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.
(SB...Jessica Rodriguez...Psychology Major...sec) 
(SB...Megan Turner...Advertising Major...sec)
Taking summer classes is one way to get ahead and get closer to graduation. Another option is earning some money, or perhaps interning. 
(SB...Ryan Morris...Marketing Major...sec) 
For those who just want to relax, there are plenty of fun activities -- indoors and out.
(SB...Claire Palmer...Psychology...sec) 
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.
(Dr. Hamilton Sound bite)
Texas State student Daniela Castro says the show brings attention to the school and credibility to her major.
(Texas state student sound bite)
(Orlando Garza stand up)

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.
(Luecke…13 sec… Striving toward.)
HEAT helped raise money to send cloths to a school in Columbia and to Bastrop fire victims last October.
(Smith…12 sec… just being positivity)
Members say that HEAT is a fun organization, and it accepts project ideas from all of its members.
(Smith…7 sec… Their views.)
Smith says HEAT goes beyond the roles of a student community service organization.
(Smith… 11 sec…. this Friday.)
HEAT has won many awards for its humanitarian and environmental efforts including the Registered Organization of the Year Boco Award in 2010 and 2011. The organization is gearing up for its second Swipes For The Homeless at the end of this semester.  Participating members turn in left-over meal trades to distribute to the homeless in Austin.
(Smith… 4 sec… you know.)
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.

Jill Ament

The life experiences of a San Marcos man are being expressed by what he makes. Jill Ament explains in this Bobcat Update. 
It looks like a normal day at Rio Vista Park. But take a closer look. There. What's going on there?
SB: "…digging for gold."
SB: "…kind of art."
SB: "…he's making paper!"
Yes. Malachi Muncy is making paper.
SB: Malachi Muncy
But to understand why would require taking an even closer look: at the walls in his apartment and at the military fatigues he wears… and doesn't wear.
SB: Muncy
Muncy has used about 150 uniforms in his paper making projects over the years. Come to find out, they're the perfect ingredient for paper pulp.
SB: Muncy
The uniforms he wore in service have also become an ingredient for healing. For Muncy, two deployments to Iraq had to be addressed. Somehow.
SB: Muncy
(STAND UP: Muncy takes military fatigues like this… and turns them into art.)
Last Friday night, he had an opportunity to show his work at the Under the Hood Café in Austin, an art outreach center for veterans.
SB: Jim Turpin
And you've heard of a proud parent, but what about a proud daughter?
SB: Lilly Muncy
So look again. A closer look. There.
SB: "... really neat!"
SB: "…paper??"
SB: "…that's really great."
For Bobcat Update, I'm Jill Ament.

Raul Vieira

Those who graduate from Texas State can take advantage of many programs after they've finished school. Raul Vieira has more on this Bobcat Update.

Long after you've found your first job out of school and established yourself in a career or in the pursuit of your dreams, Texas State will remain at the ready if you need information or services. Graduation isn't the end of being a Bobcat. Alums are able to tap into a variety of discounts and job services after graduation.
(SB: Christopher Jones – Career Advisor - …we provide. 6 sec).
The Alumni Association works with Career Services to help graduates find a job.
(SB:  Jennifer Scharlach – Marketing and Promotions Coordinator-…experienced alumni. 9 sec).
The university has more than 140-thousand alumni, so you're bound to find Bobcats in a lot of places, and they can help you in advancing your career.
Raul Vieira – Bobcat Update-…Raul Vieira. (6 sec).

Randy Robinson

The semester is coming to an end, and some students are celebrating in unique ways. In this Bobcat Update, Randy Robinson tells us where you can find something a little different for your next party.
Costumed Occasions, located on the square in San Marcos, offers costumes year around. Store owner Bert [BERT WHO?] has kept the business going for the past 32 years by selling and renting costumes. He also works with the Texas State Theater and Dance Department. Costumed Occasions has professionally-made attire, ranging from Easter Bunnies to Santa Claus to circus ringleaders.
(SB: "There are over 10,000 costumes in this store and I've made about half of them.")
The shop also has accessories including wigs, masks, canes and bow ties. Some students have been repeat customers at Costume Occasions.
(SB: Jake: "We're having a murder mystery party and this place made it easy to find our costumes.")
Others are new.
(SB: Josh: "Look at this place, everything sparkles.")
Bert has won several awards for her costume designs and make up. Whether you are new to dressing up or have been doing it for years, Costumed Occasions has everything you need to spruce up your end-of-the-year party.
From Bobcat Update, I'm Randy Robinson.


Bobcat Update - April 19, 2012

Kyle Muscarello

The semester is coming to a close at Texas State University, and some students are already getting ready for final exams. The library is a popular place for last-minute cramming. The Student Learning Center is available prior to the exams to help students with any questions they might have. The instructors at SLAC can help with a variety of subjects from Accounting to Spanish. The final exam schedule can be found on the registrars' website.

Marylea Brown

Austin is looking more and more like Hollywood these days as the city continues to grow into a celebrity hot spot. Stars of the new movie "Get the Gringo" walked the red carpet for the premiere screening at the Alamo Drafthouse last night. Cast members Mel Gibson, Kevin Hernandez, director Adrian Grünberg (Groon-berg), and fellow director Robert Rodriguez were all present. The film follows Gibson as an American career criminal who is captured by Mexican authorities and taken to a rough and tough prison. Grünberg makes his debut as a movie director in this action-packed dark comedy that will begin showing exclusively on Direct-TV May first.


Laurie Gonzales

Texas State University is hosting Earth Day Celebration on the Quad. Today, The Environmental Conservation Organization, Texas State Recycling, and City of San Marcos were some of the many exhibitors promoting go green programs, as well as energy and water conservation tips. Solar-powered cars and eco-friendly blenders were some of the different renewable energy displays showcased. This event continues tomorrow with a "Bike to School Day" encouraging the Texas State community to ride a bicycle to class or work. 

Kathryn Crider

Texas State's musical theatre program is letting the sun shine in for performances of the rock musical Hair. It opens Friday and runs until April 28th. The story follows a group of friends speaking up and singing out for love and freedom in a time of national protest and revolution. The show also features such popular songs as Aquarius and Good Morning Starshine. Tickets are on sale now at the theatre box office.

Alisha Grieme

Texas State Tram drivers are planning to meet with their contracting company First Transit in early May. It will be a mediated negotiation aimed at improving communication and avoiding a potential strike. Some of the terms that tram drivers are asking for are health insurance benefits and higher pay. Tram drivers are paid ten dollars an hour, while San Marcos Public School drivers get 12. Texas State Trams are completely paid for through student fees, which will be increasing in 2014 to pay for new buses, driver costs and maintenance. 

Marilyn Elder

The Japanese Language and Culture Club of Texas State held its first outdoor Sakura Festival at Sewell Park this past weekend. The event had a record attendance of more than 400 people. Marilyn Elder has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Texas State 2012 Sakura Festival was a huge success -- the main reason is because the festival was hosted outside at Sewell Park as opposed to in the L-B-J Student Center, which is where it's been in previous years. Holding the festival outdoors allowed for more people to enjoy the booths, games, vendors, food trucks and live entertainment.
(SB: Amy Anderson, Junior Texas State Student Anderson... 8.01 sec ... The festival was kind of like my baby, my dream since my freshmen year of attending Texas State, so to see it finally outdoors was the best feeling in the world.)
Admission for the festival was free. The crowd was able to watch performances by the Suzuki Strings of San Marcos, classic Okinawa style dancing, a martial arts demonstration from the Aikido Team, individual and duet performances, and the highly anticipated performance by the Japanese Language and Culture Club.
(Mei Mitasawa, Junior International Marketing...12.07 sec ... I was so nervous, it was my first time to perform that dance but since we practice a lot I was so nervous because I wanted to do that perfectly.)
Coordinating this event was no small task. The festival required a lot of team work and intensive planning.
(Marissa Salazar, Junior Texas State Student ... 19.74 sec ... At the beginning of the spring semester, we were fundraising day and night, officers making food and everything, getting ready, trying to raise money to make this festival what it is today. It's been just a wonderful experience working with all of my officers and the members who are dedicated to this club, and this festival.)
The positive vibes among volunteers and club members were shared with everyone who came to enjoy the night's activities and booths.
(Amber McCombs, Sophomore Social Work ... 11.15 sec ... I like all the music. The music booth with all of the different kinds of J-Pop, I think that's what they're called, and it's so totally different than American music and it's really interesting.) 
The Japanese exchange students were more than happy to see such a large diverse crowd of people come out to celebrate and learn more about the Sakura Festival.
(Emi Kanemoto, Grad Student Communication Studies...25 sec ... It was an amazing experience because I think this is great experience for me and it's very enjoyable. Many American people came, like I saw many Asians like Koreans, Chinese friends, and from India, some from African country people came out and I saw a lot of diversity here and I really enjoyed it.)
The Japanese Language and Culture Club captured the spirit of the festival and shared with others that it is important to live life to the fullest.
(Elder... 12.28 sec ... As the 2012 Sakura Festival comes to an end, we are left with the great memories of all of the performances and people that we were able to meet this evening. For Bobcat Update, I'm Marilyn Elder.)


Nicholas Fong

Construction on Cheatham Street near the San Marcos River is ongoing. Several streets in the neighborhood are affected. The project to improve underground water systems was started in May 2010 and was supposed to be completed this month. However, it'll now likely continue through at least August. The construction forces customers of businesses in the area to take alternate routes. For example, the River Pub can only be accessed by taking Riverside Drive from Hopkins Street. The city may add more construction to the project soon. A decision is expected May 1st.

Monica Ramos

Texas State students strapped on their running shoes Saturday morning to race their way to a good cause. Monica Ramos has more in this Bobcat Update. 

Pro-Rec teamed up for the first time with the Hays County Food Bank to sponsor the Feed the Need 5-K.
SB: "We wanted to help benefit someone and especially someone in the local area" 
Although it was her first time participating in Feed the Need, Texas State senior Kristen Hurst said it's a good way to make a difference. 
SB: "I decided to run because it is for the Hays County Food Bank and it does affect the community I live in and I thought it was a great opportunity and charity event"
All proceeds from the 5K go to the Hays County Food bank. For Bobcat Update, I'm Monica Ramos.

Alex Ricard

Some Texas State students tomorrow will observe the annual Bike-to-School Day. Alex Ricard has more in this Bobcat Update.

Bicycles are a common sight at the Quad, but tomorrow students might see a whole lot more of them. In association with Earth Day celebrations on the Quad this week, the Bike Cave is sponsoring the annual Bike-to-School Day event tomorrow. Students are encouraged not to drive their cars but instead ride their bicycles to campus, to help the environment and to celebrate conservation.
(Erin Cooper, "...community in town", 14 sec)
The event is designed not only for students to bike to campus this Thursday, but also to encourage them to take a more active role in preserving the environment. However, some believe even more needs to be done.
(David Booth, "...just because it's popular", 10 sec)
(Stand-up, "...for years. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Ricard", 10 seconds)


Callie Currier

In Central Texas finding great live music isn't tough to do, but affording all those ticket costs is a different story. Callie Currier tells us how one radio station is changing that, in this Bobcat Update.

Summer is almost upon us and 98.1 K-VET in Austin is answering the call for live music with its very own Free Music Series. Held every Wednesday night at the Nutty Brown Café & Amphitheatre, the series brings in some of Texas country's biggest stars. And the best part? Well, the name says it all, it's free! Thanks to various sponsors, fans have a chance to enjoy their favorite artists at no cost. For example Week Two's headliner was Roger Creager. Host of K-VET's morning show, Anne Hudson, says she knows just how important the station's sponsors are to the series' success.
SB: Anne Hudson
From the rowdy fans singing every song word-for-word to the performers whose main goal is to rile up those rowdy fans, the series shows are definitely something to be experienced. But even if you can't make it to the live performances, K-VET provides a way to enjoy them. The concerts are broadcast for all to hear.
SB: Robert Fraga
Stand Up

Zach Kaddatz

The Texas State football team faces many challenges this year as it prepares to move to the Western Athletic Conference. And, as Zach Kaddatz (KAD-ITZ) tells us in this Bobcat Update, one of those challenges is boosting attendance at home games.

The Football Bowl Subdivision requires that institutions average at least 15-thousand in actual or paid attendance for home football games during a rolling two-year period. The Bobcats averaged close to 13 thousand two years ago and a little over 15 thousand last year for each home game.
Joe Verschueren(VER-SURE-IN), Director of Ticket Sales and Operations, says he does not see the attendance requirement being an issue.
SB: Joe Verschueren: "I don't think its much of a concern for us going into this year as it has been in the past. We expect to have at least 30 thousand people at the first game of the season and of course more than 15 thousand people of course for the rest of the games."
Texas State is doing a number of things to fill the newly updated 30-thousand seat stadium including sending out a mailer to 12-thousand people who are associated with the university in some sort of way.
SB: Joe Verschueren: "We'll try to reach as many people as we can to help promote everything that's going on with the new stadium playing Texas Tech in the first game our first season playing in the WAC so a lot of for people to be excited about."
Getting students to be passionate about Texas State football has been a major issue for university in the past. Verschueren says while the university is working with students to promote the games more, it is on the students to follow through.
SB:Joe Verschueren "I think in the athletic department there isn't a lot we can do to tell students you need to be prideful in your university you need to come to the football games it's got to be you know students helping to encourage other students hey we go to Texas State we're all in this together and we need to be prideful about the direction our university is going in."
Season Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming season. For Bobcat Update Im Zach Kaddatz.

Connie Gonzalez

Texas State commuters are encountering several problems at a bus stop in San Antonio. Connie Gonzalez has more in this Bobcat Update...

Some of those who ride the Texas State shuttle to and from San Antonio are dissatisfied with the service.
Stand up: To ride the Texas State bus, commuters have to park at the VIA Randolph parking lot, then cross this busy intersection to wait for the shuttle. The bus stop is not marked in any way which makes it hard to find especially for first time riders. When we asked where the Texas State bus stop is located, the information desk told us next to this XXX Bar.
VIA started encountering problems with the students using its lot, because VIA riders are having a difficult time finding parking spaces. The Texas State Shuttle System has not reached an official agreement with VIA to resolve the issue.
Many students say the city should put a crosswalk in that area, so they can safely cross the street.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Connie Gonzalez

Tatiana Salazar

San Marcos residents are getting phone calls from people demanding utility payments and personal information. Tatiana Salazar tells us in this Bobcat Update what you can do to make sure you don't get scammed.

One San Marcos resident found it very suspicious after getting a phone call from someone claiming to be from Utility Services saying personal information was needed right away or the electricity would be cut off. The resident then reported the incident to city officials. City officials say there are several ways to tell if a phone call is from the City itself.
Cavazos: "We do not call, and if they get a call from a 1-8-hundred number, that's not going to be from the city."
Cavazos says that residents who have delinquent bills will usually be contacted through mail.
Residents who know about the incident are afraid it could happen to them and say they'll be more cautious when safeguarding their personal information.
SB: "I would feel cheated because someone took my hard earned money…"
Standup: "If you're afraid of giving out personal information online, you can always pay in person at the Utilities office located on East Hopkins. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tatiana Salazar."


Bobcat Update - April 12, 2012

Kaneesha Skinner

An art student at Texas State is now a thousand dollars richer. Ally Ingram was awarded the prize for being the first place winner in a recent exhibition here on campus. More than 300 pieces were shown in the juried exhibition. The second-place winner won 700 dollars. You can see the work at the Mitte Gallery through tomorrow.

Marylea Brown

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month. In observance, the University Police Department is offering free Krav Maga (KRAUV-MUH-GAH) self-defense courses. Hebrew for "contact combat", Krav Maga was originally used by Israeli Defense Forces. The university police will be offering two female-only and two co-ed courses this week and next week. Students can expect to learn proper defense techniques and threat-neutralizing moves. In addition to the physical training, each class will feature a lecture portion to help heighten a person's awareness and avoid dangerous situations.

Chelsi Smith

Travis Elementary and Texas State's Sororities and Fraternities are teaming up to ensure a quality education for their students. Chelsi Smith explains in this Bobcat Update.

Approximately 118 students are deemed "at risk" students at Travis Elementary. They lack guidance and support in their lives, and a mentor can help fill that void. The mentor program at Travis Elementary is a volunteer program to help students get on the right track at a young age. Mentoring relationships help children to develop confidence to seek guidance from caring, supportive adults. Mentors hope they can be a positive influence on the lives of these young children.
(SB: Daniel Ramirez; Texas State Sigma Nu)
Mentors and students meet once a week for 30-minutes to an hour. The weekly activities might include playing on the computer, reading books or playing outside. Founder of the mentor program, Xavier Hatnot, started the program because of how his mentor changed his life.
(SB: Xavier Hatnot; Founder)
(Stand up: Chelsi Smith; Bobcat Update)


Bobcat Update - April 11, 2012

Mason Robinson

Gas prices in the Central Texas area have gotten higher this week. Each gas station in San Marcos varies, but the average local price hike is two-point-seven cents per gallon to around three dollars and 78 cents per gallon. That's still approximately 15 cents lower than the national average. However, at this same time last year, gas prices in the area were more than 20 cents per gallon lower than they are now. The east and west coasts of the U-S have the highest gas prices because they are more dependent on foreign oil.

Orlando Garza

The city's Parks and Recreation Department is holding a lottery for residents to reserve the Rio Vista swimming pool for the summer. The lottery winners will be able to reserve it for pool parties. The lottery is held because the city receives many more requests than the number of available reservations. Residents interested in pool reservations should attend the lottery drawing at 5:30 today at the Activity Center at 501 East Hopkins. 


Kathryn Crider

Texas State's PACE Program will enhance the University Seminar classes this fall through its Peer Mentor program. Kathryn Crider has more in this Bobcat Update...

The PACE Centers's focus on Personalized Academic Career Exploration aims to support freshmen through the often difficult transition into college. The PACE Center's new mentoring program will assist students during their first semester using a network of peer mentors assigned to freshman-level classes..
Victoria Black...Mentoring significance quote
Peer mentors will be upperclassmen with a grasp on what Texas State has to offer. The mentors will be able to use their experiences to act as
role models. They'll give advice to students in the University Seminar class.
April Barnes..."The point of peers..."
The mentoring program will start in 10 classes next fall and will expand to others later.
Kathryn Crider..."Peer mentors...for Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Crider."

Lauren Lanmon

Professional engineers and scientists will be on campus tomorrow giving students tips on how to prepare for potential job opportunities. Lauren Lanmon has more for this Bobcat Update. 

Standup: "The Texas State University third annual women in science and engineering conference begins here in the L-B-J Ballroom tomorrow at one o' clock. Despite its name the conference isn't limited to just women or science majors, everyone is welcome"
SB: Dr. Garcia- "The goal of the conference is to raise awareness of the accomplishments…as well as Texas State sciences"
The two-day conference will host diverse perspectives from a panel of speakers from the college of science and engineering, liberal arts, applied arts, and health professions. They will be speaking about what it takes to go into the science field and how to thrive once graduated. Many students have the opportunity to present and explain their research projects. Texas State Senior Sarah Roark is among those who will be presenting.
SB: Sarah Roark- "I'm excited to be able to express my nerdy jargon to people that actually want to hear for once."
Texas State Senior Matt Davidson attended the conference last year in support of Dr. Garcia and is happy to be a male supporter this year.
SB: Matt Davidson- "I represented her at the conference ….. which Is where I fit in"
For more information about the WISE conference, go to the Texas State college of science and engineering webpage. For Bobcat Update I'm Lauren Lanmon.

Christlyn Corona

Pan-Americanism Week is being celebrated at Texas State. The Greek fraternity, Phi Iota Alpha, is hosting a series of events to promote greater cultural awareness. Food, drinks and activities are being offered as a way to raise funds for the fraternity's community services. Among the groups being supported are UNICEF and The Boys and Girls Club. Members of the fraternity say they hope their efforts bring all Latin-American people under one flag.

Matthew Wright

Parking on campus will soon be a lot more expensive. The President's cabinet has approved a fee increase for parking permits, which will go into effect next fall. Red permits for faculty and staff will rise from 225 dollars to 265 dollars. Green residence hall and apartment permits will go up 35 dollars, from 210 to 245 dollars. Purple commuter permits will be 105 dollars, a ten dollar increase. According to Parking Services, the increased fees are needed to help pay for new parking garages on campus as well as higher operating expenses.

Daniel Bowen

Austin bills itself as the Live Music Capital, but there's a lot of music to discover in San Marcos as well. Daniel Bowen has more in this Bobcat Update.

San Marcos is home to several venues that host live musical performances. At times some pretty big names show up on the marquees (MAR-KEYS). The Cheatham Street Warehouse is nationally known for hosting country music stars, and is the venue that introduced Country Hall of Famer George Strait to the music scene. The warehouse's owner Kent Finlay has served as a mentor to many rising stars, and he records several of them at his recording studio across the street.
- Kent Finlay- (8:09)
"That's what we're all about, is preserving and developing Texas music. That's what we've been doing for a while, so I hope that what we've done is made some impact."
Live performances in San Marcos can also be found at the Texas Music Theater, the Triple Crown, the Rail Yard, Tantra, Taxi's, and Sean Patrick's.  Singer-songwriter Brady Beal says he enjoys the San Marcos music scene.
- Brady Beal -(5:33)
"Being very welcomed and embraced is very conducive to making music. If you have people that tell you you're doing a great job, you're obviously going to commit to it more and you're going to produce more. Honestly, the San Marcos music scene has solidified my jump into becoming a professional musician."
The popularity of the local venues is attracting larger crowds and bigger names, and San Marcos is hosting a growing number of music festivals each year, including K-T-S-W's Mister Fest later this month. For Bobcat Update, I'm Daniel Bowen.


Sam Palasota

Students crossing Aquarena Springs Drive put their lives in jeopardy every day. In this Bobcat Update, Sam Palasota tells us where the hazards are and what should be done.

Students face many hazards getting off the bus near Colony Apartments and Bobcat Village. The main danger is the four lanes of heavy traffic that’s between the bus stop and their home. For many students, this has become a normal part of their daily routine. Some students call it “playing frogger,” and developed their own strategies for crossing the road. Obvious solutions to this problem would be to install more stoplights or to construct crosswalks on Aquarena Springs Drive. Building crosswalks will take a backseat to other building projects including the proposed overpass the city hopes to build over the railroad tracks near Bobcat Stadium.

Raul Vieira

According to the 2010 census, the poverty rate in San Marcos is above the state average. Raul Vieira has more on this Bobcat Update.

The city's higher poverty rate can be attributed to a variety of factors.
SB - Janis Hendrix, Program Administrator- "an impact" (12 sec)
SB - Jennifer Rittenhour,Texas State Student- "right now" (9 sec).
A five-year plan was launched on Monday to combat poverty. Among the initiatives are plans to improve local wages and provide affordable housing. The city will receive a 572-thousand dollar federal block grant to benefit low-income families.
Standup - Raul Vieira, Bobcat Update- "going up" (11 sec).
For Bobcat Update, I'm Raul Vieira.

Laurie Gonzales

Texas State is sponsoring a video contest. Students are being encouraged to tell the world what they consider to be their dream jobs. Entries may be submitted through April 27th and must be no longer than two minutes. Those who enter must be students at Texas State. The videos will be posted on YouTube and Facebook for everyone to see. One winner will be chosen on April 30th -- based on the number of views. Prizes will include gift cards and vouchers.

Amanda Achterberg

San Marcos Police are still looking for suspects in a recent burglary at Best Buy. The thieves took 79 i-Pads from the store last week. Surveillance videos confirmed that two men were involved in the burglary and spent less than four minutes in the store. Officials say the men may have used a crowbar to pry open the front door while a third accomplice waited outside in a vehicle. It is believed that last week's burglary is related to previous Best Buy break-ins over the past several months.


Will Burney

The Kyle Police Department is making improvements to better serve its citizens. Will Burney has more.

The population of the city of Kyle is growing rapidly as more businesses and houses are built. In the last year alone the calls to the police department have doubled, and the city is trying to collect from seven-thousand people who haven't paid their fines.
Standup: As the population has grown so has the police department. They've added Motorcycle units and bicycle units to go where other units can't. They even added to their tactical units for special cases. They even created a new position, a warrant officer, to round up warrants in the Kyle area"
The expansion doesn't stop there. The city of Kyle has also added a traffic unit and is currently starting a swat team that should be ready by next year.
SB HERNANDEZ "We're trying to provide our citizens with the level of service they deserve"
Kyle is considered one of the fastest growing cities in Texas. According to the U-S census the population has grown over 400 percent since 2000 and continues to expand. The Kyle Police Department currently employs 36 officers and will add more as the city grows. For Bobcat update, I'm Will Burney.

Alex Ricard

Texas State is growing in size, enrollment, and in national profile. But also rising is the cost of attending the university. In this Bobcat Update, Alex Ricard has more on a possible tuition increase.

More than 4,500 new freshmen are expected to enroll at Texas State this coming fall. Meantime, the university's facilities and academic programs need upgrades to keep up with the constant student demand. The Texas State University System's Board of Regents has proposed an increase in tuition and fees to be paid by students, starting in spring 2013. The budget plans will
be discussed in a meeting on May 24th at Lamar University in Beaumont.
Standup (13 sec, "...not be necessary")
(10 sec, Laurel Piety, "...somewhat needless")
(10 sec, Laurel Piety, "raise tuition")
The University has not indicated the extent the fees would possibly increase. Improvements to the library, the bus system and the university's graduate programs would be financed in part by the higher fees.
(12 sec, Gabriel Vazquez, "...as it is")
For Bobcat Update, Alex Ricard.


Bobcat Update - April 4, 2012

Alisha Grieme

Students who are planning to register for summer classes have until 11:59 tomorrow night.Classes for both summer one and two are open. To register, go to cats-web, select student, then log onto the self-service page. From there, choose student and select registration and pick the classes you want. A list of classes and their times are available. Late registration for summer one opens May 29th and closes May 31st at three..for summer two the dates are in early July.

Tatiana Salazar

A-S-G voting ends at 5 o'clock this afternoon. It started yesterday at various locations on campus. You can vote in person at any of the booths located in the Quad or in the L-B-J Paseo. You can also vote online on the Texas State website. Winners will be announced today at 7 in Lilly's Lounge on the fourth floor of the L-B-J Student Center.


Lauren Lanmon

Renting an apartment -- as many students do -- means taking responsibility. Renters have to make sure they pay their bills on time and keep food in the pantry. But part of the responsibility -- one they don't often consider -- is just staying out of harm's way. As Lauren Lanmon reports in this Bobcat Update, living in an apartment can be safe and enjoyable, but students have to take precautions to avoid being victimized.

Living in a college town, it's important to keep track of those who live around you. Be observant. Take note of activities out of the norm. San Marcos resident Chelsie Surley says she once witnessed an attempted burglary take place.
SB: Chelsie Surley: "When I was headed to work I saw a guy that didn't belong, so I ran back up to my roommates and called the cops."
The cops arrested the suspect and no one was harmed, but cases like this should be a reminder of the importance of apartment safety. Texas State student Kate Stevens says do simple things, because they can make a difference.
SB: Kate Stevens: "I always make sure I lock my doors, and carry pepper spray when I am out walking my dog"
Residents should also be aware of their apartment's balcony door -- always making sure it's locked or having the safety bar down. Also keep all valuables out of sight to avoid tempting the prowlers.
SB: Chelsie Surley: "Just be aware of your surroundings and make sure you know who your neighbors are"
Standup: "If you live on the first floor, your windows and doors could be a prime target for thieves. One of the easiest and cheapest ways to protect your apartment is to buy one of these little sliding window locks, which you can find at any local hardware store. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lauren Lanmon"

Mariana Garcia

Easter Sunday will be observed this weekend. Mariana Garcia reports on how several Texas State students plan to elebrate the day.

Easter is a holy day celebrated by Christians around the world. It's the end of the 40-day period known as Lent. Minister Jaime Bouzard says most churches in the San Marcos area will have special worship services.
(SB: Bouzard- "We are planning ...with all the bells and whistles that is.")
Business Management major Adrian Ibarra is going to spend the day with family.
(SB: Ibarra - "This easter I plan to...thats what we usually do.")
And he especially enjoys the food they share at Easter.
(SB: Ibarra - "Mostly barbecue ... just the basics you know.")
Some students won't be able to go home because the distance is too far to travel, but they fondly remember the holidays of their past:
(SB: Macon - "My brother and I... new bathing suit."
As you can see this is going to be a fun Easter for everyone around campus, but remember, be careful and eat plenty. For Bobcat Update, I'm Mariana Garcia.)

Christlyn Corona

It's Liberal Arts Month, which means it's a good time to try and figure out what you're going to do if you're a liberal arts major. The College of Liberal Arts has scheduled events aimed at making career choices. Panels and speakers have been lined up this month, and there will also be a Writing Center Workshop and an essay contest. Career Services is also offering its expertise.

Zach Kaddatz

The north side complex addition to Bobcat stadium is progressing quickly. The new complex will provide approximately 13-thousand-500 upper and lower level seats and will connect to existing grandstands. The addition not only provides seats but will also showcase a gallery on the ground floor honoring more than three-thousand Strutter alumni. The construction should be completed before the start of the 20-12 football season when the Bobcats take on Texas Tech on September eighth.

Brittany Davis

As it gets closer to summer, students are finding their way to get some sun at the river. Taking precautions against U-V rays is important whether one is lying out or throwing a Frisbee. Putting on sunscreen and finding shade can prevent sunburn. Avoiding dehydration is also a factor in sun safety. Bringing water is a good idea. And last, but not least, sunglasses and loose fitting clothing help protect one's eyes and skin. 


Desiree Martinez

San Marcos rolls out the red carpet -- well, at least figuratively. It was a weekend of glamor and excitement for music lovers who showed up at the Texas Music Theater Sunday. Desiree Martinez tells us about the event, in this Bobcat Update.

Lone Star Music Awards made it a little more lively this weekend in San Marcos. Some big-name performers were on hand for the awards, such as Reckless Kelly and Stoney Larue.
This is the second year in a row that the Texas Music Theater has hosted the event. And, as the event grows, so do the preparations.
SB Chris Salazar – TMT
The Lone Star Music Awards had been held annually at Gruene Hall, but the Texas Music Theater has ample space allowing for more participants and a bigger audience:
SB – Attendee
Stand up: Lone Star Music plans to make more of a presence in San Marcos beyond the awards held here at T-M-T.
As the show came to a close, an announcement was made that Lone Star Music will also be moving its store from Gruene to occupy the space where Sundance Records closed earlier this week. For Bobcat Update, I'm Desiree Martinez. 

Matthew Wright

Latin rhythms can sway, and Grammy winners Grupo Fantasma certainly had a crowd moving Saturday at Texas State. Matthew Wright tells us more, in this Bobcat Update.

The dance floor was packed in the L-B-J Student Center Ballroom Saturday night, as Grupo Fantasma cranked out an array of Latin tunes. Although she hadn't heard any of their music prior to the show, Texas State senior Isabel Martinez said she wouldn't miss an opportunity to see a Grammy-winning band perform on campus
SOUNDBITE: "Exposing yourself to anything you don't know is always good"
Grupo Fantasma is based in Austin and has played at Texas State before. The band's singer and timbales player, Jose Galeano, was excited about returning to perform in San Marcos, and he couldn't wait to get the crowd moving.
SOUNDBITE: "They said hey you guys are playing in San Marcos at Texas State. I'm like fantastic! Let's do it! Now here we are on this beautiful evening, I hope everybody is ready to come out and dance!"
Grupo Fantasma's next stop will be Tucson, Arizona, but they'll be back to perform in Austin at Auditorium Shores on April 22nd. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Wright.

Jill Ament

Volunteers are making it possible for the Dunbar neighborhood in San Marcos to have a community garden. Jill Ament has more in this Bobcat Update.

What's going on at the corner of Mitchell St. and Martin Luther King Blvd. every Sunday morning at nine isn't a church service. But you could say it's something just as spiritual.
SB: Bijan Rahnamai
Rahnamai [Ron-ah-me] lives at the apartments in front of the Dunbar Neighborhood Gardens. He and several San Marcos residents have been working since December to get these gardens ready for public use. And while heavy rains recently have provided much needed moisture for planting, it's also brought its fair share of challenges.
SB: Betsy Robertson
If you wanna reserve a plot, you have to work a certain amount of volunteer hours each week. The place for the gardens was chosen because many people living in that area are apt to have a green-thumb. It's also a low-income neighborhood, so Robertson -- who's one of the founders of Sustainable San Marcos -- has reserved two beds for the Hays County Food Bank.
SB:Leah Gibson
(STAND UP: The gardens use a fertilizer called Bobcat Blend. It's compost taken from dining halls across Texas State University. When the gardens are up and running, gardeners will be encouraged to use their own compost piles.)
It's a work in progress.
SB: Roberston
But it's a process that Robertson with broader purposes.
SB: Robertson
For Bobcat Update, I'm Jill Ament.

Orlando Garza

Farmer Fred's Garden Spring Carnival is in town. The carnival will be held at the San Marcos Plaza Park, sponsored by the city and Texas State University. It's an annual low-cost, family-friendly event where participants can play games, take pictures with the Easter bunny and  join in an Easter egg hunt. The carnival starts tomorrow at five and ends at nine. Admission is free.

Shannon Greif

Students leaving San Marcos for the summer may be stuck paying rent on remaining apartment leases.  Most apartments in San Marcos do not assist students in subletting their rooms.  Residents of some apartments can pay a small fee to transfer their leases.  Apartment locating services are available to help find summer residents.  Students might find some luck posting ads on bulletin boards or creating ads on craigs-list.

Laurie Gonzales

Texas State has embraced the concept of E-learning. Laurie Gonzales explains, in this Bobcat Update.

To date, Texas State has offered more than 200 online courses and continues to expand its distance-learning courses
Lori Fennel, the university's distance learning assistant director, says online classes offer students more flexibility in scheduling. Fennel says the courses enable students who are geographically distant to take Texas State courses.
Soundbite- Professor- students lives are very complicated…
For students who commute, online learning will save time and money.
Soundbite- Marissa Cross- save on gas…
As Texas State's enrollment continues to increase, online classes prove to be useful in alleviating the need for classroom space on campus.
Soundbite- Kyle Kent- " It would make traffic a lot easier…."
Standup- There are many advantages to taking online classes, they are available anytime and anywhere, making it possible to study when and where you want. For Bobcat Update, I'm Laurie Gonzales.


Kathryn Crider

A Texas State organization is certainly taking this year's Common Experience First Amendment theme to heart. The Women-and-Gender-Research-Collaborative is encouraging students and faculty to speak out about gender issues. Kathryn Crider has more, in this Bobcat Update.

Taking a cue from the Occupy movements, the collaborative met Friday for a symposium to spread awareness of women's issues and to challenge the biases against women and other social minorities.
SB: Dr. Mayo…Common Experience Occupy quote "…right to be heard."
Women from Texas, Washington D-C, Canada and India spoke on topics ranging from the plight of disabled women in India, to the media's image manipulation of female architects, to the relative silence regarding intimate partner violence and H-I-V/AIDS.
Dr. Carolyn Byerly spoke about the media's coverage of women's issues through time and what she sees as the need to increase feminist media activism. Dr. Byerly says a broader discussion of assault, incest and other violence against women is needed.
Dr. Byerly…results of symposium quote "…lost in shuffle…"
Crider stand-up "Dr. Byerly…for Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Crider."

Roland Garanzuay

After a long class, it's common for Texas State students to grab a snack. And, in this Bobcat Update, Roland Garanzuay tells us about a local favorite, called the Manske Roll. Manske Rolls are pretty good for breakfast, too.

Gil's Broiler is perhaps the oldest restaurant in San Marcos. Their char-broiled burgers and reasonable prices attract Texas State students as well as San Marcos locals. It's the Manske Roll, however, that has made the restaurant famous nationwide. Long-time employee John Redding says he isn't surprised to see people from across the country come to Gil's to get their hands on one.
The Manske Roll, named after creators Roland and Ruth Manske, is no ordinary cinnamon roll. Redding says the roll is 100 percent homemade with no artificial sweeteners or preservatives and has been made the same way since the 1940's. Texas State alumnus Cole Patterson says the Manske Roll is a no-brainer.
Stand Up: After one bite of this Manske Roll it's easy to see why it's the oldest snack in San Marcos. For Bobcat Update, I'm Roland Garanzuay.