Norwich Alumnus taps into his pride

081114_OC_14th Star Brewery Steve G-39Norwich University has a long list of notable and prosperous alumni to be proud of: seven Medal of Honor recipients, a number of military generals, the architect of the trans-continental railway, even a former Chief of Staff of the Army to President Bush.

The newest addition to the list? An established beer brewer. Steve Gagner is an alum from the graduating class of 2003 and current Army National Guard Captain. He is also the founder and current owner of 14th Star Brewery and will be an integral part in these next four years of the Forging the Future campaign that Norwich University has embarked upon. [Read more...]

Mysteries of Sullivan Museum unveiled

sullivan_tiger_skull1Crossing the entrance into Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center (SMHC), visitors can view many artifacts but a few really stand out.

“We definitely have some really bizarre things in the collection,” said Sarah Henrich, Director of the Sullivan Museum and History Center. “Take a special look at the grass skirt. Because that’s the married ladies grass skirt. That’s the six-inch one.”

“Unmarried Pacific Islander women wore a shorter four-inch skirt,” Heinrich said.
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Leadership minor opportunity revived

A new minor has found its way into the 2014 curriculum at Norwich University, and it’s not the first time. It’s on leadership, and is available for all students no matter their year, says the Co-Chair of the new Leadership Committee.

“There used to be a minor of leadership here at Norwich 15 years ago but it didn’t stay; it kind of fell apart. There just wasn’t really a lot of interest at that time, but there is now,” said Prof. Michael Kelley, who is also a professor of civil engineering.
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Norwich’s drill team aims for first-place gold in competition

The Norwich Drill Team is already preparing for its highlight competition at Tulane University in New Orleans. They have gotten second place for the past five years, but are determined to take first place this upcoming February, said the Drill Team’s company commander, Rod Torres.

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Newly restarted shooting team is on target

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The Norwich University Shooting Team is comparatively new, only being founded this past April, but it is gaining in enthusiasm and skills and hopes to do well in competitions.

Matthew Latter, 23, a senior studies of war and peace major from Bradley, Mass., and vice president of the team, says a lot of new eager shooters have joined up.

“The (people) who are going to start shooting really well, and we’ll see that in the next month or two, are the people who haven’t shot before,” he said, He attributes the growth in skills of these young shooters to the great teaching they have received.

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Regimental Ball: New changes, old traditions

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At Norwich University, the annual Regimental Ball is about, “celebrating the seniors and their last year, and an event for the entire corps to come together,” said Melissa Rome, 22, a senior criminal justice major from Enfield, Conn. [Read more...]

A lot of history lies behind Norwich’s alcohol policy

IMG_0851Norwich University’s current guides on alcohol use have been evolving for a long time, and for a number of reasons, according to staff and a look at older NU rules and regulations.

The first printed restriction of alcohol, referred to as “spirituous liquor,” was in the Internal Regulations section of the school’s 1837 Prospectus, which was an older version of the Student Rules and Regulations. Before, the Internal Regulations section of Prospectus only vaguely restricted cadets from conducting actions contrary to, “true principles of correct military discipline.”

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Cyberbullying case hits Norwich; ‘Yik Yak’ app blocked on campus

The popular social app Yik Yak took the Norwich campus by storm in September, and then was soon blocked because of cyberbullying in a case that made the national newswires.

The popular social app Yik Yak took the Norwich campus by storm in September, and then was soon blocked because of cyberbullying in a case that made the national newswires.

In the wake of a case of cyberbullying at Norwich against a number of students, top officials at the university have launched an investigation into the situation.

According to a university statement, “No official reports of criminal behavior have been made, and law enforcement is not involved in the investigation.”

But Norwich’s Vice President for Student Affairs, Frank Vanecek, and. Peter Stephenson, chief information security officer at Norwich, both confirmed to the Guidon that a probe is taking place into harassing comments made on the social app Yik Yak.

Yik Yak allows users to post comments anonymously but it requires a cell phone number and, said Stephenson, users are not truly anonymous. “Nothing ever goes away on the Internet,” said Stephenson, adding that “Given the time and the resources, I can track anybody.”

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$6.5 million overhaul of Kretitzberg Library set to begin; renovation driven by digital changes in study and use

Starting after final exams in December 2014, the university will launch a major $6.5 renovation of NU’s Kreitzberg library.

The effort will not only dramatically change the interior structure but officials expect it will affect the way the library, built in 1993 at a cost of $8.1 million, is used by students on campus. It is being overseen by a special committee established by the board of trustees.

“If you look at how the library’s designed, it’s more designed for individual use as opposed to group use,” Associate Director of General Library Services Greg Sauer said. Currently, the library is only capable of seating 10 percent of the student population, in comparison to the 20 percent average of 18 “similar institutions,” according to Chief Administration Officer David Magida.

As part of the Bicentennial Celebration’s “Forging the Future” campaign, with architecture plans from Jones Architecture and Gund Partnership, the library will transition from a “’Cathedral to the book” to (a) “Cathedral to learning” atmosphere, which will provide a more open, visible, and inviting atmosphere in the library with “new lighting, new ceiling, new furniture, new frieze, new flooring, (and) room availability screens” that will provide a “comfortable learning environment”, according to Magida.

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Remembering Connor “Cheech” Roberts

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Connor Roberts, a Norwich University lacrosse and football player, passed away on June, 17, from an apparent heart attack, according to final health reports. [Read more...]