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Executive Director Gustavo Arriaga shows a student from Clint Junior High School how the 3D-scanner at Fab Lab works. The lab is located at 806 Montana in central El Paso.

Fab Lab uses modern technology in their designs

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter May 3, 2016

Fabrication Laboratory, El Paso’s hub for the latest 3D-printing technology, has been housed in an unsuspecting concrete building at 806 Montana for two years now. By providing training in using technology and materials for individual projects, Fab...

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How are you? Good. That’s good

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter April 26, 2016

I must have told at least 30 people that I was doing “pretty good” this weekend. No one really cares how you’re doing, not really, but it’s a necessary question to ask when greeting someone. That’s what it is now, a greeting. It used to be...

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Kilo and the Dew performs at Tricky Falls on Saturday, April 23 at their EP release party. The band is one of Electric Soul’s newest signees.

Electric Social Records aims to help local artists

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter April 26, 2016

Electric Social Records, a local label company for regional talent, aims to deliver the city’s artists to its listeners. Founder and manager of Electric Social, Christian Yañez, a sophomore computer information systems major, said the label attempts...

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Ode Brewery, located at 3233 N Mesa St., serves growlers which allow customers to purchase large amounts of beer to take home.

Growlers a green alternative to aluminum cans and glass bottles

Julia Hettiger and Mike Vasquez April 19, 2016

Many local breweries have started to use growlers, specialized jugs made for carrying 32 or 64 ounces of beer. Growlers allow customers to purchase large amounts of beer to take home. They are also an alternative to purchasing aluminum cans or glass bottles,...

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The musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” will run at The UTEP Dinner Theatre from April 15 to May 8.

UTEP Dinner Theatre brings back “Fiddler on the Roof”

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter April 12, 2016

The UTEP Dinner Theatre is preparing for the debut of “Fiddler on the Roof,” Broadway’s second longest-running musical behind “Grease.” The play will begin on April 15 at 8 p.m. and will run until May 8. Based on Sholom Aleichem’s short...

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ASARCO El Paso Smelter as shown from above in 1985. Beginning April 8, “ASARCO in El Paso: A Visual History of Industry on the Border” will be on display on the third floor of the UTEP Library.

ASARCO exhibit to highlight the industrial company in El Paso

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter April 5, 2016

It has been three years since the demolition of the iconic ASARCO smokestacks that crumbled to the ground. Since then, the area where the smokestacks once stood is a barren and desolate area, but an exhibit that will be housed at the UTEP Library  will...

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Former journalist brings book, message of ‘America’s War Machine’ to UTEP

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter March 29, 2016

Former Washington Post reporter Molly Sinclair McCartney visited campus last week to discuss her late husband’s book, “America’s War Machine: Vested Interest, Endless Conflicts,” an investigation into the true motives behind the United States’...

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BioMetrix is located at 935 Sunland Park Dr. in west El Paso. The clinical gym is taking a different approach to modern exercise.

BioMetrix takes a different approach to nutrition and exercise

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter March 29, 2016

Local gym turned medical and wellness clinic, BioMetrix has introduced an unorthodox solution to the problem of staying healthy. Besides providing El Pasoans with a gym and accompanying exercise programs, BioMetrix looks into the biology of health-related...

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Tinder can help you find the one

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter March 1, 2016

Four weeks after my dating app experiment, all but “Tinder” have proven useless. Finding respectable women on “Grindr,” I soon discovered, was a futile endeavor.  It does take time to match with someone, but even after that moment when you realize...

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Five bars to check out during spring break

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter March 1, 2016

It’s time to start ditching the chocolate stouts for the long island ice teas, and ciders for crisp pilsners, with spring coming in hot and pushing every grain of winter out of the city. For those staying in El Paso, have no fear. We have compiled a...

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Alumnus Benny Rooftop has drawn inspiration from his days as a UTEP student.

Benny Rooftop thanks UTEP for artistic growth

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter February 16, 2016

Benny Rooftop paints his heartache into moths, flower, and birds by dipping into the world of surrealistic art. The UTEP graduate student and artist said his work is about the darker side of human emotion, emotions he cannot express any other way than...

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Some UTEP students don’t want to change their last name when they get married.

The real story behind traditions

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter February 9, 2016

Marriage is considered a necessary milestone for most Americans, like going to college and getting a job. Another milestone, however, is dishing out a wad of cash and going along with traditions in order to raise from  boyfriend and girlfriend up to...

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 A student browses ’Tinder’ to look for potential dates.

Dating gone mobile: The top dating applications reviewed

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter February 9, 2016

Dating and hookup apps are designed to streamline the dating process, allowing us to filter, skim and handpick potential mates, but how well are these apps working realistically? After signing up with four of the most popular hookup mobile applications;...

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Uknown Mortal Orchestra will perform at the Lowbrow Palace on Friday, Feb 5.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra to play first show at The Lowbrow Palace

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter February 2, 2016

The Lowbrow Palace has recently had an influx of popular artists and bands, making it one of the most sought-out venues for music fans here in El Paso.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra, an up-and-coming band in the indie pop scene, is a New Zealand’s psychedelic...

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Aaron Torres, event coordinator, paints the face of one of the attendees.

Love Buzz hosts first ‘Thursgays’ with ‘Ride The Rainbow’ art event

Mike Vasquez, Staff Reporter January 26, 2016

Love Buzz, a bar located at 3011 Pershing Drive, hosted the first official “Thursgays: Ride the Rainbow.” The night featured an array of local art, comedy and musical performances, including LEZBINATI, a female hip-hop group from El Paso, all geared...

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‘Rock of Ages’ production to highlight many 1980’s rock anthems

Mike Vasquez, Contributor January 19, 2016

The 1980s rock and sub-rock genres were full of gems that not only dominated the charts, but also ignited music fans with the power ballads and tunes that have now become rock classics. The upcoming musical production “Rock of Ages” will give ‘80s...

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