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President Trauth hosts Cat Chat

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President Denise Trauth hosted a “Cat Chat” Nov. 15 to give students the opportunity to voice their opinion and ask any questions of university officials.

Trauth and Provost Eugene Bourgeois spoke with 12 students in the J.C. Kellem Building in an open door style event. Margarita Arellano, Dean of Students, and Joanne Smith, Vice President of Student Affairs were also available to speak with students.

Students voiced mostly positive opinions about the university and some attended to have an opportunity to thank Trauth personally for their experience at Texas State.

Students witness police apprehending suspects in gun threat

Texas State students witnessed university police apprehending individuals in connection with the gun threat on campus Thursday afternoon.

Nick Crespo, political science junior, said he had to evacuate the Undergraduate Academic Center building. University police were questioning one of the suspects.

“He was just standing there talking and was not in handcuffs,” Crespo said.

Suspects arrested on suspicion of gun threat

UPDATE 12:52 PM:

The suspect involved in the Nov. 20 gun threat at Texas State was arrested and taken to Hays County Jail late last night. Anthony Marcell Davis III was charged with resisting arrest and posession of marijauna. 

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University spokesman Matt Flores said two individuals were questioned by UPD in relation to the campus gun threat. One individual was a Texas State student and the other was a non-student, he said.

Community makes conservation efforts

Popular environmentally friendly organizations on campus are no longer the only option for students who want to promote a “green” Texas State.

Recycling Services and Grounds Operations and other sustainable organizations like Bobcat Blend, Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO), Human Environmental Animal Team (H.E.A.T) and the City of San Marcos work together to keep the university and community environmentally responsible. A brand called “Bobcats Go Green” is a newcomer to the environmental community, said Jennell Rayos, interdisciplinary studies of sustainability graduate student.

Resourcefulness temporary solution for lack of classroom space

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Finding classroom space in the face of budgetary restrictions and record enrollment numbers is becoming an increasingly serious issue for Texas State.

Provost Eugene Bourgeois, vice president of Academic Affairs, said at the Wednesday night Faculty Senate meeting the issue of diminishing classroom space had reached a “critical” level. Texas State will have to relocate academic colleges and various departments if the university’s request for government financial aid does not come through.

“It’s the elephant in all of our rooms,” said Susan Day, sociology department chair. “This is the issue that comes up in almost every meeting that any of us are in—‘What are we going to do about space?’”

Construction begins on new Hilton Garden Inn

Stone Bridge Hotels officials began construction this week on a new Hilton Garden Inn off River Ridge Parkway.

The process of planning, zoning and buying the property for the new hotel began 18 months ago, said Richard Weik, director of Operations for Stone Bridge Hotels. Guests can expect to stay in the Hilton Garden Inn beginning the spring of 2016.

The development is currently in the early stages of construction, Weik said. This week Stone Bridge Hotels broke ground on the property and prepared to lay a foundation and set a base material to prevent flooding of adjacent space.

Torchy’s Tacos’ opening date delayed to January

The opening date for Torchy’s Tacos has been pushed to early next January because the building is not yet finished.

The new store in the taco chain will open Jan. 22 despite the original plan to open December in the former San Marcos Post Office. Torchy’s Tacos officials denied requests to comment.

The former post office has a history of flooding, said Andy Grubbs of Hays Environmental Consulting. The back parking lot was designed lower in elevation than the structure, causing it to slope upward towards the building.

“It’s not so much of a design flaw as it is the whole entire area hasn’t been updated in such a long time things like (flooding) are bound to happen,” Grubbs said.

Visiting council evaluates SJMC for reaccreditation

A five-person on-site evaluation team representing the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication visited Texas State this week to determine whether or not the university’s program should gain reaccreditation.

The evaluation team visited campus Nov. 15-19 to inspect facilities and equipment, visit classes and meet with students and faculty members within the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Commissioners vote against regional water corporation

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The Hays County Commissioners Court voted against a proposal Tuesday to create the Texas Water Development Corporation in partnership with the city of Leander and Hays and Travis Counties.

Commissioners Debbie Ingalsbe, Precinct 1, Mark Jones, Precinct 2, and Will Conley, Precinct 4, voted against the proposition in a 3-2 split. Pix Howell, project manager and consultant for the proposal, said the Texas Water Development Corporation would have allowed for the construction of a public pipeline to service sparsely populated counties east of Hays.

Commissioner Ray Whisenant, Precinct 4, said a regional effort must be made for the provision of water.

City engineers propose solutions to pedestrian, cyclist safety

City engineers propose solutions to pedestrian and cyclist safety on Sessom

An extensive project concerning bicyclist and pedestrian safety issues on Sessom Drive was presented by Laurie Moyer, director of engineering and capital improvement, at the Tuesday city council meeting.

The final design is to be completed in early 2015 and includes the construction of additional sidewalks, signal improvements and bicycle lanes to Sessom, Moyer said. The construction of the final project would begin in fall 2015 and be completed in winter 2016 if the final design receives approval from TxDot.

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