Thursday, October 10, 2013

Increased population brings challenges, opportunities to Texas State


Increased population brings challenges, opportunities to Texas State
by Sarah Sutton
 
Texas State University has reached record-setting enrollment for the 16th consecutive year creating obstacles and opportunities for the campus.

Some students say the increase in population has impacted their ability to learn while others think the growth builds potential for the university.

“The school gets more notoriety, better professors will come, and better students will come,” said senior mass communication student Doug Brennan. “The city life will change too… new attractions will be brought into San Marcos, and these new other businesses will provide services (for the influx of students).”

According to student worker Randi Berkovsky, the increase in population the university is experiencing will begin to establish qualities of bigger schools that Texas State is often compared to.

“I think people are starting to realize Texas State is improving; our freshman requirements are going up, our ACT and SAT requirements are going up, (and) our athletic department is growing massively,” Berkovsky said. “If we want to be seen on par with A&M and UT and all these other colleges we need to continue to grow and continue to strive for excellence."

Texas State officials said the university is currently one of the leading institutions in the state.

“Students and their families recognize our institution offers both an outstanding educational experience as well as an exceptional value,” President Denise M. Trauth said. 

However, the increase on campus creates difficulty when students commute to and from school.

Junior Natalie Reyes, said the growth of the university has “negatively affected” her time here at Texas State.

It has created all of this construction and it’s made it impossible to get anywhere on time,” Reyes said.

Campus-funded services such as the Bobcat Tram and Parking Services have been a problem and students have expressed difficulty making it to class on time.

“I have to wait maybe one or two buses to get on the bus in the mornings, so sometimes I’m late because of it,” said junior English major Charles Regalado.

Courtney Moufarrej, mass communications junior agrees that the limited amount of parking is a pressing issue on campus.

"Parking is the biggest thing," Moufarrej said. "There are just so many kids and I’m pretty sure we’ve sold more parking permits than we have actual parking spaces."

Regarding permits, out of the 5,011 commuter parking spaces on campus, 11,545 commuter passes have been sold this semester, according to an Oct. 1 University Star article.

For further information, please visit www.txstate.edu





Sources:
Doug Brennan- db1463@txstate.edu
Randi Berkovsky- r_b2@txstate.edu
Charles Regalado- ctr27@txstate.edu
Courtney Moufarrej- cm1925@txstate.edu
Denise M. Trauth- President of Texas State
Natalie Reyes- email unknown

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