Yvonne Zamora

Finals week is almost upon us, and some students are feeling anxious. In this Bobcat Update, Yvonne Zamora tells us about resources that are available to help alleviate stress.

Stand Up: It's that time of the semester when students are hitting the books harder and filling up the library- as each day passes we are one day closer to finals.
SB: Biology student, Bianka Martinez. Discussing how she's feeling about finals.
SB: Healthcare administration student, Danielle Janssen. Discussing how she's feeling about finals.
Recreational activities and hard partying can take a lot of time. And if it's too much, there may not be enough time for studying. Texas State student Zach Stables says the learning experience can be improved if students take a proactive approach:
SB: Mass communications student, Zach Stables.
The library serves as a refuge for many who need to study. Tutors are available for just about every major subject. The writing center, for example, is staffed with more than ten tutors.
Stand Up: Whether you choose to study weeks in advance, or at the last minute- to help out all students Alkek Library will be open 24-hours during the week of finals. For Bobcat Update, I'm Yvonne Zamora.


Marco Enriquez

Texas State Greek Affairs and the San Marcos community are working together to raise money for Saint Jude Children's Hospital.  Marco Enriquez has more in this Bobcat Update

The Greek community is in the quad raising money through "penny wars," which is a contest aimed at encouraging students to donate their spare change, all of which is being donated to Saint Jude. Coordinators of Greek Week, the Order of Omega, are hoping to raise enough money to make a 20-thousand-dollar donation at the conclusion of Greek Week.
In addition to penny wars, several local businesses are making donations. The decision to make the fundraising effort a citywide event was done in hopes of raising awareness of Saint Jude Children's Hospital and letting the community know exactly what Saint Jude does.
The Order of Omega will be in the quad all week collecting money from anyone that wants to help them reach
their goal.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Marco Enriquez.


Marissa Lewis

Accessibility on campus is improving, but some issues remain unresolved on certain routes. Marissa Lewis has more in this Bobcat Update...

Texas State University has 1,500 students registered with the Office of Disability Services and six-point-seven percent of them are students with physical disabilities. The university provides specific routes for these students to navigate the hills and steps that cover our unique campus. Texas State recently added a ramp near the Liberal Arts building and will continue to allocate funding through the Americans with Disabilities Act compliance committee. 
Although Texas State strives to make campus accessible for everyone, some students say the routes are inadequate.
Some of the routes on campus have changed with the ongoing construction projects. Students can access information about the updated routes through the Facilities Planning, Design and Construction department. For Bobcat Update, I'm Marissa Lewis.

Taylor Henderson

A statue -- donated by Bill and Sally Wittliff -- now stands in front of Old Main. It represents a Vaquero cowboy, inspired by a part of Bill's collection that can be viewed at the Alkek Library. At the front of the statue is a poem written by Bill. The Wittliffs are already well known at Texas State for their extensive collections at the library.

John Beck

With the end of the semester fast approaching, the end of the intramural softball season was last night. New champions in each division were crowned. Intramural sports give students who can't make an official Bobcat athletics team the opportunity to live out their sports dreams. In case you missed the outstanding action and for a list of last night's results, visit the Texas State Intramural Sports web page.

Adelina Valdez

As the semester comes to an end, students prepare for graduation. Texas State has its official ceremonies, but there are other observances with specific groups in mind. Separate ceremonies will also be held for the multicultural community, for veterans, and for groups representing all sexual orientations and identities. These festivities do not take the place of traditional ceremonies, but offer students an opportunity to celebrate their academic achievements with their family, peers and supporters.

Halie Davis

Some students are still buzzing from the surprise air drop this week at Texas State. Red Bull sponsors these air drops at college campuses from coast to coast. It happened here Monday morning. Many students walked away with handfuls of Redbull. Fifteen-hundred cans were delivered in crates of Silver, Blue and Red Edition flavors. The crate landed in front of the L-B-J Student Center, but in just a few minutes it was empty. Redbull says the promotion helps students stay energized during their finals.


Lindsay Powell

Summer break is the perfect time to relax and enjoy the outdoors. There may be a place for you to getaway right here in San Marcos. Lindsay Powell has more in this Bobcat Update.

Purgatory Creek is a 570-acre natural park in San Marcos. It is home to hiking trials, scenic views and a cave. It is also a nesting habitat for the endangered golden cheeked warbler. Some hikers like to visit the trails to spend
quality time time with their pets.
SB: It's just relaxing. I go with my dog. She's kinda rowdy. She likes to run around.
Others enjoy how seclusive the park is.
SB: You get to see the wildlife we have here in San Marcos that's kinda tucked away and some people don't know that it's out here.
Some students even find connections to their area of study by exploring the park.
SB: I get to see what I'm studying. It's like a real world application of what I learned in class.
The park has three different areas: Prospect Park, Upper, and Lower Purgatory. It is free to all users.
Standup: The Purgatory Creek trails offer San Marcans a chance to escape their busy lives and enjoy nature at its finest. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lindsay Powell.  


Haley Parmer

A Global Odyssey is the university's Common Experience theme this year, and a Texas State group has found a unique way to express that theme, creating paper. Haley Parmer has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Veterans at Texas State have a tent set up in the quad to show students how to create their own paper from scratch using personal garments. The idea was inspired by the Peace Paper Project.The Honors College hosted an exhibit on Tuesday displaying some of the completed work. Academic Development Director Diann McCabe says the Honors College has worked with the Peace Paper team before.
The project works with people who have been through traumatic experiences. The participants seek to heal through art with the hope that the creation process encourages positive thinking.Co-founder of the Peace Paper Project Margaret Mahan sayscreating art on homemade paper is a way for people to tell their stories.
The Peace Paper Project was founded in 2011 and operates worldwide to build connections between participants and their communities. For Bobcat Update, I'm Haley Parmer.


Kaitlin Moore

Many Texas State students are familiar with Riverfest at Sewell Park, but this year's event will be somewhat different. Kaitlin Moore tells us about the changes in this Bobcat Update.

SACA, the Student Association for Campus Activities, is in charge of hosting Riverfest along with the marketing that goes into it. Coordinator Philip Ramon says SACA's marketing strategy is  _______.
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Ramon says some students are familiar with Riverfest, so they won't be surprised about when it is or who's playing.
SB (Michael Achy)
But Jordan Richardson is a student who had no idea Riverfest was even happening this year.
 SB (Jordan Richardson)
Riverfest has been a Texas state tradition since SACA started it in 2003.
Stand Up:After months of planning, SACA is expecting an even larger turn out than last year for this years Riverfest. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kaitlin Moore.

Kristina Coble

According to a Pew survey, 36 percent of students are graduating without gaining much knowledge. Kristina Coble has more in this Bobcat Update.

Although students are expected to learn throughout their college years, some are walking away with a little less than what they paid for. Some say one reason is that life events have a way of taking precedence over school.
The University College at Texas State has seen more students lately who are undecided about their future and need help exploring their options. The College suggests that picking the right major can help students learn more. If they're motivated and interested, they'll retain more.
Texas State offers assistance in student development. [       ]. For Bobcat, I'm Kristina Coble.

India Johnson

Students have been observing an annual Bike to School Day today (Wednesday).  The Bike Cave at Texas State promotes it as way of encouraging everyone to get and ride. The folks at the Bike Cave say it's also a great time to be reminded -- Wear A Helmet! You can find a lot of bikes on the Quad and in parking racks across campus. There will also be a national Bike to School Day on May 8th, but that observance comes just before graduation ceremonies at Texas State.

Maddie Serviente

Mr. Fest, an annual music event in San Marcos, is only a few weeks away. Maddie Serviente has more in this Bobcat Update.

K-T-S-W started the tradition six years ago and, since then, Mr. Fest has grown from seven bands and one venue to more than 60 acts at nine locations. The festival is held in downtown San Marcos with a new stage, sponsored by the Hays County Food Bank, on the courthouse lawn. This year's headliner, Ume, will be joined by many local artists, who got their start in central Texas.
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Me. Fest features bands from a variety of genres as well as comedians. Admission is free.
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Jennifer Schmerber

Some Texas State students have been raising money for cancer research. Jennifer Schmerber tells us more about a recent event, in this Bobcat Update.

The student Rec center was packed on Friday night as Texas state hosted Relay For Life. The annual event supports the American Cancer Society. Money is raised in hopes of finding a cure.
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The event was kicked off this year by Mayor Daniel Guerrero who sees the cause in a very personal way.
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The relay began with everyone walking a lap around the indoor track as a dedication to cancer survivors. Some of the survivors say the illness changed their lives in a positive way.
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Nighttime activities included dance routines, sports, and musical performances --  all dedicated to the cause. The relay for life at Texas State involves more than 20-thousand people. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jenny Schmerber.

Christina Tafoya

With less than two weeks left of school before final exams, many Texas State students are selling back their textbooks before it's too late. Christina Tafoya has more in this Bobcat Update.

College textbooks are known to be highly expensive for students. Prices can range anywhere from 15 to more than 300 dollars for a book. It is not assured that students will be able to sell them back at the end of the
semester. But often they don't have a choice -- they have to buy -- because some professors require books to be purchased to retrieve access codes needed to take exams.
SB: Stables
The Texas State faculty decides whch textbooks will be required for the upcoming semesters. The University Bookstore is one of many bookstores where students can sell-back books to get reimbursed up to 50-percent of the retail price. Bobcats can get more money for their books depending on the time of year they decide to sell-back.
SB: Gustafson
The University Bookstore is very competitive with online sites and is known to offer better deals on buy-backs. The store rarely gets the quantities of buy-backs it would like.
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Greg Burnam

The idea of green living is expanding its reach, Greg Burnam has more in this Bobcat Update.

Even in death, a person can be earth friendly. There's a unique approach being offered in San Marcos at the Eloise Woods Community Natural Burial Park. 
Macdonald made sure that all would be welcome at the burial park. There are sections for various faiths, for infants and even one for pets. 
Families can chose to be as involved as they want. Some of the families at Eloise Woods have dug the grave, prepared the body, and had a memorial service without the involvement of a funeral home.  
Traditional funerals can cost close to ten thousand dollars, so being green has benefits to the Earth as well as the wallet. For Bobcat update, I'm Greg Burnam

John Beck

A free concert series returns to San Marcos. John Beck has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Keep San Marcos Beautiful concert series can be found at the Plaza Park stage on the corner of Hopkins and C-M Allen Parkway. The event is free, open to the public, and pet-friendly. Eats, vendors, and live-music all give the community to socialize while lounging at the park.
A little known fact is that Texas State students, along with Keep San Marcos Beautiful, organize the event. It's a requirement for a Recreation Administration course at the university.
For some first-timers, who have just now discovered this series, there's an assurance they'll be repeat attendees.


Alex Navarro

April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a complex disorder of brain development. One in 88 American children is diagnosed with autism each year. Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization and has started a campaign called Light it up Blue.  The Alpha Xi (Zee) Delta chapter at Texas State is supporting the cause. The sorority members hosted a benefit dinner to raise money and were on the quad to create greater awareness.


Christina Tafoya

It's not too early in the year for some Bobcat football. The annual Maroon vs. Gold Spring Game was played Saturday. The purpose of the game is to give fans the opportunity to see the team in action before the start of the season. Players and coaches are divided into two teams and play a full-game but with less time per quarter. The 2012- senior class was also honored at half-time. Tailgating took place on the west side of the stadium and kids were able to enjoy a fun zone with games.

Yvonne Zamora

It's a new makeup product that is quickly gaining in popularity. In this Bobcat Update Yvonne Zamora tells us about the B-B Cream and why so many women are buying it.

It's the latest trend in beauty that women just can't get enough of- but what exactly is a B-B Cream?
SB: Siobhain Mulkey 

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SB: Sarah Genovese 

B-B cream, which stands for beauty balm, has been gaining in popularity for its all-in-one features. Ads for the cream have been showing up in commercials and fashion magazines. Some beauty experts call it makeup on steroids.
Clinique beauty consultant Esmeralda Urbizu says B-B Cream isn't your typical foundation but rather a makeup product giving users the coverage they need while combining, sunblock, primer, and moisturizer.
SB: Esmeralda Urbizu explaining BB Creams.
B-B Creams can be found at department store makeup counters or at local drugstores.
Stand up: Well there you have it the low down on the latest beauty trend that's great for every skin tone. For Bobcat Update, I'm Yvonne Zamora.


Alexa Perez

It's National Boys & Girls Club Week. Today the San Marcos and Mitchell Center Units opened their doors for free tours and first-hand experience of how the clubs can make a difference in young people's lives. About four-thousand clubs exist across America providing a safe, learning environment during non-school hours. The San Marcos Unit has other activities planned for this week, including movie night on Thursday and a small carnival on Friday.

Marco Enriquez

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will postpone the closure of 149 air traffic control towers, including the one at the San Marcos Airport. That postponement will delay closing the air traffic control tower through at least June 15th. Closing the towers is a possibility because of federal budget cuts, but now the Texas legislature is considering an allotment that would offset the cuts. If the tower closed, pilots would have to land at the airport without assistance.

Karen Buenrostro

Occasionally, production crews show up on campus to shoot video and they can create quite a buzz. One such crew visited Texas State last week, and our Karen Buenrostro reports on what they were doing. 

Confused students gazed on as production crews invaded the quad. The one-day shoot included paid actors and some Bobcats.
SB- Miles 
Austin-based Fueled Films had to get permission from the university to shoot on location. University policy dictates that a 35-hundred-dollar location fee be paid for each day of shooting. The fee helps pay for extra security during filming.
SB- Sgt. Rodriguez
Although many participants had been on location since eight in the morning, they say the experience was worthwhile.
SB- Stubblefield
Stand up - Production crews filmed  in various locations over Texas State and encouraged students to become extras. For Bobcat Update, I'm Karen Buenrostro.

Halie Davis

Scientists are researching the correlation between stress levels and saliva. Halie Davis explains in this Bobcat Update.

Some behavioral scientists are studying the measurement of stress that can be found in saliva. On Monday, Texas State hosted a presentation by Salivary Bioscience Research Center Director, Douglas Granger.   
SB: Douglas Granger
Labs at several universities, including John Hopkins, Arizona State and Texas State University, are conducting salivary research.
SB: William Kelemen
Researchers have found that the saliva samples collections show that physiology is often associated with behavior. Testing is done on one's environment and interactions to link saliva with stress.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Halie Davis.


Dawn Brooks

Yet another traffic change in San Marcos. A new stop sign has been put up on Ranch Road 12 at Hughson Drive. The change will be especially helpful to residents living at the Retreat Apartments, a complex at the intersection.  Anyone attempting to exit the apartments can see only a short distance, so the stop sign will make it safer. Other construction changes are planned for Ranch Road 12. A website has been created to provide up-to-date information on the construction progress.  

Scott Panther

Texas State students are adjusting to new bus routes due to the construction along Sessom Drive. Students are now being dropped off at a new terminal on Woods Street for those who come in from Post Road, Mill Street, Wonder World and interurban routes. The Aquarena Springs and Bobcat Stadium routes are being redirected to Beretta Hall. Students arriving from Ranch Road 12 and L-B-J are being dropped off at the quad bus loop as usual. Maps of the new routes have been placed around campus, and an e-mail was sent to notify students. The changes will remain in effect until the end of the spring semester.

Greg Burnam

The U-S job market remains stagnant. The stock market goes up and then down. The economy continues to grow at a sluggish rate. But there are certain businesses that plug along regardless. They're considered recession proof. Two examples are the medical field and funeral businesses. Economic whims don't seem to affect them because people get sick and die -- no matter how the economy is performing in general. Expect jobs in certain fields to be plentiful in the years to come -- many Baby Boomers, after all, are approaching retirement age.


Hady Mawajdeh

San Marcos and Texas State University have recently shown up in several "best of" features. For example, the university's rec center was recognized a few weeks ago, and now it's the city's town square. For more on how the local area is getting favorable attention, we have this report from Hady Mawajdeh.

San Marcans have long known the beauty and excitement of The Square. Its cafés, pubs and quirky shops give life to the city's downtown, while keeping students and locals coming back for more. Now, the square's appeal has reached a national level, because Travel and Leisure Magazine, known for its "Worlds Best Awards" list, has just named the San Marcos' Square as one of America's Most Beautiful Town Squares.
Stand Up: "I am standing in front of the Hays County Courthouse the focal point of San Marco's Town Square, which is home to many other historical buildings"
Buildings like this one, which is home to Rhea's Ice Cream…
SB: Rhea of Rhea's Ice Cream – "I didn't know about this list. It's cool." "San Marcos is great, because unlike Austin it's less busy. There's a different vibe here." (Or something like that)
SB: TMM Co Owner "We chose to open our venue right here, because it's the heart of the city and it was the right place to put my money."
For Bobcat Update, I'm Hady Mawajdeh

Taylor Henderson

Texas State is notorious for throwing some of the hottest pool parties, but this one is unlike any other. Taylor Henderson has more in this Bobcat Update.

Some Texas State students decided to bring the nationally recognized organization, Cans for a Cure, to San Marcos. The organization seeks to further the fight for cancer awareness by raising money through collecting aluminum cans. Students held their first pool party at the University Heights 2 apartment complex Saturday to collect all of the cans that Texas state students used while enjoying some fun in the sun. Assistant Director Ashley Falkon says that losing loved ones to cancer motivated her to get involved.
Executive Director James Kemp is excited about the turnout at the pool party this past weekend.
If you're interested in helping out with the new San Marcos Cans for a Cure chapter, you can check out the group's Facebook page for more information.


Jessica MacCall

Texas State recently captured a bit of national attention. Jessica MacCall has the story in this Bobcat Update.

In a recent look by Best College Reviews.org Texas State claimed a home among the ranks as one of the 25 Most Amazing Campus Recreation Centers.
With all of the basic rec center amenities, like basketball courts and a gleaming weight room, it was components like the indoor pool, rock climbing center and boxing studio that helped place Texas State as number 13 on the list. The center's reputation has proven to play a role in attracting students to the university.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Jessica MacCall.

Chelsea Kelley

All Spring 2013 tuition and fees are due in full tomorrow. Students who are on a payment schedule should submit their last installment to the Texas State business services by five o’clock. Late payments will result in a 25- dollar late fee. Emergency tuition and short-term loan payments are also due at the same time. Students can make their payments online by credit card or on campus at Business Services in room 188 of the J-C Kellum building

Alex Navarro

Beginning fall 2014, incoming freshman will no longer have to enroll in physical fitness and wellness classes. Alex Navarro has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Texas State's General Education Council, along with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, is responsible for setting core curriculum standards.  The council last year approved a curriculum change that will remove P-F-W classes as a requirement. Department of Health and Human Performance Chair, Duane Knudson, was part of the committee and voted against the removal of P-F-W classes.
Knudson says removing the physical education component from the curriculum would negatively affect college students and even shorten the lives of those who have never adopted a healthy lifestyle.
While P-F-W will no longer be a requirement, Knudson says there is still something very interesting that happens.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Navarro.


Greg Burnam

History buffs can find a wealth of information at the Texas State Archives in Austin. Greg Burnam tells us about what can be found, in this Bobcat Update. 

Just steps away from the State Capitol lies a treasure trove of artifacts. The Texas State Library and Archives holds some of the most valuable pieces of Texas history, including documents, flags and drawings.
Some of them date back to before the Texas revolution. A letter written by William Travis is probably the most famous document in the collection. Another important artifact is a flag that belonged to Mexico and was captured during the Texas revolution.   
The archives' responsibility for these items includes protecting and preserving them for future generations. When necessary, documents are repaired using state-of-the-art technology. Head Conservator Sarah Norris says she's now working on the Confederate muster rolls containing information about the Texas soldiers who served in the Confederate Army.
If you're interested in finding out more information about the history of Texas, you can visit the Archives in Austin or visit the organization's website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Greg Burnam.


Alexa Perez

Charges against a former Texas State student who was accused of making a bomb-threat to the university have been dropped. Prosecutors say Brittany Henderson's case has been dismissed due to insufficient evidence against her. However, her former boyfriend, Dereon Kelly, is still under investigation for the terroristic threats he allegedly made using Henderson's e-mail. Kelly's case may go before the Brazos County Grand Jury this month. Henderson and Kelly were accused last October of e-mailing a bomb threat to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

India Johnson

It's almost unanimous! The students we talked to about the N-C-double A Final Four say Louisville is the odds-on favorite. And it's a group who should know--Texas State's very own--Men's Basketball Team.

Morgan Wilson

Texas State is home to more than a few talented musicians, and there's one student in particular who's really making a name for himself. Morgan Wilson has more in this Bobcat Update.

Managing school, work, and extra-curricular would be enough for most students, but try adding rapper, musician, creative visionary, and record label owner to the mix as well. Charles Inim -- also known on stage as Charlie CB -- is a transfer student who is following his passion for music.
Charlie is his own manager, and he's working hard to gain more fans.
CB can't really put a label on his music.
From his South by Southwest performance this year to his Battle of the Bands performance in George's, CB artistry hasn't gone unnoticed. The life of an artist can be stressful but he continues to stay motivated from advice he was given.
You can find Charlie CB's music on his website or on itunes. For Bobcat Update, I'm Morgan Wilson.

Haley Parmer

Texas State University's School of Music is putting on a huge production this weekend. Haley Parmer has more in this Bobcat Update.

Don Giovanni is a two-act opera based in the 1940s and features music by Mozart. It tells the legend of Don Juan, a man who always gets his way. Some consider it the greatest opera of all time. Dr. Sam Mungo says the dedication and hard work from his students have paid off.
A blend of humor and drama, the show is filled with serious and comic action. Carlos Saenz, who plays Don Juan himself, says he took drastic measures to get into character.
The cast hopes the audiences enjoy the show and create their own meaning of the story.
(Stand Up) Don Giovanni is showing Friday through Sunday at Evans Auditorium. Tickets are 12 dollars for adults and six dollars for students. Come out and support the Texas State Opera Theatre. For Bobcat Update, I'm Haley Parmer.

Scott Panther

When Texas State students walk through the quad, they see and smell a variety of foods being cooked and consumed, but is the food safe to eat?. Scott Panther has more in this Bobcat Update.

In the quad when students see someone from a student organization making burgers or hot dogs, they can be assured that certain minimum standards are being met, to make sure no one gets hurt.
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In order to sell food they need to get approval from the Campus Activities and Student Organizations.They make sure there is space and time available and that their food stays sanitary. They also have to pay a small fee. For Bobcat Update, I'm Scott Panther.


Kristina Coble

Spring allergies are taking a toll in Central Texas. Although some welcome the warmer weather, others dread what comes with it. Weeds and grass are more abundant. And many plants are pollinating. Allergy sufferers at Texas State are feeling the effects. They are sneezing and coughing with greater frequency.The Student Health Center offers a variety of services including information on how to control allergies. Appointments can be set up for students who need to see a doctor and perhaps obtain a prescription. 

Halie Davis

A San Marcos hair salon is changing its name to become more closely associated with Texas State. Owner Liz Miller says after 15 years of being known as Hair Express, her business will now be known as University Barber and Beauty. The name change stems from the location on University Drive in the Nelson Center. Miller says she wouldn't have chosen the location if it weren't for the campus. Miller is revamping the studio with the help of some students. A mural is being painted to focus on the culture of San Marcos. Miller says she plans to sponsor campus organizations and events. 

Marissa Lewis

San Marcos police are searching for the driver of a light colored Toyota Tundra pickup that hit and severely injured a pedestrian this past Sunday. The San Marcos Mercury reports that the car hit a 23-year-old man around 3 o'clock Sunday morning. Officers found him lying unconscious in the 100 block of West Hopkins near the square. He was transported to University Medical Center at Brackenridge in Austin. Witnesses say he was crossing West Hopkins against the light when he was hit. Evidence left at the scene indicates that the suspect vehicle was damaged on the passenger side fender and is missing the passenger side mirror.