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Professor reflects on creative career

Photos by Jubenal Aguilar | Chong Chu, art professor (right), talks with Nancy Neergaard, a student, about her painting project and what she can do to improve the art piece to render a more realistic interpretation of a potato Nov. 6.

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Editor/Editorial Proofreader

Paint fumes linger throughout Brookhaven College’s F Building. There, art students stand in front of canvases, splashing colors and shapes sparked by their imaginations. Drawings and paintings are pinned and propped against the walls in Room F114.
Some of the works were made by students under the tutelage of professor Chong Chu, who helps them channel their artistic abilities. Chu, a professional artist and full-time faculty, began his formal training 40 years ago in the classroom next door. Now, he passes his knowledge of art on to younger generations. Continue reading Professor reflects on creative career

Downtown shooting locks down El Centro College

Photo illustration by Jacob Vaughn

By Jacob Vaughn 
Managing Editor/Music Editor

Outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse in downtown Dallas, a man wearing combat gear, glasses and a black mask opened fire with an automatic rifle. In a shootout with Federal Protective Service officers, the gunman, who was later identified as 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde, was shot and killed. No one else was injured in the incident which began around 8:50 a.m. June 17, according to The Dallas Morning News. Continue reading Downtown shooting locks down El Centro College

Bestselling author shares lessons

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Bestselling author Jeff Guinn (left) shares his experiences as a journalist and writer during the fifth annual True Stories April 26 in Room K234.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief
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“More than ever, this world needs truth tellers,” former journalist Jeff Guinn said. Guinn, a New York Times bestselling author, spoke about his career as a journalist and non-fiction. He was part of the fifth annual True Stories event, at which journalists shared their experiences with students, staff and faculty April 26 in Room K234. Continue reading Bestselling author shares lessons

Former U.S. ambassador talks Saudi press restrictions abroad

Photo by Susan Edgley | Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, discusses Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, and the implications of his assassination during a visit April 15 to Brookhaven College.

By Jacob Vaughn
Managing Editor/Music Editor

Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2. Surveillance video shows Khashoggi entering the consulate, and seemingly leaving sometime later. However, he did not make it out alive, Robert Jordan, former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, said during a discussion on Saudi free speech and media April 15 in Room K234 at Brookhaven College. Continue reading Former U.S. ambassador talks Saudi press restrictions abroad

Prof explores Spanish dance, culture

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Rebecca García, a Brookhaven Spanish professor, performs a Spanish folklore dance with castañuelas, or castanets, during the International Day Festival April 11, 2016.

By Itzel Macias Ibarra
Contributing Writer

Rebecca García, a Brookhaven College Spanish professor, demonstrates a flamenco dance. Students, staff and faculty gather around her in a tight circle craning to see.
She stomps to the beat of the Spanish music. She waves her hands and flares her black-and-white dress as she claps a pair of castanets.
García, who has taught Spanish at Brookhaven since 2004, is expressing a passion for Spanish language and culture she has held since she was little girl. It all started when her family made it clear that it was very important for her to learn the language and about the culture behind it. Continue reading Prof explores Spanish dance, culture

Stopping violence requires specificity

Illustration by Susan Edgley | By some federal documents’ definitions, the term could encompass the Founding Fathers, modern active duty military or law enforcement officials.

By Morgan Hanson
Senior Staff  Writer

According to the Department of Justice, violent extremists are individuals who support or commit ideologically motivated violence to further political goals.
But this definition is far too broad. To fight violent extremism, effectively, we must define it much more precisely.
Police officers sometimes use force, too, to stop a crime or maintain the peace. They are empowered to do this by the legal framework built on the U.S. Continue reading Stopping violence requires specificity

Students need freedom of the press

The role of journalists in a free society is to provide a check on power – to make sure that all the decisions governments and electorates make are informed by the whole truth.
To be able to do this, journalists cannot be coddled in their education. They must be trained from the very beginning to go tough on people who would conceal and mislead. The very possibility of censorship keeps them on a leash. Continue reading Students need freedom of the press

BHC breaks ground on Donor Garden

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Marilyn Kolesar-Lynch (left), vice president of resource development; Stephanie Venza, charter English professor; Dawn Bishop, assistant to the vice president; Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president; Ron Schmidt, business management professor; Carole Sakach, business office assistant; and Sylvia Wise, coordinator of alumni, break the ground in Brookhaven’s Donor Garden.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief

Staff and faculty gathered outside A Building to participate in a groundbreaking celebration for Brookhaven College’s Donor Garden. The garden will honor all staff, faculty and other donors who paid for bricks during the college’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
The Donor Garden will also honor the charter staff and faculty – who have served the district for 40 years – as donors who have supported the college.
Thom Chesney, college president, said he would like to see the garden become a meeting location for future events.
Native plants as well as the bricks of the donors will be installed.

Longtime prof retires

Photo by Susan Edgley | For several decades, Hazel Carlos, an English professor, has passed down knowledge to Brookhaven College students through English courses and the annual African-American Read-In.

By Mykel Hilliard
Contributing Writer

Nestled into a corner of L Building in Brookhaven College’s third floor is a vibrant office that almost doubles as an African American history museum – a place where vintage and modern black culture meet. Posters of historical African and African American figures, such as Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I, former president Barack Obama and his family, poet Langston Hughes and James Baldwin, cover the walls. Continue reading Longtime prof retires

College hunts for president

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief

A focus on sustainability issues and an understanding of technological advances are just two traits some say the new college president should have.
Staff, faculty and administrators gathered for a roundtable discussion April 25 in the Performance Hall to discuss the qualities, qualifications and skills they want Brookhaven College’s next president to have. Continue reading College hunts for president