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Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor December 1, 2015

Journalism was never my first option. My first dream was to be a doctor. I wanted to cure cancer and entered UTEP majoring in biology. I considered political science for a while, then I majored in creative writing. Finally, after fighting the cynic in...

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Two members of the Healthy Miners Sex Positive Peer Education Program demonstrate safe sex.

UTEP continues to rank low in sexual health report card

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor December 1, 2015

The University of Texas at El Paso ranked 103 out of 140 in Trojan’s Sexual Health Report Card, an annual study sponsored by the makers of Trojan Brand Condoms and conducted by Sperling’s BestPlaces. The independent study ranks American colleges and...

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Chief Deputy Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency Lizzette González-Reynolds answers questions at “Public Education: The Next Five Years”.

Education in Texas addressed

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor November 17, 2015

The Texas Tribune, a non-partisan news organization, hosted “Public Education: The Next Five Years,” the seventh installment of special statewide series at UTEP on Friday, Nov. 13. Panelists included State Rep. Mary Gonzalez, D-Clint., Chief Deputy...

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UTEP students protest Senate Bill 11 at Leech Grove on Monday, Oct. 19.

Students, faculty and staff protest Campus Carry

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor October 19, 2015

Around 40 UTEP students, faculty and staff, listen to Sarah Walker at an Anti-Campus Carry Rally on Monday, Oct. 19, at Leech Groove, as she reads the names of 52 schools where shootings have occurred in the past year. Walker, a senior English...

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#CocksNotGlocks

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor October 13, 2015

So far, over 6,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they will attend the Campus Dildo Carry Protest at the University of Texas at Austin on Aug. 24, 2016, the first day of classes. The event is a protest against the notorious SB 11, which allows...

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Ability to grow with disability

Ability to grow with disability

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor October 6, 2015

The Center for Accommodation and Support Services will host Ability Awareness Week Oct. 5-9—a week of activities, forums and exhibitions in commemoration of National Disability Employment Month. Bill Dethlefs, director of CASS, said this year marks...

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Members of UTEPs Miner Connection provide a food pantry for students, staff, and faculty.

Students address food insecurity on campus

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor September 29, 2015

On a seemingly normal day, a couple of UTEP students walked from the UTEP Library to the Rescue Mission of El Paso, a homeless shelter, for food, spearheading what would became the Miner Connection, a student-driven food pantry. Esther Zapata, a UTEP...

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One year later, Ayotzinapa is not forgotten

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor September 25, 2015

Huddled around the marble steps of the Mexican Consulate, 30 protestors wait for the Consul General of Mexico to respond to disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students who went missing on Sept. 26. The protestors, composed of UTEP students and...

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Piñata Party Supplies provides Donald Trump piñatas for $39.99.

Donald Trump gets a big hit

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor September 22, 2015

Red, white and green piñatas hang from the rafters of Piñata Party Supplies. But in between the rows of streamers, candies, and princess costumes, one piñata doesn’t hang—the Donald Trump piñata stands, straight and unflinching. The blue eyed,...

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Risky business

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor September 15, 2015

When I was told I’d be a Dow Jones News Fund business reporting intern, and that I would be working at Crain’s Detroit Business over the summer, I was ecstatic. After the excitement settled my friends muttered their thoughts. “Detroit? Doesn’t...

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Bridging the gap between education and technology

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor September 15, 2015

Two friends are collaborating to accomplish one thing—make education more accessible to students. Adrian Caballero, 25, and Gabe Fernandez, 24, both El Paso natives and UTEP alumni, have come together because of their shared passion for education to...

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We don’t need your forgiveness

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor September 8, 2015

Abortion. It’s a word we don’t like to mention, talk or think about, although it is one of the most common and safest medical procedures. It silently exists around us, unacknowledged, but ever present. According to the Guttmacher institute, about...

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UTEP SGA holds a meeting to discuss issues around the UTEP campus and it’s community.

How does SGA spend your money?

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor September 8, 2015

A framed picture of UTEP President Diana Natalicio, rows of carefully placed Post-it notes that resemble a calendar and stacks of discarded family board games are a few items you’ll find inside the office of the Student Government Association president....

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Members of the Student Government Association pose for a photo during this year’s Minerpalooza.

SGA pushes for greater visibility and transparency

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor September 1, 2015

On a Thursday evening, inside room 304 in Union East, a gavel is loudly struck signifying the commencement of the first Student Government Association senate meeting of the semester. It is here that a series of decisions that affect UTEP students will...

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Texas Senator John Cornyn Visits UTEP

Texas Senator John Cornyn Visits UTEP

Maria Esquinca, Managing Editor August 31, 2015

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) visited UTEP for a roundtable discussion regarding regional transportation challenges with local and state officials. At the roundtable discussion, Cornyn said that lack of funds is the greatest challenge for transportation...

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Students get a glimpse of the Border

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor May 13, 2015

As part of the fourth-annual “Fire & Ice: Structural Violence Against Women” event organized by the Student Engagement and Leadership Center, UTEP students were exposed to issues faced by women and men alike in the border region on Friday,...

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Senior commercial music major, Robert Vega will be graduating at this year’s spring commencement despite previous setbacks such as spending time in prison.

[Photo] Robert Vega escapes ‘the pits of hell’ to graduate this spring

May 5, 2015

Senior commercial music major, Robert Vega will be graduating at this year’s spring commencement despite previous setbacks such as spending time in prison.

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More than 300 El Pasoans marched on April 30 through downtown to protest anti-immigration bills.

In-state tuition for DREAMers at risk

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor May 5, 2015

A row of students dressed in cap and gowns stood in protest against a slew of anti-immigration bills introduced into the state legislature this session at an immigration rally on Thursday, April 30. The event was organized by the Border Network for Human...

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UTEP professors and students placed second place in the Desal Prize, a Securing Water for Food Challenge.

UTEP team wins second place in Desal Prize competition

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor May 5, 2015

On Earth Day, a team of UTEP professors along with the help of students placed second in the Desal Prize, a Securing Water for Food Challenge, in which competitors had to create technologies that can be used by farmers for crops in developing countries. The...

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[Video] Protestors unite for Immigration rights

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 30, 2015

  More than 300 El Pasoans marched under the blazing sun to protest against a slew of anti-immigration bills filled in the Texas legislature this session. Beginning at Armijo Park and ending at Cleveland Square, protestors marched through...

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@BaltimorePolice: Please remain peaceful

@BaltimorePolice: Please remain peaceful

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 28, 2015

“The streets were never ours to begin with, because on these same streets our sons and brothers, fathers and uncles were, and still are, prey,” wrote Edwidge Danticat, in an article for the New Yorker titled “Enough is Enough” after the death...

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Regional water shortages prompt researchers for change

Regional water shortages prompt researchers for change

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 21, 2015

Josiah Heyman, professor of sociology and anthropology, and William Hargrove, director of the Center for Environmental Resource Management, come from two very different backgrounds, but they are united not only by the five year, multi-institution $4.9...

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Students watch UTEP

[Photo] UTEP organizations #DemandBetter

April 16, 2015

Students watch UTEP

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Texans rally against anti-LGBT bills

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 14, 2015

Austin—On April 13, at the steps of the state capitol, an estimated 120 Texans came together for Freedom Advocacy Day, to speak out against anti-LGBT bills that have been introduced into the legislature. “Behind me are hundreds of Texans who...

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Texas State Rep. Ron Reynolds D-Mo, speaks at a rally for Freedom Advocacy Day.

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Texas State Rep. Ron Reynolds D-Mo, speaks at a rally for Freedom Advocacy Day.

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A participant at Freedom Advocacy Day holds up an Equality Texas sign.

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A participant at Freedom Advocacy Day holds up an Equality Texas sign.

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Participants at Freedom Advocacy Day cheer.

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Participants at Freedom Advocacy Day cheer.

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A participant at Freedom Advocacy Day listens to Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas, speak.

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A participant at Freedom Advocacy Day listens to Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas, speak.

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Participants at Freedom Advocacy Day smile.

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Participants at Freedom Advocacy Day smile.

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State Rep. Mary Gonzalez D-El Paso, speaks at a rally for Freedom Advocacy Day.

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State Rep. Mary Gonzalez D-El Paso, speaks at a rally for Freedom Advocacy Day.

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Participants stand behind Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas while he speaks at the rally.

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Participants stand behind Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas while he speaks at the rally.

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Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas speaks at the rally.

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Chuck Smith, executive director of Equality Texas speaks at the rally.

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Participants at Freedom Advocacy Day hold posters.

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Participants at Freedom Advocacy Day hold posters.

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Participants gather at the capitol for Freedom Advocacy Day.

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Participants gather at the capitol for Freedom Advocacy Day.

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A participant of Freedom Advocacy Day poses for a picture.

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A participant of Freedom Advocacy Day poses for a picture.

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House bill aims to decriminalize marijuana possession

House bill aims to decriminalize marijuana possession

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 14, 2015

It was a regular Sunday evening for Daniel Gonzalez, until his friend took a wrong turn and they got stopped by a cop. His friend got a DUI, but Gonzalez got arrested for being in possession of two marijuana joints and drug paraphernalia and was sent...

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Texas Tramples the LGBT Community

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 14, 2015

As I stood in front of the restroom of the Family Life Center in Austin, an older lady came out of one the stalls. She said “hold up, I’m just going to put some lipstick.” From one of the stalls another voice was heard, “I’m going to do the...

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Senior commercial music major, Robert Vega speaks about his time in prison.

[Photo] Young Americans for Liberty bring awareness to prison system

April 14, 2015

Senior commercial music major, Robert Vega speaks about his time in prison.

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New Texas bill would allow police to ask for proof of legal status

New Texas bill would allow police to ask for proof of legal status

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 7, 2015

Viridiana’s aunt has been afraid to come back to El Paso after a police officer told her he was going to call immigration services on her after he gave her a traffic citation. Her aunt, a Mexican citizen with a tourist visa, was picking up her son from...

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Member of Danza Azteca Omecoatl during the Marcha Campesina.

The fight continues after Cesar Chávez

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 1, 2015

On the anniversary of Cesar Chávez’s birthday in the front row at The Border FarmWorker Center sits a family dressed in bright red reminiscing about the days they worked with Cesar Chávez and commemorating his work and achievements. “Lo conocimos...

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Sergeant Radia McKenzie, financial management specialist and Alena Stepanova, financial management, both with the 4th Financial Management Support Unit, stand at their post during Iron Focus.

Battle buddies

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 1, 2015

Sitting inside a makeshift “hill” made out of camouflage netting that is sustained by sandbags and wooden crates are two soldiers, both women, both immigrants, both united by a common task. Before the military they were continents apart. Now they...

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Legislation could increase access to birth control

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor April 1, 2015

Carol De Avila was 15 and a freshman at Coronado High School, when she realized she was three months pregnant. “In high school everybody was having sex,” she said. Although her parents had told her that sex was something married people did, De Avila’s...

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Citizens United for Ted Cruz

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor March 24, 2015

Ted Cruz just announced his bid to run for president and he wants you to know he’s here to save America. (Americans being white, straight, conservative, upper-to-middle class.) In his patriotic and nostalgia-inflicting ad he seems to lament the loss...

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Blanca Luz Nava, mother of missing student Jorge Alvarez Nava, breaks down while telling the story of her son.

Parents of 43 missing Ayotzinapa students ask UTEP students for solidarity

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor March 17, 2015

A large black-and-white picture of Jorge Alvarez Nava, a 19 year old and one the 43 missing students from Ayotzinapa, hangs from a wall. Strewn atop the picture, written in bold red letters is, “¡Vivos se lo llevaron! ¡Vivos lo queremos!” (Alive...

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Pick of the Week, Season 1 Episode 1

Maria Esquinca March 8, 2015

A podcast about real people, real issues, real stories. A group of young women leaders who are engaged politically and are concerned with lack of access to reproductive healthcare in the state of Texas talk to The Prospector.

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EPCC graduate in fashion design and industrial flat-pattern-making, Elizabeth Rivero showcases her designs.

Stand out styles on the border

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor February 24, 2015

It’s a form of art. It’s a challenge. It’s fashion. “Everything I create with my own two hands carries a sense of meaning and emotion and everything is projected onto my garment,” said local fashion designer Elizabeth Rivero. Rivero studied...

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[Video] Fighting Miners lead the way

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor February 19, 2015

UTEP ROTC students pushed, pulled, ran and lifted their way through a series of courses at the 2015 squad competition Feb. 17. The event consisted of 12 events that tested ROTC students in various skills. Included in the course was a rope run,...

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Juan Gabriel shakes it all off

Juan Gabriel shakes it all off

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor February 18, 2015

Riveting, sensual and full of life are a few words that describe Juan Gabriel’s performance at the Don Haskins as part of his “Volver” tour. Dressed in a pink suit, he sang, dipped, swayed his hips, blew kisses and took it off. Also known...

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Rights for the unarmed

Maria Esquinca, Staff Reporter February 17, 2015

Obama called the three Muslim students killed last week at Chapel Hill University “brutal and outrageous,” and added, “no one in the U.S. should ever be targeted because of who they are, what they look like, or how they worship.” Much of the...

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Illustration by Blake Lahham

50 Shades of fucked up

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor February 10, 2015

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele are the newest power couple. Their taboo love, filled with rope, paddles and leather whips, have sold more than 100 million copies. I remember first reading the novel in 2011. Huddled over the book, I was entranced...

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El Paso ranks as No. 53 out of 200 best performing cities by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit organization that publishes research on economics.

El Paso drops in ranking

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor February 3, 2015

El Paso was ranked this year as No. 53 out of 200 best performing cities by the Milken Institute, a nonprofit organization that publishes research on economics. This is an 18-point drop from the previous year. Austin, Texas, came in at No. 2, and was...

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“American Sniper,” movie success or propaganda?

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor February 3, 2015

After watching the popular film “American Sniper,” some people took to Twitter to discuss their eloquent in-depth views about the film. RealDeal wrote, “Nice to see a movie where the Arabs are portrayed for who they really are–vermin scum intent...

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Photo Illustration by Jacobo De La Rosa

Obama proposes new plan for free higher education

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor January 27, 2015

President Barack Obama recently unveiled The American College Promise, a proposal to make the first two years of community college free. The president proposed his plan in Tennessee, where the state has begun it’s own program for free community college—the...

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Construction on Centennial Plaza continues past Fall 2014 deadline.

Deadline for construction still in question, UTEP pushes to finish by end of spring

Maria Esquinca, Copy Editor January 20, 2015

Students, workers and UTEP officials alike are united by a common desire—the end of construction on campus. “We too want the project to be over,” said Greg McNicol, associate vice president for business affairs. “We’re working as fast as we...

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