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Alyssa Gonzales

Alyssa Gonzales, Editor-in-Chief

Howdy, my name is Alyssa Gonzales. I’m a senior, broadcast journalism major from Lubbock, Texas. I have a passion for news writing and sports. This is my seventh semester on The Prairie News senior staff.

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One of the three rooms offered as a VIP Guest Room.

VIP rooms offered in WTAMU residence hall

March 1, 2021

West Texas A&M University offers many different on-campus living options with a number of different resident halls to choose from. A unique option the university also offers are VIP Guest Rooms designated...

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The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business's mission includes providing students with high quality business education with a global perspective and ethical awareness.

[PHOTO] WTAMU program ranked one of best in the country

February 22, 2021

The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business's mission includes providing students with high quality business education with a global perspective and ethical awareness.

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Will 2021 be the year of large in person concerts?

Op/Ed:Should live shows be limited?

February 15, 2021

As we slowly start to approach the one year mark of having to bunker down and go into quarantine together, COVID-19 is still alive and well here in the United States. With vaccinations circulating at...

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[VIDEO] Celebrating Black History Month at WTAMU

February 12, 2021

In order to help make this year’s Black History Month a time of celebration as well as learning, West Texas A&M University’s Black Women’s Association organized local black speakers to come and...

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Every year, the Pepsi Halftime Show lasts around 12-15 minutes.

The Weeknd performs on the weekend

February 8, 2021

The day after the Super Bowl brings talk of the winning team, which commercial was the best, and most importantly, what the halftime show was like. For Super Bowl LV, The Weeknd put on a flashy performance...

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The first Super Bowl took place on Jan. 15, 1967 in Los Angeles.

Not their first rodeo: Brady and Mahomes’ road to the Super Bowl

February 1, 2021

After a long, Coronavirus-filled NFL season, the time has finally come for the two best teams to duke it out in the big battle of the pigskin. Have you placed your bets yet? If not, then go to 메리트카지노...

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Dr. Peter Scott along with other co-authors researched the translocation an genetics of the Mojave Desert Tortoises.

The tortoises and the professor

January 25, 2021

If you happen to stumble upon the November issue of Science Magazine, you’ll see the cover has a picture of a Mojave Desert Tortoise. As you flip through, you’ll also most likely find an article written...

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WTAMU hosts MLK speech reenactment

WTAMU hosts MLK speech reenactment

January 19, 2021

On Tuesday Jan. 19, 2021 The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted an event in which, head coach for the Amarillo Venom football team, Julian Reese portrayed Martin Luther King Jr.. Reese reenacted...

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This scholarship is meant to inspire students to make change and produce plans on action for the future.

WTAMU undergrads presented with new scholarship opportunity

January 18, 2021

The Black Women’s Association of WTAMU has created a new scholarship opportunity for undergraduate students at West Texas A&M University with the Martin Luther King Jr. Video Essay Contest. The...

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These strange times have caused the pandemic to become a hot political topic.

The politics of wearing a mask

November 30, 2020

Masks have somewhat become a norm for many with the ongoing pandemic. However, with all of the craziness that has come with 2020, wearing a mask has seemed to spark the most controversy. In July of...

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There have been a number of presidential dogs throughout the course of history.

The paws that walked the halls of the White House

November 16, 2020

Over the course of presidential history in the United States, almost all of the commanders-in-chief have had a four-legged friend by their side. After this historic election, another notable feat was achieved...

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How can college students “ball on a budget?”

November 9, 2020

Lets face it, college is expensive. Budgeting is pretty much necessary. Regardless of how much one does save up their money, I think it is safe to say that every student has identified themselves as a...

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Snoopy and friends say goodbye to broadcast TV

November 2, 2020

For many, holiday traditions include sitting in front of the TV and watching the Peanuts holiday special. However, for the first time since the 1960s, the beloved holiday specials will not be airing on...

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Esports plays on while staying safe

October 26, 2020

COVID-19 has impacted a number of sports at West Texas A&M University. Though there have been some adjustments to the way athletics are normally run, students are still able to participate in their...

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Advising services encourages students to get greenlighted as soon as possible.

Greenlighting season during COVID-19

October 19, 2020

As the end of the fall semester begins, students now have the task of setting up appointments and choosing their classes for the spring semester. For lower classmen, greenlighting appointments must...

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[PHOTO] WTAMU First-Time Voters

October 16, 2020

"I'm voting for all the people that fought for my right to vote," said Mia Davis, junior pre-vet major.

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Intramural sand volleyball games are played on Wednesdays and Thursdays at the courts behind Buffalo Stadium.

Intramurals are ‘set’ with sand volleyball

October 12, 2020

The pandemic has caused many on-campus activities and events to change drastically. Intramural sports at West Texas A&M University is one of the several activities to implement certain guidelines to...

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The WTAMU horse judging team beat out 11 other teams that were competing.

WTAMU horse judging team gallops over the competition

October 5, 2020

  On Sept. 23, 2020, the West Texas A&M University horse judging team competed in the American Paint Horse Association Collegiate World Championship Horse Judging contest in Fort Worth, Texas....

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Education majors have had to make a number of changes to the way they go about student teaching.

Student teaching during Coronavirus

September 28, 2020

The pandemic has affected a number of college students and the way they go about finishing their degree. Seeing as several students are required to have hands-on experience, one of the majors that has...

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Willie Velasquez is known to be one of the biggest advocates for Latino voters.

The significance of the Latino vote

September 21, 2020

With the 2020 elections around the corner, the encouragement for voters of all ages, creeds, races and backgrounds has become prominent. Along with the multitude of issues to consider before hitting the...

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Students must now pose the question: Is partying really worth the risk?

Op/Ed: Partying during the pandemic

September 14, 2020

One common concept that many (but not all) experience at least once in their time in college is a college party. A large group of people sweating profusely in a small area yelling over loud music may sound...

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What the loss of Chadwick Boseman means to WTAMU students

September 7, 2020

Legendary actor, Chadwick Boseman passed away on Aug. 28, 2020 after battling colon cancer. The 43-year-old actor began his career guest starring in various television shows and. Boseman would later be...

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The 2020 Buff Football season will start in September.

How WTAMU athletics are preparing to play

August 31, 2020

As a new fall semester begins at West Texas A&M University, several changes have been made to comply with COVID-19 safety measures to protect students, faculty and staff.  Along with a new...

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The Last Bandoleros along with many other artists have begun performing live on social media during the pandemic.

Op-Ed: Supporting artists during the pandemic

April 20, 2020

The large crowds waiting with anticipation, the positive energy radiating from all in attendance and the sheer excitement of getting to listen to your favorite artist or band live. Concerts are truly a...

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Commencements amid COVID-19

April 13, 2020

The current pandemic taking place has caused a number cancellations and postponements of special events including concerts, sports games and graduations. Unfortunately, current seniors at West Texas A&M...

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The “Tiger King” causes upROAR

April 6, 2020

Due to being stuck inside for a longer amount of time than usual, many have a lot of time to discover new shows to binge on their streaming services of choice. That being said one show in particular has...

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Students on WTAMU's are finding the best ways to keep themselves entertained during quarantine.

Keeping up with the quarantine

March 30, 2020

Due to the emphasis on quarantining and staying home, many people have made the switch to working and going to school online. For students still living on West Texas A&M’s campus, many have to keep...

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The tale of the on-campus students and COVID-19

The tale of the on-campus students and COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Chances are you’ve heard of the recent pandemic that has been taking over every source of media coverage at this current time. Schools and businesses are shutting down, people are forced to work from...

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The continuous struggles of a working college student

March 9, 2020

The life of a college student may seem like a breeze to some people. You go to school, do your homework and you work as hard as you can until you’re able to walk across the stage and receive that long...

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Behind the tent: The team supporting the Buffs

March 2, 2020

Week in and week out, Buff and Lady Buff athletes train to stay in shape and compete against their opponents. Athletes and teams at West Texas A&M University are often recognized for their hard work...

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West Texas Dancers bring the Buff spirit

February 24, 2020

West Texas A&M University has a number of traditions that create a vivacious and positive environment for students, fans, and alumni. One of these important factors that contribute to the spirit of...

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WTAMU alumnus and comedian Saul Rodriguez hosted the event and performed stand-up.

Ending Comm Week on a funny note

February 20, 2020

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Will the XFL last?

February 17, 2020

For football lovers who just can’t get enough, the XFL is officially back. It is both similar and different in more ways than one when compared to its original launch in 2001. However, will this new...

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Get ‘REC’ed with Group X

February 10, 2020

With 2020 in full swing, many made resolutions to get fit and be more active. For a college student, that can be easier said than done. However, with the help of Group X, students can get and stay “buff”...

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Food fit for football

February 2, 2020

Super Bowl LIV is here which means it’s time for football, commercials and practicing food safety? Many are ready to dig into the various bowls and trays grub, but have they stopped to consider how long...

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A letter by Gary Culp.

The curious case of the empty bleachers

January 27, 2020

Whether you’re loudly cheering on the Buffs to a victory at the First United Bank Center or lightly clapping after a good shot by a member of the Lady Buff golf team, there seems to be a sport at West...

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The 2019 inductees made up the 33rd class to be honored.

Buff alumni honored at Hall of Champions Gala

January 20, 2020

On Friday Jan. 17, 2020, West Texas A&M University Athletics hosted the Hall of Champions Gala at Legacy Hall in the Jack B. Kelly Student Center. Several former buff athletes and members of the athletic...

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