Matthew Boyd

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

This is the inaugural semester for the North Campus Housing Complex, and it provides a glimpse into what the future holds for residence halls at Texas State. Three more dorms will be constructed over the next seven years. The West Campus Housing Complex is next, and it should be completed in 20-14.
After the West Campus Housing Complex is finished, the university will build two more dorms.
Funding for constructing and maintaining the residence halls comes from a variety of sources.
After the proposed residence halls are finished and the existing ones have been renovated, Texas State will raise its on-campus population from just under six thousand to a little more than eight thousand. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Boyd.

Jenny Sessions

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

International organizations on campus are using the month of November to share information about countries around the world. The point of the program is to educate students on the importance of gaining knowledge and relationships with others.
Dr. Seese interview
Dr. Rao interview
Events this month will include guest speakers, information on studying abroad, an awards ceremony for outstanding international students, and additional information that could help students become more involved globally.
Dr. Seese interview
Sessions standup


Christopher Green

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

Caren Abousaab

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

Price Newell

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

Every Sunday crowds gather at the San Marcos Activity Center on West Hopkins to witness a different kind of football; football on one wheel."
The Unicycle Football League was created in 2007 and is unique to San Marcos. Pitting two five-man teams against each other, the game is a mix of tackle and flag-football played on asphalt and, of course, on a unicycle.
For last weekend's game between the Hot Dogs and the Rolling Blackouts, everybody -- from the players and officials to the spectators and their pets -- wore their best costumes.
The leagues cheerleaders, the Unibrawdz, entertained the crowd with a half-time chow comprised of songs from The Rocky Horror Picture show.
With a D-J spinning vinyl, a lively crowd, and a loud-mouthed commentator, the games move fast and the fun never stops.
The Hot Dogs came out on top, winning 32 to 12. You can catch games every Sunday at 4 p-m and help support this San Marcos tradition. For Bobcat Update, I'm  Price Newell.


Brittney Vaughn Frank

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

Evan Bolton

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

Alexis LaFosse

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

San Marcos is a college town full of students who have yet to outgrow the Halloween traditions. Texas State students rush to the nearest costume store to get the trendiest costumes for the fun festivities that will occur Halloween night.
On the San Marcos square, there's a costume store that's open year-round called, Costumed Occasions, but its popularity peaks during the Halloween season. The store has a wide range of hand-made costumes that can be either rented or purchased. San Marcos has other costume stores as well.
Whether you choose an oldie but goody or one of the latest trends, you'll be in the Halloween spirit at Texas State University.  Remember to have a safe Halloween everyone. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexis LaFosse.


Daisy Saenz

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

Mass Comm week is a four-day conference that provides students with access to Mass Media professionals.
The event, this year will have more than 60 speakers, all of them professionals in Mass Communication.
Stand Up
Students from different academic programs are invited to attend and take full advantage of the networking opportunities. Coordinators advise students to visit the Mass Comm Week webpage and take a look at the schedule for a list of speakers and contests. Reporting for Bobcat Update, I’m Daisy Saenz.


Kristen Buechler

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

STANDUP (Kristen Buechler, The Texas State student recreation center offers a wide variety of activities and equipment to accommodate students of every fitness level.) 
Unlimited group exercise passes are now half price. These passes allow entrance into all group exercise classes on the class schedule. Certified personal trainers are available and are offering a new body assessment called the Polar Body Age Assessment. The assessment tests your strength, flexibility and fat percentage to compare your body age to your actual age. Another new fitness level test, called the Workout of the Week, is offered in the weight room. Ask an attendant for a demonstration and to keep time. The male and female with the fastest time receives a prize. 
Ladies Night is a good time to climb the rock wall because it's free. Also, anyone who wears a costume to the rec center on Halloween will be allowed to climb for free.  
SOUND BITE (Jasmine McDuffie, Informal Recreation Manager)
SOUND BITE (Jasmine McDuffie, Cover with B-Roll) 
To find new specials or to get involved, visit the rec center's web page for more information or visit the Center at Sessom Drive and Academy Street. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristen Buechler.

Jenny Sessions

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


Christopher Green

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

Chrisdyann Uribe

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


Anyssa Bohanan

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

Christina Ochoa

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


Erik Pompa

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

The work-study program provides an opportunity for students to earn a paycheck on campus. Having a job allows students to learn firsthand what it takes to be part of a working environment.
Students must first be approved through the financial aid office, because funds for the program come from the state and federal governments. The income earned can be used in any way the students choose.
Stand Up: Some students are in a work-study program that may not lead them down their career path they plan to pursue. Although, being in the program can have its advantages.
Students can find information to begin their job search by going to the university's career services website. If there are available positions on campus, students are encouraged to apply. For Bobcat Update, I'm Erik Pompa.

Brittney Vaughn Frank

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

Technology has allowed us to do amazing things with our hands. What if we could do those same things with our eyes? Dr. Oleg Komogortsev, with the help of his students, is working on making that idea a reality.
(Nat. Sound lead in - Dr. K explaining the chart of eye movement)
Dr. Komogortsev, or Dr. K as his students call him, has been developing a system that identifies a person by his or her unique eye movements. This new technology allows the user to select pictures, open files, and even play games with the blink of an eye.
The eye tracking unit used in this example is being sold for a hefty 25-thousand dollars, but Dr. K is working on a similar, more affordable device.
"So basically this is just a web camera that is attached to this stand. So the camera itself cost 20 dollars in contrast with 25-thousand dollar equipment. But essentially does the same thing."
"Dr. Komogortsev came up with this brilliant idea while playing the popular video game World of Warcraft."
I loved computer gaming when I was an undergraduate student. When I was a PhD student I was enamored with World of Warcraft."
Dr. K was so intrigued by the video game that he emailed the company, Blizzard, with an interesting proposal.
"I wrote in the proposal, by the way, that I want disabled people to play World of Warcraft. Let's say someone is handicapped or cannot move their arms to play the game, they would be able to with eye movements."
Blizzard was impressed with Dr. K's idea and rewarded him with free access to the game. Dr. K says that developing the technology will not only allow easier communication for the disabled, but will also provide better security. Dr. K says  a password system that memorizes a person's unique eye movement will be almost impossible to hack. However,
he says it may be a while before we start using eye-movement passwords.
SB (Talking about technology and how it needs to progress)
For Bobcat Update, I'm Brittney Vaughn Frank.


Chrisdyann Uribe

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


Kristen Buechler

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

The A-S-G has what it calls Engagement Weeks. Each month some of the student leaders go to the Quad to hand out promotional items and offer free food. They have these encounters to hear from students about a wide variety of issues.  This week the A-S-G sought opinions about concealed carry on campus.
SOUNDBITE (Nathan McDaniel, Student Body President) "We feel like it is important for the Associated Student Government to address something like this in order for the State Legislatures to have an accurate idea of where Texas State students stand."
A-S-G will be hosting a public forum soon on concealed carry. The forum will be for Texas State students, faculty and staff.
SOUNDBITE (Danielle Bonanno, ASG Senator-at-large) "This is a definitely a very open thing for the students and we want to hear their voice and so if you're there expect to get asked questions and to give your opinions. We really want you to give your opinions and why you have that feeling because we're going to be voting in the Senate and we're not voting for our personal opinions we're voting on what you the students at Texas State feel. "
The forum will be next Monday at 5:30 in the L-B-J Student Center Teaching Theater.
SOUNDBITE (McDaniel) "We've been getting a ton of different reactions from students. On such an important issue, you usually have people who are strongly for it, strongly against it, or people who just wish it would go away."
STANDUP (… for Bobcat Update I'm Kristen Buechler.)


Daisy Saenz

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

Anyssa Bohanan

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

More than four-thousand students started their freshman year at Texas State this fall. Though Texas State is the fifth largest public university in Texas, the number of minorities on campus is considered relatively low when compared to  non-minority students. The Supreme Court last ruled on affirmative action in 2003 when they agreed that race could be used when making decisions on admittance into public universities. Texas State students have mixed feelings when it comes to the program.
"I think it would be worked with...but it can be abused because there are people like that."
"Over 30% of Texas State's population is Hispanic this year with a 10% African American population, making this class the most diverse yet on campus."
School officials say that though they support the University of Texas' use of affirmative action, race is not considered for potential students at Texas State. Instead, the university considers students' grades, class rank and S-A-T or A-C-T scores.
"Diversity is not a factor…we do spend a great deal of time reaching out to all…"
Students say that despite the size of the minority population they still enjoy the diversity on campus.
"The university does a good job of....not affirmative action but more programs..."
Texas State became a Hispanic Serving Institution in 2011, and university officials say they will continue to encourage diversity when searching for future Bobcats. For Bobcat Update, I'm Anyssa Bohanan.


Evan Bolton

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

Jenny Sessions

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


Alexis LaFosse

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

Stroll across campus and you're likely to see students spreading the word about different organizations at Texas State. Being involved can be extremely beneficial to college students.
S.B. Yadira Vizcaya
S.B . MaryAnn Navarro
Students who show involvement and leadership are attractive in the job market. Employers say they want people who go above and beyond making good grades in the classroom. Participating in organizations shows potential employers that you're able to create a balance between school, work and other activities.
S. B. Janine Sultana
As you can see not only do organizations help you in the future but they can create life long memories of our college years. By joining an organization you are able to meet people of different backgrounds, make lasting friendships, and strengthen your leadership and communication skills.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexis LaFosse.

Christopher Green

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

It's impossible to walk across campus without encountering hills or stairs.  Even those taking the tram to campus have to trek from the quad to get to their first class of the day. These daily journeys around campus amount to a good exercise routine.
Walking around campus each day can provide the moderate-intensity aerobic activity that students need to be healthy.
Climbing the stairs to the Alkek library is a heart-pumping Texas State tradition.

Matthew Boyd

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

Who is the president of Texas State? Do you know the names of any notable alumni? How old is Old Main? 
Time's up. If you didn't immediately know the answers, you're not alone. A lot of students have a hard time remembering.
Naming notable alumni and some of the time-honored traditions at Texas State is apparently easier to do.
Stand-Up ...I'm Matthew Boyd."


Sammantha Johnson

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


Daisy Saenz

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

National coming out week is a celebration. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community at Texas State participate. They say the celebration promotes tolerance and helps break stigmas.
This year's theme was Come Out – Vote.
Sponsors hosted several events aimed at ending stereotypes and at gaining more resources.
One such event was the Guess Who's Gay Panel. Both men and women of different sexual orientations were part of the panel, which demonstrated how misleading stereotypes can be. Activists say students benefit from having a voice and fostering tolerance. They say it's empowering when they're able to raise awareness.
Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Daisy Saenz.

Price Newell

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

Early voting starts soon in Texas, and to encourage participation, you may have seen the registration effort on campus. Republicans and Democrats alike tried to get students to sign up. But many students lack passion when it comes to politics.
Traditionally, young adults don't show up in great numbers at the polls. There are many reasons for the low turnout.
Despite the general lack of interest or faith in politics among the younger crowd, a few do get involved because they want their voices heard.
"With early voting still a few DAYS away, students still have time to decide whether to vote or not. For Bobcat Update, I'm Price Newell"

Jenny Sessions

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

Evan Bolton

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

Notebooks, pencils, staples, folders and many other items needed for classes can be found at the University Bookstore. Many students believe these items to be overpriced, when in fact, the costs are very comparable to what can be found at other office supply stores.
SB: Douglas Tatsch
Many students find the same supplies on campus that they would find at other stores.
SB: Jaylee Mcgee
Though the University Bookstore sells a variety of products from Texas State apparel to electronics, many students still buy school supplies everyday.
SB: Amber Montemayor
Whether students need spiral notebooks, binders, or any other typical office supplies, the University Bookstore is a convenient alternative.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Evan Bolton.


Chrisdyann Uribe

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

Cecily Fish

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

Kristen Buechler

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

Lynn T. Anderson

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

The items on display in the gallery are made possible by Bill and Sally Wittliff. They share their collections to showcase diverse cultures -- whether through art, writing or photography. 
SB 1- Michele
Events at the gallery are offered year round, attracting students and the public at large. On display now are photograms taken by Kate Breakey who uses a 19th century technique of contact printing.
SB 2-Myram
SB-3 Michele
Stand up…(A quiet and serene place for study or contemplation, Wittliff collections are housed on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. They are open seven days a week and admission is free. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lynn Anderson.


Christina Ochoa

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

Brittney Vaughn

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

Matt Southall

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


Jenny Sessions

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

It's hard to find work in a competitive job market.While some students have found ways to make lemonade out of life's lemons by straying away from the corporate world, others are hoping
to put their degrees to use. Students are now being advised to take extra precautions when applying for jobs.
Interview- Miguel
Interview- Angela
The University has several resources for students. They can find help in career counseling, job postings and networking. The idea is to prepare students for the job market and offer guidance in launching their careers.
Stand up- Jenny

Matthew Rogers

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

Many students have to work while attending school, and finding the right balance can be difficult.
Students have various ways of mixing things up in order to relieve stress.
Texas State students often work between 12-30 hours a week while also managing full-course loads. For those who find these demands difficult to meet, there are on-campus resources available.
SB: Allison Career Services
Students can access these resources both online and on campus at SLAC and the L-B-J Student Center.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Matt Rogers.


William Bolling

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

The Texas State Bobcats competed in their third home game Saturday against the Nevada Wolfpack. Bad weather may have been to blame for the game's poor attendance, yet many Bobcat fans braved the rainy conditions. The Bobcats scored first following an interception on the Wolfpack’s first drive and remained competitive through halftime leading 21 to 20. But the Nevada defense didn't allow any second-half scoring, and the Bobcat's lost 34-to-21. Despite the setback, some fans said they realize Texas State is going to be facing tougher competition from now on.
Other fans are more optimistic.
The Bobcats travel to Albuquerque next weekend to face New Mexico. The Texas State coaches say for the Bobcats to win they'll need to run the ball better and eliminate costly turnovers. For Bobcat Update I’m William Bolling.

Evan Bolton

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


Christopher Green

Advances in technology continue to make our lives easier, but often at the price of distraction. Chris Green has the story in this Bobcat Update:
Students often get absorbed in their smartphones, laptops and tablets. Electronic devices are a common sight on campus. A lot of students consider them essential:
But some students say they're willing to put away their smartphones occasionally to better connect with others.
Browsing social networking sites and text messaging are popular pastimes.

Price Newell

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

Matthew Boyd

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

Daisy Saenz

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

Now more than ever those who are bilingual find themselves in high demand. It's important to speak a foreign language.
Studying a second language can also provide a potential edge against the competition.
The Department of Modern Languages at Texas State University offers courses in Arabic, Chinese, Italian, and American Sign Language. Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Daisy Saenz.


Chrisdyann Uribe

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

Rain may pour over Texas State students during a tailgate but it certainly doesn't stop them from showing their pride. Bobcats -- armed with umbrellas, ponchos and sweaters -- endured the rain at the Strahan parking lot Saturday.
Fans were huddled underneath tents to protect themselves from the rain. Others dealt with it in just a sweater.
Cooks grilled hamburgers and hotdogs as usual while music played in the background. Others ignored the rain while tossing around a football.
Many students decided that a little precipitation was not enough to cloud their support. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chrisdyann Uribe.

Erik Pompa

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