I’m graduating. What should I do now that I am out of college?

Brianne Sardoni

Brookhaven English professor

Congratulations – you did it! You successfully completed your degree at Brookhaven College. You don the cap and gown, invite your family to the ceremony, cry a little when you walk across the stage, celebrate at dinner and that’s it.
You’re done. Continue reading I’m graduating. What should I do now that I am out of college?

Adidas turns threat into thread

Illustration by Suha Kim | Adidas and Parley for the Oceans are helping clear the ocean of trash and recycling it into shoes for athletes and other clothing items.

By Malen Blackmon
Sports editor

Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have been pulling plastic out of the ocean and converting trash into thread, literally.

About 8 million metric tons of plastics are dumped into the ocean in a single year, according to earthday.org. Every minute one garbage truck worth of plastic is dumped into the ocean. It is killing sea life and destroying ocean water. Continue reading Adidas turns threat into thread

NHL fighting shows bias

By Malen Blackmon
Sports Editor

Former National Hockey League player and head coach Barry Melrose said the passion found in hockey fights is what makes the sport special, according to ESPN. However, that is not true.

The passion found in all professional sports is special. Fans of basketball and football could argue the coverage that surrounds those two sports creates a more universal passion that makes them different. Continue reading NHL fighting shows bias

What do I need to consider if I am planning on taking a summer class?

Brianne Sardoni

Brookhaven English professor

When May rolls around, most students are starting to exhale the stagnant air of the spring semester and starting to inhale the freedom that summer offers. The summer months of June, July and August usually mean no homework, reading, commutes to campus or struggles for a parking space. Continue reading What do I need to consider if I am planning on taking a summer class?

Research cannot prove weed causes psychosis

Photo illustration by Jubenal Aguilar | Marijuana opposers should stop spreading misinformation about the plant.

By Dr. Dank
Cannabis Columnist

As states continue to legalize cannabis across the country, the fight against the non-believers of the substance is at an all-time high. With their backs against the wall, opponents of cannabis in non-legal states, including Texas, are making efforts to protect their ignorant laws by flooding communities with misinformation hoping to continue to persuade voters that cannabis is evil. Continue reading Research cannot prove weed causes psychosis

Kratom could help curb opiate abuse

Photo illustration by John C. McClanahan | As the opiate epidemic continues to sweep through the U.S., some Americans are turning to kratom, a psychoactive plant often consumed in a powdered form, to combat opiate addiction.

By John C. McClanahan
Editor-at-Large

Opiate abuse has ravaged the U.S. for decades. From 1999 to 2017, over 400,000 people died from an overdose involving an opiate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and on average, 130 people die from an opiate overdose each day. Opiates are addictive and users often find quitting difficult. Continue reading Kratom could help curb opiate abuse

Hemp, pot not same substance

Photo illustration by Jubenal Aguilar | Although hemp and marijuana are in the same genus of plants, they have different levels of active chemicals.

By Dr. Dank
Cannabis Columnist

If a person holds a nug of their favorite marijuana strain in one hand and a nug of hemp flower in the other, they probably couldn’t tell the two apart. Marijuana buds and hemp flower come from the same type of plant – cannabis. But there are very distinct differences between the two. Continue reading Hemp, pot not same substance

Nicotine arouses brain activity

Photo by Eriana Ruiz | Research suggests nicotine excites areas of the brain, such as the one associated with memory, though tobacco consumption is both harmful and addictive.

By John C. McClanahan
Editor-at-Large

Tobacco consumption, regardless of means – smoking, vaping or chewing raw leaves – is addictive and dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smoking alone causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the U.S. – more deaths than by drug and alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries and firearm-related incidents combined. Continue reading Nicotine arouses brain activity

Ask a Professor: How do I coordinate a long leave of absence from my classes?

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By Brianne Sardoni
Brookhaven College English Professor

Dear student,

The first step is to ensure you’re informed of school policies. Every school has a policy regarding students who need temporary accommodations due to injuries. A student should first check their school’s policy to see what can be done. If your injury is not severe enough to require extensive accommodations, you can always reach out to your instructors and ask them how to best complete their courses while you heal. Continue reading Ask a Professor: How do I coordinate a long leave of absence from my classes?

Underdog Luka Dončić becomes phenom in NBA

Illustration by Suha Kim | Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle and Real-Madrid Baloncesto coach Pablo Laso gawk over Luka Dončić, a 20-year-old Slovenian basketball player.

By Malen Blackmon
Sports Editor

Luka Dončić, a 20-year-old Slovenian basketball player, has set fire to the Dallas Mavericks and the NBA. Coaches, general managers, scouts, players and fans across the globe have taken notice and marveled at the rookie’s impact on the NBA. Continue reading Underdog Luka Dončić becomes phenom in NBA