By Wanz Dover
Photo by Wanz Dover | A customer shuffles through stacks of vinyl records.
Every Monday night between Expo Park and Deep Ellum, vinyl enthusiasts gather to buy, sell, trade and listen to vinyl of all sorts. Local music scene veteran Mark Ridlen started the night back in 2007 as a singles night. People could bring their favorite seven-inch singles, and he would play them throughout the evening.
Last summer, Ridlen started inviting private dealers Sam Thompson from local shop B4, Ivan Renya from reissue label Lost Records and Bryan Coonrod to come out and sell wax. According to Ridlen, since then, he has had anywhere from three to seven dealers every week. Continue reading
By Nicholas Bostick
Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins answers a question asked by a student.
As part of Brookhaven College’s Social Science Lecture series, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins was invited to speak to students. His talk, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Reforming the System,” was centered on the involvement of the Innocence Project in Texas’ criminal justice system.
The Innocence Project is an organization dedicated to helping wrongly convicted individuals that also works to prevent wrongful convictions in the future. Continue reading
By Dillon Piekarsky
Photo by Ravin Lee | The tables, organized by type of snack, display over 2,500 donated snacks.
The a cappella vocalizations of a barbershop quartet echoed through the S Building at Brookhaven College as the Men of Note Chorus harmonized for the charitable attendees. Volunteers counted and sorted food items stacked high on tables for impoverished Dallas children. On March 4, the Rainbow Days Snack Pack Assembly had its charity donation drive.
Rainbow Days, Inc. is a Dallas non-profit organization devoted to youth and children in high-risk environments. Founded in 1982, Rainbow Days, Inc. has directly served over 170,000 children and trained over 42,000 professionals in the Dallas area, according to its official website, rainbowdays.org. Continue reading
By Joie’ Thornton
Illustration by Sophia Espinosa
As part of Earth Day, Brookhaven College will hold Earth Day Fest, hosted by the Green Team Coalition. This event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 9 in the Commons Courtyard. Carrie Schweitzer, assistant to the president, said, “Earth Day has become a national and international focus on the environment, ecological movement and sustainability movement.”
This will be Brookhaven’s fifth Earth Day Fest, Schweitzer said. Librarian Lois Wagenseil said Earth Day is a fun event with a purpose where students, staff and faculty as well as the public can learn something that will help preserve the environment and sustain the planet. Continue reading
By Travis Baugh
Photo by Travis Baugh | Former Brookhaven College student and professional photographer Steven Visneau poses for a portrait.
JCPenney, Buckle, Neiman Marcus, FD Luxe: This is what Steven Visneau sees when he checks his recent calls. Visneau is a profession- al photographer and former Brookhaven College student.
What he lacks in height, Visneau makes up with his grizzled demeanor. A two- toned beard explodes from his face, settling in a jumble of salt and pepper inches below his chin. Tattoos peek out from the cuffs of his denim shirt, becoming more obvious as he grapples with light stands and cables in preparation for the day’s photo shoot. Continue reading
By Leah Clark and Maddox Price
Copy Editor/Editor-in- Chief
Photo by Maddox Price | Brookhaven student Victor Batres, who initiated the petition for a sustainability coordinator position, sits in front of some of the campus greenery.
Brookhaven College is no stranger to going green. With the addition of 50 new recycling bins, last fall’s Clean Economy Series, finishing near the top out of the Dallas County Community College District schools in the intercollegiate recycling competition RecycleMania, and recently being named an official “Tree Campus USA,” it is clear Brookhaven has made extensive efforts to become more environmentally friendly. Continue reading
By Megan Smith
Brookhaven College student and Green Team Coalition Co-President Victor Batres is organizing a petition to hire a sustainability program director at Brookhaven.
This initiative is long over- due. Brookhaven has been concerned with sustainability for years, and it is time for us to take the next step in establishing ourselves in this field. As inhabitants and caretakers of this planet, we have an obligation to use sustainable practices to lessen our impact on the environment. Continue reading
By Chris R. Allison
Although Nirvana’s success and Kurt Cobain’s suicide have been repeatedly reported, it is only now, two decades later, that the impact of both the band and front man can truly be measured and quantified. The areas of music, fashion and addiction treatment were forever changed, in large part due to his legacy.
Unfortunately, a significant amount of false or poorly researched information spread about Cobain, mainly by media caught off guard by Nirvana’s sudden rise to fame and by Cobain’s abrupt suicide on April 5, 1994. The focus on his demise has continued to overshadow the depth of his talent and his brilliance. Continue reading
By Erin Alexis Goldman
Jokers, smokers and midnight tokers rejoice – for the first time in American history, a majority of citizens are in favor of the legalization of marijuana. According to the latest Gallup poll, in the past year, support for the legalization of marijuana surged 10 points. A whopping 58 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing the drug, and the momentum is not stopping any time soon.
As compelling as watching “ your brain on drugs” sizzle in a frying pan was, between the scientific research and the safety, jobs and revenue government regulation of pot would generate, it’s time we just say yes to legalizing marijuana. Continue reading
By Paula Vasquez
Advertising and Marketing Director
Room B149 at Mountain View College looked like the set of “Oprah,” a duo of enthusiastic women said. They, along with about 100 others, were there for the five women on stage. The open discussion during the luncheon at the Women’s Empowerment Leadership Conference March 7 served as a midday entertainment session. Two of the five women on the stage were Brookhaven College students Lilly Munene and Tiffany Chubb, who brought tough opinions to comment on topics such as hip-hop singer Beyoncé’s approach to the media.
Cathy Edwards, director of student programs and resources at Mountain View, said this year’s conference ended up with 137 registered guests. “We would have had more, but I had to close registration down,” Edwards said. Continue reading