Archives for October 2018

For Pegasus Players, a musical first: Cabaret

Professor Jeff Casey. Picture by Norwich University

With the completion of Mack Hall Auditorium, The Pegasus Players are making a big comeback by putting on the acclaimed musical “Cabaret,” winner of eight Tony awards and a highly entertaining show.
The goal is to “demonstrate to the community, that (the club) is doing work that deserves their attention,” according to the club and theater company’s advisor, professor Jeff Casey.
“This performance is stage one of our strategy of getting the community in to see the work we do. We want to be of service to the community and we want the people that live both inside and outside the gates of Norwich to come in and see what we’re doing,” said Casey, assistant professor of the theater department of English and communications and advisor to the Pegasus Players.
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Norwich softball looks forward to strong season

This year, the Norwich Softball team is working hard and early on creating a “family-like atmosphere” when working on their fall season and working their way into their spring season, say members of the women’s squad.
For cadet Makenna Wade, team building is a key goal. “I’m cadre, but when I’m on the softball field I’m just Makenna,” said Wade, 20, a junior computer science major from Pensacola, Fla., who is a shortstop for the Norwich softball team.
Wade really wants to focus on the team bonding and the chemistry that this team holds, as well as making sure that the team looks professional in what they do.
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Study abroad opens many new doors

Cadet Brendan Moreina during his semester abroad in Machu Picchu. Picture by Thomas Blood

From distant cities in China to popular European capitals in Prague and Berlin, Norwich students who experience study abroad gain cultural breadth, important additions to their résumé and opportunities for adventure.
Norwich University offers students a chance to gain both “experience and perspective as a person as well as for future careers,” says the Assistant Director (AD) for Education Abroad and Away at Norwich, Thomas Blood.
“(Employers) know they are not taking a risk hiring someone who has studied abroad,” said Blood. “They know someone who has studied abroad is capable of rising to the occasion in the face of a new challenge, which is very important for any career.”
Students have the chance to study in a foreign country for the same price, if not less, than what they pay to attend Norwich, he explained.
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Regi Ball rook proposals: Drama and anxiety

With Regimental Ball just around the corner on Oct. 27, the annual ritual of “rookie proposals” for dates is causing anxiety and humor throughout the halls of the barracks surrounding the Upper Parade Ground at Norwich.
“Rookie proposals can be pretty out there,” said Leah Andrea, a 21-year old communications major from Pittsburgh, Pa. “I have seen some hilarious ways to ask a person to a dance, it’s definitely not something you see every day.”
According to Andrea, there is not any specific criteria someone must follow during a rookie proposal. Generally, the recruits need permission from their cadre, but once permission is granted they may begin making their plans.
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A light at the end of the football tunnel?

Junior halfback Connor Bourque runs past a defender. Picture by Norwich Athletics

The Norwich Cadets football team has been coming up short this season, recording just two wins against five losses so far.
But last weekend Norwich saw encouraging signs when it hit the road to take on Maine Maritime in a NEWMAC Conference battle in Castine, with the maroon and gold pulling off the 15-7 victory.
It’s been a year for rebuilding confidence and for a new game plan with new coaches. “Success and winning are hard, winning will always be hard,” said assistant and defensive backs coach Grantham Raymond. “Someone has to win and someone has to lose, and unfortunately we’ve been coming up a little short.”
The Cadets were able to pull off their first win, 40-0, against intra-state rival Castleton University, where the team was able to reclaim the Maple Sap Bucket trophy.
The team, which has only 11 returning seniors, is a young group and along with the team being young there are also several coaches that are new to Norwich’s staff.
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Norwich Counseling and Wellness Center offers new initiatives for mental health

The staff of Norwich University’s Counseling and Wellness Center are trying innovative strategies to promote the counseling center’s presence on campus, and the effort seems to be working.
“Last year’s total, across the whole year, we had 250 students come through,” said Nicole Krotinger, director of Counseling and Wellness. “This year we are already at 160, and its only October.”
The goal is to boost usage of the center to help manage the mental health of students, according to Krotinger.
Krotinger noted that at least 60 new students have visited the counseling center per month and expects the total number of visitors to surpass last year’s figures. Fewer students visited the counseling center in 2017 because the new counseling staff had just started that year.
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‘Don’t mess with the family’

Senior Jacob Forsman during a meet. Picture by Norwich Athletics

With a new, younger team, Norwich wrestling’s motto, stands out more than ever. “Don’t mess with family,” is a the message that head coach Alex Whitney tries to emphasize always to new and old wrestlers alike.
“In order for us to be successful we have to perform two vital behaviors, love each other like brothers, and hold each other socially accountable. These make up the idea of ‘Don’t mess with the family’” said Whitney.
Whitney believes that if the team focuses on these two things it will not only lead to success on the mat but off of it as well. “If your teammate is asking you why weren’t you in class, why were you late to training, why aren’t you going to lifts, instead of coming from a coach that’s going to create the most effective results,” he said.
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NU athletes and elementary kids walk together to promote a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle

Junior Owen McKenna. Picture by Norwich University

On Wednesday Oct. 10, hundreds of Norwich student-athletes laced up their sneakers and joined a crowd of Northfield elementary school kids, walking together to the local primary school.
The event was part of the yearly National Walk to School Day, a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, according to the event’s website, it has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – now participate.
Football player Owen McKenna is one of the numerous athletes who made the commitment to set the alarm early in the morning in order to take part to the event.
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New weight room caters to athletes

Norwich mens lacrosse team working out in the new gym. Picture by Andrew Thomas

Preseason, in season, and postseason, no matter the time of year, athletes are in the weight room lifting. Both men’s and women’s teams at Norwich University know this first hand. Putting in work in the weight room with the strength and conditioning coach is a key component in succeeding as an athlete.
Take all those student-athletes with busy schedules, combined with non-athletes trying to work out, and put them all in the same gym: that is one extremely overcrowded gym in Plumley Armory. Norwich felt there needed to be a change and so did the student-athletes.
This past month Norwich’s athletic director decided to create a smaller but more effective weight lifting gym for varsity sports teams. The gym was created by taking two racquet ball courts and equipping the rooms with lifting racks and new dumbbells.
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Campus building renovations reflect shifts in technology and student learning

Over the past five years, Norwich University has undertaken major renovations and construction projects to reinforce a “general push for collaborative learning,” according to the University’s chief administrative officer, David Magida.

Dewey Hall under renovation, with Webb Hall in the background. Photo by Stephanie White

In schools across the country, traditional education methods are evolving largely to collaborative and conversational classroom settings, where “students and faculty interact on a more personal and progressive level,” said Magida, who oversees a transformative revamp of campus buildings.

With the completion of Mack Hall and the current renovation projects on Webb and Dewey, Magida is hoping to do just that. In Magida’s view, the traditional classroom setting is “outdated,” restricting what a professor can do, and what techniques he or she can employ to help students learn and retain information.

“We want the classes to be very flexible,” Magida said. “We want to make it very easy for the faculty members to change things up.” To achieve this goal, Magida and his team have introduced a new era of teaching spaces known as the “smart classrooms.”
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