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Chartwells to take over management of Paws Market

Chartwells Dining Services will become the new manager for Paws Market in the LBJ Student Center in June due to the store’s current limited revenue that is not covering operating costs.

Jack Rahmann, director of the student center, said the facility is losing approximately $30,000 per year from Paws Market because of the cost of utilities, items sold and labor. The new management from Chartwells will allow for an increase in revenue for Student Business Services.

Student Buiness Services will receive nine percent commission from Chartwells, which is expected to generate $45,000 in revenue from Paws Market, Rahmann said.

Veterans, dependents will have to maintain GPA for Hazlewood benefits

Some veterans may be in danger of losing educational funding beginning fall 2014 when Texas State implements new eligibility requirements for tuition exemptions.

Veterans and their families attending the university under the Hazlewood Act and Legacy amendment will now have to meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy, the same requirements those with financial aid must meet.

Student health center anticipates job openings, increases advertising

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Despite increasing advertising expenditures to promote an open physician position, the Student Health Center preparing for the addition of new positions.

The health center, which is estimated to serve 18,000 students this year, currently employs five physicians who treat students three to five days per week. The health center has nearly doubled its advertising spending every year since 2010 in an effort to fill positions like the one that has been vacant for the past nine months.

The health center spent $2,892 in 2010 on advertising efforts in an effort to fill open positions, according to information provided by the university. The center spent $5,669 in on advertising in 2011 and $9,610 in 2012. The center had $19,485 in advertising expenditures in 2013.

Randy Vetter Memorial Highway signs unveiled

The Hays County Commissioners Court digressed from its normal meeting format Tuesday as those in attendance gathered to honor a trooper who was killed in the line of duty almost 14 years ago.

The meeting was adjourned to unveil the Randy Vetter Memorial Highway signs, which will be displayed along Interstate Highway 35 in San Marcos. Vetter was killed in a routine traffic stop in 2000 when an elderly man he pulled over for a seatbelt violation opened fire.

Approximately 100 guests attended the Commissioners Court meeting, including Vetter’s wife and 16-year-old son.

Officials determining impact of healthcare act on faculty

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Administrators are in the process of determining which Texas State employees will be covered under the university’s healthcare in response to the Affordable Healthcare Act.

The ACA, which was passed in 2010, requires employers to meet certain criteria when insuring those who work for them. Under the act, Texas State has made changes to its healthcare plan for faculty and staff.

“There are so many pieces to it, only time will tell its full results,” said Michelle Moritz, associate director of Human Resources. “We are a large employer that has always offered good health benefits. So this isn’t that big of a change for us, but it is still a change.”

All changes will go into effect Sept. 1 to be in accordance with the law, Moritz said.

Ron Paul delivers freedom-themed speech in San Marcos

Preceded by chants and applause, former presidential candidate Ron Paul took the stage at Centennial Hall Saturday.

Students and San Marcos residents alike filled the lecture hall to listen to Paul speak about freedom as part of the Young Americans for Liberty state convention hosted on campus. The event was standing room only, and when Paul took the stage, he was greeted with a standing ovation.

“We are in a transition where people are waking up and they are sick and tired of federal government,” Paul said.

Investigation into death of local woman underway

San Marcos police are investigating a “suspicious” incident that left one woman dead and sent a man who lived with her to the hospital early Friday morning.

Police have identified the 23-year-old woman who died Friday as Misty Amber Davis.

Police received a call from the 25-year-old man around 1:01 a.m. Friday saying he had been shot in his home on the 1300 block of Barbara Drive, according to a press release from the city. Police and EMS arrived on the scene and found Davis unconscious. She was later pronounced dead at the residence.

The man was treated at Brackenridge Hospital before being discharged the same day, the release said.

Police are not releasing further information until an autopsy is completed, according to the release.

Lieutenant governor candidate kicks off tour in San Marcos

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, visited San Marcos Saturday kicking off a statewide effort to reach out to Texas households.

Van de Putte met with supporters in the afternoon before a scheduled block walk coordinated by the Hays County Democratic Party. She addressed issues such as public education, healthcare, equal pay and college affordability. She also spoke about the increase of young people involved in this year’s campaign.

University officials approve increased summer budget

University officials will increase the summer budget for faculty salaries by $2.9 million to amend a long-standing budgetary shortfall.

President’s Cabinet officials have approved an increase in summer funding. The increase will correct an imbalance caused by previously unfunded raises for faculty members and competitive starting salaries for new faculty, Provost Eugene Bourgeois said in an email.

“As we awarded merit raises and raises for faculty promotions, in addition to paying higher salaries for new faculty, it resulted in the fixed summer budget not ‘keeping up’ with the real increase in the cost of faculty staffing for summer,” Bourgeois said.

Lieutenant governor candidate visits San Marcos as part of statewide tour

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, visited San Marcos Saturday, kicking off of a statewide effort to reach out to Texas households.

Van de Putte met with supporters in the afternoon before a scheduled block walk coordinated by the Hays County Democratic Party. She addressed issues such as public education, healthcare, equal pay and college affordability.

“The population of Texas State has exploded, and particularly this school is one of the most successful schools with first-generation college students,” Van de Putte said. “They beat almost every university.”

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