Record enrollment at Texas State has made nearly every place on campus a bit louder. Parts of the library are packed with people hacking away on keyboards and printing papers. The fifth and sixth floors of the library are reserved for quiet study. There are even private study rooms available for students to reserve. The library is not the only place students can go to get away from the clamor.
Boko's Living Room is the best place if you are seeking serenity with darkness.
Texas State's oldest building, Old Main is surrounded by hidden spaces away from distracting foot traffic.
The area around the agriculture building offers peace from the crowds in a beautiful natural setting. One can relax at benches, tables or even a hammock.
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life released a study last month showing that one in five Americans claim no religious identity. This group of non-believers has a name -- Nones on the Rise. As a group, it's second only to Catholicism in size. According to the study, the Nones have in five years grown from 15 to 20 percent of adults in America. They feel no need to be part of a religious organization.
The Secular Student Alliance chapter at Texas State is just one of many that have been created in the United States.
It's unclear what kind of cultural or political impact the lack of religious identification will have in America, but there are signs that the trend will continue. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matt Southall.
This is the 400-seat teaching theater in Centennial Hall at Texas State University; Brianne Corn is the Media Technician for the theater.
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Brianne has been working for Texas State for 12 years and has learned much from the diversity of courses taught in the teaching theater.
While Brianne’s job doesn’t seem like a story we should cover, it is what she does when she’s not working that may surprise you. Brianne is a professional rally car racer and has built her own track, Brianne Corn Raceway, near the San Marcos Municipal Airport.
Brianne realized her passion in life while racing down a hill in Italy. A month after returning to Texas, she entered her first race at the age of 36. Since then she has racked up several accomplishments including winning three championships last year.
While her work and passion seem to be different she says they actually go hand in hand.
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Brianne urges you not to give up on your dream.
Brianne even took the time to show my photographer Sammantha, and me her talents behind the wheel.
San Marcos officials say they expect the F-One race will bring new business to San Marcos.
The Convention and Visitors Bureau says reservations at San Marcos hotels are nearing capacity. Hotel officials are excited about the weekend. They're looking forward to showing visitors a little Texas hospitality.
[STANDUP: The San Marcos Municipal Airport may see an increase in traffic. Those who make last-minute travel plans probably won't be accommodated in Austin if they haven't made reservations. Some of the overflow will have to come here.]
Airport officials say they're prepared.
The F-One race brings with it anticipation and excitement. Many in San Marcos are ready.
Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Daisy Saenz
The event kicked off on Saturday with a fly by and a parade, which included veterans young and old as well as numerous community organizations. On Monday a separate Veterans Day commemoration, organized by the Student Foundation, was held at Texas State. Student Foundation Director Ryan Elliot began the ceremony with a speech about the university's tradition of military and R-O-T-C service dating back to World War II. University President Denise Trauth introduced the keynote speaker, distinguished alumni Army Colonel Paul Philips III, who spoke about the significance of the national holiday.
Colonel Philips said the United States will always need men and women to provide national defense and security.
Following the commemoration, the L-B-J Student Center hosted a military history exhibit that included artifacts and memorabilia from past wars. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Marshall.
It's that time again. Graduating students are preparing for their transition from classroom to workforce. Career Services at Texas State offers assistance to graduates to help them land that first job.
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Many students use the job placement services through the Jobs - 4 - Cats database.
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Students can make appointments with counselors to seek career advice before and after graduation.
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Career Services offers students practice interviews, resume referrals, job postings and a host of other services to prepare students for the working world after they leave Texas State. For Bobcat Update, I'm Evan Bolton.
People come from all over Texas and other parts of America to enjoy Wurstfest, a ten-day festival chock full of entertainment. Some are here just for the food.
The marketplace is a smorgasbord of culinary treats. If you like meat on a stick, Wurstfest has you covered, with sausage and porkchops. Potato pancakes and German nachos are great choices for the carb lover.
Wurstfest is a treat for the eyes and ears as well. Bavarian and Alpine music can be heard each night of the festival.
Rides, slides and more occupy the children, while adults wash down festival eats with ice cold beer.
This is the 51st year of Wurstfest. The fun continues tonight. The gates open at five. Wurstfest ends on Sunday. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chris Green.
It's November, and for some guys, that means more than just Thanksgiving Day turkey!
Men across the country are saying goodbye to the razors and shaving cream, and saying hello to an all-new look - a good old fashioned beard!
For some, no-shave November is a way of spreading awareness for men's health - particularly prostate cancer.
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"I do it to raise awareness, because my dad has cancer. He always grows his beard out too, so it's something we do together."
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I thought 'Hey, everyone wears pink for breast cancer, why not help raise awareness for guys' prostate cancer?'"
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For others, no-shave November is nothing more than an excuse to grow out a beard, despite their girlfriends' protests.
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"She hates it! She absolutely hates it. If she could, she would chain me to the bed and shave it all off!"
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"We're having a mustache contest."
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Some guys are just sporting the same thick beard that they have for years.
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"I didn't even know that it was for cancer awareness. Now that i know that I've got another reason!"
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Whatever the reason, Texas State is in no shortage of ruggedly-handsome, hairy guys this month!
With Bobcate Update, I'm Brittney Vaughn Frank.
Thanks Jenny. Bell-Metereau was a candidate for the District Five Seat. She had hoped to become an agent for change. The State Board of Education plays a key role in selecting textbooks in Texas and beyond.
Bell-Metereau's attempt to unseat Mercer fell short. Bell-Metereau said she got involved in the race out of concern that the board had become too extreme.
Bell-Metereau says the state board's revision of science and social studies textbooks should alarm Texans.
Bell-Metereau says choosing textbooks is an important function of the state board, and she wants students to have the means to gain knowledge and comprehension.
Bell-Metereau says as far as she's concerned the battle is not over. She doesn't rule out the possibility of running again for the State Board Education. Reporting live from the quad, I'm Erik Pompa. Back to you in the studio.
Susan Narvais served as San Marcos Mayor for six years before she decided to run for federal office. The Narvais campaign watched election results at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos. This seemed a fitting place because construction of that hotel and its adjoining convention center had been one of the triumphs of her administration as mayor. She and her supporters were hoping last night would be a victory party.
Among the many supporters attending last night's party were volunteers and interns who had worked for Narvais:
Narvais' campaign netted 32 percent of the vote against the incumbent Congressman who was running for reelection in a newly drawn district. Doggett took 64 percent of the vote. Even in defeat, Narvais said she felt her team had been victorious:
Reporting for Bobcat Update, I'm Christian Ochoa.
Thanksgiving is around the corner and the people of San Marcos are taking fitness and wellness to another level. How do they shed off those pounds? CrossFit.
CrossFit San Marcos is a facility located off Hunter Road, where athletes execute each "Workout of the Day". CrossFit is a high-intensity workout that combines self-resistant exercises, weight lighting and gymnastics, and it targets all areas of the body.
The trainers of CrossFit San Marcos teach their clients the safe, correct to carry out the task at hand, while motivating them to do their best.
Although the CrossFit workouts may seem brutal at times, the athletes challenge their bodies in order to see the results of their fitness goals.
Workouts are scheduled several times throughout the day and exercises change daily. For Bobcat Update, I'm Aerin Carreno.
Midnight -- a time most people are already in bed, but not if you're waiting for the release of Halo Four.
(Stand up) "You can find this scene at locations across the country, hundreds awaiting the release of Halo Four"
People filled the parking lot and sidewalk to get their hands on the game. GameStop provided a DJ, and many patrons brought their own forms of entertainment to keep them busy during the wait. One dedicated individual arrived ten hours early to be the first in line to receive the first copy of the game.
SB: (Sean Spivey) "I got here at two, been waiting for ten hours, go home and beat that game in one day, I'm so excited."
Even though these people in line will be the first to receive a copy of the game, the length of the line discouraged several.
SB: (Krista Pruske) "hoping the line goes by really quick, heard graphics phenomenal, really excited to play, nice step up from Reach."
Many have had versions of the game going back eleven years -- when it first came out.
SB: (Carson Belew) "I've been a huge fan of the franchise since halo 1"
SB: (Jonathon Esquivel) "been waiting for about three hours, we grew up playing halo, cool experience getting halo four, this is our childhood, grow up with master chief, wouldn't want this experience with anyone else but my friends."
Obviously, it takes a dedicated gamer to wait in line for hours and hours. But those who were at GameStop early Tuesday morning will tell you, the wait was worth it. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jeff Goldblatt.
Construction along L-B-J Drive means fewer customers are dropping in to shop. Alex Castillo says she's doing what she can to get the word out that her favorite shop is open.
(SB: "I've been asked to volunteer here because the business is so slow…dust everywhere." - Alex Castillo, Volunteer)
Construction began in September, closing East Hutchison from L-B-J to C-M Allen. Businesses in the area have seen foot traffic in their stores drop off dramatically.
Store owners say the lack of parking is a major concern. A lot of potential customers believe the shops are now closed.
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Store owners want to assure customers that they're still open for business. The construction project is scheduled to be finished in 20-14. For Bobcat Update, I'm Anyssa Bohanan.
Traffic is slow every morning on Aquarena Springs Drive, and breakfast tacos are to blame.
Lolita's Café serves burritos and tacos that many San Marcos residents would consider the best in town. What's not so great is the traffic the café causes because of the long line of cars waiting to order.
The city has asked the café to change the layout of the drive-thru lanes in hopes of reducing congestion.
Customers are still willing to wait in line regardless of the traffic jam and keep coming back for more. Sound Bite
For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristen Buechler.