Posts By: Andy


Andy Klooster served as an assistant in the C.L. Sonnichsen Special Collections Department of the UTEP Library. He is currently an MA student in History at UTEP.

Snow Days: UTEP in White

By on December 22, 2012

UTEP has many winter traditions, however snow is not always one of them. Throughout the fall many students continue wearing shorts and sandals. When the university does get snow, everyone runs outside to take a picture because it usually only

Decorating UTEP: Campus Traditions

By on December 14, 2012

The University of Texas at El Paso has maintained a variety of holiday traditions over the years. Since 2001, one of those traditions has been the sale of holiday ornaments. The ornaments mostly feature notable buildings on campus, however, the

An Abandoned Fort: Dzong La, 1985-1986

By on November 30, 2012

Dzong La brought the UTEP yearbook back to life in 1985. The publication’s title means “fortress at the past” and alludes to the Bhutanese culture displayed so prominently throughout campus in the buildings’ architectural style. Dzong La saw itself as

Tabulating a Legacy: The Flowsheet, 1922-1972

By on November 19, 2012

UTEP published the Flowsheet as the school’s official yearbook from 1922 to 1972. In 1921 the school had been included in the main yearbook of the University of Texas, the Cactus; however, the campuses of the College of Mines in

Editing the Pass: Eugene O. Porter

By on November 9, 2012

Eugene O. Porter began teaching history at Texas Western in 1940. World War II and later the Korean War drew Porter into the military for two periods between 1943 and 1951; he served primarily as an intelligence officer. When Porter

Colorful Memorials: Day of the Dead Altars at UTEP

By on November 2, 2012

Halloween comes and goes, but little altars with skulls on them remain across the UTEP campus. These altars celebrate the Day of the Dead, a syncretic blend of indigenous and Catholic beliefs originating from Mexican culture. The Days of the

El Burro’s Stubborn Persistence: UTEP’s Student Magazine

By on October 12, 2012

“At the University of Texas at El Paso, almost everyone sooner or later, reads El Burro and learns to love it, hate it, take it or leave it. For the most part, El Burro the humor magazine is taken and

Cultivating a Past: The UTEP Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

By on September 28, 2012

The Centennial Museum celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.  The museum was established in 1936 with funding from the state of Texas given to the city of El Paso as part of the commemoration of the one-hundredth anniversary of Texas

“Slam” and his Books: UTEP’s S.L.A. Marshall Military History Collection

By on September 21, 2012

In 1974 S.L.A. Marshall, known as “Slam” to his readers and friends, retired from a long career as a journalist, correspondent, researcher, and historian to come home to El Paso. Upon his return to the Southwest, he donated his professional

‘Tis the Season: The Bell Campaign Button Exhibit at the UTEP Library

By on September 7, 2012

As we progress towards this year’s presidential election UTEP has chosen to feature an exhibit on political campaign buttons in the third floor gallery of the library. The exhibit has been permanently displayed on the first floor, but with the