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The PRAIRIE

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

The PRAIRIE

Jeffrey Williams

Jeffrey Williams, Senior Reporter

I strive to do and be my absolute best every day. My movie trivia knows no bounds. I am somewhat as swift as a coursing river.

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Jeffrey Williams depicted in his graduation announcements.

Op/Ed: Two years in a flash, or how I somehow earned a minor

November 5, 2020

My time as an active Buff is nearing its end. My experience has been stocked with the knowledge to go forward, relationships that will stay with me forever and branded memories in my mind. You know, the...

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Trick-or-treating in 2020 will look a little different than it normally does. How has COVID-19 affected traditional Halloween activities?

Trick-or-treat! How will COVID-19 affect Halloween traditions?

October 29, 2020

Ahh, trick-or-treating. The ageless tradition of going door-to-door donned in the costume of your favorite character at the time - coming home, dumping out your evening's haul, and then conducting early...

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Students, masks and their political affiliations

Students, masks and their political affiliations

October 21, 2020

With the upcoming election less than a month away and with early voting in full swing, people will ask students questions regarding the event. As students, you've more than likely been stopped to answer...

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Voting is important because it is an opportunity for your voice to be heard. If we want change, then we have to be willing to take charge and do our part as a citizen, said Hayley Hurst, junior musical theatre major.

WTAMU First-Time Voters

October 16, 2020

In less than one month from now, the 2020 presidential election will come and go. The result? We'll see in the coming weeks, but for now, we asked students about the upcoming election. For many, this...

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007’s “No Time to Die” delay could prove fatal for cinema

October 14, 2020

The year 2020 is finally nearing its end. With the drawing twilight of this, let's say, interesting year, some of the biggest films set to release have either been delayed or released to streaming. Films...

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Op/Ed: Six Years, but nothing Wasted

September 23, 2020

Heartbreak can feel so crippling. When something you are sure in seemingly slips through your fingers and all you can do is watch. The anger, hurt and confusion you feel can eat you alive. These are all...

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The Maroon and White scrimmage on Sept 12, 2020

First Public WTAMU Football Outing Prepares Buffs for Upcoming Schedule

September 17, 2020

The Maroon and White game took place on Sept. 12, 2020 to showcase the talent the 2020-21 West Texas A&M University football team has to offer. This was the first football scrimmage open to the public,...

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Photos depicting how different major sports have addressed fans and social distancing.

Op/Ed: Cardboard Cutouts, TV Screens and Teddy Bears, Oh My!

September 2, 2020

The year 2020 has proven to be a year of change, adversity and creativity. Aspects of everyday life or normalcy have changed for the foreseeable future, and various mediums followed suit. Film, concerts...

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After the COVID-19 pandemic has passed, what will normal be?

What will “normal” be?

April 22, 2020

I'm sure we've all thought, "what will life be like after this is all over?" Will we ever get back to "normal?" What will the new normal be? I know these questions have been on my mind, along with many...

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The COVID-19 outbreak has put everything on pause, just like late-night TV.

The possible death of late-night TV

April 15, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is affecting us all, but one medium of entertainment has been in a downward spiral even before the pandemic. Late-night television, as an industry, has started to dwindle. Perhaps...

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NASCAR makes a pit stop

April 8, 2020

All sporting events have come to a stop due to COVID-19. March Madness, both the NHL and NBA seasons, the College World Series, PGA tours, Wimberly and the Tokyo Olympics have been canceled or postponed...

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Excerpt from Visit Amarillo regarding restaurant closings in the area.

86 Corona

March 25, 2020

Initially, I was going to write a news piece regarding the effects of COVID-19 on students here at West Texas A&M University. But we can all see the impact. However, most of us may not be aware of...

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Though we may disagree, we must grow as a nation united

Crossing those lines

March 11, 2020

There are clear dividing lines in our nation's political discourse. How do your ideas differ from mine? Do your political opinions affect the way I view you? The political landscape in the U.S. is separated...

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Illustration depicting Joe, Beck and Candace from Netflixs You.

What do I think about “You?”

March 4, 2020

You feel like four hours fit into an hour run time. You portray the perspective of a monstrous psychopath and glorify his decisions. You show lackluster characters that make moronic decisions and have...

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WTAMU gloves aligned after 11-0 victory Feb. 22, 2020

Buffs bats in full swing sweeping Javelinas

February 26, 2020

West Texas A&M University baseball finished up a four-game series with Texas A&M Kingsville University on Sun Feb. 23. The Buffs finished off the Javelinas in a clean sweep (4 out of 4 games in...

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The stage is set for COMM Weeks Game of Games

COMM Week’s Game of Games Baums out

February 19, 2020

The Department of Communication’s COMM Week is in full swing and was hosted by our very own celebrity Tues, Feb. 18. Assistant Professor of Media Communication Dr. Mary Liz Brooks took on the part...

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President Donald Trumps State of the Union address preceding Senate impeachment vote

Senate Acquits President Donald Trump

February 12, 2020

The United States Senate moved to acquit President Donald Trump Wednesday, Feb. 5, finding him not guilty on both articles of impeachment. The months-long impeachment process began with the House of Representatives...

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Senior reporter Jeffrey Williams describes his journey to West Texas A&M University

Why WTAMU?

February 5, 2020

"On, on Buffaloes, We are right for the fight tonight;" these words are now emblazoned into my mind as a transfer student. Being 24 and still in college can sometimes feel demoralizing. I have friends...

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Who will win best picture in the 2020 Oscars?

Oscar Grouches

January 29, 2020

The 2020 Oscars are upon us. This year marks the 92nd annual Oscars celebration. A year's worth of cinematic accomplishments will be put up against one another to determine which actor had the best line...

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Lord of the Super Bowl Rings

January 22, 2020

Sept. 5. The beginning of the 100th NFL season. The journey that all 32 teams must face is a hard-fought 17 weeks of heartbreak and disappointment. What does it take to make it to the promised land? The...

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Header used by the Study Abroad Department for their website.

Study abroad world with WTAMU

November 20, 2019

Traveling the world and learning while doing so has never been easier. Well, as long as you're going, you might as well get class credit for it too. West Texas A&M University and the Study...

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@WTAMUPOLICE, @WTspirit, and @wtsquirrels are unofficial Twitter accounts involving WTAMU events.

Social media parody accounts: The musical

November 8, 2019

As much as I would like to provide a musical rendition of social media, I don’t have the ability. As a student here at West Texas A&M University, I am aware of the often humorous parody accounts...

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Ofrenda awaiting the return of the loved one its dedicated to.

Día de los Muertos and Halloween: A celebration of different cultures

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween! ¡Feliz día de los Muertos! With the end of October and the beginning of November, we celebrate the lives of those we love and the traditions of old. Here in the United States and Texas,...

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Jacko lanterns replace pumpkins in light of freezing weather.

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October 31, 2019

Jack'o lanterns replace pumpkins in light of freezing weather.

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Ofrenda of Latin American poets and authors located on the 3rd floor of the classroom center.

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October 31, 2019

Ofrenda of Latin American poets and authors located on the 3rd floor of the classroom center.

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Día de Muertos display in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

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October 31, 2019

Día de Muertos display in the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum.

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Cleaning supplies in Old Main

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October 31, 2019

Cleaning supplies in Old Main

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Bill Thurston keeping Old Main clean.

[Photo] The unsung heroes of our collective learning space

October 29, 2019

Bill Thurston keeping Old Main clean.

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Bill Thurston keeping Old Main clean.

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October 29, 2019

Bill Thurston keeping Old Main clean.

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FAC trash collection.

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October 29, 2019

FAC trash collection.

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FAC Lobby post polishing.

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October 29, 2019

FAC Lobby post polishing.

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FAC custodian hard at work polishing the buildings floors.

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October 29, 2019

FAC custodian hard at work polishing the building's floors.

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Some of the candles Enactus and Marthas Home created

Enactus and Martha’s Home team up to provide opportunities for women

October 22, 2019

The West Texas A&M University national affiliate, Enactus, successfully launched their project with Martha's Home Oct. 17, 2019. Enactus teamed up with Martha's Home to create a business for the...

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Is social media a reliable news source?

Is social media a reliable news source?

October 21, 2019

The short answer is no, social media is not a reliable news source. Now while that's not the end of the article, let's see if I can hold your attention for the next five minutes. Now, I'm...

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(Left to right) Advisor Dr. Nancy Garcia, Senior Reporter Jeffrey Williams, Sports Editor Alyssa Gonzales and Features Editor Savannah Wesley at the EIJ National Conference in the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.

Reflections on Excellence in Journalism Conference

October 21, 2019

On Sept. 5 through 7, The Prairie News Staff attended the Excellence in Journalism 2019 Conference for the first time that was held in San Antonio, Texas. Advisor Dr. Nancy Garcia, Sports Editor Alyssa...

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Glory awaits. Down to the final four.

Homecoming dodgeball tournament ends in spectacular fashion

October 9, 2019

The 2019-2020 Homecoming Dodgeball Tournament took place on Oct. 2. The competition between all 14 teams was fierce, but Buff Gaming came out on top, with BBQ Ribs taking 2nd, and Sigma Nu taking 3rd.

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WTAMU celebrates Diversity Week

September 27, 2019

The sound of drums filled the air as Diversity Week began on Monday, Sept. 23.  Students gathered as members of Sacred Circle Amarillo celebrated the Fall equinox and performed a Native American drum...

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Being a full-time student and an employee

September 23, 2019

Cost of tuition is still on the rise, according to the College Board’s 2018 report on Trends in College Pricing. This could be a potential concern for students pursuing higher education and may...

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Email sent out by WTAMU regarding gameday parking

Students give campus parking the boot

September 20, 2019

One factor that all students have in common is parking. Whether students choose to park at the First United Bank Center, on campus, or throughout Canyon, parking has always been a topic of discussion between...

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Students provide insight on campus residency

Students provide insight on campus residency

September 13, 2019

As humans, one of the main requirements for survival is shelter. As students, we require shelter and internet access. There are many different housing accommodations here at WTAMU. These choices provide...

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Buff Branding ceremony commences with spirit rally teaching the incoming freshmen the basics of being an active Buff. Aug. 23, 2019.

Incoming students learn the basics of being a buff

September 12, 2019

As another semester begins, a slew of new baby buffs have made their way to West Texas A&M’s campus. Along with them are several upperclassmen that are returning to start a new year.  “I...

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WT Students and Community Give Back on Annual Day of Caring

WT Students and Community Give Back on Annual Day of Caring

April 26, 2019

United Way’s annual Day of Caring took place Friday, April 12. This yearly event gives the community a chance to give back and put in the time to help benefit those that live in Canyon. The event occurs...

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The Prairie 100 Years of News logo

The Prairie Centenial

March 4, 2019

100 years:  a drop in the bucket in the entire history of time. This year marks the 100th birthday of The Prairie at West Texas A&M. Through both world wars, the Great Depression, the moon landing,...

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