Category Archives: Local News

Former ECC student recalls ambush aftermath

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief

File Photo | Bullet holes mark the spot where Dallas Police Department officers and Micah X. Johnson exchanged fire inside El Centro College July 7, 2016.

I always felt safe at El Centro College. It was a safe zone in the midst of what I’ve always felt as a chaotic area of downtown Dallas. Continue reading

Officer shares July 7 shooting experience

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief

File Photo | Marks line the streets of Dallas the morning after a shooter opened fire against Dallas Police Department officers.

“Beware, there’s a shooter coming your way,” read a text message, Joseph Hannigan, El Centro College’s then-police chief, received, warning him of a shooting in downtown Dallas.

“Wrong,” Hannigan replied, indicating the warning was too late. “He’s having a shootout with a police officer in our stairwell.” Continue reading

Read-In reflects black heritage

By Charlotte Blackburn & Calvin Spencer Jr.
Contributing Writers

Photo by Josh Drake Hurshel Burton, an English professor, performs during the African-American Read-In Feb. 14.

Brookhaven College students, staff and faculty stood for freedom, justice and equality at the annual African-American Read-In. This year’s theme was “Stand for Something.” The read-in was held Feb. 14 in the Performance Hall. Continue reading

Photographer captures musical Creole culture

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Editor/Editoral Proofreader

Giraud Polite

Eight images Giraud Polite, photographer and Brookhaven College dean of business studies, shot comprised his section of the 3rd Annual “Art Past & Present: From a Black Artist’s Perspective,” an art exhibit featured in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  Continue reading

Shooting investigation ends

Grand jury clears officers of wrongdoing in death of shooter in July 7, 2016, downtown Dallas ambush.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief

Photo Illustration by Jubenal Aguilar

“Hands up. Don’t shoot,” the protesters, arms in the air, said repeatedly throughout the march. “Hands up. Don’t shoot.” What was supposed to be a peaceful protest against police brutality July 7, 2016, ended in chaos and violence as a heavily armed lone shooter opened fire, targeting peace officers on duty. Continue reading

5k run to honor heroes

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief
couriereic@dcccd.edu

Students, staff, faculty and the community will race to the finish line and run obstacle courses to honor first responders and veterans in Dallas County Community College District’s first Heroes Run.The athletic, family-oriented event will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14 in Brookhaven College fields between Parking Lot P3 and Valley View Lane. Continue reading

Program benefits students

Dallas County Promise will offer free tuition to high school seniors.

By Jacob Vaughn
Contributing Writer

A new initiative, the Dallas County Promise, will pay for students from 31 Dallas County high schools to obtain their associate degree or spend up to three years at any Dallas County Community College District school. Continue reading

‘Free internet’ to end?

Net neutrality internet protections are threatened as the FCC prepares to overturn a previous decision.

By Jubenal Aguilar
Editor-in-Chief
couriereic@dcccd.edu

Photo Illustration created in-camera by Jubenal Aguilar

The Federal Communications Commission is set to eliminate rules that guarantee an open and equal internet. The move would be a reversal of a 2015 hallmark decision by the agency, then under the administration of former President Barack Obama, according to The New York Times., Continue reading

Popular Dallas pizza joint reopens

Once located in South Dallas, Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern has a new home.

By Morgan Hanson
Contributing Writer

Photos by Eriana Ruiz
Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern displays their infamous “Star Wars Last Supper,” a painting by local artist Clay Stinnet.

When Zoli’s NY Pizza Tavern in Oak Cliff, Dallas closed its doors Valentine’s Day 2016, patrons were heartbroken. But the beloved pizza parlor returned 628 days later and is now situated at 14910 Midway Road in Addison, Texas, inciting a feeding- frenzy among fans when Zoli’s reopened Nov. 3. Continue reading

Student’s photo voted best

By John C. McClanahan
Copy Desk Chief

Photo by Jubenal Aguilar
Leonardo Garcia, a window washer with April Building Services, Inc., washes the skywalk outside the Sheraton Dallas Hotel while Christian Ortiz spots and holds the ladder. The photo was shot Oct. 28 during the ACP/CMA Dallas Photo Shoot-out and won First Place among 42 competitors.

A Brookhaven College student won First Place in an on-site photojournalism competition at the 2017 National College Media Association and Associated Collegiate Press Convention in downtown Dallas. Continue reading