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Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor

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Dignas two children are being housed only ten blocks from the Annunciation house where she is staying but thirt reunification is still being processed.

Migrant families in El Paso await reunification

Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor July 17, 2018

A press conference was held at the Annunciation House on Monday, July 16 to announce the plans for the reunification of children from the ages of five to 17 with their parents in the El Paso area. As the first deadline imposed by the U.S. District...

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Khalid performs on the second day of Neon Desert Music Festival 2017 on Sunday, May 28.

Khalid sells out two hometown shows in minutes

Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor June 29, 2018

El Paso’s own R&B sensation Khalid, sold-out tickets to his recently announced "915: Hometown Show" within minutes of going on sale. The last time Khalid performed in El Paso was during Neon Desert Music Festival in May 2017, where thousands...

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Congressman Beto ORourke and his supporters lock arms and march to the Tornillo Port of Entry on Sunday, June 17.

Hundreds march to demand an end to family separation at the border

Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor June 18, 2018

People from all over the country arrived en masse at the Marcelino Serna Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, on Father’s Day, June 17, to express outrage over the separation of immigrant children from their parents. Vehicles lined the road as far as...

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Rising rap star Russ to take the stage in El Paso

Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor June 11, 2018

Hip-hop recording artist and rising rapper Russ will be performing in El Paso Thursday, June 14. Russ whose full name is Russell Vitale is an American singer-songwriter and record producer whose debut album “There’s Really a Wolf” went Platinum...

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Ben Lipitz (Pumbaa) and Shacura Wade(Ensemble) taught the kids how to dance a sequence inspired by the Lion Kings musical number, He Lives in You, on Wednesday, June 6 at the Stayton Theatre.

Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ cast members teach local children how to stay healthy

Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor June 7, 2018

Cast members of the hit Broadway show Disney’s “The Lion King” held a special wellness workshop for children of military families at the Stayton Theater in Ft. Bliss military base on Wednesday, June 6. The show, which is currently touring in...

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Movies on the Lawn returns this weekend

Movies on the Lawn returns this weekend

Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor June 4, 2018

One of UTEP’s most anticipated summer events Movies on the Lawn returns to the Centennial Plaza this summer. The free movie event presented by UTEP'S Student Engagement and Leadership Center kicks off on Friday, June 8 with a screening of Jumanji:...

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Lil Wayne performs at the Rio Bravo Stage at day of the Neon Desert Music Festival on Saturday, May 26.

Neon Desert Music Festival kicks off in downtown El Paso

Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor May 28, 2018

It was a hot day as expected, though the slightly cloudy sky offered some relief from the heat as festival-goers made their way into downtown El Paso for the eight annual Neon Desert Music Festival. Day one of NDMF kicked off with local popular acts...

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President Natalicio addresses the media in accordance with the news of her retirement on Tuesday, May 22 at the Presidents Office.

UTEP President speaks about retirement plans and her hopes for UTEP’s future

Elenie Gonzalez, Web Editor May 22, 2018

UTEP President Diana Natalicio made a surprising announcement about her plans to retire Tuesday, May 22, in the morning through a press release. According to a statement by Natalicio, she plans to retire once a successor has been appointed and assumes...

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Paloma Vianey Martinez during the inauguration of her mural “A Bridge Uniting Two Countries” last year at the  Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso.

Top 10 senior takes her art to international exhibits

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter April 30, 2018

Painting became an escape for Paloma Vianey Martinez while she longed for solace away from the turbulence infesting Ciudad Juárez during the increase of violence in 2011. She found a way to occupy her mind and use her creativity so that she would...

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Claudio Marrero wins in round one after knocking out Jorge Lara at Premiere Boxing Champions on Saturday, April 28 at the Don Haskins Center.

[Photo] PBC Boxing returns to the El Paso and puts on a show

April 29, 2018

Claudio Marrero wins in round one after knocking out Jorge Lara at Premiere Boxing Champions on Saturday, April 28 at the Don Haskins Center.

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thChrch hosted a Beto O’Rourke fundraiser on Wednesday, April 18. The space will serve as a space for artists and other future events.

thChrch welcomes El Paso artists with a creative space

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter April 23, 2018

Just under the U.S. 54 overpass, adorned with Chicano-inspired murals and at the edge of Lincoln Park in central El Paso, lies the thChrch, a collaborative creative work/study space for artists and entrepreneurs to develop ideas with the help of the community....

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Pamela Azaeta owner of District Coffee runs the shop she and her husband opened in March 2018.

District Coffee opens in the heart of downtown El Paso

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter April 16, 2018

Located in the heart of downtown at 222 Texas Ave., Suite F, District Coffee offers a place for people working in the area and for students to grab a cup of joe and take a break. This new coffee shop, which opened in March, has a modern atmosphere that...

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Robert and Crystal Acosta opened Float Spa on November of 2017.

The Float Spa offers a different holistic health care approach

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter April 9, 2018

Imagine being locked in a tank, floating in water, in complete darkness and your brain cannot tell whether your eyes are open or not, and you hear no noise except the own thoughts in your head. This is what it is like to be in a state of total relaxation....

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Latin sensation Maluma is set to return to El Paso

Latin sensation Maluma is set to return to El Paso

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter April 2, 2018

Latin heartthrob Maluma will be making a stop in the Sun City for his F.A.M.E Tour. The 24-year-old reggaetón sensation will perform at the El Paso County Coliseum at 8 p.m. on April 20. This is the second time the Columbian singer visits El Paso...

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Gesuina Arianna Legaspy arranges clothes at her boutique GAL Fashion. The boutique is located at 5860 N Mesa St. and open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

GAL Fashion sets its own trend

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter March 26, 2018

Fearless fashionista Gesuina Legaspy has made her mark in El Paso’s fashion scene by styling countless clients through her emerging career as a business owner and personal stylist. At only 27 years old, she has owned multiple businesses including Dry...

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El Paso high school students march toward San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso as they participate in the national March For Our Lives on Saturday, March 24.

March For Our Lives rally takes over downtown El Paso

Elenie Gonzalez and Michaela Román March 24, 2018

Hundreds of demonstrators including students, educators and parents took the streets of downtown El Paso in unison with the national March For Our Lives movement. The El Paso march was just one of at least 846 other planned protests across the globe on...

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Cristina Goletti, a dancer and associate professor and chair of the theatre and dance department at UTEP, listens to her dance pedagogy students presentations.

Embracing women’s roles in the arts throughout El Paso

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter March 20, 2018

A traumatic accident changed the course of Cristina Goletti. While walking on the streets of Italy, she was hit by a motorcyclist from the back, causing a life-altering injury. Goletti, a dancer and associate professor and chair of the theatre and dance...

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It’s time wake up and take action

It’s time wake up and take action

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter March 20, 2018

As the saying goes, “Well-behaved women seldom make history.” The phrase was coined in the ‘70s by historian and Harvard professor Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, who wrote a book with the same title. Although I haven’t read the book, I took some time...

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Veronica Escobar, Democratic candidate for District 16 in U.S. Congress, hugs her supporters as she arrives to her watch party at Park Tavern in downtown El Paso on Tuesday, March 6.

Escobar one step closer to making history as first Texas Latina congresswoman

Elenie Gonzalez and Michaela Román March 6, 2018

Veronica Escobar was all smiles as she hugged family, friends and volunteers from her campaign at her watch party at Park Tavern in downtown El Paso on Tuesday, March 6. “We worked very, very hard to turn out the vote,” Escobar said. “We’re...

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Beto O’Rourke talks to his supporters as he walks from his town hall at San Jacinto Plaza to the El Paso County Courthouse, where he voted on the last day of early voting, Friday, March 2.

O’Rourke returns home to cast his primary vote and listen to El Pasoans

Michaela Román and Elenie Gonzalez March 6, 2018

Early voting has come to an end, with Tuesday, March 6, being the last day to vote in the primary. U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, who is battling Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, for his U.S. Senate seat, has yet to take a break from campaigning...

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Downtown El Paso as seen from above.

Staying in El Paso over the break? Here’s what to do

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter March 5, 2018

For those who will not be traveling this spring break out of town, there are plenty of things to do in the borderland. From sitting at home and watching some entertaining college basketball, to listening to local bands across town, here are the best things...

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The Musician’s Forum is a group for El Paso musicians that meets every month to learn about the efforts of working in the music industry.

Musician’s Forums bring awareness to local music scene

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter February 26, 2018

There is a strong music scene in El Paso that has been unknown for quite some time. The scene has emerged in the last few years thanks to venues such as The Lowbrow Palace and Tricky Falls. As the local music scene continues to rise, local artists are...

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Soprano Danielle Talamantes will perform at UTEP on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Metropolitan Opera soprano to perform at UTEP

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff reporter February 19, 2018

It’s not every day that an international Metropolitan Opera singer visits UTEP. Soprano Danielle Talamantes will make her debut in the Sun City on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, as part of a presentation by El Paso Pro-Musica. Talamantes...

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Not just another mass shooting

Not just another mass shooting

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff reporter February 19, 2018

I never thought that I would ever have a close connection to one of the worst mass shootings in history. To me though, they’re all the worst because one life lost is too many. My cousin, his girlfriend and their three best friends were all victims...

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Unforgettable Valentine’s date ideas: something for everyone

Unforgettable Valentine’s date ideas: something for everyone

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter February 12, 2018

Valentine’s Day may bring a lot of stress to couples, from what flowers to buy to planning a fancy date, the pressure is always on for it to be perfect and filled with romance. If you’re pressed for ideas or want to do something a little more out...

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Social media: the relationship killer

Social media: the relationship killer

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter February 12, 2018

Social media has been ingrained in our lives for the past decade and it’s not going away anytime soon. There are the few and strong who choose not to get involved with social media, but for the most part everyone else has at least one account with...

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Attendees of Angela Davis lecture, at UGLC on Wednesday, Feb. 7, welcome her with a standing ovation.

Thousands attend Angela Davis’ visit to UTEP

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Repoter February 8, 2018

Editors note: The Prospector first reported hundreds attended the event. According to the African American Studies Department, the final number of attendees was 2,000.  Political activist, scholar and author Angela Davis visited UTEP on Wednesday...

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The UTEP softball team will open up the 2018 season in Tempe, Ariz., against Missouri.

UTEP softball hopes to bounce back this year

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter February 5, 2018

After a disappointing 2017 season, in which the Miners were only able to collect 12 wins and a last-place finish in the West Division of Conference USA, the UTEP softball team will strive to take advantage of a fresh start and a schedule that might benefit...

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The UTEP Cast for ‘A Chorus Line’ will perform at the UTEP Dinner Theater through  Feb. 18.

‘A Chorus Line’ celebrates diversity through musical storytelling

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter January 29, 2018

The colorful, diverse cast of “A Chorus Line” is sure to bring audiences to their feet, leaving them wanting more. The latest production from the UTEP Dinner Theatre, “A Chorus Line,” opened on Friday night, Jan. 26, to a full house. “A Chorus...

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Performers take center stage at 60th Annual Grammy Awards

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter January 29, 2018

It was a star-studded night full of raw performances and powerful political statements at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. James Corden played host for the second year in a row as the show took place in the Madison Square Garden in New...

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From #MeToo to Times Up to marching: 2018 is the year of women

From #MeToo to Times Up to marching: 2018 is the year of women

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter January 22, 2018

One year after the 2017 Women’s March, women (and men) across the globe once again gathered in unity to advocate for women’s rights, human rights, immigrant rights, LGBTQIA rights, Ω Last year’s march was held one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration,...

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Kaedama: ramen mania lives up to the hype

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter January 18, 2018
Kaedama, the popular ramen food truck has taken shape from a black 1976 VW bus, into a small yellow building on 204 Boston Ave. after a successful crowd-funding campaign through Kickstarter that helped the owners realize their dream of turning their bus into an actual restaurant.
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The Drums returns to El Paso for round two as part of the ‘Abysmal Thoughts’ tour

The Drums returns to El Paso for round two as part of the ‘Abysmal Thoughts’ tour

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter December 10, 2017

Once a duo, but now the sole work of leading man Jonny Pierce, The Drums is heading back to El Paso to rock the stage with indie-pop angst on Dec. 10 at Tricky Falls. This won’t be the band’s first appearance in town this year, as The Drums was...

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Opportunities for recent grads: Internships and jobs

Opportunities for recent grads: Internships and jobs

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter December 4, 2017

With winter commencement around the corner, thousands are getting ready to graduate from college and begin their careers. Some will have a job waiting for them while others continue the intense and often exhausting job search. Today’s market may not...

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Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. visits UTEP to talk U.S.-Mexico Relations

Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. visits UTEP to talk U.S.-Mexico Relations

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter November 17, 2017

The Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Gerónimo Gutiérrez, visited UTEP to speak about U.S.-Mexico relations as part of the Centennial Lecture Series on Thursday afternoon. Gutiérrez, who was appointed by current Mexico President Enrique...

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Vice President of Student Affairs, Gary Edens presents the tuition increase proposal last November.

UTEP proposes tuition and fees increase for the next two years

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter November 13, 2017

Students at UTEP may be paying higher tuition and fees in the next two years, according to a tuition forum held Nov. 7. The proposal for tuition and fees increase was unveiled during a presentation at an open forum for UTEP students, faculty and staff...

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UTEP holds forum to discuss proposal for tuition and fees increase

Elenie Gonzalez, Reporter November 7, 2017

UTEP held an open forum for the university community to learn about a recent proposal drafted by school officials about a potential increase in tuition and fees on Tuesday afternoon at the Union Building. The proposal could increase tuition and fees...

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Wiggins’ out-of-bounds claims should be tossed in the trash

Wiggins’ out-of-bounds claims should be tossed in the trash

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter November 6, 2017

It’s sad when a person tries to tarnish an organization that gives you an opportunity of a lifetime, an opportunity to be a role model and be able to make a living doing what you love. Candice Wiggins, the former storied WNBA guard, is full of lies...

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Haunted Campus Tours delivers historical significance

Haunted Campus Tours delivers historical significance

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter October 30, 2017

The Student Alumni Association celebrated their 11th-annual Haunted Campus Tours on campus last weekend, which is an event that traditionally takes place the weekend before Halloween. The SAA has a motto, “Keepers of Tradition,” and it is one...

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Literarity is owned by Bill and Mary Anna Clark, a husband and wife duo.

Open books, open minds: Literarity invites curious readers to explore

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter October 23, 2017

In a digital age where iPads and Kindles are often used to read the latest books, there are still those who prefer to pick up the traditional paperback or hard-cover book. Books have the ability to transport readers to different worlds, and through...

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Junior biological sciences major Karina Monticone delivers Halloween candy and presents to underprivileged individuals.

UTEP club helps underprivileged celebrate Halloween

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter October 23, 2017

Halloween is the one night of the year that many people of all ages look forward to celebrating with decorations, candy and costumes flooding the town. It’s a tradition that dates back many decades. Trick or treating is what most children look forward...

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Kaedama is crowdsourcing the opening of their first location through Kickstarter.

Kaedama looks to expand on ramen success story

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter October 16, 2017

It’s 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday night and multiple cars begin pulling into an empty parking lot across the street from the Monarch and Prickly Elder bars on Rio Grande Avenue just off Mesa Street–except people are not going to the bars. Instead, they...

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Children learn how to shift for gold.

UTEP celebrates Earth Science Day

Elenie Gonzalez, Reporter October 16, 2017

The Geological Sciences department celebrated Earth Science Day inside the Geology building on Saturday afternoon to showcase the department and teach the community about the importance of Earth Science. The celebration is part of Earth Science Week,...

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President of the Bhutan Foundation visits UTEP for Centennial Lecture Series

President of the Bhutan Foundation visits UTEP for Centennial Lecture Series

Elenie Gonzalez, Reporter October 13, 2017

Bruce Bunting, president of the Bhutan Foundation, visited the UTEP campus on Wednesday afternoon to give his presentation, “Bhutan: Development with Values,” at the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center. He spoke about the Bhutan Foundation, a...

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UTEP partners with Maquiladora Association to create opportunities for students

UTEP partners with Maquiladora Association to create opportunities for students

Elenie Gonzalez, Reporter October 3, 2017

UTEP President Diana Natalicio and Maria Teresa Delgado, president of the Juarez Maquiladora Association (INDEX Juarez), came together to sign a Letter of Intent signifying a partnership that will help provide internships for UTEP students from the College...

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Chalk the Block’s 10th anniversary will feature artists from all around the United States, including New York-based artists Yoko Ono and Scott Cohen. which over looks the East side of El Paso.

Chalk the Block celebrates its 10-year anniversary in downtown El Paso

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter October 2, 2017

The annual arts festival, Chalk the Block, returns to downtown El Paso beginning on Oct. 6 through 8 as it celebrates its 10-year anniversary. The festival will feature over 200 artists from around the world, as they come together to decorate the streets...

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The Importance of Being Earnest showcases comedy front and center

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ showcases comedy front and center

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter September 29, 2017

The fun, hilarious, over-the-top cast of “The Importance of Being Earnest” is sure to entertain the audience through its comedically ironic plotline and witty banter. Written by famed playwright Oscar Wilde in 1895, the play is set in Victorian...

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UTEP geologists travel to Mexico City in an effort to study recent earthquakes

UTEP geologists travel to Mexico City in an effort to study recent earthquakes

Elenie Gonzalez, Reporter September 26, 2017

In wake of the recent earthquakes in Mexico, including the 7.1 magnitude earthquake near Mexico City, UTEP geologists will be teaming up with scientists from the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) to travel to Central Mexico on Wednesday to...

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”The Importance of  Being Earnest” will play at the Wise Family Theatre from Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-6 .

UTEP professor steps off center stage and into a new stage

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter September 25, 2017

It’s 1926 in Chicago, well into the Prohibition era. After a night of boozing with a striking couple in a speakeasy, a young, blonde, bright-eyed woman ends up dead, and her dress, once a sparkling gold, is now crimson. Her killer? A vampire. If...

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Top 5 happiest careers for  college grads

Top 5 happiest careers for college grads

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter September 18, 2017

Ask any college student why they are in school, and you’re likely to get the same answer. What most students want is to get a degree, to be able to get a good job and make a good living. The end goal is to land their dream job. Some may get lucky and...

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Friday Night Flicks returns to Union Cinema

Friday Night Flicks returns to Union Cinema

Elenie Gonzalez, Staff Reporter September 15, 2017

Friday Night Flick returns to UTEP’s Union Cinema for the Fall 2017 semester. The Student Engagement and Leadership Center has announced their film lineup for the five-week series beginning Sept. 22 and running through Nov. 10. The movies featured...

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On Tuesday morning, protesters and local activists confront the police and demolition crews that began the destruction of five buildings in the Duranguito neighborhood, despite   an emergency cease and desist order postponing demolition efforts granted by the 8th Court of Appeals.

Protestors rise up against demolition of Duranguito

Elenie Gonzalez, Contributor September 13, 2017

Protesters and local activists for the Duranguito neighborhood woke up Tuesday morning to news that demolition crews had begun the destruction of five buildings in the neighborhood, despite the fact that the 8th Court of Appeals granted an emergency cease...

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Sunset Film Society premieres Polish, Spanish, Mexican and Spanish movies in El Paso.

Sunset Film Society revitalizes the theater experience

Elenie González, Contributor September 11, 2017

The buttery aroma of freshly popped popcorn fills the air as lines of people eagerly anticipate the start of the film. They hurriedly walk into a dimly lit room with a bit of uncertainty as the best seats are found. The noise of quiet chatter among the...

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Girls love fantasy football too

Girls love fantasy football too

Elenie González, Contributor September 5, 2017

Fall is just around the corner, and for many, it means a variety of things. While some are anxiously waiting for Halloween or the return of the pumpkin spice latte, others like myself are ready for the NFL to officially kick off. Not that I don’t...

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Top 3 movies to watch about college

Top 3 movies to watch about college

Elenie Gonzalez, Contributor August 29, 2017

#1 Animal House This iconic 1978 film starring notable names such as John Belushi, Kevin Bacon and Donald Sutherland is a classic, and has been paid homage to for years now. Like many students entering college and trying to find their place, a couple...

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Veronica Escobar speaks at San Jacinto in support of transgender rights.

El Paso County Judge starts congressional run

Elenie Gonzalez, Contributor August 25, 2017

El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar officially announced her bid for Congress Friday afternoon. Escobar, who filed her paperwork on Friday, is going after current Congressman Beto O’Rourke’s 16th Congressional District seat as he runs his own...

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Local activists discuss effects of NAFTA

Local activists discuss effects of NAFTA

Elenie Gonzalez, Contributor August 18, 2017

Local organization leaders from around the community gathered for a town hall meeting to discuss the state of El Paso and Juarez after 23 years of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) at Café Mayapan on Thursday. The El Paso Equal Voice...

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