4/19/17

Quinlan Crowell

The use of drones is becoming more common. Journalists now use them as do many people who fly them as a hobby. Bobcat Update's Quinlan Crowell tells us more.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, better known as drones, were for a long time used mainly by the military. However, smaller, lighter drones are now being mass produced and sold retail, so just about anyone can get their hands on one.
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Media outlets have been using drones to cover major events, such as concerts, parades and even floods.
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To safely and legally fly a drone, new pilots must pass a government-mandated course that trains them on how and where to fly.
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Texas State University started offering a course this spring for students who may be interested in flying drones. For Bobcat Update, I'm Quinlan Crowell.

4/18/17

Ke'Anna Bullard

The BOKO Awards ceremony, honoring individuals and organizations at Texas State, is an annual tradition at the university. Bobcat Update's Ke'Anna Bullard tells us about the ceremony last Thursday.

Texas State is home to hundreds of unique organizations and clubs. Every organization offers something different to the campus, and the BOKO Awards were established to honor these organizations.
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General award categories included Greek, Recreational and Religious with more specific categories like Outstanding Educational Program being awarded for specific events hosted by organizations.  
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Winners included Cat Camp, Quidditch and Kappa Delta Chi. Organizations do not do their activities for the sake of awards, but they do appreciate the recognition.
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For a full list of winners, you can go to Bobcat Update-dot tumblr-dot-com. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ke'Anna Bullard.

Jonathan Szedeli

The impact of suicide can be devastating for family members who survive. There is always a question of why. Bobcat Updates Jonathan Zit-Lee shows us the personal perspective of suicide on the Texas State campus.

According to the U-S-A Today, more than eleven-hundred college students take their lives each year and the suicide rate among young adults has tripled since the 1950s. But statistics do not put faces to those numbers.
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Five months ago, Green took his own life. The loss has a lingering effect on the loved ones he left behind.
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Texas State student Joshua Szczeblewski recalls getting to know Travis last year while doing a documentary about his life.
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While many questions may remain regarding the reasons why Travis took his life, Gregory offers up some personal advice that could help others who may be struggling.
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Other resources available to students include the Counseling Center which offers free and confidential sessions by trained professionals as well as mental health and psychiatric services at the Student Health Center. Gregory had hopes that Travis would seek out this assistance
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Travis Green leaves behind a legacy full of accomplishments. He was a published poet, actor, rapper and was also the Student Organizations Council President. Gregory says that he leaves behind a huge shadow that loved ones will always be chasing.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Jonathan Szedeli
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Andrea Cordova

New laws in Hays County could change how food trucks do business in San Marcos. Bobcat Update's Andrea Cordova has more on the story.
 
The Hitch is a popular location among students and locals for unique food. The trucks offer a lot of choices. Want a burger? A kabob? Want to eat Columbian food? How about Indian? They're all at the Hitch. But because of a new law, everything could change.
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Owners of trailers at The Hitch run like a family business. They stick together. They have hopes the San Marcos City Council will help them stay in business.
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Even though their trucks are being threatened, the owners remain optimistic. After all, they have big dreams.
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If you're in the mood for good eats and good treats, come to the corner of C-M Allen and Hopkins. For Bobcat Update, I'm Andrea Cordova.

4/17/17

Kathryn Macchia

Mister Fest, short for My Radio Festival, is an annual event in San Marcos for local and regional artists to display their musical talents. Bobcat Update's Kathryn Macchia has more on the story.
 
Fans of student radio station K-T-S-W gathered at the Dahlia Woods Gallery in downtown San Marcos recently to celebrate the history  of MR Fest.
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MR Fest started as a one-day, one-venue event in 2008. It has grown to feature more than 60 performing artists at several locations in downtown in San Marcos. MR Fest is now a two-day event.
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Preparations for MR Fest begin a year in advance.
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All MR Fest events are free to attend, but donations are accepted and they go to a local charity. This year's proceeds will be donated to the Hays-Caldwell Women's Center.
(Stand up) The tenth annual MR Fest will take place on April 28th and 29th in downtown San Marcos. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Macchia.  

4/15/17

Jennifer Galvan

The Leadership San Marcos recently hosted a Duck Dash fundraiser on the banks of the San Marcos River. Bobcat Update's Jennifer Galvan has more on the story.

The race featured hundreds of rubber ducks on a closed course. Participants could adopt a duck for five dollars and have a chance to win prizes worth more than one thousand dollars.
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The San Marcos Youth Service Bureau provides free after-school and summer programs for area youth. With this event, the bureau plans to purchase a new passenger van.
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Even though not all participants won, they were still excited to be part of the fundraiser.  
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SU: Proceeds from the event will support the Leadership San Marcos Class of 2018. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jennifer Galvan. 

Jacey Yarbrough

Texas State is honoring its own. At a ceremony last week, several Bobcats -- among them faculty, staff and students -- were recognized. Bobcat Update's Jacey Yarbrough tells us about Bobcat Pause -- a ceremony to honor those who died this past year.
  
Tears were shed as friends and family stood to recognize their dead loved ones. The 30th annual Bobcat Pause honored 38 students  and faculty who have passed away. Former student body President Andrew Homann, says the ceremony is important to bonding former and current bobcats.
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The walls of the L-B-J ballroom were lined with tables filled with pictures, candles, and even favorite hats and flowers of the deceased. Renae  Murdock stood proudly behind a picture of her mother, a former professor. Murdock says her mother's legacy will endure at Texas State.
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 The San Marcos High School choir performed before the  service, and President Denise Trauth spoke about how much the past students and faculty meant to the university. Director of Bobcat Pause, Leanna Mouton, says everyone who attended the ceremony is connected.
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4/12/17

Dylan Anguiano

The Writing Center on campus is hosting workshops to help students improve their writing skills. Bobcat Update's Dylan Anguiano has more.

Throughout the semester, students write research papers and essays for their classes. Making sure the essay is organized and has all the correct punctuation and grammar can be a daunting task for some students. The Writing Center helps  students become better writers. 
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Write Time! is a workshop held Mondays from noon to 2:30 in the afternoon and on Thursdays from 2 to 4:30. It is designed for students to practice their writing. Students can meet with a tutor for a one-on-one session and receive  feedback.
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In additional to Write Time!, the Writing Center offers a variety of other workshops. Some of the workshops include creative writing and PUG review. The Writing Center is located on the ground floor of the Academic Services Building North across  from the Den. 
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SU: With finals right around the corner, don't wait until the last minute to come to the Writing Center. For more information, go to the Writing Center website. For Bobcat Update,  I'm Dylan Anguiano.

4/11/17

Adam Carreno

Live music, dancing and a swinging good time for all -- downtown San Marcos was a festive place this past weekend. Bobcat Update's Adam Carreno has more.

San Marcos hosted its 25th annual Swing on the Square festival Saturday to honor Western Swing Music and the pioneers who helped create it.  
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Swing on the Square offers live music and some unique events like "Brew Hop Craft Beer Tour" and "the Texas Swing Hall of Fame Show"
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San Antonio street was closed to make room for a stage and dancing.
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Swing on the Square features a farmers market and a gospel brunch. Art was also for sale, and there were activities for all ages. The event started in Austin 1987, but after five years its organizers decided to relocate to San Marcos where it has been since.
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Jacob Villarreal

Organizers say it was the largest Easter egg hunt ever in San Marcos. Bobcat Update's Jacob Villarreal attended the event and files this report.

The Easter Egg Drop Extravaganza at San Marcos High School on Saturday provided attractions for children and their families -- including inflatable bouncy houses, slides and face painting.
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The main attraction, however, was a helicopter flying overhead, dropping thousands of eggs for children to collect and enjoy. Multiple drops were made for different age groups.
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The event, voted as a Best of Hays community event, was hosted by volunteers and staff members of the Eikon church.
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(SU)There were four drops totaling close to 75-thousand Easter eggs. Eikon church plans on hosting the event again next year. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jacob Villarreal.

4/9/17

Jayci Hess

Drag queens slayed the runway for a good cause at a beach-themed party in Stonewall this past weekend. Bobcat Update's Jayci Hess has the story.

What you see here isn't your basic runway model. She's a dancer and performer - the full package. A beach party and drag show last Friday was for a charitable cause:
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The drag show was downtown at Stonewall- San Marcos's first and only primarily L-G-B-T-Q-friendly bar. The crowd was treated to nine fierce performances including one of Stonewall's queen bees, Brianna Saint James.
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April is sexual assault awareness month and the queens sashayed the runway to spread awareness and raise money for an important cause. 
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Brittany Hill

The Mural Art Committee of San Marcos is asking experienced local artists to participate in a project. As Bobcat Update's Brittany Hill explains, the project is to create a colorful and inspiring mural along the restroom wall of Rio Vista Pool.

There are already several murals in highly visible areas throughout the city. The Mural Art Committee wants to add another.
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Many San Marcos residents are hoping the mural will send a positive message.
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The Mural Art Committee will seek the public's input in choosing an artist to lead the project.
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The public will also be able to participate by painting with the artist during community paint days.
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(SU) Submission guidelines can be found at  San Marcos dot r-x dot gov forward slash arts. For Bobcat Update, I'm Brittany Hill.

4/8/17

Jasmine Clark

Texas State helps showcase the shared musical roots of the Lone Star State and Mexico. Bobcat Update's Jasmine Clark has more.
 
The Center for Texas Music History features Texas Music History Unplugged. It offers musicians an opportunity to discuss the many influences behind their work, and students benefit from being exposed to the different cultures associated with Texas music.
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Dr. Hartman says the event has a different theme each year.
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The Morales Sisters say the music of their childhood influenced their Mexican-American spin on music.
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Dr. Hartman says the center's educational mission will continue as will the celebration of Texas music history.
Texas is home to many notable musicians, and, at this year's Texas Music History Unplugged, Bobcats celebrated the roots of Tex-Mex music. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jasmine Clark.

Morgan Burrell

A new ride-hailing service is starting up in San Marcos. Morgan Burrell (buh-RELL) tells us more in this Bobcat Update.
 
My Ride T-X, a company similar to Uber and Lyft, will begin offering transportation services to students and locals within a few weeks.
Co-managing partner Evan Wright says My Ride T-X is different from its competitors. Drivers for My Ride T-X are required to complete background checks, fingerprinting and drug screenings. Drivers will also keep a large portion of their nightly earnings, while customers should expect to pay less than other ride-hailing services.
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Co-managing partner Steve Wright says the My Ride T-X business model is unique.
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Also, My Ride T-X won't have surge pricing during peak hours. Stonewall Warehouse General Manager Chris Rue says having the service might reduce the number of alcohol-related tickets in the city.
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Tyler Dumas

They call themselves the Hardest Working Band in Texas Hill Country. The Shady Rest Band is keeping busy these days. Bobcat Update's Tyler Dumas has the story.

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It's a sunny Sunday afternoon in San Marcos…and The Shady Rest Band is playing its seventh show in as many days.  Having such a hectic schedule is normal for the Texas band.
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By virtue of its rigorous performing schedule, hilarious social media presence, and good old-fashioned quality song-writing and picking... the Shady Rest Band is one of the best known and most beloved in Central Texas. The band is based now in San Marcos, but its roots lie about one-thousand miles to the west.
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Core members Nate Guthrie and C-K Dangerbird share singing and songwriting duties in the band…which has seen multiple line-up changes since it was formed. The Shady Rest often features a rotating cast of guest musicians who dig the band's  loose and friendly approach.
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The band members are well-known for their between-songs comedic banter, but they also have a solid reputation for musicianship with elements of folk, bluegrass and Americana. They offer a rootsy soup of music that is uniquely Shady.
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Not long after arriving in San Marcos…the band picked up a weekly gig at the famous Cheatham Street Warehouse. Cheatham Street is where George Strait, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Todd Snider all performed early in their careers.  The Shady Rest Band had only limited success in  
California's Sierra Mountains, but the reception has been quite different in Central Texas. The group has built a significant fan base…and its music keeps pouring out.
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Since 2012 the band has released three studio albums…as well as a solo project from Nate Guthrie.  In 2016 they released Shady Never Sleeps: Live Rest…a live album recorded at the now bulldozed…but once iconic  San Marcos music venue…The Triple Crown.
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When the band is not on the road…you can often catch them performing in San Marcos.
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San Marcos has been good to the band…and they do their best to return the favor. The Shady Rest has been known to perform at house or block parties…or even the Farmers Market.  They also support local causes by hosting  events in the city.
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And San Marcos certainly seems to love them.
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The Shady Rest boys don't plan to slow down anytime soon.  The group has well over 200 hundred shows slated for 2017, and possibly a new album in the works.  So, go check out a Shady Rest show and support local…live  music.  It's one of the things that makes our town truly special.  And San Marcos…always remember…..Keep Shady.  For Bobcat Update…I'm Tyler Dumas.
    

Jason Harris

College campuses across the United States are rich in history and tradition. Texas State is no different. Bobcat Update's Jason Harris  takes a look.
 
Traditions at Texas State come in a wide variety and can vary greatly depending on which Bobcat you talk to. One alumni may tell you that it's tradition to take steps two-at-a-time while on campus. A current student might tell you waiting for parking has become tradition. Both would tell you this(train/traffic shot) has become a San Marcos tradition and neither would be happy about it.
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In its 15th year, Bobcat Build has become one of the most recognized and beneficial traditions in Texas State history.
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Texas State's website lists 27 items on its traditions and landmarks' page; however, most students probably could name only two or three. With enrollment records being set every year, many students feel it's important to honor the university's traditions.
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Every year graduating Bobcats dunk their rings and take the plunge into the river  -- cap, gown and all.
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It will be up to students and the university alike to keep these traditions alive as new generations of Bobcats arrive on campus. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jason Harris. 

4/4/17

Areli Cabildo

People from all over the United States came to San Marcos to attend the Texas Cobra Club meet this past weekend. Bobcat Update's Areli Cabildo has the story.
 
The Texas Cobra Club meets once a year to give people a chance to show off their Shelby cobras. The Shelby Cobra gained recognition for its sporty style and speed.
Cobra Club Director Ken Walker says the meet is similar to a high school reunion.
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This year the Texas Cobra Club hosted more than 150 cars. Visitors were treated to food and entertainment for four days. The event helped raise money for a good cause
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All proceeds and donations go toward helping people with cystic fibrosis. Participants raise between two thousand and four thousand dollars each year.
The annual Texas Cobra Club meet takes place at the San Marcos Convention Center. For Bobcat Update I'm Areli Cabildo

Josh Kelley

Another market day on the quad is coming up soon. Josh Kelley tells us more on this Bobcat Update.

Students and vendors alike are planning for the next market day. It's scheduled for next Tuesday on the quad. Students will have a chance to take a look at new products and maybe  get something they missed the last time.
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Vendors use different techniques to lure busy students.
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The Market day on the quad happens once or twice a month.
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For more information about Market Days on the Quad, check out the events page at t-x State dot e-d-u. For Bobcat Update, I'm Josh Kelley.

4/3/17

Ke'Anna Bullard

During her recent visit to Texas State, world-renowned activist Angela Davis questioned relationships, environmental justice and praised communism. Ke'Anna Bullard tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

America is stolen land. That's how Dr. Angela Davis began her speech Friday at Texas State.
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Dr. Davis, a former member of the Communist Party U-S-A, is known for her political and social activism that led her to appearing on the F-B-I's Most Wanted Fugitives list in the 1970's. Many students admire her outspoken activism, especially  in today's political climate.
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During her speech, Davis urged attendees not to normalize the Trump Administration, a thought that many students apparently agree with.
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Davis also talked about how the American prison system is failing and how capitalism dominates the nation's socioeconomic climate. She said racism is rampant but ordinary people can change the world.
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If you're interested in learning more about the life and works of Dr. Angela Davis, you can check out her latest book, The Meaning of Freedom. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ke'Anna Bullard. 

Andrea Cordova

The Triathlon Club's annual fundraiser, though almost a washout, holds a special place in the heart of one Texas State alum. Bobcat Update's Andrea Cordova has more on the story.
 
Severe weather warnings forced a change of plans for the triathlon this past weekend, but it was a success in attracting competitors. Planners mapped out a perfect scenic route of the hills and trails in the San Marcos area, and Spring Lake, closed off to  the public except for two races, was an ideal setting for swimmers. The event attracted veterans and first-timers alike.
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Participating in a triathlon takes hard work and dedication, and, for one particular racer, it required so much more.
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Nicknamed Chey-tanium because of the metal in her bones, nothing could stop her.
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Though the storm stopped most participants from running across the finish line, results were still posted. And, despite her accident, Chey-tanium finished first in her age-group and second in women's overall.
Rain or shine, those who trained for the race were in it to finish. The Texas State Sprint Triathlon is an annual event. For more information, you can check out the organization's Facebook page. For Bobcat Update, I'm Andrea Cordova.
   

4/2/17

Sterling Pitchford

Keep San Marcos Beautiful is hosting an annual spring concert series called Live on the Lawn. Bobcat Update's Sterling Pitchford has more on the story.

Live on the Lawn is held at the San Marcos Plaza Park. It's a free month-long event featuring live music to bring the community together and promote sustainability. 
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Each week features a different theme related to protecting the environment. The themes include recycling, water conservation and transportation. The live music genres also change each week varying from country to classic rock to Latin jazz. 
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Live on the Lawn promotes local environmental organizations. One of them is called 72 Degrees, which focuses on keeping the San Marcos River clean.
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Stand Up: Live on the Lawn will feature two more shows on April 6th and April 13th. For Bobcat Update, I'm Sterling Pitchford. 

4/1/17

Krys White

If you're looking for something to do on a Friday night, look no further than George's. Bobcat Update Krys White has more.

George's, located on the first floor of the L-B-J Student Center, hosts a variety of events throughout the semester. For example, last Friday it hosted a Table Tennis Tournament.  Players of all skill levels participated.
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The Texas State Table Tennis Association sponsored the event -- its third tournament at George's. The association wants to acquire more tables and have even bigger gatherings.
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((Standup)) The winners of the tournament will win a trophy in addition to other prizes and of course braggin rights. For Bobcat Update, I'm Krys White.

Lauren Crider

For many Bobcats, this semester is their last. They'll soon embark on the next chapter of their lives. Texas State has resources in place to make the transition seem like a breeze. Lauren Crider has more in this Bobcat Update.

Texas State Career Services has been helping Bobcats land their dream jobs for years. The Career Services team guides students in determining which career path is the most suitable. The goal is to match students with available jobs.
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Career advisers offer assistance to current students AND alumni.
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The advisers help create job-winning resumes, and they set up mock interviews to show applicants how to be more effective when  they're being asked questions. Career Services even has a closet full of interview-worthy clothes that can be rented for the big day. 
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(Stand up done in career closet)...For Bobcat Update, I'm Lauren Crider.

Jennifer Galvan

Dance is an art form that can bring people together. Bobcat Update's Jennifer Galvan tells us in this report how the performing arts at Texas State promote diversity.

The university recently hosted an event showcasing dance:
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Dance is appreciated across cultures. It provides opportunities for campus organizations to show off their talent.
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Grupo Folklorico Octochtli, a traditional Mexican dance group, performed at the event with the hope of making more people aware of Mexico's diversity within.
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SU: For more information to join organizations, check out the Texas State website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jennifer Galvan.

3/28/17

Jonathan Szedeli

The Texas House and Senate are discussing a new bill that could affect how taxes are appropriated to public education.  Jonathan Szedeli (Zitley) has more in this Bobcat Update.

Texas Senate Bill 3, more commonly referred to as the voucher or school choice bill, is making its way through the House where there has been much debate.  Opponents claim that the bill will further take away public tax dollars from an already underfunded  public school system.  Numerous organizations, such as the Texas State Teachers Association, have denounced the bill.
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Many proponents of the bill believe their tax dollars should follow their children. They want to be allowed to choose where the money is spent.  Under the bill's provisions, students would have access to an educational savings  account that could cover 75 percent of the state's operating costs.  This appeals to those who prefer a private, religious or home school education.
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Hundreds of students, teachers, parents and politicians converged on the state capital this past weekend to voice their opinions on the matter.
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The Senate Committee on Education voted to send the bill to the full Texas Senate after hearing 14 hours of testimony.  Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick back the measure and are expected to send it  to the Senate floor for a full vote as early as this week. 
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Sarah Jenkins

Upward and out is the goal behind Texas State's Upward Bound program, which is designed to catapult high school students to college. Sarah Jenkins tells us more, in this Bobcat Update.

(standup) Upward Bound dates back to President Johnson's 1964 War on Poverty, and director of the program Ray Cordero says many of the students picked are economically disadvantaged or first-generation-to-college students.
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The federally funded program begins with high school freshmen and lasts ten years, following them through their undergraduate degree, and includes a six-week summer program at Texas State, where the participants live on campus and attend classes. Upward Bound staff and Texas State faculty and students assist the participants with tutoring, SAT prep and college applications. For Bobcat Update I'm Sarah Jenkins.

3/27/17

Jayci Hess

Many seniors are camera ready and posing for their graduation pictures. However, adding glitz to the photos can cause harm. Bobcat Update's Jayci Hess explains.

Many seniors like to use confetti in their snapshots, but the practice can be hazardous to fish and other aquatic animals. Once the glitter is thrown, much of it goes down the drain and into the San Marcos River.
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There is a non-toxic, biodegradable alternative that seniors could use instead of plastics.
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The group makes the confetti out of rice and color it organically with beet juice and turmeric to show the Texas State maroon and gold. The confetti is occasionally sold on the quad, or you can contact the HEAT organization to buy some.
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Jasmine Clark

It's known for style -- an annual gala at Texas State where formal attire is expected. Bobcat Update's Jasmine Clark has more.

SACA recently hosted a gala for students to pull out their best attire and party like celebrities. SACA Member Malik Mingo says the purpose of the met gala is to give students a unique, more upscale event to enjoy.
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The affair was also a way for Bobcats to de-stress and get back into the swing of school after transitioning from spring break.
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The gala featured an oxygen bar, "mock"-tails, and a red carpet.
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SACA's gala also had celebrity impersonators, including a thriller performance from Michael Jackson. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jasmine Clark.

3/26/17

Kathryn Macchia

There's a place in San Marcos where local hip-hop and rap artists are showcased. As Bobcat Update's Kathryn Macchia tells us, the artists have a chance to perform in front of an audience.

Wake the Dead Coffeehouse is usually a quiet place to study while sipping brew and eating pastries, but once a month it becomes a music venue:
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The student-run radio station K-T-S-W hosts what it calls Underground Excellence to give emerging artists a platform to be heard.
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The next Underground Excellence program will be this Saturday. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Macchia.

3/25/17

Jacey Yarbrough

Two San Marcos historic districts could be expanding in coming months. Bobcat Update's Jacey Yarbrough has more.

The Historic Preservation Commission wants the Planning and Zoning Commission and the City Council to expand the Hopkins and Lindsey-Rodgers historic districts. The expansions would include residential neighborhoods just south of the downtown square. San Marcos City Planner Allison Brake says it's all part of an effort to preserve the city's unique history.
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One particular structure in the expansion zone, originally built in 1886, is the vacant Lamar School located off Blanco and Hutchison Street. With deteriorating walls, no-trespass signs, and empty hallways that haven't had students in years, the building is in dire straits.
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Some residents are hoping they can preserve as many historic structures as possible. San Marcos home owner, Clarke Hammond, who serves on the preservation commission, says having these districts allows the city to honor its cultural heritage.
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What determines which structures are historical has changed.
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Cristian Perez

Texas State students are giving back to the community. Bobcat Update's Cristian Perez tells us about this weekend's big event.
 
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Bobcat Build is a one-day affair involving several thousand people who volunteer their services  to work on projects in the San Marcos area -- all in the hopes of improving the community. Volunteers  work on such things as landscaping, picking up trash and even painting houses. Outreach Co-Chair Marissa Trevino says it's a great way to give back.
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When Bobcat Build started in 2002, it had approximately 700 volunteers at 50 job sites. Since then, the numbers have skyrocketed. Last year about 45-hundred people volunteered to work at more than 300 job sites. Organizers say they're hoping this year's Bobcat Build will be even bigger.
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The volunteers show up at the Strahan Coliseum parking lot around 7:30 in the morning and soon go to work. This year will mark Bobcat Build's 15th  anniversary, which goes to show how dedicated the students are to their adopted home.
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The dedication that many of the workers show to get Bobcat Build going each year is something that everyone in the community can all be thankful for. For Bobcat Update, I'm Cristian Perez.

Jason Harris

As the population of San Marcos continues to grow, so does the number of our four-legged, furry friends. The places in the city where Fido can run and play are limited, which makes the San Marcos dog park a popular place for master and pet. But, in this Bobcat Update, Jason Harris tells us the dog park needs some work.

It's spring time -- time to take our pets outside and enjoy the warm, Texas rays. The San Marcos dog park offers a wide-open space for our best  friends to run in the sun and hang out with its friends. The dog park is ideal for city dwellers who rent apartments. It provides a fenced-in area for dogs to stretch their legs and really run.
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The park provides two separate areas for dogs of different sizes as well as two covered areas with seating for parents to sit and watch their adopted children play. Water fountains are also available for Scooby to grab a cool drink on a  hot day. Almost always busy, the park has developed into a small community of dog lovers. However a few months back, patrons voiced their concerns over a few problems they thought were plaguing the park. The first was drainage. Water and mud would linger for weeks after a storm passed through the area. The second was the old water fountain, which rarely worked and was covered in grime and dirt from years of use.
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The city responded by shutting down the park, removing the old water fountain and installing a drainage ditch. Patrons of the park were appreciative of the changes but feel more work needs to be done.
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A canopy providing shade to humans and dogs alike was also removed leaving only one side of the park with a covered area to escape the sun. A new water fountain was installed but it's the only one in working condition, and it's located on  the opposite side of the park from the covered area. Residents know that keeping the park in tip-top shape is a two-way street but also feel the city left a few problems unsolved.
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Despite the issues still facing the dog park, residents of San Marcos still flock to it for a chance to let their dogs run wild and socialize with friends. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jason Harris. 

Brittany Hill

Many San Marcos drivers are relieved that back-in parking will soon end downtown. In this Bobcat Update, Brittany Hill tells us why back-in parking is being discontinued.

The main reason is that motorists didn't like backing into parking spaces. It's not common and sometimes awkward. Transportation planners implemented the system as a safety measure for bicyclists downtown. However, the parking method caused several problems on North L-B-J.
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Some drivers say they avoided parking on streets where backing-in was required.
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 A lot of residents are excited about the change.
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Some drivers believe more should be done to alleviate the traffic problems in San Marcos. 
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The San Marcos City Council in January voted unanimously to return to more traditional parking. For Bobcat Update, I'm Brittany Hill.

Dylan Anguiano

Texas State has created an app to promote a safer environment on campus. Bobcat Update's Dylan Anguiano has more.
 
The Bobcat Guardian app is designed to ensure safety, a goal that many students can appreciate.
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By merely pushing a button, students can dial University Police in emergency situations, or they can assign guardians to monitor them remotely. Also, a timer can be set to show when users are supposed to arrive at their destinations.
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Assigned guardians can be friends or family members. Using the app offers some security and peace of mind.  
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SU: If you want to download the app to be safer on campus, you can download the Bobcat Rave Guardian app though the app store or Google play for android. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dylan Anguiano.

3/22/17

Adam Carreno

A few Texas State students are setting an example of how to achieve one's goals. Bobcat Update's Adam Carreno has more.

What started as a dream has quickly become reality for the owners of Bad Habits Hookah Lounge. After opening its doors just over a year ago, Bad Habits has gone from being a start-up business to the top hookah lounge in San Marcos. Co-founder Taylor Henry says that catering to students, as well the San Marcos community, has been a key to making the business successful.
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The business owners say their guests are offered variety at the hookah lounge.
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Henry says although the business may have sidetracked them from their studies at Texas State, both he and Castillo are  committed to finishing their degrees.
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The owners say they participated in Texas State's three-day start-up program for entrepreneurs. And now that they're up and running their own business, they've been given an opportunity to give back as guest speakers themselves.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Carreno.

3/17/17

Ke'Anna Bullard

For those with a sweet tooth, cravings always seem to hit at the worst times. San Marcos' newest shop may be able to help late-night snackers. Bobcat Update's Ke'Anna Bullard has the scoop.

San Marcos is known for its vibrant and ever-changing downtown. Shops seem to pop up overnight, adding to what San Marcos has to offer. Insomnia Cookies is the newest among them.
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What started out as the brainchild of a college student has grown into a national brand, with more than 113 shops across the U-S and more opening every week.
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Insomnia Cookies offers a variety of sweets, and it delivers to the San Marcos area from 10 a-m to 3 a-m.
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And here at Insomnia Cookies there's no wrong time for a treat, day or night.
Insomnia Cookies is located at 111 East Hopkins Street, across from the old Hays County Courthouse. For more information about Insomnia Cookies visit insomnia-cookies-dot-com. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ke'Anna Bullard.  
      

3/13/17

Morgan Burrell

The Meadows Center at Texas State is offering guided tours again. Morgan Burrell (buh-RELL) tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

The Wetlands Boardwalk is a floating walkway along the fertile soil of Spring Lake Park. Those who visit this time of year can expect to see birds, lizards and spawning fish. Tours have  been offered since 2014. However, in 2015, the boardwalk floated down the river after heavy rain and flooding. The newly-built dock has support beams that are 25 feet higher than the original.
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[ATTRIBUTION NEEDED -- WHO SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT?] The educational elements of the wetlands are especially important for the children who visit.
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[ATTRIBUTION NEEDED -- WHO SAYS IT'S IMPORTANT?] The wetlands are also important to Texas State students and San Marcos residents.
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3/12/17

Bill Manson

The City of San Marcos is adapting to Texas State's growing enrollment. More roads, restaurants and apartment complexes are being built. And there's more noise. Bobcat Update's Bill Manson has the story.
 
Thomas Schaar, a senior at Texas State studying finance, received a citation recently for violating the city's noise ordinance.  Schaar says he had no idea there was such an ordinance, and after doing some research he believes he shouldn't have been fined.
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Some people support the noise ordinances.
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San Marcos Public Information Officer Kristy Wyatt:
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Schaar apparently has some options to consider. He could pay the fine and take a defensive driving course. He could request a hearing before a judge. He could request a trial by judge or jury. OR he plead no contest. 
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Bill Manson.     

Josh Kelley

Texas State is hosting its annual Family Day Event this weekend. Bobcat Update's Josh Kelley tells us more.

Family Day is an all-day event. There will be prizes and other giveaways for participants. Activities begin with a meet-and-greet lunch, followed by a keynote speaker at the L-B-J Student Center. Later in the day the Texas State Recreation Center will host the students. Some of them might even do some rock climbing.
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After some fun at the Rec Center, the Texas State Quidditch team will compete in a tournament.
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The last activity of the day, called the Sip-N-Shop, will have students and their families strolling through the historic San Marcos Square. For tickets and more information, visit the Texas State Parent and Family Relations website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Josh Kelley.

3/11/17

Callie Burnett

An internet start-up is helping art students showcase their work in a new way. Bobcat Update's Callie Burnett has the story.

For many art students, it can be difficult breaking into the competitive art industry, but a new website could help make the process a little bit easier. 
Art Start Art is an idea founder Erik Culver came up with after he graduated from art school and realized he had created a huge amount of work that was just collecting dust under his bed. 
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Students can submit their art on the website. A curator then chooses the cream of the crop and provides the artist with ideas for marketing and pricing. 
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The first batch of artwork will be showcased on the website April 10th. For information on how to buy or sell art work, you can visit Art-Start-Art-dot-com. For Bobcat  Update, I'm Callie Burnett.
        

Tyler Dumas

San Marcos may soon have the sad distinction of being one of the few college towns in America that doesn't have a record store.  Bobcat Update's Tyler Dumas has more on the story.

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For a lot of folks these days…music simply isn't packaged this way.  With the rise of streaming services, most music purchases are in the digital format…or it's not purchased at all. But for those who want to hold something in their hands or just like their music at 33 & 1/3 R-P-M's, an independent record store may seem a magical place.
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With digital streaming dominating the market, local, independent record stores are finding it harder to keep their doors open.  Superfly's Lonestar Music Emporium in San Marcos is facing that very problem. Superfly's roots are down the road in Gruene, Texas, but it has called San Marcos home since 2012.
The move took place to University Drive in San Marcos occurred after Sundance Records closed shop after more than 30 years in the city.  Superfly's is part of a larger organization called Lonestar Music. Its primary focus is on roots-based  music or what is now termed Americana. But the store carries a wide array of music. Owner Zach Jennings bought the company in 2009.
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Though he acknowledges that people aren't buying music like they used to, he finds it odd that a college town with so many ties to music can't seem to support a record store.
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He says the store's location on University Drive, and towing practices in the area have influenced Superfly's business.
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In a letter posted to Facebook in mid-February, Jennings broke the news of the possible closure…and at the time it seemed like a very real possibility.  He's now more optimistic because he believes changing locations will provide a solution, though nothing is certain.
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Superfly's lease is up in April.  And then…well…we'll see if San Marcos still has a record store.  So go check them out while they are still here.  If you buy an album and listen to it from start to finish, it might just change the way you think about music.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Tyler Dumas.

3/4/17

Cordova, Andrea

The Great Annual Texas River Clean Up attracts a gathering each year to help restore the beauty of one the region's great treasures -- the San Marcos River. Bobcat Update's Andrea Cordova has more on this past weekend's event:
 
Thanks to The Annual San Marcos River Clean Up, tubers will be able to float the river litter free. Over the weekend hundreds of volunteers gathered to pick up trash in and near the river.
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For the past 32 years, the community has cleaned the entire 90 miles of the San Marcos River. Volunteers pick up litter as they walk the banks, SCUBA-dive the floor and canoe downstream. It's all about making a difference.
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Last year's destructive floods had an impact on the clean up.
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For more information on future events, follow the Annual Great Texas River Clean Up on Facebook. For Bobcat Update, I'm Andrea Cordova.
 
 

Jayci Hess

The student population at Texas State has been growing rapidly in recent years. To accommodate the higher numbers, new apartment complexes have sprung up throughout San Marcos. One of the new ones -- still under construction -- is located downtown and within walking distance of campus. Jayci Hess tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

The Local is being built off North Edward Gary Street, next to The Yellow Store.
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There will be a lot of amenities offered at The Local, including: a giant pool, a media and game room, a sauna, a fitness center and much more!
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Prizes are being offered to people who come and take the virtual tour.  A Yeti cooler and an Amazon Echo are among the prizes so far. If you're interested and want more information, you can check out The Local's website.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Jayci Hess. 

Jason Harris

You may notice graffiti at several locations in San Marcos. Some of it may be the act of vandals, but in other instances what you see may be approved art. Bobcat Update's Jason Harris has more.
 
Graffiti. A word that sometimes invokes a negative image and with good reason. Sporadic cases of graffiti vandalism pop up around San Marcos, and they happen more often than residents would like. Local business owners say it's not a major issue but the expense of getting rid of it falls on them, not city government. To combat the problem, they are using an unlikely weapon: More Graffiti.
Over half-a-dozen graffiti murals now decorate the walls of shops in downtown San Marcos. Ranging from Marvin the Martian to a Goonies  memorial, these spray-paint graphics cover the entire side of some buildings. Most were commissioned  pieces, but a few seemingly sprang up overnight.  
 Other proprietors are using graffiti to promote their businesses. For example, Danny's Barber Shop proudly displays its logo with a full list of services -- all on a giant graffiti mural outside the  shop.
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There are other murals in San Marcos.
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A local food truck has graffiti that serves as a memorial to a lost loved one AND as a business logo.
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While the word graffiti still connotes mischief, artists and businesses in San Marcos are working together to solve the problem, using a color explosion of their own. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jason  Harris.

      

Kathryn Macchia

Texas State students have the opportunity to discuss their ideas and concerns with President Trauth. Bobcat Update's Kathryn Macchia has more.
 
Each semester President Trauth hosts Open Door sessions at the L-B-J Student Center for students who want to talk about the future of the university.
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At Open Door, students can speak with President Trauth directly, in a private or group setting. The sessions provide a way for students and faculty to work together to improve the university and to promote campus unity.
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President Trauth will host one more Open Door session this spring semester -- on April 20th. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Macchia.

    

Dalia Moreno

There's a group of Texas State students who dedicate their time to preserving the bee population on campus. Dalia Moreno shares what all the buzz is about in this Bobcat Update.

Texas State's Bobcat Buzz Club wants to raise awareness about the importance of bees.
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Members interested in bee-keeping get hands-on experience to learn how to raise bees.
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The club is also responsible for maintaining the bee garden. Members get together to remove weeds, set compost and plant new plants for the bees to enjoy.
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With the Bobcat Buzz club, saving the bees can be as simple as zipping your suit up and putting your beekeeping hat on. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dalia Moreno.

Dylan Anguiano

Several Texas State musicians are involved in the Battle of the Bands competition. Bobcat Update's Dylan Anguiano has more.

Battle of the Bands is sponsored by the Student Association for Campus Activities. The competition has several rounds before the winning bands are chosen. 
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The bands have worked hard to prepare. They make sure their performances go smoothly with hopes of earning recognition for their efforts. 
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(Stand Up) The winners of this round will go on to perform at Riverfest on April 21st. Then a first place winner will be awarded the championship title at the festival. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dylan Anguiano.

       

Jennifer Galvan

The internationally-acclaimed author Sandra Cisneros is the subject of a major new exhibition at the Wittliff Collections. Bobcat Update's Jennifer Galvan has the story.
 
The exhibit called, A House of Her Own, highlights key artifacts from the Cisneros archives, such as photographs, original drawings, her manuscripts, diaries and journals – where many of her stories and poems can be found.
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The exhibit is divided into four parts each telling a story about her life.
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Many students know her for her best selling book, The House on Mango Street, and enjoy how she talked about her childhood when she was growing up.
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(Stand up) Sandra Cisneros: A House of Her Own Exhibit will be on the 7th floor of the Alkek Library at the Wittliff Collections through July 1st. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jennifer Galvan.


     

Jasmine Clark

Many Bobcats are counting down the days to their favorite part of the semester -- Spring Break! Bobcat Update's Jasmine Clark has more.

Some students are planning to skip the beach and focus on spending time with family.
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Others aren't as lucky because they have to accommodate work.
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Some San Marcos hot spots are expecting to see an increase in traffic.
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Others are planning an eventful week during their vacations.
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Bobcats have a lot of plans for spring break this year.  Many will head to the coast while others soak up the sun closer to home. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jasmine Clark.
      

2/28/17

Jacob Villarreal

Texas State has elected a new student government president. Bobcat Update's Jacob Villarreal has more.

More than four-thousand votes were cast by Texas State students last week to determine who will serve in student government. It was a tight race for President and Vice President with the ticket of Connor Clegg and Colton Duncan winning.
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The current administration is confident the Clegg administration will continue making positive changes for students.
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The president-elect says he has several issues he will focus on during his term.
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The new administration also wants to cut tuition rates, promote school pride, and further the impact of student government by listening more to the student body.
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The student senate meets each Monday night in the L-B-J Student Center. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jacob Villarreal.

2/25/17

Brittany hill

President Trump has labeled the news media as Enemies of the People. Bobcat Update's Brittany Hill has reaction to Trump's statement.

The Trump administration is off to a rocky start with the news media. President Trump claims some news organizations are bad for the country.
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Some media outlets, including The New York Times and C-N-N, were banned last week from an informal White House briefing.
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These events could damage trust in government and the ability of the news media to do their jobs.
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However, such animosity could prove inspirational to some journalists.
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This past weekend the Trump administration announced that the president will NOT participate in the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, which is another sign of the deteriorating relationship between the White House and the reporters who cover it. For Bobcat Update, I'm Brittany Hill.

Cristian Perez

A San Marcos gym owner is training for what he hopes will take him to the next level of Cross-fit. Bobcat Update's Cristian Perez has more on the story.
 
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Weston Nieman is new to San Marcos. He moved here last August with childhood friend Quentin Murr to open a Crossfit gym.
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Nieman and Murr quit their daytime jobs to pursue full-time their dreams of being professional Crossfit athletes. It was a tough choice.
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Coming from a small town, Nieman was not always into Crossfit. He originally had aspirations to play professional football; however, after having several injuries at New Mexico State and Texas Tech, he stopped playing. As the years went by, Murr tried to convince Nieman to commit to  Crossfit.
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Nieman finally attended a class, and, after he did, he came to love it. He then promised himself to participate in the Crossfit Open with hopes of making the regionals. The Crossfit Open is a five-week competition where a workout is posted once a week for athletes to participate. Those with the best scores advance.
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Nieman started competing in Crossfit and proved to be quite exceptional. He qualified for the pro division in The Fittest games -- a worldwide competition. Now his goal is to be one of Crossfit's top athletes.
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(Standup) To learn more about Weston's journey and Battle Wolf Crossfit, check out their website or simply look them up on Facebook or Instagram. For Bobcat Update, I'm Cristian Perez.
   

Archana Nair

Texas State offers a variety of opportunities for students who are looking for jobs. Bobcat Update's Archana Nair has more.

While some students may be planning for their spring break vacations, others are looking ahead at what they'll do after graduation. Texas State's Career Services provides resources and professional guidance for students who are ready to step into the real world.
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Career Services holds job fairs on campus where companies like H-E-B, Kohl's, and Target recruit students for all kinds of positions.
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Some students find the resources beneficial.
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Career Services is located in the L-B-J Student Center. For more information about upcoming fairs and other resources, log on to career services-Dot-T-X-State-dot-E-D-U. For Bobcat Update, I'm Archana Nair.

Jonathan Szedeli

Campus carry has been in effect for almost seven months. The law allows those who have permits to carry concealed guns to carry them on campus. Bobcat Update's Jonathan Szedeli takes a look at how the law has affected Texas State.

Senate Bill Eleven is the legislation that allows campus carry.  Many expressed strong opinions for and against the law when it was enacted, and now -- several months later -- those opinions remain strong. Some professors question its relevance.
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According to University Police, there have been no incidents involving campus carry since the law went into effect.  Despite this fact, not everyone's fears have been calmed.
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While some share this view, others on campus have a different perspective and embrace the new law.
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School officials would like to remind students that while C-H-L licenses allow you to carry on campus, certain buildings -- such as the Student Health Center, Child Development Center and the President's  house -- are restricted areas
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One concern that both sides of this controversial issue share is the desire to maintain a safe campus for everyone.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Jonathan Szedeli.

      

Callie Burnett

The Texas State Comedy Association is welcoming students from all majors to join the university's first organization dedicated to making others laugh. Bobcat Update's Callie Burnett has the story.

The Comedy Association was formed to bring comedy enthusiasts together to perfect their craft. The organization holds weekly workshops for those who would like to participate and learn more  about stand-up, sketch and improv  comedy. 
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The Comedy Association participates in many open mics during the week, where members perform stand-up at local bars and coffee shops in Austin  and San Marcos. President and founder, Garrett Buss, says stage fright is very common for stand-up comedians and can be difficult to overcome. 
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The Texas State Comedy Association welcomes anyone who has an interest in comedy to come to one of the meetings held on campus during the week. [PLEASE BE MORE SPECIFIC -- WHEN AND WHERE?] For Bobcat Update I'm Callie Burnett.

Areli Cabildo

Texas State University and The Hays County Food Bank are collaborating to bring free food to students on campus. Bobcat Update's Areli Cabildo tells us where the food is distributed.
 
Expenses for a college student can quickly add up. Tuition, books, supplies and more have to be paid. Often that leaves very little money to eat nutritious meals. But donations from H-E-B, local farms and the community are giving students a chance to enjoy healthier choices at mealtime.
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The meal bags contain fresh produce, meats and bread, and students who get them are happy the university has found a way to help them manage their tight budgets.
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Food is distributed each Monday on campus from noon until one at the United Campus Ministries building. For more information on distribution locations, visit  w-w-w-dot-hays-county-food-bank-dot-com. For Bobcat Update, I'm Areli Cabildo.
    

2/24/17

Josh Kelley

The making of craft beer is a growing trend in San Marcos.  Josh Kelley tells us more in this  Bobcat Update

Next to Texas State University is a shopping strip where you'll find businesses like Bobcat Nation and Pie Society.  Another thriving enterprise is a neighborhood bar called The Growling. At The Growling you can imbibe in more than 30 different craft beers -- all made in Texas. There are some created in San Marcos, such as Middleton, Altmeyer and Lewis. 
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The Growling is tucked away in the corner of a San Marcos shopping center, located near the Texas State Music Building at Sessom and L-B-J.
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The Growling also hosts music and art from some of the locals. 
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Whether you need to blow off stress or just need another excuse to have a cold one, San Marcos provides plenty of opportunities -- thanks to the city's growing craft beer community. For Bobcat Update, I'm Josh Kelley
    

2/21/17

Alix Lares-Rodriguez

A San Marcos restaurant has been recognized for its quality. Bobcat Update's Alix Rodriguez has the story. 

The Root Cellar Cafe & Brewery has been in business in San Marcos since 2005. For the second consecutive year, the restaurant has been recognized as one of the 15 best in Texas. [ACCORDING TO WHOM?--YOU MUST NAME THE SOURCE]
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The staff gets a lot of credit for earning the recognition. 
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The staff says the restaurant's food and atmosphere have contributed to the restaurant's success. 
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The Root Cellar is located at 215 North L-B-J in San Marcos. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alix Rodriguez. 

     

2/19/17

Matthew Fagerson

New technology at Alkek Library is taking printing to a new dimension. Bobcat Update's Matthew Fagerson has the story.

From toys and trinkets to prosthetic limbs, Texas State students can now three-D print almost anything they can imagine.
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Some students are already solving problems with the tools available in Alkek's three-D print lab.
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The lab also has scanning technology that can quickly create computer models of real-world objects.
One goal of those who oversee the lab is to introduce three-D scanning and printing to students who want to learn more.
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The three-D print lab is located on the fourth floor of Alkek. Anyone with a valid Texas State I-D can use the printers. Cost is based on the amount of material used. You can find more information about three-D printing at the library's website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Fagerson.

Benjamin Rauls

Spring intramural sports are underway, as Texas State students find a fun way to de-stress. Bobcat Update's Benjamin Rauls has more on the story.

Throughout the semester, it's easy for students to become overwhelmed, but there are many options to deal with the stress. One option is to participate in intramural sports.
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For many students, it's a chance to unwind and take their minds off projects and school work. It's also a unique way to socialize with other Bobcats.
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Participating in intramural sports is also a healthy activity. According to the American Council on Exercise, playing recreational sports can help boost self-esteem, reduce stress and improve one's mood.
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Students of all skill levels have the ability to join. For more information on how to get involved in a sports league, visit the intramural sports office at the Student Recreation Center. For Bobcat Update, I'm Benjamin Rauls.

Kathryn Macchia

The Aquarena Springs Loop 82 overpass project is moving into its final phase. Bobcat Update's Kathryn Macchia has more on the story. 

Traffic was reduced to one lane recently as workers prepare to permanently re-route traffic through the railroad crossing and the intersection at Post Road. The lane reduction will last several months, leading to potential problems for business owners in the area.
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The Texas Department of Transportation is encouraging drivers to allow extra time to travel through this area, but some drivers are choosing to avoid the construction traffic altogether.
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Road signs are in place to alert drivers of the lane closure. Traffic will remain in this new configuration for the foreseeable future. Two-lane traffic each way will resume after the frontage roads and overpass are finished.
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The Loop 82 overpass project is expected to continue until late 2017. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Macchia. 

Morgan Burrell

Twelve freshmen have been added to the Texas State baseball roster. Morgan Burrell tells us more in this Bobcat Update.
 
Some fresh faces on the Texas State baseball team means that the Bobcats could have an exciting season. The roster needed some new players because several seniors from last year were either drafted or graduated. The team has filled the vacancies.
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Texas State faces the Baylor Bears at Bobcat Ballpark tonight at six o'clock. For Bobcat Update, I'm Morgan Burrell.

Dalia Moreno

Texas State is celebrating Black History Month with a variety of events on campus. Bobcat Update's Dalia Moreno has the story.

For many students, Black History month is a time to reflect on the past and work toward the future.
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The office of Student Diversity and Inclusion wants to make sure all students know they are important in the Bobcat community.
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S-D-I hosted the Martin Luther King Freedom March and Celebration earlier this month to kick-off Black History Month.
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Several student organizations are holding events. The Black Student Alliance is hosting its Annual Desegregation Picnic this Friday, and Naturally Y.O.U., a women's organization, also has events planned.
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All Bobcats are welcome to attend the events this month. It's a time to celebrate and learn more about African-American history. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dalia Moreno.

Jacey Yarbrough

Construction of the Loop 82 Overpass along Aquarena Springs is advancing. As it enters a new phase, the project is causing more traffic delays . Bobcat Update's Jacey Yarbrough has the story.

Drivers are being redirected through a new railroad crossing at Post Road and a new street called Bobcat Drive. The detour will remain active for several months while the over-pass is being completed. Some students say the detour will affect their morning commute.
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Motorists should allow extra time to travel through the detoured areas, including Travis Elementary School and the Bobcat Stadium parking lot. Tex-DOT has asked for patience when driving through the work zone, but not all commuters are concerned.
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After this phase of the project is complete, there will be two travel lanes in each direction. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jacey Yarbrough.

Krys White

It's election time at Texas State. Bobcat Update's Krys White has more.

The 2017-2018 Student Body Government elections are taking place now. Students are voting for President, Vice President and the Senate. The candidates for president are Connor Clegg And Russell Boyd and for Vice President Colton Duncan and Emari Shelvin.
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Campus safety and sexual assault are hot-topic issues the candidates have addressed, along with promoting a more open dialogue between students and faculty.
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The winners of the election will replace the Homann-Martinez administration.
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Those wanting to vote may do so online or at the Student Center until tomorrow at seven p.m.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Krys White.

Dylan Anguiano

A veterans' exhibit honoring those who have served is on display at Alkek Library. Bobcat Update's Dylan Anguiano has the story.
 
The exhibit called Memories from My Duffle Bag has items dating back to World War II. War medals and uniforms are among the memorabilia at the exhibit, which was put together by Dana Holmes. Holmes wanted students to become more aware of student veterans at Texas State. For some veterans, the exhibit reminds them of their time in the military. 
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The transition from service to the classroom can have an effect on some Bobcat veterans.
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Organizers of the exhibit say they want to honor veterans and show appreciate for their service.
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Most of the war memorabilia in the exhibit comes from Texas State students who have served. They donated the items on display. The exhibit will be on the first floor of the Alkek library until March 26th. For Bobcat update, I'm Dylan Anguiano.

Jennifer Galvan

The City of San Marcos is calling on volunteers to register for the 32nd Annual Great Texas River Cleanup. Bobcat Update's Jennifer Galvan has more.

The purpose of the clean up is to help beautify the San Marcos River, its banks and the creeks that flow into it.  Every spring on the first Saturday in March, volunteers from all over Texas participate in the clean up.
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They expect many volunteers to sign up for this year's cleanup.
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Many professors encourage students to get involved and help their community.
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It's encouraged for volunteers to sign up before March 4th but walk ins are welcome, too.
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So grab your gloves and bags to help beautify your community and prevent trash from flowing down the San Marcos River. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jennifer Galvan.

2/15/17

Sarah Jenkins

The Texas State community is responding to a controversial order to bar the entry of immigrants arriving from seven Muslim-majority countries. Sarah Jenkins has the story.
 
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Mohammod Al-Rousad, President of the Muslim Student Association, organized the protest.
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Texas State student Amanda Wood says her family was affected by the ban while it was in effect.
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The travel ban is pending constitutional review by the courts. However, President Trump has indicated he may issue a new order to avoid further appeals. For Bobcat Update, I'm Sarah Jenkins.

2/14/17

Manal Hage

Texas State's Department of Theater and Dance now features the newly revived musical production, The World According to Snoopy. Bobcat Update's Manal Hage (phonetic) takes a peak behind the curtain. 

Based on the classic comic strip, Peanuts by Charles M. Schultz, the production includes many of his favorite characters -- Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Sally, Lucy, Linus and  Peppermint Patty. They all will sing and dance their way through life with Snoopy at the wheel.
Directed by Kaitlin Hopkins, head of the musical theater program at Texas State, the production features new orchestrations, vocal arrangements  and choreography.
Texas State collaborated with Larry Grossman, the original Broadway composer of 1968's You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, to produce Snoopy.
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The production team has been hard at work since fall 2016 putting the show together. From building the set from scratch, to sewing new costumes and countless hours of rehearsal; the team dedicated its time to make this show as sophisticated and as fun as possible for audiences.
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The Department of Theater and Dance is working with Houston's  nonprofit company, Theater Under the Stars, to make the production possible.
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Hopkins' message to students is simple -- The characters are tenacious. When they fall down, they get right back up. That, says Hopkins, is an important lesson for us all.
The production will play at Patti Strickel Harrison Theater from now through February 19th. Tickets are available at T-X-State-Presents-dot-com.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Manal Hage.

2/11/17

Jacob Villarreal

Transferring to a new college can often be challenging for students. Luckily, Texas State has resources in place to make the transition easier. Bobcat Update's Jacob Villarreal has more.
 
The Transfer Student Success Team aims to make the process of adapting to a new school much easier for incoming transfer students.
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The team puts together a Transfer Student Success Week once a semester. The most recent such event occurred last week. Career prep, money management and even a Krav Maga class were made available to transfer students.
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The Transfer Student Success Team provides assistance throughout the semester.
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For more information about transfer scholarships and other resources, visit the Student Success Website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jacob  Villarreal.


    

Sterling Pitchford

While some Texas State seniors are excited that they will be graduating in May, other are apprehensive. Bobcat Update's Sterling Pitchford has more.
Most students are happy to be nearing the end of their time in college, but there's also concern. Some fear that they will have difficulty finding employment in their field.
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Even seniors who are very passionate about their majors worry about being in way over their heads.
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Some seniors are considering graduate school as an alternative.
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Chuck Kaufman, the internship coordinator for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, provides resources and support for students who are uncertain about their lives after college.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Sterling Pitchford.

Jason Harris

The lack of on-campus parking is an issue that never goes away for Texas State students. Bobcat Update's Jason Harris has more.

Over the past few years, Texas State has had several major construction projects to serve its ever-growing enrollment. However, one problem remains constant and seems to be getting worse.
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Construction of the Loop 82 overpass along Aquarena Springs Drive has compounded the problem. Many parking spaces are no longer available because of the construction. Some students question whether the project is worth the hassle.
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An additional 20 parking spaces in the East lot of Bobcat Stadium have now been designated for red permits, which -- when combined with the areas lost to construction -- means about 300 spaces are no longer available to commuters. This is happening at a time when there's record enrollment at the university.
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Texas State's Parking Services clearly states on its website that the purchase of a parking permit does not guarantee students a parking space. Some students say they've resorted to using two-hour parking in front of businesses near campus as an alternative. Others say they simply show up early -- sometimes an hour before their class -- to wait for a parking spot. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jason Harris.

2/10/17

Jonathan Szedeli

Governor Abbott's recent order to freeze hiring at state agencies carries some possible challenges for Texas State University.  Jonathan Szedeli has more in this Bobcat Update.

In his State of the State address, Governor Abbott ordered a hiring freeze that could save the state an estimated 200 million dollars.  The freeze applies to most Texas agencies and higher education institutions including Texas State. 
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Many students wonder how the freeze will affect them. University officials say the impact will be limited.
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About 30 percent of the university's funding comes from the state. The university's president, Denise Trauth, is no stranger to dealing with hiring freezes. She implemented similar restrictions in 2003 under former Governor Rick Perry.
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The freeze does not affect jobs that have a direct impact on public safety, such as campus police. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jonathan Szedeli.

Joshua Kelley

A favorite swimming spot for some locals is still closed after heavy rain last September caused damage. Bobcat Update's Josh Kelley tells us about the area some people call the Headwaters.

For some, it's a safe haven -- a place to relax. The Headwaters is located where the San Marcos River begins -- where water flows from Spring Lake near the Saltgrass Restaurant.
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The banks of the river have in the past been an ideal place to sun bathe and relax. Part of the embankment became unstable after the floods of 2015 and the heavy rains last year. The area continues to be blocked off by a chain-linked fence.
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The closure is part of a River Beautification Project.
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Though this part of the river is off limits now, other areas are as popular as ever. For more information about the beautification project, visit the City of San Marcos website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Josh  Kelley.

2/8/17

Victor Blanco

Texas State is reacting to racist messages being posted on campus. The Vice President of Student Affairs released a statement last week reminding everyone of the policy for posting fliers and other literature. Bobcat Update's Victor Blanco has more on the story.

Although the University has policies regulating the posting and distribution of literature, the rules are often ignored.  Fliers and bulletins are posted without regard to the guidelines.
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The University had several controversial fliers make headlines in recent months. The most recent, titled Take Your Country Back, was posted last week and quickly taken down.  Many students say they are willing to follow Texas State's policy if the material is offensive.
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Senior Lecturer of Media Law Gilbert Martinez says students don't have a right to post wherever they choose but their ideas should be heard.
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Individuals violating this policy are subject to Student Justice or Organization Conduct Procedures. To learn more, students can contact the Vice President for Student Affairs  Office. For Bobcat Update, I'm Victor Blanco.

2/3/17

Maria Martinez

Many political leaders are concerned about legacy -- they value how their constituencies regard their time in office. Barack Obama's presidency will receive such scrutiny for many years to come. Bobcat Update's Maria Martinez has more on the story.

Texas State's Center for International Studies is examining President Obama's legacy. The center recently hosted a perspectives conference.
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About 35 Texas State faculty members participated, along with professionals in law, journalism, healthcare and criminal justice.
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Obama's legacy will be shaped in part by how his successor, President Trump, either carries forward or dismantles the former president's initiatives. Some are concerned about what will happen next.
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Others believe Obama's legacy will endure.
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This year's perspectives conference had a great turnout from Bobcat students and faculty. The Center for International Studies has more such events scheduled this semester. For Bobcat Update, Maria Martinez.

2/2/17

Lara Dietrich

Some residence halls at Texas State are finally receiving access to wireless internet. Bobcat Update's Lara Dietrich has more on the story. 

Wireless internet is almost a necessity for college students. Ethernet cables are fast becoming  outdated as newer laptops come without connectors. To browse the internet, students often depend on mobile devices. Many say they need wi-fi in their rooms:
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Newer halls on campus were built with wireless installed, but there are three older ones that lack the necessary equipment. The Department of Housing and Residential Life is planning to bring wi-fi to every dorm. 
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However, the project is proving to be costly. 
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Dr. Proite says adding wi-fi will lead to the removal of cable services in the rooms in order to reduce costs. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lara Dietrich. 
 

1/27/17

Brittany Hill

Bobcat Seniors are preparing to step into the real world in May. Bobcat Update's Brittany Hill takes a look into their college experience leading up to graduation.

College can be tough, but that doesn't stop Texas State Senior Jose ______ from making other Bobcats smile during the journey. [ last name ] has turned the frowns of many undergraduates into smiles.
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Some seniors may have regrets and some wish they could stay longer.
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If you still have some years to go, don't get discouraged. There are ways to make your experience more enjoyable and rewarding.
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So get excited! Before you know it, it will be your turn to share your experience. For Bobcat Update, I'm Brittany Hill.

Jacey Yarbrough

With the start of a new semester, some Texas State Students are turning to the campus recreation center to help them reach their fitness goals. Bobcat Update’s Jacey Yarbrough has more on the story.

Determined Bobcats have filled the rec center with hopes of creating new habits while the semester is still young. With three floors designed for workouts, a weight room, and rows of treadmills, the rec center provides activities for all levels of fitness.
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Personal trainers are available to help motivate students and teach proper technique, but some students enjoy getting healthy at their own pace.
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The rec center also provides students an opportunity to get involved in healthy activities. Spring intramurals begin next month, starting with basketball. For Bobcat Update, I’m Jacey Yarbrough.

1/21/17

Sterling Pitchford

Texas State University has several construction projects underway. Bobcat Update's  Sterling Pitchford tells us about ongoing efforts to enhance parts of the campus.
 
Last year, the university completed a walkway between Commons and Flowers. While it was under construction, the project interfered with student living.
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The university has also completed renovations on Jones dining hall. While the aesthetics of the dining hall improved dramatically, some students question  whether the money could have been put to better use elsewhere, such as classrooms or transportation.
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More information about campus construction projects can be found on the Texas State  website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Sterling Pitchford.

Lauren Crider

Texas State students are back on campus after a much needed winter break. Bobcat Update's Lauren Crider caught up with a few Bobcats to see just how excited they are to be back in town.

Bobcats have returned, which means San Marcos is back to its typical, bustling self. Every December the city clears out for a glorious few weeks, but January always rolls around and campus becomes a swarm of happy students again.
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There are always construction projects underway at the university. Construction on and around campus can at times be a hindrance for Bobcats. but there's nothing to do but grin and bear it.
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Regardless of the construction or traffic, most students are happy to be back. The new semester offers new opportunities to learn and grow, and, for many lucky bobcats, this semester is their last.
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Overall, it's a joyful time on Texas State campus. The sun is shining, the buses are running on time and everyone is ready for their new classes. For Bobcat Update, I'm Lauren Crider.

Alix Rodriguez

The number of the incoming freshmen class grows each year at Texas State. Bobcat Update's Alix Rodriguez has more on the story.

Enrollment continues to increase, which means on-campus living is also more in demand.
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Construction is non-stop at Texas State, and dealing with it can be stressful for those who live on campus. 
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The constant noise of trucks beeping or drills hammering away at concrete, right outside a residence hall window, can create a situation where students have to move to find a quiet place to study. 
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Alix Rodriguez.

Adam Carreno

A Texas State University dining hall has reopened its doors for business. Bobcat Update's Adam Carreno has more.
 
Jones Dining Hall is finally back in business. After completion of a 15-month renovation project, Jones now provides more room to accommodate students as well as more eating establishments.
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But even with all changes, Jones held on to a couple fan favorites.
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The renovations have really helped business pick up. Since reopening, Jones has nearly doubled the number of costumers served daily. [ATTRIBUTION? WHERE DID THIS INFORMATION COME FROM?]
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With the success of the new menus, the company is planning to install similar business models at several colleges and universities throughout the nation. For Bobcat Update, I'm Adam Carreno.

Jacob Villarreal

Texas State students made their way back to campus to begin the spring semester on Tuesday. As they arrived, students battled cold and wet weather along with long lines. Bobcat Update's Jacob Villarreal has more the story.

Mother nature welcomed back Texas State students with cold temperatures and pouring rain. Through this weather Bobcats were tasked with typical first-week activities including finding their classes, buying books and waiting for packed buses. Some students are not appreciating the weather very much:
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While the weather may have dampened the spirits on the first day back, there is a long-term goal ahead in sight.
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Some students are looking forward to the semester as a way to spread positive vibes into 2017 as well as entertain those who are trying to stay dry.
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Texas State has reached record enrollment for many straight years now, and the ever-growing campus shows no signs of slowing down. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jacob Villarreal.

1/17/17

Kathryn Macchia

As the number of students enrolled at Texas State University continues to rise, students are finding it more difficult to make it to class on time. Bobcat Update's Kathryn Macchia has more on the story.

Many Texas State students choose to live off campus and commute, but parking is limited. Some students are being forced to spend extra time getting to campus.
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The Fall 2015 freshman class marked the 18th consecutive year Texas State set a record high enrollment, according to the university's Office of Media Relations.  Commuters want a reliable to get to class on time.
They have the option to purchase parking permits that cost up to 400 dollars, but have one doesn't guarantee a spot.
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Construction zones are also affecting the available parking space and bus routes for students living off campus.  The Transportation Services division says about 285 parking spaces are temporarily UNavailable because of construction. 
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So far the university has not released any plans to increase parking and transportation services. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kathryn Macchia.