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Assayer of Student Opinion.

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Alexia Nava

Alexia X. Nava Carmona

Alexia Xiomara Nava Carmona is a junior majoring in Multimedia Journalism at UTEP and copy editor at The Prospector, the university newspaper. She is in charge of making sure all articles and stories follow AP Style and are grammatically correct. She is a bilingual Mexican who crossed the bridge every day to comply with her obligations as a student and a reporter.

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OPINIÓN: Cosas que aprendí vendiendo lencería

OPINIÓN: Cosas que aprendí vendiendo lencería

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor February 17, 2020

No sabía lo complicado que era comprar la ropa interior adecuada hasta que el verano pasado trabajé vendiendo lencería en un local pequeño llamado Coco’s Miel, ubicado en el Río Grande Mall de Ciudad Juárez, México.   Fuera de...

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Although it is a natural action, masturbation has been subject of its fair share of misconceptions and stigma.

Destigmatizing masturbation

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor February 10, 2020

Although it is a natural action, masturbation has been subject of its fair share of misconceptions and stigma, especially among women.   “Female masturbation has been seen as unnatural and immoral practice. It is considered a sin by many religions...

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Bill Robertson, Ph.D., professor of teacher education, right, and Tania Sanchez, collaborated on two issues of a four-part graphic novel that aims to teach scientific principles to middle school students. Sanchez, the books artist, earned her bachelors degree in mathematical sciences in December 2019.

‘Dr. Skateboard’ teaches physical sciences through comics

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor February 3, 2020

William Robertson, professor at UTEP’s Department of Education, who usually goes by Dr. Skateboard, turned himself into a character in his graphic novel, “Dr. Skateboard’s Action Science,” first published August 2019. The comic aims to explain...

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New opportunity for engineering students interested in graduate school to kick off this semester

New opportunity for engineering students interested in graduate school to kick off this semester

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor January 27, 2020

The Computer Engineering Department at UTEP received a $1 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement the Pathways to Success in Graduate Engineering (PASSE) program.  The PASSE program aims to help low-income, academically-talented...

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Carmen Navar will be graduating this Fall 2019 from UTEP.

Woman keeps a promise to herself, graduates after 52 years

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor December 3, 2019

When she was 19 years old, Carmen Navar entered art school wishing to become an artist, but it ultimately was a dream she did not achieve until 52 years later.   Navar describes her younger self as a spoiled girl who skipped class despite her desire...

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On lucid, bizarre and wet dreams

On lucid, bizarre and wet dreams

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor November 20, 2019

On this week's installment of the biweekly Prospector Podcast, Copy Editor Alexia X. Nava Carmona leads a discussion with The Prospector staff on dreams, covering bizarre dreams, lucid dreams, wet dreams, sleep paralysis and more. The Prospector...

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Diane Golding, Ed.D., is the principal investigator of a three-year, $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education that will benefit Hispanic female students. The project is titled “Yes, She Can: Closing the STEM Hispanic Gender Gap.”

Grant will enhance computer science students’ professional skills

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor November 19, 2019

UTEP’s Computer Science Department received a $742,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to work on professional leadership courses for its students.   The team behind the grant, led by Associate Professor of Computer Science Salamah Salamah,...

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Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experiences. It provides educators and students leading-edge technology centered on conversation-based learning across a cast of virtual patients.

Online courses improve quality of the nurse practitioner program at UTEP

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor November 12, 2019

The UTEP graduate nurse practitioner program has virtual modules called the Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experiences, which combines lecture and practice in one application.   Implemented in 2014, the program offers students a seven-week course...

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Cacti for sale at the Cactus festival Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.

Cactus festival educates El Pasoans on cacti species, recipes

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor November 12, 2019

The El Paso Cactus and Rock Club (EPCRC) celebrated Cactus Celebration Month with its annual Cactus Fest Nov. 2 at the El Paso Garden Center, 3105 Grant St.  The event, aimed at teaching the community about the abundance of cactus species, attracted enthusiasts like...

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Charles Valentine, Doctoral student in College of Education and Alejandra Avalos, Senior in College of Business.

First Hospitality Industry Meet & Greet Mixer to be held Thursday

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor November 11, 2019

Charles Valentine, first-year doctoral student from UTEP’s College of Education, will host the first Hospitality Industry Meet & Greet Mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel located in 111 West University Ave.  The...

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Store owner Michelle Bocanegra looms over Alexia as she embraces the coffin at the Tooth and Veil ugly Halloween sweater tea party.

Tooth and Veil hosts tea party for goth community

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor October 28, 2019

Tooth and Veil: Oddities and Macabre Shop hosted the Halloween Ugly Sweater Tea Party as part of their monthly Mourning Tea parties at its location on 820 Mesa St. Friday, Oct. 25.   The Mourning Tea parties, which started in March, were inspired...

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Bumble is a d social and dating application that facilitates communication between interested users.

Online dating affects students in both positive and negative ways

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor October 21, 2019

As the popularity of dating apps continues to increase, Business Insider expects these apps to reach more than 25 million users per month. Tinder, for example, had 57 million users globally, with 35 percent of them being between the ages of 18 to...

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NIH Awards $15.2M Grant to UTEP for Biomedical Training.

UTEP receives $15. 2 million grant for national research program

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor October 14, 2019

The BUILDing SCHOLARS program received a $15.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue working as a research opportunity for students interested in biomedical research for five more years.    In 2014, the NIH founded BUILDing SCHOLARS...

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UTEP student leads panel on masculinity, social constructs

UTEP student leads panel on masculinity, social constructs

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor October 7, 2019

Hugo Hinojosa, a digital media production major at UTEP, will hold a student panel called “Masculinidad, derribando constructos sociales,” or “Masculinity, knocking down social constructs,” at noon Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Blumberg...

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The history of homecoming: UTEP welcomes alumni and celebrates Miner pride

The history of homecoming: UTEP welcomes alumni and celebrates Miner pride

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor September 30, 2019

Throughout the week, UTEP will host its annual homecoming, which centers “around bringing alumni and a new generation of students together to build camaraderie and celebrate school spirit,” according to UTEP’s website.   “‘I belong...

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Acclaimed Mexican sculptor Sebastián created a piece designed especially for UTEP titled Esfera Cuántica Tlahtolli.

Las esculturas de ‘Sebastián’ en la frontera

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor September 23, 2019

Enrique Carbajal, conocido por su pseudónimo “Sebastián”, es el escultor de la “X” en Ciudad Juárez, México, y la esfera naranja en el edificio de Fox Fine Arts, las cuales tienen simbolismos relacionados a sus ubicaciones. Carbajal nació...

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Steven Varela, the Associate Director of Creative Studios and Technology Support Services, at the Undergraduate Learning Center Tuesday Sept. 10, 2019.

Cohort seeks to lessen students’ textbook expenses

Alexia X. Nava Carmona and Anahy Diaz September 16, 2019

Creative Studios and UTEP’s library are working together in a faculty-led cohort to create educational resources that are cheaper than textbooks for students, following the passing of Senate Bill 810.  SB 810, which Governor of Texas Greg Abbott...

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Charles Valentine, Doctoral student in College of Education and Alejandra Avalos, Senior in College of Business.

Speaker Series aims to inform UTEP students about the hospitality industry

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor September 9, 2019

Charles Valentine, doctoral student at the UTEP College of Education, is developing the Hospitality Industry Leaders' Panel Discussion to inform students about the hospitality industry and the opportunities it has to offer and hopes to one day see...

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Alexia Nava

A day that El Paso and Ciudad Juárez will never forget

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor September 2, 2019

After receiving CNN’s notification saying that there was an active shooter in El Paso, I felt shocked.   I was in Ciudad Juárez; I do not remember whether I was at home or at my summer job, but I do remember the surreal feeling as I...

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Katherine Mortimer, Ph.D. and Associate Professor in the College of Education, presents on language inequality in our education system.

Nerd Night covers bilingualism and the border

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Copy Editor September 2, 2019

The UTEP Centennial Museum and Insights presented their 21st monthly educational event, Nerd Night, Thursday, Aug. 22, at Gonzalos G & R Mexican restaurant, with the theme of bilingualism in the border city.  The latest Nerd Night consisted...

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Dance seniors present  final project performances

Dance seniors present final project performances

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Reporter May 7, 2019

The Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Trajectory: Senior Dance Capstones” May 10 as part of a final senior dance project. The capstones are a series of eight- to 10-minute choreographed pieces directed by the graduating dance seniors,...

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photo courtesy of UTEP theatre and dance

‘Oedipus El Rey’ a modern-day ‘Oedipus Rex’

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Reporter April 29, 2019

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance premiered its production of “Oedipus El Rey” April 26, at the UTEP Wise Family Theater. “Oedipus El Rey” is a modern-day Latinx adaptation of the Greek tragedy “Oedipus Rex” by Luis Alfaro. “It...

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Green Fund

Green Fund

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Reporter April 22, 2019

Green Fund, a committee created in 2012 by a student government vote, provides financial resources and advising to student sustainability projects that aim to improve the UTEP campus, according to Committee Chair Sergio Baltazar. “We provide the financial...

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Taco Tote scholarship relieves financial stress

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Reporter April 22, 2019

Several UTEP students received varying amounts of money from the Tacolture Scholarship, given by fast-food restaurant Taco Tote, to pay for their tuition for a semester. Students from different majors and classifications received anywhere from $500...

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El Paso celebrates third annual Child Wellness Conference

El Paso celebrates third annual Child Wellness Conference

Alexia X. Nava Carmona April 8, 2019

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will host the third annual Child Wellness Conference April 26 to inform about different aspects of children’s health and well being in honor Child Abuse Awareness Month and Día del Niño. “The...

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UTEP and UACJ planning to  restore academic collaboration

UTEP and UACJ planning to restore academic collaboration

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Reporter April 1, 2019

The College of Liberal Arts in UTEP and the Department of Social Sciences in UACJ (Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez) are planning to restore collaboration practices between them throughout the year. As of now, the two institutions are in the...

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‘The Humans’ is a ‘haunted family drama’

‘The Humans’ is a ‘haunted family drama’

Alexia x. Nava Carmona, Reporter March 11, 2019

The UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance presents “The Humans” at the Studio Theatre, first floor of the Fox Fine Arts Building, March 27-31. Originally written by Stephen Karam, “The Humans” has been called “the best play of the year”...

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‘A Piece of Our Mind’ highlights social issues

‘A Piece of Our Mind’ highlights social issues

Alexia x. Nava Carmona, Reporter February 26, 2019

The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is hosting “A Piece of Our Mind,” an exhibit that showcases the poster works of graphic artists Joe Scorsone and Alice Drueding. “Most of our work focuses on sociopolitical and environmental topics. “Sometimes...

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UTEP Professor Igor C. Almeida, Ph.D., is leading an almost 30-year research project that aims to discover a better treatment, as well as a vaccine, for Chagas disease.

Research aims for new vaccine, treatment for Chagas disease

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Reporter February 19, 2019

UTEP Professor Igor C. Almeida, Ph.D., is leading an almost 30-year research project that aims to discover a better treatment, as well as a vaccine, for Chagas disease. Chagas disease, named after the Brazilian physician Carlos Chagas, who discovered...

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UTEP Rec Center enhances student skills through Challenge Course

UTEP Rec Center enhances student skills through Challenge Course

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Reporter January 24, 2019

Since 2001, the UTEP Recreation Center has given students the opportunity to learn new skills and develop teamwork through the Challenge Course. Alicia Coltrane, the Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) coordinator of the Challenge Course, said the course...

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A great help for those in need

A great help for those in need

Alexia X. Nava Carmona, Staff Reporter October 29, 2018

Dr. Thenral Mangadu, an associate professor in the Department of Public Health at UTEP has helped raise up over  $5 million in research and projects that promote healthier lifestyles for several communities, especially those in the far east El Paso. Dr....

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