From ‘Kui’ to kegger: What’s hopping with beer and ale

What better way to celebrate a beautiful Vermont day than with a hike up a local mountain or trail, finished off with a fine brew. But that bottle or can in your hand reflects a lot more than liquid satisfaction: Beer has a long and storied history.

What better way to celebrate a beautiful Vermont day than with a hike up a local mountain or trail, finished off with a fine brew. But that bottle or can in your hand reflects a lot more than liquid satisfaction: Beer has a long and storied history.

Next time you’re kickin’ it with some friends or cheering on your favorite sports team, think about that beer in your hand. It’s much more than just 12 ounces of refreshing cold beer. It’s much more than just a nice way to relax on a Friday night. It’s a taste of tradition that has transcended time and culture for upwards of 5,000 years. I’d say that cool beer just got a whole lot cooler. [Read more...]

‘George’: A man of mystery, revealed

Not much is known about George.

People know that he has been in some way involved with the men’s rugby team, but mostly they just know him because they have seen him eating in the chow hall all times of the year, with either the wrestlers, or the rugby team. [Read more...]

Admissions is going the extra mile to recruit next year’s freshmen class

Tim Reardon is swamped right now, trying to fill next year’s freshman class with rooks and civilians. Together with the rest of the staff, he’s “biting his nails” waiting to see if the university makes its numbers.

The admissions building is a busy place in spring as Norwich tries to meet its enrollment goals for next year.

The admissions building is a busy place in spring as Norwich tries to meet its enrollment goals for next year.


This is Reardon’s seventh year at Norwich after his academic studies. He spent his years as a cadet and now he is working to bring people to study at Norwich.

“I went to Norwich for both my bachelors and masters degree. I graduated as the XO,” said Tim Reardon, Norwich University’s senior associate director of admissions as he browsed through files recently. [Read more...]

For Norwich Guidon staff, an eventful year

The 2013-2014 Guidon staff (from left to right): Jacob DeHaven, Liam Carroll, Thomas Carson, Jenn Passalacqua, Seamus Delehanty. (Front): Editor-in-chief Arielle Eaton. (Missing): Mitch Pryzbocki, Allen Ramsay, Nick Toscano.

The 2013-2014 Guidon staff (from left to right): Jacob DeHaven, Liam Carroll, Thomas Carson, Jenn Passalacqua, Seamus Delehanty. (Front): Editor-in-chief Arielle Eaton. (Missing): Mitch Pryzbocki, Allen Ramsay, Nick Toscano.


For generations, the routine way of reading the newspaper was sitting down at the breakfast table with a coffee to start the day, flipping through the pages one by one to find out what’s going on in the community, sports, or the world.

Like many traditions that have lasted for decades, however, fewer people are reading the morning paper, turning instead to myriad online sources, during work, during family time, or when they cannot sleep to read blogs, magazines, virtual newspapers, or watch TV broadcasts. The Internet is taking over more and more when it comes to the news, leaving fewer printed newspapers that people turn to, from big brand names such as The Boston Globe or local papers like the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. [Read more...]

‘Rip Day’ turns into ‘Burn Day’ as Norwich shakes up an old familiar tradition

Senior Thomas Banyacski Jr. burns his winter B uniform as part of the new tradition, “Senior Burn Day,” which has replaced “Senior Rip Day.”

Senior Thomas Banyacski Jr. burns his winter B uniform as part of the new tradition, “Senior Burn Day,” which has replaced “Senior Rip Day.”

This past August, senior Norwich cadet Brian Rudd began his final year with the hopes of participating in the many rituals that mark the final year. “I was excited to be a part of the many traditions that seniors get to do,” Rudd said.

However, for the senior class of 2014, some of those expected traditions would not be celebrated. Rudd, a 22-year-old criminal justice major from Ocean, N.J., soon find out that the commandant’s office would put an end to “senior rip” day.

“I was surprised,” Rudd said. [Read more...]

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...]