Staffers detail trips to SXSW : Part 2

By Kaylee Rios

Staff Writer

Maddox Price | Chief Layout Editor A concertgoer catches a tossed drumstick at the Waterloo Records concert at South By Southwest in Austin March 21.

Photo by Maddox Price | Chief Layout Editor
A concertgoer catches a tossed drumstick at the Waterloo Records concert at South By Southwest in Austin March 21.

The first time I heard about South by Southwest was in a speech class. This year, I finally got to attend. I pictured a gathering of local bands jamming out on some place called 6th Street. It seemed kind of odd to make a four-hour drive to see bands who regularly play in Deep Ellum, but as I learned, there is something special about Austin. Continue reading

Staffers detail trips to SXSW : Part 1

By Evan Henry

Music Editor

Evan Henry | Music Editor Laena Geronimo of Feels performs at Lolipop Records’ Love at First Bite 2 at the Whip In in Austin.

Evan Henry | Music Editor
Laena Geronimo of Feels performs at Lolipop Records’ Love at First Bite 2 at the Whip In in Austin.

Every year, droves of people flee from their homes to Austin, Texas, for South By Southwest, a week of the hottest new music acts on the scene. For the third time in three years, I chose to make the journey.

By comparison, the 2015 installment was the most relaxed SXSW thus far. Crowds were minimal throughout Austin and downtown was deserted. House parties were abundant, with bands simply stoked to be away from home for a Continue reading

Students elect SGA president : Lauren Orosco

Brigitte Zumaya | Associate Layout Editor

Photo by Brigitte Zumaya | Associate Layout Editor Lauren Orosco Brookhaven’s  new SGA president.

What are the biggest issues on campus?

“The biggest issue on campus is the lack of unity among students. Brookhaven College is one of the few college campuses that has an Early College High School program, and I feel that we should embrace working with them.

They are an outstanding group of young ladies and gentlemen. I think that we all could benefit from learning to work together.

Brookhaven also has a diverse student body, and I feel like we become too comfortable among our little group of friends . We become afraid to step out of our comfort zone to meet new people. My biggest goal would be to try and unify the student body and create a better sense of community.”

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Streaming hubs outshine cable

By Diamond Victoria

Arts & Culture Editor 

High cable and satellite prices are the bane of couch potatoes around the world. Cable and satellite companies have been profiting from fine-print fees in contracts for years. Luckily, however, there has been a steady rise in web-based streaming platforms, which provide the same content at a lower price with clearer terms and conditions.

Companies such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime are among these web-based streaming providers. And each showcases a treasure trove of TV shows and films, all available at the click of a button. Continue reading

Music venue returns

By Evan Henry

Music Editor

Evan Henry | Music Editor The illuminated sign for The Bomb Factory hangs above the concert venue on opening night. The sold-out show featured Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe.

Photo by Evan Henry | Music Editor
The illuminated sign for The Bomb Factory hangs above the concert venue on opening night. The sold-out show featured Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe.

Dallas’ live music capital Deep Ellum is on the rise, and with it comes the return of the Bomb Factory.

Located on the 2700 block of Canton Avenue in Dallas, the venue was once a Ford automobile manufacturing plant, a literal bomb factory during World War II and, in the 1990s, a massive concert hall. After nearly 20 years, the 50,000 square foot space is the largest independently owned live music venue in Dallas-Fort Worth. Since the venue’s initial announcement in November 2013, Dallas has been abuzz with news of the Bomb Factory’s new and to-be-improved return. Continue reading

Sen. Cruz’s run reveals hypocrisy

By Carolyn Bossmann 

Opinion Editor 

Phil Pastor | Meme Director

Illustration by Phil Pastor | Meme Director

When President Barack Obama was presidential-hopeful Senator Obama, one of the biggest arguments against his candidacy was his nationality. To be specific, whether or not he lied about being born in the U.S. This question plagued Obama throughout his first term and his re-election and has followed him to the end of his final term.

The biggest proponents of this argument call themselves “Obama birthers.” They argue that Obama should not be able to hold the presidential office. Continue reading

Consumers determine fate of old electronics

By Megan Smith 

Copy Editor

Phil Pastor | Meme Director

Illustration by Phil Pastor | Meme Director

Mountains of computer parts and rivers of toxic ash cut through the otherwise green landscape of the southern Chinese town of Guiyu. Workers with burns on their hands and noxious air in their lungs pick precious metals from computer parts heated over coal fires.

In Guiyu, improper handling of electronic waste has resulted in the highest level of dioxins on the planet, according to a 60 Minutes report. Dioxins can cause “reproductive and developmental problems, damage the immune system, interfere with hormones and also cause cancer,” according to the World Health Organization’s website. In Guiyu, 70 percent of children have unsafe levels of lead in their blood, and miscarriages are six times more common than normal. Continue reading

BHC hosts Summit

By Jubenal Aguilar

Copy Editor

Photo illustration by Tom Gil

Brookhaven College hosted the Dallas County Community College District’s fifth annual Sustainability Summit. This year’s event was titled “Living Green: Exploring the Spectrum of Sustainability.” The summit was held April 2 and included a full day of events dedicated to green living.

Carrie Schweitzer, Brookhaven’s director of sustainability, said the event was a “terrific day of learning about how we can contribute to a sustainable and desirable future for our campus, for our community, for our world.” Continue reading

Campus carry bill approved

By Nicholas Bostick

Editor-in-Chief

A Texas State House committee approved a bill that will allow citizens with concealed handgun licenses to carry weapons on public college campuses throughout the state. This is one of several gun bills currently being discussed during the 84th Legislative Session.

The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee passed House Bill 937 March 31, according to a blog post on dallasnews.com. The bill will now be sent to the House Calendars Committee, after which the full House will vote on the measure. Continue reading

EPA advisor speaks at BHC

By Carolyn Bossmann

Opinion Editor

Brookhaven College’s Institute for Political Studies held an event focused on climate change and energy policy. It took place March 25 in Room K234 and the keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Lawrence. Lawrence is a senior energy policy advisor, works for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has a bachelor’s and master’s in public administration from Louisiana State University.

“He is responsible for the overall coordination of energy initiatives within the EPA region’s jurisdiction,” Professor Ahad Hayaud-Din, director of IPS, said. The region consists of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, according to epa.gov. Continue reading