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The woman behind the wheel of WT’s shuttle bus

The woman behind the wheel of WT’s shuttle bus

September 24, 2014

It’s almost like we take them for granted. They pick us up at the First United Bank Center and drop us off at a location closest to our class after we say “Thank you.” There are four shuttle...

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Enactus hosts Bill Rancic, teaches business skills

Enactus hosts Bill Rancic, teaches business skills

September 17, 2014

American entrepreneur and hired by The Trump Organization at the end of the first season of The Apprentice, Bill Rancic visited West Texas A&M to speak to students. “A little bit is fear is...

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Protesters in Center after President Viktor Yanukovych after suspending talks about possible intergeneration with EU. Protesters rallied up to dance and sing as a protests late November.

WT student experiences upheaval in the Ukraine

February 20, 2014

Web Editor's Note: Daniela Fierro, West Texas A&M University student and former web editor to The Prairie, is currently studying abroad in the Ukraine and this is her account of events unfolding. The...

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Plus INT Logo (Web Version). Art by Chris Brockman.

Plus INT Episode #17

April 25, 2013

It's time for another episode of Plus INT! This week, we're joined by Daniela Fierro and David Gisch. We talk about WTCrushes shutting down, CISPA, the AP Twitter account getting hacked, and Thor 2....

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Hollywood Social Logo (Web Version). Art by Chris Brockman.

Hollywood Social: Episode 10

April 19, 2013

If you're having trouble viewing, watch it on YouTube! This episode was produced by The Prairie’s Web Editor, Daniela Fierro. This episode is 03:53 long. Cover art by Chris Brockman. Any...

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Prairie wins 14 awards at TIPA

Prairie wins 14 awards at TIPA

April 6, 2013

The Prairie won 14 awards at TIPA (Texas Intercollegiate Press Association) 2013 Convention. Our assistant editor, Brooke Self won the election for parliamentarian. Awards On-Site: 2 person...

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Entertainment Story. Art by Chris Brockman.

Two WTAMU students publish books

April 2, 2013

Two WTAMU students have gone beyond the academic walls of WT to venture out into the world of published books.  Hunter Fithen, a sophomore Mass Communication major, and Alex Gonzalez, a sophomore...

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Hollywood Social: Episode 9

March 22, 2013

If you're having problems viewing, click here to watch it on Youtube! Our hosts talk about Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more in this episode of Hollywood Social. General Notes This...

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Hollywood Social Logo (Web Version). Art by Chris Brockman.

Hollywood Social: Episode 8

March 8, 2013

If you're having problems viewing, click here to watch it on Youtube! Our hosts talk about Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen, and more in this episode of Hollywood Social. General Notes This...

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One Sessions production event wins Bronze Telly Award. Photo by Ashley Hendrick.

One Sessions wins Bronze Telly Award

March 5, 2013

One Sessions, a WT student run production event, received its first Bronze Telly award for their 2011 overall video production that showcased Natalie Schlabs. “It’s a symbol of creative excellence...

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Hollywood Social Logo (Web Version). Art by Chris Brockman.

Hollywood Social: Episode 7

February 18, 2013

If you're having problems viewing, click here to watch it on Youtube! Tori and Martha talk about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Lil Wayne and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. General Notes This...

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Hogwarts comes to the Amarillo Library

February 12, 2013

Good and evil child wizards skipped through the library to enjoy “An Evening at Hogwarts” at the Amarillo Public Library on Feb. 8. The library hosted this event after the positive response...

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Hollywood Social: Episode 6

February 7, 2013

If you're having problems viewing, click here to watch it on Youtube! Tori talks about Chris Brown's trial, Beyonce's half time performance and David Beckham's new H&M commercial. General Notes This...

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Hollywood Social: Episode 5

February 1, 2013

If you're having problems viewing, click here to watch it on Youtube! Check out the fifth episode of Hollywood Social, where Tori Nicholls interviews Nelly's Echo! General Notes This episode...

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Hollywood Social: Episode 4

January 25, 2013

If you're having problems viewing, click here to watch it on Youtube! Check out the fourth episode of Hollywood Social, where Connor and Tori chat about Lindsey Lohan, the Beyonce lip-syncing scandal,...

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Hollywood Social: Episode 3

Hollywood Social: Episode 3

January 18, 2013

If you're having problems viewing, click here to watch it on Youtube! Join us for our first episode the Spring 2013 semester! We talk about Kim Kardashian's pregnancy, American Idol's drama with...

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Varsity Theatre still needs funds

Varsity Theatre still needs funds

December 3, 2012

The Varsity Theatre located off of 4th Avenue in Canyon is still working on raising money necessary to revamp the projection and sound system, which will cost almost $100,000. The upgrade will allow...

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Hollywood Social Logo. Cover art by Chris Brockman.

Plus INT – Hollywood Social: Episode #5 Notes

December 3, 2012

Both web shows merge together for one last final episode for the end of the semester. Plus INT talk about Nintendo Power, the Humble THQ Bundle, the Halo's new independent IP "Destiny". Hollywood...

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Hollywood Social: Episode 2

Hollywood Social: Episode 2

November 26, 2012

If you're having problems viewing, click here to watch it on Youtube! Join us for our second episode of the Hollywood Social! We talk about Twilight's Final Installment, the stalling of Demi Moore...

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One Sessions returns to WT

One Sessions returns to WT

October 29, 2012

The biannual One Sessions will return to WTAMU on Nov. 1 at the AT&T HD Studio of the Fine Arts Complex. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show start at 7 p.m. Capacity for the One Sessions is...

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Annual Trombone Concert at WT

October 23, 2012

The WTAMU Trombone Choir will be performing in Mary Moody Northen Hall on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The Trombone Studio is an active performing ensemble in many on and off campus events each semester. “The...

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Eradication of Poverty Silent Protest

October 19, 2012

On Oct. 17, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, WT students came together in silent protest to raise awareness of poverty in the Texas Panhandle. Our Web Editor, Daniela Fierro, caught...

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Annual Fall Choir to perform

October 16, 2012

The WTAMU Chorale and the Collegiate Choir will be performing in Mary Moody Northern Recital Hall. The free Fall Concert will take place Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The choirs will be performing music by Johannes...

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Annual Fall Choir to perform

October 16, 2012

The WTAMU Chorale and the Collegiate Choir will be performing in Mary Moody Northern Recital Hall. The free Fall Concert will take place Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. The choirs will be performing music...

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Homecoming 2012: Fun for All

Homecoming 2012: Fun for All

October 2, 2012

From Oct. 8-13, students new and old will come to WTAMU to celebrate Homecoming Week. Faculty and students are preparing to “Come Home” for the campus wide event. “The Come Home theme was set...

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WTAMU hosts Society of Composers

October 2, 2012

For the first time at WTAMU, the School of Music will be hosting the Society of Composers on Oct. 5-6. “It’s a national organization that champions new music,” said B.J. Brooks, assistant...

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The xx’s new album marks the spot

September 25, 2012

After their successful début studio album in 2009, the English indie pop trio xx released their second album in September. According to the Billboard 200, Coexist sold over 73,000 albums and was...

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Varsity Theatre to end free movie night

Varsity Theatre to end free movie night

September 4, 2012

Varsity Theatre first opened its doors to the Canyon community in Sept. 1947. Fast forward 65 years and that same theater now finds itself on the verge of closing those doors permanently if it doesn’t...

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2012 Storytelling Festival Poster. Photo courtesy of Panhandle Storytelling Guild Facebook page.

Panhandle Storytelling returns to WT for festival

May 1, 2012

Since 1991, the Panhandle Storytelling Guild has held festivals for the WTAMU family and surrounding community. On May 4, they will hold their annual festival with this year’s theme being ‘Lives...

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(L to R) Lead guitar player Ben Cargo, drummer Jordan McClain, bass player Steven Ronk and AJ Swope performing in the Lady Buffs Sports Yard. Photo by Daniela Fierro.

Amarillo-based group performs after WT softball game

April 24, 2012

Web Editor's Note: For more pics of the band, click here! AJ Swope and the Last Train Home performed 14 songs after the Lady Buffs’ softball game on April 17. The four-piece Americana group was...

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(L to R) Lead guitar player Ben Cargo, drummer Jordan McClain, bass player Steven Ronk and AJ Swope performing in the Lady Buffs Sports Yard. Photo by Daniela Fierro.

AJ Swope & The Last Train: This Week in Photos

April 24, 2012

Check out these pics we got of AJ Swope & The Last Train's performance at the latest Lady Buffs softball game! To read about the event, click here.

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University SING comes back to WT after three year absence

April 24, 2012

Since 1992, WTAMU has held singing and dancing competitions until they were halted three years ago. Sponsored by CORE, SING will return on April 25 for a $1 admission fee and the judged performance...

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Full-scale active shooter drill to take place at WT

April 17, 2012

The upper levels of the Classroom Center will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 18 to conduct a full-scare active shooter drill. There will be certain areas around the building that will be...

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Music Therapy Awareness Week First time at WT

April 10, 2012

The Music Therapy Club will be hosting its first Music Therapy Awareness Week starting April 9 and will be concluding April 11. “The awareness week is a week of activities that will help get the word...

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French pianist plays at WT

March 27, 2012

The Arts at WTAMU: A Subscription Series and the WT Guest Artist Series presented French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet on March 22. Senior Development Officer Joe Bill Sherrod said the process to bring...

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SGC raises funds for UNICEF

March 20, 2012

Students for Global Connections will have a booth in the JBK to raise awareness and funds for UNICEF Tap Project March 19-25. President Olivia Trabysh said they will be recruiting restaurants such...

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Music Department hosts 32nd annual Showcase

March 6, 2012

The 32nd annual Showcase of Music was held at the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts on March 2. Despite the bad weather, Dean of the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities...

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College Tuition Increase

February 28, 2012

Upon hearing that WTAMU will probably have a tuition increase for the fall of 2012, I was less than pleased. Paying over $2,000 as it is, increasing the tuition is and would be even more difficult for...

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WTAMU’s Music Department presents 32nd annual Showcase

February 28, 2012

The WTAMU Department of Music will present its 32nd annual Showcase of Music for the first time at the Amarillo Globe-News Center for the Performing Arts. The event will have its pre-show in the lobby...

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Phi Mu Alpha to host an original composition recital

February 14, 2012

On Feb. 16, the Phi Mu Alpha will be hosting the Composition Recital in the Mary Moody Northern Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the competition will win a portion of money that was collected...

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WTAMU Band goes to TMEA

February 7, 2012

On Feb. 2, the Department of Music presented the WTAMU Symphonic Band with 65 musicians on stage. Every four years, the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) holds auditions for their conference...

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Cultural opportunity dances its way into WTAMU

January 31, 2012

In their first visit to WTAMU, the Texas Tech University Celtic Ensemble will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Northern Recital Hall on Feb. 2. The ensemble is sponsored by the Guest Artist...

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WT students’ feedback to Stop Online Piracy Act

January 24, 2012

WTAMU students have spoken out about the Congress’s proposition to fight Internet piracy. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was proposed by U.S.  Representative Lamar S. Smith to enable the Justice...

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29th Renaissance Feast is a success

December 7, 2011

On Dec. 2, the 29th Annual Renaissance Holiday Feast was held at the WTAMU Dr. Hazel Kelley Wilson Alumni Banquet Hall. The Feast is put together every year by the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine...

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Dance department showcases Falling in to Dance

November 29, 2011

From Dec. 1-3, the WTAMU Dance department will present its annual fall show called “Falling Into Dance." It’s the sixth year I’ve directed it,” Leslie Meek, director of the Dance program, said....

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Department of Communications screens Fast Talk

November 15, 2011

On Nov. 8, the WTAMU Department of Communication screened “Fast Talk,” a documentary, at the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Recital Hall. After the movie screening, a discussion panel followed, consisting...

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Jennifer Davis enjoying the furniture test. Photo by Alex Montoya.

Active Learning Center demos new ways of learning

November 8, 2011

Until Nov. 17, the JBK will be test-driving a new, modern way to learn and share things from the computer. Basically, it is furniture for collaboration when learning, said Chance Haugen, director...

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Fall Carnival is a success at WT campus

November 4, 2011

On Oct. 31, the WTAMU CORE office hosted the annual Fall Carnival and Concert, which was open to the community. Multiple WT student organizations participated in the event, setting up various booths...

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Carnival and concert

October 25, 2011

On Oct. 31, the CORE office will host the Fall Carnival and Concert in the All Purpose Room at the Virgil Hensen Activities Center. There will be toys, prizes, and candy to give out to the kids of the...

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Alcohol Awareness Week will also address the dangers of drinking and driving. Photo by Krystina Martinez.

PULSE hosts Alcohol Awareness Week at WTAMU

October 18, 2011

From Oct. 17-21, PULSE will be hosting the National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week. Every day, there will be different activities around campus to raise awareness about the issues of consuming...

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