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

Farewell words from the Associate Editor

I can’t believe I am already writing this. I’m graduating in 10 days. That’s it. In 10 days, I’ll be going out into the “real world.” Knowing this, I’m feeling a lot of different emotions.   I feel excitement. I feel apprehension. I feel scared. I feel invincible. I feel like I can conquer the…

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Panel discussion addresses concepts of feminism

The West Texas A&M University Gender Studies Certificate Program hosted their second Faces of Feminism discussion of the year. The panel discussion was held on Thursday, April 23, in the Recital Hall of the Sybil B. Fine Arts Complex. The featured panelists were Dr. Sarah Vartabedian, assistant professor of Communication; Dr. Amy Von Lintel, assistant…

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Students remember Browning as leader, mentor

Heavy hearts filled the campus of West Texas A&M University on Monday as the news spread of a longtime professor’s passing. Known to many of her students as DL, Dr. Leigh Browning was a WT alum and a faculty member since 1991.   After spending more than 20 years in the Mass Communication department teaching…

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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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