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Blue Bell Ice Cream recalled due to listeria hysteria

Chartwells officials were forced to pull all Blue Bell products off the shelves at dining halls and Paws Market on campus during spring break.

Blue Bell officials began recalling their products on March 23 due to an outbreak of listeria that killed at least three people. Officials began by recalling the 3 oz. ice cream treats but later made the decision on April 20 to pull all products.

Chartwells officials will most likely seek out other vendors until they get an “OK” from Blue Bell that the ice cream can be sold again, said Chin-Hong Chua, resident district manager for Chartwells. Students may see an alternative choice for ice cream on campus during the summer depending on how long the recall lasts.

San Marcos prepares for commencement crowds

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City and university officials are preparing for an influx of guests as commencement ceremonies approach.

This year’s ceremonies will be the largest in the university’s history, with 4,900 students set to walk across the stage at Strahan Coliseum May 14-16, according to an April 28 email from the commencement committee.

The committee was created to help ease crowding, congestion and confusion, said Kristin McDaniel, commencement coordinator.

Associate professor to travel to Cambodia on Fulbright grant

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A Texas State professor has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program grant to lecture and conduct research in Cambodia for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Gail Dickinson, College of Education associate professor, will attempt to reform practices at schools in the city of Phnom Penh and the Svay Rieng Province. She will work with students and teachers in an attempt to establish cutting-edge education practices from secondary schools to universities.

Glass-bottom boats to be renovated

The glass-bottom boat tours hosted by the Meadows Center at Texas State will soon get a makeover.

The boat tours have been a San Marcos tradition for over half a century, said Sam Massey, Texas State alumnus and guide at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. The boats are due for renovations because of their age.

Deborah Lane, assistant director of the Spring Lake education program, said the Meadows Center currently has five boats in operation that will be receiving renovations.

Enrollment of undocumented students increases

Since 2005, the university has seen a slight increase in undergraduate enrollment of undocumented students.

In 2005,18 undocumented students were enrolled at Texas State, according to the Office of Institutional Research. In 2010 there were three undocumented students, and in 2012 a total of 75 were registered. There are currently 93 undocumented students attending the university as of March, while 111 took classes during the 2013-2014 school year.

In 2001, then-Governor Rick Perry approved House Bill 1403. The bill allowed undocumented students to receive in-state tuition at any public college or university.

President’s Cabinet changes process of naming buildings

The President’s Cabinet has approved changes to the University Policy and Procedure Statements (UPPS) involving requirements for changing the names of university buildings.

The approved changes will allow university officials to assess an individual’s overall donation history to recommend naming a building after him or her. The previous language required individuals to donate specific dollar amounts or percentages, said Bill Nance, vice president of finance and support services.

The proposal was approved during an April 6 meeting, said Vicki Brittain, special assistant to the president.

Freshman class of 2016 expected to break record

The Texas State freshman class of 2016 is set to be the largest group yet with a 13.2 percent increase from last year.

Michael Heintze, associate vice president for enrollment management, said over 24,000 students have applied. So far, 14,000 have been accepted. Texas State is the fourth-largest school in Texas.

“We have become an ‘it’ school,” he said.

Heintze estimates a total of 26,900 students will apply by May 1, the deadline for incoming freshmen.

‘Nude’ performance piece causes stir, raises awareness

The Texas State community took to social media Monday morning after a student sat nearly nude on the steps of Alkek Library.

Monika Rostvold, studio art senior, wore a thong and pasties on her breasts the color of flesh in a performance piece to make a statement about the objectification of women for Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Women are pressured to attain an ideal body type, Rostvold said. However, women come in “all different shapes and sizes.”  The artist wanted to highlight the difference between the way the male and female bodies are perceived by society.

Texas State to host stress relieving dogs during finals

As finals week approaches, the dogs of Divine Canines will make their return to Alkek Library and providing students with unconditional love and stress relief.

The canines will return for their fifth visit to Texas State May 6 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and May 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students having a “ruff” time studying for finals can find the therapy dogs, accompanied by their handler teams, on the second and fourth floors of the library and in the Alkek Teaching Theater.

Performance art piece creates controversy

Controversy arose after a Texas State student sat nearly nude Monday morning on the steps of Alkek Library.

Monika Rostvold, studio art senior, wore a thong and pasties on her breasts the color of her flesh in a performance piece to make a statement about the objectification of women and for Sexual Assault Awareness month.

Women are pressured to attain an ideal body type, Rostvold said. However, “women come in all different shapes and sizes,” she said.

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