Former student opens two gyms in Texas

Alexander, a burly man with a red mustache and beard, stands smiling with his arms crossed inside his gym, with assorted physical training equipment in the background.
Photos by Brandon Donner | Robert “Bo” Alexander in Adapt, the gym he founded.

By Jennifer Iraheta

Contributing Writer

The smell of sweat permeates the air and the sounds of loud grunts and barbells slamming onto weight racks echo from wall to wall at Adapt, a 2,000-square-foot Dallas gym. Owner Robert “Bo” Alexander, a former Brookhaven College student, opened his first location in Dallas two years ago.

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Photographer recalls documenting Texas International Pop Festival

Photos by Brandon Donner | An attendee of the Denton exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Texas International Pop Festival views a wall of photos from the festival shot in 1969

By John McClanahan

Contributing Writer

Fifty years ago, during a hot summer weekend, over 125,000 people assembled in Lewisville for the Texas International Pop Festival, which at the time, was the largest rock ’n’ roll festival ever to hit the Lone Star State.

Two weeks after the successful Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, during Labor Day weekend, rock legends such as Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Grand Funk Railroad and Carlos Santana jammed on a large stage built at Dallas International Motor Speedway. Photojournalist and former Brookhaven College student Phil Huber captured it all.

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Downtown shooting locks down El Centro College

Photo illustration by Jacob Vaughn

By Jacob Vaughn 
Managing Editor/Music Editor

Outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse in downtown Dallas, a man wearing combat gear, glasses and a black mask opened fire with an automatic rifle. In a shootout with Federal Protective Service officers, the gunman, who was later identified as 22-year-old Brian Isaack Clyde, was shot and killed. No one else was injured in the incident which began around 8:50 a.m. June 17, according to The Dallas Morning News. Continue reading Downtown shooting locks down El Centro College

Alumnus pleads guilty in bribery scandal

Photo illustration by Jubenal Aguilar | Nearly 40 years ago, The Courier featured William “Rick” Singer in an article. Now, the former Brookhaven College student has pleaded guilty to crimes involving money laundering, racketeering and fraud.

By John C. McClanahan

On March 12, former Brookhaven College student William “Rick” Singer, 59, stood in front of a judge inside a courthouse in Boston and  pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to commit racketeering, conspiracy to commit money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government and obstruction of justice. Continue reading Alumnus pleads guilty in bribery scandal

Erykah Badu delivers at another birthday bash

Photos by Malen Blackmon | Queen of Neo-Soul Erykah Badu gives a passionate performance during her latest birthday bash at The Bomb Factory, Feb. 23.

By Malen Blackmon
Sports Editor

R&B singer Erykah Badu celebrated her 48th birthday with friends, family and over 4,000 fans at The Bomb Factory. The annual Deep Ellum celebration has become a tradition dating back to 2013 for the Queen of Neo-Soul. Continue reading Erykah Badu delivers at another birthday bash

Board approves bond election

By Jubenal Aguilar

Dallas County residents will vote on a $1.1 billion bond program for the Dallas County Community College District in the upcoming joint election. The bond proposal will be placed in the May 4 election ballot.

The bond program was recommended by DCCCD Chancellor Joe May, and authorized by the board of trustees during the board’s regular monthly meeting Feb. 5, according to a Feb. 6 press release by Ann Hatch, district director of media relations. Continue reading Board approves bond election

Former BHC student opens local coffee shop

Photo by Beth Delagi | Luke Jackson (left), Native Coffee Co. co-founder and former Brookhaven College student, works behind the counter with manager Asa Menchaca

By Matthew Brown
Copy Editor/Opinions Editor

All of Native Coffee Co.’s tables were pushed into a back hallway for the coffee shop’s grand-opening ceremony. Half of the space was occupied by people seated attentively in rows around a musician singing and playing guitar Feb. 2. The rest of the shop was filled with chatting and laughing patrons – most holding cups of coffee despite the late hour. Continue reading Former BHC student opens local coffee shop

First student recalls time at BHC

Photo courtesy of Sarah Ferguson | Deon Holt, Brookhaven College’s first president, and Donna Camp, the first Brookhaven student, reveal a plaque during the college’s first dedication ceremony.

By John C. McClanahan
Editorial Proofreader

In 1978, 17-year-old Donna Camp, a recent R.L. Turner High School graduate, applied to a newly-opened community college close to her home in Carrollton. Unbeknownst to her, she became the first student to be processed and enrolled at Brookhaven College, the last of Dallas County Community College District’s main campuses. Continue reading First student recalls time at BHC