Category Archives: Opinion

Cowboys season provides hopeful outlook

By David Lacey

 

Staff Writer 

 

 

After a stressful off-season plagued by injuries and suspensions, the Dallas Cowboys are off to the best start to a season since 2009. After an opening loss to the San Francisco 49ers at home, the Cowboys have been on a surprising winning streak.

Pro Bowl middle linebacker Sean Lee was lost for the entire 2014 season during the first week of organized team activities in May with a torn ACL in his right knee. This is the second season in a row that Lee will miss at least half of the year with an injury. Veteran quarterback Tony Romo also had two separate back surgeries during the off-season and was listed as questionable for the upcoming season.  Continue reading

Era of denim lasts

By Carmina Tiscareño 

 

Media & Fashion Editor 

Illustration by Adriana Salazar

There is a trendy piece, a closet staple worn by college students, professors, celebrities and most of the American population. On your way to class, keep count of how many people wear denim. Light or dark blue hues typically adorn this practical go-to piece that can be dressed up or down.

In 1873, Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis created this classic garment, the denim jean. According to an article written by Anne D’Innococenzio on the Associated Press website, a recent study shows that denim jean sales have gone down due to Continue reading

Courier staff wins awards

By Jasmine Torres 

 

Staff Writer 

The Brookhaven Courier editors and staff won 17 awards at the 2014 Texas Community College Journalism Association Convention. The convention was held Friday, Oct. 10 in Tyler, Texas, at University of Texas at Tyler. The Dallas Morning News’ award-winning columnist and Tyler native Steve Blow was the keynote speaker. Blow stressed the importance of young journalists using “short words. Short sentences. Short paragraphs. Short stories.” Continue reading

Morning cartoons fade

By Nicholas Bostick 

 

Editor-in-Chief 

 

The lives of children, insomniacs, lovers of animated network television and Americans in general have all been irrevocably entwined with the legacy of Saturday morning cartoon blocks, which officially passed on to that great boob tube in the sky Oct. 4. Saturday morning cartoon blocks were roughly 50 years old.

Since being introduced in the 1960s, Saturday morning cartoon blocks have flashed – DayGlo and noisy – on U.S. TV sets. First-generation couch potatoes huddled together, basking in the mythos of heroes such as The Pink Panther and the iconic Bugs Bunny. As years passed, Saturday morning cartoon blocks became ubiquitous with American childhood. Continue reading

Halloween costumes lose innocence

By Erin Goldman

 

Arts & Entertainment Editor 

One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Mean Girls” is when Lindsay Lohan’s character, Cady, shows up to a high school Halloween party dressed as a bloody bride in a modest dress, having missed the memo, and finds herself completely out of place.

In a voice-over, Cady says: “In the real world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” And it’s true.  Walk into any Halloween costume store, and you will be surrounded by the “sexy” version of everything from firefighter to peacock to superhero.  Continue reading

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