Category Archives: Campus News

Two-year colleges could be practical for some students

High school students find attending a two-year college beneficial.

By Charlotte Blackburn
Contributing Writer

Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

While some students think heading straight to a four-year university is the ideal plan, according to USA Today, attending a two-year community college first can benefit them greatly. Over time, a rise in high school students enrolling in two-year colleges first has drastically increased. Continue reading

Campus participates in recycling competition

By Thao Nguyen
Contributing Writer

Photo Illustration by Jubenal Aguilar

Brookhaven College is participating in RecycleMania 2018, an eight-week intercollegiate recycling competition, which began across campus Feb. 4. Brookhaven’s RecycleMania team will collect recyclable materials. The competition’s goal is to help colleges and universities generate attention on waste reduction activities, according to  Continue reading

Art exhibit garnishes Forum Gallery

Artist showcases drawings in campus exhibition gallery.

By Yecsenia Sanchez
Contributing Writer

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar | Artist Kevin Neal Gardner (left) talks to Don Tayler, a painting and print making art professor, about one of the works in his exhibition, “Work on Paper.”

Oil, graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastel and color pencil drawings of body studies on paper lined the walls of Brookhaven College’s Forum Gallery. The art pieces, a total of 68, are part of “Work on Paper,” an exhibition by Kevin Neal Gardner, an associate professor of painting and drawing at Berea College, in Berea, Kentucky. Continue reading

Bears engage in MLK Day of Service

Brookhaveans and community members volunteer with Farmers Branch.

By Jubenal Aguilar

Photo by Jacqueline Arredondo | From left: Students Sohyun Jun, Maria Tovar, and Carlos E. Valbuena dig out bricks Jan. 15 in the Farmers Branch Historical Park to improve the trail.

The sound of draining spades striking the ground broke through the silence of the cold morning in the Farmers Branch Historical Park. Ten volunteers spent the morning realigning the bricks that outline the park’s trail. The group was part of the more than 60 Brookhaven College students, staff, faculty and other community members who volunteered for Brookhaven’s sixth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service held Jan. 15. Continue reading

Snack prices increase

The renewed vending machine contract will also bring a Starbucks Coffee machine.

By Calvin Spencer Jr.
Contributing Writer

Brookhaven students, staff and faculty may notice an increase in vending machine prices, as well as a Starbucks Coffee machine installed around campus.

Dawn Bishop, assistant to vice president of business services, said the ultimate goal is to improve convenience and overall experience for Brookhaveans. Continue reading

Influenza spreads through Dallas County

By Monica Mitrovic
Copy Desk Chief

Photo Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

As of Jan. 24, 60 people in North Texas have died from influenza, also referred to as the flu, according to The Dallas Morning News. Forty-three people in Dallas County died after virus-related complications.

“It is a bad season this year, for sure,” Mildred Kelley, Brookhaven College nurse, said in an email to The Courier. Continue reading

Brookhaven to host annual African-American poetry reading

By Elena Walker
Arts & Culture/Social Media Editor

File Photo | All the presenters of the 2017 African-American Read-In take the stage together to read parts of Langston Hughes’ “Let America Be America.”

The African-American Read-In will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 in the Performance Hall at Brookhaven College. Hazel Carlos, an English professor, said this year’s theme will be, “Lift Every Voice and Sing; I, Too America” inspired by the 1920s poet Langston Hughes. Continue reading

Robert Daniel White 1988-2017


By John C. McClanahan
Copy Editor/Editorial Proofreader

Robert Daniel White

Robert Daniel White, 29, a former Brookhaven College music student and assistant, died Dec. 27, 2017 in Corsicana, Texas. Robert, or Robby, as his friends and family knew him, was born Sept. 19, 1988 in Irving, Texas to his parents, Bradley Val White and Kimberly Ann Lacey White. Continue reading

Super blue blood moon returns

The Farmers Branch community will have a chance to experience a rare lunar event Jan. 31.

By Morgan Hanson
Opinions Editor

Photo courtesy of

A once-in-a-lifetime event, the super blue blood moon, will be visible Jan. 31. Brookhaven College students, staff and faculty will have the opportunity to withness the rare lunar eclipse in a public viewing event 5-7:30 a.m. hosted by the astronomy department and the Texas Astronomical Society of Dallas. Continue reading

Library features Holocaust archive

Brookhaven College Library has the largest Holocaust and genocide-related book collection in the Dallas County Community College District.

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Desk Chief

Photos by Jubenal Aguilar
Books pertaining to the Holocaust sit atop a shelf in the Diane M. Plotkin Holocaust Collection.


In 1944, 20-year-old Olga Weiss Astor and her sister, Etelka, stepped off a train that arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany. There, Nazi soldiers forced them to strip off their clothes and shaved their heads before dragging them to their barracks. Now detainees, they were given new stripes of imprisonment to wear and were uncertain of their fate. Continue reading