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Alyson Rodriguez

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Reporter

Alyson Rodriguez is a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, currently majoring in multimedia journalism with a minor in leadership studies. She joined The Prospector in the Fall of 2020 as a contributor for the Arts and Culture section and has now written articles for the sports and news section and has done podcast segments as well. After discovering her passion for journalism through The Prospector, Alyson has gone to intern at El Paso Matters, NPR Next Generation Texas Newsroom and now the Texas Standard.

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The Bad Santas compete against the Naughty Elves, Nov. 11.

Rolling for Tots: Skating into the spirit of giving

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Reporter November 16, 2023

As the thunderous roar of wheels on the rink echoed through the arena, the spirited members of the El Paso roller derby team strapped on their festive gear, gearing up not just for a thrilling tournament but to also raise funds for Toys for Tots in a...

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The previous Mexican record of 581 was held by Palafox as well.

UTEP Rifle coach breaks Mexican record and strives to fulfill lifelong dream

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Reporter October 25, 2023

In a triumphant return to the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) shooting range, UTEP Head Rifle Coach Andrea Palafox had her eye on the prize and set a record for Mexico at the 53rd ISSF World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan from Aug. 14 to...

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Spooky pose stuck by members of 915 Echoes of Horror.

Have a scary good time at the hacienda 915 Echoes of Horror

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Reporter October 24, 2023

Step back in time and enter a world of spine-tingling suspense as the historic 1700s hacienda in Socorro, Texas, unveils its darkest secrets in a chilling new haunted house experience.   The newest haunted house attraction, 915 Echoes of Horrors,...

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Vocalist Natalia Bermudez, guitarist Mario Otero, and trumpeter Ricardo Ayub perform “Continuar”.

Hispanic Heritage night at the opera

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Reporter October 9, 2023

As the curtains rise on the stage of the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, a harmonious celebration unfolds in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, where the rich tapestry of Hispanic culture takes center stage, weaving together music, tradition and artistry.   The...

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A Miner-Tastic Minerpalooza

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Reporter September 18, 2023

Past, present and future Miners celebrated Minerpalooza by listening to musical acts, playing games and enjoying the fun ambiance. The 33rd annual Minerpalooza took place Sept. 15 outside of the Sun Bowl Stadium.  The night started off at 6 p.m. with...

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[Video] Texas Western Gold Rush

Eugenio Cantu, Contributor/Reporter September 8, 2023

The dust settles, the lights fade out, but only the miner spirit remains. Texas Western Gold Rush (TWGR) has kicked off Miner Welcome, UTEP’s yearly traditions to involve students into the blue and orange university. Most importantly, it is the first...

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New UTEP head soccer coach Gibbs Keeton starts off season with their first game Aug. 9 against New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque.  Photo courtesy UTEP Athletics

New soccer coach Gibbs Keeton prepares Miners for new season

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor August 8, 2023

UTEP soccer is starting off the upcoming season with a new head coach. Gibbs Keeton was hired as head coach in Dec. 2022.   Keeton has played soccer his whole life, while also playing collegiate soccer at Texas Tech. He was a soccer coach for over...

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Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Catie McCorry-Andalis describes how UTEP launched plenty of opportunities for first generation students. Photo courtesy by UTEP

Dr. Catie McCorry-Andalis named New VP of Student Affairs

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor July 6, 2023

A lot of great leaders have come through UTEP and changed the university for the better. But none quite like Dr. Catie McCorry-Andalis.  McCorry-Andalis is a UTEP alumnus and gained her doctoral degree in Education Leadership and Administration from...

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Heather Shade and her husband Dean have been giving ghost tours and hosting spooky events for the past ten years but started doing park meetups a year ago.

Spooks and Frights on Summer Nights

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor June 29, 2023

Halloween came early when local legends, folklore and El Paso ghost stories were shared with the El Paso community as the sun began to set and the summer heat fizzled out.  Ghost enthusiasts gathered at Dick Shinaut Park June 24, for the “Ghost...

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Paola Del Valle sells her handmade art at The Rodeo Night Market located at the Lowbrow Palace on June 10.

Young El Pasoans support local at The Rodeo Night Market

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor June 15, 2023

Instead of spending their Saturday night at the clubs or bars, young El Pasoans spent the evening supporting local vendors at The Rodeo Night Market.   The Lowbrow Palace, located at 1006 Texas Ave, brought back, The Rodeo Night Market, June 10....

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“The Boogeyman” is a film adaptation of Stephen King’s short story of the same name and opens in theatres June 2, and is rated PG-13. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios

New horror flick to take to the silver screen this summer

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor April 18, 2023

Do not turn off the lights because another Stephen King novel is coming to life on the silver screen. The new supernatural horror flick, “The Boogeyman,” is set to make audiences scream this summer.    “The Boogeyman” is a film adaptation...

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(Left to right) Manager, Poppy Martll and heroes Evan Vourazeris and Andrea Ortego working hard at Howdy Homemade ice cream parlor.

Get scoops and smiles at Howdy Homemade

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor January 17, 2023

El Paso’s newest ice cream parlor has finally opened its doors to the community. Howdy Homemade Ice Cream Parlor’s grand opening was Dec. 3, 2022, and since then the “Heroes” have been serving every scoop with a smile.    “The best part...

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Nursing student David Moreno is ready to serve in the workforce and pursue a career in the medical field.

UTEP graduate is a hero in the making

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 29, 2022

UTEP nursing student David Moreno is one of the many students graduating during this fall commencement. Moreno is ready to serve in the workforce and pursue a career of serving his community, which he already has extensive experience in doing.   Moreno...

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UTEP’s Department of Theatre and Dance presented their show ‘Zoot Suit’ by Luis Valdez Nov. 17 at the Wise Family Theatre. Photos courtesy of the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance.

Theater and Dance present ‘Zoot Suit’

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 28, 2022

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presented their new show “Zoot Suit” written by Luis Valdez, and directed by Justin Lucero. It opened Nov. 17 at the Wise Family Theatre.   Zoot Suit is a groundbreaking piece of Latinx theatre and a milestone...

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David Gamez, Vice President of the Google Developer Student Club at UTEP, and Arley Silva pose after being interviewed.

UTEP students learn skills at Google Workshop

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 28, 2022

UTEP students got to experience and learn alongside Googlers at the first UTEP + HOLA@Cloud Google Cloud Hero event. The event was hosted by the new student organization, Google Developer Student Club,  from 10 a.m. to 2 pm., Nov. 18 at the El Paso Natural...

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Senior cross country captain Rodgers Korir says his favorite part about being captain is to see his team improve every single day.

The Prospector’s Student-Athlete of the Month: Rodgers Korir

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 15, 2022

Cross country is not only a physically challenging sport but also mentally demanding. UTEP senior cross country captain Rodgers Korir understands that fully, but he is does not shy away from a challenge.  Korir was born and raised in Eldoret, Uasin...

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The Spirit of Giving event will be happening Dec. 12-15 for anyone who would like to donate gifts.

This holiday season, participate in the ‘Spirit of Giving’

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 15, 2022

This Christmas season, El Pasoans are invited to open their hearts and participate in the spirit of giving. The El Paso Community Foundation is partnering with several local nonprofits to give back to the community living in El Paso.    The Spirit...

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“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in Concert collaborated with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra during their sold-out show Nov. 13.

Magical night at El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Harry Potter Concert

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 14, 2022

Wizards and muggles came together to experience the El Paso Symphony Orchestra’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in concert. The magical concert took place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13 at The Plaza Theatre.  The El Paso Symphony Orchestra...

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Junior guard Mahri Petree goes up for a short jump shot.

Women’s basketball starts off season strong

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 9, 2022

The first game of the UTEP women’s basketball season was a slam dunk. The UTEP Miners won the season opener against the University of New Orleans (UNO) which took place Monday, Nov. 7, at the Don Haskins Center.   There are eight new players on...

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JD Ybañez performes at Spooky Moon Music Festival Oct. 29

El Pasoans spend Halloween weekend at Spooky Moon Music Festival

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 2, 2022

El Pasoans had the chance to experience a new type of show called Spooky Moon Music Festival that celebrates EDM music and Halloween. The new music festival welcomed various national and international EDM artists that rocked the night until 2 a.m.   The...

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 Up and Running hosted a future engineers 5k run and 1k walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

El Paso runners raise money for future engineers

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter November 1, 2022

El Paso runners got together and raised money for scholarships for future engineers. The El Paso chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) hosted the Future Engineers 5K and 1 mile walk 8 a.m., Oct. 29. The race started and finished...

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 The homecoming royalty court, cheer, and dance team bring the spirit at the UTEP’s homecoming pep rally.

Homecoming Pep Rally welcomes back distinguished alumni

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter October 28, 2022

SELC hosted UTEP’s 93rd homecoming pep rally at 11:30 a.m., Oct. 27 on the second floor of the Union East. The event raised miner spirit for the upcoming homecoming football game against Middle Tennessee State University.   The Union was filled...

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Dr. Ricardo Reyna begins carving the side of his pumpkin on Oct. 23 at the Coronado Country Club.

Surgeons carve ghoulish gourds at Operation Pumpkin

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter October 26, 2022

Well-known surgeons from the El Paso area showcased their expert carving skills for charity at Operation Pumkin. Operation Pumpkin is an event that the Lee and Beulah Moor Children’s Home has been hosting for over 20 years.   “Operation Pumpkin...

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Two men dressed in cowboy attire pose for a picture Oct. 14 before the haunted trolly tour.

Chase shadows of the night on a trolley

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter October 18, 2022

When haunted cities in America are mentioned, people tend to think about New Orleans, Louisiana; Salem, Massachusetts; Washington D.C. and other big cities with rich paranormal history. Not many people know that the Sun City also has many ghosts and ghouls...

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Tooth and Veil Oddities and Macabre Shop is owned by Michelle Bocanegra and has been selling oddities and antiques for 25 years.

Unique finds at Tooth and Veil Oddities and Macabre Shop

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter October 18, 2022

El Paso has many hidden gems around every corner. One of these secret shops is the Tooth and Veil Oddities and Macabre Shop, which is unlike any store in the Sun City.   “We get every type of reaction when people first walk into the shop,” said...

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The Tony Award winning musical “Hairspray” was featured at the Plaza Theatre Oct. 4 and Oct. 5. Photo courtesy of “Hairspray”

‘You can’t stop the beat,’ Hairspray comes to El Paso

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter October 11, 2022

The Plaza Theatre traveled back in time to 1962 with the production of “Hairspray.” El Pasoans are getting the chance to experience the theatre’s new endeavor, “Broadway in El Paso.” Which is showcasing Broadway shows that include “On Your...

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The ‘Pasos Ajenos’ Exhibit located in the Centennial Museum portrays the social justice and inequalities in the Borderlands. From displays to videos to posters, the museum offers information of the issues occurring within our community.

Match steps and break borders at ‘Pasos Ajenos’

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter October 4, 2022

Traveling to a new country to pursue a better life is a sacrifice that many migrants are currently making in their journey to the U.S. They flee due to circumstances such as violence, environmental factors, economic opportunities and other reasons. Recently...

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Campus organizer Carla Palacios speaks to reporter Alyson Rodriguez and informs her on why students on campus should join Texas Rising, an on-campus organization that seeks to empower young adults to get involved in politics Sept. 29.

Texas Rising gets students involved in politics

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter October 4, 2022

As election season begins to creep up, it is important for UTEP students to know what is going on in their government both locally and nationally, especially since young people make up the majority of the demographic of voters.   A great organization...

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On Sept. 30, 1972, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park was authorized by congress, and this year their fiftieth anniversary is celebrated.

Guadalupe Mountains National Park celebrates golden anniversary

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter September 30, 2022

Extensive mountain ranges, canyons, and desert flora and fauna fill the west Texas landscape, where one of the most prehistoric and relevant national parks reside, Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The highest point in Texas, Guadalupe Peak, also calls...

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One of the murals Ortega created included one of Jose Manuel Flores, Jr. who was 10 years old when he died. He is shown wearing his baseball uniform with the number 6. Photo courtesy of Albert Tino Ortega.

El Paso artist heals wounds in Uvalde through mural art

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter September 28, 2022

The small town of Uvalde, Texas was changed forever May 24 after a school shooter entered Robb Elementary school and took the lives of 21 people.  The victims included children between the ages of 9 and 11 and the two teachers who died protecting...

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Yayale Handmade, owned by Claudia Cornejo, features her handmade amigurumi dolls and crochet clothes at the Lollygag Night Market Sept. 10 at 1000 Deisel Drive.

The Lollygag Night Market showcases local businesses

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter September 20, 2022

Try something new for Saturday night and support local vendors at the Lollygag Night Market. The market showcases different local vendors who sell clothes, jewelry, food and much more.   The most recent Lollygag Night Market was held Sept. 10 at 1000...

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Interviewees sat eagerly waiting for their turn to be interviewed at The Foundation Room.

Howdy Homemade serves every scoop with a smile

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter September 20, 2022

Editor’s note: Alyson Rodriguez was an intern with El Paso Community Foundation up until Aug. 8.   Serving every scoop of ice cream with a smile, Howdy Homemade ice cream is coming to El Paso. Originally based in Dallas, Texas, the ice cream franchise...

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Helping communities one drop at a time

Helping communities one drop at a time

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter September 20, 2022

In recent years, the U.S. has had many water crises where low-income communities had unsafe drinking water. Some of the more well-known instances include the Flint Michigan water crisis in 2014.   UTEP Associate Professor of Civil Engineering Ivonne...

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From left to right: Latino Finance Group President Fernando Pacheco Jr., Treasurer Vidal Guzman-Gonzalez and Vice President Rodolfo De Las Casas.

Latinos take over Wall Street

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter September 14, 2022

In recent years, investing has become popular among young people, especially students. Younger generations have realized that it would be useful to learn about finance and investing.   The UTEP Finance and Investment Club (FIC) teaches students about...

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Minerpalooza wraps up Welcome Week

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter September 6, 2022

On Friday, Sept. 2 the 32nd Minerpalooza took place and was a smash hit. Miners of all generations filled the parking lot outside of the Sun Bowl Stadium and showed off their Miner pride.  There were games, jumping balloons, vendors, music and fun that...

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The UTEP band performs and cheers on the UTEP football team from the stands, like Ashley Campos. From playing tunes like “Butter” by BTS to the Miners Fight Song, you will catch the band full of spirit at every game.

What it means to be a Marching Miner

Alyson Rodriguez September 6, 2022

No one on campus has more Miner spirit than the UTEP Marching Miners. They can be seen and heard at every UTEP event, whether it is a football game or a ceremony.   The marching band is made up of various members from all walks of life who come together...

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The 32nd Minerpalooza will take place Friday, Sept. 2, and will hold the final round of Battle of the Bands which include Melancholy 10, Jamal Streeter, ACID WAVE, Low Perfection, and Sultanes Del Yonke.

Picks up for Minerpalooza

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter August 24, 2022

Miner Nation, get ready for Minerpalooza! UTEP’s annual Minerpalooza celebration is returning for its 32nd year Friday, Sept. 2. There is something for everyone at Minerpalooza as it will be filled with a variety of activities, games, music, and more. It...

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: New dean of the College of Engineering, Kenith Meissner, shakes the hand of an attendee at the Meet the Dean” ice cream social from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 28 in the Geology Reading Room.

Kenith Meissner is new Dean of Engineering

Alyson Rodriguez, Staff Reporter August 23, 2022

UTEP names Kenith Meissner, Ph.D., the new Dean of the College of Engineering and he began his role Aug. 3. The new dean has many dreams and plans for the engineering program in his new role. “As UTEP has grown from a regional university to a national...

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There are many places in El Paso to rock climb that are both indoors and outdoors. Photo courtesy of Alyson Rodriguez

El Paso’s rockin’ spots for climbing

Alyson Rodriguez, Guest Columnist June 20, 2022

Known throughout the world for its incredible rock formations, El Paso is a destination for elite rock climbers.  El Paso and surrounding areas have many places to rock climb both indoors and outdoors, including Franklin Mountains State Park, Hueco...

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MinerLink is one of the ways UTEP Alumni can stay in touch with one another and expand your professional network. Photo from the MinerLink website.

UTEP’s Alumni Association assists UTEP graduates

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor May 5, 2022

As graduation ceremonies begin to ensue and graduates start to move on to the next step of their life, UTEP’s Alumni Association is ready to assist future UTEP alumni. The Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization that works in partnership with...

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Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez was one of multiple keynote speakers for the Southwest Leadership Conference on Aprill 22, an event hosted by UTEP’s Student Engagment and leadership Center. Photo courtesy of SELC.

Olympic gold medalist headlines UTEP 21st century conference

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor May 4, 2022

UTEP’s Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) hosted the 21st Century Southwest Leadership Experience Conference April 22-23 in the Undergraduate Learning Center on the UTEP campus. The conference had many different types of breakout sessions...

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“Oil on Canvas” by Adyacenia depicts a man in the center of the painting with taunting figures surrounding him at Galeria Lincoln at 3915 Rosa Ave.

Galería Lincoln celebrates art and culture

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor April 20, 2022

Editor's Note: This story was updated April 21, 12:03 p.m., to state the that Galería Lincoln is located at 3915 Rosa Ave. next to Lincoln Park. In the city’s heart stands a hidden gem, a small white house full of color. Galería Lincoln is located...

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Sophomore Alyson Rodriguez assists UTEP student Almicar Marquez.

Visually impaired student urges accessibility from UTEP

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor April 19, 2022

The Americans with Disability Act, or ADA, limits was passed in 1990. It is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Because of this law, people with disabilities can now acquire extra services to help them at work and at...

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The city of El Paso announced its new children’s museum, “La Nube: The Shape of Imagination” which is set to be finished by early 2023 and will be located on the corner of Sante Fe Street and West Main Drive. Photos courtesy of Snøhetta/Moare

New museum ‘La Nube’ brings curiosity and imagination to Sun City

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor April 14, 2022

A new cloud of imagination floats down the streets of downtown El Paso and is taking another step into the future as the city of El Paso announced the new El Paso’s Children Museum and Science Center, March 23.  The new museum will be called “La...

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Men’s fashion apparel and outfit inspirations are displayed inside of Uptown Cheapskate, at 1225 Wedgewood Drive.

Fashion forward on a dime: Showcasing thrift shops

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor April 6, 2022

Local thrift stores’ main goal is to make fashion easily accessible and affordable, which is perfect for college students on a budget. “There are a billion reasons to thrift. If you are looking for big brand names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, American...

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The boutique is located at 2105 E. Yandell Drive and is opened Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to –6 p.m.

Love Alumni Boutique empowers women

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor March 23, 2022

A local woman has transformed the lives of many small businesses owned by women by opening not only her heart but her store to showcase their products. Malorie Mckinney is the CEO and founder of Love Alumni Boutique. Mckinney co-founded the business...

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There were many different booths at the Body Image Fair that taught students about healthy body image and self-esteem.

UTEP students celebrate body image and self-esteem

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor March 7, 2022

UTEP’s Student Wellbeing Initiative hosted the “Love your body week” which started Monday, Feb. 21, and ran through Friday, Feb. 25. The organization hosted different events and activities about healthy body image and self-esteem and students were...

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UTEPs Centennial Plaza.

The Future Miner Vision: 2030 Strategic plan

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor March 2, 2022

The 2030 Strategic plan lays out the university's vision, and how it plans to grow the campus over the next 10 years. It was created in 2020 after President Heather Wilson was appointed the 11th president of UTEP.  It is a vision into the future of...

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Local artist Tino Ortega was chosen to create the new Aug. 3 memorial that will be built at Ponder Park, 7500 W.H. Burges Drive in El Paso.

Local artist to create a new Aug. 3 memorial

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor March 1, 2022

El Paso was changed forever on Aug. 3, 2019.   A gunman drove across Texas and took the lives of 23 innocent people. Since that day, two memorials have been created honoring the victims’ memory, and a new one is being built in Ponder Park.   The...

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Anaysa Arce grabs to get her pins and flags from the LGBTQIA2S+ workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

UTEP’s SELC celebrates the beauty of queerness through a workshop

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor February 23, 2022

UTEP’s Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) hosted “QUEER 101: LGBTQIA2S+ Workshop” Wednesday, Feb. 9, and covered many topics regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and pronouns.   UTEP students filled...

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Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s art interactive exhibit

Immerse yourself in Van Gogh’s art interactive exhibit

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor February 18, 2022

“Irises,” “Bedroom in Arles,” “Wheatfield with Crows,” “The Starry Night,” immerse yourself in the Van Gogh experience by stepping into some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings.   “Beyond Van Gogh the Immersive Experience” is...

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Graphic Designer of Loteria Del Chuco, Daniel Corral, shows off his self-designed merchandise inspired by El Paso’s Loteria game version.

Loteria del Chuco: El Paso inspired board game is a local sensation

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor February 9, 2022

Brainstormed over a couple of beers in the midst of the pandemic, Loteria del Chuco came to be. The El Paso inspired Loteria game was created eight months ago by Daniel Corral and his friends, and it has become a local sensation ever since.   “Loteria...

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Young UTEP couple demonstrates the hardships of being together through an on-going pandemic.

Pandemic Love: a love story for the times

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor February 3, 2022

The pandemic may have changed the dating scene forever. It has put many young adults’ love lives on hold. Without enough feelings of love and intimacy during the pandemic, it has potentially made many students feel depressed and lonely. For young...

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Photo courtesy of UTEP Dinner Theatre

Grow in love with UTEP’s Dinner Theatre production ‘The Wedding Singer’

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor January 24, 2022

Turn back the clock and return to the tubular 1980s by enjoying UTEP’s Dinner Theatre newest production “The Wedding Singer.” Opening weekend for the new musical is Friday, Jan. 28 to Sunday, Jan. 30 at the UTEP Dinner Theatre located in the Union...

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A UTEP student takes their senior graduation picture in front of the pick located at the front of the UTEP campus.

Myriad ways to celebrate UTEP graduation

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor December 6, 2021

As another graduation season rolls around and students begin preparing to celebrate with their family and friends, there are many places and activities to do to commemorate this joyous achievement.   Most students choose to eat at a fancy restaurant with...

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Fall commencement will take place at the Don Haskins Center Dec. 11-12

Fall commencement returns to Don Haskins

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor December 3, 2021

After a distressing two years filled with uncertainty, UTEP commencements return to their rightful place at the Don Haskins Center, 151 Glory Road. UTEP’s Spring 2021 commencement was held at the Sun Bowl stadium and welcomed graduates...

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UTEPs SELC hosted the Coffee House Open Mic Night on the second floor of the Union Building Nov. 10.

Miners show talent at Open Mic Night

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor November 18, 2021

All sorts of talent filled the night at the second-floor lounge of the Union East building Nov. 10 as UTEP’s Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) hosted its first Coffee House Open Mic Night.    Some students performed...

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UTEP’s Department of Theatre and Dance arranged the play ALEBRIJES A Bilingual Day of the Dead Show, a free show that took place in the Desert Garden Amphitheater Oct. 28-Nov. 2.

Celebrating the Day of the Dead with ‘Alebrijes’

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor November 9, 2021

Bright colors and culture filled the cool fall nights with the showing of “Alebrijes” at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Amphitheater. The bilingual Day of the Dead play was written and directed by Georgina Hernandez Escobar. UTEP’s Department of...

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Courtesy of UTEP Athletics

UTEP transfer set to make a difference for Miners

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor November 3, 2021

Dunk and go nuts! Standing at six foot 10 inches is UTEP men’s basketball player Bonke Maring. Maring is originally from Cypress, Texas, and is currently a sophomore at UTEP. He is currently taking his core courses and is still deciding...

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SELC held the Halloween film festival at Centennial Plaza Saturday, Oct. 16.

Spooks and frights fill the night at the SELC Halloween Film Festival

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor October 26, 2021

Screams filled the air at the Union Cinema on Oct. 16 as UTEP’s Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) hosted a Halloween movie marathon to celebrate the Halloween spirit. The Halloween Festival is back from the dead.  The event screened three...

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The UTEP Haunted Campus tour is happening on October 29, 2021.

Mystery at Miner Manor: Join SAA at the 14th annual haunted campus tour

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor October 21, 2021

Celebrate spooky season with a few UTEP alumni... dead alumni. BUWAH HAHAHAHAHA! The Student Alumni Association (SAA) is hosting its 14th annual haunted campus tour. Come hear all about the spooky stories that encompass UTEP’s history. Don’t miss...

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A scene from “Squid Game” on Netflix


Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor October 12, 2021

SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE SERIES  Netflix has produced multiple award-winning shows that have topped the charts. Recently a new show titled “Squid Game” has become Netflix’s number one most streamed show.  Popular Netflix shows like Orange Is...

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Turn UTEP green with the Green Fund

Turn UTEP green with the Green Fund

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor September 30, 2021

The fight to make UTEP a more sustainable university rage on. One group on campus who is making it their priority to make UTEP green, is the Green Fund committee.   This environmental conservation organization was established in 2011 and...

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A member of Mariachi Frontera performs “Que bonito es Chihuahua” at the El Grito ceremony on September 16, 2021

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with UTEP

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor September 22, 2021

  ¡Feliz 16 de septiembre! ¡Viva Mexico! ¡Viva la independencia nacional! ¡Viva Hidalgo! ¡Vivan los heroes que nos dieron patria!    Hispanic Heritage Month began Sept. 15. Across the country, the citizens celebrate all the contributions...

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Run your heart out at the 11th annual Miner Dash & Family Fitness Fiesta

Run your heart out at the 11th annual Miner Dash & Family Fitness Fiesta

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor September 14, 2021

Don’t siesta, come to the fitness fiesta! Calling all Miners, runners, and fitness enthusiasts to the 11th annual Miner Dash and Family Fitness Fiesta. On Sunday, Sept. 26, UTEP will be hosting the first Miner Dash since the beginning of the pandemic.  This...

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Photo Credits: Student Recreation Center

UTEP Rec Center presents first-ever Late Night at the Rec

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor August 26, 2021

On Friday, Aug. 20, many UTEP groups will host events to welcome UTEP Miners back on campus. One of the events includes the first-ever Late Night at the Rec at the UTEP Recreation Center at 8 p.m., Aug. 20. The event ends at midnight, and is...

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The Tin Mine trail takes the explorer through the desert terrain of the Franklin mountains.

UTEP Rec Center hosts hiking trip to local Tin Mines, other events

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor August 4, 2021

The UTEP Student Recreation Center Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) held its first outdoor trip since the pandemic started – a free hike to the El Paso Tin Mines in Northeast El Paso. Participants met at the trail head at 7 a.m. Saturday, July...

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Kaleigh Love, left, and Sofia Delgado, two undergraduate students at The University of Texas at El Paso, were elected to the Peer-Led Team Learning International Society (PLTLIS) board of directors during the society’s virtual annual conference, which was hosted by the University.

Two UTEP students elected to Peer-Led Team Learning International Society board

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor August 3, 2021

The nationally recognized organizations of UTEP have produced numerous accomplished alumni. UTEP students Sofia Delgado and Kaleigh Love have been elected to the board of directors for the Peer-Led Team International Society. Established in Atlanta,...

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UTEP has introduced three lactation stations on campus to facilitate staff and students that are breastfeeding.

UTEP provides parents with stations to nurse

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor July 15, 2021

Being a mother is one of the most challenging jobs on earth and being a mother in college is even more complicated. Whether it’s staying up late and comforting a crying baby or pulling an all-nighter and studying for a final, being a mother...

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Pride parade celebration at Downtown El Paso, Saturday June 22nd 2019.

Borderland hosts pride events all summer

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor June 24, 2021

June is Pride month. A month of celebrating people’s individuality and sexuality. It honors the achievements and impact that the LGBTQ+ community has made throughout history. During this time, many pride events are held in Sun City.    Following...

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The Water Lantern Festival returns  to Ascarate Park June 19 2021.

Experience a magical night at the Water Lantern Festival

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor June 18, 2021

The company One World LLC is bringing the Water Lantern Festival to the Sun City Saturday June 19. Those interested can bring a date or friends and family to enjoy celebrating a traditional Chinese festival. According to Britannica, the tradition of...

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With people still hesitant to return to movie theaters amid the COIVD-19 pandemic, streaming platforms offer a variety of movie options, film fanatics won’t want to miss.

Spend summer break pandemic style, on the couch

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor May 4, 2021

COVID-19 shut down movie theaters and restricted the release of many anticipated films. More people spent their time at home watching whatever was new on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus and all other streaming sites. As summer 2021 rolls around,...

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Students gathered Wednesday, April 24, at the Union Cinema listening to UTEP lecturer Ruby Montana’s testimony of those who once were victims of sexual and domestic abuse.

Take Back the Night raises awareness against sexual violence

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor May 4, 2021

UTEP’s Campus Advocacy, Resources and Education (CARE) hosted the Take Back the Night event on April 22 as part of raising awareness for sexual assault month. They had a movie screening of “Roll Red Roll,” followed by a discussion led by UTEP lecturer...

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Graduates prepare to celebrate as COVID-19 regulations loosen

Graduates prepare to celebrate as COVID-19 regulations loosen

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor May 4, 2021

As UTEP seniors prepare their cap and gown for commencement ceremony on May 14 and 15, some are also preparing to celebrate in-person with their loved ones as COVID-19 restrictions loosen and more community members receive the vaccine. In 2020, as...

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People were welcomed at UTEPs Centennial Plaza for a movie on the lawn, hosted by the Student Engagement and Leadership Center on April 13, 2021.

UTEP SELC shows “Greenland” at in-person Movies on the Lawn

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor April 19, 2021

UTEP's Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) hosted Movies on the Lawn on Tuesday, April 13 at Centennial Plaza for a screening of “Greenland” directed by Ric Roman Waugh.  “Movies on the lawn is a collaboration between SELC and...

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UTEP creative writing adjunct lecturer Alessandra Narváez Varela debuts her first novel, “Thirty Talks Weird Love.”

Introduction of a new read, “Thirty Talks Weird Love”

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor April 6, 2021

UTEP creative writing adjunct lecturer Alessandra Narváez Varela debuts her first novel, “Thirty Talks Weird Love.”   The novel centers on Anamaria Aragón Sosa, a girl who lives in Ciudad Juárez in 1999, during the first femicide wave. Anamaria is...

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Sunny Folds Thrift is an online thrift store on Instagram in El Paso. It is ran by a young woman named Mimi, along with the help of her husband.

Sunny Folds El Paso Thrift encourages up-cycling

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor March 23, 2021

Thrift shops have become popular in recent years. It not only helps local businesses, but it also helps the environment. According to experts, by buying recycled clothes, shoppers reduce waste in landfills. Mimi, a UTEP senior majoring in education, started...

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This Matters: Readvolutionary inspires new generation one book at a time

This Matters: Readvolutionary inspires new generation one book at a time

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor March 4, 2021

UTEP’s Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) hosted a discussion on activism led by UTEP senior and creator of Readvolutionary, Kierra Lopez-Robinson, on Feb. 27 as part of its This Matters: Women in Activism discussions.   Readvolutionary...

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In the center, Iris Lopez walks alongside leaders of Mija, yes you can, in support of fellow females.

Mija, Yes you can: El Paso nonprofit empowers women

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor February 23, 2021

Iris Lopez recalls hearing the same advice from her mother growing up, “Mija, Yes you can.” The words rung in Lopez’ head throughout her education as a Montwood High School student and graduate at The University of Texas at El Paso. They have...

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The Liquid Gates of Time: New exhibition at the Rubin Center

The Liquid Gates of Time: New exhibition at the Rubin Center

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor February 16, 2021

The Rubin Center held a virtual opening on Jan. 28 for its new exhibition, “Liquid Gates of Time,” created by the artist XX.   The event was hosted by Josiah Heyman, UTEP professor of anthropology and director of UTEP’s Center...

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UTEP’s YDSA fight for ADA parking accessibility continues

UTEP’s YDSA fight for ADA parking accessibility continues

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor February 13, 2021

The highest priced Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) parking pass at UTEP ranges between $250 and $500 for employees and students, but one University group is trying to change that.  UTEP’s Young Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) works to...

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Love in the time of Coronavirus: How to keep relationships healthy during quarantine

Love in the time of Coronavirus: How to keep relationships healthy during quarantine

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Writer January 28, 2021

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to create levels of distress across the world, its obstacles have managed to trickle down to personal levels, like the ones couples waiting out the pandemic together experience. However, experts believe maintaining a...

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“Dune” is an upcoming American film directed by Denis Villanueve, telling the first half Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel by the same name.

The most anticipated films set to release in 2021

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor January 19, 2021

The idea of a new year bringing new beginnings has never applied more to a year than 2021. After a disappointing cloud doomed over film release dates throughout 2020, 2021 brings a thrilling wave of entertainment with the most anticipated movies set to...

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Briana Perez hopes to become a broadcast journalist because they the frontlines of all major events, getting all the facts and sharing it with the viewers who are unaware of the magnitude of the situation at hand...

A ‘surreal’ graduation: Brianna Perez is determined to kick start career despite uncertainty

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor November 19, 2020

What should have been a time to celebrate graduation and start a lifelong career has instead turned into another precious tradition lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thousands of seniors at UTEP will once again not experience their graduation in person because...

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Wilson talks UTEPs achievements, setbacks from COVID-19

Wilson talks UTEP’s achievements, setbacks from COVID-19

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor November 14, 2020

UTEP President Heather Wilson addressed the COVID-19 pandemic and the institution's work as a Hispanic serving university during her State of the University address Oct. 27 and 28, broadcasted on KTEP-FM. At the beginning of the broadcast Wilson opened...

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This year, graduations have shifted to online due to COVID-19 concerns.

Being a college freshman: COVID-19 stole an ending and a beginning from me

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor November 6, 2020

A devastating pandemic was definitely not part of most people's plans for this year. It definitely wasn't part of mine as a graduating high school senior. Instead of hugging my friends in graduation photos, we had to social distance. Instead of being...

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The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 5, 1979.

Hotel Paso Del Norte’s reopening reveals a multi-million-dollar renovation

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor October 29, 2020
The newly refined hotel, originally opened on Thanksgiving Day 107 years ago, underwent a $1.5 million renovation making it one of the sturdiest structures in El Paso. 
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Alvarez, an El Paso Community College graduate who is now attending UTEP and pursuing a degree in business, has been crafting and selling her handmade works of art at markets ever since 2014. She has just recently opened her own mobile shop this past weekend.  

Photo courtesy of Vanessa Alvarez

Banana and Bear is El Paso’s new art shop on wheels

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor October 15, 2020
Banana and Bear’s products consist of handmade pins, necklaces, keychains, rings, knick knacks, and thrifted clothing, with varied prices. Clothing costs between $3 to $20 while handmade items range from $4 to $10. The products are made with different types of materials such as resin and clay.  
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A division of Destination El Paso announce the unveiling of its newest display celebrating Hispanic Heritage month.
Photo courtesy of Visit El Paso.

‘Love letters to El Paso’: Display celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor October 8, 2020
Located at the heart of our city, a new art display at San Jacinto Plaza honors various Hispanic heroes during Hispanic Heritage month.  
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The 35-minute documentary centers around the tragic death of WVU freshman, Nolan Burch, in 2014, after joining an unsanctioned fraternity called Kappa Sigma.

‘Breathe, Nolan, breathe’: a documentary targeting the real-life horrors of hazing

Alyson Rodriguez , Contributor October 3, 2020
On Sept. 23, the UTEP Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) hosted a virtual screening and discussion with the directors of the documentary, “Breathe, Nolan, Breathe: The Nolan Burch Story.” The 2019 film discusses the topic of hazing and follows the tragic events that led to the death of a West Virgina University (WVU) student.
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Jefa Market is a virtual marketplace to shop women owned local businesses in one place all from the comfort of your own home.

Virtual farmer’s market supports local, women-owned businesses

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor October 1, 2020
One farmer’s market that is adapting virtually is the Jefa Market, a local non-profit ran by Chicachat. Jefa Market is a virtual marketplace with over 20 different businesses owned by women.
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Illustration by Hugo Hinojosa.

Take advantage of your student status and save money

Alyson Rodriguez , Contributor September 18, 2020
Since students’ expenses are high, many are left with little to no money for personal expenses. Thankfully there are locally owned and national chains that offer student discounts.  
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Photo courtesy of Anette Baca.

Moba Clothing: Making the world greener, one item of clothing at a time

Alyson Rodriguez , Contributor September 11, 2020
Sleek, trendy, and stylish are some of the words that may come to mind when you look at Moba Clothing’s Instagram page. Moba Clothing makes handmade sustainable clothing for all sizes. 
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