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Dancers strut stuff for fall

By Marilyn Velazquez
Contributing Writer

Photos by Marilyn Velazquez Dance students from the Hathaway Academy of Ballet perform “Mindless Paranoia.”

Photos by Marilyn Velazquez
Dance students from the Hathaway Academy of Ballet perform “Mindless Paranoia.”

 

Brookhaven College’s dance recital showcased the fall semester dance classes Nov. 11-13 in the Performance Hall. The show featured eight dances by the Dancers’ Theatre ensemble, along with one performance by Hathaway Academy of Ballet.

Madi Frampton, a student, said practice for the performance began in September. She said the group practiced every Friday for four hours.

Frampton said the classes offered on campus teach various dance styles, but this semester the classes focused more on contemporary dance – a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several genres, including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet, according to dance.com.

Frampton performed a duet with Jesse Castaneda, a student, in a hard contemporary dance.

“[The dance] is a slow, Gagastyle [dance]. It’s very gesture-y and very loose,” Frampton said.

Students Dekorian Felder and Kaytlyn Christie performed a duet to “Paloma.” Felder said he started dancing four years ago.

Brookhaven students Dekorian Felder and Kaytlyn Christie perform a duet to “Paloma.”

Brookhaven students Dekorian Felder and Kaytlyn Christie perform a duet to “Paloma.”

“I hurt myself in high school, and my mom took me to a yoga class … then an African [dance] class,” Felder said, “And that’s when I was like, ‘Hey, dance, I like that stuff.’”

Frampton and Felder performed with the rest of the Dancers’ Theatre ensemble in the first dance, titled “Strength in Serenity.”

Frampton said she knew Anna Ewert-Pittman, a modern dance professor, from high school. Frampton said Ewert-Pittman judged her senior choreography in high school.

“I knew [Ewert-Pittman] was really popular in the arts,” Frampton said, “When I realized she was here, I said, ‘It has to be a good school if she teaches here.’”

Frampton said based on what she had seen and heard from people on other Dallas County Community College District campuses, Brookhaven has the strongest dance department.

Dance students kneel during a performance to “Strength in serenity.”

Dance students kneel during a performance to “Strength in serenity.”

“You get the best training here because they prepare you performance-wise and prepare you for technique as well,” Frampton said.

Felder said he had also heard former students, now in four-year universities, recommend Brookhaven’s dance classes

Freddie Jones blows fans away

By Meilyn Acevedo
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of allaboutjazz.com

Photo courtesy of allaboutjazz.com

 

This Thanksgiving, Freddie Jones, a Brookhaven College adjunct music professor, will take his place on the field of AT&T Stadium. With trumpet in hand, he will kick off the game by playing the national anthem as millions of turkey-tired sports fans gather around their TVs. Continue reading

Theatre preps for Scrooge sequel

By Jasmine Gallegos
ECHS Contributing Writer

 

Theatre Brookhaven will close out the fall semester with a production of Mark Brown’s “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” a comedic sequel to Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Continue reading

Students exhibit semester’s work

BCSA’s fall Studio Art Classes 1 exhibition shows works from beginning art students.

By Eric Lopez

Contributing Writer

Photos by Jubenal Aguilar “Tireless Maze,” a 3-D plywood sculpture created by Anika Espinoza, an art design student, is exhibited in the Forum Gallery.

Photos by Jubenal Aguilar
“Tireless Maze,” a 3-D plywood sculpture created by Anika Espinoza, an art design student, is exhibited in the Forum Gallery.

 

Brookhaven College’s beginning art students exhibited their semester’s work in the Studio and Forum galleries Nov. 4-11. The exhibition featured works of multiple media, including charcoal, plywood, metal, copper and enamel, and mixed media. Continue reading

Prof discusses drug trafficking at Open Book event

By Juan Betancourt
Sports Editor

Photo by Juan Betancourt Jennifer Trujillo, an El Centro College English professor, explains motives behind some Mexican cartels.

Photo by Juan Betancourt
Jennifer Trujillo, an El Centro College English professor, explains motives behind some Mexican cartels.

Jennifer Trujillo, an El Centro College English professor, gave a presentation on drug trafficking to Brookhaven College students, staff and faculty on Nov. 8. Continue reading

Dakota pipeline protests emerge across Dallas

Protestors denounced attempt by Dallas-based utility company Energy Transfer Partners to build oil pipeline through Native American Sioux reservation.

By Juan Betancourt
Sports Editor

Photo by Stephanie Salas-Vega Protesters line up with signs outside the headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for the Dakota Pipeline Project, in Dallas Nov.1.

Photo by Stephanie Salas-Vega
Protesters line up with signs outside the headquarters of Energy Transfer Partners, the company responsible for the Dakota Pipeline Project, in Dallas Nov.1.

 

Protesters including some current and former Brookhaven students gathered outside Energy Transfer Partners headquarters in Dallas for a peaceful protest Nov. 1 to voice their opposition to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline Project through Sioux grounds in North Dakota. Continue reading

SkillsShop helps solve relationship conflicts, woes

By Marilyn Velazquez
Contributing Writer

 

Chrystal Keaton, a Brookhaven College counselor, led a SkillsShop on healthy and unhealthy relationships. “So Don’t Act Like It’s a Bad Thing to Fall in Love” was held Oct. 25 in S064. Continue reading

Arbor day plants tradition

By Jake Griffin
Copy Desk Chief

Photo by Jake Griffin Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, assists two Brookhaveans planting a tree during the Arbor Day Celebration.

Photo by Jake Griffin
Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, assists two Brookhaveans planting a tree during the Arbor Day Celebration.

 

Brookhaven College held its fourth Arbor Day Celebration Oct. 6 in the Windmill Garden. Students, staff, faculty and local conservationist organizations celebrated the day by planting trees, exploring Brookhaven’s wooded areas and discussing Continue reading

Students go for gold at Color Run

Students raise funds and have fun at the Student Government Association Color Run.

By Eric Lopez
Contributing Writer

Photos by Juan Betancourt Students participating in the second Color Run of 2016 began the race with clean white shirts.

Photos by Juan Betancourt
Students participating in the second Color Run of 2016 began the race with clean white shirts.

 

The Brookhaven College Student Government Association sponsored the Fall 2016 Color Run. The event was a fundraiser for SGA activities, including trips to regional and state, conferences, Mehrin Ali, SGA secretary, said. The 5-kilometer fun run began near the baseball field and ran around the jogging trail Sept. 29.

SGA met its fundraising goal for the event, Ali said in an email to The Courier. SGA raised $450 during the event, more than doubling last year’s $200.

Ali said the Color Run was a great way for students to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of school.

As start time neared, Ali and other volunteers completed final touches for the race. Organizers and volunteers stationed themselves along the trail and prepared to hand out bottled water and splatter paint on runners as they passed.

Brian Borski, director of the Office of Student Life, assembled participants and explained the rules before the event, assigning separate criteria for those who preferred to walk.

Sonia Agulera and Fernando Sanchez, Student Government Association members, throw paint on runners.

Sonia Agulera and Fernando Sanchez, Student Government Association members, throw paint on runners.

Damaris Hernandez, a student, said she enjoyed previous Color Runs. She said that is why she participated in this one. She said her favorite part of the race was the paint.

“They sprayed a lot of paint,” Hernandez said. “I kind of thought there would be a few dots, but no, they really got [us].”

SGA is now preparing for the 5th Annual Spooky Trot – Zombie Run, in which participants will have the opportunity to run along the jogging trail in costume. The Spooky Trot will be held Oct. 28 and will help support the campus food pantry.

Anyone interested in participating in the Spooky Trot can find more information online at brookhavencollege.edu.

Student weight gain less than expected

By Monica Briceno
Contributing Writer

Photo by Diamond Victoria Vending machines carrying Snickers, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles and other snacks fill the halls of Brookhaven College.

Photo by Diamond Victoria
Vending machines carrying Snickers, Sour Patch Kids, Skittles and other snacks fill the halls of Brookhaven College.

Weight gained during the first year of college by some students is commonly referred to as the Freshman 15. This idea is based off the theory that most college freshmen gain between 10-15 pounds during their first year. This once hard and fast rule is changing, however Continue reading