By Jessica N. Ayers
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.
By Tuyen Anh Hoang
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
By Nicholas Bostick
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
By Erin Alexis Goldman
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
By Tuyen Anh Hoang
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
By Ashley Heussner
Photos by Nicholas Bostick | Brookhaven College art student Kenya Diaz finishes her painting. One of Diaz’s paintings was accepted to be featured at the Founder’s Foyer Rotating Art Exhibition.
Kenya Diaz, Brookhaven College student, just received word that her painting has been selected to be featured in the Founder’s Foyer Rotating Art Exhibition at the Dallas County Community College District Office. A limited number of paintings are accepted for the exhibit.
“At a young age, I always was drawn to art, even to the point where I would be so fully absorbed into drawing and doodling I would stop doing class work,” Diaz said. “From what my mom tells me,[that] would get me in trouble with my teachers.” Continue reading
By Erin Alexis Goldman
Photo by Maddox Price | Charred remnants of Brookhaven student and Library Circulation Assistant Brandy Walthall’s building remains standing at Stone Ranch Apartments in Dallas.
It was a typical Thursday for Brookhaven student and Library Circulation Assistant Brandy Walthall. Her cats, Bourbon and Whiskey, woke her up around 9 a.m. She dragged herself out of bed, threw on a pair of khakis, a plain white T-shirt and black ballerina flats. She chugged a Red Bull, caught an 11 a.m. bus and arrived at Brookhaven around noon. What she didn’t know was that Continue reading
By Carmina Tiscareño
New Media Editor
Illustration by Sophia Espinosa
A room in the L Building stores event flyers, T-shirts and old carpet from the campus dating back 35 years. Brookhaven College Executive Dean Sarah A. Ferguson wades through the items and stumbles across a poster that reads: “Brookhaven College opens fall 1978.” She opens a drawer and finds five laminated posters that list all the courses offered when the campus first opened. One poster included an aerial map of the campus and a map of Dallas, showing how to locate Brookhaven. Another poster had the registration form on it. Continue reading
By Chris R. Allison
Despite 35 years of changes and evolving technology, The Brookhaven Courier continues its tradition of informing the Brookhaven College community and documenting the many facets of life on campus and in the community.
The Courier’s origins are rooted in the creation of the journalism program. In 1978, Brookhaven’s inaugural year, journalism professor Dr. John Neal taught Beginning Reporting and Introduction to Mass Communications. A handful of students enrolled in those courses made up the original staff of the school news- paper. The first issue of The Courier was published on Nov. 22, 1978. Continue reading
By Brigitte Zumaya and Ashley Heussner
Layout Editor and Staff Writer
Photos by Brigitte Zumaya | An expressive Sara Lundsteen dresses as a sheriff for her performance.
The usually quiet atmosphere of the Performance Hall lobby resonated with the voices of students from the Brookhaven College Opera Workshop Class. In the middle of the lobby, Brookhaven student Elizabeth Varhaug sang along with the piano, warming up.
The Brookhaven College School of the Arts held an Opera Workshop Recital April 16. Directed by Susan Wyatt, the performance showcased the talents of the students in the Opera Workshop class. Wyatt is an adjunct faculty member, and studying music has taken her all the way to Munich and Cologne, Germany, according to the Brookhaven website. Continue reading