Archives for October 2015

Kreitzberg renovations bring library up-to-date

Renovations on the Kreitzberg Library for students and faculty, beginning last winter and ending late this summer, have added more room and improved technology to the building.

The library needed to “move to a digital format,” said the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Frank Vanecek. “Technology has rapidly outpaced where our library was,” said Vanecek. “We needed to get our library up to speed.”

The library, built a quarter century ago, was renovated over the past year to improve technology, study space, and create the addition of a small café and meeting area.

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Change is hard


I’m Liam Carroll and I’m your Guidon Editor. I’m a junior in the Corps of Cadets and I’ll be up-front: I’m also the president of your Student Government Association. I didn’t mean for this column to fit in so well with the Year of Transformation but it just does. 

A lot of things are transforming this year at Norwich. I hope The Guidon is one of them. This paper is working hard to not be a source of “old news.” I want everything you read to be interesting and useful information. If it’s not, let us know.

Also, I don’t want you to rely only on our biweekly paper for student news. Like us on Facebook and check the Guidon website for updates and photos. My goal is to start getting actual, current news out there, news that interests students.

Keep in mind though, it’s not easy. I get paid to be the managing editor, my staff gets paid to copy-edit and do layout. No one gets paid to write stories. We have a class of reporters in Journalism I but their grade depends on writing a story every two weeks. If you want to write a story about something as it happens, please, do it. Send it to us and I’ll do my best to publish it. My goal is to publish truth. I know that obviously, information travels fast at Norwich, and I want to dispel false rumors before they become problematic.

At Norwich and everywhere else, the only constant is change, and in the words of fomer Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Al Gray, “Trains go down the tracks, you can get on or get off.”

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The President’s Corner

Two weekends ago, we executed a very successful Homecoming Weekend, which brought more than 1,000 NU alumni and family members on campus for three days of reunions and celebrations. I hope many of you had the opportunity to speak to our alumni while they were here. They are extremely interested in what you are doing, and enjoy exchanging Norwich stories with you.

The main reason we hold reunions in the fall is so that alumni can experience a vibrant campus full of young people, and interact with them. It reminds them of when they were students, and also gives them a chance to see how Norwich has changed since they were on the Hill—as well as how it hasn’t changed.

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Women’s rugby hopes young team can jell

Last year was a year of achievement and a year of disappointment for the Norwich Women’s Rugby team. The team came in second overall in 7’s and 15’s. This year they are looking to go all the way. “We are throwing everything into it,” said head women’s coach Austin Hall.

“We are running like crazy this year,” said Hall. “We’re trying to up our work rate. Workouts have been harder than they have been in the last couple of years.”

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Women’s cross-country trains to take GNACs

Last season, the Norwich University women’s cross country team finished first in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC). With a new roster, they were “hoping for the double wins” with the men’s team this season, according to the women’s team captain.

With five meets in hand, the team has a first, 2nd and fourth in three in-state meets,and came in 11th out of 39 teams at the big Westfield State Invitational on Oct. 10

The new runners have brought “a lot of energy” and it has been “really motivational to see them,” said Captain Rebecca Sweem, 21, a senior mathematics major from Richmond, Maine. “They are putting a lot of competition between the upperclassmen.”

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Two programs added to online B.A. offerings

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Working adults looking to finish their undergraduate college degree now have two new programs to choose from through Norwich University’s online programs.

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) has launched two online degree completion programs, the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Science in Management Studies. Set to begin their first trimester in January, the programs spotlight both Norwich’s commitment to academic excellence and meeting the student demand by expanding its online degree program offerings.

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Talented men’s soccer squad having a fine year, tied for first in GNAC standings

Sophomore Jeff Purdy moves the ball upfield in a recent game. Norwich Athletics photo.

Sophomore Jeff Purdy moves the ball upfield in a recent game.                                         Norwich Athletics photo.

As the leaves started to change and the fall sports season got underway, the Norwich Men’s Soccer team had many reasons to feel optimistic, according to their head coach.

“Our group is as good as it has been just in terms of being a positive group,” said Kyle Dezotell, head men’s soccer coach. “There’s no bad apples, it’s 28 guys who are legitimately on the same page.

With a 10-3-1 record to date, the team has definitely lived up to its coach’s billing, proving itself by amassing scores such as 5-1, 9-0 and 12-0, but also winning tough 1-0 games against rivals like Middlebury and Plattsburgh State.  [Read more…]

Amtrak train derails just south of Norwich, 7 hurt; Passengers brought to Plumley Armory

At 10:30 a.m. on Monday, an Amtrack train derailed in Northfield, Vt., after hitting ledge that had tumbled onto the tracks. Gov. Peter Shumlin spoke to media at a hastily called press conference at 1:30 p.m. in front of Plumley Armory, which is where many of the passengers on the daily Vermonter were transported following the derailment just south of the university.

The governor described it as a “brutal derailment caused by ledge on the tracks.” Of the 98 passengers on board,seven people were transported for medical care, one by helicopter to Dartmouth Hospital, according to Gov. Shumlin. “Everyone else walked out,” he said.

“We call it an act of God,” said Col. Matthew Birmingham, director of the Vermont State Police. No foul play is suspected at this time, but a full investigation is under way. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be involved, according to Shumlin.

“My heart goes out to the passengers and the crew,” Shumlin said, adding that there is no reason to believe that there was any negligence on anyone’s part.

Gov. Shumlin expressed relief that no one died in the accident. He recalled a train derailment in 1984 that was deadly for Vermonters. In that disaster, five were killed and 150 were injured.

Two rail cars went off the tracks, including the engine and one passenger car. They ended up in a tributary of the Dog River, and salvaging will start as soon as possible, as well as the removal of some diesel fuel that also got into the river, Shumlin said.

The governor thanked first responders for being on scene almost immediately, as well as the Amtrack team for their handling of the situation. He said he was hopeful for a speedy recovery for all those injured in the derailment.

A Vermont railroad official stated it would have been unlikely that any operator assistance would have helped stop the derailment, there was simply nothing the conductor could have done.

When a train is traveling at above 50 miles per hour, there’s very little that can be done to stop it, Shumlin said.

Passengers were bused to Plumley Armory, which is an evacuation center in Vermont, and will be bused south by Amtrack or put up in hotels by the rail company, the governor said. Sodexo was mobilized to provide food and liquids for the passengers while they waited for arrangements to be made.

The railroad tracks are owned by New England Central Railroad and they are responsible for its maintenance. According to a Vermont railroad official, they conduct sweeps of the tracks “a couple times a week.”

Gov. Shumlin stated that a freight train running on the same set of tracks had passed through last night with no issue, indicating the rocks must have fallen since that time.