Student expresses life in bracelets

SaRatta Murphy, a Brookhaven College continuing education student, shares her success in the world of handmade jewelry designs.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor


Photos by Jubenal Aguilar
SaRatta Murphy, a Brookhaven College continuing education student, shows part of her collection of handmade jewelry from Expressions Bracelets.

Strike after strike, a texture hammer smashes with force onto a piece of copper sheet. With each strike, the material is shaped and molded, destined to become SaRatta Murphy’s next art piece – a one-of-a-kind ring. Murphy, a Brookhaven College continuing education student, is a self-taught, handmade jewelry maker. Continue reading

Weed convention highlight pot industry

By Eric Lopez
Arts & Culture Editor

Photos by Aaron Sewell
Alexis Bortell, a 12-year-old cannabis consumer, and David Simpson, a former Texas State Rep., talk about the benefits of marijuana at The Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo April 22.

I attended the Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo in Fort Worth April 21-23 and saw a side of the cannabis industry I knew about, but never thought I would get to see up close. The second annual SWCCEXPO took place in the Fort Worth Convention Center. Continue reading

Brookhaven’s current bear battles with identity

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

Photo by Joshua Drake
Breezy, Brookhaven College’s current bear, struggles to understand who it really is.

The Brookhaven Bears – it’s a name most Brookhaven College students, staff and faculty are familiar with. But the campus mascot may have never had a name of its own to begin with. Continue reading

Technology aids most in cheating

By Diamond Victoria


Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

Technology in today’s educational system has rapidly improved since computers were first introduced in the classroom. But with the benefits of software advancements come drawbacks. And with so many online classes available to students, educators must find ways to beat technology’s sway on students who use it to cheat. Continue reading

Atrium gallery hosts art show

By John McClanahan
Editorial Proofreader

Photo by Marilyn Velazquez
Melany Bermudez displays an illustration for an article on how stress problems affect DNA in the Atrium Gallery April 13.

Chocolate packaging, book covers, logos, typographic designs and ad campaigns were among the entries highlighting Brookhaven College’s graphic design talent in the Atrium Gallery. The graphic designs were part of the 2017 Texas 2Show, an annual juried exhibition of design student work from Texas two-year colleges. The entries were displayed April 3-28 in the gallery. Continue reading

IGNITE empowers female leaders

By Lauren Keuning
Contributing Writer

Photo by Willie R. Cole
A variety of Brookhaven College IGNITE members gather for a meeting.

Women make up more than half of the American population, according to a 2016 census, but are underrepresented in the U.S. political leadership ranks. In Congress, 104 of the 535 seats, or about 19.4 percent, are held by women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. Of those 104, 21 are in the Senate and 83 in the House of Representatives. Continue reading

Trump revokes Fair Pay order, endangers workers

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor

In 2014, former President Barack Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order intended to safeguard workers’ rights, especially women’s rights and equal pay. However, on March 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking Obama’s Fair Pay order. Continue reading

CDC helps BHC

Career Development Center paves future. 

By Lauren Keuning
Contributing Writer

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity reported close to 50 percent of college graduates are working jobs that do not require a degree, such as waiting tables or driving taxis, in its 2013 census. Continue reading

School of Arts shows off programs, courses

By Juan Betancourt
Web Editor

Photo by Juan Betancourt
Adam Knoche, a Brookhaven art professor, makes a clay pot on a ceramic wheel.

The Brookhaven College School of the Arts hosted its second annual BCSA Open House, showcasing a variety of performances and courses offered to students. Information on art, dance, music, drama, humanities and physical education class offerings was available April 19 in the Performance Hall lobby. Continue reading

ESOL Sports program engages, unites students

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar
Naima Abdoulaye, a student from Chad, calls her team to make a move during an ESOL soccer game April 25, 2016.

Brookhaven College’s ESOL Sports program provides opportunities for international students to learn English, remain active through sports and become more involved with the college. Continue reading