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‘Ruffed’ up by finals week?

Animals from a local adoption shelter came to NCC’s Bethlehem campus Wednesday morning to help students relieve some stress before finals week. The “Adopt-Don’t-Shop” event was held in the Student Life Zone from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of The Center for Animal Health and Welfare encouraged students and staff to go out and…

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Young voices prepare to ring in the holiday season

The group had its first rehearsal in Lipkin Theatre last month in preparation for its inaugural holiday concert this Sunday. “This is a very professional group,” said twelve-year-old Brendan Branosky regarding what surprises first time listeners of the Lehigh Valley Youth Chorus. With eager faces and crystal voices the children are ready to show NCC…

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What just happened?: A historical look at the election

A panel of NCC professors compared past elections to the dynamics of the recent election regarding media and economical differences. “The divisive this time was exaggerated and exacerbated by the media. Now there’s an immediacy to whatever is said. They’re even arguing that Facebook might have [made an impact] in deciding the outcome,” said Earl…

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NCC presents Dave Boyer

A White House correspondent relived his journalistic adventures with stories including Air Force One and a disastrous Cobb salad. NCC’s student newspaper The Commuter invited Lehigh Valley native Dave Boyer on Nov. 15 to speak to students and staff about his career working for The Washington Times as a pool reporter.  These reporters have a…

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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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