Chances are, if you are a student at NVCC you have seen the talented of Micah ‘FrenchFame’ Small, the 20-year old General Studies major who simply dances up a storm.
In the heat of final exams, many students may reach for coffee and energy drinks to get them through the jam packed semester. But researchers say that this isn’t the best strategy.
While coffee has been found to have real health benefits, such as decreasing cardiovascular issues and reducing the risk of diabetes, too much of it can lead to loss of sleep and of optimal brain function.
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Many of the most successful people in business were college dropouts. Typically, these “rags to riches” stories are a one-in-a-million, but Peter Thiel, the former CEO and co-founder of Pay Pal, is paying students to quit it all for $100,000, telling Business Week that “College is a waste of time and money.”
Students walked, chanted, and cheered for safety during the sidewalk rally held in October. The event called attention to the need for sidewalks along Chase Parkway to make a safer pathway for pedestrians crossing the street and reaching the bus stop and our campus.
Naugatuck Valley Community College is a well-respected school that is ranked among the best community colleges in Connecticut. NVCC offers open enrollment to over 7,000 students, low in-state tuition, and a large amount of highly qualified professors and advisors. Founded in 1967, the campus has seen many generations of graduates, and in many cases it carries the wear and tear of its years on the surface.
After about a year of inactivity, students are once again showing support for a reopening of the school’s fitness center. The fitness center opened with Technology Hall originally in 2009 and has since closed twice as a result of lack of funding.
In this economy, many people question its importance and even suggest that people will be better off skipping higher education and jumping directly into the business world.
Peter Thiel, former CEO of PayPal and the first person to invest in Facebook, has tested this idea multiple times by giving a group of young students money to drop out of college and start a business. In 2013, he gave 20 college students under 20 $100,000 and two years of mentoring from professionals in the business world. The goal was to see if these young adults could make it without an education.
John Calabrese is the Music Man. The 18-year old Liberal Arts major has his own business, J & C Entertainment, and has been in the music business as a DJ for the past five years.
Recent changes shorten developmental sequences for math and English courses, reducing the amount of credits students take as well as saving them money. But reactions to the changes have been mixed.
“We’re going to discover how much fun writing can be,” declares Prof. Lantigua-Williams, this newspaper’s faculty adviser, about the creative writing class she will be teaching next semester. “I’ve been thinking about teaching this class since I came to NVCC five years ago, so I am overloaded with ideas,” she says.
Some may believe that the passion that often results in student activism is dead. During recent contentious events, such as the Michael Brown shooting, people around the country became vocal on multiple sides of issue. When people looked a colleges and universities to see a reaction, the easiest place to find it was the internet, with photos and videos of students advocating a cause or protesting another. Student activism often begins with a student, but it doesn’t stay in one place.
NVCC concluded it 50th anniversary celebration with an elegant luncheon held by the President De Filippis September 12th. A very special guest, Dr. Martha Kanter, former Under Secretary of Education, joined the celebration and she shared her thoughts, insights and experience with the college.
Many college students may not understand the significance of their thoughts or opinions regarding the welfare of politics. Their insights and initiatives on how to make Connecticut, or even this country, function in a more fruitful and beneficial way are important; however, many do not voice their thoughts. Young peoples’ votes carry more weight than they realize. As recent elections have proven, political decisions can be decided by just a handful of votes.
The library at NVCC offers some very valuable and important resources to its students. Ranging from a vast database to an educational Netflix-type program, students can find everything they need for their upcoming projects and assignments.
In an effort to help college students keep within their credit limits and save on their financial aid expenses, the state of CT passed legislation that changed the way colleges deliver developmental English and Math courses: Public Act 12-40 (PA 1240). This law asks that colleges shorten developmental sequencing, so students do not end up with too many credits that cannot be used toward graduation and will, ultimately, save some of their financial aid dollars.
This mid-term, the library will create a relaxing environment with a therapy dog, intended to ease the stress students face this time of the semester and allow them to recharge for effective studying. Provided from the Therapy Dog Association, a fluffy American Eskimo dog will be in the library in the evening for mid-terms October 14th 5:00-7:00 and for finals December 9th 10:00-2:00.
Upon recognition of the alarming rate of college students going hungry, NVCC began the necessary research to find the best way to provide for its students.
“We recognize the concerns, we appreciate them bringing them to our attention and we intend to do something about it,” says Sarah Gager, Dean of Student Services. Over the summer, NVCC has attained funding to provide storage cabinets and refrigerators of healthy snacks for its students at both the Waterbury and Danbury campuses.
This semester will be a little different than past years, as the theater department will be putting on two productions instead of one. The first production, Almost Maine, is a 9 scene play in which each part looks at a different type of love and features unique characters. A prologue, interlogue, and epilogue are inserted to connect the motifs. Burton Tedesco will direct in total sixteen talented student for this performance.
Michael Uva an 18 year-old majoring in sports medicine at NVCC is chasing the dream. Uva, who has played ice hockey since he was four years old in Watertown, tried out and made the Connecticut Junior Wolfpack team.
The Junior Wolfpack is known for its college placement of players and is associated with the Hartford Wolfpack of the American Hockey League (AHL), which is affiliated with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL). I