Alyssa is one of the Associate Editors at The Prairie. She oversees the print edition and layout of the paper, and she shares social media responsibilities with the Web Assistant Editor and Editor in Chief. She is a senior Mass Communication major and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. ​Alyssa is also a member of WT's chapter of Mortar Board and the National Society of Leadership and Success. Upon graduation in May, she plans to begin graduate studies in Communication.

Author Archives: Alyssa Bonner

Helping Hearts offers guidance to abuse victims

Sexual abuse. Physical abuse. Emotional abuse. Women often fall victim to these types of crimes. When a sexual assault happens on campus, there are “mandatory reporters” who are required to report it, though students are never forced to speak up.   Becky Lopez, Title IX Coordinator at West Texas A&M University, said it sometimes takes…

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Sexual assault survivors lose power, sense of self

Ed. Note – Jasmine Ruiz also contributed to this story   Their power is taken away. Their sense of self and security are shattered. People they trusted have hurt them emotionally and physically, and their voice has been taken away. This is true of survivors of sexual assault, according to Dr. Leigh Green, assistant professor…

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University provides resources to assault victims

Get out. Get to a safe place. Report the incident. Seek medical attention. This is the advice Meri Odell, Director of Police Administration at the University Police Department, gives to students who have been sexually assaulted.   “Of course we want you to call the police so we have the opportunity to keep this from…

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Movie releases spark debates

Over Christmas break, several major motion pictures made their debut in theaters across the nation. Two in particular have sparked debate and controversy. “American Sniper” and “Selma” have found themselves in several recent headlines centered on the controversy sparked by the two films, respectively.   The buzz about “American Sniper” stemmed from tweets by Seth…

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‘Mockingjay’ a must-see film

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” took the world by storm. On opening weekend, the movie reeled in $121.9 million, setting the record for the 2014 best debut. After the holiday, “Mockingjay Part 1” had a domestic gross of $225.7 million and a foreign gross of $254.4 million.   The third…

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University Police extend services into community

While the University Police Department offers many services to students on campus, they also provide similar services to students off campus in the Canyon community. They are state certified peace officers with jurisdiction, so they are available to help anyone in the community if they are able to do so.   “UPD is dedicated to…

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Lady Buffs to play in South Central tournament

After a heartbreaking loss to the Tarleton State University TexAnns in last weekend’s Lone Star Conference volleyball championship tournament, the Lady Buffs of West Texas A&M University had to wait for an online selection show to find out their playoff fate. The Lady Buffs, two-time defending South Central regional champions, will make their 25th overall…

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