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The Prairie News

Victoria Fatiregun

Victoria Fatiregun, Senior Reporter, Editor-in-Chief

My name is Victoria Fatiregun. I am in my senior year here at WTAMU. I am an English major and I am keen on entertaining the advertising and marketing field after college.

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Opinion: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” review (with interviews)

November 26, 2022

The Prairie News is a student-led free press. All opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and not those of WTAMU. On Nov. 11, I went to see "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" and I thoroughly...

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Koelle Brandenberger pursues passion on AgTexas internship

November 19, 2022

Koelle Brandenberger, a junior agricultural business and economics major, did an internship with AgTexas Farm Credit Services. During the internship she looked at the diverse range of occupations AgTexas...

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Looking into the solutions to climate change with Dr. Daniel Cohan

November 17, 2022

Climate change discussions tend to be hostile, but Dr. Daniel Cohan, associate professor of environmental engineering at Rice University, looks into how we can help the environment heal. “A big...

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Where the Wild Things Play (diptych) created by Marcia Tippit for her graduate art exhibition, showing from Nov. 3 to Nov. 30 2022. (Photo/Victoria Fatiregun)

Travel through the Tippit exhibition with your eyes

November 12, 2022

Marcia Tippit’s graduate art exhibition, “Nomadic Navigations,” will be on display at Dord Fitz Formal Gallery from Nov. 3-Nov. 30, 2022. Tippit is currently pursuing her masters of fine arts...

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Opinion: Track-by-track review of Taylor Swift’s “Midnights”

November 10, 2022

The Prairie News is a student-led free press.  All opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and not those of WTAMU. Taylor Swift released “Midnights” on Oct. 21, 2022. I will...

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Opinion: fall sickness, how to keep yourself well during fall

November 5, 2022

The Prairie News is a student-led free press.  All opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and not those of WTAMU. Fall began on Sept 22. 2022. Have you heard the coughs and sneezes...

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What is Democracy? Rishi Sunak’s position as new UK PM

November 3, 2022

On Oct. 25, 2022, Rishi Sunak was appointed Prime Minister by King Charles III. Rishi Sunak was elected by the Conservative Party to which he belongs. Democracy is defined as a “system of government...

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Editorial: Guidelines for WT persons publishing an Opinion piece

November 1, 2022

Here at The Prairie News, we are the oldest organization on the campus of West Texas A&M University. We are a student-run workplace to help inform students and the WT community about the happenings...

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Why is voting important?

October 29, 2022

On Aug. 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, giving voting rights to all Americans. Figures such as Martin Luther King and many other activists fought for these rights....

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“House of the Dragon” blood, gore and royalty

October 27, 2022

Spoiler Alert House of the Dragon was released as a prequel to Game of Thrones on Aug. 21, 2022. It stars Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen, Milly Alcock and Emma D’Arcy as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen,...

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Homecoming series, Weenie Roast has a long tradition

October 21, 2022

On Sept. 27, from 8 to 11 p.m. the Weenie Roast occurred. The Weenie Roast is a time to eat barbecued sausages, play games and listen to live music with friends. It is one of the many homecoming events...

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Buff Nights Out, hosted by Health and Wellness

October 21, 2022

  I attended Buffs Nights Out, and there were two special guest speakers, Dr. Stephanie Moses, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Library (TTUHSC) clinical psychologist, and Strecia McCaig,...

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Opinion: Gun culture in the United States

October 19, 2022

The Prairie News is a student-led free press organization. All opinions expressed herein are solely those of the writer and not those of WTAMU. Gun culture in the U.S. is best defined by the second...

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Homecoming Queen interview with Emily Morgan

Homecoming Queen interview with Emily Morgan

October 15, 2022

Emily Morgan, a senior social sciences education major (grades 7-12) at West Texas A&M University won homecoming Queen 2022, representing Students Assisting in Good Endeavors (SAGE). Morgan...

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Homecoming King interview with Caleb Crum

October 13, 2022

Caleb Crum won homecoming King 2022 at West Texas A&M University for SAGE (Students Assisting in Good Endeavors) which is a faith-based organization on campus. In our interview Crum discusses his...

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Homecoming series, head coach Hunter Hughes

October 10, 2022

  Head coach Hunter Hughes has been to many homecoming games, and he reflects on bonding with previous players, getting to know them as adults, and playing the best game possible for this year’s...

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Italy’s election and why it is important for the current political scene

October 8, 2022

On Sept. 25 2022, Giorgia Meloni won the snap election for the center-right coalition Brothers of Italy. Meloni is the leader of the Brothers of Italy Party, which believes in social conservatism, Italian...

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“The Woman King” an afro-feminist epic

October 6, 2022

*Spoiler warning Trigger warning. I watched The Woman King on Sept. 30 2022 and it brought on a host of emotions. While I understand that there is controversy around the subject matter I think the film...

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Behind the major with Antonella Periotti Omisolo: Finding your place in the world

October 1, 2022

Antonella Periotti Omisolo is a sophomore accounting major here at West Texas A&M University. Omisolo is from Argentina and is on the women’s golf team. She works at the ticket office, as well...

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10 things to do for spooky season

September 29, 2022

  Halloween is approaching. Are you scared? I’m joking. “Spooky season” is upon us and within the Amarillo-Canyon area, there are lots of fun things to do. Look no further than The Prairie...

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Food deserts in the Panhandle area, 2005-2022

September 24, 2022

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Texas Panhandle had 58 counties that had a lack of access to fresh food in 2005, but currently there are still more than 30 counties...

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‘Don’t Worry Darling’ the fiasco of pop culture

September 21, 2022

According to a post by @bestofpugh on Twitter, filming for ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ began on Oct. 26, 2020. The film stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Gemma Chan, KiKi Layne, Nick Kroll and Chris Pine....

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Behind the major with Emma Smith: Faith as the driving force for life

September 14, 2022

Emma Smith, a social sciences major, focuses on her relationship with Christ as the driving force for her decisions. As a social sciences major, Smith can form her path which allows her to have the time...

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Faculty arts show, “how we spent our summer”

September 9, 2022

On Sept.1, the exhibition for “how we spent our summer” went live at the Dord Fitz Formal Gallery located in Mary Moody Northen Hall. Until Sept. 27, the exhibition will be showcased in the hall.....

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Tabling for diversity week, a host of organizations

September 8, 2022

West Texas A&M University held a diversity week, which ran from Aug.29-Sept.1. During diversity week, there were a host of events, such as a poetry night by Brandon Current, who performed his poetry...

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Internationally touring troupe explore serious topics through clowning

September 5, 2022

Trigger warning. On Aug. 26 at 7:30 p.m. “Women from Mars” showcased in the Branding Iron Theatre for a one-night performance. The play focused on issues such as body dysmorphia, sexual assault and...

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[Video] Hooray, Queen’s platinum jubilee in London

August 31, 2022

On Thursday, June 2, Queen Elizabeth II began public celebrations of her Platinum Jubilee, a celebration of her 70 years as the queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. The main celebrations occurred...

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Residential Learning Communities are coming in Fall 2022

April 24, 2022

West Texas A&M University is starting Residential Learning Communities (RLCs) in Fall 2022. The RLCs will house students with similar academic, social and cultural interests in the same dorms. There...

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A lesson in understanding: ‘That Guy in Our Women’s Studies Class’

April 14, 2022

“That Guy in Our Women Studies Class” is a memoir by Allan D. Hunter about his time at college and what he learned along the way. Hunter is an academic who focuses on writing about gender issues. Participating...

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‘Bridgerton’ Season 2: Love and passion

April 14, 2022

“Bridgerton” is a costume drama set in Regency-era London. Season 2 of this TV series was released on March 25, 2022. Each season has a different storyline, but viewers expected to see another dramatic...

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Live Lounge: Kayla Richardson performance

April 8, 2022

Kayla Richardson, a junior music technology major, performed original country and covers for KWTS “The One” 91.1 FM on March 31. KWTS Live Lounge brings in musicians for a live performance on radio....

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One step at a time: Life as a biology major

March 31, 2022

Farzana Zahir, a senior pre-med biology major at West Texas A&M University. Zahir plans to go to medical school, a journey that requires a lot of preparation. In addition to studying, Zahir is also...

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Op/Ed: My love for Chinese dramas

March 10, 2022

I love Chinese dramas. Although I only started watching them in 2020, they have been around since the 1990s. Some of the most popular dramas are Xianxia, Wuxia and historical dramas. The best way to describe...

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What does spring break mean to Americans?

March 10, 2022

The tradition of spring break began in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in 1938 with a swim forum event. Today, Spring Break has become a time for young people to have a vacation, but also to travel to places where...

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Celebrating homegrown black excellence

March 3, 2022

The Black Student Union (BSU) held an event in honor of black leaders within the Amarillo and Canyon community on Feb. 24 to celebrate Black History Month. The event, which began at 6 p.m., took place...

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“My Best Friend Anne Frank”: An exploration of friendship

February 24, 2022

“My Best Friend Anne Frank,” is a movie based on the story of Anne Frank and Hannah Goslar. Aiko Beemsterboer plays Anne Frank and Josephine Arendsen plays Hannah Goslar. The film explores the feeling...

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10 ways to relax, a guide to temperance

February 17, 2022

If you have ever been stressed out, you will know that it is important to relax. There are many meditation techniques online that give guidance on how to calm down when you are overwhelmed. The following...

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[Video] Love in its many forms

February 14, 2022

In the world, there exists many different kinds of love. The source of these types hails from the Ancient Greek era. Cosmopolitan explores the eight different types of love, which focus on how we relate...

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A helping hand: Life as a nursing major

February 10, 2022

Victory Omietimi is a junior nursing major at West Texas A&M University. Omietimi believes that nurses are important in society so that people can get the care they need. Omietimi has fallen in...

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Earth-shattering sounds from AURORA in ‘The Gods We Can Touch’

February 3, 2022

The Gods We Can Touch Welcome to the album of the gods. Norwegian singer-songwriter AURORA explores all our emotions in her first album of the year. A track listing is below with details of each song...

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How are we being affected by climate change?

February 3, 2022

Climate change involves changes in the weather, in particular the fact that it is believed to be getting warmer as a result of human activity. Humans create climate change but are also affected by it....

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The dreams of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 27, 2022

On Jan. 28, 2022, speeches were given by students from the Black Student Union (BSU) at West Texas A&M University in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. King is well known for his dream of...

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How to excel at the beginning of the semester

January 20, 2022

The semester has just begun and it is time to start studying. There are many different ways to study, but it is not always easy to know which method is the best one for you. You may be wondering how you...

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The Witcher captures audiences with dramatic flair

January 20, 2022

“The Witcher” was first released on Netflix on Dec. 20, 2019 and is based on the novel series by Andrzej Sapkowski and the video games by CD Projekt RED. It follows the story of Geralt, a hunter with...

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The cultural significance of Christmas movies

November 30, 2021

Who doesn’t love Christmas? The smell of peppermint, the gifts, the family time, it’s all worth it. There have been many Christmas films produced over the years and the ones of note for the purposes...

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Book review “Sissie Klein is Completely Normal”

November 30, 2021

Kris Clink, an alum of West Texas A&M University, is an author who released a novel, which was available for reading on Nov. 9, 2021. Known for interesting characters, “Sissie Klein is Completely...

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[Video] Why is the JBK important?

November 16, 2021

The Jack B. Kelly Student Center is a place where faculty, staff and students can hang out to enjoy themselves while they eat lunch at Chick-fil-A, Which Wich or Starbucks. There are plenty of seats and...

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“The Nightmare Before Christmas” Review

November 16, 2021

The eponymous Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas” is a film that mixes Halloween with Chritstmas, only in a way Tim Burton knows to. Jack Skellington intersects with Christmas as he approaches...

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What’s up with the weather in the Panhandle?

November 9, 2021

It is currently very cold, but the weather has fluctuated from hot to cold in the past week. Looking at weather forecasts 10 days ahead, the weather will be a mixture of cloudy, sunny and windy. Walking...

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Interview with Dr. Meljac, poetry performance night

November 9, 2021

The following interview discusses the Patterson Poetry series and the Ray McNiece poetry night that occured on Nov. 3, 7:00 p.m. at Legacy Hall on the West Texas A&M University campus. Question:...

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Interview with Marc Yaffee: Native American comedian

November 2, 2021

Marc Yaffee is going to be having a comedy show today at the Branding Iron Theatre. You will be able to watch the show at 6:00 p.m. for free if you are faculty, staff or a student at West Texas A&M...

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Lana Del Rey “Blue Banisters” track listing review

November 2, 2021

“Textbook” - The first set of lyrics evoke feelings of heartbreak and Lana Del Rey confesses her feelings to the listener. Everything is out on the page ready for us to see and this is one of the more...

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“Monstersongs” musical interviews with the cast and crew

November 2, 2021

Orion Macias, who is the assistant director of “Monstersongs”, was the first to be interviewed and he discussed his interest in doing a musical based around Halloween. Macias discussed he...

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Art students at West Texas A&M University design Mural

October 26, 2021

The following video details the art students on campus creating the murals. The mural in The Prairie Newsroom is now finished and the video showcases an example of the mural. The art students have...

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A graphic designed by Victoria Fatiregun using the color themes of House of the Dragon (Victoria Fatiregun/ Tuesday Oct. 26 2021)

House of the Dragon trailer doesn’t impress viewers

October 26, 2021

“House of the Dragon” is the prequel to “Game of Thrones” detailing the journey of the Targaryen family. Viewers do not seem excited, based on the Youtube comments underneath the trailer and there...

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Homecoming traditions in Texas create joy for Texans

October 19, 2021

Homecoming is an event where there are kickbacks, and celebrations for heading towards the end of a semester. It is also celebrated by having home games. So what is different about Homecoming in Texas...

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A graphic designed by Victoria Fatiregun of Halloweentown set within the background of colors representing the fall. (Canyon, TX/ Wednesday Oct. 19)

OP/ED Why is “Halloweentown” a good film?

October 19, 2021

“Halloweentown” is the quintessential film of childhood. Watching it every year at Halloween always sets the mood for fall. The film details the story of Marnie Piper who goes to her Grandma’s town...

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[Video] First Amendment Art Mural, The Prairie newsroom

October 12, 2021

The Prairie newsroom currently has a group of art students working on an art mural. Associate Professor of Art Jon Revett is the project manager, and May Truong, a studio art major focusing on painting...

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showcase of the Fall 2009 play Fiddler on the Roof at West Texas A&M University, courtesy of West Texas A&M University Theatre.

“Fiddler on the Roof”, happiness within pain

October 12, 2021

The 1971 musical film adapted from the 1964 Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof” emphasizes enjoying life while it is raining outside. The character of Tevye is a poor milkman, who manages to...

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Buffalo Gold Card Office which helped to make the cash machines possible for faculty, staff, students

Buffs Go Cashless

October 5, 2021

West Texas A&M University has added cash machines to the campus to make it easier for all Buffs to add cash into their Buffalo Gold Card accounts. The new machines have been installed at the “main...

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Historian Stephen Aron: Alternatives of the American West

October 5, 2021

On Sept. 30 2021, Historian Stephen Aron lectured on alternatives to the American West, based on his new book under the working title “Can We All Get Along: An Alternative History of the American Frontier”...

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Senator John Cornyn interview, Texas Tribune Festival

September 28, 2021

The Texas Tribune Festival is an event that celebrates current affairs over a course of days. The festival includes politics, public policy and news. Senator John Cornyn is the senator for Texas, and...

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Perseverance talk with instructor of nursing, Laura Reyher

Perseverance talk with instructor of nursing, Laura Reyher

September 28, 2021

As part of Leadership Week, instructor of nursing Laura Reyher gave a talk about moving forward with your goals despite the letdowns. The importance of good leadership was highlighted through examples...

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WT Theatre You on the Moors Now

September 21, 2021

The opening night for “You on the Moors” was at the Branding Iron Theatre on the West Texas A&M University campus on Sept.17 at 7:30 p.m. The play is a look into women in literature, taking a look...

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Buff Allies helps faculty, staff, students

September 21, 2021

According to the West Texas A&M University’s Buff Allies website, “Buff Allies is a group of staff, faculty and students who are committed to creating a safe campus for lesbian, gay, bisexual,...

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The Voter Registration Booth at WTAMU

September 14, 2021

The Voter Registration Booth at West Texas A&M University offered students the chance to register to vote. The voting booth at West Texas A&M University was an opportunity for students who are...

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Faculty Arts Show to Highlight Diversity, Talent of WTAMU professors

Faculty art show to highlight diversity: the talent of WTAMU professors

September 7, 2021

Every year, the faculty members of the Department of Arts, Theatre and Dance at West Texas A&M University create an exhibition to showcase their work. It allows for the professors to show the art students...

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Drumheller takes on department head role of media communication, communication studies

September 7, 2021

Dr. Kristina Drumheller, professor of communication studies, has become the new department head of  communication. For clarity to those reading, the department of communication has two undergraduate programs:...

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