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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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Hurricane Harvey Hits Texas

As Harvey strengthened off of the coast of Texas, the United States braced for impact. The warnings were loud and clear, but the damage was inconceivable. More than 50 inches of rainfall turned downtown streets into rivers, impacting millions of lives and forcing many to leave their homes. Accuweather predicts the damage from the hurricane…

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Seeds of Wellness

“We were homeless, hitchhiking, hippyish travelers. We met at a music festival,” said Nathan Smith, Philosophy major, about his first encounter with Cheyenne Noel. Together, they founded Sprout Initiative, a nonprofit which creates opportunities for college students and homeless youth to cultivate purpose and build community. “During our travels, we went to a lot of…

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NCC combats hate with love

The Wednesday of Hell Week, Finals, May 3, a small group appeared on campus holding signs with threats of Hellfire. Their leader was quickly identified as Pastor Aden from christianinterviews.com.    Beginning in the quad, the group projected hateful messages against muslims, women and the LGBT community, and insulted those who walked by. Staff and…

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They Blinded Me with Science

Rain-drenched protest signs bled with ink stating, “There is no Planet B,” at the March for Science in Washington D.C. on April 22. The trip was organized by the NCC Climate Action Network (CAN) with the help of the Outdoors Club, Science Club, Anthropology Club, Ski Club, Student Senate and the Center for Civic and…

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Letter From the Editor

For two semesters, I have comfortably sat at the head desk of the cozy CC-140 office. I remember the day my adviser, professor Robert Hays, asked me to come into his office. I worried that I may have done something wrong, but I was asked to be editor of the Commuter and I had a…

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Spring Release of the Laconic

On April 11, members of NCC’s literary magazine hosted a release party for the newest edition of The Laconic. “There was a lot of enthusiasm for the new issue,” said adviser Michael Pogach. “Everyone seemed to love it. “ Among the entries, the staff chose two entries to be named Student Submission Contest winners, one…

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It’s like riding a bike

As Freddie Mercury sung, “I want to ride my bicycle,” and Bethlehem’s Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT) encourages people to do that for their upcoming event. During the week of May 13 -21, CAT will be hosting “Lehigh Valley Bike to Work Week”, where people can log their adventures and attend local events. As an…

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Judas Iscariot: Review

The weekend after Easter brought a modernized version of the story of Judas Iscariot, the “original traitor,” to Northampton Community College’s campus. “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,” written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Bill Mutimer, is a three-hour play set in an imaginary courtroom in purgatory. The set was composed of brightly…

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Northampton Theatre Welcomes All

The Theatre Department at Northampton Community College is known for pushing theatrical limits and exploring diverse themes through their various productions. The department just wrapped their Spring 2017 season which focused heavily on socio-political issues such as religion, censorship and guns on campus. Program Coordinator Bill Mutimer said the department strongly benefits from the diverse…

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Driving Without Brakes

Driving without brakes is akin to when one goes to reach for the parachute during skydiving and finds that it failed. This happened to me three weeks ago. I had a 2000 Subaru Forester with 206,000 miles, and had gone cross country with me, and lasted close to two years. Backing out of the overflow…

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