Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Interview by JP Zavala

Rhodes Coons


1. How has the student enrollment record at Texas State affected you? Is it a positive or negative effect?

"I think its good though honestly...like they're building a hell lot more apartments. I mean the last few years they've built like 10 new apartment complexes. They've built 5 new buildings here (on campus), and new places to teach."

2. Is there a negative effect?

"The only negative effect I see is that there is too many people, they should make it harder to get into."

Higher GPA?

 "Yeah, but that's kind of how it is. They're building up and growing. It's good."

1 comment:

  1. The Impact of Texas State's Growth

    Texas State University is among one of the most diverse universities in Texas, and with a record-setting 35,568 students for the 2013 fall semester, Texas State continues to grow. The school has been consistently growing and for 16 consecutive years, Texas State has set new records for enrollment.

    Students at Texas State were asked to share their opinion on the persistent growth of the school. The students found both positive and negative effects to the development of Texas State.

    “I have made a lot more friends! Sophomore Shannon Quay said. “The downfall of that would be the competition for classes and the crowding in little ole’ San Marcos.”

    The city of San Marcos is relatively small which can cause traffic on and off campus. The school buses have also been packed.
    “I live in the Heights 2 the buses are always crowded because we are one of the last stops on my bus route,” said Tyler Stevenson, 21.

    Students also voiced their opinion on the issue of parking on campus. The parking on campus is a major problem for students at Texas State.

    Chelsey Kidder, Texas State student said, “Yes, you can’t find parking anywhere, and buying a parking permit is just pointless now.” James Ottoman third semester graduate student said that he read the school had oversold commuter parking permits by some 9,000 permits.”

    Although parking at Texas State can be a hassle for students, the growth of the school is not necessarily a bad thing. Students find that the growth can help improve the school’s academic program. Ottoman thinks that Texas State should be a competitive regional school.
    “ With more growth comes more funding and more events, more to do,” said James Ottoman.

    With the number of incoming students, San Marcos has been busy building new apartment complexes for student living. Rhodes Coons believes that the number of incoming students is positive, and that the growing number of complexes being built is a positive effect.
    “I think it’s good honestly...like they’re building a hell lot more apartments. I mean the last few years they’ve built like 10 new apartment complexes.”

    The growth of Texas State is inevitable and the school will continue to grow as it has for over a hundred years. Students and parents are recognizing the reputation of the school’s programs. The diversity of the students and faculty is a staple at Texas State University and maybe next year Texas State will make it 17 consecutive years.