Spring 2016

Letter from the Editor, Spencer Tye

Welcome, You’ve found yourself reading the Northern Light, the nation’s first and only completely student-ran undergraduate research journal at the community college level. We’re very proud of the collection of student research we’ve spent the last two semesters preparing. Just as last year, we have student research published in the Social Sciences and Humanities, but … Continue reading Letter from the Editor, Spencer Tye

Book Review | Old Sparky: The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty

Old Sparky: The Electric Chair and The History of the Death Penalty, by Anthony Galvin. Carrell Books, 2015. $34.99 paper, ISBN-13: 978-1631440267. How much does America really know about the death penalty? What is the overall agreement in America . . . abolish it completely or use sparingly? These questions, and many others, have been … Continue reading Book Review | Old Sparky: The Electric Chair and the History of the Death Penalty

The Failure of Black Academic Achievement in Minneapolis Public Schools

by Shawn Osterhaus | Minnesota has one of the highest graduation and test score ratings in the country. Many school districts across the state enjoy a rich budget that promises students with a wholesome and enduring education (Bernardo). However, one school district is suffering from just the opposite, and that’s Minneapolis Schools. According to the … Continue reading The Failure of Black Academic Achievement in Minneapolis Public Schools

In Plain View: The Problem with Factory Farms

by Brooke Truchon | When I think of farming, I picture the farm I used to visit when I was a child. Every summer when I was younger, I would visit my friend’s grandparent’s farm. I remember looking out the window of the car driving up the long dirt driveway. I could see the little … Continue reading In Plain View: The Problem with Factory Farms

Endotracheal Intubation: Still the Gold Standard

by Matthew A. Knealing | Effective and aggressive emergency airway management for the prehospital healthcare provider has been endotracheal intubation for nearly thirty years. In the past 4 to 7 years many medical device companies have invented many new devices that all claim to be better than endotracheal intubation. Many magazines and books targeted towards ambulance … Continue reading Endotracheal Intubation: Still the Gold Standard

Music and Stereotypes

by Madelyn Konsor | Music is a huge part of our society and our identities. Music is everywhere, and most of us are very particular about what kind we want to hear. Different genres produce diverse reactions. We identify parts of our personality by what we listen to, and we insinuate things about other people … Continue reading Music and Stereotypes

NHCC’s Seniors on Campus Program

by Bobbi Jo Reinking | During the 1970s, North Hennepin Community College formed an education program designed specifically for the elderly, which had never been done before. I wanted to find out why this program was so important, how it changed North Hennepin Community College and the surrounding community. It had significant effects upon the … Continue reading NHCC’s Seniors on Campus Program

Women and the Video Gaming Community

by Lauren Johnson | I was first introduced to video games before I started kindergarten. My mother would play The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, and my sister and I would sit and watch her battle through dungeon after dungeon. As I got older, I began to play games on my own. I now … Continue reading Women and the Video Gaming Community