Students attend college to train for the professional world, but before landing the dream job comes the interview. There's something about interviews that just seem to make people anxious.
Standup: For many, the interview process can be very stressful, but here at Texas State the Career Services department offers many ways to help students prepare for entering the job market.
Those who want to polish their interview technique can schedule a mock interview with a career counselor. During the process, students can expect to answer the same challenging questions as the real-life scenario.
Upon completion, the career counselor will provide feedback on areas of improvement.
Students can also practice interview skills from the comfort of their own homes by using the "interview stream" option on the Career Services web page. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adelina Valdez.
Perhaps you've noticed that A-S-G campaign signs are back up around campus. However, if you've only seen signs for one pair of running mates, it's because they're the only ones running.
Vanessa Cortez and Edward Perez are applying for Student Body President and Vice President unopposed. They held a rally this past Monday.
SB: Vanessa Cortez
Some students wonder whether competition is still an option.
Stand-Up: Although it is too late to run for A-S-G President and Vice President, Cortez still insists the student body come out to vote,
As there will be other important matters included on the ballet, such as the decision on whether there should be a 17-dollar bus fee increase starting next semester.
The Associated Student Government is established to serve as the voice of the students at Texas State.
SB: Dahlia Dandashi
Students are encouraged to voice their opinions at A-S-G meetings on Mondays at 7 p.m. in the L-B-J teaching theater. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexa Perez.
Flyers are handed out at all the elementary schools in San Marcos and nearby communities inviting children and their families to participate in the free event. It's an event that has been growing for the past decade and is getting a bigger turnout every year.
Many organizations are invited to help volunteer for the event to help strengthen the bond between the community and the university. It's something many volunteers say is a feeling that can't be described, only felt.
The Easter Eggstravaganza has become an event that many San Marcos families to look forward to every year, and preparations for next year's event are already underway. For Bobcat Update, I'm Marco Enriquez.
Bicycles are just one option for getting around campus, but cyclists are at a disadvantage. The streets and sidewalks are already filled.
The lack of bike lanes force cyclists to ride on the shoulder of the street or ride on sidewalks weaving in and out of pedestrians. Safety is key when navigating around campus on a bike.
Cyclists would like to see more done to promote safety.
[ ] For Bobcat Update, I'm Kristina Coble.
The Texas Department of Transportation and the City of San Marcos co-hosted an open forum last Thursday at the San Marcos Activity Center to talk about the proposed Loop 82 overpass. The project would raise Aquarena Springs Drive from Thorpe Lane to Charles Austin Drive.
The overpass project will contain a bridge that will pass over the railroad tracks next to Bobcat Stadium. When the bridge is completed, drivers will be able to look into Bobcat Stadium as they pass by.
Standup: Although a projected groundbreaking date isn't set just yet, the project is slated to begin around next year. The estimated cost of the project is 36 (m) million dollars. For Bobcat Update I'm John Beck.
Past, present and future generations are here celebrating the 14th annual Feria del Mariachi --and the 10th anniversary of the Latin Music Studies at Texas State.
Young mariachi Juliana Villapando says she feels a stronger connection to her heritage by coming to the Feria.
Mariachis of all expertise levels compete and attend workshops during the two-day event that ends with a concert.
America's Got Talent Semi Finalist Sebastian De La Cruz received the Rising Star Award. De La Cruz says he looks forward to seeing how his performances bring out the emotions in people.
Many people showed their appreciation for this event and what it represents for Texas State.
SB Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication Timothy Mottet .
The continuing interest in mariachi music is visible in both younger and older generations in the Central Texas area. For Bobcat Update, I'm Karen Buenrostro.
Adjusting to University life after spending time at a community college can be hard. The larger class sizes, tougher course load and a more expansive campus can take some time for new students to get used to, but Texas State's new partnership with Austin Community College looks to lessen the pressure for transfer students.
SB: Stephanie Perez Student – Had to leave school after transferring, because of a tough adjustment.
Future students at Texas State will likely benefit from a program designed to ease the transition.
SB: Texas State vp for enrollment management – Micheal R. Heintze, Introduces and talks about the pathway program
Stand Up: Facilities like this – the theatre in Tower Dormitory can be helpful in the transition, because new students will be able to make friends (this is sort of what I said… I cannot remember my exact words).
The partnership with A-C-C Kyle begins in the fall of 2014. Professor Debra Feakes says she's excited about its potential benefits.
SB: professor Debra Feakes – tracks transfer's academic success, and she is a supporter of the pathway program.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Hady Mawajdeh.
Blue laws in Texas have made it illegal for consumers to buy liquor on Sundays ever since prohibition, but House Bill 421 may change all of that.
If enacted, the bill would allow liquor stores to be remain for more hours during the week and be open from noon to ten P-M on Sundays.
Not everyone is happy with the bill though
Texas is one of only 14 states that prohibit liquor sales on Sunday. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chelsea Kelley.
Standup: The San Marcos Airport may go silent after April 7th That's because air traffic controllers might be forced to cut their days short or even take mandatory time off. That time off would likely only average one day per pay period through the end of the September but that could mean at times airports like San Marcos won't have any air traffic controllers on duty. But what effect is that going to have on traffic in and out of the airport?
The F-A-A has procedures in place for uncontrolled airports and airports that don't have towers. Some of those procedures at the San Marcos airport date back to when it was an army airfield, but the possibility of planes landing without someone watching over them can still be a scary thing.
The San Marcos Airport stays relatively busy -- with more than a dozen businesses and three runways, but it hardly compares to Austin or San Antonio.
For Bobcat Update I'm Greg Burnam
Standup: Many rely on their cellphone for everyday use, from waking up in the morning to planning for the next day. So what would you do if you lost your phone?
SB: Jacki Garcia
SB: Austin Zant
SB: Marisa Githner
For most, losing their cell would be a difficult situation. Our phones can help us stay connected with the world; whether we are by ourselves...
Or around others.
Cell phones aren't only used for personal reasons. Business communication can also be affected by cell phone usage.
It seems that cell phones have become an important part of our everyday lives. Losing your phone could cost you more than just money.
SB: Brianna Barnes
Talking is no longer the only reason for a phone. We have established a deeper connection with our phones. For Bobcat Update, I'm Halie Davis.
The city of San Marcos declared Stage Two water restrictions two weeks ago. City officials say San Marcos had been at Stage One for about a year.
One of the Stage Two restrictions states sprinklers may only be run before ten a-m and after eight p-m once a week. City officials say San Marcos may reach Stage Three, if the Edwards Aquifer levels drop any more.
Stage Three is the highest level for water restrictions. Violating the restrictions can result in fines ranging from one hundred dollars to two thousand dollars. The city's website has more information on the restrictions and how they might affect you. For Bobcat Update, I'm Morgan Wilson.
(Standup) College students that have to work through school are known for having to live cheap. That's especially the case in Texas where the state has the most minimum wage workers in the United States. And at seven dollars and 25 cents, the minimum wage here in Texas is tied for the lowest in the country.
Students and non-students alike have to worry about rent, buying food and rising gas prices. Being paid the minimum wage comes to about 15-thousand dollars a year. That's not much for sustaining a family.
(Dr. William Chittenden, Head of the Department of Finance and Economics)
Students have it a little easier than a family would, but they still struggle..
(Adrian Hernandez, Junior Mass Communications major)
Working on campus can be easier and more convenient for anyone being paid the minimum wage. It helps save on gas money if commute times are reduced.
(Standup) The government isn't likely to raise the minimum wage anytime soon due to reasons like inflation, but there are other options that, while maybe less convenient, will pay more than the minimum wage. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lane Lewis.
The student government at Texas State has voted 45-to-3 to have the University Police Department implement a policy known as Cite and Release. The state legislature in 2007 approved a law allowing localities to decide for themselves whether to adopt Cite and Release.
If implemented, it would mean that people caught with small amounts of marijuana, along with several other minor offenses, would only be cited, rather than taken to jail. In the end, suspects would face the same punishment but the initial pre-conviction jail time would be removed.
Proponents of the procedural change say it would save valuable resources because police officers would not have to transport non-violent marijuana offenders to jail.
Texas State NORML President and A-S-G Senator Kevin Kutras authored the bill.
[Kutras soundbite: why he put it forward]
Besides NORML, the Texas State Young Americans for Liberty backed the bill. Y-A-L collected hundreds of signatures from students. The group's president, Dustin Brennan, says implementing Cite and Release would free officers to deal with more serious crimes.
[Dustin Soundbite: better use of resources]
University Police Department spokesperson Sue Stewart says having a Cite and Release policy doesn't free up as many resources as some people think.
[Stewart soundbite: "we still have to do our paperwork, we still have to do our report, the only thing that it prevents us from doing is taking someone to jail."]
The Student Government does NOT have the final say in implementing the policy change. It must be approved by university officials for it to be enforced.
A-S-G Chief of Staff Vanessa Cortez says that it's important for officials to listen to what the students want.
[Cortez soundbite: "We are the representatives of the student body and what we say and pass should have a remarkable influence on what the administration does, and so I hope they will make the decision that the study body wants."]
Vice President of Student Affairs Joanne Smith says she will make the final decision and will give consideration to the A-S-G proposal. But Brennan and Kutras say they're concerned that the students' wishes will not be seriously considered.
[brennan or kutras soundbite on student government]
Vice President Smith says she has not yet received the A-S-G paperwork for Cite and Release and cannot comment on what action she will take.
Except for U-P-D, the law enforcement agencies in Hays County follow the Cite-and-Release procedure.
[Wood Standup: ...For Bobcat Update, I'm Matt Wood}
College seniors are preparing to enter the next chapter of their lives. It's time to celebrate, but there's a challenge awaiting them, too. They need to find work, and entry-level jobs are hard to come by. According to the Economic Policy Institute, 53-point-six percent of those under the age of 25 who have bachelor's degrees were jobless or under-employed last year. However, Texas State student Elijah Justice is keeping a positive attitude about the job market.
Another Texas State senior, Andrew Henley, has a job
opportunity after graduation, but he has mixed emotions.
(Stand up): Texas State students are both hopeful and fearful of what lies ahead after graduation. But most graduating seniors like myself are really anxious to see what new challenges will come out way. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kaitlin Moore.
You may have seen some unusual items on the Quad this week. The idea was to attract the attention of those passing through.
Standup: University police teamed up with several organizations to give students a simulation of what it's like to drink and drive.
Among the crowd were representatives from the awareness campaign "Watch UR BAC".
Different D-W-I prevention simulators were brought on campus with vision-impairing goggles to show the difficulty of operating a vehicle under the influence. Students found the simulators to be more challenging than expected.
Officers hope that the presentation will leave an impression on students to make wise choices over Spring Break. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lindsay Powell.
Forget the alarm clock and the daunting task of finding parking on campus- more and more students are ditching the classroom and seeking an unconventional kind-of-learning through online courses.
SB: Student Bryce Burton (talking about the online class he has taken).
Texas State Vice President for Academic Affairs Debbie Thorne says online classes are being offered in a broad range of topics.
SB: Vice President Debbie Thorne (talking about the many options available).
A 150-dollar electronic-fee is attached to every online class, but the extra fee hasn't stopped those who are interested in taking such a course.
SB: Vice President Debbie Thorne (talking about the student incline in online courses).
Stand Up: As more online classes become available students are quickly enrolling and forming their opinions about them.
SB: Student Lezli Zbranek (speaking about her online class experience).
Some students quickly realize that online classes demand self-discipline and a good work ethic, if they're to be successful
SB: Student Kate (speaking about her online class experience).
Stand Up: Whether students choose to learn to face to face interaction of at the convince of their own home, it's clear to say that more options are becoming readily available through online education. For Bobcat Update, I'm Yvonne Zamora.
The Food Bank provides assistance to those in need. It's a volunteer organization that could use more volunteers. Coordinator Jim Wagner says the easiest way to get involved is to attend one of the group's training sessions.
Some employers say a resume that includes volunteering can be a plus.
Lauren worked her first shift today but has volunteered at other organizations since high school. She attended a training session last week.
The Food Bank depends on food donations, both large and small, to be able to feed the hungry in Hays County. The group sends its trucks to H-E-B each morning to pickup donations. Every can, box or jar helps someone in need.
The Hays Food Bank served 600-thousand pounds of food last year and served about four-thousand families. If you'd like more information about donating or volunteering, check out the group's website at hays-food-bank-dot-org. For Bobcat Update, I'm Greg Burnam
The group is called Allies of Texas State. Members want to provide a safe environment for L-G-B-T-Q persons. Allies are committed to eliminating myths, misconceptions and stereotypes, and they offer training sessions to that end. Senior Lecturer Gilbert Martinez, an Ally member for six years, says the group helps promote tolerance and acceptance:
Ally members are part of a campus-wide network.
For more information, you can ask an Ally member -- they're easily identified by the rainbow decals near their office doors -- or you can stop by the group's office.