Lady Bears beast moves

Photos by Brigitte Zumaya


The Lady Bears shake hands with the players from North Lake after winning the game.

The Lady Bears shake hands with the players from North Lake after winning the game.

The Brookhaven Laby Bears are trying to prove themseleves they can gain victory during thier match against North Lake College. Surley enough they won the game with a score of 3-1. Starting off good for the conference . Continue reading

Carnival welcomes back students with fun, food

By Carolyn Bossmann
Staff Writer

Photo by Willie R. Cole | Caricature artist Sami Aly draws his parody illustration of Brookhaven College student Desiree Island as students line up to have their portraits sketched at the Welcome Back Carnival Sept. 10 in the Commons Courtyard.

Photo by Willie R. Cole | Caricature artist Sami Aly draws his parody illustration of Brookhaven College student Desiree Island
as students line up to have their portraits sketched at the Welcome Back Carnival Sept. 10 in the Commons Courtyard.

Dozens of students filled the Commons Courtyard for the Welcome Back Carnival Sept. 10. They milled from table to table around the fountain. The carnival was held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and offered students the chance to meet, greet and eat with each other.

Droves of students lined up for the free food and drinks provided at the event. The commotion surrounding the area drew even more students. Brookhaven College’s clubs manned tables, hoping to attract new members. Most clubs set up games for students to play. Participants would play a game and learn more about the clubs offered. Continue reading

DCCCD ends contract with DART

By Jubenal Aguilar

Staff Writer

Photo Illustration by | Jubenal Aguilar

Photo Illustration by | Jubenal Aguilar

Dallas County Community College District has discontinued its student discount program with Dallas Area Rapid Transit after three semesters. The end of this partnership leaves many Brookhaven College students to find new ways to afford DART passes. Full-time students can purchase individual reduced passes from DART. Part-time students no longer have an option to purchase reduced passes. The previous program was not popular at all colleges; Browning said some schools did better than others. Martin said Brookhaven sold all the passes it purchased for the last two semesters and even had a waiting list at one point. Continue reading

Library observes Banned Books Week

By Carmina Tiscareño & Diamond Gregg
Media/Fashion Editor & Layout Editor


Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Books like the Harry Potter series attract readers by taking them to different or interesting settings. Harry Potter, for instance, tak

es readers to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; readers follow Potter as he discovers that he’s a wizard and enters a new, magical life. Many of the banned books on the American Library Association website have mag

ical or violent content. Though not directly affected by most banned books local public libraries play a large part in the community. They highlight the censorship of great classics and newer books. The week of Sept. 21 observes Banned Books Week at Brookhaven Continue reading

Cassettes refuse to disappear

By Evan Henry

Staff Writer




In a culture that thrives on instant gratification, some people like to step back and look at what came before smartphones and iPods, before the CD, even. In 1963, the Philips Company invented something that would revolutionize recording and playback alike: the compact cassette.

Cassettes are cheap to produce. They have been since their inception 50 years ago. A cassette is just magnetic tape wound into a plastic shell that fits snugly into your hand. With the right technology, an artist can single-handedly record, produce and manufacture an album in an unlimited quantity in-house within the day. The advantage is that an artist can sell the tape for $5 to $7, compared to the absurdity of $10 for the CD or $25 for the vinyl. Cassettes can be entirely personal, such as the mixtape, a homemade compilation of songs Continue reading

Live concert spices up BHC

Photos by Claudia Guzman

The Brookhaven College Music Club hosted Havana New Rhythm
Generation Sept. 13. The eight-piece band filled the Performance Hall
with their energetic, timba-inspired salsa music and smooth moves.

Havana NRG! invites audience members up to the stage to dance

Havana NRG! invites audience members up to the
stage to dance.

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Cheap dates

By Travis Baugh

Staff Writer

Looking to spend some time with that special someone this fall and
not break the bank while doing it? Here are a few ideas that could help.

1. The Texas Theater -231 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Try The Texas Theater for the classic dinner and a movie. The
food will cost you, but the film is free. The historic Texas Theater
is great on any night, with a selection of films ranging from indie to
more obscure, some of which are shown in the original 35mm film
format. The Texas Theater celebrates all film, from really good to
really bad – the so bad it’s good kind of bad. The first Tuesday
of every month is Tuesday Night Trash. The night is dedicated
to weird, obscure or forgotten films that are overflowing with
B-movie goodness. For more information, check its Facebook page. Continue reading

Professor bias hinders students’ education

By Lindsay Pickard
Senior Staff Writer

A Brookhaven College government professor brought a campaigner for Wendy Davis to speak to his students. The campaigner acknowledged that Davis understood the need to win college student votes. The situation brought into question the relationship between education and political agendas.

In this particular class, this professor aimed to balance the scales by putting Abbott’s platform on eCampus. And though I know his motive was to empower women as a whole, it could come across as biased. It made me think about whether or not professors have a biased approach when teaching. Continue reading

Bombing for peace of mind, resolution

By Dillon Piekarsky
Senior Copy Editor

There are those with loaded guns, and there are those who dig. You can’t change it, so you might as well learn to accept it. The U.S. is going to bomb Iraq. We should just get it over with. There’s no reason to drag our feet on this. The United States will bomb Iraq again, and we the people will continue to bomb it in eternal recurrence. As long as the sun hangs over the Iraqi sky, the United States of America and its people will be there to bomb everything underneath it. Continue reading

History overshadows classic novel’s content

By Nicholas Bostick 


On Dec. 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman fired five bullets at John Lennon, murdering the legendary Beatles frontman as he was returning to his home in New York City. When police officers searched Chapman’s home, they found a copy of “The Catcher in the Rye.” Inside the book Chapman wrote, “This is my statement,” and signed it Holden Caulfield, the name of the book’s protagonist.

When John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagana mere three months after Lennon’s death, the book was found on his coffee table. In 1989, Robert Bardo was carrying a copy when he murdered actress and model Rebecca Schaeffer.

By 1990, J.D. Salinger’s story of a young man recounting fond memories had become synonymous with violence, and according to the American Library Association, “The Catcher in the Rye” was the 10th most challenged book from 1990 to 1999.

An air of mysticism surrounds this book. It allegedly drove Chapman to kill one of the world’s most celebrated musicians. Parents and priests have banded together for decades, united in their hate for what they consider to be the epitome of smut. There is just one problem, though: “The Catcher in the Rye” kind of sucks.

To clarify, the book itself is an amazing story. It’s touching and hopeful, filled with the universal conviction felt by adolescent boys the world over. But looking through the lens of historical context, Salinger’s most popular work hardly lives up to the hype, especially when compared to his 1961 book “Franny and Zooey.”

The character of Holden Caulfield suffers from teenage drama and romanticism that never quite feels as urgent for the reader as it does for the character. Caulfield comes off as a stupid kid at times, and much of the isolation and angst he feels throughout the book seems to be self-inflicted due to his own inability to compromise his immature convictions.

The myth of the book has overshadowed its contents. Picking up a copy of “The Catcher in the Rye” or a similarly demonized book, is hampered by the weight of public opinion – so much so that the true message of books like Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” William S. Burroughs’ “Naked Lunch” and George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” has taken a back seat to the perceived fears of an over-concerned society. “The Catcher in the Rye” is nowhere near as good as any one of those three books.

Separating this novel from the tragedies associated with it may be easier now 15 years ago. Even so, the book was still the 19th most challenged book from the years 2000 to 2009, according to the ALA (the Harry Potter series was No. 1 during that period).

In 1951, reading “The Catcher in the Rye” probably would have been a much better experience. But when the actions of unstable men are blamed on the media they consumed, whether it’s a book, movie or video game, it becomes infinitely harder to judge the content of a work on its own merits. And when we lose the ability to separate art from history, we run the risk of being just another bunch of phonies.