NECC Observer

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


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Students connect with virtual debate watch party

On October 22nd the final presidential debate took place. Students gathered and watched on, connecting through the tool called Zoom, that has aided us through the pandemic. The event was hosted by Professors Stephen Slaner and Stephen Russell, with the help of Coordinator of Student Activities, Stephanie Haskell and the Coordinator of Civic Engagement, Janel D’Agata-Lynch. Before and after the event, students and faculty were given a chance to speak about their expectations and reactions.…

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Time management: How creatives are coping with COVID-19

Since Covid-19, young artists have dealt with managing their time evenly and balancing out their work life while staying inspired and driven to continue working on their personal craft. Young artists have struggled to maintain focus and find inspiration as they deal with the repercussions of the pandemic. Virtual courses have also interfered with their ability to create content. Students at NECC have shared their artistic processes and the effects that COVID-19 has had on them. Art & Design major Susan Elias shares that since the pandemic she has had little to no time to work on her personal craft outside of immediate course assignments. Virtual courses have also hindered Elias from dedicating time to her hobby. She states, “When it comes to schoolwork, I do mostly design work because that’s what I work on. As for, personally driven work, I really haven’t had the time for that at all.” In terms of balance, Elias has found a way to incorporate her personal artistic endeavors within her lifestyle. She says, “I’ve had like a couple freelance jobs outside of school. It’s client work, but still creative. Despite the inability to dedicate time into her artistry, she has not lost motivation…

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Students face difficulties while studying at home

College life has been turned upside down since the pandemic struck. Rather than sitting at classroom desks many students are learning from their bedrooms or kitchen tables. There are thousands of college students not able to go anywhere to study in a quiet environment during the pandemic. There are some Northern Essex Community College students facing this as well and they are having to adjust in many ways to this new learning approach. Marriam Saldivar is a student from Northern Essex Community College. Her major is journalism/communications and she is from the Domincan Republic. Saldivar states how she focuses while studying at home. “I make sure to sit at my desk. It’s always been my space for productivity, so it just makes my mind instantly go into that mode. I also music jazz in the background,” she said. Saldivar states that the most difficult part about studying at home is  that “there are way too many distractions. I’m not in the environment that I’ve always been used to when it comes to doing what students do.” Not being in a traditional college environment can make students lose focus and not concentrate as well. Many things can distract students in their…

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Exploratory program helps students explore their options

From an early age, school is mandatory for everyone to improve their knowledge over time, first comes elementary school, then middle school, and finally high school. This is a time period where kids become more educated and spend their time rejuvenating an dnot having as much pressure on their shoulders…

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Students weigh in on learning in today's world

The pandemic has brought upon us some new regimes, and the effects on school learning and how students’ classes are done is one of the biggest ones With the whole “social distancing” that has been implemented in our lives to stop the spread of the pandemic, there have been many…

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Credibility, the seemingly lost art form

In the case of the last couple of weeks we have seen headlines suggesting Osama Bin Laden is still alive, that there is a cabal of Democrat pedophiles running Washington D.C, and lastly the controversial Hunter Biden emails. Headlines such as these have been causing NECC students to be wary…

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Students find ways to work with the pandemic

During COVID-19 especially at the start, 22 million jobs were lost which made it all around hard for many people. We even came to the point America started cutting stimulus checks. This can be hard for many adults most clearly but wha tabout college students? Many young people have simple…

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Student to host talk on "How to build a blog"

Flier for blog event talk

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Mobile market provides free food

Poster with details about the mobile food market

The mobile farmer’s market at Northern Essex Community College provides free food to students and faculty, The Food Market is open once a month from September through April on both campuses located in Haverhill and Lawrence. Northern Essex will have its next Food Market on Oct. 27. In order to…

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Featured Articles

Our civic duty: An overview of the 2020 election

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The long awaited election of 2020 is finally upon us. This election is high stakes, and many substantial changes could result from it. While the official Election Day is on Nov. 3, due to the pandemic there has been an influx of mail-in voting and early voting at the polls. With many important concepts on the ballot this election, many people have been trying to get their vote in as soon as possible. President Donald Trump is running for the second time, but former Vice President Biden, his Democratic challenger, has been topping the polls. Despite the consequentiality of this election, there are still Americans who are unsure if they should vote. But others see this as an extremely important moment. Nancy Montello, Erik Terrio,…

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NECC students get out (or mail in) the vote

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With Election Day near, voting is especially critical. If you’ve already voted, whether you mailed it in or went to the polls, you’re good to go. But, if you haven’t it should be your top priority. 2020 has been a rollercoaster of a year, what with the global pandemic and our country’s two political parties being more divided than ever. It can be hard to decide how you are going to vote, who you are going to vote for, and when. Some people write off voting completely, but this is not a good idea. The upcoming election arguably, has very high stakes, no matter which side you support. So far, this election has sparked many different reactions in citizens. Many peoples’ first words when talking…

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How students plan to spend Halloween during COVID-19

As Halloween begins this upcoming holiday season, many celebratory plans have been negatively affected (or even canceled) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dressing-up in costumes for communal “Trick-or-Treating” and attending chilling “Haunted Houses” are only a couple among the countless cancelled festivities of this beloved Holiday, causing a sense of despair among many —especially within the NECC community. Despite hardship, students have found several safe, alternative ways in which to spend and appreciate their Halloween of 2020. Jeremy Isabelle, a journalism and communications major whose favorite candy is Almond Joy, typically loves visiting the bloodcurdling haunted houses at Canobie Lake Park — enjoying the thrill of being chased by loud chainsaws. Isabelle reminisced on a childhood memory of the gothic, Victorian-style house near the street…

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