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Mars mission lands new hope for NASA

NASA’s space exploration reaches new heights with plans to send humans to Mars. These planning stages also prove beneficial for Earth and its inhabitants.

By Diamond Victoria

Editor-in-Chief

Photo by Taylor Starnes A retired Saturn V Rocket on permanent display at Rocket Park in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Photo by Taylor Starnes
A retired Saturn V Rocket on permanent display at Rocket Park in NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

 

Despite arguments claiming space exploration is obsolete and a waste of government funding, it is undoubtedly the backbone of American progress in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Continue reading

El Centro regroups after deadly attack

Part three of a three-part series

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar The July 7 Black Lives Matter protest came to an abrupt end in front of El Centro’s A Building, on the corner of Main and Lamar streets, after Micah Johnson opened fire targeting Dallas police officers.

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar
The July 7 Black Lives Matter protest came to an abrupt end in front of El Centro’s A Building, on the corner of Main and Lamar streets, after Micah Johnson opened fire targeting Dallas police officers.

 

El Centro College has found ways to move on after attacks occurred July 7 during a peaceful protest, resulting in the death of five Dallas and Dallas Area Rapid Transit police officers. Continue reading

Local voting proves more important than national

Staff Editorial

It is the opinion of the editors of The Courier that voting in local elections, as well as national elections, is crucial to ensuring the well-being of our country.

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

 

Despite the seemingly difficult choice voters will be making at polling booths across the nation, it is the opinion of The Courier’s editors that voting is more important now than ever. Continue reading

Facts hold little weight in election drama

Political candidates and pundits begin to rely more on appearances than truth in U.S. elections.

By Nicholas Bostick
Multimedia Editor-at-Large

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

 

Fact checking is a relatively simple process. Statements from  public figures and sources are corroborated by other individuals and measured against hard data. Continue reading

Brookhaven racks up bicycles

By Jaz’man Hampton
Contributing Writer

Photo by Aaron Sewell Brookhaven College adds new bicycle racks throughout campus so students, staff and faculty who bike to campus can lock them up.

Photo by Aaron Sewell
Brookhaven College adds new bicycle racks throughout campus so students, staff and faculty who bike to campus can lock them up.

Brookhaven College’s facilities employees installed three new bike racks around campus before the start of the fall semester to help students, staff and faculty, who cycle to school, secure their bikes. Continue reading

Brookhaven opens doors for early voting

By Diamond Victoria
Editor-in-Chief

Photo by Aaron Sewell Voters walk to W Building Nov. 2 to be one of the first to vote on Brookhaven Collage campus since becoming an early voting venue.

Photo by Aaron Sewell
Voters walk to W Building Nov. 2 to be one of the first to vote on Brookhaven Collage campus since becoming an early voting venue.

Brookhaven College opened its campus up to early voters Nov. 2-3 in W Building. Students, staff, faculty and Dallas County Citizens were welcome to partake in the election. Continue reading

Voters snap photos, may unknowingly break law

While voters shoot selfies for Facebook, lawmakers look into threat of intimidation.

By Jake Griffin
Copy Desk Chief

Photo illustration by Jubenal Aguilar Some states have outlawed voters taking selfies or other photos in and around polling places.

Photo illustration by Jubenal Aguilar
Some states have outlawed voters taking selfies or other photos in and around polling places.

 

Voters may want to think twice before taking photos when they visit a polling booth this year. Continue reading

Election generates controversy, makes history

Unprecedented firsts mark the 2016 presidential election as the nation comes together to vote between the two of the most controversial candidates in U.S. history.

By Diamond Victoria
Editor-in-Chief

Photo illustrations by Eriana Ruiz  The first presidential debate held Sept. 26 and saw Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump debate one another on live TV. The challenges issued by both candidates have ignited a fire storm of controversy on both sides of the aisle.

Photo illustrations by Eriana Ruiz
The first presidential debate held Sept. 26 and saw Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump debate one another on live TV. The challenges issued by both candidates have ignited a fire storm of controversy on both sides of the aisle.

 

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have made U.S. history during their 2016 presidential campaigns with factors including leaked classified government information and a record number of early voters across Texas.

The first record-breaking moment in the 2016 election was Fox’s first GOP debate, which aired Aug. 6, 2015. Twenty-four million viewers, up from 3.2 million four years prior, tuned in to see their biggest primary debate to date, according to CNN.

The final three debates of the election, which pitted Trump and Clinton against one another, began Sept. 26 of this year and included personal attacks regarding the candidates’ appearance, tax returns and personal lives.

“As an observer of politics, I’m trying to get information from the news and find out what these peoples’ policy positions are, and I’m having a hard time finding it,” Ahad Hayaud-Din, a government professor, said. “Then I watch the debates, and they’re just attacking each other.”

Trump and Clinton met for their second one-on-one debate Oct. 9 in what would immediately be dubbed the nastiest debate in modern history by the New York Post. In that debate, Clinton called for viewers and journalists alike to fact check the GOP nominee. All the while, Trump insisted that under his presidency, Clinton would be sent to jail for her use of a private email server while secretary of state.

“I didn’t think I’d say this, but I’m going to say this. And I hate to say it, but if I win, I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation,” Trump said during the debate, according to nypost.com.

More than 30,000 emails were hacked from Clinton’s non-government regulated server and released to the public via a Freedom of Information Act request Feb. 29, according to wikileaks.org. The emails contained personal and classified government information.

The FBI concluded that no reasonable prosecutor could find a reason to issue a warrant, freeing Clinton from criminal charges, according to thinkprogress.org.

Hayaud-Din said Trump and the media are not concerned as much about what is in the emails, but rather how they got out in the first place.

“The content of those emails could be damaging,” he said.

 

College students have also shaped 2016 into a historical election year with the increase in political engagement among freshmen and their direct connection to the election, according to fivethirtyeight.com, a website that focuses on opinion poll analysis, politics and economics.

In a 2015 study conducted from March-October the Higher Education Research Institute found that 60 percent of first-year students in four-year universities said they plan to vote in an election while in college – an increase of 10
percent from 2014.

“When you say, ‘My vote doesn’t count,’ or ‘It’s just the lesser of two evils,’ I think that’s a cop-out,” Hayaud-Din said.

The current election has also significantly affected voters in Texas.

For the first time since 1980, the Lone Star State has become an electoral toss-up with its transition from a red state to a swing state, according to thedailybanter.com.

On July 20, Texas agreed to soften voter identification law from 2011 that required voters to produce one of seven government- or state-issued photo IDs to cast their ballots, according to The New York Times. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals found that the law violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act, discriminating against minorities and the poor.

Another contributor to the historical election is the theory that Trump galvanized a populist version of the Republican party when he began his campaign in June 2015, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Hayaud-Din said that political scientists are really paying attention to Trump’s ability to gain national traction.

“We’ve seen populism before in American history, but it was a fringe movement. It’s now a national movement,” HayaudDin said. “The candidacy of Mr. Trump has revealed something that was an undercurrent in our society that used to be part of a legitimate political conversation – anti-immigrant, nativism-type mentality, and right next to that is some racism and sexism.”

For the first time in U.S. history, a nominee has also preemptively doubted the electoral system. Trump said he may not accept the results of the election if he feels it was rigged against him, according to The New York Times. “Of course, I would accept a clear election result, but I would also reserve my right to contest or file a legal challenge in the case of a questionable result,” he said, according to CNN.

Hayaud-Din said the Trump candidacy is flawed.

“If I was being paid to be his adviser, I would not be telling him to be doing any of the things that he’s doing. It goes against conventional wisdom,” HayaudDin said.

Another bump in the road for Clinton has been the accusation of fraud pertaining to the Clinton Foundation – a foundation created by former president Bill Clinton in 1997 tasked with the mission: “to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence,” according to theclintonfoundation.com.

However, the Clinton Foundation has not been in compliance with New York laws that require the identity and amounts of all domestic and foreign government grants be reported, according to nationalreview.com

“From a political science perspective, there are so many unprecedented things happening [in this election],” Hayaud-Din said. “The question is, ‘How did we get to this point?’”

Brookhaven Go-es’ further

A trio of fairs assist students in everything from staying safe behind the wheel to getting a job.

By Stephon Smith
Contributing Writer

Photo by Stephon Smith Senior Cpl. Dan White (right) and Mike Friend (left) discuss the recruiting process for the Dallas Police Department for applicants during the Career Fair Oct. 13.

Photo by Stephon Smith
Senior Cpl. Dan White (right) and Mike Friend (left) discuss the recruiting process for the Dallas Police Department for applicants during the Career Fair Oct. 13.

Brookhaven College, along with local organizations, teamed up to create Brookhaven Go. The event was a combination of fairs and activities the school holds each semester. Continue reading

On-campus food pantry makes meals accessible

By Joshua Drake
Contributing Writer

 

Some hungry Brookhaven College students, staff and faculty may not know they never need worry about going to bed on an empty stomach. Continue reading