A new Guidon editor, and his thoughts on the disgrace that hit the UP 500

Welcome back may be a bit overdue, but seeing as this is our first issue back from winter break, I’ll say it anyway.

[Read more…]

That’s what he said…

As the fall semester draws to a close, so too does my time here at Norwich University. It has been a crazy roller coaster ride for me to get to this point. The experiences I’ve had at the Wick are ones that I will never forget. I would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff that have made my Norwich career something to remember and cherish. [Read more…]

Some thoughts to mull over winter break

As you prepare to leave Northfield for a well-deserved winter break, I want to take this opportunity to point out a few semester highlights and proud moments in our history. In August we opened the brand new West Hall civilian dorm on Upper Disney, and in September, we launched the five-year countdown to our Bicentennial and kicked off our Year of Service. [Read more…]

November offers reason to give thanks

The month of November is significant in our culture for a couple of reasons—the first of which is Veterans Day.
As you witnessed last week, Veterans Day presents an opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who defend the freedoms you and I enjoy. [Read more…]

Key ROTC officers issue a strong joint message: There is no stigma in seeking counseling help

As the commanding officers of the Naval, Army, and Air Force ROTC programs at Norwich, we three senior officers ultimately control who becomes a military officer in the United States Armed Forces and who doesn’t. As such, we strongly disagree with the comment made in the 6 Nov Guidon as it pertains to a perceived stigma attached to—or a bias against—commission-seeking cadets who also seek counseling. To the contrary, we admire the judgment and courage of those who seek help when they need it. Knowing when you need counsel and taking action to get it shows strength, not weakness. We also want to expose as false any suspicion that we monitor or keep some sort of records on those seeking counseling. On our honor, we do not and will not. [Read more…]

A welcoming home means a lot to left-behind rooks

Norwich University is a private military college, which means that like at other private military colleges, the freshmen here have a different first year than other college freshmen and sometimes need to escape. As someone who has gone through Rookdom, I can say that it is rewarding – but honestly, about as much fun as standing in the ice and snow while some random person you barely know screams at you. In fact, that exact situation happens a lot here at Norwich University. [Read more…]

Norwich students take part in ‘Restorative Justice’ exercise

On Oct. 16, the Criminal Justice Honors Society along with several other Norwich students participated in Barre’s Restorative Justice Simulation at the Barre Justice Center. [Read more…]

Confronting Tragedy

I would like to start by thanking those who have shown interest in contributing to the Guidon. I hope everyone enjoyed our first issue. There are many new features on the way. However, we must move on to discuss a more solemn topic.
The recent turn of events has truly put life in perspective for many of us here on the hill. As we head into Mid-Semester Break, with many students going home, it is important that we cherish our friends and loved ones. Even so, let us not forget those on our campus. A smile or a kind word can really make a difference.
Also, there is help for those who need it on our campus. The Norwich University Counseling and Psychological Services Department is located in the Kreitzburg Library, in Suite 405. A team of caring professionals is standing by to administer a wide variety of mental health services, from counseling to psychological testing. To receive assistance, simply stop by during the hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or call 802-485-2134 to schedule an appointment. However, the resources do not end there. Reverend Wick is always available, whether in his office in the White Chapel, or at his home just down the street. At the very least, find a friend, professor, or student leader to talk to. Norwich cares.

A new issue, a new look

Hello, and welcome to the first issue of The Guidon for this school year. My name is Jake DeHaven and I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Guidon. I’m a criminal justice major in my senior year on “the hill”. I am a member of the Corps of Cadets, holding the rank of Cadet First Lieutenant as a member of the Second Battalion staff. Last year, I worked as a copy editor for our newspaper, discovering my interest in journalism. This year I am excited to lead The Guidon into another great year here at NU.
In this new school year, the efforts of our staff will be devoted to updating and refreshing The Guidon. We hope to build on the greatly increased readership from last year to better connect with the Norwich campus community. First of all, we have moved to a new tabloid-style layout for reader convenience. In addition, we are working to add new content to the paper such as reader-submitted articles, polls, letters to the editor, and reader commentary on current events and interests. I would like to stress the involvement of our campus in this newspaper. We are accepting content submissions from anyone, be it an opinion piece, special interest piece, or anything of the sort. If someone would be interested in writing a column on advice, humor, technology, or anything else, that would also be encouraged. The Guidon is in need of a cartoonist to be featured in each issue of the paper.
I would like to again emphasize this year’s initiative to include reader-developed content. Please do not hesitate to submit any comments, requests, or ideas, or articles to myself or any of The Guidon’s staff. My email address is jdehaven@stu.norwich.edu. I am honored to serve as the editor for our newspaper. With your help, this can be the best version to date. Let’s make it a great year!

That’s What She Said…

Sometimes, even for the best of writers, it is hard to find the words to say. How do my readers expect me to summarize the last four years, three of which have been with The Guidon, into a short few paragraphs? How can I condense all of the work we have done this year into just a few sentences?

I will try to do so without sounding like a Hallmark card. [Read more…]