Area library spawns ghastly ghost tales

By Ludmila Mitula 


Senior Staff Writer 

For almost 30 years, the local library in Farmers Branch has been haunted by rumors of paranormal activity. Some websites say that the library was built on an old Indian burial ground, and it was even mentioned in Robert Wlodarski’s 2001 book, “A Texas Guide to Haunted Resturants, Taverns, and Inns.”

The rumors of spectres at Farmers Branch Manske Library, only two miles west of Brookhaven College, began in 1984, according to Wlodarski. It supposedly began when the library was being renovated and expanded. During the construction, one of the workers was killed. From that time, the library has been Continue reading

Horror Movie Picks

By Diamond Gregg 


Layout Editor 

1. Dracula : 

Universal Pictures gave audiences a thrill with many horror classics in the early 20th century, most notably the original 1931 “Dracula,” starring the mysterious Bela Lugosi. A masterpiece of its genre, this adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel of the same name spooks audiences with its quietness, having no musical score. This seemingly simple technique makes all the difference. The absence of music and scarcity of dialogue spoken by Dracula himself leave the audience in unsettling silence. A tale of vampirism, “Dracula” is the quintessential horror Continue reading

English class provides food for thought

By Jubenal Aguilar 


Staff Writer 

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa

Illustration by Sophia Espinosa


“Zombies Ate My Term Paper” English 1302 professor gives course a bloodcurdling, zombie-themed twist.

The zombie phenomenon continues its spread into fields beyond film and literature. The academic realm, once a safe zone, has felt the effect with a growing number of professors willing to embrace the undead way of life in their classrooms.  At Brookhaven College, adjunct faculty Elizabeth Alewine teaches Zombies Ate My Term Paper, an English 1302 course with a focus on the living dead. The course has been offered at Brookhaven since the spring of 2010.  Continue reading

Courier staff wins awards

By Jasmine Torres 


Staff Writer 

The Brookhaven Courier editors and staff won 17 awards at the 2014 Texas Community College Journalism Association Convention. The convention was held Friday, Oct. 10 in Tyler, Texas, at University of Texas at Tyler. The Dallas Morning News’ award-winning columnist and Tyler native Steve Blow was the keynote speaker. Blow stressed the importance of young journalists using “short words. Short sentences. Short paragraphs. Short stories.” Continue reading

Morning cartoons fade

By Nicholas Bostick 




The lives of children, insomniacs, lovers of animated network television and Americans in general have all been irrevocably entwined with the legacy of Saturday morning cartoon blocks, which officially passed on to that great boob tube in the sky Oct. 4. Saturday morning cartoon blocks were roughly 50 years old.

Since being introduced in the 1960s, Saturday morning cartoon blocks have flashed – DayGlo and noisy – on U.S. TV sets. First-generation couch potatoes huddled together, basking in the mythos of heroes such as The Pink Panther and the iconic Bugs Bunny. As years passed, Saturday morning cartoon blocks became ubiquitous with American childhood. Continue reading

Halloween costumes lose innocence

By Erin Goldman


Arts & Entertainment Editor 

One of my favorite scenes in the movie “Mean Girls” is when Lindsay Lohan’s character, Cady, shows up to a high school Halloween party dressed as a bloody bride in a modest dress, having missed the memo, and finds herself completely out of place.

In a voice-over, Cady says: “In the real world, Halloween is when children dress up in costumes and beg for candy. In girl world, Halloween is the one night a year when a girl can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it.” And it’s true.  Walk into any Halloween costume store, and you will be surrounded by the “sexy” version of everything from firefighter to peacock to superhero.  Continue reading

DCCCD shares photos

By Travis Baugh 


Staff Writer 


Photos from @DCCCDLife | A sample of photos taken from the shared account reveal a range of subjects.


Brookhaven College and  the rest of the Dallas County Community College District are getting in on the photo-sharing action with DCCCDLife.  The idea of a shared Instagram account is to promote the place a group of people live, work or go to school. DCCCDLife is managed by the district marketing department, however, every week the baton is passed to a student at one of the campuses For that week, the student is in charge of the account.  Continue reading

Ebola sparks concerns

By Nicholas Bostick 



Photo by Kathy Tran | The residence of Presbyterian Hospital nurse Nina Pham sits in the quiet M Streets. Days earlier, the location was abuzz with hazmat workers and media crews.

Photo by Kathy Tran | The residence of Presbyterian Hospital nurse Nina Pham sits in the quiet M Streets. Days earlier, the location was abuzz with hazmat workers and media crews.

DCCCD releases campus guidelines to lower the risk of an Ebola outbreak on campus.  Part one of a three-part series on the deadly disease. 

Ebola has become a major media talking point, especially in Dallas. The death of the first person diagnosed in the U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, and after what Dr. Tom Frieden, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director, called a breach of protocol at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and the infection of two nurses (who treated Duncan), have led to safety concerns about the risk of an outbreak.  Continue reading

May talks strategy

By Nicholas Bostick 



Photo by Adriana Salazar | DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Joe May speaks with students, staff and faculty representatives from schools throughout the district about his vision for the future.

Photo by Adriana Salazar | DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Joe May speaks with students, staff and faculty representatives from schools throughout the district about his vision for the future.

New chancellor looks to decrease poverty by offering DCCCD students training and opportunities through partnerships with local employers.  Boxed sandwiches and cans of soda awaited journalism students, professors and advisers from Dallas County Community College District offices at this semester’s chancellor’s luncheon.

While he did not partake in the food, the new chancellor seemed to have a full plate of his own.  The Oct. 9 luncheon began with a presentation by DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Joe May that outlined Dallas County’s current economic duality Continue reading

Brookhaven Latin Percussions Ensemble

Photos by Claudia Valerio

The Brookhaven Latin Percussions Ensemble band invites to everybody to its next event on Oct. 31 at 1:00pm in D-208  “Master Class” and Nov. 20 at 2:00pm in Lobby building C “Caribbean concert.”

Here a few pictures from their Sunday performance at Klyde Warren Park on Sept. 28.



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