Reality Fair balances life

By Clayton Rushing
Contributing Writer

Photo by Aaron Sewell
Won Choi, a Brookhaven student, experiences the unexpected when he spins the Financial Reality Wheel and it falls in a slot affecting his budget negatively. He looses his iPod in the simulation and the expense will cost him $250.

Brookhaven College students explored the challenges of budgeting at the Reality Fair. The fair gave individuals perspective on chosen career fields using estimated salaries to give them insight about future spending habits. The fair was held April 4 in the S Building lobby. Continue reading

Fair offers career opportunities

By Infinity Holloway
Contributing Writer

Brookhaven College students and the local community met and connected with a diverse group of companies offering employment opportunities at the Spring Career Fair. Nearly 300 attendees explored career opportunities at the April 6 event in the gymnasium. Continue reading

Health, Transfer Fairs guide students

By Lauren Keuning
Contributing Writer

Photo by Joshua Drake
Bob Luzolanu (right), a Brookhaven student, talks with a representative from The University of Texas at Dallas.

Brookhaven College students carried colorful swag bags while visiting tables and displays from 47 colleges and health-related information by 14 providers in the S Building lobby April 5. Continue reading

Two dead in North Lake College shooting

By Stephanie Salas-Vega and Juan Betancourt
Associate Layout Editor and Web Editor

Photos by Willie R. Cole | Lauretta Hill, Dallas County Community College District  commissioner of public safety and security (left), and Christa Slejko, North Lake College, president (right), give a press conference May 3, after an apparent murder-suicide where two people were left dead.

Two people were found dead after an apparent murder-suicide shooting at North Lake College May 3.

Districtwide notices were sent at 11:43 a.m. through the Dallas County Community College District’s emergency alert management system. Continue reading

Intl. student earns honors, awards

By Lauren Keuning
Contributring Writer

Esterella Rodriguez Perez

Estrella Rodriguez Perez sat at her desk in Brookhaven College’s Office of Student Life with folders, papers and flyers scattered on the surface. She dismissed the mess with a wave of her hand and a big smile, referencing the busy lifestyle her position entails. Continue reading

Volleyball recruits all-star sisters for upcoming season

By Marilyn Velazquez
Staff Writer

Jayla and Lexi Hattaway are two of the 1,415 residents who live there in the rural town of Wolfe City, Texas, which is located little over 70 miles northeast of Brookhaven College.The sisters are finishing their senior year at Wolfe City High School, in a class of just 38 students, and will soon call Brookhaven their new home when they join the Lady Bears volleyball team in the Fall 2017 semester. Continue reading

Don’t diss the dreadheads

By Joshua Drake
Staff Writer

Photo by Aaron Sewell

On March 6, an 18- to 25-year-old black male with short dreads and glasses was reported to be allegedly taking photos of other men in the restroom stalls. Brookhaven College notified all students, staff and faculty via email and warnings at all entrances. Continue reading

Pot policy clouds minds

The city of Dallas will have a new cite-and-release policy covering possession of marijuana, but it may not be the light at the end of the tunnel some users may believe.

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

By Dr. Dank
Dope Columnist

The city of Dallas’ new cite-and-release policy, a baby step in the right direction of marijuana legalization, takes effect Oct. 1. But once the smoke clears, the hype of Dallas’ cite-and-release policy leaves me dazed and confused.

On the first puff, the benefits of cite-and-release are clear. But on the second puff, I wonder what will really be accomplished.

Dallas City Council members approved a cite-and-release policy regarding marijuana possession under 4 ounces in a 10-5 vote April 12, according to D Magazine.

“The number one misconception [about cite-and-release] is that it somehow changes it to a Class C, traffic-ticket-level offense,” Jamie Spencer, an Austin attorney, said, according to the Dallas Observer. “It’s an improvement on automatically arresting everybody immediately – the person will have to go through the arrest process a month from now.”

This means, the outcome regarding marijuana possession is essentially the same, but with a delay of the consequences.

As long as those cited comply with Dallas laws, pay their fines and don’t miss their court dates, they could face the minimum penalty. Offenders can avoid receiving a Class A misdemeanors on top of other charges.

If an individual carrying less than 4 ounces of marijuana is caught by an officer, then a police supervisor will be called to test it, weigh and transport the pot into evidence, according to D Magazine.

Avoiding immediate jail visits is undoubtedly a step in the right direction when addressing Texas marijuana laws. By avoiding jail, the personal lives of those caught with marijuana will not be affected right away. They will have time to handle the citation and personal matters such as their job and school minimally affected.

No longer arresting culprits of low-level pot busts will save officers time and decongest jail space.

While these potential benefits seem fine and dandy, I’m not convinced everyone in the cannabis community will benefit from the policy. If caught and cited, offenders will have possession charges on their records, which could affect future job opportunities.

Any responsible stoner can tell you there has always been a sort of unspoken agreement between marijuana users and police officers – well, “cool” police officers, at least in my experience with the law. If I’m calm and honest with the officer and the amount of marijuana is a small personal stash, the officer has usually stomped out or trashed the stash without issuing a ticket.

Charging someone with possession entails arresting them, booking them and processing paperwork.

For a misdemeanor, that’s a lot for the officer to do. But with this new policy, that unspoken agreement between users and officers goes out the window. Officers will be able to accurately charge possession without the hassle of bringing someone in for a small amount of marijuana.

Spencer, who works in Travis County, said, “I have seen more small, and I mean very small, amounts in marijuana cases since cite-and-release has been put in place than I did prior to it.”

Dr. Dank is not a real doctor. It is the pseudonym chosen to protect the identity of the author of the column. The Courier does not advocate the use of marijuana or any illegal substance. Under current state law, possession is illegal in Texas and punishable with prison time and fines.

DFW group set for marijuana march

By Clayton Rushings
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Marijuana advocates will take to the streets of Fort Worth May 6 to rally for the end of marijuana prohibition. The Marijuana March of North Texas, part of the 2017 Global Marijuana March, will be from noon to 5 p.m. in Burk Burnett Park, according to The march will be sponsored by DFW NORML, the local chapter of National Organization Reform of Marijuana Laws. 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