Category Archives: Opinion

Austin music festival drums up spillover shows

Evan’s Distorted Dallas

By Evan Henry

Music Editor

If there is one week that features the best variety of independent musicians and artists, it’s the week of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas.

Last year, SXSW reported 2,371 music festival showcasing acts, 553 of which were international. The festival brought $315.3 million to the Austin economy, and 60,458 room nights were booked in 71 hotels last year. SXSW brings music lovers from all over the world and crams them into Austin and spinoff festivals crowd the surrounding areas, including the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. 2015’s festival will span March 17-22 and will attract a large crowd. Continue reading

Social media cause stress

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media & Fashion Editor

It feels as though the original purpose of social media was to keep people in touch. Families and friends who live miles away from each other share pictures and status updates on Facebook and Twitter.

In some cases, people have found their soulmates online. I once worked with a woman who met her significant other through Instagram, a photo sharing social media platform, and now she is engaged. Continue reading

GOP pushes flawed agenda

By Jubenal Aguilar

Copy Editor

The Republican Party elected to use the Department of Homeland Security as a political weapon in an attempt to force President Barack Obama to back down on his immigration initiatives. Shortly after Obama announced he would take executive action over immigration as a result of Congress not doing so, Republicans pledged to keep the program from being implemented. Continue reading

Dopers poison sports

By Andres Reyes

Sports Editor

The juice is there. The syringe is there. And you love the way you look and feel. Money, women and fame. And more money. That is what is at stake when deciding whether or not to take steroids. For some young athletes who seek to stand out, taking these drugs may be the only option. I am angry because we, as a society, have let it get to this point. Steroids are killing the sports world. Yes, athletes will reach a physical peak while on these drugs, but the mental and moral risks are far too great. Continue reading

Vaccination saves lives

Staff Editorial

In light of the recent measles outbreak, many Americans are left wondering how this practically nonexistent disease has suddenly reemerged. To vax or not to vax? That is the question. We here at The Brookhaven Courier say: “Go get your shots, please.” Essentially, this outbreak is part of the increasing anti-vaccine movement, fueled, in large part, by a discredited, retracted study.

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Chris Kyle Day: Political ploy

 

By Carolyn Bossmann

Opinion Editor

Chris Kyle, a decorated war veteran known as “the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history” for his confirmed kills, was shot and killed by a Marine veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder at a Texas gun range in 2013.

A memorial service was held in the new AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and his funeral procession from Midlothian to Austin spanned 200 miles across Texas. Thousands of people came to pay their respects by lining up along Interstate 35, which police shut down. Continue reading

Guns fire debate : Con

By Ludmila Mitula

Senior Staff Photographer

Concealed weapons on campus bring up questions of student rights, safety

Illustration by Phil Pastor

Illustration by Phil Pastor

n the three years I have lived in the United States, I haven’t felt safe. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy living here. I love life here in Texas because of the weather, affordable housing, delicious food, amazing schools and, on top of all of that, two words: gas prices. Continue reading

Guns fire debate : Pro

By Kate Rhoads

Managing Editor

Concealed weapons on campus bring up questions of student rights, safety

Illustration by Phil Pastor

Illustration by Phil Pastor

Although the horrifying Virginia Tech massacre is nearly eight years behind us, the impact of the loss of life has reverberated through every college campus shooting that has occurred since. According to an article by Reeve Hamilton for the Texas Tribune, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick referred a bill to committee that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry weapons on university campuses.
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Pot proves profitable

Erin Alexis Goldman

Senior Staff Writer

Illustration by Erin Brown and Tom Gill

Illustration by Erin Brown and Tom Gill

If someone had told me I would be giving rapper Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz, a standing ovation at some point in my life, I wouldn’t have believed it. But on Jan. 13, the living caricature of a news anchor Nancy Grace invited the rapper and prominent weed user on her HLN TV show to debate marijuana legalization. By the end of the segment, Epps might as well have sprinkled Grace onto a Zig- Zag, rolled it up and sparked it right there. Continue reading

Spring into Valentine’s

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media & Fashion Editor

Finding something to wear on Valentine’s Day does not have to be a hassle. Instead of wearing the cliché color (i.e. red) or Valentine-themed attire, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to get ahead of the crowd. Take advantage and impress your date or friends by wearing 2015 spring trends inspired by the runway. Continue reading