NECC Observer

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


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A second half surge fuels a 98-63 win, NECC men's basketball advances to semi-finals

Jeremiah Melendez of Lawrence lines up a three pointer in a game against Rhode Island Community College on Feb. 25. A second half surge fuels a 98-63 win, advance to semi-finals  In the quarterfinals of the region 21 East district playoff tournament The Knights took down Rhode Island Community college (RICC) 98-63 on Feb. 25. They advanced to face MassBay in the semi-finals of the region 21 East district tournament.  A dominant performance from bench…

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NECC Men's basketball ends regular season on a high note

The 2022-2023 Men’s basketball team poses on court on Feb. 18. In the regular season finale, The Knights earned a win over RICC (Rhode Island community college) 84-73 on Feb 18 at the fitness center. They will finish the season with a perfect (23-0) record in conference play and an overall record of (28-1). The Knights were also ranked third nationally by the NJCAA.  For most of the first half, each team traded baskets never being…

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Becoming consistent

The Northern Essex Community College men’s basketball team has won again. On Feb 9th the team played against bunker hill dominating them with a score of 99 to 75. The two teams played at Haverhill Northern Essex campus. The win extend The Knights win streak to 21 The knights have lost only one game this season. The Knights were able to calculate what bunker hill’s next play was leading them into another win.  NECC Knights…

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News Bytes

NECC student skiing trip offered

Interested in hitting the slopes? The NECC athletics and recreation are organizing a skiing trip to Gunstock Mountain in Gilford, NH. Interested students must apply by March 3 at the Athletic center desk. The ticket price is $27 per student (if the student is under the age of 23). Costs include a van ride…

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PACE wants you

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This story is to highlight one of the many different programs here at Northern Essex. In the event that you are unaware of this program this article will introduce, if not inform you of the many things that the program offers. In case you are not familiar with the name,…

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Amnesty International Club and Students for a Democratic Society Club recently came together and are planning a presentation centered around NECC students and their immigration backgrounds. Whether the students themselves are immigrants or their parents or grandparents are immigrants, anyone with some sort of immigration background will be allowed to…

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Re-Uknighted: Student Life fair highlights clubs, organizations

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Aimee Stevens and Adriana Neefus hosted a table at the Re-Unkighted Involvement to represent American Sign Language opportunities with Gallaudet University. On February 8th 2023, NECC hosted a Re-UKnighted Involvement Fair to help students get involved with different clubs and organizations. The event was organized by Student Life and was…

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NECC Basketball program running item donation drive to aid Turkey and Syria earthquake victims

Basketball head coach, Darren Stratton has announced that he is partnering with the Free-range market in Medford to join relief efforts for citizens effected by the Earthquake in Turkey and Syria last week. Donations can be dropped off at the fitness center between 8:30 A.M.- 4:30 P.M this week until…

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Tipping culture

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Families and friends often come together to grab a bite to eat at a restaurant to be able to sit down and enjoy each other‘s company, drinks and good food, as well as good service. Many believe that tips should not be included in their overall bill when paying for…

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Featured Articles

NECC hit by cyberattack

An empty library at NECC

The library on the Haverhill campus was empty on Tuesday, March 6, as the college remained shut down due to an apparent cybertattack. Students, faculty and staff are trying to get back on track after Northern Essex Community College was hit by an apparent cyberattack, which led to canceled classes and outages of email, Blackboard and other systems from March 3 to March 7. On Thursday, March 2, students received an email saying that NECC would be closed March 3, at 6 a.m. through Sunday, March 5, due to proposed electrical work being done in the area that they were just made aware of. The email also said that due to this there would not be access to school emails, Blackboard and other systems, which…

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Theater shines: Students star at festival

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From left to right, Olivia Barberian, Jessica Newey and Gwynnethe Glickman recently performed a scene from “Lighten Up” at the Kennedy Center American Theater Festival in Hyannis. Students from Northern Essex Community College theater program recently went to the Kennedy Center American Theater Festival that took place on Jan. 31 through Feb. 4 in Hyannis, where they won awards for acting and their production of “Lighten Up.” Brianne Beatrice has been a theater professor at NECC for 14 years. She began doing theater when she was a child. Beatrice and her students recently went to the festival, where students performed a scene from “Lighten Up” and was awarded one of the top 10 productions in the region. “…we took a selection, a scene from the…

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Panel highlights mental health

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A crowd turned out in the Spurk lecture hall on Dec. 1 for a panel discussion, “Personal Stories on Mental Health Struggles, Recovery and Advocacy.” Panelists shared their stories. On Dec. 1 students and staff members of Northern Essex Community College were invited to a mental health panel located in the Spurk building. Everyone was greeted with refreshments before taking a seat in lecture hall A for the event that was from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Raffle tickets were given out to help encourage people to stay the duration of the event. Associate Professor and Psychology Program Coordinator Krista Titone was the organizer of this event and announced at the beginning of the speeches, “We want to help reduce the stigma surrounding psychological disorders.” Four…

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