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Silence is golden

  Laub Lounge routinely roars with the chatter of students between classes, but fell quiet on Feb. 2 as students, staff and faculty participated in a silent sit-in. In light of Donald Trump’s promises to build walls and ban refugees from arriving on American grounds, individuals gathered for a peaceful protest with the message, “Immigrants…

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Ping-pong and presidential promises

The sounds of Ping-Pong balls being hit in the Student Life Zone drowned out the broadcast of President Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday. Surprisingly, not many Northampton students turned out to watch the beginning of the new, and extremely controversial, government administration of the United States.  As one of the staff members turned to CNN’s coverage…

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Cops ‘n’ Kids Christmas Collaboration

Third-grade students from Freemansburg and Marvine elementary schools were treated to lunch, gifts and activities that included a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the mayor’s recent Christmas tree decorating party. Cops ‘n’ Kids Children’s Literacy Program joined Santa in this annual celebration, but their purpose was more than providing gifts and treats. Cops…

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Seeing double? No need for glasses!

If you have ever worried about your professor not responding to your passing hello, it could be that you’re speaking to their identical twin who works on campus as well. “We are never offended if somebody mixes us up. Sometimes, people get really apologetic,” Ecology professor Karen Klein said, “I’ve become accustomed to people saying,…

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Professor Haase’s historical hijinks

History has come alive at NCC because of one professor who has taken a unique approach toward the subject. “History has a bad reputation of being the study of dates and rich, white people,” History professor Kristen Haase said. “I like to shake students out of maybe the History class they had in high school…

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‘Ruffed’ up by finals week?

Animals from a local adoption shelter came to NCC’s Bethlehem campus Wednesday morning to help students relieve some stress before finals week. The “Adopt-Don’t-Shop” event was held in the Student Life Zone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of The Center for Animal Health and Welfare encouraged students and staff to go out and…

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Young voices prepare to ring in the holiday season

The group had its first rehearsal in Lipkin Theatre last month in preparation for its inaugural holiday concert this Sunday. “This is a very professional group,” said twelve-year-old Brendan Branosky regarding what surprises first time listeners of the Lehigh Valley Youth Chorus. With eager faces and crystal voices the children are ready to show NCC…

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What just happened?: A historical look at the election

A panel of NCC professors compared past elections to the dynamics of the recent election regarding media and economical differences. “The divisive this time was exaggerated and exacerbated by the media. Now there’s an immediacy to whatever is said. They’re even arguing that Facebook might have [made an impact] in deciding the outcome,” said Earl…

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NCC presents Dave Boyer

A White House correspondent relived his journalistic adventures with stories including Air Force One and a disastrous Cobb salad. NCC’s student newspaper The Commuter invited Lehigh Valley native Dave Boyer on Nov. 15 to speak to students and staff about his career working for The Washington Times as a pool reporter.  These reporters have a…

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Making a difference: One story at a time

One NCC alumnus reached out to students on campus to provide their personal backstories in a campaign to make a difference in the higher education system. After his studies at NCC, Brandon Karasinski began working as a Student Ambassador for the organization American Forward that created a campaign called “Today’s Student.” This campaign gives a…

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A culture of cruelty and inequality in America

An anti-racist essayist, author and educator spoke Oct. 6 about the long shadow of history that creates a culture of cruelty in America. Tim Wise joined an audience of students, faculty and staff in the Lipkin Theater to speak out against inequality of all forms. “Inequality is hard to get used to when you’ve never…

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Culture shock! NCC’s fine art magazine surges on campus

  The latest issue of NCC’s premier literary magazine, that provides an open platform for the student body to express itself through art and poetry, hit the stands across campus. “The Laconic would not be possible without the support of everyone here, of all the artists here, of all the writers here and of all…

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