BHC speech class teaches teamwork

By Brigitte Zumaya 

Opinion/Sports Editor 

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

A group of students are shooting video in the Commons Courtyard, speaking loudly enough to drown out the fountain. This video is not destined to become one of YouTube’s Top 10. Instead, it is coursework for what has become known as Survivor class.

Anne Fleischer, an adjunct professor of speech communication at Brookhaven College, has rebranded her speech class as a hybrid course. The theme is based on the reality TV series “Survivor.” “Over the years I noticed that college students hate group work,” Fleischer said. She has set up her students in groups of five, which are called tribes.  Continue reading

US enters new fray

By Nicholas Bostick 

Editor-In-Chief 

President Barack Obama is pictured in a screen grab from a video released by the Islamic State group meant to deter American airstrikes in Iraq.

President Barack Obama is pictured in a screen grab from a video released by the Islamic State group meant to deter American airstrikes in Iraq.

After the tragic events of Sept. 11, the United States has waged a near-constant war against terrorist organizations in the Middle East. Now, 13 years later, a new enemy has emerged in the so-called “War on Terror.” In a speech held Sept. 10, President Barack Obama seems poised to face this new challenge head-on.

“Our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” Obama said during his speech. “Moreover, I have made it clear that we will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”

The Islamic State group or ISG (otherwise known as ISIS or ISIL) has already taken control of several key cities in Iraq and Syria including Mosul, a key intersection of routes leading to Turkey and Syria from Iraq, as well as the Iraqi city of Fallujah, according to a map published by the New York Times. The total area controlled by ISG extends from the Syrian-Turkish border to the area around Fallujah, approximately 44 miles away from the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. Continue reading

Fried food ‘fairs’ well

By Carmina Tiscareño 

Media/Fashion Editor 

Photos by Carmina Tiscareño and Kathy Tran | The Fried Sriracha Balls are sure to kick up the heat at this year’s state fair.

Photos by Carmina Tiscareño and Kathy Tran | The Fried
Sriracha Balls are sure to kick up the heat at this year’s state
fair.

In the Tower Building of Fair Park, Rudy Martinez watched over the concession workers preparing the Fried Sweet Texas dessert, making sure none of the judges burned their mouths on the decadent dessert of pecan pie, peach cobbler and buttermilk pie all blended together and deep fried.

After the winner for Best Taste and Most Creative were announced, a line of more than 200 people formed along the inside perimeter of the building. The 10th annual Big Tex Choice Awards took place Sept. 1. In past years, people from the media were allowed to taste the finalist food contenders before anyone else.  Continue reading

Top 5 college films

By Diamond Gregg 

Layout Editor 

 1The Graduate 

 For the intellectual, consider the classic 1967 film “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman. “The Graduate” proved its worth by earning several awards, including one from the American Film Institute as one of the century’s top 100 films. An anthem of college blues and existentialism, this film shows that college does not always give the answers to life’s questions, and that is OK. Rather, college is preparation for a journey of self-awareness and identity. The soundtrack is as introspective as the film itself and consists entirely of the works of Simon and Garfunkel. This film can be great comfort to those who are feeling the anxiety of heading into the unknown as their college careers wind down. Continue reading

Former art student heads home

By Erin Alexis Goldman 

Arts & Entertainment Editor 

Photo by Erin Alexis Goldman | Painting titled "Gran Caracas" by Lefeld is pictured in the Forum Gallery in the F Building.

Photo by Erin Alexis Goldman | Painting titled “Gran Caracas” by Lefeld
is pictured in the Forum Gallery in the F Building.

While artist, educator and Brookhaven College alumna Marian de Lefeld has lived in the U.S. for nearly two decades, her home country of Venezuela is the inspiration behind her art. Lefeld’s exhibition, “Heading Home,” which is influenced by the conflict, chaos and polarization of the country’s capital of Caracas, is on display in the Forum Gallery until Sept. 26.

When she was 25, Lefeld left Caracas and moved to Dallas. She studied at Brookhaven from 2002 to 2007, and she went on to receive her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southern Methodist University. Currently Continue reading

Open Book event to promote sustainability

By Joie’ Thornton 

Culture/Events Editor 

Something as simple as a Nike shoe can help bring greater understanding of environmental impact,Mountain View College Sustainability coordinator Lori De La Cruz said.

As part of the 2014-2015 Open Book project, Brookhaven College will host an event connected to the book “Global Weirdness.” According to the authors at Climate Central, “Global Weirdness” is an attempt to explain the underlying science of climate change in clear and simple language.

“‘Global Weirdness’ provides snapshots of climate change science in simple terms,” De La Cruz said. “Using a shoe to understand sustainability and its connections to climate change does the same thing.” Continue reading

Sifu guides punches, kicks

By Brigitte Zumaya 

Opinions/Sports Editor 

Photos by Brigitte Zumaya | From left to right: Student E. Jean Meeker practices her moves on an opponent; Sifu George Giatrakis demonstrates a Kung Fu technique; student Joel Jenkinson watches in a mirror as instructor Jared Hall (background) guides the class through a series of movements.

Photos by Brigitte Zumaya |Student E. Jean Meeker practices her moves on an opponent.

Sweat-soaked and breathless, Brookhaven College martial arts students patiently stare into the mirrored walls at Sifu George Giatrakis’ gym, as he roars instructions in a mix of English and Cantonese. In the middle of the gym class, members practice their form, on the enormous pale green Continue reading

BHC president speaks, welcomes students back

By Diamond Gregg 

Layout Editor 

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney points to the Brookhaven logo during the Sept. 2 convocation speech in the Performance Hall, where he talked about the advantages of attending community college.

Photo by Nicholas Bostick | Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom
Chesney points to the Brookhaven logo during the Sept. 2 convocation
speech in the Performance Hall, where he talked about
the advantages of attending community college.

“Here,” Brookhaven College President Dr. Thom Chesney said, “you are getting a package of skills.” He also touched on how difficult many think it is to transfer to those universities. “If anything,” he said, “it’s only getting easier.”

Chesney dismissed the idea that community colleges are obsolete, discussed Brookhaven values and welcomed new students.

Chesney has been Brookhaven’s president since August 2011 and has remained active in student life, attending 112 events last semester alone. Continue reading

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