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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: The Big Give October 29, 2015 Tel. 830.660.6693 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Veterans Day events in San Marcos and at Texas State By Kaley Hanson SAN MARCOS – Veterans Day is a national holiday and has been celebrated since 1918 honoring all U.S. veterans for their bravery and sacrifices. The holiday is celebrated annually on Nov. 11 with events held all over the country, and particularly in San Marcos. On Nov. 7, the city of San Marcos will host its Veterans Day parade at the square to showcase all who have served in any war and in any capacity. The event is free and will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Prior to the parade, a free breakfast will be offered at the Hays County Courthouse. In addition, there will be live entertainment and a kid’s bike brigade. Participants in the parade march will include veteran groups, bands, drill teams, civil clubs and much more. As well, Texas State University will celebrate their annual Veterans Day on Wednesday Nov. 11 on the quad from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The free commemoration is sponsored by the Dean of Students and particularly recognizes the commitments and service the students, faculty, staff, alumni and community veterans have contributed worldwide. Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held to display military exhibits and memorabilia. Originally, this holiday was called Armistice Day which only honored the soldiers who served in World War I. However, in 1954 it was named Veterans Day to include both WWII and the Korean War. Currently it commemorates all individuals who have served across the globe. Veterans Day parade is an annual event held by the city of San Marcos. For more information about city Veterans Day events, visit http://www.ci.sanmarcos.tx.us/index.aspx? page=1137&recordid=10975 ### Kaley Hanson Basic Story 1 9/14/15 Texas State student robbed by man on bike By Kaley Hanson A Texas State University student was robbed of her backpack in Alkek Parking Garage at 8:13 p.m. on Tuesday. She reported the incident to police immediately after and described the man as tall and thin, wearing shorts, a University of Texas T-shirt and a baseball cap. Estella Garza, a sophomore and education major, was walking to her dorm alone after studying at the library when the robbery took place. She lost over $400 worth of textbook materials and other items. "All of a sudden 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," she said. "I went flying. One minute I was walking to my dorm and the next minute I was on the ground." A fellow student witnessed the incident and called UPD as well, verifying Garza's report. Police said that this robbery was the fourth reported incident occurring at night and in a remote area of campus since the beginning of this semester. Police believe the same man that robbed Garza is responsible for the other three robberies. There have not been any arrests to date, however the police are working to find the suspect and have issued a campus wide alert. Chief Ralph C. Meyer of the University Police Department said he is addressing the problem by forming a task force. He advises students to travel in groups or use the Bobcat Bobbies service that is available to students in the late hours of the night. “We will catch this perpetrator,” said Meyer. “We are asking anyone with information about these robberies or any campus crime to call UPD at (512) 245-2890.” Lead 1: Event What: Mass Communication Week, annual event to bring mass communication professionals to speak on campus Who: John Quiñones, ABC news correspondent and host of Primetime “What Would You Do?” He also reports for other ABC news programs, including 20/20, Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline. He has won the coveted Peabody Award for public service broadcast journalism once and is a seventime Emmy winner. He is a native of San Antonio, a graduate of Brackenridge High School and St. Mary’s University. He has a master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism. When: Monday (consider this timely, so it is on Monday coming up, and you will publish on the Thursday before.) Speech is at 7 p.m. Where: LBJ Student Center ballroom Why: Sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Details: The title of Quiñones speech is “Journalism Today: What Would You Do?” Quiñones is the keynote speaker at this year’s event. Publication: You are publishing this in the University Star. On Monday, a San Antonio native and reporter for ABC news programs, such as 20/20, Good Morning America and more will be speaking at Mass Communication Week in the LBJ Student Center ballroom. John Quiñones will give his speech on “Journalism Today: What Would You Do?” He is the keynote speaker at this year’s event… Lead 2: Fire What: Fire destroys home in San Marcos Where: 1234 W. Smith Avenue When: Monday (consider this timely, so it was the most recent Monday, and you will publish on Tuesday. In other words, you are writing about the event the day it happened and it will be published online today but in the Austin newspaper tomorrow.) Who: Kathy Manning, date of birth 11271959 Why: fire started by candle left burning by a stack of papers on a desk in her bedroom. Details: Kathy Manning was exercising on her treadmill with her headphones on and listening to music in her living room. She did not hear her smoke alarm go off. Her puppy, a Labrador named Rufus, began jumping on and off the couch and acting strange. She took her headphones off and heard the smoke alarm. She ran upstairs and found the fire was already out of control. She grabbed Rufus and ran outside just in time. She said she would not have made it out if her dog had not alerted her to the fire. Firefighters said the dog definitely saved the woman’s life. Publication: You are publishing this in an Austin publication. (First paragraph: dog saved her life. Second paragraph: how the dog saved her life) This Monday in San Marcos, a dog saved his owner’s life from a burning candle that was left near a stack of papers in her bedroom. Her Labrador, Rufus, alerted her by acting strange and jumping on and off the couch. Kathy Manning, Rufus’ owner, ran upstairs to find that the fire was already out of control. She grabbed Rufus quickly and ran outside. The house was completely destroyed in the fire. Rufus had saved her life. Lead 3: Drugs What: 10,813 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $9 million Who: Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Who: Juan Castro, date of birth 31772; Jesse Castro, 5574; Eric Jackson, 1377; and Sondra Jackson, 71876. They all live in El Paso. When: Monday, (consider this timely, so it was the most recent Monday, and you will publish on Tuesday.) Details: The Castros and the Jacksons were arrested and have been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The drugs were seized from an 18wheeler. The four were in the truck with Juan Castro driving. The Castros own the truck and are independent truckers. The federal agents made the bust in El Paso. The agents stopped the truck because it had expired license tags. Publication: You are publishing this in an Austin publication. On Monday, the Castros and Jacksons were arrested and charged with the possession of 10,813 pounds of marijuana, a street value of $9 million, with intent to distribute. The Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents initially stopped the Castros truck because it had expired license tags. Lead 4: Farmer Who: William Satchel and his wife, Melissa Satchel, both age 67. He was a farmer, and she was a school teacher. They did not have any children. Where: Madison, Wisconsin. The couple’s farm was on the outskirts of town. What: They died in a car accident last month (you figure out the month based on the date of this month) in Madison. They had been married 50 years. When: Their lawyer released their will Monday (consider this timely, so it was the most recent Monday, and you will publish on Tuesday.) Details: In the will, it was revealed that they saved a lot of money over their lifetime and had $1.6 million in the estate when they died. They left all the money to 12 neighbors and friends to share equally. The friends were all surprised and had no idea the couple had money since they lived frugally. Publication: You are publishing this in an Austin publication. On Monday, a will was released after a farmer and his wife (a school teacher) of 50 years died in a car accident revealing $1.6 million saved in their estate. They did not have any children and left all the money to 12 neighbors and friends to share equally. Lead 5: Lawn Mower Who: Robert Gundt, age 52 Where: Dunedin, New Zealand. This is in southern New Zealand When: Monday (consider this timely, so it was the most recent Monday, and you will publish on Tuesday.) What: Police arrested Robert Gundt while he was driving his lawn mower down the street. (It was a riding lawn mower, obviously.) Police charged him with driving while intoxicated. Details: Police said his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Mr. Gundt said he had been using his lawn mower to get around town for about a year because he lost his license last year after being convicted of drunken driving. Publication: You are publishing this in an Austin publication. On Monday, a 52yearold man was arrested for driving his lawnmower while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit. He had been using his lawnmower as a vehicle to get around because of his conviction of drunken driving the last year. Mass Communication Week Oct. 1923 By Kaley Hanson The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, SJMC, is hosting Mass Comm Week Oct. 1923 at Texas State University. The event is an annual conference where professionals from various fields such as journalism and public relations, share their expertise with students. Featured speakers will include David Brindley, managing editor of National Geographic magazine and Domingo Martinez, a New York Times bestselling author of “My Heart is a Drunken Compass,” who has been nominated for a HBO series. A demography professor at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Lloyd Potter, is also a speaker at this year’s event. Two students heavily involved in organizing and promoting Mass Comm Week are Fabiola Marroquin and Rey Palacios, members of Bobcat Promotions. "This whole week is about networking,” Marroquin said. “It's really about you going out there and meeting and reaching out to professionals that are already in the fields.” Students find that attending Mass Comm Week is helpful in narrowing down their many options to what is a right career path for them, Palacios said. In particular, a gala will be held at the end of Mass Comm Week where the featured speakers and students will network and socialize with one another. This event warrants financial and logistic assistance from the Hachar Foundation, a charitable trust fund. They are working with the SJMC to bring Laredo, Texas students to Mass Comm Week, paying for the student’s expenses and providing a tour of the various campus venues related to SJMC. The Hachar Foundation is also funding the speakers Anna Toro, manager of International Coach Federation and Domingo Martinez. Some additional professionals speaking at Mass Comm Week are Bharati Naik, field producer for CNN international and Jeff Epstein, a social media and advertising professional for big names such as McDonalds and Nikon global. For more information, visit http://www.txstatemcweek.com/. Rey Palacios says to please note that the website will be updated in the next few weeks. Americans with Disabilities Act at Texas State By Kaley Hanson The Americans with Disabilities Act ensures that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as any other individual. Texas State University complies with the ADA providing services for students with disabilities. Kyle Adams by Kaley Hanson Kyle Adams, a student at Texas State, said he believes the university would not have its diverse population without the act. He appreciates the services it provides and saod it would be a lot harder to get to and from classes and other locations on campus. “It is quicker and easier to use the accommodations provided, like the elevators, than if I had to use the stairs all the time. I would be constantly out of breath without them,” Adams said. Kalle Simpson by Kaley Hanson & Sydney Pfeffer The accommodations are not only useful for people with disabilities, but can be helpful for people pushing large carts, carrying heavy items or students that use skateboards or bikes. Student Kalle Simpson said she believes that the population of Texas State would not be as large as it is now without the ADA accommodations. “Texas State would not have a lot of people without the ADA because almost everyone uses the services. Also, there are a lot people who use skateboards and bikes here,” Simpson said. Many students recognize that the university has become more disability friendly over the years since the act. David Simoneaux by Alexandra Turov Student David Simoneaux said, “Texas State has changed since the implementation of the ADA by adding ramps all over (campus) and adding elevators to the older buildings.” Paul Nix by Brittany Robinson As well, student Paul Nix, who is personally affected by the act, said that it does not only address those with physical disabilities but also assists students with a broad range of disabilities. “I use the disabilities center for my generalized anxiety disorder and that has helped me a lot,” Nix said. According to some students, there are places on campus where the ADA is not implemented effectively enough and could provide better accommodations. Simpson said, “There needs to be a ramp going up to Old Main. How are they supposed to push a wheelchair up those stairs?” Emily Rowell by Christina Sauceda Emily Rowell and Brett Williams, who also shares a similar concern, said there needs to be a ramp going up to the Alkek Library. Brett Williams by Sydney Pfeffer Williams said, “(Students who have disabilities) have to go pretty far out of their way to get to Alkek.” The ADA has not only impacted Texas State, but it also makes "U.S. workplaces, facilities and transportation more accessible to millions of people," according to a July 2015 CNN article.
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