Category Archives: Campus News

Gamers United plays through day-long charity drive

By Juan Betancourt
Sports Editor

Photo by Juan Betancourt
Gamers United Club members play various board games and video games during a 24-hour charity event Nov. 18-19 in Room S220.


The Brookhaven College Gamers United Club hosted a 24-hour charity event Nov. 18-19 that raised over $300 for the Extra Life Foundation, a foundation that helps fund Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Continue reading

Student says BHC led to success at international conference

Brookhaven College student uses experience in geographical information systems to wow at Esri International Users Conference in San Diego, California.

By Joshua Drake
Contributing Writer

Photo by Noel DeJesus
Norman Mucha is a Brookhaven College student and geographical information systems expert.


Night after night, Norman Mucha, a Brookhaven College student, found himself awakened by the sound of private trash collectors in the city of Farmers Branch. His trash was not being picked up during operational hours as defined in the city’s bylaws – collectors were passing earlier than they were allowed. Continue reading

BHC music faculty jazzes up concert

Brookhaven College music department faculty takes time off work to raise money for student scholarships by performing various genres of music.

By Marilyn Velazquez
Contributing Writer

Photos by Marilyn Velazquez
Ray Allen Jr on the tenor saxophone plays “Concerto for Tenor Saxophone and Piano.”


The Brookhaven College music department hosted its 12th Music Faculty Showcase Concert in the Performance Hall Nov. 19. Continue reading

Student fashions future from beads, wire, family

Alex Stone, a Brookhaven Student’s, jewelry business, Nettle Heart Creations, sells unique jewelry made out of natural materials, such as copper, feathers and bones.

By Monica Mitrovic
Contributing Writer

Photos courtesy of Alex Stone
“The Carrion Caller” is a necklace made with a marble finding, brass chain, an antique brass bell, a scavenged coyote foot bone and pheasant feathers. It was created by Alex Stone, a Brookhaven College student.


A marriage connected by art, successfully runs the creative jewelry business, Nettle Heart Creations. Continue reading

Farmers Branch food safety scores inform students, faculty

By Ellen Case and Jaz’man Hampton
Senior Staff Writer and Staff Writer


Food safety scores in city of Farmers Branch are based on a scale ranging from 0-100. Farmers Branch uses a system called the Texas Food Establishment Rules as well as the state inspection form that goes with these rules to inspect food establishments, according to Continue reading

District offers students free DART passes

The Dallas County Community College District unveils plans to provide eligible students with semester-long access to public transportation.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar
Hundreds of students arrive at and leave Brookhaven College campus from the bus stop located in front of S Building.

Students enrolled at any Dallas County Community College District campus for Spring 2017 will be able to ride public transportation free beginning Jan. 1. This student benefit is made possible by a new partnership between the district and Dallas Area Rapid Transportation. Continue reading

Intruder raises alarm, causes lock down

By Diamond Victoria

Photo by Emma Donohue
Brookhaven College police take a suspect into custody after he allegedly threatened students Nov. 29.


The Brookhaven College Police Department ended a campuswide lockdown Nov. 29, taking a man into custody after he allegedly threatened to shoot students. The man was questioned after officials with Brookhaven told an emergency caller reported someone threatening to shoot students in the school parking lot. Continue reading

District snow days explained

By Diamond Victoria


When local media announces a chance of sleet, snow, ice or freezing temperatures for North Texas, some Brookhaven College students immediately take to social media to see whether the campus will be closed for a snow day. Seven campuses make up the Dallas County Community College District, and when one closes its doors due to inclement weather, they all do. Continue reading

Religion faculty inspires students

By Stephon Smith
Contributing Writer

Baltazar Alvarez

Baltazar Alvarez, a Brookhaven College introduction to world religions adjunct faculty member, arrived at the DFW Hindu Temple Society Ekta Mandir in Irving, Texas, where he met with his students for one of his “faith visits.” They were greeted by Sri Mrugank G. Joshi, an artist and priest, who took them on a tour of the temple and taught them about Hindu culture. Continue reading

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

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