Q & A with Tom White
What are your early memories of the college?
During the first year at the new campus, the parking lots weren’t paved. It was “mud city.” Cars were routinely stuck in the mud and the towing companies made lots of money.
Back then NECC was not a smoke-free campus. In the classrooms, teachers could smoke, but students could not.
During final exams, the fire alarms were often set off and finals would have to be rescheduled for another day. We never really learned why the alarms went off – was it students playing a prank or was it a protest against the Vietnam War?
Roughly how many students do you think have sat in your classroom?
What do you consider to be the most significant changes to the college?
Significant changes I have witnessed include the development of an advising center, an ESL program and developmental courses, and an on-site day care.
Has teaching changed?
The more teaching changes, the more it stays the same.