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.”(

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…]

Glowing review


Guidon photographer Stephanie White caught autumn in its fading glory recently in front of Kreitzberg Library.








Hoplites? A Greek battle form takes over the UP

Photo Credit Mark Collier

Students enjoy mimicking how Greek hoplite soldiers would have fought more than 2600 years ago. Photo Credit Mark Collier


It is not often that we see a 2,666-year-old battle formation moving across the Upper Parade Ground. For eighty Norwich students, the UP was their classroom on the 29th of September and a reenactment of an ancient Greek hoplite phalanx battle was their assignment.

The hoplite was a specially trained Greek soldier around 650 B.C.  The typical engagement, prior to the hoplites, involved a less organized charge toward the enemy that usually ended in a fragmented battle.

The hoplite soldiers fought in lines, shoulder to shoulder, and a group of hoplites fighting in a formation was called a phalanx. The phalanx provided a wall of protection to the column of soldiers as they protect each other by interlocking their shields from enemy arrows and spears. (Visit http:// /greek/war/hoplites for details.)

So what brought the Greek phalanx to NU? Academic research. The event “was an exercise that was originally developed at U. C. Santa Barbara by Dr. John W.I. Lee,” said Christine McCann, a history professor at Norwich. [Read more…]

Norwich University dress code? What dress code?


Attending class wearing sweatpants and a hat seems normal among civilian students at Norwich University. The Corps of Cadets follows a strict uniform policy. However, it’s not common knowledge that the Student Rules and Regulations handbook also contains dress code policies for civilian students. The question is do civilian students even know these policies exist?

Kass Kazimierczak, 20, a junior civil engineering major from Adams, Mass., can be spotted on campus wearing jeans, a t-shirt, a sweater, and Converse sneakers on any given day. “I am always dressing comfortable,” said Kazimierczak, who, like many students, was unaware of a dress code for civilian students.

Kazimierczak’s choice of attire is in line with the civilian dress policies. However, many civilian students do not dress according to policy. Chapter three, section III: Dress and Grooming Standards, part B states: “Civilian students are expected to wear proper attire, appropriate to the occasion. All students will wear appropriate attire (e.g. slacks and a shirt, jeans and a tee shirt, jeans and a sweater) and shoes at all times in all academic and administrative buildings, classrooms, and in the dining hall.” [Read more…]

South Korean ROTC students are first at Norwich


(left to right) CDT Joo Chan Park, CDT Jin Ho Kim

(left to right) CDT Joo Chan Park, CDT Jin Ho Kim                                                 Photo Credit Darwin Carroza

For the first time in their history, South Korean Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) students are studying abroad. Norwich University is hosting two students for the 2016 fall semester, according to Mindy Ward, the senior coordinator for international students.

“The exchange was instigated by a (Norwich University) student who studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea, in 2013,” said Ward. “(The exchange process) took awhile because of a law that was in place in South Korea. At any time, Korean students were able to study abroad. But, because of the law, ROTC students specifically were not allowed to study abroad for longer than a month.”

Ward further explained that there was an agreement between some schools in South Korea and the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (A&M) that allowed them to study abroad for a short amount of time. The law prohibited ROTC students from studying abroad due to the fact that it would push back their commissioning date by a year.

“I do not know if a lot of students here realize that Korea is a very strong ally of the United States,” said Ward. “We have a large number of military bases there, and at some point many students who are going into the armed forces are going to end up there.” [Read more…]

Parking problems persist, and increase in students doesn’t help

With only 650 parking spots open for 1,356 total students, new Security Chief Larry Rooney is open to any and all suggestions regarding the persistent campus squeeze. (Feel free to email him suggestions at

Every year parking is a major gripe for students and Rooney is first to admit “it is an issue that needs to be better organized; one of the challenges we have to face with parking is that we will have to sit down and review all the issues of years past.” With well over 20 written citations and warnings on average per week, parking is a pressing matter, and Rooney feels it more than anyone in Norwich administration.

There are many possibilities that the NU staff are exploring to better the parking situation, including public transportation, carpooling, and designating specific parking spots, all as ways to decrease the number of cars on campus, Rooney said.Green Mountain Transit has buses which travel directly to Montpelier, which then run to Burlington. From Burlington and Montpelier, students are able to get on a bus to other cities or to the airport to return home after the semester and while on break.

“I think we should encourage less people to bring their cars and use local transportation,” Rooney said. “Green Mountain Transit has a network of buses that come through campus five times a day.” More people using public transportation would decrease the number of vehicles on campus, freeing up more spots for those who cannot use public transportation to reach Norwich.

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