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.”(

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

The Guidon’s history reveals that in the past, some years a new volume would be made within the same year before the year is even over, and not on the date it’s supposed to publish, according to Norwich Archives.

For example, on Feb. 7, 1930, the Norwich Guidon published Volume 10 number 1 – and within the same year published Volume 11 number 1 on Sept. 12, 1930.

Then when World War II started and the campus emptied as students left to serve, The Guidon and the counting of volumes went further awry.

“During the time period from 1944-1946, students were sent to fight in World War II. During that time there were no civilian students on campus to run the Guidon like today,” said Gail Wiese, archivist for digital collections and access services at Kreitzberg Library.

“When early commencement in March 1943 witnessed the departure of practically the entire Cadet Corps of 500 men, all destined for service with the Armed Forces, many rapid changes had to take place at the university. Continuance of regular courses became almost impossibile,” according to “The History of Norwich University 1912-1965 Volume IV,” compiled by Robert Darius Guinn.

However, a group of students called ASTRP (the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program) created their own form of The Guidon (it was called Norwich University Guidon by ASTRP and ROTC Training Detachment, according to Norwich Archives. )

The ASTRP Guidon was first published on Sept. 6, 1944 and was labeled Volume 1, Number 1 and featured a headline welcoming the past Norwich president Colonel Dodge, according to Norwich Archives.

Noting phases of collegiate training, “the university embarked on still another form of training calculated to promote the development of the army personnel. This was the Army Specialized Training Reserve Program, known as A.S.T.R.P., High School graduates who had not yet reached 18 years of age, enrolled in the Enlisted Reserve Corps and were sent to certain designated colleges in which Norwich was one for combined academics and military,” again according to ‘The History of Norwich University 1912-1965 Volume IV” by Guinn.

During the first year of the ASTRP Guidon, only two issues were published the year of 1944, according to Norwich Archives.

The next year, on June 15, 1945, the ASTRP Guidon picked up where the original Norwich Guidon left off, starting at Volume 30 number 1, then apparently stopped publishing until Nov. 1945, according to Norwich Archives.

On Nov. 21, 1945, The ASTRP Guidon published its second paper that was labeled as Volume 1, number 2 and then publishing its third issue on Feb. 26, 1946, as Volume 1 number 3, according to Norwich Archives.

Then Volume 1 number 4 was published on March 29, 1946; Volume 1 number 5 on May 17, 1946; and then Volume 1 number 6 was published June 6, 1946, which was the last issue of the ASTRP Norwich Guidon due to Norwich ending their training military services and students returning from war, according to the Norwich Archives.

“A wartime measure only, the program was discontinued in 1946. During the two years of its existence, Norwich was criticized for going into the secondary school business, both by its alumni and by others in no way connected with the university,” according to Guinn’s book.

The original Norwich Guidon then came back in existence and picked up at Volume 29, March 19, 1943 where it left off three years later, according to Norwich Archives.

Volume 30 number 1 on Oct. 18, 1946 had a headline which featured the welcoming of the new Guidon editor at the time, Howard W. Rome.

So The Norwich Guidon isn’t actually on its 100th volume. If everyone had counted correctly, the Guidon would actually be on its 94th volume today if every year from Oct. 28, 1922 to Oct. 28, 2016 was accounted for.

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.