Texas State University's football team is now bowl eligible. The Bobcats defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves Thursday night 45-to-27. This was the last home game of the season, leaving several seniors with a bittersweet feeling.
It may have been a rainy day, but that didn't stop Bobcat fans from their usual festivities, such as tailgating. Dedicated fans came out and shouted their battle cries, and the Strutters performed at halftime. Even though it was a wet Thursday night, no one's spirit was dampened. Texas State alumnus Chandler Bowman never misses a home game. He says his family has always been involved in Bobcat athletics.
The Bobcats will be playing the Georgia State Panthers next Saturday in Atlanta starting at one p-m. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jacqueline Davis
Texas State University's football team is now bowl eligible. The Bobcats defeated the Arkansas State Red Wolves Thursday night 45-to-27. This was the last home game of the season, leaving several seniors with a bittersweet feeling.
Stand up: " The Purgatory Creek Natural Area here in San Marcos is getting another 89 acres to increase public access to nature."
Currently, the main public access point to the natural area is at the busy intersection of Wonder World Road and Hunter Road. The latest park additions will provide more space for recreation, a network of trails and, potentially, a nature education center. San Marcos resident Ralph Voss welcomes the news.
The property will protect water resources within the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and its surrounding habitat - habitat that supports endangered birds such as golden-cheeked warblers. Also adding to the park protects the land and helps ensure a healthy, livable community for generations to come.
The land was secured last week by the City of San Marcos in partnership with The Trust for Public Land. Funding for the one-point-three (m) million dollar purchase comes from a combination of Hays County and City of San Marcos funds, and donations from Taylor Morrison and McKee Foods.
Stand up: "After the expansion is complete, it'll bring the Purgatory Creek Natural Area up to 752-acres. For Bobcat Update, I'm Archer Booker."
Railroad traffic still gets in the way on the road, even though an overpass was promised years ago. It just hasn't happened so far. The project was supposed to start early in 2015 to improve the traffic flow. Tex-Dot's Associate Vice-President for Facilities Juan Guerra says the project has been delayed because it's taking longer than expected to acquire land for the right of way.
SB: (9)"TxDOT has to negotiate with several of the private property holders and some of the commercial property holders along Loop 82 that are gonna be impacted."
TxDOT has yet to reach an agreement with several property owners.
The project has been in the works for 12 years. The city wants another railroad overpass in town to make it easier to reach the interstate. The city has one such overpass -- located on the south side on Wonder World Drive.
When construction on Loop 82 begins, traffic will have to be rerouted occasionally.
SB: (10)"TxDOT has committed to keeping two lanes of traffic open in each direction throughout construction, but there's gonna be times during construction where we'll be down to at least one lane in each direction"
Drivers will be encouraged to take alternate routes to avoid the expected congestion. It will probably take a great deal of patience for a while.
Stand up: "The project is scheduled to be under construction for about 24 months and although delayed, it's still on track with a late 2017 completion date. For Bobcat Update, I'm Stephanie Diaz."
Stand Up: "It wouldn't be theater without Shakespeare. And with the upcoming holidays, Theater Department decided to delight the audience with one of the Bard's most popular comedies – A Midsummer Night's Dream." SB: "It's a beautiful play, it's a romantic play, it's a funny funny funny play, lots of clowning and farce in it as well and lots of intrigue." (Play Director Chuck Ney, 11 sec.)
The lighthearted play is more than 400 years old. And the production crew wanted to stay true to the classic text. But some modern elements were added to the production.
SB: "All the way throughout we have this constant communication or comments between a 400-hundred-year-old script and today." (Ney, 9 sec.)
The production is also the largest costume show of the semester. And it has a cast of 26 people. The actors had some challenges. They had to go through difficult articulation exercises to convey Shakespeare's language. And they even had to learn some flying tricks to show the magic elements of the play.
SB: "We are taking all those elements and those themes that are within the text and then bringing them to life on the stage so it's a phenomenal visual piece." (Actor Kailyr Frazier, 9 sec.)
The play will run through Sunday at the Harris Theater. Ney says this play has a specific effect on viewers.
SB: "I think it will tickle them, I think it will transport them places too. Romance is at the heart of it and I think that's really good for people right now in our world." (Ney, 17 sec.)
Cast member Brianna Ripkowski says seeing the play also helps people grow culturally.
SB: "When you revisit the classics that in itself brings back a freshness of the past of our ancestors. It's a good way to freshen up our contemporary style." (Actress Brianna Ripkowski, 12 sec.)
Stand Up: "Shakespeare once said all the world is a stage. And I can't wait to see his world on this stage. For Bobcat Update, I'm Veronika Kondratieva."
Standup: "It's a calm day out here at the San Marcos outlets, but in a little over a week from now, it's going to be a completely different story."
Black Friday is quickly approaching. With over 245 stores, the San Marcos outlets are going to see tens of thousands of shoppers coming to this tourist destination, in hopes of finding early holiday bargains. Tanger Outlet General Manager John Lairsen says the outlets have to prepare months ahead to handle the huge number of shoppers. He says the number one concern with the large crowds is keeping traffic and safety under control.
SB: "We have San Marcos police department, fire department, and EMS actually set up a command post here at the outlet center. If anything were to happen their vehicles are here and they can take care of whatever emergency arises quickly." (Lairsen, 15 sec).
Tanger management also works closely with all of the tenants for Black Friday preparations.
SB: "We just had our merchant meeting and we go over all of the different rules and helpful things to make sure that everything flows smoothly." (Lairsen)
Angel Santillan has been the store manager at Journeys for four years and knows what to expect for Black Friday shopping.
SB: "It's very hectic. A lot of customers, a lot of kids, a lot of running around and a lot of redbull (laughs)" (Santillan)
According to Santillan, Journey's has six to eight employees on average, but the holiday rush calls for a major increase in workers.
SB: "During Christmas and back to school and all those rush periods I have up to 30 people."(Santillan)
Of course, Texas State students make up a large portion of the outlet's workforce, especially during the holiday season.
SB: "We're very fortunate that we have a job pool and employee pool to pull from like the university." (Lairsen)
Tag out standup: If you're planning on coming to do Black Friday shopping, the outlets will be opening at six p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. For Bobcat Update, I'm Presley Fowler."
Thanksgiving is a classic American holiday. For most students, it means no work, going home, eating a ton of food, watching TV and playing games with their families. Some students don't have that luxury, though. Students who work at the outlets may be required to work during the Thanksgiving break, especially on Black Friday.
Some will make time to watch the game, despite their work schedules.
Thanksgiving away from home is a new experience for many students.
Most international students will also not be returning home for Thanksgiving, but the Texas State International Office is hosting a dinner the day after Thanksgiving. The dinner is open to all students, faculty and staff. Most of the attendees are international, but about 40 American-born students attended last year.
We all want to be home for Thanksgiving, and thanks to the International office, students can find a home away from home at the Thanksgiving lunch. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jaclyn Coles.
November is a month of rejoice for many students. The air is cooler, and the semester is winding down as the holiday break nears. However, for graduating seniors, it means polishing up resumes and trying to organize for the next big step -- Life after Texas State.
Although students typically begin the job hunt during their last semester, some choose to continue their education in graduate school.
Even then, every student will have to go through the dreaded job search eventually. Luckily, you don't have to do it alone. Texas State's Career Services offers a variety of ways to help Bobcats land on their feet.
If you're feeling unprepared as graduation approaches, don't worry. There's always someone out there with advice on what to do as post grad life becomes a reality.
SB/Stand Up - "Thank You."
Located on Stagecoach Trail, the museum showcases vehicles and collectibles of historic value from the 1900's through the 1950's -- considered by many as the golden years of the American automotive industry. Dick's Classic Car Garage take guests from the Great Depression through World War II and up to the Rock and Roll era.
Museum Curator Thomas Fortney says the museum is in a great location.
SB: " Donations…."—10 secs
Founded in 1980, Dick's Classic Car Garage is a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide an educational and entertaining experience on the evolution of the automobile and its impact on society.
Event Coordinator Kathleen Cheatham says the best part about working at the museum is being able to experience the public's feedback.
SB: "People talking.." 15 secs
Cheatham say the museum hosts several events every year such as Cruise Ins and Car shows that allow the community to showcase their own vehicles. More information on hours of operation and other resources can be found on the Dick's Classic Garage website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tiana Lee
A college student's main focus is to graduate. But reaching that goal often comes at a steep price. After graduation, there's debt to pay.
(SB: Director talks about the percentage of students who take loans)
Entrepreneur Mark Cuban says tackling the nation's one-trillion dollar student debt crisis is needed to help improve the economy. Students may have more debt than they can pay.
(SB: Student talking about debt)
Secretary of the Treasury Department, Sarah Bloom Raskin, says the student loan crisis has parallels to the housing bubble that occurred six years ago. With 100 billion dollars of student loans in default, she fears that an emergence of a student loan debt relief industry. Students at Texas State also have their worries.
(SB:Student talking about debt)
But to many students, college just wouldn't be possible without getting loans.
(SB: Director talking about student loans)
The Texas State Radiation Therapy Program has been leading an effort to sign students for a national database of potential bone marrow donors. Chair of the Radiation Therapy Program, Dr. Ronnie Lozano, is one of two professors awarded the 2014 Be The Match Volunteerism Award. He says the award serves as great exposure for the program.
The program has prompted more than eleven-thousand students to be included in the national database of potential donors. Graduate students have participated, and helped with research as well.
Zach Moore, Community Engagement representative for Be The Match, says it's important to share patients' stories and educate the community. Since 2008, the Texas State Radiation Program has built strong relationships and continues to maintain those connections between patients and donors. Samuel Hillhouse, Special Events Coordinator for Be The Match, says encouraging others to donate and providing knowledge on bone marrow transplants are embedded in the program's mission of service.
To learn more information about bone marrow transplants or if you want to donate, go to w-w-w-dot-be-the-match-dot-org. For Bobcat Update, I'm Marisa Ross.
As winter approaches, people are trying to stay warm. For men, growing facial hair is one way. But for some, putting aside the razor contributes to a more important cause.
Many men on campus, including 76 members of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, are raising cancer awareness by growing their mustaches and beards during the month of November. This annual event is known nationally as Movember and No Shave November.
For the Sigma Chis, the awareness campaign has greater meaning, because cancer struck one of its own. Last year Colte Parker, a Sigma Chi alum of Texas State, was diagnosed with Stage one testicular cancer. Sigma Chi has participated in several events to raise funds for Parker's Check Your Boys foundation, which encourages cancer screening for young men.
The Student Health Center says testicular cancer is most common in males 15 through 35 years old. Males are encourage to do self examinations by feeling for lumps or even a change in size or shape.
It's not too late to get involved with cancer awareness. You can show your support by participating in No Shave November or by donating to a charity of your choice. For Bobcat Update, I'm Carlos Hernandez.
With the sound of polka music and the smell of sausage in the air, Wurstfest is the place to be if you're German or just love German culture.
Wurstfest started in 1961 as a small town festival honoring sausage, and now it's known worldwide. It celebrates craft beer, German cuisine and family fun.
More than 40 bands provide entertainment throughout the ten-day festival. The festival runs until November 16th, so you only have through this weekend to be a part of it all.
For today's generation, phones are a part of the daily routine. Most people don't go anywhere without one. Heard this lately?
(SB: I love my phone)
These devices -- especially smart phones -- grant access to about almost anything. Information is at your fingertips.
What would happen if your phone were stolen, misplaced, or even lost for good? Students say they could maybe last up to a day without it. A week would be out of the question.
Phone companies provide locator apps such as Android Lost for Android users and Find my I-Phone for Apple users. Although these apps may not be 100 percent accurate, they can sometimes prove useful in finding that one essential item.
[We should record Siri saying something.]
For Bobcat update I'm Daniel Hernandez
Arbor Day is observed nationally to call attention to trees and other plant life in hopes that Americans will help nurture and preserve them for future generations. The Arbor Day Festival is designed to educate the public on the proper maintenance of trees. But this year Arbor Day was handled differently on campus. Due to the drought, no trees were planted at the festival. Campus Recreation Director Glen Hanley says mulching seemed more appropriate.
The Arbor Day event brings awareness to the environment. Bobcat Blend Representative, Kristen Rathbone, says people can always do their part to help preserve the environment.
The Arbor Day program involved several organizations, including the City of San Marcos-Habitat Conservation, Texas State Storm Water Protection, Bobcat Blend and Texas State-Recycling Services. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kelsey Johnson.
With student enrollment at the highest it has ever been, the cost of student services is on the rise. Both graduate and undergraduate programs will experience a tuition increase soon. The Vice President of Finance and Support Services, Bill Nance, says many factors are considered when fees are increased.
(Quote from Nance on "12-15 fees...library and computer fees")
The fees will go up about 12-dollars per credit hour. The library, computer and student services fees will be affected the most.
(Quote from Nance on "based on need")
Students can expect to see these changes reflected in their tuition bills in the fall of 2015. For Bobcat Update, I'm Evan Hancock.
Texas State's graduation is fast approaching, so you had better get ready. Here's what you need to do to prepare.
If you have applied to graduate and want to walk in the commencement, you will need to buy a cap and gown. You can find them at the L-B-J Student Center in the book store for about 30 dollars. Other optional purchases include invitations to send to your friends and family, class rings and diploma frames.
Academic Advising Supervisor Amy Beck says once you have your cap and gown, the only thing left to do is finish your remaining classes and look forward to the ceremony.
SB:"It's so exciting, it's one of the happiest occasions that there is."
Over three-thousand students are graduating this December, so plan to arrive early. On the day of the ceremony, you will first check in at Jowers Gym 101 and 102. Your advisors will be there to hand you a card with your name on it. This will help you find your place in line and provides information for the photographer. Once you are in line, you are ready to walk the stage.
Graduating senior Robert Nunez and many other soon-to-be graduates probably share similar feelings of anticipation:
SB:"I'm kind of excited with it being a month away. It's kind of hitting me that I'm graduating. So it's exciting."
[Is this a stand up?] The ceremonies begin here in the Strahan Coliseum on December 13th. For more information on how you can prepare, contact Academic Services. Congratulations to the upcoming graduates, and for Bobcat Update, I'm John Wilkinson.
The statues, at various locations on campus, commemorate historical figures and events while providing an aesthetic quality to campus. The Bobcat Statue located on the Quad is the first statue many visitors notice. It was commissioned in 2007 by the Associated Student Government and designed by artist Matthew Gray Palmer.
The Fighting Stallions statue located on the west end of the Quad stands 17-feet-tall and marks the designated free speech zone on campus. It was donated to the university in 1951 by sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington.
The L-B-J Statue in front of Flowers Hall memorializes former U-S President and Texas State graduate Lyndon Baines Johnson. Texas State is the only university in Texas to graduate a former President. The Vaquero statue in front of Old Main is the newest statue on campus. Donations from the Wittliff family in 2013 funded its construction.
Texas State University has a beautiful campus, and its statues add to that quality. They are monuments fitting for an institute of higher learning. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jeremy Goble.
The San Marcos C-I-S-D has six elementary schools, two middle schools and a newly renovated high school. During the school year, thousands of students are transported to and from school every day. The school system's Director of Transportation, Carter Hutson, says the school district spends 16-thousand-dollars each week on fuel costs to transport the students.
A partnership involving groups from San Marcos, Austin and San Antonio wants to encourage the adoption of electric and compressed natural gas vehicles in Central Texas in hopes of improving the region's air quality. Although Hutson says the school district has decided NOT to accept a grant offered by the state, it plans to move forward.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Emerald Salinas.
Finals week is about a month away, and many students are trying to meet deadlines before the holiday season. School work, for many, is a big concern and sacrifices have to be made.
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SB - Hartman - ...going out.)
Students have different ways of keeping track of important dates. Both technology and old-fashioned methods are practiced on campus.
SB - Olivas - ... that I'll look.)
SB - Beeman - ...alarms basically.)
Sociology major Julia Hartman explains what she believes is most important in the college experience.
SB - Hartman - …to be here.)
Hartman says she'd like to pass on some of her time management skills to fellow students.
SB - Hartman - …in ten years.)
For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Cook.
At Texas State, Hispanics now make up 32 percent of the student population, and, according to Best-Colleges-dot-com, the university ranks 17th in academics among the 50 universities the website profiled. Sophomore Electronic Media Major Bethany Perales says the ranking has had a great impact on the university and on her education.
Hispanic students are the fastest growing segment in Texas and increasing their enrollment is part of a statewide effort to maintain diversity. Michael Heintze, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Marketing, says the university has made a concerted effort to reflect the changing demographics of Texas through its diverse enrollment.
Many students are noticing the increase in diversity on campus. Junior Health Administration Major Isaac Rostro says the university reflects many cultures.
Texas State has several degree programs and scholarships aimed at Hispanic students. For Bobcat Update, I'm Emily Burns.
Stand Up: "After a closure of almost two years, Spring Lake is open again for the new volunteer diver education course."
The lake was closed for restoration. And, for safety reasons, divers were not allowed to go in. Now, the Spring Lake Dive Authorization Course lets them get their feet wet again.
The goal of the course is to study the spring flows, vegetation growth, and fish and species counts.
The Meadows Center is hoping volunteer divers will help collect data and contribute to preserving the lake.
SB: "It really is an incredible way for us to engage the public and get people here not only from our own university community but from community in large to come here and help us maintain the lake." (14 sec)
The Spring Lake Management Plan has scientific components that are specific to Spring Lake and includes new requirements.
SB: "Students do all the academic material at home prior to coming in and then we spend one day with them here at Spring Lake reviewing the assessment quizzes that they take, going over safety procedures." (12 sec)
(his voice over b-roll) And then we do a tour of the springs to orient the divers to just where they are in the water.
Any diver with an open water certification and a minimum of 20 logged dives can take the Dive Authorization Course. About 60 people have already enrolled in the course. Divers who pass will become members of the Meadows Center Aqua Corps. Meacham says it's important to keep Spring Lake's eco-system healthy.
SB: "Those of us that work here absolutely feel so incredibly fortunate to call this our office." (8 sec)
Stand Up: "In this great environment, I can't resist and just have to dive in."
For Bobcat Update, I'm Veronika Kondratieva.
The theme is The Day of the Dead. The event was a 5-K run to benefit the Johnnie T. Morales Memorial Scholarship. The funds raised at the event will be awarded to high school graduates next spring to help them fulfill their dreams and study for their future careers.
The Day of the Dead theme offers runners the option of getting into the spirit of the occasion with face painting, a live D-J, door prizes and chances to win unique trophies. Catrina came prepared for the event.
The Day of the Dead 5-K took place at River Ridge Park this past Saturday to support a scholarship created by Johnnie and Celia Rosales, the parents of Johnnie T. Morales, who passed away in 2008. Celia Rosales says she is fortunate to have been able -- in her son's honor -- to help students.
The Center of Hispanic Culture in San Marcos helps organize the 5-K Run. Scholarships will be awarded at commencement next spring. Any San Marcos High School student may apply. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jazmine Myles
Students and professors need each other for there to be success. Students want passing grades and a learning experience. Professors want favorable reviews and full classrooms with students who are engaged in the topic. Communication is the key...and preparation.
One freshman was struggling with a class so she attended a workshop held by Student Support Services to help manage her grades.
While some students are concentrating on what they can do to better themselves, others are focusing on what the professors can do to help them.
However, professors urge students to take take their studies seriously.
Communication allows professors to teach and students to learn effectively. Professors and students alike hope that the knowledge gained leads to fulfilling careers and successful lives. For Bobcat Update, I'm Katherine Nelson
It's that time of year again. The community has begun preparing to feed the less fortunate during the holidays. Different organizations are relying heavily on Texas State students to provide food and service.
The South Side Community Center is getting ready to host its annual Thanksgiving feast for the San Marcos community and surrounding areas. The center hopes to have enough help and food to serve about 25-hundred people.
(SB) Mary Peterson Programming Director stating how they need to fill up the entire gymnasium with food.
Executive Director Ruben Garza says contributions from Texas State students are essential.
(SB) Ruben listing the help from the different organizations in the past
The South Side Community Center is not alone in preparing for the Holidays. The Hays County Food Bank is also accepting money donations and stacking its shelves for Thanksgiving. Event coordinator Mallory Raschke says the Food Bank is preparing to stuff turkey and fill up boxes. The organization hopes to receive many more donations before the Holidays. Volunteers are still needed. If you would like to be of service, contact the South Side Community Center or the Hays County Food Bank. For Bobcat Update I'm Kinaya Ware
The Stellar Cafe is located on North L-B-J across from Paper Bear. Now that a renovation project on that street is finished, the cafe is more accessible. Owner Michaela Kovaric has been in the bar and restaurant service since she was 17 years old. While studying abroad, she found her love for coffee.
SB- "In the photography program here at Texas State we studied in Italy over the summer and that really got me serious into coffee just as a coffee lover."
Three years later she and her fiance opened the Stellar Cafe. Kovaric wanted a place where students could actually study besides the library, while enjoying premium coffees and teas.
SB- "I really like the atmosphere in Italy, the European cafes are so much different so we decided to go in that direction with the atmosphere."
Erika Garcia is a regular who comes at least once a week and enjoys the old fashion vibe.
SB- What I like about this place is A. they are very creative with their names they have very.... old fashion names. They're also very creative with the style they make coffee."
They make sure they have consistent quality.
SB- " they're not your traditional just cappuccino or like expresso they are very detail with what they do and I like that."
SB- " We really try and pay attention to all the details. Where we get our beans, where they are roasted, making sure employees know how to brew each style of coffee."
Kovaric says the cafe tries to serve coffee in a more traditional way.
SB- " Our Vietnamese coffee we make sure its like spot on, cafe con leche is very sweet milky and people say wow thats how I would get it if I were in mexico or cuba."
Stellar Cafe isn't your average coffee shop. Kovaric says the cafe's seasonal drinks are always a hit.
SB- ".................kinda like making a pumpkin pie without syrups, its the real deal."
With about 20 loose leaf teas, espresso, frappuccinos and premium coffees, Stellar Cafe involves the European style mixed with the 1920s era.
Standup/SB-" I'm on Stellar Cafe's new patio that they just opened up this year. Here at Stellar Cafe, it's not just coffee, it's stellar. For Bobcat Update I'm Brittany Lesoon
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Paws is now relying on fundraisers to help more dogs obtain vouchers for the program. Ducky would benefit. She's been at Paws for two years and needs training. Ducky gets very nervous around anything but humans. A trainer, like Rachel ______, can help.
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If you want to donate to the Paws Shelter and Humane Society to help out dogs like Ducky, go to paws-shelter-dot-org. For Bobcat Update, I'm Erin Cantu.
Triple Crown is an important music venue in town. Since 1997 it has featured live music every day.
Earlier this year, Carson Properties proposed to build a nine-story development over the bar's location, which would have forced the bar to relocate.
While there are many other bars in the downtown area of San Marcos, Triple Crown has customers who keep coming back. For some people, it's a home away from home
So, for now, Triple Crown will stay put on North Edward Gary Street. For Bobcat Update, I'm Carlos Hernandez.
On the fifth floor of Lampasas, you'll find two canvasses that were painted by students -- not art majors necessarily, but any student -- who happened to pass through the quad last week.
And add they did. Students, like Sean McClure, made a point to stop on their way through the Quad and add their own personal touch to the canvas.
The Campus Canvas is sponsored by the Gallery of Common Experience -- in partnership with the Honors Learning Community.
Standup: The Campus Canvas event is a fun way to express your artistic side alongside other students. For Bobcat Update, I'm Caitlin Greenlee.
For college students, Halloween offers an opportunity to unwind, to have some fun. And this year the holiday falls on a weekend, so, no doubt, there will be a monster bash or two in the coming days.
The holiday weekend will be a fun time for many students, but it shouldn't be a time to throw caution to the wind. Officials say avoid reckless behavior.
The local police departments will coordinate their efforts to make sure the partying doesn't get out of hand. They want everyone to make it home safely.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Garrett Coats.
The San Marcos Police Department has trained for such an event. Law enforcement officials say they have procedures in place to handle threatening situations. They don't want a Sandy Hook or a Columbine here. A recent incident at a San Marcos middle school only confirmed the need to be prepared.
SB - Bob Klett
San Marcos and Hays County are part of a Standard Response Protocol, which helps coordinate the way officials respond to emergencies. Teachers, parents and students are also involved. The goal is to minimize the harm caused by life-threatening situations.
SB - Bob Klett
The Standard Response Protocol provides a structure for emergency responders to be on the same page when dealing with emergencies. For Bobcat Update, I'm Taylor Chapman.
Lone Star Music has been around as a distributor since 1999 -- first, as an online store for fans of Texas home grown music, and NOW as a brick-and-mortar location in downtown San Marcos. It's called Superfly's Lone Star Music Emporium. You can find it on University Drive next to the Subway restaurant. Superfly's sells music and also invites musicians to drop by and meet their fans.
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The San Marcos store is actually Lone Star Music's second retail location. The first was opened in Gruene more than a decade ago. That store closed after Lone Star moved to San Marcos in 2012, but the company continues to maintain its original website and publishes a monthly magazine.
In 2003, Texas State University's Institute for The History of Texas recognized Lone Star Music for its support of Texas music.
Superfly's Emporium carries a wide range of artists, from The Allman Brothers and The Bee Gees to Portugal The Man and Tame Impala. Lance Garza, an employee at Superfly's, says the store's best sellers are vinyl recordings, but a lot of other merchandise is available.
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STANDUP: Well, with a variety of records, CDs, clothes and more, Superfly's has everything you need. And everything I need! I think I might get this one (holding vinyl)! For Bobcat Update, I'm Meg Sween.
The First United Methodist church has had an annual pumpkin patch in San Marcos for at least seven years. Volunteers from the church make the event possible using donations from a consignment company. This year, the pumpkin patch had a record-breaking three-thousand pumpkins available for sale. Pumpkin patch customer, Cordell Bunch, says he was pleased to join in the fall spirit and donate to a good cause.
The coordinator of the pumpkin patch, Emmy Laffere, says she is surprised by the community's generosity.
When the pumpkin patch ends, the church's main priority will be to make sure the leftover pumpkins are not wasted. If there aren't enough takers, the plan is to have a pumpkin-smashing contest.
Not only can you purchase pumpkins from the patch, but you can also take pictures for free. Pumpkins range in prices starting at one dollar and rise from there. Proceeds raised from the pumpkin patch are dedicated to the First United Methodist Church's youth ministry.
Roger Colombik has been a faculty member at Texas State University since 1988. His work has been displayed in Austin, Sarasota, Chicago and now Texas State. Colombik's recent collection is -- until November 14th -- in Gallery Three of the Mitte Art Building, which is located at Comanche Street and Sessom Drive.
Colombik's portraits fill the window display in the lobby of the Mitte Building. The display features people he met during a trip to Yangon, Burma. In his pamphlet, he transcribed the conversations he recorded with the locals.
The galleries are open every day 9 A-M to 10 P-M. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jaclyn Coles.
Words can do great things. They're a means of self-expression and can bring people together. That's one of the reasons for having a Festival de Poesía por la Paz, or the Poetry for Peace Festival. The day-long event, sponsored by Sigma Delta Pi and Texas State’s Modern Language Department, featured students and faculty members performing poetry, short stories and music in their native tongues.
The works could be original or adapted from other artists. The festival, now in its fifth year, had humble beginnings. It evolved from short poetry readings into a full day of performances.
This year’s theme was peace. Sigma Delta Pi president José Martinez-Ramirez says organizers are always looking for new ways to bring attention to the event.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Trevor Smith.
The San Marcos City Council passed a smoking ban last October, and it went into effect in June. Alyssa Guiliani, the General Manager of Bobcat Nation Bar and Grill, says the ban has actually help improve business.
The smoking ban applies not only to tobacco products but also e-cigarettes and vaporizers. Owner of the Black Rabbit Saloon, James Wilson, says the flow of customers remains about the same as before.
English Student Farron Johnson disagrees. Johnson says owners of bars and restaurants should NOT be told what to do -- after all, they own the property.
But advertising major Eric Arredondo says the smoking ban is great for the city.
Some property owners obtained permits to build outdoor smoking areas. If they post such a permit at their businesses, they have until January 1st before they have to go smoke-free indoors. If they DON'T have the permit and a customer is caught smoking indoors, then fines can be issued costing the owner at least 200-dollars. The fines go up for any subsequent offense. For Bobcat Update, I'm Maia Wintrob.
There are several ways to get to campus…
SB – Lopez – "the bus."
SB – Cox – "my bike."
SB – Moore – "my scooter."
…and each way can bring on a headache.
SB – Lopez "minute delay."
SB – Cox – "or construction."
SB – Garcia – "were closed."
Some Bobcats have suggestions for improving traffic flow.
SB – Lopez – "more busses."
SB – Richardson – "through neighborhoods."
SB – Garcia – "early usually."
SB – Cox – "route system."
There are no easy solutions, but patience and a good playlist to listen to can help make the commute more bearable. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Cook.
The San Marcos High School football team played its first game at the new stadium last Friday. The school's athletic director, Mark Soto says the stadium already feels like home.
Construction of the new stadium began in January. It includes a play area for kids and comfortable seats. Cindy Price, who is the parent of a San Marcos High School student, says the stadium is great for the community.
The Athletic Department also built a baseball field adjacent to the football stadium. Soto says it was time for the Rattlers to have facilities the team could call its own.
San Marcos High will also be adding an activity center and a soccer field. For Bobcat Update, I'm Marisa Ross.
Chartwells offers the meal trade program as a way for students to have access to food while on the go. Meal trades vary by food station and are not available at Starbucks, the U-A-C Café, or Paws N Go.
Some students' schedules make it hard for them to wait until after 1 p-m, so they're forced to either eat upstairs or at another dining location.
The dining halls are the only food venues open on the weekends; therefore, freshmen have limited options for where they can use their meal trades.
Freshmen are not the only ones affected. Upperclassmen also find problems with the timing for meal trades, since lines are longer after one o'clock.
Chartwells says it considered its peak business hours and space availability when it decided to start trades after one o'clock.
The university's housing policy requires anyone who lives on campus to purchase a meal plan. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lauren Levy.
High school students were given a warm Bobcat welcome this past weekend at Bobcat Day. The day began with informational sessions, which took place inside of the McCoy School of Business. Students were told about the university's many opportunities. University Ambassador Adam Zavala says he wishes he had participated in Bobcat Day when he was a high school student.
The day also consisted of an Academic Majors and Student Services Fair in the L-B-J Student Center ballroom. The athletic department and others were there to showcase a variety of organizations. University ambassadors also provided students and their families with campus tours. Some ambassadors said they are sad that their time at Texas State is almost over as they have cherished it so much.
Some of the students who attended Bobcat Day say that they are already sold on Texas State. It's their number-one choice.
Bobcat Day happens only four times a school year. The next one will be on November 15th. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jacqueline Davis.
Several San Marcos businesses and organizations hosted Foodstock this past Saturday on the courthouse lawn downtown. Foodstock is an event that happens three times a year. It includes music, art, food, games and helping neighbors in need.
First United Methodist church member Tony Sorenson says the community should always extend a helping hand:
SB--"This is the first--our first responsibility..that need help." (9 secs)
Though the event is free, it gives the Hays County Food Bank organization a chance to accept non-perishable food items and monetary donations that will go directly to those in the community who seek assistance. Hays County Food bank event coordinator Mallory Raschke says the event has grown and the community always shows up in full support.
SB-- "They all give back….is a need." (13 secs)
The event also included a Turkey Tackling Hunger pep rally. San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero and Hays County Judge Bert Cobb participated by challenging the community to reach a goal of providing Thanksgiving meals to the 34-hundred struggling families in Hays County who otherwise would go without.
Texas State Student Volunteer Cinzia Ballou says the event gave participants an opportunity to unite for a cause.
SB-- "It just kind of shows that….you know what I mean" (10 secs)
Foodstock creates a feeling of good will:
SB --"Grateful" --Sorenson
SB --"Gracious." --Ranschke
Ranschke says more than one-thousand pounds of food and about four-thousand dollars were donated during the Foodstock event. More information on how to donate or volunteer can be found on the Hays Foodbank website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tiana Lee.
Convenient. Cleaner. Cost-effective. Electronic cigarettes have gained in popularity over the years. They are also known as e-cigs or e-cigarettes, or maybe you've heard them called ENDS, which is short for electronic nicotine delivery system. In any case, they are battery-powered vaporizers, which simulate tobacco smoking by producing a nicotine high and a vapor that resembles smoke. E-Cigs are believed to be a healthier option.
After his mother died from lung cancer, Texas State Senior Derrick Brennan decided to switch from tobacco to e-cigs.
Brennan says e-cigs will do for the time being, but he'd like to quit smoking altogether. For Bobcat Update, I'm Vicky Serrano.
Every gamer knows the feeling of playing a video game endlessly, and needing some snacks along the way. Pete Thompson knows this more than anyone, so he decided to open a shop where gamers can dine and play.
SB - Thompson - "some food"
The Hungry Gamer may have started as a joke between friends, but since its opening on Valentine's Day, Thompson has been serving up an interesting assortment of food and entertainment.
SB - Owen - "Good food."
Thompson says he's been doing what he can to spread the word about the gaming eatery.
SB - Thompson - "as well."
Texas State students probably see the square as a place for weekend partying, but Thompson says he wanted to create a different kind of atmosphere.
SB - Thompson - "around here."
SB - Owen - "some games."
No matter what your game is -- from cards, to board games, to first-person shooters -- you'll likely find it at the Hungry Gamer.
SB - Owen - "can happen."
SB/Standup - McCall - "McCall. Rematch?"
The Commemorative Air Force exhibit is hosting the CAF (Is this pronounced as an acronym, or is each letter said distinctly: C-A-F?) Airpower History Tour, which gives the public an opportunity a look inside and even ride rare aircraft like FIFI.
The total cost to ride is ten-thousand dollars per flight, which includes fuel and maintenance.
This flying museum is a way for the public to learn something new about the World War II aircraft.
Volunteers enjoy giving tours to the public. (Let the CG identify him.)
The last day to take a tour is Wednesday Oct 15. Take off will be held Thursday Oct 16th around 10:30 in the morning.
Standup: The Commemorative Air Force Exhibit is open to anyone free of charge. You can come visit Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until four thirty. For Bobcat Update, I'm Katherine Nelson.
Flu season is here, and the Texas State Student Health Center is helping students get prepared. The Flu Shot Outreach, an annual event hosted by the Student Health Center, seeks to inform everyone that it's time to get a flu shot and take other precautions. Karen Gordon-Sosby, the Associate Director of the Student Health Center, says the event is an opportunity to share information.
Students, faculty, and staff can get their flu shots paid for with insurance, or if their insurance doesn't cover the shots, the cost is 20-dollars.Texas State student Summer Rodriguez says some students choose not to participate because of the cost.
Gordon-Sosby says she's pleased with the turnout this year. At least 360 students faculty, and staff received their flu shots at the Outreach. She says education is a key factor in boosting awareness:
The Flu Shot Outreach was held on Tuesday in the ballroom of the L-B-J Student Center. Students who missed the event can still get their shots by making an appointment at the Student Health Center. For Bobcat Update, I'm Marisa Ross.
Pet Prevent a Litter, also known as PALS, hosted its 12th annual Pet Fest at the San Marcos Plaza Pavilion Park on Saturday. San Marcos pet owners helped raise money for multiple causes.
The festival began at 10 am with a 5-K Run and Dog Jog, followed by musical performances, dancing contests, dog races, a K-9 demonstration and several costume contests. Some participants had been to Pet-Fests before, while others were first-timers.
Pet Fest is PAL'S largest event of the year. It's free, but organizers do ask for a donation of dry pet food. All proceeds raised at the event go to PALS' spay and neuter programs, the pet pantry and education.
Pet Fest is an event that pet lovers look forward to every year and for these furry friends, it's more than your average day at the park. For Bobcat Update, I'm Carlos Hernandez.
The Wittliff Collections host artist receptions, book signings, readings, and much more. You can meet the authors and photographers. The most recent event -- called East Texas in Story and Song -- featured Wes Ferguson, who wrote Running the River: Secrets of the Sabine.
Joe Lansdale, author of nearly 50 novels himself, attended the event. Lansdale is no stranger to the Wittliff. He has been donating his work to the collection since 1992.
Lansdale's latest book, The Thicket, is now available in the Wittliff Collections. At the reception last week, Lansdale's daughter, Kasey, performed a song from her new album, Restless, and also answered questions.
The Wittliff Collections are open Monday through Friday. For Bobcat Update I'm Lauren Levy.
Upon hearing that Ebola had been discovered in Dallas, many people were surprised. Texas State student Tyler Matt says he couldn't believe it.
Matt says he has friends who have family in Dallas.
Dr. Emilio Carranco, at the university's Student Health Center, says for Ebola to spread requires direct contact with a person who is infected.
But some students aren't worried at all about Ebola threatening them.
Some aren't aware that the virus spreads only through direct contact with the blood, secretions or bodily fluids of an infected person or contaminated objects such as needles.
Texas State is requesting that, if you fear that you've been infected, immediately see a physician for recommendations and monitoring. Thousands of people have died in West Africa as a result of the Ebola virus. For Bobcat Update, I'm Marquis DeBlaw.
For 55 years they've been known for their high kicks, precision dance, and excellence. The Strutters were founded in 1960 and grew to become the largest university dance team in the nation. To honor the inaugural team, Strutter director Tammy Fife decided to re-create the original 1960's Strutter uniform.
The team debuted the outfits during the halftime performance at the Homecoming game, and they will be worn at several events this year.
The team's founder, Barbara Tidwell, envisioned the original uniform to be red and white, so that the dancers would stand out on the football field.
The high kicks haven't changed but the uniforms sure have. In fact, there have been eight different uniforms since 1960. But in the early 1980s, the university wanted the Strutters to change to maroon and gold.
Stand up: "You can find one of the original Strutter uniforms along with 55 years of Strutter history and memorabilia right here in the Strutter gallery, connected to Bobcat Stadium. For Bobcat Update, I'm Presley Fowler.
You see them everywhere -- hopping curbs, riding on sidewalks and even riding the wrong way on one-way streets. It's obvious that many cyclists don't think the rules of the road apply to them. This kind of behavior has resulted in tougher law enforcement. The University and the San Marcos police departments are writing more tickets.
Even though all of the rules of the road apply to cyclists, some say the penalties are too harsh.
University Police Department says that the rules are there to keep all vehicular traffic safe. When accidents occur, cyclists are the ones who usually pay the price. They're more vulnerable to injury.
Several riders, including Alvin Benedict, feel the police should enforce the rules equally for all vehicles.
Stand up: No matter how you get yourself to campus, if you don't follow the rules on the road you will get a ticket. Remember safety first. For Bobcat Update I'm Reece Williamson.
The enrollment at Texas State now exceeds 36-thousand students with minorities making up 46 percent of that number. This is the 17th consecutive year that the university has had record enrollment. Much of the increase comes from freshmen entering college for the first time -- freshmen, like Alex Franklin:
The enrollment increase is apparent on campus. During peak hours at the L-B-J Student Center, there are long lines for dining and for coffee.
Higher enrollment also means crowded buses.
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Psychology Professor Shirley Ogletree recently asked the Faculty Senate to consider a resolution that might lead to changing the words of the decades-old song.
Ogletree says making the changes would be in keeping with this year's Common Experience theme.
For example, Ogletree and other faculty members would like the phrase "cheering the oppressed" changed to "freeing the oppressed" to show the university's resolve to fight oppression in all its forms.
Reaction to the proposal has been mixed -- many students simply don't know about it.
But freshman cheerleader Samantha Martinez knows the school song:
Students, alumni and faculty will have a chance to offer their opinions about the proposed change, as will the descendants of Jesse Sayer who wrote the song.
Stand up: “Texas state’s Alma Mater was written in the early 1900s. It is usually introduced to students during New Student Orientation, and it’s been a tradition to sing it at the end of an athletic event and at graduation. For Bobcat Update, I’m Stephanie Diaz.”
SB –Ogletree singing- (5): “O, Alma Mater, set upon the green hills..”
At the start of this semester, the university changed the hours of operation of the I-T-S computer lab located in Derrick Hall. Before the change, students could use the lab anytime for emergency printing needs or late-night study sessions. But now it's open only until midnight at the latest. Sophomore Bao Nguyen says the change has helped improve his study habits.
The reduction of lab hours also favors the staff, because now they no longer have to worry about trying to stay awake all night.
With the lab being closed overnight, students can still use the library for late night studying.
Standup: Looks like students are going to have to manage their time a little bit better if they want to get their work done on campus. For Bobcat Update, I'm Evan Hancock.
Dancing is an expression of the soul, some do it poorly, while others do it well. According to a list published by dance-colleges-dot-com, Texas State University’s dance program ranks 24th in the nation and fifth among colleges that solely offer undergraduate degrees. Division of Dance sophomore Julianne Way takes pride in the school’s high ranking.
The ranking is an important honor for the program, which has fairly humble beginnings.
Along with the four degrees offered, students can join five performance ensembles. One thing that Smith believes truly sets the Texas State University Division of Dance apart from other schools is its focus on the health and well-being of its students.
The department’s next performance is fast approaching.
The performance will take place 7:00 p-m November 14th and 15th at Jowers Dance Studio. Tickets will cost ten dollars and can be purchased online or at the door.
For Bobcat Update, I’m Trevor Smith
According to the faculty handbook, professors are required to report to their department chairs as soon as possible in the event they cannot make it to class. The university is required to record such absences and the reasons for them. These records are open to public inspection. Students have mixed views about last-minute cancellations.
The 15-minute rule is a wide-spread belief at Texas State.
Another student has a possible solution for handling last-minute cancellations.
Texas State has a text alert system, but it isn't used for class cancellations. Usually students are notified of cancellations when they get to the classroom and find a notice on the door. Also, some professors send notifications by e-mail, but that method often doesn't reach commuters in a timely fashion. Last-minute cancellations can be very frustrating. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jaclyn Coles.
An apartment locator, who asked to remain anonymous, says that complexes housing more than 200 students are debating whether to place a weight limit for dogs. If enforced, the limit would be 50 pounds, and pets exceeding the limit would not be allowed on the property.
Some places already require residents to disclose whether they have pets and how big they are.
According to a recent survey by the Campus Crest corporation, at least 65 percent of all dog owners on college properties have at least one dog that exceeds the 50-pound limit.
Some feel that this could have a negative affect on the campus community market,
Others feel that this could lead to losing a dear friend,
(Who says?-Attribution is needed.) The decision for the weight limit will be announced by December first. For Bobcat Update, I'm Keaton Hahn.
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Some students -- to pay the bills -- will even take on multiple jobs, which compounds their stress.
Blanca Sanchez-Navarro, Texas State Assistant Director of Educational Programming and Outreach, Supervising Counselor, has witnessed the effects that stress can have on students.
The Counseling Center offers assistance. There are many resources available for students.
Students are encouraged to seek counseling if they need help dealing with their stress. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Cook.
The University's Student Affairs Office wants to improve the way in which the fraternities and sororities recruit new members and the quality of service that the Greek community provides. Another issue that's being addressed is diversity.
(SB Dr. Joanne H. Smith)
Members of the Greek community fear that many students are joining for the wrong reasons.
Service is an important component of Greek life. For example, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority recently sold cookies in the Quad to raise awareness for Breast Cancer, and all proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Susan G. Komen foundation.
University officials have hired consultants to conduct a study and make recommendations on how to reshape Greek life at Texas State. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kinaya Ware.
Standup: Cormac McCarthy is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. McCarthy is best known for such work as The Road, No Country for Old Men and All the Pretty Horses. Texas State University has procured a vast collection of his work.
Now through December 19th the Wittliff Collections will be showing an exhibit titled Cormac McCarthy: Unveiling a Literary Legend.The importance of these artifacts has huge significance to the students at Texas State University.
Scholars come to Texas State from all over the world to get access to the McCarthy's work and research.
Even though the exhibit is ending in December, the artifacts will remain at Texas State University for anyone wanting access to them.
Standup: The Wittliff Collections have expansive literary and photographic archives of the Southwestern Writers Collection and Mexican Photography Collection. It is located on the 7th floor in the Alkek Library and available to anyone year round. For Bobcat Update, I'm Caitlin Greenlee.
If you walk along the square at night, you'll find that some of your favorite venues are serving up more than drinks as usual. For example, if you go up one floor at Harper's Public House, you'll find some people who are serving up laughs as well.
Nicholas Aluotto, the owner of the Back Alley Comedy Lounge, has been working in comedy for years. He decided to settle down in San Marcos and then realized the local comedy scene needed more.
SB - Aluotto - "the way"
That's when the Back Alley Comedy Lounge opened its doors. Now Aluotto has a place where he, and many other rising comedians, can strut their stuff.
SB - Aluotto - " just hilarious"
The Back Alley boasts an impressive roster of comedians working on their material. From the owner, to the bartender, to even the doorman. Everyone involved with Back Alley knows what it takes to make their jokes work.
SB - Watson - "long time"
Although the path to great comedy may not be easy, Aluotto cherishes the journey for the comics that enter his club.
SB - Aluotto - "comics grow."
SB/Stand-up - McCall - "Jason McCall"
Fire safety should be a top priority for everyone. It's easy to forget about potential dangers. The San Marcos Fire Department hosted its fourth annual Open House on Saturday at Fire Station Five to kick off Fire Prevention Month. The event included: safety house demonstrations, fire engine rides, a rescue helicopter landing as well as vehicle rescue demonstrations. San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stephens says firefighters play an important role in educating people on how to prevent fires.
October is designated Fire Prevention Month, which is a time for firefighters and marshals to visit schools, businesses, apartments and civic organizations to share fire prevention and safety information. The San Marcos Fire Department also offers services such as installing smoke detectors and performing courtesy safety checks. Assistant Fire Chief Rick Rowell says he would rather be out of job if it meant there were no fires.
SBFire officials say it's good practice to replace the batteries in all smoke detectors at the start and end of daylight savings time. A working smoke detector could save a life. For Bobcat Update, I'm Vicky Serrano.
Located on the fourth floor of Alkek Library, the Student Learning Assistance Center, better known as SLAC, is a varied academic support program. SLAC offers services such as tutoring, supplemental instruction, and online resources -- based on a person's academic needs.
SLAC Tutor Jordan Cole says the program has been successful. It even proved useful to him during his academic career. Cole says students have been making good use of the program.
Funded primarily through student service fees, SLAC's resources are offered at no additional cost to Texas State students.
Freshman Storm Renken recommends that all students take advantage of the program.
(Renken Soundbite) SLAC is open six days a week. No appointment is required for students who seek help. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tiana Lee.
The construction project is almost finished, and the downtown streets are noticeably improved.
The San Marcos Main Street Program is responsible for the preservation and economic revitalization of the historic downtown district. The program gives business owners an opportunity to apply for grants of up to two-thousand-dollars to revamp outdated signs and awnings.
Thairapy Owner Suzanne Riley is pleased with the city's transformation.
Vagabond owner David Marrs says it would be crazy for businesses not to take advantage of this grant.
Business owners who are interested in applying for one of the signage grants can visit the Main Street Program's office at 630 East Hopkins for more information. For Bobcat Update, I'm Claudia Torres.
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At the county clerk's office, people can purchase marriage license applications for 82 dollars and receive information on how to enroll in relationship workshops. Senior Katie St. Romain, who recently got engaged, says relationships take a lot of work.
(St. Romain…15 sec… takes work.)
There are many theories about why people are waiting to tie the knot. Married Graduate Student Daniel Montoya says finances have to be considered -- even when families are applying pressure to get married.
(Montoya…15 sec… childs bedroom.)
Professor Diann McCabe says many people feel it's important to be economically stable before getting married.
(McCabe…15 sec…a pattern.)
Freshman Lyndsay Long says she wants to learn more about herself before worrying about how to live with another.
(Long…15 sec…first myself.)
These people all have different theories about why statistically Americans are waiting on marriage, but they all seem to agree on one thing -- relationships take work. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Price.
Soon this room will be filled with voting booths where Texas State University students will be able to cast their ballots from the convenience of their own university.
According to the United States Census Bureau, adults aged 18 to 29 make up almost one-fourth of the voters, yet turnout rates are among the lowest in this age group.
Some Texas State students say having polls on campus is a convenience.
You can vote in many locations in Hays County starting on October 24th, but if you want to vote on the Texas State campus you can do so from October 27th through the 30th at 11 a-m to 7 p-m in the L-B-J ballroom.
The general election is Tuesday, November fourth. For more information on voting locations, visit the Hays County Government website. For Bobcat Update, I'm John Wilkinson.
David Gish was a part of the Texas State Athletic Training family for 25 years. Gish headed the athletic training department for 17 of those years beginning in 1998.
So, you can imagine that on Monday, September 22nd, when he lost his battle with cancer, it hit his colleagues hard. Those close to Gish are deeply saddened.
Jason Karlik has been with Texas State for 18 years and worked alongside Gish for his entire career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer. Karlik had a close relationship with Gish and says he'll miss his friendship more than anything.
The Athletic Department plans to pay tribute to Gish. In his honor, newly designed decals have been placed on the football team's helmets. A service for Gish will be held on Sunday, October 12th at 2:00 p.m. at the San Marcos Embassy Suites. According to the Texas State Athletic Department, a scholarship endowment has been created in Gish's name to support Athletic Training students. Donations can be mailed to the Texas State Athletic Department or dropped off at the Casey Athletics Administration building on campus. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jazmine Myles.
The Personalized Academic and Career Exploration Center – commonly known as PACE – helps students organize their college education. PACE is considering a proposal that would have incoming freshmen use a block schedule in hopes that it would prevent long gaps between classes. The long gaps may be causing some students to skip class.
PACE wants advisers to help new students structure their schedules to stay on track.
However, not everyone thinks a block schedule will keep students from playing hooky.
Still, the PACE Center thinks that students who have back-to-back classes will have a better chance of succeeding than those who have long breaks in-between.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Archer Booker.
Many people apparently are not aware that the classes are available.
-SB- Juan Munoz(senior)
Each class has about 20 people participating and lasts from 20 to 60 minutes.
-SB- Kristen Sacky(Grad Assistant)
The classes will vary in intensity.
-SB- Kelli Ermis (instructor)
A complete schedule of times and fitness classes are posted on the rec center's website.
-SB- Kristen Sacky
The classes offer a fun way to exercise, and they're free of charge.
-SB/Standup- Brittany Lesoon."
Texas State University is usually a safe campus, but officials know that that could change at any moment. They have to be prepared to deal with emergencies. To that end, an alert system is in place to notify students and faculty.
SB (JAYME BLASCHKE, DIRECTOR OF UNIVERSITY NEWS SERVICE)
The Clery Act requires schools using federal financial aid programs to keep track of on-campus crimes and to warn the community when necessary. The warnings arrive by text and e-mail.
SB (ALLISON COOK, SENIOR)
The University Police Department uses its RAVE system to send text alerts.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Jax Stafford.
(Stand-up) The city of San Marcos has plans to expand and develop the already existing 1,700 acres of parks in town. In an effort to provide better security and park maintenance, the development will span over the next ten years, until about 2020.
Several improvements have already been made. Walkways have been improved as have entries to the river. But some locals feel a few things have been omitted.
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The city's Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan has provisions for proper bathroom facilities, nature trails and better maintenance of the park facilities. However, some worry expanding the park system might not be what's best for the area.
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(Closing stand-up) Well, residents of San Marcos sure seem to enjoy the river and parks available. And today we did, too! For Bobcat Update, I'm Meg Sween.
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical, "Rent," will be performed at the university for the first time. And it will be the second musical production staged in the Patti Harrison Theatre inside the university's new Performing Arts building.
"Rent" is about young artists in New York City battling AIDS. The actors and production managers have been spending a lot of time in preparation. Assistant Production Manager Quinton Sanders says the musical may offer the unexpected for some people.
As the actors spend hours each day rehearsing lines, the technical crew, managers, directors, and assistant directors have been working hard as well. They have been perfecting the lighting, painting the props and platforms, and carefully selecting the right costumes. Lighting Director Sarah Maines says the new theatre offers several advantages.
The musical will be performed from Tuesday, October seventh, through Saturday, October eleventh, at 7:30 P-M, and on Sunday October 12th at 2:00 and 7:30 P-M. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, located inside the Theatre Building. General admission is 18-dollars while student admission will go for eight. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jacqueline Davis.
A Texas State student has a chance later this month to be a part of something with national prominence -- the C-M-J Music Marathon. C-M-J, short for C M J , is a four-day-long conference and music festival in New York City. K-T-S-W Music Director Allison Johnson will participate on a panel.
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Johnson attended C-M-J in 20-13 but had not applied to be part of it this year. That's changed now -- since receiving the invitation.
C-M-J is one of the largest and longest-running music festivals of its kind in the country. More than 100 speakers will participate in the panel sessions. Johnson says working at K-T-S-W has been very beneficial to her.
(Johnson.. 8.. "this is where I feel like I'm in the zone")
K-T-S-W Station Manager Melissa Bond says Johnson will be a good representative for the station at the festival.
(Bond… 11… "that many things")
As music director of the station, part of Johnson's job is to review the many C-Ds the station receives each week and to help keep the station's music library organized. For Bobcat Update, I'm Erin Cantu.
Taking a stroll through campus, students can see the Greek community establishing a large presence. Greek affairs coordinator Lindsey Trione says that, over the past year, Texas State has experienced record-breaking registrations in the Greek community.
Senior Jaire Ruffin says having more students involved allows for more diversity.
According to Student Affairs, there are two-thousand and 500 students enrolled in Greek life, which means higher quotas for chapters.
Trione says one result of the changes is that more students are taking an interest in recruitment.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Maia Wintrob.
It's called San Marvelous. The store makes all things related to San Marcos its central theme. San Marvelous opened earlier this month.
Texas State alum Rio Rodriguez started working on the idea of a San Marvelous clothing line while he was a student majoring in fashion merchandise. Rodriguez says he wanted something that would better represent Texas State and its school spirit.
The clothing line was launched online in the fall of 2013. Occasionally, San Marvelous representatives visited campus to create awareness and sell shirts. They were able to sell as many as 400 shirts a day. The next step was to set up a more permanent location where potential buyers could visit.
Texas State sophomore Celena Oum says she's excited about having the new store in town.
Texas State freshman Jazmin Lowe says the tribal prints are her favorite.
San Marvelous is located near the Texas State campus on North L-B-J. The store sells shirts and souvenirs.
Stand Up: "With its bright colors and unique styles San Marvelous is going to kick in full gear during Spring Break with its grand opening. For Bobcat Update, I'm Veronika Kondratieva."
Texas State students living on a budget can take advantage of free meals that are being offered.
The Baptist Student Ministries is a group that offers free lunches on Wednesdays.
Sound Bite – Kimberly Cantrill
Advertising and word-of-mouth help spread the word about the free lunches. On average, about 200 students show up for the meals.
Another group, called the United Campus Ministries, offers free meals on Mondays. The U-C-M started its service last spring. The number of participants is growing as more people become aware of the service.
Sound Bite – Jaime Bouzard
Vending machines and Paws-N-Go provide quick snacks that are affordable, but having a free meal can be an attractive alternative -- once students discover them.
Sound Bite – Arturo Guzman
Another place that students can take advantage of is Our Lady of Wisdom Parish, the Catholic student ministry. It provides meals from eleven to one on Tuesdays.
Sometimes, though, a cup of coffee is all that's needed. If a free jolt of caffeine is required, you can get one from 8:30 to 12:30 at United Campus Ministries. For Bobcat Update, I'm Taylor Chapman.
People who ride bicycles on a regular basis probably know that bikes are not always cheap and easy to repair. But a service offered at Texas State can help when the need arises. Since 2007 the Bike Cave has been a place to go for repairs.
The co-op is able to operate using donations from the community and tuition fees. Every semester, students are charged a one-dollar environmental fee. A fee, which Tim Hayes says, gets pooled into a fund that is then distributed by the Environmental Service Committee to places like the Bike Cave.
Hayes, who rides his bike everywhere, says The Bike Cave is a unique and much needed service. Other students agree, stating that they prefer riding their bikes over driving vehicles, but that wouldn't be possible without the Bike Cave.
The Bike Cave is located in room 100 of the Colorado Building on Pleasant Street. It's open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday to anyone on two wheels. For Bobcat Update, I'm Caitlin Greenlee.
One of the traditions is choosing a homecoming queen. Voting is underway, and Hannah Seaton is one of the candidates.
A Texas State homecoming wouldn't be complete without a little competition. There will be a powder puff football game, a three-on-three basketball tournament, a talent show, and the Soap Box Derby. The first Soap Box Derby at Texas State was held back in 1967. It's a fan favorite.
The planners of Homecoming Week want it to be filled with fun:
And, of course, students will show off their Bobcat pride on game day, Saturday October 4th. One student who will be cheering louder than most is Hudson Werkheiser.
A complete calendar of the Homecoming events can be on the Texas State website.
The San Marcos Police Department says most of the arrests and citations they make in the early morning hours are related to drunken behavior. For example, people are caught jaywalking or driving while drunk. The editorial board of the University Star newspaper proposed an idea that it believes could help. The board is calling for a sober-hour policy:
The Star editorial said having a sober hour might lead to better behavior.
Not everyone agrees that the idea will work.
However, one local establishment has such a policy:
No formal action has been taken by the city to adopt such a policy, but the idea has generated some debate.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Katherine Nelson
This year Texas State has had a difficult time fitting the record-breaking freshmen class into on-campus housing. Even with the opening of two new residence halls on campus this year, some freshmen found themselves homeless the first few weeks of school. Many resorted to living off-campus for the fall semester.
Space was so limited that some Residence Assistants were asked to room temporarily with freshmen while housing was sought.
By now, most students have found their permanent homes for the semester. Those who were inconvenienced were compensated for their trouble. For Bobcat Update, I'm Joy Smith.
Texas State students rely on campus drinking water, but some members of student government do not want fluoride to be in it.
Stand up: The San Marcos River is such a huge part of life for San Marcos. The fact that the city infiltrates the drinking water with fluoride raises concern for some citizens.
Others, though, believe fluoride is harmless and not a cause for concern.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, fluoride is voluntarily added to some cities' drinking water to prevent cavities. The E-P-A also states too much fluoride can lead to the risk of bone fractures and developing pits in tooth enamel.
That's reason enough for some in student government to call for the removal of fluoride.
The Student Government is asking for comments on the legislation before any votes are taken. For Bobcat Update, I'm Maggie Ximenes (he-men-es)