Archives for November 2018

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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‘Eat a Little Better’: for an Italian exchange student at Norwich, a message that resonates

Former White House chef and author Sam Kass spoke Nov. 5 at the Todd Lecture Series at Norwich on food and the way we eat. Picture by Norwich University

As an international student at Norwich, many people ask me on a daily basis what I miss most about my country, Italy. My response: “First my family, then the food.”

I was born and raised in the world capital of food, by a pure-blood Italian dad, who is also an amazing cook, and a French mom, who is a wine expert. I have always been used to three high-quality meals per day, every day. Putting aside the Mediterranean diet and the glass of Pinot, when I say I miss the food I do not just mean the edible part of it.

When I heard that Sam Kass, who used to be the personal chef for President Obama and his family in the White House, was visiting Norwich, it was natural of me to want to see what he had to say. In his book “Eat a Little Better” he writes a lot about how food plays different roles in our lives, and reflects a country’s identity. Societies’ relationship with food has evolved, and aspects like expression of culture, jobs, celebrations, social life, and comfort food—especially as a stressed college student—circle around food. As the author was going over these points during the speech, my mind flashed on some of my favorite Mediterranean dishes, such as homemade pasta, fresh mozzarella, and delicious pizza, all as I sat in Mack auditorium, suddenly taking a mental trip of my favorite much-missed Italian foods.

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2018 Legacy March: Something to remember, something to march for

  Fifty miles, 50 marchers, 50 dollars: That’s the short and sweet of what the Legacy March is, according to the professor who has been the advisor for the march during his time here at Norwich.
  Professor Michael Kelley, who teaches engineering, was connected with the Legacy March when it made its comeback nine years ago.
  Professor Kelley was asked to detail this project, because it was a service project put on by the construction management students. It continues as a proud tradition no matter the weather: This year it was a wet slog.
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A hectic blast in Boston

Prof. Yangmo Ku, far right, with the students who had the opportunity to attend the Boston trip. Picture by Angelina Coronado.

For 12 lucky students, a new Norwich program provided a week-long, first-hand introduction to key state and federal agencies – and a chance to line up potential jobs and internships.
Norwich’s Peace and War Center promoted the first annual Boston Policy Week trip, which took the students to the state’s capital, where they established valuable connections with nine different agencies, using a broad range of Norwich alumni as contacts.
“I am really glad to see our students exposed to that kind of environment and to have nice opportunities. They can change their vision or dreams because of these experiences,” said Yangmo Ku, a political science professor and the associate director of the Peace and War Center.
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Men’s club hockey holds ‘Puck Cancer’ t-shirt fundraiser for Vermont’s Camp Takumta

Madhurance Muthukumaraswany and Matthew Dunn manning the fundraising table. Photo courtesy of the men’s club hockey team.

Norwich mens club hockey looks to “make an impact,” off the ice this year by creating a fundraising campaign to raise money for charity according to the club president.
“We’re definitely looking to make an impact on campus and in the community; it’s a goal of ours to be a well-represented team and do the most we can for our community,” said Peter Orlandella, 22, a senior computer security information assurance major from Wayland, Mass.
Orlandella serves as the club’s president, being tasked with organizing a majority of the teams scheduled practices, games and lifts, Orlandella also works hard to get the team as active in fundraising as possible.
“The entire team has tried to do as much as they can fundraising for cancer, we’re going to be starting a local charity for the holiday season as well,” Orlandella said.
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Cadre take different tacks on leadership

Through their experiences, cadre in the Corps of Cadets at Norwich have learned how to use different types of leadership to their advantage.
Interviews with cadre find they may employ different styles at different times and see the benefits of being flexible. Buty ultimately, how they choose to lead often comes down to what they feel comfortable with.
Cadre are the upperclass cadets that have volunteered for the engaged task of training the freshman rooks to meet the qualifying standards it takes to be a member of the Corps of Cadets. It is a cadre’s responsibility to teach, coach and mentor rooks, and they do this through experimentation of leadership styles.
Although there are many different types of leadership styles, most cadre practice one of two main styles while training rooks: transformational leadership, and transactional leadership.
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