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Making a difference: One story at a time

One NCC alumnus reached out to students on campus to provide their personal backstories in a campaign to make a difference in the higher education system. After his studies at NCC, Brandon Karasinski began working as a Student Ambassador for the organization American Forward that created a campaign called “Today’s Student.” This campaign gives a…

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A culture of cruelty and inequality in America

An anti-racist essayist, author and educator spoke Oct. 6 about the long shadow of history that creates a culture of cruelty in America. Tim Wise joined an audience of students, faculty and staff in the Lipkin Theater to speak out against inequality of all forms. “Inequality is hard to get used to when you’ve never…

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Culture shock! NCC’s fine art magazine surges on campus

  The latest issue of NCC’s premier literary magazine, that provides an open platform for the student body to express itself through art and poetry, hit the stands across campus. “The Laconic would not be possible without the support of everyone here, of all the artists here, of all the writers here and of all…

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Nursing students give hope to students in need

Despite the legendary Freshman Fifteen, a new study out of the University of Wisconsin suggests that a staggering number of college students have difficulty finding enough to eat. In a report titled “Hungry to Learn,” authors professor Sara Goldrick-Rab with the University of Wisconsin – Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Michigan professor…

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NCC dental clinic takes students to sparkle city

You can make your teeth sparkle at NCC’s Litwak Dental Clinic, which offers students free cleanings at Fowler Family Southside Center. “I didn’t know that this existed for students,” said Michele Osztrosits, a former Psychology student at NCC. Located on the third floor at 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem, the clinic provides supervised dental hygiene.…

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Opinion: From the diary of a Cubs fan

  72 hours and 46 minutes – That’s how long it has been since the Chicago Cubs came back from a 3-1 deficit in the World Series. I’m still in a state of shock. 108 years in a history book is brief. To the generations of Cubs fans that cheered outside Wrigley Field at 11:45…

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Redefining the Industrial Revolution

Robert Smith spent six to eight years researching, writing and rethinking the definition of the Industrial Revolution. Smith, a history professor and assistant dean of Humanities and Social Sciences at NCC, recently published a book titled “Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation in the American Revolution.” “The Industrial Revolution is not just about machines,” Smith said at…

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First glimpse at “The Trouble With My Name”

  Pennsylvania’s Professor of the Year, Javier Avila entered Lipkin Theater on Thursday, Oct. 27 to a filled to capacity auditorium and loud cheers. Avila began, “For the first half of my life, I thought I was white.” Growing up in Puerto Rico, he explained that his skin tone identified him as white on the…

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A student’s guide to relieving stress

  One NCC professor challenged his students to confront and reflect on their daily stress through means of sensory deprivation. “I think stress, which is increasingly becoming recognized even in mainstream medicine, is the source of an untold number of ailments,” Burak said. “Not just things like anxiety and depression or various other psychological forms…

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Student-led opportunity to help clubs serve the community

When it first opened, the Center for Civic and Community Engagement set off on a plan to energize a fledgling spark of community service within the NCC community. “I’d really like to have groups of students participate in sustainable service projects,” Center Director Deb Bohr said in January of 2015. Now, almost two years later,…

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The trouble with his name: A profile

Many know professor Javier Ávila from taking one of his classes, but others know him as the winner of the 2015 Pennsylvania Professor of the Year Award. “I took English II and Creative Writing with him. I saw him every single day during the semester,” said AnNisa Amatul Muqtadir, a second-year Psychology and English major.…

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A day in the life of an international student

Dealing with American roommates and missing home cooking were among the subjects three international students touched on as they discussed a program new to NCC. Speaking at a press conference Oct. 29 in Communications Hall were Munira Shah of Pakistan, who’s studying Early Childhood Development; Rashid Adam of Ghana, Mechanical Engineering; and Magdalena Marbun of…

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