Category Archives: Column

I came to America, seized my chance as a reporter

By Thao Nguyen
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of Thao Nguyen | Thao Nguyen, a Brookhaven College student, visits the State Fair of Texas.

Many people come to the U.S. to pursue the American Dream, and so did I. I thought about studying abroad since I was 10 years old, asking my family if I could go to America when I grew up. Years passed by, and I still dreamed about it. Then, one day in 2016, I left my hometown in Vietnam when I was 19 for the land of the free and better opportunities.  Continue reading

Church shooting evokes emotive thoughts

A Brookhaven Courier contributing writer shares his personal experience covering tragedy.

By Jacob Vaughn
Contributing Writer

Photos by Jacob Vaughn
A teddy bear and flowers lie behind police tape Nov. 6 in front of the First Baptist Church where 26 people were killed the previous day.

I did not lose anyone that day. I was not connected to the town in any way.

But in the midst of conducting interviews and taking photos throughout the night, I felt like one of the locals who had just lost 4 percent of his town’s population. 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

Social networks face legal threats, censorships

By Jacob Vaughn
Contributing Writer

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz
Social media companies become more accountable for online terrorist activity in the public eye.

The increasing threat of terrorism has the masses surrendering their rights in an aimless search for safety and security. Continue reading

Research finds CBD beneficial

Cannabidiol studies continue to impact modern medicine and alleviate disease symptoms.

By Dr. Dank
Dope Columnist

Photo by Eriana Ruiz
Various cannabidiol, or CBD, products available for purchase in Texas include gummies, bath bombs and patches.

Medical cannabis – the more we get to know her, the more we learn of the therapeutic effects she has on the body. Continue reading

Veganism can save planet

The Green Queen discusses the harmful effects of animal agriculture on the environment.

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Editor/Editorial Proofreader

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

There’s no denying that climate change is real. Some indicators of global warming include sea levels rising, oceans warming and fluctuating weather patterns. And one of the causes of global warming is animal agriculture. Continue reading

Brookhaven’s current bear battles with identity

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor
courierme@dcccd.edu

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. Continue reading

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