Author Archives: The Courier

Brookhaven College Early College High School soccer program

By Juan Betancourt
Sports/Web Editor 

Early College High School students at Brookhaven College do not have many sports options as part of their curriculum. To help them, Sandro Juliano, an international student, has organized a group of students that will begin practicing soccer and participate in a local soccer league in Spring 2018.

Bermudian soccer player emerges as NJCAA MVP

By Erika Torres 
Staff Writer

Photo by Juan Betancourt
Brookhaven College women’s soccer player Deshae Darrell holds her Most Valuable Player award next to the 2017 Bears national championship trophy.

Deshae Darrell, Brookhaven College’s second Bermudian soccer player, was named the Most Valuable Player after the Brookhaven women’s soccer team victory in the National Junior College Athletics Association Division III Women’s Soccer Championship. During the tournament, Darrell scored five goals and had one assist. She scored in every match of the tournament, including the Bears’ first goal in the finals. Continue reading

Library features Holocaust archive

Brookhaven College Library has the largest Holocaust and genocide-related book collection in the Dallas County Community College District.

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Desk Chief

Photos by Jubenal Aguilar
Books pertaining to the Holocaust sit atop a shelf in the Diane M. Plotkin Holocaust Collection.


In 1944, 20-year-old Olga Weiss Astor and her sister, Etelka, stepped off a train that arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany. There, Nazi soldiers forced them to strip off their clothes and shaved their heads before dragging them to their barracks. Now detainees, they were given new stripes of imprisonment to wear and were uncertain of their fate. Continue reading

Local veteran motivates students

A wounded warrior shares his story of resilience with Brookhaveans during the Early College High School Veterans Day Tribute.

John C. McClanahan
Copy Desk Chief

Photo by Juan Betancourt
Sgt. Jason Morgan signs copies of his book for a group of Early College High School students Nov. 11 in Room K234.

Sgt. Jason Morgan, a wounded U.S. Air Force veteran, served as the keynote speaker for the Brookhaven College Early College High School’s Veterans Day Tribute, which honored men and women who served in the U.S. military. Morgan and a dozen other veterans were the special guests for the ECHS commemoration on Veterans Day Nov. 11. Continue reading

Bake-off picks top sweet

Abbey Murta, an Employee Success Center development specialist, shares her recipe for Bearocious Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Buttercream icing.

By Jubenal Aguilar

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar



The Brookhaven Courier held its first bake-off competition Nov. 16. Students, staff and faculty tasted and chose their favorite dessert from the two entries. Abbey Murta, Employee Success Center development specialist, took the first prize for her Bear-ocious Dark Chocolate Cupcakes with Mint Buttercream Icing with 30 votes from Brookhaveans. Joshua Johnson, Office of Student Life student programs development coordinator, came in second place with 14 votes for his Cherry Galette. Continue reading

Bookstore clerk shares optimism

By Britney Cellerini
Contributing Writer

Photo by Forrest Haynes
Johanna Ethridge, a Brookhaven College Follett Bookstore clerk, smiles as she poses beside stacks of textbooks she and the other bookstore clerks guard during business hours.

Students move about the Brookhaven College Follett Bookstore looking for school supplies, Scantron forms, drinks and snacks. As the checkout line grows longer, Johanna Ethridge, or Joh as her friends call her, a bookstore clerk, stops what she is doing and moves behind a register to help with the line. Continue reading

Fresh produce to be given away on campus

By Stephanie Colmenero
Contributing Writer

About 4,500 pounds of free, fresh produce will be handed out to Brookhaven College students, staff, faculty and the local community 2:30-4:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the parking lot between M and P buildings. Continue reading

Church shooting evokes emotive thoughts

A Brookhaven Courier contributing writer shares his personal experience covering tragedy.

By Jacob Vaughn
Contributing Writer

Photos by Jacob Vaughn
A teddy bear and flowers lie behind police tape Nov. 6 in front of the First Baptist Church where 26 people were killed the previous day.

I did not lose anyone that day. I was not connected to the town in any way.

But in the midst of conducting interviews and taking photos throughout the night, I felt like one of the locals who had just lost 4 percent of his town’s population. Continue reading

Student breaks silence, speaks out

By Stephanie Salas-Vega
Managing Editor

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

Speaking up about it didn’t get me anywhere. Silence helped me pretend it never happened. Continue reading

Program benefits students

Dallas County Promise will offer free tuition to high school seniors.

By Jacob Vaughn
Contributing Writer

A new initiative, the Dallas County Promise, will pay for students from 31 Dallas County high schools to obtain their associate degree or spend up to three years at any Dallas County Community College District school. Continue reading