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The Pope visits Philadelphia

Pope Francis landed in Philadelphia On Sept. 26 for a two-day stay, in what was seen as a massive cultural event along the east coast for Catholics and onlookers alike. The weekend’s events included mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, a visit to Independence Mall, and the Festival of Families event. Thousands…

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The hidden cost of “free”

As a college student, you’re probably bombarded with commercial offers all the time. Companies are eager to get buy-in from college students like you in hopes that if you commit to the company now, you’ll stick with them for the long haul and become a lifelong customer. Some of the offers you receive may seem…

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NCC in Running for Tech Leader

“NCC is ranked fourth in the nation among large community colleges in the use of technology to serve students.” That is a statement taken from Northampton Community College’s own website, My NCC. While it may sound like creative boasting, public relations, or propaganda, there is merit to it. According to a spring 2014 article that…

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Hartzel technology hall renovations

“This is not your grandfather’s manufacturing” said Christopher Gaylo, Director of Industrial Technologies at Hartzell Technology Hall. Major renovations began on Northampton Community College’s Hartzell Hall a day after the spring semester ended and were completed Aug. 21st, three days before the start of the fall semester. Hartzell Hall, named after its leader Eugene Hartzell,…

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The AAUW reaches out to NCC’s women…and men

The American Association of University Woman visited NCC’s Main Campus on Sept. 22 to encourage students to vote. The group, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, self-reports “more than 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 branches and 800 college/university institution partners.” Its mission, found on the organization’s website, is “advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education,…

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Heroin overdoses in the Lehigh Valley

Megan Alisio, born September 8, 1993, was a rising star. She was involved in softball eleven years, playing for Liberty High School and eventually joining a tournament team when she graduated in 2011. She raced cars for seven years, then competitively for the remainder of her life. She was a Criminal Justice major and fellow…

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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 including dancing and singing, food eating contests where students devoured Jello & whipped cream pies without…

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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 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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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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“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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