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Energy drinks: The good, the bad and the ugly

Energy drinks such as Red Bull, AMP, Monster and 5 hour energy are major trends among young adults lately. One big question arises from these power producing drinks: How healthy are they? “Caffeine is used socially in drinks such as coffee, tea and colas by a majority of the adult population in the United States;…

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Newly required class stirs up freshmen

This year, all incoming freshmen are required to take a course called College Success. Many freshmen this year have the same question: Why do we have to take a class that teaches us skills we already know?   “College is a way out of a path of being unsure, to make a better life for…

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Southside’s Best Kept Secrets

When ascending to the top of the Southside Campus which floor are you going to choose? Cooking, woodworking and reading to children are all wonderful possibilities that leave imprints on lives. The Southside campus in Bethlehem has numerous rooms and programs that many people are unfamiliar with. Thousands of people enter the Southside doors every…

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New mobile app class ready for download

A new technology-focused class had its first semester this spring at NCC. The newly created iPhone app development course will wrap up its maiden voyage at the end of this semester. Instructed by mobile industry veteran Mark Koberlein, students learned how to build from scratch an app for Apple’s iOS mobile operating system with a…

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A celebration of life

From Dr. Mark Erickson, President of NCC:   Please join us in celebrating the life of Dr. Robert J. Kopecek, at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 13, in Lipkin Theatre. Dr. Kopecek served as president of Northampton Community College for 26 years – from 1977 until 2003. He passed away in North Carolina on April…

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“The future of storytelling”

A New York Times story is making consumers eager to see the next step in news storytelling. The story, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” is a cross between a news story and novel that follows 16 expert skiers and snowboarders caught in an avalanche in the Cascades in Washington State. Three died. “Snow…

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Thinking the unthinkable

“Do what you need to survive if the unthinkable happens” was the message delivered by Security Chief Marvin Gruber and Dean of Students Mardi McGuire-Closson during a program earlier this semester. The program, held in College Center 166 on the Main campus, highlighted the reality of recent school shootings and how making critical decisions could…

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Watching your Glass

The new product Google Glass could be the next way to connect with other people and the technological world. Project Glass, as it is referred to by Google personnel, has gathered lots of buzz on social media, with about 15 million views on the YouTube video released in late February. Another promotional video released in…

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Watchdogs chase the truth

Watchdog journalism is alive and kicking in the local press. Morning Call reporters Spencer Soper and Paul Muschick discussed their investigative work during a March 28 presentation titled “Watchdogs: Journalism with Teeth.” Investigative journalism shines a light where it’s needed. “There is a power simply in illumination,” Soper said during the presentation in College Center…

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Best of the worst April Fools’ pranks

April Fools’ Day is the stuff of legend as we recall the pranks and their victims. “In high school, my friends and I took a friend’s car and covered it with stick notes,” recalls Chad, an Emergency Services Administration major. “Me and my sister called my mom and told her that my brother had a…

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Angels in America to be Staged at NCC

Angels in America: The Millennium Approaches, by Tony Kushner, will be staged on April 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and on April 14 at 3:00 p.m. at Northampton Community College’s Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.   Described as a “gay fantasia on national themes,” the play…

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NCC to hold Poetry Day

FROM THE COLLEGE   Acclaimed poet Jimmy Santiago Baca will visit NCC for its annual Len Roberts Poetry Day reading on Thursday, April 11, with programs at the Main and Monroe campuses.   Baca learned to read and write in prison, transforming himself into an internationally known author, activist, motivator, teacher and “poet of the…

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