Archives for February 2016

As rooks gain ‘recognition,’ a look back at how times have changed in the corps

The rook class of 2015 and symbols of their recognition into the Norwich Corps of Cadets.

The rook class of 2015 and symbols of their recognition into the Norwich Corps of Cadets.

Congratulations to the rook class of 2015 on your recent recognition as cadets of Norwich. As you celebrate your accomplishment and revel in your new freedom, take a moment to reflect on those who came before you. Many professors you see in the classroom were once in a similar position. Here are a couple of their memories.


Prof. Mike Kelley,
Associate Professor, David Crawford School of Engineering. Rook Class of ‘70

We wore white name tags throughout the spring, and while we were in a much more relaxed mode of operations, I don’t believe that we were ever formally recognized. [Read more…]

Rare bomb threat leads to campus lockdown, searches; investigation continues

State law enforcement and Norwich officials continue to investigate who was responsible for a bomb threat that disrupted campus on Jan. 22.

During the early hours that Friday, a bomb threat was found by members of facilities operations written on a chalkboard in the math and science complex, commonly known as the U building.

“At about three in the morning (the security office) received a call from the custodial staff that a threat was written on a classroom chalkboard,” said Michael Abraham, chief of Norwich’s security and safety department.

Pictures taken by the nighttime custodial supervisor showed the melodramatic message scrawled across two boards: “I have the detonator…and you will never find me T – 16hrs ;). I’m employed by something darker…MY MIND. You can’t find me. You never will. Tick, tick, tick BOOM! Welcome 2 my nightmare.” [Read more…]

Cadet tradition at Norwich University: It’s not necessarily what you think it is

Assistant Commandant William Passalaqua, NU class of 1988, shows off his cadet handbook from his time at Norwich University.

Assistant Commandant William Passalaqua, NU class of 1988, shows off his cadet handbook from his time at Norwich.

Tradition. The hallmark phrase of rookdom and go-to reason for doing anything on the Norwich campus.

Why run around scantily clad in the dead of winter? Tradition, of course. But traditions can become a bad game of generational telephone. If you ask Assistant Commandant William Passalaqua, a class of 1988 graduate and former cadet colonel, the message he passed on is much different than how cadets hear about tradition today.

“I don’t think we celebrate what our alums have done and what we are a part of,” said Passalaqua. Passalaqua explained that he views tradition as something that has lasted the test of time from generation to generation, not a few-year fling. These elements of Norwich made his cut: the corps system, the class rank structure, and the army model that the school uses. [Read more…]

Hoverboard safety issues lead to a campus ban at Norwich

A rider stands on a overboard. Safety issues led to the devices being banned at Norwich along with many other schools.

A rider stands on a hoverboard. Safety issues led to the devices being banned at Norwich along with many other schools.

Considering the potential hazards of fires and explosions reported with the newly popular hoverboard (a platform supported by two wheels, and powered by an electric motor), the devices are now banned on the Norwich University campus.

Hoverboards were first popularized in the movie “Back to the Future II.” However, the hoverboards that first debuted in 2015 didn’t actually levitate like the ones in the movie. According to Cnet.com, a tech website, the “hoverboards” can be more accurately referred to as “self-balancing scooters,” which look and work like Segways without the handle bars.

Hoverboards have two pressure sensitive footpads that control your speed and allow you to steer with your feet. The hoverboard begins to move when you step on, making them tricky to step on and off from. [Read more…]

An unexpected ice out leads to a major ice repair job on outside campus rink

Elliot Jennings and Craig Neilson try out the ice Monday, Feb. 15, on the revamped outdoor ice rink after it was rebuilt last week. Photo by Amber Reichart

Elliot Jennings and Craig Neilson try out the ice Monday, Feb. 15, on the revamped outdoor ice rink after it was rebuilt last week. Photo by Amber Reichart

A last-minute decision by Facility Operations (FACOPS) on whether to shovel snow off the ice rink outside of the Wise Campus Center or use machinery left the rink’s ice – and students’ skating plans – shattered under the weight of a Bobcat utility vehicle.

The good news is, thanks to last weekend’s deep freeze, the ice is back. But during the past few weeks, the ice went through a saga.

“I was walking to class one day and realized there were a number of large ice chunks where the rink once was,” said Sophie Englehart, a sophomore business major. “You can clearly see where the ice gave in to the Bobcat’s weight.”

“It was a judgment call,” explained Ryan Maxfield of Randolph, Vt.. who works for FACOPS. “Last year, we had used the broom on our Bobcat to quickly clean it off and be more efficient with the process.” This year, Maxfield continued, “The ice was still anywhere from 7-9 inches thick. Nobody would have thought at the time that the Bobcat would fall through.” [Read more…]

Airsoft Club gets go-ahead from Norwich to offer military mock combat game

After several failed attempts by students at Norwich University to form an Airsoft Club, or Airsoft Division as they are also known, recent efforts have finally succeeded, thanks to improved planning and presentation.

“The Airsoft Club did a terrific job preparing their presentation (this year). They learned over the course of their last few attempts the issues that we (the safety committee) were worried about,” said Dave Magida, Norwich’s chief administrative officer as well as the chair of the safety committee.

Before a club can start at Norwich, there is a process it must go through to become university sanctioned. One step in that process is getting approved by the safety committee. [Read more…]

Club hockey is a favorite spectator sport at Norwich, but fans’ behavior is under watch

Club hockey games are a scene on campus where students and rooks come to be rowdy and cheer on their team and friends. “It’s an unbelievable atmosphere to play in front of,” said one of the club hockey players.

But things may have gotten a little too rowdy one too many times, and this season’s end may have brought rook attendance to a close after concerns were raised by school officials about fan conduct.

Club hockey is one of the top club sports on campus, and it competes with the varsity level teams when it come to fan attendance.

“Not playing on the varsity team here, it’s pretty awesome to get the number of fans we do at this school for just a club sport,” said Jacob Boylan, a 20 year old junior from Manchester, N.H., majoring in criminal justice, and a forward on the team. [Read more…]

For students, ‘Coaching for Leadership’ is a vital opportunity not to be missed

You may have heard the quote, “Leadership is not a position or a title, it is action and example.” What this means is that leadership is ultimately about doing and being – regardless of one’s station in life. It mirrors our university mission statement, which reads, in part, “We shall give our youth an education that … will enable them to act … ”

Every Norwich student, no matter what path they choose, can and will lead at some point in their career. It is inevitable, and is why leadership coaching is so critical to one’s future success. [Read more…]