A rewarding project on ‘The Great War’ and Norwich alums

A view of the exhibits at the Museum of the Great War in Pay de Beaux, France.

Norwich alumni who served during World War I are the focus of a project that both a military history class and a French class are collaboratively working on. Once finished, the work will be sent overseas sometime during the summer to the Muśee de la Grande Guerre du pays de Meaux (Museum of the Great War, located in Pays de Meaux, about 30 minutes from Paris in central France).

“Our forces over there had hopes and dreams,” said Frances Chevalier, a Professor of French and chair of the department of modern languages. “It’s important for us to learn more about what they experienced.”

Chevalier began this project following a string of visits to France. Professor Chevalier went on these trips to explore the history of France and while there, she found the resting place of her uncle, who had fought and died during the war, possibly in the trenches at the Battle of Verdun.

Chevalier said that her experiences in France, touring the cemeteries of the American deceased and discovering the resting place of her uncle were what would lead her to commit more time into researching World War I. That research would eventually culminate into the service learning project that is now under way. [Read more…]

Costly new ‘premier’ parking spots lack appeal for students

Premium parking spots have been designated on campus, including at this location behind South Hall. But the cost seems too much for students. Photo by Evan Bowley

A plethora of parking problems have long been a source of aggravation for students and faculty at Norwich University. Now, the Norwich Security Department is offering a potential way to improve the situation– at least if you are a student willing to pay extra.

Norwich is offering nine special parking spaces at extra cost located behind South Hall and the infirmary.
The announcement of the option first appeared on the Norwich University student website, explaining, “The reserved parking spaces will only be issued by the Security Office, where you will receive a special sticker. They will be issued on first-come , first-serve basis beginning today, Dec. 14, 2016.”

The announcement was signed by Norwich’s Chief of Security, Lawrence Rooney, who explained that the idea came from Norwich student government.

The cost of these premier parking spaces is $337.50 for the spring semester, which is in addition to the annual parking pass. There is no doubt many students would love to leave parking hassles behind, but according to student interviews, the price tag is a deterrent from buying the pass. [Read more…]

At the studios of Dog River Radio, WNUB-FM, the programs are colorful and eclectic

WNUB at Norwich University is also known as Dog River Radio.

Left, Christian Torchon ‘19 (aka DJ Dangue) on air with special radio guest Caitlin Judith Heale, ‘20, and right, Michelle Masperi ‘19 (aka DJ Debile) on a show called Euromix. WNUB is both an outlet for creativity and a hands-on learning experience for students wanting to learn the art of putting on a radio show. Overseen by Prof. Doug Smith, with modern equipment and now streaming live, online listeners tune in from all over for an eclectic range of shows.             Evan Bowley photo

Dog River Radio has been a voice in the Norwich community for decades. Behind the FM signals going out over campus, a lot of things are going on behind the scene.

“Listeners of WNUB only hear what goes into producing our own live shows,” said Colin Tarpey, 23, a political science major from Cohasset, Mass. “Unlike big time stations, we are fully responsible for managing every aspect of our shows, which can be a challenge.”

Norwich students have long been responsible for managing and operating the radio station. Students are expected to voice track, record promos, and record commercials, complete class projects, and fulfill their weekly live show time slot. It’s a lot of responsibility and work but it also provides a lot of opportunity to be creative.

“The students may create, produce, and execute their own weekly two-hour shows however they wish so long as they stay within FCC and station rules,” said Doug Smith, an adjunct professor from Grantham, N.H. in the Communications Department who is WNUB-FM faculty manager. “I inform them of the FCC regulations that we must live under plus my own rules and guidelines.” [Read more…]

Norwich Artillery Battery has a blast on St. Barbara’s Day

Norwich Artillery Battery members fire their howitzer, one of 23 rounds shot on St. Barbara’s Day. Kellie Lincoln Photo

Norwich Artillery Battery members fire their howitzer, one of 23 rounds shot on St. Barbara’s Day.   Rebecca Friend photo.

The Norwich Artillery Battery (NAB) went out with a bang this past St. Barbara’s day with a howitzer show, firing rounds of blanks that rattled the town of Northfield.

St. Barbara is known as the patron saint of artillery and she is celebrated every fourth of December by artillery units all around the world.

The story of St. Barbara goes back to the Middle Ages when she was going to be executed and her executioner was struck by lightning. St. Barbara then became known as the saint of loud powerful noises, and artillery obviously falls in that category.

Many NAB members had never heard of St. Barbara until they joined the battery. Take Shane O’Neil, 20, a junior studies in war and peace major from Glen, N.H.

“Before joining NAB I never had any idea who St. Barbara was,” said O’Neil. “If you asked me in the past, I wouldn’t have even known there was a day for her.” But O’Neil, like many other members of NAB, enjoys putting on their loud yearly performance. “I’m super excited to participate and be loud,” said O’Neil. [Read more…]

Mustache competition brings out best, and worst

Erick Urquieta was awarded the “most stylish” mustache award in a competition during November. The mustaches spurred debate on whether underclassmen in the corps should be allowed facial hair.

Erick Urquieta was awarded the “most stylish” mustache award in a competition during November. The mustaches spurred debate on whether underclassmen in the Corps should be allowed facial hair. Darwin Carozza photo.

Over the course of the fall semester, many corps sophomores and juniors have chosen to grow out a mustache, generally considered a senior privilege in the Corps of Cadets.

But for the month of November, an exception was offered for sophomores and juniors within the corps as part of a “No Shave November” event, explained Erin Gats, 22, the regimental commander of the corps and a senior in communications from Livermore, Maine.

“Since mustaches are normally a senior thing, we extended the tradition out to the sophomores and juniors for the month of November,” Gats said. “Administration did not have an issue with this either, for the month of November.”

The Naval department also had a mustache challenge for the month of November, according to Jonathan Edwards, 21 a sophomore in computer security and information assurance.

Foxtrot company wanted to have a “No shave November” competition, according to Connor Wills, 21, a junior in studies of war and peace with a minor in German from Kiowa, Co.

“I wanted to get some company cohesion with something they could be proud about. I knew most already wanted to grow mustaches already, so I asked the Foxtrot commander if we could do a competition,” said Wills. [Read more…]

Photographer Mark Collier captures life at Norwich, creating an image of the school

Lugging enough gear for any eventuality, Mark Collier captures moments large and small at Norwich as the University's professional photographer. Above, he aims a big lens on hockey practice. Photo by Stephanie White

Lugging gear for any eventuality, Mark Collier captures moments large and small at Norwich as the University’s busy, and personable, professional photographer. Above, he aims a big lens on hockey practice. Photo by Stephanie White.

At Norwich University, a photojournalist and friendly face can be spotted at almost every school and community service event in the thick of the action.

Mark Collier, staff photographer for the Office of Communications at Norwich and a native of Barre, Vt., has captured some of the most profound, as well as everyday, moments at Norwich and is no stranger to the faculty, staff and students. From taking photos of the Army Golden Knights, the Dalai Lama, and even going into burning buildings with firefighters, photography is “as natural as breathing,” says Collier, who says he has been involved with photography since the age of 10.

Kathleen Murphy Moriarty, associate vice president of marketing & communications, leads the office where Collier works and describes him as “Creative. Capable. And committed.” Collier’s role, she says, is that of a “visual storyteller and his work enhances the factual and emotional elements of Norwich. Through his clear, high quality, truthful images, we communicate meaningful and memorable messages that imprint our target audiences.”

Collier approaches photography with an artist’s eye. He’s typically seen taking photos of everything from the school including landscapes, buildings and people, as well as Norwich merchandise. “He may or may not have the luxury of time on his side to take the perfect shot, so opts to shoot as the event unfolds, capturing the action of the moment and the prevailing emotion that personifies what those involved must be feeling,” says Moriarty.

“I think this is year four at Norwich, this will be my first graduating class,” says Collier, who came to Norwich because he wanted a change.
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Plan for expanded fitness facilities needs funding before it can happen

A lack of space in the Plumley Armory fitness center has long drawn student complaints, but Norwich is making plans to fix the overcrowding – though it will take time.
“Andrews Hall is entering phase three of a construction project for an addition on the athletic complex that will include a new fitness center,” said Anthony Mariano, director of athletics. But for now, the school has embarked on a major campaign for new academic halls that began this fall and is its current focus.
“I think once the school finishes the current capital campaigns, I would bet that the next capital campaigns will be focused on the addition to Andrews,” said Mariano, noting “The school’s priorities are currently set on the new academic halls.”
According to Mariano, phase three in the athletic complex will include a new fitness center that will also include new locker rooms, some office space and an expanded training room that will be added on to Andrew’s Hall, which is connected via Doyle Hall to Kreitzberg Arena.
“The new fitness area would basically incorporate all of the things down in Plumley but in one large room instead of three separate rooms,” said Mariano. The question is, will this gym be used for the athletic teams or for students?
“What hasn’t been determined is whether or not the current space in Plumley will be used,” said Mariano. This plays a big role in the plans for the addition on to Andrews because there is still debate going on about the size of the new fitness center. “Ideally it would be great if we had two fitness areas, one for the student population and one for athletics,” said Mariano.
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As new policy is drafted, transgender students speak out about their experience

Transgender students Bryson Santiago (left) and DeLuka Alexander pose for a picture. They are appreciative of Norwich’s efforts to draft policies for transgender students and say they feel comfortable going to school as members of the Corps of Cadets.

Transgender students Bryson Santiago (left) and DeLuka Alexander pose for a picture. They are appreciative of Norwich’s efforts to draft policies for transgender students and say they feel comfortable going to school as members of the Corps of Cadets.

Norwich University is required by law to honor requests from students for accommodations consistent with their gender identities, and Norwich’s president is affirming the school’s responsibilities.

“The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights in conjunction with the Department of Justice, Office of Civil Rights states that recipients of Title IX federal funding cannot exclude, separate, deny benefits to, or otherwise treat differently on the basis of sex of any person in its educational programs or activities,” said Norwich President Richard Schneider in a memorandum Oct. 24. “Funding recipients must treat a person’s gender identity as the person’s sex.”

The president said that Norwich University does not currently have a policy, but university officials are drafting one that allows transgender students to access housing options consistent with their gender identity.

Furthermore, Schneider said that the university may not require transgender students to stay in single occupancy accommodations or to disclose personal information that is not required of any other students.

Cadets and students alike have questioned how this new policy will be implemented and what accommodations would need to be made, but transgender students at Norwich are excited to see what becomes of this policy.

“My goal is to try to get a gender neutral bathroom in every (building),” said Bryson Santiago, 18, a rook in the Corps of Cadets and a health sciences major from The Bronx, N.Y., who is a transgender male. “It is totally necessary, because there are other transgender males in the school who say that using the female (bathroom) is awkward for them.” [Read more…]

The Guidon’s 100th year? Not exactly, it turns out…

The Guidon hit a landmark of 100 volumes this year but it first was published back in 1922. Which mean if you do the math, The Guidon should only have 94 volumes on record.

What happened? It turns out there were some extra volumes throughout the years or some sort of miscalculations between the years 1930 and 1945.

“I’ve been here for six years and I was told this year that we’re at our 100th volume, I thought that’s kind of cool but then I said well how could that be? The Guidon hasn’t been around for 100 years, so what we have is a little mystery,” said Andrew Nemethy, the Guidon advisor.

“A volume would be a calendar year, so the funny thing is we’re not actually too sure why we have a hundred volumes, we just go changing it every year,” said Nemethy.

Like all newspapers, The Guidon publishes its volume number on the front page on what is called the masthead (the color bar at the top of the paper).

“Volume” typically refers to the number of years the publication has been circulated, and “Issue” refers to how many times that periodical has been published during that year. For example, the April 2011 publication of a monthly magazine first published in 2002 would be listed as, “Volume 10, Issue 4.”(https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-in

The first issue of the Norwich Guidon was Volume 1, number 1 on Oct. 28, 1922, according to Norwich university archives. [Read more…]

2016 junior class ring features doors of Plumley Armory as reminder of campus

The Norwich University junior ring has always been a unique symbol of success to each class that receives it. Events that take place for each class make their ring truly distinct for the specific class.

Each Corps of Cadet junior class ring by tradition has its own special design or theme, and this year is no exception. “I really wanted the ring to have an overall theme to it,” said Junior Ring Committee Chairman Michael Tamulonis, 20, a studies in war and peace major from Tinley Park, Ill. “If you can’t assign any meaning to the ring, it’s just a piece of metal,” said Tamulonis.

“I really pushed for the (Plumley Armory) doors,” said Tamulonis. The Plumley Armory doors on the ring are a symbol of the “challenges we did face and continue to face,” said Tamulonis, noting Plumley Armory is where the class of 2018 entered as recruits but left as recognized members of the Corps of Cadets, leaving behind all the rook challenges they faced together.

The Junior Ring Committee is made up of juniors that were elected by their peers to spearhead the task of designing what would forever be the Class of 2018’s junior ring. The committee is overseen by one advisor who is there to set the boundaries for them. [Read more…]