Archives for November 2016

Report by researchers finds serious flaws in hockey helmets

Norwich hockey players put a lot of faith in their helmets to protect against concussions. A report from Virginia Tech scored most helmets poorly on accomplishing that job.

Norwich hockey players put a lot of faith in their helmets to protect against concussions. A report from Virginia Tech scored most helmets poorly on accomplishing that job. Photo by Darwin Carozza

 According to a recent independent study conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech, more than a quarter of all hockey helmets on the market are considered unsafe. 

In 2011, Virginia Tech did a similar study on football helmets. The ratings were shocking and caused the companies to do an overhaul on their products to make them safer, while one company even went out of business. 

“After looking at this study, it is kind of scary and eye-opening to know that a lot of teams I have played for in the past and even including this team, issue helmets with a zero-star rating,” said Tyler Piacentini, a forward on the team and a senior communication major from South Weymouth, Mass.

At Virginia Tech, the helmets were tested on a five-star rating, five being the highest and safest and one being the lowest. Of the 32 helmets that are available for purchase, nine failed to earn a single star. The highest-rated helmet available was a helmet made by Warrior Hockey which earned three stars, while the rest either earned one or two stars. Before the test just one helmet received five stars; soon after the results came out, 12 redesigned helmets were given a grade of five stars. 

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Students say gaming reduces stress, but managing time playing is key

Kevin Kazura and Michelle Masperi relax by playing a video game in a dorm room in Dalrymple Hall. Both are freshmen.

Kevin Kazura and Michelle Masperi relax by playing a video game in a dorm room in Dalrymple Hall. Both are freshmen. Photo by Evan Bowley

The gaming industry hit a record-breaking worth of $91.5 billion in 2015 sales, and there is no doubt gaming has its avid fans at Norwich University and among students nationwide. 

Junior and senior Corps of Cadets students and all civilian Norwich students have been allowed to bringing their gaming devices on campus. As gaming equipment provides features that include both facial and voice recognition and new products, gaming technology is being produced in mass quantity for an affordable rate. 

“In a week, I’ll usually play about four to five hours every weekend,” said Christopher David Reardon Jr., 20, a junior Chinese major and math minor from Burke, Va. “I don’t really play during the week because I’ve got homework. But after managing my time, I have some down time on the weekends to play.”

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The Guidon’s 100th year? Not exactly, it turns out…

The Guidon hit a landmark of 100 volumes this year but it first was published back in 1922. Which mean if you do the math, The Guidon should only have 94 volumes on record.

What happened? It turns out there were some extra volumes throughout the years or some sort of miscalculations between the years 1930 and 1945.

“I’ve been here for six years and I was told this year that we’re at our 100th volume, I thought that’s kind of cool but then I said well how could that be? The Guidon hasn’t been around for 100 years, so what we have is a little mystery,” said Andrew Nemethy, the Guidon advisor.

“A volume would be a calendar year, so the funny thing is we’re not actually too sure why we have a hundred volumes, we just go changing it every year,” said Nemethy.

Like all newspapers, The Guidon publishes its volume number on the front page on what is called the masthead (the color bar at the top of the paper).

“Volume” typically refers to the number of years the publication has been circulated, and “Issue” refers to how many times that periodical has been published during that year. For example, the April 2011 publication of a monthly magazine first published in 2002 would be listed as, “Volume 10, Issue 4.”(https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-in

The first issue of the Norwich Guidon was Volume 1, number 1 on Oct. 28, 1922, according to Norwich university archives. [Read more…]

2016 junior class ring features doors of Plumley Armory as reminder of campus

The Norwich University junior ring has always been a unique symbol of success to each class that receives it. Events that take place for each class make their ring truly distinct for the specific class.

Each Corps of Cadet junior class ring by tradition has its own special design or theme, and this year is no exception. “I really wanted the ring to have an overall theme to it,” said Junior Ring Committee Chairman Michael Tamulonis, 20, a studies in war and peace major from Tinley Park, Ill. “If you can’t assign any meaning to the ring, it’s just a piece of metal,” said Tamulonis.

“I really pushed for the (Plumley Armory) doors,” said Tamulonis. The Plumley Armory doors on the ring are a symbol of the “challenges we did face and continue to face,” said Tamulonis, noting Plumley Armory is where the class of 2018 entered as recruits but left as recognized members of the Corps of Cadets, leaving behind all the rook challenges they faced together.

The Junior Ring Committee is made up of juniors that were elected by their peers to spearhead the task of designing what would forever be the Class of 2018’s junior ring. The committee is overseen by one advisor who is there to set the boundaries for them. [Read more…]