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Blass Guerrero

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor

Hello, my name is Blass Guerrero, and I’m from Dumas, Texas. I am currently a senior as a broadcast journalism major. I like to work out, hang out with friends, and read everything about Apple and the tech world. My goal after college is to work at a major news organization like NBC News or CNN.

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Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
December 8, 2023

The Prairie News is a student-led free press. All opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and not those of WTAMU. I started at West Texas A&M University in August 2020 during the...

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Wendler said he was trying to “bite off too much” on the new textbook policy

Wendler said he was trying to “bite off too much” on the new textbook policy

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
November 14, 2023

West Texas A&M University President Dr. Walter Wendler met with the Faculty Senate on Nov. 3 to discuss his new textbook-free policy. Wendler announced the new textbook policy at the beginning of the...

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[Video] Beyond the 9-to-5 with Dr. Shanna Peeples

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
October 26, 2023

Dr. Shanna Peeples joined the Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences in 2020. Peeples graduated from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in English in 1997. In 2013,...

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Judge issues mixed rulings on WT drag show lawsuit

Judge issues mixed rulings on WT drag show lawsuit

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
October 20, 2023

A federal judge in Amarillo issued a mixed ruling in the case against West Texas A&M University and President Dr. Walter Wendler for canceling a planned drag show in March to raise funds for The Trevor...

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WT faces two new lawsuits in alleged police cover-up

WT faces two new lawsuits in alleged police cover-up

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
September 27, 2023

West Texas A&M University faces two new lawsuits from former and current employees alleging that the university covered up and retaliated against them for an investigation of sexual discrimination...

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[Video] Beyond the 9-to-5 with Dr. Farren

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
September 20, 2023

Dr. Gene Farren has been a West Texas A&M University professor since 2017. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in 2006 with a bachelor's of science degree in psychology, a master's degree...

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[Video] WT says goodbye to textbook purchases

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
September 8, 2023

On Aug. 24, West Texas A&M University announced that students will not be required to buy textbooks starting next year, according to a press release. President of WT, Dr. Walter Wendler, said this...

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Hispanic students struggle to obtain bachelors degrees due to financial stress

Hispanic students struggle to obtain bachelor’s degrees due to financial stress

For many Hispanic people in the Texas Panhandle, pursuing a college education can feel overwhelming. Financial difficulties have been identified as the biggest barrier for Hispanic students looking...

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Former WT Title IX director sues university

Former WT Title IX director sues university

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
May 3, 2023

Former Director of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance Department, Georganna Ecker, is suing West Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M University System, according to court documents filed on...

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Beyond the 9-to-5 with Anirban Pal

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
April 28, 2023

Dr. Anirban Pal is a professor at the College of Engineering. Pal received his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur in 2010. In 2016, he earned...

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Student Government in Action: President-Elect Filiberto Avila

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
April 26, 2023

Student Government in Action is a feature series that focuses on the role and impact of student government in promoting leadership skills and engagement among students. The series highlights the experiences...

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[Video] Student Government in Action: VP-Elect Zyna Juma

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
April 25, 2023

Student Government in Action is a feature series that focuses on the role and impact of student government in promoting leadership skills and engagement among students. The series highlights the experiences...

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Beyond the 9-to-5 with Dr. Marty Kuhlman

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
March 31, 2023

Dr. Marty Kuhlman has been a history professor at West Texas A&M University since 1994. Kuhlman received two bachelor's degrees in business administration and art at West Texas State University and...

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West Texas A&M University students protest at the Original Texans sculpture foundation on March 22 2023 (Photo/Jo Early)

WT students sue president, Texas A&M University System officials

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
March 24, 2023

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, or FIRE, is suing the President of West Texas A&M University, Dr. Walter Wendler, after canceling a student organization's charity drag show supporting...

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Chinese spy balloon sparks UFO conspiracies

Chinese spy balloon sparks UFO conspiracies

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
March 10, 2023

On Jan. 28, a spy balloon owned by the Chinese government was spotted in North America and made it into the United States air space. One week later, President Joe Biden ordered the U.S. Air Force to shoot...

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Beyond the 9-to-5 with Profesora Davidson

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
February 24, 2023

Profesora Sandra Davidson has been a Spanish instructor at West Texas A&M University for 28 years. She grew up in the Texas Panhandle in Pampa, Texas. Davison enjoyed learning and speaking Spanish...

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ChatGPT: A new way to plagiarize

ChatGPT: A new way to plagiarize

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
February 16, 2023

ChatGPT, or Chat generative pre-trained transformer, is a chatbox powered by OpenAI. It can write and debug computer code and compose music, TV shows, cartoons and student essays. It can also be answering...

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Buff $mart gives relationship advice

Buff $mart gives relationship advice

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
February 13, 2023
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[Video] Campus safety top priority as mass shootings increase

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
February 9, 2023

Mass shootings in the United States have increased since 2014. As of Feb. 7, 60 mass shootings have occurred in the U.S. since the beginning of the year, according to the Gun Violence Archive. In 2022,...

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Photo of produce at Walmart taken by Blass Guerrero.

Government food assistance not enough for families

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
January 25, 2023

Nov. 13, 2022 Gas and food prices have increased as inflation continues to rise this year and shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Some have no choice but to purchase high-cost foods while...

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Student cast votes for change

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
November 30, 2022

This year's midterm election is on Nov. 8 and students are watching closely and hope the change will come on key issues. Typically, midterm elections have lower turnout than presidential elections according...

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Students gathered in Legacy Hall with Gina Woodward as the moderator with Amelia Balderrama, Colette Lane and Mindi McLain.

Women entrepreneurs talk about being business owners

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
November 19, 2022

On Oct. 15, the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business hosted ‘A Woman in Business’ event with three local women in business, Amelia Balderrama, President & CEO of iDocket; Colette Lane,...

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After losing the 2020 Presidental Election, President Donald Trumps supporters attacked the United States Capitol on Jan 6, 2021.

Former President subpoenaed as presidential announcement nears

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
November 11, 2022

The Select Committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol in 2021 held its last public hearing on Oct. 13. The hearing didn’t have any live witnesses. Still, the committee voted...

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Opinion: Don’t pay for Netflix if you see ads

Opinion: Don’t pay for Netflix if you see ads

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
November 4, 2022

Ten years ago, streaming services offered a new way to watch shows on demand at an affordable price. During that time, many had cable subscriptions that would cost an average of $25.40 per month for basic...

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Editorial: Guidelines for WT persons publishing an Opinion piece

Editorial: Guidelines for WT persons publishing an Opinion piece

Here at The Prairie News, we are the oldest organization on the campus of West Texas A&M University. We are a student-run workplace to help inform students and the WT community about the happenings...

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Students’ concerns about nuclear war

Students’ concerns about nuclear war

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
October 28, 2022

The Ukraine and Russia war has been ongoing since Feb. and has no plans to end. The fighting has intensified as Russia is losing ground in Ukraine. Russia has increased attacks on civilians and infrastructure. Russian...

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As college costs increase, getting a degree without getting into huge amounts of student debt could seem challenging. Planning ahead can help manage and reduce student debt.

Budget yourself and graduate debt-free

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
October 21, 2022

On Oct. 1, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened for the 2023-2024 academic year. Students can qualify for federal and state grants depending on income, but they won’t cover most of it....

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Many stores like Walmart, have already started selling Christmas decorations trying to get customers to start thinking about the holiday season two months in advance.

Start Saving before the Holidays

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
October 14, 2022

The Christmas holiday season is just a month away. Many stores are already setting up Christmas merchandise, even though October has just started. Less than 80 days from Christmas, some planning can help...

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Many Texas schools face the lack of resources highlighted on Abbott Elementary like underfunding and teacher salaries.

Abbott Elementary highlights issues in the education system

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
October 5, 2022

ABC’s Abbott Elementary season two premiered Sept. 21. The show’s mockumentary showcases the daily issues many teachers in the country face. Season one highlighted issues like underfunding, teachers...

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iPhone 8 and later iPhones will receive the iOS 16 update, bringing lock screen customization.

Apple updates product line with safety in mind

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
September 19, 2022

On Sep. 7th, Apple announced new updates to the Apple Watch, Airpods Pro and iPhone. Apple's main focus is safety and saving lives. Past versions of the Apple Watch alert users of heart rate issues and...

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HelloFresh is an online food subscription service that sends you ingredients to your doorstep with step-by-step instructions on how to cook a meal.

Say Hello to a new Fresh way to cook

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
September 7, 2022

As college students, it's challenging to find time and figure out what to cook every day. Most students spend money on meal plans or eat fast-food every day. Students who want to spend less time shopping,...

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As of Aug. 29, Murphys gas station price in Canyon is $3.21 per gallon. A Walmart+ subscription will save $0.10 per gallon.

As gas station prices soar, students pockets hurt

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
September 2, 2022

As students return to class, many find commuting difficult as gas prices are still high. Even though gas prices have dropped since June, inflation is at an all-time high. While many students live in...

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The financial aid office is located in Old Main in room 103.

Students have mixed reactions on Biden’s loan forgiveness

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
August 30, 2022

On Aug. 24, President Joe Biden announced loan forgiveness to those who have federal student loans. Biden’s plan will forgive $10,000 per borrower that makes between $125,000 to $150,000 in annual...

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Dyke and Terry Rogers pose in front of the new College of Education and Social Sciences logo. (Photo/Blass Guerrero)

WT’s College of Education and Social Sciences renamed after $5 million donation

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
March 23, 2022

West Texas A&M University announced that the College of Education and Social Sciences is being renamed the Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences after Dyke and Terry Rogers donated...

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Eric Jenkins, President and CEO of Education Credit Union announces new student-led branch

Education Credit Union partners with WT to support financial education

Blass Guerrero, Former Senior Reporter, Former Video and Audio Editor
January 27, 2022

Eric Jenkins, President and CEO of Education Credit Union announces new student-led branch

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