Category Archives: Campus News

Spooky Trot returnns to campus

Courtesy of the Office of Student Life

By Matthew Brown
Copy Editor

Before going trick-or-treating, Brookhaven College students, staff, faculty and community members will have an opportunity to treat students to much-needed meals at the seventh annual Spooky Trot Oct. 26. Continue reading

District initiative to track students’ course programs

By Jubenal Aguilar

Dallas area Democratic candidates took the stage alongside musical performances for a day of entertainment and a massive voter registration two days before the state registration deadline. Continue reading

Founding BHC member retires

Photo by Eriana Ruiz

By Stephanie Colmenero
Managing Editor/Web &
Social Media Director

“I’ve always liked working with people, but I’ve always liked working with data and information,” Michael Dennehy said. “If people have information, good information, they can make better decisions.” Michael Dennehy is executive director of planning, research and instructional effectiveness, is a charter member of Brookhaven College. Continue reading

Bears to party like it’s 1978


By Adam Bourenane
Contributing Writer

Brookhaven College will celebrate its 40th anniversary Oct. 11-13. Students, staff, faculty and alumni can attend various events, including the annual faculty art show, a Bears baseball and soccer game, and a community movie night in celebration of the campus’ milestone.

Meridith McLarty, director of marketing and public information, and Kevin Hurst, athletic director, planned the celebrations for the anniversary semester, though some finalizations are still in process, according to a campus-wide email. 

An arts reception will be held 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, beginning with dance and harp ensemble performances in front of the faculty art show. 

She said Darise Error, theatre department chair, will overs this year’s fall production of “The Laramie Project” with Brookhaven alumni who attended from 1978-2018. “She will have 40 years of theater in one show,” McLarty said. 

There will also be a tailgating party after a Bears baseball game and before a Bears soccer game from 4-6 p.m. Oct. 12. In the P1 parking lot near the Brookhaven soccer complex. 

Brookhaven will provide burgers, hot dogs, music, carnival games and cornhole toss, McLarty said.

There will also be a screening of 1979’s “The Muppet Movie” around 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 on campus.

Both McLarty and Hurst encourage all Brookhaveans to join the celebrations. 

“This week isn’t just a time to celebrate or reflect on the past 40 years, but on the potential for the next 40, while enjoying each other’s company,” Hurst said. 

McLarty said, “I really think it’s a time where we can reinvigorate and reimagine ourselves to be whatever we want by the time we hit 50.”

Hurst said he would like to see the same growth he has seen over his 19 years at Brookhaven. 

“Specifically, I would like to see us lead the pack in our students reaching the state of Texas’ goal of 60x30TX – 60 percent of those 25 plus having a degree or certification by 2030,” he said.

Ban yields no tickets on campus

By Robyn McAllister
Layout Editor

While cruising on North Texas highways, drivers may see several billboards warning about the dangers of texting and driving. On June 6, 2017, Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 62, which banned Texas motorists from texting and driving. However, no citations have been issued at Brookhaven College since the bill went into effect, Dallas County Community College District Cmdr. Mark Lopez, said in an email to The Courier. 

“The law is intended to require drivers to pay attention to their driving and the road ahead of them,” Lopez said. “Driving a vehicle and paying attention to your text can become a very dangerous situation.”

Lopez said all traffic laws will be upheld to prevent texting and driving on campus. 

According to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 341 tickets and 2,061 warnings were issued statewide between Sept. 1, 2017 and Feb. 28.

The Texas Department of Transportation states that a misdemeanor will be issued for first time offenders, ranging from $25-99. Repeat offenders will receive a $200 fine. 

“A lot of people like to say texting and driving is bad, but still do it,” Kayla McDaniel, a student, said. “It’s a serious problem, and there should be stricter laws enforced.”

There are at least nine people killed every day due to texting and driving, according to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. 

Out of the 25 percent of motor vehicle crashes that occur, teens and young adults are the largest group affected, according to 

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 1 out of 5 accidents that occur involve distracted driving. 

If texting and driving are the cause of an accident resulting in death or harm, the violator will be charged with a class A misdemeanor which can result in a one-year jail sentence and a fine up to $4000. 

Sara Perez, an Early College High School student, who drives, said she has been in a texting and driving-related accident, but did not receive a citation for it. 

“I thought I was being cool, but didn’t realize not only did I put myself at risk but others as well,” Perez said. 

 “I suggest to have your priorities straight between answering your friend or the life of yourself and others,” Perez said.

Teen drivers make up the highest fatality rate caused by distracted driving compared to other age groups, according to

Lopez said: “If you can’t seem to stop the habit, I would suggest that the phone be turned off while driving, or if you have to place it in your trunk. Out of sight out of mind.” 

TX DOT recommends drivers keep focused on the road, with phones out of reach on “Do Not Disturb mode while driving. Apple and Android have also taken steps to ensure motorists from using their phones while driving. IOS11’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode can be set to turn on automatically based on detected motion indicating a user is driving. Additionally, Drive Mode, an Android based application, can read texts aloud and creates an interference with smartphones is less distracting, according to

Brookhaven celebrates 40 years

Look for this series logo to find all of our 40th anniversary articles. 

By Jubenal Aguilar

Brookhaven College turns 40. Continue reading

Baseball diamond gets new dirt

Photos by Jacob Vaughn A utility vehicle hauls seven semi truck loads of newly delivered dirt from Parking Lot P1 to relevel Brookhaven College’s baseball field. This renovation will help the players performance and prevent rained out games.

By Jacob Vaughn
Copy Desk Chief & Music Editor

A utility vehicle sped back and forth between Parking Lot P1 and Brookhaven College’s baseball field hauling some much needed dirt. Clouds of earthy dust formed as each load was dumped on the diamond. The baseball field received a long-awaited renovation August 1.  Continue reading

O’Rourke holds rally at Brookhaven

Photo by Karla Estrada | Beto O’Rourke, 2018 Democratic nominee for Texas’ 16th congressional district, speaks at Brookhaven College July 7 about issues such as immigration policy, healthcare reform and education.

By Stephanie Salas-Vega

Hundreds of people crowded inside Brookhaven College’s gymnasium, Room T206, July 7 with T-shirts and holding posters that read “Beto For Senate.” Beto O’Rourke is a U.S. Representative for Texas and 2018 Democratic nominee for the U.S. in the Texas senate race. He spoke at Brookhaven for his Farmers Branch town hall stop as part of his campaign to obtain Texas’ 16th congressional district seat. Continue reading

Student center opens


Photo by Josh Drake | Students study Sept. 12 in the different areas of The Hub, Brookhaven College’s new centralized tutoring and student service center.

By Thao Nguyen & Salar Akhavan
Opinions Editor & Contributing Writer

A new student support center with centralized services opened Aug. 27 on the second floor of S Building. The Academic Engagement & Support Center, which is now called The Hub, is open to all currently enrolled Brookhaven College students. Continue reading

Catch president, get free Subway

Dart passangers

Photo courtesy of Thom Chesney | Passengers use DART rail trains to commute to their destinations. Thom Chesney said he will buy Subway to any student who catches him on the train.

By Leah Cook
Arts & Culture Editor

“If you see me riding DART, call me out,” Thom Chesney, Brookhaven College president, said. He is offering to buy Subway, or something similar, for any student who catches him riding DART. Chesney will take selfies with students as proof of the transit nab.

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