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Rocky Horror invades NCC: Notes from inside the Time Warp

Oct. 23rd, 11:35pm When I arrive at Northampton Community College’s 350-seat Lipkin Theatre there’s a line that stretches out of the second floor lobby, down the steps, and into the bright lights of the hallway. I notice Director Bill Mutimer surveying the crowd. He appears pleased. When asked if he is nervous, he replies in…

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Designing ideas to live in

“Trionfo. It means ‘triumphant’ in Italian.” These were the final words of the interview, shouted while walking away down a perpendicular corridor of Founder’s Hall. This was a response after asking, in regretful hindsight, the pronunciation of his name. Doubtless, his surname adequately reflects the success he has found in his field of study. Ken…

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New cars, new tech: Safe, or dangerous?

In today’s cars, new technology exists to make daily living easier. From Ford’s foot activated trunk release to new ways that vehicles shift, technology has changed in drastic ways since the year 2000. This technology isn’t exclusive to cars and minivans, it is also found SUVs and trucks. Some trucks, for instance, do come with…

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Student Senate round-up

Oct. 20th Northampton Community College’s Student Senate held their second meeting of the semester. The meeting began with a Senate budget discussion. Student Senate Treasurer Ryan Armbruster gave the treasury report. For the Student Senate retreat, $600 was allotted, and the Senate went $367 over budget. Armbruster felt more money needed to be allotted for…

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Halloween Festival 2015

Over 400 students attended NCC’s Halloween Festival on Oct 23rd to revel in ghostly activities. Upon nightfall, students began to congregate in the Student Life Zone, the majority in an array of various costumes. Preparations were initiated back in Sept. according to Patrick Grifone, President of Student Senate and one of the organizers of the…

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Printing with a Papercut

Students printing out assignments might have received a scare more than once during the past few semesters. When printing out anything from a computer terminal on NCC’s campus, a box on the right side of the screen counts down a monetary value with each piece of paper printed. Much of the NCC student body remains confused…

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The reunification of Good

A man ventured into the heart of the rainforest after 20 years of separation and disconnect to be reunited with his mother. On Oct 29th East Stroudsburg University Graduate and Yanomamo-America author, David Good, appeared at NCC to tell the story of his journey back “home.” In 2011, he felt compelled to return to his…

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The stories of desperately finding freedom

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sonia Nazario told an audience at NCC about the issue of perilous refugee migration. This year’s Cohen Lecture speaker is well acquainted with this topic. During her childhood Nazario lived in both Argentina and America. She grew up during Argentina’s so-called “Dirty War,” living in constant fear of being kidnapped, raped, or tortured…

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The cure for the common stressor

Everyone deals with stress. At a college campus stress can become emotionally or mentally dangerous. Especially one like Northampton Community College, where many are “non-traditional students” in the workforce, raising children, or having to split their time in some way while still fulfilling obligations to school. That doesn’t begin to cover the pressures of “traditional…

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What’s in a Score?

As a college student, a lot of things compete for your attention right now. Finishing assignments, passing exams, seeing friends, looking for jobs or internships… the list goes on and on. While these are all important things to focus on, learning about credit is crucial for your future success, as well. Many potential lenders, employers…

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Allison Grillo: Not “The Transgender Comedian”

Allison Grillo, a comedian, brought her unique hybrid show to Northampton Community College Oct. 20th, performing an act that was part comedy, part talk on gender and sexuality, while sprinkled with a lot of self-reflection. “Great, I got to the podium before the clapping stopped,” Grillo said at the open of her hour-long show, entitled…

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Tom Shillea: Creating Art with Light and a Camera

The back wall of Professor Shillea’s office is dominated by a student’s painting of dark, encroaching thunderheads. His desk is sleek glass, and cameras of all sizes and shapes dapple his workspace. A guest can immediately tell Shillea is a professional when working with light from the tender, almost dim glow in the office. Unfortunately,…

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