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Maria L. Guerrero Duran

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web/Copy Editor

Maria L. Guerrero Duran is the web editor and copy editor for The Prospector. She is a senior, majoring in English and American literature with a minor in translation at the University of Texas at El Paso. She plans on joining the book publishing field and is interested in becoming an editor and a translator.

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One last match: Lucha libre at the borderland

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Guest Contributor June 14, 2023

Despite it being an old sport, lucha libre still remains a significant sport and form of entertainment for the borderland area. Renowned wrestlers from Mexico have gained popularity throughout the American continent, and their stunts have reached the...

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A goodbye I wish I did not have to say yet

A goodbye I wish I did not have to say yet

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor May 13, 2023

I started writing this at the beginning of the semester just because I wanted to look back at how I felt and compare it to how I feel now.   Starting Jan. 6, I am sitting in my room trying to take it all in, the semester only a few days away from...

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The borderland’s wrestling roots branch out

The borderland’s wrestling roots branch out

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor May 7, 2023

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a three-part series.   At the heart of the ring, a young El Pasoan luchadora has grown to love the sport and has become a well-known figure in the wrestling world. La ruda, Persephone, formerly known...

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[Video] At the heart of the ring: Lucha libre

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor April 18, 2023

Editor’s Note: This is the first part in a three-part series.   The phenomenon of lucha libre is deeply rooted in Mexican culture and due to the closeness of sister cities, Ciudad Juarez and El Paso, this sport has influenced the wrestling world...

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Signs against the actions taken by the authorities, outside the Migration Institute, at the Lerdo-Stanton Bridge.

[Photo] UPDATE: Deadly fire at Ciudad Juarez kills 39 migrants from Central America

March 28, 2023

Signs against the actions taken by the authorities, outside the Migration Institute, at the Lerdo-Stanton Bridge.

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During Women’s History Month, we honor mother of three, cancer survivor and UTEP custodian Alma Consuelo García Hernández.

La vida de una madre en el desierto

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor March 24, 2023

Editor’s Note: This story was written in Spanish to convey Alma’s story without the translation of her quotes. A summary in English accompanies the story.  Si alguna vez has estado en el edificio Unión, seguramente te has topado a Alma, la señora...

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The Mexican Latin pop group “RBD” will start their reunion tour Aug. 25 of this year. Photo courtesy of Sérgio Savarese/ Wikipedia Commons

The Latin pop culture phenomenon is back after a 15-year hiatus

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor January 26, 2023

The Mexican Latin pop group “RBD” announced Jan. 19 that their reunion tour would start Aug. 25 of this year at the Sun Bowl Stadium. An event was hosted at the local club Hush Hush located at 533 W Franklin, fans lined up hours before the announcement...

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Enviornmental activist group named Just Stop Oil coalition attempts to bring attention from the British government to stop new fossil fuel licensing and production. Photo courtesy of Matt Hrkac/Flickr

The scandal behind coalitions

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor November 30, 2022

Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series on the reasoning and the impact of climate change protests through attacks on art.  The Just Stop Oil coalition has been continuously striking to bring attention from the British government to...

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Graduate Lourdes Jimenez decorates her cap to symbolize her journey commuting to and from her campus, and her dedication to earn her degree.

Learn the story behind the cap

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor November 29, 2022

As graduates line up to enter the venue, shaky hands, nerves and pounding hearts fill the chairs and walk up the stage. The colorful regalia decorating the shoulders of students symbolizing their accomplishments over the last few years becomes a staple...

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Art history professor Anne Perry says she agrees with the notion of protests and supports the cause towards global warming but disagrees with them using art as the medium to do so.

Art historian reacts to the attacks on art museums

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor November 15, 2022

Editor’s note: This is the second of a three-part series on the reasoning and the impact of climate change protests through attacks on art.  News has spread around the world regarding a series of attacks on several invaluable art pieces by the Just...

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Protestors throw soup at Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” in an attempt to spread awareness of global warming. Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons.

The climate-change activists behind the museum attacks

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor November 1, 2022

Editor’s note: This is the first of a three-part series on the reasoning and the impact of climate change protests through attacks on art. Recently, videos of protesters throwing paint at artworks and gluing themselves to the walls of museums have...

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Diet culture: a problem that haunts young adults’ health

Diet culture: a problem that haunts young adults’ health

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor October 18, 2022

I learned about diet culture in my late teens when the transition of a teenager body to a young adult one became very awkward. The fitness and nutrition website “Verywell Fit” defines “diet culture” as the belief that appearance and body shape...

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Selfa A. Chew Meléndez, Ph.D., is a history and African American studies professor, researcher, publisher writer, who has been appointed as the new associate dean of undergraduate studies.

Selfa Chew Meléndez Ph.D. named new associate dean of undergrad studies

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor September 14, 2022

Selfa A. Chew Meléndez, Ph.D., is a history and African American studies professor, researcher, publisher writer, poet and artist who has devoted her scholarship to serve the UTEP community for almost 20 years.   As the new associate dean of undergraduate...

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Jesus Maximino Hernandez (left), Timothy Mccrary (middle), and Erik Rivera (right) launched Internbytes, a platform allowing underrepresented groups of students to learn about others’ experience within specific internships.  Photo courtesy of Timothy McCrary

UTEP alumni create career development platform for students

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor August 23, 2022

Internbytes was launched in March by Jesus Maximino Hernandez, Timothy McCrary and Erik Rivera as a career development platform for underrepresented students. The platform allows students from a variety of backgrounds and fields of interests such as...

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Prisoners from the rival gangs of “Los Aztecas” and “Mexicles” fought during a riot inside the Centro de Reinserción Social in Ciudad Juarez. The riot later spread, killing and injuring many civilians while also burning several convenience stores.  The Prospector’s photo archive.

Riot in Ciudad Juárez’s prison leaves citizens terrified

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor August 14, 2022

At 1 p.m., Aug. 11, according to multiple news sources a riot broke out inside the Centro de Reinserción Social (Cereso) No. 3 in Ciudad Juárez, where prisoners from the rival gangs of “Los Aztecas” and “Mexicles” fought, leaving two people...

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After nearly 18 years of service at UTEP, Dr. Nuñez prepares to become the first Latina Dean in the 125 years of SDSU.

Guillermina Nuñez-Michiri Ph.D. says farewell to UTEP after 18 years of service

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor July 22, 2022

Director of Women and Gender Studies Guillermina Nuñez-Michiri, Ph.D. prepares to leave UTEP as she is set to start her next appointment Aug. 4 as the first Latina dean in the 125 years of San Diego State University’s history.  Over the course...

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Former owner of local publisher Cinco Puntos Press, Bobby Byrd tells the story of his publisher and Ben Saenz’s work, April 20.

Bobby Byrd dies at 80, leaving a legacy for El Paso’s literacy

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor July 19, 2022

Bobby Byrd, poet and co-founder of the El Paso-based book publisher Cinco Puntos Press, died Monday July 11, at age 80.   He was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and moved to El Paso with his wife and children in 1978. In 1985, Bobby and Lee...

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Gabriela A. Velasquez, photojournalist and visual artist, exhibits her artwork focusing on the life at the border through a variety of print making processes.

Gabriela Velasquez’ long awaited debut of ‘Through the Looking Glass’

Maria L. Guerrero Duran July 12, 2022

Gabriela A. Velasquez, a 24-year-old photographer and visual journalist, exhibited her printmaking work, capturing the essence of her life at the borderland area. The reception took place July 7 at the Glass Gallery inside of UTEP’s Fox Fine Arts Building.  After...

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Writer and former UTEP professor Benjamin Alire Saenz speaks to the attendees, sharing his story as a writer and the impact his readers had on him, April 20.

UTEP’s College of Liberal Arts honors Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor April 28, 2022

The College of Liberal Arts and the El Paso Community Foundation hosted an event April 20, at the Anson Mills Building downtown, to commemorate the trajectory and work of Benjamin Alire Sáenz, a borderland writer and former creative writing professor...

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One section of the “Water/Ways” exhibit at the UTEP Centennial Museum emphasizes the popularity of water and how many use it for recreational purposes.

‘Water/Ways’ exhibit creates environmental consciousness at UTEP

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor April 20, 2022

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Garden are hosting the Smithsonian Institu-tion’s travel exhibit “Water/Ways,” hoping to raise awareness of how we depend on water not only for regular consumption...

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Understanding art and why you ‘could not have done that’

Understanding art and why you ‘could not have done that’

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor April 20, 2022

When people think about art, they might instantly think about Michelangelo, DaVinci, Boticelli, etc. They might think about the time it took them to compile a masterpiece or the inspiration that sparked an idea. Or like me, wonder if you, too, could be...

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From Kabul to El Paso: The story of Neema Soratgar

From Kabul to El Paso: The story of Neema Soratgar

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor March 24, 2022

Neema Soratgar is an Afghan refugee who has been hired by UTEP as a visiting global scholar, housed in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department as a research assistant to Director Gina Nuñez-Mchiri, Ph.D. In 1996, the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul...

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From left to right, Mimi Gladstein, Ph.D., Sandra McGee Deutsch, Ph.D., and Yolanda Leyva, Ph.D. Courtesy photos.

Gender studies panel showcases feminist trailblazers at UTEP

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor March 23, 2022

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department commenced its annual conference honored by the panel titled of “Feminist Trailblazers and Pathfinders” at UTEP March 21-22 at UTEP. The panel was an opportunity for the UTEP community to get to know and...

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Part of the “Migratory” displays a clipping from the “El Paso Morning Times. The description states “In 1917, Carmelita Torres led a revolt against the gassing of Mexicans crossing here.”

Rubin Center makes art accessible to everyone

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor February 28, 2022

The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is hosting their Spring 2022 exhibition featuring exhibitions like “International Understanding Foundation” by Minerva Cuevas’, and art by Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas.   Located on the outskirts...

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All the pandemic left behind for us

All the pandemic left behind for us

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor December 1, 2021

As the semester comes to an end, it is important that we look back and acknowledge how we survived our first semester back on campus after being isolated for almost two years, and we step into this “new reality.”   Almost two years ago, we received...

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Aristotle and Dante Dive Into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Saenz former UTEP creative writing professor.

Former UTEP professor’s book hits the big screen

Maria L. Guerrero Duran, Web Editor November 18, 2021

Former UTEP professor, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, recently announced his book, “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” will soon hit the big screen and released the sequel “Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World."  Born...

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