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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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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 wtamu.com

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

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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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 took 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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