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Theater Department opens “The Children’s Hour” danieLa fierro sTaff wriTer


he WTAMU theatre department is featuring a production of Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour” at the Happy State Bank Studio Theater. The play opened on Oct. 7 and will continue until Oct. 15. The play is directed by Stephen Crandall, assistant professor of theatre. “The play is about an all-girls boarding school in New England in the 1930´s,” Crandall said. “Two women, in their late 20´s, establish a rural boarding school that was converted from an old farmhouse.” The play’s protagonist is named Mary, who feels like she is mistreated and punished unnecessarily; therefore, she wants to leave school and takes it upon herself to leave the school without permission. “But with the help of her classmates who overhear a conversation between some of the adults, Mary fabricates a devastating lie about the headmistresses of the school,” Crandall said. “She then proceeds to convincing her grandmother that this lie is true.”

phoTo By aLex MonToya Students at the Wright-Dobie School study thir elocution in the play.

The grandmother then takes drastic measures to make other parents aware of Mary’s lie. Parents start to pull out their kids from school and the headmistresses defend themselves.

phoTo By aLex MonToya Karen (Trisha Russell) and her fiancé Joe (Eric Harrison) embrace.

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Men’s soccer earns season’s first weekend sweep MeLissa Bauer-herzog sTaff wriTer


he men’s soccer team was on a mission this weekend for their pair of home games. The team improved their record to three wins, but was still missing a confidence-building weekend sweep. On Friday, University of Texas Permian-Basin scored first at the 43:33 mark in the first half. But a little over 14 minutes into the second half, Daniel Angloher tied the game off of a free kick. Only four minutes later, Conrad Gouldbourne scored the game-winning goal, assisted by Abel Olivas’ corner kick. WT won 2-1 with the Buffs tallying up with 11 shots versus UTPB’s six.


“It was a good game. We had some difficulties in the first half. We played good, but we were unlucky with the first goal. I think we can do better than we did the first part of the season and I hope we will show it,” Angloher said. Sunday was a tension-filled day as the Buffs took on rival Midwestern State, a team ranked No.7 in the nation. WT put a number on the board first as Colin Bjostad scored a runaway goal 18:33 into the game. Midwestern was denied a chance to answer back in the first half and 19 minutes into the second half, WT took a 2-0 lead off of Rodrigo Morin’s long goal. Midwestern managed to tie the game late in the second half as they scored two goals in a little under four minutes. But instead of backing down, WT

pushed on and Lukas Garcia scored off a spectacular cross by Colin Bjostad with less than 10 minutes remaining. The goal would be the final ball to find a net and ended the game with a score of 3-2. “We finally had a weekend where we didn’t lay an egg in either one of the games and this is our biggest rivalry, so it was definitely good to have a good weekend and finish off with a victory against Midwestern,” Bjostad said. “I think we can get on a roll. Midwestern is probably one of the best teams in the region, so as long as we can play like we did today and the second half on Friday, we can beat anyone out there.” The win not only got the team

their first weekend sweep of the season, it improved their record to 4-6 and gave them their first Lone Star Conference win.

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Congratulations to our Homecoming King and Queen! JD Newman Erin Feuerstein





CaMpus Life:

WT football wins seventh consecutive Homecoming game. Page 4

Hacking becomes a popular threat to privacy.

Find answers from last week’s crossword puzzle, Sudoku and Try Square. Page 7

Horse Judging team expects to bring British debaters will come to campus Oct. 17. home another championship.

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Feature Prairie WT Social Work Club hosts event to raise money 2

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Funds will help buy hygiene products for area homeless Ashley hendrick stAff Writer


fight for funds has begun at WTAMU as the Social Work Club launched their new Battle of the Clubs competition on Sept. 12. Battle of the Clubs is a fundraising competition pitting club against club. It focuses on raising money to purchase hygiene products for the homeless population of the Amarillo and Canyon area. The competition will last the entire fall semester, until Dec. 5. “We originally had set this to be announced at the Pigskin Revue, but the clubs asked us to have a longer time frame,” Nancy Zamora, Social Work major and president of the Social Work Club, said. The hygienic products purchased with the money raised will be delivered to the West Texas Family and Community Services. Located in downtown Amarillo, the agency is run by the WT Social Work Program and serves the homeless and people at risk for homelessness by gathering and giving away hygienic material by

the bag. Items include travel-sized shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. “You don’t get to buy (hygiene products) with food stamps,” Dr. Melody Loya, assistant professor of Social Work at WT and advisor for the Social Work Club, said. “So even if they get food stamps, they frequently don’t have razors and things like that. The fundraiser is to help keep all that in stock.” Any club or organization of WT is welcome to join the competition at any time during the semester. The club that raises the most money will not only receive a trophy, but will also be allowed to keep half the money they raise from the competition. “The idea is for every club to get involved and raise money,” Loya said “If (the winning team) raises $1000 they would keep $500 and the other donations will come to WTFCS and put into a fund just for the hygiene products.” About 20 homeless men and women come through the WTFCS agency daily, and with winter weather creeping toward the Panhandle, more are expected. “During the summer everybody’s out and about, but

during the winter the homeless have got to close in early to find places to get warm,”Lois McDonald, case manager at WTFCS, said. “So it depends on the weather too.” As the number of homeless people increase, the WTFCS has to keep up with the demand for hygiene products and often have to limit the supplies they give away to each visitor. According to McDonald, The Battle of the Clubs is one way this problem can be prevented . “We’ve tried in so many ways to use the resources that we’ve got and use them wisely, but when someone else pitches in and helps, that’s really a good feeling,” McDonald said. “We’re not helping ourselves, we’re helping the community…and this is our community. We all live here.” According to Zamora, the Battle of the Clubs will bring forth a sense of unity and networking across WT campus and allow all WT clubs to come together for the benefit of the less fortunate. “I thought it would be nice to show our community, that we the students, can come together and make a difference,” Zamora said.

head of the department of Communication, said. “There is a lot of audience involvement.” The audience will be able to sit on the side of the debaters they support, but will have the freedom to move to the other side if persuaded by their arguments. Audience members may also yell out “for shame” when they oppose the debater or cheer them by saying “hear, hear.” The audience will determine the winner. According to Dr. Hanson, the debaters are very humorous and students will be able to gain knowledge of the differences between the United Kingdom and the United States.

Bridenbaugh and Beck will specifically debate Richard Robinson and Ben Jasper, two national debate champions from the English Speaking Union. Robinson is a recent graduate of Manchester University and Jasper recently completed his graduate degree in Law at Wadham College. Robinson and Jasper are in the midst of a tour organized by the National Communication Association Convention. WT is one of only four universities in Texas selected to host the debaters on the nationwide tour. The debate will be on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. in room 401 of the Classroom Center and is open to all students.

UK National Debate team will come to WTAMU MonicA GAMbert stAff Writer


he UK National Debate team is coming to WTAMU to engage in a parliamentary-style debate against two members of the WT Forensics team: Chris Bridenbaugh, a junior Communication Studies major and Bethany Beck, a Communication graduate student. The debate will focus on the topic of political party spending. “It is going to be a fun experience,” Dr. Trudy Hanson, the


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News Prairie WT’s Horse Judging Team will compete at AAQHC 3

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ryan schaap staff Writer


he Horse Judging Team at WTAMU will attend the All American Quarter Horse Competition on Oct. 20-21 in hopes to bring home another trophy to add to their 65 national and world championships. “This is my first year on the judging team,” Addie Davis, a senior Mass Communications major, said. “We judge a lot of horses and need to know everything about the 20 classes of the horse competition and know the perfect terminology and reasons within two minutes.” Hundreds of competitors from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, New Mexico State University and Oklahoma State University are just a few that WT compete against. Competitors speak in front of a collegiate judge justifying why they have put a horse in a certain classification. Scores are on an individual level as well as on a team level. “I’ve never been in a competition level like this before,” Jason Schenk, a junior studying Elementary Education, said. “[As for competition] I think we are going to do very good. We have different guests that

come and listen to us and they say we are ahead of the curve.” 'WT alumnus publishes book” story correction WT students who have been in the Agriculture and Science building have probably heard The wife of M. Scott Craig, author of “Cacoethes” is Anissa members of the horse judging team practice their and not Melissa as stated in the story. The Prairie regrets the speeches in the hallways. error. “It’s stressful but rewarding at the same time,” Davis said. “We have the best coach, [Dr. John Pipkin] and he has been successful with every team he’s had.” “He’s been doing this for a long time, and has a tremendous track record,” Schenk said. “It’s a huge passion of his.” Dr. John Pipkin is the equine program director and a professor of Animal Sciences. He has won 33 national championships and 32 world championships and has taught several coaches from other universities. “Dr. Pipkin’s philosophy is not to make us a world champions, but to be the best judge we can be,” Sarah Baldrige, a sophomore Equine Industry major, said. “He has taught us to judge for what we love and not for the championship that goes with it.”

Cyber Crime threatens privacy of Internet users J es roskens

staff Writer


he Internet has revolutionized society, yet it has brought about the danger of cyber crime. “We take precautions, but all data on the Internet is vulnerable,” Lane Greene, security analyst for WTAMU, said. Hackers, identity thieves, and spammers are making news for stealing people’s personal or financial information. From the average blue-collar American to the CEO of Goldman Sachs, anyone is susceptible to cyber crime. According to WT computer science instructor H. Paul Haiduk, many of these criminals have at least a bachelor’s degree worth of knowledge in computer science, and they are serious about software systems. This knowledge base gives these criminals an advantage, Haiduk said, because like most sciencerelated fields, computer science suffers from lack of numbers. “The demand exceeds the supply,” Haiduk said, referring to the number of computer software engineers that would

combat the hackers. The best way to beat a hacker is to think like a hacker, one local expert said. “We look at our network from the outside in and the inside out,” said this area network protector, whose employer requested that he and their operation not be identified. “We look at the circumstances of other companies who have been hacked and make sure we don’t have those vulnerabilities.” For the average person concerned over their security, Haiduk and Greene said it is not being hacked they should worry about, but what information is shared on social media and other sites. “When you operate a computer, you need to stop being oblivious,” Haiduk said. Even the smallest and most innocent post or lapse in judgment can lead to someone’s information being stolen or abused. How does one prevent becoming an unknowing victim? Greene’s advice is to remain vigilant when on the Internet. “Change passwords, don’t open attachments in emails you’re not sure of, and watch what links you click on,” Greene said. “You have to stay on guard.”


SportS Prairie Lady Buffs drop Texas Women’s in five set thriller 4

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Matthew watkins staff writer


he No. 14 WTAMU Lady Buffs volleyball team welcomed the Texas Women’s University Pioneers into The Box on Oct. 8. The Pioneers gave WT all they could handle, but the Lady Buffs prevailed in five sets: 25-23, 20-25, 2517, 21-25 and 15-11.

The opening set was almost entirely back and forth. The Lady Buffs went on a 5-1 run with the score tied at 12, which proved to be the difference in the set. Having built a 17-13 lead, WT was able to hold off TWU enough to win the set 25-23. The Pioneers came out strong in set two, taking a 4-10 lead into a WT timeout. The Lady Buffs showed persistence though, battling back and taking a 19-18

lead. In the end, TWU was able to find an answer for WT and even the match at one set apiece. “Anything we threw at them they were picking up,” junior Erin Dougherty said. The Pioneers started the third set with a 10-11 lead. The Lady Buffs responded with an 8-1 run giving them an 18-12 lead. WT finished strong and won the set 25-17. The Lady Buffs were close to winning

the match in set four, having an 18-17 lead. TWU had other ideas, outscoring WT 8-3 to take the set 21-25. The Lady Buffs would not be deterred in the fifth and deciding set, jumping out to a 10-4 lead. The Pioneers didn’t give up, but WT was too far ahead too late in the set, winning 15-11. “We came in and were doing the right things, so we were able to win,” junior Sarah Martin said.

Buffs defense gives WTAMU a Homecoming Win WTAMU wins seventh straight Homecoming game Matthew watkins staff writer


he No.20 WTAMU Buffalo football team played the Angelo State Rams on Oct.8 for Homecoming. WT’s defense smothered ASU, and allowed the Buffs to pick up a 19-7 victory, the Buffs’ seventh consecutive Homecoming win. Both teams had trouble getting points in the first half. Rams kicker Jarred Martin missed a 30 yard kick with 8:26 to play in the first half. Then on WT’s ensuing drive, sophomore kicker Sergio Castillo, Jr, missed a 48 yard attempt with 5:04 to go in the second quarter. “Everything just seemed out of sync tonight for some reason,” Head Coach Don

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“I’m really proud of the team and the way we fought back on Friday night and then the way we went out in front [today],” Head Coach Butch Lauffer said. “We never gave up the lead. It was tied at one time, but we fought back and scored a goal. We are starting to show some resilience and some mental toughness, which is positive.” With the recent string of wins, some players are optimistic about a possible

Photo courtesy of Eternal Falame

Brittan Golden lines up at the line of scrimmage.

Carthel said. However, the Buffs were able to find the end zone before the half. With 2:21 to go,

playoff run. “We’re back in the hunt. There’s people losing a lot of games and now we’re going to get some momentum going to the end of the season. I think we’ve got a good chance now,” Goalkeeper Sebastian Furness said. WT will hit the road next weekend with a game against Saint Mary in San Antonio on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m., followed by a game on Oct. 16 against Texas A&M International University.

sophomore quarterback Dustin Vaughn hit senior Tommy Hampton on a screen pass. Hampton ran 36 yards for the score, and gave WT a 7-0 lead heading into half time. “They were a good defense, but we should’ve exploited them a lot more,” senior Brittan Golden said. The Buffs got a 32 yard field goal from Castillo on their first possession of the second half to boost their lead to 10-0. After Golden had two punt return touchdowns called back on consecutive kicks, junior Khiry Robinson scored on a 23 yard run to make it 17-0 WT with 13:11 left in the game. On the ensuing ASU drive, after the defense forced a three-and-out, sophomore receiver Torrence Allen blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone for

Photo By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

a safety that gave WT a 19-0 advantage with 12:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. WT’s defense was just seconds away from their first shutout since 2008 when the Rams struck. ASU quarterback Jake Strickler found C.J. Akins for a 26 yard touchdown with eight seconds to go. That brought the score to 19-7. Photo courtesy of Eternal Flame “Anytime you play The teams get in position to start the game. defense like that you’ve catches for 51 yards. Hampton got a good chance to win,” also had two receptions for 43 Carthel said. yards and a touchdown. Vaughn went 12 for 30 “We knew what to expect, we passing on the night for 150 just didn’t execute,” Allen said. yards and one touchdown. WT’s next game will be in Robinson was the Buffs’ leading Abilene, as they travel to face rusher taking 10 carries off against the Abilene Christian for 68 yards and one score. Wildcats on Oct. 15. Kickoff is Sophomore Nathan Slaughter scheduled for 2 p.m. led the receivers with four

Photo By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Michael Williams moves the ball toward Wayne Bruton heads the ball. MSU’s net.

Photo By Melissa Bauer-Herzog

Colin Bjostad celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game.


Campus Life Prairie Johnson hypnotizes, entertains WTAMU students 5

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n Oct. 3, the C.J. Johnson Comedy Hypnotist Show took place at 10 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Recital Hall. The event, sponsored by the Residence Hall Association, was in lieu of the cancellation of the Homecoming bonfire. Johnson opened up the show by preparing the audience for what they were about to experience. “You can’t be made to do anything against your will and against your morals,” he said. “You’re going to be aware of just won’t care.” Johnson called for volunteers and invited the rest of the audience to participate with the hypnosis. After leading the volunteers through some instructions, the real show began. Under Johnson’s hypnosis, they did everything from dancing to Lady Gaga to PhoToS couRTESY of ETERNAl flAME wrestling with c.J. JohNSoN gIvES INSTRucTIoNS oN hYPNoTISM.

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“Inevitably, [the headmistresses] file a lawsuit,” Crandall said. “At the end of the play, you get to witness what has become of the whole ordeal that started with one lie. It’s a poignant play of false accusations.” Crandall said it is a very well-written piece that sends a strong message and is still relevant to our society today. “I feel like everything is going to go well,” stage manager Emily Johnson said. “I’m excited and nervous. I got spoiled with such a great cast, they are all professional and they all get along very well.” Johnson said that students should come see the play to support their school, to have a good time, and to see a great production. “It’s a great play,” freshman Marisa Quist said. “I recommend for the students at WT to go see it. It has a talented cast and it has a really good plot.” The play starts at 7:30 p.m. and is free for all WT students. Tickets cost $8 for senior citizens and children under 12, and $11 to the public.

pool toys. Although some students were skeptical of the idea of hypnosis, the crowd enjoyed the show. “[CJ Johnson] was awesome,” Dylan Anderson, a junior Wildlife Biology major, said. “I wasn’t sure if I believed [hypnosis], but I believe it now.” Tiawna Cayton, a resident assistant at Buff Hall, was in the audience when the show began. She was brought up to the stage after falling under Johnson’s hypnosis. “I don’t remember being hypnotized,” said Cayton. “I feel like a moron, but it was fun.” Johnson has been entertaining audiences for 25 years. He initially started as a juggler and a magician, but became interested in hypnosis. “I like performing hypnosis shows because every show forces me to use all I know about theater, show business, people and entertaining at every show,” he said. Although hypnosis can be entertaining, there are

other benefits to the art as well. “Hypnosis is great to help people with habits, phobias and other issues that are behavior related,” said Johnson. “Millions of people have quit smoking by using hypnosis.” After the show ended, Johnson had hypnosis DVDs for sale that help with study habits, concentration, and self-esteem. However, he was quick to say that hypnosis “is not a magic pill.” “You can’t just listen to a CD and expect miracles or I’d have a 32-inch waist and weigh the same as I did in high school - and I don’t,” he said. Johnson performs at many colleges around the nation, but he especially enjoyed performing for WT students.

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“They were energetic, appreciative, respectful and all around awesome,” he said. “A great audience leads to a great show and last night’s audience was spectacular.” To learn more about C.J. Johnson, follow him at @Hypnotic1 on Facebook and Twitter or visit



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Campus Life Prairie Hellogoodbye performs for WTAMU Homecoming 6

Daniela Fierro StaFF Writer


n Oct. 7, Hellogoodbye performed at the Virgil Henson Activity Center as part of WTAMU’s homecoming events. Hellogoodbye played many of their songs from their new album, called “Would It Kill You?” and ended with “Touchdown Turnaround (Don’t Give Up on Me)” from their debut album. “We’ve never really been here long enough to stay, but we have passed by Amarillo,” vocalist and singer Forrest Kline said. Drummer Michael Garzon said he likes to play songs that are a challenge while keyboardist and guitarist Joseph Marro likes to play “Getting Old” because it has whimsical vibe. Kline said overall the band

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prefers to play the newest songs. “We like to play the newest because we like to figure out how it sounds,” said Kline. “We like to play what’s the freshest.” He said many starting bands tend to over think it, but he suggests starting where they know and just build from there. “A lot people just want to be a band because of what band gets, like playing shows or what they think you might get, like you get a whole lot of money, but they really don’t really care about what it takes to get there,” Marro said. “I would say to focus on writing music before anything else because image is far less important than bands think it is.” Garzon also advised aspiring musicians to be less obnoxious because people will like you in the long run.

Photo Courtesy of Eternal Flame

Drummer Michael Garza from Hellogoodbye.

Photo by Alex Montoya

Singer Forrest Kline performs at Homecoming.





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Last week’s answers


Prairie WTAMU celebrates Homecoming Mardi Gras style 8

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Different floats amaze the community during the Homecoming parade.

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The Desi Student Organization entertains the audience at the Pigskin Revue.

Photo courtesy of Eternal Flame

A helicopter landed on the field before the Homecoming game.

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Photo by Alex Montoya

Woot and the Handclaps opened the Homecoming concert for Hellogoodbye.

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JD Newman and Erin Feuerstein are crowned Homecoming King and Queen.

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Mass Communication students joined the Homecoming parade.

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WT’s Colorguard marched at the Homecoming parade.

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The Marching Band play WT’s fight song during the parade.

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Sigma Nu and Chi Omega show their letters at the parade.

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