Category Archives: Column

Brookhaven’s current bear battles with identity

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

Photo by Joshua Drake
Breezy, Brookhaven College’s current bear, struggles to understand who it really is.

The Brookhaven Bears – it’s a name most Brookhaven College students, staff and faculty are familiar with. But the campus mascot may have never had a name of its own to begin with. Continue reading

Trump revokes Fair Pay order, endangers workers

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor

In 2014, former President Barack Obama signed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces executive order intended to safeguard workers’ rights, especially women’s rights and equal pay. However, on March 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order revoking Obama’s Fair Pay order. Continue reading

Pot policy clouds minds

The city of Dallas will have a new cite-and-release policy covering possession of marijuana, but it may not be the light at the end of the tunnel some users may believe.

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

By Dr. Dank
Dope Columnist

The city of Dallas’ new cite-and-release policy, a baby step in the right direction of marijuana legalization, takes effect Oct. 1. But once the smoke clears, the hype of Dallas’ cite-and-release policy leaves me dazed and confused.

On the first puff, the benefits of cite-and-release are clear. But on the second puff, I wonder what will really be accomplished.

Dallas City Council members approved a cite-and-release policy regarding marijuana possession under 4 ounces in a 10-5 vote April 12, according to D Magazine.

“The number one misconception [about cite-and-release] is that it somehow changes it to a Class C, traffic-ticket-level offense,” Jamie Spencer, an Austin attorney, said, according to the Dallas Observer. “It’s an improvement on automatically arresting everybody immediately – the person will have to go through the arrest process a month from now.”

This means, the outcome regarding marijuana possession is essentially the same, but with a delay of the consequences.

As long as those cited comply with Dallas laws, pay their fines and don’t miss their court dates, they could face the minimum penalty. Offenders can avoid receiving a Class A misdemeanors on top of other charges.

If an individual carrying less than 4 ounces of marijuana is caught by an officer, then a police supervisor will be called to test it, weigh and transport the pot into evidence, according to D Magazine.

Avoiding immediate jail visits is undoubtedly a step in the right direction when addressing Texas marijuana laws. By avoiding jail, the personal lives of those caught with marijuana will not be affected right away. They will have time to handle the citation and personal matters such as their job and school minimally affected.

No longer arresting culprits of low-level pot busts will save officers time and decongest jail space.

While these potential benefits seem fine and dandy, I’m not convinced everyone in the cannabis community will benefit from the policy. If caught and cited, offenders will have possession charges on their records, which could affect future job opportunities.

Any responsible stoner can tell you there has always been a sort of unspoken agreement between marijuana users and police officers – well, “cool” police officers, at least in my experience with the law. If I’m calm and honest with the officer and the amount of marijuana is a small personal stash, the officer has usually stomped out or trashed the stash without issuing a ticket.

Charging someone with possession entails arresting them, booking them and processing paperwork.

For a misdemeanor, that’s a lot for the officer to do. But with this new policy, that unspoken agreement between users and officers goes out the window. Officers will be able to accurately charge possession without the hassle of bringing someone in for a small amount of marijuana.

Spencer, who works in Travis County, said, “I have seen more small, and I mean very small, amounts in marijuana cases since cite-and-release has been put in place than I did prior to it.”

Dr. Dank is not a real doctor. It is the pseudonym chosen to protect the identity of the author of the column. The Courier does not advocate the use of marijuana or any illegal substance. Under current state law, possession is illegal in Texas and punishable with prison time and fines.

Hemp products benefit planet planet

By Eric Lopez
Arts & Culture Editor

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Plastic, fossil fuel, cotton-based clothing and paper are four items industrial hemp could replace. Continue reading

Climate change threatens humanity, Earth

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

February 2017 was the second warmest February in over a century of modern record keeping, according to scientists from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. But that does not mean climate change is real. Continue reading

Opioid crisis not tied to recreational marijuana

By Dr. Dank
Dope Columnist

Contrary to the current administration’s opinion, the opioid crisis is not tied to the recreational use of marijuana. Continue reading

‘Get Out’ critiques racial relationships

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

A film that manages to combine components of different genres and weave them into a coherent and thought-provoking social critique with a dash of comedy deserves widespread recognition. “Get Out” flawlessly provide a daunting and true study of racial relations in an ever-divided America, while holding the audience’s attention hostage with its thrilling narrative, evocative screenplay and chilling cinematography. The horror film was released into theaters Feb. 24. Continue reading

Sugar consumption may lead to addiction

By Lauren Keuning
Contributing Writer

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz
Three cupcakes (75 grams) have a total 35 grams of sugar. Editor’s note: Each sugar cube equals 4 grams.

Sugar has always had a bad reputation in the nutritional world, but new findings on the correlation between sugar and addiction have brought controversy to the table. Continue reading

Film analyzes racial tensions

By Stephon Smith
Staff Writer 


“The history of America is the history of the Negro in America, and it’s not a pretty picture,” James Baldwin, essayist, novelist and playwright, said. Baldwin wrote about racial tension and social issues in his many works. “Remember This House” was his personal recollection of the friendship he shared with three of the most prominent civil rights leaders, as well as his personal recounts of their deaths. Although unfinished at the time of Baldwin’s death in 1987, the 30-page manuscript became the basis of “I Am Not Your Negro,” a groundbreaking documentary film produced and directed by Raoul Peck, a Haitian filmmaker and political activist. Continue reading

Nintendo switches platforms, gaming style

By Juan Betancourt
Web Editor

Photo courtesy of Nintendo

Nintendo Co. Ltd. is set to release its seventh home video game console, the Nintendo Switch, March 3. The console will combine aspects of the company’s previous consoles. Continue reading