11/20/17

Peyton Donnell

Texas State students are using music to celebrate Latin culture. Bobcat Update's Peyton Donnell tells us how the student organizations -- Ritmo Latino, Chess Club and Rincon Hispano -- came together to throw a Latin Dance Night at George's.

George's welcomed students from all walks of life at last week's Latin Dance Night. Students were able to be immersed in many aspects of Latin culture such as food, music and dance. Some students, like Etzel Wolff, were excited to attend because the  atmosphere reminds them of home. 
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Wolff also says she loves the culture because it's so inclusive.
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The event was also reminiscent of home life for Texas State junior, Monica Prieto, who embraces the sense of unity.
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STANDUP: If you missed out, be sure to catch one of the other many events that George's hosts. For Bobcat Update, I'm Peyton Donnell.

11/19/17

Preston Winsett

Students at Texas State have reason to feel unsafe lately. Bobcat Update's Preston Winsett tells us how the university is responding.

Multiple bomb threats aimed at the L-B-J Student Center has raised tension on campus leaving some students wondering if Texas State handled the situation properly.
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Security on campus is a priority for the Texas State police department. The department has increased its presence  on campus because of the threats.
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The Texas State police department encourages students to take advantage of the several services it offers to promote security.
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Police also encourage students to reach out if they have any suggestions or concerns.
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Leanda Harley

Students who love reptiles can meet others who have a similar interest -- thanks to a local organization. Bobcat Update's Leanda Harley has more.

Homies with Scales is an educational organization that began this year in San Marcos. The organization sets up at venues around town to give participants an opportunity to learn and interact with reptiles.
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People of all ages have come out to learn more about their cold-blooded friends.
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Homies with Scales is expanding to include outreach to local schools.
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Chelsie Anguiano

It was two years ago that Central Texas experienced devastating floods, leaving many families homeless and causing several deaths. Bobcat Update's Chelsie Anguiano follows up on the story.

The Zavala family is one of many affected by the flooding. The Zavalas received help, but their recovery is far from complete.
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To the Zavalas, family is the most important thing. 
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With the help of their community, the Zavalas are hoping their home will be completed soon.
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Volunteers cleared out the debris and helped repair damages that were made by the flooding.
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Even though two years have passed since the floods occurred, there are still many homes that need repairs.
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STAND UP: The organization is always looking for new volunteers and donations. To see how you can help. visit br3t.org or call 512-677-9701. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chelsie Anguiano. 

Otoniel Rivas

Health Promotion Services meets every Tuesday to address a variety of health issues and promote healthier lifestyles. Bobcat Update's Toni Rivas has more.
 
Healthy Cats is a student-led organization that meets every Tuesday at 5 p-m on the second floor of the Student Health Center. The organization addresses a variety of topics, including a recent effort to promote better nutrition.
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Students who enjoy cooking should consider joining Healthy Cats to enjoy its benefits.
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Teams are always collaborating in a positive and learning environment
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For more information on how to join Healthy Cats, you can contact them at 5-1-2-2-4-5-2-1-6-1. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tony Rivas.

Albino Hernandez

The San Marcos Arts Commission recently had a sculpture viewing involving artists who want their work to be on permanent display in the city.  In this Bobcat Update, Albino Hernandez tells us more about the event, which was held at the city's Activity Center.

Four artists were chosen to present their scale models for public discussion. San Marcos residents will have a chance to vote on the sculptures by filling out a form on which they critique the sculptures' movement and color.
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The sculpture designs have several purposes:  to enhance the beauty of San Marcos, promote tourism, and to highlight the endangered species living in the San Marcos River.
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The final Texas Kinetic Blind Salamander Sculpture will be placed in the city's sculpture garden located next to the San Marcos River. For Bobcat Update, I'm Albino Hernandez.     

11/16/17

Bailey Green

San Marcos business owners can learn how to promote their services more effectively. Free workshops will be held later this week to provide some tips. Bobcat Update's Bailey Green has more.

San Marcos businessman Eduardo Rios is the featured speaker at what is called a branding workshop. Rios says social media is an essential component in any marketing campaign.
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Rios says there are four components to creating an effective strategy for one's business or personal brand. He says keeping up with trends in social media and new technology are vital. 
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SU: The next workshop will be held this Saturday at Splash Coworking, which is located on North L-B-J Drive. For Bobcat Update, I'm Bailey Green.

Naomi Garza

Take a drive toward Wimberley and you'll encounter signs for Texas State's Freeman Ranch. It's a working ranch in more ways than one. Bobcat Update's Naomi Garza explains.

The Freeman Ranch is perhaps best known for being one of only five so-called "body farms" in the U.S. Body farms are used by forensics scholars to study human bodies as they decay in nature. About 26 acres of the property have been used for that purpose since 2008. What you might NOT know is that the Freeman Ranch is also tool for agricultural education. 
Harry and Joe Freeman were brothers who -- when they died -- had no heirs, and the brothers donated the land to Texas State to enhance education.
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But one thing that makes the Freeman ranch different from other schools with similar facilities is the proximity.
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The Ranch has a barn where most agriculture classes meet and a multipurpose classroom where professors can conduct class.
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But the ranch is not only used for research
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Chris, along with his family, lives onsite to help with the livestock. He maintains the equipment and helps with the collection of data.
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Appointments are necessary if you would like to visit the Freeman Ranch, which is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Standup: For more information, you can visit the website at t-x-state-dot-e-d-u-slash-freeman ranch. I'm Naomi Garza.

11/15/17

Haley Polk

This is our final newscast of the fall semester. Next week at this time most of us will be home for the holiday, and when we return we'll start working on our final projects and final tests. Bobcat Update's Haley Polk has more on what Thanksgiving represents. 

Students around campus are making their plans for Thanksgiving. Some will be visiting family back in their hometowns, while others are simply staying cozy here in San Marcos.
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Many students seem to be excited to be back at home with their loved ones this Holiday season, and better yet—chow down on some wonderful home-cooked meals. 
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Traditions vary this time of year, but it's a holiday for all.
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SU: Hopefully these students have given you a little inspiration for your Thanksgiving plans this year. For Bobcat Update, I'm Haley Polk. 

11/14/17

Ariadna Camarillo

As the holidays approach, many are planning gatherings that will be filled with food and fun. But not everyone can celebrate that way. Some of our neighbors experience hunger and homelessness. Ariadna Camarillo tells us more.

You often find them hanging out in places like these…Where they wait patiently for that meal…A meal that some people, like Anthony Patlan, give up to someone else who needs it more.     
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Anthony -- a 54-year-old who spent his childhood in foster care -- has faced many challenges in life.
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Anthony's challenges have forced him to turn to the streets for survival -- the streets, where to him, family isn't defined only by last names or by blood.
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San Marcos possesses one of the highest poverty rates in Texas. According to Feeding America, 25 thousand people in Hays County suffer from food insecurity.  But hope flows in the San Marcos community.
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The Southside Community Center along with the Hays County Food Bank are helping those in need.
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It's easy to forget how privileged most of us really are. When encountering people in need, sometimes the easiest thing to do is look the other way.  But an act of kindness is all it takes to bring pure joy. Even if it's the last thing one has to offer.
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As we begin to reflect on what we're thankful for, this is the perfect opportunity to donate some of our time, attention, and resources to those who lack food and shelter. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ariadna Camarillo.

11/13/17

Tanner Murphy

San Marcos artists and art connoisseurs gather in the square once a month for a chance to buy and sell local crafts and creations. Bobcat Update's Tanner Murphy has the story.

Art Squared is a local art market which takes place on the second Saturday of each month at the San Marcos courthouse lawn. The event provides an outlet for artists from all over Central Texas to share their talents and promote their work. Art  Squared manager Kelsey Huckaby says that helping new artists sell their art is what inspires her to continue organizing these events.
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The market provides a space for San Marcos locals to create their own arts and crafts, listen to live music, or just relax and enjoy the atmosphere. They also have an opportunity to learn more about artists whose work they may have seen at  venues around town.
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The Art Squared market is made possible by the San Marcos Art League, an organization which promotes a handful of local art events including the new Lost River Film Festival and the Third Thursday Downtown Walkabout. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tanner Murphy.

Thad Bennett

Veterans of the Armed Forces were honored Monday at the annual Veteran's Day Commemoration and reception at Texas State. Bobcat Update's Thad Bennett reports:

The Texas State University Student Foundation and the  Dean of Students office sponsored the ceremony, which was held in the Quad next to the Fighting Stallions statue. It provided an opportunity to show appreciation for the bravery, commitment and sacrifices made by all of those who have served.
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The keynote speaker was retired Lieutenant Colonel Ismael Ortiz Junior. He thanked the veterans for their service and spoke about the importance of honoring the men and women who died serving their nation. 
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The Texas State University Marching Band performed at the ceremony. A reception was later held in the L-B-J Student Center. Reporting  for Bobcat Update, I'm Thad Bennett.

11/12/17

Orlando Williams II

The Bobcats volleyball team has been killing it on the court this season. With a win last Friday against the Louisiana Cajuns, Texas State is in first place of the Sun-Belt West Division. Bobcat Update's Orlando Williams has the story.

The Lady Bobcats are 22 and 8 this season. The whole atmosphere around volleyball at Texas State has changed as a result. You could see it in full effect last Friday when the team faced the Louisiana Cajuns and defeated them 3 to zero. Some fans are confident the Lady Bobcats will perform well in the upcoming Sun Belt Conference tournament.
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Expectations are high.
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The Sun-Belt Conference tournament starts Thursday in Jonesboro at Arkansas State. For Bobcat Update, I'm Orlando Williams.

Jasmine Torres

Catching the Chain is an exhibit in the first floor of the Alkek library describing the lives of prisoners throughout the years. Bobcat Update's Jasmine Torres has more.
 
This exhibit highlights the history of Texas state prisons and demonstrates the changes that led to the establishment of the modern Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
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Some students find this exhibit fascinating and learn new things about the Texas prison system.
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Students can leave a note by the exhibit describing how they felt seeing it.
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Stand up: Any Texas State student can visit the "Catching the Chain" exhibit on the first floor of the Alkek library from 7 A-M to 8 P-M. It will be on display until December nineteenth. For more information, please be sure to visit the Alkek library page. This is Jasmine Torres for Bobcat Update.

11/11/17

Matthew Harrington

The Witliff Collections has a new music curator. Bobcat Update's Matthew Harrington tells us more.

This is San Antonio native Hector Saldana, Music Curator for the Witliff Collections. I sat down with Saldana earlier to ask what influences he's bringing to Texas State.
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Saldana isn't only the frontman for the Krayolas. He's worked in the newspaper writing columns and interviewing musicians for quite some time.
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If you'd like the chance to meet Saldana yourself – you can usually find him here at the Legends of Tejano music exhibit on the 7th floor of Alkek. For Bobcat Update, I'm Matthew Harrington. 

11/7/17

Preston Winsett

Texas State's Office of International Affairs is dedicated to familiarizing international students with the Bobcat lifestyle. Preston Winsett has more.

The International Affairs Office is celebrating International Education month by hosting a series of events for students. The events provide a way for international students to engage in the Texas State culture and tradition. Upcoming events include a celebration luncheon to welcome students.
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The Thornton House on Woods Street is where the International Affairs Office is located along with the Study Abroad office. The International Office helps students from other countries who are here to live and study.
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The International Office has a wide range of responsibilities, including the distribution of more than 420-thousand dollars in scholarships each year.   
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Studying at Texas State now are 560 international students from 80 different countries. For Bobcat Update, I'm Preston Winsett.

Bailey Green

A San Marcos restaurant is spicing up Thursday nights with salsa dance lessons, along with its usual food and drinks. Bobcat Update's Bailey Green has more.

The live salsa music is provided by Cosa Nostra, and Raul Ramirez teaches the dance lessons from 7 to 10 Thursdays in Aquabrew's Beer Garden, off L-B-J Drive.
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Raul teaches beginner and intermediate salsa dance lessons. Participants aren't required to have a partner when they show up. The dancing looked like so much fun I even tried it. 
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Salsa dancing is a combination of Cuban, African, and Latin American rhythms. Raul said the lessons are his way of sharing a unique culture while having fun.
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(Stand Up)  A fee of seven dollars is  required upon entrance and each salsa class lasts an hour and a half. For more information contact Aquabrew at 5-1-2-3-5-3-2-7-3-9. For Bobcat Update, I'm Bailey Green. 

11/6/17

Leanda Harley

Students and faculty members celebrated Diwali over the weekend at Texas State. Bobcat Update's Leanda Harley tells us about the celebration.

A festival of lights is part of the Diwali tradition. It represents the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. On Saturday,  the Texas State Indian Student Association shared the holiday with people from all walks of life. Diwali is a time for mutual understanding and happiness.
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The Diwali celebration is an opportunity to connect the Indian culture with other communities at Texas State.
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Many of those attending Saturday left with a greater appreciation of Indian culture. For Bobcat Update, I'm Leanda Harley.

Eliza Peyton Donnell

Thousands of visitors are making their way to New Braunfels this week for the the annual Wurstfest celebration. Bobcat Update's Peyton Donnell has the story.

The ten-day festival is underway at Landa Park. Visitors are coming from around the world to celebrate German culture at this year's 56th annual Wurstfest. The Texas tradition offers a daily lineup of live music, carnival rides, souvenir shops and plenty of vendors. Some people, like Wurstfest veteran Colleen McLean, come to the festival for the food and drinks.
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Others, like Texas State alumnus Derrick Stavinoha, come to Wurstfest for the atmosphere.
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Stavinoha also shared what food he thinks is essential to the Wurstfest experience.
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SU: Wurstfest will be open until Sunday, November 12th. For Bobcat Update, I'm Peyton Donnell.

11/4/17

Kyle Spencer

(LIVE ON SET) Texas State honored former Bobcats this past weekend at the annual homecoming football game. It was a close contest through the first half, but the New Mexico Aggies pulled away in the third and fourth quarters to hand the Bobcats a 45-to-27 loss.

(RECORDED) In the crowd at Bobcat Stadium were many former students who returned to celebrate their college years and to root for the home team. The Alumni Association had a tailgate, providing free food, drinks and music for its members. 
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Texas State Quarterback Damian Williams went 13 for 24, gaining 158 yards and one touchdown. Even with the Bobcats' loss, many alumni were proud to be supporting their alma mater.
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(LIVE ON SET) The Bobcats have three games left in the regular season. They play against Georgia State this Saturday at Bobcat Stadium in what will be the final home game of the season.

Jackie Lang

A volcano, a mermaid castle and a pirate ship -- these are some of the features that San Marcos children will encounter at a new playground that's in the works. Bobcat Update's Jackie Lang tells us about the plans

It will be a big playground -- occupying more than 22-thousand square feet. Toddlers will have their own section, and there will be one for kids five-to-12 years old. Designers have safety and inclusiveness in mind. The playground will have rubber flooring and disability swings. The area will have a fence surrounding it.
City officials had a chance to check out the design at a meeting last week. They discussed adding more seats for adults and perhaps adding a small stage for music. The park will be unique to San Marcos.
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Park designers want children to have a sense of adventure while at the playground. Aquarena Springs will serve as a theme. Hand-prints in the cemented trail around the playground will go untouched to preserve part of the original playground, which is located off C-M Allen Parkway.
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SU: Construction is scheduled to begin in February and will take six-to-eight weeks depending on the weather. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jackie Lang.

Aubrey Doherty

The San Marcos River's ecosystem could be in danger, and that's prompted some local activists to go to work to save it.  Bobcat Update's Aubrey Doherty has more on the story.

The spring-fed San Marcos River has water so pure you can drink it and jumping in the river on graduation day is a Texas State tradition. The river has played a key role in the city's history. Ancient artifacts can be found in its waters, and endangered species depend on those waters for survival. But there's concern about the potential impact of demolishing what's called Cape's Dam. The San Marcos River Foundation wants local residents to be aware of the issue. The foundation recently hosted the Lost River Film Fest.
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The festival combines indie-cinema with global-issue-awareness and includes workshops, events, parties, and concerts.
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For more information and to learn how you can get involved, you can visit san-marcos-river-dot-org.  For Bobcat Update I'm Aubrey Doherty.

David Baugh

The Cheatham Street Warehouse in San Marcos gives musicians a chance to have their original music heard. Bobcat Update's David Baugh tells us about the Songwriter's Circle.
 
Texas songwriter Kent Finlay opened Cheatham Street Warehouse in 1974 to showcase original music. He invited performers of country, rock, blues, and folk to his stage. It was Finlay's vision that the bar become an important place for musicians. Country music legend and Texas State alumnus George Strait was a regular there when he was a student. Cheatham Street Warehouse has helped performers make connections and learn from each other.
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Finlay passed away two years ago, but the tradition continues. Country music star Randy Rogers now owns the Warehouse, and he has maintained The Songwriter's Circle. It's a receptive environment that allows for creative growth and a feeling of community among musicians.
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The Songwriter's Circle is free for anyone to sign up and perform. It's held every Wednesday night from 8 until 2 in the morning. For Bobcat Update, I'm David Baugh.

Montana Kilgore

San Marcos has an outlet for comedians to showcase their talents. Bobcat Update's Montana Kilgore tells us about a night spot where the laughs are abundant.
 
The place is called Buzz Mill where there's an open-mic night for comedy. It provides an opportunity to perform original stand up in front of an audience. Amateur and professional comedians alike are encouraged to get involved.
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This is a free event that brings together both performers and audience members through their shared interest in comedy. The event is held every Wednesday at 7 p-m at Buzz Mill on South Guadalupe street. Sign-ups to perform begin at 6:30 before the event.
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(SU) Joke's on you because anyone can be a comedian on Wednesday nights at Buzz Mill Comedy Open Mic. For Bobcat Update, I'm Montana Kilgore.

Taeler Kallmerten

Alkek Library's Write-In Wednesdays provides a space for student-writers to test their creative abilities while working under a deadline. Bobcat Update's Taeler Kallmerten has the story. 

Thirty days to assemble 50-thousand words into one novel -- That's the goal of National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo.  Emily Segoria, now a library assistant in Alkek, remembers completing her novel in the 30-day time frame when she was a student.
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Segoria will participate as a mentor for Write-In Wednesdays. The free event is held in Alkek's Open Theater from 6-9 p-m every Wednesday until the end of November.
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Student writers often work in solitude for extended periods of time, and this event offers them a chance to share ideas and socialize.
SU: If you would still like to take part in this month-long event, it's not too late to sign up. For more information head to the Texas State Events Calendar. For Bobcat Update, I'm Taeler Kallmerten.

Chelsie Anguiano

The Bike Cave at Texas State celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. In this Bobcat Update, Chelsie Anguiano tells us how it has benefited students. 
 
STANDUP: Ten years ago, the Environmental Service Committee at Texas State established The Bike Cave where students could learn how to service and repair their bikes. 
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When the Bike Cave was created, the committee found that even those students who lived near campus drove to class.
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With high enrollment at Texas State and available parking reduced, having a place like The Bike Cave can save time and money. 
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STANDUP: If your bike needs to be serviced, you can visit The Bike Cave in the Colorado Building where trained professionals can help you fix your bike free of charge. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chelsie Anguiano.

11/3/17

Ashley Ruiz

A Texas State professor has been inducted into the San Marcos Women's Hall of Fame. Bobcat Update's Ashley Ruiz has more.

Professor by day, activist by night. Texas State's own Dr. Amy Meeks is making a difference in the city and receiving recognition for what she says comes naturally.
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Meeks says the recognition motivates her to do even more.
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The San Marcos native has some advice for fellow Bobcats wanting to follow in her footsteps.
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Dr. Meeks was noted for her numerous and diverse volunteer efforts as she strives to improve the lives of children and families in the community.
For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Ruiz.

11/1/17

Tyler Williamson

The doors are open again at what used to be called the San Marcos River Pub and Grill. Tyler Williamson tells us more in this Bobcat Update.

The River Pub was a favorite for locals and the Texas State community until it closed in 2013 for extensive remodeling. Making necessary changes took much longer than anticipated and further complicated by massive flooding along the San Marcos River. The job is now complete. The restaurant has reopened and been renamed. It's now called Ivar's River Pub in honor of longtime owner, Ivar Gunnarson. Ivar, who was a World War II pilot for the Canadian Air Force, ran a billboard company for many years in his adopted hometown of San Marcos. And then he owned the bar that now bears his name until he passed away twelve years ago. Curtis Gunnarson is Ivar's son. 
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Customers of the restaurant have long enjoyed its scenic location, and staff members say they're excited to be working there.  
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While some things have changed, the Pub has brought back some fan-favorite dishes that older customers might remember. 
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Ivar's River Pub is located at 701 Cheatham Street. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tyler Williamson.

10/31/17

Samantha Wells

Students, who enjoy creative writing, now have the opportunity to perform their work in front of an audience. Bobcat Update's Samantha Wells has more on the story.

The Honors College Writing Circle is hosting Open Mic Night on the last Monday of every month. The first Open Mic Night was held last week. Students performed songs, poetry, short stories, and more.
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The event gives students the chance to showcase their talents in creative writing. Any student, who is interested, can sign up to perform. 
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Future Open Mic Nights will be held in Lampasas Hall, next to Old Main. To sign up, e-mail Professor Jordan Morville. For Bobcat Update, I'm Samantha Wells.

Megan Hulsman

The Homecoming football game is this weekend, and many events are planned around it. Bobcat Update's Megan Hulsman tells us how students are celebrating. 

Homecoming week is one of Texas State's longest-running traditions. Many of the events this week are organized by the Student Association for Campus Activities. They include a volleyball tournament, carnival, talent show and a spirit rally. Some students look forward to certain events every year. 
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The events lead up to the Homecoming football game and are organized to boost school pride and unite students, which is also achieved by adding Homecoming royalty to the mix. Organizations are able to recognize some of their finest members by nominating  them for Homecoming King, Queen or Gaillardian. Voted on by the students, the nominees are often leaders in their organizations and known by many. 
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Homecoming week will continue with the Soapbox Derby and end at Bobcat Stadium where the football team will play New Mexico State. The Homecoming King, Queen and Gaillardian will be announced at halftime. For Bobcat Update, I'm Megan Hulsman. 

10/29/17

Ashley Simpson

Texas State students are encouraged to think globally -- and, to that end, many are signing up to study abroad. They're given a chance to learn in an environment different from their own. Ashley Simpson tells us more, in this Bobcat Update.

Texas State hosted a Study Abroad Fair recently to provide information to those interested in studying, teaching or working in a foreign country. Several departments participated in the fair, including Mass Communication, Biology and Political Science. Studying aboard offers an opportunity to experience something new.
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The fair provided a breakdown of costs, travel times and financial aid.
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The fair not only provided tips about the logistics of studying abroad, but it also gave students an opportunity to hear from those who have gone before.
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For more information on how to start your journey to foreign lands, visit the Study Abroad Office. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Simpson.

10/28/17

Alejandra Avila

The Honors College recently hosted its eighth annual Day of the Dead Celebration. Bobcat Update's Alejandra Avila tells us more.

What started out as a simple altar display honoring the dead has turned into an annual event hosted by the Honors College in celebration of the Hispanic holiday.
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The Honors College -- along with the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion AND the Office of Equity and Access -- celebrated El Dia de Los Muertos at the L-B-J Student Center with live music, food and an altar contest.
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The purpose of the altar is to commemorate loved ones who have passed.
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Day of the Dead is a tradition that's been celebrated for thousands of years, tracing back to indigenous tribes in Mexico. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alejandra Avila. 

Jasmine Torres

A retired F-B-I agent talks about a confrontation in Waco two decades ago. The incident occurred at the Branch Davidian compound where many members of a cult perished. Bobcat Update's Jasmine Torres tells us more.
 
Retired agent Byron Sage served as lead negotiator during a 51-day siege that ended in April 1993.
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David Koresh was the leader of the Branch Davidians. In late February of 1993, more than 70 federal agents attempted to raid the Davidian complex where they believed illegal weapons were being stored. Four agents were killed and more than a dozen injured.
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On April 19th, the siege ended after Koresh and his followers set fire to the compound resulting in the deaths of 76 people, including many children. Sage says the Branch Davidian case was the most difficult of his career.  Sage was a guest lecturer last week at Texas State, sponsored by the School of Criminal Justice. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jasmine Torres.

10/24/17

Alexis Sanchez

The Student Association for Campus Activities or SACA is a primary source for entertainment at Texas State. In this Bobcat Update, Alexis Sanchez tells us about a SACA-sponsored event that was full of action.

Laser tag is one of the many fun activities that SACA sponsors. It takes place once a year at the L-B-J Student Center. SACA's promotion coordinator Jesus Aleman says laser tag is a big success. 
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The event gives students the opportunity to de-stress from school and have fun with friends. This year students could choose between attempting to survive an alien or a zombie apocalypse.
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If you missed all the laser tag fun, you can check out the Texas State web page to learn more about upcoming events. For Bobcat Update, I'm Alexis Sanchez. 

Chelsie Anguiano

The San Marcos music scene continues to flourish. One example is called Acoustic Fridays where San Marcos residents can enjoy live music. Bobcat Update’s Chelsie Anguiano has more.

STANDUP: Each week San Marcos locals come out to Root Cellar Bakery and listen to local musicians.
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Many of the locals like that it is a family-friendly place where people of all ages in San Marcos can enjoy the music.
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The musicians say it's a fun atmosphere -- where people can come out, listen to good music, and relax after a long week.
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STANDUP: The bakery offers a variety of pastries. Coffee and drink options are also available to customers. Root Cellar Bakery is located on the corner of LBJ and Hopkins Street. For bobcat update I'm Chelsie  Anguiano.

Bailey Green

The Kissing Alley Concert series is a free event for Texas State students. It's held on the third Thursday of each month on the San Marcos Square. Bailey Green tells us more in this Bobcat Update. 

The concert series is sponsored by a new radio station in San Marcos. K-Z-S-M hopes to inspire local bands and new artists to share their talents with the community. 
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K-Z-S-M has received some positive feedback for its concerts so far and is accepting entries from artists who want to participate in the future. The station wants each concert to be dedicated to a specific genre.  
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STANDUP:  The Next Walkabout and Kissing Alley Concert Series is set to take place on November 16th. For more information or how to get involved you can contact  them at K-Z-S-M-dot-org. For Bobcat Update, I'm Bailey Green.

10/22/17

Vianney Strick

Texas State University will be expanded and many of its buildings renovated over the next ten years. Bobcat Update's Vianney Strick tells us more.

The University Master Plan was finalized last week after a two-year development process. The Campus Master Plan will be executed over the next decade at the San Marcos and Round Rock campuses as well as the Science, Technology, and Advanced Research Park.
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The plan calls for more academic buildings and walkways to connect students who have similar interests. Planners want to build communities within the university.
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The students' call for more parking spaces was included in the plan.
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Three new parking garages with about two-thousand spaces will be added at the San Marcos campus. The University Master Plan provides for significant expansion at all three campuses.
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10/21/17

Peyton Donnell

The San Marcos River serves as the inspiration for an art exhibition now on display at the L-B-J Student Center. The exhibition is called From the Headwaters. Bobcat Update's Peyton Donnell tell us more.

Ten artists contributed pieces that are now on display. They are part of the Student Center's first exhibition of the year.  The Fine Arts Advisory Board recognized the most impressive works at a ceremony last week. One of the artists, Elaine Fuchs, says the river is an integral part of the Texas State experience.
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Student Curator Amy Rubio says putting together exhibitions like this can be complex.
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STAND UP: The exhibition will be on display through November 27th in the gallery space on the third floor of the student center. For Bobcat Update, I'm Peyton Donnell.

Aubrey Doherty

Allies of Texas State is an organization designed to help bring awareness to, and show support for, a certain community on campus.  Bobcat Update's Aubrey Doherty has more on the story.
 
October is Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender history month, and an organization called Allies of Texas State is hoping to spread the word. Last week the group celebrated Spirit Day to promote diversity on campus. Students were encouraged to wear purple, take pictures and learn more about Allies. 
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A goal of the Allies organization is to create a more inclusive environment and let students know they always have a place to go for support.
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The next Allies of Texas State event will be..........  For Bobcat Update, I'm Aubrey Doherty.

Jillian Schuster

Texas State has a new way to help students feel safer. Bobcat Update's Jillian Schuster tells us how. 

Bobcat Guardian is an app that allows anyone with a Texas State email address to set a safety timer when walking from place to place, and to connect with people who can help them out when needed.
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The app also allows users to make emergency calls and send tips to the University Police Department if something looks suspicious. 
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Students say they feel safe on campus, but it's a good idea to be cautious when walking alone at night.
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The guardian app is free to download in the app store, and the University Police Department is always on standby. From Bobcat Update, I'm Jillian Schuster. 

Kyle Spencer

A student organization is fighting to make sure every voice is heard. Bobcat Update's Kyle Spencer has more.

The Pan African Action Committee is a multicultural student organization that seeks to expand black studies on campus. The committee also promotes diversity and challenges the way culture is taught and learned.
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The Pan African Action Committee meets every Wednesday in the L-B-J Student Center. At these meetings members discuss ways to make institutional changes in the community, while also sharing personal stories and providing a safe place for students to feel accepted and welcomed.
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(Standup) For more information on the Pan African Action Committee, you can visit the Texas State website or follow them on twitter @PanAfricanAct. All students are allowed to participate and are encouraged to join. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kyle Spencer.

Montana Kilgore

The Farmer's Market in San Marcos give residents a chance to buy locally grown food and homemade goods. Bobcat Update's Montana Kilgore has the story. 

Open to all San Marcos residents, the Farmer's Market is a place for anyone looking for a variety of unique goods. 
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Along with marketing their fresh goods, local farmers and artisans are able to build relationships with each other and customers. 
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The Farmer's Market is every Tuesday afternoon from 3 to 6 at 312 East Hopkins Street, and on Saturdays from 9 a-m to 1 p-m on East San Antonio Street. For Bobcat Update, I'm Montana Kilgore.  

10/19/17

Naomi Garza

The saying goes, do unto others as we hope they would do unto us, and that's exactly what one Texas State Student is doing. Bobcat Update's Naomi Garza has the story.

Texas State's Tierra Cole and her family were victims of Hurricane Harvey that hit Houston this past August. Fortunately for Tierra, she and her family received a lot of support from their community, and now Tierra wants to pay it forward.
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Future Bobcat Isabella Rolon says the living conditions in Puerto Rico are pretty dire. Isabella's grandparents and uncles are experiencing hardships following the devastating hurricane that hit the island. Many residents have no electricity; they lack food; and they're laid off from their jobs.
Tierra wants to organize an on-campus flash mob to bring more of a positive vibe to what has been so terrible and heart wrenching. She hopes to raise awareness about Puerto Rico's plight and help families like Isabella's.
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Isabella says she supports Tierra's idea.
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Anyone who wants to participate can email Tierra.
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Tierra says she expects the flash mob to take place sometime during the first week of November, so be sure to be on the lookout. I'm Naomi Garza and this is Bobcat Update.

10/18/17

Haley Polk

Mass Communication Week provides students with an opportunity to interact with professionals in the industry. Bobcat Update's Haley Polk has more. 

Mass Communication Week is a four-day conference held each year in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. It gives students a chance to look into the future and hear from professionals who talk about issues, trends and careers in mass media. 
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This year Mass Communication Week featured more than 35 events representing the fields of advertising, digital and electronic media, journalism, and public relations. 
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Students participated by covering the events using social media and interacting with the guests. This is an excellent opportunity to learn from and network with professionals. 
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(Standup) Mass Communication Week is helpful to all students and will return next fall. For Bobcat Update I'm Haley Polk. 

Jasmine Torres

The Texas State Alumni Association is hosting a T-shirt trade-up in the L-B-J Mall and Hub.  Bobcat Update's Jasmine Torres tells us about the tradition -- aimed at boosting school pride and scholarship funding.
 
Students can trade up their old t-shirts from other schools and get a new Texas State shirt in return. Students who don't have shirts to offer can still participate by donating five dollars to a Texas State scholarship fund.
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The Texas State shirts have different designs on them every semester. Students can submit their ideas through the Alumni Association page, and the best one gets featured on the shirt.
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Some students look forward to this event every semester.
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The Texas State Alumni Association hosts t-shirt trade ups every semester. For more information, please visit the Pride and Traditions page on the Texas State website. This is Jasmine Torres for Bobcat Update.

10/16/17

Kat Huerta

The city of San Marcos hosts a national indigenous festival that continues to grow each year. Bobcat Update's Kat Huerta tells us more.

The Sacred Springs Powwow --  an annual Native American festival -- welcomes indigenous tribes across the country to participate in dances, storytelling, and lectures. 
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The festival is now a two-day event, which means more volunteers are needed.
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Even though the event has been growing over the years, the participants wish more people were educated on their own indigenous culture.
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The festival celebrates indigenous cultures and offers a deeper understanding of traditions that run the risk of being forgotten. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kat Huerta.

10/14/17

Ashley Simpson

The Search for Justice is this year's Common Experience theme at Texas State. Bobcat Update's Ashley Simpson tells us how the theme is being addressed.

The Common Experience is designed to cultivate an intellectual conversation on a wide range of topics. There are panel discussions, art exhibitions, research, films, and guest speakers -- all aligned to tell a multi-layered story as it relates to the theme. The Search for Justice proved to be an ideal fit for including Anthony Graves who spoke last week at Texas State. Graves spent 12 years on death row for a 1992 murder conviction. Altogether, 16 years of his life were spent behind bars before he was ultimately exonerated of killing six people.
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After gaining his freedom, Graves decided to dedicate his life to helping prove the innocence of wrongfully convicted inmates. He started the Anthony Graves Foundation, which raises awareness about the  need for criminal justice reform.
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Hearing about Graves' experience helps students relate to the struggles he endured. For some, his stories hit home.
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Despite the hardships Graves faced, he found a way to forgive and to hold on to hope:
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(Stand Up) Anthony Graves continues to restore hope in those who have lost it and seek justice for those who deserve it. With Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Simpson.

Scott Stutzman

An organization recently visited Texas State to capture some unusual student portraits. Bobcat Update's Scott Stutzman tells us about a group called Dear World.

Everyone at Texas State has a unique story to tell.  Dear World is an art collective that takes portraits of ordinary people -- the portraits show words and phrases important to the subject's life written on his or her body. Dear World then curates the subjects' stories as they relate to the chosen phrases. Texas State's Office of Student Involvement invited Dear World to campus to engage with students and faculty members.
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Participants told stories central to their personal identities. Some talked about their childhood.
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Participants also listened to other people's stories and gained insight in a rare and intimate way.
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Dear World captures these stories alongside portraits of the subject. Event organizers knew a campus as diverse as Texas State would have plenty of perspectives to explore.
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Dear World reminds us that every story is important, no matter how small. For Bobcat Update, I'm Scott Stutzman.

Veronica Vergara

The first phase of a photo-digitizing project -- aimed at preserving San Marcos history -- is now complete. Bobcat Update`s Veronica Vergara has more on the story. 

A team at University Archives has been entrusted with preserving photo negatives donated by the San Marcos Daily Record. It`s estimated to be a collection of about 800-thousand images taken from the mid-1930`s into the 2000`s. They provide a glimpse into the city`s past. 
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For those involved in the project, it's an extraordinary experience -- preserving moments in time of a place they call home. 
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San Marcos is a rapidly growing city, and the team at University Archives hopes the digitizing project can engage the community in remembering, discovering and appreciating the city`s history. 
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The San Marcos Daily Record`s negatives are available online on the project's Flickr page where 14-hundred images have been stored. More will be added in the days and weeks to come. For Bobcat Update, I'm Veronica Vergara. 

10/11/17

Malcolm Thomas

Immigration issues affect many Texas State students. In this Bobcat Update, reporter Malcolm Thomas talks with a student who shares her story.
 
Laura Valencia, a Texas State senior, moved to the U-S when she was nine years old. As of a year ago, she became an American citizen. Valencia is grateful she earned that status BEFORE immigration officials began rounding up undocumented citizens for deportation. However, she's still very concerned about the well-being of those dealing with immigration issues.
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The Student Government's lack of support for an immigration attorney on campus has made Valencia fearful. She's concerned that Texas State will not provide adequate assistance to students who face possible deportation. Also, she says she encounters prejudice on campus, which makes her feel unsafe and unsupported.
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(Standup) If you are feeling unsafe, threatened or need someone to talk to—visit the Student Office of Diversity and Inclusion in the L-B-J Student Center on the fifth floor. You will be supported. For Bobcat Update, I'm Malcolm Thomas.

10/10/17

Jamonique Florence

Texas State President Denise Trauth and the Campus Carry Task Force want to hear the university community's thoughts about the implementation of the Campus Carry law thus far. Bobcat Update's Jamonique Florence tells us  about the university's efforts to spark discussion.

When firearms have a presence on campus, safety is a central concern. In September, President Trauth e-mailed a survey invitation  to all students, faculty, and staff urging them to participate in a holistic review of the Campus Carry law. Since last year, the law has allowed anyone with a concealed handgun license to carry such a weapon on campus. The purpose of the survey is to find out what people think about possible changes to the Campus Carry  rules . More gun-free areas are being considered, including testing centers and faculty offices.
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Many areas, including, but not limited to, spaces providing services or events for minors, health care services, and competitive sporting events, have already been declared gun-free zones.  While these areas prohibit Campus Carry, there is only so much university officials can do to ensure maintained safety.
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Protecting the safety of anyone who visits the university begins with educating and raising mental-health awareness. 
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A full list of gun-free areas is available on the Campus Carry page of the Texas State website.
(STANDUP) Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to take the survey and share their thoughts on the newly proposed gun-free zones and the campus carry law. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jamonique Florence.

Bailey Green

A new business, called Perk Up, is now open in San Marcos. Bobcat Update's Bailey Green has more. 

Danita Hays and David Graffagini are the co-owners of Perk Up. They grew up in central Texas and say their experience gives them insight on how to start a new business. 
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Perk Up's vantage point and lighting are unique, as is its motto.
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Perk Up offers a variety of healthy food options.
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(Stand Up) With their spacious location, healthy options and variety of coffee, Perk Up is sure to make an impact and expect growth of new customers. With Bobcat Update, I'm Bailey Green. 

Chelsie Anguiano

The Gallery of the Common Experience provides a setting for new artwork that Texas State students, faculty and staff can enjoy. Bobcat Update's Chelsie Anguiano has more.
 
(STAND UP) Each year the coffee forum in Lampasas Hall switches up their artwork to give a variety of pieces that the public can view. The artwork that is displayed during the exhibit is created by students and the public. The  exhibit gives the artists the opportunity to display their skills through their artwork.
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The theme for the 2017-2018 school year is Reformation: An Exhibit on Justice.
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One piece is notable for portraying the U-S border patrol denying access to a family. The artwork prompted a lot of emotion.
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(STAND UP) The exhibit consists of 2D work, 3D work, film, dance, and poetry. People are encouraged to stop by Lampasas Hall, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the artwork that is displayed throughout the exhibit. For Bobcat Update  I'm Chelsie Anguiano.

10/9/17

Jackie Lang

Texas State's Theater Department will present A Doll House later this week. Bobcat Update's Jackie Lang tells us more. 

A Doll House, directed by Bruce Turk, will be performed Thursday through Sunday in the Black Box Theater on campus. The evening shows will begin at 7:30, and there's a Sunday matinee at two o'clock Sunday.
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Tickets will sell for 15-dollars for adults and eight dollars for students and can be purchased online or at the theater center. Parking will be available in the garage located at the corner of University Drive and Edward Gary Street.
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SU: All tickets are general admissions, so seats will be first-come, first-serve. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jackie Lang.

Leanda Harley

It's not uncommon for a first-year student to be unsure of what career path to take. Fortunately, Texas State has a program specialized just for that. Bobcat Update's Leanda Harley has more.

The Fall of 2017 has brought the largest class of freshmen in Texas State history. As the Spring semester approaches, advisors are preparing for the mass volume of freshmen seeking career counseling.
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The first-year program helps students figure out who they are and what type of jobs they can land after graduation.
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SU The PACE center is located on the first floor of the U-A-C building. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit pace-dot-txstate-dot-edu. For Bobcat Update, I'm Leanda Harley.
                                                                                                               

10/7/17

Montana Kilgore

The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is featuring 20-dollar dog adoptions through the end of the month. Bobcat Update's Montana Kilgore has the story.

The low-cost adoptions are being offered as part of Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month. It's the first part of the Home-4- the-Holidays campaign that the animal shelter will have from now until January second. Each adoption includes spaying or neutering the pets along with rabies vaccinations, de-worming, microchips, city licensing and heartworm tests.
Animal Services Community Outreach Coordinator Lauren Volpe says the campaign brings more traffic to the shelter and more opportunities for adoptions.
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A goal for Home-4-the-Holidays is to find orphaned pets loving homes -- pets like seven-year-old Freddy and one- year-old October, who have been residents at the shelter for weeks. The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter team hopes that  dogs like these will have forever homes this holiday season.
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The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter is located at 750 River Road. For more information, go to san marcos T-X dot-gov-slash-animal-adoptions. For Bobcat Update, I'm Montana Kilgore.

Kyle Spencer

Texas State is offering students some help to improve their writing. Bobcat Update's Kyle Spencer has more.

Write Time is a group that provides students with a designated time to focus on their writing. Participants are challenged to think about their writing in different ways and are encouraged to push themselves to improve.
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Each session students set goals, and they have tutors guiding them. Students are given time to focus solely on their writing, and later they work with their tutors to reflect on what they've accomplished and to plan for the next session.
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(Standup) Write Time is held every Monday from 10-12:30 and every Thursday from 11-1:30 in the Writing center.... room 108. The event is free and open to all. For Bobcat Update I'm Kyle Spencer.

Taeler Kallmerten

Sleeping in hotel rooms and commuting to campus may not be the ideal college experience, but it's the reality some students are facing. Bobcat Update's Taeler Kallmerten has more.
 
Allison Fluker has been spending her final semester staying in the Comfort Suites hotel. Fluker is one of the many students displaced after Pointe San Marcos, an upscale student housing complex, failed to finish construction in time for the fall semester.
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The Pointe San Marcos offered its residents compensation options, such as Rent-credit, gift cards and hotel accommodations. Tanner Murphy chose the rent-credit option and was initially angry about the inconvenience, but now he says management has done its best to work with him. 
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While some students are making the most of the situation, others are taking action. Michael McDaniel says residents have contacted the Pointe's leasing office, American Campus, and its corporate headquarters as well. The residents are using a Group-me app to coordinate their efforts. McDaniel says anyone who wants to be more informed is welcome to join the Group-me.
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SU: As Fall is quickly approaching a lot of us are worrying about what we're going to do decorate our apartments. For the student that are displaced they have a lot more to worry about than that.  They have to worry about when they can have a place to call home. For Bobcat Update, I'm Taeler Kallmerten.

Aubrey Doherty

The Joann Cole Mitte Art Gallery is hosting an eye-opening exhibit, and this week a panel of unlikely guest speakers will help bring it to life.  Bobcat Update's Aubrey Doherty has more on the story.
 
From a distance they appear to be just painted plates, but the message they hold for Mark Menjivar, assistant professor of the school of Art and Design, is much deeper.
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The Last Supper is an exhibit by artist Julie Green representing the dehumanization of last meal requests for inmates on death row.   In keeping with the theme, ex-inmates whose stay in prison ranged from ten to almost 30 years were invited to speak about their experiences.      
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Jorge Antonio Renaud spent 27 years incarcerated. He is now an organizer for the Center for Community Change.
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Former death row inmate Anthony Graves was the featured speaker at Evans Auditorium last night.
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Peyton Donnell

The Student Government at Texas State recently hosted an open forum to give students an opportunity to voice their concerns about the election process. Bobcat Update's Peyton Donnell has the story.

The Senate has proposed a rule change that would allow candidates to offer support to one another.  Being permitted to campaign openly has been restricted in Student Government elections. Some students aren't in favor of changing the rule.
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Student Body President Connor Clegg says the rule change would give candidates the ability to express more freely their beliefs and opinions. 
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The rule has not officially been put into place, which is why the Senate is encouraging students to make themselves heard. 
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Student Government leaders say they expect the matter to be resolved before November. For Bobcat Update, I'm Peyton Donnell.

Jasmine Torres

The Texas State Honors College is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Bobcat Update's Jasmine Torres tells us more.
 
The Honors College was founded in 1967, and in the beginning only offered two courses. Today it offers 36. The Honors Colleges provides a learning community for students from all majors. The idea is for the students to work together in small groups to further their education. The program is known for its diversity.
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For its 50th anniversary, the Honors College is hosting 50 different events throughout the school year.
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Students say the Honors College benefits them in many ways. For example, they like the passion that certain professors bring to the table. It's very much a learning environment.
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All students can apply for the Honors College at any time. To get more information, you can go to the group's page on the Texas State website.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Jasmine Torres.

10/4/17

Albino Hernandez

The Hays Consolidated Independent School District is building two new campuses and replacing another. In this Bobcat Update, Albino Hernandez tells us about a new high school and two elementary schools that are under construction. 

The new high school is being built next to Carpenter Hill Elementary, which is on High Road close to Highway 21. Also, under construction is an elementary school on Old San Antonio Road in Buda. Adding the schools is necessary because of the tremendous population growth in Hays County.
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Construction of a replacement elementary school in Hays County will start early next year.
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The Hays C-I-S-D recently launched a nominating process to name the new schools. Nominations will be accepted for two weeks, but only residents of the district may participate. Administrators hope the new schools will be finished by fall 2019. For Bobcat Update, I'm Albino Hernandez.     

Vianney Strick

Students who will be returning next spring need to prepare for registration. In this Bobcat Update, Vianney Strick tells us about some important deadlines that are coming up.
 
Students are only half way through the fall semester, but it's not too early to begin thinking about which classes they need to take next semester.
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Registration for the Spring 2018 semester begins October 23rd at 6 in the morning and ends December 22nd at 5 in the afternoon. Students who aren't registered by the deadline will still have a chance to sign up, but they'll have to pay a fine.
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Late registration begins January 4th and continues through the 11th. The late registration fee will cost 25 dollars. If that deadline isn't met, the last day to register is January 13th. The late fee then will be 100-dollars. Students who have problems scheduling their classes can use the Bobcat Schedule Builder, which will guide them through the process.
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Standup: For more information, you can visit the J-C Kellam Administration Building or go to the Texas State website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Vianney  Strick.

Tyler Williamson

Enrollment at Texas State is down this semester, which ends a 19-year streak of numbers going up each fall. In this Bobcat Update, Tyler Williamson looks at the data.

Overall the enrollment numbers decreased slightly, but the freshman class is the largest ever. The university reports a two-point-five percent increase of freshmen  surpassing the previous record set in 2016.  Lower cost tuition, compared to other universities in the state, may be one reason the freshman numbers continue to go up.
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Higher freshman enrollment was apparently not enough to offset the lower number of transfer students coming to Texas State. This fall the university has about 200 fewer students than last year. Matt Flores is an assistant vice president of university advancement.
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Lower enrollment will not have an immediate impact on the university's wide array of research programs.
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Texas State continues to improve and create better learning environments for current and future Bobcats. For Bobcat Update, I am Tyler Williamson.

9/29/17

Ariadna Camarillo

Many students face deadlines, tight schedules and plenty of stress. The pressures at times cause students to drop out of school. That's an end result Texas State hopes to avoid. In this Bobcat Update, Ariadna Camarillo tells us about the university's efforts to help students stay on track.

A Victorian-style building, located at the corner of North L-B-J and University Drive, is the Center for Student Retention. The Retention Management Office offers a variety of programs to students. 
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Incoming freshmen are encouraged to set and meet certain goals.
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This is a helpful resource, especially for first-generation college students who need guidance and support. 
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The Center for Student Retention wants to help students succeed.
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Doors are open for members of the Bobcat family. 
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Orlando Williams II

Wells Fargo has been offering banking services in San Marcos for decades, and it has a presence at the L-B-J Student Center. The bank, though, has been mired in scandal in recent months. Bobcat Update's Orlando Williams tells us how its practices have affected students.

Some Wells Fargo employees were caught creating fake bank accounts to earn bonuses, and the institution has also been accused of charging customers for auto insurance they didn't need. Fortune Magazine recently had an article stating some doubt that Wells Fargo can survive the scandals. However, the negative publicity  seems NOT to have fazed students at Texas State.
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Changing banks because of the scandals is not happening among students we talked with.
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Some students said they'd rather just forgive and forget.
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 (STAND UP) Overall, Wells Fargo has tried its hardest to put the last two rough years behind them and Texas  State is sticking with them through thick and thin. For Bobcat Update I'm Orlando Williams.

9/25/17

Tanner Murphy

San Marcos residents and Texas State students can now enjoy a cleaner river experience, thanks to the efforts of local volunteer organizations. Here's Tanner Murphy with the story.

Tubing is a favorite pastime of San Marcos locals, but there are some whose love of the river goes above and beyond floating. Organizations like the Mermaid Society and San Marcos Lions Club strive to ensure that the San Marcos River remains beautiful. This past Sunday they sponsored the Mermaid Roundup River and Park Clean Up.
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Some volunteers walked along the river banks and picked up litter while others dived to the bottom of the riverbed to retrieve sunken debris. A few volunteers even wore mermaid tails as a celebration of the two-week-long San Marcos Mermaid SPLASH Festival. July Moreno, founder of the Mermaid Society of San Marcos, says that every volunteer is valuable and no contribution is too small.
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The Mermaid Roundup River and Park Cleanup is an annual event. For Bobcat Update, I'm Tanner Murphy.

Logan Lozano

The football game is being called the I-35 Showdown. Texas State and U-T-S-A had their first match up last Saturday in what is hoped will be a crowd-pleasing rivalry . Bobcat Update's Logan Lozano has the story.

The I-35 Showdown, between the Bobcats and the Roadrunners, is the re-birthing of a rivalry that school officials and football fans hope will become a lasting tradition. Even after a 44-to-14 loss, there is excitement at Texas State.
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Having Texas State and U-T-S-A playing against each other every year may generate more interest in the football program.
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The rivalry will continue next year, when the Roadrunners host the Bobcats, in San Antonio.
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9/23/17

Dennis Fant

A San Marcos business offers the purrfect solution for students who are not allowed to have pets in their home. Bobcat Update's Dennis Fant has more.

The Cattery Lounge and Snackery is a nonprofit organization located in downtown San Marcos. It's a place for cat lovers. For five dollars an hour, patrons are welcome to come in, do some homework and spend time with the cats.
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The location is close to Texas State, so students can easily walk in, buy some snacks and drinks, and relax.
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The Cattery Lounge is partnered with the local shelter, Paws of Central Texas. Organizers say they need volunteers.
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All the cats at the Cattery Lounge are friendly and available for adoption, and they can be taken home the first day you meet them. For Bobcat Update, I'm Dennis Fant.

Samantha Wells

Students, who enjoy filmmaking, can meet others who have similar interests -- thanks to an organization on campus. Samantha Wells has more on the story.

The Texas State Film Club is a student-run organization that began in 2015. The club had its first meeting of the semester last week. Several new faces, along with current members, attended.
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The club is not limited to theater majors. Any student who is interested in filmmaking can join. It's a great way to meet like-minded people and collaborate on projects.     
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Future meetings will include guest speakers sharing their experiences of working in the film industry.  
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The Texas State Film Club meets every other Wednesday in room 209 of the Theater Building. To get more information, you can join the club's Facebook page at Texas State Filmmakers. For Bobcat Update, I'm Samantha Wells.

David Baugh

Texas State career fairs give students the chance to connect directly with potential employers. Bobcat Update's David Baugh tells us more.
 
Career fairs help students learn about job opportunities, the importance of networking, and getting one's foot in the door.
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Employers typically seek students for summer internships as well as part-time and full-time paid positions. They're looking for people from diverse backgrounds who can enter the workforce well prepared.
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Students who want to attend the next career fair can visit Texas State's Career Services office to receive a list of upcoming events. Students of all majors are welcome! For Bobcat Update, I'm David Baugh.

Alex Wallace

San Marcos residents and Texas State students now have the opportunity to try a new cuisine. Bobcat Update's Alex Wallace has the story.

The downtown square in San Marcos has a new restaurant. Located on East Hopkins Street, Blue Dahlia Bistro opened its doors in July and is now offering a wide variety of European-style dishes as well as pastries. Those who are wanting to eat healthy foods will find plenty to choose from on the bistro's menu.
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Construction was halted several times due to strict city guidelines, and that delayed the restaurant's grand opening, but the wait may have been worth it. Blue Dahlia has a unique design. Its owners are proud of the details they incorporated. The restaurant has a patio decorated with plants and its walls are filled with art. Customers appreciate the environment.
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For Bobcat Update, I'm Alex Wallace.

Chelsie Anguiano

Some Texas State students are talking about the release of The Land of Milk and Honey.  Bobcat Update's Chelsie Anguiano has more.
 
A new web series created by Texas State students is called The Land of Milk and Honey. The series recently launched on YouTube. In July a trailer for the program went viral and still has viewers talking. 
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The video received more than 16-hundred retweets and over two-thousand likes. One of the show's creators is Miriam Kalala.
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Since its debut, The Land of Milk and Honey has drawn viewers from all across central Texas. The cast hopes it can reach a wide audience with stories that viewers can relate to.
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New episodes are released to YouTube each Monday. For Bobcat Update, I'm Chelsie Anguiano.

Vianney Strick

Seniors need to make preparations now for the fall commencement if they're planning to graduate. As Vianney Strick tells us, one essential step is to apply.

Students who have met their academic requirements for fall graduation need to apply before the deadline October 6th. 
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You can apply online using the university's self-service web page. To purchase your cap and gown, visit the University Bookstore, or go its website to order the regalia online. 
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Commencement will be held December 15th and 16th at Strahan Coliseum. For Bobcat Update, I'm Vianney Strick.

Montana Kilgore

Market Days at Texas State give local businesses an opportunity to connect with students on campus.  Montana Kilgore has the story.

During Market Days, local businesses fill the quad with a variety of booths where products are sold and advertised. Study Tack Founder Noor Lalani says the event has been effective in spreading the word about his new app.
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Many students interact with vendors, learning more about local businesses. Texas State Junior Jessica Lee says she loves seeing the variety of cultures and products at Market Day.
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The next Market Day will be October 17th from eight a.m. to five p.m. in the Texas State Quad. For Bobcat Update, I'm Montana Kilgore.

9/20/17

Malcolm Thomas

The financial aid department at Texas State is enforcing a new policy that could help students in the long run. Bobcat Update's Malcolm Thomas has the story.
 
The financial aid department will start accepting aid applications for next year on October 1st. Financial aid supervisor Dr. John Kerr says students who apply early will receive the best aid.
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Kerr says not only will the application process open earlier, it should also be easy for students to apply. The application uses one's taxes from two years ago, so there is no need to rush to have the most recent year's taxes completed just for financial aid purposes. Students who are aware of the policy changes say they hope it will be effective and beneficial.
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Financial aid counselors encourage students to get ready for the application process.
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So, there you have it. With October 1st fast approaching, Dr. Kerr is encouraging all students to get in their financial aid application ASAP. For Bobcat Update, I'm Malcolm Thomas.

9/18/17

Naomi Garza

With the semester in full swing, students are busy at work. Their agendas are filling up with assignments and deadlines to meet.  One deadline to keep in mind is October 30th -- the last day to drop a class. Bobcat Update's Naomi Garza has more.

Dropping and withdrawing are two very different things. When you drop a class, you remain enrolled in the university if you're taking at least one credit hour, while withdrawing is completely removing yourself from the university.  And what students need to be aware of are the effects that dropping or withdrawing may have on their academic careers, and they should consider the financial ramifications.
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The deadline for dropping a class with a W is October 30th. The deadline for dropping a class and receiving a 100 percent refund has already passed.
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Dropping or withdrawing may affect students financially AND academically. Dropping a class, such as a prerequisite, can mess up degree plans and change their graduation date.
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One very important thing to keep in mind is that state law allows students to have only six Ws throughout their undergraduate career.
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Speak with an advisor to help figure out whether dropping is the best option.
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9/17/17

Megan Hulsman

Texas State football fans are apparently an unhappy bunch. Megan Hulsman tells us the reasons why, in this Bobcat Update.
 
E-S-P-N recently ranked Texas State football fans as the least happy in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The fans scored the football team the lowest in three of six categories- program power, rivalry dominance and twitter buzz. Some students say the athletic program needs to use social media more to promote the team.
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Low student game attendance has long been a problem at Texas State. The athletic department would like to see more support, which could in turn help team performance.
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(STAND UP)The Texas State football team may not be the best, but students can help that. Through social media participation and game attendance, the Bobcats may just be looking at a winning record.  For Bobcat Update, I'm Megan Hulsman.

9/15/17

Kelsie McCord

Just three weeks into the semester and Texas State students are already publicly debating some heavy topics. Bobcat Update's Kelsie McCord has more on the story.

A crowd of students gathered around the Fighting Stallions statue for much of the day today. A man loudly preaching his religious views sparked quite a bit of curiosity, and even outrage, from some students. 
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The commotion attracted a diverse crowd. Students from a variety of backgrounds voiced their opinions and posed questions to the speaker on topics ranging from religion and race, to gender roles and sexual orientation. 
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The iconic statue in the middle of campus is a designated free speech area at Texas State. For Bobcat Update, I'm Kelsie McCord.

Ashley Simpson

Campus carry is still a controversial issue at Texas State -- a year after the law went into effect on campus. Bobcat Update's Ashley Simpson has more.

The law allows individuals with a concealed handgun license to carry weapons on campus. Some students are concerned about the law and how it might affect campus safety. Texas State President Denise Trauth says administrators are aware of the issues and want to continue a dialogue with the campus community about concealed carry.
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President Trauth said in a statement that the university may change where designated gun-free locations are on campus. Currently, concealed carry is prohibited in such places as the Child Development Center and the L-B-J Student Center.  Proposals have been made to add faculty offices and testing centers to that list.
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Not everyone sees campus carry as a threat. There are varying perspectives when it comes to the law. 
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For more information on campus carry, visit the Texas State website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Simpson.

9/3/17

Scott Stutzman

Students who commute to classes at Texas State have some issues to contend with when they arrive on campus. Bobcat Update's Scott Stutzman has more.
 
The semester has just started, and, already, students are encountering a problem -- the lack of parking. Part of the issue is constant construction, which reduces the number of available parking spaces.
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Parking lots fill up quickly on campus. That's bound to happen at a university where there's high enrollment and a lot of construction. The university's shuttle service helps, but even it falls short, according to some students.
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The parking issues at Texas State won't be alleviated anytime soon. Finding ways to campus that don't involve a car seem to be best alternative for the time being. For Bobcat Update, I'm Scott Stutzman.

9/2/17

Ashley Ruiz

A Texas State organization is stepping up to raise donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey. Bobcat Update's Ashley Ruiz has more.

Tents line the Quad as new and old Bobcats make their way to class. However, one tent in particular sticks out. Under it is a simple box with a sign reading 'Hurricane Harvey donations'. The Texas State Quidditch team is hoping to make a  difference.
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Acosta says the team would like to have donations of baby food, canned food, diapers, blankets and toiletry items.
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Former team captain Clayton Carlisle is from Houston. He says his family is lucky. Since their house is on a hill, the family experienced little damage. The main issue now is being able to get out of the neighborhood.
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The Texas State Quidditch team will be out in the quad all week collecting donations. If you miss them there, they'll still accept donations through September 6th at 7 o'clock when they meet at Derrick Hall. For Bobcat Update, I'm Ashley Ruiz.

Jackie Lang

Last fall Texas State dismissed four fraternities after a Greek member was found dead following one of its gatherings. Bobcat  Update's Jackie Lang tells us more.

The death of freshman Jordin Taylor [WHEN?] cast a shadow on Greek organizations at Texas State. Fraternity and sorority members seek to new people, make connections, and give back to the community. They'd rather be known for their achievements rather than harm coming to one of their own.
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Greeks encourage students to watch out for one another. Safety is an important issue. 
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Students who are interested in Greek life are encouraged to stop by the booths that fraternities and sororities set up on the Quad this time of year. Or they can visit the Greek Affairs page on the Texas State website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Jackie Lang.

Taeler Kallmerten

The 2017 fall semester has begun and students are already stressing but not about grades. Bobcat Update's Taeler Kallmerten has the story.

Many students have been lining up outside the parking services building trying to get their parking passes. But a few of them won't be able to leave with what they came for.
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Some students say they are unsatisfied with parking services.
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Some commuters say they're afraid they won't even be able to buy a parking pass.
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SU: To purchase passes online, look up parking services on the Texas State website. For Bobcat Update, I'm Taeler Kallmerten.

Charles Mays

Some Texas State students are still adjusting to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Charles Mays has more in this Bobcat Update.

Hurricane Harvey, initially a Category 4, was one of the biggest storms to hit the United States in over a decade. After moving to other parts of Texas, the storm was downgraded to a Category 1, but still brought heavy winds and extensive flooding. Some students experienced the storm first-hand.
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Texas State President Denise Trauth sent an email last Thursday afternoon cancelling classes and other activities for the following Monday to ensure the safety of the students and faculty. The sudden cancellation affected many students schedules and plans.
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Weather forecasters say Harvey is supposed to make another land fall some time after midnight near the Texas-Louisiana state line. For Bobcat update, I'm Charles Mays.

Veronica Vergara

Students who use the new crosswalk on East Sessom Drive have reason to feel safer.  Bobcat Update`s Veronica Vergara has more on the story.

With countless students commuting to campus, this additional crosswalk is an improvement for pedestrian traffic to and from the University. 
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However, not everyone is convinced the changes at the crosswalk make it safer.
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Unlike the traditional intersection traffic light system, this crossway is strictly for pedestrian traffic. Yellow yield lights flash to warn drivers to slow down and prepare to stop for students crossing, yet some drivers seem unfamiliar with the new stop. 
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It`s recommended that drivers using East Sessom Drive familiarize themselves with the changes and be mindful of classmates crossing the street. For Bobcat Update. I'm Veronica Vergara. 

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.