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...]

Norwich’s long cavalry tradition may be victim of budget squeeze

In light of recent rumors about budget cuts at Norwich University, students are expressing concerns that a tightened budget will affect their daily activities.

For students in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets (NUCC), the top concern is a rumored funding cut for the Cavalry Troop. However, Cavalry Troop has not been specifically targeted, according to Norwich University President Richard W. Schneider.

“Right now we are in a position where you guys can’t afford everything we are delivering,” said Schneider. Schneider explained that even with a rise in tuition next year, the administration still needs to cut around $1 million from the budget. [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...]

Norwich says goodbye to Sociology Prof. Wendy Fuller

A much loved sociology professor, Dr. Wendy Fuller, is leaving Norwich at the end of this semester.

A much loved sociology professor, Dr. Wendy Fuller, is leaving Norwich at the end of this semester.

Every student here at Norwich University has to take a sociology class as part of their degree requirement, but one sociology professor had a big impact on the student population. Dr. Wendy Fuller, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology, will not be returning in the fall to teach her trademark class, Race and Cultural Minorities, as well as the rest of her course lineup.

Dr. Fuller was raised nearby in Warren, Vt., and attended St. Michaels College, earning a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and a minor in World Religious Studies. “I’ve always known that this is what I’ve wanted to do,” said Fuller. “I’m very interested in how the world works and I am fascinated in why people do the things that they do.” [Read more...]

Sodexo and Norwich’s dining options: It’s complicated

Students get food in the dining hall run by Sodexo at the Wise Center.

Students get food in the dining hall run by Sodexo at the Wise Center.

Sodexo, the food service corporation that serves Norwich University, is committed to providing quality and the kind of food students want on campus.

That’s the message from Sodexo and the Norwich administration in response to an article published in The Guidon newspaper March 6, which focused on negative student reactions to Sodexo’s food quality and its food monopoly on campus. [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...]

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...]

Nation’s oldest collegiate band racks up honors at Military School Band Festival

Andrew_O'Sullivan_bandFour members of the Norwich band never expected to be awarded one honor, let along multiple honors during their weekend at the Military School Band Festival in Alexandria, Va.

Celebrating its centennial year, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) had huge attendance at the festival where “the cadets of the university did the work and presented Norwich in a great light to everyone else as a whole,” said Lt. Col. Todd Edwards , director of the Norwich University Regimental Band. [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...]