Ritual holiday dinners bring smiles to students and cadets as semester ends

Third Company gathers as a group at the Christmas Holiday dinner at Wise Center Tuesday, Dec. 15.

Third Company gathers as a festive group at the Christmas Holiday dinner at Wise Center Tuesday, Dec. 15.

In celebration of the holiday season, students indulge in themed style dinners at the Wise Campus Center (WCC) and cadets renew bonds they forged back when they were rooks. “It’s a time of the year students plan to eat together with friends and platoon members before everyone heads home for break,” according to Samel DeLong, 21, the Regimental Executive Officer (XO).

DeLong, 21, a senior criminal justice major from Barnstable, Mass., added that, “having a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner is very valuable, because it offers a time for students to bond over a fun-filled meal”.

When the dates are set for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, students begin planning for the event. “For those of us in the Corps, platoon members schedule a time a place to meet up to march down to the WCC,” said Francisco Martinez, 22, a senior criminal justice major from Aurora, Ill.
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‘Semper Paratus’ society revives U.S. Coast Guard as military training unit at Norwich

After a period of limited club activities that amounted to little more than briefings and kind of a book club on the United States Coast Guard, Semper Paratus has been revived and brought back to Norwich as a specialty unit with a tough training requirement.

The new status is due to the efforts of Joseph Vallo, a junior geology major from Toms River, N.J., who now serves as the commanding officer of Semper Paratus (Latin for “Always Ready” and  the official motto of the Coast Guard and the title of the official Coast Guard marching song.)

After making the decision to come to Norwich, Vallo was excited to join Semper Paratus from what he had heard about it. However, his excitement was dampened after arriving when he learned that the club had diminished years before due to a lack of interest.

“No one was really interested because it was just an information dump. It was like ‘here’s all this information. Come back if you want to’,” he said. [Read more…]

Norwich’s Shaw Outdoor Center boosts its activities, adds ‘Fat Bikes” for winter use

Shaw Outdoor Center manager Collin O'Neil shows off the new "Fat Bikes" at the center, which can be used to ride in winter on snow. As the new head of the center, O'Neil is trying to boost its outreach and use of the gear on Paine Mountain.

Shaw Outdoor Center manager Collin O’Neil shows off the new “Fat Bikes” at the center, which can be used to ride in winter on snow. As the new head of the center, O’Neil is trying to boost its outreach and use of the gear on Paine Mountain.

Feeling that the Shaw Outdoor Center is underused and more students could benefit from its programs, the center’s manager is introducing several new and improved outdoor activities, as well as boosting efforts to attract visitors.

“Nowhere near enough people know about the Shaw Outdoor Center. We’re working with the (Norwich) Office of Communications right now in an effort to get the word out about our existence and to establish tools to communicate with the student body easily and effectively on a regular basis,” said Collin O’Neil.

O’Neil, who has a background in recreational activities, including previous ownership of a rock climbing gym, came on board this year to run the center. He said there are many new features, one of which is the addition of wide-tire mountain bikes, called Fat Bikes, that will now be available for use and riding on snow. The center also has snowshoes, skis and offers disc golf. [Read more…]

White Chapel’s mysterious midnight musician, veteran and pastor Mike Rake

GuitarWith eyes closed, and body rocking to the music, Mike Rake’s fingers danced across the fretboard of his guitar with what seemed like a mind of their own. It was 12:30 a.m. on a quiet Friday night and the chords of his six string bounced off the pews of an empty White Chapel.

Often playing for an audience of one, Rake has spent many nights this way for the past ten years, filling the chapel with music. From smooth country melodies to folk and blue-grass grooves, Rake plays it all, even adding a subtle vocal harmony from time to time.

It has been a long, winding road that has brought Rake to his place of musical solitude at Norwich. His darkened fingertips and chiseled hands are testament to years of hard work.

“I’m a hard-working guy,” Rake commented, “a working-man.” [Read more…]

Sodexo strives to add more farm fresh foods

Norwich University has partnered with Sodexo food service’s local farm fresh food campaign for two years now and is continuing to try and expand offerings to students at the school.

“Sodexo contracts local farms to grow fresh foods, so they can serve fresh foods such as vegetables to students,” said Rob Garcelon, executive chef of Sodexo food service for Norwich University. The biggest local supplier is the farm at Vermont Technical College in Randolph, which the school uses for its fresh produce products.

Sodexo tells the farms what they will need for next year’s harvest and what amounts for each product. Sodexo not only is using these farms for Norwich but also for other local colleges as well, according to Garcelon.

Sodexo is improving every year on the campaign and plans to keep moving forward to help the local farms in the area. “Whatever we can buy for food, we try to buy local,” Garcelon said. [Read more…]

Ski & Snowboard Club: C’mon out and join us this winter

 A skier hits The Church, a popular trail at Sugarbush ski resort. Sugarbush resort photo by John Atkinson

A skier hits The Church, a popular trail at Sugarbush ski resort.
Sugarbush resort photo by John Atkinson

Waxed skis cut through the fresh snow and come to rest at the edge of a 15 foot cliff. A member of the Norwich Ski and Snowboard Club looks over his ski tips, examining his landing spot.
Power Donnelly, a 21-year-old junior construction management major from Katy, Texas, launches himself off the edge of the cliff on The Church, one of Sugarbush Ski Resort’s steep mountain trails.
Donnelly is an avid skier at Sugarbush, located just over the mountain range in nearby Warren, and an active member of Norwich University’s ski and snowboard club. Along with fellow club members, Donnelly was happy to give an inside look at the club’s plans for the upcoming months.
One of the club’s new winter plans is to start holding ski and snowboard lessons on Paine Mountain for a minimal fee, said Michael Tewksbury. [Read more…]

Norwich improves GPAs by housing students by major

For the last two years, Norwich University has been placing rooks by academic major in the dorms to build camaraderie within the major, so that students with similar interests can excel in the classroom. That system appears to be having considerable impact. [Read more…]

Investment club uses real money to get real-world lessons

The Norwich Investment Club is a small club that is supported by Norwich alumni and faculty and invests real money, thanks to a donation that got it started.
It was created two years ago and is a club that is open to students who are interested and it’s looking for new members, said the president and co-founder of the Investment Club of Norwich. [Read more…]

Leafy walk

A mother and her sone and grandmother walk up from Kreitzberg Library during a foliage visit to campus. The fall color was still close to peak this past weekend but a hint of things to come hit on Sunday when brisk snow squalls blanketed the region, leaving a coating of white. Photo by Katherine Gagne

A mother and her son and grandmother walk up from Kreitzberg Library during a foliage visit to campus. The fall color was still close to peak this past weekend but a hint of things to come hit on Sunday when brisk snow squalls blanketed the region, leaving a coating of white.