Category Archives: Opinion

Green Team Petitions

By Megan Smith

Copy Editor

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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 

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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

Facebook poked by social media newbie

By Andres Reyes

Sports Editor

 

This isn’t an angry outburst, it isn’t a persuasive attempt to change anyone’s opinion, and it certainly isn’t a negative piece on Facebook or anyone who uses Facebook. Facebook, in fact, has many advantages. You can stay in touch with family on the other side of the planet, communicate with people from work, get an idea across to millions of people in the same amount of time it would take to tell just one person, and of course, you can check up on what all of your friends are doing. It’s January 2014, and I have yet to make a Facebook account. Here’s why. Continue reading

Trials of coming back to college as ‘adult student’

By Ludmila Mitula

Staff Writer

 

My dream is to be a journalist again. Many years ago, I read somewhere that once bitten by the journalism bug, you will always come back to the profession. Therefore, I am pursuing my dream and going back to college in my new American home at the time when most of my peers are going through a mid- life crisis. Continue reading

Davis’ past dissected by sexists

By Maddox Price

Editor-In-Chief

 

 

Mudslinging, name-calling, hair pulling, knock-down-drag- out ruthless fighting – are all words that not only describe a toddler’s temper tantrum, but also politics. Continue reading

Mental health stigma leads to discrimination

By Erin Goldman

Opinion Editor

 

 

A flyer hung in a sea of colorful brochures and postings on the bulletin board outside my American Literature class. The flyer was for the Brookhaven College Counseling Center, offering free counseling to currently enrolled Brookhaven students. The bottom of the sheet had a single slip of paper Continue reading

‘Girls’ issue skin deep

By Kathryn DeBruler

Staff Writer

 

 

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a big brouhaha over the February issue of Vogue magazine. The controversy surrounds Lena Dunham, the lead actress, writer, producer and creator of “Girls,” HBO’s popular television series.

The show orbits around the pitfalls and adventures Continue reading

Growing more than beards this season

By Kathryn DeBruler

Staff Writer

 

Illustration by Vadim Dozmorov coloring by Jordan Wylie

Illustration by Vadim Dozmorov coloring by Jordan Wylie

 

A recent trip to the grocery store suddenly turned eerie upon taking a stroll down the razor aisle. It was as if I had stumbled upon a ghost town — a no man’s land where the only survivors were things with ergonomic handles and double-edged safety blades. Where were the men whose stubble revealed weekends spent inside or the women whose Mediterranean roots were there Continue reading