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Inside the Commuter Staff- a profile by Hella Niazi

“It’s kind of weird to be interviewed because I’m always the one interviewing people,” Journalism major Kristen Cervenak said. Cervenak is from Toronto, Ontario and has been on The Commuter for five semesters, two of which she was editor-in-chief. She is currently still working as a copy editor on the newspaper for her last semester.…

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Birds of Prey Presentation

By Jamie Ratchford Did you know that peregrine falcons are the fastest animal on Earth and can fly over 200 miles per hour? Jennifer Purcell, an Environmental Science major and volunteer at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center shared this and other information to the Lipkin Theater audience on April 17 at the annual “Birds…

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 SENA Exchange Student Program

By Jamie Ratchford Medellin, Colombia is known as the “City of Eternal Spring” yet when students from SENA Centro Tecnologico de Gestion Industrial toured Historic Bethlehem in April, they were amazed by Pennsylvania’s version of spring. As the Northern Hemisphere slowly wakes up from winter, Colombia rests comfortably in the subtropics, rarely dropping below 50…

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‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ author speaks at NCC

By Myra Saturen Special to the Commuter “How do we know who we are and who other people are in the Internet age?” asked Margaret Atwood, one of the world’s most renowned contemporary writers.    Questions about identity intrigued her audience, which filled the Arthur L. Spartan Center at Northampton Community College (NCC) to capacity…

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The seven elements of Bruce Wall

By Melanie Kelliher The Commuter Retiring after 27 years mentoring students in the six elements of his profession, Bruce Wall, director of NCC’s Fine Art program, leaves a legacy reflected in those six elements. 1. Wall’s color  Hue: As a child, Wall created imaginary worlds while playing in the dirt of his backyard. “I didn’t…

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The Pennsylvania Primaries are today. Here’s why they matter.

  Pennsylvania will be holding its first election since the redistricting of the congressional map. Prior to 2018, the Keystone state was utilizing an odd as well as the controversial congressional map which was the joke of many, as some pointed out that the odd shapes of some districts resembled certain images. While the state…

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A Superficial Society

BY FATIMA SAID      A two-year-old child is fighting stage four cancer and his parents are worried he is not going to make it. Just imagining a child with cancer breaks many hearts, and makes much of the population uncomfortable, because illness and death isn’t something anyone wants to think about. Death is not…

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Not one more: students take stand for Parkland 17

Heartbroken and angry, thousands of students across the nation finally decided to start taking matters into their own hands – pleading to their government – and there looks to be no stopping them. In response to the mass shooting in Florida, students had seen enough violence and were tired of living fear that they would…

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Taking a ‘gap year’ helps students find direction

  Taking a “gap year” before they continue their education has become popular among high school graduates in recent years. After 12 years of school, some believe that they need time to breathe and figure out who they are and what they want to do with their lives.   Aside from exploring their options, students gain time…

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Easter traditions from around the world

  In America, Easter means church services, Easter egg hunts and baskets full of candy. Here’s how other countries celebrate the holiday. In France, children don’t get treats from the Easter bunny. They get them from the Easter Bells. According to Catholic teaching, no church bells can ring between Holy Thursday and the Easter Vigil,…

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It’s All in The Break

          Finals are around the corner. Most of us are overworked, overwhelmed and overstressed. In fact, the American Psychological Association said, “Two new meta-analytic studies, involving thousands of children and college students, show that anxiety has increased substantially since the 1950’s.” Most college students suffer from stress and anxiety, but can you blame them?…

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WTF: What the frack?

  The natural gas extraction method, hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, has become a cash cow for unimaginably wealthy energy companies and a brutally -efficient destroyer of limited natural resources depended upon by the rest of us. Until we come together and put a stop to fracking by direct action, banning fracking in our…

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