John Casares

Officials say security systems in place despite survey results

Despite a survey claiming Texas State is not among universities with traditional security systems in their dorms, officials say there are systems in place, though they fit a different description.

 According to a poll conducted by Institutional Research, 72 percent of 18 responding universities have security systems in the their dorms, and Texas State was not among them. Rosanne Proite, director of the Department of Housing and Residential Life, said although there is not a traditional security system in place within resident halls, ID card systems keep the dorms safe.

“We do have a security system in our resident halls—it’s the ID card system where you swipe into the residence hall,” Proite said.

Delays prompt extended Old Main construction

Students, faculty and staff are continuing to feel the effects of construction on Old Main after rain, harsh weather conditions and the discovery of unanticipated repairs pushed back the original completion date.

Juan Guerra, associate vice president of Facilities, said construction on Old Main was originally scheduled to be complete by November, but is now estimated to extend through mid-December. According to the planning, space management and real estate webpage on the Texas State website, roof repairs had been scheduled to be finished by the end of October. The replacement of windows and doors was set for completion this month, but construction is now estimated to extend through December, according to the webpage.

Get to know: Kat Conner

Soccer coach Kat Conner dribbling the soccer ball with her knees.

QR: What are your favorite hobbies?
KC: I love to work out, read and spend time with my family.

QR: What is your favorite movie?
KC: I watched “The Heat,” and that was pretty funny. Melissa McCarthy cracks me up, and Sandra Bullock wasn’t too bad either. I really like comedies—anything along those lines.

QR: What is your favorite book?
KC: Most of the time I find myself reading books that will help me in leadership and management. I just finished reading Phil Jackson’s book “Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.” The biggest thing I’m trying to take away from him is to improve my inner peace and composure. I would love to channel that, but it’s hard for me.

More food vendors seek training to comply with campus requirement

Large groups of students are signing up for food safety training courses after a new university policy was enacted in early October, implementing repercussions for any group selling edibles without  certification.

Since Sept. 19, 275 students have received special food handling training on campus. The purpose of the training is to educate students on the proper ways to prepare food before selling or handing it out on campus.

Texas State professor, J.J. Abrams collaborate on mystery novel

The cryptically titled new novel “S.” is literally wrapped in an aura of mystery.

Doug Dorst, Texas State assistant English professor, collaborated with director-producer J.J. Abrams on the multilayered, interactive novel released Oct. 29. Alkek Library received its first copy of “S.” yesterday, and it will become available to students later this week.

Inside the novel’s black slipcase appears to be a stolen library book called “Ship of Theseus.” Readers ride the plot’s rocky waves, using the postcard, letter and newspaper article, among other archival materials, that cling inside the novel-within-a-novel as guides.

“There’s been a good deal of pushback from librarians,” Dorst said. “There are so many loose pieces.”

ITS officials to introduce wireless device printing program for spring

Instructional Technologies Support (ITS) officials are gearing up to launch a new project this spring that will enable students to print wirelessly from their own devices on any floor throughout Alkek Library.

Wireless printing from laptops is currently only permitted on the fourth floor of the library, according to Alkek’s webpage. ITS officials are working with the Information Technology Assistance Center (ITAC) to develop a program allowing students to print from any wireless device on all floors of the library, according to Brian Shanks, assistant director of ITS and project manager.

Newcomer to city council claims Place 1

Lisa Prewitt was elected to the city council Place 1 seat after receiving more than twice as many votes as her opponent, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bill Taylor.

Prewitt received 1,682 votes, making up for 75.9 percent of the votes for Place 1, while Taylor received 534 votes , accounting for 24.1 percent.

Taylor said he ended the night “disappointed” by his loss in the election. He hugged his children and thanked his supporters during the watch party at Rooftop on The Square after a majority of the poll results were released. Supporters were in disbelief, some saying they did not know how true the polling results were.

Conservation project works to sustain, restore San Marcos river

City officials plan to begin construction on improvements designed to create new access points along the San Marcos River in early 2014 to conclude by the end of the summer.

An estimated $1.57 million will be paid to Shirley & Sons Construction Company, Inc. to begin construction on new access points for the river next year, according to a report on the San Marcos River Bank Stabilization and Access Point Project. Multiple access points will be constructed, with emphasis placed on creating a dog beach area, according to plans by the City of San Marcos.

Roundabout plan receives mixed community feedback

City officials anticipate a roundabout proposed to begin construction next year will ease traffic, but some local business and homeowners are worried about the effects of the addition.

A roundabout near San Antonio Street and Hunter Road is expected to break ground March 2014, according to the project proposal on the city’s website. The project will add a left turn lane in the center of the two-way Hunter Road from Wonder World Drive to Bishop Street, according to the proposal. Dixon Street will be moved to align with San Antonio Street and the roundabout will be built where the streets intersect with Hunter Road, also known as FM 2439.

Exhibit shows emotional healing process through art

A Common Experience art exhibit sponsored by the Honors College opened Aug. 26,, unveiling work that helped artists through emotional difficulties.

The exhibit, called “Minds Into Matter: How Creating Art Affects Artists,” is located in Lampasas Hall. The works include paintings, drawings, photos and videos that intend to show art as another way of finding happiness, relief or something new in life, according to the exhibit’s webpage.

This year’s Common Experience theme, “Minds Matter: Exploring Mental Health and Illness,” explores how society views and perceives these issues, according to the webpage. A statement explaining what inspired the artist accompanies each piece of artwork and connects it to the Common Experience theme.

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