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The PRAIRIE

Serving the West Texas A&M University community since 1919.

The PRAIRIE

Serving the West Texas A&M University community since 1919.

The PRAIRIE

Hannah Valencia

Hannah Valencia, Senior Reporter

My name is Hannah Valencia. I am a senior strategic communication major from Santa Rosa, California. I love to write! My favorite part of working with The Prairie News is learning about all the events happening at WTAMU and meeting new people.

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Op/Ed: Finding my ‘why’ and embracing change

May 2, 2022

If someone told me five years ago that I would decide to go to a university halfway across the country, I don’t think I would have believed it. It was in my sophomore year of high school that...

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Behind the major with Diego Romero: A musicians journey

Behind the major with Diego Romero: A musician’s journey

April 30, 2022

Diego Romero is a junior music performance major at West Texas A&M University, with a double emphasis in flute and piano. It takes some people a lifetime to find their passion, but Romero found...

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[Video] Gender studies at WT: A collaborative experience

April 20, 2022

The Gender Studies Program at West Texas A&M University allows students of any major to attain a professional certificate in Gender Studies. The certificate has only been a part of WT’s curriculum...

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The illusion of time

April 13, 2022

Time is the fourth dimension. It is not a physical dimension like length, width and height, but it is still measurable. Or is it? Our entire society functions around time. The sun and moon divide day...

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[Video] BuffStrong: Strengths-based growth

April 6, 2022

You may think conquering your weaknesses is the key to success, but there is another side to the coin. Donald O. Clifton, the founder of the CliftonStrengths assessment, believed in the value of looking...

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Behind the major with Katsina Cardenas: Respecting the land

April 4, 2022

Katsina Cardenas is a sophomore environmental engineering major and geology minor at West Texas A&M University. Cardenas was inspired to pursue a career in environmental engineering and protection...

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Behind the major with Carmen Gwynn: City girl turned country

March 11, 2022

Carmen Gwynn is a junior pre-veterinary medicine (agriculture/animal science B.S.) major at West Texas A&M University. Gwynn decided she wanted to study animal science in college after an experience...

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On- versus off-campus housing: Which is more affordable?

March 9, 2022

Students at West Texas A&M University have a variety of options when it comes to housing. From dorms to apartments to renting a house with friends, the choices are almost endless. However, which...

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[Video] The most positive day of the year

March 2, 2022

Mark Twain once said, “I can live two months on a good compliment.” Did you know there is a World Compliment Day? It occurs every year on March 1 and is a “global initiative to create the most positive...

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Op/Ed: How to make studying “fun”

February 23, 2022

Let’s face it–studying isn’t known for being an enjoyable activity. However, as college students, we spend a good portion of our time doing it. Even if you love your subject of study, the amount...

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[Video] A closer look at the food service industry in America

February 21, 2022

Food service workers have become a necessary part of modern life. However, the demand for food service workers has not equated to their respect. Workers in the food industry are often faced with challenges...

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College of Engineering professorship: Solving problems and serving others

February 16, 2022

Dr. Anitha Subburaj, assistant professor of electrical engineering at West Texas A&M University, was recently appointed to a newly-endowed professorship for research in engineering, computer science...

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[Video] Love in its many forms

February 14, 2022

In the world, there exists many different kinds of love. The source of these types hails from the Ancient Greek era. Cosmopolitan explores the eight different types of love, which focus on how we relate...

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Should you change your major?

February 9, 2022

Some people have known their career path since the first grade, but many are still in the process of figuring out their career during their college years. Having difficulties when deciding on a career...

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‘Manifestations’: Finding beauty in the intensity of nature

February 2, 2022

The Texas Panhandle region has long inspired artists, including a well-known former professor at West Texas A&M University, Georgia O’Keeffe. Now a new assistant professor of art and design at WT,...

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College is less affordable than ever

January 26, 2022

The cost of college has gone up in the past 50 years, just as the cost of everything else has gone up. However, the cost of college in proportion to the federal minimum wage is far off balance. College...

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WT’s online criminal justice program ranked best in US

January 26, 2022

West Texas A&M University’s online bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree in criminal justice administration was ranked No. 1 on Best College Review’s recent survey of the best online...

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[Video] New year, new resolutions

January 19, 2022

It’s a new year and we are in the first month of the year: January 2022. For some, that means trying to meet the goals they have set for themselves in this new year. This might be a resolution to exercise...

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[Video] 200 ways to stay warm for the winter

January 13, 2022

Beta Sigma Phi, a non-academic sorority, provided around 200 articles of clothing for students to pick up anonymously around the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughn Pedestrian Mall for the first day of...

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It’s time to apply for scholarships at WT

December 5, 2021

It’s that time of the year and, no, I’m not just talking about the winter holidays. It’s time to apply for scholarships at West Texas A&M University. The priority date for full consideration...

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Exterior of the Education Building at West Texas A&M University. Photo taken Nov. 17, 2021. (Photo/Hannah Valencia)

Senate Bill 52 will allow the long-awaited rehabilitation of Old Ed

December 3, 2021

The Education Building at West Texas A&M University, commonly known as “Old Ed,” is set to receive a long-awaited rehabilitation. This is thanks to a $3.35 billion appropriation by the Texas...

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Op/Ed: COVID-19 has changed the way we view illness

December 3, 2021

Self-isolation, wearing masks and maintaining distance between others became our new normal during the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still ongoing. Nobody wants to get sick and it is common to take extra...

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Diversity in college admissions: Legitimate or lies?

November 19, 2021

College admissions have become highly competitive in recent years. High school students run themselves ragged trying to maintain a high GPA, while also proving they are “well-rounded” with sports,...

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[Video] Internships: Keys to the professional world

November 12, 2021

Internships sometimes get a bad rap. Enter movie scenes of the intern who had dreams of gaining hands-on skills in their industry only to find out they would be the coffee and lunch runner whose job is...

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Ray McNiece poetry night at West Texas A&M University, Nov. 3 7:00 pm (Photo taken by Hannah Valencia)

[Photo] Interview with Dr. Meljac, poetry performance night

November 9, 2021

Ray McNiece poetry night at West Texas A&M University, Nov. 3 7:00 pm (Photo taken by Hannah Valencia)

[Video] Tips for money management in college

November 5, 2021

Money. It makes the world go round. The key, however, is managing your money in a way that keeps your life going the way you want it to. For college students whose time is split between studying and making...

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2021 Communication Hall of Fame: Community of communication

October 29, 2021

On Friday, Oct. 22, West Texas A&M University’s Department of Communication hosted its eighth annual Communication Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame event is unique to the Department of Communication...

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Prioritizing sleep is key to health and wellness

October 29, 2021

Sleep is a topic that many try to avoid bringing up. Talk of bedtimes and sleep schedules may bring back unpleasant memories of being told to go to bed as a child. However, sleep is important in so many...

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[Video] The SafeZone app: Keeping the WTAMU community safe

October 22, 2021

The University Police Department at West Texas A&M University recently launched a safety app called SafeZone to provide an extra layer of security for the WTAMU campus community. According to CriticalArc,...

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Poetry: A vehicle for deep empathy

October 15, 2021

There are many forms of artistic expression, including music, dance, painting and poetry. Artistic expression is a great way to express emotions, but also to promote understanding between people. According...

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A time of trial, learning and coming together: WTAMU Theatre in Theory of Relativity

October 15, 2021

“Theory of Relativity,” a song cycle made up of disconnected songs joined by a through line, was particularly fitting during a time when the students of West Texas A&M University were feeling quite...

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[Video] The value of a college education: How COVID-19 changed college culture

October 8, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a halt on many aspects of life, including traveling, going out with friends and attending live concerts. Schools and colleges, locations of large public use, have also been...

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Block party sparks conversation about COVID-19 vaccination at WTAMU

October 1, 2021

On Wednesday Sept. 29, West Texas A&M University put on a block party/vaccination clinic called Big Shot Block Party. The event took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. between the Fine Arts Complex and...

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Are you ready for WTAMU’s Fall Career EXPO?

Are you ready for WTAMU’s Fall Career EXPO?

October 1, 2021

West Texas A&M University’s Fall Career EXPO is coming up! The event is open to all students and is an opportunity to connect with employers from across the region. The EXPO will be held at the...

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NBC duo brings two perspectives on racial unrest

September 24, 2021

Antonia Hylton, correspondent at NBC News and Mike Hixenbaugh, national investigative reporter for NBC News, featured in The Texas Tribune’s TribFest21, shared their perspectives of working together...

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New, personalized aptitude assessment available to WTAMU students

September 24, 2021

West Texas A&M University’s Office of Career and Professional Development is introducing a new aptitude and interests assessment called YouScience to students which will replace the previously...

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Op/Ed: The Golden Rule

Op/Ed: The Golden Rule

September 17, 2021

The Golden Rule. Almost everyone knows the meaning of this principle of reciprocity in relationships with others. To, quite simply, treat others as you would like to be treated. But what if the meaning...

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WTAMU graduate spending the year in Spain for Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

WTAMU graduate spending the year in Spain for Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

September 17, 2021

West Texas A&M University graduate, Alondra Villa, will spend this 2021-2022 year working in the Galicia region of Spain as part of a nationally competitive scholarship she has been awarded, the Fulbright...

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[Video] WTAMU student worker pay to increase over 25% starting this fall

September 10, 2021

The minimum wage for student workers used to be equal to the Texas minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. However, West Texas A&M University’s Office of Human Resources announced last week that the university...

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