Say Something

Whenever I sit down to write this column, I feel like I’m writing a TED talk. It’s hard to figure out what to say, what to call it, because God knows it’s not being called “That’s What She Said,” or “That’s What He Said,” or “As We See it.” Not on my watch. So I try to think of something snappy and eye-catching, and it always ends up sounding cheesy or cliche- at least to me. But what I’m trying to say is that no matter how lost I am, no matter if I know what I want to say or not, I have to say something. And inevitably I get a few compliments on how my column was well-written or something of that nature. Because something is always better than nothing. Instead of sitting in silence and letting your grade drop because you’re waiting to find the perfect thing to say in a class that’s based on participation, say something.
Being afraid gets you nowhere.

Embrace the spirit of research

Before I came to Norwich, one of my previous positions was as vice president of research at Drexel University in Philadelphia. There I oversaw faculty and student research at the doctoral, masters and undergraduate levels. Time and again I got to see not only the accomplishment of research well done, but more importantly, I observed students and professors engaging in the process that is research. [Read more…]

Change is hard

 

I’m Liam Carroll and I’m your Guidon Editor. I’m a junior in the Corps of Cadets and I’ll be up-front: I’m also the president of your Student Government Association. I didn’t mean for this column to fit in so well with the Year of Transformation but it just does. 

A lot of things are transforming this year at Norwich. I hope The Guidon is one of them. This paper is working hard to not be a source of “old news.” I want everything you read to be interesting and useful information. If it’s not, let us know.

Also, I don’t want you to rely only on our biweekly paper for student news. Like us on Facebook and check the Guidon website for updates and photos. My goal is to start getting actual, current news out there, news that interests students.

Keep in mind though, it’s not easy. I get paid to be the managing editor, my staff gets paid to copy-edit and do layout. No one gets paid to write stories. We have a class of reporters in Journalism I but their grade depends on writing a story every two weeks. If you want to write a story about something as it happens, please, do it. Send it to us and I’ll do my best to publish it. My goal is to publish truth. I know that obviously, information travels fast at Norwich, and I want to dispel false rumors before they become problematic.

At Norwich and everywhere else, the only constant is change, and in the words of fomer Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Al Gray, “Trains go down the tracks, you can get on or get off.”

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The President’s Corner

Two weekends ago, we executed a very successful Homecoming Weekend, which brought more than 1,000 NU alumni and family members on campus for three days of reunions and celebrations. I hope many of you had the opportunity to speak to our alumni while they were here. They are extremely interested in what you are doing, and enjoy exchanging Norwich stories with you.

The main reason we hold reunions in the fall is so that alumni can experience a vibrant campus full of young people, and interact with them. It reminds them of when they were students, and also gives them a chance to see how Norwich has changed since they were on the Hill—as well as how it hasn’t changed.

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The Army reverses course on its restrictions on tattoos. It’s a wise decision.

tattoo story 2What words come to mind when you think of a soldier? Courageous most likely. Patriotic. Brave. Strong, both mentally and physically. Heroic. A list of adjectives that piece themselves together to create an image of the ideal warrior.

As an institution, the army has grown to accept differences in race, gender, and now sexual orientation of its members, differences which, in the past, did not conform to the standard. Yet despite this, army leadership still deemed it right to deny enlistment and promotion for tattoos that did not meet strict criteria, because tattoos do not conform to the image of those in uniform.

It is wrong that the army would deny someone’s abilities, courage, patriotism, and willingness to serve because of ink that has been embedded in their skin. The Army has wisely decided to reverse some of its policies on tattoos after considerable outcry from the troops.
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Be a part of history

It is not every day that you are invited to be a part of history. But on April 25 of this year, you will have the opportunity to do precisely that.
For nearly 200 years, Norwich University has adhered to the founding principles laid down by Captain Alden Partridge. From our mission to train citizen soldiers to our commitment to experiential learning, nearly everything we do here at Norwich can be traced back to our founder’s vision. [Read more…]

Liberty and Security: A Balancing Act

Recently, I was asked by a well-respected foreign policy expert to participate in a panel discussion. The title: Limiting Free Speech in an Age of Religious Extremism and Terrorism. [Read more…]

The President’s Corner

Certainly by now, most of you reading this have heard of the Colby Military Writers’ Symposium, which takes place each spring on the Norwich campus. Named for former Ambassador and CIA Director William E. Colby, the two-day event exposes students, faculty, alumni, and the public to the works and views of prominent authors, historians, journalists, diplomats, and other national figures. The 2015 symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9. [Read more…]

Do something about it

Complaining is a common human behavior. Complaints serve to show that we are dissatisfied with a situation and believe that it can be changed. That’s not a bad thing. As Winston Churchill said, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.” So, to call for change is to call for improvement. Here at Norwich, I hear these calls for improvement every day. [Read more…]

President’s Corner

Norwich prides itself in educating the whole person – mind, body, and character. For that reason, Norwich offers students a wealth of opportunities to broaden their education in varied and interesting ways, both inside and outside the classroom. [Read more…]