Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bobcat or Bust

By Nicole Thibodeaux

SAN MARCOS- People are rushing to enroll at Texas State University making enrollment for the Fall 2013 semester a record high for the 16th consecutive year with 35,568 students and a more diverse student population than ever before.

“This new high in student enrollment demonstrates that Texas State continues to be a leading university in the state," President Denise Trauth said. "Students and their families recognize our institution offers both an outstanding educational experience as well as an exceptional value.”

Most students can see the changes and the overall quality at Texas State University improving.

"Things are changing and we are no longer quite the party school that Texas State has been known for since it was Southwest Texas," said Colby Gober.

Gober and many students went on to say that they are happy with the new rush of students and diversity that has flocked to Texas State. 

“As the demographics of Texas continue to shift, it is important that our institutions of higher learning adequately reflect the growing diversity of this state," Texas State Provost Eugene Bourgeois said.

According to a press release from University News Service minorities now make up 42 percent of the student population with Hispanics making up 30 percent and African Americans making up eight percent. These numbers have all improved from previous years.

While most students are happy with the increase of Bobcats, others seem to be slightly weary.

"Class sizes are going to increase dramatically and get out of hand," Chelsey Kidder said.

Kidder, as well as, many other students also expressed that the university needs to address the lack of parking and better school provided transportation.

“I live in the Heights 2 so the buses are always crowded because we are one of the last stops on my bus route,” said Tyler Stevenson. 

Busses and stops have already been added in the last year but with the increase of apartment complexes and possible parking lots there will surely need to be adjustments to the routes.

"Driving around the town, you can’t help but notice the amount of traffic and finding parking on or near campus is practically impossible," said Clint Krehmeier.

The resounding message from the student body, however, has been upbeat and positive. 

"I really enjoy it here. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made," said Lilly Woldehawariat.

Even with the possible stress of parking next year there is an overwhelming sense of Texas State pride that courses through even freshmen's veins. With all of the things happening around campus it will be hard for these incoming Bobcat cubs to not feel the same.

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