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Helping one drop at a time

Numerous ways exist at NCC to help victims of tragedy like this year’s hurricanes, including a blood drive held every semester. NCC counselor Ross Bandics, who helps organize the Miller-Keystone Blood drives on campus, stresses the importance of donating blood. “A blood drive is an example of something that may be considered scary,” Bandics said.…

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Behind sexual harassment are issues of money and power

The workplace environment NCC students are graduating into contains 33 million reported sexual harassment cases. Only 5 percent of abusers that were reported faced any consequences, according to an October 2017 ABC News and Washington Post poll produced by Langer Research Associates. NCC professors urge students to understand sexual harassment in terms of money and power, helping them identify abusive situations…

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The power behind the lens

“InVision: Bearing Witness with Carol Guzy,” a retrospective at the ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory, took the audience on a journey around the world behind the lens of a camera. Guzy alternated between sharing her personal stories and photo montages set to music. Carol Guzy was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1956 and lived there until 1978…

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“They’ve been through enough” Crime Victims Council offers help

Survivors of crime have an ally in the Crime Victims Council. The CVC’s mission is to provide free confidential services and advocacy for the rights, welfare and empowerment for all victims. Suzanne Beck, executive director of CVC for 27 years, and Emily Rieser, senior outreach educator and advocate for the past three years, recently spoke…

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Confessions of a serial killer

In 1974, Dennis Rader, who would later be known as the BTK Killer (Bind, Torture, Kill), stalked and murdered a family of four in their home in Wichita, Kansas. These were the first of ten murders over three decades, which came to a climactic end in 2005, when a cat-and- mouse game with the police…

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Tweeting truth to power

It isn’t often that students get to sit in the same room as someone who’s written some of the biggest Twitter tweets ever. At a presentation titled “POTUS & the Little Bird: Reflections on Politics in the Age of Twitter,” the former director of Online Engagement for President Obama, Alex Wall, explained how politics have…

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Forging new leaders

This semester some Northampton students may have received a letter in the mail to join the National Society of Leadership and Success. The leadership honor society is the biggest in the nation and it has recently joined NCC for its first year this fall. Now having 587 chapters, the society can help Northampton students build…

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A look at careers in U.S. diplomacy

The YWCA will be sponsoring a presentation of the film “America’s Diplomats” on Jan. 10 at the Gates Center in Alumni Hall at 5 p.m and is open to the public. The film follows the role of diplomats in American politics from Benjamin Franklin’s acquisition of French support of American independence, to the 2012 attack…

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Trump stirring the pot

Labeled a loose cannon by some, Donald Trump has shocked America by his reactions to controversial issues, global disasters and nuclear threats. Examples including mishandling international affairs like the nuclear threats from North Korea, attacking media outlets by calling them “fake news” and insulting Puerto Rican government officials following a catastrophic hurricane are some of…

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Reaching new VISTAS

Anxiety, depression and relationship issues, according to research, are the top three emotional and behavior issues that affect college students said members of the VISTA project. The Volunteers in Service to America, or VISTA project, sets forth to increase awareness of mental and behavioral health of college students by giving them relief opportunities. Maryann Haytmanek…

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The Laconic releases another successful issue

On Nov. 2nd, the Fall 2017 issue of “The Laconic,” Northampton Community College’s literary and arts magazine, was released at a launch party attended by staff, issue submitters, and literary arts supporters. After a quick introduction of staff members, the party became an open mic forum where submitters could read their entries aloud or explain…

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