NECC Observer

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


The PACE program: A pathway for pioneers

The PACE office entrance at the Behrakis Student Center in Haverhill. For many first-generation students, the college experience can be a difficult process to navigate. Pathways to Academic & Career Excellence, better known as PACE, is a Student Support Services program funded by a TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education.   At NECC, the PACE staff consists of Director Kristen Arnold, Data Specialist Christine Carbone, Academic Adviser Sheila Corsaro, and Transfer Adviser Jessica…

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Controversial call sends it to overtime Knights lost in double overtime

On Thursday, Nov.23, 6 at p.m. Great Bay Community College visited NECC Knights for a non conference  game at the Sports and Fitness Center at the Haverhill campus. The Knights were 4-3 coming into today’s game with  a two game winning streak. It was the first and probably the last giveaway of the season. Twenty-five fans in attendance received mullet wigs in honor of Matt D’Amato’s recent brush with viral fame. The video got viral on Instagram SportsCenter, with one commenter calling D’Amato the “The Mullet Mamba.” They were 197 people in attendance that’s the most fans in attendance at home so far in the 2021-2022 season. Before the game in the tunnel I talked to the coach before the game and I talked to him about the video that went viral on Instagram “I thought it was very interesting that I don’t have social media so it was very intriguing to me. I am still trying to grasp all of this about the viral video about Matt and his haircut. It is funny that you mentioned that Matt asked me at the beginning of the year before our first game, he asked if I wanted him to cut his…

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The NECC Knights volleyball team plays Mass Bay Community College

Top-seeded volleyball team heads into tournament

The NECC Knights volleyball in action against Mass Bay Community College on Oct. 16. The top-seeded NECC women’s volleyball team will host the NJCAA Region 21 tournament Oct. 23 at the Sports and Fitness Center. The volleyball head coach is Mike Pelosi. It is his first head coach job at college, but he has experience coaching in high school and clubs. Pelosi has more than 10 years experience with the Pumas Volleyball Club in North…

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News Bytes

Anniversary mosaic project

Are you an NECC student, alum, faculty or staff? Do you have photos of you and your friends and classmates around campus? A snap shot by the beautiful murial in the Dimitry Building or a gorgeous pic of the fall foliage on the Haverhill campus? Photos can be shared on…

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Spam attacks on NECC

NECC IT Services reminds students to be “extra diligent” when reviewing emails. In a recent email they shared that there has been an increase in phishing attacks on the college. Everyone is asked to ignore unexpected emails or those requesting sensitive information. If in doubt reach out to  

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Social media sensation

NECC Knights media day Knight’s basketball player’s hair style has become a viral sensation. Even ESPN’s SportsCenter has shared shots of the player and his do with their 26.37 million Instagram followers, dubbing Matthew D’Amato the “Mullet Mamba” in the process.

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Knights Basketball win their home opener

Sports Editor Jose Rodriguez, interviewing NECC basketball head coach.

On Wednesday November 3, 2021 the NECC Knights men’s basketball team had their home opener against UMaine- Augusta. The players were practicing their shot before the game. I was there a hour early before tip off and both teams were already practicing. Even though this was their first game of the…

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Faculty to debate nuclear weapons treaty

Poster with mushroom cloud advertising faculty debate about nuclear weapons

Professor Stephen Slaner will debate Professor Andrew Morse on the new treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 12:30 p.m. The professors will examine the topic of whether the United States should ratify the treaty. The debate will be moderated by SDS Vice President Andrew Venditti. The debate will…

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Women's Volleyball semifinals and finals

NECC Knights vs CCRI Knights finals for Region 21 championship on Oct. 23

The NECC Women’s Volleyball team were looking to become Region 21 champion for the first time since 2018.   In the semifinals they hosted number 4 seed Holyoke Community College on Oct. 23.   The Knights won the semifinals by shutting out the number 4 seed in three sets. Set one 25-18,…

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Featured Articles

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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NECC announces new COVID-19 vaccine policy

COVID-19 vaccine flyer in the Spurk Building at the Haverhill campus.   On Sept. 20, the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts announced that there will be a vaccine requirement for students, faculty and staff starting in January 2022. Students who are not vaccinated will be able to take online courses. Read the full announcement here: NECC will hold a two free vaccine clinics this in October. The first clinic will be held in the Dimitry Building lobby on the Lawrence campus on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to noon. The second clinic will be held in Haverhill on Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to noon in the D Building lobby. The Observer is interested in hearing your thoughts about this requirement. Get in touch…

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