Archives for 2018

On the importance of Community

Cadet Connor Druin

Cadet Connor Druin

With the passing of a fellow cadet, I am reminded that Norwich University is not only an institution, but also a community. Connor Drouin, a senior cadet, passed away at the age of 22 over Thanksgiving Break. On a frigid Tuesday night, the corps of cadets donned their “grey-on-whites,” the most iconic uniform of the cadet, and stood a vigil during echo taps.

Drouin’s rook platoon, 15-2-2, stood together as a unit on the upper parade ground in special remembrance for their fallen rook brother. The UP was silent except for the firing party and bugle. Numerous civilian students joined to pay their respects at the ceremony. All barracks rooms facing the UP were dark, and every cadet saluted as the firing party performed a 21 gun salute, and echo taps played in the dark.

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The Veterans Place finds its place in Northfield

By Myranda Dewey

Guidon Staff Writer

How does the small town of Northfield Vermont, home to the oldest military college in the United States, support veterans in need? According to a resident at the Veterans Place in Northfield, there is no shortage of assistance in this patriotic little town.

“The community and Norwich University is really supportive, usually the cadets come once a month on Thursdays just to play poker and stuff with the guys,” said Phil Rowell, a former resident and current director of the Veterans Place. “They came and put all of the Christmas lights and decorations up on the day before Thanksgiving. They decorate our tree every year.”

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The Norwich mens rugby team saw yet another strong undefeated 6-0 season in their conference, earning their 3rd berth in a row in the nationals by defeating Bentley University 35-0. Their regular season ended with them going 9-2. Unfortunately, their championship run was ended by the Queens University of Charlotte,N.C., who barely defeated the Cadets 29-26. In the 3rd place consolation match the team beat Marquette University 7-0.

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Inside the designing of the 2020 Ring


Katie Reid Ring

Junior cadet Katie Reid happily showcasing the varied weights and designs of potential class rings. Picture by Andrew Quintero

In 1923, the Norwich University Corps of Cadets began the tradition of the class ring. It originally started to represent the different class years but, according to members of the corps today, it has grown to mean something much more. “The ring has become a connection between every alumni past, present and future,” said Shane Ryan.

Ryan is a 20-year-old junior, and a computer security and information assurance major from Voorhees, N.J. He thinks of the ring as a connection between everyone who has ever walked the halls surrounding the upper parade grounds and the campus as a cadet.

“When you see a person with the ring, with the 1819 and then their class designed side, you instantly have a mutual respect for that person,” said Ryan. “It doesn’t matter where they came from, where they started or where they are now, I can understand what they went through to get that ring.”

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Overheard, where Norwich culture thrives


“Overheard” administrator Jim Black (center) hams it up with the ceremonial cavalry saber use to “knight” moderators of his popular Facebook site about cadet and student life at Norwich. There are around 19 moderators who run the site. Photo curtesy by Jim BlackAs everyone at Norwich quickly learns, “Overheard and Overseen at Norwich” is the unofficial and unauthorized Facebook page that everyone checks out every day. The man behind it simply calls it “a look into the culture on campus.”

James Francis Black IV, Class of ’17, is the chief administrator of the page, and it reflects both his sense of humor and steady fingers on the pulse of Norwich University.

“Originally, Overheard at Norwich was literally just an overheard page, a place where people could talk about things that they had heard about on campus, but nowadays it’s a group where the true culture of Norwich can live,” said Black, a communications major who was hired to work as office administrator in the department after he graduated.
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For seniors, last football game marked bittersweet end to 4 years as teammates

Senior offensive linemen Paul Bielo (61) and Jared Barton (70) right before the snap against a game again Morrisville State. Picture by Norwich University

There isn’t much like tying your cleats and putting on your jersey knowing it’ll be the last time. The seniors on the Norwich football team did just that on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Sabine field.

No more kickoffs, no more touchdowns, and no more wins.

For the past four years, 11 seniors on the football team have given all their time and energy to training for football – and just like that their athletic career is over. They will take with them the memories they made and teammates that became family, as well as lessons that go far beyond the athletic field.

Even though their final game was a close 20-17 loss to WPI, they gave it their all on their last time on the field, appreciating the opportunity they had to play the sport they love at Norwich.
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A world of adventure awaits!

Pokemon Go Logo. Picture by Pokemon Go official mobile game.

Even at Norwich University, many students, inspired by childhood memories and the logo “Go explore, go discover, go collect,” spend their free time playing Pokémon Go.

First released in July of 2016, the app is an augmented reality mobile game developed and published by Niantic for both IOS and Android phones. In collaboration with Nintendo, the purpose of the game is to locate, capture, and battle virtual monsters through mobile devices.

Pokémon Go became the world number one mobile game with over seven million downloads in less than a week and got named “Best Mobile Game” by The Game Developers Choice Awards and “Best App of the Year” by TechCrunch according to the Pokémon Go website.

Although the global gaming sensation has been out for two years, it has recently risen in popularity on Norwich University’s campus. “ Whenever I walk into class I see at least one person playing Pokémon Go,” said Kanisha Gonzalez, 20, a junior communications major, from Camden, N.J.
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In South Hall, students face a battle with mice

Mice make themselves at home. Google Image

When students moved back into their dorms this fall, they quickly became aware that their rooms had been far from empty during summer vacation. According to students in South Hall, they have noticed mice making homes in their rooms and common areas.

For years, the University has been fighting mice issues. With people failing to clean up their messes in the common area, mice have turned them into a frightening place for students trying to do homework.

Residents of South Hall have reported seeing at least one mouse in the common rooms or in their dorm room. Connor Bourque, a junior psychology major from Goffstown, N.H., explained how as soon as he got back from summer break he met one of the tiny but bothersome critters.

“I’m enjoying playing the piano and all of the sudden, I see a little creature out of the corner of my eye.” Bourque said. “I thought it was gross knowing we have these little creatures possibly in our rooms too.”
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The Failures of Affirmative Action

About a month ago, a trial took place on a suit by a group of Asian-Americans against Harvard University, claiming it limits the number of Asian students the Ivy League institution admits. This case, Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, may have a drastic impact on the future of college admissions and practices, as it threatens the existence of Affirmative Action in colleges.

This case addresses one of the chief concerns regarding Affirmative Action. While rectifying race issues of the past – these issues primarily being limited opportunities for minorities to attend universities – shows good intentions, the fact of the matter is that with limited spots, providing an unbalanced opportunity to one group will always hurt others.

While Affirmative Action was created to help those unfairly discriminated against, the process itself discriminates unfairly. When Asian-Americans outperform virtually every other group, they should not be punished for merely being the wrong race. Those who outperform should be rewarded, not punished, for circumstances outside of their control.

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Norwich Enters the World of E-Sports

League of Legends Logo. Logo image used under Fair Use.

“This is not something that colleges have really been getting into all that much,” said Jeremy Hansen, associate professor of computer science regarding e-sports on college campuses, “and there’ve been some that’s been offering scholarships for different games.”

Hansen began the process of entering the university into e-sports after realizing its potential to flourish on campus, especially among Norwich’s computer science and computer security majors.

E-sports is professional competitive gaming, with the industry having been predicted to make over $900 million in revenue in the year 2018, according to Newzoo.

After reading several articles regarding e-sports, Professor Hansen began to contemplate who could help him with his project, which led him to meet with Greg Matthews of enrollment management at Norwich University.

Prof. Hansen immediately learned that Matthews and his children were also gamers which allowed Matthews to “immediately see the value of bringing gamers on board.”

While Prof. Hansen was exchanging emails with Matthews, he sent emails among the computer science majors to gauge the interest of e-sports in Norwich and found tremendous interest in the program. Despite this interest, there were students who were concerned that the new e-sports program would overshadow the League of Legends Club which had been established one year prior.
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