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Meagan Elizabeth García

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor

Meagan Elizabeth García is the arts and culture for The Prospector. She is a senior, majoring in mechanical engineering at UTEP. She is also the vice-president for the Creative Writing Society with hopes of continuing a writing career while also working for NASA as an engineer.

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Rodney Tawanda Ph.D admires his own art as it is on display for Black History Month

A professor that lives and learns by love

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor February 14, 2024

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series.   El Paso is a city that has endless skies, sun and opportunities. It is a community made up of intersecting cultures and borders, providing every resident the chance to immerse themselves...

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Green Day was formed in 1987 and released their 13th studio album “Saviors” on Jan. 19, 2024.

‘Saviors’ is saving rock

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts and Culture Editor January 25, 2024

Only two and a half weeks into the new year and already dozens of artists have released new albums to help bring in 2024. However, some artists stand out amongst the rest given their decades-long music industry career. American rock band, Green Day, has...

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Benjamin Reyes relaxes on the steps of the Union taking a breather before the Spring semester.

Cutting out COVID-19 in 2024

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts and Culture Editor January 19, 2024

December is a highly anticipated month in many communities as it allows people to gather with friends and family to maintain cultural traditions, recount the year and partake in seasonal festivities. With the holidays ending and the warmth of celebration...

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Basketball dunks on other sports

Basketball dunks on other sports

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor November 16, 2023

Growing up I never cared much for sports, watching or playing. For the longest time, the closest I had gotten to a field was “manager” for the girls’ soccer team in middle school. Baseball took too long, El Paso seemed too hot for hockey and football...

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Lead guitarist Tony Perry throws his pick to the audience.

Pierce the Veil gives the Sun City ‘Besitos’

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor November 11, 2023

With people clad in black, merch lines wrapped around the building and cheers echoing inside the arena, the Don Haskins Center welcomed Pierce the Veil (PTV) for their fifth concert Nov. 8. Named after the band’s latest album release, the group travelled...

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El Paso’s Border Patrol Tactical Unit and their K-9 assist named Yoda were able to apprehend Danelo Cavalcante, the man who escaped prison after being convicted of killing Deborah Brandão. Photo courtesy of USBP BORTAC

El Paso BORTAC K9 brings justice

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor September 26, 2023

Those outside of El Paso might know the border city for its scorching temperatures and ongoing migrant crisis, but now many can think of El Paso for its phenomenal Border Patrol Tactical and K9 unit because of its most recent heroic effort.  Many...

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Tourism vs. colonialism: Spot the difference

Tourism vs. colonialism: Spot the difference

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor September 5, 2023

The entirety of the United States was built on stolen land, by the hands of stolen labor. As a result, there remains to be an immense loss of culture across multiple indigenous groups due to forced assimilation and eradication of once sacred languages,...

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Maui has been devastated by wildfires which have killed at least 115 people and leaving over 1,100 others missing.

The islands on fire

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor August 29, 2023

The birds cannot chirp, the trees cannot breathe, and people cannot live on some of the islands of Hawaii as the state was devastated by flames earlier this month. The wildfires first started in the upcountry region of Maui, Aug. 8, and spread across...

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El Pasoans at the Vigil held at Ponder Park the day of the shooting August 3, 2019.

Sentencing of El Paso Walmart gunman begins

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor July 5, 2023

[Update]: The third and final day of the federal sentencing for Crusius has now concluded and his legal fate has been sealed.   Crusius was given 90 consecutive life sentences and is expected to serve those years in ADX Florence, a maximum-security...

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A search and rescue mission has been deployed in hopes of finding OceanGate’s Titan, the missing submersible that takes passengers to see the wreckage of the Titanic.

The Titan: An ironic tragedy

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor June 22, 2023

[Update]: As of 3:05 p.m. Eastern Standard time, June 22, the five passengers on board the missing submersible known as the Titan have been reported to be deceased.   A “debris field” was discovered by the US Coast Guard and is said to be consistent...

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“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse released June 1 in theaters starring Shameik Moore as Miles Morales and Hailee Steinfeld as Ghost-Spider.

Swinging back into the Spider-Verse

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor June 9, 2023

Four years after the release of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," (SITSV) Sony released their newest animated sensation, “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” (SATSV) June 1. With a 96 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes the film managed to bring...

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Monja is a band from Ciudad Juárez composed of five members; Raul “Gato” Ramirez (lead guitar), Aáron “Animal” Alonso (vocal), Eduardo “Lalo” Betancourt (bass), Omar Avila (lead guitar) and Luis “Chino” Ortega (drums).

Monja: A ‘religious’ rock experience

Meagan Elizabeth Garcia, Arts & Culture Editor May 26, 2023

El Paso is a big city that is rich in its artistic and musical culture. While there are many household name performers that come to play here, the real treasure can be found in the Sun City’s local music scene. Whether you are looking for relaxing tunes...

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UTEP’s English Department will be hosting an event highlighting information on what is known as Shakespeares, “First Folio.” Photo courtesy of Flickr

Shaking up history with Shakespeare

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor April 18, 2023

With the 400th anniversary of the publication of his complete plays on the horizon, the UTEP English Department will be hosting an event highlighting information on what is known as Shakespeare’s, “First Folio.”   Although the department puts...

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An a-maze-ing spring fling

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor April 14, 2023

Although El Paso and its surrounding cities might not be home to grand attractions like Disneyland or Six Flags, the area is still known to have many great forms of entertainment. La Union Maze, located at 1101 Highway 28, is mostly known in the borderland...

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We are the future, we are the ‘somebodies’

We are the future, we are the ‘somebodies’

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture March 25, 2023

I developed a good understanding of where I stood in the world at a fairly young age. I was taught by society to brush off the way that boys tease and I was taught to like it. I was taught that I could do anything I wanted but was then reminded to expect...

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The season finale premiere of HBO Max’s “The Last of Us” aired Sunday, March 12. “The Last of Us” is available for streaming on HBO Max in full and has an accompanying podcast on Spotify.

‘The Last of Us’ will last forever

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor March 23, 2023

Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.  Following the season finale premiere of HBO Max’s “The Last of Us” (TLOU), fans have immediately taken to social media with all sorts of comparisons, edits and analyses as to what this new...

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A grand review for a grand opening

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture March 3, 2023

When it comes to the activities and attractions El Paso has to offer, some of the city’s most iconic are age-friendly staples in the borderland. Whether it is cruising down Scenic Drive or taking a splash at Wet N’ Wild during the summer heat, there...

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“Heartstopper”, “Loveless”, “The Owl House” and “Our Flag Means Death” are all media pieces that celebrate love for the LGBTQIA2S+ community. Photo courtesy of Polina Tankilevitch

Love is love is love is love…

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor February 16, 2023

Valentine’s is a holiday that can mean various things to different individuals. Some consider it a time to spoil loved ones or plan special nights, others find it to be more capitalistic. Regardless, the day’s original intent is to celebrate love...

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Confetti sprinkles the air as the Seahawks win Super Bowl XLVIII. Photo courtesy of Anthony Quintano/Flickr

Are Super Bowls all that super for the cities hosting them?

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor February 9, 2023

Some people may consider a city hosting the Super Bowl to be an economic gain, a tourist attraction and a fairly patriotic act since football is the number one sport in the nation. However, professionals, sports-lovers and city residents alike have questioned...

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Official flyer of ELSA. Photo courtesy of ELSA.

Sex in the Sun City

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor February 1, 2023

Editor’s Note: For safety purposes, the interviewees have provided The Prospector with aliases by which they will be referred to. When it comes to community work and support, El Paso produces aid in abundance for its members and those seeking refuge....

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HBO Max has released the first episode of “The Last of Us” which is based on the video game with the same name. Photo courtesy of HBO Max.

Taking a bite out of ‘The Last of Us’

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor January 23, 2023

While making live adaptations of popular books, mangas, animes and animations is not a newfound trend for television networks or movie studios, there has also been a recent rise in the production of video-game adaptations.   Naughty Dog, a game developing...

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Then Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver, Antonio Brown, suffered from a concussion in 2016 after being tackled by Bengals linebacker Vontaze Brufict while playing with Steelers. Photo courtesy of All Pro Reels/Wikipedia Commons

Players’ safety discussion continues after Hamlin’s injury

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor January 19, 2023

When it comes to the NFL, the question of player safety and adverse health effects has been circulating in the company space and various media platforms for years. There have been numerous studies that link playing American football to long-term neurological...

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Netflix’s “Glass Onion”, a “Knives Out” Mystery stars Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, a world-famous detective who is invited to solve another murder case. Photo courtesy of Netflix media releases.

No layers to peel back in ‘Glass Onion’

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor January 16, 2023

Editor's note: this review contains no spoilers. In the second installation of Director Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” series, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” offers a dramatic change in tone from the first film. Though this movie is not...

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The third room of “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” is approximately a 40 minute experience where attendees can walk around and take their time to enjoy his work.

Van Gogh-Goghs to El Paso

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture December 19, 2022

Vincent Van Gogh is a world-renowned artist that has contributed nearly a thousand paintings to the world of art, each of which invokes various words of praise and emotion from its viewers. To better enhance how moving his work and legacy are, Paquin...

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El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser issues disaster declaration due to the incoming migrants and the forthcoming end to Title 42. Photo courtesy of CBP Photography.

Migrants face a cold crisis at the border

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor December 18, 2022

El Paso city officials are stuck scrambling to find space and resources to accommodate the influx of migrants hoping to cross the southern border this winter. El Paso Mayor, Oscar Leeser, declared a state of emergency Sat., Dec. 17 due to the immense...

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Flower shops get especially busy this time of year, and are a great gift to give for a special graduate.

Flowers bloom for future grads

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor November 30, 2022

With the fall commencement right around the corner, business is booming for people across the Sun City. If you have ever been to a high school or college graduation ceremony, you know that there are carts set up at every corner around the venue so that...

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Taylor Swift fans were angered after Ticketmaster had fans waiting in line for hours, experienced site crashes, and multiple card charges. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons.

Ticketmaster vs. Swift fans

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor November 29, 2022

When it comes to artists and the concerts they host across the globe, there is no one more dedicated to ticket-buying than fans. However, this whole process can be ruined by those that sell tickets based on unfair and unmonitored sales.  Ticketmaster...

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Making food together, buying family ornaments, and making a Santa list are among just a few Christmas traditions you can do with family.

Celebrate X-mas with the best traditions

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor November 15, 2022

Although it is a widely celebrated holiday, Christmas can look vastly different for each person who participates in the festivities. Depending on things like culture and ethnicity, it can affect the way people decorate their homes, the gifts they give...

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UTEP’s Department of Music showcases “Solos and Duos” opera Nov. 6.

‘Solos and Duos’ brings Broadway and opera to UTEP

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor November 7, 2022

With all the musical and theatrical shows that have been hosted at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall, Opera UTEP did not disappoint with their addition of “Solos and Duos” to an already impressive calendar of performances. The concert consisted of Broadway,...

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Due to the higher prices on feminine hygiene products, CVS is lowering their prices down by 25 percent.

CVS says bye-bye to the ‘pink tax’

Meagan Elizabeth García November 1, 2022

With bodily autonomy and equality being a massive issue in the U.S. right now, people are looking for better accessibility for contraceptives, maternity care and period products. One company trying to combat the disparities in health care for those with...

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Courtesy of UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance

‘Write the border’ with Andrew Siañez-De La O before ‘Borderline’ hits UTEP theatre

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor October 23, 2022

Just before his work hits UTEP theater, Andrew Siañez-De La O hosted a free playwriting workshop for those who are passionate about learning and producing work in that field. The class was held Oct. 21 in the Fox Fine Arts Center and was the perfect...

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Print issue Oct. 18 cover photo.

Pick up your pumpkins at Arturo Produce

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor October 18, 2022

Located at 110 Canutillo-La Union Ave. in Canutillo, Texas is Arturo Produce, a business that specializes in different locally sourced foods like fruits and vegetables. However, for the spooky season, the owners pull out all the stops with their mini...

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“IT (2017)” is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel which centers around an evil clown who terrorizes the children of Derry, Maine. “IT” can be streamed on Netflix. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros.

Start spooky season with these fall favorites

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor October 18, 2022

With Halloween right around the corner, many folks have already started the seasonal preparations by setting out decorations, looking for costumes or bundling up to fight the incoming autumn chill.   While these are all great ways to get ready for...

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The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens hosted their Fall FloraFest, Oct. 1.

FloraFest brings native landscaping right to your backyard

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor October 5, 2022

When it comes to preserving the land and native plants from across the El Paso region, UTEP helps lead in this environmental mission by providing faculty, students and the general public with access to the indigenous greens of the area. This year, FloraFest...

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The Sistine Chapel makes it to Sunland Park Mall

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor October 4, 2022

The city of El Paso is getting a new cultural kick with “Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition.” In this 90 minute experience, patrons get to experience Michelangelo’s famous work featured in the Sistine Chapel without having to go through...

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Attendees look upon and point out details of a piece on display as part of the Building the Borderlands exhibit.

See how civil engineers built the border at their new exhibit

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor September 29, 2022

Though many do not consider it throughout their day-to-day life, civil engineers have created the foundations on which our cities are built and continue to strengthen them so that our communities run safely and smoothly.   To honor 75 years of work...

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Photo courtesy of Wikipedia commons

5SOS make a breakout with their fifth album

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor September 28, 2022

Australian pop rock band, 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), continues to develop a diverse discography with the Sept. 23 release of its fifth album “5SOS5.” Here is a breakdown of what listeners can expect from their latest work.  COMPLETE MESS  The...

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Zéleny received her master’s of fine arts in creative writing from UTEP. She went on to author and publish several short stories and novels including the short stories “Gente Menuda” and “No son gente como uno”. Additionally, the novels “El Libro de Aisha” and “Coming out Mikala”, to name a few.

Write anywhere with an online MFA in creative writing

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor September 20, 2022

When it comes to accessibility in education, the UTEP Creative Writing Department created the online Master’s of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing program for students who are passionate about the field and eager to learn from writers across the globe....

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Not only is Cinnaholic participating in the Vegan Chef Challenge, but their entire menu is vegan friendly and includes cookie dough scoops and cinnamon rolls.

The ‘Vegan Chef Challenge’ has hit El Paso kitchens

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor September 9, 2022

For the entire month of September, select restaurants throughout the city of El Paso will be participating in the Vegan Chef Challenge (VCC). Each business is either featuring a new variety of vegan menu items or is already completely vegan at the start...

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Outside look of the building known as the Heritage House.

Heritage House is a UTEP hidden gem

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor September 6, 2022

Nestled in a grassy corner of the UTEP campus is a small white building that houses decades worth of the institution’s history. From “flowsheets” to merchandise to mascots, Heritage House is stocked with multitudes of memorabilia for the student...

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“Colin in Black & White” follows football quarterback and American civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick and his experiences with racism that occurred in his personal and professional life.  Photo courtesy of Netflix Press Release.

Examining American football and its flaws through film

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor September 6, 2022

According to a History article and a recent Gallup poll, American football is the number one sport in the United States and has been since the mid 1960s. Whether people are watching from the stands or streaming from their devices at home, football...

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Exploring art and culture through a new lens

Exploring art and culture through a new lens

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor August 24, 2022

Art and culture exist in multitudes that seep into every aspect of our everyday lives. From music to movies to literature, we have always been able to find joy in the different creative outlets around us. Living in a digital age makes connection to...

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El Paso Pro-Musica started off its season with the annual Summerfest concert Aug. 20 at the Fox Fine Arts Recital Hall featuring Grammy-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, violinist Chee-Yun, and pianist Natasha Paremski.

Wrapping summer up with music at Summer Fest

Meagan Elizabeth García, Arts & Culture Editor August 23, 2022

When it comes to live music and artistic connections, the UTEP Center for Arts and Entrepreneurship (CAE) and the El Paso Pro-Musica are the head of hosting local concerts with world-renowned artists.   Most recently, the “Summer Fest” concert...

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‘NOPE’ is a definite summer yes!

‘NOPE’ is a definite summer yes!

Meagan Elizabeth García, Contributor July 25, 2022

*Editor's note: this review contains no spoilers. Following the success of his first two movies “Get Out” and “Us,” Director Jordan Peele has released yet another blockbuster that has completely revitalized and reshaped the horror genre in...

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