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Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren debate on ‘Daily Show’

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor December 1, 2016

Trevor Noah of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” invited Tomi Lahren from “The Blaze” on Wednesday night's episode. The two have been the internet faces of two streams of ideology: the liberal and the conservative, respectively. With most...

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From the bottom of a plastic cup

From the bottom of a plastic cup

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 29, 2016

Remember senior year in high school when every one of your uncles, aunts or general adults asked you what you were going to do in college? Remember how you had a smidge of an idea, but gave them a detailed plan and said it with confidence? The same thing...

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Celebrating Christmas in a time of worldwide crisis

Celebrating Christmas in a time of worldwide crisis

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 29, 2016

Just like that--Thanksgiving is over. The week before dragged itself to Thursday, and now it’s the Tuesday after. Leftovers from Thanksgiving can hardly suffice for a snack, new workout plans have been established to fight off the extra pudge and the...

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The Internet elected Trump

The Internet elected Trump

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 15, 2016

Are we so surprised that the candidate that flooded news feeds with scandal was elected? This is the reality show era, where Taylor Swift’s love life shares headlines with the turmoil in the Middle East, where news outlets starve for clicks and views...

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Indian Student Association takes first place at International Food Fair

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 15, 2016

Centennial Plaza became a mecca of international food this past Monday, Nov. 14. Student organizations ranging from the University Cricket Club (the sport, not the insect) to the Academic Revival of Indigenous Studies and Education, or ARISE, spent the...

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New music from artists you may have forgotten about

New music from artists you may have forgotten about

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 15, 2016

Every once and a while a band that used to be on all our iPods will resurface from obscurity. The ease with which a single or EP can be released affords our first musical loves, the ones we never really knew why we liked, the chance to peak back up and...

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Junior criminal justice major Alonso Reta hardly ever shaves his beard, not just in November.

The state of men’s style: No-Shave November

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 8, 2016

For men, the month of November has become a hall pass to experiment with their grooming patterns. Cancer awareness groups like Movember and No-Shave November even made the endeavour to grow facial hair a selfless one, a genuine excuse to forego the razor...

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Pop-punk band The Front Bottoms perform at the El Paso County Coliseum on Thursday Nov 3.

Front Bottoms dominate Brand New’s tour

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 4, 2016

Rock band Brand New made a stop at the El Paso County Coliseum Thursday, Nov. 3rd and brought younger pop-punk bands Modern Baseball and The Front Bottoms along for the ride. The tour was set up to promote Brand New’s fresh merchandise—a series...

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Student organizations Theta Chi and Alpha Sigma Alpha win homecoming competition

Student organizations Theta Chi and Alpha Sigma Alpha win homecoming competition

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 1, 2016

Saturday’s kick-off marked the beginning of the homecoming game, but for registered student organizations the game marked the end of a long week of fierce competition. Since the beginning of homecoming week, student organizations competed in varying...

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Brand New, Modern Baseball and Front Bottoms heading to Coliseum

Brand New, Modern Baseball and Front Bottoms heading to Coliseum

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor November 1, 2016

Pop punk bands The Front Bottoms, Modern Baseball and Brand New are making El Paso the second stop of their international tour at the County Coliseum at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 3, allowing concert-goers to relive their teenage angst and young-love heartbreak....

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Vote before there are only two options

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 27, 2016

I’m going to tell you to vote, tell you how voting is your civic duty and that in some countries a citizen’s civic duty is to agree with the government or die. Hell, I may even tell you how your vote counts after all that your individual preference...

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Junior mechanical engineering major, Lana Hussein and Junior commercial music major, Jean-Andre Moore were crowned UTEP’s 2016 homecoming king and queen Sunday, Oct. 23.

Greek life reigns as homecoming king and queen

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 25, 2016

Sunday night’s 2016 homecoming pageant was a test of endurance for hosts, audience and contestants alike, but the almost four-hour competition proved to be worth the time for this year’s court. Included in the competition was a talent portion and...

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Graphic novelist Art Speigelman gives lecture on comic books, influences on Maus

Graphic novelist Art Speigelman gives lecture on comic books, influences on ‘Maus’

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 20, 2016

Graphic novel grandmaster, Art Speigleman, creator of the Special Awards and Citations Pulitzer Prize recipient “Maus” visited UTEP today, gave a lecture on the substance and history of the comic book medium, the influences on his artistic style...

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The weekend’s newest albums reviewed: Kings of Leon, The Game and more

The weekend’s newest albums reviewed: Kings of Leon, The Game and more

Adrian Broaddus and Eric Vasquez October 18, 2016

One-hit wonders like The Naked and Famous and Two Door Cinema Club, big-name rappers Gucci Mane and The Game, even Cherub all released new albums this weekend. Here’s the good, the bad and the pathetic from all their new music. Agree, disagree or think...

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PSL: Pumpkin spice for life

PSL: Pumpkin spice for life

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 18, 2016

It started with a sniff. A whiff of a department store candle sometime between my search for a peacoat and a beanie that wouldn’t make me look like an old-timey burglar or an elf really into Fleet Foxes. It was different, a scent of something else...

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Dancers from Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo symbolize the sowing of seeds with a dance.

Hueco Tanks Interpretive Fair offers a chance to educate on nature

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 18, 2016

Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site opened its grounds Oct. 15 and 16 for its 22nd annual Interpretive Fair, which was a weekend of free hikes, tours and exhibitions on the native people, wildlife and natural landscape. Hueco Tanks stand as a geological...

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Five chillaxing spots to mellow out on campus

Five chillaxing spots to mellow out on campus

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 11, 2016

Few campuses in the U.S. can boast a truly natural landscape, fewer so can claim to be carved into a mountain range. Like it’s architectural model in the Himalayas, the mountains around UTEP can afford its students an escape from advertisements and...

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‘The Necromancer’ a dark-humored, gothic novel for the season

‘The Necromancer’ a dark-humored, gothic novel for the season

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 11, 2016

Halloween is closing in, and while children gear up for a night of sugar dressed in wrappers and sticks, the few who still adhere to the true nature of Halloween crave the macabre: the venture into the demonic, the dark and morbid humor that provides...

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Lead roles Felicia, Tick and Bernadette showcase one of 40 costumes worn throughout the performance.

Set design, costumes make ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ a grand spectacle

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 4, 2016

The UTEP Dinner Theatre premiered their first show of the fall season, “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” this weekend exhibiting not only students’ singing chops, but their talent and capacity for costume and stage design. “Priscilla” is set...

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Youtube channels for productive procrastination

Youtube channels for productive procrastination

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor October 4, 2016

Yes, you. Retying your shoes even though you’re sitting down, or gearing up for another Starbucks run because you swear all you need is an extra jolt of energy to get that paper done. We see you, we’re one of you, but studies show—and by studies...

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Skateboarders, longboarders and penny boarders often cruise between pedestrians on campus to get to class.

The skater and pedestrian: tips for coexistence

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor September 27, 2016

The era of campus construction is finally over, and more students have been able to use alternative methods for commuting between classes. While bikes have always been a popular choice and hover boards are finally going out of style, this semester more...

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Broadway in El Paso brings The Lion King to 2017-18 season

Broadway in El Paso brings ‘The Lion King’ to 2017-18 season

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor September 22, 2016

Broadway’s most financially successful film in history “The Lion King” is coming to El Paso during the Plaza Theatre’s 2017-2018 season of “Broadway in El Paso”. Following big hitters like “The Book of Mormon” and “Wicked,” the musical...

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Career: just another dirty ‘C’ word

Career: just another dirty ‘C’ word

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor September 20, 2016

If I didn’t have to say the word career any more times in my life I could die happy. In fact, the only career I would like to have is a long career of not having one. There’s something about the word, maybe it’s the “car,” maybe it’s the “reer,”...

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El Paso Opera kicks season off with benefit show

El Paso Opera kicks season off with benefit show

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor September 13, 2016

The El Paso Opera held their annual benefit show this weekend to raise money for their upcoming fall productions. Showcasing internationally known singers, the benefit aimed to give the audience an example of the caliber of talent taking part in the city’s...

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A PLUR virgin experiences SCMF and the culture within it

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor September 6, 2016

This weekend I was positive that PLUR was a verb,  or at the very least had something to do with the word “plural”, nothing close to the Peace Love Unity and Respect, the mantra of EDM festivals. I prefer my music to come from instruments, on stage,...

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From the other side

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 30, 2016

I was a college football equipment manager and I didn’t even like football. Really, I’ve only seen “Friday Night Lights” once on TNT and didn’t see the end because I forgot to go back after the commercial break. I can’t name you five professional...

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Two festival goers swing to The Paladin. The band plays a country swing that allows dancers to triple step.

Rockabilly Riot brings ‘50s culture to Ascarate Park

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 30, 2016

The Great American Rockabilly Riot held its fifth-annual show this weekend. Festival goers were able to check out more than 50 custom cars, motorcycles and vintage hot rods while bands played country swing, honky-tonk and rockabilly, all genres that can...

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Juan Gabriel performed in El Paso twice in 2015, once in February and once in December.

Juan Gabriel dies on day of Don Haskins show

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 28, 2016

Prolific Mexican singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel is reported to have died of a heart attack this morning in Santa Monica, California.   The concert has been canceled and refunds will be available starting Monday, August 29 at 10 a.m. at...

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Sky Blu plays Top 40 for Minerpalooza and not much else

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 27, 2016

Fans ready to be entertained by Sky Blu were not disappointed, as the former LMFAO star performed “Party Rock Anthem”, the duo’s most popular song, once throughout the night. Other than that, however, the Minerpalooza headliner put on a show that...

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Rock’n’roll, pin-up girls, and hot rods at Rockabilly Riot

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 26, 2016

Ascarate Park will be electrified with Sun City in two weeks, but before EDM ramps the electric bill the grounds will be home to The Great American Rockabilly Riot this weekend, Aug. 27. Rockabilly, most easily described as Johnny Cash and early Elvis...

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Minerpalooza lineup will lean toward latin music

Minerpalooza lineup will lean toward latin music

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 25, 2016

This year's Minerpalooza attendees can expect to enjoy a night full of Latin rhythms ranging from cumbias to reggaeton, leading up to headliner Sky Blu of LMFAO. Starting off the evening at 6 p.m. is Azucar, a nine-piece Latin band that has been...

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Photo courtesy of Sean Snedekers Twitter page.

Franklin graduate signs professional contract with the Yankees

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 24, 2016

Franklin High School graduate Guillermo Trujillo has signed a professional contract with the New York Yankees, according to a tweet posted by Trujillo’s pitching coach Sean Snedeker. Snedeker has coached Trujillo at Oral Roberts University since...

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Tricky Falls celebrates five years

Tricky Falls celebrates five years

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 15, 2016

Tricky Falls is heading into their fifth year of bringing live music to El Paso street. This Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20 Tricky Falls will team up with Electric Social Records for an anniversary show. With close to 30 local artists, the lineup...

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Newest music from bands you forgot about

Newest music from bands you forgot about

Eric Vasquez, Entertainment Editor August 9, 2016

These days the music industry pumps such a continuous flow of new music that even the hippest of hipsters can have trouble keeping up. To stay off your phone for a day is to risk falling behind on the latest album release, the fire mixtape or the dopest...

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Peking Garden is located ay 2900 North Mesa and has a $5.95 lunch special.

Meal deals for the student wallet

Eric Vasquez, Staff Reporter July 19, 2016

We’re heading into the back nine of summer and while we’re tanned extra crispy and finally getting that beach bod we planned for in March, the vacation hangover is starting to creep into our wallets. While a $5 trip to Circle K would kill the hunger...

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Local El Paso band A Thief Named Time feels they’ve reached their career high playing at Tricky Falls this past Saturday, July 9.

A Thief Named Time keeps moshing alive

Eric Vasquez, Staff Reporter July 12, 2016

El Paso-based post-hardcore rock band A Thief Named Time took the Tricky Falls stage this past Saturday, July 9, playing for a crowd that, for lead singer and guitarist Rafael Rojas,  was a career high. “My goal in El Paso was to play Tricky Falls,”...

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Sisterhood of bruises

Eric Vasquez, Staff Reporter July 12, 2016

While the city’s manic roar of packed bars, ballgames and concerts slows to a Sunday hum, the El Paso Coliseum is just beginning to pulse with a crowd ready to see a more radical event altogether. As most citizens trade in their heels and blazers for...

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Cool Canyon Nights has potential, but lacks substance

Cool Canyon Nights has potential, but lacks substance

Eric Vasquez, Staff Reporter July 1, 2016

Visitors to McKelligon Canyon on Thursday night were met with all things 80’s: a chance to karaoke, high 80-degree weather, and music from the El Paso based 80’s cover band 80’z Xperience. The band headlined for El Paso Live’s Cool Canyon...

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The sun also sets and rises

The sun also sets and rises

Eric Vasquez, Contributor June 29, 2016

I’m going to get a bit Meta today. We spent the evening on the steps of La Basilique du Sacré Cœur, a Catholic church. It was built on the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in Paris. Here, people bring booze and baguettes to watch the sun set...

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Street art in Paris is on the rise thanks to the inspiration of artists such as Banksy who have made defacing public property into a trend.

Street art in the heart of Paris

Eric Vasquez, Staff Reporter June 7, 2016

Editor’s Note: Eric Vasquez is a Prospector writer currenty studying abroad throughout Europe. This is the first entry of his travel blog. Paris is well known for being the home for works of art that stand titanic in human history: Da Vinci’s “Mona...

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‘Civil War’– A fight to define the hero

‘Civil War’– A fight to define the hero

Eric Vasquez, Reporter May 13, 2016

If I can thank my literature degree for anything it is the ability (dare I say superpower?) to sniff out the big questions a film raises. I mean the heavy hitters, the existential-crisis-go-bug-eyed-in-the-shower thoughts that add a whole new dimension...

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