NECC Observer

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


Courageous Conversations: Giving thanks

Courageous Conversations are one of NECC’s student life traditions and remains true to its name. These conversations are designed to bring students together, so they have a chance to engage in truthful, and sometimes difficult dialogues. They are held semi-often and are led by NECC Coordinator of Student Activities, Stephanie Haskell. On Monday, Nov. 23, just three days prior to Thanksgiving, a small group of students joined a zoom call to discuss their plans for the autumnal holiday that traditionally consists of the gathering of family members in an age when gatherings are prohibited. This particular conversation was more of a friendly chat than some of the deeper, more involved ones that have taken place in the past. Still, it was a great opportunity for connecting with fellow students, considering the fact that the majority of our school life consists of looking at a screen rather than engaging with classmates in real life. Kicking off the conversation, Haskell took a chance to emphasize the importance of taking a moment for one’s self. “We get so stressed out in these times, it’s so important to pause and remind ourselves of the bigger picture,” she said;  advice that I think everyone should…

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How NECC students are feeling about the 2020 election results

Millions nationwide have anxiously awaited and anticipated the final deliberations of the 2020 presidential election between current President Donald Trump and Former Vice President Joe Biden. As the last ballots were finally counted, Biden and his Vice President elect Kamala Harris were officially announced the new leaders of America for the upcoming term of 2021. After speaking with many NECC students about the concluding results and aftermath of the election, most remain hopeful for the future of this country. Victoria Martinez, 19, a health major from Haverhill, explained how despite her not being a very political person, she did have hope for Biden and Harris to win the election — surprised that they actually did. She continued to explain that as she still does not expect for much change to occur during this upcoming term, she is hopeful that things will change eventually — especially concerning the recent, on-going social and political justice issues in America. When asked about her feelings regarding Harris becoming the first African American woman Vice President, she explained that “Having a woman of color in office could bring much peace for Women’s Rights and racial equality.” She stated, “I think she’s [Harris] a really good…

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The futile endeavor: Purchasing Sony's next gen console

After years of speculating, months of teasing, and hours of waiting, we finally got an official release date for Sony’s Playstation 5. The Playstation 5 released here in the U.S. on Nov.12, and people have been going crazy. Following the release of its predecessor 7 years later, the Playstaion 5 has already made a massive impact with the world, and to those lucky enough to have had the opportunity to purchase one. I am not one of those people. I remember being 17, and always keeping up to date on new video games and new consoles that were releasing. I would always check for updates and news articles on multiple websites, to make sure that I didn’t miss anything. Now that I am older (and I mean much older) it seems as I don’t have much time anymore to keep updated on any of those things, so I find out about things late, like the old man that I am. Although I don’t quite keep up with news regarding video games, I still play video games on my free time. The older I get, the less free time I have, hence why I don’t know anything, about anything anymore. About…

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Haverhill small business owners adapt to challenges of 2020

Owning a small business has always been a lot to handle, and as with most things in the year of 2020, it’s now even more difficult. The NECC Observer had a chance to speak with the owners of three prominent small businesses in the Haverhill: The Comic Book Palace, Wicked…

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NECC Career Center helps students connect with job opportunities

At a time where job hunting is difficult and many students are trying to explore ways to pay off their tuition, students are in a search for the best job opportunities possible. Before the Fall semester, many students at NECC had part time jobs to pay off personal luxury, debts,…

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Respiratory care professor, residents react to new COVID rules

As Massachusetts COVID-19 cases rise, Governor Baker imposed a curfew and updated mask mandate as of Nov. 6. The Department of Public Health made a statement on their website saying, “The Commonwealth’s COVID-19 related hospitalizations and COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) census have more than doubled over the past 2…

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Residents share thoughts on governor's recent COVID regulations

The state of Massachusetts has been hit hard with the Covid virus, so there’s no surprise some new regulations have been put in place. Recently on November 6th, Gov. Charlie Baker put in new regulations where everyone over the age of 5 has to wear a mask in all public…

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Power Rangers actor David Yost: In his own words

David Yost is best known for his role as Billy Cranston, the Blue Ranger, on the hit television show, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, as well as the major motion picture, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. He played the role longer than any of the other original actors, playing Billy…

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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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MAICEI program sets up students with disabilities for success

There are many ways for students to access the Northern Essex Community College, whether its as a full-time student, a part-time student, or an Early College Student but there is one program that never gets mentioned and that is the MAICEI program. The Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative (MAICEI) program is a partnership of Massachusetts public two and four year colleges and universities with local school districts to support students with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders to become students on the college campus and participate in an individualized inclusionary experience. The students are dually enrolled in their public-school district and at the college. There are many benefits to being enrolled in the MAICEI Program. “The program supports student choice for audit or credit classes,…

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NECC hosts town hall for students to hear more about plans for spring semester

There have been many questions surrounding what the rest of the school year will look like for Northern Essex students and staff. In order to answer some of these questions and clarify what the future looks like for the college, a remote student town hall was held on Nov. 10. The meeting was held by the Director of Student Success management, Audrey Ellis, and NECC VP, Bill Heineman. When speaking about the decision to make classes fully remote this fall, Heineman said “the decision to go online, was a decision that would give you certainty about how the fall was going to go as well as is meant to protect your health,” as many students stated that the disruption that occurred last spring was the…

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America in the aftermath: Unpacking the outcome of the 2020 election

The 2020 election finally came to an end on Nov. 7, four days after Election Day. It was called by the Associated Press, and all other large election desks. Needless to say, the buildup to the final result was extremely intense. In the end, it came down to a few states, mainly Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Georgia, and North Carolina. Going off of the Associated Press, Former Vice President Biden managed to flip Pennsylvania, Arizona, Michigan, and Wisconsin, which led him to victory. He and Kamala Harris are now the President elect and the Vice President elect respectively. After the election was called, people all over the country took to the streets in celebration. Supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump were not so happy,…

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