Frank Campos Jr.

Students consider safety in both on- and off-campus housing

Texas State students living on- and off-campus agree safety should be a concern when choosing where they live during their time in college.

Students living in residence halls said they still feel relatively safe a little over two weeks after terroristic threats were made in Tower Hall. Off-campus students feel safe despite the attempted robbery that occurred at the Vistas.

Living off–campus has its advantages, said Lauren Reese, microbiology freshman. However, safety can still be a concern no matter where students decide to live,

“I feel very safe living in Falls Hall,” Reese said. “I have heard of plenty of theft and crime happening off-campus, and I have not really seen anything happen in our dorm yet.”

University Council disbanded to streamline communication

Texas State decided to eliminate the University Council from its governing system Oct. 30 after more than 15 years of existence to enhance communication between departments.

Provost Eugene Bourgeois brought the issue to the President’s Cabinet, and they agreed the council is unnecessary. The council has not been used for its intended purpose in years. The President’s Cabinet is a committee comprised of the vice presidents of the various departments of the university. The Provost’s Office now handles communication between the President’s Office and the university.

The University Council is supposed to examine recommendations made by departments and organizations to the cabinet, said Robert Gratz, special assistant to the president.

Department of Criminal Justice awarded $389,690 grant

The Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State received a $389,690 grant Sept. 15 from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) to study the causes of wrongful convictions and criminal investigative failure.

The grant will start Jan. 1 2015. Kim Rossmo, university endowed chair in criminology, and Christine Sellers, director of the School of Criminal Justice, are in charge of research, and they plan to make the most out of the funding the school has received, Rossmo said. 

Rossmo submitted the proposal for the grant and is now the principle investigator.

San Marcos robbery rate at all-time low

The U.S. Census reports San Marcos is the fastest-growing city in the nation. However, even with the growing population, robbery rates are at their lowest point in three years.

Five robberies in September bring the total to 25 within the first nine months of the year. This number is well below the 50 total cases reported in 2013, said Cmdr. Kelly L. Earnest of the Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of the San Marcos Police Department (SMPD).

In the last three years, 118 robberies have been reported, accounting for 2 percent of the crime in the city, Earnest said. Although many of robberies involve a weapon, some cases involve much less violence. This can lead to a misconception of exactly how many violent robberies occur.

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