New record stores fill growing demand for vinyl

By Evan Henry 

Staff Writer

When some of us were straight out of the womb, the compact disc ruled the music industry. Now, it seems music nerds and audiophiles alike are rejecting the format. This time belongs to the silver-faced disc’s great-grandfather, the vinyl LP.

While Greenville Avenue’s CD Source shut its doors this September after 21 years, vinyl shops have popped up all across Dallas-Fort Worth in the last several months. Dreamy Life Records and Music in Fort Worth and Off the Record, Spinster Records and Josey Records in Dallas are part of a new wave of shops providing the classic format to those who want it most.  Continue reading

Six apps make college life easier

By Tyler Satchwell 

Staff Writer


There are thousands of apps out there, and finding the best one for a given task can be a pain. But these six apps have been Courier-approved to make work, class or any other time that much more productive:

1-Wunderlist (iOS & Android) 

Organizing group projects can be a pain at times. Wunderlist can help. While this app has all the typical functionality of an organizational app, with to-do lists, reminders and the like, what really sets it apart from the others is the ability to invite other users to share in those reminders. There is also a pro version, which allows groups to add comments and files to various tracked items. The app is available for free, with the pro version running $4.99 a month.  Continue reading

New look robs old style

By Atziry Garcia 


Staff Writer

Designers look back to a generation fueled by rock ‘n’ roll and protests to create groovy, mod clothes.

The everlasting mod look initiated by ’60s British youths has inspired many top designers in their fashions for this fall and upcoming winter. According to, “the sixties are back in a major way … we are seeing a lot of miniskirts, knee-high boots and accessories that remind us of yesteryear. Whatever the reason, we’re happy that the ’60s are swinging back.”

The revolutionary ’60s transformed fashion as much as anything else. According to, even designers like Valentino, Prada and Chloe’ have incorporated fun psychedelic style and bold ’60s prints on dresses. Louis Vuitton is also known for presenting ’60s-based designs on the runway. Continue reading

Study shows link between technology, eyestrain

By Carolyn Bossmann
Staff Writer


Taking notes in class has often meant taking a pen to paper. In recent years, however, paper has been replaced with screens, and the pen has been replaced with a stylus or keyboard. Instead of studying a packet of paper, students are now squinting at bright white screens and thin black fonts. While technology has arguably made taking notes more efficient, new studies have shown it also causes eyestrain and can be more harmful than most realize. Continue reading

BHC marches away

By Jessica Ayers

Staff Writer


Photo by Jessica Ayers | Brookhaveans pose for a group photo during the homecoming parade while representing their respective majors.

Photo by Jessica Ayers | Brookhaveans pose for a group photo during the homecoming parade while representing their respective majors.

On Thursday, Oct. 9, the Brookhaven College Bears joined the W.T. White Longhorns for their 50th Annual Homecoming Parade. The streets bustled with cheering parents, grandparents, children and pets as they watched a hodgepodge of students. The participants consisted of elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school, a college and numerous clubs and organizations marching through the streets to celebrate W.T. White’s 50th anniversary. Continue reading

ECHS program receives award

By Willie R. Cole

Staff Photographer

Photo by Willie R. Cole | Early College High School students lined up to spell out ECHS behind K Building.

Brookhaven College and Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District can wave their banners proudly because the Early College High School program received the “Blue Ribbon Award” for the 2013-2014 school year. The 2014 class of the ECHS has been recognized for its academic excellence as one of the Blue Ribbon High Schools in America. Schools that perform at exemplary levels for that school year are presented with the award. Of more than 98,000 schools in America, 337 were recognized, and among them, 48 were high schools. Continue reading

BHC decides to recycle ‘Stuff’

By Kate Rhoads

Staff Writer


Clunk. It is the simple sound of a plastic water bottle being tossed into a recycling bin, but it has the potential to reverberate for generations to come. Brookhaven College students gathered in Room M123 to watch “The Story of Stuff” as part of the current Open Book Project. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, led a discussion following the film. Continue reading

BHC Film Club expands

By Brigitte Zumaya

Sports & Opinion Editor


The Film Club is a new organization at Brookhaven College that is fresh and is still recruiting students. The group of aspiring filmmakers is growing and trying to expand its membership as it gains recognition. “I’m really, really thrilled to see that we have a film club on the campus,” Rebekah Benavides, Office of Student Life program coordinator, said. Meetings for Film Club are from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday in Room B222. Continue reading

‘Fury’ encapsulates WWII with all-star cast

By Carolyn Bossmann

Staff Writer


Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures | Brad Pitt plays Sgt. Don Collier (nicknamed Wardaddy) in “Fury.”

Photo courtesy of Columbia Pictures | Brad Pitt plays Sgt. Don Collier (nicknamed Wardaddy) in “Fury.”

It is hard to find an actor or actress who is truly 100 percent dedicated to their role. It is almost impossible to find an entire cast of actors who are. “Fury” is one of those rare movies that has a talented and dedicated cast and brings a new look at the World War II movie genre, which has been making money for the film industry for years. Continue reading

Music ensemble brings cool, funky perspective to jazz

By Jose Perez

Staff Writer

Photos by Claudia Valerio | Bassist Robby White and drummer Jinyu Kim perform “Summer Samba.”

In the brightly lit C Building lobby, musicians from the Jazz Combo class ensemble, consisting of seven members, took on jazz classics Oct. 15. The entertainers held the audience’s attention with smooth and melodic tunes such as “Joy Spring.” The open area was the perfect locale for the booming sound of music that filled the room. The intimate crowd enjoyed the show and grooved to the fluid sounds coming from combinations of guitar, piano, drums and occasional vocals. With the warm aroma of coffee in the air, the scene resembled a café with free coffee and snacks for attendees.

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