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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
STANDUP (Kristen Buechler, The Texas State student recreation center offers a wide variety of activities and equipment to accommodate students of every fitness level.)
SOUND BITE (Jaclyn)
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.
SOUND BITE (Jaclyn)
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.
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.
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."
STAND UP (STANDING NEXT TO BIG POSTER OF WORLD OF WARCRAFT)
"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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.