Shea Wendlandt

City officials prepare for Loop 82 overpass construction, traffic

Officials hope the Loop 82 overpass will alleviate traffic caused by trains, but in the meantime the city is gearing up for its construction by holding public meetings.

Rey Garcia, senior engineer for capital improvements, said the window for construction is “a moving target” from September 2013 until May 2014. Actual bridge construction will not begin until early to mid 2014. Proposals for the construction of the overpass were presented to residents and drivers during a public hearing March 21.

Shuttles to reroute, avoid Sessom Drive

Bus routes to the Texas State campus will be altered during the next two weeks to improve services and adjust to challenges posed by road construction.

Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of transportation services, said Texas State has contracted Capital Area Rural Transportation to provide two shuttle buses for use in the Campus Loop route. The business’ buses will be added April 1 to the Campus Loop. Additionally, starting April 8 buses will be rerouted away from Sessom Drive.

Paul Hamilton, Shuttle Service manager, said these changes are being made to avoid construction on Sessom Drive, which is difficult for Texas State’s buses to navigate around.

Proposed parking permit rates adjusted following student complaint, feedback

Parking at Texas State will still be more expensive next fall, but adjustments to the proposed permit prices could have on-campus residents experiencing less sticker-shock.

The cost of residential and campus apartment parking permits will be $485 starting in fall 2013, according to Nancy Nusbaum, interim director of transportation services. The costs are lower than the proposed $575 fees that were announced in February, but are still almost twice as expensive as the current $245 residential and apartment parking permits.

Baseball unable to overcome Longhorns

Texas State baseball dropped its Tuesday contest with the University of Texas-Austin 5-3 after getting into an early hole and missing chances with runners on scoring position.

Freshman pitcher Jeremy Hallonquist started for the Bobcats (9-15) and pitched four and a third innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Senior Covey Morrow relieved Hallonquist. He pitched one inning and gave up one run on two hits.

Hallonquist got himself into an early 3-0 deficit in the bottom of the first. He gave up three singles, which resulted in two runs. After the Longhorns advanced on an erred pickoff throw and a wild pitch, first baseman Alex Silver doubled down the line, scoring right fielder Mark Payton.

College students work for Disney in paid internship

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The magic of Disney World and Disneyland isn’t just for little kids—some college students have worked in the park as part of the Disney College Program.

These students applied and were accepted to work as “cast members” at Disney properties for several months in one of the resorts’ many occupations.

Brenda Maya, communication design senior, applied for the internship in 2011.

“It was a little bit nerve-wracking,” Maya said. “I think it took four weeks for me to get the envelope in the mail, and I was so anxious.”

The program sends the applicant both an envelope and an email to confirm acceptance, but Maya received the email first.

New manager hopes to improve dining services

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The new leader of Chartwells at Texas State has been named and is bringing years of similar job experience at other universities to the table.

Chin-Hong Chua has been promoted to resident district manager of Chartwells. He said his main concern this year will be service and addressing the specific needs of different customers in the dining areas on campus. Chua said he will use the Chartwells survey students take to get some insight into how to provide customers with what they want in the campus dining halls and restaurants.

“We want to enhance the customer service experience for all of our guests,” Chua said. “We want to bring our food service to the next level.”

City Council approves zone change

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More than 20 protestors gathered before Tuesday’s city council meeting and 40 more piled inside during the debate, but councilmembers did not change their minds during the second reading of the controversial Camp’s Camp student housing development.

In a filled lobby, protestors held up numerous neon signs reading “Save it for our children.” However, the zoning that would allow Georgia-based Dovetail Development to build a 306-unit, 1,000-bedroom student apartment complex was approved with the same 5-2 margin as the first reading.

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