The station came about through the efforts of Bob Shrader, now retired, who at the time was a faculty member in the Mass Communication department. Shrader says initially there was some uncertainty over how much to involve students in the operation.
(SB Bob Shrader... on start of KTSW) Plus CG with name/title)
Since then, the station has grown to provide students with several different departments to match their interests.
(Stand up on how the station started with a staff of 40 and now has one of over a 100.)
(SB Dan Schumacher.... on present K-T-S-W and its accomplishments/happenings). CG- name/title.
K-T-S-W will soon upgrade its transmitting facilities, which will give it a stronger signal and potentially a larger audience, but some members of the student staff say they hope the station stays the course in what it provides listeners:
(SB Jen current station manager... on how she hopes K-T-S-W can keep
what makes the station special - it's small and alternative identity.)
K-T-S-W is planning to celebrate its 20th birthday later this semester. The station's alumni will be invited to return for the bash and to see the operation they helped build. Former manager Shrader says he's looking forward to returning, too. He's proud of what the station has achieved and the experiences it has provided for students.
(SB Bob Shrader...thoughts on what the station has achieved and a
heartfelt quote along the lines of how happy he is that students are
getting the experience he wanted them to.)
For Bobcat Update, I'm Desiree Martinez.
San Marcos is seeing a rise in its crime rate, but local police are stepping up to the challenge.
(SB: Officer Sue Stewart…more reports.)
The size of the local police departments has remained steady the past few years, which means the workload hasn't eased any:
(SB: Renny Rebble – …the challenge.)
Even though the crime rate has gone up, there's a sense among some students that San Marcos is a safe place to live.
(SB: Anonymous Student 1 - …school out.)
(SB: Anonymous Student 2 - …to control.)
(Stand Up: ...I'm Raul Vieira.)
PARKS Proposal to curtail alcohol use in parks Burney/Martinez PKG
USPS Postal Service to sell downtown location Himede/Kaddatz VO
LINSANE Knicks' Jeremy Lin creates sensation Garanzuay/Bruce PKG
CRIME San Marcos crime rate figures released Vieira/Bruce PKG
LENT Catholics observe Lent for 40 days Garza/Klassen PKG
PIG The Hays Co. Animal Shelter has a pig Lanmon/Palasota VO
ZELICKS Bar on Hopkins making too much noise Avery/Rodriguez VO
OLDMAIN Old Main--a symbol of Texas State Gorman/Castleshouldt
Many Austin cab drivers are pleased that the city council has made it official to allow them to charge up to 100 dollars above and beyond the regular cab fare -- if individuals throw up during their rides. Cab companies say the extra charge is justified because considerable time must be spent cleaning the cabs afterward.
We asked Texas State students what they thought of the new fee and whether they'd like to see it enforced in San Marcos.
(SB Andrew Chavez...Texas State Junior...sec)
(SB Raul Vela....Texas State Alumnus....sec)
Bartenders in San Marcos are trained to recognize when customers have had too much to drink and to encourage them to call a taxi for a safe ride home, but there's some doubt that an additional charge will help matters.
(SB Erin Dickenson....Texas State Junior...sec)
(SB Jonathan Mulle....Texas State Senior...sec)
For Bobcat Update, I'm Christlyn Corona.
Texas State has an estimated 12-hundred military veterans enrolled at the university. The Veterans Affairs office, located in the J-C Kellam building, offers many resources for veterans to achieve their personal goals. Many veterans rely on their G-I benefits to attend college, and the military provides other benefits as well.
(SB Pina Cadet Captain)
But, for others, being in the military didn't have an impact on their decision to go to college.
(SB Clark Cadet 3rd Class )
(Stand up: Texas State is ranked 13th in the nation as a military-friendly school, and for some veterans that affected their decision to attend this university)
(SB Blake Army Veteran)
One option for underclassmen -- who want to make the military their career -- is the R-O-T-C. Texas State offers an Air Force R-O-T-C program, and many men and women earn their commissions here every year. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chelsi Smith.
As early as next fall, four of the five sequences -- Advertising, Electronic Media, Journalism and Public Relations -- may become Bachelor of Science programs. Currently, the School offers only a bachelor-of-arts degree. If approved, those who are enrolled will have a choice to remain as they are or switch programs.
(STUDENT #1 SB)
Those who choose the Bachelor of Science degree will NOT be required to take two years of foreign languages but will instead be expected to take additional elective hours within the school.
(STUDENT #2 SB)
Senior Academic Adviser Harry Bowers says although nothing has been set in stone, offering the B-S degree is a strong possibility.
(HARRY BOWERS SB)
The Bachelor of Arts option, including foreign languages, will remain for students who opt for the general sequence in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For Bobcat Update, I'm Marylea Brown.
During football season it was Tebow Time. Now Linsanity has taken the nation by storm. Jeremy Lin's star has risen as a member of the New York Knicks. Chris Blackmon says Lin is the real deal.
Not everyone is on the Linsanity bandwagon, but Texas State student Xavier Gladstone says Lin has a bright future in the N-B-A:
The Knick point guard has outplayed and outscored N-B-A superstars, like Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant, and has played key rolls in wins over several N-B-A teams. However, those aren't the only stats that are getting the people's attention. The Harvard grad is the only American-born N-B-A player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. Texas State student Jmi Rodriguez says Lin is an inspiration.
(If you provide information about an upcoming Knicks' game, make sure it's the one played Feb. 29 or March 1.)
For Bobcat Update I'm Roland Garanzuay.
Open with interview clips of students guessing the year Old Main was built…0:15
On top of one of the tallest hills in San Marcos sits Old Main. Designed by Edward Northcraft, Old Main was built in 1903 on top of a cavern that had to be filled with multiple loads of concrete. The second floor of the building was used as auditorium and chapel that included a cathedral ceiling, balcony, and stage. It wasn't until 1972 that the building's interior was renovated and the auditorium was split into smaller rooms.
In 1988 another renovation added the third floor at the balcony level, yet the ornate chapel ceiling is still visible today in room 320. The last and most recent renovations occurred in 1993 and 1994 when the original styling and color of the building's roof were restored. Today Old Main serves as office space for the College of Fine Arts and Communications as well as the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Escobar…0:10…heard the buildings haunted
While I'm not quite sure if the building is haunted or not, I do know that this Victorian style castle on top of the hill will remain one of Texas State University's oldest buildings. For Bobcat Update, I'm Geoff Gorman.
( SB different students)
Everyone has desires but abstaining from something you want every day can be a challenge. For some Catholics, Lent is a time to fast, or perhaps to give up something they truly enjoy. The idea is to use the time to focus on one's spirituality.
( SB different students)
The director of the Catholic Student Center, Father Brian Eilers, says Lent shouldn't be regarded simply as a time to avoid vices for 40 days. He says there should be a year-round commitment.
( SB Brian Eilers)
(Orlando Garza's stand up)
FREGIS- Fall Registration starts soon. Rodriguez VO
CABOOSE- Baseball team has a caboose. Robinson VO
TAGGING- Tagging against the anti-smoking policy. Elder VO
TECH- Use of electronic devices in classroom. Garcia PKG
ASG1- Signs on campus indicate ASG race. Lanmon. VO
DEFIB- Defibrillators are on campus to save lives. Currier PKG
SOLAR- Solar panel rebate. Wright VO
BOATS- Boat tour endowment proposed. Taylor VO
KTSW- 20th Anniversary of KTSW. Martinez PKG
RIVER- Rain has helped levels. RobinsonR VO
Since the beginning of the year, gas prices have risen 25-cents nationally, 21-cents in the last month here in the San Marcos area, making it a burden to students who commute.
Some students realize that they can cope with the higher prices by driving less and changing their spending habits.
Despite the recent increase and pending effects of Iran's decision to stop oil exports to Britain and France, some students remain optimistic about the nation's ability to adapt.
With gas prices expected to hit four dollars by April, some students say they may take a more radical approach to limiting their dependency of gas.
And with gas prices on the rise, this might be us all. I'm Laurie Gonzales, with Bobcat Update.
probably own at least one electronic device, and they like to use them.
In this Bobcat Update, Mariana Garcia tells us how electronic devices
are affecting students and their behavior in the classroom.
The path of technology integration in education is lined with disruptions on
one side and opportunities on the other. Technology serves as a window
for new methods of teaching with good intentions, only to encounter
unwanted side effects such as distraction in the classroom.
(SB: Garcia- "You see it in class…Avoid using your cellphone.")
Assistant Professor Lucy Lu doesn't allow the use of cellphones in her class.
(SB: Lu- "I don't allow them to use … something else.")
Although electronic devices and social media can distract students in
the classroom, some people believe this is beneficial to their
(SB: Thomas- "Yea I use it during class… I'm not going to lie."
But Graduate Assistant Chase Rogers says technology can help students in the classroom.
(SB: Rogers- " Some students type faster than they handwrite… In class.")
will keep evolving and everyone will continue to adjust and find ways
to make it work for them, whether its faculty or students. For Bobcat
Update, I'm Mariana Garcia.
SB (AED Test Machine Sounds)
It's called an A-E-D or an Automated External Defibrillator, and Texas State has the defibrillators at several high traffic areas on campus. An A-E-D is a device that uses electric shock to revive a person who has
gone into cardiac arrest. The problem is, not everyone knows where to find them.
SBx2(Back to back of two kids being completely stumped as to where the A-E-D's are located)
Locating the A-E-Ds is just one problem. Many students are also unfamiliar with how they work.
SB (Kab talking about the "Clear!" method)
Senior Clarissa Sanchez says the University should make it clear where the defibrillators are located.
SB (Clarissa proposing TxState use an email system)
There are several resources available to better educate people on where the A-E-D's are located and their correct usage. These include an online map of all the buildings on campus that have these devices. Also, the
certification classes offered by the Red Cross require hands-on training with A-E-Ds.
Texas State Aquatics and Safety Assistant Director Julie Saldiva, who also teaches some of the certification classes, says that for every minute the victim remains unconscious, his or her chance of survival decreases by ten percent. In a situation where every second counts, knowing where to look and how to operate this equipment is key.
Stand Up (Many instructors like Julie hold classes throughout the year……for Bobcat Update, I'm Callie Currier).
For students at Texas State, as well as people all over the world, communication is key in day-to-day life. This could include texting, being on Facebook, and of course talking face to face, but for men and women in the military, these luxuries are not always available.
Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Murel Miller works in the Veterans Affairs office. Miller says that in boot camp, soldiers don't get to talk to their families a lot. There are time limits and long lines for the phones. Some services even take phones away until boot camp is finished. Miller says being able to talk to family and loved ones is invaluable for the troops because it helps lower stress.
Brandon Simons agrees. He's a multi-channel systems operator for the Army. Simons says he got lucky with his job when he was deployed to Iraq, because he got to talk to his family more often than others.
Simons says that he got to talk to his family through Facebook and other multimedia outlets, not like Air Force Major JoAnne Finan. She didn't have these luxuries during her first deployment.
Finan says that her most recent deployment was easier because she got to see and talk to her family -- thanks to Skype.
Air Force Master Sergeant James McCall says that when he was in Afghanistan, he bought an Afghan cell phone, and it was very expensive to use it. He also says that it was hard to talk to family because of the time change. He likes that Skype is an option, even though his wife and parents don't know how to use it.
All of these new ways to communicate don't replace talking face to face.
No matter how soldiers talk to their families and friends, the message is always the same.
"You love them, they love you and you're safe. You know, that's the main thing, is you're safe." Despite distance and location modern technology is helping soldiers and their families stay connected and communicate this Valentine's Day. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alisha Grieme.
Anyone who lives on campus can tell you that condoms are readily available in their dorms' vending machines. But Shippensburg University just added one new item to their machines - the morning after pill. However, selling this pill in a vending machine, as opposed to a pharmacy, could lead to health risks.
Dr. Emilio Carranco recommends students to talk to a pharmacist before taking any type of drug.
Some students, though, don't think offering the pill in vending machines is such a bad idea.
Dr. Carranco says he doesn't see this happening here anytime soon.
(Standup: The morning after pill is available at all pharmacies and the Health Center without a prescription as long as you are seventeen or older. But its not meant to be used as a regular means of contraception. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tatiana Salazar.)
The Student Recreation Center offers many different ways to work out, such as lifting weights and playing basketball. The Rec Center stays extremely busy much of the time. The facilities serve students and faculty, and with higher enrollment at the university, demand is up. Towels and lockers often run out, and people have to wait in lines. With spring break coming up, many students are at the gym more often.
(SB Allison Smith...Fitness Graduate Assistant...secs)
Texas State offers an unlimited pass that allows students to attend any workout class for a low cost. The classes are offered every day and gives students the motivation they need to get in shape.
(SB Jenny Sessions...Texas State Junior...secs)
This year, the Student Rec Center has sold a record number of passes and expects the heavy usage to continue until at least spring break. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chelsi Smith.
The San Marcos River is a favorite recreation spot for Texas State students and city residents alike, but a recent proposal now before the City Council may change the way people are allowed to relax by the river. The city's Parks and Recreation board recently voted unanimously in favor of a proposal that would ban the public consumption and display of alcohol in city parks. The City Council plans to discuss the proposal at a later meeting.
SB: I don't know. I don't think it's a good idea, but I also think that people would find another place. If they just ban it here and other places, there's always somewhere else to go
If the proposal passes, then drinking at parks like Rio Vista would be illegal.The Parks and Recreation board chose NOT to mention the river itself in the proposed ban. There's already a ban on consuming alcohol in fenced pool areas as well as the children's park. For Bobcat Update, I'm Will Burney.
In August 2011, Texas State University became a tobacco-free campus, yet students and faculty members continue to smoke.
(:13...Gault...smoke free campus)
Although there are many no-smoking signs around campus, there are no consequences for violating the policy.
Texas State officials say there are no plans to further enforce the no-smoking policy.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Connie Gonzalez
Chocolates, heart-shaped balloons and flowers are common means of expression this time of year. They show love. But other cultures, other countries, have different approaches. For example, in Mexico, Valentine's Day, which is called Dia de San Valentin, is celebrated by both young and old, with gifts of chocolates and secret valentines.
______ _______ says Lover's Day is a big event in Asian culture. Some Asian countries celebrate twice a year -- February 14th for the girls, and March 14th for men.
But just as it is for some in America, Valentine's Day can be hard on the pocketbook.
Although Valentine's day seems to be commercialized everywhere, it is a nice way to remind people in your life that you care.
Whether you're from here or from another country, one thing is sure, love is universal.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Laurie Gonzales..
The rapid rise in student population has left many Bobcat Tram buses extremely crowded. The Bobcat Tram services about 27-thousand riders per day. Since last year, the trams have had a six percent increase in student riders. With only 32 buses running, many students are left without a ride.
(S.B. Chrisdyann Uribe…Texas State Junior…__ sec)
Students who ride the Wonder World bus often wait up to 40 minutes for a bus while buses on other routes arrive every 20 minutes. Some students say they've seen buses on the same route alternating between one being full and the next being empty.
Overcrowding is not the only thing students have to worry about. Safety is also a big issue for those students living at The Springs apartments. This year, the Blanco River and the Mill Street routes have been split into separate routes. Bobcat Tram employees say that they are understaffed with only 60 drivers. As many as 80 drivers are needed to man the bus routes all week long. For Bobcat Update, I'm Shannon Greif.
A group on campus called Fit to the Core is leading the awareness campaign.
Fit to the Core is working with the Public Relations Student Society of America at Texas State to help parents and children understand how to recognize and prevent child obesity.
H-E-B is helping support the awareness by donating the green apples that will be passed out at some of the elementary schools in San Marcos.
Gorman, stand up, 0:14
For more information about Fit to the Core, you can visit their website.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Geoff Gorman.
A-A-R-P volunteers have been hard at work this week trying to help clients fill out their taxes. The program is designed to help the elderly, handicapped and low-income families complete their tax forms for free. A-A-R-P client Lola Bell says she has used the service many times and will continue to do so.
(SB Lola Bell…)
A-A-R-P Tax aide organizer Powell Hinson -- who has volunteered for 27 years -- says the program is a good way for the those on tight budgets to get tax advice.
(SB Powell Hinson…)
(Orlando Garza's stand up)
AARP Retired folks offering tax help. Garza/Currier PKG
OBESITY Obesity Prevention PR campaign. Gorman/Ricard PKG
BUSES The buses are overcrowded. Greif/Garazuay PKG
BAND The shortage of practice rooms. School of Music. Titus/Morales VO
RIVERBAN Comal Co. group sues to stop enforcement of alcohol ban. Palasota/Klassen VO
MUSICTH Texas Music Theatre is open and thriving. Hernandez/Skinner VO
TRAILER Food trailers are doing brisk business. Hampton/Davis VO
RAIN San Marcos area finally getting rain. Fong/Kaddatz VO
PARKS City Council may tighten rules on alcohol consumption in parks. Burney/Martinez PKG
NOSMOKE Smoking ban isn't being enforced. GonzalesC/Brown PKG
RECCTR Rec Center staying crowded. Spring Break. Smith/Corona PKG
BASEBL The 2012 season will soon start. Chmelar/Muscarello VO
DEADTREE Dying Tree to be removed. Hey/Martin VO
CONDOM National Condum Month. Contraceptives. Robinson/Wright VO
MRFEST Mr Fest KTSW Event End of April. Taylor/Himede