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Open Book event to promote sustainability

By Joie’ Thornton 

Culture/Events Editor 

Something as simple as a Nike shoe can help bring greater understanding of environmental impact,Mountain View College Sustainability coordinator Lori De La Cruz said.

As part of the 2014-2015 Open Book project, Brookhaven College will host an event connected to the book “Global Weirdness.” According to the authors at Climate Central, “Global Weirdness” is an attempt to explain the underlying science of climate change in clear and simple language.

“‘Global Weirdness’ provides snapshots of climate change science in simple terms,” De La Cruz said. “Using a shoe to understand sustainability and its connections to climate change does the same thing.” Continue reading

BHC president speaks, welcomes students back

By Diamond Gregg 

Layout Editor 

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney points to the Brookhaven logo during the Sept. 2 convocation speech in the Performance Hall, where he talked about the advantages of attending community college.

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom
Chesney points to the Brookhaven logo during the Sept. 2 convocation
speech in the Performance Hall, where he talked about
the advantages of attending community college.

“Here,” Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney said, “you are getting a package of skills.” He also touched on how difficult many think it is to transfer to those universities. “If anything,” he said, “it’s only getting easier.”

Chesney dismissed the idea that community colleges are obsolete, discussed Brookhaven values and welcomed new students.

Chesney has been Brookhaven’s president since August 2011 and has remained active in student life, attending 112 events last semester alone. Continue reading

Parking problems pose trouble for students

By Diamond Gregg

Layout Editor

Photo by Brigitte Zumaya | Construction workers have been hard at work replacing the asphalt parking lot with more durable and costeffective concrete since summer.

Photo by Brigitte Zumaya | Construction workers have been hard at work replacing the asphalt parking lot with more durable and costeffective
concrete since summer.

 

It’s 10:30 a.m. and students are beginning to leave Brookhaven College campus. Most will return for their next class after a quick lunch. Tensions run high as students weave through traffic cones and dodge the police officers directing traffic.

With the heavy flow of traffic that typically accompanies a new semester at Brookhaven, the closing of several parking lots around campus has caused additional chaos. Some students have been parking on the grassy fields near Valley View Lane, a five-minute walk from campus. Despite the frustration, Continue reading

BHC removes callboxes

By Dillon Piekarsky
Senior Copy Editor

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Wild animals, scenic greenery, avid runners and casual dog-walkers – these are all commonplace for the Brookhaven College jogging trail. What has been removed are the outdated emergency callboxes.The Dallas County Community College District as a whole is phasing out the once-numerous emergency callboxes in the district, and the Brookhaven campus is already well into this process. Feb. 26 was the last day the emergency telephones were in service, but Continue reading

Ambitions IGNITE-ed in women

By Aaron Mason
Staff Writer

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Women account for more than half of the U.S. population according to the most recent U.S. Census data. Currently there are 20 women serving in the U.S. Senate, a governing body of 100. There are 79 women serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, a governing body of 435. That is 99 women serving between both the House and Senate, with a total of 535 seats filled by men. This discrepancy of representative seats held between men and women at the federal level has caught the attention of many politically motivated women, especially Brookhaven College student Sandy Gonzalez. Continue reading

9/11 : A Day to Remember

By Jessica N. Ayers

Staff Writer 

 

Sept. 11

S Building (Courtyards)

10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  (Blood drive 10 a.m.- 4p.m.)

This occasion will not not only be a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives during the terrorists attacks in 2001; it will also afford students and staff the opportunity to honor both campus officials and first responders in our community. The event will take place around campus, primarily in the S Building. There will be a blood drive, displays remembering those who lost their lives and projects to help create gift baskets and write encouraging notes to first responders. Also, for those interested, recruiters from the armed forces, EMTs and representatives from local police departments will be available to provide information regarding their fields of service.

 

 

City passes new texting laws

By Tuyen Anh Hoang

Staff Writer

Photo by Kathy Tran | A flipped SUV rests at the Valley View Lane exit to Brookhaven College. The April 28 accident involved the use of a cell phone, according to the police report. The city of Farmers Branch passed an ordinance March 18 making text-based communications illegal while driving.

Photo by Kathy Tran | A flipped SUV rests at the Valley View Lane exit to Brookhaven College. The April 28 accident involved the use of a cell phone, according to the police report. The city of Farmers Branch passed an ordinance March 18 making text-based communications illegal while driving.

 

A Brookhaven College student was involved in a rollover accident that left spilled gas, a damaged telephone pole and a marred SUV at the Valley View Lane exit, according to the Brookhaven Police Department’s April 28 police report. The report states that two witnesses saw the student texting before the accident. No one was seriously injured.

In an effort to raise public safety for everyone on the road, including pedestrians and bicyclists, the Farmers Branch City Council passed a new ordinance outlawing texting while driving on March 18, council member Ana Reyes said in an email. Continue reading

Budget suffers

By Nicholas Bostick

Managing Editor

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The Brookhaven College Budget and Planning Committee has identified possible cuts that can be made to balance the school’s 2014-2015 fiscal year budget. Of the original $1.3 mil- lion in cuts needed to next year’s budget, administrators have already identified nearly a mil- lion dollars of possible budget cuts, Brookhaven President Dr. Thom Chesney said in an email.

Brookhaven administrators will have to cut an additional $450,000 in order to balance the budget, Chesney said. Continue reading

Award-winning poet makes big impressions

By Erin Alexis Goldman

Opinion Editor 

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Award-winning poet Patricia Smith performs for National Poetry Month.

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Award-winning poet Patricia Smith performs for National Poetry Month.

 

The room was abuzz with chatter among the crowd of people as they claimed their seats to see what some called the most exciting event of the semester.

Poet, author, spoken- word performer, teacher and National Book Award finalist Patricia Smith visited Brookhaven College on April 14 to perform and led two workshops, the first for Early College High School, and the second for the college. Continue reading

Chancellor visits BHC

By Tuyen Anh Hoang

Staff Writer

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New Dallas County Community College District chancellor Dr. Joe May said his hope is that the community will recognize Brookhaven College as a welcoming institution where people can learn, grow and develop to improve the quality of their lives.

May arrived at Brookhaven April 17, 2014, for his first official visit to the college. Continue reading