People who live in Texas are no strangers to heat. There's just no avoiding it. With temperatures reaching triple digits during the day, many students cannot resist a cool dip in the San Marcos River at Sewell Park.
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While some students enjoy soaking up the rays, there are others who find it difficult to adjust to the high temperatures.
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Whether you embrace the heat or try to stay in the shade, water is the key to surviving those long walks across campus.
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Many organizations on campus give free water bottles to help students stay hydrated. For Bobcat Update, I'm Rachel High.
Enrollment is at an all-time high at the university, which means more students are searching in vain for places to park. It's a difficult task.
Finding parking spots is hard enough, but it also costs more. Some students say parking on campus is a discouraging ordeal.
Students are finding other ways to get to campus to avoid the hassle of parking, but it's a big inconvenience:
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You don't have to walk far on campus to find buildings under construction. New ones are going up while others are being renovated. Old Main and the Psychology buildings are being upgraded. And, on University Drive, there's a new building under construction. Crews are putting the finishing touches on a Performing Arts Center. The construction may cause delays for some students, but a lot of them take it stride. Texas State student Zac Covey says the construction may be annoying sometimes, but getting to campus from his apartment is usually pretty easy.
Senior Mass Communications major Lindsey Broyles says she's most affected by the construction at Old Main and is looking forward to when the job is finished.
The construction projects are part of the university's master plan, which was adopted seven years ago. University officials say it will probably take another two years to complete.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Dan Shedd.
Students are returning to school this week, and some of them have reason to be frustrated because they can't find parking spaces. For example, the lot off Sessom across the street from the tennis complex is usually full. Commuters often resort to stalking for a spot and will sometimes wait for up to 30 minutes to get one. As the clock ticks, anxiety mounts out of fear of being late to class.
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Some students have solved the problem by arriving on campus early. Others know they can find parking, but they have to be willing to walk.
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In the meantime, some students are resorting to parking illegally as a last ditch effort to make it to class on time. They know if they're caught they'll likely receive a fine.
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The fall semester has begun, and students are making their way around construction areas in order to attend class. Old Main is getting a facelift, which means Mass Communication students have to deal with noise for much of the day.
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Some students say the construction affects their commute and other daily activities.
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According to university officials, Old Main's renovations should be completed before homecoming. Many new buildings are going up on campus as well. Construction activity can be seen at about 22 different locations on campus. For Bobcat Update, I'm Danielle Rucker.
Texas State's Campus Master Plan, which began in 2006, is being implemented. New buildings are going up, and some old ones are being renovated. For example, Old Main is getting a new roof while classes are being conducted. Mass Communication student Cassidy Sheek says the noise caused by the construction can be distracting:
The president of Hip-Hop Congress, Tamara Johnson, says the construction brings a lot of benefits once the projects are completed. She says she loves the amenities at the new Undergraduate Academic Center:
According to a recent report, the repairs of Old Main are about 38 percent complete. As far as the rest of the campus, you can expect most of the construction to be wrapped up within two years. For Bobcat Update, I'm Glen Purvis.
The largest freshman class that Texas State has ever seen recently arrived, and one of the first lessons many of them are learning is how to adapt to the high temperatures.
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Tank tops and shorts may be the most comfortable option for getting around campus, but some students have found other creative solutions.
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Along with comfortable clothing, staying hydrated is key to beating the heat. A reusable water bottle is a must for anyone spending the day on campus.
A lot of students will agree that the best way to cool off after a long day of classes is heading to Sewell Park for some relaxation.
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Coping with the high temperatures can be difficult, but for students it's one step first step toward having a successful semester. For Bobcat Update, I'm Scott Miller.