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Men’s cross country No. 2 in initial national rankings

Men’s cross country No. 2 in initial national rankings

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The defending national champion North Central College men’s cross country team heads into the 2010 season as the No. 2-ranked Division III team in the nation, according to the initial rankings released Sept. 1 by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). On Aug. 24, the USTFCCCA ranked the Cardinal team second in the Midwest Region in the preseason regional rankings.

Weekend Life Thrives

Kelly Carew ’10 remembers her first year on campus when she spent many weekend evenings hanging out at Rall Hall. “My friends and I would struggle to come up with something to do on the weekends,” she says. “Now it’s a habit that we go to programs on Saturday night—the campus has become alive.”

Student government targets fitness center completion


The reality of a new state-of-the-art fitness facility in the Res/Rec Center is on the horizon.

“While living in Res/Rec last year, I personally noticed the need for a new fitness center available for all students,” says Chris Smith ’10.

Mock Trial Team Advances to National Tournament

When seven members of the Mock Trial team advanced to compete in the American Mock Trial Association national tournament in March, they didn’t know they’d be facing the top teams in the entire country, trying cases against the Universities of Minnesota, Michigan, Chicago and Notre Dame. The team finished the tournament with a 3-5 record.

President's Message

Watching throngs of students walk up the hill from Merner Field House and the Res/Rec Center every morning, juggling two or three on-campus events nearly every evening, I had a number of “aha” moments this April. Something was different from the 19 previous springs that Benna and I have been privileged to live on North Central’s campus. Certainly the more than 250 students living in the Res/Rec Center is a part of it. They’ve changed the foot traffic pattern of the campus.

Be Cardinal Green

Students crossing campus on Cardinal red bicycles. Quick-rental cars and refillable plastic bottles. Campus-wide recycling and underground stormwater management.

The common thread is sustainability, and these initiatives are all part of how North Central College is incorporating sustainable techniques and technologies into physical campus development, along with business and work environment practices that can be replicated by other businesses and colleges.

Thoroughly Modern Millie Receives Rave Reviews

Audiences weren’t the only ones thoroughly thrilled with North Central College’s musical “Thoroughly Modern Millie. ”It thrilled judges who selected the production as a regional finalist in the nation’s prestigious Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival. It thrilled the student cast, orchestra and crew, too.

“This was definitely the best dance, theatrical or musical experience I’ve ever had in my life!” Tommy Rivera–Vega ’11 told Brian Lynch, director/choreographer and fine arts director.

Authors in Smart Chicks Kick It Tour to appear in Wentz Concert Hall

Six prolific writers have organized their own first-time-ever tour, independent of their various publishers and will speak at North Central.

North Central College welcomes six of the most talked-about authors of paranormal romance in the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour on the College's Naperville campus at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22. The event is co-hosted with Anderson's Bookshop.

The tour will feature Alyson Noël of the "Immortals" series, Kelley Armstrong of "Tales of the Otherworld" series, Melissa Marr of "Wicked Lovely" series, Jackson Pearce of "Sisters Red," Jennifer Lynn Barnes of "Raised by Wolves" and Carrie Ryan of "Dead Tossed Waves."

Building Communities Near and Far

Preparing involved, principled students remains at the foundation of academics and student life at North Central College. Dozens of organizations and programs engage students on campus and complement their academic journeys—with everything from pottery and square dance clubs to a roller hockey team to long established activities like student government and the North Central Chronicle.

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