Sun Metro seeks to revitalize its brand, add new services

EL PASO – Although still considered one of the safest public transportation systems in the country, the Sun Metro bus company has seen an increase in accidents in recent years. Sun Metro decided to face those problems and embrace an atmosphere of change according to Sun Metro public affairs coordinator Laura Cruz-Acosta in the hope that the company can once again climb to the top of the Safest Public Transportation list and offer a ”fresh start.”

Cruz-Acosta said that the company has been around since the late 1970s and needed a new face, an image that would capture the public’s attention. “One of the things that happened in 2006 is that the system started falling apart. It started to become this running joke for the city, and the city decided that it needed to revamp the system overall,” said Cruz-Acosta. “And it did just that,” said Cruz-Acosta.

Roberto Perezdíaz.... (Oscar Garza/

Más sabe el diablo que el escritor Roberto Perezdíaz

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EL PASO – El viejo ­que solo puede ver en blanco y negro, mientras que platica con un muchacho se da cuenta de las diferencias de la vida para poder experimentar y entenderlas. Un rito de pasaje de la niñez a la vejez es un tema fuerte en las escrituras de Roberto Perezdíaz. Él describe cómo a través de la madurez una persona es capaz de recorrer los senderos de la vida y los coloca en el desierto de la frontera. Con el lanzamiento de su nuevo libro Más sabe el diablo, Perezdíaz ha reunido una colección de cuentos que exploran temas de inocencia y cinismo, a través de cuentos que incorporan el humor y la introspección. “Cada cuento con la excepción de El papalote y Tomasito es de una verdadera idea independiente.

Roberto Perezdíaz.... (Oscar Garza/

The devil knows more than author Roberto Perezdíaz

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EL PASO – The old man is color blind, but as he converses with the younger man he brings to life the contrasts and dilemmas they must go through in order to understand la vida. A person’s rite of passage from childhood to adulthood is a powerful theme in Roberto Perezdíaz’ writing.  He describes how maturity makes people more adept at walking the paths to life and he places them in the desert of the borderland. With the release of his new book Más sabe el diablo, Perezdíaz has assembled a collection of short stories that explore themes of innocence and maturity through a collection of funny, insightful stories. “Every story with the exception of El papalote and Tomasito are independent ideas. But I noticed that one of the themes bubbling through the surface of the stories is that of oneself and the more you mature, the more knowledgeable you become,” Perezdíaz said.

UTEP President, Dr. Diana Natalicio, welcomes Dr. Dr. Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of American Association for the Advancement of Science. (Oscar Garza/

Science evolves constantly, but the public lags behind

EL PASO – The rapid evolution of technology and the changing nature of science has emphasized the conflicts between the goals of science and the perceptions and prejudices of the public. “We are living in the best of scientific times,” Dr. Alan Leshner, chief executive officer of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) told an audience recently at the University of Texas at El Paso. Leshner said that despite the incredible technological development of modern times, the public has become less accepting of it. “So the science is great but there is a fair amount of tension that is brewing and that’s what I’m most concerned about,” he said. “Advances in science are coming at a fantastic pace,” he said.

MNR was produced to revive an old tradition at KTEP, the student-run magazine. (Oscar Garza/

Miner News Radio is on the air – Students revive the radio magazine at KTEP

EL PASO – Before the computer, before the television, there was… the radio. Individuals would sit around the radio and listen as the news, sport events and other entertainment were broadcast through the analog airwaves. The radio was an extremely popular medium that broke new ground long before television and the Internet. “I can remember back in the 70’s, we would sit and listen to the radio a lot,” recalls Dennis Woo, Operations Director of KTEP, a non-commercial radio station broadcasting from the Communication Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. “Summer afternoons, cutting the lawn with my dad and we would listen to ball games, and all kinds of stuff, and so news magazines became like the norm in the 1970’s, and so we tried to teach that here at KTEP.”​

Woo explained that in the late 70’s KTEP was required curriculum for electronic media.