Thursday, October 10, 2013

Population growth in San Marcos causes problems for students at Texas State University

By Homer Gonzalez

With more than 35,000 people enrolled this semester, students are encountering issues that are becoming more apparent as the city continues to expand. 

This fall Texas State has set a new enrollment record for the 16th year in a row, according to a university press release. 

Junior Natalie Reyes, 20, has felt the negative effects of the student population increase and suggests the university considers spending more time thinking about the problems related to the population growth before encouraging further development.

“It seems like they keep accepting more and more students without thinking through the repercussions,” Reyes said.  “It has created all of this construction and its made it impossible to get anywhere on time.”

The population increase is also raising an issue for commuters as well. 

Because Texas State continues to set a new enrollment record every year, students are having trouble getting to and from campus.

The increase in the number of students on campus has not affected public relations major Randi Berkovsky’s commute to campus because he chooses to walk rather than take the tram.

“I’m assuming that for people that live off campus and ride the bus, it’s a nightmare,” Berkovsky said. 

Junior Jessica Vasquez, 22, of Austin confirms Berkovsky’s assumption by personal experience. 

“Sometimes there are too many people on the bus and half of the people waiting can’t even get on,” Vasquez said. 

Mass communication major Courtney Moufarrej, 20, of Houston also struggles with university transportation and suggests that more busses may resolve issues involving student punctuality. 

“It’s just ridiculous that we’re all just like little sardines rushing for the bus,” Moufarrej said. 

Not only has the population increase taken a toll on students, but it has also made an impact on mass communication professor Tom Grimes’ experience teaching at the university. 

“The university is a less pleasant place to work because there are too many people for the physical space,” Grimes said. “The campus wasn’t built for that many people...it’s just too crowded.”

With all these dilemmas arising from the influx of students on campus, it may be difficult for some to notice any positive outcomes from the city’s population growth.

University President Denise M. Trauth, however, is gratified by the increase in student enrollment at Texas State. 

“We take our role in preparing the next-generation work force in Texas very seriously,” Trauth said.  “This new high in student enrollment demonstrates that Texas State continues to be a leading university in the state, and that students and their families recognize our institution offers both an outstanding educational experience as well as an exceptional value.”







Sources:
Natalie Reyes - no email provided
Randi Berkovsky - r_b2@txstate.edu
Jessica Vasquez - jv107@txstate.edu
Courtney Moufarrej - cm1935@txstate.edu
Tom Grimes - tg19@txstate.edu
Denise M. Trauth - dt14@txstate.edu
University Press Release posted by Jayme Blaschke - jb71@txstate.edu  

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