Katharina Guttenberg

Roundabout causes unrest among some San Marcos residents

Residents held brightly colored signs and spoke during the citizen’s comment portion of the San Marcos City Council meeting Tuesday to protest a roundabout near San Antonio Street and Hunter Road.

Construction on the roundabout is expected to begin March 2014, according to the project proposal on the city’s website. The roundabout will expand FM 2439, also known as Hunter Road, and add a left turn lane in the center of the two-way road between Wonder World Drive and Bishop Street, according to the proposal. Dixon Street will be realigned with San Antonio Street, and the roundabout will be built where the streets will intersect with Hunter Road. The roundabout is projected to be completed by September 2014, according to the project’s webpage.

Bobcat Bobbies provide evening campus transit

Alesha Waters whizzed down the familiar path toward Lantana Hall on her favorite golf cart to pick up the first call of the night.

For Waters, physical therapy sophomore and Bobcat Bobbie, Lantana Hall is where most of her requests for a ride are from. This trip was unique in that one of her coworkers had received an identical request and was on the way to the dorm as well.

Two female students walked down the stairs of the dorm as Waters pulled up and sat on the back of the golf cart. Waters told the girls that groups of four will have to split up because only three people will fit. The girls were fine with that—the call Waters’ coworker received was from the other half of their group. Waters just shook her head.

This occurrence is normal for a Bobcat Bobbie.

Student wins international IBM competition

A Texas State computer science senior beat more than 4,600 students to win an award that will give him an edge in job pursuits.

Miles Nosler was sent on a two-day trip from March 27 to 29 to New York to accept his first place award from the IBM Master the Mainframe Contest.  According to the IBM website, the contest was a set of computer application challenges broken into three parts. The challenges allowed students to become comfortable with navigating mainframes and their basic concepts and use the skills learned to solve real life situations, according to the website. Students participated in the contest from Oct. 1 to Dec. 28.

Students voice concerns about dining, transit at ‘Cat Chat’

Students brought issues concerning the Bobcat Tram system, parking permits and construction to University President Denise Trauth during her Cat Chat Wednesday.

The students, faculty and campus-organization representatives in attendance at the invite-only event had the opportunity to speak with Trauth in a round-table setting. A majority of the meeting was focused on the bus system and parking permits.

Several students spoke about the unpredictability of the bus system and inaccuracy of the Texas State application’s tram schedule, which causes them to be late to class. The recent decision to raise the cost of parking permits was additionally brought up.

Five faculty members honored as best in Texas

Five faculty members have been ranked as some of the top ones in the state of Texas.

Jesús Francisco de la Teja, professor of Southwestern studies, and Yasmine Beale-Rosano-Rivaya, assistant professor of Spanish, were ranked as two of the Top 14 Hispanic Professors in Texas.
Jiyun “Yuni” Kang, assistant professor in the School of Family and Consumer Sciences, and English professors Debra Monroe and Susan Beebe, were chosen as three of the Top 25 Women Professors in Texas.

The lists were compiled by StateStats.org and onlineschooltexas.com.

Nontraditional Easter egg hunt put on by San Marcos church

Families waved and cheered with excitement as Easter eggs fell from the sky.

The helicopter appeared at about 10 a.m. Sunday and circled the church until it was low enough to ground the eggs without breaking them. Men in the helicopter waved to onlookers as they dropped hundreds of eggs at a time, flying back and forth over the field until there were none left.

CrossRoad Christian Fellowship hosted its 12th annual Easter Celebration in the lot adjacent to the church. The church, located at 424 Broadway St., had special services after the Easter egg hunt.

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