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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

Lady Bears soccer takes win

By Juan Betancourt
Sports Editor

 

The Brookhaven College women’s soccer team ended a conference game against North Lake College by outplaying the Blazers 7-0 on Oct. 11. Continue reading

Zine Swap highlights DIY art

By Eric Lopez
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of The Basement Gallery Daniel Rodrigue, photojournalism professor, hosts the first Suburban Zine Swap in Room L109.

Photo courtesy of The Basement Gallery
Daniel Rodrigue, photojournalism professor, hosts the first Suburban Zine Swap in Room L109.

 

Students, staff and faculty gathered Oct. 10 in Room L109 for Brookhaven College’s first Suburban Zine Swap. More than 30 people packed into the classroom for the swap hosted by Daniel Rodrigue, photojournalism professor. Continue reading

Bears’ volleyball take beating from Panola

By Marilyn Velazquez
Contributing Writer

Photos by Juan Betancourt Panola Fillies’ Kaitlyn Adams (#15) jumps to spike the ball across the Bears’ defense.

Photos by Juan Betancourt
Panola Fillies’ Kaitlyn Adams (#15) jumps to spike the ball across the Bears’ defense.

The Brookhaven College volleyball team suffered another loss in their season against the Panola Fillies, who took a 3-0 victory Oct. 1 in Bear country. Continue reading

Harlem’s superhero emerges on Netflix

Critical Review

By Jake Griffin
Copy Desk Chief

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

 

“The world is ready for a bulletproof black man,” Cheo Hodari Coker, “Luke Cage” show runner, said at the July 21 Comic-Con International 2016 in San Diego, according to CNN. Continue reading

North Texas’ Top Three Costume Shops

By Ellen Case
Senior Staff Writer

Photos by Noel DeJesus

Photos by Noel DeJesus

 

DALLAS COSTUME SHOPPE

3905 Main St., Dallas, TX 75226
214-428-4613, dcshoppe.com

Dallas Costume Shoppe is the oldest costume shop in the city. The shop is owned and operated by Michael Robinson. The small building is filled to the brim with all kinds of clothing, including detailed masks that surround the store cabinets. The clothes are available to rent, with alterations available if needed. Store clerks make sure customers have the appropriate accessories to go along with their outfits.

 

DALLAS VINTAGE SHOP

1855 N. Central Expy., Plano, TX 75075
972-422-7256, dallasvintageshop.com

Dallas Vintage Shop is located on the edge of Central Expressway past George Bush Turnpike in Plano. The small store has racks and cases full of colorful clothes, impressive hats and other accessories ranging from old to new. This particular shop is a popular choice for customers looking to be a specific character from a book, film or television show.

This store started as a vintage donation store and has slowly turned into a hot spot for costume lovers to expand their own wardrobes.

 

ROSE COSTUMES

5800 I-35 #508 N., Denton, TX 76207

940-566-1917, rosecostumes.com

Rose Costumes began in 1976 in Denton, Texas. The store originally sold vintage clothes but later turned into the costume shop it is today, with over 5,000 costumes for rent. The building not only houses costumes but also decorations, including spooky mannequins. The costumes for rent are available for a period of three days at a time but can be reserved ahead of time. Merchandise ranges from real vintage clothing to themed characters to period clothing from throughout history.

Vintage costume shop offers classic selection

Michael Robinson, a Brookhaven College theater adjunct and former student, recounts his experiences owning and operating Dallas Costume Shoppe, one of Dallas’ premier costume destinations.

By Ellen Case
Senior Staff Writer

Photos by Ellen Case Michael Robinson, owner of Dallas Costume Shoppe, poses with several costume pieces in the shop, located outside Deep Ellum.

Photos by Ellen Case
Michael Robinson, owner of Dallas Costume Shoppe, poses with several costume pieces in the shop, located outside Deep Ellum.

 

A customer walking into Dallas Costume Shoppe will immediately take in the rich vibrancy of the place.

The small building, located on Main Street in Deep Ellum is the city’s oldest costume shop, having opened around the early 1900s. The building’s storefront once featured a mural but now is covered by graffiti and a thin coat of faded gray.

Inside, Michael Robinson, owner and Brookhaven theater adjunct, and his staff work in the middle of the front room. The shop is filled with every color of the rainbow, brimming with costumes that fill the cabinets, racks and tables. There are even more in the back. Large costume heads look down on the mass of costumes, boxes of accessories and sewing equipment in the shop’s main room.

Robinson sits at a table covered in pencils and scraps of fabric. Above him is a rack of colored threads. The store is in the middle of providing costumes for multiple shows. One customer comes in to pick up a rack of Navy uniforms for a production of “A Few Good Men.”

Robinson, a former Brookhaven student, was working as a costumer at the Brookhaven drama department in the ’80s when the then-owner approached him about making an offer to buy the business. Robinson said he didn’t change the shop much after pur
chasing it, aside from adding computers to replace the journals that had been used for the better part of a century.

Robinson said he started his theater career at the age of one when he was cast as the youngest son in “The King and I.” His parents loved theater and encouraged their son’s interest in it, though Robinson said his parents most likely appreciated the time they had to themselves while he rehearsed.

Robinson said he drifted away from acting and then back to it when he attended classes at Brookhaven. He said he never knew what he wanted to do growing up, but knew it would be something in theater. After acting, Robinson got involved in set design until an accident occurred during a tour of
the production of “A Christmas Carol.” After his injury, Robinson said he needed a change.

A Charlie Chaplin mask hangs on a wall in Dallas Costume Shoppe.

A Charlie Chaplin mask hangs on a wall in Dallas Costume Shoppe.

 

 

Robinson said the busiest times of the year for regular costumers at the shop are usually holiday seasons.

Robinson said the most popular Halloween costumes he sees are gangsters, flappers, Southern gentlemen, saloon girls and pirates.

“You can never go wrong with a pirate,” Robinson said.

Robinson said because of how long Dallas Costume Shoppe has been around, he relies on word of mouth to bring customers in.

For the theater world, Robinson said he and his team work on three to four shows during the summer. One of his favorites was “Avenue Q” at Theatre Three and Stage West. The show ran for almost two years, and the cast performed about 200 shows in that time.

Depending on the show, Robinson said he uses what he has to make costumes, sometimes cutting skirt away from tops to create a new outfit or even creating pieces from scratch, a more difficult option due to the costly fabrics. Robinson has built a fine reputation over the years with his co-workers.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have Michael Robinson on staff with us since even before my arrival at [Brookhaven] going on 13 years ago,” Darise Error, Brookhaven theater professor, said. “He is extraordinarily multi-talented, an exceptional collaborator, and a valued friend and colleague.”

Amanda Rodriguez, a former student and employee at Dallas Costume Shoppe, said she admires his kind and open heart as well as his incredible work ethic.

Looking toward the future, Robinson said he would love to expand.