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 The UTEP Dance team placed first at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) D1-A Spirit Rally National Championship Friday, April 7, in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Dance team ends season at the top

Prospector Staff Report May 9, 2023

The UTEP Dance team placed first at the National Dance Alliance (NDA) D1-A Spirit Rally National Championship Friday, April 7, in Daytona Beach, Florida. The NDA has been in place since 1976 and has facilitated competitions from elementary cheer groups...

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Many vivid and detailed pieces of Art can be admired at the Art gallery, displaying an endless amount of emotions put through different artists hands into their pieces or work.

Celebrating Black History Month through art

Prospector Staff Report February 24, 2023

After recieving plenty of art submissions for the “Call for Art” hosted by the The Student and Engagement Leadership Center, Black Student Union and Multi-Cultural Greek Council, an exhibit was held in the Union Gallery from Feb. 6 through Feb. 24....

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Comic by Maya Alvarado

How to be a better activist and ally

Prospector Staff Report February 3, 2023

Activism can look different at every stage in every space. Whether it be resistance through things like protesting, art, music, film or poetry, people can show up for communities in a multitude of ways. But with recent political movements and celebratory...

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International tennis star serves up success at UTEP

International tennis star serves up success at UTEP

Prospector Staff Report September 28, 2022

Junior tennis player, Elena Dibattista, has found her way with the UTEP tennis team. A native from Agrigento, Italy, Dibattista has been playing tennis since she was eight years old, but before she had tried gymnastics. It was her father who convinced...

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After doctors reported they were concerned for her health, Queen Elizabeth II has died at Balmoral Sept. 8.

Queen Elizabeth II dies at the age of 96

Prospector Staff Report September 8, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth Realms, died Sept. 8 at the age of 96 years old at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. Buckingham Palace released a statement earlier today stating the British Monarch...

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UTEP welcomes students with events at ‘Miner Welcome Week’

Prospector Staff Report and Itzel Giron August 24, 2022

A tradition that has been around for a couple of years, Miner Welcome Week embraces the start of the upcoming semester, allowing for students to take part in multiple events starting Aug. 18. From socials to a job fair, this welcoming custom allows for...

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Hector and Gloria López Foundation and UTEP announce López Scholarship

Hector and Gloria López Foundation and UTEP announce López Scholarship

Prospector Staff Report July 6, 2022

The Hector and Glora López Foundation announced that its first grant would consist of $1.7 million to benefit 15 students at UTEP that will be classified as López Scholars. The Lopez Scholarship program was announced at 10 a.m. July 5 in the Interdisciplinary...

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Multiple protesters gathered in downtown El Paso on June 6, 2021 to protest for abortion rights with signs that read “our rights are human rights.

U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade

Prospector Staff Report June 24, 2022

It was officially announced Friday morning that the U.S. Supreme Court has overruled the constitutional right to abortion after almost 50 years of its establishment in 1973. The decision has the potential to reshape the nation’s politics. Roe v. Wade...

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Photo courtesy of UTEP Faculty page.

UTEP’s Vice President of Research steps down

Prospector Staff Report June 15, 2022

Dr. Robert Osegueda announced he will step down from his position as the Vice President of Research and Sponsored Projects, after working with the university for almost 17 years, according to a news release from UTEP Marketing and Communications....

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The Prospector staff Spring 2022

The Prospector staff says farewell

Prospector Staff Report May 5, 2022

This issue is dedicated to all the graduates of the Spring 2022 semester. The Prospector congratulates you on all of your accomplishments and wishes you the best of luck in all of your future endeavors. We hope you enjoy this special issue, and congratulations...

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A woman’s march protesting the right to have an abortion was held on June 6th, 2021

Roe v. Wade may be overturned after almost 50 years

Prospector Staff Report May 2, 2022

In a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft published by Politico on Monday, the court will allegedly rule to overturn Roe v. Wade. The draft was written by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito jr. in February 2022. According to the 98-page document released...

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Illustration courtesy of UTEP SGA

SGA elections are now open for UTEP students to vote 

Prospector Staff Report April 14, 2022

Each year the Student Government Association seeks to represent all students equally and ensure that their voices are heard in UTEP’s decision-making process. According to SGA’s mission, its goal is to advocate for students’ rights at UTEP and at...

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Happening today: Women’s and Gender Studies annual conference offers two days of presenters

Prospector Staff Report March 21, 2022

In honor of Women’s month, the Women’s and Gender Studies Department organized a two-day conference, where students, faculty and staff will attend as guests and presenters. The conference based its presentations on gender-related topics, such as domestic...

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Miners lose in five innings to UTSA

Miners lose in five innings to UTSA

Prospector Staff Report March 14, 2022

The UTEP softball team (10-13) fell to The University of Texas at San Antonio on March 11 at the Helen of Troy Softball Complex. Early on, the Roadrunners were able to grab an early 2-0 lead, then took a 9-1 lead later in this game and never looked back.   The...

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The Prospector & Minero Magazine supports The Battalion Newspaper

The Prospector & Minero Magazine supports The Battalion Newspaper

Prospector Staff Report February 15, 2022

The Battalion, the student-led newspaper at Texas A&M released an article on Feb.11 detailing that their university President Katherine Banks, Ph.D., is forcing the 129-year-old publication to stop printing. The decision was made without consulting...

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UTEP Library announces operation hours for Spring 2022

Prospector Staff Report January 19, 2022

As the beginning of the semester approaches, the UTEP Library announced via email their operation hours, in which their services will be available to cover students’ needs. The library will continue to work with students to ensure the best academic...

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UTEPs COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing sites continue their operations

UTEP’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing sites continue their operations

Prospector Staff Report January 19, 2022

EP’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics and testing sites continue their operations  As positive cases for COVID-19 spike again in El Paso. The clinics are free and open to the public; If you are a UTEP student, faculty, or staff there will be a dedicated...

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UTEP Library operation hours change for the remainder of the year

Prospector Staff Report November 23, 2021

As the end of the year approaches, the library has changed its operation hours to accommodate the students’ needs during finals week. Providing a quiet and safe space for students to work on their final projects and prepare for their exams, both...

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False 911 call causes UTEP, other El Paso schools to go into lockdown

False 911 call causes UTEP, other El Paso schools to go into lockdown

Prospector Staff Report November 18, 2021

A public statement from the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) claims that the 9-1-1 call they received Thursday morning, Nov. 18, reporting a “suicidal suspect on drugs with a weapon” threatening violence against local schools were false,...

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Melina DeAcero performs at Queernival Oc. 27.

Photo gallery: SELC’s Queernival drag show take the union

Prospector Staff Report November 4, 2021

  Last Wednesday Oct. 27, UTEP's Student Engagement & Leadership Center (SELC) and the Inclusion and Advocacy program hosted the drag show Queernival at Union building to end LGBT History month' s Queertober celebrations.

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Shinsuke Nakamura kicks Sami Zayn during the Six-Man Tage Team Match held at the Don Haskins Special Events center Oct. 17.

Photo gallery: WWE Smackdown at the Don Haskins Center

Prospector Staff Report October 21, 2021

  Last Sunday Oct. 17, the Don Haskins Center hosted the WWE Smackdown at 5pm.  This was the first time that both RAW and Smackdown superstars performed in one show. The list of superstars consisted of: Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns, Big E, The...

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UTEPs Interdisciplinary Research Building will serve as the universitys vaccine program site starting week of Jan.18, as it is prepared to vaccinate 480 people a day.

UTEP announces additional COVID-19 relief grants available

Prospector Staff Report July 9, 2021

Eligible students of UTEP will be contacted by email from July 19 to Aug. 15 to apply for American Rescue Plan (HEERF III). The university will be contacting from 1000 to 2000 students per day to confirm their eligibility. Deferred Action for Childhood...

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UTEP has changed the hours for its dining services beginning July 6.

UTEP dining services changes hours

Prospector Staff Report July 6, 2021

Starting Tuesday, July 6 these are the new hours for UTEP dining services operations. CHICK-FIL-A (EPNGCC) BEGINNING JULY 6 MONDAY - THURSDAY 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. FRIDAY 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. PIZZA HUT (UNION EAST 2ND FLOOR) JUNE...

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Chico greets the fans in his 4th of July attire for the El Paso Chihuahuas.

Fourth of July events and celebrations around El Paso

Prospector Staff Report July 3, 2021

With the increased reopening of businesses and the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the El Paso area will have plenty of things to do for the July Fourth holiday. Below is a list of some of the events that will be happening. The El Paso County Parks...

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The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 5

The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 5

Prospector Staff Report November 3, 2020

The Prospector Daily · S3 EP5: The Prospector Podcast (2020 Election, 915 documentary, rising COVID-19 cases + more) During this special 2020 Presidential Election episode of The Prospector Podcast, Margaret Cataldi shares a conversation with first-time...

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The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 4

The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 4

Prospector Staff Report October 15, 2020

The Prospector Daily · S3 EP4: The Prospector Podcast (Jill Biden visit, early voting, Southern Miss + more) In this episode, Anahy Diaz captures Jill Biden’s speech during her visit to campus earlier this week, and catches up with voters in line...

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Paydirt Pete, UTEPs mascot, usually participates in homecoming celebrations.

UTEP’s homecoming celebrations postponed until next year

Prospector Staff Report October 15, 2020

UTEP announced that it will be postponing homecoming celebrations, including the alumni celebrations, until next year. The recipients of this year's will be honored next year along with the recipients of 2021. The university has only postponed homecoming...

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The dashboard reveals that 19 people tested positive for the virus and 6 people reported their positive status to the university between Sept. 28 and Oct. 4.

19 test positive for COVID-19 through UTEP, 5 in student housing so far

Prospector Staff Report October 5, 2020

UTEP unveiled its COVID Data Dashboard weeks into the fall semester and it’s now reflecting the highest number of UTEP-affiliated COVID-19 cases for one week. The dashboard reveals that 19 people tested positive for the virus and 6 people reported...

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The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 3

The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 3

Prospector Staff Report October 1, 2020

The Prospector Daily · S3 EP3: The Prospector Podcast (Tik Tok ban, harsh professors, football 3-1 + more) In this episode, Victoria Almaguer explains the legal battle over Tik Tok and whether the app will remain available in the US; Daniel Alec Lopez...

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The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 2

The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 2

Prospector Staff Report September 19, 2020

The Prospector Daily · S3 EP2: The Prospector Podcast (Miner football, Jessica Krug, Tenet + more) In this episode, Anahy Diaz explains the recent uproar on Twitter after a George Washington University history professor was outed for pretending...

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The Prospector Podcast - Season 3, Episode 1

The Prospector Podcast – Season 3, Episode 1

Prospector Staff Report September 1, 2020

The Prospector Daily · S3 EP1: The Prospector Podcast The Prospector Podcast is back for a third season. In this episode, Victoria Almaguer briefly explains the QAnon conspiracy theory and how its integration into mainstream media spells concern...

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The Prospector Podcast — Season 2, Episode 11

The Prospector Podcast — Season 2, Episode 11

Prospector Staff Report August 7, 2020

The Prospector Daily · PODCAST S2 EP 11 In this weeks episode; Michael Cuviello talks about the effectiveness of masks and social distancing on the COVID-19 outbreak, and Daniel Alec Lopez reviews the 2001 movie “A Knight’s Tale” starring...

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UTEP details its Coronavirus proactive testing program

UTEP details its Coronavirus proactive testing program

Prospector Staff Report August 4, 2020

With a little over two weeks, until classes resume at UTEP, today the University announced the details of its Coronavirus testing program that will begin August 17.  Starting the week before classes begin through August 21, UTEP will test...

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UTEP announces record enrollment for summer courses

Prospector Staff Report July 16, 2020

UTEP announced in a news release that it had set a record for the number of students attending Summer I and II class sessions. According to the university, 12,981 students took classes totaling 87,365 semester hours.  All Summer classes were done...

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Businesses now require El Pasoans to wear face coverings

Businesses now require El Pasoans to wear face coverings

Prospector Staff Report, Prospector Staff June 22, 2020

Businesses in the city and county of El Paso now require the use of face covering inside their premises. The requirement, which is part of an amendment of the Fourth Local Emergency Directive, was put into effect first hour of Monday. “The amended...

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UTEP President Heather Wilson with her Cessna 152 at Santa Teresa Airport

UTEP President Heather Wilson Appointed Chair of Women in Aviation Advisory Board

Prospector Staff Report May 18, 2020

According to UTEP News UTEP President Heather Wilson was appointed chair of the newly formed Women in Aviation Advisory Board (WIABB) by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao on Friday, May 15. President Wilson, who served as the 24th Secretary...

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UTEP students impacted by coronavirus now able to apply for CARES Act funding

UTEP students impacted by coronavirus now able to apply for CARES Act funding

Prospector Staff Report May 8, 2020

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) is now officially able to assist students who can’t make ends meet because of the pandemic through “emergency financial assistance grants,” according to a UTEP news release.   These grants are meant...

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The Prospector Podcast — Season 2, Episode 5

The Prospector Podcast — Season 2, Episode 5

Prospector Staff Report April 8, 2020

In this week's podcast: Valeria Olivares analyzes the latest coronavirus memes and trends circulating the internet, Bryan Mena reviews the new Nintendo Animal Crossing game and Michael Cuviello discusses the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s...

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UTEP President Heather Wilson.

Heather Wilson appointed to National Science Board

Prospector Staff Report March 30, 2020

UTEP President Heather Wilson has been selected to serve a six-year term on the National Science Board (NSB).  Early March, in a White House press release, U.S. President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to appoint Wilson to the NSB for a...

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UTEP instructors are not required to opt into the pass/fail option for their courses.

Latest COVID-19 updates for UTEP, El Paso

Prospector Staff Report March 25, 2020

For more coverage on COVID-19 and its impact on UTEP, El Paso, the state and the nation, visit The Prospector's Coronavirus page. (UTEP) March 26: UTEP employee among four new COVID-19 cases in the county [ 6 p.m.] El Paso County has four new confirmed...

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How I Resist: Activism and Hope for a New Generation is a compilation of encouraging essays, focused on the topic of resistance and how to stand up for the causes that are important to you.

Interactive book club aims to promote leadership among students

Prospector Staff Report February 3, 2020

The Student Leadership and Inclusions Program at UTEP promotes critical thinking with its interactive book program, “Powerful Pages.” Every semester, a book is chosen and members of the program attend a biweekly meeting where they discuss the assigned...

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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra comes to El Paso every year.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Returns to El Paso

Prospector staff report November 19, 2019

Trans-Siberian Orchestra continues its successful run of fusing hard rock with traditional holiday tunes in a spectacular display with unique production and stage lighting.   The multi-platinum group announced its Winter Tour dates that include two...

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Events Happening in El Paso this Week

Events Happening in El Paso this Week

Prospector Staff Report November 5, 2019

MANA: Rayando El Sol Tour 2019  8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6  UTEP Don Haskins Center  The Grammy Award-winning Latin rock band returns to El Paso to perform at the UTEP Don Haskins Center once more for their 2019, “Rayando El Sol Tour”...

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Cher to come to El Paso, Texas on 2020.

Cher to perform at El Paso

Prospector Staff Report November 4, 2019

Jorge Vasquez of UTEP’s Office of Special Events announced Monday, Nov. 4, that American singer, actress and television host, Cher, will perform March 6, 2020 at the Don Haskins Center.  Vasquez was joined by 93.1 KISS-FM on-air personality, Monika, who...

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Disney Pixar Coco in Concert with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.

El Paso Symphony to perform ‘Coco in Concert’

Prospector Staff Report October 28, 2019

El Paso Symphony Orchestra (EPSO) will celebrate Día de Los Muertos with a live rendition of the Academy Award-winning animated film “Coco” by composer Michael Giacchino at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at The Plaza Theatre.   Set in a fictional...

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Events happening in El Paso this week

Prospector Staff Report September 12, 2019

El Paso’s Climate Strike  12 p.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019  Memorial Park 1701 N Copia  Members of the El Paso Community are invited to join a national strike for climate change action. The rally will host advocates who will...

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UTEP news in brief: Centennial Lecture Series, 9/11, El Grito, State of the University address, Career EXPO

Prospector Staff Report September 9, 2019

UTEP Centennial Lecture Series: ‘Is it Time to Abolish the Electoral College?’ Paul Finkelman, the president of Gratz College in Philadelphia, will be the guest speaker at a Centennial Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16 at the Undergraduate Learning...

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200 Años de Música Mexicana Show at UTEP Don Haskins Center Cancelled

200 Años de Música Mexicana Show at UTEP Don Haskins Center Cancelled

Prospector Staff Report September 2, 2019

The 200 Años de Música Mexicana show scheduled for Sept. 20 at The University of Texas at El Paso Don Haskins Center has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, according to a UTEP press release. Ticketholders for the event, which would...

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The community pay their respects for the victims at Cielo Vista Walmart, Monday August 6th.

Photo gallery: El Paso Strong

Prospector Staff Report August 7, 2019

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UTEP will be hosting a training for UTEP faculty, staff and students about identifying and responding to stalking on Ja. 24

Free training offered on stalking

Prospector Staff Report January 16, 2019

Free training to help participants identify and respond to stalking will be held Thursday, Jan. 24 at Miner Canyon-Boquilas Hall. The training is for faculty and staff and will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by the student training from 2-4 p.m....

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