Fourth robbery on Texas State campus reported
By Renee Dominguez
SAN MARCOS, Texas – A female student was robbed in a parking garage on Tuesday while walking alone to her dorm after class.
A man on a bike robbed Estella Garza, 21-year-old education major, of her backpack in the Alkek Parking Garage.
“I saw this blur of motion and this guy on a bike just came out of nowhere. He grabbed my backpack and just sort of spun me around and took off,” Garza said.
An estimated $432 in possessions was stolen from Garza’s backpack. Items included were textbooks, her wallet and driver’s license and two credit cards.
Garza estimates the man to be 19-25 years of age, tall and thin and wearing a ball cap and a University of Texas at Austin T-shirt.
According to the University Police Department, this is the fourth reported robbery on campus this semester. Police suspect this to be the same man responsible for all of the robberies, which also occurred at night and under the same circumstances.
Police Chief Ralph C. Meyer provides tips on how to avoid this situation from happening again.
“(The University Police Department (UPD)) urges members of the campus community to use caution when walking at night,” Meyer said. “It is best to travel in groups and to remain alert. If you must travel alone, remember that the Bobcat Bobbies service is available for your safety,”
The campus police are determined on finding the culprit and are asking anyone who has any information regarding this or any other campus crime to call UPD at 512-245-2890.
Clearing the Air about Campus Carry
By Renee Dominguez
SAN MARCOS, Texas – Starting Aug. 1, 2016, Senate Bill 11 (S.B. 11), passed by Gov. Greg Abbott, will allow licensed holders to carry a concealed handgun on Texas college campuses.
Some students feel that guns on campus add to the amount of stress college students feel on a daily basis.
“College students tend to be a lot more unstable than the general population,” Regan Henry, 21-year-old music major, said. “I feel like permitting guns on campus would cause more chaos than peace.”
According to a 2011 study done by The Atlantic on the causes of gun violence, no statistical coloration between gun violence and stress levels was found.
Some students and professors believe that only campus police should have access to guns on campus.
“I just don’t think it is the place,” Connie Hackney, Administrative Assistant III in Albert B. Alkek Library, said. “The people on a college campus who carry guns are the police officers and that’s who needs to have them.”
According to the online publication Students for Concealed Carry, Campus Carry is designed for the protection of the individual and provides the right to carry a gun if they think it makes them feel safer.
The Campus Carry law contains requirements that limit the amount of handguns actually allowed on campus. The law requires a person of 21-years or older to have a license to carry a concealed handgun.
Another concern that some students have expressed is the difficulty to know whether or not those in the possession of a gun have a valid license or not.
“It’s hard to tell if someone is licensed or not,” Luwam Berhane, 20-year-old engineering major, said. “You don’t know if someone has a gun on them right now or if they’re licensed. It’s going to be hard to monitor all of that.”
According to the online publication Criminal Defense Lawyer, the penalty for violating gun laws ranges from a fine of $2,500, up to $10,000, to jail time, depending on the violation.
To keep up with the law going into effect Aug. 1, 2016, visit http://www.president.txstate.edu/campus-carry.html for more information.
Kym Fox talks to School of Journalism and Mass Communication students
By Renee Dominguez
SAN MARCOS, Texas – An Associate Professor of Practice and Sequence Coordinator talked about scholarships and the career fair on Monday on campus to inform students about opportunities in their field of study.
Kym Fox spoke to Writing for Mass Media students in Trinity about the upcoming Mass Comm Career Fair and the approaching deadline of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) Scholarship application.
Fox informed the students that the career fair is set to take place from noon to 4 p.m. on March 2. It provides a chance to engage in opportunities and meet with employers in the mass comm field.
Fox provided some tips on how to impress the employers and how to show up ready.
“You do not want to go to an interview looking like you just finished mowing the lawn or about to go float the San Marcos River,” Fox said. “You want to make sure that you dress appropriate.”
Fox also spoke about the April 18 deadline to apply for scholarships from SJMC.
Fox said that the problem is that not everyone takes advantage of the scholarship opportunities. There were fewer than 50 scholarships awarded in 2015.
“There are plenty of scholarships that (SJMC) offer, but only so few applicants,” Fox said. “Sometimes we have to go out and find candidates because we have few that apply.”
The expected value of scholarships awarded in 2016 is over $30,000. Fox suggested to read through every scholarship to narrow down the opportunities.
For more information on either the Mass Comm Career Fair or to access the scholarship application, visit the SJMC homepage.