Cyberbullying case hits Norwich; ‘Yik Yak’ app blocked on campus

The popular social app Yik Yak took the Norwich campus by storm in September, and then was soon blocked because of cyberbullying in a case that made the national newswires.

The popular social app Yik Yak took the Norwich campus by storm in September, and then was soon blocked because of cyberbullying in a case that made the national newswires.

In the wake of a case of cyberbullying at Norwich against a number of students, top officials at the university have launched an investigation into the situation.

According to a university statement, “No official reports of criminal behavior have been made, and law enforcement is not involved in the investigation.”

But Norwich’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Frank Vanecek, and. Peter Stephenson, chief information security officer at Norwich, both confirmed to the Guidon that a probe is taking place into harassing comments made on the social app Yik Yak.

Yik Yak allows users to post comments anonymously but it requires a cell phone number and, said Stephenson, users are not truly anonymous. “Nothing ever goes away on the Internet,” said Stephenson, adding that “Given the time and the resources, I can track anybody.”

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From turf to the battlefield: commissioning linebackers

For the 2014 season campaign, the Norwich University football team has four commissioned officers suiting up. Two of which are the starting inside-linebackers for the Cadets. [Read more...]

From ‘Kui’ to kegger: What’s hopping with beer and ale

What better way to celebrate a beautiful Vermont day than with a hike up a local mountain or trail, finished off with a fine brew. But that bottle or can in your hand reflects a lot more than liquid satisfaction: Beer has a long and storied history.

What better way to celebrate a beautiful Vermont day than with a hike up a local mountain or trail, finished off with a fine brew. But that bottle or can in your hand reflects a lot more than liquid satisfaction: Beer has a long and storied history.

Next time you’re kickin’ it with some friends or cheering on your favorite sports team, think about that beer in your hand. It’s much more than just 12 ounces of refreshing cold beer. It’s much more than just a nice way to relax on a Friday night. It’s a taste of tradition that has transcended time and culture for upwards of 5,000 years. I’d say that cool beer just got a whole lot cooler. [Read more...]

‘George': A man of mystery, revealed

Not much is known about George.

People know that he has been in some way involved with the men’s rugby team, but mostly they just know him because they have seen him eating in the chow hall all times of the year, with either the wrestlers, or the rugby team. [Read more...]

For Norwich Guidon staff, an eventful year

The 2013-2014 Guidon staff (from left to right): Jacob DeHaven, Liam Carroll, Thomas Carson, Jenn Passalacqua, Seamus Delehanty. (Front): Editor-in-chief Arielle Eaton. (Missing): Mitch Pryzbocki, Allen Ramsay, Nick Toscano.

The 2013-2014 Guidon staff (from left to right): Jacob DeHaven, Liam Carroll, Thomas Carson, Jenn Passalacqua, Seamus Delehanty. (Front): Editor-in-chief Arielle Eaton. (Missing): Mitch Pryzbocki, Allen Ramsay, Nick Toscano.


For generations, the routine way of reading the newspaper was sitting down at the breakfast table with a coffee to start the day, flipping through the pages one by one to find out what’s going on in the community, sports, or the world.

Like many traditions that have lasted for decades, however, fewer people are reading the morning paper, turning instead to myriad online sources, during work, during family time, or when they cannot sleep to read blogs, magazines, virtual newspapers, or watch TV broadcasts. The Internet is taking over more and more when it comes to the news, leaving fewer printed newspapers that people turn to, from big brand names such as The Boston Globe or local papers like the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. [Read more...]

‘Rip Day’ turns into ‘Burn Day’ as Norwich shakes up an old familiar tradition

Senior Thomas Banyacski Jr. burns his winter B uniform as part of the new tradition, “Senior Burn Day,” which has replaced “Senior Rip Day.”

Senior Thomas Banyacski Jr. burns his winter B uniform as part of the new tradition, “Senior Burn Day,” which has replaced “Senior Rip Day.”

This past August, senior Norwich cadet Brian Rudd began his final year with the hopes of participating in the many rituals that mark the final year. “I was excited to be a part of the many traditions that seniors get to do,” Rudd said.

However, for the senior class of 2014, some of those expected traditions would not be celebrated. Rudd, a 22-year-old criminal justice major from Ocean, N.J., soon find out that the commandant’s office would put an end to “senior rip” day.

“I was surprised,” Rudd said. [Read more...]

Tough job market means hard work for graduating seniors

The black cap and gown lay neatly folded, thoughts of the future consume the days and nights. No more worrying about final presentations, meeting deadlines for journalism, getting in hours for television production, and handing in that 10-page essay Monday morning.

Instead, Lindsay Evan worries about having the perfect resume, job interviews and having enough experience and qualifications for a job.

Graduation was upon Evans, 22, a senior majoring in communications from Canterbury N.H., along with the rest of the Norwich University class of 2014. NU has provided her with experience, knowledge, and direction as she goes into the workforce. However the job market is increasingly competitive and like many seniors, there’s anxiety about the future. [Read more...]

For Cadet Bryan Kunz, a proud day awaits

Committing four years after graduating college to the United States Army is a daunting decision for anyone to make. At age 18, men and women are allowed to enlist without their parents’ permission into the armed forces, but some choose to become officers through different means.

Norwich University and the ROTC departments within the school are a means to grant young men and women a commission as a junior officer. For four years, students train and study to become the less than one percent who serve as officers in the United States military.

Bryan Kunz is one of those individuals. “I always wanted to be in the military and I came from a family of all enlisted people” said Kunz, 22, a studies of war and peace major from Pennsville, N.J. Kunz, like many others in his class, is preparing to embark on a journey of a lifetime after earning his commission. [Read more...]

Student loans become a grim reality for most college students

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 6.18.26 PMToday in the work force, education usually means a better job and maybe a higher salary. Facing the message that education is essential to get ahead in the workforce, thousands of students pour into colleges for more information and experience each year.

And each year, more and more students graduate from college and are pushed out into the workforce. Once they are there they get told they need more hands-on experience. You have to start from the bottom to get to the top. [Read more...]

Student credit cards: Be careful taking on debt

As kids grow older, they find that living does cost money and in most cases their parents will not be able to support them forever. When students graduate from high school and enroll in college, they are more financially independent and have increased expenses. And many will decide to get their first credit card.

“When I was finishing my LNA courses my mom pushed me to look into credit cards (in order) to start building my credit,” said Bridgett Isabelle, a 20 year-old licensed nursing assistant (LNA) from Hill, N.H. [Read more...]