The Norwich Guidon welcomes signed letters to the editor. They should be no longer than 300 words. Unsigned letters will not be printed, but names may be withheld upon worthy request. All letters are subject to editing for length and good taste.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Guidon Editor,

I want to extend my sincere thanks to the entire Norwich Community for supporting Team Red, White & Blue over the course of last week. Students, faculty, staff, and community members were endlessly gracious when it came to supporting the Student Government Association’s cause, Team RWB.

We surpassed our goal of three thousand dollars, with $3,045! We sold completely out of Team RWB pins, stickers, and bracelets that we had to start giving away our valuable NUSGA pens.

Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of our veterans through physical and social activities and events all throughout our country.

Our efforts here at Norwich University join growing efforts across our nation to support our veterans and give back thanks for the sacrifice they have made. Thank you for making a difference in our veterans lives! Norwich for Team Red, White & Blue!

 

“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve…shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.”

—George Washington

Sincerely,

George Bausch

President, Norwich University Student

Government Association

NU paintball team exemplified the best

To the Editor:

As someone that is not normally moved to action by demonstrations of personal integrity, I find myself in the odd situation where I feel the need to contact Norwich University to see that a particular group of cadets is recognized in a manner befitting their achievement.  The group to which I am referring is the Norwich cadets who attended the “The Paintballing Dead” event at EMR Paintball Park in New Milford, Pa.,  on March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. [Read more…]

Letter to the Editor

In response to the “A smoke-free campus?” article in the December 13, 2012 edition of the Guidon, I would like to clarify the position of the Wellness Committee and the smoke free/tobacco free policy change that was brought forward.  This policy change has been discussed by the Wellness Committee for many years.

There are several reasons for the proposed changes, which do include the banning of “smoking of any tobacco product and the use of smokeless tobacco, including chew, dip, and snuff, as well as any product that gives the appearance of smoking such as electronic cigarettes or other inhaled nicotine devices.”

The first and foremost is the health risk to a smoker and his/her family members through second-hand smoke.  The Wellness Committee is committed to “promote a multi-dimensional wellness program that provides education and activities for staff, faculty, and students to motivate habits and attitudes that will contribute positively to their total health and well-being and ultimately enhance their productivity and quality of life.” As such, we have sponsored an annual wellness and benefits fair, flu shot clinic, and biometric assessments, in addition to various physical activities each semester.  Faculty and staff have had an opportunity to participate in a health risk assessment that provided a detailed report indicating his/her overall health.

The second is the cost.  Not only the cost to the smoker, which can add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars per year, but the cost of our health insurance coverage that covers the expense of a smoker’s illnesses, the cost of lost productivity and absenteeism, and the risk to the health of others who are subjected to the unclean air a smoker generates.

The third are the movements by the U.S. military and Vermont that military bases and training facilities and all Vermont college campuses become smoke and tobacco-free.  The U.S. military recognizes that tobacco use “impairs military readiness, harms the health of soldiers and veterans, and imposes a substantial financial burden on the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs.” In Vermont, the emphasis is to help prevent college-age students from becoming addicted to nicotine and having the difficult task of trying to quit at some time in the future.

To help assist our campus smokers, the Wellness Committee will be sponsoring smoking cessation classes, one-on-one counseling, and partnering with the Vermont Quitline to help assist smokers to kick the habit.

 

Ellen Danahy Liptak PHR
Associate Director of
Human Resources
Chair, Wellness Committee

Feedback wanted on ‘Norwich Monopoly’ idea

I created a version of “Norwich Monopoly” that is based around the NUCC experience, but I am having trouble gauging interest in such an endeavor. I would like to see this idea become a reality, but I would need to sell a certain number of these games in order to break even. However, I am not sure that the Norwich community is sufficiently interested in this. In order to gauge interest, I have options available to me to contact fellow alumni, and would really like some feedback from the current student body. I have set up a Facebook page for this purpose. If you would honestly purchase this game when it exists, please “like” the following link:
http://www.facebook.com/#!/NorwichMonopoly?fref=ts or you can search “Norwich Monopoly.” Thank you.

 Sincerely,
Brett M. White ‘06