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Since 1919

The Prairie News

Since 1919

The Prairie News

Jo Early

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief

Hello, my name is Jo Early and I am a senior digital communication & media major from Amarillo. I transferred from Amarillo College in Spring 2023 and began working as editor-in-chief in Fall 2023. I want to inform the West Texas A&M Community and spotlight student resources. In the future, I hope to work for NPR.

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University Police Department hosts active shooter response training

University Police Department hosts active shooter response training

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
April 17, 2024

The West Texas A&M University Police Department hosted the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training at 9 a.m. on April 4 in the UPD Classroom in the Old SUB. Emergency Management...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Priscella Correa

Ask the Professor: Dr. Priscella Correa

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
April 8, 2024

Dr. Priscella Correa is an assistant professor of nursing and a Baptist community services professor at the Laura and Joe Street School of Nursing at West Texas A&M University. Dr. Correa teaches courses...

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Director Jonathan Cordova, left, and Coordinator PJ Hunt, right, lead the Office of Study Abroad and Nationally Competitive Scholarships.

New coordinator brings light to the Office of Study Abroad and Nationally Competitive Scholarships

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
April 5, 2024

In March, the Office of Study Abroad and Nationally Competitive Scholarships at West Texas A&M University welcomed a new coordinator, PJ Hunt. Hunt, a veteran of the United States Army, was born and...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Jason Yarbrough

Ask the Professor: Dr. Jason Yarbrough

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
April 1, 2024

Dr. Jason Yarbrough is an associate professor & Ross Wilson Endowed Chair in chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Physics in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Science at West...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Amy Von Lintel

Ask the Professor: Dr. Amy Von Lintel

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
March 25, 2024

Dr. Amy Von Lintel is a professor of art history in the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance at West Texas A&M University. She teaches introductory surveys of art history and graduate courses in art...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Mona Ozmaeian

Ask the Professor: Dr. Mona Ozmaeian

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
March 18, 2024

Dr. Mona Ozmaeian is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering at West Texas A&M University. She teaches programming and solid mechanics courses, including Engineering...

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Students protested the cancelation of the Spectrum WT drag show outside of Old Main on March 22, 2023.

The show might go on…

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
March 17, 2024

Update: On March 18, WT President Walter V. Wendler sent an email to students, faculty and staff announcing that he denied Spectrum WT's application to conduct the drag show. Spectrum WT will host the...

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Extraordinary Buffs: Tiffany Nall

Extraordinary Buffs: Tiffany Nall

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
March 9, 2024

Extraordinary Buffs is a podcast produced by Jo Early as a senior project, not in association with The Prairie News.  

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WT student wins $25,000 dollar scholarship from Chick-fil-A

WT student wins $25,000 dollar scholarship from Chick-fil-A

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
March 1, 2024

Chick-fil-A awarded one of its team members, West Texas A&M University graduate student Fam Tial, a $25,000 scholarship on March 1 at the Georgia Street Chick-fil-A restaurant in Amarillo. Chick-fil-A...

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Student body president holds State of the Student Body Address

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 27, 2024

West Texas A&M University’s student body president, Filiberto Avila, presented the State of the Student Body Address on Feb. 26 at 4:30 p.m. in Legacy Hall. Avila’s address presented the Student...

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Ask the Professor: Edward Truitt

Ask the Professor: Edward Truitt

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 26, 2024

Edward Truitt is a professor of dance in the Department of Art, Theatre and Dance at the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities at West Texas A&M University. Professor Truitt teaches...

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The VHAC rock climbing tower is 40 feet tall and has paths for both amateurs and experts.

Culture. Climbing. Bucky? Prize challenges at WT

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 23, 2024

The VHAC rock climbing tower is 40 feet tall and has paths for both amateurs and experts.

Extraordinary Buffs Episode 1: Bentli VeneKlasen

Extraordinary Buffs Episode 1: Bentli VeneKlasen

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 21, 2024

Extraordinary Buffs is a podcast produced by Jo Early as a senior project, not in association with The Prairie News.

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Nick Gerlich

Ask the Professor: Dr. Nick Gerlich

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 19, 2024

Dr. Nick Gerlich is a Hickman professor of marketing in the Department of Management, Marketing and General Business at the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University....

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Whats the deal with honor societies?

What’s the deal with honor societies?

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 14, 2024

Students who maintain a high GPA may be familiar with these email openings: “Congratulations on your academic achievement and nomination by West Texas A&M University for membership in The Society...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Michelle Bartlett

Ask the Professor: Dr. Michelle Bartlett

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 12, 2024

Dr. Michelle Bartlett is an associate professor of sports and exercise science in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at West Texas A&M University. She teaches undergraduate courses in sport...

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Celebrating the Lunar New Year at WT

Celebrating the Lunar New Year at WT

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 5, 2024

West Texas A&M University’s Asian and Pacific Islander Association (APIA) will bring a celebration of the Lunar New Year to campus on Feb. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Thunder Room in the Jack B. Kelley...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Jim Rogers

Ask the Professor: Dr. Jim Rogers

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 5, 2024

Dr. Jim Rogers is a professor of environmental science in the Department of Life, Earth, and Environmental Sciences at the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Dr. Rogers teaches classes...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Li Chen, associate professor of media communication

Ask the Professor: Dr. Li Chen, associate professor of media communication

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
January 29, 2024

Dr. Li Chen is an associate professor of media communication in the Department of Communication at the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities. She teaches courses in media communication...

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Wendler updates textbook plan: no cost for core

Wendler updates textbook plan: no cost for core

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
January 25, 2024

West Texas A&M University President Dr. Walter Wendler announced in a Jan. 16 update memo that WT will provide textbooks for core curriculum courses at no cost to students starting in the fall. According...

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[Video] College of Engineering launches fourth Punkin’ Chunkin’

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
November 20, 2023

Pumpkins flew over fallen leaves on Nov. 2 when the College of Engineering hosted its fourth annual Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest. On the lawn outside the Engineering and Computer Science Building, teams...

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Artist Georgia OKeeffe met Ted Reid during her time in Canyon.

Unpublished O’Keeffe letters unveiled at the Cornette Library

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
November 16, 2023

The Friends of the Cornette Library hosted an event on Nov. 15 where the library displayed six unpublished personal letters penned by artist Georgia O’Keeffe. From 1916 to 1918, O’Keeffe taught at...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Joanna Kimbell, clinical assistant professor of business law and management

Ask the Professor: Dr. Joanna Kimbell, clinical assistant professor of business law and management

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
November 13, 2023

Dr. Joanna P. Kimbell is a clinical assistant professor of business law and management at the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business. She teaches courses in conflict resolution and negotiation, business...

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Photo provided by Student Medical Services.

Student Medical Services works to keep colds away

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
November 9, 2023

The West Texas A&M University Student Medical Center is in the Virgil Henson Activities Center, Suite 104, and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday while school is in session. The center...

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[Video] Career Expo attracts students, alumni and employers

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
November 7, 2023

West Texas A&M University held the Fall Career and Internship Expo Oct. 19 at the First United Bank Center. Employers came to tell WT students about their career and internship opportunities. The...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Audrey Meador, assistant professor of mathematics

Ask the Professor: Dr. Audrey Meador, assistant professor of mathematics

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
November 6, 2023

Dr. Audrey Meador is an assistant professor of mathematics in the College of Engineering. Dr. Meador teaches mathematics content courses to pre-service teachers and professional development courses for...

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Gretchen Henley (left) and Angelica Medina officially took over as hosts for Advisers Ask in October.

New hosts take on Advisers Ask podcast

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
November 4, 2023

Advisers Angelica Medina and Gretchen Henley have taken over as the new hosts of the Advisers Ask podcast. Medina and Henley are replacing former Assistant Director of Advising Services Candice Copeland...

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[Video] The tale of Sarah Jane – WT’s resident ghost

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 31, 2023

West Texas A&M University students encounter scary things every day, like battles for parking, bats and rumors of ghosts that go bump in the older buildings on campus. Since 1919, student journalists...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Blaser, professor of plant science

Ask the Professor: Dr. Blaser, professor of plant science

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 30, 2023

Dr. Brock Blaser is a professor of plant science and assistant department head of the Department of Agriculture at the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences. Dr. Blaser teaches principles...

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Tricks and treats at WT this Halloween

Tricks and treats at WT this Halloween

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 24, 2023

The fall season has come to West Texas A&M University, and students are gearing up to celebrate Halloween on and off campus. Some are planning costumes and movie marathons, and a few WT clubs and student...

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The Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology graduating class of 2022. Photo provided by Hannah Houser.

The speech-language pathology graduate program calls for comments

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 23, 2023

The graduate program in speech-language pathology is undergoing re-accreditation by the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing...

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Ask the Professor: Associate Professor Dr. Brian Ingrassia

Ask the Professor: Associate Professor Dr. Brian Ingrassia

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 23, 2023

Associate Professor Dr. Brian Ingrassia teaches a number of history courses at the Department of History in the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities, including a variety of American...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Choong-ha Nam, professor of piano

Ask the Professor: Dr. Choong-ha Nam, professor of piano

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 16, 2023

Professor of Piano Dr. Choong-ha Nam teaches applied piano, piano literature and chamber music at the School of Music in the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities. Dr. Nam has performed...

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Ask the Professor: Dr. Ray Matlack, professor of biology

Ask the Professor: Dr. Ray Matlack, professor of biology

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 9, 2023

Professor of Biology, Dr. Ray Matlack, teaches wildlife conservation, wildlife management, natural history of vertebrates, animal behavior, ornithology and mammalogy in the Department of Life, Earth and...

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HSA President Audrey Rangel, F1RSTGENs Community Service Officer Asher Nowak and F1RSTGEN President Jolaine Machado selling bracelets and bags for The Pulsera Project Oct. 3 in the JBK.

The HSA and F1RSTGEN team up to give back

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 4, 2023

The Hispanic Student Association (HSA) and F1RSTGEN are collaborating on The Pulsera Project. Oct. 3-5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the JBK, the two organizations will sell colorful, handmade bracelets...

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Graphic by Dylan Green

Ask the Professor: Dr. William Biggs, clinical assistant professor of business law

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
October 2, 2023

Clinical Assistant Professor of Business Law Dr. William Biggs teaches health law, business law and ethics in accounting at the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business. Prior to joining West Texas...

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Infographic by Jo Early

Homecoming nominations how-to

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
September 25, 2023

Nominations for Homecoming Court are open on BuffLink through Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. Each active student organization can submit nominations for one King and one Queen to represent them during Homecoming elections...

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Dr. Nicole M. Butkovich Kraus in her office.

Ask the Professor: Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Nicole M. Butkovich Kraus

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
September 25, 2023

Dr. Nicole M. Butkovich Kraus is an assistant professor of sociology at the Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences. Dr. Kraus teaches a variety of sociology courses, and her research...

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Ask the Professor: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Anirban Pal

Ask the Professor: Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Anirban Pal

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
September 18, 2023

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Dr. Anirban Pal teaches fundamental engineering and programming courses at West Texas A&M University’s College of Engineering. Dr. Pal’s research interests...

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Journey to the past with the Cornette Library

Journey to the past with the Cornette Library

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
September 15, 2023

The Cornette Library unveiled an exhibit in late August, the first of three that will open over the academic year, celebrating the building’s 50th anniversary. The current exhibit is a peek into...

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Photo provided by Emily Merrill

Ask the Professor: Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Ashley Pinkham

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
September 4, 2023

Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Ashley Pinkham teaches developmental psychology courses at the Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences. Dr. Pinkham’s research focuses on improving...

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Buff $mart bootcamp is not your typical lecture

Buff $mart bootcamp is not your typical lecture

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
September 1, 2023

Money Management Bootcamp begins Sept. 5 in the Senate Chamber at the Jack B. Kelley Student Center. This six-week financial education course offers four sections: Tuesday sessions at 4:00 p.m. or 5:30...

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WT athletes lend their strength to Perryton

WT athletes lend their strength to Perryton

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
August 4, 2023

Student-athletes from West Texas A&M University and their coaches took a bus from Canyon to Perryton at 7:00 a.m. on Aug. 2. 20 students from the football and volleyball teams and 10 football coaches...

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Photo provided by Emily Merrill

Ask the Professor: Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Donna Byers

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
April 28, 2023

Dr. Byers, associate professor of biology, teaches basic biology, contemporary biology and upper-division cell biology. Her research includes gender-specific stress genetic markers' effects on learning...

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

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

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

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

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

The drag debate continues; multiple beliefs converge on campus

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
March 23, 2023

By Jo Early Dozens of West Texas A&M University students, alumni and supporters gathered today at noon at the “Original Texans” sculpture fountain in response to the message WT President Walter...

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Pricy supplies burden students

Pricy supplies burden students

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 27, 2023

Pricy supplies burden students  By Jo Early   Students are facing compounding financial pressure this semester as inflation collides with the cost of school supplies. Expenses stack up even after...

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Job market remains steady despite big-tech layoffs

Jo Early, Editor-in-Chief
February 6, 2023

By Jo Early Powerhouse tech companies announced waves of layoffs in Jan. 2023 including Google, Amazon and Meta. Over 68,500 jobs have been cut as companies seek to curb expenses ahead of economic concerns. Destinee...

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