Alex Breindel to be next year’s cadet colonel

Alex Breindel has been selected to be the regimental commander for the Norwich University Corps of Cadets during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Alex Breindel has been selected to be the regimental commander for the Norwich University Corps of Cadets during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The word spread fast on Tuesday when it was announced that Alex Breindel had been selected to be the regimental commander for the Norwich University Corps of Cadets during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Breindel was chosen by President Richard Schneider after a long selection process. The president had been given five choices by Commandant of Cadets Russel Holden and the current Regimental Commander, Regan Steen.
The other finalists included Mario Caruso, Samuel Delong, Dylan Gregg, and Lance Ostby.
Breindel, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., will be commissioning with the U.S. Air Force next May. He’s also a math major. “It’s been a while since there was one of those,” he said.
“One of the things we’re going to work towards is giving the upperclassmen more training,” Brein- del said in a brief interview after his selection. He emphasized that he wants to increase “one-on-one” communication within the corps.
“I want to stand in front of the corps and tell them what decisions are being made and why, so they don’t have to hear it through the grapevine,” he said. Other leadership positions in the corps are to be filled in coming weeks.

Group of sophomores seeks return of historic Norwich University fraternity Theta Chi

Theta Chi was founded in 1856 at Norwich University and now has 227 chapters around the U.S.

Theta Chi was founded in 1856 at Norwich University and now has 227 chapters around the U.S.

Some Corps of Cadets sophomores are looking to bring Greek life back to campus, latching on to the “I Will Try” motto.

Mickey Walbridge says he wants more leadership opportunities with brotherhood that are in keeping with college traditions and service to community. The 20-year-old from Modesto, Calif., was motivated by NU history and the schools connection with the first chapter ever founded of Theta Chi. [Read more…]

Sodexo moves to address national petition to use eggs from cage-free chickens

Students line up at the dining cafeteria at Wise Center.

Students line up at the dining cafeteria at Wise Center.

For Amelia Heidenreich, the general manager of Sodexo at Norwich University, obtaining eggs from cage-free chickens for the school is a priority.

In January, Heidenreich, along with the rest of Sodexo management at Norwich University along with school administration, were informed about a nationwide petition from the Humane League, an animal rights advocacy group. The petition urged colleges to remove Sodexo from school campuses.

The petition occurred when students from other school in the US began reading reports that Sodexo was obtaining its eggs from sources that abused chickens by cramming them into small cages that prevented hardly any movement. [Read more…]

Thank-A-Giver (TAG) day educates students on alumni and philanthropic support

WISE TAG DAY

A tag here, a tag there: The Norwich campus will be sporting some interesting decorations on Wednesday, Feb. 25.

University officials aren’t breaking out spray paint cans to add artistic murals depicting Norwich history on campus buildings. Instead they will be celebrating the second annual “Thank-A-Giver” (TAG) Day.

On TAG day the university places mock price tags on buildings exemplifying how much donated money has gone, or will go, into construction or renovation, according to Mickey Walbridge, 19, a sophomore from Modesto, Calif. [Read more…]

New student philanthropy council steps up efforts

Norwich students will be recording video and flooding the Internet Wednesday as part of a day-long thank-a-thon spread throughout the campus.

Members of the Norwich University Student Philanthropy Council (NUSPC) will take part in events at major hubs of the school as part of Thank A Giver (TAG) day in conjunction with the second annual Student Engagement Philanthropy Month.

Daniel DeLiberato, assistant director of class giving, explained that NUSPC was founded in 2014, in coordination with the “Year of Service for the Bicentennial Campaign”. The NUSPC is an undergraduate organization that works in partnership with Norwich’s alumni relations and class giving offices.” [Read more…]

Mountain Cold Weather Company endures frigid trek up Mt. Washington

 

Members of the Norwich Mountain Cold Weather Company survived a real training test ascending New Hampshire's Mt. Washington in frigid temps and dangerous winds. (Photo by Timothy Smeddal)

Members of the Norwich Mountain Cold Weather Company survived a real training test ascending New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington in frigid temps and dangerous winds. (Photo by Timothy Smeddal)

Every winter break, cadets from the Army ROTC special unit Mountain Cold Weather Company (MCW) head off for a week-long training exercise known as Ice Trek.
This year it more than lived up to its name. [Read more…]

University officials continue investigation into U.P. 500 incident

It is almost a month since the U.P. 500, whose running Jan. 27 was marred by injuries and controversy. The unsanctioned event has been held almost every year since at least 1998, and in years before that as well.
Every year, on a night where an exceptionally large amount of snow is expected, the sophomore (previously freshman) class in the Norwich University Corps of Cadets participates in the rambunctious and spirited event.
In the U.P. 500, cadets run laps around the Upper Parade Ground (U.P.), often while wearing little to no clothing. Meanwhile, upperclassmen who have participated in the event in years past traditionally throw snow or water at the runners. [Read more…]

Students reflect on prescription drug misuse

Some Norwich University students utilize the benefits of prescription drugs to focus and stay awake, whether or not the drugs have been prescribed to them, based on interviews with students.
According to one Norwich University student, “finals week is when drug use is most prevalent at Norwich.”
Francisco, a freshman student at Norwich, guesses that about a third of Norwich students lacking a drug prescription still consume the drugs, even more so around midterms, and finals. [Read more…]

Student skiers

For Spencer Guerschuny, cruising down the slopes is exhilarating, even though it seems to be shortly followed by a face plant.
Guerschuny, a Norwich sophomore and Massachusetts native, picked up skiing at the age of 20 after spending a year living in Vermont. After just one time on the mountain he was looking to buy his own gear. [Read more…]

Training key to prevent cold weather injuries threaten climbers

 

A participant in this year's Mountain Cold Weather Company Ice Trek shows proper attire for the below zero conditions encountered in 2015. (Photo by Timothy Smeddal)

A participant in this year’s Mountain Cold Weather Company Ice Trek shows proper attire for the below zero conditions encountered in 2015. (Photo by Timothy Smeddal)

It is crucial to beat the frigid temperatures of New England’s outdoors to save both lives and extremities. Norwich students in the Mountain Cold Weather Company (MCW) train to become cold climate experts and learn how to take the necessary precautions to minimize the risk of injury.
All of those different skills and safeguards were needed in order to stay safe during Ice Trek at Mt. Washington in N.H. from Jan. 5-10. [Read more…]