No matter what day it is, when you walk into this building the first thing you notice is there's music coming out from every room. Lately, this music comes from the rehearsals of Texas State's renowned salsa ensembles Orquesta Del Rio and Salsa Del Rio. The ensembles are getting ready for a very special event--- A Tribute to Celia Cruz, the Queen of Salsa.
Coordinator of Latin Music Studies John Lopez says this tribute is to celebrate and honor the career of the legendary singer. Lopez says this tribute is the second in a series of Tribute Concerts intended to honor the life, music, and musical contributions of legendary salsa artists.
The tribute will feature San Marcos High School's salsa group Orquesta Cascabel, as well as Orquesta Del Rio and Salsa Del Rio. In addition, guest performers Cita Rodriguez and Eddie Bermudez will be performing some of Cruz's most memorable hits. Lopez says he's excited to have Bermudez, who is from San Antonio, as part of this tribute.
Salsa del Rio member Nick Tozzo says he is the most excited about having Cita Rodriguez flying in from New York to perform with them.
The event will happen this Friday at 7 p.m. in the San Marcos High School Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Valeria Gonzalez Leyva.
Dr. Kim Rossmo is the University Endowed Chair in Criminology and the Director of the Center for Geo-Spatial Intelligence and Investigation in the the Department of Criminal Justice, but his career began at the Vancouver Police Department.
While studying criminology at Simon Fraser University, Rossmo developed a new method to help catch serial criminals known as Rossmo's formula. Rossmo has worked numerous cases worldwide including the D-C sniper attacks.
Rossmo's research also took him to the California Bay Area where he helped on the film, Zodiac.
As director of the Geo-Spatial Intelligence and Investigation, Rossmo has overseen numerous projects including work for the U-S military. The G-I-I has an upcoming project that begins in January.
Despite such a variety of work, sometimes all Rossmo needs is a good challenge.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Glen Purvis.
When Head Football Coach Mark Soto arrived two years ago, he promised to rebuild a winning tradition for a struggling athletic program. Part of that rebuilding process is an eight-thousand seat football stadium and a state-of-the-art indoor athletic complex. Other upgrades at San Marcos High include resurfacing the track and installing artificial turf on the baseball and softball fields. All of these projects have an estimated price tag of 30 (M) million dollars. Assistant Athletic Director Bryan Webb says the school district is actually saving money in the long run.
SB:Coach Bryan Webb "so in the long run its cheaper" (14 sec.)
The overhaul will benefit every sport, but the biggest impact will be on the varsity football program. For the first time in 32 years, the Rattlers won't be relying on Texas State for their home field. Many students are pleased.
SB: Shannon Mathis "so it's really great" (15 sec)
The baseball and softball fields will be re-turfed by Christmas, while the football complex will be ready for next season. Whether you bleed purple and white or not, all fans know "There's no place like home." For Bobcat Update, I'm Drew Bryant.
The holidays can be a joyful time. There are many opportunities to eat, drink and be merry, which means a lot of us are making choices that are NOT good for us.
Research shows that adults tend to gain five to ten pounds during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. But that doesn't have to be you!
Stand Up: Get moving! One of the best things you can do to stay fit is doing 30-45 minutes of aerobic exercise a day!
SB: Personal Trainer Johnathan Soza talks about fitness options
Hitting the gym, playing basketball or even limiting portion sizes can help keep those extra pounds away.
SB: Patrick Sloan talks about how he plans to not eat so much and how hard it is.
Staying fit is a challenge during this time of year but if you remain active, you will have a head start on your new year's resolution.
Stand Up: The holiday season is meant to celebrate good times with family and friends but don't lose focus on your weight loss goals. For Bobcat Update, I'm Montreal Williams.
Most college students are looking for opportunities to socialize and be active. Joining a club or organization can help them accomplish these goals. There are many benefits.
SB: Michelle Knepp says that she enjoys being involved and thinks the experience is great.
Bobcat Promotions Faculty Advisor Chuck Kaufman says everyone should get involved in clubs and organizations on campus.
SB: Chuck Kaufman says that being involved is crucial and can help students land a great career.
Joining clubs can help students make connections with potential employers.
Stand Up: Being involved in clubs and organizations throughout your college career is beneficial in many ways. Whether if it's for the experience, friendships or opportunities, being involved is always a smart idea. For Bobcat Update, I'm Danielle Rucker.
(stand up) Texans overwhelmingly voted for prop six with over 73-percent of the vote. The measure was supported by Democrats and Republicans, as well as business and environmental groups. But now the question becomes, how will the money be spent?
Proposition six takes two billion dollars from the state's rainy day fund to finance water projects around the state. The projects will be overseen by the Texas Water Development Board.
(Stand up) The Texas Water Development Board has several years to figure out how the projects will be prioritized and approved. 20-percent of the funds have been dedicated towards conservation purposes.
Texas State Political Science professor Dr. Patricia Parent says she's anticipating political battles over development and cost.
Dallas resident Rita Beving says she has received several letters calling for water pipelines and reservoirs.
The Water Texas PAC has raised two (m) million dollars for prop six. Some of the projects the group supports include desalination, water reuse, storing water underground, pipelines and reservoirs.
(Stand up) Prop six is an investment to provide water to Texans for the next 50 years. Many people are speculating about how the money will be spent, but what we do know is that the board will begin approving loans for projects in 2015. For Bobcat Update, I'm Max Anderson.
Black Friday is next week, marking the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season. San Marcos is home to the largest outlet center in the state, and businesses are expecting a record customer turn out. Many stores put up their holiday decorations in early November, but David Lazo, the hiring manager at the Levi's store, says preparation for the holiday season actually began months ago.
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In the past decade, Black Friday has grown into a major event, with incredible bargains available to those willing to brave the crowds. Lazo says he's not worried about unruly customers.
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With many stores opening as early as six p-m Thanksgiving night, customers will be forced to choose between major savings or a Thanksgiving feast. For Bobcat Update, this is Scott Miller.
Standup: West is probably best known for its annual Czech Labor Day festival and for its kolaches -- a delicacy for many travelers along I-35. Now, the town is known for something much bigger.
The blast killed 15 people, injured 200, and destroyed 161 homes. Looking around, you can see many construction crews rebuilding homes trying to return the area as much as possible to the way it was before April 17th. An estimated 200-million dollars worth of damages occurred when the fertilizer plant blew up. Commercial and government property along with homes and schools were lost. Mayor Tommy Muska (Moosh-ka) says he's had to learn a lot more about streets, sewage systems and water since the blast, but he also now knows how resilient the residents of West are.
SB: Tommy Muska
The streets in the north end of town are severely altered and unrecognizable to those who grew up in West. The city park is just see-saws and overgrown grass. A white cross is planted across the street from the fertilizer plant in memorial of the first-responders who died. All that's left of the nursing home is a few parking spaces and the brick skeleton of an old sign. Nursing Major and displaced West resident, Brooke Keel, says her parents have been living with her aunt and uncle since their home was destroyed and will continue to stay there until their new house is completed.
SB: Brooke Keel
The recovery is ongoing and volunteer driven. Zone three, the area closest to the blast, has empty lots up-and-down the block, but those lots will soon be for sale and available to families wanting to move into town. Rise Up has been the slogan of this town since April, and there are definite signs that West -- my hometown -- will do just that. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kayla Urbanovsky.
Standup: Students in San Marcos are getting ready for the holiday season, but not everyone at Texas State is making plans to go back home.
While several people might be busy making holiday plans with their families, many others are having to stay in San Marcos to work during the busy holiday season.
SB: LaurenSOT...not this year...
SB: KatelynSOT...for a little bit..
Some students have even opted to stay on campus through the holiday break.
Standup: If you're staying in San Marcos for the holidays, the University Police Department is reminding students to remain cautious.
SB: OttoSOT ...lock your doors..
Standup: Many students get to go home for the holidays, but some just don't have that option because of the need to work or because home is just too far. For Bobcat Update, I'm Carlos Garcia.
Texas State Crushes is a Twitter account for Bobcats to post their love to others who may not think of them romantically. Similar to Texas State Confessions, this site is not affiliated with Texas State University but growing in popularity. The act of posting anonymously through ask-dot-f-m raises skepticism if crushes are real.
SB: "It's a little sketchy just 'cause you know people can, it's anonymous so at the same time I can post something about my fraternity brothers and make them feel completely stupid but at the same time you might have actual people being truthful about it."
The site encourages positive posts but some Bobcats are worried about the negative impact this site might have on students' self esteem.
SB: "I think the whole account it self brings negative attention because it kinda brings other people down who are not possibly mentioned on it." The Twitter account has only been active for a couple of weeks and has gained about three-thousand followers. For Bobcat Update I'm Tami J.
Standup- Don's Fish Camp is known to locals as the hot spot for floating the river and having a good time. But, after the destruction of flash floods, it's quiet, desolate and hardly recognizable.
Now you'll find damaged buses, deflated tubes, and trees snapped in half. Fifteen out of 29 buses used to transport people and their tubes were damaged after floods raised the river to dangerous levels. A company official says about 50 to 70 thousand dollars worth of damage occurred. Some repairs have already been made.
Stand up- This pile of rubble is where the party deck used to be before it was washed away by the Halloween floods.
Local residents came out to see the destruction that descended upon the popular tube rental spot.
SB- Just to see the things displaced and things that you recognize and they're in different places. Just watch what you ask for. We asked for rain and we got rain.
Crews probably won't be finished until sometime early next year, but the damage shouldn't have any impact on business next summer. Company officials say you can expect Don's to look nearly the same next year except for the deck that was close to the river. For Bobcat Update, I'm Valerie Kilgore.
Unemployment remains high, and that's reason for many seniors to be concerned. They're about to graduate, and they fear they won't be able to find a job.
But that's not true for everyone. Some students are in fields where there's heavy demand, and recruiters are eager to employ them. Others find an opening through internships. Kali Conley joins us now in the studio to tell us about a student who already has a job lined up. Kali ...
LIVE: Thanks ___. Yes, a lot of seniors are anxious about launching their careers. After four or more years in college, they feel they're ready for the next step. Kolten Parker is one of those students.
PKG: Parker's major is journalism. He's done the usual coursework that all Texas State students are expected to handle, and he's been a reporter for The University Star. Parker, though, says a big break for him came when he got an internship with the Austin bureau of the San Antonio Express News.
Parker has had the opportunity to cover a wide variety of stories while working at Express News.
Texas State offers a wide range of resources students can use to prepare themselves for life after college. Career Services offers meetings to help students with their resumes, along with hosting several internship and job fairs each semester.
Parker says getting an internship is vital for students hoping to succeed after college.
LIVE: Graduation can be a hectic time, but with the right preparation students can make their transition to the working world easier and less stressful. Kolten Parker seems ready for that transition. Back to you, _________.
Stand up: Come on down to the Wurstfest in Texas. Every Year in November, New Braunfels is home to the Wurstfest to commemorate the German heritage of the city. It's a unique celebration rich in German culture and full of Texas fun.This ten-day event attracts more than two-thousand people where they gather to listen to German Polka music and eat a variety of traditional German foods.
German beers are made available for those who are of age and there's also a carnival for the kids. You'll also see many people wearing festive German dress.
At the Wurstfest marketplace, there are booths selling items associated with the event.
Wurstfest opens weekdays at 5 p.m. and weekends at 11 a.m. The festival continues rain or shine. For more information you can check out the Wurstfest website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jade Skaggs.
School Fuel was started to help kids who receive free and discounted meals at school. These students often don't receive the nutrition they need at home or on the weekends. School Fuel provides them with help, so they won't go hungry. School Fuel volunteers meet every Thursday in a portable building on L-B-J Street to pack food for students to take home. Program Coordinator Aurelia Newton helped start the program in San Marcos.
SB: Program Coordinator, Aurelia Newton
About 82 percent of the city's children receive assistance to help them pay for their meals at school. By providing meals for the students to take home, School Fuel hopes the kids will be able to start the school week more focused and happier.
SB: School Fuel Secretary, Nancy Smith
Right now School Fuel feeds about 200 kids every week. The group relies on grants from local businesses, and organizers say they'd like to expand the program to serve more schools in the district.
SB: Assistant Superintendent of Business and Support Services, Jason GossettThose interested in donating to School Fuel or volunteering to stuff bags should visit the group's website for more information. For Bobcat Update I'm Tori Valles.
In college, to save money you first need to manage it. It's easy to go out to eat and ignore your depleted bank account, but that can result in overdraft bank charges. Renting textbooks or using library resources can help in holding down costs and perhaps leave you with more money to spend elsewhere. Campus ministries offer free lunches during the week that can help hold down food costs. Or, you can pack your own meals from home. Senior Education Major Rachel Lackups says she sometimes leaves her debit card at home on purpose. Doing so helps her overcome the impulse to buy new clothes.
SB: Rachel Lackups
Money struggles for students also come from nights spent bar hopping and paying covers to see bands play. To save money, students COULD go less often or perhaps attend free concerts when they're offered. Gas prices are falling, but driving can still be costly. Alternatives exist that can cut costs. For example, take the tram instead or walk to campus. Texas State Accounting Major Jogil Rivera says that he asks himself multiple times if he absolutely needs something before he buys it.
SB: Jogil Rivera
There are many ways to save money. You can see movies at the dollar theater or watch T-V shows online at such websites as hulu-dot-com. That's cheaper than buying full-price tickets or paying for cable subscriptions. With Christmas coming up and a new semester ahead, students can use these resources to live within a budget and have more money in their pockets. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kayla Urbanovsky.
Almost everyone on campus has some type of social media account. Facebook and Twitter are the most popular, but there are many others. They're used to connect with friends and family. And they're used for entertainment and information. They're also used for educational purposes. Some professors use social media in the classes they teach. Senior Lecturer Jon Zmikly says being engaged with social media is vital, especially for mass communication majors.
SB: Jon Zmikly says social media plays an important role in his classroom.
But not everyone is on the same page when it comes to social media in the classroom. For example, Assistant Professor Joe Falocco says social media corrupt the minds of our youth.
SB: Joe Falocco says social media are evil and have no business in the classroom.
Public Relations Major Katie Baker says her social media experience has been invaluable.
SB: Katie Baker says social media has helped her excel in the classroom.Stand Up: Social media is booming! Some students and professors have embraced the idea of incorporating social media into the classroom. Others prefer to keep the two separate. Regardless of the different opinions, social media has played an imperative role in society today. For Bobcat Update, I'm Danielle Rucker.
The Main Street Program is having a brick sale until December 20th to give people an opportunity to purchase and engrave a special message in the streets of downtown San Marcos.
SB:Armbruster talks about how the bricks can be for any occasion
The bricks, on which up to six lines of text can be engraved, will be placed on L-B-J Drive between Hopkins and University Drive.
The brick display will be similar to those located at Veramendi Plaza BUT will be of a larger size. The bricks will be laid starting early next year.
SB:Samantha Armbruster chats about excitement for the project.
The proceeds will benefit the beautification efforts of the Main Street program.
SU: The bricks are on sale for 100 dollars and can be purchased at the Main Street Offices located at 202 Hopkins Drive or can be purchased online at San Marcos T-X- DOT- GOV-SLASH-Brick Sale. For Bobcat Update, I'm Montreal Williams.
Campus Colony and Comanche Hill apartments staff notified tenants this year that the university-owned complexes, located on West Woods Street, will close in May. The student accommodations will eventually be torn down to make room for unspecified new housing units.
Campus Colony resident Jose Gonzalez says he may have moved last year because of the complex's affordability and location but has stayed because of its eccentricities.
SB (Jose Gonzalez, Communications Senior)
Gonzalez says he's glad that he'll be graduating in May because he wouldn't be able to afford to live anywhere else in San Marcos. Some of his friends and fellow tenants, on the other hand, won't be so lucky.
SB (Jose Gonzalez, Communications Senior)
With the closure, Bobcat Village and Riverside apartments, located near Strahan Coliseum, will be the only remaining university-owned complexes.
Even though it's football season at Texas State, that's not stopping the baseball team from preparing for its first season as members of the Sun Belt conference. Last season, as members of the Western Athletic Conference, the Bobcats finished with 29 wins and 29 loses, finishing third in the WAC. Texas State also sent three players to the Major Leagues via the M-L-B draft. To help get the team ready for the season, the Bobcats will play two intra-squad scrimmages with the teams chosen by the coaches.
Even though baseball season is several weeks away, sophomore second baseman Matt Smith says he enjoys playing baseball in the fall.
Matt Smith SB-
Back for his 15th season, Bobcat Head Coach Ty Harrington says fall baseball is a good opportunity for the younger members of the team to show what they have to offer.
Ty Harrington SB-
The baseball schedule won't be released until next year. The 2014 Sun Belt Conference championship will be held in Mobile, Alabama, hosted by the University of South Alabama.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Dan Shedd.
Throughout the fall semester the three intramural sports offered are football, volleyball and indoor soccer. The football season is nearing its end while soccer and volleyball are right in the middle of their regular seasons. Intramural Supervisor Cameron Wilson says that participation has been affected this year due to higher student enrollment.
SB: Intramural Supervisor Cameron Wilson
Intramural sports gives students a great opportunity to be competitive among their peers while playing the sports that they love.
Some students, such as intramural athlete Scott Davis, say they have gained a lot from playing every year.
SB: Intramural Athlete Scott Davis
Stand-Up: Zachary Covey
The power of social media as a tool of engagement during events like Mass Communication Week allows students and speakers to interact by sharing information, photos, video footage and even memorable quotes from the event.
This year's Mass Comm Week encouraged students to participate in social media contests by posting event photos and quotes with the M-C-Week hash-tag to sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The M-C-Week hash-tag gained traction on the very first day, showing up as trending on Twitter. This platform helped raise awareness about Mass Comm Week to a higher level.
Mass Comm Week provided students with an opportunity to interact with professionals and learn more about career opportunities and challenges. Students also had a chance to meet several alums who returned to campus and talk about their experiences. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashton Darnell.
Stand Up: Halloween is upon us, and it can be full of fun treats and some not-so-fun tricks. Here are some safety tips for students going to parties or just going out. First things first, be careful on the road. Watch out for intoxicated drivers and trick-or-treaters.
Also, travel with a group of friends so you can help caution each other from dangerous situations. And try to stay away from unlit areas and narrow streets. The bottom line is -- stay safe on Halloween.
SO: Saryn Nelson and Arianna Mixon
But some students don't really factor safety into their nights.
SO: Charles Lions and Donovan Curry
If you drink any alcohol Halloween night, make sure you arrange for transportation, such as a Designated Driver or a taxi, because if you stay safe and out of trouble, chances are you're going to have a great time.
Stand Up: So, when celebrating Halloween this year, be smart. A sudden arrest or a sick friend can bring your party to a sudden end. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jade Skaggs.
[Stand up] Rate-my-professors-dot-com is a leading website for professor reviews with more than 15 million ratings on around one-point-eight million professors.
Several Texas State students say they find the website helpful for registration.
However, there is an alternative to rate-my-professors-dot-com that some students might not know about. On the university's website anyone can view student evaluations completed in past semesters for all Texas State professors.
Mass Communication Senior Lecturer Kym Fox says rate-my-professors-dot-com may not be the best resource for students.
[Stand up] Spring registration has been extended through December 17th and will reopen January 2nd. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kali Conley.
Fifty cents may not seem like a lot of money to most people, but when you add up small amounts of money, big changes can happen. Last weekend, the Friends of the San Marcos Library hosted its semi-annual book sale at the City Park Rec Hall. The three-day-event helped raise funds for improvements at the library.
SB: Blake Dove- "helps buy furniture." (12 sec)
Book sales raise about 35-hundred dollars for the library, which means about seven thousand books find new homes. Some of those books are for children, and that's just fine to Ruby Servin and her family. She says in her home the kids are NOT allowed to play with iPhones or iPads at the dinner table, but a book is just fine.
SB: Ruby Servin "especially at dinner" (10 sec)A community input session is scheduled for October 24th, at which local
residents will have a chance to meet with the library staff to discuss a possible expansion of the facility.
If you missed out on the book sale this past weekend, another such event will be held in April. Book sales certainly aren't a novel idea to raise funds, but they are a great was for the City of San Marcos to help write a new chapter in the library's history. For Bobcat Update, I'm Drew Bryant.
Texas State has a beautiful campus, but that beauty can be marred by the carelessness of just a few people. Cigarette butts, plastic bottles, bags, cans and food are not always discarded properly. Littering is an unsightly problem.
The University has provided hundreds of waste cans throughout campus, placing one every few yards. Recycling bins are also available, offering students and faculty a convenient way to do their part to help the environment. Large dumpsters can be found behind several buildings where boxes and trash bags can be thrown away. While some students are concerned about the littering problem, others don't notice it much at all.
If you have a large amount of trash or bulky items to get rid of, you can make a request online to have the trash picked up. Check out the Texas State Recycling and Waste Management webpage.
Stand Up: Taylor Wilborn.
Au Bon Pain, located on the first floor of L-B-J, was recently named one of the top five healthiest restaurants in Health Magazine. The menu items include made-to-order sandwiches, soups and salads, baked goods and other entrees. Many students say they're pleased with the fresher and healthier options that Au Bon Pain offers.
CG: Heather Enriquez, comm disorders junior SB: it definitely attracts more of our age b/c everyone is trying to be more healthy and that's exactly why I go here.
Enriquez says even though she's excited about the healthier options, there IS a downside.
SB: The only thing I don't really like is that it's kind of more on the expensive side as far as, you know, sandwich is more than your average chick fil a meal.
Au Bon Pain provides the health-conscious student with food choices that were not available on campus before it opened.
CG: Anna Gonzalez, political science junior SB: I don't think Texas State has enough healthy options for students on campus
Standup: With healthy food options to fuel your body throughout the day, make sure to stop by Au Bon Pain in L-B-J and give it a taste. For Bobcat update, I'm Patrice Cross.
For many students, college is a time for new and exciting experiences in addition to getting an education. The ultimate goal for most is to start a career after graduation. There are other things students need to keep in mind before they start looking for a job. Texas State graduate Justin Garelick says social media plays an important role in the hiring process.
Students need to be prepared for the interview and to dress appropriately, which for some may mean covering their body art. Tattoos are not in all cases a detriment.
Standup- Getting tatted up and posting party pictures on Facebook may seem cool now, but college students need to take into account how it will affect their marketability in the future. Most importantly, students need to network and gain experience through internships.
Standup- Even if you have a 4.0, you are not very marketable in today's job force without experience. Just remember to present yourself properly for the job that you want. For Bobcat Update, I'm Valerie Kilgore.
STAND UP: The Alkek Library is a great resource for Texas State students, but the federal government shutdown meant government resources provided by the library were somewhat limited for a while.
The government shutdown, which was resolved in the eleventh hour deal last night, closed many government websites, limiting access to data, statistics and maps. Librarian Rory Elliott says the shutdown has had an impact.
The impact of the shutdown was mixed.
Student 1: SB
Student 2: SB
STAND UP: If you do find yourself in need of government resources, log onto their website to see what resources are available. For Bobcat Update, I'm Max Anderson.
One of the core components of the NASA program has always been research, which is an area that universities, like Texas State, can possibly contribute. Faculty from the university's College of Science and Engineering met recently with representatives from the Johnson Space Center in Houston. Texas State Provost Gene Bourgeois says a collaboration between the two may lead to research opportunities for Texas State faculty:
Bourgeois says the collaboration is in its infancy but hopes it will provide internship and co-op opportunities for Texas State students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Johnson Space Center representatives also visited the Texas State campus to tour its science and engineering facilities. Bourgeois says the university's designation as an emerging research institute last year helped solidify the NASA collaboration.
Downtown San Marcos is the epicenter of this thriving small town with its boutiques, restaurants and bars! Many downtowns feature law offices and banks, which San Marcos has and so much more. This town is like no other.
SB: Andrea Villalobs compares the city to others
According to the U-S Census, San Marcos is the fastest growing city in the United States. So it's no wonder that business owners want to be part of an economic boom.
SB: Manager of Langford Boutique, Danielle Henry talks
Stand Up: Downtown San Marcos is widely known for its nightlife but it's also known for its historical history like the Hays County Courthouse built in 1909.
SB: Kaylie Head talks about downtown historyA new sandwich shop, Erbert and Gerbert's, will open soon downtown. For Bobcat Update, I'm Montreal Williams.
Standup: Dining halls at Texas State serve thousands of students each semester. But this year they are serving up a lot more in terms of health and nutrition.
With just a click online, students who use any of Texas State's eight dining halls and cafes now have access to the nutritional content of their food. That's because "Chartwells"-the company that provides the food, wanted to address student health concerns.
ABELSOT: ....people are self-conscious of what they eat...
"Balanced U" - the nutrition initiative- identifies the amount of fat, protein and carbs that are consumed, and even more extensive details are available on the website.
BRIDGEstandup: Students seeking healthier diets will enjoy the benefits of this initiative, but some fitness professionals say that nutrition is just one component of overall health.
Despite the benefits of exercise, data from the Journal of Physical Activity and Health show that 23 percent of students STOP participating in physical activity once they reach college. Personal Fitness and Wellness Coordinator Mark Grande says complacency is a real risk.
MARKSOT: ...eating well is important, but exercising regularly is also key...
OUTstandup: Beginning a healthy lifestyle could be difficult for some, but knowing what you're eating could serve as an important first step. For Bobcat Update, I'm Carlos Garcia.
Some Texas State students, like Braden Torrez, say the food service provider Chartwells is doing a great job. Torrez says he finds a lot of variety.
SB: Braden Torrez says he is pleased with the food choices we have on campus.
Other students disagree, especially when it comes to quality.
SB: Peyton Stevenson says the food is not always as fresh as he thinks it should be.
Chartwell's Marketing Manager, Abel Valencia, says new policies are now in effect to address the wants and needs of the students. He says it's hard to please everyone because the student population is very diverse. Dieters, diabetics, vegetarians and just plain picky eaters can make the process difficult. Valencia says Chartwells is doing its best to keep everyone happy.
SB: Abel Valencia says that they are doing their best to satisfy students.
STAND UP: Some Texas State students feel that the quality of food served on campus is not quite up to par. Others believe the food tastes great and we have a good variety of options to choose from. For Bobcat Update, I'm Danielle Rucker.
Stand-Up: Zachary Covey
Not since 19-95 has the government been shutdown as a result of political squabbling. Political Science Associate Professor Dr. William DeSoto recalls the circumstances of 18 years ago.
SB: Political Science Professor Dr. DeSoto
Obamacare -- the government-run initiative to have more Americans insured -- is at the heart of the budgeting issue. Many Republicans want the program eliminated or de-funded. But Democrats in Washington are holding firm. They see Obamacare as a way to lower health care costs and expand access. Public Finance Professor Dr. Jayce Farmer says the shutdown was not necessary.
SB: Public Finance Professor Dr. Jayce Farmer
Compromise may be the only solution to resolving the stalemate.
SB: Political Science Major Professor Dr. DeSoto
SB: Public Finance Professor Dr. Jayce Farmer
No one is certain when the shutdown will end, although Dr. Farmer says the duration could resemble the previous shutdown.
SB: Public Finance Professor Dr. Jayce Farmer
Stand-Up: Zachary Covey
The Centers for Disease Control recommends everyone ages six months and older get a yearly flu vaccine, but some Texas State students don't think the vaccine is necessary.
SB (Josh Martinez-English Major)
SB (Ty Hunter Stone-Cipher-Sophomore)
College students are frequently near other people when they're attending classes, riding the trams, or living in dorms. This proximity can make it easier for students to catch the flu.
Business major Simone White says she doesn't normally get flu shots but is rethinking that decision since coming to the University.
[Stand-Up] On October 16th the Student Health Center will be offering flu shots to all Texas State students in the L-B-J ballroom for 15 dollars. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kali Conley.
Due to the lack of class availability or scheduling conflicts, many students have long breaks between classes. The long hours can be frustrating if you don't live on campus and have nowhere to go, but there are many places on campus that offer something to do. If it's been a long day and you need a nap, Boko's Living Room can serve the purpose. Boko's is located in the L-B-J Student Center and is available to all students.
SB: Boko's Living Room Manager
You can also go around the corner to Georges to watch t-v or grab a snack. Not only is Georges convenient for its big screen, the bar also offer billiards and Ping-Pong to keep you busy. If you're hungry, you can find a lot of food places on campus, which have large tables for studying or hanging with friends while you enjoy your meal. If you're hoping to be productive during your downtime, you can go to one of the many study areas on campus where there are couches, lounge chairs, computers and printers. You can do those finishing touches on your homework and print it too. And if you need to do some last minute reading, Starbucks offers more comfortable seating. Many students never realize these services exist.
SB: Students who does nothing
Registration can be crazy, which means you may not always get the perfect schedule. So, if you do get stuck with long, awkward breaks between classes, be sure to take advantage of the amenities on campus. Stand Up: Taylor Wilborn
Whisper is a social media app -- unlike any other. It allows users to post anonymous secrets online by placing text over pictures and then uploading them. It also maps the phone's G-P-S to let the user know how close, in miles, other storytellers are. Whisper resembles a Facebook page called Texas State Confessions. Junior Michael Vielma says it's a great tool for students to find a voice.
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Users don't have a public identity on the site, which helps students post how they're feeling without the worries of judgment from their peers or rude comments from readers.
SB: Chris ThompsonStandup: For those social network over-sharers, Whisper may be the new home for them to post their secrets and to relate to others who are dealing with the same things. It's available for download on Android and Apple i-Phones. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kayla Urbanovsky.
Stand up: In honor of the collaboration of Lyndon Baines Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr., San Marcos is building a memorial to remember the events that changed history.
King led the non-violent, civil rights movement promoting equality and fairness for millions of African-Americans, and Johnson, as president, signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Johnson, of course, is an alum of Texas State and lived for a time in San Marcos. Two city streets are named in honor of King and Johnson. The streets intersect, and that is where the proposed statue will be placed.
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Texas State students will be involved in getting the word out.
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Organizers say the statue will likely be erected sometime next year.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Jade Skaggs.
It's quiet right now at Bobcat Stadium, but last Saturday that wasn't the case as the Bobcats advanced their record to three-and-one with a 42-to-21 victory against the Wyoming Cowboys.
While the offense received most of the attention Saturday night, the Bobcat defense was equally impressive. Playing against an offense that usually averages 400 yards per game, Texas State limited Wyoming to a season-low 21 points and 356 yards.
Many Bobcat fans are wondering if this is the same team they saw go four-and-eight last year. Kicker Will Johnson says having confidence is what makes this year different.
The Bobcats will travel to Lafayette this Saturday to play their first division game in the Sun Belt conference. Louisiana-Lafayette was picked as the Sun Belt conference pre-season favorite. Johnson says the Bobcats have some things they need to work on before they go.
Kickoff is set for Saturday at 6:00 p-m at Cajun Stadium. For Bobcat Update, I'm Corri Zimmer.
Texas State has several dining halls where thousands of pounds of food would be wasted every day if it weren't for Bobcat Blend. Bobcat Blend is a program involving students who are NOT afraid to get their hands dirty. Left-over food from the dining halls are used to generate compost. Some of compost is applied in outdoor classrooms and campus landscapes, and the rest is sold to area farms and gardens.
Many students find that their eyes are bigger than their stomachs and end up putting too much food on their plates, but the leftovers are put to good use.
SB: "90-something percent of our trash can be used in some way"
Bobcat Blend recently received the Texas Environmental Excellence Award for Education. The program is a cost-effective way to improve the environment and help the campus landscapes flourish. Students can help Bobcat Blend's environmental efforts by disposing their leftovers in designated trash cans in the dining halls.
SB: (paraphrase) excited about benefits, thinks it's a great way to make campus prettier without hiking up rates for student tuition.
Standup - ....For Bobcat Update, I'm Patrice Cross.
For more than ten years the L-B-J Student Center has gone without having a director, but this semester marks something new. Jack Rahmann has been hired for the job. He's the former student union director at Boise State University. Rahmann says he plans to renovate the student center at Texas State. His first project was to let the students pick what they wanted to see updated at the center.
SB: Kameron (changes to lounge)
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A survey distributed during the first weeks of the semester showed that students were interested in expanding the lounge and study areas at L-B-J. Since then, Rahmann has approved a renovation plan for the lounge areas, which will get some new furniture. Rahmann's long term goal is to expand the student center to make it more comfortable and accessible to students.
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Before many of Rahmann's long term goals can be implemented, they must be approved by the president of Texas State and the university's board of regents.For Bobcat Update, I'm Kimberly Flores.
Since the beginning of the semester, students, faculty and staff at Texas State have received emails about Zipcar.
The service is offered at several universities including the University of Texas in Austin. It began at Texas State last month. A small membership fee provides access to cars that are parked on campus for as little as a couple of hours or as long as four days.
Some students are excited about what the Zipcar represents.
The service allows students and faculty to have a short-term option for quick errands around San Marcos. For Bobcat Update, I'm Brandon McDonald.
For many students, college is the first time they are completely on their own and making their own decisions. Health and fitness are often easy to neglect during the semester. Texas State has many opportunities for students to take advantage of to stay healthy. The university's rec center personal trainer, Brandon Galloway, says the rec center is a great asset for students who want to stay active.
Standup- To help students stay fit, the rec center offers a variety of actives from boot camps to yoga. Dance classes to marathon training, free to bobcats.
In addition to staying active, it's important to practice good eating habits. Mae Ling Strang is President of the Nutritional Organization. She says the biggest mistake many students make regarding their diet is skipping breakfast.
Although there are fast food restaurants and a lot of snack machines on campus, the dining halls such as Harris and Commons offer more nutritious items, including vegetarian options. The calorie content is even posted to make it easier to determine which selection is best.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Valerie Kilgore.
For those who live out of town and DON'T have a car, it can be a challenge to find transportation to San Marcos.
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Palomo's decision to attend Texas State for graduate school was partially based on the university's bus service, which had been in operation in the Alamo City since August of 2006.
The service allowed him to commute from San Antonio, where he says he has family and can find affordable housing. That is, until last semester, when word got out about commuter bus service being discontinued.
The Texas A-and-M University Transportation Institute conducted a review of Texas State's transportation services. Its campus-wide survey results concluded that only four-point-one-percent of all Bobcat Tram System riders used the commuter service.
Alternatives to the Texas State bus service include the Capital Area Rural Transportation System, or CARTS, to Austin, and Amtrak and Greyhound to San Antonio and Austin. These services are located at San Marcos Station off Guadalupe Street in San Marcos. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jordan Gass-Poore'.
All it takes is a quick look around campus to notice the many illegally parked bicycles. Many students have resorted to parking their bicycles on hand rails, building signs and other areas that are not intended for bicycles. Many times the reason is the bike racks are full. Some claim Texas State is NOT a bicycle-friendly campus.
SB: Michael Cortez says it is hard to maneuver and find spots around campus.
Other students have not encountered any issues when finding a spot to lock up their bicycles.
SB: Marcus Johnston says Texas State is a bicycle friendly campus and never has any issues.
The University Police Department encourages students to use the designated bike racks on campus. Using the designated racks helps to ease the flow of traffic in the quad and makes it easier for people with mobility issues to use ramps.
SB: Officer Sue Taylor, says they encourage students to park their bikes in the designated areas.
STANDUP: Texas State is rapidly growing and the amount of parking spots is steadily decreasing. This means that students must find other means of transportation. As you can see, more and more students are riding their bicycles to and from school, but have to be creative in finding places to lock them up when bike racks are full. For Bobcat Update, I'm Danielle Rucker.
Texas State recently implemented a new policy that will require all organizations that give or sell food on campus to have at least one member complete a food safety training session. The reason for the new policy is to prevent food poisoning. Riley Songer likes the new policy but says it could be damaging to some organizations that do not sell cooked food.
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The food handling classes provide information about food preparation, sanitation and food poisoning. Samaria Rattley is pleased with the policy.
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Blake McClinton is owner of The Munch Box. He says he's always taken measures to insure his food is safe. He says the policy will benefit every organization selling food.
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So far more than 100 people have been trained, and more training sessions are scheduled. Two will be held this fall, and they'll be available next spring. The new policy went into effect October 1st. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Oriti.
Beginning next August, Veolia (ve-oh-lee-uh) Transportation will be the new service provider for the Bobcat Shuttle system. University administrator Nancy Nusbaum (noos-bom) says Texas State is working with the manufacturer to build 43 new buses to replace all of the existing ones. She says the new buses will have passenger counters in them and will use the NextBus system. NextBus allows students to go online or use their smartphone app to determine when the next bus will arrive. Nusbaum says merging the two systems should help students because they will know what to expect when they're trying to catch a bus.
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But those aren't the only improvements. Nusbaum says there will be a new bus maintenance facility. Construction of it will start in November. The university's new contract with Veolia is for more than 38 (m) million dollars over seven years. For Bobcat Update, I'm John Rodriguez.
The bill relates to false alarms or reports, which will now be treated as felonies. Such offenses had been regarded as Class A misdemeanors. An e-mail sent to Texas State faculty and students says the change was a response to bomb threats at universities across the state. Texas State sophomore Dominick Reed says he thinks the change is a step in the right direction:
Last April, a Houston man was accused of sending three separate e-mails threatening to bomb the Admissions Office. Reed says the university, in his opinion, didn't respond appropriately to the threat:
Senior Kiko Morlock was also surprised by the calm:
Morlock says he believes the harsher punishment could help:
For Bobcat Update, I'm Glen Purvis.
The bus system is the most popular means of getting to campus. Thousands of students use the system daily. The buses have convenient routes for students assuming they can get on board.
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Many people also drive to class and park in one of the many garages dedicated to students. But parking permits are expensive and they offer no assurance of a convenient parking space. The students' other options are walking, riding bikes, using scooters or skateboarding.
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Some students say they like biking because it's more convenient than riding the bus or walking long distances.
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