Category Archives: Opinion

First-time fairgoer recounts experience

By Tyler Satchwell
Staff Writer

 

I was looking for positives to counterbalance the cynical voice inside my brain that said, “You know this is going to suck.” I’ve lived within walking distance of Fair Park for 10 years, and I’ve never bothered to go. The annual State Fair of Texas has always been an annoyance.

Between people parking in my complex, increased foot traffic and the resulting garbage left on the streets, I’ve always dreaded the first couple of weeks of October. I don’t even want to think about Red River Rivalry weekend. A friend of mine convinced me to try to stow away all this baggage and give the State Fair a chance, so off I went. Continue reading

Finding time for the American dream

By Ludmila Mitula

Senior Staff Writer 

Since coming to the U.S., I hardly ever have friends over for coffee. I tried a few times. Only one or two of the 10 girls I invited would show up. The answer to the simple question “How about coffee next week?” is invariably: “I’m very busy. Maybe in two weeks?” Even meeting up at Starbucks can be unsuccessful. If I don’t want to make an appointment for a coffee date two weeks in advance, I am forced to drink my Mocha Frappuccino alone, in my car. Continue reading

‘Supernatural’ fuels obsession, emotions

By Joie’ Thornton 

Culture & Events Editor 

 

 

In 2011, I became a huge fan of The CW Network television series “Supernatural.” I remember the first time I saw the show, sitting in the waiting room at Baylor Hospital. Usually I can’t stand hospital waiting rooms, but on this particular day, I hardly even noticed the sticky chairs and rude nurses. The episode “No Exit” had my eyes glued to the TV. I sat there in amazement; I wanted to know what I was watching. After some research, I hurried home to catch the full episode. I watched two episodes that day. I was hooked. Continue reading

Students weigh in on online dating

By Phil Pastor 

Senior Staff Writer 

 

Typically, attraction boils down to: “Are they hot or not?” Apps and websites such as OkCupid and Tinder have created a new way for people to meet others and interact. However, only a decade ago, online dating was commonly frowned upon and disdained as an illegitimate method of meeting people. According to a comparative study conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2012, 42 percent of adults knew someone who used online dating, while 29 percent knew someone who entered into a long-term relationship using it. Continue reading

Professor bias hinders students’ education

By Lindsay Pickard
Senior Staff Writer

A Brookhaven College government professor brought a campaigner for Wendy Davis to speak to his students. The campaigner acknowledged that Davis understood the need to win college student votes. The situation brought into question the relationship between education and political agendas.

In this particular class, this professor aimed to balance the scales by putting Abbott’s platform on eCampus. And though I know his motive was to empower women as a whole, it could come across as biased. It made me think about whether or not professors have a biased approach when teaching. Continue reading

Bombing for peace of mind, resolution

By Dillon Piekarsky
Senior Copy Editor

There are those with loaded guns, and there are those who dig. You can’t change it, so you might as well learn to accept it. The U.S. is going to bomb Iraq. We should just get it over with. There’s no reason to drag our feet on this. The United States will bomb Iraq again, and we the people will continue to bomb it in eternal recurrence. As long as the sun hangs over the Iraqi sky, the United States of America and its people will be there to bomb everything underneath it. Continue reading

History overshadows classic novel’s content

By Nicholas Bostick 

Editor-In-Chief

On Dec. 8, 1980, Mark David Chapman fired five bullets at John Lennon, murdering the legendary Beatles frontman as he was returning to his home in New York City. When police officers searched Chapman’s home, they found a copy of “The Catcher in the Rye.” Inside the book Chapman wrote, “This is my statement,” and signed it Holden Caulfield, the name of the book’s protagonist.

When John Hinckley, Jr. attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan a mere three months after Lennon’s death, the book was found on his coffee table. In 1989, Robert Bardo was carrying a copy when he murdered actress and model Rebecca Schaeffer.

By 1990, J.D. Salinger’s story of a young man recounting fond memories had become synonymous with violence, and according to the American Library Association, “The Catcher in the Rye” was the 10th most challenged book from 1990 to 1999.

An air of mysticism surrounds this book. It allegedly drove Chapman to kill one of the world’s most celebrated musicians. Parents and priests have banded together for decades, united in their hate for what they consider to be the epitome of smut. There is just one problem, though: “The Catcher in the Rye” kind of sucks.

To clarify, the book itself is an amazing story. It’s touching and hopeful, filled with the universal conviction felt by adolescent boys the world over. But looking through the lens of historical context, Salinger’s most popular work hardly lives up to the hype, especially when compared to his 1961 book “Franny and Zooey.”

The character of Holden Caulfield suffers from teenage drama and romanticism that never quite feels as urgent for the reader as it does for the character. Caulfield comes off as a stupid kid at times, and much of the isolation and angst he feels throughout the book seems to be self-inflicted due to his own inability to compromise his immature convictions.

The myth of the book has overshadowed its contents. Picking up a copy of “The Catcher in the Rye” or a similarly demonized book, is hampered by the weight of public opinion – so much so that the true message of books like Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita,” William S. Burroughs’ “Naked Lunch” and George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” has taken a back seat to the perceived fears of an over-concerned society. “The Catcher in the Rye” is nowhere near as good as any one of those three books.

Separating this novel from the tragedies associated with it may be easier now 15 years ago. Even so, the book was still the 19th most challenged book from the years 2000 to 2009, according to the ALA (the Harry Potter series was No. 1 during that period).

In 1951, reading “The Catcher in the Rye” probably would have been a much better experience. But when the actions of unstable men are blamed on the media they consumed, whether it’s a book, movie or video game, it becomes infinitely harder to judge the content of a work on its own merits. And when we lose the ability to separate art from history, we run the risk of being just another bunch of phonies.

Community colleges lead to student success

 By Nicholas Bostick 

Editor-in-Chief 

As the final rays of summer sunshine filter through the soon-to-be brown foliage of Brookhaven College, a new crop of students is in bloom.

Some students are taking the first step in their college careers, others are looking to make up for lost time, and a few are just excited to have the opportunity to learn. Whatever your reasons for registering, however, you are joined with your fellow students by the fact that you chose to call Brookhaven home, for this semester at least.

The transition from high school to college is a major life event. First-time college students are walking into a world that, in most cases, is completely foreign to them. All some students have to go on is the exaggerated portrayal of college life on TV and in movies or firsthand accounts passed down from friends, family and guidance counselors. Continue reading

Redefining vacations

By Ludmila Mitula 

Senior Staff Writer 

Vacations are not something I find enjoyable or relaxing. I find them to be a total nightmare.

I have heard many psychologists and doctors recommend taking a break from school or work for therapeutic purposes. I would like to believe them. These professionals believe that everyone needs vacation.

A vacation is a necessity, but because of social media, it can create peer pressure. Everywhere one goes, they have to post pictures on Facebook or Continue reading

Davis stands strong in polls

By Maddox Price 

Art Director 

Maddox

 The red state of Texas looks like it may be about to bleed blue. Gubernatorial Democratic nominee Wendy Davis is slowly creeping up in recent polls. Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, is still favored to win. However, Davis has made an impressive gain in recent months. 

According to the Rasmussen Report published last month, Abbott is still maintaining the lead by eight points.

Last week Abbott and his team made news by dropping out of the only statewide gubernatorial debate to be nationally televised Sept. 30, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Later that day, Abbott’s team smugly agreed to the debate under new terms, claiming they previously could not agree on the details Continue reading