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Nicole Lopez

Nicole Lopez, Contributor

Nicole Lopez is a Multimedia Journalism and Creative Writing student at The University of Texas at El Paso. She has interned at KVIA ABC 7, where she was able to write and report on breaking news. She is currently interning with El Paso Matters, covering issues and topics within the Borderplex area. She also freelances for AGI Marketing as a Creative Content Writer and publishes stories for The Prospector and Borderzine, student publications at UTEP.

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Estrada also painted Kahlo as a dark angel, which was intended to represent that she was flawed just like everyone else, according to Estrada.

Casa Ortiz celebrates Frida Kahlo with a two-week long exhibition

Nicole Lopez, Multimedia Editor August 3, 2021

Socorro Art Gallery, Casa Ortiz, wrapped up its series of its Frida Kahlo-themed show July 9.   The two-week exhibition, run by local artists, Moises Garcia and Blanca Estrada, aimed to celebrate the artist’s life. To Estrada,...

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Moises Garcia had several portraits of Frida Kahlo hung throughout the gallery at Casa Ortiz.

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Moises Garcia had several portraits of Frida Kahlo hung throughout the gallery at Casa Ortiz.

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 The Annual Juried UTEP student exhibition is open to the public from 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday through July 30. People can go in groups of no more than 10.

Rubin Center hosts first in-person student exhibition for 2021

Nicole Lopez, Multimedia Editor July 6, 2021

For the first time in a year, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts hosts the Annual Juried UTEP Student Art Exhibition in-person and virtually.    Last year, the exhibition was completely online. Kerry Doyle, director of the Rubin...

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 The store features records and CDs of various genres, including Classic Rock, Jazz and Blues, R&B, Indie, and more.

All That Music and Video celebrates part one of Record Store Day 2021

Nicole Lopez, Contributor June 24, 2021

In honor of Record Store Day 2021, All That Music and Video opened their doors at 9 a.m. June 12, two hours earlier than their usual hours of operation. Last year, Record Store Day was broken up into three days to account for social distancing. As COVID-19...

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EPISD parents demand more funding for schools in the Segundo Barrio

EPISD parents demand more funding for schools in the Segundo Barrio

Nicole Lopez, Contributor June 24, 2021

Parents and educators gathered outside of the new El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) administrative offices downtown June 15 to protest the quality of education that their children and students are receiving.    Hilda Villegas, parent...

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The first families on the side of Ciudad Juarez descend the ramp to meet their families

in El Paso, Saturday, June 19, 2021. Photo by Hugo Hinojosa/The Prospector.

Families separated by U.S.-Mexican border reunite for three minutes at ‘Hugs, Not Walls’

Nicole Lopez, Contributor June 23, 2021

At this year’s Hugs, Not Walls, also known as ‘Abrazos, no Muros’, approximately 200 families reunited at the U.S.-Mexican border on the Rio Grande on June 19. The annual event brings families together from the United States and Mexico, some of...

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Protesters hold signs during a rally at Jorge Almada Park across from Ft. Bliss  June 8, 2021.

Border Network for Human Rights demands closure of military detention center

Nicole Lopez, Reporter June 15, 2021

On June 8, protestors and groups, including the Border Network for Human Rights, Coalition to End Child Detention, in addition to Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance, gathered to protest the 4,000 unaccompanied migrant children being held at the detention...

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Nicole Aguilar, director at Student Engagement and Leadership Center kicked off UTEPs annual Student Leadership Awards on May 5 via Zoom.

Student Leadership Center commemorates Student Leadership Awards

Nicole Lopez, Contributor May 11, 2021

The Student Engagement and Leadership Center (SELC) held its annual UTEP Student Leadership Awards ceremony on May 5.   The ceremony, held via Zoom, recognized student leaders and student organizations for their contributions and academic excellence...

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Adriana Mares is a 2020 graduate walking the stage in May after having earned her  master’s  degree.  Mares  was  named  a  top  ten  senior  in  2019,  when  she graduated with a bachelor’s in biological sciences.

2020 graduate returns to walk the graduation stage

Nicole Lopez, Contributor May 4, 2021

With UTEP’s commencement ceremony taking place May 14-15 at the Sun Bowl Stadium, Winter 2020 graduates will be able to participate. Adriana Mares, 22, who earned a Master’s of Science in Public Health and Biological Sciences in December 2020,...

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Looking back and moving forward

Looking back and moving forward

Nicole Lopez, Contributor May 4, 2021

I believe receiving a college education is key when it comes to manifesting your passions. With higher education, you have the freedom to choose your own path and master your professional goals. I always knew this, but now, as a graduate-to-be, there...

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International students family members face travel restrictions, as the U.S.-Mexico border remains closed until May 21, 2021.

Cross-border graduates share concerns amid COVID-19 travel restrictions

Nicole Lopez, Contributor May 4, 2021

Family members of international college students at UTEP who are graduating in May are facing the possibility of not being able to attend commencement due to restrictions on the U.S.-Mexican border. In March 2020, the first COVID-19 case was reported...

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Photo by Hugo Hinojosa

Students react to UTEP’s plan for in-person classes in the fall

Nicole Lopez, Contributor April 25, 2021

With UTEP set to offer in-person classes this fall,  faculty and students predict how in-person classes may impact student enrollment and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic.     According to the Division of Students Affairs at UTEP,...

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Marihuana, mota, cannabis by MarihuanayMedicina is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 Changes were made. To view a copy of this license, visit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Borderland residents react to New Mexico and Mexico’s plans to legalize marijuana

Nicole Lopez, Contributor April 12, 2021

With New Mexico and Mexico set to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, UTEP staff and students discuss the effects it may pose on El Paso residents living in the middle of the two locations.   New Mexico is the 16th state in the United States...

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Multiple  people  are  being  vaccinated  every  day  with  the  help  of  student  volunteers at UTEP’s Interdisciplinary Research Building.

UTEP expands vaccination program to student and staff household members

Nicole Lopez, Contributor April 6, 2021

UTEP announced the expansion of its COVID-19 vaccination program to household members of students and staff March 19. UTEP is encouraging students and staff to register their family members, especially those who may need assistance navigating the registration...

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[Video] Borderland Rainbow Center rally honors LBGTQIA+ youth

Nicole Lopez, Contributor March 29, 2021

The Borderland Rainbow Center (BRC) hosted a rally March 27 to bring together and honor young members of the transgender community in El Paso.   The “We See You” rally was held at Memorial Park, where families, children, and people of all backgrounds...

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Dos Femmes is a local boutique located on Doniphan. The shop is ran by two sisters who sell woman’s clothing, bags, and earrings.

Local fashion boutiques adjust to COVID-19 pandemic

Nicole Lopez, Contributor March 23, 2021

Despite the challenges COVID-19 has approached businesses with, local boutiques in El Paso are making adjustments to in-store and online sales to keep their operations up and running.    Between March and July of 2020, more than 120 businesses...

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Holiday at the beach during a pandemic: face mask with miniature figures swimming and surfing on it by verchmarco is licensed with CC BY 2.0.

UTEP students discuss spring break plans amid COVID-19

Nicole Lopez, Contributor March 16, 2021

With UTEP’s spring break set to last March 15-19, students are trying to safely celebrate amid the COVID-19 pandemic.   Marlo Holguin, a neuroscience student at UTEP, hasn’t traveled in a year. It was around this time last year, when the...

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Maluma’s latest tour, Papi Juancho World Tour 2021, will be his fourth. He will be touring in twenty four different cities across the U.S.

UTEP set to welcome Maluma’s world tour in September  

Nicole Lopez, Contributor February 24, 2021

UTEP will be a stop in Columbian singer Maluma’s world tour, at the Don Haskins Center at 8 p.m. Sept. 24.   Nearly a year later since the COVID-19 pandemic limited concerts, UTEP’s Office of Special Events announced on Monday it will...

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Diego Martinez, co-founder and artist, spends most of his time at Casa Ortiz Gallery. He has taught art courses for children and regularly attends art events throughout the city.

Casa Ortiz builds an artistic community in Socorro

Nicole Lopez, Contributor February 16, 2021

Casa Ortiz Gallery, a start-up entertainment venue that began operating in October 2020, is providing El Paso with a spark of artistic life.    Lying in the heart of Socorro, Texas, one of El Paso’s most historical districts, Casa Ortiz...

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