on the National Geographic show "The Decrypters". The show follows the doctors as they use forensics to determine the gender of skeletal remains and the cause of the person's death. Dr. Hamilton says she'ss proud that her work is being recognized.
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Texas State student Daniela Castro says the show brings attention to the school and credibility to her major.
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The Human Environmental Animal Team has had an impact on the San Marcos community since its establishment in October of 2010.
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HEAT has participated in river cleanups, helped with Bobcat Builds, raised money for charities and worked with local animal shelters. Luecke says that HEAT is a culture that the group hopes will spread across the world.
(Luecke…13 sec… Striving toward.)
HEAT helped raise money to send cloths to a school in Columbia and to Bastrop fire victims last October.
(Smith…12 sec… just being positivity)
Members say that HEAT is a fun organization, and it accepts project ideas from all of its members.
(Smith…7 sec… Their views.)
Smith says HEAT goes beyond the roles of a student community service organization.
(Smith… 11 sec…. this Friday.)
HEAT has won many awards for its humanitarian and environmental efforts including the Registered Organization of the Year Boco Award in 2010 and 2011. The organization is gearing up for its second Swipes For The Homeless at the end of this semester. Participating members turn in left-over meal trades to distribute to the homeless in Austin.
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Stand up: If you are one of the many students that has left over meal trades this semester or if you would just like to join, you can contact HEAT. on the group's Facebook page or talk to one of its many members for more information. For Bobcat Update, I'm Shannon Greif.