Sudden change in Norwich ‘fraternization’ policy raises questions, concerns on campus

FratNorwich University Assistant Commandant William Passalacqua still remembers what it is like to be the leader of the NU Corps of Cadets, and after 25 years he still understands the importance of trust and respect in relationships.

He was not just the cadet colonel, but also once a 22-year-old college student who made a decision to take the high-ranking position within the Corps.

Now, in his position as assistant commandant in an executive position in the university administration, Passalacqua has the job of looking after the members of the regimental staff as well as assuring the structure of the Corps is upheld. In that role, he has recently changed the policy on fraternization in the Corps of Cadets, a move that has created some controversy on campus. [Read more...]

Student views differ on drunk driving, texting while driving

DRUNKDRIVINGIt’s a Saturday night and the bars are filled with people, mostly college-aged students enjoying a night out on the town with friends. After a few alcoholic beverages, the intoxicated 21-year-old brain may decide that the connected body is OK enough to still drive.After jumping in the car with keys in hand, the ignition turns, the car is put into drive, and a buzzed journey begins down the road. Body and mind are relaxed, reaction time has been slowed, and the car begins to drift over the yellow line and back.

All of sudden flashing police lights fill the night sky, a sight almost blinding as glazed eyes adjust, and a siren pierces the otherwise tranquil evening. As the car pulls to the side of the road, all our driver can think is ‘What now?’

Six Norwich students found themselves in a situation similar to this one, out of a total of 39 DUI’s in the Northfield community last year. Those figures are in the 2013 Annual Report to the Community, which is prepared by Northfield Police Chief James Dziobek. [Read more...]

Northfield residents complain about student noise, vandalism off-campus

On March 18, 2014, a mass email was sent out to the entire Norwich community discussing “Northfield residents’ concerns about Norwich University’s students’ off -campus behavior,” according to the administrator who penned the notice.

The letter from Brig. Gen. Frank Vanecek, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (VPSA), stated that students who are “patronizing local businesses or visiting off-campus residences” are causing issues with residents in the downtown Northfield area because of “incidences of noise, vandalism and overall disrespect increase in the community”. [Read more...]

For FacOps staff, their jobs mean long hours, but also good pay, benefits

A NU FacOps golf cart provides the staff easy access to tools, while being cost effective to provide mobility around campus.

A NU FacOps golf cart provides the staff easy access to tools, while being cost effective to provide mobility around campus.

Employees of the Facilities Operations (FacOps) department at Norwich University work long hours balanced by benefits that outshine packages offered by other employers, say staffers there.

“(Norwich has) a great benefit package between health insurances and retirements and the vacations that they give us and the amount of sick (leave) that they give us,” said Hollis Rocker, who serves as NU’s Supervisor of Grounds, Transportation and Vehicle Maintenance.

Larry Hopper, a custodian at NU, agrees that the benefit package is indispensable. “Where I worked before, any benefit you had you got a group rate but you paid the whole thing,” Hopper said. “Norwich has a fairly good benefits package, I took a $1 pay cut to come here and within a year I was probably making 50 cents to a $1 an hour more and now I’m making, excluding the benefits package, I probably make $3 an hour more than my old job.” [Read more...]

Towed away: Is campus security staff over-zealous, or just doing its job?

A sign shows the consequences of parking in the wrong spot on campus. Some students complain that enforcement goes beyond what is needed and reasonable.

A sign shows the consequences of parking in the wrong spot on campus. Some students complain that enforcement goes beyond what is needed and reasonable.

It is a simple task, according to Wesley Booth, a 22-year-old senior criminal justice major from Pahrump, Nev. Just follow the rules and you won’t get ticketed.

Booth says he has never received a parking ticket from Norwich University in his four years attending the school because he “knows how to park in-between lines.”

There are a lot of others students whose experience has been very different, especially recently. Many students who live on campus have been complaining that security staff are handing out parking tickets and towing cars more than before, sometimes unnecessarily.

Tyler Scheppler, a 20-year-old junior criminal justice major from Lubbock, Texas, has received around five parking tickets in the last year since having a vehicle on campus. Most of the times he was “just parking in overnight parking and the bottom lot of Crawford,” he said. [Read more...]

National Life, Norwich team up for rewarding internships

During his junior year at Norwich University, Steven Gilmore took an internship with the National Life Group.

He loved it so much that he took another position this year. “It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had throughout college because it’s so hands on and you get to apply what you’ve learned.”

Gilmore said he expected his internship at National Life will help him get a job after graduating from Norwich this May. [Read more...]

Off the air: Student voices go silent on WNUB after course is cancelled

Norwich FM radio station WNUB has no live student broadcasts now because the spring  broadcasting course was cancelled for low enrollment.

Norwich FM radio station WNUB has no live student broadcasts now because the spring broadcasting course was cancelled for low enrollment.

“This is WNUB 88.3, Dog River Radio.” Every hour, an automated recording of a past student’s voice reminds listeners that their local radio station once rode the airwaves with student talk shows and playlists.

But this spring, Norwich University’s radio station WNUB continues on the air in the Northfield region without any student disc jockeys. Due to low enrollment, the radio production (CM 351) class this spring semester was cancelled – the first time that has ever happened in his 15 years teaching the class, according to Prof. Doug Smith. As a result, students miss opportunities to talk while broadcasting live and to learn important communications skills, according to Norwich students.

Having been a part of NU since 1967, WNUB is owned and operated by Norwich and the radio station is used by the radio production classes in the communications department. As a part of the class, each student performs a personalized radio show, according to Dominic Davis. [Read more...]

Pegasus Players’ new singing contest offers a ‘Battle of the voices’

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The light hit the stage as the Norwich University student walked up to the microphone. Katie Whitney sat in the audience waiting to hear whether the nervous student had what it took to be a part of Battle of the Voices.

Approximately 31 students waited their turn to audition. One after the other, they took the stage, and eventually only 16 remained. Whitney, the musical director for Battle of the Voices, who also works in the Office of Strategic Partnerships at NU, had the difficulty task deciding which students would be able to go on and perform in front of the rest of the NU student body. [Read more...]

At 83, Spanish Prof. Jose Miana is beloved by students, and still loves his teaching

 Spanish Prof. Jose Miana with some of his Norwich students. Now 83, he's much beloved for his enthusiasm, generosity and skills at teaching.


Spanish Prof. Jose Miana with some of his Norwich students. Now 83, he’s much beloved for his enthusiasm, generosity and skills at teaching.

He has over 35 suits that Prince would give “diamonds and pearls” for just the opportunity to try one on. He’s attended priest school but not preschool. He’s been to Spain so many times that they now might need to set a holiday in his honor upon his entrance into the country.

He’s Norwich’s most interesting professor, according to Michael Neilan, a 20-year-old sophomore criminal justice major from Holden, Mass., who is just one of Prof. Jose Miana’s many fans. [Read more...]

Norwich students voice concerns about sexist pay scales in workforce

The beeping sound of her alarm cuts through the morning silence. Lindsay Evans feels her hand go up to turn the alarm off. Though part of her wants to press snooze, she knows that if she is late, her job could be in jeopardy.Evans has been an office manager at APM Machinery for four years now. She has to be at work at 8 a.m. and stays until approximately 4 p.m. She logs in about 40 to 50 hours per week when she is not in school, and 16 to 24 hours on weekends when she is in school.As the office manager, 21-year-old Evans is in charge of anything from billing to purchasing orders, and even a little bit of machine work.However, because of her job, the senior communications major from Canterbury, N.H., is aware of other co-worker’s wages and isn’t always pleased to find some of them being paid more for the same hours. [Read more...]