Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

IGNITE empowers female leaders

By Lauren Keuning
Contributing Writer

Photo by Willie R. Cole
A variety of Brookhaven College IGNITE members gather for a meeting.

Women make up more than half of the American population, according to a 2016 census, but are underrepresented in the U.S. political leadership ranks. In Congress, 104 of the 535 seats, or about 19.4 percent, are held by women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics. Of those 104, 21 are in the Senate and 83 in the House of Representatives. Continue reading

CDC helps BHC

Career Development Center paves future. 

By Lauren Keuning
Contributing Writer

The Center for College Affordability and Productivity reported close to 50 percent of college graduates are working jobs that do not require a degree, such as waiting tables or driving taxis, in its 2013 census. Continue reading

School of Arts shows off programs, courses

By Juan Betancourt
Web Editor

Photo by Juan Betancourt
Adam Knoche, a Brookhaven art professor, makes a clay pot on a ceramic wheel.

The Brookhaven College School of the Arts hosted its second annual BCSA Open House, showcasing a variety of performances and courses offered to students. Information on art, dance, music, drama, humanities and physical education class offerings was available April 19 in the Performance Hall lobby. Continue reading

ESOL Sports program engages, unites students

By Jubenal Aguilar
Managing Editor

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar
Naima Abdoulaye, a student from Chad, calls her team to make a move during an ESOL soccer game April 25, 2016.

Brookhaven College’s ESOL Sports program provides opportunities for international students to learn English, remain active through sports and become more involved with the college. Continue reading

Techs in ‘The Hole’ keep campus cool

By Mira Scott
Contributing Writer

Photo by Eriana Ruiz
The pressure gauge of the big chiller, Brookhaven College’s main cooling unit, measures the pressure to make sure the campus buildings are adequately ventilated.

As dawn creeps over Brookhaven College, faculty and staff start to arrive at work while a group of men have already started their morning shifts in Room B100. Unlocking doors, flicking switches and pressing buttons on and off, Oscar Valdez and Sam Salmeron are two of eight men who work as Brookhaven’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning, or HVAC, technicians. Continue reading

Dallas Paleontological Society unearths prehistoric fossils

By John McClanahan
Editorial Proofreader

Photo by Marilyn Velasquez
Replicas of Theropod dinosaur fossils were on display during the DPS meeting April 12.

The Dallas Paleontological Society gave Brookhaven College students, staff, faculty and the local community an opportunity to explore fossils and learn about the creatures that once roamed the area. Dozens of DPS members, researchers, collectors, students and other paleontology enthusiasts gathered for the monthly meeting April 12 in Room H125 and was open to anyone interested in paleontology. Continue reading

Big Spring ‘preserves’ nature flora

By Forrest Haynes
Staff Photographer

Photos by Forrest Haynes
(left to right) Master naturalists Katie Gonzalez, John Gil, Amy Monroy and Lee Kelton, take the lead as master naturalist Richard Grayson leads the group deeper into the Big Spring Preserve March 21

Big Spring Preserve in Pleasant Grove became Dallas’ first non-man-made historical landmark Feb. 1, 2016. The achievement was the result of years of effort by Richard Grayson, a guide at the reserve, and a team of nature enthusiasts. The spring is one of the few remaining natural springs in Dallas, offering opportunities for visitors to recharge and learn more about nature, according to Continue reading

NLC gallery director shows aerial views illustrations

 Steven Benezue shares his digital artwork in the Studio Gallery until April 12. 

By Marilyn Velazquez 
Staff Writer 

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar

Dozens of curved roads jam-packed with traffic cross each other forming the never-ending “Mixmaster,” a 90-inch-by-46- inch digital print in the Studio Gallery. The piece is part of the collection showcasing the digital art and two-dimensional designs of Steven Benezue, a North Lake College art professor and gallery director.

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Gallery exhibits mural-size prints

By Stephanie Salas-Vega
Associate Layout Editor

Photo by Stephanie Salas-Vega
“Mountains III,” “Mountains II,” and “Mountains I.”

Eight mural-size prints on fabric, representing the effects digital technology has on society and landscapes, are showcased along the floor and walls of Brookhaven College’s Studio Gallery. The works are part of photography-based artist Kalee Appleton’s exhibition. Her exhibition, “Location Session,” will be on display through March 7. Continue reading

Dr. Dank snuffs stoner stereotype

One marijuana user discusses his experiences with the plant, weed culture and its place in the community in The Courier’s latest column.

By Dr. Dank
Dope Columnist

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa


I have a 3.0 GPA. I work two jobs. I’m financially independent. I have my own apartment and a cat that’s practically my child. I smoke weed every day, and honestly, I don’t think any of that makes me a loser. Continue reading