Benjamin Enriquez

Austin real estate group purchases Springtown Shopping Center

Officials with Endeavor Real Estate Group from Austin purchased the Springtown Shopping Center located off Thorpe Lane and Springtown Way Nov. 4.

Twin Liquors, Bath & Body Works and RadioShack are currently in the center with a few vacant buildings where Target was previously located. Officials plan to revitalize the shopping center, said Buck Cody, principal of retail development and acquisition for Endeavor.

“I think we envision it being a more traditional retail shopping center,” Cody said. “Our plan is to build something that serves the student body of Texas State and the population of San Marcos.”

Texas State ranked 17th for Hispanic students

BestColleges.com ranked Texas State as 17th in the nation’s “Top 50 Colleges for Hispanic Students” in 2014.

The rankings are based on academics and the number of Hispanic students currently enrolled, according to the website. This fall semester, 11,606 Hispanic students are enrolled at Texas State, said Joe Meyer, director of Institutional Research.

The university set a goal of becoming a Hispanic-Serving Institution over ten years ago, Meyer said. The university achieved HSI status in 2011.

“In fall 2004 there were 4,980 Hispanic students enrolled, and in fall 2014 there are 11,606 Hispanic students enrolled,” Meyer said.

Tailgate cleanup more efficient thanks to university, student organizations

Cleaning up trash at tailgate is no small task, and student organizations and the university have increased their efficiency at recent games.

The conjoined effort includes proactive help from fraternities, student organizations, Parking Services staff and a cleaning crew.  A typical tailgate starts at about 12 p.m. and is done approximately an hour after kickoff. Mark Jesse, parking garage manager, said he oversees the entire cleanup process from setting up the tailgating and trash collections all the way to enforcing rules.

“We have between 22 to 25 parking officers and student workers working on all three lots,” Jesse said. “The average cost of cleaning ranges from $2,500 to $3,000 per game.”

Game-day parking designations cause confusion, towing

Unclear designation of the university’s parking area in the Springtown lot has caused attendees to be towed after parking in the wrong section.

The shopping center lot, located at the intersection of Springtown Way and Thorpe Lane, is used for additional parking during home football games this season. The university only pays to use one-third of the space for game-day parking, said Steve Prentice, assistant director of Parking Services.

Attendees pay to park in the university’s section but are towed if they leave their cars outside the designated area, he said.

A record number of people attended the football game against Navy on Sept. 13, Prentice said. The university ran out of spaces, and people were forced to park wherever they could.

Residents show support for Hughson at watch party

Local residents of San Marcos voiced their opinions on Jane Hughson, candidate for San Marcos City Council Place 4, at her watch party.

Those that attended Hughson’s watch party felt strongly for her and expressed their discontent over the job incumbent Wayne Becak has done during his term.  They feel it is time for a change, and that Jane Hughson is the right choice for the job.

”Big money and development is going to lose to Jane Hughson and it’s good,” said Melissa Derrick, community member and friend of Hughson’s.

Derrick said she unofficially campaigned for Hughson because Hughson is for protecting the San Marcos River and neighborhoods.

Election night with Jane Hughson at LBJ Museum

Jane Hughson, candidate for San Marcos City Council Place 4, along with residents and friends gathered at 7 p.m. to begin watching the live results online as they rolled in. 

At first, things were calm, but as the numbers started coming in the excitement began to build.

“I feel good,” Hughson said. “I’ve seen the results of early voting, it’s good.”

Hughson said this is not about her, it’s about what is going to be good for San Marcos.

“I just think that I’m gonna be better for San Marcos than my opponent,” Hughson said.

Hughson said when her opponent Wayne Becak voted for the Casey development on Sessom Drive with a 1,000 bed unit, it was not going to be good for San Marcos.

New credential system will allow media to easily park on campus

Texas State officials have come up with a plan to make campus more accessible by creating official media credentials for the press.

Officials are currently in the process of contacting local and national media outlets to begin the process of mailing parking credentials to specific reporters covering events on campus. Members of the media will be able to park on any surface lot without fear of being ticketed.

Bill Nance, vice president for Finance and Support Services, said the media problem was the last issue to be considered after a year of reviewing all of the parking policies.

Cabinet approves discrimination policy change

This month, Texas State officials took one more step toward making the university community more inclusive.

Officials changed words in the university’s anti-discrimination policy to be more inclusive as of the Oct. 15 Excellence in Diversity Awards Ceremony. The last phrase, which previously stated “sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression,” now reads “sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.”

The decision to bring about the wording change was brought up during a president’s cabinet meeting. Joanne Smith, vice president of Student Affairs, said officials wanted to make sure the revised statement met all legal requirements.

Texas State receives $625,000 gift from University Federal Credit Union

This fall, Texas State received a $625,000 gift from University Federal Credit Union (UFCU).

The gift will be spread out over the next five years in annual $125,000 installments. Forty percent of the gift will go straight into funding scholarships while the remaining amount will be put toward student and alumni programs, said university spokesman Matt Flores.

Flores said UFCU initially pursued a relationship with the university.

“They sought us out,” Flores said. “In fact, they expressed an interest in becoming a partner with Texas State about a year ago.”

Bicycle theft increasing among universities along IH-35 corridor

Cameras, police and locks are not enough to stop a thief from stealing bicycles on campus.

Concern about bicycle theft on campus has increased, and Texas State is not the only university affected by this rising trend. Students at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M and Texas Tech University have experienced bicycle theft, and there is concern that not much can be done.

“We encourage people to register their bicycles, use locks, and are encouraging people to report anything they see as suspicious,” said Otto Glenewinkel, University Police Crime Prevention officer.

Glenewinkel said students should register their bikes to help deter theft.

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