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Transdev brings new buses, route changes

This fall semester students can expect to see shiny new buses, new drivers and changes to routes in the Bobcat Shuttle service as the university enters into a contract with a new service provider.

The contract with Transdev, the bus contractor that merged with Veolia Transport in 2011, went into full effect Aug. 9. Transdev is now the official Texas State shuttle provider, said Steven Herrera, Bobcat Shuttle service manager. The previous contractor, First Transit, was replaced by Transdev after a bidding process for a new provider took place last year.

Students passed a referendum in April 2013 to raise the bus fee from $78 to $95, and the increase helped sustain the new contract with Transdev, according to a Nov. 20 University Star article.

The Hitch: Mobile eatery adds new cuisines

MamboFreeze

MamboFreeze

The newest addition to The Hitch is MamboFreeze, a shaved ice and frozen treats truck run by owner Rena Williams. Having just arrived at The Hitch this past spring, Williams brings her experience of running a second MamboFreeze and the original MamboBerry, both located in Austin. It was William’s self-proclaimed “entrepreneurial drive” and love for food that inspired her to move to Austin and open a food truck, having only herself and one other staff member for the first year. Williams is now proud to employ 11 staff members in total.

University Federal Credit Union to provide new ATMs

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Wells Fargo ATM

The search for a new financial institution to add automated teller machines throughout the campus has ended.

University Federal Credit Union recently won the bid, against other financial institutions, to place its ATMs throughout the university. The ATMs are set to be working by the upcoming fall, said university Treasurer Valerie Van Vlack.

Officials took UFCU on a tour through campus to show them possible locations for future ATMs, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

“UFCU is looking at putting ATMs in places such as the library, the rec, outside the UAC building, the Avery building on the Round Rock campus, Strahan Coliseum and the football stadium,” Van Vlack said.

New Common Experience theme to address desegregation

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‘Exploring Democracy’s Promise: From Segregation to Integration’ will serve as the Common Experience theme for the 2014-2015 academic year in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the university’s desegregation.

The desegregation celebration began May 1when the first five African-American students at the university were brought back to speak about their experiences, said Diann McCabe, co-chair of Common Experience. Philosophy dialogues, student films, a gallery in the Honors College and a series of play readings are some of the events students can participate in to learn more about the new theme, McCabe said. The campus-wide events and activities will help highlight the progress the university has made.

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