Photographer recalls documenting Texas International Pop Festival

Photos by Brandon Donner | An attendee of the Denton exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Texas International Pop Festival views a wall of photos from the festival shot in 1969

By John McClanahan

Contributing Writer

Fifty years ago, during a hot summer weekend, over 125,000 people assembled in Lewisville for the Texas International Pop Festival, which at the time, was the largest rock ’n’ roll festival ever to hit the Lone Star State.

Two weeks after the successful Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, during Labor Day weekend, rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Grand Funk Railroad and Carlos Santana jammed on a large stage built at Dallas International Motor Speedway. Photojournalist and former Brookhaven College student Phil Huber captured it all.

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Students connect with VP over pizza

Photos by Brandon Donner | Oscar Lopez, vice president of student services, explains his role to students Aug. 29 during the Pizza with the VP event.

By Jacob Vaughn

The smell of pizza poured out into the S Building lobby as students poured in to grab a slice with and get to know Oscar Lopez, vice president of student services. The food was a courtesy of Brookhaven College for the event, Pizza with the Vice President, Aug. 29 in Room S003. Continue reading Students connect with VP over pizza

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

“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

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