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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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A bigger picture

One woman’s dream to provide safety for refugees on college campuses spread its way from North Carolina to NCC. “People have said, ‘Do you think we’re going to get some negative feedback?’ We probably will but that’s not a reason to [avoid] doing something,” Biology professor Dr. Charles Rinehimer said. Rinehimer first heard about Every…

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Student Senate election comes to a close

Students took to the polls to elect their student senators at the Bethlehem and Monroe campuses. 47 candidates ran for 10 seats at the Bethlehem campus, while 11 candidates ran for seven seats at the Monroe campus. This election was the most competitive yet. The 10 students elected at the Bethlehem campus were Natazia Edwards,…

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When computer troubles call, the clinic answers

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. It’s 2 a.m. and you’re working on a paper due next week. You’re six pages in out of the eight minimum, pounding away furiously, and the laptop freezes. Alternatively, your monitor goes on the blink or smoke is coming out of your desktop. Fear not, there is…

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Enrollment decline cause for concern?

What makes a campus thrive? What allows a college to provide a quality education and competitive services? The answer is the student population, and more specifically, the tuition and fees collected from them. According to the NCC Fact Book, 59% of the revenue generated by the college comes from student tuition and fees. Overall, NCC…

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Get in tune with nature

It was anything but rough waters for the NCC Outdoors Club who participated this month in a kayaking trip. “A lot of people [have never been] on a kayak, canoe or anything,” Club President Jarad Beers said. “It was a lot of watching people spin around and once that we got oriented, it was really…

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Partnership aims to bring young talent to the big stage

A new Lehigh Valley organization aims to brighten the holidays with the help of NCC. Since 2014, the Lehigh Valley Youth Chorus has been training children from grades three to nine in the art of ensemble singing. The chorus is designed help start children on the path to developing their talent through serious training by…

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Muslim Student Association sponsors Eid al-Adha dinner

By Christopher Shosted and Kristen Cervenak To share their religion and culture with the student body, the Muslim Student Association sponsored a dinner celebrating the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. The holiday celebrates the willingness of Ibrahim – known as Abraham in the Old Testament- to sacrifice his…

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Every Campus A Refuge

In Arabic, the word “campus” can be translated to “sanctuary.” Established in 2015, Every Campus a Refuge works to provide safety for refugees. On Aug. 25, about 100 students and staff members flocked to College Center 220 to listen to Diya Abdo, an award-winning author, professor and founder of the program. “Students play the biggest…

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