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Enactus Provides Aid for Refugee Communities of Amarillo

Enactus Provides Aid for Refugee Communities of Amarillo

April 10, 2016

On a sunny, windy Saturday, members of WT’s Enactus program gathered at the Astoria Park Apartments in Amarillo, TX. The sprawling complex is home to a large community of refugees from Africa, Asia,...

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WT's New Stadium Proposal

WT’s New Stadium Proposal

March 4, 2016

Last semester the WT Student Senate passed a bill calling for a student referendum on the construction of a new sports stadium for the university. The vote will be held on March 29 and 30, and leading...

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Deadpool: Violent, Vulgar, Bloody Hilarious

Deadpool: Violent, Vulgar, Bloody Hilarious

February 24, 2016

Superhero movies have become an interesting beast over the last few years. Marvel/Disney continues with its juggernaut of a cinematic universe, producing films based on practically unknown superhero teams...

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Plus INT Episode #63 Shownotes

February 4, 2016

  Want to listen to this episode? Click here! This episode was recorded on February 2, 2016 This episode is 57 MB. This episode is 1 hour and 2 minutes long. This episode was produced...

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63 – One Punch Cast

February 4, 2016

Guess who's back? Not the Backstreet Boys, because we didn't have the budget, but the next best thing. Plus INT returns for the Spring as we have an hour-long Geeking Out where we talk about the stuff...

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Plus INT Episode #62 Shownotes

November 19, 2015

Want to listen to this episode? Click here! This episode was recorded on November 3, 2015. This episode is 64 MB. This episode is 1 hour and 7 minutes long. This episode was produced by Preston...

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62 – This Podcast… it fills you with determination

November 19, 2015

This week on PlusINT, the crew is filled with determination from the releases of Fallout 4 and Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void (but mostly Fallout 4), the arcade Dissida Final Fantasy continues to look...

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Plus INT Episode #61 Shownotes

November 5, 2015

Want to listen to this episode? Click here! This episode was recorded on November 3, 2015. This episode is 64 MB. This episode is 1 hour and 7 minutes long. This episode was produced by Preston...

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61 – Full House

November 5, 2015

This week on Plus INT, it's a full house as the crew talk about Blizzard no longer releasing WoW sub numbers, the closure of Kojima Productions Los Angeles, a well-made Metroid short film, and the release...

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60 – Podcast is not Crash

October 29, 2015

This week on Plus INT, Gabe finally gets the intro right as the crew covers some of Sony's stuff from Paris Games Week (that's a thing?), the appropriate waiting time for spoilers, the new NieR game gets...

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Plus INT Episode #59 Shownotes

October 15, 2015

  Want to listen to this episode? Click here! This episode was recorded on October 13, 2015. This episode is 67 MB. This episode is 1 hour and 13 minutes long. This episode was produced...

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59 – Nuclear Powered Podcast

October 15, 2015

The full crew is back together this week on Plus INT to talk about whether or not the podcast could be used as a weapon of mass destruction, the popularity of the Star Wars Battlefront beta, the introduction...

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Plus INT Episode #58 Shownotes

October 8, 2015

  Want to listen to this episode? Click here! This episode was recorded on October 6, 2015. This episode is 61 MB. This episode is 1 hour and 7 minutes long. This episode was produced...

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58 – The Beardman Cometh

October 8, 2015

As was foretold by an ancient prophecy, when the celestial bodies align once more, the Beard shall return to us. This week on Plus INT, Russell "Beardman" Sanderson returns, bringing along new guest Will...

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Plus INT Episode #57 Show Notes

October 1, 2015

Want to listen to this episode? Click here! This episode was recorded on September 29, 2015. This episode is 65 MB. This episode is 1 hour and 10 minutes long. This episode was produced by...

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57 – Get your rock off my podcast

October 1, 2015

This week on Plus INT, Gabe drags Preston off the MGSV Train and onto the Destiny Train, with Shannon coming along for the ride. They also discuss the SAG-AFTRA issue, the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront...

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56 – Ethics in Gabe’s journalism

September 17, 2015

With our second mic finally deciding to cooperate with us, Plus INT celebrates this occasion by talking about Pokemon Go, the release of Destiny: The Taken King, the odd numbering of Kingdom Hearts, and...

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Plus INT Episode #56 Show Notes

September 17, 2015

  Want to listen to this episode? Click here! This episode was recorded on September 15, 2015. This episode is 65 MB. This episode is 1 hour and 12 minutes long. This episode was produced...

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55 – Nier and dear to Gabe’s heart

September 10, 2015

This week on Plus INT, the Power Trio covers the next expansion for The Witcher III, The differences between Frictional's SOMA and Amnesia (besides necessitating brown pants), and a tease of the upcoming...

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Plus INT Episode #54 Shownotes

September 3, 2015

Want to listen to this episode? Click here! This episode was recorded on September 1, 2015. This episode is 62 MB. This episode is 1 hour and 8 minutes long. This episode was produced by Preston...

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54 – A Hype to Surpass Metal Gear

September 3, 2015

"From the ashes of Plus INT comes a new show. Welcome to the Metal Gear Power Hour, brought to you by The Prairie! Starring Solid Preston, Liquid Gabriel, and Solidus Shannon, we bring you the latest news...

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53 – We Podcast Again!

August 27, 2015

"Rising from the abyss of summer, Plus INT rides back for the semester on the Metal Gear Solid V hype train, bringing news of Hyper Light Drifter's release window, Don't Starve's upcoming new content,...

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52 – Silenced Hills

April 29, 2015

This week on Plus INT, the team covers Steam's paid mod controversy, the end of Silent Hills as we know it, Gengar joining the fight in Pokken Tournament, and the mandatory "OH DEAR GOD WHAT THE HECK IS...

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50 – Beard Envy

April 16, 2015

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Game of Thrones and Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man This week on Plus INT, the crew gathers together for our 50th episode! They also talk about...

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‘Home’ encourages young audiences to face fears

‘Home’ encourages young audiences to face fears

April 15, 2015

Alien invasions are often a terrifying and dramatic event in film. Explosions, lasers and missiles fly as the valiant human heroes fight to protect their planet from the attacking aliens. In the case of...

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49 – Shame Corner

April 9, 2015

For show notes on this episode, click here! This week on Plus INT, the crew talks Nintendo Direct quite a bit as Mewtwo's first proper gameplay trailer is unveiled for Smash, Lucas makes a comeback,...

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Bloodborne gives darker twist to Souls Formula

Bloodborne gives darker twist to Souls Formula

April 8, 2015

There are many things fans of From Software’s ‘Souls,’ games are familiar with; death, frustration, exhilaration and triumph are key among them. The series’ uncompromising yet fair difficulty...

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‘Cities: Skylines’ expands the city-building genre

‘Cities: Skylines’ expands the city-building genre

March 25, 2015

Since the release of “Sim City 4” more than a decade ago, fans of the city builder genre have been through a sort of drought. “Societies” followed in 2007, but it was not well-received by fans,...

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WT professor awarded Fulbright research grant

WT professor awarded Fulbright research grant

March 11, 2015

West Texas A&M University is home to professors with a wide array of backgrounds, both professional and non-professional. Among these is Dr. Paul H. Clark, professor of History at WT, who holds...

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46 – Live Long and Prosper

March 5, 2015

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Parks and Recreation This week on Plus INT, the crew returns to honor the memory of Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock himself and an amazing human being...

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45 – Majora’s Mask: The Podcast

February 19, 2015

For show notes on this episode, click here! This week on Plus INT, Russell joins the crew once again as they talk about the return of O-Haruhi-sama, Ganon getting his own DLC for Hyrule Warriors, the...

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King rejuvenates horror with release of  ‘Revival’

King rejuvenates horror with release of ‘Revival’

February 18, 2015

Stephen King, the ever-prolific maestro of horror, has turned to one of the genre’s deepest and strangest roots for his latest piece, “Revival.” The story’s tone is set almost immediately by the...

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PULSE hosts Sexual Responsibility week in JBK

PULSE hosts Sexual Responsibility week in JBK

February 11, 2015

The Texas Panhandle has an unfortunate problem, one that many school systems fail to properly educate young teens about. Sex Education is a touchy topic in the area; schools, teachers and parents differ...

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42 – Listening to Cereal

January 29, 2015

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Five Nights at Freddy's From the new Prairie Studio, Plus INT is back! This week, the gang talks about the things they've been geeking out over...

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Wages affect student workers

Wages affect student workers

January 28, 2015

Minimum wage works out to about 12 cents a minute.   At the beginning of 2015, the minimum wage was raised in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Texas was not among them, the state’s...

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41 – Stannis the Mannis

November 20, 2014

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Game of Thrones! Dragonball is coming back, news is leaking about Telltale's Game of Thrones game, and we have a new guest host! All this and...

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Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ fun for adults and children

Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6’ fun for adults and children

November 19, 2014

Big Hero 6” is the latest movie to be put out by Disney Animation Studios, inspired by a Marvel Comic superhero team of the same name. The story centers around the young Hiro Hamada, a robotics genius...

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40 – The End of an Era

November 13, 2014

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Naruto, Big Hero 6 and Doctor Who Naruto is over and Gabe and Preston have a LOT to say about that. They also chat about the Majora's Mask remake,...

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39 – Grand Theft Podcast The Ballad of Gabe Silvas

November 6, 2014

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Attack on Titan, Doctor Who, Future Diary (Mirai Nikki), Godzilla 2014, Red Dead Redemption There's going to be a Marvel and Attack on Titan...

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38 – Plus INT VS. Superman

October 30, 2014

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Guardians of the Galaxy, Kill la Kill and Nier! In this episode of Plus INT, Preston and Gabe get their geek over Super Smash Bros for Wii U...

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Davis is strong on education and women’s rights

Davis is strong on education and women’s rights

October 29, 2014

Ed. Note: Written with the help of Russell Sanderson and Tyler Anderson   The name of Wendy Davis, a state senator from Fort Worth, quickly became recognized across Texas during the summer of...

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36 – Gabe Is Not Allowed to Sing

October 9, 2014

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Binding of Isaac, Game of Thrones, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Katawa Shoujo, Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch! Gabe is banned from singing...

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35 - But WHY?

35 – But WHY?

October 2, 2014

For show notes on this episode, click here! This week, Preston and Gabriel try to figure out why in the world anyone would want to make a Tetris movie. There's also talk of the next Windows OS, Hyper...

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The flag of the ISIS, which contains the historical seal of Muhammad on the bottom and above it the Shahada which translates to ''there is no god but god''

Analysis: A primer on the rise of the Islamic State

October 1, 2014

With their rapid capture of territory in Iraq and Syria, and the wave of violence and barbarism following along with them, the extremists known as the Islamic State have quickly gained notoriety in ...

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Geeking Out 1 - All About Jojo

Geeking Out 1 – All About Jojo

September 13, 2014

For show notes on this episode, click here! SPOILERS for Shin Megami Tensei I and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure! For the first Geeking Out episode, Preston and Gabe fanboy out about Jojo's Bizarre Adventure...

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32 - Awkward Pauses and Coughs

32 – Awkward Pauses and Coughs

September 11, 2014

For a detailed list of show notes on this episode, including a list of links, click here! Plus INT is back from school and ready to start "season" three! This week, we talk about Nintendo news, Naruto...

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WT graduate follows music aspirations

August 27, 2014

“The band had been on the radio station and I would help out,” said Izaak Chavez, a graduate of WT, “I had made a joke that if they needed another guitarist to let me know.” Shortly afterwards,...

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Dark Souls 2 adds polish and difficulty

April 22, 2014

The philosophy behind the Souls series of games has always differed from other mainstream games. Never unfair but always uncompromisingly unforgiving, the slightest mistakes are punished and the game...

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The dead rise again Humans vs. Zombies

April 8, 2014

It’s spring. The weather is getting warmer, green leaves grow on the trees, the dead rise and the Nerf bullets fly. It’s time again for Humans vs. Zombies at West Texas A&M University, a game...

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WT students react to dorm changes

April 1, 2014

When students living in Cross and Jones hall first found out that both dorms were being reserved for incoming Freshmen enrolled in the university’s Living Learning Community program, reactions varied...

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