Archives for February 2018

Tide pod challenge finds some takers at Norwich: Tasty? Not exactly.

Noshing on the colorful little detergent packets on a dare has made a lot of people sick, including at Norwich.

For better or worse, Norwich students have taken up the Tide pod challenge.
Insanity or typical college caper? Depends who you talk to.
“It’s another one of those challenges you see on social media, except this one is pretty life-threatening. I don’t know where it came from but as soon as we hit the new year, it came out of nowhere,” said Jerrel Garey, 19, a sophomore mechanical engineering major from Methuen, Mass.
Another sophomore, Michael Agnes, 20, a history major from Jefferson N.J., is incredulous that anyone would eat or swallow the small Tide laundry detergent packs.
“It’s a ridiculous challenge that should have never started, and it’s ridiculous that it’s still going on after a few weeks. You still hear cases about children and even adults who go to hospitals or near death because they ate a Tide pod,” he said.
Steve is a Norwich student who has tried a Tide Pod, and wants to remain anonymous about his escapade.  “It’s a new year, so a new challenge arose, is how I thought about it, it’s something interesting and new.”
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Road to the ring not an easy path

For some unlucky juniors in the Corps of Cadets, the cherished goal of finally putting on the traditional junior ring may have to wait.

According to these cadets, they are thwarted by a failure to meet certain requirements they think are unfair or should be changed.

Since the early 19th century, it has been a Norwich tradition for junior cadets to receive class rings. The coveted ring carries a lot of sentiment and reflects accomplishment, a representation of the three years completed, and graduation ahead.

But as with many things at Norwich, the junior ring is not given – it must be earned – and that means cadets have a list of requirements to fulfill before they can wear one.

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Corps overhaul aims to boost cohesion

Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets is dramatically revamping its structure after nearly a decade under the current system. The new structure will restore companies where rooks stay together all four years, a system where strong company bonds are formed, in a change that will affect all aspects of training, as well as cadet life.

Col. Michael Titus, the 55th Commandant of Cadets, laid out the reasons for the overhaul of corp’s structure. The structural system the Corps currently operates on has been in place since around 2010, and there have certainly been many lessons and issues observed in that time, said Col. Titus. That system is divided, with freshmen rooks placed in their own individual platoons and companies, and upperclassmen in their own respective units as well, with there being very little interaction in between.

“What’s developed over time under the current construct, is two separate Corps and two different standards, one for the upperclassmen, and one for the rooks,” said Col. Titus. “As much as the upper-class leadership wants to hold their subordinates to a standard, there is no intrinsic catalyst for them to do so.”

Col. Titus’s hope is that if upperclassmen are in the same battalions, same companies, “they will be more apt to lead by example, because they will be reminded of the standards they were held to when they were rooks.” [Read more…]

How NU is dealing with sexual violence

In its effort to create a safe student environment, Norwich is working on several fronts to deal with sexual misconduct or violence, including collaborating with a novel student-run organization.

Norwich University has always tried to maintain the safest environment for students and the overall community, free from any form of sexual misconduct and sexual violence, according to Stephanie Drew, who oversees the university’s programs under Title IX. That 1972 federal education law prohibits sex discrimination and sets out procedures to deal with sexual assault and harassment in colleges and universities that receive federal funding.

“Unfortunately, here at Norwich like any other institution, violence is a reality,” said Drew who is Employee Relationship Equal Opportunities and Title IX Coordinator at N.U. “It does happen here, but we are not unusual with dealing with these cases. We are trying really hard with our programming efforts to share a better awareness and prevention of this topic.”

Sexual misconduct refers to different unwanted actions, behaviors, and words forced on a non-consenting person, including sexual assault and sexual exploitation. Even though in the majority of the cases reported women are the victims, this type of violence happens also among men. [Read more…]

Campus construction, renovations on target

Other than some minor setbacks due to weather and injuries, construction on the Norwich campus is well underway, keeping under budget as well as sticking to a tight schedule.

“Construction has gone as smoothly as expected,” said Dick Terk, project manager for construction at Norwich University. “It has been a great place to work, and the people we are working with are fantastic.”

Engelberth Construction of Colchester, Vt., has been the main contractor in the construction on campus, working with Norwich Facility Operations to ensure that all construction goes smoothly for both the company and the Norwich community.

“The students especially, are the most respectful of any campus that I, myself, have worked on,” said Terk, noting the company has had no problems with students or faculty interfering with construction. [Read more…]

Hypocrisy and leadership

This weekend at drill an officer asked me a question that turned into a mulling session over the rest of the day. He asked me why I hadn’t corrected a buddy on a uniform deficiency (wearing the fleece as an outer layer).

My response for why I hadn’t corrected him came surprisingly fast; “I wear the fleece on the outside sometimes too,” so I didn’t make beans about it.

Of course, there was some joking about that statement, but it actually spawned some thought about several conversations and experiences I have had in the past about leaders and hypocritical behavior.

I’ve had cadet officers in the past stand in front of their subordinates and explain why we had a certain standard and that it was expected of us to enforce and uphold that same standard. Then they would break that exact same standard. [Read more…]

Womens hockey team clinches #1 seed, heads to playoffs on Saturday

Sophomore Amanda Conway, the top scorer for the undefeated women’s hockey team, will join her teammates in facing off against new England College in the playoffs this weekend. Norwich Athletics photo

  The Norwich Women’s Hockey team heads into the post-season with the number one seed for the NEHC playoffs. With an outstanding record of 21 wins, one loss, and three ties (21-1-3), the team clinched the top ranking and now begins its quest to be in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Frozen Four tournament in March.

  The women will host New England College at 3 p.m. in the NEHC Quarterfinals at Kreitzberg Arena on Saturday, Feb. 17.

  “We have so much team chemistry and I think that’s what makes us so successful,” said sophomore Amanda Conway, a 21-year old forward and physical education major from Methuen, Mass. “Our record just reflects that and proves we are a force to be reckoned with.”

  This past week, the team closed the regular season with a dominant 6-0 victory over the University of New England to seal its third perfect league regular season in program history.The team has been building momentum all season. In one of their best efforts of the season so far, the Cadets blanked the UMass Boston Beacons in a 7-0 domination Jan. 26 at Kreitzberg Arena in the battle between the top two NEHC teams.

  “We really just played as one unit,” said junior co-captain Bryn Labbe, a forward and psychology and education double major from Calgary, Alberta. “There’s nothing like winning in the end, but when you truly earn that win, it makes it that much better.”  
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Chris Czarnota is having fun behind the bench at Kreitzberg Arena

Assistant men’s ice hockey coach Chris Czarnota is enjoying life behind the bench after skating four years on the Norwich University hockey team. “I loved my time as a player here,” said Czarnota, Norwich class of 2014 and a goalie for the Cadets. “When the opportunity came up to take the assistant coach job it was a no-brainer. From the facilities to the coaching staff, everything is top notch and it provides the players the best opportunity to succeed.”

Now deep into the season, he is “excited to be back” with a new role on the team. Czarnota was previously working with the Tufts University men’s ice hockey team as goalie coach. “I felt that being a first-time coach, working with Tufts was a wonderful experience to get my feet wet and working with players,” Czarnota said. “I have definitely taken a lot of great learning experience from this and am excited to carry this over with the Norwich team.”

With the teams’ current goalie coach Cap Raeder retiring next season, Czarnota will be taking over the duties for next year. “Anytime anyone is replacing a guy like Cap and the incredible resume he brings it is going to be tough,” said men’s assistant ice hockey coach Ron Dimasi. “But we must remember that Chris was trained by Cap during his time at Norwich, and has learned so much from Cap that he can then use this knowledge with the goalies and make for a smooth transition after Cap’s tenure.”
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Tattoos are a proud mark of accomplishment for athletes and club members at Norwich


Earned, Never Given.

This concept reflects long-standing tradition throughout many Norwich University clubs, teams, and specialty units. For each of these groups, earning one’s place means reaching a level of achievement and dedication – and often that recognition comes with the right to wear a tattoo if you are selected or deemed eligible by your team or group.

These inked designs serve not just as an image of one’s sacrifice and dedication to these organizations, but a more permanent reminder of how far one has come during their time here at Norwich.

Since the Norwich campus is home to many extracurricular organizations, some notable organizations in the scheme of tattoos would be the men’s and women’s rugby teams, the Norwich Artillery Battery, and the Mountain and Cold Weather Company. [Read more…]

Happy faces on 100s night

Seniors gathered for Legacy beer from 14th Star brewing and celebratory glasses as they started their countdown to graduation. Video whiz Jim Black, a former Guidon reporter who just graduated this fall, captured the scene. 100th night