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Media’s ‘ideal beauty’ takes a more natural turn By Helen Yip The Prospector An “ideal beauty” lives on magazine racks and television screens at all hours of the day. She is thin and built with clear skin, free of wrinkles or scars. She has perfect hair, big lips, a long neck and eyelashes. She has the right-sized bust, with a flat stomach, thin arms and long legs—but she isn’t real. Technology allows us to completely distort images to correct flaws in skin, color, size and weight, which many have said has lead to a false societal idea of beauty. But some think this retouched beauty may change as media images head into a more natural direction. Ruth McDonald, lecturer in the Women Studies Program, teaches Introduction to Women’s Studies and Gender and Pop Culture courses. McDonald said

the view of women from media such as advertising, television and movies has a pronounced presence in today’s culture: a flawless image in media. “There’s some change, but there is still a dominant paradigm of expectations of females who are in professions of acting, modeling or fashion,” McDonald said. “We are seeing some changes—there has been some push back by society.” McDonald also said there is more awareness to the false perfection seen in magazines, where photos have been retouched, but she said she would not call going natural a major trend in advertising. “Major stories in media are when an actress has a baby,” she said. “The headlines focus on how fast she can slim down again.”

American Apparel is breaking the perfection mold. The 16-year-old clothing company has been involved in changing the norms. In 2012, Jackie O’Shaughnessy, then 60-years-old, appeared in an ad on Facebook wearing nothing but her skivvies. The ad read, “Sexy Has No Expiration Date.” American Apparel also recently set up a display case in New York, featuring mannequins with pubic hair modeling lingerie. District Visual Manager Dee Myles said in an interview with the New York Observer, “It’s important to have instances spark up curiosity and conversation about what we deem beautiful and sexy.” Some in Hollywood are also pushing for a more natural approach to beauty such as Shailene Woodley, a 23-year-old actress appearing in a

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It’s important to have instances spark up curiosity and conversation about what we deem beatiful and sexy. - Dee Myles, District Visual Manager for American Apparel

‘Self-governance’ —the method of tobacco-free enforcement By Maria Esquinca and Amanda Guillen The Prospector Maintaining a tobacco-free campus may prove difficult to enforce as some students are choosing not to follow the “self-governing” method officials have proclaimed. UTEP’s Environmental Health and Safety Department enacted the tobacco ban on Feb. 20. The change in policy has been published under the UTEP Handbook of Operating Procedures under Environmental Health and Safety. The handbook contains the university’s official policies and procedures. Despite stating a clear change in policy under the handbook, “the use of tobacco products is prohibited at all times on University Property,” the enforcement of the policy is not as clear. The ban places responsibility of enforcement upon the UTEP community. The official press release for the ban stated, “much can be accomplished through respectful and polite reminders to members and guests of the University that we are a tobaccofree campus.” Senior psychology major Mike Rodriguez feels the enforcement policy is weak. “I don’t think this is my responsibility to tell people to stop smoking on campus,” he said. “Who am I to tell them not to do it? We are all adults here. You should be able to regulate your own behaviors.” According to Robert Moss, assistant vice president of the Environmental Health and Safety Department, the enforcement of the policy relies on an “honors system” and on the community to report offenders. “We’re not going to have police officers running around giving tickets,” he said. This doesn’t mean stricter forms of enforcement could not be applied after repeated offenses. “Initially people will be encouraged to comply, we hope that it won’t be too cumbersome,” Moss said. “If there are repeated offenses, that student could end up before the student dean.” Under HOOPS, disciplinary actions for UTEP staff employees could include demotion, suspension without pay or dismissal. However, according to Roger Brown, assistant vice president of Human Resources, the department in charge of disciplinary action for staff employees, the self-governance will also apply to them. If a staff member were to continue smoking on campus despite polite reminders, the employee could be reported and “human resources would have a conversation with that person,” Brown said.

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Smoking: nostalgia and allure By S. David Ramirez The Prospector Smoking was such an in-vogue habit. It stood for the style of so many people I admire: journalists, writers, academics, media professionals and the smoldering list goes on. With the recent ban of smoking on campus, I’ve been pushed to reflect on the nature of smoking. I’ve always had family, friends and colleagues that smoke. It was just part of the culture of our professions and city. I remember high school, having just turned 18. On that day we went out and bought a pack of cigarettes and a lottery ticket. It was a rite of passage for many of us from the Lower Valley. Smoking has always had a fashionable allure. Watching “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” for the first time with Audrey Hepburn sitting opposite George Peppard, a cigarette delicately clasped in her hand. She shares the weather report, he talks about writing and before she falls asleep he gently stubs out her smoke in the ashtray. Years ago, in my intro to journalism course, we were shown photos of the “quintessential journalist.” We were sold on the idea of an era where hardhitting reporters slumped in front of a typewriter, cigarette clenched between their teeth. In more recent years, cigarettes have been a catalyst for conversation. There is not a less threatening icebreaker than “do you have a light?” Business is often conducted in the smoking section. It is a chance to sit on even ground with your boss or coworkers and remove yourself from the world for 10 minutes. It would be asinine to attempt to justify smoking—given the great corpus of knowledge about its adverse effects—but have many studies been done on the positive social implica-

tions? Have people considered the nature of borderland culture? Academic culture? The ban on smoking doesn’t hurt the wealthy student. It will not bother the athletes. The ban will only inconvenience the deans, vice presidents and tenured professors. The ban hurts the student working two jobs to get themselves through college. It hurts the graduate student trying to break into the academic world. It hurts the student taking 18 hours, trying to pack in a few extra classes toward graduation. This ban hurts the people who look toward a small vice to ease the tension of a hard reality. It hurts the folks who have made the decision, as adults, to partake of a crop that has been a cornerstone of our country since its earliest years. In 2014, it is common knowledge that the use of tobacco products can have serious consequences, but many still use them. Cigarettes are not smoked out of ignorance. My willingness to smoke is my own decision, despite the consequences. A campus ban will not promote awareness or hinder my use of them; it’s merely an inconvenience. The tobacco-free UTEP website states “UTEP has a focus on promoting health and wellness among our community,” so maybe our next discussion should be on removing Pizza Hut and Chick-fil-A from campus. I won’t miss the cloud of smoke outside the Liberal Arts Building, or the sickly-sweet vapor of e-cigarettes in the library or the mass grave of cigarette butts outside the Union. I will miss the allure of fashion, camaraderie and choice. Take a deep drag, UTEP. Hold, then exhale. S. David Ramirez may be reached at theprospectordaily. news@gmail.com.

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El Paso—fashion’s last frontier By Valori Corral-Nava The Prospector El Paso may be known for many things—its food, culture, the mystique of being a border city—but trendiness is usually not one of them and locals have different theories as to why. Some feel that it is El Paso’s economic situation that keeps the latest trends stagnant on store shelves. “Not only is El Paso among the U.S. cities with the highest poverty levels, but there is also a large amount of people in El Paso who are unemployed,” said senior political science major Stephanie Lopez. “Combined, I think these two factors are what affect our city’s ability to keep up with current trends.” Lopez also said that these factors could have negative implications because it might keep new businesses from opening in El Paso. However, Eli Garcia, senior lecturer in public relations and corporate communication, doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. “My perception is not necessarily that we are the last ones to get the latest trends, it is that the many creative minds that we have are aware of these trends and they adapted them and own it to reflect who we are as community,” he said. “They personalize it, leaving us not having to follow what other cities are creating.” Garcia said the tri-state area is a missed opportunity for clothing companies. “It is not necessarily that we don’t have a demand, it is that companies are not aware of our purchasing power and the value that we have, not only as a single market, but also as a

Once we have something we like we hold on to it longer than we have to and because of this we never progress. - Enrique Saenz, co-owner of Hommework bicultural and national market that we represent on the border,” he said. Enrique Saenz, co-owner of Hommework, a boutique located on North Stanton Street, believes that El Pasoans stick to what they know. “Once we have something we like we hold on to it longer than we have to and because of this we never progress,” he said. Hommework focuses on contemporary street wear with exclusive designers and labels usually not found in smaller cities. Seanz also said that El Paso is segregated—Eastside, Westside, Central, and Northeast—and because of this El Paso has different fashion trends depending on which side of town people have grown up on. “The closest city to us is Las Cruces,” Saenz said. “This goes for (Ciudad) Juárez, which is also very isolated from the larger cities in Mexico.

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This makes El Paso a close-minded city. Plus it is a part of our culture too, not like anything new or different.” “El Paso’s climate plays a factor in the way people dress” said Anthony Canales, junior multimedia journalism major. “Fashion is ambiguous, however in my experience, it’s hard to be fashionable when you live in such a hot climate.” Canales believes that there are several factors that lead to trends taking so long to reach El Paso and one is location. “Location can influence behavior such as listening to a certain kind of music or eating a certain type of food and this is no exception with fashion,” he said. Garcia said that unlike what marketers want people to believe, fashion is not equal to brand names. “Fashion is not tied to a brand name,” Garcia said. “Fashion is an expression of the personality of the people who create that fashion. They work together, but they are two different things.” Valori Corral-Nava may be reached at theprospectordaily. news@gmail.com.

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Estudiantes buscan moda en los dos lados de la frontera Por Cassandra Adame The Prospector Como consumidores, estudiantes encuentran de los dos lados de la frontera maneras para ahorrarse unos centavos en productos desde útiles y medicinas, hasta ropa y accesorios. Este 2014, se estima que en El Paso se venderán $729 millones en ropa y accesorios, esto sin contar la ropa deportiva, dice Tom Fullerton, profesor de economía. “En la recesión económica del 2009 las ventas en El Paso cayeron en un 10 por ciento, lo que fue igual a $60 millones”, dice Fullerton. “Este año, en definitiva, se observaran muchos cambios. La economía esta ciertamente fortaleciéndose, especialmente en países como Estados Unidos, Europa, México y América del sur.” Si la economía se expande, los diseños de ropas y accesorios se expanden también, dice Fullerton. Dándoles así, a los diseñadores de alta alcurnia, rienda suelta a su imaginación elástica. En el caso contrario, cuando existe una recesión económica, la moda sufre una fuerte depresión. Axel Salmon estudiante de segundo año en diseño gráfico dice preferir comprar su ropa en Ciudad Juárez.

Vale la pena comprar prendas de calidad, con telas que se sientan bien o que tengan un corte único.

- Josue Reyes, estudiante de escultura Tania moran / The Prospector “Hay mas variedad de estilos así como tallas chicas para hombres como yo”, dice Salmon. Sin tomar en cuenta los precios, Juárez se encuentra influenciado fuertemente en vanguardias traídas del Distrito Federal y por ende de Europa. “Para mi los precios son muy parecidos entre las dos ciudades, yo conozco amigos de El Paso que compran su ropa en Juárez y amigos de Juárez que degustan comprar en El Paso”, dice Salmon.

En el centro de El Paso, compradores pasan por tiendas de ropa. Por otro lado, Daniela Elizalde estudiante de tercer año en diseño gráfico dice, “Yo compro en El Paso porque es mas barato, y la calidad de las prendas no se comparan con las de Ciudad Juárez”. Estados Unidos posee un mercado mas amplio que le permite acceder a productos mas variados, de mejor calidad y a precios mas bajos. Una blusa en Juárez, por ejemplo, puede llegar a costar 200 pesos, que

es parecido a $15, mientras que en El Paso es posible encontrarla a $5 o $7. Ciudad Juárez esta menos estructurado en cuestión de estilo de prendas, dice Elizalde. “Comparando las boutiques de El Paso y Ciudad Juárez, en esta ultima encuentro piezas con estilos mas únicos a pesar de que sus precios sean mas altos”, dice Elizalde.

Josue Reyes, estudiante de escultura, dice que la calidad es lo que cuenta. “Vale la pena comprar prendas de calidad, con telas que se sientan bien o que tengan un corte único”, dice Reyes. Cassandra Adame puede ser contactada por theprospectordaily.news.@gmail.com


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What do you think is more beautiful—a natural look or retouched photos? Michaela Roman / The Prospector

Alexa Montoya

Senior biochemistry major

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Isaiah De Luna

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Senior mechanical engineering major

“Natural looking models would help young woman with their self esteem. When they see the models they will feel good about themselves.”

“The companies will already pick people good looking anyway but airbrushing is going over the top.”

“It’s better to have natural looking models because it shows girls don’t have to be thin and ‘pretty.’ Girls should just feel pretty in their own skin and having models that show they feel that way motivates girls to do the same.”

Masters psychology major

Mariana Martinez

Michelle rojas

Christian Andrade

Daniel Gonzalez

“I don’t think it matters because everyone’s perspective on fashion is different. Some think airbrushed is beautiful and some think natural is beautiful. It depends on the company.”

“I personally think going natural is a very fashion forward movement. They’re sending out a message that says anybody can be beautiful.”

“It’s pretty cool that companies are starting to use a natural look because most people don’t look like skinny, perfect looking models.”

Senior political science major

Junior mechanical engineering major

“There’s nothing wrong with making them look like models. Not everyone has to look like a normal person since modeling is a from of expression.”

“People see something that they like and they want to be a part of that but using unrealistic images is a problem. If they look natural we can protect girls from feeling preasured.”

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“I think it’s more of a design aspect rather than how a person should look. It’s up to the designer how they want to sell thier clothing.”

Sophomore electrical engineering major

Senior org. & corporate comm. major

Sophomore biological sciences major

“I think natural looking models are beter because girls see those things and get a skewed view of what beauty and fitness really looks like. They’re comparing themselves to people that they don’t necessarily know are being retouched.”

“I believe having natural looking models with no makeup makes them seem vulnerable and that’s when you see someone’s true beauty because they’re not hiding behind anything. They become more relatable.”

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“I like the idea of them being natural. It’s a lot more comforting to know people don’t have to keep up to an impossible standard that distorts minds into wanting something that’s prettty much impossible.”

“I have no problem with having realism in modeling. It would be encouraging to be able to relate to models that are natural looking.”

“It’s not a good idea for most companies. They should look like models because in some cases it can motivate people to look better.”

Senior org. & corporate comm. major

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Senior mechanical engineering major

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Roberto cervantes

Freshman biological sciences major

“The more natural the better. It’s more appealing for people. They won’t feel left out and feel more comfortable in their own skin.”

gabriel ramos

Senior biological sciences major

“I think it’s a good thing because it gives leeway to what the defintion of a model is. Just because you don’t fit into size zero pants doesn’t mean you can’t be one, as long as you can be defined as professional.”


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Career Closet rents brand-name professional clothing, free to students By Amanda Guillen The Prospector UTEP’s Division of Student Affairs, in partnership with the Career Center, is working to provide students with professional business attire that can be used for interviews, career fairs and networking events. Students will be able to borrow these suits for seven days, free of charge, but the student will have to cover the cost of dry cleaning upon return.

Christian Corrales, employer and community relations manager for student affairs, has worked closely with this new project. He said the goal of the program is to increase the professionalism and marketability of students and alumni by providing professional business clothing. Corrales, who has been with UTEP for seven months, brought this idea to the university based on the success of a similar program at his previous job at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

“I noticed that this had a great impact on students, especially students in need,” Corrales said. Corrales said they cannot do this without the help of the UTEP community and hopes to soon have sponsors. The closet is currently receiving donations. “We are currently asking the UTEP community to donate their gently used items, ties, jackets, blazers—and the same for females—anything that can be used in a professional setting,” he said. “This is our

step one. Our phase two is finding an external body to donate money and endorse this Career Closet that invests not only in our students to help them become successful, but also to provide access to this unique opportunity for students to be prepared for professional events.” In addition to Corrales’ pitch, student need and request is what fueled this idea. “Students have voiced their opinion and shared the need for something like this, so as the Division for Student Affairs, we felt that it was our duty and our responsibility to follow through with that request and make this a reality for students to have,” Corrales said. Sophomore business major Essa Zari said he supports this new program. “This is a good idea and it is going to help a lot of students reach their goal of becoming successful,” he said. “If I ever need a suit I will consider going there.” Betsabe Castro-Duarte, associate director of the University Career Center, said this is something positive that helps students land the job and boosts confidence. “Many times we see students who do make themselves presentable, but they don’t have a suit and we understand that not everyone has the means to do this, so we want to create an even par for everyone,” she said. “Style is important because these suits are supposed to help students feel confident when going out into the professional field.” She said that it is important to have suits that are current so students want to wear them. In addition, Castro-Duarte said that some of the suits at the closet are brand name, which

will help with the durability and the look and feel. “We carry Calvin Klein and really nice Men’s Warehouse suits,” she said. “We did want to make sure we offered really nice brands so students will want to borrow these suits and feel good about themselves when wearing them.” In addition to closets being built, meeting rooms now serve as dressing rooms for students to try on the suits. They are equipped with mirrors and hangers. Freshman criminal justice major Gloria Mariano said this is something that she is not interested in. “This is a great opportunity for students who can’t afford suits, but I wouldn’t use it because of what people might think of me if I go,” Mariano said. “I usually don’t care what people think, but they might say that I don’t have money to buy a suit. That is my opinion, but I think it will be successful.” Castro-Duarte said that the important message in all of this is to feel empowered and to be confident in order to land the job. “First impressions are very important, so how you look sets off the tone of the conversation. So what better way for us to teach students how to dress for the business world and have the tools for them to get a job?” she said. “Not all jobs require that you wear a suit and tie, but you always want to make that initial wonderful impression so you always put your best foot forward no matter what the profession.” For more information on the Career Closet, visit the University Career Center at Union Building West, Room 103. Amanda Guillen may be reached at theprospectordaily. news@utep.edu.

Tania moran / The Prospector Daniel Rios visits the Career Closet to get fitted for a suit.

tobacco from page 1 Further violations by the employee could also lead to a referral to the President’s Office. The staff member would have the option to appeal disciplinary action against them under the Challenge as the Fairness clause in HOOP. Vice President of Student Affairs Gary Edens is one of the ones contacted along with Human Resources if someone were disrespecting the ban. “This policy is in place at numerous universities and colleges across the United States. A staff member always has the right to voice any policy concerns to their supervisor or to Human Resources,” Edens said. According to Brown, the success of such an appeal would be dim. “I don’t see how you could challenge the fairness of it if it applies to everybody… Because it’s a university-wide policy I don’t see how successful (an appeal) would get.”

Kerri Harrison, a communication lecturer and smoker, believes the ban is ineffective. “I think that people are going to find a way to smoke,” she said. She added that she believes it is also an infringement on individual rights. “When we start making decisions for peoples’ personal choices—deciding what is good and bad for you just because you don’t like it—I think it opens up a very dangerous door,” she said. Senior psychology major Mara Rivas said although she is an avid smoker, she feels that this ban could be beneficial for smokers and nonsmokers alike. “I think it’s good because I smoke only here on campus so this ban could probably help me stop smoking,” she said. “But I will not tell people to stop smoking.” Maria Esquinca and Amanda Guillen may be reached at theprospectordaily.news@gmail.com.


THEPROSPECTOR February 25, 2014 beauty from page 1 number of roles including “The Secret Life of an American Teenager” and “The District.” She refuses to wear makeup on the red carpet. In an interview with Flavorwire, Woodley said she saw herself in a magazine once, but could not recognize herself. Woodley described that this image had big red lips, a flat stomach, flawless skin and a bust three times the size of her own. The 23-year-old actress still has to play the part, but is happier not having to wear makeup and taking a natural approach, she said in a July 2013 issue of The Huffington Post. Naomi Cervantes, freshman history major, said she notices the standards that society portrays by retouching photos. “I’m the type of person with a bigger bust, so I guess I noticed a lot more,” Cervantes said. She said distorted images have been hurtful to the younger generation. They may not realize these standards are impossible to meet, even for the models themselves. “They feel that they have to be skinny in order to be liked,” Cervantes said. Roxanna Stubbeman, sophomore speech pathology major, said she used to read a lot of magazines and admitted to comparing herself to the images she would see. Stubbeman thinks a natural look would benefit society. “I think it would have a positive impact on people who read them because of the influence,” she said. Debenhams is a British retailer that took a pledge to limit their photo retouching. They gave an example on Facebook, where they showed the natural picture of the model and the lightly retouched version. Slight imperfections were fixed and the photo

was followed by a caption that read, “Here is an example of how images are sometimes retouched, but we think our model is naturally gorgeous.” Ophra Leyser-Whalen, assistant professor of sociology, said her studies are focused on women’s health. “Some people think that the beauty ideal in general came to the forefront with different forms of media,” LeyserWhalen said. “Cosmetic surgery really started in full force in the 1980s. It’s been a gradual progression as media and consumerism have grown.” But there are some in Hollywood who stand behind retouching. An art director for Flare Magazine went so far as to post a rant on Facebook in response to a blog that was written to criticize the magazine because of an issue they published with a radically retouched picture of Jennifer Lawrence to make her look thinner. The art director said that the practice to “highlight” a glamor/fashion shot for a magazine cover was a pretty common practice and usually the subject is quite happy that they practice this method. Victor Ramirez, a 20-year-old psychology major, said even men have a tendency to compare themselves to models in the media. “If it’s a really skinny guy, we think I don’t like that I can’t wear that,” he said. “It makes people feel less comfortable with themselves, when in actuality there are a variety of sizes out there.” See more student opinions on page 5. Helen Yip may be reached at theprospectordaily.news@ gmail.com.

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Springing up your fashion sense: trends for women and men by Jose Soto The Prospector

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by lesly limon The Prospector With a new season comes new trends. These trends are what’s hot in women’s fashion, specifically for the warmer weather. Crop Tops—Okay girls, I know crop tops are very 90s, however they’re totally back. Anyone can pull off this trend regardless of what size you are. Confidence ladies. Be fierce! That is the trick to pulling off a crop top. If you’re uncomfortable showing your belly some love, pair a crop top with some high- waisted jeans or shorts to still give you the chance to pull off a cute top, while hiding the tummy. Maxi Dresses—Don’t know what to wear? Throw on a maxi dress and you’re set. These dresses are versatile because they can be worn casually during the day, or for a night out. There are plenty of variations on the maxi dress as well. Different sleeve lengths or no sleeves, slit on the side or no slit, comfortable cotton or sultry silk, to name a few. Your choices are endless since you can also rock this long-length dress with boots, sandals or heels. Floral—Of course with warmer weather flowers blossom, they’re also blossoming on prints for clothing. Dresses, skirts, shorts, tops, you can find anything with floral patterns on them. Be careful though, too much floral can be an overload. Always pair

a floral with a solid color or denim and pay attention to the dominant color in the pattern. Pleats—Pleats are also making a comeback. They’re not just on dad’s Dockers anymore. While some might argue pleats are childish, if paired correctly they can be sophisticated and cute. I suggest pairing pleated skirts, shorts, pants or dresses with a top that has a cute collar, and finish the look with ankle boots or heels. Faux Leather—A lot of clothes are being made with faux leather now. It might be a trim on the side of leggings, a chic biker jacket, boots, shorts, shirts or pants. Don’t be afraid to embrace the faux leather. Plus, it’s awesome to know that no animals were harmed in the making of your clothes. Some people are weary of wearing leather, because they feel it is only something punks or bikers can pull off. However, a cute leather jacket can be paired with anything to give you an edgy look. Don’t knock it until you try it. Accessorize—The key part of putting together any outfit is to accessorize. Tights, purses, scarves, jewelry, hats, sunglasses, socks and even the nail color. Expressing yourself through accessories will totally help you get your outfit to look polished and finished. Cat-eye sunglasses are trending right now as well as sun hats. The key thing to remember with all the fashion trends for this year is that

As spring starts to bloom, it’s time for us men to allow our fashion sense to blossom. Stow away your dull, dark colors from winter and allow some sunshine into your closet. Spring 2014 is full of vibrant and exciting fashion measures we can all enjoy. In case you are in need of some fashion guidance, here’s a compiled list of “must-haves” for spring, ensuring you be to have some fun in the sun while looking your best and feeling good about your appearance. Floral prints—You’ll notice a lot of floral prints on shirts and T-shirts around spring. A great way to stray away from the plain and simple is to add some design to your shirts. By having a fun print on a shirt, you can keep the rest of your outfit simple, if that’s what you’re going for. Either way, be sure to have enough to last you the long days and fun nights of spring. Double-breasted blazers—I know what you’re thinking: blazers, during spring? Indeed. Not all blazers are made with enough padding to throw you back to the 80s. A thin doublebreasted blazer will surely add class and a professional touch to your spring outfits. This year, the doublebreasted blazer holds the high honors

above all other blazers. Versatile colors such as blue and yellow will allow you to mix and match your shirts with your blazer, so opt for soft and pastel tones when choosing a color. Printed/colored—shorts—This might be a little too risky for some, but it is definitely a risk worth taking. Try to stay away from the oversized cargo shorts. Spring calls for shorterlength shorts with either some adventurous prints or solid, yet bright colors. Avoid matching prints, though, so either your shirts are solid or your shorts are. Printed and colored shorts allow you to stay fresh in the sun without compromising your fashion. Try to keep lots on hand, as you’ll notice that wearing shorts in the breeze is better than wearing pants. Colored skinny pants—Getting some colored skinny jeans and pants is a must this season as well. The same rule applies for pants and jeans, but be daring and get a tighter pair than usual. Nothing looks less appealing this spring than baggy, unflattering slacks. Spring shoes—Boat shoes and knee-high lightweight spring boots are a must, depending on whether you’re opting for shorts or pants and jeans. Spare your tennis shoes for the gym. This spring, invest in some fun footwear. My personal suggestion is

getting TOMS. Not only do they add a philanthropic sense to your wardrobe, they look good with shorts, pants or jeans. So tchey’re good for day or night. The whole idea behind spring fashion is to have fun. Try being bold and experiment with different prints and colors, but do avoid dark and opaque colors. Don’t be shy about not looking manly enough, it’s all about adapting to the new fashion concepts and starting this year with a fresh and upbeat approach. Jose Soto may be reached at theprospectordaily.ent@ gmail.com.

above all wear what makes you feel confident, beautiful and fierce. Always remember, body shaming is not cool. Love the body you’re in because you only get one. Women of all shapes and sizes can pull off anything if they have the confidence for it. If you decide to dress with trends or not, always wear what makes you happy and unique and gorgeous. Lesly Limon may be reached at theprospectordaily.ent@ gmail.com.

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fashion show

Monarch showcases spring and summer fashions by S. David Ramirez The Prospector The Monarch night club hosted a showcase of fashion, make-up and hair on Feb. 22. It was meant to show what the El Paso fashion scene has to offer. The clothing was provided by Red Door Boutique and the styling was created by Pin-up and Dye Salon. “I was inspired by the fashionable modernizing vintage,” said Leticia Peña, owner of Red Door Boutique.

Peña said that El Pasoans have a unique take on style. The fashion scene has been changing or evolving. People in town are open to any look that comes their way. Juan Carlos Armenta, system engineering graduate student, looked forward to the show as a self-proclaimed “fashion afficianado.” “I try to support Red Door and see what style of clothes are in style,” Armenta said.

He adds that he considers his style to be classic. He tries to incorporate his perspective in everything he wears. Though not showcased at this event, Nicolas Silva, senior microbiology major is excited by the new combinations of science and art. “I recommend descience,” Silvasaid. “They’re doing some really interesting things by bringing together scientists and designers. I also am really into wearable art.”

He was looking forward to the fashion show to see what El Paso has to showcase. The models walked with attitude through the narrow passageways of the club, heels keeping time to the loud techno music. “We each had individual inspirations,” said Liz Sena, stylist and make-up artist. “Some was iwnspired by clockwork orange and others by retro styles. Everything has a vintage theme or twist to it.” Sena says that the “classic look is going to continue to be on the rise.” For men, the “dapper” style will continue

to grow while women can expect the same elegant and classic looks. The trend this spring and summer will be modernized variations of elegant Hollywood styles for all genders, particularly styles that were popularized in the ‘40s. For make-up, Sena sees more and more dark lips with bright lipliner or glossy lips with dark liner. Eyes will have more and more dramatic use of color, though some are already using lighter eye makeup to focus attention on darker lip color. S. David Ramirez may be reached at theprospectordaily. news@gmail.com.

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Community

‘What do you want to fab?’

Fashionable Apps: Personal stylists

by amber gomez The Prospector Fab/rication/Lab/oratory or Fab Lab, has been spreading across the world and has finally hit El Paso. It will open its doors on March 1. Fab Lab supports STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) by engaging the public in fun DIY projects and workshops. “We want to promote curiosity, creativity and experimentation,” owner Cathy Chen said. “Hopefully, we will be an incubator for amazing interdisciplinary collaborations between artists, engineers, designers, scientists, thinkers… the possibilities are endless.” Fab Lab originated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It also provides accessible space, hardware, software and recourse support for education, research and development of digital fabrication methods. They currently own five core machines used for designing and developing projects. The Delta Geometry Kossel Mini 3-D Printer deposits layers of biodegradable plastic, called PLA, to build up 3-D objects. Another machine is the Shapeoko 2 precision mill that is used for more detailed projects such as jewelry making, package design and even circuit boards. “We have done a few projects already that showcase the capabilities of each of our machines,” Chen said. “We have made ‘Star Wars’ snowflakes on the paper cutter as well as a mounted moose head on the

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Fab lab opens March 1 and will be located at 806 Montana Ave. (Above) Cathy Chen, owner of Fab Lab. Shapeoko mill. We also made our own storefront sign. But what we’re really looking forward to is filling up the space with art and designs from the community.” “What do you want to fab?” is Fab Lab’s slogan, and according to Chen, their goal is to ask people, “What is it that you need or want to make that is useful or fun for you?” These workshops are also for kids. Fab Kids is a series of age-appropriate, learning fabrication opportunities for young learners. “We plan to host a creative workshop soon after an opening featuring MaKey, a programmable printed circuit board that allows anyone armed with a few alligator clips to turn anything that can conduct even a tiny bit of electricity into a controller or keyboard,” Chen said. “For example, you can play ‘PacMan’ with pencil

drawings or use your computer with an alphabet soup keyboard.” Once it opens, the Fab Lab will be one of a few locations in the world and the first one in the state of Texas. “I think the Fab Lab will become popular because it seems really interesting and people like to be involved with things concerning this,” said freshman education major Kim Flores. “I am looking forward to seeing all of the things that it has in store for El Paso.” They are currently looking for any donations such as computers, books and raw materials. Donations are tax deductible. Any interested donors and sponsors may contact Cathy Chen at cchen@fablabelpaso.org Amber Gomez may be reached at theprospectordaily. ent@gmail.com.

Spring is almost here, now it’s time to switch your boots out for sandals and sunglasses. Take out the fun spring colors and trends that will get you ready to flaunt your spring style. Here are three fashion apps that are available for Androids and iPhones that will let you pick your spring outfits in a faster, easier and organized manner. Closet “Closet” allows the user to take pictures of their wardrobe and organize it into tops, pants, shoes and accessories. Using the calendar provided by the app, “Closet” can pick out many possibilities for outfits, especially when having trouble deciding what to wear. The user will have an endless selection of tops, pants, shoes and jewelry to pick from. “Closet” can be a girl’s best friend in deciding outfits for the week—all in the palm of your hand. Trendstop

“Trendstop” is an app where you can get the latest trends for each coming year. With one push of a button, you are given new ideas for fall, winter, summer and spring. “Trendstop” allows you to pick out the trends that are to your liking. With this app, you will always be on top of the latest trends that may emerge tomorrow or that may have already been out. Hairstyles and Haircuts This app is the perfect pal for new hairstyles or daring haircuts you may want to try. As you scroll through the app, you are given various hairstyles and new haircuts that seem to be trending. “Hairstyles and Haircuts” teaches you the hairstyle you choose—let’s say a braid or fancy bun, and this app helps you to become a hairstylist step-by-step at your own home. Using this app can help you stay ahead of the game and amaze your friends with a new hairstyle every day of the week. Ashley Muñoz may be reached at theprospectordaily. ent@gmail.com.


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Campus Life

Miner Runway: keeping it ‘90s grunge dark by lesly limon The Prospector Lene Melendez, sophomore digital media production major, has a unique sense of style. She describes it as cute and creepy. Imagine rock ‘n roll, bold makeup, ‘90s grunge and a touch of some goth chic. Maybe a bit edgy for some, but Melendez pulls it off quite well. The Prospector sat down with this fashionista to discuss where her fashion inspirations came from. Q: How would you describe your style? A: I would describe my style in the words of Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist. Although I don’t believe in the myth of effortless style, an idea I do believe in is the idea of passionate style. An idea that if a person buys only the items they really, really love, even if they get dressed in a dark closet, they will come out looking happy. Q: Where do you get inspiration for your style? A: I think a lot of my inspiration comes from angsty teen movies from the ‘90s–chunky platforms, the love of dark lipsticks, the occult, anything obscure—contemporary styles that are relevant today even though it’s recycled from another generation. It’s sort of a mix between The Spice Girls and Selena meets “The Craft.” Q: Who is your biggest fashion icon? A: Rose McGowan is a classic and lately FKA twigs.

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Lene Melendez influeces from the ‘90s to implement into her daily fashion style. Q: What are some accessories that are essential to have? A: Chunky platforms, oversized cardigans, dark lipstick, mood rings, eyeliner, long nails. Q: If you could only wear one outfit for the rest of your life, what would it be? A: High-waisted black jeans, meshed crop top, white leather T.U.K creepers or Dr. Martens Aggy straps, which, sadly, are impossible to find in my size now. Q: Who are your favorite designers and why? A: It’s hard to beat the big names in fashion such as Dior, Marc Jacobs, Rag and Bone, Jeffrey Campbell and Sophia Amoruso. You know, the ones

who have built empires. You can’t deny their genius and why they are where they are. Even though their brands aren’t the most affordable, they are always good to look at for some inspiration. They are a good guidance to what’s in right now and what looks are worth recreating or putting your own personal spin on. Q: How would you say your style has evolved over the years? A: When you’re younger and trying to dress yourself, it’s mostly about trying to find yourself and your identity and who you are, but when you’re older it’s not about trying to find yourself anymore, but trying to express who you already are through what you wear. I always tried

to be contemporary, but when you’re young sometimes it may come off as putting on a costume. Now that I’m older, I just like to wear things that I genuinely like and try to fill my wardrobe with pieces I love. Q: Where are your favorite places to shop in El Paso? A: I like to shop at thrift stores. Other than that, you’d be surprised at what you can find and make work from department stores. I mostly shop from websites though. Q: What are your favorite style blogs and apps to check out? A: “Lookbook,” “JakandJil,” “The Sartorialist” and lots of other different stuff on Tumblr. Q: What does fashion mean to you?

A:Style, in my opinion, is the most expressive way to show yourself to the world. Music, art and literature are all great ways to show who you are as well, but how you dress creates an image of how you see yourself and how you want others to see you. It’s the first thing people notice about you. It’s like a handshake to the world that lets them know you care about them enough to dress yourself in a way that will be seen as appealing by them. Lesly Limon may be reached at theprospectordaily.ent@ gmail.com.


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Conference championship in sight We feel pretty good going into the championships... If we don’t win it, we would feel that we underachieved. - Mark Jackson, senior sprinter/jumper.

Michaela Roman / the prospector UTEP, ranked No. 12 nationally, is the favorite to win the Conference USA indoor track and field championships.

By Javier Cortez The Prospector Finishing second in the Conference USA Championships is not a goal for the UTEP men’s track and field team, they want to win it all. This week the Miners are heading to Birmingham, Ala. to compete in the conference indoor championships on Feb. 28 and March 1. Each week it seems like the Miners are moving up in the national rankings. Coming into the season ranked

22nd in the nation in the pre-season polls, they now sit at 12th. The Miners are heading into the championships as the favorites, but head coach Mika Laaksonen is wary about the conference’s new competition. “We have seven new teams in the conference,” Laaksonen said. “We have never competed against these teams indoor or outdoor, so we really don’t know what it is going to be like. On paper it looks like we have a very strong chance of winning the conference, but until all the entries

are in and the meet gets going you really don’t know.” The men’s track and field team is led by All-American Anthony Rotich. The junior holds the fastest time in three individual events: the mile, the 3,000-meter run and the 5,000-meter run, along with the fastest time in the distance medley. “You try to get value out of every athlete, Anthony (Rotich) is one of those guys that has a lot of value,” Laaksonen said. “He is very valuable to our team, but he is not the only guy, he can’t do it by himself. He is a

team captain, so we expect a lot out of him and a lot of poise from him.” Not only does Rotich hold the fastest times in three events, he absolutely owns them. None of his competitors in Conference USA come close to his times. The conference championships will merely be a warm-up to the NCAA indoor championships for Rotich. Last year, Rotich set a personal best in the conference championships. “Running a personal best in conference is tough,” Rotich said. “Although I did it last year, it is very hard. What’s more important is scoring points. Personally though, I think I am in good shape and the team itself is stronger. If we do what

we did last year, we will win the conference.” Along with Rotich, the Miners have a slew of talent. Freshman Cosmas Boit is the second-best distance runner in the conference, senior Mark Jackson is one of the best sprinters and jumpers in conference and junior Abiola Onakoya is a contender in the 200-meter and 400-meter dash. The Miners are loaded in short, mid and long-distance running. “We feel pretty good going into the championships,” said jumper/sprinter Jackson. “We’re getting everyone healthy and strong. If we don’t win it, we would feel that we underachieved. We have the talent and if we go out there and do what we are capable of I don’t see us losing.” The Miners are looking to carry over their success from last year, when the Miners won the Conference USA outdoor championships in Houston. A win in Birmingham might just be the extra push to get the Miners ranked inside the top 10 nationally. “The indoor season has been very good to us,” Laaksonen said. “We had three excellent meets prior to the championships and that’s why the men are ranked 12th in the nation.”

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Conference Championships

Women’s track and field aiming for solid performance By Javier Cortez The Prospector While the UTEP men are heavily favored to win the conference championship. The women’s track and field team is in a very competitive field of schools and individual opponents. With defending indoor champion Central Florida gone, the winner’s circle is wide open. “If you look at the descending order this indoor season, the women rank up there around third or fourth,” said head coach Mika Laaksonen. “It is really tight and it comes down to who performs best on those two days, but they definitely have a chance.” Leading the Miners is senior sprinter Janice Jackson. The Jamaica native is at the top of the conference in the 200-meter dash and 60-meter hurdles. Knowing that this is her last chance to win a conference championship is all the motivation she needs. “It’s very important. This is our last chance to go to nationals and as a group there are a lot of us who want to go to nationals, not just myself,” Jackson said. “It’s not about being perfect, it’s about what you are doing at practice. You have to train like you compete and compete like you train.” Along with Jackson is junior jumper Nickevea Wilson, who is looking to sweep the long jump and triple jump events. Wilson was very confident in the Miners’ chances despite any predictions. “As a team, we are confident that we can get the title. We are going to go

I think we have a really good chance this year... We want the trophy, definetely that is our goal.

- Janice Jackson, senior sprinter out there and definitely get a championship,” Wilson said. “I’m ranked number one for the triple jump and fourth for the long jump, but I will finish on top for both of them.” The women have a deep squad with many looking to medal at the conference championships. Junior Ana-Kay James will look to place alongside Jackson in the 60-meter hurdles. Freshman Aiyanna Stiverne is part of the Miners’ conference-best 4x400 relay team and has one of the eight fastest times in Conference USA in the 200-meter dash. Junior Jallycia Pearson is the Conference USA’s best in the indoor pentathlon, and to round out the group is freshman sensation Florence Uwakwe, who is one of the best in Confer-

Michaela Roman / the prospector Sophomore hurdler/jumper Bria Love practices the 60-meter dash with hurdles at the Kidd Field. ence USA in the 200 and 400-meter dash and is also part of the 4x400 relay team. “I’m happy to be in the UTEP family,” Uwakwe said. “My goal is to work hard and make sure that we do well in the conference championships. All the ladies are working hard to win, we have the same goals as the men—we want to conquer and win.” Although the women have plenty of talent and potential Laaksonen is

not putting any extra pressure on the team. “I don’t want to put any extra pressure on anyone,” Laaksonen said. “I’m sure there are going to be plenty of great performances.” With two weeks of preparation almost concluded, the Miners seem ready and confident to secure another conference championship and keep the Miners’ winning tradition alive in track and field.

“I think we have a really good chance this year,” Jackson said. “Me, especially as a senior and all the other seniors, we want that conference ring. We want the trophy, definitely that is our goal.” Javier Cortez may be reached at theprospectordaily. sports@gmail.com.


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Women’s Basketball

UTEP to rematch UTSA on senior night They are a tough team... They try to slow down the tempo and make it a low-scoring game.

- Keitha Adams, head coach women’s basketball.

Michaela Roman / the prospector Senior forward Kayla Thornton driving the ball against East Carolina on Feb. 22. Thornton suffered a hit in the head late in the game, which might prevent her from playing against the Roadrunners on Feb. 26.

By Edwin Delgado The Prospector The UTEP women’s basketball team will have its final regular season home game on Feb. 26 when it faces the Texas San Antonio Roadrunners for the second time in the season. The game will be the last regular season home game that seniors Kayla Thornton, Kelli Willingham and Kristine Vitola will play for the Miners.

“It’s bittersweet for me because it has been four amazing years here at UTEP, but it will also be my last,” said senior guard Kelli Willingham. UTEP is coming off a hard-fought 81-74 victory over the East Carolina Pirates. They stand at 21-5 (10-3 in Conference USA) and currently own the tiebreaker for second place in the league over Southern Mississippi and Tulane.

“I think (the win over East Carolina) really helped us and we need to try to build off that, to be ready to play UTSA,” Willingham said. “We need to make sure to take care of business.” In the game against the Pirates, Thornton suffered a concussion late in the game and didn’t practice with the team on Feb. 24. It is still unclear if she will be able to play. Head coach Keitha Adams said that they will listen to whatever the doc-

tors recommend and the team will be ready to play with or without her. “(Without Thornton), players like Sparkle Taylor will play a bigger role for the team, but ultimately everybody has to step up,” Adams said. In their first meeting of the season on Jan. 25 in San Antonio, the Miners were in control of the game and came away with a 67-56 win. In that game, Thornton garnered 21 points and 16 rebounds, while senior center Kristine Vitola added 15 points and nine rebounds. UTEP dominated the glass as it outrebounded UTSA, 57-36, and outscored their bench, 17-9. Despite their 13-13 mark and 4-9 conference record, the Roadrunners have won two of their last three games against Rice and East Carolina. “They are a tough team, they just beat East Carolina. They played us

tough at their place,” Adams said. “They try to slow down the tempo and make it a low-scoring game, they have guards that can really drive the ball, so we need to make sure we come out ready to play.” Leading the way for UTSA is junior guard Kamra King, who is averaging 14 points per game. Senior guard Miki Turner averages 12.2 and has an impressive three-point shot as she converted 50 percent of her attempts in league play. Freshman center Tesha Smith has 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. In that first encounter, the Roadrunners had three different players with double-figures, with King leading the way with 16, Turner with 13 and senior forward McKenzie Adams finishing with 12 points and nine rebounds. “Having played them once already, we know what they like to do and what to expect from them and we know what to do to stop them,” Willingham said. The Miners will play their final two games of the season on the road against Rice and Florida Atlantic before coming back to El Paso to host the 2014 Conference USA Championships March 11-15. UTEP needs to win all three remaining games to secure no less than a No. 2 seed in the tournament and two wins will ensure no less than a No. 4 seed and a double-bye for the tournament. Edwin Delgado may be reached at theprospectordaily. sports@gmail.com.

tennis

Victories give Miners a boost before road games By Javier Cortez The Prospector

This past weekend the UTEP tennis team went 2-1 in their last home stand until late March. The Miners came up short on Feb. 22 against the Abilene Christian Wildcats, losing 5-2, but bounced back on Feb. 23 against the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles and the Texas-Permian Basin Falcons, winning 6-1 and 7-0, respectively. Abilene Christian handed the Miners their first home loss of the season and halted the Miners’ home-winning streak at eight. Due to a wrist injury, the Miners were without their number one player senior Rebecca Calvillo. The Miners were forced to change their lineup and suffered for it. “We thought I was going to be good to play yesterday (Feb. 22),” Calvillo said. “I had a cyst taken out. I had bruising and I was really sore so I couldn’t play 100 percent tennis. So I rested and today (Feb. 23) I was fine.” The two standout Miners over the two-day playing period were seniors Gabi Vazquez and Calvillo. Both Miners went undefeated in singles and doubles, helping the Miners secure back-to-back wins on Feb. 23. “They have been stepping up for us,” said head coach Myriam Sopel. “They have been doing a great job, leading the team and lifting the team up. Their level of play and atmosphere has lifted everybody up and their positive attitude has been great.”

There are plenty of matches to look forward to...I think the experience will be good for us.

- Myriam Sopel, Tennis head coach. Calvillo herself is off to another solid start for the Miners, posting a 13-9 singles record and 15-7 doubles record. The stellar senior is looking to finish her career with four-straight winning seasons in singles and doubles. Injured or not, Calvillo got through a tough second day to lead the Miners to victory. “It was tough playing the whole day,” Calvillo said. “Most of us were injured, but that is something we just had to overcome. It is really nice though to play at home and feel the support of the fans and as a senior I am just enjoying every single match.” Vazquez is in a similar situation as a senior trying to enjoy her last season. During the summer she dealt with double wrist surgery, then surgery once more on her right wrist beifore the season resumed in December.

Javier Cortez / the prospector Senior Rebecca Calvillo hits a back-hand slice against Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles on Feb. 23. Despite not being fully recovered, Vazquez is off to a good start and is 5-0 with her new doubles partner sophomore Matilda Rose Tench. “It feels good to win, especially after having double wrist surgery—it was really hard trying to gain that confidence back at the beginning of the season,” Vazquez said. “Now I am more comfortable and hitting my shots. It feels good, I am not at 100 percent yet, but they are getting better as time goes on.”

The Miners are 5-6 overall and 2-0 in Conference USA with wins over Texas San Antonio and Southern Mississippi. The Miners now have a lengthy road trip ahead. In a threeweek span, they will face conference opponent North Texas, nationallyranked Southern Methodist and a solid Boise State. “We are going to have three weekends on the road and then a homecoming in a month,” Sopel said.

“There are plenty of matches to look forward to. There are many good teams–SMU is ranked so that will be a great match for us. Also against Boise State, which we are looking forward to. It is tough to be on the road for so long, but I think the experience will be good for us.” Javier Cortez may be reached at theprospectordaily. sports@gmail.com.


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Softball

Challenging week ahead for Miners

Michaela Roman / the prospector Freshman pitcher Taylor Grohmann strikes out a career high six batters on Feb. 23.

By Edwin Delgado The Prospector The UTEP softball team will have a challenging week, as they will take on nationally ranked Arizona and Washington, in addition to Pacific, San Jose State and Cal State Bakersfield. After a rough 1-9 start to their season, UTEP claimed five-straight wins at the UTEP Invitational from Feb. 21-23 at the Helen of Troy Complex. The Miners defeated the Incarnate Word Cardinals in three occasions (12-4, 6-5, 9-1) and the Houston Baptist Huskies twice (5-2, 10-5) to improve to a 6-9 record. “It’s nice to get some wins, the team has just kept on going and regained

confidence in themselves,” said head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk. “Now that they accomplished this, I’m sure that they will do whatever is necessary to keep winning.” The Miners will have to regroup and start thinking about their next opponent—the No. 14 team in the nation—the Arizona Wildcats, who they will face twice in Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 25-26. The Wildcats are 13-1 so far this season. “It’s going to be a rough road trip, but we’ve played against some other strong teams already and we know we can hang on with them. If we do what we need to do, we have a chance,” said freshman pitcher Taylor Grohmann. “(These wins) help our confidence a

lot. We know what our team is about, we know what we are capable of.” After their double-header against Arizona, the Miners will travel to Stockton, Calif., to take part in the Libby Matson Tournament, which will take place from Feb. 28 to March 2. UTEP will face the No. 2-ranked team in the country, the Washington Huskies, to start the tournament on Feb. 28, followed by a game against the San Jose State Spartans. On March 1, UTEP will have another double-header as they take on the hosts of the tournament, the University of the Pacific Tigers and the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners, and will wrap up the competition with a second game against Washington. Despite the tough task ahead, Echo-Hawk feels confident about what her team is doing and said that despite the early losses, the team has a batting percentage over .300. “Our hitters have been doing a fantastic job and they have done it all year,” Echo-Hawk said. “We have scored runs and gotten many hits. It was just a matter of our defense catching up and this weekend they did.” The Miners have faced two other top-25 teams this season. The Miners were shut down by No. 12 Nebraska, 7-0 and No. 10 Florida State, 8-0, and fared well against a Hawaii team that received votes in the top 25 poll. Echo-Hawk said that facing some of the best teams in the country early on has helped them identify where improvements need to be made and how to keep themselves in games against strong competition. “It will be hard and I just tell our kids that we got to go out there and compete regardless who it is,” EchoHawk said. “These games will be a great challenge for us to get ready for conference because conference is what really matters. We are playing some really good teams and I want to see what we can do against them.”

The Miners will return home to take on rivals New Mexico State on March 4, and will open their conference schedule with a three-game se-

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inbrief UTEP Rifle Shoots Second-Best Score Of Season In NCAA Qualifier APPAREL

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The No. 20 UTEP rifle team fired its second-best score (4,563) of the year to wrap up competition on a high note at an NCAA qualifier involving Alaska-Fairbanks and Nevada. The Miners, a young squad with three freshmen shooters and two seniors, took second place in the qualifier. Host Alaska-Fairbanks topped the field (4,679), followed by UTEP and Nevada (4,561). It marked the second match in as many days that the Miners made an improvement in both disciplines.

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Senior Korina Rodriguez fired a team-high 1,150 aggregate, showing off her all-around skill set by recording 575 in both the smallbore and air rifle. Freshman Rachael Schoenrock was nearly equal to the task, finishing with her secondbest aggregate as a collegian (1,149). She opened up at 570 in the smallbore before being more accurate in the air rilfe at 579.

Another freshman, Jessica Kinder, was close behind at 1,127. Kinder’s effort in the air rifle (581) marked her third-straight match to eclipse 580 in the category, which is a direct correlation of her hard work at the range. She had started the shooting in smallbore, posting a sum of 546. Senior Areli Oros rounded out the efforts for UTEP with a sum of 1,050. She checked in at 513 in the smallbore while concluding the meet in the air rifle at 537.

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Fellow classmate Jasmine Juárez enjoyed her second-best day with the Miners. Her aggregate was 1137, one shy of her personal best. The El Paso native fired at 560 in the smallbore and then heated up to record a total of 577 in the air rifle.


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