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Joel Molina

Joel Molina, Photo Editor

Joel is a graduate creative writing student at the University of Texas at El Paso. He is the photo editor who began his career at The Prospector in 2022. He hopes to continue providing the world and its people with different forms of storytelling that will hopefully make their day to day lives better.

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Forward Jane Asinde takes a jump-shot over the defense of a Middle Tennessee State player, Feb. 17.

UTEP Women’s basketball tightens up their defense over Conference-USA leader

Joel Molina, Photo Editor February 19, 2024

Coming off a triumphant victory over Western Kentucky University, the UTEP Women’s basketball team (9-15, C-USA 4-7) looked to once again protect their home court against C-USA leader Middle Tennessee State University (21-4, C-USA 11-0).  This would...

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Infielder Amaya Lee hits the ball during a game on Feb. 10.

[Photo] UTEP Softball hits hard in spring opener

February 15, 2024

Infielder Amaya Lee hits the ball during a game on Feb. 10.

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Cynthia Aguilar, born and raised in El Paso, Texas, received her master’s at UTEP and was named the new dean of students, beginning her duties Jan. 2.

[Photo] The Prospector sits down with Cynthia Aguilar

February 14, 2024

Cynthia Aguilar, born and raised in El Paso, Texas, received her master’s at UTEP and was named the new dean of students, beginning her duties Jan. 2.

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Along with cardio, eating fruits such as blueberries, cranberries and strawberries can help promote heart health and help with cholesterol.

[Photo] Running towards a healthy heart

February 13, 2024

Along with cardio, eating fruits such as blueberries, cranberries and strawberries can help promote heart health and help with cholesterol.

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A dream of becoming a spider to becoming a photo editor

A dream of becoming a spider to becoming a photo editor

Joel Molina, Photo Editor February 3, 2024

A spider crawling up my hand bit me and now I have radioactive spider powers. I’m swinging across the buildings of New York City. I’m saving people’s lives and I have a job working as a photographer for the biggest newspaper in the city. Is this...

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The UTEP men’s basketball team lost their second conference game in a row against Sam Houston on Jan. 27.

UTEP men’s basketball loses a close one to conference rival Sam Houston

Joel Molina, Photo Editor February 2, 2024

Coming off a lopsided loss to the number one team in the conference, Louisiana Tech, the UTEP men’s basketball team (11-10, 2-4 CUSA) traveled to Huntsville, Texas, to take on the current second place team in the conference, Sam Houston (12-9, 5-1 CUSA)....

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Dallas Cowboys fans are one of the many sports teams fans that experience the disappointment of their team going home after a playoff loss.

[Photo] When football teams crash, jerseys are trashed

February 2, 2024

Dallas Cowboys fans are one of the many sports team's fans that experience the disappointment of their team going home after a playoff loss.

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The UTEP Dinner Theatre presents “We Will Rock You” which will begin it’s run on Feb. 2. and will conclude with a final performance on Feb. 17.

[Photo] The UTEP Dinner Theatre presents a post-apocalyptic rock extravaganza

February 2, 2024

The UTEP Dinner Theatre presents “We Will Rock You” which will begin it’s run on Feb. 2. and will conclude with a final performance on Feb. 17.

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Loubna Benhadja attempts to catch up with the competition during the relay event on Jan. 27.

[Photo] UTEP track breaks records at Albuquerque Invitational

February 1, 2024

Loubna Benhadja attempts to catch up with the competition during the relay event on Jan. 27.

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Residents at the El Paso State Supported Living Center pose for a photo at the newly introduced sports complex.

[Photo] A short story of hope

January 30, 2024

Residents at the El Paso State Supported Living Center pose for a photo at the newly introduced sports complex.

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The “Grand Candela” was unveiled in 2019 at the Walmart on 7101 Gateway West Blvd. It serves as a memorial to the 22 lives lost as result of the mass shooting on Aug. 3, 2022.

[Photo] El Paso stays strong

January 30, 2024

The “Grand Candela” was unveiled in 2019 at the Walmart on 7101 Gateway West Blvd. It serves as a memorial to the 22 lives lost as result of the mass shooting on Aug. 3, 2022.

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The UTEP women’s basketball team celebrates a score against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 25.

[Photo] UTEP women’s basketball takes a win over LA Tech

January 27, 2024

The UTEP women’s basketball team celebrates a score against Louisiana Tech on Jan. 25.

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Guard Tae Hardy jumps into the air in attempt to dunk the ball during a game against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 18.

[Photo] UTEP men’s basketball dominate Middle Tennessee

January 20, 2024

Guard Tae Hardy jumps into the air in attempt to dunk the ball during a game against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 18.

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Junior Isaí Morga holds a sign that reads “2024” a year for them where 12 resolutions have been set.

[Photo] New year, new mindset: Setting realistic resolutions

January 19, 2024

Junior Isaí Morga holds a sign that reads “2024” a year for them where 12 resolutions have been set.

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Wintertime blues can be the feeling of unhappiness and depression often related to the winter season and cold climates brought on by it.

[Photo] Lecture halls to winter stalls: How UTEP students beat winter blues

January 18, 2024

Wintertime blues can be the feeling of unhappiness and depression often related to the winter season and cold climates brought on by it.

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A new representative for District 2 in El Paso will be selected on Jan. 20.

[Photo] District 2 Runoff Election: What you need to know

January 17, 2024

A new representative for District 2 in El Paso will be selected on Jan. 20.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983 by Ronald Reagen, officially observed in 1986 and ever since.

[Photo] MLK Day’s everlasting importance

January 15, 2024

Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established in 1983 by Ronald Reagen, officially observed in 1986 and ever since.

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Fireworks erupt after Norte Dame routes Oregon State 40-8.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish earn themselves a big bowl of Frosted Flakes

Joel Molina, Staff Photographer December 30, 2023

The Sun Bowl stadium roared with excitement, packed from top to bottom, leaving no seat unoccupied. In the 90th Sun Bowl game, El Paso and Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl hosted the 19th ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-3) and 21st ranked Oregon State Beavers...

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Guard Corey Camper Jr. Attempts to shoot the ball over the defense of Texas A&M-CC.

[Photo] Texas A&M Islanders leave UTEP basketball stranded in Tuesday night loss

December 1, 2023

Guard Corey Camper Jr. Attempts to shoot the ball over the defense of Texas A&M-CC.

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The Miners finished its regular season with 21 wins and a winning percentage of .700, the second highest percentage in the Ben Wallis era.

[Photo] UTEP volleyball receives coveted NIVC postseason invitation

November 28, 2023

The Miners finished its regular season with 21 wins and a winning percentage of .700, the second highest percentage in the Ben Wallis era.

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Music education major Jonathan Melendez receives a standing ovation at the end of his recital, Nov. 25.

The sound of a college career coming to a close

Joel Molina, Photographer November 28, 2023

The illustrious moment of crossing the stage is something many college students strive for. A place that requires hard work and dedication to reach. Each degree path has different requirements in order to obtain a bachelor’s degree. For senior music...

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Seniors, Marion Ovalle, Hande Yetis, Alyssa Sianez and graduate students, Alianza Darley and Sakira LaCour, pose for a photo during senior day, Nov. 11.

[Photo] UTEP puts out the fire with two wins against Liberty University ahead of final matchup

November 17, 2023

Seniors, Marion Ovalle, Hande Yetis, Alyssa Sianez and graduate students, Alianza Darley and Sakira LaCour, pose for a photo during senior day, Nov. 11.

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Children take part in a snowball fight held during an intermission of the Roller Derby Winter Wonderland, Nov. 11.

[Photo] Rolling for Tots: Skating into the spirit of giving

November 16, 2023

Children take part in a snowball fight held during an intermission of the Roller Derby Winter Wonderland, Nov. 11.

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Senior Derick Hamilton, majoring in multidisciplinary studies, has found a new home in El Paso, moving from his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

[Photo] UTEP’s Adhel Tac and Derick Hamilton on breaking barriers and scoring dreams

November 10, 2023

Senior Derick Hamilton, majoring in multidisciplinary studies, has found a new home in El Paso, moving from his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Guard David Terrell Jr dribbles the ball downcourt during a game against McMurry.

[Photo] UTEP men’s basketball ‘defeathered’ McMurry Warhawks in season opener

November 7, 2023

Guard David Terrell Jr dribbles the ball downcourt during a game against McMurry.

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UTEP volleyball will play their first game on Halloween since 2014 and will be held at Memorial Gym at 6pm. Photo courtesy of UTEP athletics/The Prospector

Volleyball brings fright during upcoming Homecoming game

Joel Molina, Photographer October 27, 2023

Halloween brings the joys of trick-or-treating and pumpkin carving, many of which take place on Oct. 31. While those things on that day are fairly common, a volleyball game that looks to be full of spikes and kills is an added twist to an already spooky...

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Attendee holds a sign up in support of Palestine at the All Out For Gaza rally on Oct. 21.

[Photo] El Pasoans voicing their pains amid conflict in Israel and Gaza

October 24, 2023

Attendee holds a sign up in support of Palestine at the All Out For Gaza rally on Oct. 21.

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Quarterback Cade McConnell signals the offense prior to the snap, during a game against NMSU.

[Photo] NMSU Aggies defeat UTEP football in 100th Battle of I-10 rivalry game

October 23, 2023

Quarterback Cade McConnell signals the offense prior to the snap, during a game against NMSU.

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The UTEP Marching Miners are lead on the field by this year’s Drum Majors Ramsey Perez (left), Cassandra Gil (center) and Alexa Andrade Fuentes (right).

[Photo] Behind the beat of the Marching Miners’ success

October 12, 2023

The UTEP Marching Miners are lead on the field by this year’s Drum Majors Ramsey Perez (left), Cassandra Gil (center) and Alexa Andrade Fuentes (right).

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Café Mayapan hosts multiple cultural events such as one for Day of the Dead.

[Photo] Café Mayapan feeds the community

October 12, 2023

Café Mayapan hosts multiple cultural events such as one for Day of the Dead.

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Trixie Mattel, an art piece by Alexis Chàvez Lòpez, on display at the Queer History Month Gallery.

[Photo] Remembering queer voices and history through art

October 10, 2023

Trixie Mattel, an art piece by Alexis Chàvez Lòpez, on display at the Queer History Month Gallery.

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Setter Mattie Gantt fights for the ball during a set against FIU.

[Photo] Volleyball busts out the brooms in series sweep against Florida International

October 9, 2023

Setter Mattie Gantt fights for the ball during a set against FIU.

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Ecology student, Karen Stopani suggests doing things that make you happy to avoid burnout.

[Photo] Different ways to deal with student burnout

October 9, 2023

Ecology student, Karen Stopani suggests doing things that make you happy to avoid burnout.

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Libero Alyssa Sianez bumps the ball during a set against Jacksonville State.

[Photo] UTEP Volleyball defeats Jax State in exciting two home games

September 30, 2023

Libero Alyssa Sianez bumps the ball during a set against Jacksonville State.

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UTEP football head coach Dana Dimel looks down at his play sheet during a game against UNLV Sept. 23.

[Photo] Paving a path to gridiron greatness in the Dimel era

September 27, 2023

UTEP football head coach Dana Dimel looks down at his play sheet during a game against UNLV Sept. 23.

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Defender Ashley Padilla kicks the ball in the air while being closely defended during a match.

[Photo] UTEP soccer battles to the end in tough loss against NMSU

September 25, 2023

Defender Ashley Padilla kicks the ball in the air while being closely defended during a match.

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Wide receiver Jeremiah Ballard reaches up to catch the ball during a game against UNLV.

[Photo] UNLV defeats UTEP football

September 25, 2023

Wide receiver Jeremiah Ballard reaches up to catch the ball during a game against UNLV.

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Collection of art by Liz Culp, on display at the Texas as Art exhibit.

[Photo] Seeing Texas in a whole new way

September 21, 2023

Collection of art by Liz Culp, on display at the Texas as Art exhibit.

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Forward Mina Rodriguez and Midfielder Jayd Sprague from Idaho fight for the ball during a match Sept. 14.

[Photo] UTEP Soccer struggles in intense game against Idaho

September 20, 2023

Forward Mina Rodriguez and Midfielder Jayd Sprague from Idaho fight for the ball during a match Sept. 14.

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Artist from Sultanes del Yonke, sings into a microphone during a performance at Minerpalooza.

[Photo] A Miner-Tastic Minerpalooza

September 18, 2023

Artist from Sultanes del Yonke, sings into a microphone during a performance at Minerpalooza.

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UTEP Career Center Director, Betsabe Castro-Duarte, poses with her fellow employees of the Career Center.

[Photo] A commitment to the University Career Center

September 14, 2023

UTEP Career Center Director, Betsabe Castro-Duarte, poses with her fellow employees of the Career Center.

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The El Paso Roller Derby is the city’s only international roller derby league.

[Photo] El Paso Roller Derby’s fierce sport brings a community together

September 14, 2023

The El Paso Roller Derby is the city’s only international roller derby league.

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President of SHPE and MAES, Bryan Rodriguez, attempts to pump up the crowd in attendance.

[Photo] Organization helps grow the new STEM thinkers of tomorrow, today

September 13, 2023

President of SHPE and MAES, Bryan Rodriguez, attempts to pump up the crowd in attendance.

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