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Taking a ‘gap year’ helps students find direction

  Taking a “gap year” before they continue their education has become popular among high school graduates in recent years. After 12 years of school, some believe that they need time to breathe and figure out who they are and what they want to do with their lives.   Aside from exploring their options, students gain time…

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Easter traditions from around the world

  In America, Easter means church services, Easter egg hunts and baskets full of candy. Here’s how other countries celebrate the holiday. In France, children don’t get treats from the Easter bunny. They get them from the Easter Bells. According to Catholic teaching, no church bells can ring between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil,…

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It’s All in The Break

          Finals are around the corner. Most of us are overworked, overwhelmed and overstressed. In fact, the American Psychological Association said, “Two new meta-analytic studies, involving thousands of children and college students, show that anxiety has increased substantially since the 1950’s.” Most college students suffer from stress and anxiety, but can you blame them?…

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WTF: What the frack?

  The natural gas extraction method, hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, has become a cash cow for unimaginably wealthy energy companies and a brutally -efficient destroyer of limited natural resources depended upon by the rest of us. Until we come together and put a stop to fracking by direct action, banning fracking in our…

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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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Miles of Trash

  By Christopher Jacobsen Some people say, “A little litter won’t hurt anyone,” but when it comes to talking about the environment and our economic status, it has a greater impact than once thought. Making the drive down Route 33, you cannot help but notice the litter scattered across miles of, what use to be,…

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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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Ink and art draw tattoos enthusiasts to the Sands

  BY KELSEY WALTER The buzzing hum of a tattoo machine is all that can be heard at the Sands Event Center during the 11th annual Skindustry Tattoo Expo. With over 100 tattoo artists present, people can be tattooed with an appointment that day, and some can also get their tattoos done without an appointment.…

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Pulling Strings to Follow a Passion

By RANDALL BOLLES The ride from Nazareth to Lancaster looks like America’s backyard, with open farm lands, solar panel fields and makeshift religious signs. The trip’s purpose is for Dave Shoudt to get a $25-dollar bass guitar in hopes of reselling it for a hefty profit. “I sold the exact same type three months ago…

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