Forum honors women

By Paula Vasquez

Advertising and Marketing Director

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Room B149 at Mountain View College looked like the set of “Oprah,” a duo of enthusiastic women said. They, along with about 100 others, were there for the five women on stage. The open discussion during the luncheon at the Women’s Empowerment Leadership Conference March 7 served as a midday entertainment session. Two of the five women on the stage were Brookhaven College students Lilly Munene and Tiffany Chubb, who brought tough opinions to comment on topics such as hip-hop singer Beyoncé’s approach to the media.

Cathy Edwards, director of student programs and resources at Mountain View, said this year’s conference ended up with 137 registered guests. “We would have had more, but I had to close registration down,” Edwards said. Continue reading

Theatre BHC goes wild

By Ashley Heussner

Staff Writer 

Photos by Ravin Lee | Debbie Stromquist, Chloe Hedrick, Rebecca White and Mar Llavador stand seductively on the second story of the saloon.

Photos by Ravin Lee | Debbie Stromquist, Chloe Hedrick, Rebecca White and Mar Llavador stand seductively on the second story of the saloon.

 

A crowd of approximately 50 people filtered into the auditorium for the opening night of “Liz Estrada.” The show began with Brookhaven College student Joseph Taylor introducing the character Ms. Martley, played by Doris Simons, before the curtain was lifted. Simons became a Brookhaven student after retiring as a math teacher at Southern Methodist University.

Ms. Martley’s role is that of the witty but absent-minded narrator who loses her cue cards and makes up the story as she goes along. “Ms. Martley was hilarious,” Brookhaven student Cindy Few said. That seemed to be the sentiment of many, as Simons received raucous laughter during her performance. Continue reading

Theatre Brookhaven prepares for new show

By Brigitte Zumaya

Layout Editor

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Actors, technicians, the director and others are coming together to make William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” come alive onstage this semester. Open auditions were for Brookhaven College’s Performance Hall March 18-20. The play opens April 24. The process of creating costumes, memorizing lines, setting up the stage and so on, began weeks in advance.

During the auditions, the actors whispered and mum- bled lines to themselves, using what little time was left to commit their lines to memory. Actors sat down and read the script of “Macbeth” under dim light. This process is called cold reading because the actors have a short time to read over the script, Brookhaven student Amber Marles said. Continue reading

SGA Mardi Gras bash is a hit

By Ludmila Mitula

Staff Writer

Photos by Ravin Lee | Students embraced the spirit of Mardi Gras by donning masks and celebrating with food and dance.

Photos by Ravin Lee | Students embraced the spirit of Mardi Gras by donning masks and celebrating with food and dance.

Beads, masks, party games, Creole and Cajun food, good music and colorful celebrations were part for the festivities organized for Brookhaven College’s first Mardi Gras party. Fat Tuesday was very chilly, but inside the S Building it was warm enough to feel the spirit of the last day of the carnival.

On the first floor, there were purple, green and gold decorations; the colors of Mardi Gras symbolize justice, faith and power. The neutral walls were changed that evening to a vibrant mix of styles, from the French burlesque theme with feathered boas to science-fiction accents. Continue reading

PTK to award favorite teachers

By Brigitte Zumaya

Layout Editor 

Brookhaven College’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter has organized a contest for the Outstanding Professor Recognition Award.

“Basically, we, Phi Theta Kappa, realized that we have had many professors at Brookhaven that have changed our lives in positive ways,” Angel Gonzalez, Brookhaven student and PTK member, said in an email. “Therefore, we are doing a project in which we want to recognize the out- standing professors.” Continue reading

Swiss green blues

By Ludmila Mitula

Staff Writer

Illustration by Vadim Dozmorov

Illustration by Vadim Dozmorov

 

At the beginning of my life in the land of milk and money, I was extremely confused. I didn’t know that this beautiful, rich country in the middle of Europe functioned like a police station, and not because of the high number of police personnel.

In Switzerland, everyone acts like a detective. Even my sweet neighbor, who often came to my house for coffee, seemed to be on watch. One day, she put a note on my porch with a red piece of paper she noticed I had failed to separate from some recyclable cartons. She said breaking the rules was not an option.  Most aspects of a Swiss lifestyle are well organized and strictly con- trolled, and recycling is no different. Continue reading

History of Earth Day in the the US

By Dillon Piekarsky

Copy Editor

Illustration by Vadim Dozmorov

Illustration by Vadim Dozmorov

It was the summer of 1969 when democratic senator and former Governor of Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson first suggested a series of teach-ins across the nation to raise environmental awareness.

Nelson was an environmentalist during his tenure as governor, and his policies were popular enough with the Wisconsin public to lead to a senatorial election. He was not quite as successful on a national level initially; in 1966 he failed to ban the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, or DDT. Continue reading

Taco Bell’s new breakfast menu unwrapped

By  Kathryn DeBruler

Senior Staff Writer

 

Photo Illustration by Scott A Godbey | Taco Bell's new breakfast waffle taco, in all it's greasy glory.

Photo Illustration by Scott A Godbey | Taco Bell’s new breakfast waffle taco, in all it’s greasy glory.

 

Taco Bell – a staple drive thru restaurant that is appreciated coast-to-coast in the U.S. – has enjoyed a long standing, late-night relationship with inebriated and stoned college kids for time immemorial, meeting their altered Continue reading

IGNITE program empowers women

By Paula Vasquez

Advertising & Marketing Director 

Photo by Paula Vasquez | Brookhaven students Sandy Gonzalez and Casandra Vazquez pose for a photo after the IGNITE conference Feb. 22.

Photo by Paula Vasquez | Brookhaven students Sandy Gonzalez and Casandra Vazquez pose for a photo after the IGNITE conference Feb. 22.

 

The winning raffle ticket, 928112, read the exact same numbers Sandy Gonzalez, Brookhaven College student, squeezed in her hand. In addition to winning Froswa’ Booker-Drew’s book “Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last,” attending the 2014 Young Women’s Political Leadership Conference rewarded  Gonzalez with political advice and a chance to meet former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

Gonzalez said the conference motivated her to spread the word about becoming informed about politics. The conference, titled “Transforming Your Passion into Action!” was held on Feb. 22. The Inspiring Girls Now In Technology Evolution program serves to build political ambition in young women. Continue reading

Sport scores with co-eds

By Brigitte Zumaya

Layout Editor 

Photo by Brigitte Zumaya | Player Robert Short attempts to grab ballcarrier Nick Way’s flag during a heated scuffle.

Photo by Brigitte Zumaya | Player Robert Short attempts to grab ballcarrier Nick Way’s flag during a heated scuffle.

 

Brookhaven College students looking for outdoor sports with a lighter touch fill the rosters of this season’s flag football teams. This semester, there are five co-ed teams at Brookhaven, each with 11 players.

Anyone who joined had to be a Brookhaven student and attend mandatory pre-registration and the first official meeting, held Feb. 21. The coordinator of this program is Student Life Office Coordinator Dominica McCarthy. Co-ed flag football has been going on for two semesters now, McCarthy said. Continue reading