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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ author speaks at NCC

By Myra Saturen Special to the Commuter “How do we know who we are and who other people are in the Internet age?” asked Margaret Atwood, one of the world’s most renowned contemporary writers.    Questions about identity intrigued her audience, which filled the Arthur L. Spartan Center at Northampton Community College (NCC) to capacity…

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The seven elements of Bruce Wall

By Melanie Kelliher The Commuter Retiring after 27 years mentoring students in the six elements of his profession, Bruce Wall, director of NCC’s Fine Art program, leaves a legacy reflected in those six elements. 1. Wall’s color  Hue: As a child, Wall created imaginary worlds while playing in the dirt of his backyard. “I didn’t…

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The Pennsylvania Primaries are today. Here’s why they matter.

  Pennsylvania will be holding its first election since the redistricting of the congressional map. Prior to 2018, the Keystone state was utilizing an odd as well as the controversial congressional map which was the joke of many, as some pointed out that the odd shapes of some districts resembled certain images. While the state…

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Not one more: students take stand for Parkland 17

Heartbroken and angry, thousands of students across the nation finally decided to start taking matters into their own hands – pleading to their government – and there looks to be no stopping them. In response to the mass shooting in Florida, students had seen enough violence and were tired of living fear that they would…

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Fellowship and faith guides this Texas mission trip

  In 2012, Kayla Marsdale, an Early Childhood Education major, lost her home to Hurricane Sandy. When she found out that NCC’s Christian Fellowship was planning a relief trip to Texas, after the catastrophic Hurricane Harvey, she decided she had to go along. Thirteen NCC students traveled to Port Aransas, a city on Mustang Island…

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Environmental Sustainability: To change everything, it takes everyone

Sustainability is about promoting environmental health, human well-being and economic vitality, in ways that do not trade any one of these goals off for the others.   Our local and global communities need experts who can help meet current social needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.   That was…

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Hope From the Pulpit

Jamie Ratchford Laughter swelled and an “amen” chorus rang throughout Lipkin Theater as the Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts said that the United States could be investing the money spent on endless wars to pay for education. Butts is the pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church and president of The State University of New York College at…

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Language meets art in ‘The Global Classroom

By MELANIE KELLIHER Spanish professor Milagros Morales-Santiago’s “The Global Classroom” project transforms College Center 113 on NCC’s Main campus into a public canvas. Recognizing how murals beautify cities and create community, she wondered whether it was possible to paint the same kind of effect on the walls of the language classroom. “The goal was to…

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Spring Laconic release showcases literary talents

BY KELSEY WALTER Creativity spread throughout the room as contributors of The Laconic shared their work in celebration of the release of NCC’s literary and arts magazine. The 2018 Spring edition of The Laconic is composed of art, photography and creative writing from the hearts of the students featured in it. During this year’s release…

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Monroe Campus Can’t Catch a Break From Snow

ZACH STURNIOLO NCC’s Monroe campus is used to dealing with winter weather adversity, but this year’s pounding has been something new.   Since Jan. 17, the Pocono Township site has experienced at least one delay or closure in nine out of the first 11 weeks this semester, with a total of nine closures.   “It’s never, ever,…

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NCC ISO Witnesses Hurricane’s Harsh Reality

By JAMIE RATCHFORD It was hard for some to keep a dry eye as students from Inter Americana University of Bayamon, Puerto Rico spoke about the devastating impact Hurricane Maria had on their lives. The students were visiting Northampton Community College for spring break, in connection with NCC’s International Student Organization recently returning from a…

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MyNCC Gets an Upgrade

Cole Fritz Information technology services are updating the system the school has been using for over 25 years. “We have been using a system that is 25-years-old. It gets difficult to keep up with the times when we have to keep working with a system that old,” Information Technology Services administrator Deborah Burak said. The…

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