Thursday, February 27, 2014

River Runs Maroon and Gold with Students

By Kiara Brooks
Texas State Student

Texas State University continues to grow as 2013 marked the 16th consecutive year the school set a new record for total enrollment.
 “We take our role in preparing the next-generation work force in Texas very seriously, so it is gratifying to see that so many students are choosing to attend Texas State,” said President of Texas State Denise M. Traugh.
The student population of the university has exploded with ongoing construction of new dorms, academic buildings and an expanded football stadium. While the recent and ongoing additions to the university were largely viewed as positive, there were some who disagreed, such as photography major, Stephanie Shultz.
“I know on LBJ they’re building these new apartments and when it rained (. . .) I know that it went down to the river. It was so brown, I even got a video of it, it was so horrible,” Shultz said. “It’s so sensitive and the heads of the university should respect that. They should take responsibility for that.”
There are many other students who agreed with Shultz, and feel that Texas State’s growth is negatively affecting our surrounding environment.
 “In their growth and in their construction, take into the consideration that they’re altering the city at large. It’s not just the university that’s growing, they’re forcing San Marcos to grow with them and I think eventually it’s going to start to have negative effects,” said Caroline Baxter, a photography major. “Not just in traffic but in the rivers, we live in this really amazing ecosystem, one of the really rare ecosystems and that’s taken for granted a lot, I think. Especially in construction.”
With the recent rise in population, city officials have been forced to create more living areas for its citizens. When asked if she agreed that the city should be expanded, Jenae Rhoades, 20 year old education major, didn’t think so.  
“Probably not, because there are a lot of people that live here and they already have expanded so much, they have expanded apartments and dorms but they haven’t expanded buildings,” stated Rhoades. “It is really crowded and San Marcos can only grow so much.”

Although the record-setting enrollment of 35,568 brings construction along with upset to some students, there’s a vast majority who disagree with them, and see it a great opportunity to meet others and expand not only the diversity on campus but in our stadiums as well.
Montreal Taylor, 20 -year-old-receiver for the Texas State Football Team stated, “I like the diversity, I like seeing different people. It gets boring seeing the same people every day (. . .) More people, more fans. I’m trying to pack the football stadium.”
Dakota Colby, Texas State alum and baker for Dos Gatos Kolaches, echoed Taylor, “The growth was inevitable. San Marcos is a beautiful city and we have a really nice campus. I would say that we are receiving the benefits more than the negative effects.”
There are also the students who see both sides of the growth such as senior and Communications Design major, Grace Svoboda.
"Although it's good for the university and the San Marcos economy, I dread the day that our beautiful river and its resources show obvious negative signs of population growth,” said Svoboda. “It's important that the San Marcos community keeps our environment a priority."
If interested in helping clean up the river and advocating the protection of the endangered river species, San Marcos is hosting its 25th Annual Great Texas River Cleanup on March 6th, 2014. For more information visit http://www.txrivers.org/cleanups/SMCleanup2010.html.

Jenae Rhoades
Email: jdr130@txstate.edu
Stephanie Shulz
Email: ss1934@txstate.edu

Caroline Baxter

Montreal Taylor
Email: M_t110@txstate.edu

Dakota Colby

Dr. Denise Trauth, university president

Grace Svoboda

University News Service
                  

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