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Avery Escamilla-Wendell

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor

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Although in different phases of life, each student shares the passion and drive to following their dreams.

‘Mining’ towards a golden future

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor May 1, 2024

From playing hide and seek during recess to walking across stage to graduate, 12 years of education ends for some, while others may choose to continue to earn a higher education. The dream of wanting to become a doctor, astronaut, scientist, or artist,...

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Pictured (L-R): Kristen Amanda Smith (Gretchen Wieners), Maya Petropoulos (Regina George), Maryrose Brendel (Karen Smith), and Natalie Shaw (Cady Heron). Photos by Jenny Anderson, 2023.

Mean Girls the Musical in the Sun City

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor April 23, 2024

Grab your pink apparel as Mean Girls the Broadway Musical is performing for its North America tour. On April 5-7, Mean Girls hit the Plaza Theater stage with a packed house of El Pasoans of all ages. The musical retelling of the original 2004 Mean...

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Villa was inspired by bringing the community together.

Behind ‘Bella Luna’ Photo Studio’s mission toward empowering women

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor April 17, 2024

A photo lens can capture the beauty of anything that is in sight. At Bella Luna Photo Studio, the creative bounds of beauty, light and creativity are captured with a simple shutter. Bella Luna Photo Studio is located on El Paso St. and is open to all...

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Goth is a style influenced by art, music and literature.

BACK TO BLACK: The gothic resurrection

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor April 2, 2024

Black lace traces down as large silver jewelry with spikes and stones glimmers, gothic fashion is back in style. Dating back to the Victorian era, gothic fashion, and its aesthetics have been seen as bad to some people as it has been associated with evil....

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Nana Bersa recently signed with Universal Music Publishing Mexico.

The sweet sound of Nana Bersa

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor March 22, 2024

Editor’s Note: This is the third part in a three-part series.    With the groovy mixed style inspired by Clairo and Lana Del Rey, artist Natalia Bermudez or Nana Bersa, shares her sound throughout La Frontera. Over 10 singles and one latest EP...

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Matthew Melton playing the guitar.

Dream Machine: Psychedelic healing from sounds

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor March 19, 2024

Heal the soul with the psychedelic sounds of Dream Machine. Traveling from Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the band started their North American tour in March.  “Fine Me Again” tour introduced the heavy psychedelic progressive pop band’s music to El...

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Music has no limit with Texas Hart

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Web Editor March 1, 2024

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a three-part series.   The sound of rock, pop and blues is shown through the works of many musicians across El Paso. Musician Texas Hart is one of many solo artists who has been creating music for years.  Hart,...

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Mario Otero: half man, half music.

La Frontera presents Aquiles Moon

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Web/Copy Editor February 15, 2024

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series.  Across the Frontera, the chords, rhythms and voices echo throughout the wind over the beautiful mountains of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. The music scene in the borderland is...

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Residents at the El Paso State Supported Living Center pose for a photo at the newly introduced sports complex.

A short story of hope

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Web/Copy Editor January 30, 2024

Laughter, smiles and fun echoed through the El Paso State Supported Living Center (EPSSLC) as the facility officially opened its new sports complex. After 49 years, a once dirt patch finally turned into an outdoor complex, which includes a basketball...

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From Avery to Avery: Keep believing in yourself

From Avery to Avery: Keep believing in yourself

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Web/Copy Editor January 22, 2024

Welp, here I am once again writing another introduction piece. I never thought I would get this far in my career or even life. I, once a scared 18-year-old young woman entering university, am now the web and copy editor at The Prospector. Yeah, I would...

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Junior Isaí Morga holds a sign that reads “2024” a year for them where 12 resolutions have been set.

New year, new mindset: Setting realistic resolutions

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Web/Copy Editor January 19, 2024

As time winds down on New Year’s Eve, excitement to create resolutions for the upcoming year is a usual tradition. Entering the new year, many people create goals that initially seem achievable, but end up being challenging or forgotten. Resolutions...

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The Cake Boutique has many pastries to choose from including “Can Cake” their own creation.

Baking up a bright graduation for fall 2023

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor November 29, 2023

Orange, blue and white frosting adorns the multitude of cakes of graduating UTEP Miners as commencement season is on the horizon. Many local cake businesses such as The Cake Boutique and Thaily’s Treats, say they receive numerous amounts of orders for...

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[Video] S:9 EP:6 Graduation Era

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor November 16, 2023

Welcome to The Prospector Podcast! A bi-weekly production made just for you. The semester is finally coming to an end. On this week's episode, we're going to be talking about UTEP's 2023 fall commencement, graduation with Elisha Nuñez and Alyson Rodriguez...

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[Video] S:9 EP:5 Homecoming & Halloween

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor November 1, 2023

Welcome to The Prospector Podcast! A bi-weekly production made just for you. On this week's episode, we're going to talk about homecoming, Halloween memories and sports. I hope you enjoy! Make sure to stay updated with The Prospector online and on social...

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[Video] S:9 EP:4 Spooky Season

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor October 19, 2023

Welcome to The Prospector Podcast! A bi-weekly production made just for you. On this week's episode, we're going to talk about news, spooky stories, music, and sports. I hope you enjoy. Make sure to stay updated with The Prospector online and on social...

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Cigarettes After Sex is categorized as an American dream pop band which was formed in El Paso, Texas in 2008.

‘Cigarettes After Sex’ brings back love to El Paso

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor October 18, 2023

Fans screamed across the Don Haskins Center Oct. 11 after black and white lights shined across the stage. Lead singer of Cigarettes After Sex Greg Gonzalez, stepped foot in his hometown again. Many of the band’s fans have been lifelong listeners and...

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Notable celebrities such as Kali Uchis and Jennifer Lopez are examples of public figures who have incorporated the Y2K aesthetic into their styles.

Revival of Y2K: Culture behind the glitz and glamour

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor October 16, 2023

Iconic denim on denim, glitzy tops and bright-colored tracksuits have returned as staples in this season’s fashion trends. Behind the Y2K fashion and makeup, is a culture founded by Black and Latinx communities. As Gen Z continues bringing back past...

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S:9 EP:3 Catching up with the culture

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor October 4, 2023

Welcome to The Prospector Podcast! A bi-weekly production made just for you. On this week’s episode, we're going to talk about news, new music, celebrity drama, and sports. I hope you enjoy! Make sure to stay updated with The Prospector online and on...

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S:9 EP: 2 The Prospector X Minero Magazine

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor September 20, 2023

Hey Miners, Welcome back to the Prospector Podcast! On this week’s episode we are going to talk about Minero Magazine, what it’s like to be a journalist, our future plans, Minerpalooza, and so much more. I hope you enjoy! Make sure to stay updated...

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My journey into the world of multimedia

My journey into the world of multimedia

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor August 31, 2023

Capturing life in El Paso has always been a quest for me to achieve. The borderland is rich in Hispanic culture through family, friends, music and events. Throughout the UTEP campus, the culture continues through every student continuing their education....

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Steeple of Kelly Center for Hunger Relief.

Pensamientos Y Platicas: Combating the mental health in the Hispanic community

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor July 31, 2023

Across the borderland the Hispanic communities are highly populated, however are not desired to receive mental health resources due to the negative beliefs. Pensaminetos Y Platicas is finding a way to end the stigma of receiving mental health treatment...

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S:8 EP:10: Summer Break

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor July 28, 2023

Hey Miners, welcome back to the Prospector Podcast! On this month’s podcast, the topics are; body positivity, new music by Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo, and preparing to go back to school!  

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The Barbie movie was directed by Greta Gerwig and released to theatres July 21. Photo courtesy of Warner bros. Productions

Barbie, the perfect execution of womanhood

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor July 26, 2023

Editor’s Note: This article does contain some spoilers.   As excited moviegoers flocked to theatres decked out in pink, they were welcomed with sunlight shining across the beautiful bright pink two-story Barbie dream house as they watched their...

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Meet the Prospector staff

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor July 18, 2023

Meet some of The Prospector Team! Our team ranges from different majors, skills, and interests that bring us together. The team shares what it takes to be a part of the Prospy Team.   Avery Escamilla-Wendell is the staff reporter and may be reached...

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Youtubers and internet personalities such as Logan Paul have made controversial apology videos that have caused an uproar to fans and viewers.

Cancel culture and the sincerity of apologies

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor July 13, 2023

All aboard the cancel culture train that celebrities, influencers and Youtubers have jumped onto. From 2018 and on, YouTubers’ problematic histories resurfaced causing large series of apologies. Whether it was posting apology videos on YouTube, posting...

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UTEP new student orientation

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor July 7, 2023

The University of Texas at El Paso is bringing in new incoming freshman. The new student orientation is providing a way for students to get involved on campus while preparing them for their upcoming school year. This is the start of a new journey for...

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 The new furniture included a full-size couch with a love seat, a living room table, two side tables and a twin mattress which were purchased from Foliot Furniture.

New renovations upgrade quality of student housing

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor July 6, 2023

Current and incoming students can expect an upgrade when they step foot in UTEP Housing and Residence Life. While the original furniture has plenty of memories, it was extremely worn out by the students who have come and lived in the dorms throughout...

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Body positivity summer

Body positivity summer

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor June 29, 2023

Working out for the perfect summer body is now coming to an end. Accepting our body's look is becoming the more acceptable way to enjoy a quick jump in the pool. Having the “perfect body” varies from person to person. There is nothing wrong with choosing...

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S:8 EP:9: Pride Podcast

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor June 23, 2023

Hey Miners, it is the first episode for the Summer of 2023! On this month’s podcast, we speak about Pride month. Rosita the drag queen, opens about their identity and journey as a drag queen. Wesley Lawrence from the Borderland Rainbow Center speaks...

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[Video] “Born This Way”: Pride in the Borderland  

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Multimedia Editor June 16, 2023

The LGBTQ+ community across El Paso celebrates Pride month through different events hosted by Sun City Pride, a local organization. "Born This Way" is the 18th annual Pride parade which gathered the LGBTQ+ community to walk across central El Paso to express...

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Students walk to their first class by Centennial Park to prepare for the school day.

Resources to start your academic career at UTEP

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter May 26, 2023

Taking the first step at UTEP can be a daunting moment. The crowds of students, different buildings and events at the plaza can be very overwhelming. However, the help of faculty and staff can make the first day the best day of the school year. New Student...

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The Clue Killer Portfolio Exhibit reception will close May 12 in the Glass Gallery. Photo courtesy of UTEP’s Department of Art

Clue Killer Portfolio: A twist to graphic design

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter May 10, 2023

Murder mystery art covers the glass gallery showcasing the graphics of talented UTEP senior artists.   The senior lecture is holding its annual end-of-semester gallery, “Clue Killer Portfolio Exhibit,” to showcase all designs made this semester....

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Yaretsy Hernandez is a senior majoring in rehabilitation science and is the founder of Mom’s and Majors, a new organization that focuses on the importance of UTEP students and parents. Photo courtesy of Yaretsy Hernandez

Moms and Majors: A safe space for student parents on campus

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter May 3, 2023

Juggling a full-time job, university, and parenting can take a large toll on many UTEP students. Though the daycares and babysitters do help, many parents may need to bring their kids to class as there may not be another option.  Yaretsy Hernandez,...

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UTEP’s financial aid office assists incoming underclassmen and upperclassmen with their financial aid. Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

The stress of paying loans after graduating college

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter May 3, 2023

Walking across the stage with your diploma in hand and family congratulating you is a highlight in life for so many, yet it does not take away the debt many of these students need to pay back after graduating. During their time in college, many students...

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Drag has given Gagaboy a voice and has been an outlet in their life.

New Senate Bills threatens the drag community

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter April 11, 2023

Fashion, makeup and talent with a dramatic twist may be taken away with new legislation against the drag community. Additional legislation may take away health insurance coverage and create lawsuits against gender-transitioning care that affects many...

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April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’ across the borderland

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter April 11, 2023

April is national Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), throughout which, the campaign from National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) provides more information about prevention against sexual violence.  The NSVRC website states “Sexual Assault...

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“The Fox and The Cookie” opera premiere took place at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall.

‘The Fox and The Cookie’ lights up the world of opera

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter March 29, 2023

The Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall was lit with joy March 27, from children and their families coming to see the world premiere of "The Fox and The Cookie." The interactive opera involved audience participation and incorporated artists from UTEP.  Director...

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The AWG is a national organization with a chapter in El Paso that is devoted to enhancing the participation of women in geoscience. President of the Association for Women Geoscientists, Carmel Murillo (CENTER) joined AWG in 2021.

The women of geoscience

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter March 23, 2023

The future of science is looking brighter because of the Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG) Sun City Chapter.   The sciences have always been a male-dominated field; however, AWG is breaking this stigma by inspiring women to choose the field...

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“Mija, Yes You Can” is hosting its annual Mija Market at Chuco Relic Central from 10 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 2750 Gateway Blvd East. Photo courtesy of Mija Market.

‘Mija Market’ represents women owned businesses in El Paso

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter March 22, 2023

Tables, trucks and stands filled with food, art and clothes are going to surround Chuco Relic Sunday, March 26. “Mija, Yes You Can” is hosting its annual Mija Market at Chuco Relic Central, 10 p.m. to 3 p.m. 2750 Gateway Blvd East from where women...

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UTEP’s Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority chapter asked students to donate dry and canned food to go toward low-income schools in El Paso. Photo courtesy of Alpha Kappa Alpha

The ‘Souper Bowl’ fights childhood hunger in El Paso

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter March 8, 2023

UTEP Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Delta chapter (ETA Delta AKA), is asking students to donate dry and canned food to go toward low-income schools in El Paso. The food drive started on Feb. 12 and will continue until donation boxes are full.   Biological...

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“Abbott Elementary” is a show by ABC which aired Dec. 7, 2021, that shows the lives of teachers working in a low-income school incorporating their lives outside of the classroom.

Learning with the best teachers at ‘Abbott Elementary’

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter March 7, 2023

Your regularly scheduled programming has become more interesting with the newest sitcom, “Abbott Elementary.” The adaptation of viewing a day in the life of a teacher has pulled viewers in with the character's interesting personalities.  American...

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UTEP, NMSU, and UNM worked together to raise money to donate to an 
El Paso foundation to go towards immigrants seeking asylum in El Paso. 
Photo courtesy UNM Newsroom.

Rival schools fundraise to help migrants

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter February 28, 2023

Rival universities, UTEP, New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Th e University of New Mexico (UNM) worked together to raise money to donate to an El Paso foundation to buy donations to go towards immigrants seeking asylum in El Paso. The sister school’s...

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Is the healthiest lifestyle worth your mental health?

Is the healthiest lifestyle worth your mental health?

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter February 27, 2023

Meal prep, weight loss supplements and workout routines surface on the biggest platforms, one example being TikTok. TikTok influencers swarm the for you page to show the new 12-3-30 workout routine or lazy meal prep ideas. The constant need to lose weight...

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Anonymous artists, Visual Bluff, presented their work called “life is a trip.”

The ‘Full Circle’ of graffiti work in the borderland

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter February 22, 2023

Borderland Jam is a yearly event hosted by different street artists in El Paso. “Full Circle” was held at the Toma Gallery, located at 210 Poplar St. The event featured work from many street artists like Anteup, Adie, Aves, Blast, Bonoe Voodoo and...

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Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) Honors Society at UTEP is starting back up after the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Epsilon revamps after pandemic

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter February 17, 2023

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) Honors Society at UTEP is starting back up after the COVID-19 pandemic. ODE Honors Society is for economic majors and minors. The honors society assists UTEP students in progressing their future careers in economics and offers...

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All floral arrangements at Xochitl Flowers and Gifts are arranged and taken care of to prepare for special Holidays

Floriography in El Paso: the language and meaning of flowers

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter February 10, 2023

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and the gift of a flower has become more significant. Flowers have different meanings and languages can be expressed either through roses, lilies or daisies. On Valentine’s Day, couples usually give their significant...

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Owners Briana Jones and Mike Toussaint work together to provide Black hairstyles and hair care for El Pasoans.

A Touch of Brii touches the hearts and hair of El Paso

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter February 1, 2023

Touch of Brii is a local Black-owned salon in the city of El Paso. The owners Briana Jones alongside Mike Toussaint collaborate to provide Black hairstyles and hair care to the El Paso community. Having officially opened April 1, 2022, in northeast El...

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Regina Reza, member of the Student Impact Association makes an impact within the UTEP community.

Opening a door to acceptance

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter February 1, 2023

Marsha P. Johnson’s activism represented at UTEP Marsha P. Johnson was a well-renowned activist for what is now known as the LGBTQIA2S+ community especially during the Gay Liberation movement in the 1960s and 70s which led Johnson to engage in the...

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Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority host “Art Your Bra” event for breast cancer awareness.

‘Art Your Bra’ spreads awareness for breast cancer

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter January 27, 2023

UTEP’s Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority hosted the Art Your Bra event Jan. 24, at the Union East as part of their recruitment week. The philanthropy event allowed students to decorate bras while also providing an informative presentation to spread...

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(Right to left) Madison Mogen, Kaylee Goncalves, Ethan Chapin and Xana Kernodle were the victims of the Idaho murders that occurred Nov. 13, 2022. Photos courtesy of Zana Kernodle and Kaylee Goncalve’s Instagrams.

Do UTEP residents feel safe on campus after Idaho murders?

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter January 20, 2023

After the recent deaths of four Idaho College students on Nov. 13, 2022, the safety of student residents in housing comes into question. Housing and Residence Life, the Dean of Students Office and the UTEP Police Department are three of the many resources...

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UTEP’s Rocket Team announced their sponsorship by Blue Origin Jan. 3, which was founded by Amazon owner Jeffrey Bezos. Photo courtesy of the UTEP Rocket Team’s Instagram.

Blue Origin helps UTEP prepare for lift off

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Staff Reporter January 18, 2023

UTEP’s very own Sun City Summit Rocket Team announced its new sponsorship by Blue Origin on Jan. 3. Blue Origin was founded by Amazon owner, Jeffrey Bezos. Here is what the Blue Origin sponsorship will bring to the team.   The rocket team started...

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