Category Archives: Opinion

Staff Editorial: Put brakes on driving distracted

By The Courier Staff


It’s like something out of Alanis Morisette’s “Ironic.” At 8:33 a.m. on April 24, 32-year-old Courtney Ann Sanford posted “The happy song makes me HAPPY!” on her Facebook. At 8:34 a.m., police received a call about her fatal crash, according to Huffington Post. Around 3 p.m. April 28, a Brookhaven College student flipped and totaled his car after driving into a lamppost (See the front-page story). According to the police report, ge was trying to send a text as he was leaving campus. Continue reading

Letter to the Editor-Student calls out photo thief



I have been contemplating whether or not to write this letter for a few months, mainly because the incident happened at the end of the Fall 2013 semester. It revolves around the unauthorized misappropriation, or theft, to bluntly state it, of one of the photo- graphs I submitted for the Brookhaven Photography Student Exhibition last semester. Although I may never see it again, I would like to explain why the picture is so important to me and send a few words to Miss “A,” the person who took my image. Continue reading

Russian band’s riots go too far

Vadim Dozmorov

Staff Illustrator

Vadim Dozmorov  Staff Illustrator

Vadim Dozmorov
Staff Illustrator

In a frenzy of sex and flash photography, members of Voina, a Russian anarchist group whose name translates to “war” in English, staged an orgy at the Timiryazev State Museum of Biology in Moscow in 2008.

Though their stunts gathered attention around Russia, it was not until breakaway members of Voina donned fluorescent ski masks and formed the punk rock protest group Pussy Riot that they garnered international media attention. Continue reading

Pajama pants are fashion disaster

By Carmina Tiscareño

New Media Editor

Photos Illustration by Adriana Salazar

Photos Illustration by Adriana Salazar


They may be comfortable, but in most cases, pajama pants are not ideal for a learning environment.

Many students enjoy dressing comfortably. Unfortunately, there are a few students who might take the comfort level a little too far by wearing pajama pants on campus. Continue reading

‘Veronica Mars’ movie measures up to TV series

Joie’ Thornton

Web Editor


In September 2004, I fell in love with the sarcastic and fearless titular character from the UPN television network’s “Veronica Mars.” I was hooked from day one. It was so hard to wait a full week for the next episode because of the suspense of what would happen next.

The show is set in the fictional town of Neptune, Calif., where the rich and famous reside. The pilot episode begins with the camera panning across the high school and the sound of Mars’ voiceover: “This is my school; if you go here, your parents are millionaires or work for millionaires. Neptune, California, a town without a middle class.” Continue reading

Student learns to love new home

By Ludmila Mitula

Staff Writer

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa


There are many beautiful places in the world – places where tourists take pictures, and they all look like postcards. There are places where the air is clean and where mountains are real, not made of concrete like Texas highways.

Dallas is not Paris or Monte Carlo, Monaco. When I moved to Dallas two years ago, I was not surprised. Everything was just as I read on the Internet. But to be honest, I did not know much about Big D before I moved here.  Continue reading

Green Team Petitions

By Megan Smith

Copy Editor


Brookhaven College student and Green Team Coalition Co-President Victor Batres is organizing a petition to hire a sustainability program director at Brookhaven.

This initiative is long over- due. Brookhaven has been concerned with sustainability for years, and it is time for us to take the next step in establishing ourselves in this field. As inhabitants and caretakers of this planet, we have an obligation to use sustainable practices to lessen our impact on the environment. Continue reading

Cobain’s legacy remembered

By Chris R. Allison

Copy Editor

Illustration by Eriana Ruiz

Although Nirvana’s success and Kurt Cobain’s suicide have been repeatedly reported, it is only now, two decades later, that the impact of both the band and front man can truly be measured and quantified. The areas of music, fashion and addiction treatment were forever changed, in large part due to his legacy.

Unfortunately, a significant amount of false or poorly researched information spread about Cobain, mainly by media caught off guard by Nirvana’s sudden rise to fame and by Cobain’s abrupt suicide on April 5, 1994. The focus on his demise has continued to overshadow the depth of his talent and his brilliance. Continue reading

High hopes for weed legalization

By Erin Alexis Goldman

Opinion Editor 


Jokers, smokers and midnight tokers rejoice – for the first time in American history, a majority of citizens are in favor of the legalization of marijuana. According to the latest Gallup poll, in the past year, support for the legalization of marijuana surged 10 points. A whopping 58 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing the drug, and the momentum is not stopping any time soon.

As compelling as watching “ your brain on drugs” sizzle in a frying pan was, between the scientific research and the safety, jobs and revenue government regulation of pot would generate, it’s time we just say yes to legalizing marijuana. Continue reading

Stop whining, Gen Y

By Erin Goldman
Opinion Editor


Illustration by Kathy Tran

Illustration by Kathy Tran


Generation Y. Generation Me. Millennials. These are just a few of the delineations that, according to the Pew Research Center, apply to the newest, current generation — the oldest are approaching 30; the youngest are approaching adolescence. However, the one term that makes me cringe the most is “20-somethings.” For me, “20-somethings” are those of us who collected pogs, blew on their Super Mario cartridge harmonicas to make them work, had to wait through AOL’s hissing dial-up connection, took our Tamagotchis far too seriously and had constant ankle burns from Skip-It. Continue reading