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Grad students had the opportunity to speak one on one with UTEP alum Danny Olivas.

Former astronaut Danny Olivas speaks at graduate student orientation

Andres Gallegos, Contributor August 25, 2017

On Aug. 23, graduate students assembled at the UGLC for the Graduate Student Orientation and Training. Organized by the graduate school, there were conferences welcoming both new and returning graduate students, the resource fair, food trucks and...

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Wrestlers from El Paso and across the country battled it out in the N.E.W Wrestling ring.

Lucha Frontera’s light heavyweight tournament delights Coliseum crowd

Andres Gallegos, Contributor July 30, 2017

New Era Wrestling's weekly Lucha Frontera livened up the El Paso County Coliseum with its light heavyweight tournament on July 28. Lucha Frontera is produced by the local production company Empty Pockets. Empty Pockets, which provides New Era Wrestling...

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David Blaine to appear at the Plaza

David Blaine to appear at the Plaza

Andres Gallegos, Contributor July 18, 2017

Illusionist, stunt artist and magician David Blaine will amaze the Southwest when his North American tour takes him to The Plaza Theater on July 21. Blaine is a committed, fearless magician, who is willing to risk his body for the sake of the audience’s...

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AIGA El Paso held a member forum on Saturday, June 24 at Proper Print Shop.

AIGA seeks to help graphic designers through networking

Andres Gallegos, Contributor July 1, 2017

On July 24, the El Paso chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) hosted their first forum. Between printing machines and with a small assortment of chairs, members and prospects got together to talk about the community of graphic designers...

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Odd-Lab brings the heat

Odd-Lab brings the heat

Andres Gallegos, Contributor June 27, 2017

Odd-Lab is an experimental place, where innovative props and choreographies are created, and where odd people reside. For seven years, Odd-Lab has taken fire as a dance partner and together they’ve captivated and astonished audiences across the Southwest....

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Old Kids are looking to distinguish themselves from other bands through an intelligent and complicated pop sound.

Old Kids trying to change perception of pop music

Andres Gallegos, Contributor June 13, 2017

Local band Old Kids is well stocked with classically trained musicians whom appear to fear nothing since they expect nothing. Since their slow and sporadic beginning in 2013, to their first humble performance in 2015, Old Kids have remained loyal not...

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Movies on the Lawn is back for the summer

Movies on the Lawn is back for the summer

Andres Gallegos, Contributor May 31, 2017

This summer the office of student life will kick off their series of Movies on the Lawn with popular, family, and cult classic films. The four movies that will be presented this year are Selena (1997), Moana (2016), Sing (2016) and the remake of Disney’s...

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Dr. Jeff Sirkin has written more than poetry, he has written on a range of subjects like the poetry of Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain and various punk rock artists.

Creative writing professor publishes book of poetry

Andres Gallegos, Contributor November 29, 2016

On Nov. 18, creative writing professor Jeff Sirkin read from his  latest collection of poetry, “Travelers Aid Society,” to a packed room of students, faculty and fans of his work. In his book, Sirkin questions the meaning of freedom and the complexity...

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Reboots and remakes taking up Hollywood’s production line

Andres Gallegos, Contributor November 15, 2016

According to The Telegraph and IMDB, Hollywood will be releasing close to 25 remakes and reboots in the next five years. Among the 25, the most prominent remakes are “Mary Poppins” (1964), “The Craft” (1996), “An American Werewolf in London”...

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‘Desierto’ a political thriller on immigration

‘Desierto’ a political thriller on immigration

Andres Gallegos, Contributor November 1, 2016

“Desierto” is the first full-length film by Mexican director Jonas Cuaron. After co-writing the award-winning “Gravity” with his father, Alfonso Cuaron, Jonas co-wrote, produced and directed “Desierto.” The thriller is about immigrants crossing...

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Two women stand in the middle of downtown Juárez, near the Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral.

The beginner’s guide to Juárez: becoming a fronterizo

Andres Gallegos, Staff Reporter October 25, 2016

There are some things every El Pasoan simply knows: the fact that we are in the United States, not in Mexico and our authority on great Mexican food. We also know that El Paso wouldn’t be the city it is if it was not for its connection to its sister...

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Located at 108 San Antonio Street, the Paso del Norte Paranormal Society specializes in researching and investigating paranormal activity in the El Paso area.

Downtown’s history as scary as the ghost tours

Andres Gallegos, Contributor October 18, 2016

This Halloween, the ghost tours by Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society will turn 10 years old. The society was founded by Reverend Henry Flores after he went through paranormal and historical tours of other cities. Flores began investigating the haunted...

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Filmmakers in El Paso see the economic growth from film productions when filming in other cities and want to bring that to the Sun City.

Filmmakers take to city hall to promote industry growth

Andres Gallegos, Contributor October 11, 2016

On Oct. 4th, more than 30 local filmmakers and film lovers attended a city council meeting to present incentives that promotes film production in El Paso. The main goal is to turn El Paso into an advantageous place where their profession can grow. In...

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Juárez-El Paso based band The Chamanas nominated for a Latin Grammy

Juárez-El Paso based band The Chamanas nominated for a Latin Grammy

Andres Gallegos, Contributor October 4, 2016

Every member of The Chamanas has been in the local music scene for more than 10 years, but the band is only three years old. During those years, every member of The Chamanas was scattered. They all knew each other some way or another, and it wasn’t...

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‘Blair Witch’ a cheap imitation

‘Blair Witch’ a cheap imitation

Andres Gallegos, Contributor September 27, 2016

The American movie industry is in an era of recycled ideas. Hollywood is banking on American audiences’ willingness to pay to watch their favorite heroes of a bygone era or to know what ever became of them. Movies such as “Star Wars VII: The Force...

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Defining Burton’s curious style and success

Defining Burton’s curious style and success

Andres Gallegos, Contributor September 20, 2016

This month the Alamo Draft House hosted a mini-film festival called “Septemburton” that is dedicated solely to Tim Burton. Following Burton’s latest film release, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children,” based on the books by Ransom...

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Ditzy Duck, the W and Fool’s Gold are all recently opened bars located on the 200 block of Cincinnati Street.

New bars breathe life into Cincinnati Street

Andres Gallegos, Contributor September 13, 2016

It’s been more than a year since the buzz of Cincinnati Street died with Hemingway’s, Cincinnati Bar and Corner Tavern going out of business. These past few months, however, several new bars have opened to liven up the college area of yesteryear....

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Professor Juan de Piérola is one of seven UTEP professors who have been awarded the 2016 UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.

Creative Writing professor honored with UT Regents’ award

Andres Gallegos, Contributor September 6, 2016

Associate professor in creative writing Jose de Piérola was among seven UTEP faculty members honored with the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, which recognizes those teachers who have demonstrated extraordinary and original instruction inside the...

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UTEP fans support the Miners in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.

Are football games worth going to?

Andres Gallegos, Contributor August 30, 2016

The UTEP football team ended their 2015 season 5-7 with no chances of a bowl game. This performance seemed to dissuade some students from spending their Saturday nights at the Sun Bowl. The Kugler era began in 2013 with a disappointing 2-10 record, but...

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Plaza Theatre

Plaza Classic Film Festival gaining popularity

Andres Gallegos, Contributor August 22, 2016

The Plaza Classic Film Festival graced the streets of downtown once again with films for the ­­ninth year in a row, from Aug. 4-14. The variety of films ranged from productions such as “Giant," “Apocalypse Now” and the “Star Wars” trilogy...

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