Archives for February 2014

Norwich swimming and diving teams wrap up a long, dedicated season

Competing on Norwich University’s swimming and diving team takes extreme amounts of dedication, time and hard work, but the team’s members, coaches – and even the member’s parents – all agree it is well worth the effort.

“We meet an average of six to eight times a week,” said Victoria Sabel, a senior architecture major from Plainville, Conn., “but the yardage really counts, so you go to five afternoon practices, a Saturday practice and we have morning practices twice a week.”

Sabel, who has been swimming since age 6, continues to say that the amount of time in the pool can vary depending on what event you compete in, whether it be freestyle, a different stroke, or distance, which is what Sabel competes in.

Although the men and women’s teams train and attend meets together, they are scored separately, and within each team is a captain or two, and swimmers that compete in different events within the meet.

According to, the women’s team didn’t win any of their meets as far as scores were concerned, however they did exceptionally well considering that there were only five girls on the roster, and even then some were limited by injuries.

The men on the other hand ,with an extremely large roster this year, have won five out of their nine meets and came in first at the Great Northeast Athletic Conference Invitational meet back in December.

“Despite the fact that we didn’t have a lot of women this year, it was bigger and better on the women’s side then when I came in,” said Laura Dunn, the head swimming and diving coach from Northfield. “On the men’s side we’ve doubled our numbers and I think we have a lot more quality and more depth.”

The women’s team this season not only had five women on the roster, but all are seniors, meaning that the entire team will be graduating in the spring.

“One of the issues that we have had with the swim team is we have not been able to build the numbers on the women’s side and that’s a very big concern,” said Tony Mariano, the Athletic Director at Norwich University. “The fact that what we have remaining is all seniors is problematic, which means that we have to go out and bring in a large group of freshman in order to build that program back up. “

Dunn stated that she is recruiting and hoping to gain back some girls who took the year off. Although there is a chance there will be no upperclassman on the team, that leadership can come from anywhere not necessarily from upperclassmen women.

“Leadership can come from any class,” said Dunn,” I am constantly calling on freshman, sophomores, juniors to lead in different ways, they’ll be getting different leadership depending on what events they swim, depending on what their major is, depending on if they are corps or civilian; there are just so many variables, I don’t think it will be something that we can’t work through.”

First year assistant coach Trevor Trimpe from Indiana has been working hard on recruiting for next year and a big thing he is looking and hoping for from the incoming recruits is commitment to the team.

“If we can get them to commit, to stay on the team, that was one of the big problems last year,” said Trimpe, “we had girls in the fall and none of them stuck around for some reason, so next year if we get girls in, if we can get them to stay around and participate, that would be great.”

Giovanna Stein, a 21 year-old senior bio-chemistry major from Brazil, who has been one of the team captains for the past two years, is also hopeful for new recruits next year to keep the women’s team going.

“I’m happy that I made it all four years,” said Stein, “and hopefully we will have a few new freshman in there next year to start a new team.”

Stein feels bittersweet about leaving, and states that swimming was a part of her decision to come to Norwich.

Stephen Resto is a 22 year-old computer security and information assistance major from Montgomery, N.Y., who dove for the team. Resto graduated this past December, and admits he didn’t factor in diving when deciding on Norwich. However, he goes on to say even though it wasn’t a factor in his decision, it became a big part of his time at Norwich and helped him when he was not in the pool as well.

“In my case, diving challenges you every time you step on the board.” said Resto,” Getting over fear of getting hurt is always tough because the body will fight you to not do certain things and diving helps you control your body’ss response to fear and anxiousness.”

Sabel also says that her four years participating on the team has helped her in numerous ways as well, when it comes to time management, learning commitment and dedication, and getting comfortable in different social settings.

Henrietta Sabel from Plainsville, Conn, is Victoria’s mother and has been to several meets over Victoria’s collegiate career. She has cherished watching her daughter grow from a six year-old afraid to go near a pool, to the talented young woman she is today.

“Every minute of watching Vikki swim has made me proud,” said Henrietta. “Vikki has had a shoulder injury as a direct result of swimming since 2009, and to watch her overcome that obstacle with the sheer dedication and love of sport and team literally makes me tear up with pride.”

Although the women’s season has come to an end for this year, the majority of the men’s team will be participating in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association Championships. The meet will be held in February in Kingston, R.I., at the University of Rhode Island.

“I am a little nervous as a freshman going into New England’s,” said John Myers a physics major from Scranton Penn. “I don’t know what it’s going to be like, but I am also excited that I get to get out there and start swimming against all these other teams.”

‘Vermont Sampler’ video project gives students valuable insights, production work

The street noise is in the background and the golden dome of the state capitol is reflecting bright light into the lens of the camera. With the maroon Norwich van behind them, television students prepare for another “Vermont Sampler” shoot.

Vermont has been showcased many times, but the communications majors at Norwich University try to go beyond the generalized look and peer deep into what makes Vermont special. [Read more…]

That’s what she said…

It is always an interesting conversation to have regarding how students “grow up” through the four-year progessive leadership model that is Norwich University. NU is a learning lab unto itself for students to take on various leadership positions, whether civilian or corps. We take, typically, recently graduated high schoolers and turn them into the future leaders of the world with our program. But, when, during the course of this leadership training, do we actually “grow up.”

Though nearly all, if not all, of the students here at NU are technically adults. I admit that I am guilty of referring to my subordinates as “kids” from time to time. The other day, a colleague of mine called me out publicly for using that term and I realized that I never really thought about it before. It was just part of my vocabulary when referring to my group of subordinates.

Maybe it is just my style of leadership and/or the desire to build bonds with the people I am leading. Maybe it is how my mind views and processes how I can make the most trustworthy connection to those under my purview. Maybe, more than likely, it is the need to give them a sense of security in their role as a subordinate. Maybe, it is just because I have a maternal streak in me so prominent that it affects my arguably effective leadership style.

Yes, I completely understand the idea behind avoiding the word “kid.” We are not kids, we are adults making adult decisions. The term “college kid” should be offensive considering that some of us are even making the very adult decision to put our lives on the line for our communities, states, and/or country. I never meant it in a condescending way and, as far as I can tell, no one has really taken it that way before. But, the argument still stands to reason.

However, I would like to argue that we associate so much wisdom and knowledge with the term “adult,” This is college, this is a time of learning and making mistakes. “Adults” are looked at to know without or with minimal mistakes. “Kids” are allowed to fail and be forgiven much more easily.

In a way, referring to my subordinates as “kids” is my way of allowing them to fail because I will forgive them and take blame. And, for the record, I have never once received a complaint from a subordinate about my calling them a “kid.” So, I must be doing something right.

Cadet hockey player’s injury fuels motivation for women’s team

The NU women's hockey team poses with injured player Liz Gemmiti, center, who was hit by a car allegedly driven by a drunk driver in December.

The NU women’s hockey team poses with injured player Liz Gemmiti, center, who was hit by a car allegedly driven by a drunk driver in December.

For the Norwich Women’s Ice Hockey team, the season has been an “emotional roller coaster,” and has changed their perspective on the game as a result of the accident that ended one of their own players hockey career. However, players say the team has grown closer and is more motivated than ever as a result. [Read more…]

A Rook’s view: Uncertainty, a wait, and an unusual night, unrecognized

Editor’s note: This story offers a first-person inside view from a Rook on an eventful night when “recognition” was set, and then canceled at the last-minute. We’ve kept it anonymous so the former Rook doesn’t face consequences from offering his/her individual perspective on the events of that night.

To be put to bed at 2150 was exceptional, made more so by our cadre’s instructions: “Go to your rooms and do not come out for any reason.” [Read more…]

Rook Recognition: Delay, controversy, and the story behind it all

Norwich President Richard Schneider has issued a statement on the delay in Rook Recognition to alumni. To read it, click on this link:

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The Corps of Cadets’ administrative and cadet leadership confer over Recognition.(Left to right) C/CSM Matthew Coston, C/COL Ryan Sutherland, C/LTC Jacob Griffin, Brig. Gen. Frank Vanecek, C/LTC Nathaniel Edmondson, Col. Russell Holden, and C/MAJ Elle Kadel. (Photo: Nick Castro)

They had been talking on the main floor of Plumley Armory for over an hour. The staff and cadet leaders clustered around the phone while the upper class cadets leaned over the track railing above the leaderships’ heads. They waited, listened, and watched until 2315 (11:15 p.m.), when Cadet Colonel Ryan Sutherland looked up and gave the signal. [Read more…]

A paper puzzle: Are charges on the way?

The new printer system at Norwich shows a pop-up indicating a potential charge. Students are worried they may have to pay for printing, even when required by professors and for their homework study.

The new printer system at Norwich shows a pop-up indicating a potential charge. Students are worried they may have to pay for printing, even when required by professors and for their homework study.

With the rising cost of tuition, students at Norwich University are worried about a rumor circulating throughout campus that the administration will charge its students for paper usage starting Fall 2014. However, according to the Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Dr. Frank Vanecek, “Our intent is to not have to charge students for paper.” [Read more…]

Women’s Rugby looks to continue success in the spring season

The Norwich University women’s rugby team had a fall to remember by capturing both the American Collegiate Rugby Association (ACRA) and the USA College Rugby 7’s national titles.Now they’re pointing toward spring success. [Read more…]

Corps freshman stay focused with new Leadership Development Program

Cadet Pvt. Keith Jefferies uses study habits taught in the CAM/LDP program.

Cadet Pvt. Keith Jefferies uses study habits taught in the CAM/LDP program.

Norwich founder Alden Partridge believed in both education and leadership for every student at Norwich University. This year, Norwich put a new emphasis on that mission with the start of the Leadership Development Program (LDP). [Read more…]

Commuter students experience real-world life while still in college

“Living off campus can be a burden for some students, and a retreat for the next. It really depends on student preferences,” said Elizabeth Latham, 22, a senior political science major from Raeford, N.C. [Read more…]