Assayer of Student Opinion.

The Prospector

Assayer of Student Opinion.

The Prospector

Assayer of Student Opinion.

The Prospector

Javier Cortez

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter

Javier Cortez is a staff reporter for The Prospector. He is a senior multimedia journalism major, with a minor in English Rhetoric.

Javier was born and raised in El Paso, TX and before coming to UTEP in the summer of 2012, he graduated from Irvin High School, where he was a four-year varsity tennis player, a member of student council and a class officer for his graduating class.

He has also worked for the El Paso Diablos as a sports information intern on their media relations team.

In his spare time, Javier loves to write columns for the perspectives section in the school newspaper—whether it is sports, pop culture, religion, and society he loves to write about it.

To go along with writing, Javier loves reading anything about sports, religion, and non-fiction.

All content by Javier Cortez
Art: the tragic end

Art: the tragic end

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 29, 2014

When it comes to administering what is and is not art, things can become tricky. You can have the perspective that any and everything can be art or you are the exact opposite. I am of the opinion that very little is art. In fact art is one of the most...

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Freshman distance runner Cosmas Boit, along Anthony Rotich, Abiola Onakoya and Daniel Tarango, earned gold in the distance medley relay.

Usual suspects find success at Drake Relays

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 29, 2014

After a successful showing at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, the Miners are less than three weeks away from the Conference USA outdoor championships. After a rocky start to the outdoor season, both men and women showed promise over the weekend...

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UTEP’s student section, full of the Miner Maniacs at a men’s basketball game against Rice on Feb. 1.

UTEP sports provide entertainment for students

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 29, 2014

Some people who attend an athletic event want more than to just be entertained. They want to root for a certain team, understand the dynamics of each athlete and ultimately analyze the game. Others, go to athletic events for the atmosphere, the poetry...

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Manager Pat Murphy salutes the sold out crowd on opening day of the new ballpark.

Play ball! Southwest University Park officially opens

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 28, 2014

$72 million dollars and 378 days later Southwest University Park finally opened to a lively sold out crowd of El Pasoans. From the upper deck to the first row seats, the new stadium proved to be immaculate. The field was in pristine shape, the suites...

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NBA Finals  rematch not a sure deal

NBA Finals rematch not a sure deal

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 22, 2014

The 2014 NBA playoffs are now underway, and it is no surprise that the favorites to meet in the finals are the Heat and the Spurs. Even though the Heat-Spurs rematch would be very exciting, it is a safe pick. It would not be a shock if one of the two...

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Increase better than it seems

Increase better than it seems

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 15, 2014

Everything comes with a price, and in today’s society a good education comes with a lofty one at that. With the recent proposal to raise tuition and fees by 3 percent, students are looking at it with a cringe and are saying goodbye to that new PS4 and...

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Distance runner Anthony Rotich runs in the 1500-meters, followed by teammate Cosmas Boit. Rotich and Boit placed first and second, respectively, at the April 12 meet.

Miners get top finishes at UTEP Invitational

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 15, 2014

The Miners’ men’s and women’s track and field team dominated the competition from start to finish at the UTEP Invitational. The meet featured stiff competition from Louisiana Tech, Rice and North Texas. Olympians Mickael Hanany and Olympic gold...

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Gary Edens proposes new tuition increases.

UTEP proposes to increase tuition and fees

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 9, 2014

At 3 p.m. today at the University Suite in the Union East Building, Vice President of Student Affairs Gary Edens presented a tuition increase proposal that will be implemented for the 2014-15 school year. The tuition and fees increase was explained...

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Fan support is a sham

Fan support is a sham

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 8, 2014

With the great postseason run of the UTEP women’s basketball team, I couldn’t help but think to myself how phony the fan support felt. As the Miners advanced round by round, the attendance numbers steadily increased. So much so that there were...

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Cornell Horn sprints during the UTEP Springtime meet on March 22.

Getting in the groove ahead of UTEP Invitational

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 8, 2014

After some stiff competition on the road for the past two weeks, the UTEP men’s and women’s track and field team will be back home for the annual UTEP Invitational. In late March and early April the Miners have had strong showings at the coveted...

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Senior Rebecca Calvillo hits a backhand slice.

Calvillo enjoying best years of her life

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 8, 2014

Success is usually something that comes in the last two years of an college athlete’s career. They are more seasoned and the struggles of being an underclassman have taught them well. For senior tennis player Rebecca Calvillo, success has been with...

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UTEP defeats South Dakota State 66-63 in WNIT semifinal

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 2, 2014

Tonight the dream became a reality for UTEP head coach Keitha Adams and the women’s basketball team. Every last seat was packed in the Haskins Center, with 12,222 loud and boisterous El Pasoans, who saw the Miners defeat South Dakota State Jackrabbits...

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Binge drinking a real danger for college students

Binge drinking a real danger for college students

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 1, 2014

Each year, an estimated 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related injuries, according to the National Institution of Health (NIH). Many alcohol-related deaths are unintentional and associated with the phenomenon of...

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Athletes go through many hours of conditioning before being ready to compete.

Trainers crucial for student athletes

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 1, 2014

Besides the occasional student-athlete in class or the occasional football or basketball game that students attend, most do not know the amount of training student-athletes have to dedicate themselves to, other than the actual strength coaches. Assistant...

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Senior Marie Leblond  hits a forehand against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on March 29 at the UTEP Tennis Complex.

Miners bounce back with pair of victories

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter April 1, 2014

Coming off back-to-back home losses on March 22-23, the UTEP women’s tennis team bounced back with a pair of wins on Saturday, March 29 against Louisiana-Monroe and Western New Mexico. The Miners started the day off against Louisiana-Monroe and defeated...

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UTEP takes down Washington, moves on to WNIT Final Four

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 31, 2014

In front of a record setting crowd of 10,227 fans, the UTEP Miners women’s basketball team defeated the Washington Huskies 70-63 to advance to women’s NIT final four. Seniors forward Kayla Thornton and center Kristine Vitola both contributed double-doubles...

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God bless gay marriage

God bless gay marriage

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 25, 2014

Among the things that make the United States great—the pursuit of happiness, freedom of speech and increasing diversity—equality is not one of them, specifically marriage equality. Where the U.S. might be progressive and liberal in one aspect,...

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Learning to cope with adversity

Learning to cope with adversity

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 25, 2014

It goes without saying that the 2013-14 season was a crazy one for the UTEP men’s basketball team. They have gone through any and every situation and in no sense of the word has their season been a typical one. “We overcame a lot of things,”...

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Thornton finishes as the best in schools history

Thornton finishes as the best in school’s history

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 25, 2014

Players come and go—it’s a cyclical process that happens every four years in collegiate sports. There are fan favorites and good players that come along, but senior forward Kayla Thornton is one of those players who comes along once in a lifetime. “It’s...

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Miners fall to Lobos, Aggies

Miners fall to Lobos, Aggies

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 25, 2014

On March 22-23, the UTEP women’s tennis team fell short during a rivalry weekend. On March 22 the Miners lost to No. 66 New Mexico, and on March 23, New Mexico State beat the Miners by the slimmest of margins. Despite good individual play over the...

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Outdoor season opens with Springtime Meet

Outdoor season opens with Springtime Meet

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 25, 2014

Coming off a successful indoor season for both the men’s and women’s track and field team, the Miners hosted their first outdoor meet — the UTEP Springtime Meet at Kidd Field. The UTEP Springtime Meet is considered more of a warm-up event to...

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Fresno State tops UTEP in CBI to end their season

Fresno State tops UTEP in CBI to end their season

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 19, 2014

The UTEP Miners men’s basketball season came to an end tonight with a 61-56 loss against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Reminiscent of the loss against the Southern Miss in the Conference...

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Tournament disappointment

Tournament disappointment

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 19, 2014

My expectation for the Conference USA basketball tournament, like most, was based on the performance of UTEP’s men and women’s basketball teams. At the end of the day, my expectations were not met, not even the slightest. Going into the tournament,...

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No. 22 Middle Tennessee State annihilates Southern Miss 84-55

No. 22 Middle Tennessee State annihilates Southern Miss 84-55

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 15, 2014

Southern Miss held Middle Tennessee scoreless for the first four minutes of the game, but for the next 36 minutes it was nothing but a dominant performance by the Blue Raiders as Middle Tennessee trounces the Golden Eagles 84-55 in the women’s Conference...

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Bulldogs pound Golden Eagles, will play Tulsa for NCAA bid

Bulldogs pound Golden Eagles, will play Tulsa for NCAA bid

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 14, 2014

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs booked the final spot in the 2014 Conference USA men’s basketball championship. Thanks to dominating second half the Bulldogs trounced the Southern Miss Golden Eagles 88-70. It was back and forth for most of the first...

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Tulsa outlasts Middle Tennessee to earn place in C-USA final

Tulsa outlasts Middle Tennessee to earn place in C-USA final

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 14, 2014

Tulsa booked the first spot in the 2014 Conference USA men’s basketball championship by beating the No.2 seed Middle Tennessee 76-69. Tulsa found themselves trailing by a few points for most of the first half, but closed out the half with a 14-3...

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Golden Eagles take down Miners 64-56

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 13, 2014

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles defeated the UTEP Miners 64-56 to end their hopes for a conference title and a bid to the NCAA Tournament. This is the fourth consecutive win of the Golden Eagles over the Miners. It was one of UTEP worst rebounding...

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Coley, upset minded Panthers take down Tulane

Coley, upset minded Panthers take down Tulane

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 13, 2014

The Florida International Golden Panthers women's basketball pulled off another upset as they defeated the No. 4 seed Tulane Green Wave 69-55 at Memorial Gym to advance to the semifinals. FIU took the lead with 10 minutes left in the first half and...

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Charlotte defeats depleted UAB 80-70

Charlotte defeats depleted UAB 80-70

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 12, 2014

From start to finish the Charlotte 49ers dominated the UAB Blazers winning 80-70 to advance to the Conference USA quarterfinals. It was a team win for the 49ers, four players got to double figures and sophomore guard Denzel Ingram led the pack with...

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Old Dominion stomps Marshall 73-58

Old Dominion stomps Marshall 73-58

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 12, 2014

With an impressive second half the Old Dominion Monarchs booked a spot in the quarterfinals after defeating No. 14 Marshall 73-58. The Monarchs held a narrow two-point lead at halftime as both teams struggled shooting from the field in the first half....

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East Carolina pulls off improbable comeback to beat UTSA

East Carolina pulls off improbable comeback to beat UTSA

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 11, 2014

After trailing by as many as 18 in the first half, the East Carolina Pirates came back to defeat the UTSA Roadrunners 79-76 in the final game of day one at the Conference USA men’s basketball championship. East Carolina senior guard Akeem Richmond...

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19th annual Mexican literature conference to take place at UTEP

Javier Cortez, Staff reporter March 6, 2014

The Prospector This Friday on March 7, UTEP will host the 19th annual Mexican contemporary literature conference or XIX Congreso de Literatura Mexicana Contemporánea. The conference will be held daily from Friday, March 7 to Sunday, March 9 from...

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Miners began Spring practice on March 3.

Miners begin spring season workout

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 4, 2014

After a ghastly first season under head coach Sean Kugler. The Miners are back to work. The football team conducted their first practice on March 3, and already in day one defensive coordinator Scott Stoker said he sees a vast improvement. “It’s...

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Senior forward Jon Bohannon averages 11.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

Bohannon wants to make most of final season

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter March 4, 2014

The biggest difference between a freshman and a senior is the level of maturity. That sums up John Bohannon’s four years at UTEP. Finishing his last year in style, Bohannon is having his best season as a Miner. His growth off the court is the main...

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Smoking a selfish choice- Rebuttal to Smoking: nostalgia and allure

Smoking a selfish choice- Rebuttal to “Smoking: nostalgia and allure”

Javier Cortez, Staff reporter February 27, 2014

Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Cigarette smoking is the number...

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Miners close home schedule with win over UTSA

Miners close home schedule with win over UTSA

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 26, 2014

In an emotional senior night, the UTEP women’s basketball team defeated the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners 78-65 at the Don Haskins Center. Tonight’s game was the last regular season home game for seniors, forward Kayla Thornton, center Kristine Vitola...

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UTEP, ranked No. 12 nationally is the overwhelming favorite to win the Conference USA indoor track and field championships.

Conference championship in sight

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 25, 2014

Finishing second in the Conference USA Championships is not a goal for the UTEP men’s track and field team, they want to win it all. This week the Miners are heading to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in the conference indoor championships on Feb. 28 and...

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Sophomore hurdler/jumper Bria Love practices the 60-meter dash with hurdles at Kidd Field.

Women’s track and field aiming for solid performance

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 25, 2014

While the UTEP men are heavily favored to win the conference championship. The women’s track and field team is in a very competitive field of schools and individual opponents. With defending indoor champion Central Florida gone, the winner’s circle...

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Senior Rebecca Calvillo hits a back-hand slice against Southern Mississippi on Feb. 23

Victories give tennis team a boost before road games

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 25, 2014

This past weekend the UTEP tennis team went 2-1 in their last home stand until late March. The Miners came up short on Feb. 22 against the Abilene Christian Wildcats, losing 5-2, but bounced back on Feb. 23 against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles...

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Ray Sanchez talks about how much El Paso sports has impacted his life.

Ray Sanchez provides words of wisdom at book signing

Javier Cortez, Staff reporter February 20, 2014

The UTEP Centennial Museum and Welcome Center hosted a book signing for Ray Sanchez Thursday afternoon. The longtime El Paso sports writer came out with his seventh book last year called, “The Good, the Bad and the Funny of El Paso Sports History.” The...

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Sports writer Ray Sanchez to hold book signing at Centennial Museum

Javier Cortez, Staff reporter February 20, 2014

The UTEP Centennial Museum and Welcome Center, will host a Ray Sanchez book signing on Thursday, Feb. 20. Ray Sanchez is a prolific and longtime El Paso sports writer, who is back at it again. This time with “The Good, the Bad and the Funny of El...

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Junior distance runner Anthony Rotich set the 11th fastest time on the nation at Husky Classic

Runners make progress before conference championships

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 18, 2014

It seems that wherever UTEP track and field goes, they find success. The men and women both had success in Seattle, Wash. at the Husky Classic and the Don Kirby Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M. on Feb. 14-15. The distance runners competed in the Husky...

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Tennis grab important pair of wins at home

Tennis grab important pair of wins at home

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 18, 2014

If there is one thing the UTEP women’s tennis team is good at, it is playing at home. The Miners improved their home-winning streak to eight, with a 6-1 win over Northern Arizona on Feb. 14 and a 6-1 win over Lamar on Feb. 16. With the back-to-back...

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Floyd needs to be recognized for his job

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 18, 2014

With the arrival of Tim Floyd in 2010 there were some pretty lofty expectations. None more saliva inducing than the first expectation brought on by Floyd himself in this first press conference as UTEP’s new head basketball coach. “I have not...

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Junior point guard C.J. Cooper has scored more than 10 points per game in eight of the last nine Miners games.

UTEP cruises past Florida International 84-71

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 15, 2014

After a heart breaking loss on Thursday, the Miners came back with a 84-71 win over the Florida International Golden Panthers in front of their biggest home crowd of the year at 11,176. Contrary to the game against Florida Atlantic, the Miners were...

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UTEP medley relay dominated at the Texas A&M Invitational en route to a seventh place finish overall.

Track earns 7th place at Texas A&M Invitational

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 11, 2014

Even though the UTEP men’s and women’s track and field team finished in seventh place overall, the Miners showed individually just how good they are at one of the nation’s biggest stages, the Texas A&M Invitational, which took place Feb. 8-9. After...

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UTEP women’s basketball team has won the last six games and will seek to make it eight.

Miners prepare for crucial visits to Old Dominion, North Texas

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 11, 2014

After a successful sixth-straight win on Feb. 8, the UTEP women’s basketball team is on the road again to face the Old Dominion Monarchs and the North Texas Mean Green Eagles on Feb. 15 and Feb. 19, respectively. At this point in time, the Miners...

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Miners use big second half to tame Golden Panthers

Miners use big second half to tame Golden Panthers

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 8, 2014

UTEP pulled away in the second half with old school three point plays to secure the win against Florida International 83-62, to make it six straight wins for the Miners. Coming into the game, both teams feature two of the best players in Conference...

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The seven stages of grief: Super Bowl XLVIII

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 4, 2014

Unless you are a Seahawks fan, Super Bowl XLVIII was a complete and utter disaster. Days removed from it now, I still find the outcome hard to believe. I can only imagine what it feels like for anyone associated with the Denver Broncos. I will admit I...

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UTEP has won their last six conference games. They have won 11 of 12 games and are tied with Southern Miss in first place of conference.

Fighting to remain on top

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 4, 2014

For the second time this season, the Miners are heading to the road to play back-to-back away games. The Miners will be in action against East Carolina, followed by Old Dominion on Feb. 6  and Feb. 8 respectively. “East Carolina is very good,”...

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Who gives a fuck?

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 4, 2014

What is in a name? What is in a word—particularly curse words? We know they offend people. We know they’re used for shock value and often in an inappropriate manner. Understanding why is the key. Curse words are laid over a broad spectrum. It...

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Sophomore guard Cameasha Turner is averging 5.7 points per game this season.

Turner working well with new mindset

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 4, 2014

In college you must grow and adapt to change, which sums up junior Cameasha Turner’s first two years at UTEP. Starting out her freshman year on the bench for the women’s basketball team, to becoming a full-time starter was not an easy transition....

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UTEP uses big second half to come back to defeat Rice 68-57

UTEP uses big second half to come back to defeat Rice 68-57

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter February 1, 2014

It only took the Miners 35 minutes to get their first lead of the game, as they pulled out a come from behind victory to defeat the Rice Owls 68-57 in front of the second largest crowd of the season 11,036. From the start of the game the Owls took...

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UTEP muffles Bulldogs 89-79, goes top of Conference USA

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 30, 2014

In a highly anticipated matchup of two of the best teams in Conference USA. The Miners handled the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 89-79, tonight's win became the Miners 500th win at the Don Haskins Center. After the game head coach Tim Floyd, was short, humble...

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Why you should go for the Broncos

Why you should go for the Broncos

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 30, 2014

Super Bowl XLVIII is this Sunday and although there are two very good teams playing in this game you should only root for one. That team is the Denver Broncos and here is why. When watching sports always root for greatness. Be spoiled and never settled...

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Miners take on conference leader Louisiana Tech

Miners take on conference leader Louisiana Tech

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 29, 2014

On a four game winning streak and coming off a 19 point routing of UTSA. No time is better than now for the Miners to take on Conference USA leader Louisiana Tech. At 17-4 (5-1 in Conference USA) the Bulldogs are at the top of the standings, along...

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Roberts latest of coaches departing for a better ‘opportunity’

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 28, 2014

Maybe it’s something in the water, but people love to leave El Paso (specifically UTEP). Particularly for sports. A coaching job at UTEP seems to be the job that everyone wants, but a job that no one likes to keep. If you don’t know what I am eluding...

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New tennis head coach Myriam Sopel came in to replace Mark Roberts.

Déjà Vu for new head coach Myriam Sopel

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 28, 2014

One constant in sports is change. In the waning moments before the start of the 2014 spring season, UTEP’s women’s tennis head coach Mark Roberts jumped ship. After a little more than a year at UTEP, Roberts is now an assistant coach at Southern Methodist...

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Miners begin three game home stand Saturday against UTSA

Miners begin three game home stand Saturday against UTSA

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 23, 2014

Coming off two big road wins against Middle Tennessee State and Alabama Birmingham, the Miners are back home looking to make it four straight conference wins on Saturday against the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners. The Miners four game conference win...

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At the conference, attorneys Lauren D. Serrano and Alan Gluth spoke about the legal aspects of estate planning and transfer taxes.

Forty-eighth annual estate planning conference holds first of five-part series

Javier Cortez, Staff reporter January 23, 2014

In the first of a five-part series, the UTEP’s Woman’s Auxiliary and the Office of Institutional Advancement hosted its 48th annual estate planning conference for women  Thursday at the library. At the conference, attorneys Lauren D. Serrano and...

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Turning a negative into a positive

Turning a negative into a positive

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 21, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or you don’t care for UTEP basketball, you have heard about the three UTEP basketball players who were kicked off the team for gambling on athletic events. At first glance, it seems like that’s the new...

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Willms started in UTEP’s wins  over MTSU and UAB. He is averaging 5.2 points per game.

Willms aims for new heights

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 21, 2014

You might not catch him on the court all the time, but it is hard to walk on campus and not notice a 7-foot Canadian on your way to class. Freshman Matt Willms stands 7 feet, 1 inch and when he is on the court he definitely plays like it. This particular...

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Charlotte hands UTEP first home loss of the season

Charlotte hands UTEP first home loss of the season

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 18, 2014

The Charlotte 49ers handed the UTEP Miners women’s basketball their first home loss of the season, scoring 52 points in the second half, ultimately defeating the Miners 92-86. 49ers guard Hillary Sigmon led her team with 32 points. After the...

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Miners hold off Marshalls late rally for first conference win

Miners hold off Marshall’s late rally for first conference win

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 11, 2014

Tonight the UTEP Miners sealed their first conference win of the season with a 66-56 win over Marshall, the Miners now stand at 11-6 this season and 1-1 in conference play. Tied at halftime and a Miner 18-point lead 10 minutes into the second half,...

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UTEP falls to Charlotte in Conference USA opener

UTEP falls to Charlotte in Conference USA opener

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter January 9, 2014

In their Conference USA opener the Miners were outdone by the Charlotte 49ers 73-68 at the Don Haskins Center. The main theme to the Miners first conference loss was rebounding. The 49ers outrebounded the Miners 41-27, the 27 rebounds in the Miners...

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UTEP escapes Denver in double overtime to claim Sun Bowl Invitational crown

UTEP escapes Denver in double overtime to claim Sun Bowl Invitational crown

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter December 29, 2013

It took the Miners two overtimes to beat Denver in the West Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational championship game 60-54. The Miners have now won the Sun Bowl Invitational back to back years. “Obviously were happy to get the win,” said head Coach...

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UTEP rallies back to defeat Western Illinois in Sun Bowl Invitational

UTEP rallies back to defeat Western Illinois in Sun Bowl Invitational

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter December 28, 2013

With UTEP legend Tim Hardaway in attendance the Miners came back to defeat Western Illinois 67-64. The Miners went on a 18-6 run in the last 5:46 to advance to defeat the Leathernecks and will play Denver tomorrow for the crown of the 2013 WestStar...

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Moore returns to boost Miners to 84-74 win over Demons

Moore returns to boost Miners to 84-74 win over Demons

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter December 19, 2013

After a heart-breaking loss to New Orleans this past Monday, the Miners bounced back with a 84-74 win over Northwestern State.  The Miners got off to a rough start committing 10 turnovers in the first half, but in the last four minutes of the first...

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McKenzie Moore was the UTEP leading scorer this season and was kicked off the team following FBI Investigation.

Miners cruise over Sacramento State

Javier Cortez December 7, 2013

  In their first game since losing to Kansas at Paradise Island, the UTEP men’s basketball team came back to defeat Sacramento State 69-51. The Miners struggled out of the gate with the Sacramento State guards, when Sacramento State guard...

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Womens basketball tops Mustangs to remain undefeated

Women’s basketball tops Mustangs to remain undefeated

Javier Cortez December 7, 2013

  The UTEP women’s basketball team has now made it eight straight wins, improving to 8-0 this season as they defeated the now 8-2 Southern Methodist Mustangs 76-71 in their narrowest win of the season. SMU came into the game with 2012-13...

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The good, the  bad and the ugly of the 2013  football season

The good, the bad and the ugly of the 2013 football season

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter December 3, 2013

  As the UTEP football team season came to an end with another loss on Nov. 30 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. against Middle Tennessee State, it would be an understatement to say that this season has been more than disappointing. Optimism probably...

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The Miners have began their 2013-14 season with six straight victories and have won those games with a 29-point margin average

Creating a new level of expectations

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter December 3, 2013

Under the tutelage of head coachKeitha Adams, the fans of El Paso have been subjected to many fast starts from the UTEP women’s basketball team. Although the season is still early, the Miners have already gone into the record books for women’s basketball. Through...

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Senior linebacker Horace Miller (right) celebrates after getting a safety against Florida International on Nov. 16

Seniors ready to continue life after football

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter December 3, 2013

When you walk around campus and see the towering athletes in sweats you might forget that they’re also students. The football team has more student-athletes than any other sport at UTEP and most of the seniors on this year’s football team will...

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UTEP men’s basketball will face the Tennessee Volunteers on Nov. 28 in the first of three stiff games for the Miners in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Miners off to the Bahamas

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 26, 2013

  The UTEP men’s basketball team will embark on their biggest non-conference tournament in recent history from Nov. 28-30. The Miners will be heading to Paradise Island, Bahamas to take part in the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The Tournament...

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UTEP will face Middle Tennessee State on the road, on the final game of the first season under Sean Kugler.

Football team ends season against Blue Raiders

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 26, 2013

The UTEP football season will come to an end on Nov. 30, as the Miners take on the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Whether they win or lose, with their 2-9 record, the Miners have been out of any bowl consideration for the...

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Miners upend the Rams 82-74

Miners upend the Rams 82-74

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 19, 2013

  In a closely contested game that came down to the wire, the Miners defeated the Colorado State Rams 82-74 at the Don Haskins Center. From the startof the game the Miners were in control of the game, playing at their own pace and hustling...

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Senior center John Bohannon attempts to make a layup against New Mexico State on Nov. 15. UTEP lost 86-73.

Miners face old rival Colorado State

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 19, 2013

The Miners begin the hardest portion of their schedule as they host the Colorado State Rams on Nov. 19 at the Don Haskins Center, after two underwhelming performances by the UTEP men’s basketball team against New Mexico State and West Alabama. Early...

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Sophomore foraward Agata Dobrowolska joined the Miners this year. She is from Lublin, Poland.

International athletes adjust to new setting

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 19, 2013

  On a year-to-year basis, UTEP athletics might not have success as a whole, but one thing women’s sports has a monopoly on is recruiting international players and doing it with great success. In eight of the nine women’s sports programs,...

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Miners top Golden Panthers 33-10 on senior night

Miners top Golden Panthers 33-10 on senior night

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 16, 2013

  After a seven game losing streak the UTEP Miners defeated Florida International Golden Panthers 33-10 at the Sun Bowl to get their second win of the season, on senior night. “The win feels awesome,” said quarterback Blaire Sullivan. “I...

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#4 The Womens basketball team defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 84-39 to make it its third biggest win. Six days later UTEP crushed Northern Arizona 92-43, the biggest win in school history.

UTEP women’s basketball routs Kansas State 84-39

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 16, 2013

In their best defensive showing of the season, the Miners thumped the Kansas State Wildcats, 84-39, Saturday at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners 45-point win came with many statistical achievements. The Miners forced 34 turnovers, which is their...

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Members of the Brazilian Culture Center. From left to right; Larissa Lunes, Alejandra Dominguez and Claudia Borunda.

[Photo] UTEP student organizations at Union breezeway

November 14, 2013

Members of the Brazilian Culture Center. From left to right; Larissa Lunes, Alejandra Dominguez and Claudia Borunda.

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Lively concert, unimpressive 3-D visuals

Lively concert, unimpressive 3-D visuals

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 13, 2013

This past Saturday, Morgan Page put on a show for a sold-out crowd at the Buchanan’s Event Center. Coming into the show there was a lot of hype surrounding the show, most notably because of the 3-D visuals. By the end of the night, Page had everybody...

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Freshman center Matt Willms led the Miners aginst Loyola New Orleans with 20 points.

206th edition of the Battle of I-10

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 12, 2013

After an easy routing of the Loyola New Orleans Wolfpack on Nov. 9, the Miners are heading to Las Cruces to face their rivals the New Mexico State Aggies on Nov. 15. This game is one of the most anticipated UTEP-NMSU games in recent history. Both teams...

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UTEP  will host Texas Tech on Sep. 6 and take on Kansas State on the road on Sep. 27

UTEP hosts FIU in final home game of 2013

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 12, 2013

After three weeks on the road, the UTEP football team is finally back home. On Nov. 16, the Miners will host the Florida International Golden Panthers in their final game of the season. The Miners and Golden Panthers both stand at 1-8 and this game...

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Miners tip-off new season with a win

Miners tip-off new season with a win

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 9, 2013

In the UTEP Miners men’s basketball team home opener, the Miners had a good first showing in front of a good El Paso crowd, beating the Loyola New Orleans Wolfpack 84-49. The Miners had a slow start to the game, missing on many open three point attempts....

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Redskins: The somehow debatable topic

Redskins: The somehow debatable topic

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 8, 2013

What if there were sports teams called the Mississippi Coons, the Los Angeles Spics or the Oklahoma City White Devils. If these were the names of actual sports teams, there would be no debate as to whether or not to change their names. The same should...

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