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

The PRAIRIE

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

The PRAIRIE

Marcus Rogers

Marcus Rogers, Junior Reporter

Hello, my name is Marcus Rogers. I am from Greenville, Texas and I'm studying agricultural media and communication with a minor in political science. I'm a senior and I'm a fan of any tea, but my favorite is Water Still.

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[Video] How will New Mexico’s free college impact WT?

May 3, 2022

Around the U.S., there is currently $1.75 trillion in federal and private student debt. New Mexico recently became the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free college to its residents. West...

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Visitors walk around the WT section of the Student/Faculty Exhibition on the second floor of the Amarillo Museum of Art. Photo taken April 16, 2022.

Op/Ed: Visiting AMoA helps reduce stress during finals

April 20, 2022

With finals around the corner, breaks are a necessity to keep your sanity. The next time you’re in need of a break, consider visiting the Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA). Amarillo College and West Texas...

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Students’ union shows potential for change

Students’ union shows potential for change

April 20, 2022

A set of promising moments for labor unions are currently in progress around the U.S. At West Texas A&M University, a professor advocates for a new sector of political involvement on campus. Over...

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The epidemic of vaping

April 13, 2022

Vaping has become a serious problem on college campuses. According to a recent survey, over 75% of college students reported using e-cigarette products during the Fall 2021 semester. West Texas A&M...

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View of passenger vehicles in the south and northbound lanes of Interstate 27 from East Country Club Road in Canyon.

America continues to expand its automobile dependance with interstate highways

April 3, 2022

On March 15, 2022, President Biden signed into law a bill that extends local Interstate 27 from Raton, New Mexico to Laredo, Texas. Congressman Jodey Arrington for Texas’ 19th Congressional District,...

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On March 23, 70 school districts from around the area visited with students and other attendees at the 2022 Educators EXPO in the First United Bank Center.

WT helps with the teacher shortage

April 3, 2022

Texas has been facing a shortage of teachers for a few years now. West Texas A&M University helped bring students into contact with school districts at the Educators EXPO, which was held at the First...

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Student Body President Bryan Garcia (left) gives a speech on September 2, 2021 in front of the Engineering and Computer Sciences Building at the announcement of the One West Campaign with Dr. Todd Rasberry, vice president for philanthropy and external relations (center) and WT President Walter V. Wendler (right).

Turmoil in the Student Government Association

March 16, 2022

Disclaimer: March 17, 2022 All members of SGA were advised by the SGA advisor to not speak with WT student media. All information was obtained from the affected party, Bryan Garcia, and the SEES email...

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Katelynn Kenyon reviews work at the Testing and Tutoring Services in the Classroom Center. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

WT receives millions in endowments while student workers miss out

March 10, 2022

Private investments to West Texas A&M University and its buildings have been released regularly this spring semester with the $2.5 million endowment for the Geneva Schaeffer Education Building, $5...

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From left to right: Jonathan Arthur and Ryan Riggins do homework while waiting for students to come into the Writing Center. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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From left to right: Jonathan Arthur and Ryan Riggins do homework while waiting for students to come into the Writing Center. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

Writing Center employee Emily Hinds offers feedback on a students story that they are working on for a class. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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Writing Center employee Emily Hinds offers feedback on a student's story that they are working on for a class. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

Aidan Driscoll with Which Wich Superior Sandwiches pulls a hot sandwich off a conveyor belt to wrap and give to students. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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Aidan Driscoll with Which Wich Superior Sandwiches pulls a hot sandwich off a conveyor belt to wrap and give to students. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

Psychology graduate student Allexa Zwinck with Counseling Services reviews appointments. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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Psychology graduate student Allexa Zwinck with Counseling Services reviews appointments. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

From front to rear: Dominique Ellis and Hannah Womack prepare burrito bowls at Pony Express Burritos. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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From front to rear: Dominique Ellis and Hannah Womack prepare burrito bowls at Pony Express Burritos. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

Mason Lafferty with the JBK Information Desk reviews room reservations at the university and the JBK. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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Mason Lafferty with the JBK Information Desk reviews room reservations at the university and the JBK. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

HUB employee, Zyna Juma, gives information to fellow student Filiberto Avila about where to find the closest printer on campus. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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HUB employee, Zyna Juma, gives information to fellow student Filiberto Avila about where to find the closest printer on campus. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

From left to right: Yotam Balbul and Nickolas Gallegos man the phones in the HELC. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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From left to right: Yotam Balbul and Nickolas Gallegos man the phones in the HELC. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

Victoria Fatiregun completes a service request at the Hastings Electronic Learning Center. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

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Victoria Fatiregun completes a service request at the Hastings Electronic Learning Center. Photo taken March 9, 2022.

[Video] WT’s multipurpose leader: Leroy Aleman II

March 4, 2022

Leadership is an attribute some college students crave or learn. For others, it is an inherent attribute. Leroy Aleman II is a junior political science major who is involved in student government as a...

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Here lies the ‘Stranger Things’

Here lies the ‘Stranger Things’

March 1, 2022

Perhaps one of Netflix's most successful shows, “Stranger Things” had an official release date drop for its fourth installment. Netflix announced that “Stranger Things,” a sci-fi drama created...

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Buc-ee’s coming to the High Plains?

Buc-ee’s coming to the High Plains?

March 1, 2022

On Feb. 8, 2022, the Amarillo City Council, with unanimous support from all members, approved an economic development agreement to bring the Buc-ee's convenience store chain to eastern Amarillo. The...

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Student Press Freedom Day 2022

[Video] Student Press Freedom Day 2022

February 24, 2022

Journalists around the world face threats for shining light on controversial topic. People not involved with news do not always know how stories are covered and reported on to the public–it's a process. Student...

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The Randall County Justice Center, located at 2309 Russell Long Blvd., Canyon, Texas, is the perfect location for students to vote. This location offers early voting and Election Day voting a short walking distance from campus.

Primary elections are here

February 22, 2022

Early voting for the primary election in Texas started on Feb. 14, 2022 and ends on March 1, 2022. Residents and other eligible Texans can vote in the 2022 primary elections in the counties they...

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The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth, is a guide to Indigenous liberation and the fight to save the planet. (Photo/Marcus Rogers)

How to not get lost in climate doomerism

February 16, 2022

“The Red Deal: Indigenous Action to Save Our Earth,” by The Red Nation, is a 150-page culmination of honest history and directions to help pull the people of the world out of a constant cycle of despair...

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McNair Scholars pose at the Buffalo Fountain. From left to right: Annalee Noel, Jose Duenas, Kassandra Razo, Maliyah Mendoza, Tuyizere Sandrine, Lizbeth Lopez, Jazmyn McGuire, Daniela Cervantes, Madeline Kleinschmidt, Madison Shuck, Ashley Oakes, Ashlynn Lester, Gabriel Martinez and Omar Garcia.

[Video] McNair Program gives students money for research

February 10, 2022

The McNair Scholars Program is a research opportunity for underrepresented students that helps applicants pursue graduate school. The application deadline is coming to a close on March 1, 2022. The...

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WT Opera production crew dims the lights of the Branding Iron Theater before the start of Magic Flute.

Night at the Opera

February 1, 2022

WT Opera production crew dims the lights of the Branding Iron Theater before the start of "Magic Flute".

A student barista contracted under Aramark Corporation, prepares a specialty iced drink for WT students during a drink rush in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center.

One way to improve workplaces: Coffee

February 1, 2022

Eversince the Starbucks location in Buffalo, N.Y., shocked the corporate world in Nov. 2021 by being the first unionized Starbucks since the 1980s, 60 more starbucks location have filed for a union election...

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OP/ED: What’s that smell?

January 25, 2022

If you have walked around the Great Plains, you've probably encountered the “smell of money”, as the local community calls it. The smell permeates from 130 concentrated animal feeding operations...

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WT students and Brianna Jarrett, a mix of skiers and snowboarders, throw up the Buffs hand sign after an enjoyable trip at Wolf Creek Ski area, Pagosa Springs,CO.

WT Rec Sports gives students the opportunity to try winter sports

January 18, 2022

During winter break, West Texas A&M University students visited the close by Rocky Mountains for the winter sports of skiing and snowboarding as part of a trip organized by WT Recreational Sports. Winter...

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200 ways to stay warm for the winter

January 13, 2022

Beta Sigma Phi, a non-academic sorority, provided around 200 articles of clothing for students to pick up anonymously around the Charles K. and Barbara Kerr Vaughn Pedestrian Mall for the first day of...

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[Video] WTAMU’s musical theatre genie: Nolan Quintanilla

December 5, 2021

Named after the baseball star Nolan Ryan, Nolan Quintanilla is a junior musical theatre major at West Texas A&M University. Coming from a Spanish-Mexican root, Quintanilla grew up in Amarillo and is...

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Canyon, TX – Dec 2, 2021: The WT Chamber Singer perform Christmas melodious to inspire watchers to join in on the holiday essence.

The holiday season is here

December 3, 2021

On a balmy 70 degrees late Dec. afternoon, West Texas A&M University officially lit up the campus with Christmas lights as they have been doing since 1990 in the Festival of Lights, hosted by the Residence...

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Canyon, TX – Dec 1, 2021: WTAMU students listen to the WT Turning Point USA guest speaker, Ian Haworth, about the topic of censorship in the media

Midterm elections have begun

December 3, 2021

Several Politicians and political figures have begun visiting West Texas A&M University and Amarillo as the midterm election of 2022 is less than a year away and the political primaries in March. Early...

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Chicago, IL – Nov 23, 2021: From left to right, Sara King, Madelynn Luckey, Zyna Abjuma, Marcus Rogers and Sharon Quintero-Diaz stand with the WTAMU hand sign on the Chicago Riverwalk during the last day of the AMUN conference.

WTAMU heads to the Windy City

November 27, 2021

A group of five West Texas A&M University students landed in the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the day before Thanksgiving, after attending the American Model United Nations (AMUN) conference...

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[Video] WTAMU’s triple powerhouse: Zada Swoopes

November 19, 2021

For many athletes, engaging in one sport can be cumbersome, but for Zada Swoopes, excelling at three field events is just as well managed. Swoopes is a West Texas A&M University track and field athlete...

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[Video] WTAMU’s homecoming queen: Ustina Guirguis

November 12, 2021

  On Oct. 9, 2021, the West Texas A&M University crowned Ustina Guirguis as the new Homecoming Queen. The crowning moment was done at halftime of WTAMU’s Homecoming game against Angelo State...

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Canyon, TX – Nov 10, 2021: Flags of the branches of the U.S. military float in the light breeze with smaller american flags line the concrete path to the WTAMU Veterans Memorial.

Op-Ed: Honoring our Veterans

November 11, 2021

Since its inception in 1919, the United States has been honoring our military veterans on Nov. 11 for their sacrifice to the wellbeing of our country and society, but what does that actually mean in our...

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Canyon, TX – Nov 2, 2021: Residents and college students drive by the Randall County Justice Center on Russell Long Blvd while passing several yard signs encouraging for voters to vote against Amarillo Proposition A.

Off year election offers insight on next year’s midterm election

November 4, 2021

Nov. 2, election night, occurred and the results have shocked the nation. Around the country and including here in Canyon,TX election night and the day's following are filled with election results being...

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NEW YORK, N.Y. – Feb. 20, 2021: Demonstrators rally in Union Square Park in support of Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama who are seeking to form a union.

U.S. workers strike around the country

October 28, 2021

At the peak of 100,000 on Oct. 14, 2021, workers from multiple private and public sector jobs around the country joined together and authorized union strikes against corporate interests in what has been...

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Senate Chamber, WTAMU - Oct. 25, 2021: Student senators and Student Judicial Board chief justice pack up and leave an eventful meeting after discussing scooters on campus, class time changes, changes to the student constitution and other topics covered during the meeting.

WTAMU revises campus wide lunch break

October 28, 2021

West Texas A&M University student government and Executive Vice President and Provost, Dr. Neil Terry conducted a student survey, which ended Oct. 26, 2021, to determine the best actions to tackle...

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[Video] WTAMU defensive lineman: Dillon Mata

October 22, 2021

Austin native, Dillon Mata plays the defensive line as a lineman for the West Texas A&M University’s football team. The six-foot-two-inch redshirt is a senior, reading general business and an entrepreneurship...

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[Video] COMM Week begins with Fill With Hope event

October 21, 2021

The 2021 COMM Week Stranger Games, hosted by the West Texas A&M University Media Communication Program, had their opener event on late Monday afternoon in the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex...

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SAGE member,Emily Morgan, throws up the Go Buffs hand sign while SAGE members congregate around their 2021 WTAMU Homecoming parade float waiting for the parade to begin.

The SAGE Homecoming float legacy has concluded

October 14, 2021

For the past seven years, excluding 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Students Assisting in Good Endeavors (SAGE) has topped the charts of the West Texas A&M University Homecoming parade. This...

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Copper Clean patches sit on the east entrance door handles to the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Comple

Technology designed on campus kills microbes across the country

October 14, 2021

Copper Clean is a partnership between West Texas A&M University College of Engineering and Buffalo Technology Group (BTG) products here in Canyon,TX to help self-sanitize points of contact for preventing...

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Madelyn Eatley and Marcus Rogers visit with Beto while throwing the Buff hand sign at an event in Lubbock for expanding voting rights in the summer of 2021.

Beto O’Rourke expected to announce candidacy

October 7, 2021

One of the faces of the Democratic voters in the vastly growing Texas, Robert “Beto” O’Rourke, is expected to run for governor against Republican Greg Abbott in the 2022 gubernatorial election. In...

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[Video] Wi-Fi on campus, is it slow or just technology

October 7, 2021

Technology has come leaps and bounds since inception in the 1980’s with advancements coming everyday for the newest and best pieces of technology, Wi-Fi on campus has followed the path of the technology...

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Womens rights placard at the Womens March in 2017.

Women’s march in Amarillo this weekend

September 30, 2021

This Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 11 a.m. starting in Ellwood Park located by downtown Amarillo, there is going to be a women's march in response to the Texas Legislature passing Senate Bill 8, the Texas...

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[Video] Yik Yak is back

September 23, 2021

In 2017, the social media app Yik Yak, an anonymous sharing app that has discussion threads within a five mile radius and specifically created for college campuses, was removed from the App Store due...

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WTAMU Old Main sits at the center of campus.

West Texas A&M University is 2020, at least in some aspects

September 16, 2021

Every 10 years at the start of the decade, the federal government gathers information about how many people are in the United States across the states and territories, as required by the Constitution....

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The 2021 Graduates of Distinction, Don Bell and Johnny Treiche, and First Choice Awards, the winners Virgil Bartlett and the Tri-State Fair and Rodeo. from the Department of Agricultural Sciences scholarship reception.

WT Agriculture preparing for the future

September 16, 2021

For the past 20 plus years, the Department of Agricultural Sciences has been preparing the next generation of agriculturalists in the Texas Panhandle by financially helping students pay for their college...

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[Video] Recycling, repurposing, and reusing

September 9, 2021

All around the West Texas A&M University campus there's garbage. The materials such as aluminum, paper, number one, number two, and mix plastic bottles are repurposed by KB Recycling in Amarillo, TX...

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Buffs compete at home for the Jo Meaker Classic & Multi

April 6, 2021

On a cool Easter weekend, the West Texas A&M University men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the Jo Meaker Classic & Multi on the campus of WTAMU. The second-ranked Buffs...

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Op-Ed: Bring back my girls

Op-Ed: Bring back my girls

March 22, 2021

For the past 11 years, RuPaul Andre Charles has been showcasing the best drag queens in the country on his American reality competition television show, RuPauls Drag Race, to find “America's next drag...

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WTAMU Meat Lab steps up in response to empty grocery shelves

March 8, 2021

Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, restaurants and meat connoisseurs have had problems with finding beef products due to complications in the supply chain. West Texas A&M University’s Doc’s...

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