names. See personal names.

national anthem. This general reference is lowercase, without quotation marks. The title of a specific anthem takes quotation marks: "The Star-Spangled Banner." Grounded in Mennonite pacifist convictions, Goshen College traditionally did not play the national anthem before sporting events. This received national attention on Nov. 10, 2008, when Bill Born, the vice president for Student Life, was invited to appear on the Mike Gallagher Show; Gallagher had heard about a debate sparked by the parent of an opposing basketball player who objected to the absence of the anthem before a game played at Goshen. On Jan. 22, 2010, President Jim Brenneman announced that Goshen College would begin playing an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before some home games, followed by a prayer.In 2011, the college's board of directors decided that the anthem would no longer be played at college games and asked the administration to find an appropriate alternative.

New Monasticism. A monastic movement that began in the 1970s. New Monastics live in communities that value communal living, leading a contemplative life, engaging with the poor and hospitality. Shane Claiborne, a speaker at the 2009 Mennonite Convention, is a founding member of a New Monastic community in Philadelphia.

Newcomer Center. Formally Goshen College's seminary building, it currently is home to the English, Communications, and Business Departments.

newspaper names. Capitalize the in a newspaper's name if that is the way a newspaper is formally identified on its flag or nameplate (e.g., The Goshen College Record). Do not place the name in quotes or italics.

Nobel Prize.

non(-). Close up compound words formed with non- unless a capitalized word follows: nonpartisan, non-Mennonite. The non-Mennonite example is a reminder of a tendency on the part of Mennonites to divide the world into Mennonites and non-Mennonites, or other-than-Mennonites, also known as OTM's. Whenever possible, others should be specifically identified (e.g., Catholics, Christians, Methodists, Presbyterians, Protestants) rather than presented in terms of what the person or the group is not; failing that, the author should try to find another graceful alternative to the non- construction.

nor. When both halves are singular, use a singular verb (neither alcohol nor tobacco is allowed). When one noun is singular and one is plural, use the verb form that matches the closer noun (neither the eggs nor the milk was sold, neither the milk nor the eggs were sold).

numbers. Spell out the first nine cardinal and ordinal numbers (she is taking four courses this semester; he needs 10 more courses to graduate). Exceptions include ages (3 years old); sports points (she scored 8 points), scores (Goshen College won, 4-2) and time of day (the game started promptly at 7 pm). When two or more round numbers appear together as joint modifiers for a noun, and one of them is 10 or higher, use figures: The films range from 5 to 30 minutes in length.

Generally, spell out any number that begins a sentence: Two hundred people attended the film opening. Figures are always used for years, even when they begin a sentence: 1959 was a very good year.

numbering. Prefer No. 5, Top 10.