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Assayer of Student Opinion.

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Assayer of Student Opinion.

The Prospector

SalmaPaola Baca

SalmaPaola Baca, Contributor/Photographer

SalmaPaola Baca is a senior at UTEP majoring in engineering innovation and leadership with a concentration and minor in civil engineering and an emphasis in computer science. Her passion for photography enables her to be photographer at The Prospector. While a full-time student, she freelances while planning to grow her platform through travel photography. After graduating, she wants to pursue a master’s degree in architecture while working on her photography simultaneously.

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The Rubin Center invites renowned graphic design and fine arts professionals to jury the exhibition and award prizes in each medium.

[Photo] Glimpsing into the 2024 Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

Frida Acuna, Arts & Culture Editor July 8, 2024

“Nina” woodworking furniture by Leslie Ulloa-Pollock.

Midfielder Miguel Vásquez receives the pass of the ball.

[Photo] The Borderland welcomes Club America for a historic friendly match

Sofia Sierra, Web Editor June 27, 2024

El Paso police tend to fans entering the field and surrounding Club America athletes.

President Wilson addresses questions after the proposal plan presentation.

[Photo] UTEP plans to ‘uplift’ the Sun Bowl

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor May 25, 2024

President Wilson addresses questions after the proposal plan presentation.

Alyson graduated on May 11 with her bachelors in multimedia journalism

[Photo] Four years in a flash, thank you Prospy for everything

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Writer May 14, 2024

Alyson graduated on May 11 with her bachelors in multimedia journalism

Eduardo Flores will earn his bachelors degree in organizational and corporate communication this May.

[Photo] Passing the Pick’s Legacy

Erik Acosta, Editor-in-Chief April 30, 2024

Eduardo Flores will earn his bachelor's degree in organizational and corporate communication this May.

First-generation UTEP student James Rosberg has been navigating UTEPs resources through SSSP as he prepares to graduate this fall.

[Photo] Student Support Services helps students on campus

Ximena Cordero, Staff Reporter May 1, 2024

Kinley Wanghcuk is a first-generation international student majoring in rehabilitation sciences and a member of the SSSP program.

Gino Ybarra and Michelle Delgado showing off their favorite toys at their Ghost Fox Toy Store.

[Photo] Downtown’s ‘Ghost Fox Toys’ store capture the Sun City

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Writer April 18, 2024

Toys in front window display.

Girl excited to be more than halfway through 3-mile run.

[Photo] The empowering story of Girls Run the 915

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Writer April 17, 2024

Girl excited to be more than halfway through 3-mile run.

Tino Ortega works on upcoming “Amor” mural at 7715 Paseo del Norte Blvd.

‘Inflating Inspiration’: The impact of 3D balloon murals on El Paso’s Community

SalmaPaola Baca, Photographer April 16, 2024

El Paso, Texas, a city steeped in Chicano culture and history, has recently become adorned with vibrant 3D balloon art murals, captivating passersby and residents alike. Among the talented artists behind this unique trend is Albert “Tino” Ortega,...

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Raramuri doll (CE 1980 – 1987) and water jar (CE 1975 – 1977).

[Photo] Dualidad: Embracing the culture

Alyda Muela, Contributor/Writer April 10, 2024

'I Can Not Go Further', hoop dance outfit handmade by Kevin Dakota Duncan in 2017.

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Blooming poppies during the Poppies Fest, Mar. 23 at the El Paso Museum of Archeology.

[Photo] Celebrating El Paso’s favorite flower at the 2024 Poppies Festival

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Writer April 5, 2024

Blooming poppies during the Poppies Fest, Mar. 23 at the El Paso Museum of Archeology.

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Guest admires “La Familia” tapestry at the Punto de Partida exhibit.

[Photo] Punto de Partida: Sharing the stories of the border through art

Melissa Herrera, Contributor/Writer March 21, 2024

Couple admire paintings of the Punto de Partida exhibit at Centennial Museum.

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Matthew Melton playing the guitar.

[Photo] Dream Machine: Psychedelic healing from sounds

Avery Escamilla-Wendell, Arts & Culture Editor March 19, 2024

Matthew Melton playing the guitar.

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Prayer wheel found behind Centennial Museum.

Unearthing hidden campus gems

SalmaPaola Baca, Photographer March 12, 2024

Nestled within the heart of El Paso, UTEP stands as a beacon of cultural vibrancy, proudly showcasing Bhutanese culture, beauty, and traditions while celebrating Hispanic culture. From the vivid hues of murals along the Lhakhang temple, to the captivating...

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Beginning in 1963, the men’s basketball team went on a run of NCAA championship appearances.

[Photo] UTEP sports: Building on a legacy

Jorge Guajardo, Staff Reporter March 12, 2024

Beginning in 1963, the men’s basketball team went on a run of NCAA championship appearances.

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Hikers admire the view from Mammoth’s Trunk Trail.

[Photo] Peak pursuits: Navigating nature’s trails safely in El Paso

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Writer February 28, 2024

Hikers admire the view from Mammoth’s Trunk Trail.

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Junior forward Derick Hamilton attempts a layup.

[Photo] UTEP men’s basketball fights to the end in tough loss against top ranked LA Tech 

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor February 27, 2024

Junior forward Derick Hamilton attempts a layup.

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Little girl admires clownfish at the aquarium.

Jungle Reef touch aquarium unleashes a sea of excitement in El Paso

SalmaPaola Baca, Photographer February 22, 2024

El Paso's groundbreaking interactive aquarium is now one of the newest activities in the borderland. Jungle Reef, developed by the Hepworth brothers is an immersive venture that pledges to captivate and offer visitors engagement with aquatic wonders....

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Junior guard Delma Zita looks to pass the ball.

[Photo] UTEP Women’s basketball fights WKU to the end in triumphant win

H. Catching Marginot, Contributor February 19, 2024

Junior guard Delma Zita looks to pass the ball.

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A fluffy furry friend surrounded by Valentines Day decor brings a wagging tail and heartwarming charm to the holiday season.

Be my ‘fluffy’ Valentine

SalmaPaola Baca, Photographer February 14, 2024

As Valentine’s Day approaches, the focus naturally turns to expressions of love and affection for romantic partners. However, for many, a pet’s unwavering companionship and unconditional love can also holds a special place in  people’s  hearts.     According...

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Junior guard Corey Camper Jr. attempts a shot against NMSU senior guard Femi Odukale.

[Photo] Men’s basketball defeats NMSU Aggies in Battle of I-10 ls

Nicholas Maes, Sports Editor February 13, 2024

Senior guard Tae Hardy attempts a layup against NMSU senior guard Tanahj Pettway.

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A Waddle Through Time exhibit at Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens open from Jan 27 through July 27, 2024.

Duck Tales

SalmaPaola Baca, Photographer February 7, 2024

A Waddle Through Time: Ducks, People, and the Conservation Odyssey. With backyard ponds and childhood rhymes, ducks remain a beloved and memorable animal in humans’ lives. Embedded in feathers, woven into history and spread across continents, it is...

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Junior guard Corey Camper attempts a shot against JAX State junior forward Caleb Johnson.

[Photo] UTEP men’s basketball beats out Jax State Gamecocks in first-ever meeting

Emmanuel Rivas Valenzuela, Contributor February 7, 2024

Junior guard Corey Camper attempts a shot against JAX State junior forward Caleb Johnson.

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Gypsy Rose was released from Chillicothe Correctional Center in Chillicothe, Missouri, on Dec. 28 and has since grown a large social media platform.

[Photo] Idolized and scandalized: Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Ximena Cordero, Staff Reporter February 2, 2024

Gypsy Rose was released from Chillicothe Correctional Center in Chillicothe, Missouri, on Dec. 28 and has since grown a large social media platform.

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Migrants await entry into shelter to escape harsh winter.

[Photo] Where is the empathy? Going inside of El Paso’s homeless culture

Marco Hinojosa, Audience and Engagement Editor January 30, 2024

Migrants await entry into shelter to escape harsh winter.

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Vegetation and campus gardens create a serene atmosphere for college students to unwind.

Where to chill during these chilly days

SalmaPaola Baca, Photographer January 23, 2024

Amidst a bustling schedule, it can be overwhelming for students to navigate the demands of their academic and personal lives, while even having to maintain their well being. Prioritizing self-care, social connections, quality of campus life, adequate...

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Around 40% of dogs suffer from noise-related phobias. One of the major ones being fireworks which trigger stress responses that can affect their overall health.

[Photo] Foul or fun: A closer look at fireworks

H. Catching Marginot, Contributor January 19, 2024

Around 40% of dogs suffer from noise-related phobias. One of the major ones being fireworks which trigger stress responses that can affect their overall health.

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“Esfera Cuántica Tlahtolli” in front of Fox Fine Arts.

[Photo] UTEP Fox Fine Arts Building woes

Sofia Sierra, Staff Reporter January 16, 2024

“Esfera Cuántica Tlahtolli” in front of Fox Fine Arts.

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In 2021, 1/5 of crashes in El Paso were caused by intoxicated drivers, resulting in at least one injury or fatality.

[Photo] DUI incidents: How much more can El Paso take? 

Marco Hinojosa, Audience and Engagement Editor January 16, 2024

In 2021, 1/5 of crashes in El Paso were caused by intoxicated drivers, resulting in at least one injury or fatality.

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Graduate merchandise and attire available for winter graduate students at the University Bookstore.

[Photo] A deep dive into Sun City grad support

Marco Hinojosa, Audience & Engagement Editor December 7, 2023

Graduate merchandise and attire available for winter graduate students at the University Bookstore.

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Fitting into the popular “clean girl” makeup look.

[Photo] Fitting in a world of ever-changing beauty

H. Catching Marginot, Staff Reporter November 30, 2023

“Clean girl” aesthetics.

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UTEP Percussion Ensemble at the Fox Fine Arts directed by Andy. P Smith.

[Photo] A heart pounding percussion performance

Elisha Nuñez, Staff Reporter November 8, 2023

Miner plays the marimbas at Fox Fine Arts for final performance.

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Ofrenda built by the Ardovino’s Dessert Crossing community to remember loved ones.

[Photo] Commemorating loved ones at the Noche de Muertos market

Marco Hinojosa, Audience & Engagment Editor November 7, 2023

Dia De Los Muertos merchandise sold by local businesses.

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Skeleton dancers in Dia De Los Muertos parade.

[Photo] The beauty in death: Celebrating the lives of our lost ones

Ruth Urquiza, Contributor/Reporter November 2, 2023

Skeleton Dis De Los Muertos couple with dog make an impression with their costumes.

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Amid the sweet treats, a hazard intake could be waiting in the candy dispersed on Halloween.

[Photo] The scariest time for unsafe candy

Katy Ruiz, Contributor/Reporter October 25, 2023

Amid the sweet treats, a hazard intake could be waiting in the candy dispersed on Halloween.

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El Paso Museum of History exhibits Mexicanidad: Folkorizing a Nation 1921-1971 available at the second floor, Gallery D, through Feb. 24, 2024.

Mexicanidad: Folklorizing a nation

SalmaPaola Baca, Contributor/Photographer October 13, 2023

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the El Paso Museum of History, displays the crafts of indigenous artisans produced following the Mexican Revolution, which raged from 1910 to 1920 and gave rise to a powerful and evocative wave of art creations that...

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Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare performed by UTEP Theatre and Dance.

[Photo] Shakespeare festival blending cultures together

Erik Acosta, Web Editor October 3, 2023

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare performed by UTEP Theatre and Dance.

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Star Wars characters appear at the El Paso Space Festival for their fans.

[Photo] El Paso Space Festival launching into orbit

Erik Acosta, Web Editor September 26, 2023

Sunset views from El Paso International Airport.

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UTEP dance team opens for Minerpalooza.

[Photo] A Miner-Tastic Minerpalooza

Alyson Rodriguez, Contributor/Reporter September 18, 2023

UTEP dance team opens for Minerpalooza.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Gallery at Union Gallery.

[Photo] Honoring Hispanic Heritage Month at the Union Gallery

Elisha Nuñez, Staff Reporter September 13, 2023

Niña Trabajadora by Andrea Mariana Figueroa featured in the Hispanic Heritage Month Gallery.

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Students utilizing note taking through Glean app.

[Photo] Glean: Independence and ease for students

Angelica Gutierrez, Contributor/Reporter September 7, 2023

Students utilizing note taking through Glean app.

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