NCC’s Quadfest 2015: A Story in Photos

This year’s iteration of a Northampton Community College tradition, the annual Quadfest, took place August 27th. The event, held on the grounds of the main campus in Bethlehem, PA, welcomed new students and those returning alike. Quadfest featured free food, live entertainment, and a zip line, while also servicing to allow dozens of the college’s clubs the…

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Peter Jennings at the Peabody Awards luncheon in May of 2002. (Photo Credit:  ANDERS KRUSBERG / PEABODY AWARDS)

Incoming Editor on the Inspirations of Journalism

Peter Jennings was the first person to teach me about the concept of death. I never met the man, and yet he taught me that important human lesson we now take for granted as adults, and so much more. Given that we’ve just passed the tenth anniversary of the great broadcast journalist’s death, I thought…

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A T-shirt promoting the new residence hall (Photo Credit: Mitchell Indelicato)

A Look at the Newly Completed NCC Residence Halls

The Fall 2015 semester is within a few weeks, and with that in mind The Commuter wanted to give our readers a look at the new residence halls on the main campus of Northampton Community College. We thank Mitchell Indelicato, the photographer, for bringing our readers a look at the now completed residence halls and…

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PSECU's Sara Weiser details a new credit card scam called "Card Cracking." (Photo Credit: PT Money,

Credit Card Scams Targeting College Students

Fraud isn’t new, but there’s a growing trend in scamming that is specifically targeting college students called “Card Cracking.” This scam plays out in different ways, but the overall goal is the same – get college students to willingly give away their account numbers and PINs. Unfortunately, the fraudsters know the vulnerabilities of college students…

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A celebration for students

With music, food and flag-filled pageantry, the 2015 Sammy Awards show was a celebration of student life. The midday festivities, held April 21 in the Student Life Zone, recognized academic and non-academic student achievements. Flags representing the home countries of NCC’s international students gave a colorful touch to the occasion. The show kicked off with…

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Students making homemade candles in the Laub Lounge in celebration of Earth Day 2015.

“There’s no place like home”

This years earth day event took off without a hitch this year on April 21. Students participated in games, water taste tests, free food, gained insightful information on earth day topics and played with the science departments turtle named Corey. Gabe Olah, Mathematics, hosted a “Taste Test” table. Olah had participants taste two different kinds…

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"With no job, no worries and no responsibilities during my afternoon at the track, there was nothing like it." Photo by Zachary Catanzareli.

Thrilling Nascar feel

Drivers, start your engines! Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Virginia, has been the home to NASCAR racing for nearly 70 years. From its legendary on-track battles to the delicious and famous Martinsville hot dog, there was plenty to look forward to during the 7-hour ride from Easton to see the STP 500 on March 29. For…

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This famous photo of Babe Ruth at Yankee Stadium is among an exhibit of stunning Pulitzer Prize-winning photos. Photo courtesy The Commuter.

Newseum field trip inspires

When the video ends, there are sniffles, a few clearings of throats, and a collective pause. The claustrophobic room — as many as 25 people packed into the small space — empties at a crawl. When the audience emerges into the light of the fourth floor, tears are wiped and whispered chatter begins. Many powerful…

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Will Allen addressing NCC students an faculty. Photo courtesy Tracey Goode.

Crops and the nation

The only thing growing faster than Will Allen’s crops is his dedication to help others. Allen was the keynote speaker April 22 for the college’s year long “Agriculture and the American Identity” initiative, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. During his evening lecture in the Spartan Center, Allen showed photos of his innovative…

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Northampton values civility

Editors note: The author of this article was one of the presenters of civility on April 8. On April 8, Katrina Popovice, Jose Galarza, Michelangelo Murina, and Alex Tushinsky-Robie, graduate from the 2015 Leadership Class, gave a presentation on civility. What is civility? It is a very broad idea, but boils down to awareness and…

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Baltimore: The news you won’t hear about

On April 12 of this year Freddie Gray, Baltimore native, was arrested on a weapons charge. Seven days after his arrest, the Baltimore native had his life cut short due to spinal cord injuries supposedly obtained while in police custody. It is still unclear what caused the spinal cord injury that killed Gray. The larger…

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National News: Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act

On March 26 of this year Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence signed a bill into law during a private ceremony in his statehouse office that resulted in an uproar across the nation. Since then Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill has been greatly misunderstood by politicians and celebrities due to bias reporting and the vast majority of citizens…

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