Two fire sprinklers go off, flooding Corps dorm rooms in two separate incidents

 

Students in Patterson work on cleanup of flooding on the second floor after a sprinkler head accident flooded a number of rooms. Kanisha Gonzalez photo

(EDITORS NOTE: Two fire sprinkler accidents flooded two separate Corps dorms within four days in late February. This is the first of two stories about the unfortunate wet events – this one in Patterson Hall – which fortunately caused no major damage).

It was a normal Tuesday afternoon for Victoria Davis-Cortes as she finished her class for the day and returned to her room to prepare for mil-lab, the army ROTC military science lab where which cadets learn and practice skills they will use in an army officer career.

As she routinely did that day, Davis reached for her rucksack, a military bag with straps similar to a backpack used to carry all army essentials, which was placed on the top of her wall locker. As she pulled it out, it accidentally tapped the sprinkler head in the room.

“It started to sprinkle at first and then it just burst with black water running out if it. In a matter of minutes, it started to flood our room and start rushing to the room across the hall,” said Davis-Cortes, 20, a sophomore criminal justice major from Bronx, N.Y.

That slight tap on Feb. 20 to a sprinkler around 12 p.m. led to a heavy flooding of four rooms in Patterson, according to the students living in room 210. Davis’s roommate was in 210 when water let loose.

“We were both shocked, but then we started to take all our sheets off the bed when it began to sprinkle because it was the closest,” said Daney Reyes, 20, a sophomore criminal justice major from North Plainfield, N.J.

Trying to find help and stop the water, both cadets went to the hallway and began to ask for assistance. “My roommate and I were on our way back from (lunch) when I saw Davis and Reyes rushing their stuff out their room,” said Jacob Alicea, 19, a sophomore business management major from Trenton, N.J.

After Alicea asked what was going on, he began to help clear stuff from the room while Reyes attempted to call facility operations, according to Reyes. “No one picked up and I tried again, but there was still no answer,” Reyes explained.

At the time of the call, the sprinkler was still only spouting a little water in room 210, according to Alicea. Then things got a lot worse.
“I was talking to Davis when Reyes came into the room after calling. We started to look at the sprinkler to see what we could do when the pipe suddenly burst in my face and the fire alarm started to go off,” Alicea said.

“All I saw was black water burst out of the pipe, soaking Alicea and all over the room,” Davis said, “Reyes and I were completely soaked in seconds.”

Following fire procedures, a majority of the students living in Patterson evacuated the building, according to Alicea. “I was not going to leave the building and let all my things get completely ruined, so I stayed inside and began rushing to get my things out of the room,” Davis said, “Reyes did the same and Alicea stayed to help.”

Other students that live on the second floor noticed the flooding and heard the ladies asking for help and began to pitch in. “Everyone started to rush out our things in the hallway and out the window,” Reyes said, “The black water just kept pouring out.”

The water began cascading into other rooms as well, flooding into room 217 and down into rooms 115 and 108 as students scrambled to get in contact with students in the neighboring dorm rooms.

“I started to Snapchat the girls that lived across the hall while others were trying to contact the boys that lived downstairs,” Alicea explained, “and while they were trying to call those students, the students helping attempted to call facility operations.”
After five to ten minutes, at least one of the students from each room affected arrived and more students came to help empty out their things from the rooms, according to Alicea.

“Their rooms were flooded badly, but it wasn’t as bad as Reyes’s and Davis’s room,” Alicea said.
“My wall locker drawers were filled completely with the black water to the point you couldn’t see what I had in the drawers,” Davis explained. “When I picked up my laptop the water poured out the side and my books were soaked completely.”

At approximately 12:45, faculty operations staff arrived at Patterson. Rooms 217, 115 and 108 had removed a majority of their items and began to sweep out the excess water from their room, but Davis and Reyes were still trying to clear out their room and sweep away the excess water, according to Alicea.

“(Faculty operations) helped push out Davis’s wall locker and began to use the squeegees to push the water out the room,” Reyes said, “At the same time, they turned off the sprinkler.”

By around 1:30 p.m., the majority of the students that helped left to attend mil-lab and facility operations staff began to lift all furniture off the floor with a wooden block and dry out the rooms, according to Reyes.

“The head of facility operations came and spoke to us about what happened,” Reyes said. “Then Command Sgt. Maj. Gallimore spoke to us and the head of housing on campus explained that we would be living in the Dodge lounge with (the residents in room 217) until we could move back into the room.”
Davis and Reyes moved their things into the trunk room, a storage room in each building for students to keep extra items in, and into the Dodge lounge with the residents of room 217 until Saturday evening Feb. 24, according to Davis.

The disaster with the sprinkler appeared to be a combination of the way facility operations arranged furniture in the room and not explaining to students the risk of accidentally contacting the sprinkler head, according to Davis.

“I never changed the room around this year. The same way it was arranged at the beginning of the semester is the way we kept it.” Davis said.

Two fire sprinklers go off, flooding Corps dorm rooms in two separate incidents

(EDITORS NOTE: Two fire sprinkler accidents flooded two separate Corps dorms within four days in late February. This is the second of two stories about the unfortunate wet events – this one in Ransom Hall – which fortunately caused no major damage).

On Friday, Feb 23, in the early afternoon, most cadets in Ransom Hall had their rooms tightly kept, awaiting the official annual regimental room inspection.

Cadets like Kailin Duncan, from Chicago, Ill., had fully cleaned and tidied up their rooms. All beds were perfectly made, wall lockers arranged with their clothes in order, and floors swept and mopped.

Duncan, 20, lives on the top floor of Ransom Hall and “was about 30 minutes out from inspection.” He was in an exciting game of Rocket League while waiting when “all of the sudden, the fire alarm went off.”

“I thought it would be over soon, so I didn’t bother to rush — but then it continued; I opened my door and saw two guys at the end of the hall screaming, and I just saw water spilling out of their room.”

Around 2:30 p.m., 30 minutes before regimental room inspections, the fifth-floor hallway of Ransom Hall suffered major flooding due to a damaged sprinkler head in room 501. Multiple rooms neighboring room 501 also experienced flooding issues due to the massive amount of water exiting the broken sprinkler, said Bizhan Yahyazadeh, the head of facilities operations. [Read more…]

David Allen, newly hired, hopes to expand international flavor at Norwich

David Allen, the new assistant director of the International Center and Services, at his desk at Norwich University.                                                                                      Darwrin Carozza photo

David Allen knows all about what it’s like to travel and learn in a foreign land. So it’s no surprise he is making the most out of his new occupation at the Norwich University International Center.

Hired at the beginning of February, the new assistant director for international programs and services speaks clearly on what his main goals and future projects are.

“A big initiative Norwich has at the moment is the internationalizing of the campus,” Allen said. “If we cannot bring students in, we will bring them out, so they can come back and further deepen the university community.”

Norwich prides itself in having an international perspective, and affirms in its vision statement that students will be, “American in character, yet global in perspective.” This international perspective can only be achieved by immersing the student body in the rest of the globe, and bringing international students to the university.

“By studying abroad, you have the opportunity for transformation,” Allen said. “I did not understand it when I was studying abroad, but it really does give you a different perspective of the world.” [Read more…]

New Norwich University website ready to launch after two years of work

A screenshot of Norwich’s current website. A total revamp of the site has been under way for two years and will launch soon.

After two years of work, Norwich is close to unveiling a completely new website that will “bring Norwich University, online, to the 21st century,” in the words of Norwich’s office of communications.

The revamped website, which is the digital face of the university, is expected to be rolled out to the public sometime this month.“It’s our front door to the world and we want to do NU proud,” said Loida Alvarez, the director of web services in the office of communications for the university. “This launch is just the beginning.”

The overhauled website will serve as an “integral part of recruiting new students, faculty, and staff. This will allow the university to build on the proud tradition that is already in place,” said Nick Fischer, the administrative assistant in office.

The theme behind the development of the new website was “three clicks or less,” according to Jeff Dobbin, one of the web developers who works in the office, which is located at the northern end of the campus in Flint Hall on Central Street.

“We want to make people explore as much as they want but also find what they want to find in three clicks or less,” Dobbin said. “That was a key. It was difficult, but it was something we emphasized.”

In the same vein, the OC focused heavily on making the website easier to access and use on mobile devices, something that is difficult to execute on the current site.

“There was a study recently that showed that 79 percent of prospective students in the next generation are looking for schools on their mobile device first before they would apply,” Dobbin said. “That was kind of the background behind, ‘okay, we need to redesign.’” [Read more…]

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.”
[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.”  
[Read more…]

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.”
[Read more…]

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

Norwich students find Tinder helpful in dating and social life in rural Northfield

Norwich students and the dating app Tinder have what you might call an up and down relationship: Sometimes, it’s rocky, other times everything is sweet.
Some students just use it for fun, as a way to talk to other people around them. Others use it to find a relationship or go on dates. If it’s successful, or not, is always a gamble, said Christopher Richards, 20, a junior criminal justice major from Minneapolis Minnesota.
“I used it before I came to Norwich,” said Cody Adams, 18, a freshman business management major from Newark New Jersey. “It definitely helps getting out there while up here because it opens up your window to talk to people from other universities,”
“Most people here at the school use Tinder as a way to get out there, so we aren’t limited to just Norwich,” agrees Steve Gordon, 19, a sophomore criminal justice major from Boston, Mass.
For those not familiar with it, “Tinder is basically a dating app that people can swipe left or right depending if they want to match with that person; when you match with someone you can go on a date or just talk to them,” explains Fredrick Fox, 19, a sophomore architecture major from Kansas City, Mo. [Read more…]