Kenworthy Uleanya | Photographer

City flooding interrupts first day of classes

The first day of school often brings an overflow of students to The Quad, but this year a real flood near campus posed a challenge for those trying to get to class on time.

Around 5 p.m. Monday, a malfunction in the control system of a city water storage tank caused the tank to overflow, flooding Sessom Drive and the nearby university tennis complex.

Tom Taggart, executive director of Public Services, said the issue was with the valve system in the nearby water tank.

“Normally, when the tank reaches the full level, those valves would shut and prevent any more water from going into the tank, and in this case the valve opened and the tank overflowed,” Taggart said. “The valve was in the open position when it should have been in the closed position.”

Apartment vandalized with anti-Semitic symbols, racial slurs

San Marcos police are looking for a vandal who drew racially insensitive words and inappropriate symbols and punched holes in the walls of Sanctuary Lofts Apartments.

Swastikas, pentagrams with the numbers 666, racially insensitive words, terms used to target people of the Jewish faith and curse words were found written on the fourth floor hallway, said Sgt. Byron Mobley, San Marcos Police officer. Holes were punched into the walls of the hall and some other inappropriate language was written in black marker in the elevator.

The words “ass” and “porn” were also found along with the other insensitive terms, he said.

SMPD believes the vandalism occurred sometime between 1 a.m.-6 a.m. June 21, Mobley said.

University Federal Credit Union to provide new ATMs


Wells Fargo ATM

The search for a new financial institution to add automated teller machines throughout the campus has ended.

University Federal Credit Union recently won the bid, against other financial institutions, to place its ATMs throughout the university. The ATMs are set to be working by the upcoming fall, said university Treasurer Valerie Van Vlack.

Officials took UFCU on a tour through campus to show them possible locations for future ATMs, said Bill Nance, vice president of Finance and Support Services.

“UFCU is looking at putting ATMs in places such as the library, the rec, outside the UAC building, the Avery building on the Round Rock campus, Strahan Coliseum and the football stadium,” Van Vlack said.

Texas State Enactus chapter to compete in worldwide competition

The Texas State University chapter of Enactus was named national champion at the Enactus United States National Exposition and will be representing the U.S. at the Enactus World Cup in Beijing, China.

Enactus, formerly known as Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), is an international business organization based on the concept of entrepreneurial action. According to the Enactus website, student teams develop community outreach projects to help and empower people in need by applying of business concepts.

As the national champions, Texas State will travel to the Enactus World Cup in October in Beijing, said Chelsea Watkins, Enactus president-elect. The group will be competing against teams from 36 countries that make up Enactus International as Team America.

University archaeologist helps find ancient timepiece in shipwreck excavation

A team of researchers, including a marine archaeologist from Texas State’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, recently discovered an ancient timepiece that could date back to the early 1800s.

Fritz Hanselmann, chief underwater archaeologist for The Meadows Center, said Texas State became involved in the excavation a couple of years ago. Last July, the team sampled one shipwreck in Monterrey and discovered two additional shipwrecks in the same site, he said. The team believes the shipwrecks, which lie 4,500 feet deep in the ocean, are from the early 1800s. They do not know what country the ships are from yet, Hanselmann said.

“We just barely started scratching the surface on what this all is last year with the 2013 expedition,” Hanselmann said.

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