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.