Bobcat Update - March 29, 2012

Nicholas Fong

Student commuters at Texas State can expect a pretty steep fee if they want to park on campus. So, to save money, many who drive to school are finding other spots to park their cars. One alternative is the two-hour-parking that's allowed at Hutchison and North Edward Gary. Also, those lucky enough to park in front of Wells Fargo can do so without worrying about any time limit. Another popular place until recently was a grassy area near Treff's Tavern on Chestnut Street, but a fence was erected there last semester to discourage parking.


Mason Robinson

Texas State softball is on a hot streak. The team has had some perfect performances in its quest to win another Southland Conference championship. Mason Robinson has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Bobcats' softball team is a winner. In Texas State athletics history, only volleyball has won more games as a team. But this team has a pair of players who've done something this season so special, it's unmatched in the history of the game. It started when senior Chandler Hall threw one of the few no-hitters in Texas State softball history, shutting down a solid Stephen F. Austin lineup in the first game on the Southland Conference schedule.
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Not to be outdone, junior pitcher Anne Marie Taylor did what a lot of fans would only say in jest -- go out the next day and throw another no-hitter. Only Taylor wasn't kidding.
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It's something that head coach Ricci Woodard had never seen nor heard of in more than two decades of playing and coaching softball.
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But what makes the story more remarkable is the follow up to the follow up. Hall threw a two-hit shut out against Southeastern Louisiana. Then, Taylor did something a mere 24 hours later she's never done, and coach Woodard had only seen once before. She threw a perfect game.
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It's unheard of to have pitching performances like these so close together on one team. And as Texas State won the conference tournament last season, and the last three regular season championships before that, does this kind of hype make this Bobcat club the center of attention?
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As the halfway point of the conference schedule comes closer, some of the 'Cats are hungry for more than just another S-L-C title. Taylor wants to get past a regional tournament for the first time in school history. To do that, they'd have to defend their current title, and Hall says they might just be the ones for the job.
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Lauren Lanmon

The Wings of Freedom tour is visiting San Marcos this week with its World War two planes. One such plane is called The Witchcraft, a B-24 Liberator which was built in 1944. Another vintage plane is a Boeing B-17 called Nine O Nine. It saw action during World War two making several trips to England, Germany, and Poland. It is best known for not losing a single crew member in 140 missions and has been featured in several post war movies. The Wings of Freedom tour is selling rides. If you want to see the tour schedule, visit the website at collings-foundation-dot-org.

Shannon Greif

An organization called Be A Match is registering bone marrow donors this week. Texas State students are being encouraged to participate to help save lives. Students who donate will be put in a database. The Be A Match organization is in the quad most every spring. You can sign up tomorrow from 10 A-M to 4 P-M.  Nationally, more than nine-and-a-half million are registered, which increase the odds of matching donors to recipients -- should the need arise.

Assignment - March 26-March 29, 2012

WASTEWAT-Improvements needed at Waste Water Plant - Salazar/Bruce PKG CARRYOVER
ENERGY-Alternative energy sources considered for SM - Currier/Achterberg PKG CARRYOVER
RETENT-Student retention rates are good at TX State - Grieme/Titus PKG CARRYOVER
ORTMONT-Profile of an Ice Cream shop owner - Gorman/Japko CARRYOVER
SEARCH-The search for jobs/careers upon graduation - Muscarello/Kaddatz CARRYOVER
WWIIFLY-World War II planes at San Marcos Airport - Lanmon/Schotanus VO
SOFTBALL-Softball team playing well - RobinsonM/Rangel PKG
MARROW-Bone marrow drive in Quad - Greif/Groff VO
RESUME-Career Services can help prepare resumes - Corona/Hampton VO
- Burney/Case PKG
MARTIN-Rally held in Quad - Taylor/Hernandez MONT
- Martinez/Chmelar PKG
ONLINE-Increasing number of Online courses at TXState - GonzalesL/Avery PKG CARRYOVER


Connie Gonzalez

A college professor has created a unique way to study art and history together. It's called Grafik Intervention. Connie Gonzalez has more in this Bobcat Update.
Stand-up: Grafik Intervention was originated by a Michigan professor. It uses digital projections on abandoned buildings to bring awareness to the community.
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The three sites were selected by the nine students who put together the San Marcos event last week. The historic buildings they selected are the Old First Baptist Church, the Ulysses Cephas historic home and the Old Hays County Jail.
SB (student)
Some who attended the event had never been to the locations before. Others knew the history well and shared stories about it.
SB (Citizen)
The demonstration offered a new experience for those attended.
SB (Professor)
Texas State is the fourth school to participate in this event, and the first out of the Michigan area. This unique way of displaying their art surely beats the typical art show. With Bobcat Update, I'm Connie Gonzalez.

Kyle Muscarello

With graduation approaching, many seniors are trying to figure out what they'll be doing after they finish their studies at Texas State. Kyle Muscarello has more in this Bobcat Update.

The semester is more than halfway over, and that means graduation is just around the corner. For those about to enter the job market, there's reason to be concerned. Tessa Moreno, an exercise and sports science major, says she's having some doubts about whether jobs will be available.
SB: Tessa Moreno "I am pretty nervous about that. With my degree, there is not much to do but go into physical therapy school. So looking for a job that is similar to that degree is kind of hard."
Stress is another factor that some seniors are dealing with.
SB: Alexandria Black "I'm not as stressed out when I find myself trying to do something to actively look for a job or to try it, but then if I keep not finding jobs, then I get stressed that I wont be able to live on my own. So it's more about being stressed that I won't be able to live on my own than not finding a job."
History major Danna Brown is using multiple ways to find a job after graduation.
SB: Career Services knows me by my first name now. I do my own human resource callings. See what type of job openings and looking at different companies that I would be interested in."
The Career Services Division at Texas State is providing seniors with opportunities to help them find jobs.
SB: Becca Rodgers "We're doing a lot of stuff for Jobs-Four-Cats. We're trying to get them jobs out there. Bring employers in, trying to get connections made and get them where they need to be."
For some, graduating is going to be bittersweet.
SB: Danna Brown "I'm excited, but i'm not excited because of the whole transition phase from college life to real world. I guess that's what every senior has anxiety about. I'm excited though."
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kyle Muscarello.

Caroline Currier

The winds of change may soon arrive in San Marcos. Callie Currier explains, in this Bobcat Update.

San Marcos is negotiating with a Florida-based energy company to purchase wind and solar power. The company is called Next-Era. It operates the world's second largest turbine field, located outside of Abilene. If a deal can be worked out between Next-Era and the city, it would allow San Marcos to be less dependent on the Lower Colorado River Authority for meeting its energy needs. Officials say the switch could save consumers about one-point-three percent when they pay their monthly electric bills.
Though the average residential savings will be miniscule, the city's larger consumers, which include Texas State, Target, H-E-B and Embassy Suites, stand to save closer to three-percent monthly. Some local residents would like to see more savings passed on to them.
Stand Up

Alisha Grieme

Candidates hoping to lead the Associated Student Government are vying for attention as election day draws near. Bobcat Update's Alisha Grieme (Gree-me) profiles each candidate.
Kurt Fulkerson and Nathan McDaniel are campaigning to be next year's A-S-G president. Alison Sibley and Maxfield
Baker are running for VICE president. Fulkerson says he wants the university to offer better dining options and to improve its car-pool system.
SB- Kurt Fulkerson "my number one qualification is that I have talked to so many students and I really feel the same issues they do and I'm continuing to talk to them."
McDaniel and Sibley are campaigning on the same ticket as president and vice president, respectively. Sibley says she supports renovating the L-B-J Student center so that it can be used more efficiently. She says there's much that needs to be accomplished.
SB- "Sibley- mentoring freshman… make everyone else. "
Maxfield Baker is known on campus for his vocal talents. He's the one who campaigns by singing, and he's had some success with it. Baker has served as an A-S-G senator. He has several ideas about how to improve Texas State.
SB- Baker "PAWS acronym"
SB- Sibley "Next year is the year to make improvements, and the year to make changes"
Election day is coming up in a week.

Tatiana Salazar

City officials hope to be more prepared for the next big storm to hit San Marcos. As Tatiana Salazar tells us in this Bobcat Update, the heavy rains earlier this month caused an overflow.

The thunderstorm did more than just get some roads a little wet – it caused more than 400 thousand gallons of waste to overflow into the river. Apparently there was so much rainwater that the underground sewer system near River Road was flooded. For a while that meant thousands of gallons of domestic waste – all that was flushed down toilets and poured down sinks – was going into the river untreated.
Hulme: "I mean, it's gross. No one wants to swim in the bathroom."
Bessner: "I didn't even know about it. So not knowing about it freaks me out."
However, city officials say that because there was such a high volume of rain, the water was still safe to use.
Clack: "it could've had more potential to be harmful if it didn't have that dilution, but it would've happened if it didn't have rainwater in the system."
Standup: "But what residents want to know is, what is being done to prevent THIS from happening again?"
According to Clack, the concrete cap that was pushed over by the rain is being replaced. However, because it's such a large piece of equipment, it has to be specially-made. He projects that the cap should be replaced within the next few weeks. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tatiana Salazar.


Geoff Gorman

As the springtime temperatures in Texas continue to rise, you can find a location in downtown San Marcos that has a cool way to beat the heat; Geoff Gorman has more in this Bobcat Update.

Rhea's Ice Cream Shop has been satisfying customers for more than two years. Former Texas State student Rhea Ortmond decided against pursuing a degree in fashion design. She instead opened a business -- her very own ice cream shop. All of the ice cream and waffle cones are handmade in her kitchen -- in an area that includes an artistic flare.
Ortmond 0:17 … how it started
At the beginning of each month Rhea develops new flavors from ideas she receives in the shop's Flavor of the Month box. A few of her unique flavors include caramel sea salt, powdered doughnut and there was one called bacon.
Ortmond 0:12…peoples reaction to the bacon flavor
Making the ice cream takes from 15 minutes to an hour.
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Not only do the flavors of the ice cream reflect Rhea's personality, but the art and colors on the wall express how bubbly and lively she really is.
Ortmond 0:04…the shop is just her
Scott 0:09…adds to the charm
For Bobcat update, I'm Geoff Gorman.


Bobcat Update - March 22, 2012

Brittany Davis

You still have a few minutes left to drop a class if your'e a student struggling to make the grade. If you think you're going to fail a course and want to drop it, you have until five o'clock to go through the process and be assured of an automatic W. Waiting until later in the semester could result in a forced withdrawal from all enrolled classes at Texas State. The registrar's website has instructions on how to drop a class and get a W. 

Desiree Martinez

The return of spring and warmer weather is welcomed by many of us, but perhaps less so for anyone who works or attends classes in the theater building. Desiree Martinez explains, in this Bobcat Update.

The theater building is starting to heat up -- and no, it's not because of the plays or dance routines. It's the temperature.
The building's air conditioner is broken.
SB…student…talking about the effects..
Fans have been brought into the building and the entrance doors stay open during the day to bring the temperature down. Still, without air conditioning, some professors have been forced to move their classes elsewhere to keep cool while others have cancelled class time all together.
The theater's department chair, Dr. John Fleming, says the university has been working hard to fix the problem but -- in the meantime -- anyone using the building will have to cope. Fleming says the building's shape and architecture don't help matters.
SB…Fleming…how many units are out/round shape… circulation…
Stand up : A temporary solution will go into effect within the new few days, but the department says a permanent solution will require much more money and an entirely new system.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Desiree Martinez.


Will Burney

The T-A-B-C will be going mobile next spring. Will Burney has more in this Bobcat Update.

Two smart-phone apps are being developed to assist the T-A-B-C in finding violators of the state's liquor laws. One of the apps will simulate intoxication, while the other will allow patrons to report establishments that are engaged in questionable activity. But some bar owners doubt the new system will work. They're concerned that many claims will just be made up:
SB BECK: "I have seen in some newspaper articles where they quote some business owners as having concerns about that and I guess wanna reassure business owners that we are not in the business of going out and filing tickets with no more basis than somebody's complaint."
San Marcos bars are not strangers to the T-A-B-C. Bar managers know they report problems to the commission the next day if they want to. The T-A-B-C office is located on the city square. Employees at Taxi's Piano bar say they aren't threatened at all by the new app, because measures are already being taken to ensure compliance.
SB TAXI: Anybody that thinks they are going to report something that I'm not going to report the next day I don't know it just seems to redundant to me but that's fine. I got nothing to hide. As far as I know there's somebody from TABC undercover in here every night that's how you gotta run your business. I mean things are gonna happen it's a bar somebody is gonna slip underneath somebody's radar. They seem fine one minute then all the sudden you're a 90 pound girl and somebody gives a shot and you've had it. "
Stand up: Violations can already be reported to T-A-B-C by e-mail or telephone. The app will be just one more way to contact T-A-B-C about violations. For Bobcat Update I'm Will Burney.

Bobcat Update - March 21, 2012

Kathryn Crider

San Marcos City parks are now supposed to be alcohol-free. City Council approved an ordinance last night to ban the consumption and display of alcoholic beverages in the parks as well as at city-owned dams. The ordinance also restricts open containers, even to people entering and exiting the river, and containers used in the river must be securely closed or covered. Council members will possibly vote next Tuesday on further restrictions, which could include increased fines for littering and bans on barbecue grills and Styrofoam cups.

Alex Ricard

The Wittliff Collections on the library's seventh floor will be celebrating a book release this Saturday. Timeless Mexico: The Photographs of Hugo Brehme (BRAY-me), which shares its name with the Wittliff's latest exhibit, provides an overview of the Brehme's (BRAY-me's) life and work, including his thousands of iconic photographs of Mexico. Saturday's book release will also feature guest speakers including the book's author, Susan Frost, and the photographer's grandson, Dennis Brehme (BRAY-me). Admission to the event is free.


Marylea Brown

Many Bobcats will long remember the fun times they had last week during Spring Break, but a few now have memories they'd be glad to forget. Marylea Brown explains, in this Bobcat Update.

A lot of students returned from spring break this week looking tan and feeling rejuvenated. However, history major Josh Amador is happy just to be alive.
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One of the men then walked toward the campers' vehicles and slashed a tire -- at first saying that he had tripped and accidentally cut the tire with his pocket knife. That's when matters turned for the worst.
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One camper ran down the beach to a safe distance and called nine-one-one. Cops arrived within minutes and took control of the scene. Two of the three men were sent to emergency care; one knocked unconscious by a gardening hoe, the other with a self-inflicted stab wound.
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Amador says the next morning one of the men returned to the campsite and began threatening the group from his vehicle. Police were again were called to the scene to protect the campers while they packed. Later the man who allegedly made the threats was found on the beach and arrested.
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Although no court date has been set, Armador and his fellow campers say they plan to press charges against the three men for property damage, aggravated assault, attempted robbery and attempted murder.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Marylea Brown.

Lauren Lanmon

The city of San Marcos is wrapping up a two-year smart metering project. Lauren Lanmon has more for this Bobcat Update.

Smart meters allow residents to access their daily consumption of electric and water from their personal computers. Meters have been installed throughout San Marcos including apartment complexes, Wal-Mart, and several businesses. Some students say the upgrade is overdue.
SB: Riley Nix "This is a good thing for the technical era, with all of the technology that we already have I don't understand why it took so long for this to actually happen"
Because residents are able to actually see their consumption of water, some believe that it will help improve conservation.
SB: Justin Camp "Conservation is a big concern and by being able to see how much one has consumed, I believe it is a step in the right direction"
Stand Up: "One of the main advantages to having these smart meters is that they will help identify water leaks, therefore allowing the customer to adjust their usage before their bill comes in. By the second quarter of 2012, citizens will be able to view their interval data by web portal. For Bobcat Update I'm Lauren Lanmon."

Andrew Hernandez

For many people with a sweet tooth, this past week has been heaven. National Chocolate Week is being celebrated. Centerpoint Station and The Fudgery are places where San Marcos chocolate lovers can go to satisfy their chocolate cravings.  The stores offer a wide variety of traditional chocolate selections including fudge, ice cream, cookies and candies. But there's much more to be found if you're a chocolate lover who wants something new and creative. You can even drink it. Milkshakes, of course, but there's even chocolate wine if you want it. 

Nic Martin

Many students who have been working lately at the San Marcos Outlet Malls are looking for new employment. Jobs at the Outlets are often seasonal in nature, so when sales go down there's a good chance that some employees will be let go. The Christmas season is a busy time, but the college and high school students who were hired late last year have since moved on. Retail opportunities in the San Marcos area are abundant but may be harder to find until demand picks up again.

Samuel Chmelar

The Kyle and San Marcos city governments are working with Texas State University to add more bus stops in Kyle to accommodate the city's growing population. Kyle has had a 400 percent increase in population since 2000. Bobcat Tram already provides some services to Kyle as a stop between San Marcos and Austin. The university recently agreed to create additional routes and more stops in Kyle. The expanded service is expected to begin early next year.

Assignments - March 19-March 22, 2012

PETFEES - Fees charged for having pets in apts - Rodriguez/Morales PKG
RUM - Students distills rum in spare time - Schontanus/Nguyen PKG
SAKURA - Plans for a Japanese Sakura Festival - Rider/Groff PKG
KSMB - Keep San Marcos Beautiful concerts - Greif/Palasota PKG
METER - Smart metering in SM to measure utilities - Lanmon/GonzalezR PKG
SPRING - Spring has arrived - RobinsonM/Klassen VO
SWEET16 - Who's going to be NCAA champs? - Vieira/Rangel Montage
KYLEBUS - More bus routes/stops proposed for Kyle - Chmelar/Case VO
TABC - TABC has apps to report underage drinking - Burney/Bowen PKG
OUTLETS - Seasonal employment at the Outlet Malls - Martin/Taylor VO
AIRCOND - No AC at the Theatre Building - Martinez/Wright PKG
ROBBERY - Students robbed & beaten at Port Aransas - Brown/Olson PKG
CHOCLATE - National Chocolate Week - Hernandez/Ramos VO
WASTEWAT-Improvements needed at Waste Water Plant - Salazar/Bruce PKG CARRYOVER
ENERGY-Alternative energy sources considered for SM - Currier/Achterberg PKG CARRYOVER
RETENT-Student retention rates are good at TX State - Grieme/Titus PKG CARRYOVER
ORTMONT-Profile of an Ice Cream shop owner - Gorman/Japko CARRYOVER
SEARCH-The search for jobs/careers upon graduation - Muscarello/Kaddatz CARRYOVER
MATHCLUB-Pie Day - RobinsonR/Hey VO
DROPS-Today's the deadline for dropping classes - Davis/Corona VO
GRAPHIC-Graphic intervention on abandoned buildings - GonzalezC/Himede CARRYOVER


Who's Going to be NCAA Champs?

Many Texas State students are looking forward to watching the men's N-C-double-A basketball tournament, which resumes tomorrow with the Sweet Sixteen. We asked several students whom they thought would emerge as champions this year.

Mason Robinson

Today is the first full day of Spring. The spring equinox occurred yesterday just after one-o-clock in the morning. Daytime and nighttime hours are about the same length now, and you can expect sunlight to last a little later into the evening until summer gets here. Flowers are blooming now, and Texas State students can be seen on campus wearing lighter colors. Recent rains may not be the ideal for sunbathing at Sewell Park, but the next few days are supposed to be perfect for catching some rays.

Marilyn Elder

The Texas State Japanese Club is getting ready for a highly anticipated spring celebration. Marilyn Elder has this Bobcat Update.

The Japanese Language and Culture Club at Texas Sate University is preparing for the Sakura Festival on April 12th at Sewell Park. The club is preparing traditional Japanese foods like rice balls, curry and stir fry to sale at upcoming fundraisers. Such treats and more will also be available at the festival.
SB: Veronica Chavez
The Sakura Festival will offer a variety of performances including martial arts demonstrations and
a dance demonstration performed by the Japanese Club members.
SB: Veronica Chavez
The festival will provide a Japanese fashion booth where pictures can be taken in traditional Japanese attire. The Sakura Festival celebrates the cherry blossoms which symbolize a life lived to fullest. The festival -- free and open to the public -- will usher in the spirit of spring and new beginnings.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Marilyn Elder.


Shannon Greif

Spring is here which means outdoor music begins. Shannon Greif (Grife) has more on this Bobcat Update.

The sun sets on Plaza Park and San Marcos residents can hear the sounds of musicians warming up. The Keep San Marcos Beautiful concert series has begun. The concert series started in 2009 with the goal of providing San Marcos residents with free music and to raise awareness about K-S-M-B.
SB: Heather Powdrill "Almost every single person who joins us knows what our purpose is and they respect that."
Past concertgoers have had the chance to see different styles of musical acts, some local and some professional.
SB: Daniel McCarthy "There is always good talent out, we had Carolyn Wonderland play one time. It's been great."
Weird Magazine vendor Cameron Cutrone says the series is a great family environment with vendors that sell anything from river art to homemade jewelry.
SB: Cameron Cutrone "Most of the people out here are artisan types who hand make things and everything like that."
The spring concert series will continue this Thursday and will also be held the last Thursday of March and the first Thursday of April. Attendees are encouraged to be environmentally responsible and pick up after themselves in hopes that this will continue to be a great awareness event.
SB: Heather Powdrill "This is one of the cleaner events…free concert series."
Stand up: "Keep San Marcos Beautiful was initiated to help make San Marcos the most beautiful city in the state. We are here at Plaza Park the morning after last Thursday's concert and, as you can see, there is no litter to be found. For Bobcat Update, I'm Shannon Greif."


Nicki Schotanus

While other students wait tables or work in retail to help pay for college, one Texas State senior has a different kind of job. Nicki Schotanus (SHOW-TAWN-US) explains, in this Bobcat Update.

He doesn't always get along with the donkeys, but Texas State student Austin Jakle (JAY-KUL) still manages to get his work done.
SB: Austin Jakle
"The baby donkey tried to kick me in the face like a few days after he was born, so he
and I don't see eye to eye, but the rest of them are all right in my
Jakle's father started transforming this donkey barn into what is now known as South Congress Distillery with his business partner three years ago. When Jakle isn't in class, he's at the distillery making rum. Jakle says juggling classes and work can get tough, but he is excited to be learning the family business. He also enjoys the other perks of the job.
SB: Austin Jakle
"It's awesome, I mean I get to make rum
all day and do a lot of taste testing, so that's fun too."
The full schedules have paid off, and White Hat Rum made its debut in stores throughout Texas in February. Owner Mike Jakle is excited to be mixing his skills in sales and craftsmanship while also getting his family involved. He's even started brainstorming ways he can expand the brand.
SB: Mike Jakle
"I've already got a dark rum recipe in
mind right here that I'm gonna develop that as soon as White Hat
gains a little more traction and I'd love it, i'm going to be
distilling for the rest of my life, it's in my blood now."
Austin Jakle has inherited his father's passion and hopes he will be able to make a career out of his college job.
Stand Up: For more information on White Hat Rum, visit their website at white-hat-rum-dot-com. For Bobcat Update, I'm Nicki Schotanus.

Kritzia Rodriguez

Many Texas State students are pet owners and, to keep their pets, they must often pay a premium. Kritzia Rodriguez has more in this Bobcat Update.

Many apartment complexes in San Marcos are pet friendly. Aspen Heights, Post Road Place and The Timbers are just a few that have pet policies, allowing dogs and cats.
SB- Jeremy
While some complexes may have weight restrictions on what is allowed and what isn't, other complexes such as The Outpost and Bobcat Village have zero tolerance for any animals. If a person is caught with an animal, he or she is fined and must remove their pets from the property.
Students who have animals must factor in pet policies along with all of the other rules and regulations before signing a lease.
While paying 400-dollars to have a pet seems a little steep; most students are willing to pay the money so they can keep their furry friends by their side.
SB- Williams
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kritzia Rodriguez.


Bobcat Update - March 8, 2012

Monica Ramos

Some exotic items are being sold in the quad today. That is, if you consider booty shorts, boxers and thongs to be exotic. They are being sold for a good cause. A community service organization called HEAT is raising money to help clothe the indigent in Colombia. If you'd like to purchase one of their items, it'll cost about seven dollars.

Lauren Taylor

Spring Break is upon us. Plans have been made. Students are ready to pack their bags and head out. Plans vary -- but most everyone is ready for some rest, relaxation...and fun.

Zach Kaddatz

With major additions being made to Bobcat Stadium, the commuter parking lot on the stadium's east side has been cut in half. Having fewer parking spots has forced a lot of commuter students to use the Coliseum parking lot instead. The Coliseum has a bus stop area, but it hasn't been used in years. That means students have to walk from the lot to campus. Though students are upset by the inconvenience, the university has no plans to make stops there at this time.


Will Burney

Sewell Park may not be big enough for TWO well-known local personalities. Will Burney has more in this Bobcat Update.

Dillon Scott is known to some as the Sun Worshiper, or Sun God. Others call him Zeus. He's known for some strange antics -- usually aimed at the sun. But recently Scott was banned from the park after getting into a fight with Dan Barry, better known as Frisbee Dan.
SB SCOTT: Dan and I actually used to be friends because when I started coming to Sewell I noticed him, and who cant, so I actually went over and started talking to him. He's the one who taught me how to throw a Frisbee"
But tensions between the two icons began after a video produced by the University Star described Scott as The Golden River Man. In the video was an interview with Frisbee Dan that Scott found offensive.
(If we get permission the video will go here.)
Scott says he initially responded by keeping his distance from Frisbee Dan, and he says he asked Frisbee Dan to stay away from him. Then one day a Frisbee landed next to Scott.
SB SCOTT:"I said something to him because he will not respect people's privacy. Basically he will not respect Privacy.(Will: what did you call him?) I called him an insect."
Apparently the two became involved in an altercation, and the University Police were called. The result of it all is that a criminal trespass complaint was filed against Scott, so now he's banned from campus for a year. Scott says the way he sees it he was being bullied and had to stand up for himself.
SB SCOTT: "I take responsibility for my actions. I was not aware that you can't shove people especially bullies. There's a Bully on our playground and he's out of control."
Frisbee Dan was contacted for an interview but declined to comment because he was told doing so would not be in his best interest.
Stand up: ... For Bobcat Update, I'm Will Burney.

Connie Gonzalez

Texas State may increase the number of classes it offers in the evening and on the weekend. Connie Gonzalez has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Associated Student Government is looking into whether offering more night and weekend classes is feasible. Offering more options to students will provide more flexibility in scheduling.
However, the amount of student interest is another factor.
Stand-up: The increase of weekend and evening classes will not only affect students, but faculty members as well. Many factors still need to be considered before any decision is made. For Bobcat Update, I'm Connie Gonzalez.

Chelsi Smith

A San Marcos record store that has served music lovers for more than three decades is closing. Chelsi Smith has more in this Bobcat Update.

For 35-years, Sundance Records has been the ideal spot in San Marcos to buy music. Before I-Tunes, the record store was THE place to pick up the latest C-D's, D-V-D's, vinyls and more. Store manager Greg Ellis, who years ago was Sundance's first full-time employee, says the proliferation of digitized music definitely played a role in the store's closing.
SB: Greg Ellis, Store Manager
With the closing, many of store's regular customers will be left wondering what to do now.
SB: Aaron Smith, Texas State Sophomore
Closing the store not only affects customers; it also leaves employees out of a job.
SB: Greg Ellis, Store Manager
(Stand up: With Sundance closing, the store will offer discounts on merchandise up until its doors close on April 1st. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chelsi Smith.)

Bobcat Update - March 7, 2012


Christlyn Corona

Texas State has named two of its new residence halls. The halls will be called Gaillardia (guy-yard-ee-uh) and Chautauqua (chuh-tah-gaw). They are both located between Comanche Street and Student Center, which is next to the Health Center. The halls will provide housing for 615 residents. The facility will be coed and provide a central entrance point with a 24-hour reception desk. Construction is still in works for the two buildings but should be completed by April or May.

Brooke Hampton

Texas State University is educating students on the perils of drinking and driving as they get ready to leave campus for Spring Break. Crime Prevention Officer Otto Glenwinkle runs the annual campaign in the quad. Other organizations, including the T-A-B-C, MADD, Life Extension and AGORA, are also promoting safe driving during the break. A portable on-site demonstrator, a roll-over convincer and a drunk-driving simulator are set up to let students interact with real life situations.


Tatiana Salazar

Tanning is just one of many rituals students do to get prepared for Spring Break. Experts suggest that tanning indoors is much safer. Outdoor tanning can create multiple layers of burn. If you plan to be outdoors during Spring Break, make sure to begin tanning indoors a month ahead, to avoid blisters and peeling. When using a tanning bed, make sure to use lotion that is specific for indoor tanning and wear eye protection. If you choose to tan outside make sure to drink plenty of fluids and reapply sunscreen every two hours.

Assignments - March 5-March 8

GRADLINE Deadline for graduating coming up soon. Ricard/Garcia PKG
RECYCLING Recycling promoted on campus. New bins. RobinsonM/Derrick PKG
FEEDING Breast feeding-friendly environment. New rules. Grieme/Japko PKG
LBJRENOV Renovations planned for LBJ Student Center. Crider/Achterberg PKG
QUIET City ordinance to make the trains be quieter. Ament/Olson PKG
RIVER2 Volunteers helped clean SM River last weekend. GonzalesL/Titus PKG
TANNING Tanning can be hazardous. Caution is needed. Salazar/Bruce VO
SUNDANCE Sundance Records will be closing April 1. Smith/Hernandez PKG
DDRIVING Drunk Driving Exhibit on Quad. Hampton/Himede VO
COUPON Coupons offered for those who recycle. Case/Chmelar VO
NIGHT More night classes to be offered for undergrads. GonzalezC/Muscarello PKG
SUNGOD The Sun God & Frisbee Dan get into a fight. Burney/Hey PKG
NEWNAMES Two residence halls get new names. Corona/Skinner VO

Alisha Grieme

Texas State can now be called a mother-friendly place. Alisha Grieme explains, in this Bobcat Update.

Since January, six rooms across campus have been converted for Nursing Mothers to use. These rooms are in J-C-K, Evans, Alkek, L-B-J and the Roy F. Mitte building. A grant from the Texas Department of Health Services paid for the renovations as part of the Mother-Friendly Worksite Program, in accordance with health and safety codes. The rooms include a table, a chair, and a key lock. Some of them have refrigerators, sinks and lockers.
Texas State is one of the first public universities in Texas to offer such a resource to mothers. Even though private rooms are offered, there is a public area in the K-T-S-W reading lounge where they are free to breastfeed. Some students are not happy about this.
SB-Audee Salinas
An Alkek Library official says the room on the seventh floor has been checked out four times since the designation. Geology Professor Fred Day says he wishes such rooms had been set aside years ago.
SB- Fred Day
Congress has recognized the health benefits associated with breast feeding and therefore has amended the Fair Labor Standards Act, meaning that the designated areas are sure to stay. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alisha Grieme.


Laurie Gonzales

Volunteers from all over Texas are helping keep the San Marcos River clean. Laurie Gonzales tells us more, in this Bobcat Update.

This past Saturday, kayakers, divers, and bank walkers came together for the Great Texas River Clean-Up to pick up trash, bottles, and cans in and around the San Marcos River.  The tradition started 27 years ago and is an all-day event that covers the entire length of the river, approximately 90 miles.
For some local residents, the river holds a special place in their hearts, and volunteering is one way to show their love for it.
Soundbite- its mean everything to me, this river I think runs through my veins, -4 sec
Soundbite-  "once you get in there and pick up one piece of trash, you're automatically married to it, it's amazing what it means to you at that time, you need ownership, once you get in and do that you have ownership of the river, and you're gonna back it up and love it!" 15 sec.
The San Marcos River is home to several endangered species, and for one volunteer, picking up trash means saving their lives.
For other volunteers, a clean environment is a fun environment.
( Stand-up) The Great Texas River spring Clean-up happens every first Saturday in March, and volunteers are always needed. For Bobcat Update, I'm Laurie Gonzales.


Jill Ament

A new policy -- pleasant to some people's ears -- will take effect this summer in San Marcos. Jill Ament explains, in this Bobcat Update.

You can hear it for miles: the sound of a freight train blowing its horn as it roars through the San Marcos city limits.
But it's a sound that's got the City Council working on a project that will create Railroad Quiet Zones in the city. The ordinance has been in the making for several years.
SB:Guerrero, "Since 2006 or 2007…"
Phase one of the project will turn 26 railroad crossings in San Marcos into Quiet Zones. Mayor Daniel Guerrero says at these locations the crossing gates, medians and warning systems will have to be improved.
SB: Guerrero, "Union Pacific Railroad requirements....
Phase two will focus on the railroad crossings at Uhland and Post Roads. But some residents and business owners in that area worry safety is still going to be an issue.
SB: Dr. Henry Oles
Oles has lived in San Marcos for more than 40 years. He's been the owner of the Old Mill Station Business Park for half of those years.
SB: Oles, "... if people living close to the tracks have a problem with noise, they shouldn't have moved there in the first place."
Mayor Guerrero says he hopes the ordinance will ultimately improve the lives of San Marcos residents.
SB: Guerrero
Stand up:Whichever side of the tracks you're on about this proposal, the decision stands: implementation of the Railroad Quiet Zones will begin this summer. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jill Ament.

Mason Robinson

A larger student body means more recyclable waste at Texas State. BUT – the university is trying to make sure waste is disposed of properly on campus. Mason Robinson has more in this Bobcat Update.

You see it all the time: recyclable materials that could be disposed of properly, but instead they wind up just being litter on the Texas State campus. The university has hundreds of recycle bins available to students and faculty, and it hosts events
during the year to promote recycling awareness. Recent efforts even go as far as putting bins in classrooms and dorms, with the notion that having them close by will encourage people to recycle more. But would you hold on to that plastic bottle or stack of papers until you find a recycling unit? The answer for some students comes down to a matter of convenience.
But others believe that benefits are to be gained from taking time to choose recycle bins over trashcans.
The school recycles more than 100 tons of waste each year. Being able to properly dispose of what can be recycled is an asset that students should find valuable.

Alex Ricard

The spring semester is nearing the half-way point, and many Texas State seniors are looking forward to graduating soon. Alex Ricard has this Bobcat Update.

Before walking the stage and officially graduating, students still need to make one important step - apply for graduation. Though it may seem like the end of the semester is far away, Texas State students must apply by the end of this week if they want to be sure to graduate on time.
(Henderson, "to apply early" 13 sec)
(Stand-up "in serious trouble" 13 sec)
(Whitfield "forgot to do it" 12 sec)
(Ibrahimovic "lots of troubles" 6 sec)
For an application to be approved, not only must it be submitted on time, but the student must undergo a degree audit and be cleared of any university holds or fees on their account. If a student for any reason misses Friday's deadline, he or she should meet with an adviser as soon as possible. To apply, go to T-X-state dot E-D-U slash commencement. Graduation ceremonies begin on May 10th. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Ricard.

Kathryn Crider

Research is underway to determine how to either renovate or reconstruct the L-B-J Student Center to better serve campus life. Kathryn Crider has more in this Bobcat Update…

The L-B-J Student Center was built to be a place where students can spend their time outside of class and to act as a headquarters for student organizations. But with more than 300 student organizations on campus, university officials recognize that there isn't adequate space in L-B-J to provide enough meeting rooms and office space for every group – something a renovation could accomplish.
Sibley…"With the renovation…achieve common goals."
In addition to providing space for organizations, the student center also houses dining options, study spaces and meeting rooms. These are features some students say are already sufficient to meet their needs.
Johnson…"It's a great resource…students utilize."
The Associated Student Government has been working with an outside researcher to determine what students think could be improved at L-B-J. So far, many say they want their union to have homier aspects available.
McDaniel…"I would really…student body as a whole."
Crider…"Though support…For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Crider."


Bobcat Update - March 1, 2012

Zach Kaddatz

The Wittliff Collections now has a Myth and Mystery exhibit -- thanks to author Rick Riordan (rye-or-din). Riordan is best known for his New York Times bestselling series for children. The series focuses on the characters, Percy Jackson and the Olympians. The exhibit contains original manuscripts, illustrations, props and awards from his books. The collection is a dedication to the life of Riordan and inspirations for his writings. The exhibit is located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. 

Sam Chmelar

For students living on campus, meal trades are important because they represent a vital food source. But last semester alone, there were more than 250-thousand meal trades that were not used, which is one-fourth of all meal trades purchased. The unused meal trades are transferred to students' accounts for the spring but any meal trades left at the end of the spring semester go to waste. Some students say they would like to change the policy, but nothing formal has been introduced.