Price Newell

The fall semester will end soon, which means students must turn their attention to finals. The schedule is a bit different this year. The last day of classes falls on a Thursday instead of a Monday, which should benefit students who will have a three-day gap between the end of the semester and the beginning of finals. However, the SLAC Lab will be closed during finals week, so anyone who needs help may have to hire a private tutor. Counselors say students are generally more successful at taking finals if they maintain a good diet, get plenty of sleep and stayed focused on their studies.

Lynn Anderson

The Texas State Study Abroad staff is busy recruiting students for next yearÕs spring and summer exchange programs. More than 400 students study abroad annually and are advised to apply for scholarships early, if possible. Brochures can be found at the Study Abroad office at the Thornton International House on campus.

Daisy Saenz

Texas State University has officially opened its first research facility -- STAR One -- at its 38 acre Science, Technology, and Advanced Research Park. The facility serves as a technology incubator for start-up companies. The goal is to collaborate with these companies and conduct research and development for new products. STAR One officials say companies are already starting to move into the facility and are expected to begin research in January. The park is located south of the main campus at McCarty Lane and Hunter Road.


Brittney Vaughn Frank

The fall semester is coming to an end, and for many students, so is the lease on their apartment. Moving out can be a stressful ordeal, and getting your deposit back can seem almost impossible. You can rent much of what you'll need, like steam cleaners or moving trucks. Rentals can make the experience much easier. U-Haul says that it rents out its trailers on a first-come-first-serve basis, with the smaller trailers being the first to go. Grocery stores such as HEB offer steam-cleaner rentals and can usually have them ready the same day that you request one. 

Jenny Sessions

The Lyndon Johnson Museum in San Marcos will celebrate its sixth anniversary this December with a holiday reception and Christmas tree lighting ceremony. This year's event is dedicated to the president's wife, Lady Bird Johnson. The community is invited to tour the museum and learn more about the former president and first lady. Students will participate in the reception by singing Christmas carols to those who attend.


Christopher Green

With final exams coming up, students at Texas State will soon need some quiet time to study. Bobcat Update's Chris Green has found some places where students can go.

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.


Matt Southall

A recent survey shows that the United States is increasingly secular. Matt Southall has more in this Bobcat Update. 

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. 


Matthew Boyd

A Texas State employee leads a double-life that might surprise you. Or, put it another way, she has weekend gig that is filled with excitement...you might even say...A LOT of fun. Matthew Boyd has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.
SB-(about BCR)
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.
SB-(racing achievements)
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.

Matthew Boyd

The Texas State football team looks to end its three game losing streak this Saturday when the Bobcats travel to Annapolis. Texas State will take on the Navy Midshipman in their first-ever meeting. This week's contest will be televised on the C-B-S Sports Network starting at 2:30. Texas State is coming off a high-scoring shootout loss against nationally- ranked Louisiana Tech. The Bobcats lost 62-to-55.


Jenny Sessions

Hays County has started its annual Brown Santa drive. The drive collects donations for families needing assistance in San Marcos.  Students, residents and local businesses are participating in the drive by donating canned goods, toys and money.  The Brown Santa drive has helped over 850 families in the area and has been a tradition in Hays County since 1988. Donations can be dropped off at the county sheriff's office through December.

Erik Pompa

Some students are noticing more trash on campus. Are garbage cans being missed? It's hard to say but the crews who work to keep the university clean are finding more to do these days, because the amount of trash and cigarette butts littering the campus has gone up. Students are being urged to hold on to their garbage and use trash receptacles found at many locations on campus. 

Daisy Saenz

Central Texas is braced for the race this weekend. Formula-One launches in Austin, and its impact will be felt far and wide. Daisy Saenz tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

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


Alex Marshall

San Marcos honored veterans this past weekend. Residents turned out in record numbers on the square for this year's Veterans Day parade to honor retired and active duty military for their service to the country. Alex Marshall has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Evan Bolton

For many Texas State students, finding quality career advice can be quite difficult. In this Bobcat Update, Evan Bolton takes a look at the many services offered to graduating students.

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.


Anyssa Bohanan

Texas State students are no strangers to social media. It seems a new social network becomes popular every week. One such network is Tumblr. It's a website mainly used for posting pictures. The recently created tumblr site, at-texas-state, has been getting a lot of hits lately. The site features humorous gifs that students can relate to. Topics range from everything you can do at Alkek library to climbing the hills on campus. 

Christina Ochoa

We're on the home stretch as far as the fall semester is concerned. The holidays are coming up soon. Deadlines are approaching. And before we know it, it'll be time for finals, which means it's a time for stress. Exercising is one way to relieve tension. Running or walking can help. Maintaining a healthy diet is advisable. Otherwise, just stay hydrated and rest when you can. Take a break and enjoy the fresh air with friends. Read a good book. Practicing good stress management skills will be beneficial as you prepare for those hard exams.  


Devin Crutcher

Texas State is a little greener today with the addition of 24 new trees. Nearly 70 students gathered in front of the Roy F. Mitte (Mitty) building for the planting this afternoon.  Students planted three varieties of trees for future generations.  Texas State is one of a handful of universities in Texas to hold the Tree Campus U-S-A designation.

Chrisdyann Uribe

You may want to make some space in your planner this month for some local musical entertainment. Spaces is an indie rock band with a little funk and jazz. Don't expect to hear any love songs though, this local talent doesn't write about mushy feelings. Instead, expect to hear different tunes ranging from sea monsters to zombies originally written and produced by the lead singer. They headline at many venues across San Marcos. You can see one of their shows on the 17th at the Coffee Pot and the 29th at Triple Crown.

Christopher Green

New Braunfels is celebrating its rich German heritage this week -- with a lot of food and fun. Chris Green has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Brittney Vaughn Frank

If you've been noticing a rugged trend among the guys on Texas State campus, there's a reason behind it. Brittney Vaughn Frank has the story.

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."
SOUND BITE (participant #5)
I thought 'Hey, everyone wears pink for breast cancer, why not help raise awareness for guys' prostate cancer?'"
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!"
SOUND BITE (participant #4)
"We're having a mustache contest."
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!"
Whatever the reason, Texas State is in no shortage of ruggedly-handsome, hairy guys this month!
With Bobcate Update, I'm Brittney Vaughn Frank.


Alexis LaFosse

It’s early November and instead of bringing out the jackets and packing away the shorts students at Texas State have reason to believe that summer has been extended. Sewell Park is still a popular hangout. Bicycles are still a favorite way to get around. With the temperature hitting a high of 81 degrees today students are taking advantage of the weather. Don’t get used to this though, starting next week the overnight lows are expected to drop to the low thirties.

Erik Pompa

A Texas State English professor was on the ballot yesterday seeking a position on the State Board of Education. Rebecca Bell-Metereau, a Democrat, faced Republican incumbent Ken Mercer. We learn more about that race from Erik Pompa.

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.

Christina Ochoa

The Republican Party won most of its races easily in Texas. However, in Hays County, several Democratic incumbents held on for new terms. Hays County Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe and Justice of the Peace JoAnne Prado were among those reelected yesterday. Also, Democrat Lloyd Doggett, who has served for many years as a congressman representing Central Texas, will be returning to Washington. He won a race closely watched by many in San Marcos because his challenger for the 35th House District seat was a former mayor of the city. Christina Ochoa has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.


Aerin Carreno

There's a new fitness trend, and San Marcos is taking notice. Aerin Carreno has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Daisy Saenz

Texas State officials say Spring Lake in San Marcos may meet the criteria to be eligible as a World Heritage Site. The World Heritage Program was started by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. The program seeks to recognizes and conserve properties around the world considered to be of outstanding universal value to humanity. Spring Lake -- the headwaters of the San Marcos River -- already meets half of the criteria. If Spring Lake is included on the list, it would be among such internationally recognized sites as the Statue of Liberty and the Egyptian Pyramids.    

Jeff Goldblatt

Many gamers are rejoicing this week with the arrival of one of the most anticipated games of the year -- Halo Four. Jeff Goldblatt attended the release and files this report.

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.


Matthew Southall

Construction on Sessom Drive has motorists and pedestrians using more caution than usual. With half of the street closed, drivers are confined to two lanes, with only a few orange cones separating oncoming traffic. Flaggers might be present while the crews work on a underground waterline. Students should also note that the bus stop at State Street has been temporarily displaced because of the construction. The project began in late October and is expected to last for about another month

Anyssa Bohanan

Many streets in San Marcos will likely be under construction for at least the next two years. Anyssa Bohanan tells us how it's affecting business on the square.
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.     


Chrisdyann Uribe

San Marcans wake up hungry. Some take the time to eat breakfast at home. But a lot of us eat on the run. The city has a lot of choices. And, in this Bobcat Update, Kristen Buechler tells us about one.

Traffic is slow every morning on Aquarena Springs Drive, and breakfast tacos are to blame.
Sound Bite
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.
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The city has asked the café to change the layout of the drive-thru lanes in hopes of reducing congestion.
Sound Bite
Customers are still willing to wait in line regardless of the traffic jam and keep coming back for more. Sound Bite
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristen Buechler.


Matthew Boyd

More options will soon be available for students to live on campus. Texas State recently opened the North Campus Housing Complex, and more dorms will be built in the coming months. Matthew Boyd has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Jenny Sessions

International Education Month is being celebrated at Texas State. Jenny Sessions tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

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
Sessions standup


Christopher Green

The Texas State Department of Theater and Dance is presenting "Gruesome Playground Injuries" this weekend. A stage crew is setting the scene for the production. Sketches are becoming costumes. And actors are rehearsing to sharpen their chemistry. "Gruesome Playground Injuries" is about a lifelong friendship. It's a love story with light humor and some sadness. The final product can be viewed for the first time tonight at 7:30. Tickets for the performance at the studio theater are 10 dollars for general admission and seven dollars for students with a Texas State I-D.  

Caren Abousaab

The Texas State University Art Department has two galleries showing right now. You can visit the 12th Annual 
Alumni Invitational or a gallery featuring the work of Garth Walker. The department hosts eight exhibits a semester and each lasts about a month. The Alumni Invitational features the work of seven former students, and the Walker exhibit examines South African graphic design using gravestones, signage and architecture. Both galleries are in the Mitte (mitt-ee) Building until November 18th. 

Price Newell

San Marcos residents take pride in putting weird twists on everyday things, and football is no exception. Price Newell has more in this Bobcat Update…

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.


Brittney Vaughn Frank

Texas State's SPARK program is trying to get more women to enroll in the university's School of Science and Engineering. SPARK has posted flyers around campus in hopes of capturing the attention of potential candidates. Students selected for the program will receive a 10-thousand-dollar scholarship for each of three years, and will be living in Texas State's newest dorm for at least a year. Candidates must be full-time students with fewer than 30 credit hours. Although the SPARK initiative is targeting women, male students are welcome to apply, too. Visit Texas State's website to fill out an application.

Evan Bolton

Skateboarding and bicycling around San Marcos can be perilous if you don't take precautions. Just last week, a student was hit by a car while riding his skateboard on Edward Gary. To help prevent these types of accidents, students should obey traffic laws. It is important to pay attention to street lights and pedestrian crossing signs. Listening to music should be avoided because it can block car horns and other noises that may suggest danger.

Alexis LaFosse

It's Halloween -- time again to dress up to scare people or just to make 'em laugh. Costume stores have been doing a brisk business the past few weeks as party goers have been getting ready for Halloween. In this Bobcat Update, Alexis LaFosse tells us about the scary, funny and even sexy costumes this year

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.


Daisy Saenz

It's that time of year again. Preparations for Mass Comm Week are wrapping up as the annual conference is set to take place next week. Daisy Saenz has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.
Stand Up
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.


Kristen Buechler

The Recreation Center at Texas State encourages students to get moving. In this Bobcat Update, Kristen Buechler tells us about some incentives the rec center offers.

STANDUP (Kristen Buechler, The Texas State student recreation center offers a wide variety of activities and equipment to accommodate students of every fitness level.) 
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. 
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.

Jenny Sessions

Research will be conducted to make sure the San Marcos River isn't being polluted. The International Center for Watershed Studies will take a look at whether pollution is harming the wildlife habitat in and near the river. Storm water will be collected as part of the research. Property owners along the river are being asked to participate. Results will likely be released late next year.


Christopher Green

Anyone who visits Texas State is struck by its natural beauty. It's on the edge of Texas Hill Country and next to the San Marcos River. But much credit must also be given to landscapers who do the planting, watering, mowing and trimming. They're employees of the university's physical plant department. Their work goes on year-round, providing the campus with an array of colorful plants to match the changing seasons. Their efforts help make Texas State a pleasant place to work and study.

Chrisdyann Uribe

Many universities across the nation have experienced bomb threats in recent weeks. University officials have been prompted to action in response to the threats that came in by e-mail or over the phone. Evacuations have been ordered in Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, North Dakota and Indiana. Three have occurred in Texas alone, including one last week on this campus. So far the threats have all turned out to be hoaxes, but in each case the universities had to treat them seriously. The bomb threat at Texas State is being investigated. No one has been charged.


Anyssa Bohanan

Halloween is next week, and San Marcos residents are already getting ready. Local costume shops -- like Wally's Party Supply on the Square -- are expecting a higher volume of costumers in the coming days. Pop culture has influenced this year's costume selection. All kinds of outfits -- from Iron Man to Big Bird -- are being featured this year. Store employees say the most popular costumes are superheroes and animals, but women's accessories such as butterfly and angel wings are also hot items. 

Christina Ochoa

A San Marcos coffee house will be moving to a different location on the square at the end of the year. The Coffee Pot Bistro, a popular downtown hangout for the past 15 years, will be relocating to make room for an expansion of the Tap Room Pub and Grub. The Coffee Pot and Tap Room share the same building now, but that will be changing soon. The Tap Room owners purchased the building last week, and managers of the two establishments will be meeting soon to finalize details of the move. 


Erik Pompa

Students looking for part-time jobs can find opportunities at Texas State University. In this Bobcat Update, Erik Pompa describes the university's work-study program.

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.

Brittney Vaughn Frank

New techniques are being developed to help us use technology. Brittney Vaughn Frank tells us about a device that enables you to control a computer by just looking at it.

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."
"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.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Brittney Vaughn Frank.


Chrisdyann Uribe

Texas State students can rest easy now that the university has issued an all clear following a bomb scare. Chrisdyann Uribe has more in this Bobcat Update.


Kristen Buechler

The Associated Student Government wants to hear from the Texas State community regarding whether to allow concealed weapons on campus. Kristen Buechler has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.)


Daisy Saenz

Candidates for graduation are wondering what to do now. The semester is already more than half way over and there's much that remains to be done. Letters of approval for graduation have been received, but there has been no communication about commencement attire. All bachelor candidates must purchase a tassel and a black cap and gown from the University Bookstore prior to the ceremony. Masters candidates must also purchase a hood in addition to the official regalia. Check with the bookstore if you're needing answers.

Anyssa Bohanan

The affirmative action case against the University of Texas -- to be decided soon by the U-S Supreme Court -- could affect college admissions statewide. Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at the standards Texas State uses to recruit students.

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.


Evan Bolton

Film screenings, workshops and poetry readings – they're all events sponsored each semester by the Department of Modern Languages at Texas State University. The events are sometimes offered in languages other than English. For example, a recent poetry reading was in Spanish in honor of acclaimed Mexican novelist, Carlos Fuentes. The events are held at Centennial Hall.

Jenny Sessions

Some Texas State students may be worried about their risk of being infected by meningitis. Several cases have been reported nationwide, but university health officials say the recent cases have been fungal in nature and are related to steroid injections at certain hospitals. However, another type of meningitis -- bacterial -- can spread quickly by direct contact and is also life threatening. That's why students are required to get vaccines before attending college.  


Alexis LaFosse

Texas State University has a wide range of organizations aimed at serving the diverse interests and goals of students. Alexis LaFosse has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.
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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.
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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.

Christopher Green

You can get quite a workout just walking around campus at Texas State. If you had to walk from one end of campus to the other, it would be about a half-hour walk. As Chris Green tells us in this Bobcat Update, going from class to class can burn off a lot of calories.

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.

Matthew Boyd

Anyone who goes through student orientation at Texas State is fed a lot of information on the university's history and traditions, but remembering all of those names, dates and places can be a challenge. Matthew Boyd has a quiz, in this Bobcat Update.

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."


Sammantha Johnson

College students can't pass up a free meal! First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake provided free chili dogs in the Quad this afternoon to support the Baptist Student Ministry. First Baptist is associated with Disaster Relief Texas that serves individuals who are in need. If you missed out today, you'll have another chance on Wednesday, when free lunches are given to any student at the B-S-M building near Lantana Hall.


Daisy Saenz

You may have seen a rainbow on the quad this week. It was part of an annual celebration called National Coming Out Week. The colors represent diversity, and they're a call for action. Daisy Saenz has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Price Newell

Texas State students have many choices to make between now and November 6th. One choice is -- Do they vote or sit on the sidelines? Price Newell has more in this Bobcat Update.

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"

Jenny Sessions

The H-E-B store at Hopkins and Thorpe is undergoing an eleven (M) million-dollar expansion. When the project is finished, the store will have a greater focus on nutrition. A larger variety of produce will be available along with a bigger bakery and deli department. Meanwhile, H-E-B is adjusting to the construction inside of the store by temporarily changing the store layout and combining certain products to one aisle. The expansion, which should be finished in December, will add 30 to 40 new jobs.

Evan Bolton

For many Texas State students, finding supplies for classes can be quite difficult. In this Bobcat Update, Evan Bolton takes a look at how students are getting the office supplies they need.

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.
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Many students find the same supplies on campus that they would find at other stores.
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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.


Chrisdyann Uribe

San Marcos is taking a bite out of a growing market. There's a trend in urban communities of having mobile eateries. Four new ones recently opened in the city. Texas State students have a wide variety of choices when they order at food trucks. Dreamland Waffle and Wedo's Taco's are the newest additions on Guadalupe.  SUP Adventures  and Where's That Truck are now on Hopkins. They join more than a dozen already doing business in the city. 

Cecily Fish

You'll find a lot of bikes on campus, but what you might not know is that they're supposed to be registered. The University Police Department wants to know who owns the bikes on campus. The police can use the registration to help them track down bikes when they are lost or stolen. Registration is required, so if a bike owner doesn't bother to do it, there's a chance the bike will be confiscated. It's easy to register. You can do it online at the University Police webpage or in person at the U-P-D office.

Kristen Buechler

It's time to get registered for the spring semester. Early registration started this morning. You have until November 8th to sign up. You can do it using CatsWeb or by going to the Registrar's Office at the J-C Kellam Building. Visit CatsWeb to check for times you can register. Your academic adviser can help you figure out which classes you need.

Lynn T. Anderson

The Wittliff Collections at Texas State are attracting visitors to Alkek Library.  Lynn Anderson has more in this Bobcat update.

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. 
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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.
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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.


Christina Ochoa

Bobcat pride is on full display as Texas State celebrates Homecoming. The events this week include students painting windows at the L-B-J Student Center and participating in the Homecoming Talent Show at Evans Auditorium. Also, singer Andy Grammer will perform at the Homecoming Spirit Rally Thursday night at Sewell Park. The spirit-raising events are all in support of the football team, which hosts Idaho on Saturday. At the game, the homecoming queen will be crowned.

Brittney Vaughn

The Alpha Delta Pi Sorority at Texas State is sponsoring a 5-k run to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. The fourth annual Ronald McDonald Run will be held on October 20th, along with a one-mile Pups Fun Run. A-D-Pi  encourages students to participate. Those who run in the 5-K will be separated by age and gender, but the Pups Fun Run will include everyone. The cost is 15 dollars for each race, or 25 dollars for both. The top three contestants in each category will receive prizes. All benefits will be donated to charity.

Matt Southall

The patience of some San Marcos motorists is being tested because of ongoing construction just north of campus. The two-point-six (M) million dollar project has resulted in lanes on North L-B-J and Chestnut being closed to thru traffic. The city is installing two new underground water pipes to increase system capacity and overall reliability. Also, North L-B-J -- from Sessom to Holland -- will be widened with the addition of sidewalks and bike lanes. City officials say the project should be finished in a couple of months.  


Jenny Sessions

Finding a job is a challenge -- even in the best of times. It may be necessary for students to find ways to show potential employers that they stand above the rest. In this Bobcat Update, Jenny Sessions offers some tips on how to handle the job search.

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.
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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.
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Matthew Rogers

For many Texas State Students, life is a juggling act. They go to school; they work; they have family obligations. In this Bobcat Update, Matt Rogers takes a look at how they can cope with such responsibilities.

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.
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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.


William Bolling

Gloomy weather loomed over San Marcos this past weekend, but the Bobcats football team came ready to play. William Bolling has the story.

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.

Evan Bolton

Fall has arrived. Flowers and trees will start to die as the cold weather approaches. For many people, keeping their gardens alive as long as possible is a priority. To do so, people are encouraged to add compost to their soil and use mulch to help retain moisture. Wire cages or some other form of support should be used to keep the plants from being moved by strong winds. Though temperatures will start to drop, people should continue watering.


Christopher Green

Advances in technology continue to make our lives easier, but often at the price of distraction. Chris Green has the story in this Bobcat Update:
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.

Price Newell

The Theater Department at Texas State is staging a comedy this week at the main stage. The comedy is called Lend Me A Tenor. It's about the disappearance of an opera star and the madness that ensues. The production runs through Sunday. Students can purchase tickets at the box office for seven dollars, and the general public can buy them for ten dollars. Showtimes are at 7:30 nightly through Saturday and two P-M on Sunday.

Matthew Boyd

K-T-S-W celebrates national College Radio Day. On Tuesday, the station ran special several specialty shows and had in-studio interviews, including one with Rob Quicke, the founder of College Radio Day. The reason for having a designated day is to encourage awareness of college radio. Participation is pretty high, in Texas alone, there were 17 stations that observed it.

Daisy Saenz

Research shows that having a second language offers many benefits. Daisy Saenz has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.


Chrisdyann Uribe

Mother Nature really tested Bobcat Pride this past weekend as tailgaters got rained on before the football game. Chrisdyann Uribe has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Erik Pompa

Texas State is now considered an emerging research institution. By gaining that status, the university is committed to providing more funding for research programs. The goal is to eventually reach Tier-One status and join the ranks of U-T Austin, Texas A-and-M and Rice University. That would mean more money from the state to go along with funds being raised through the university's Pride-in-Action campaign. To date, more than 125-million dollars has been raised.


Christina Ochoa

Student representatives at Texas State are letting others know how important it is to register to vote. Christina Ochoa has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.
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Staying informed and getting involved are part of the process.
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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.


Brittney Vaughn

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Zeta Tau Alpha sorority has partnered with Texas State athletics to spread the word. If you've noticed a lot of pink in the quad this week, itÕs because Zeta sorority members are sporting the color to promote the fight against breast cancer. The girls are raising awareness by handing out pink ribbons and breast exam cards, and also by selling shirts for this year's "pink-out" football game. The game is this Saturday, and shirts are being sold for ten dollars. All proceeds from the pink-out shirts will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation

Kristen Buechler

A campus-wide tobacco ban at Texas State is not being rigorously enforced. Kristen Buechler has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.)


Christopher Green

Texas State University's most recognizable building is showing signs of wear and tear. Chris Green has the story in this Bobcat Update.

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. 
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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.

Matthew Boyd

The PACE Center at Texas State University is now open. As Matthew Boyd tells us in this Bobcat Update, the center provides direction to incoming freshmen.

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.

Erik Pompa

Some students find it challenging to ride their bicycles in and around the Texas State campus. Erik Pompa has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Matt Southall

Recent events have resulted in more Texas State students looking both ways before crossing the street. Matt Southall tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

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. 


Matthew Rogers

Students at Texas State now have more eating options as the long-awaited reopening of Commons Dining Hall has arrived. Commons was closed last fall due to rodent problems in the building. The all-you-can-to-eat dining facility now features Boko's Mongolian Grill along with options students had before the closing. The renovations at Commons are similar to those performed on Harris Dining Hall in the summer of 20-11. Though the dining hall has re-opened, the rest of Commons is still being renovated.


Anyssa Bohanan

Using communication technology may be a key to keeping students safe during emergencies at Texas State University. In this Bobcat Update, Anyssa Bohanan tells us about the emergency alert system on campus.

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.
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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.
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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.")

Erik Pompa

Maintaining safety of students and faculty is a concern at Texas State. Erik Pompa has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Gineen Pospisil

Texas State students who bike to class often find themselves in danger, because in San Marcos there simply aren't enough bike-friendly roads. Bikes are a practical alternative to driving cars or taking crowded buses, but it's a dangerous alternative. Many students are hoping city officials will consider adding more bike lanes to make it safer and to reduce traffic congestion. For now, though, the choices are limited. C-M Allen is one of the few streets in the city marked for bikers. 


Evan Bolton

San Marcos has several projects underway that will improve some downtown streets. Among the improvements will be new underground utilities and reconstruction of roads and sidewalks. Many of the changes will occur along Hutchison Street from the C-M Allen Parkway to L-B-J Drive.  Sidewalks that have deteriorated or are incomplete will be repaired. Several streets have been blocked in the area to prepare for the changes. The project is scheduled to be finished in 20-14. 


Christopher Green

Texas State University students are facing fierce competition for parking at a popular lot on West Sessom Drive and Peques Street. Chris Green has the story.

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.
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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.


Aerin Carreno

Some Texas State students are concerned about the high cost of parking permits, permits that provide access to only limited areas on campus. Aerin Carreno has more.

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.

Price Newell

Texas State is preparing to help its students stay healthy during the upcoming flu season. Price Newell has more in this Bobcat Update.

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..
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Student Health Center officials say Texas State students will have access to a new type of flu vaccine beginning in October.
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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.  
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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.

Kristen Buechler

If you're looking to enhance your fitness experience, specialty classes are now being offered at the Campus Recreation Center.  Kristen Buechler has more on the story.

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.

Alexis LaFosse

The new and improved Bobcat Stadium is now open. Alexis LaFosse has more.

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.
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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.
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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.


Chrisdyann Uribe

A shortage of bus drivers is to blame for what some believe is an inadequate bus system at Texas State. Chrisdyann Uribe has the story.

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.

Matthew Boyd

With the rapid advancement in technology over the past decade, more students are using technology to stay connected in the classroom. Matthew Boyd has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.
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Students aren't the only ones with mixed feelings about technology in the classroom. Professors have differing opinions as well.
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SB4 (professor, Becky Jackson)
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.


Daisy Saenz

San Marcos is developing a comprehensive master plan to keep up with the city's increasing population. As Daisy Saenz tells us in this Bobcat Update, the city is experiencing some growing pains that need to be addressed.

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.

Christina Ochoa

Texas State University set a attendance record Saturday while hosting its first ever F-B-S home game against Texas Tech University. We asked Texas State students about their experience -- in this Bobcat Update.


William Bolling

Many Texas State students are learning to adjust to the construction zones all over campus. William Bolling has more…

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.


Matthew Boyd

As the first week of school ends, students at Texas State have already had to find alternate routes to their classrooms. Matthew Boyd has more in this Bobcat Update.

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. 


Reid Farris

Increased enrollment at Texas State has prompted a campus-wide facelift. Construction sites are plentiful on campus. It seems there's a new building going up on every corner. Reid Farris has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.
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Building planners are using as much the available space on campus as they can.
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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.

Noel Fisher

Almost everywhere one looks on the Texas State Campus these days, students, faculty, and visitors see the signs of expansion. Noel Fisher has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.
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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:
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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.


Christina Ochoa

Students at Texas State University are dealing with campus construction as the first week of classes begin. Christina Ochoa has more.

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.


Bobcat Update - April 25, 2012

Christlyn Corona

The summer break is fast approaching, and many Texas State students are making plans. Christlyn Corona has more with this Bobcat Update. 
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.
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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. 

Tatiana Salazar

San Marcos definitely has its fair share of interesting characters, like Frisbee Dan and the Sun Worshipper. And, in this Bobcat Update, Tatiana Salazar tells us about another -- one known as the Viking Goddess.
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.

Geoff Gorman

If you love being outdoors, surrounded by nature and getting exercise, then this next report is just for you. Geoff Gorman tells us about a sport that is growing in popularity.
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.

Kathryn Crider

Many Texas State students are helping feed the hungry. They're doing it with their left-over meal trades. Kathryn Crider has more in this Bobcat Update.
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.


Orlando Garza

Two Texas state anthropologists are featured experts on a new television show. Orlando Garza tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

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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Shannon Greif

Some Texas State students are bringing the HEAT.  Shannon Greif (GRIFE) has more on this Bobcat Update.

The Human Environmental Animal Team has had an impact on the San Marcos community since its establishment in October of 2010.
(Luecke…15 sec… a movement.)
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.
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HEAT helped raise money to send cloths to a school in Columbia and to Bastrop fire victims last October.
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Members say that HEAT is a fun organization, and it accepts project ideas from all of its members.
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Smith says HEAT goes beyond the roles of a student community service organization.
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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.