Author Archives: The Courier

Student’s photo voted best

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Desk Chief

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar
Leonardo Garcia, a window washer with April Building Services, Inc., washes the skywalk outside the Sheraton Dallas Hotel while Christian Ortiz spots and holds the ladder. The photo was shot Oct. 28 during the ACP/CMA Dallas Photo Shoot-out and won First Place among 42 competitors.

A Brookhaven College student won First Place in an on-site photojournalism competition at the 2017 National College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press Convention in downtown Dallas. Continue reading

26 killed in south Texas

By Juan Betancourt and Jacob Vaughn
Sports/Web Editor and Contributing Writer

Photo by Jacob Vaughn
A state trooper makes a phone call before a press conference Nov. 6 in Sutherland Springs, Texas, outside the First Baptist Church where 26 members of the congregation were killed by a shooter Nov. 5.

The 11 a.m. Sunday service was in progress at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, a small south Texas town, when a man dressed in black tactical gear barged in with an assault rifle and fatally shot 26 people and wounded 20 others. Continue reading

Animal shelters in Texas need help after hurricanes hit the coastline.

By Lillian Smith
Contrubuting Writer 

While many focused on the situation of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey, animal shelters prepared for the inevitable surge of abandoned animals in the wake of the storm. Steve Ortiz, an animal officer assistant at the Farmers Branch Animal Adoption Center, said they and other Dallas-area shelters were on standby to take animals as needed. Continue reading

Faculty hold benefit concert

By Victoria Valdez
Contributing Writer

Photo by Willie R. Cole
Jisun Huh, Ann Macmillan, Brian Stark and Paul Metzger play during the finale performance of the Faculty Showcase Fundraiser Oct. 21.

The Brookhaven College School of the Arts music department raised $940 during the annual Faculty Showcase Fundraiser. Continue reading

DACA end worries students’ future


By Jubenal Aguilar

Thousands of young adults protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, stand to lose protections if Congress does not take action for DACA recipients to remain legally in the country. However, options still exist for those individuals to protect themselves from an immediate threat of deportation. Continue reading

BHC celebrates Hispanic culture

By Stephanie Colmenero
Contributing Writer

Photo by Forrest Haynes
Students dance in a circle to mariachi music in the Commons Courtyard during the Hispanic Heritage Festival Oct. 10.

Mariachi music blasted throughout the Commons Courtyard as students sampled Mexican food and treats. Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. Throughout the month, Latino and Hispanic people from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South America celebrate their heritage and culture in the U.S. Continue reading

Bears face alumni for charity

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Desk Chief

Photo by Willie R. Cole
Alumnus J’Michael Jasper (#34) guards Bears Logan Dixon’s (#12) 2-point jump shot.

The Brookhaven College basketball team defeated a squad of former Bears players in the ninth annual Don Cockrell Alumni Basketball Game, 93-89. The match celebrated and commemorated Don Cockrell’s, a former athletics and equipment manager, 26 years of service for the athletics department. Continue reading

Gideon Bibles found scattered

By Mira Scott
Staff Writer

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar
An abandoned Bible sits over the suggestion box in S Building.

In a span of two days, 1,450 Bibles were handed to students, staff and faculty in the Commons Courtyard by Dallas North Camp of The Gideons International  representatives. Many of these Bibles ended up discarded across Brookhaven College Oct. 9-10. Continue reading

Grief, Strife Water American Roots

America divides as the democratic republic faces its bloody history and politics, and people become more polarized.

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor/Editorial Proofreader

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

America’s patch-work quilt of unity is fraying, and has slowly unraveled for over a hundred years. Continue reading

Focal Points returns with new panel of pros

By Stephanie Salas-Vega
Managing Editor

Photo by Juan Betancourt
Michael Granberry, arts writer at The Dallas Morning News, discusses his story, “Six-Tenths of a Second, Two Lives Forever Changed,” about Bob Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning image and Jack Beers’ image of Jack Ruby shooting Lee Harvey Oswald.

Brookhaven College’s Basement Gallery hosted the second annual Focal Points, a one-day photography workshop. The event featured professional Dallas-based photographers, photojournalists and a Pulitzer Prize-winner, all of whom shared the experiences, portfolios, careers, advice and stories behind their lenses to photography enthusiasts. Continue reading