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Aylin Tafoya, Contributor

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Café Tacvba will perform at Neon Desert Music Festival this May.

Headliners set to bring diverse and unique sets to Neon Desert

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor April 30, 2018

For many years, creative and renowned artists have come to Neon Desert Music Festival.  Each year a new lineup is released, leaving future attendees surprised. This year, some changes have been made due to unforeseen circumstances, but the organizers ...

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Goodbye UTEP and Prospy and thanks for the journalistic adventure

Goodbye UTEP and Prospy and thanks for the journalistic adventure

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor April 30, 2018

I’ve always been one to take the initiative in order to keep advancing in life, and one to look at other alternatives rather than giving up. Much like how journalists have been doing for a long time. Becoming a journalist is my dream. It’s a dream...

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Betsabee Romero looks at the art work of students at the Rubin Center for the upcoming annual Juried Student Art Exhibition.

Betsabeé Romero prepares for ‘Tu huella es el camino’ mixed-media exhibit

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor April 23, 2018

The world of art is often subjective, leaving an art piece to do the talking and giving the audience free reign over what to think about it. However, Betsabee Romero’s art is meant to convey a certain message. On Friday, April 20, Romero was a juror...

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The Texas Country Music Fest is ready for the Sun City

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor April 10, 2018

  The Texas Country Music Fest is coming to El Paso County Coliseum on Saturday, April 14, 2018. It is considered a key stop on the Texas country music circuit.   The concert extravaganza features various country music artists with...

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Poke³ offers a variety of raw fish salads that can be customized for your health needs.

Poke³: A healthier option for college students near campus

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor April 9, 2018

A little piece of Hawaii has come to El Paso. On Tuesday, March 6, Poke³ had their soft opening at the corner of Glory Road and N. Mesa Street. Restaurant owners Humberto Enriquez and Vicente Santaella developed the idea after closely watching the...

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Bad Bunny performed at El Paso County Coliseum on Friday, March 23.

Bad Bunny puts on exciting show in El Paso during his “La Nueva Religion” Tour

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor March 23, 2018

Bad Bunny fans gathered at the El Paso County Coliseum to watch the Puerto Rican rapper perform, marking his second show in less than four months, on Friday, March 23, 2018.   The night started with a DJ setting the mood for the event with...

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Hand to God will run from  March 22 to the 25 at the Studio Theatre located on the first floor of the Fox Fine Arts

“Hand to God”-Not Suitable For Children

Aylin Tafoya, Contributer March 22, 2018

Comedies don’t come much darker than “Hand to God.” Robert Askins’ 2015 Broadway hit about a Christian youth puppetry club that takes a turn for the blasphemous when its star character becomes possessed by the devil. The easily offended...

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Bad Bunny Returns to the Sun City for “La Nueva Religion Tour”

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor March 7, 2018

Bad Bunny is set to perform on March 23 at the El Paso County Coliseum for the second time in less than four months. The Puerto Rican rapper, widely recognized for his Latin trap, hip-hop beats and reggaetón mix, gets the crowd dancing at every venue...

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El Paso’s ‘Pet People’ set to go on their ‘Tiny Texas Tour’

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor February 23, 2018

Vocalist and guitar player Nicole Velarde, and drummer Tom Tinajero, used to played together in a different  band before joining bass and keyboard players Robie Simsuangco and Ross Ingram to form Pet People in 2016. The band’s name was a collective...

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valentine gift box surrounded with candy hearts.

The perfect last-minute gift ideas for procrastinators

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor February 12, 2018

Maybe you were waiting for payday,  maybe you completely spaced out, or maybe you were purposely waiting for this list to come out. But with Valentine’s Day less than 24 hours away, here are some ideas for the procrastinators of the world who have...

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Steve Aoki’s ‘Kolony Tour’ will take the El Paso County Coliseum by storm

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor February 12, 2018

Steve Aoki is among the top rating DJs in the world and is bringing his "Kolony Tour" to the El Paso County Coliseum on March 4, 2018, making it the 19th stop of 32 shows. His most recent album "Kolony," features collaborations with rappers like Gucci...

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Patrick Gabaldon is a lawyer and artist who uses the distinguished scenic views of El Paso in his art.

Former UTEP student showcases his love for El Paso through his art

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor February 5, 2018

Patrick Gabaldon, a UTEP alumnus and now prosecutor for the 34th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, is becoming a widely recognized artist in El Paso. With no professional art background, it has been no small feat to have his art acknowledged and...

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RARE Fest tore down the El Paso County Coliseum

Aylin Tafoya, Contibutor February 3, 2018

The venue was a bright red as the crowd started filling up the dance floor. The color on the screens was accentuated by crisp black lines outlining the animations. The visuals were very playful, colorful, and bright throughout the night. As the event-goers...

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The 2018 Art Biennial Faculty Exibition will be open to the general public from Feb. 1 through April 6 at the Rubin Center.

Art faculty takes their turn at the Rubin Center

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor January 29, 2018

The Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP has always focused on displaying thought-provoking, international and modern art to the border region. This Thursday, Feb. 1, the Rubin Center will host the 2018 UTEP Department of Art Biennial...

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DJ Carnage comes back to El Paso with RARE Fest

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor January 27, 2018

DJ Carnage is coming back to the Sun City for the second round of Rare Fest on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, at the El Paso County Coliseum. From opening act to headlining his own Rare Fest shows in Orlando, NorCal, San Bernardino, and El Paso, the road to...

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Babak Tavakoli-Nejad  promotes his art by working at various restaurants in east and west El Paso.

UTEP student lives his dream of becoming a painter

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor January 22, 2018

   Choosing a hobby as a full-time job is a dream many want to pursue, Babak Tavakoli-Nejad, a junior at UTEP, is doing exactly that. Majoring in studio art with a focus on painting, he is slowly gaining recognition from his chalk artwork at various...

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Get ready for the eighth annual Neon Desert Music Festival

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor January 20, 2018

Going into its eighth year, Neon Desert Music Festival is coming back bigger and better than ever before. Since its genesis in 2011, the event’s multiple stages offer a variety of great music by placing local artists alongside top international acts. Past...

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Movies worth waiting for in 2018

Movies worth waiting for in 2018

Aylin Tafoya, Staff Reporter January 14, 2018

A new semester is starting, and with many students scheduled to graduate in May and many others who will be taking classes on campus for the first time, school can be stressful. Here are the top movies to look out for in 2018, and to use as a distraction...

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How far can you go as a social media influencer

How far can you go as a social media influencer

Aylin Tafoya, Staff Reporter January 13, 2018

As a daily user of social media, the definition of it comes easily. It is a collection of places on the interweb, where users are able to create and share content as well as participate in making connections through their platform. There are many advantages...

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UTEP hosts fourth annual Thanksgiving Without Borders

UTEP hosts fourth annual Thanksgiving Without Borders

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor November 21, 2017

The fourth annual "Thanksgiving Without Borders" gave international UTEP students the opportunity to experience a traditional American holiday dinner along with their families, friends, and faculty on Monday, Nov. 20. The event was hosted by the...

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Hector Enriquez, a Spanish professor at UTEP, and Guillermina Gina Nunez-Mchiri, a sociology and anthropology professor, gave students who they took to Seville, Spain the spotlight, to speak about their video projects and overall experience traveling abroad.

Students showcase documentaries of Study Abroad in Spain

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor November 16, 2017

This week, students from the University of Texas at El Paso gathered at the Blumberg Auditorium to reflect on their summer trip to Spain as part of the ongoing Cultural Lecture Series taking place through the weeklong International Cultural Festival. Hector...

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UnDACAmented, but #HereToStay

UnDACAmented, but #HereToStay

Aylin Tafoya, Contributor November 13, 2017

I’ve recently found myself unapologetically reconnecting with and joyfully embracing my Mexican heritage. After 10 years of residing in the United States, English has become my preferred and most-used language, although Spanish was my first-learned...

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