Author Archives: The Prairie

Hashtags enable dialogue over domestic violence

Word on the street is that hashtags are taking over the world of social media. United States news outlets agree and have grabbed ahold of the hashtag in recent media stories and often feed them into mainstream news. There has been an increased effort from the media to view these hashtags and the content behind…

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Students should examine, debate personal views

With the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks approaching, questions arise about what role patriotism plays in the life of a student attending college. Most undergraduates are going to have been born sometime between the fall of the Soviet Union and the Sept. 11 attacks, closer to the former rather than the latter and…

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National, local minority graduation rates suffer

When choosing a university to attend, there are several important factors to consider.  Most students going into college take note of the university’s size, location, housing and cost of the university. However, one important aspect that is continually pushed out of the picture seems to be graduation rates. In 2013, the national 4-year graduation rate…

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Enrollment spike at WT leads to parking problems

Many embrace the first day of school head on. Seniors know their way around campus and fall into the swing of things almost immediately, while many freshman students are still giddy about the new start at the university level. This academic year enrollment at West Texas A&M University has been higher than ever with approximately…

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Mentorships are key to college students

Many find the college experience ironic the closer graduation date approaches. Seniors have just started to understand what the University life is all about and how to function at a collegiate level, while many freshman students are still adjusting to this new life milestone. Sophomores are still figuring out where they belong on campus, and…

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From college housing to off campus

When it comes to housing while one goes to college, there are those who are proponents of living on campus, and there are those who move off campus as soon as they possibly can. There are undoubtedly positives and negatives to both views, which is why one of the best things a college student can…

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Designated midterm week is needed

We’ve passed the halfway mark and are headed towards the final stretch of the semester. This means cramming, all-nighters, caffeine binges – in a simple word, stress. But many students are still stuck on the midterm mountain, awaiting test grades, feedback on papers or simply an upgraded average for the semester. Though many students expect…

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Why WT’s runoff election is important

On April 1 and April 2, the West Texas A&M student body will go to vote for the president of their choice. The candidates, senior Biology major Edward Akiyemi and senior Engineering major Benton Allen, have to wait and see just who the student populace decides upon. Whomever the student populace of WTAMU approves, they…

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Students don’t take advantage of WT

There are a number of advantages that come with living in a college town, whether or not one actually attends classes. However, some of these perks are not taken advantage of like they should be. One of these is the opportunity to attend events where notable speakers are brought in by the university. Over the…

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Ukraine stuck between a rock and Putin

If one reads or watches the news as of late, there is a worry surrounding Ukraine and Russia. Formerly a part of the Soviet Union, Ukraine is an area full of fertile grounds and as of a few years ago, is the third largest exporter of grain. The Ukraine also boasts the second largest military…

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