Archives for March 2015

Mixed Martial Arts club gives students valuable skills

They join for physical fitness and to learn self-defense skills and improve their sense of wellbeing.

That’s some of what draws participants to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), which is taught by students at Norwich like Mike Heimall, a 20-year-old from Fort Bliss, Texas.

“MMA techniques come from three primary styles of fighting, which are Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and wrestling,” explained Heimall, who is an officer of the MMA club, which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday at 7:15 p.m. in the wrestling room at Plumley.

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Annual Mayo Ball delights senior citizens at Mayo nursing home

mayo_ballAs in past years, around Valentine’s Day, Norwich Cadets don dress blues and make their way to the Mayo Healthcare nursing home in Northfield for the annual Mayo Ball.

Nicole DiDomenico, the Director of Civic Engagement, Service Learning and Campus Partnerships in the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), said that event has been going on for about 28 years.

The Mayo Ball brightens the spirits of the elderly who stay at the Mayo Clinic, according to DiDomenico.

Each year, reactions to the ball are the same. “They really look forward to it all year long and the day leading to it is really exciting down there. It’s all they talk about,” said DiDomenico. [Read more…]

For wrestlers, making weight is a struggle and constant sacrifice

Sophomore wrestler Dave Rogers works out while wearing warm clothes to lose weight on the elliptical machine.

Sophomore wrestler Dave Rogers works out while wearing warm clothes to lose weight on the elliptical machine.

Wrestler Alex Stewart fills his ride like a clown car with his teammates and rushes off to the nearest fast food place as soon as the season ends.

“This goes on for about a week or two, before I feel the need to get back in the gym,” said Stewart, a 22-year-old senior psychology major from Ellicott City, Md.

After a five-month-long season, there’s a new-found freedom in not having to worry about stepping on a scale to make weight, according to Stewart.

Wrestling, just like any other sport, requires dedication. Not all sports, though, ask you to drop pounds. In wrestling, competitors will try to drop as much weight as the NCAA will allow them to gain an advantage in size. [Read more…]

Mens tennis hopes to beat last year’s record wins

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

With their first match only days away, the Norwich university tennis team has been hard at work to prepare for their opener against Castleton on March 4.

With the addition of four freshmen to the team, Marc-Olivier Tourigny, Jeffery Purdy, Hadley Ellis, and Mason Madison, the team is really working hard to beat the record-setting season it had last year according to the team’s captain.

“We finished last season 8-2 which is the best record the team has had in the last seven years” said senior Ryan Grindle.

“With the new freshmen that we have, they bring a lot of raw talent to the team which is going to make our line-up a lot stronger this year,” said sophomore co-captain Ian Hyte. [Read more…]