Tyler Gaudin

Parking Services will be making several changes in the coming year. Tyler Gaudin has more on the story.

Parking has long been an issue at Texas State, and the Parking Services Division is trying to find some solutions.
Recently the division presented its plans for next year to the Associated Student Government.
Some students are frustrated by the decision because they typically use the green lot to park when they go to the student rec center.
Charging students to use the Speck garage will generate more revenues for Parking Services, which relies solely on fees for its budget.

Megan Carthel

Microsoft will no longer provide technical support or security updates for Windows X-P system and Microsoft Office 2003. Megan Carthel has more on how this will affect faculty, staff and students.

The longest-running Windows operating system is being phased out. As of April eighth, devices operating with the Windows X-P system will not be able to access any part of the University's network—including Wi-Fi and U-Drives. On May 12th, residence hall connectivity for the X-P system will stop.
(Rogers)"…..essentially any.." :09
Of the three-thousand Windows systems on campus, 190 are currently operated on the X-P system by faculty and staff.
Rogers) "…just takes one" :10
Faculty, staff and students are advised to upgrade promptly their devices using the X-P system and to uninstall Office 2003 as well.
(Rogers) "…vigilant" :05
For more information on how this change may affect you, you  can visit the I-TAC website and even view a countdown for when the support will end. For Bobcat Update, I'm Megan Carthel. 


Jacob Payne

San Marcos residents have long dreamed of a day uninterrupted by the thundering roar of passing trains. For some, that day is nearly here. The Federal Railroad Association plans to establish quiet zones at 26 city railroad crossings. These zones will help reduce noise by prohibiting trains from routinely blasting their horns as they approach railroad crossings. Quiet zones can be created after safety upgrades are completed. These upgrades include the construction of medians to prevent drivers from bypassing caution arms once they are lowered.

Mario Hernandez

Texas State will host a health professions fair tomorrow. The fair will give students the chance to explore careers in the health profession. More than 70 representatives will be on hand at Jowers Gym. Students will be able to meet health professionals from across the state, including officials from medical and dental schools. The event is sponsored by career services, and admission is free and open to the public.

Katelynn Duane

Thanks to an agreement between Texas State and Microsoft, students can now receive free access to all Office 3-65 Pro-Plus software. Office Pro-Plus includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. With the agreement, students can install these applications on up to five devices without having to pay. Microsoft 3-65 allows students to be able to sync notes and access assignments in shared spaces. Students can download the software on the I-TAC website... Or students can go to the I-TAC center in Derrick Hall to have it installed.


Emily Liberto

San Marcos golfers can now enjoy a new and improved driving range. Emily Liberto has more in this Bobcat Update.

The business, formerly known as Southwest Driving Range, now has new owners and an up-to-date name.
Stand-up: After the lease change last year, several renovations were made to the range.
The range shop was painted maroon and gold to follow the new Texas State theme. The full-service shop includes in-house club repair, golf clubs and lessons. The grass is now in a better condition after
re-fertilization and irrigation. Along with the range, there is a putting green, sand trap, and chipping area. As the only driving range in San Marcos, Bobcat Range is very popular among students.
Stand–up: With spring approaching and warmer weather ahead, Bobcat Range is looking forward to an increase in business.
-SB-The range is located east of town on Highway 80 and is open every day from 9 A-M to 10 P-M. For Bobcat Update, I'm Emily Liberto.

Isamar Terrazas

There has been an alarming increase in mass shootings across the U-S -- with several occurring on college campuses. In this Bobcat Update, Isamar Terrazas reports on how law enforcement officials prepare for such situations.  

Police call them active shooters. They are people who set out to kill as many people as they can. Active shooters have brought tragedy to the U-S, like 2012's Newtown massacre and this past September's Navy Yard shooting. San Marcos law enforcement officials say they are taking measures to try to stop such events from occurring here. San Marcos is one of the fast growing cities in the country. It's home to one of the largest outlet malls, and it attracts as many as 35-thousand students to the campus at Texas State.
San Marcos is vulnerable, just as any community, to having an active shooter, but local and university officials say they've taken measures to ensure the safety of people.
SB Williams…(15 sec)...We actually rehearse all these things we practice setting up command posts to deal with large scale incidents we train our people to deal with those emergency mass shooting incidents and we equip them to deal with it.
Texas State University has established the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training or ALERRT program for local and university officials. It is funded by the U-S Justice Department and works with the Federal Bureau of Investigations in training officers on how to handle an active shooter situation and avoid mass casualties.
SB Nichols…(15 secs)…Our officers and deputies from all agencies around here have been through our trainings. They're very well prepared and hopefully this tragedy will never strike our community but I think if it did you would find a very swift and effective response by local law enforcement.
Stand-up: With an increase in law enforcement training, some residents and students still don't feel safe if an active shooter decides to strike.
Spades…(14 sec)…I'm not sure they are actually that prepared and I'm not really sure that you can be prepared. That's kind of broad because you don't know whose shooting from where and I don't know if they can actually handle it what if more than one people come in, if they can't handle it either we might all be in trouble at that point.
Government officials say they're confident that enforcement of existing laws will help prevent bloodshed in Texas.
Dewhurst…(15 secs)…We have a very robust concealed handgun license program where some 500 thousand Texans who are at least 21 years of age who don't have criminal background, who've gone through the test are able to have a concealed handgun license and so I hope that some of these massacres will never happen in the future in Texas.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Isamar Terrazas.


Zach Harrow

Primary elections will be held in Texas on March fourth. Student radio station KTSW will provide coverage that evening for those who want to know the results. News reporter Warren Schorr and Political Science Professor Dr. Ed Milhalkanin (Mill-hall-kuh-nin) will discuss the results throughout the broadcast. They will be joined by guests from College Republicans and Young Americans for Liberty. If you are involved in a political organization on the Texas State campus and are interested in participating in the election results show, contact Hannah Cramer at KTSW.   

Aiden Diaz

The Texas State Football Team begins spring practices this Friday. The Bobcats will have 14 practices and two scrimmages – all leading up to the Maroon and Gold Spring Game. The Bobcats will start the spring season with 46 lettermen and 14 players who started six or more games last year. This is the fourth season the team will be under the leadership of Head Coach Dennis Franchione. The Maroon and Gold game will be played on Saturday, April fifth.


Jordan LeCroy

For many Texas State students, Alkek Library provides many essential services, such as printers and computer workstations, but Bobcat Update's Jordan LeCroy reports on where you can go for services that Alkek can't fulfill.

Many Texas State students are unaware of some of the facilities that the campus has to offer. Located in the Nueces Building on North L-B-J, Copy Cats offers a variety of services. Laminators and basic printers are available, or students can upgrade to the high-speed production printers that create quality documents in either black and white or color. Luke Kiely has taken full advantage of the resources since learning about Copy Cat.
When it comes to the copy in Copy Cats, students can choose from a wide-range of white, color, or specialty papers. Color copies start at just 35-cents. Copy Cats' price menu is affordable for any college student's budget and that money isn't going to waste.
Standup: Copy Cats reinvests its proceeds into programs and facilities that matter to Texas State.
In addition to the office services and supplies, Copy Cat provides business services for students.
Copy Cats is also available to students who are off campus. Visit the Copy Cats' webpage to access its online ordering system.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Jordan LeCroy.

Yolis Arroyo

The Texas Higher Education Board has decided to eliminate Physical and Wellness class requirements for incoming freshman. Yolis (YO-LEASE) Arroyo (AH-ROW-YO) has more in this Bobcat Update.

Stand up: (Arroyo…8 secs...) The decision to change the P-F-W requirements will affect all Texas public universities, starting next fall. The general core curriculum hours in Texas is dropping from 46 to 42, and the one-hour of P-F-W classes will no longer be required. Some believe that getting rid of the P-F-W requirement is a mistake.
SB: (Hogan…15 secs…comfort zone)
Some students say dropping the P-F-W requirements is unfair to those who have already taken the classes.
SB: (Williams…15 secs…class too)
Although P-F-W classes will no longer count toward the students' core credit hours, the Department of Health and Human Performance hopes future students will still enroll in the classes.
SB: (Knudson, 15 secs…of volleyball)
The Health and Human Performance Department is proposing a three-hour physical activity class to add to the general core curriculum. For Bobcat Update, I'm Yolis Arroyo.

Frank Makri

When you want to connect to someone locally to purchase something, you probably won't think twice about logging onto Craigs-list.  But, with recent developments, you probably ought to use the service with caution. Frank Makri has more in this Bobcat Update.

Many college students enjoy using Craigs-list. However, there may be security issues associated with the website in light of a 19-year-old woman recently confessing to using Craigs-list to kill at least 20 people.
SB: Avakian....13 seconds..."Not shocked"
Some students still think using Craigs-list is worth the risk.
SB: Flowers...10 seconds..."Not shady"
Still, other students use the site to pull practical jokes on others.
SB: Zaccaria...12 seconds..."Phone calls"
Students often forget that Craigslist is not limited to the local market.
SB: Professor Grimes...10 seconds..."Point to Mass"
Stand Up: Makri...11 seconds..."Public place"
You can also meet your purchaser at an A-T-M to make sure you don't receive counterfeit money. Be sure to call U-P-D if you suspect a Craigs-list crime has been committed.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Frank Makri.


Taylor Alanis

Texas State's Department of Theater and Dance will present a play this week by artist-in-residence Eugene Lee. Bobcat Update's Taylor Alanis has more. 

Black History Month has brought many forms of cultural art and expression to Texas State, and Eugene Lee's play Somebody Called is about to show audiences a different point of view regarding  segregation during the civil rights era.
Somebody Called is the story of two preachers living in Boley, Oklahoma, in 1957. The two main characters are opposites. Reverend Billy Ray Jackson is an evangelist who meets a Texas preacher, and the Texas preacher decides he must help save Jackson's soul.
Writer and director Lee says Somebody Called serves as a metaphor for redemption and salvation.
Lee says he wanted to take the onset of desegregation and flip it by having events occur in an all-black town. He wanted audiences to see integration in reverse, something he's never seen. 
The cast and crew say the play's message is moving and that the audience may be able to feel, or even see, the presence of god.
SBSomebody Called is playing at the Theater Center Main Stage from February 18th to the 22nd at 7:30 P-M, and on February 23rd at 2 P-M. For more information you can call the box office. For Bobcat Update, I'm Taylor Alanis.

Audrey Seifert

Early voting is underway in Hays County. Voters can now go to certain polling places to cast their votes in the primary election. Bobcat Update's Audrey Seifert (sigh-fert) says the turnout on campus seemed pretty light on the first day:


No lines, empty booths, and a quiet lobby. That's what poll
supervisors experienced on Tuesday when voting began in the L-B-J
Student Center. Waves of students and faculty bypassed the booths on their way to class or other activities. Only a handful stopped to practice their civic duty. Some people may have skipped the opportunity because they just didn't know.
(Sound Bite)
According to a recent article in The Washington Examiner, Texas ranks 48th in the U-S in terms of voter turn-out. To spread the word and improve numbers, campaign workers placed signs in high-traffic areas in San Marcos and at Texas State. However, many people claim that they don't have time or they don't know the candidates well enough to participate. And it's these kinds of excuses that politically active students, like Coleton ???, don't understand.
(Sound Bite)


Katie Sarkhosh

Throughout the semester, students are given opportunities to meet with the university's president to talk about their concerns. Katie Sarkhosh has more in this Bobcat Update.

Students have many ideas about what could be better at Texas State, and occasionally they get a chance to express their ideas in one-on-one meetings with President Denise Trauth. The meetings address a wide range of issues.
Efrain Balderas says he wanted to know what the university is doing to help first-generation college students adjust to the pressures of college life. He says he knows personally what a struggle they face if they don't seek guidance.
SB: "As a first generation student, I can tell you it's hard. I want to know how we can adjust better."
Bianca Rodriguez is also a first-generation college student. She says she wanted to learn more about how the university promotes diversity.
SB: "I want to know what they're doing to get more Hispanic students here."
Many of these concerns are already being looked into by Texas State officials, and changes are constantly being made to improve our university. For Bobcat Update, I'm Katie Sarkhosh.

Katelynn Duane

Many juniors and seniors will be at the bookstore tomorrow to order their official Texas State rings. 

All students with at least 75 hours are eligible to meet with Balfour to pick out and personalize their rings. Students can choose what type of metal is used and have their initials included. Balfour will be in the bookstore from ten a-m until three p-m tomorrow. A ring ceremony will take place on April 25th when students can pick up and dunk their rings in water from the San Marcos River. 

Lila Stanley

The deadline to register for Bobcat Day is coming up on February 28th. Students interested in participating in the community service project can sign up as an individual or for a group at bobcat- build-dot-t-x-state-dot-e-d-u or they can pick up an application at the Bobcat Build office in room four-dash-seven-point-one in the L-B-J Student Center. The 12th annual Bobcat Day will take place on March 29th. 

Megan Carthel

New research shows students still prefer printed texts over E-books. Megan Carthel has more in this Bobcat Update.

College students today may be marked as the digital generation, but when it comes to studying, for some students, nothing beats an old-fashioned textbook.
A study published by College and Research Libraries found students engaged in more responsive reading habits, such as highlighting, underlining and annotating, when reading a printed text.
(Ordonez) "….tangable" :10
(Contino) "…..highlight" :08
Although most students in THIS study preferred printed texts, the Pew Research Institute found a growing number are turning to e-books. In 2011 -- when the most recent data was gathered -- 15 percent of students said they preferred e-books over printed ones.
(Frueboes) "…papers" :09According to the study, students between the ages of 18 and 21, were more likely to use e-texts if they are easier to access or when the printed version is not available. The study also found students were more likely to skim when reading on a computer or mobile device.—reading quicker and less in-depth. For Bobcat Update, I'm Megan Carthel.


Jeffrey Stringer

Texas State students have many food options on campus. Bobcat Update's Jeffrey Stringer takes a look at what you can buy.

Many students -- especially freshmen -- use their I-D cards with meal swipes to buy food, but some say meal trades aren't always worth the cost.
SB: Clayton...13 sec... Food here
Another option for students is to buy food from vendors on the quad.  The Munchbox's main dish is the Taco Dog which consists of tortilla, cheese, hot dog bun, hot dog wiener, sausage, bacon, eggs, mushrooms, onions, bell pepper, and jalapenos.  Blake McClintic, owner and operator of the Munchbox, uses the stand not only for his own personal gain but also to benefit organizations on campus.
SB: McClintic …10 sec…For Liberty
Stand Up: No matter where you get your food -- whether it's the L-B-J ballroom for seven dollars or even the taco bell loaded griller for a dollar or even a taco dog for four dollars and 50 cents -- I can guarantee you one thing, it's going to be delicious. For Bobcat Update I'm Jeffrey Stringer.


Andrea Rodriguez

During February, the LOVE Downtown Campaign will be showing its support for downtown businesses. Andrea Rodriguez has more in this Bobcat Update. 

The city's Main Street Program sponsors the LOVE Downtown Campaign this month. Shoppers are encouraged to show their support for businesses in the downtown district -- many of which are being affected now by construction and need all the help they can get.    
SB: Armbruster…15 sec"…came together in about a week"
For every 25 dollars spent this month at a downtown boutique or restaurant, shoppers may enter a drawing for weekly giveaways and a grand prize of 500 dollars. All they have to do is show a receipt when they register.
SB: Armbruster… 15 sec"…and show the love"
Stand up: Shoppers can also vote for their favorite downtown store by scanning the Q-R codes placed in front of each shop, or visiting the Downtown San Marcos Facebook and commenting on there. The business with the most votes will also receive a 200 dollar cash
prize. For Bobcat Update, I'm Andrea Rodriguez.


Chayne Lawson

An organization called HEAT is out sharing love at its Valentine's compliment booth. Chayne (Shane) Lawson has more in this Bobcat Update. 

HEAT stands for Human-Environment-Animal-Team. It's a student-run service organization that gives back to the community by volunteering. HEAT organizes several projects, such as donating clothes and money to those in need, cleaning up streets, volunteering at the animal shelter, and its Valentines compliment booth.
SB: (Drew Luecke)
HEAT members say they enjoy volunteering on campus.
SB: (Rachael Wilson)
Stand up: Here in the quad at Texas State HEAT isn't bashful about showing love because all anyone needs is a hug.
SB: (Haley Bunnell)
For Bobcat Update, I'm Chayne Lawson.

Iris Fulton

Having a roommate and sharing a bathroom with a lot of people may not sound appealing to everyone, but it has been part of the college experience for a long time. Bobcat Update's Iris Fulton reports on the pros and cons of communal living.

Dormitories are no longer one-size-fits-all. Students now have options. They can choose the more traditional arrangement -- a tiny room that two people share with a community bathroom down the hall, OR they can pay more comfortable accommodations.
Although students can choose to live alone, many still gravitate to community-style dorms where they share a room and a bathroom. Texas State does a great job of keeping all of the residence halls in tip-top shape.
Chautauqua Hall, part of Texas State's most recently built housing complex, is a community style dorm with great security and nice features for the residents.
(Stand Up)
A big advantage of living in a dorm is being close to all of your classes on campus. It's also a good way to meet fellow Bobcats.
SBTexas State is building another new housing complex on the west side of campus that will be community style as well. For Bobcat Update, I'm Iris Fulton. 

Ila Mar

February is American Heart Month, and in this Bobcat Update, Ila Mar reports on what you can do NOW to avoid heart problems later.

A routine check-up is a good place to start, because you can find out if there are any health issues that need to be addressed. For example, high blood pressure and cholesterol can lead to serious health problems later.
SB: "Eckert…5 seconds... them checked"
Many college students develop bad habits -- like unhealthy eating, not exercising regularly, and excessive partying -- and such habits can lead to heart problems.
SB: "McCain…7 seconds...my family."
Health officials say that eating right is essential to a healthy heart, and it's important to stay away from foods with high saturated and trans fats.
Standup: "Health experts also say that on top of eating right, it's important to stay stress free to maintain heart health. One way to also relieve stress is by going to the gym."
Exercise plays a bigger part than just building muscle; it keeps the heart pumping and your heart healthy. Too often, though, college-age students don't make heart health a priority.
SB: "Emmons…9 seconds...long run."
Information is readily available if you want some health improvement tips -- just set up an appointment at the health center.
SB: "Eckert…10 seconds...an appointment."
For Bobcat Update, I'm Ila Mar.


Jordan Chavez

The university has had to cancel some classes in recent weeks because of icy weather conditions. As a result, professors have had to adjust their course schedules to make up for the lost time. Such changes can be frustrating for students.
The university notifies students of cancellations and delays as early as two in the morning. Students receive the alerts through text messages and e-mail. 


Zach Harrow

College students and commuters aren't the only ones being affected by construction in San Marcos. Local businesses are feeling it too. In this Bobcat Update, Zach Harrow tells us what some business owners are doing to overcome the hassles.

Walking down to the square isn't as easy anymore. Entire sidewalks are closed off and there's construction in every direction. Students find it more challenging to reach some local stores.
SB: Haenel: … 13 sec:  "…switch to my side".
Many local businesses are using this time to focus on other concerns:
SB: Quick: …6 sec:  "…focus on social websites"
(Stand-up) Even with all the construction downtown, many San Martians seem to still be supporting local businesses.  Construction in the San Marcos area is projected to be completed in the summer of 2015.
SB: Gentry ….12 sec: "….in the long run"
For Bobcat Update, I'm Zach Harrow.

Emily Liberto

Texas State students have ample opportunity to experience art. Exhibits are on display throughout the year. Emily Liberto tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

The Department of Art and Design has galleries in the Mitte Building, and through February 22nd, they're featuring the works of three artists -- Deb Sokolow, Laurie Frick and James Sterling Pitt.
Deb Sokolow's work tells a haunting story
of a weekend retreat of artists in rural Norway. The thriller is full
of suspense and mental twists. The exhibits are dark and reflective.
The other gallery displays the works of Laurie Frick and James Sterling Pitt. Frick focuses on the nature of pattern and time while Pitt examines -- through sculpture -- his perception of the world. 
The two galleries are located on the second floor of the Mitte Building and are open to the public. Texas State students may see the exhibits free of charge. For Bobcat Update, I'm Emily Liberto.

Bailey Bounds

The McCoy College of Business Administration is hosting its Sixth Annual Business Leadership week. The event is a great way for the Texas State community to get involved with business leadership beyond textbooks and classrooms. Bailey Bounds has more in this Bobcat Update..

It's all business this week in the McCoy College of Business! The Sixth Annual Business Leadership Week is Monday through Thursday in McCoy Hall. The week features many guest speakers, events and contests and discussion forums. The event is a great opportunity
for potential business leaders of the future to network with professionals.
The theme of the event is Mental Health in the Workplace, which ties into this year's Common Experience at Texas State.
One special event this week will be an etiquette dinner. Students who participate will learn how to dine in a formal setting.
SBMore information about Business Leadership week is posted on the Texas State website under the tab for the McCoy College of Business Administration. For Bobcat Update, I'm Bailey Bounds.

Tyler Padalecki

This semester is flying by, and many seniors' college careers will soon come to an end at graduation. Tyler Padalecki has more in this Bobcat Update.

The commencement ceremonies will be held in Strahan Coliseum from May 8th through the 10th, depending on which college the senior is graduating from.  Shaq Ross, an exercise and sport science major, says he's excited to graduate and take this next big step in life.
Some are ready to launch their careers immediately, like Jordan LeCroy, who already has work lined up after graduation.
The deadline to apply for spring graduation is Friday, March 7th. Applications can be completed on the Texas State University website. Assistance is provided, if needed, along with a list of frequently asked questions about graduation.


Jeffrey Stringer

Many students soon discover that the University Bookstore is NOT their only choice for making book purchases. Bobcat Update's Jeffrey Stringer has more in this Bobcat Update.

Picking the University Bookstore is still a solid option for many students, because it has a large quantity in stock. Usually, students can find what they're looking for.
SB: Sendo… 7 sec…"guaranteed to"
The library is another way to find textbooks. The library's reserve desk has books available if a faculty member chooses to share one of their own. A student can reserve books for two hours at a time.
Students wanting to save a buck or two have found alternative ways to obtain books by buying them online or by shopping at other bookstores in the area, like Textbooks Solution or the Colloquium.
SB: Castilla…4 sec… "get discounts"Even though alternatives to the campus bookstore exist, many students appreciate its wide selection of books and its efficiency. For Bobcat Update I'm Jeffrey Stringer.


Jeffrey Stringer

Each semester students pay hundreds of dollars in fees in addition to their tuition costs. Not everyone knows what the fees are used for. Bobcat Update's Jeffrey Stringer has the answer.

According to the university's Business Services office, every student at Texas State is expected to pay a minimum of 300 dollars in fees each semester. These fees cover buses, computers, I-D cards, library services, medical services, student publications, advising and athletics. But some students want an a la carte system where you just pay for what you want and not everything all together.
Diaz...6 sec…to pay
Other students are okay with paying the fees as long as they know how the money is being spent.
Martinez…8 sec....this means
Students who want to have a greater say about how the fees are spent can do so by being involved in student government. The A-S-G plays an important role in setting funding priorities.
For Bobcat Update I'm Jeffrey Stringer.

Daniel Kittrell

Central Texas has had its share of bad weather lately -- enough so to call off classes. The most recent cancellation occurred Friday, and classes were delayed the day before. Bobcat Update's Daniel Kittrell tells us about the notification process.

The University News Service either sends a text alert or e-mails students and staff when weather conditions force scheduling changes. On Thursday, classes resumed at ten o'clock, but many students decided to stay home.
(Stand Up)
A lot of students commute to campus, and when the weather is like this, it can be dangerous to come to school. Commuters, who did show up for class, said getting to campus was difficult and time consuming. 
Some students don't see the weather conditions as any big deal. Allejandro Amarilllo says he understands that much of Texas is ill equipped for cold weather, but driving in snow and ice is pretty common across the United States.
If students miss class due to bad weather, they can talk to the Dean of Students about potentially excusing absences. For Bobcat Update, I'm Daniel Kittrell.

Olympia Mendoza

High student enrollment at Texas State has created a demand for more student services. Olympia (Uh-lim-pee-a) Mendoza (Men-dos-a) has the story.

Stand up: Texas State University's student population continues to increase each and every year causing issues such as parking, overcrowded tram rides, and packed facilities. The demands for these services increase as these issues continue.
With so many people attending the university, students struggle to get to class on time, and they find long lines at the bus loop and dining halls. High enrollment is having a big impact.
Construction projects are underway at several locations on campus. They're necessary because the students and staff desperately need more facilities. Music Major Eliud Garcia says she/he (?) would like to see more parking options.
SB:If you would like to make suggestions for improving campus life, contact the Associated Student Government. For Bobcat Update, I'm Olympia Mendoza.

Yolis Arroyo

This is Black History Month. Texas State participates in a variety of ways including Mama's Kitchen, which provides free home-cooked meals to students. Mama's Kitchen, sponsored by the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, is held in the L-B-J Student Center Ballroom. Yolis (YO-LEASE) Arroyo (AH-ROW-YO) has more in this Bobcat Update. 

Mama's Kitchen is a Texas State tradition that started about seven years ago. Student Affairs Assistant Vice President, Sherri Benn, says she and her staff turned a friendly interaction of students enjoying a home-cooked meal in their office into what is now known as Mama's Kitchen. It's now an event open to anyone.
(Benn…12 sec…hot food.)
Mama's Kitchen celebrates Texas State's diversity. Slide shows highlighting cultural information are presented focusing on specific groups on campus.
(Stand up: Mama's Kitchen can serve as a stepping stone for some Texas State Students to experience a taste of other cultures, while reminding others of a home cooked meal.)
Texas State students can take a break from on-campus dining halls and enjoy a free meal at Mama's Kitchen.
The Underrepresented Student Advisory Council and the organizations it represents set up in Mama's Kitchen with hopes of gaining new members.
(Serena…10 sec…we're about.)The next Mama's Kitchen will be held April third in the Quad. For Bobcat Update, I'm Yolis (YO-LEASE) Arroyo (AH-ROW-YO).

Jordan LeCroy

Texas State students spend a lot of time on campus, and, for some, there may be long gaps between classes. In this Bobcat Update, Jordan LeCroy tells us where students can go for a little diversion.

Whether it's killing time between classes or just hanging out with friends, George's is the place to be. Located in the basement of the L-B-J Student Center, George's is a place for students to unwind. It has a fully-equipped game room. X-box is available with a selection of games, or students can bring their own.
(SB-Baig-Assistant Manager)
George's offers a happy hour for pool and ping pong Monday through Thursday from 4 until 6 p-m. Beer goes on sale, starting at five. George's is also a live music venue.
(SB-Recio-KTSW Promo Director)
Next time you're on campus wondering how to pass the time, head down to the yellow neon sign. There you can grab some food and relax for a while in one of George's booths.
For more information about George's, visit the L-B-J Student Center's Facebook page. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jordan LeCroy.


Skye Wallace

College football programs are busy lining up talent for the upcoming season. In this Bobcat Update, Skye Wallace tells us how National Signing Day affects Texas State.

(Stand-up) National Signing Day is one of the most exciting days for college athletes. 
It's a day that brings new talent to programs like Texas State, where there's hope of building upon last year's achievements. The Bobcats, in 2013, earned bowl eligibility for the first time ever. Talent players from all over the country have taken notice, players like James Sherman of Montgomery, Alabama and Steven Eddings, a transfer from Jones County Community College in Mississippi.
Students say they hope signing day has wrangled new players who will help the Bobcats be even more successful.
SB: Ishmael Johnson
Others say the student-athletes will need some guidance both on and off the field.
SB: Warren SchorrTwenty-seven student-athletes signed letters of intent to play for the Bobcats next season. Five of the athletes were ranked in the Top 100 players in Houston. The 2014 season will begin at Bobcat Stadium on August 30th against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. For Bobcat Update, I'm Skye Wallace.

Isamar Terrazas

A new test is being introduced this semester for students who are in the mass communication and health administration fields. Isamar Terrazas has more in this Bobcat Update.

Stand-up intro: The G-S-P may be gone, but in order to be admitted to the Mass Communication or Health Administration programs, students should be aware of the PUG.
The punctuation, usage and grammar test is replacing the grammar, spelling and punctuation requirement for full-major status. There are three major differences -- the PUG does not include a spelling section, it's 45 minutes long and it's completed on a scantron rather than on a computer. Writing Center Director Nancy Wilson helped create the new test. She says it will have a lasting impact on students.
SB Wilson (9 sec): It's going to help you, it's going to help you not only if you had to take the test, not only with that obviously, it's going to help you in your career it's going to help you get ahead.
Students had three opportunities to pass the G-S-P with a score of 70 or above. The new PUG test may be taken over and over by mass communication students until they pass the exam. However, health professionals will stick to the original limit of three tries only. The writing center offers tutoring for those who need help understanding the format of the new test. 
SB Pitts (14secs): Students have kind of had mixed opinions about the change. Many of them had taken the G-S-P and worked with it a lot and were a little bit disappointed to learn that it was different but I think overall it's a little bit clearer.
SB King (8 sec): I like it a lot better because it's really the punctuation, usage, and grammar. It really does help you where the mistake is and how to find it. The PUG may be taken at the testing center at a cost of 40 dollars per attempt. For Bobcat Update, I'm Isamar Terrazas.

Frank Makri

When you walk across campus, you're likely to have someone whiz by on wheels. Bikers and skateboarders are part of the college environment. Frank Makri has more in this Bobcat Update.

Some students enjoy the convenience of biking or skating to class. It's a fast way to get where you need to go. But on a crowded campus, like Texas State's, bikers and skateboarders aren't always welcomed.
SB: Garrett…10 seconds…"High class"
But skaters counter that they are less likely to get in other students' way and they don't deserve to be negatively stereotyped.
SB: Flowers…7 seconds…"Hoodlums"
Some students are willing to cut both groups some slack.
SB: Murdock…7 seconds…"Respectful"
Stand Up: Makri…12 seconds…"Policy"
U-P-D has had issues with skateboarders performing tricks on campus, but they realize that bikers cause damage as well.
SB: Officer Stewart…8 seconds…"Bike tricks" Police also receive complaints about skateboarders and cyclists using ramps on campus designed for handicapped accessibility. Those who do can be fined. For Bobcat Update, I'm Frank Makri.

Cori Bobbett

Career Services is opening doors for Texas State students and giving them the chance to create career opportunities. Cori Bobbett has the story in this Bobcat Update.

Stand up
Whether you'd like to get the ball rolling on your career search, or you're just looking for a part time internship, there are career events for every college on campus. The career services office carefully plans about 14 events per year.
No matter how great the events turn out, they're always looking to improve.
Henry…11sec…them there)
Students really like the events. They are an easy way for the students to reach out and get noticed by possible employers.
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If you'd like to request the Career Services office to get in touch with an employer you'd like to meet, step into their office on the fifth floor of the L-B-J Student center.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Cori Bobbett.


Taylor Alanis

The first Texas State Farmer's Market of 2014 is underway in the quad. Small businesses from San Antonio to Round Rock showcase and sell their products to students as they make their way to class. Some of the featured goods are organic tamales, home-made jewelry and all-natural soaps. Vendors say the foot traffic in the quad benefits them greatly. The Texas State Farmers Market is held on the first Wednesday of the month from 8 to 4 P-M. Most of the vendors have credit card readers for those who can't pay in cash.  

Katerine Sarkhosh

Many Texas State students are using a cell phone app to find love. Katie Sarkhosh has the story.

For our generation, communication depends on technology. People shy away from face-to-face interactions and rely on their cell phones. The latest example is a form of online dating that uses a cell phone app. The app is called Tinder, which is used to find people who like you nearby and helps connects you with them if you're also interested. It's all anonymous until someone you like, likes you back. The app shows pictures and users simply click yes or no. If there is a mutual yes, the users are a match and can begin chatting. Texas State student Michael Fitzgerald says he heard about Tinder through friends.
SB: "Several of my friends and particularly my roommate is a Tinder user. He meets a lot of girls, single girls this way."
Is Tinder successful?  Fitzgerald says in his roommate's definition, it's a yes. Other students, like Mary Dvorsky, agree. Mary is  talking to a guy she met on Tinder.
However, Darrian Mezulic says she has not had as much success as her friends using the app.
SB: "I've talked to a lot of people and they just stop talking to you."She admits that she has deleted the app only to downloaded it again later after she became bored. With Valentine's Day around the corner, Tinder is a new option for eligible Bobcats looking for love. For Bobcat Update, I'm Katie Sarkhosh.

Katelynn Duane

Texas State University held its annual off-campus housing fair on Tuesday and thousands of students came out to meet with apartment managers and pick up some free gear. Katelynn Duane has more in this Bobcat Update.

Finding the perfect place to live off-campus can be stressful for students, but if they were one of the Bobcats who came to the L-B-J ballroom on Tuesday, they had a good opportunity to find the information they needed. The annual housing fair offered students a chance to play some games and to look for a place to live.
SB: Smith... 10 seconds... "Live there"
Students could meet with representatives from apartment complexes or chat with specialized apartment locators.
SB: Kaikhah... 8 seconds... "100 leads"
Stand Up: Duane... 13 seconds... "Free things"
Students filled out information cards, and, in exchange, they received free shirts and bags. The shirts are not only stylish but they also mean free advertising for the local apartment complexes.
SB: Persio... 6 seconds... "And visit"
The annual housing fair provides an opportunity for students to ask questions and interact with potential landlords. The fair has become an annual ritual for many apartment vendors.
SB: Kaikhah... 3 seconds... "Make money"This year's attendance was at an all-time high, with more than 24-hundred students attending. For Bobcat Update, I'm Katelynn Duane.

Audrey Seifert

The social media titan, Facebook, celebrated its tenth birthday on Tuesday, and at the same time introduced a new addition called Paper. Bobcat Update's Audrey Seifert spoke with students and staff to get their take on what they think lies is in store for them and the company.

What was once a website offered exclusively to college students is now global. There are now more than a (B) billion Facebook subscribers worldwide. Students use it to connect with friends and family. They even use it to organize study sessions. It's now hard to remember how they ever lived without it.
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While checking statuses has become a force of habit for many people, younger users don't seem to be as enamored with the website. The younger generation is discovering other media outlets, which means they rely less on Facebook.
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U-S-A Today reports that Facebook has created a new app called Paper. It's described as a social media site with swagger. Users can view its newsfeed, articles, and friend activity with the swipe of a finger or the tilt of a phone.

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There's no way to tell how Paper will be received by the general public in the days to come, but it's safe to say that Facebook will be around for a long time. Have a happy birthday, Facebook. For Bobcat Update, I'm Audrey Seifert.

Tyler Gaudin

The window for students to have health insurance is closing. March 31st is the deadline, and if they haven't enrolled by then, they could be fined by the government. Tyler Gaudin has more on the story.

The Affordable Care Act is beginning to take full effect, but many students are still confused about the legislation, nicknamed Obamacare.
The bill will force anyone who is not insured to purchase some form of government-approved program or face a penalty when they file their taxes. Some students, however, have decided that they would rather pay the penalty than pay for health insurance.
Many students believe that if they purchase health insurance through the healthcare-dot-gov website they will be buying a plan completely run by the government. This is not the case, however, as there are multiple private companies listed on the website.
Texas State University itself offers an optional health care plan students may purchase, and the Student Health Center is beginning to work with private insurance companies across Texas so that they may accept multiple plans and allow for the increase in students using insurance.
The Attorney for Students has also been helping students move toward becoming insured so that they will not have to pay penalties when they file their taxes.
SBSome students have one other option for health insurance. The law allows young adults to stay on their parents' policy until they are 26. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tyler Gaudin.

Mario Hernandez

The Wittliff Collection at Texas State is featuring a new exhibition about mental illness that offers an enlightened view. Mario Hernandez has the story.

There are 38 portraits featured in this room as part of the Fine Line exhibition, and the subjects of these portraits all have one thing in common, they share the label of mental illness.
San Antonio photographer Michael Nye spent four years photographing and recording stories that confront stereotypes and reveal the courage and fragility of those living with mental illness. The photographs are coupled with recordings that range from one to five minutes. The touring Fine Line exhibition is at the Wittliff until March 30th. The response from the community, so far, has been positive.
(SB – Ellard - Wittliff Curator)
The Wittliff will have a reception and artist talk on February eleventh at 6:30. There will be free admission when Michael Nye talks about the exhibition.
(SB – Ponder – Student)
(SB – Hernandez – reporter stand-up)


Lauren Higdon

Many veterans struggle transitioning back into school, and at Texas State the Veterans Alliance program provides some assistance for them.  Lauren Higdon has more in this Bobcat Update.

The Veterans Alliance is a student organization that reaches out to all student veterans and helps guide them through their academic careers at Texas State. Some veterans find it difficult to relate to other -- more traditional -- students.
The Veterans Alliance says it tries to educate veterans about programs that are beneficial to them. That's been a big push this past year.
Texas State is considered a veteran-friendly campus, but it takes some effort to earn that distinction. Veterans and other students have to look for common ground.
SBIf you're interested in joining the organization, go to the Veterans Affairs Office in the J-C Kellam Building for more information. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lauren Higdon.

Alex Merced

The Intramural Sports Department at Texas State has a new website, which is making life easier for staff and students. Alex Merced has more in this Bobcat Update

The spring intramural season is now underway. Basketball competition tipped off this week, and the intramural staff and students are enjoying it a little bit more because of a website known as I-M-Leagues. I-M-Leagues and Texas State teamed up last fall to create the website, which is a huge improvement.
The students who participate in intramurals also seem to be enjoying the website. It's convenient because it allows students to interact with other students.
More than 14-hundred students have signed up for spring intramurals-- most are participating in basketball. Basketball has 144 teams in eight divisions.
[Standup] Unfortunately basketball signups are over but you can still sign up for Softball or Soccer at the intramural office in room one-40 at the Student Recreation Center. For Bobcat Update I'm Alex Merced 

Katie Bernal

As Valentine's Day approaches, many San Marcos residents and businesses are preparing for a busy holiday. While some residents are making big plans, others are just waiting for the day to pass. Katie Bernal has more…

Many stores, like H-E-B, have been preparing for Valentine's Day for quite some time. With a variety of flowers, candies, stuffed animals, and other treats, there is much to choose from.
Some may regard Valentine's Day to be too commercialized and see it as yet another excuse for businesses to make money. H-E-B employee Chris Hurst isn't a fan of the holiday.
*SB Chris Hurst*
Valentine's Day is a profitable and busy day at H-E-B. Floral manager Angie Ortega has worked many Valentine's Days and still finds enjoyment in the holiday.
*SB Angie Ortega *
So, what about the people who don't have a sweetheart? Many singles say they'll just treat themselves since no one else is going to do it. Others say February 14th is just another day. Business student Sam Yanez says he plans to relax.
*SB Sam Yanez*
For whatever you have planned for Valentine's Day, have a safe one.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Katie Bernal.