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Study Abroad with NCC

What if you could fly to Rome and spend a week traversing the cobblestone streets and exploring the historic museums? If you could have a chance to toss a penny in the legendary Trevi fountain or see the Coliseum where gladiators battled, would you take it? With Northampton’s Study Abroad program, these dreams can become…

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On Cold Winters and Colder Truths

The first winter I spent in Chicago I was 9 years old. Before that, I had spent my winters with my grandparents in the cornfields just outside of Crawfordsville, Indiana, a sleepy college town. My mom, my younger sister and I lived in a Section 8 housing project called Parkway Gardens, right next to the…

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The Minimum Wage Effect

Since 1938, the federal government has instituted a minimum wage, and from its inception until stagnation in the wage in the late 1970s, it kept up with the cost of living. “Minimum wage has not risen proportionately with the cost of living over the last 40 years, thus shrinking the middle class and putting the…

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Making a difference

Everyone knows about Hurricane Harvey’s devastation and how badly it affected Texas. While Houston has been in the news, not enough people are talking about the city of Corpus Christi where Harvey first made landfall. There are a group of Northampton Community College students more than willing to race down to Corpus Christi and begin…

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Fandom for dummies: “Timeless” edition

Fandom – the state of or condition of being a fan of someone or something Type: television show Release Date: October 3, 2016 Fan Name: “TimeFandits,” “Clockblockers,” or “Clockblocking TimeFandit.” Actor Malcolm Barrett had asked fans via Twitter one day to decide what the fandom name should be. Clearly, the proper name is still a…

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Feel it in your soul

Rain or shine, the Spanish Caucus was going to have their annual commemorative flag raising. The Student Life Zone was packed on Sept. 19 as professors and students alike celebrated Hispanic Heritage Mont. Traditional Latin food and music was enjoyed as dancing was either in line or on the dance floor as the live band…

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A Chorus for us

Northampton Community College’s in-residence chorus will be performing a show titled “A Family Christmas Spectacular” Sunday, Dec. 10 in the Lipkin Theatre. The Lehigh Valley Youth Chorus will be performing an arrangement of holiday music from the likes of George Frederick Handel, Alejandro Jimenez, and Kirby Shaw. The show will be performed in concert with…

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Quadfest 2017

Snapshots of NCC’s Quadfest celebration. Aerial photos taken by Jeremiah Reardon. Ground photos taken by Shelby Ringer and Mathew Craft.  

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NCC Theater celebrates the arts, old and new

With the semester starting up, the NCC theater department prepares to put on two productions for the fall: one musical and one play, as it does annually. The shows this semester are “Hair” directed by Bill Mutimer and “Suburbia” directed by Chris Egging. While they are different in terms of setting and tone, both shows…

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Every Journalist Needs Boot Camp

They were dressed in blue jumpsuits, each with a bag over their head. The voice of a man thundered to them, “Get on the ground.” One of them tore the bag from his head and sprinted away as gunfire echoed through the woods. He was just one of 16 journalists who came from eight countries…

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A Meticulous Curriculum for a Romance Language

There’s more than meets the ear when it comes to learning a second language at NCC. From starting with basic grammar and vocabulary in basic courses, to intermediate courses that focus on reading and writing, students can work toward mastering a language. “When you’re starting, [all Spanish course] are basically all the same, it doesn’t…

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Letter From The Editor

Dear reader,   My name is Christopher Shosted and this is the first issue of The Commuter with me at the helm. After spending a year at The Commuter, I am ecstatic to leave my mark on this paper and the college as a whole. My predecessor, Kristen Cervenak, spent a great deal of time…

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