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Assayer of Student Opinion.

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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.

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Moving on after adversity

Moving on after adversity

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 5, 2013

Over the summer, the Miners lost, then received and then lost again. Freshman forward Twymond Howard is gone after one year and nearly no playing time. The same goes for senior forward Malcolm Moore and sophomore Chris Washburn, who left after some controversy...

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Morgan Page presents a 3-D concert experience, utilizing 3-D technology originally created for Michael Jackson’s ‘This Is It” tour on Sat. Nov. 9 at the Buchanan’s Event Center, located at 11540 Pellicano Dr.

A 3-D experience that will make you feel ‘In the Air’

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 5, 2013

The El Paso electronic dance music scene will be in store for an experience like no other. Morgan Page is back in town with the 3-D Live Experience with music from his 2012 album “In The Air.” Page was kind enough to chat with the Prospector...

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The Miners will attempt to break thier six-game losing streak on the road against North Texas before hosting Florida International on Nov. 16.

Miners face division leader North Texas

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 5, 2013

For the first time since 1980, the UTEP football team will face off against the North Texas Mean Green Eagles on Nov. 9 at the Apogee Stadium in Denton, Texas. This game will be the first time both teams have played each other in 33 seasons, and UTEP...

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Senior guard Jalen Raglamd had a dunk of his own during the exhibition game, he contributed with 15 points.

Second half surge helps Miners top Savage Storm

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter November 2, 2013

After a rough start the UTEP men’s basketball team turned things around and defeated Southeast Oklahoma State 91-63 at the Don Haskins Center on Nov. 2 in their first exhibition game of the season. At the beginning of the game was riddle with fouls,...

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The BCS: Good in theory, bad in reality

The BCS: Good in theory, bad in reality

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 31, 2013

Unlike the majority of college football fans, I am dreading the day when the BCS system comes to an end and the day when the CFP (college football playoff) takes over. Over the years, the BCS has been filled with controversy and outrage, but in my opinion...

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Union Services hosted the annual Halloween costume contest today at noon.

Halloween costume contest held at the Union

Javier Cortez and Amanda Guillen October 31, 2013

Today, UTEP Union Programs hosted their annual Halloween costume contest at the Union Plaza stage. For some the Halloween costume competition took precedence over going to class. Junior mechanical engineering major Italia Valles, who dressed up...

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Miners up against Manziel and Texas A&M Aggies

Miners up against Manziel and Texas A&M Aggies

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 29, 2013

The Miners, 1-6, will face the toughest challenge of the season yet on Nov. 2 when they travel to College Station, Texas to take on the 12th-ranked team in the nation, the Texas A&M Aggies. Texas A&M is the only nationally ranked team the Miners...

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A slow transition under Kugler

A slow transition under Kugler

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 22, 2013

Every season starts with certain expectations, optimism, dreams and goals, but as the season progresses some of those expectations change. Optimism may turn into pessimism, dreams into nightmares and goals are unmet. After a 1-5 start to their 2013...

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An underwhelming performance for the Miners

An underwhelming performance for the Miners

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 22, 2013

With the first half of the football season in the books, the Miners are 1-5 overall and 0-3 in conference play. Knowing UTEP’s football history, how much of a surprise can that be? If you had told me that this would be the case six weeks ago, I would...

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Running back Aaron Jones and his brother Alvin will be added to the basketball team.

Jones making the most of his opportunity

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 15, 2013

Editor’s Note: Aaron Jones suffered a shouder injury during the third quarter of the  game against Tulsa on Oct. 12. No announcement has been made about the severity of the injury or when he will be ready to play. There haven’t been many distinguishing...

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Tulsa holds onto early lead to top Miners

Tulsa holds onto early lead to top Miners

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 12, 2013

For the sixth consecutive game, the Miners defense gave up a touchdown on the opening drive that led to a 34-20 loss to the Conference USA defending champions–the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. The inability to stop the run, and a struggling offense, just...

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Miners and Golden Hurricane seeking first conference win

Miners and Golden Hurricane seeking first conference win

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 9, 2013

The defending Conference USA champions, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, and the UTEP Miners will face each other in a battle of 1-4 teams on Oct. 12 at the Sun Bowl. Both teams are coming to the game after suffering heart-breaking losses at home. Last...

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The UTEP tennis team is preparing for their toughest challenge so far this season at the University of Arizona tournament in Tucson.

UTEP tennis set for Arizona test

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 8, 2013

The UTEP women’s tennis team will go to Tucson to compete in the University of Arizona Tournament Oct. 11-13. The Miners are looking forward to the competition ahead as they get ready for their second tournament of the year. “Were excited to get...

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Bulldogs wide receiver Andrew Guillot stretches to reach the endzone on a 5-yard touchdown run to tie the game in the first quarter.

Homecoming wraps up with no happy ending

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 8, 2013

Editor’s note: Make sure to check for the Tulsa vs. UTEP game preview at theprospectordaily.com later this week As homecoming came to a close, the Miners fell to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 38-35. UTEP fell short of a near comeback after falling...

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UTEPs homecoming wraps up with no happy ending

UTEP’s homecoming wraps up with no happy ending

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 5, 2013

As homecoming came to a close, the Miners fell to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 38-35. UTEP fell short of a near comeback after falling behind by 17 points in the second quarter. The story of the game was once again the Miners shortcomings on defense,...

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Head coach Tim Floyd and the Miners began practicing at the Foster and Stevens Basketball Center

Men’s basketball begins practice for the upcoming season

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter October 1, 2013

Today the UTEP men’s basketball team conducted its first practice of the season. Due to new NCAA legislation, the team is allowed to practice two weeks earlier than usual. The first practice was conducted in the Foster Stevens Basketball Center...

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Head coach Tim Floyd addressed the media on what the team is hoping to accomplish this upcoming season

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Head coach Tim Floyd addressed the media on what the team is hoping to accomplish this upcoming season

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UTEP has a 37-43-1 record in homecoming games and has won their last five.

Miners host Bulldogs in battle of one-win teams

Javier Cortez, Staff reporter October 1, 2013

UTEP is set for a rematch against old WAC foes Louisiana Tech on homecoming Oct. 5. It is a must-win game for both schools in order to keep their season hopes alive. Almost halfway through the season, the Miners stand at 1-3, and in most cases any...

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Senior tight end Kevin Perry is in his last season with the Miners. After his college career he will try to follow his father’s footsteps in the NFL.

Perry embracing a new role

Javier Cortez, Staff reporter October 1, 2013

Being a collegiate athlete is a distinguishing mark in someone’s life, but being a two-sport athlete puts you in the upper echelon of athletes. Kevin Perry is part of that upper echelon of student athletes on this campus, being that he is a football...

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Miners take on Colorado State

Miners take on Colorado State

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 26, 2013

For UTEP fans, a game against Colorado State is very uncommon but these two teams have  history against each other as Western Athletic Conference foes in the late '60s through the late '90s. Over the years, the Miners and Rams have played each other...

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Freshman running back Darrin Laufasa gets past two Aggie defensive backs to score on his first career touchdown on Sept. 14.

Laufasa making an early impression

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 24, 2013

Darrin Laufasa, freshman running back made his name known in his breakout game against the Aggies, rushing for 74 yards on nine carries with two touchdowns. His biggest play of the game came in the fourth quarter as he blew past New Mexico State’s...

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Miners fall to Roadrunners on Sun Bowl’s 50th anniversary

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 22, 2013

There were fireworks at halftime, but there was no celebrating after the game for the Miners on the day that marked the 50th anniversary of the Sun Bowl. The University of Texas, San Antonio Roadrunners outplayed the Miners in almost every facet of...

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Freshman running back Darrin Laufasa will be a key for the Miners as he steps in for injured backs Nathan Jeffery and LaQuintus Dowell.

Miners open conference against UTSA

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 17, 2013

For the first time in each school’s history, the Miners and the UTSA Roadrunners will battle it out on the gridiron. This only being the Roadrunners’ third season in Division I football, the Miners may seem like overwhelming favorites, but the Roadrunners...

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Junior wide receiver, Jordan Leslie catches the long pass from Jameill Showers in the game against NMSU on Sept. 14.

Leslie comes back to build on past success

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 17, 2013

New coach, new offense, mounting expectations, new leadership role and becoming an upperclassman–it is apparent that Jordan Leslie has a lot to deal with this season. Coming off a sophomore season like last year, Jordan understands certain things...

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UTEP and NMSU began their rivalry in 1914, the rivalry will hit its centennial mark in 2014.

The 99-year history of the Battle of I-10

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 10, 2013

The 2013 season will bring another edition of the Battle of I-10 between the UTEP Miners and the New Mexico State Aggies. This heated rivalry is 99 years old and represents one of the biggest events for the cities of El Paso and Las Cruces. Aggie Memorial...

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Junior running back Nathan Jeffery escapes two Lobos defenders during the first quarter.

Kasey Carrier and the Lobos spoil Kugler’s debut

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 10, 2013

Head coach Sean Kugler experienced a bittersweet day as the Miners fell in his debut against their rivals, the New Mexico Lobos 42-35 in overtime. With a renewed rivalry, the Miners wanted to keep New Mexico’s streak of 15 years in Texas without...

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The Atheists began with Tanner Milroy after he realized there was no atheist organizaiton on campus. He decided to begin the group instead of joining the Student Government Association.

The Atheists use community service to expand, contribute

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 10, 2013

Ana Castro, sophomore math major, has been an atheist since she was in seventh grade. She said she felt out of place and uncomfortable about expressing her beliefs at that age, but has since found camaraderie on campus. The Atheists began in Oct. 2012,...

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Kasey Carrier and the Lobos spoil Kugler’s debut in overtime

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 7, 2013

Head coach Sean Kugler experienced a bittersweet day as the Miners fell in his debut against their rivals the New Mexico Lobos 42-35 in overtime. With a renewed rivalry, the Miners wanted to keep New Mexico’s streak of 15 years in Texas without a...

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Miner volleyball close out UTEP Invitational with victory over Texas Southern

Miner volleyball close out UTEP Invitational with victory over Texas Southern

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 7, 2013

Coming off a win over Southern and a loss to Oral Roberts on Friday, the Miners rose at the chance to get a win against the Texas Southern Tigers. The Miners were focused, ready, and determined as they dominated Texas Southern by sweeping the Tigers 25-13,...

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UTEP and NMSU began their rivalry in 1914, the rivalry will hit its centennial mark in 2014.

Miners and Lobos renew 94-year rivalry

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter September 3, 2013

The UTEP Miners’ 2013 season will begin with a home game against the New Mexico Lobos, which will be the first of four matchups between 2013-16. The Rio Grande rivalry has been in hibernation for over a decade now; in the past 12 years only five games...

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An Offseason Full of Changes for the Miners

Javier Cortez, Staff Reporter August 26, 2013

Changes and adjustments have been the theme of the UTEP football team throughout the offseason. After coming off a 3-9 season, the Miners hope to put the past behind and usher in a new beginning. Head coach Sean Kugler might not have won a game yet,...

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