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January 2016 Blog Posts (35)

Barbie Petite

I'm really happy to know that the company that makes the Barbie dolls were more open to the different body types and sizes of their dolls. I think that our society is having now a more open idea of the real role models that our future generations are going to be looking at. Since now teens and girls are interested at other things, Barbie was little by little left aside. Also, there are tons of different…


Added by Ariadne Venegas on January 29, 2016 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Valentine's Day Tradition

When people talk about Valentine’s Day, one thing that comes to mind is spending time with your love one, but for one thing you can be too young to have someone you love. Giving out Valentine cards to your classmates is always sweet, it can be the simple princess ones that say how beautiful you are and for you to have a wonderful day, or it can also be just a simple heart shaped lollipop saying have a nice day. Some young girls like to give their best friends a cute stuffed animal, others…


Added by Gabby on January 29, 2016 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Barbie's New Faces

For years we have seen how the Barbie's evolution has changed every girls game, from the classical, tall, blonde hair, blue eyed model looking doll, to the fancy sports cars they have produced. So growing up with the mentality of having to look like that has been girls dreams for years. I know I imagined Barbie's life so perfect, a nice job, beautiful face, probably with the handsome tall beach looking guy. As I grew older, I came to realize like almost everyone that it was all part of my…


Added by Gabby on January 28, 2016 at 4:48pm — No Comments

Dinner By Myself

If you were to ask my family or friends how I am, they would probably say I am out going,and that I love being around people. Today I realized, that is some part true..

I was enjoying some delicious pancakes from IHOP, the cheesecake pancakes, they have like mini cheesecake bites inside with strawberries on top, they are my favorite,if you ladies haven't tried them, ITS A MUST!

I realized I was sitting on the right side of the restaurant, no one in-front of me, no one…


Added by Gabby on January 27, 2016 at 10:58pm — No Comments

Make Murica Great Again

For the last Republican presidential debate Fox and Google will be integrating three new components to help viewers stay informed. Among those is that candidates will be asked questions from three YouTubers; Nabela NoorMark Watson, and …


Added by Maria Esquinca on January 27, 2016 at 3:51pm — No Comments

Discovering meanings

Today I felt like my career has an special attachment to all humans' concern. This is something that doesn't happen to often when you have a career involving humanities. In philosophy, you usually talk about thinking processes, knowledge, values, meanings to a bunch of stuff, among others; but today, I was challenged to use all my intellectual abilities in answering a simple question.

I was asked: "What do we live for?" on a meeting I had with an assistant professor. Despite the fact of me… Continue

Added by Grecia Sanchez on January 27, 2016 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Rock Climbing

This semester I decided to challenge myself and take a class of rock climbing at the UTEP recreational center. It is certainly something I have never done before and something I have always wanted to try. Today, on the first day of class I was a little nervous but at the same time excited. When I showed up to the climbing gym there were two girls already waiting for the class to start, so we waited together for the instructor to arrive. …


Added by Gabriela Garcia on January 26, 2016 at 12:09am — No Comments

Team Leaders Quotes

Stop rowing to your grave, row towards your shore.

-Ivanna Becerra

Be yourself! Don't ley anyone tell you who to be and act. 

-Emily Marin …


Added by Latinitas Intern on January 25, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Helping Low-Income, High-Achieving Students go to College

To those who are thinking about college I would like to let you know of a program I did as a junior/senior in high school that helped me get into the school I wanted to. There have been recent articles focusing on the need to encourage low-income students to apply to top colleges and universities. Coming from a low income background myself, I didn’t think it would be affordable to go to an ivy league school or a fancy private college because I simply didn’t have the money to…


Added by Claudia on January 25, 2016 at 4:39pm — No Comments

Welcoming a new culture

I am a girl born in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico who has came to El Paso once in a while through her childhood and I am recently studying at UTEP. I am currently getting to know this new city and getting to know everyone around.

During my first semester at the university, I couldn't stop noticing so many differences between the cultures that are shaping me in different ways. I used to notice Mexican people are a little bit more friendly when it comes to physical contact at first sight, or that El… Continue

Added by Grecia Sanchez on January 25, 2016 at 4:09pm — No Comments


Because there was zero actors of color nominated for an oscar, Actress Jada Pinkett Smith decided to boycott the Oscars and was joined by Director Spike Lee. 

She uploaded a video on Martin Luther King's birthday, to express her discontent. 

Adding to an already growing critique on twitter: #OscarsSoWhite.…


Added by Maria Esquinca on January 25, 2016 at 3:39pm — No Comments

My body, My Choice!

This past Friday was the 42nd anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Court case decision that struck down the illegality of providing abortions by declaring it fell under a woman's right to privacy guaranteed under the 14th amendment. As part of the anniversary, a number or state and national organizations such as  Whole Woman's…


Added by Maria Esquinca on January 25, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Redefining Success

As I come close to picking a major for my undergraduate degree, I can't help but feel like I'm at a crossroads. I feel like this desicion will influence the decisions I have to make for the rest of my life like: what kind of work do I want to do? What is my passion? What do I care about? what do I want to do with my time on earth?

I know these get pretty existential real quickly but sometimes you can't help but think about the big questions in life.

All throughout high school I…


Added by Claudia on January 22, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

A New Book

As I go into Barns and Nobles trying to find some books for my classes, my friend who was with me and I came across the "love" section. We started scanning through until she pulled out a book that is called I Suck At Relationships So You Don't Have To, she thought It seemed like an interesting book. The front of the cover had an older what looked like a Latina women, she kind of looked like Sofia Vergara, holding a big heart lollipop on her right hand, while her other hand was on…


Added by Gabby on January 21, 2016 at 10:45pm — No Comments

Culture as a Prop

In recent years there has been a trend in fashion towards the use and appropriation of Chola fashion. Dark lipsticks, the use of bandanas, big gold hoop earings, thick eyeliner, long manicured nails, plaid shirts, baggy Dickies, these are all staples of the Chola look. These artists are simply using a culture as a prop, a tool to to garner attention.…


Added by Claudia on January 21, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Democratic Debate Misses Immigration

This past Sunday was the last Democratic debate before the Democratic National Convention. A few days before the debate on Democracy Now!, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor of The Nation, said the Kumbaya moment between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is over. Her comments were a perfect preview of the debate.

The debate got pretty heated, Clinton seized the moment to attack Sanders proposal of a "medicare for all" system. She also attacked his stance on gun control and…


Added by Maria Esquinca on January 21, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

T.V show Stalker

Since January is the month of Stalking Awareness, I remembered about this T.V. series that is called Stalker. I personally enjoy all detective/ police series and that type of shows because I tend to get all excited if the main characters will resolve the case and thing like that. Something that caught my attention from this series is that it talks about an issue that some of us have or are experiencing in our lives. There…


Added by Ariadne Venegas on January 20, 2016 at 4:53pm — No Comments


Did any one catch the Day of the Heroes segment on MTV news this Monday?

On Monday we celebrated and honored Martin Luther King, one of our greatest iconic figures that during the Civil rights movements served as an activist, humanitarian and leader for the African American community demanding rights and equality in a peaceful and nonviolent manner. He continues to be a true Hero for many,representing peace, equality,…


Added by itzel barraza on January 20, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Revenant Gives Agency to Indigenous People

This weekend I watched "The Revenant," a story about a man that seeks revenge for the murder of his son. My interest in this movie peaked after I heard Leonardo DiCaprio's acceptance speech at the Golden Globes. In his speech he said we should stop taking the land of native people. "It is time we heard your voice," he said.  

I found this significant because it's not common that a white actor advocates for people of color.

In The Revenant, Leonardo Dicaprio portrays Hugh Glass,…


Added by Maria Esquinca on January 20, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

If I'm nice, can I be racist?

Last night I came across this old article on Ellen Degeneres (the popular talk show host) and a skit she aired parodying what the sitcom Nicki Minaj is working on might look like. The sitcom is reportedly based on Nicki’s childhood, so in the parody Ellen thought it would be funny to portray young Nicki in huge butt pads, her parents also have on…


Added by Claudia on January 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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