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February 18th, 2013
UniverCity: Caught on camera, snooping staff member sacked

A Texas State student who used a webcam to catch a Texas State maintenance man rifling through his dorm room says the snooping staff member has been fired, the University Star reports.

Sophomore Jacob Roberson initially suspected his roommate was rifling through his belongings in the San Marcos Hall room they shared last semester. But when he set up a motion-activated camera on his notebook camera, he caught a university staff member furtively looking through drawers and closets. A 46-second video of the incident has been viewed more than 8,500 times since Roberson posted it on YouTube in December.

Rosanne Proite, the university’s Housing and Residential Life director, told Roberson the employee was reassigned to a different building and his employment was terminated shortly thereafter, Roberson told the student-run newspaper in a story published Feb. 14. Proite said she could not comment on personnel issues.

Alumnus gets the supermodel in Super Bowl spot

Deemed “Hollywood’s favorite extra” by an ABC News technology blogger, Jesse Heiman has appeared in more than 100 films and TV shows since graduating Texas State in 2000 with a bachelor’s in English and mass communications.

His résumé includes such “Parks and Recreation,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Social Network,” “Old School,” “Austin Powers: Goldmember,” “Spider-Man” and “Catch Me If You Can.”

“I had no idea that doing background work would blossom into the kind of career that it has. It’s amazing how many people have become my fans even though I pass by the screen for just a second or two,” Heiman told Texas Monthly in 2011.

His star has risen further since playing a nerdy Walter in a 30-second GoDaddy commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. For roughly half the ad, Heiman makes out with supermodel Bar Refaeli in to illustrate the web hosting company’s campaign, ““When sexy meets smart, your small business scores.”

Heiman had to suffer through 45 takes to get the commercial right. CBS declined to air the first version of the ad because the Heiman and Refaeli “used a little tongue,” GoDaddy’s chief marketing executive told ABC News.

UniverCity is an occasional rundown of news from Texas State University, compiled from other sources.

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