Observer Department: Opinion


Letter to the editor: Students shouldn’t go hungry

To The Staff of The Observer, As an NECC faculty member, I express my solidarity with students who are advocating for more support from college leadership around the issue of food insecurity. I have two overlapping concerns. First, I also would like to see more attention to food access on…


Crafting an effective elevator pitch

Imagine you are in an elevator with someone you hope to work. They turn to you and say, “Tell me about yourself.” You have 30 seconds before you reach the ground floor. Quick! What do you say? How much do you say? Your elevator pitch is a concise summary of…


Observer wants to thank supporters

The Observer student staff and faculty adviser are thankful for the longtime support that they have found at NECC through the years. This extends to so many:  Faculty, staff, administrators, previous faculty advisers, and most importantly the students who read and contribute to the Observer. We think the Observer is…


A cult leader and his followers

 Donald Trump, often compared to a cult leader, has garnered what can only be described as unconditional love from a significant portion of the American electorate, with 71% of likely Republican primary voters preferring his truths over those from their family, friends, conservative media, and even religious leaders. This unwavering…


Trump’s Tweets turned threats

In recent years, it’s become increasingly clear that the words and actions of politicians can have a very real impact on the safety and wellbeing of everyday citizens. This has certainly been the case with Donald Trump, whose frequent use of social media to criticize and attack his opponents has…


Redefining education: The journey of an Early College student into the world of engineering

Editor’s Note: Lana Viola is an NECC student and a Policy Fellow for the Massachusetts Alliance for Early College.  If you had the opportunity to take college classes during high school and save thousands of dollars while learning valuable skills, would you take it? As someone who had this chance…


Evaluating the Early College program in Haverhill

Editor’s Note: Noelle Gregoire is a former Early College student at Haverhill High School and NECC and that she wanted to share this op-ed on the current view of the Early College program in Haverhill and the demographic of students participating. Recently a controversy sparked over who is participating in…


Planning ahead: Applying for summer and fall internships and jobs

Did you know that many summer internships and job posts are posted between January and early March? Competitive fall semester internships are already posted! If you are interested in applying, it’s important to start searching early. Here is some important information to consider as you begin. Internships vs. Jobs Internships…


Donald Trump’s dangerous rhetoric

Donald Trump’s communication, often highlighted by his use of divisive rhetoric and dangerous speech, stands as a powerful example of dangerous political discourse.  His approach, known for its antagonistic and emotionally charged language, employs strategies like the ‘big lie’ and ‘firehose of falsehood’ to influence public perception and rally his…


Biden deserves more credit

A Year of Transformation: President Joe Biden’s Accomplishments  In the corridors of power, where decisions echo through history, President Joe Biden embarked on a journey to reshape America. His first year in office was marked by determination, resilience, and a commitment to addressing the nation’s most pressing challenges. Here, we…