City passes new texting laws

By Tuyen Anh Hoang

Staff Writer

Photo by Kathy Tran | A flipped SUV rests at the Valley View Lane exit to Brookhaven College. The April 28 accident involved the use of a cell phone, according to the police report. The city of Farmers Branch passed an ordinance March 18 making text-based communications illegal while driving.

Photo by Kathy Tran | A flipped SUV rests at the Valley View Lane exit to Brookhaven College. The April 28 accident involved the use of a cell phone, according to the police report. The city of Farmers Branch passed an ordinance March 18 making text-based communications illegal while driving.

 

A Brookhaven College student was involved in a rollover accident that left spilled gas, a damaged telephone pole and a marred SUV at the Valley View Lane exit, according to the Brookhaven Police Department’s April 28 police report. The report states that two witnesses saw the student texting before the accident. No one was seriously injured.

In an effort to raise public safety for everyone on the road, including pedestrians and bicyclists, the Farmers Branch City Council passed a new ordinance outlawing texting while driving on March 18, council member Ana Reyes said in an email. Continue reading

Budget suffers

By Nicholas Bostick

Managing Editor

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The Brookhaven College Budget and Planning Committee has identified possible cuts that can be made to balance the school’s 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. Of the original $1.3 mil- lion in cuts needed to next year’s budget, administrators have already identified nearly a mil- lion dollars of possible budget cuts, Brookhaven President Dr. Thom Chesney said in an email.

Brookhaven administrators will have to cut an additional $450,000 in order to balance the budget, Chesney said. Continue reading

Award-winning poet makes big impressions

By Erin Alexis Goldman

Opinion Editor 

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Award-winning poet Patricia Smith performs for National Poetry Month.

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Award-winning poet Patricia Smith performs for National Poetry Month.

 

The room was abuzz with chatter among the crowd of people as they claimed their seats to see what some called the most exciting event of the semester.

Poet, author, spoken- word performer, teacher and National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith visited Brookhaven College on April 14 to perform and led two workshops, the first for Early College High School, and the second for the college. Continue reading

Chancellor visits BHC

By Tuyen Anh Hoang

Staff Writer

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New Dallas County Community College District chancellor Dr. Joe May said his hope is that the community will recognize Brookhaven College as a welcoming institution where people can learn, grow and develop to improve the quality of their lives.

May arrived at Brookhaven April 17, 2014, for his first official visit to the college. Continue reading

Staff Editorial: Put brakes on driving distracted

By The Courier Staff

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It’s like something out of Alanis Morisette’s “Ironic.” At 8:33 a.m. on April 24, 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford posted “The happy song makes me HAPPY!” on her Facebook. At 8:34 a.m., police received a call about her fatal crash, according to Huffington Post. Around 3 p.m. April 28, a Brookhaven College student flipped and totaled his car after driving into a lamppost (See the front-page story). According to the police report, ge was trying to send a text as he was leaving campus. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor-Student calls out photo thief

 

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I have been contemplating whether or not to write this letter for a few months, mainly because the incident happened at the end of the Fall 2013 semester. It revolves around the unauthorized misappropriation, or theft, to bluntly state it, of one of the photo- graphs I submitted for the Brookhaven Photography Student Exhibition last semester. Although I may never see it again, I would like to explain why the picture is so important to me and send a few words to Miss “A,” the person who took my image. Continue reading

Russian band’s riots go too far

Vadim Dozmorov

Staff Illustrator

Vadim Dozmorov  Staff Illustrator

Vadim Dozmorov
Staff Illustrator

In a frenzy of sex and flash photography, members of Voina, a Russian anarchist group whose name translates to “war” in English, staged an orgy at the Timiryazev State Museum of Biology in Moscow in 2008.

Though their stunts gathered attention around Russia, it was not until breakaway members of Voina donned fluorescent ski masks and formed the punk rock protest group Pussy Riot that they garnered international media attention. Continue reading

BHC art student to showcase painting

By Ashley Heussner

Staff Writer

Photos by Nicholas Bostick | Brookhaven College art student Kenya Diaz finishes her painting. One of Diaz’s paintings was accepted to be featured at the Founder’s Foyer Rotating Art Exhibition.

Photos by Nicholas Bostick | Brookhaven College art student Kenya Diaz finishes her painting. One of Diaz’s paintings was accepted to be featured at the Founder’s Foyer Rotating Art Exhibition.

 

Kenya Diaz, Brookhaven College student, just received word that her painting has been selected to be featured in the Founder’s Foyer Rotating Art Exhibition at the Dallas County Community College District Office. A limited number of paintings are accepted for the exhibit.

“At a young age, I always was drawn to art, even to the point where I would be so fully absorbed into drawing and doodling I would stop doing class work,” Diaz said. “From what my mom tells me,[that] would get me in trouble with my teachers.” Continue reading

Pajama pants are fashion disaster

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media Editor

Photos Illustration by Adriana Salazar

Photos Illustration by Adriana Salazar

 

They may be comfortable, but in most cases, pajama pants are not ideal for a learning environment.

Many students enjoy dressing comfortably. Unfortunately, there are a few students who might take the comfort level a little too far by wearing pajama pants on campus. Continue reading

4-alarm fire changes a life

By Erin Alexis Goldman 

Opinion Editor 

 

Photo by Maddox Price | Charred remnants of Brookhaven student and Library Circulation Assistant Brandy Walthall’s building remains standing at Stone Ranch Apartments in Dallas.

Photo by Maddox Price | Charred remnants of Brookhaven student and Library Circulation Assistant Brandy Walthall’s building remains standing at Stone Ranch Apartments in Dallas.

 

It was a typical Thursday for Brookhaven student and Library Circulation Assistant Brandy Walthall. Her cats, Bourbon and Whiskey, woke her up around 9 a.m. She dragged herself out of bed, threw on a pair of khakis, a plain white T-shirt and black ballerina flats. She chugged a Red Bull, caught an 11 a.m. bus and arrived at Brookhaven around noon. What she didn’t know was that Continue reading