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Wimberley businesses recover following burglaries

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The Wimberley community has improved security and rallied in support of the owners of burglarized shops in the wake of a series of downtown break-ins one month ago.

Two 17-year-old males, Levi Weed and Ricky Elhert, were arrested for burglarizing and attempting to break into 19 Wimberley businesses. A crime spree of this magnitude was unprecedented in downtown Wimberley, said Diana Holmes, owner of Enchantment, a handmade jewelry store. She said her shop was broken into only once before, five years prior to the December 2014 burglaries. The crimes have led many business owners to install alarms, cameras, reinforced doors and other security measures.

Men's basketball loses at home, 45-43

With his hands clasped over his head, JaMarcus Weatherspoon, junior guard, could only watch as Georgia Southern celebrated their 45-43 win over the Bobcats. 

“When you put in time, and you really think—you know you’re supposed to be someone, it kind of hurts,” Weatherspoon said. “For myself, in the locker room, I kind of tried to lift everybody up. I tried to tell everybody ‘keep your head up, we got more, we got more,’ but tonight everybody wanted to win.”

For reasons Texas State men’s basketball Coach Danny Kaspar does not know, D.J. Brown, senior guard, drove into the paint only to be met by three Georgia Southern players.

University partners with electric company to perform water research

Nippon Electric Company (NEC) Corporation of America and Texas State announced a partnership Nov. 4 to conduct joint research and development efforts to improve water conservation and resource management

President Denise Trauth and Nobuhiro Endo, president and CEO of NEC Corporation of America, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Nov. 4 detailing the partnership. The university and NEC will exchange ideas for developing solutions to further responsible use of natural resources, according to the MOU.

NEC, headquartered in Irving, is a provider of network, communications, information technology and biometric solutions for customers across multiple industries.

Technology firm to increase rented space at S.T.A.R. Park

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Representatives of Quantum Materials, a technology firm, have expressed interest in renting additional laboratory space at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (S.T.A.R.) Park, a move that would create additional job opportunities for students, faculty and residents.

Officials at the firm plan to rent more lab space at the S.T.A.R. Park facility, said David Doderer, vice president of Research and Development at Quantum Materials. Officials intend to staff the labs with researchers who are currently at other facilities.

Beyond the game: Tyler Saunders, freshman golfer

In terms of culture and society, Tyler Saunders doesn’t see many differences from Alberta, Canada and San Marcos, Texas.

One thing that connects them is Saunders.

“It’s not too different for the most part, but one thing I noticed a difference in is the way people address their elders,” Saunders said. “People here are a lot more polite. I hear a lot more ‘sirs’ and ‘ma’ams.’. Before coming here, I had never heard that.”

One of the obvious differences between Canada and Texas is the weather. Coming to Texas proved to be a challenge for Saunders. Saunders found practice very difficult thousands of miles away from home and adjusting to the temperature change.

Bus-related traffic violations drop following camera installation

Cameras installed on San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District buses under a city ordinance passed Jan. 7 have helped lower the amount of reported violations.

Before February, the city had reported over 2,000 individuals running red lights or not pausing for stopped buses during the year, said Carter Hutson, associate director of transportation for SMCISD. Since the program started, a little over 400 violations have been reporter, he said. Seven cameras installed by BusGuard are used to monitor different angles on the bus and help to catch and fine violators, he said.

“The program started in February of this year and started with about five buses,” Hutson said. “Since then we have 82 buses completely installed with these cameras.”

CNN correspondent offers advice for journalism, storytelling

Polo Sandoval, CNN correspondent, took the stage in Old Main Wednesday afternoon, to share his experiences on life after graduating from Texas State as part of Mass Comm Week.

Polo Sandoval graduated at Texas State with a bachelor’s degree in electronic media and a minor in Spanish. Since then, Sandoval has been the bureau chief for the Hidalgo County Border Bureau for KRGV-ABC in South Texas. In 2014, he was hired by CNN as a national correspondent based out of Washington, D.C. Sandoval has reported from Republican and Democratic national conventions in 2008 and 2012 and covered the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion last year.

During his presentation, Sandoval emphasized storytelling and adding “the human element” into journalism.

Dialogue series engages community in philosophical discussion

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Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., Texas State’s Philosophy department holds a dialogue at the San Marcos Public Library. The series gives the citizens of San Marcos as well as students the chance to participate in particular philosophical discussions and interact with other community members.

This week’s discussion topic, Vegetarianism and Feminism, was lead by Bob Fischer, an associate philosophy professor at Texas State. The dialogue focused on the connections between the two topics, particularly about how certain types of mechanisms are used to oppress and subdue women and animals alike.

Tobacco sales remain constant after city prohibits public smoking

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Despite the city- and campus-wide smoking ban, Marvelous Smoke and High Life Glass Works, the smoke shops closest to campus, haven’t seen a difference in tobacco sales since either policy was instated.

Texas State has been a tobacco-free campus since fall 2011. As of Jan. 1 this year, San Marcos denounced public smoking. Smoking on city-owned property is now a Class C Misdemeanor.

Ray Rabie, manager at Marvelous Smoke, said though tobacco purchases haven’t decreased, he has noticed an increase in the sale of e-cigarettes, which aren’t allowed by either policy. 

“(We) have seen an increase in the sale of e-cigs,” Rabie said. “Those are illegal in public places too now, but the demand has increased.”

Some residents placed temporarily in study rooms

The number of students living on campus increased slightly this fall, and overflow applicants were placed in temporary housing to ensure halls would be occupied at capacity.

As of Sept. 15, Residential Life had moved over half of the students in temporary housing to permanent rooms, said Rosanne Proite, director of Housing and Residential Life. They are still trying to move the other half.

Currently, about 6,829 students are living in residence halls. Last year, about 6,275 residents lived on campus.

The addition of Falls and Sayers halls added 578 beds, but 90 were lost with the closing of San Saba, she said.

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