Chris Motz

Downtown construction projected to be complete next summer

Construction in downtown San Marcos is on track to be completed by summer 2014.

The downtown reconstruction project is a $10.2 million undertaking that began in August 2012. The construction will give the downtown area a new look, said City Spokeswoman Melissa Millecam.

Pedestrian amenities are a significant part of the reconstruction plan, and bike racks, benches, special lighting, trees and landscaping are being added. The sidewalks will be widened to become “more pedestrian friendly,” Millecam said. The additions will “enhance the connection” between the university and the downtown historic area that dates back 150 years or more, Millecam said.

Two students to compete in national mariachi competition

Two Texas State students will be participating in a seven-day mariachi festival beginning Saturday that will showcase the history behind the music form.

Nelson Ruiz and Robert Casillas have been selected as part of 36 finalists that will be competing Dec. 7 at the 19th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza held at Lila Cockrell Theater in San Antonio. The finalists will be judged by members of the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan. The winner of the contest will have the privilege to open for the Vargas performance and be named “Best Mariachi Vocalist in the U.S.”

Bus fees rising next fall to fund new contract, increased oil prices

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The Bobcat Tram system will undergo a facelift to improve operations and budget efficiency once the student bus fee increase is implemented in fall 2014.

Students passed a referendum in April that will raise the bus fee from $78 to $95 next fall. The bus fee increase will help sustain the university’s contract with Veolia Transportation, which will replace First Transit as Texas State’s bus provider. Veolia will be fully operational in late August, bringing with it a fleet of 43 new 40-foot buses, said Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of Transportation Services.

Texas State monetizes, commercializes faculty inventions

Gary Beall, a texas state professor is holding up a piece of bullet proof glass

Texas State is continuing to expand and monetize its research efforts through the commercialization of products and technology developed by faculty.

Reddy Venumbaka, director of Commercialization Services, said Texas State has gained $31,243 in total revenue from the licensing and patenting of intellectual property created through research at the university. The amount of collaboration with outside companies and private industries has also increased significantly in the past three years, Venumbaka said.

Longhorns defeat Bobcats 96–42 in 19th consecutive matchup

Number 21 making a shot

The Longhorns defeated the Bobcats for the 19th consecutive time Wednesday with a 96-42 victory.

Texas sophomore center Imani McGee-Stafford and junior forward Nneka Enemkpali accounted for 37 points and 22 rebounds. Texas State has not won against Texas since Feb. 28, 1976.

“It’s more about us than the opponent,” Coach Zenerae Antoine said.

Senior guard Kaylan Martin finished with 10 points and two assists. Her 3-pointer with 18:31 remaining in the first half gave the Bobcats their only lead. Texas finished the game on an 80-30 run.

“You have to stay positive and find the good in the game,” Martin said. “They look to me, and they need the support, and I need to find a way for us to get out of it.”

Women's basketball defeats Huston–Tillotson in season home opener

After missing 27 of 35 shots in the first half against Huston-Tillotson, the Texas State women’s basketball team made 52.9 percent of its shots in the second half to defeat the Rams 73–45.

The Bobcats outscored Huston–Tillotson by 25 points in the second half. Texas State has beaten Huston-Tillotson nine consecutive times by an average of 36.6 points per game.

“We weren’t always on the same page,” said Coach Zenarae Antoine. “Eventually we found our stride and rhythm, and we clearly understood our expectations for the game. I just don’t know if it’s indicative of the future.”

West African dance instructor teaches traditions, cultural history

Kimberly Durham, West African dance instructor, aligns her 6-year-old daughter, Anaiyah King, in the center of the room. The music starts to play and, without instruction, King begins to move.

Durham, who recently relocated to San Marcos from Dallas, began learning African dance when she was the same age as her daughter. Durham now teaches African dance classes every Friday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the newly renovated Cephas House, located at 217 W. MLK Dr.

The class costs $5, and each dance has four sessions. For the month of November and December, Durham will be choreographing the Lamban celebration dance.

“Anyone who wants to learn and have fun is welcome,” Durham said. “It is a great way to lose weight, get fit and toned. Plus, the dances are educational.”

Sun Belt move increases suite sales

Luxury seating in the Jerry D. and Linda Gregg Fields Bobcat Stadium West Side Complex has sold out this footbal season, which officials attribute to the football team’s increasing recognition.  

Justin Reckenwald, Bobcat Club major gifts officer, said Texas State entering the Sun Belt Conference has helped bring a brighter light to the football team and as a result, helped sell more luxury seating. Steven Kenney, assistant director of development for Bobcat Club, said options for luxury seating at the football games are designated as the Champions Club and Legacy Suites, both of which range in prices.

Football defeats Jaguars in last four seconds of Homecoming game

Texas State defeated South Alabama 33-31 on Homecoming Saturday night with a 41-yard field goal by junior kicker Jason Dann with four seconds remaining in the game.

The Bobcats now have an overall record of 5-3 and stand at .500 in the Sun Belt Conference. The team is one game away from becoming bowl-eligible.

“I told the team during the pre-game meal the outcome of this game would come down to the last drive,” said Coach Dennis Franchione. “We made the play needed at the end. This is such a great win for our team. I’m really proud how they all battled.”

Get to Know: Brandon Smith

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Wide receiver Brandon Smith

GT: If you could be on any NFL team, which would it be and why?
BS:  The Atlanta Falcons. Alabama doesn’t have a professional team, and that’s where I’m from, so that’s the team I (would) go for.

Who is your future celebrity wife?
Everyone says Meagan Good, but I got to say Stacey Dash from “Clueless.”

What are your other hobbies outside of football?
Well basketball is actually my favorite sport, so I like to play that. I like to fish and play golf with my uncle. I like a lot of outdoorsy stuff.

Who is the most listened to artist on your iPod right now?
Any Kanye West album.

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