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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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This reporter watched Earwig and the Witch from HBO Max and did not visit a theater.

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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The Jack B. Kelly Student Center's Legacy Hall, where the second annual Black History Month celebration banquet will take place. From wtamu.com

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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Laughing at Trump or with him or both?

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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WTAMU's 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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WTAMU's 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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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.

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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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 2's 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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Victoria the uncanny cat-person adorned, like this movie, with ill-fitting, incompatible accessories. Courtesy of Vox.com

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 Center's 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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