NECC Observer

The student news website of Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill and Lawrence, Mass.


'Spider-Man No Way Home' Spoiler-Free Review

On the evening of Thursday, December 16th, I saw the latest theatrical installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” This third MCU Spider-Man movie picks up practically immediately after the events of the previous movie (Spider-Man: Far from Home), when it is revealed to the entire world that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Between exploring the possibilities of the multiverse, and examining what it truly means to be Peter Parker (Tom Holland), viewers will for sure enjoy this movie whether they’re a hardcore Spider-Man fan, or completely new to the character. Nonetheless, this is for sure rewarding to the strong fanbase that this character has gathered over the years, as fans of previous cinematic iterations of the character will enjoy the classic villains from the trailers for “No Way Home” who are in the movie. As with not all super hero movies, the artistic nature of No Way Home is so moving. There were scenes that hit me in the feels in indescribable ways, and that can be meaningful when looking through a lens that considers how certain super hero themes can be applied to the real world. There’s lots of emotional turmoil, as well as happy moments.…

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What is NECC Watching: Fall 2021 Edition

Throughout the pandemic, and in general, movies and TV have always been very important to me in an artistic manner. Thus, I’m always interested in knowing what other people have been watching. This is the Fall 2021 edition of “What Has NECC Been Watching?” Kim Lyng, the Liberal Arts Program Coordinator at NECC, enjoys watching “Ted Lasso,” a series on Apple TV+. She likes the aspect of how all of the characters are very different, but they still work well with and listen to each other. “I think the show came along when we all needed a reminder of this, that kindness can go a long way to understanding.” says Lyng. Personally, I have heard great things about “Ted Lasso,” and I love her take on the series, as I think that now in our country more than ever, it’s important for all of us to push aside differences, and try to alleviate how divided we all can be at times. Lyng has worked in TV news in the past, and she also recently watched “The Morning Show,” also on Apple TV+. “The Morning Show” follows a fictional TV news outlet, and all of the drama that occurs behind the…

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"Diana" Review

The production of “Diana” the musical came out on Netflix on Oct 1. 2021; the creators of this show were Christopher Ashley, with choreography by Kelly Devine. Back in February 2019, the show was only previewed in the La Jolla Playhouse, and then in March, the exhibition was opened on the 3rd. But the production stopped when Covid-19 hit the world. The show was supported to be back in 2020, but again the pandemic delayed it. Luckily in the summer of 2020, the Broadway production had done a show with Covid safety protocols in place and no audience. I have always been fascinated by Princess Diana’s story. I watched many documentaries on her life in London with the royal family. I also love musicals, so this was right in line with my interest, and I saw many people reviewing it. Everyone was hyping it up and saying it was terrific, so I had to see for myself. They were not wrong. The musical was beautiful, and the casting was perfect; Jeanna de Waal, the actress, was absolutely an excellent Diana. The music was enjoyable and would make anyone want to sing along as well as dance. The costumes were unbelievable…

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News Bytes

Knights Basketball first five game winning streak since 2012-13 season

On Sunday, Jan. 23, the NECC Knights tried to do something last achieved by the 2012-2013 team – win five straight games. Knights also was looking to pick up there first win against Bunker Hill Community College since Jan. 25, 2018. The Knights faced Bunker Hill for a conference division…

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The COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Form Is Now Available

You can upload your COVID-19 card or immunization certificate through myNECC at COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting Form. To apply for a reasonable accommodation, complete and submit the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form and email it along with supporting documentation to For more information, visit COVID-19 Vaccination Frequently Asked Questions or email…

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First teaser for 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' is Released

For about a week, the only way to view the new teaser for the upcoming Marvel Studios movie, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, was to see “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in a theater. However, today, the two-minute-long teaser is finally on the Marvel YouTube channel! Check it out…

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Knights snap a four game losing streak

On Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. NECC Knights faced Massasoit Community College for a conference game at the Sports and Fitness Center at Haverhill Campus.  The Knights defeated Massasoit 66-54 to snap their four game losing streak. It was the second give away of the season. All fans in attended received a Matt D’Amato “Mullet…

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Knights Basketball lost four in a row plus more injuries

On Dec 4. NECC Knights faced against the red-hot Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) at noon. The Knights have been struggling lately coming into today game Knights have lost three in a row meanwhile CCRI have a six  game winning streak coming into the game and their only loss there only lost was to begin…

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Nuclear debate: Mutually assured stalemate

Professor Steve Slaner in a zoom meeting

Professor Stephen Slaner and other participants take part in a discussion on zoom. “If I point a gun to your head and not fire it, it is still using the gun.” Professor Slaner Professor Stephen Slaner and Professor Andrew Morse debated on Dec. 1 on the ratification of the Treaty of Prohibition…

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Featured Articles

NECC Community Prepares for the 2022 Spring Semester

A bare Dimitry lobby is ready for students to return next semester. Wrapping up the fall semester, NECC staff and students open up about the challenges they’ve faced this past semester and what they are looking forward to this spring.  What seems to be a common theme this past semester is both staff and students are having mixed feelings about online learning and returning to campus. Along with struggling to navigate online schooling, the NECC community is both eager and anxious to come back to face to face classes.  Coordinator of the Journalism/Communication program Mary Jo Shafer said,   “I find online classes to be challenging and it has also been a challenge to adapt classes to a new hybrid model. For me personally it has…

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The celebration continues... “Tiny Beautiful Things” takes the stage

On Friday, Nov. 5, the Northern Essex Community College theater department, “held an outdoor performance of the play “Tiny Beautiful Things.” This was a special performance for staff members and students to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the college, the 50th anniversary of the Haverhill campus, and the 30th anniversary of the Dimitry Building in Lawrence. A lighting display of the number 60 in honor of the college’s anniversary. The play is based on the memoir by “Wild” author Cheryl Strayed and was adapted to stage by Nia Vardalos of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” fame. Strayed, played by award-winning actress and current NECC student Gwynnethe Glickman, writes for an advice column under the alias “Sugar.” Throughout the play, she attempts to help those who…

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A year of celebration

One of the new signs at the Haverhill campus commemorating its 50th year at the current location. Northern Essex Community College is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. It is also the 50th anniversary of the Haverhill Campus and the 30th anniversary of the Dimitry Buidling in Lawrence.  NECC has come a long way from its first years at Greenleaf Elementary School in Bradford which was repurposed to accommodate its first graduating class of 181college students. The 142 men and 39 women, ages 18-19 were taught by five full-time faculty and eight part-time faculty.  Students chose from six associate degrees: Liberal Arts, General Liberal Arts, Business Management, Accounting, Secretarial, and Electronics Technology.  Today NECC consists of a sprawling rural campus in Haverhill as well as…

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