Carlos Hernandez

One of the oldest bars in San Marcos will remain open at its current location after all. A development project almost forced The Triple Crown to move, but that project fell through. Carlos Hernandez has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Caitlin Greenlee

The University's Common Experience theme is on exhibit at Lampasas Hall. Caitlin Greenlee tells us more, in this Bobcat Update.

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.
SB("add flair.")
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.


Garrett Coats

Halloween season is upon us again. For many Texas State students, the holiday means party time, but for the local police departments the festivities require a stepped-up effort to keep everyone safe. Garrett Coats has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Taylor Chapman

Security is a major concern for school districts. It has to be, in light of the many campus shootings that have occurred over the years. Just last week there was yet another rampage on school grounds near Seattle. Closer to home, there's heightened awareness, as Taylor Chapman tells us in this report.

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.

Meg Sween

San Marcos is a mecca for those in search of Americana music -- thanks to a retailer that established itself here a couple of years ago. Bobcat Update's Meg Sween tells us more:

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.
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.
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.


Janelle Cantu

A church in San Marcos is hosting its annual pumpkin patch this month. Anyone visiting the church grounds is invited to buy a pumpkin and enjoy other fall activities at the pumpkin patch. Janelle Cantu has more with the story.

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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.
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Jaclyn Coles

The Texas State University Art Galleries is this month featuring the work of a Texas State professor. Jaclyn Coles has the story.

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.

Trevor Smith

Poetry can be used to cross the cultural divisions. At least, that's the hope of those who helped organize a recent Poetry for Peace festival at Texas State. Trevor Smith tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

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.
Dr. Miriam Echeverría [Who is this in relationship to this story? -- Does he or she have a connection to the festival, or was he or she merely an observer-participant? There's no context.] says he/she would like to see more people attending the events and greater accessibility to the performances.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Trevor Smith.

Maia Wintrob

The no-smoking ban in public places has been in effect in San Marcos for about five months. Patrons of some local businesses where smoking used to be allowed are still adjusting to the change. Maia Wintrob has more on the story.

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.

Adam M. Cook

Making it to class each day should be as easy as eating a quick breakfast, grabbing your bag, and heading out the door, but the journey is never simple -- nor easy -- for the student commuter. Bobcat Update's Adam Cook tells us more…

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.


Marisa Ross

San Marcos High is now enjoying its new football stadium, and the school's athletic department has some other construction activity underway. Marisa Ross has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.


Veronika Kondratieva

City officials are considering ways to control graffiti tagging, and they have a unique way to do it. Last weekend a new mural at Crook Park was dedicated. The mural by artist Mateo Jaimes (high-mus) is titled Currents. It highlights the spring-fed river and the many species found there. The mural design leaves very little open space on the wall in hopes that it will stop the graffiti. Other murals are in the works. One is already in place on South L-B-J Drive. It's called Alice in Wonderland. Now the city plans to put up yet another mural on a wall along a drainage ditch on Sessom Drive.

Stephanie Diaz

The student government is hoping it can help start a tradition at Texas State, called the Gold Rush. The idea of Gold Rush is to distribute to the student body gold rally towels to be used at the last home game of every athletic team. Student leaders hope the towels will help boost morale and promote the university. You can expect to see the gold towels at the Bobcats' last home game of the football season on November 20th.

John Wilkinson

Online hacking can be a problem if you spend much time online. There are safeguards that you can take to avoid it. The website of Texas State's I-T department provides several tips on how to stay safe while using email and the cloud. For example, you can change your password frequently and stay current with updates. Also, if you use a computer that other people have access to, it's a good idea to log off your accounts before leaving. Security officials also advise users not to assume that files loaded to the cloud are secure. There have been several news accounts lately of users having their privacy invaded by hackers.

Stefanie Hardy

Traffic and parking are a constant struggle for students. The interim director of Transportation Services Nancy Nusbaum has proposed a plan for commuters. In the proposal, Speck Parking Garage would be only for students who commute to Texas State. It has over 700 parking spaces and the proposed rules would only apply Monday through Friday. Stephen Prentice, the assistant director of parking, says if approved these changes would take place during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Erin Cantu

Students needing help creating or refining their resumes can get assistance from Career Services at Texas State. Yesterday, Career Services offered a Job Search Assistance program for students at the HUB on the second floor of the L-B-J Student Center. The program allows students to meet with advisors to edit resumes and prepare for interviews. Career Services will be at the HUB again next Tuesday.

Lauren Levy

Texas State's L-B-J Student Center accepts meal trades at its food stations, but some students are concerned that all but two of the food places wait until after one p-m to start the trades. Lauren Levy has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.


Jacqueline Davis

Prospective students need information to decide where they're going to college, and Texas State has several ways of providing that information. Bobcat Days are such an opportunity. Jacqueline Davis reports on one that was held this past Saturday.

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.


Tiana Lee

Giving back to the community -- That's what a recent event, called Foodstock, was all about. Tiana Lee tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

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 --"Appreciative."--Ballou
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.


Vicky Serrano

For the past three years, Texas State has been a smoke-free zone. Even so, there still seems to be an abundance of smokers. A variety of smoke shops can be found in San Marcos, and a lot of sales are being generated by people who are switching to electronic cigarettes. Bobcat Update's Vicky Serrano has more on the story.

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.

Jason McCall

There's a new sandwich shop on the square in San Marcos -- offering an experience you might NOT expect. Jason McCall tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

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?"

Katherine Nelson

FIFI (provide a phonetic spelling in the printed version)-- the only flying Boeing B-29 Super-Fortress in the world -- is in San Marcos for a few days. Katherine Nelson has the story.

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.


Marisa Ross

The Flu Shot Outreach program encourages students, faculty and staff to take care of their health. The frequency of people coming down with flu or colds peaks at this time of year. Marisa Ross has more in this Bobcat Update.
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.


Carlos Hernandez

Pet lovers will do almost anything to keep their animals happy. It might be as simple as taking them for a walk or buying them a new toy. Some pet owners might even dress up their furry friends and have a festival in their honor. Carlos Hernandez tells us more, in this Bobcat Update.

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.


Lauren Levy

On the seventh floor of Alkek Library, you'll find a unique collection of art and literature. It's called the Wittliff Collections. Admission is free. You can browse the archives or spend time in the reading room. Lauren Levy has more.

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.

Marquis DeBlaw

Health officials say the Ebola virus poses no immediate threat to students and faculty at Texas State. Bobcat Update's Marquis DeBlaw reports on the concerns some people have expressed after the virus claimed the life of a Dallas man last week.

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.

Presley Fowler

The Texas State Strutters are celebrating their 55th anniversary this school year. In honor of this occasion, the team has re-created an old and unique Strutter tradition. Presley Fowler has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Reece Williamson

The university police department has been cracking down on cyclists. Reece Williamson has the story.

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.

Caelan Bernal

Texas State now has its most diverse student body ever -- part of the record-setting enrollment for this semester. Bobcat Update's Caelan Bernal has a report on what it means to students.

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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Stephanie Diaz

Some Texas State professors are talking about changing the university's alma mater. The alma mater is the school song that's played at many university gatherings. Stephanie Diaz reports on why some people want different words to be used.

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..”

Evan Hancock

The recent decision to do away with the overnight hours at the Derrick Hall computer lab is receiving positive reviews among students and staff. Evan Hancock has the story.

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.


Trevor Smith

Thanks to some recent accomplishments by Texas State’s dance program, Bobcats have even more reason to be proud. Trevor Smith has more.

(Stand Up)
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

Jaclyn Coles

College classes -- on occasion, for one reason or another -- have to be cancelled, which can be rather disrupting to the students who are enrolled. In this Bobcat Update, Jaclyn Coles takes a look at the procedures the university follows when a cancellation is necessary.

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.

Keaton Hahn

Students who are thinking about adopting a dog might need to consider how much it weighs. In this Bobcat Update, Keaton Hahn tells us that certain apartment complexes may impose restrictions.
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.

Adam Cook

Many college students feel a lot of stress as they try to perform well in their classes, and some take it even further if they have to work. Adam Cook tells us more in this Bobcat Update…

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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.


Kinaya Ware

Officials at Texas State University are studying possible ways to change Greek life on campus. Kinaya Ware has more in this Bobcat Update.

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.

Caitlin Greenlee

The Wittliff Collections at Texas State now feature new material from a literary icon. Bobcat Update's Caitlin Greenlee tells us more.

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.

Jason McCall

A new comedy club has opened up on the square. It's another outlet in town for rising comics to test their material. Jason McCall tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

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"

Vicky Serrano

Drought conditions persist in Central Texas, which means the region is drier and there's a greater chance of out-of-control fires. Such fires, though, can be prevented. Bobcat Update's Vicky Serrano has more.

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.

Tiana Lee

Some college courses can be quite difficult -- even stressful, but there is help available. In this Bobcat Update, Tiana Lee takes a look at a service available to all students.

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.
(Cole Soundbite)
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.

Claudia Torres

If you take a stroll downtown, you'll notice wider sidewalks and a fresh, new look. Claudia Torres tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

The construction project is almost finished, and the downtown streets are noticeably improved.
SB-Tim Elkins
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.
SB-Suzanne Riley
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.

Kathryn Price

The U-S Census Bureau reports that show many young people are waiting on marriage. Kathryn Price has the story.

(Price…15 sec…last year.)
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.


John Wilkinson

The Texas general elections are coming up, and that means it's your time to vote. John Wilkinson has the story.

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.