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Assayer of Student Opinion.

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Leonardo Montañez, staff reporter

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter

Leonardo Montañez, sophomore creative writing major, was born on Feb. 19, 1993 and has been involved with journalism since then because of his father’s business.

He has been a part of The Prospector for over a year as an entertainment writer with strongholds in video games, music and reviews in general.

His knowledge in gaming comes from a long list of playing videogames, from console to online games, old and new generations.

His music background consists of classic rock from the 60s and 70s, but he also has knowledge in music fundamentals thanks to a family member who graduated as a music major. Leonardo also has experience with different instruments and singing.

Some of his hobbies include writing fiction, playing instruments, gaming and reading.

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Students brush off art degree stigma

Students brush off art degree stigma

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter December 3, 2013

Art as a major is quickly becoming a taboo among students due to the idea that artists are doomed thanks to the competitive aspect of the major itself. But students and professors alike continue to pursue their goals because they find an opportunity and...

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Misuse of financial aid may cause burden for students

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter December 3, 2013

As the end of the semester arrives and the spring semester is upon us, it is time for students to renew their financial aid and it is time when students may misuse that money again. According to the blog Generation Opportunity, students on average...

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The Iron 5K  Turkey race will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 28 at 750 N. Sunland Park Dr.

The Iron Turkey Race continues to fight Lou Gehrig’s disease

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter November 26, 2013

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity is hosting their annual Iron Turkey race on Nov. 28, a philanthropy event that will raise funding for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis research, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Muhammad Saad Sheikh, public relations...

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From Mexico with love, sculpture to strengthen bond between Mexico and UTEP

From Mexico with love, sculpture to strengthen bond between Mexico and UTEP

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter November 21, 2013

  On Nov. 21, UTEP president Diana Natalicio, Consul General of México in El Paso, Jacob Prado presented a gifted to UTEP with one of Sebastián’s latest pieces, to strengthen bonds and honor the relationship between México and UTEP. The...

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The Bowie Bakery was established in 1951 and continues to be students favorite bakery according to the Pick Awards survey.

Bowie Bakery shares guilty pleasure through six decades of experience

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter November 19, 2013

  Bowie Bakery has been active since 1971 and was recently voted as the best bakery in El Paso by UTEP students. Juan Marquez, current owner of the Bowie Bakery, continues the family tradition and said that he is very fortunate to have...

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App picks for November

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter November 19, 2013

With more than two billion iOS apps that are downloaded each month and 2.5 billion from Play Store, the following  are the best picks for the month of November, according to Apple and Android app markets. “Cameo” “Cameo” is a cloud-powered...

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Nine Inch Nails performed at the Don Haskins Center on Nov. 11. The band featured the release of their new album,“Hesitation Marks” and other favorites.

NIN impresses El Paso with music and audiovisual production

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter November 12, 2013

Nine Inch Nails amazed with their ‘Tension’ tour at the Don Haskins Center with their versatile stage, the incredible and unique lighting and their most recent material from the album “Hesitations Marks.” The concert started with a black curtain...

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Minorities are ‘under-educated’ in health research

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter November 12, 2013

Very few minority students in the science and health fields receive opportunities for a research grant because they are considered “under-educated,” according to data from the National Institute of Health. Recently, UTEP received a grant to address...

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More than games

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter November 12, 2013

It has been a while since I formed a Pokémon team and considered being part of a doubles team. Using Klefki, was my first option, since it is the only dual-screen prankster in the whole Meta, as well as the addition of Thunder Wave and Foul Play....

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Campus organization plans indigenous history events

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter November 5, 2013

Native American Heritage Month will be celebrated in November through an educational program at the university. Cheyenne Lozano, president of the Academic Revival of Indigenous Studies of Education, said the group will be educating students about Native...

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‘Night of the Living Dead’ will frighten all on Halloween

‘Night of the Living Dead’ will frighten all on Halloween

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter October 29, 2013

From costumes to acting, the El Paso Playhouse got everything right in the stage performance of “Night of Living Dead,” based on the classic movie directed by George A. Romero. The playhouse version, directed by Moy Hinojos, outclassed many productions...

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Cycling for change took place on Sunday, October 25th at Album Park, the event raised awareness for victims of domestic violence.

Cycle for Change Helps Domestic Violence Victims Achieve their Goals

Leonardo Montañez, Staff reporter October 28, 2013

The El Paso County Attorney’s Office – Family Violence Unit had a successful first-ever cycling race, Cycling for Change, on Oct. 27 at Album Park to support victims of domestic violence. Linda Perez, assistant county attorney, said that all of...

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9 to 5 will be playing at the Union Dinner Theatre  every Wednesday to Sunday until Nov. 3.

UDT actors save outdated ’80s musical

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter October 22, 2013

Originally written by Patricia Resnick with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, the UTEP Dinner Theatre’s “9 to 5” delightfully examines the problems women face in the workplace. Directed by Jaime Barba, UDT’s costume designer, “9 to 5,” from...

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Shakespeare on the Rocks relocates due to shutdown

Shakespeare on the Rocks relocates due to shutdown

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter October 22, 2013

National parks such as Chamizal National Memorial were closed during the 16-day government shutdown, and this affected the events and shows planned during this time, including Shakespeare on the Rocks. The production of “Doctor Faustus,” which will...

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Pokemon X & Y’: Evolution or revolution? Both.

‘Pokemon X & Y’: Evolution or revolution? Both.

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter October 15, 2013

The newly released “Pokémon X” and “Pokémon Y” game series for the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS, with its polygonal 3-D environment, are the most revolutionary games in the franchise and offer the most updates in a Pokémon game. The series present...

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Glo the Park: First after-dark event

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter October 15, 2013

El Pasoans get ready to glow-in-the-dark as Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be raising money to help fund breast cancer research through their first-time race entitled  Glo the Park, which will be held Oct. 18 at Ascarate Park. “It is the first-annual...

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Chalk the Block expects to draw more than 40,000 people

Chalk the Block expects to draw more than 40,000 people

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter October 8, 2013

Celebrating its sixth year, Chalk the Block, a three-day art event, takes place from Oct. 11-13 at the Arts Festival Plaza Cleveland Square Park and San Jacinto Plaza in Downtown El Paso. The event begins on Friday at 6 p.m. and continues until 10...

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UTEP Homecoming Pageant took place on Sept. 29 at 6pm at the Magoffin Auditorium. (Left to right) Duchess Diana Montes, Duke Rodolfo Madero, Queen Danielle de La Paz, King Dominic Chacon, Princess Tanya Maestas and Prince Justin Tompkins.

Homecoming pageant weaves a spark of Minerland magic

Leonardo Montañez, Staff reporter October 1, 2013

The 2013 UTEP Homecoming Pageant was truly colorful this year as students ran for king and queen dressed as Disney movie characters with the Minerland theme. The pageant began at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at Magoffin Auditorium with a dance number containing...

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Rio Pod Co. producer Joseph Brooks gets ready to record ‘Chuco Talks’ live at the Pershing Inn located at 2909 Piedras, every Sun. from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Rio Pod Co: local podcast encourages dialogue about El Paso

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter September 24, 2013

The Rio Podcast Company is a weekly video podcast show that promotes El Paso and brings a local perspective to national news, art and sports. Member of Rio Pod Co. Joseph Brooks said that the Rio Pod Co. is an umbrella for other podcasts. “It is...

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‘The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD’

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter September 24, 2013

The original “Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker” was released in 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube, and after a decade its well-deserved HD remake is finally here for the Wii U. The game is by far the most beautiful game in the series. The original...

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Ayer Eternal Photography studio is located at 2909 1/2 Alameda.

UTEP alumnus moves El Paso art scene onward

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter September 17, 2013

As an artist, Luis C. Rodriguez felt that the possibilities of a prolonged and successful career would be many as he decided to pursue those options here in El Paso. According to Rodriguez, who graduated from UTEP in 2010 with a multidisciplinary arts...

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(Left-Right) Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Texas, Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights and Rep. Beto ORourke, D-Texas, discuss immigration reform at a Monday town hall meeting.

Rep. O’Rourke hears testimony at town hall from those affected by deportation

Leonardo Montañez, Staff reporter September 16, 2013

Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, hosted members of the Congressional Border Caucus for a Monday immigration reform town hall meeting. The purpose of the event was to listen to El Pasoans who have been affected by deportation and was held in partnership...

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[Video] Rain causes problems on campus

Leonardo Montañez, Staff reporter September 12, 2013

Students, faculty and staff have encountered problems commuting and maneuvering through campus due to severe flooding on campus and throughout the city. UTEP Police Corporal David Falin said that, despite the flooding, it has not been as severe as...

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Luis Miguel, Greatest Hits Tour visits El Paso

Leonardo Montañez, Staff reporter September 12, 2013

From mariachi to bolero, Luis Miguel and his “The Hits Tour” delivered a great concert to the fans, with a great show, sound and his most well-known songs at the Don Haskins Center Sept. 11. The center was almost filled by his adoring fans, who...

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Air, Earth, Fire, Water  by Luis Jimenez

UTEP librarian to showcase his works at the El Paso Museum of Art

Leonardo Montañez, Staff reporter September 12, 2013

Local art collector and UTEP librarian, Juan A. Sandoval II, will be exhibiting his work: “An Expansive Regard: Selected Works from the Collection of Juan Sandoval“ at the Gateway Gallery at the El Paso Museum of Art. He will showcase more than 100...

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Erace3 is hosting its second annual Running Dead 5K race on Nov. 2 at Ascarate Park.

Running Dead zombies take over El Paso once more

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter September 10, 2013

Erace3 will be staging their Running Dead zombie race on Nov. 2 at Ascarate Park. According to Brian Guzman, spokesperson for Erace3, Running Dead El Paso is going to be an obstacle and flag race that wil gather funds for five different charities. “Running...

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Sequel challanges gamers to change tactics

Sequel challanges gamers to change tactics

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter September 3, 2013

“Plants vs. Zombies 2” continues to keep the game attached to its roots, maintaining its classic and cartoony visuals after receiving critical acclaim back in 2009. With just a few improvements made to its game play, the formula is the same. The...

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Nintendo announces the new 2DS.

New Nintendo 2DS Announced

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter August 28, 2013

Wednesday Aug. 28, Nintendo announced their new hand-held console, the 2DS. It features a slate-like profile rather than a folding design as its predecessors. The 2DS will be compatible with all 3DS games and will play more than 2,000 DS titles. As...

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Led Zeppellin Concert at The Plaza on Aug 24.

The Music of Led Zeppellin: A stairway to a great tribute

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter August 27, 2013

Conducted by Brent Havens, the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the tribute band, The Music of Led Zeppelin, gave an outstanding performance at the Plaza Theatre on Aug. 24 with many of Led Zeppelin’s classic songs such as “Good Times, Bad Times,”...

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Kilo and the Dew: Up-and-Coming Indie-Pop Band to Play at Minerpalooza

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter August 26, 2013

Four months after the UTEP Picks Talent Show on Apr. 24, Kilo and the Dew, a band formed by two UTEP students got to work on releasing an EP due out in October, which will be followed by a South-to-Southwest tour. They are also looking forward to...

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UTEP Recognized by the Washington Monthly

Leonardo Montañez, Staff Reporter August 26, 2013

UTEP is ranked 7th best national university by the Washington Monthly, President Diana Natalicio said Monday at a press conference in the Undergraduate Learning Center.   Criteria used to rank the university were based on social mobility, the recruiting...

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