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Jonah Dietz

Jonah Dietz, Senior Reporter

English-speaking, American-born European from Germany studying English at WTAMU in order to one day become the next person to aspire to be a great author.

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Graduating in 3 Years: An obligatory but welcome retrospective

December 5, 2021

On Dec. 11, 2021, Jonah Dietz will graduate from West Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Creative Writing. It is highly probable that neither of these will come...

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Op-Ed: The French Dispatch is a marvel within its own niche

November 22, 2021

Way back in 2019, when this hellish pandemic was only a science fiction concept that would never happen in real life, the first trailer for Wes Anderson’s latest film “The French Dispatch” was dropped....

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Op-Ed: Eternals is a middling Marvel movie with miraculous moments

November 15, 2021

It’s 2021, Disney is worth 93 billion dollars, “Endgame” made 3 billion and they will never stop until the entire film and streaming industry is run by their formulaic cash-grabs. So, on Nov. 5....

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Op-Ed: Last Night in Soho tries to pair sleek spectacle with messy murder

November 8, 2021

“Last Night in Soho” is the latest film of the stylish, out-there writer-director Edgar Wright and his first straight horror flick. It was released in the US on Oct. 29, after being delayed because...

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Op-Ed: Monstersongs is a WT talent showcase

November 2, 2021

On Oct. 31, West Texas A&M University’s Department of Art, Theatre and Dance screened their production of the song cycle “Monstersongs”, written and based on the graphic novel by Rob Rokiki....

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Lots of dunes.

Op-Ed: Dune is a huge, beautiful start to a huge, intimidating franchise

October 24, 2021

Dune is a novel written by Frank Herbert in 1965 that introduces the reader to a science fiction future where humans dominate the galaxy by enhancing their life and mind with a drug known as spice, a giant...

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The WT students behind the Monstersongs curtain

October 18, 2021

West Texas A&M University’s Department of Art, Theatre and Dance is streaming their newest production, the song cycle “Monstersongs”, written and based on the graphic novel by Rob Rokiki, just...

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Op-Ed: Disney doesn’t get the Muppets – Reviewing Muppets Haunted Mansion

October 10, 2021

On Friday, October 8, 2021, Disney released its newest Muppet movie, “Muppets Haunted Mansion,” onto its streaming service after spending what looks to be most of the film’s budget on advertising,...

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Op-Ed: Decline and division in American news media

October 4, 2021

In the 1976 film “Network,” news anchor Howard Beale loses his cool on air and boosts ratings with his impassioned, honest and unscripted rant on the state of the world’s affairs. This prompts the...

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Op-Ed: A letter to Dear Evan Hansen

September 26, 2021

Dear Evan Hansen, today is going to be a rough day, because you, a senior in high school, are being played by a 27 year-old Ben Platt and people are freaking out about it. His tenure as you on Broadway...

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West Texas A&M Universitys Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, photo courtesy of WTAMU

WT Theater Productions: What, how and why

September 19, 2021

Every year West Texas A&M University’s Theater Department puts on around four to five productions, ranging from Shakesperian dramas to musical comedies. Each summer the production list is announced...

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Op-Ed: Please watch Labyrinth

September 12, 2021

Netflix recently added a long list of new and old titles to its United States roster, among which was the 1986 classic fantasy musical adventure film “Labyrinth” directed by Jim Henson of “Sesame...

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The Texas A&M system has decided to begin the process of normalization. (Photo courtesy of WTAMU)

WT begins return to normal over summer

April 28, 2021

As the spring semester draws to a close and the fall semester approaches, it seems only natural to look to West Texas A&M University for information on how it will proceed in the wake of a waning pandemic...

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Prince Philip died on the 9th of April, 2021.

Op-Ed: You don’t have to care about the monarchy

April 25, 2021

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, born Prince of Greece and Denmark, died on April 9, 2021 at the age of 99 and is now buried. He was the longest serving royal consort in the history of the world. And...

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Dealing with burnout in college

April 23, 2021

College burnout--the concept has permeated the popular and comedic culture of the past few generations, has squarely positioned itself as a mainstay of the current university atmosphere, and continues...

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The Medley Cast sing the untitled opening number.

WT’s Theater Program stream [title of show]

April 14, 2021

West Texas A&M University’s Theater program streamed four student performances of “[title of show],” a meta musical about the writing of a musical, from April 8 to April 11. The musical, written...

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Around 45 million Americans are struggling with student loan debt.

Op-Ed: Joe Biden should cancel student loan debt

April 8, 2021

The day Joe Biden was inaugurated as President of the United States, he signed an executive order that paused student federal loan payments, but was hesitant to contemplate anything more long-lasting and...

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New students can now expect to spend less time living on campus. From

WT makes changes to their housing and meal plan requirements

March 31, 2021

West Texas A&M University is changing its housing and meal plans, effective Fall of 2021, lowering both the age required to move off campus and altering the length of time on-campus students must purchase...

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COVID-19 one year later

March 23, 2021

  In March of 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 epidemic a pandemic and this fast-spreading and deadly virus altered the course of the entire year. Now, on the anniversary...

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WT celebrates 2nd annual Black History Month Commemorative Banquet

March 10, 2021

West Texas A&M University’s 2nd Annual Black History Month Commemorative Banquet took place in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center’s Legacy Hall on Thursday, March 4, 2021. To celebrate the closing...

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Op-Ed: Framing Britney Spears brings past mistakes back into frame

Op-Ed: Framing Britney Spears brings past mistakes back into frame

March 3, 2021

The newly released New York Times documentary television film “Framing Britney Spears” ushers the viewer back to a time of intrusive paparazzi, scandalizing tabloids, invasive interviews, rampant misogyny,...

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Op-Ed: Earwig and the Witch fails to enchant

February 24, 2021

Studio Ghibli easily stands alongside Pixar and Disney as one of the most influential, awe-inspiring and gorgeous creators of animated entertainment the world has ever known. Many of their characters have...

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Lauren Landtroop as Phaedra.

WT’s production of Phaedra brings ancient tragedy to home screens

February 17, 2021

West Texas A&M University’s theater department staged their first production of the semester, the Greek tragedy translated for the stage by Jean Racine and translated by Richard Wilbur, via on-demand...

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Celebrating Black History Month at WTAMU

February 12, 2021

In order to help make this year’s Black History Month a time of celebration as well as learning, West Texas A&M University’s Black Women’s Association organized local black speakers to come and...

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New, more contagious COVID-19 variant has reached the US

New, more contagious COVID-19 variant has reached the US

February 10, 2021

Later last year the citizens of the United Kingdom were plunged into another, stricter lockdown due to a new strain of the COVID-19 virus. This variant differed from the previous one by being far more...

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WT to celebrate second annual Black History Month Banquet

February 4, 2021

It is February, which means Black History Month is upon us once more. To help facilitate an informative and celebratory time, where one has close and easy access to a real and actualizing learning environment,...

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The note all The Office fans woke up to on January 1st, 2021.

Op-Ed: Why Peacock’s hostage situation isn’t going to work

January 27, 2021

As 2020 was poised to disappear forever into the annals of horrible history and end our collective suffering by way of the illogical supposition that calendar years mean anything, it did so having arranged...

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Biden giving his inaugural address. Courtesy of NBC News.

Joe Biden inaugurated as 46th President of the United Sates

January 21, 2021

The United States of America’s 59th presidential inauguration ceremony took place yesterday, Jan. 20, 2021 in front of the capitol building in a locked-down Washington D.C. and marked former Vice President...

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Op-Ed: Trump and Entertainment: How dangerous ideology becomes a meme

January 20, 2021

It’s inauguration day. Donald Trump is officially no longer the president of the United States. He is also no longer allowed on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter after each company expressed concern that...

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The US COVID-19 numbers continue to rise with no lockdown and little mask enforcement.

Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office will seek a return to scientific pandemic response

December 6, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden has been very vocal about his plans to help stave off a longer bout of COVID-19 even before his securing of the job. On the campaign trail, he displayed support for both the...

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A large shift from such platforms as Twitter has already happened, but is not projected to last long.

Conservatives flood alternative social media platforms

November 21, 2020

As the election came to a close, the sitting president adamantly refused to concede. This caused him to be continually censored on Twitter for posting fallacious and misleading statements. A sense...

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The Office of Student Engagement is now completely virtual.

The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership goes virtual

November 14, 2020

West Texas A&M University’s Office of Student Engagement and Leadership (OSEL) has moved online due to the ongoing issues arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. The office, which declares itself...

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2020 Election results and opinions

November 13, 2020

Four years have passed since the U.S. received Donald Trump as its president. And whether or not he would reprise this role or he would be replaced by Former Vice President Joe Biden was meant to be...

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As the semester progresses, COVID-19 cases rise.

COVID-19 continues to spread on campus

November 7, 2020

Since March 1 of 2020, West Texas A&M University has experienced 423 confirmed COVID-19 cases among both students and staff. According to the university’s website, which has been dutifully cataloguing...

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WTAMUs Distinguished Lecture Series hosts Freedom Rider Joan Browning

WTAMU’s Distinguished Lecture Series hosts Freedom Rider Joan Browning

October 31, 2020

On Oct. 22, West Texas A&M University’s Department of History, together with the Distinguished Lecture Series, hosted a Zoom discussion with Joan C. Browning, who has been working on voting rights...

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The main ensemble cast join together to lip-sync the grand finale.

The Theory of Relativity showcases WT’s versatile Theater Department

October 24, 2020

The West Texas A&M University Theater Department has sent out their production of “The Theory of Relativity” for streaming.  The song cycle by Neil Bartram based on the book by Brian Hill,...

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WTAMUs Virtual Distinguished Lecture Series brings Wendy Trevino and Natalie Diaz.

WTAMU Distinguished Lecture Series showcases Poetry of Displacement

October 17, 2020

The West Texas A&M University Distinguished Lecture Series and Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages sat down on Oct.12, 202pto host award-winning Latinx poets Wendy Trevino and...

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Cover art for The Wonderful You.

WTAMU alumnus publishes her book “The Wonderful You”

October 10, 2020

West Texas A&M alumnus  Adyson ‘Ady’ Weatherly has recently written a book. On August 28th, 2020, the 23-year-old former business management major officially published the non-fiction book titled,...

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Homecoming activities mostly cancelled

Homecoming activities mostly cancelled

October 3, 2020

           Students of West Texas A&M University are entering the second half of their semester, as October breaks on the horizon bringing with it shattered dreams of Halloween, costume parties...

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What vaccine producers would like us to know.

The COVID-19 vaccine continues to cause strife

September 26, 2020

Like the tortured souls on their roof during a flood waiting for the rescue helicopter, the world waits for the COVID-19 vaccine—seemingly the only long-term solution to this pandemic. But while a vaccine...

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In Germany we had a saying for the 2016 election. Do you want the plague or cholera? How can a country be reduced to that choice?

Op-Ed: Why can’t we choose neither?

September 19, 2020

                This year President Donald J. Trump is running for reelection against former Vice President Joe Biden and people are upset. Once again, America is to decide between...

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Coming back to school amid COVID-19

September 18, 2020

“Your engagement in—and outside the classroom is key to the ultimate college experience,” says the official West Texas A&M University website, as it describes how its faculty are always looking...

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Any enjoyment I might find in the film would be taken away by my anxiety.

Op/Ed: Why I’m not going to the movies anytime soon

September 12, 2020

Select movie theaters all across the United States are opening their doors again for social-distanced crowds of viewers. Seeing this as a welcome vestige of normalcy is natural. The world is up-side-down...

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Cover artwork for Vintage Hitchcock: A Live Radio Play, by Joe Landry

WT Theater finds a place on the airwaves

September 5, 2020

It is difficult to begin a story about the effects of the pandemic without making it seem like the outbreak was a spontaneous and surprising event that happened last Thursday. We are not surprised...

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Op-Ed: Looking at the silver lining of the you-know-what cloud

Op-Ed: Looking at the silver lining of the you-know-what cloud

April 18, 2020

We live in a time when everything is themed around one specific current event. It’s almost impossible to escape this theme, as the current event has invaded our lives in almost every aspect, but it hardly...

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Im sorry, you cut out for a minute there. Was that an I do?

Getting hitched during lock-down

April 12, 2020

With research done by the University of Washington estimating Texas’ recovery date from the pandemic being somewhere around the end of May or the beginning of June, many long-standing plans set to take...

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A romanticized representation of my listless distraction, which is more accurately just a barely audible groan of frustration, brought to you by my measly skills with acrylics.

Op-Ed: A Self-Isolating Anxious Mind

April 4, 2020

The last little bit of Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece of a film 2001: A Space Odyssey features a man quietly, solitarily living out his days in a windowless, white room, slowly aging, eventually dying,...

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The cluttered desk that could belong to any one WTAMU student or professor; a reminder of displacement but also the temporariness of the change.

Online courses: The shared struggle

March 28, 2020

As every student of West Texas A&M University currently enrolled in a class should know by now, the majority of courses have switched to an online format to decrease the spread of the novel coronavirus....

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Mark Forgy, picture courtesy of the WTAMU website.

The Forger’s Apprentice helps forge accurate picture of famous art forger

March 14, 2020

Mark Forgy, courtesy of the WTAMU website. Amy van Lintel, associate professor of art history and Doris Alexander, endowed distinguished professor of fine arts, hosted a Distinguished Lecture Series...

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Artists of WTAMU

March 13, 2020

West Texas A&M University boasts a large pool of artistic talent. From musicians, artists, and dancers, to actors, singers, and poets. The Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages hosts...

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One of the only memorials in Spain dedicated to the victims of the Franco regime. Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter.

The Silence of Others screening asks us to consider ours

March 7, 2020

On March 2, at 7 p.m. in the Old Main Theater, students were invited to view the Spanish documentary film “The Silence of Others”, by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar. They then could take part...

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The five Somebodies and Understanding, just before the drawing to see who will play Everybody. Photo courtesy of the WTAMU website.

The performers of ‘Everybody’ on performing Everybody

February 29, 2020

Earlier this February, the Theatre Department put on West Texas A&M University’s rendition of the Branden Jacobs Jenkins' Pulitzer prize-winning drama play "Everybody". The drama revolves around...

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Chess: An honest opinion

Chess: An honest opinion

February 23, 2020

Chess. Is it dull to watch? For some, yes. Is it challenging to play correctly? For me, absolutely. Are the pieces cool? Depends on the set—a lot of sets are handcrafted and really cool. Some...

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The Amarillo Angels set up a donation drive for children in the foster care system.

Amarillo Angels donation drive during Communication week 2020

February 19, 2020

West Texas A&M University's annual communication week brought the Amarillo Angels to the Fine Arts Center.

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Red Dead Redemption 2s cover art, courtesy of Eneba.

Red Dead Redemption and the new west

February 16, 2020

  There are four bookshelves in the English, Philosophy and Modern Languages lounge that are completely stocked from end to end with books of western genre fiction. The titles, like “Two...

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Valentine’s Day with the Buffs

February 14, 2020

Being a college student means different things to different people. Depending on the season of life one is in, college can be a time of self-discovery, finding one’s purpose, or discovering a source...

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The Prairie Pioneer seeks to spread the panhandle’s news

The Prairie Pioneer seeks to spread the panhandle’s news

February 8, 2020

  The Panhandle comprises 26 counties of the state of Texas. These counties house a plethora of cities and a vast array of small towns too numerous to count casually. It boasts the second largest...

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A familiar sight for WTAMU freshmen.

We, the dining hall visitors: An open letter to the “Caf”

February 1, 2020

West Texas A&M University does an excellent job prioritizing it’s students’ needs and making sure that the bare necessities, at the very least, are met, and met with eager and genuine enthusiasm....

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Cats: A hairball of hubris

January 25, 2020

The esteemed director Tom Hooper, known for generally well-received adaptations of musicals, released a film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ostentatious, hair-brained and indulgently ritzy production...

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The Multicultural Centers lounge has multiple chairs, a TV and a bar with a whiteboard for artwork or mathematical equations, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2019.

Multicultural Center brings diversity closer to the students

December 6, 2019

Those who walked the halls of the Jack B. Kelly Student Center before this fall semester will remember the Apple store between Starbucks and the university bookstore that became a construction site,...

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A decorative wall for photo shoots, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

Vietnamese culture night promotes international appreciation

November 22, 2019

West Texas A&M University’s Vietnamese Culture Night took place Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Jack B. Kelly Student Center’s Legacy Hall. The Vietnamese Student Association hosts the event every...

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Stafford Hall, fenced off and hollowed out, Friday, Nov. 15, 2019

Farewell to Stafford Hall

November 15, 2019

Stafford Hall, one of West Texas A&M University’s oldest residence halls, which has housed over fifty years of WTAMU students, is being demolished. This supposedly haunted building, that was...

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A portrait of professor Bloom, by Matthew Day.

Student Success Center becomes temporary art gallery

November 7, 2019

Michelle Blake, assistant director of educational services, walked into the Math Tutoring Center recently to find a portrait of philosophy professor Daniel Bloom drawn on the whiteboard. A speech bubble...

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Spanish film festival shows Devils Backbone

Spanish film festival shows Devil’s Backbone

November 1, 2019

At 7 p.m. on  Oct. 30 in the Old Main theater, the Spanish Film Festival put on by the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages, screened Guillermo Del Toro’s 2001 film “El Espinazo...

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The unsung heroes of our collective learning space

October 29, 2019

The custodians at West Texas A&M University are some of the unsung heroes of our collective learning space; quietly, stoically and proficiently making sure our floors are mopped, our bathrooms...

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The cast of this years production of Our Town, a small portion of the talent found in WTAMUs Fine Arts Department, featuring two of the students accepted into IPAI.

Fine arts students aim for international opportunity

October 28, 2019

West Texas A&M University’s Department of Fine Arts was visited recently by Marianne Kyle, a representative and fellowship head for the International Performing Arts Institute, or IPAI for short. Kyle...

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Room 220 of the Old Main, location of the film festival, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

The Spanish film festival screens first film

October 19, 2019

The Spanish Film Festival kicked off on Oct. 17, in the Old Main Theater with a screening of “El espiritu de la colmena”, director Victor Erice’s ambiguous, government-critical film about the life...

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Police officers engage in friendly conversation, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019

Coffee with a cop promotes friendly conversation

October 4, 2019

The West Texas A&M University Police Department hosted “Coffee with a Cop” in the Jack B. Kelly Legends Club on Oct. 2 from 9:30 to 11:00 am. For this annual, nationwide university event, police...

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A screening of the documentary, Wont You Be My Neighbor? as well as a discussion panel was held to end the week.

Diversity week asks: Won’t you be a neighbor?

September 27, 2019

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion hosted a viewing of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”, Morgan Neville’s critically acclaimed documentary on famous children’s television star Fred Rogers, at the...

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The fair was advertised in more than one manner, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019

Study abroad fair showcases opportunities for students

September 20, 2019

The study abroad fair took place in the Jack B. Kelly (JBK) Commons on Sept. 18. The fair was put on by the Office of Study Abroad in order to promote all new faculty-led programs for May and the summer...

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