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Pokemon Go Logo. Picture by Pokemon Go official mobile game.

Even at Norwich University, many students, inspired by childhood memories and the logo “Go explore, go discover, go collect,” spend their free time playing Pokémon Go.

First released in July of 2016, the app is an augmented reality mobile game developed and published by Niantic for both IOS and Android phones. In collaboration with Nintendo, the purpose of the game is to locate, capture, and battle virtual monsters through mobile devices.

Pokémon Go became the world number one mobile game with over seven million downloads in less than a week and got named “Best Mobile Game” by The Game Developers Choice Awards and “Best App of the Year” by TechCrunch according to the Pokémon Go website.

Although the global gaming sensation has been out for two years, it has recently risen in popularity on Norwich University’s campus. “ Whenever I walk into class I see at least one person playing Pokémon Go,” said Kanisha Gonzalez, 20, a junior communications major, from Camden, N.J.
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In South Hall, students face a battle with mice

Mice make themselves at home. Google Image

When students moved back into their dorms this fall, they quickly became aware that their rooms had been far from empty during summer vacation. According to students in South Hall, they have noticed mice making homes in their rooms and common areas.

For years, the University has been fighting mice issues. With people failing to clean up their messes in the common area, mice have turned them into a frightening place for students trying to do homework.

Residents of South Hall have reported seeing at least one mouse in the common rooms or in their dorm room. Connor Bourque, a junior psychology major from Goffstown, N.H., explained how as soon as he got back from summer break he met one of the tiny but bothersome critters.

“I’m enjoying playing the piano and all of the sudden, I see a little creature out of the corner of my eye.” Bourque said. “I thought it was gross knowing we have these little creatures possibly in our rooms too.”
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Norwich Enters the World of E-Sports

League of Legends Logo. Logo image used under Fair Use.

“This is not something that colleges have really been getting into all that much,” said Jeremy Hansen, associate professor of computer science regarding e-sports on college campuses, “and there’ve been some that’s been offering scholarships for different games.”

Hansen began the process of entering the university into e-sports after realizing its potential to flourish on campus, especially among Norwich’s computer science and computer security majors.

E-sports is professional competitive gaming, with the industry having been predicted to make over $900 million in revenue in the year 2018, according to Newzoo.

After reading several articles regarding e-sports, Professor Hansen began to contemplate who could help him with his project, which led him to meet with Greg Matthews of enrollment management at Norwich University.

Prof. Hansen immediately learned that Matthews and his children were also gamers which allowed Matthews to “immediately see the value of bringing gamers on board.”

While Prof. Hansen was exchanging emails with Matthews, he sent emails among the computer science majors to gauge the interest of e-sports in Norwich and found tremendous interest in the program. Despite this interest, there were students who were concerned that the new e-sports program would overshadow the League of Legends Club which had been established one year prior.
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2018 Legacy March: Something to remember, something to march for

  Fifty miles, 50 marchers, 50 dollars: That’s the short and sweet of what the Legacy March is, according to the professor who has been the advisor for the march during his time here at Norwich.
  Professor Michael Kelley, who teaches engineering, was connected with the Legacy March when it made its comeback nine years ago.
  Professor Kelley was asked to detail this project, because it was a service project put on by the construction management students. It continues as a proud tradition no matter the weather: This year it was a wet slog.
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A hectic blast in Boston

Prof. Yangmo Ku, far right, with the students who had the opportunity to attend the Boston trip. Picture by Angelina Coronado.

For 12 lucky students, a new Norwich program provided a week-long, first-hand introduction to key state and federal agencies – and a chance to line up potential jobs and internships.
Norwich’s Peace and War Center promoted the first annual Boston Policy Week trip, which took the students to the state’s capital, where they established valuable connections with nine different agencies, using a broad range of Norwich alumni as contacts.
“I am really glad to see our students exposed to that kind of environment and to have nice opportunities. They can change their vision or dreams because of these experiences,” said Yangmo Ku, a political science professor and the associate director of the Peace and War Center.
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Cadre take different tacks on leadership

Through their experiences, cadre in the Corps of Cadets at Norwich have learned how to use different types of leadership to their advantage.
Interviews with cadre find they may employ different styles at different times and see the benefits of being flexible. Buty ultimately, how they choose to lead often comes down to what they feel comfortable with.
Cadre are the upperclass cadets that have volunteered for the engaged task of training the freshman rooks to meet the qualifying standards it takes to be a member of the Corps of Cadets. It is a cadre’s responsibility to teach, coach and mentor rooks, and they do this through experimentation of leadership styles.
Although there are many different types of leadership styles, most cadre practice one of two main styles while training rooks: transformational leadership, and transactional leadership.
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Retired Air Force Col. Andy Hird starts new career teaching aviation course at Norwich

Retired Colonel Andy Hird is now teaching a course on aviation. Picture by Amber Reichart.

With over 5,000 flying hours on his shoulders, former Air Force colonel Andy Hird has decided to put his experience at Norwich students’ disposal, introducing an innovative “experimental course,” according to the new professor.
“I learned over the course of three years, that there’s a lot of students here that have their dreams and goals including aviation,” said Co. Hird, special assistant to the provost and flight instructor. “Yet we don’t have any aviation program,” he added.
After retiring from his position as the Air Force colonel, Hird received permission from the provost to teach an experimental course called “Aviation Ground School.”
Hird’s resume speaks for itself. He has served on the Air Staff, the Central Command Combined Air Operations Center staff, and the United States Transportation Command Staff. According to the Norwich University Website, (www.norwich.edu/blog) on top to his current command, Hird commanded the 62nd Operations Group, 517th Firebird Airlift Squadron, and the 385th Air Expeditionary Group. During his career as command pilot, he has flown combat missions in operations Deliberate Force, Allied Force, and Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
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FTX organization changes draw praise

Picture from Norwich University Army ROTC.

After weeks of preparation, Norwich Army cadets held their annual Field Training Exercise (FTX) in mid-October, which received praise from many of the students in attendance compared to criticism in years past.
On Thursday, Oct. 11 all over campus, Norwich cadets could be seen in uniform walking towards Shapiro Field House with gear on their backs for a weekend full of outdoor learning at the FTX, the Army field training exercise that happens once a semester.
For four days and three nights, first and second year cadets who are members of the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (AROTC) Pioneer Battalion stayed in different locations on Paine Mountain to receive “good training that will help them prepare for advance camp,” said Army ROTC cadet Kaylee Walker, 20, a senior physics major from Fort Myers, Fla.
For many, this FTX was a requirement, but for others, they volunteered hoping that this could help them become contracted.
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Norwich students share their volunteer experiences from trip to Tanzania

Every summer, a selected group of Norwich students take part in what many of them call a life-changing volunteering experience in Tanzania, Africa.

Located in the Wise Campus Center of Norwich University, the CCE offers a wide range of volunteering programs, but there is little doubt the trip to Tanzania is one of the most sought opportunities.

“I was constantly exposed to it. It took me a while to realize the importance of such opportunity, but finally I decided to take part of the trip,” said Brandon Johnson, 20, a sophomore, architecture major from Lauderhill, Fla., who took advantage of the chance during summer of 2017.

The trip to Pommerin, Tanzania, is supported by the Northfield Rotary Club of Vermont, an organization that serves as the student-driven volunteer coordinating hub of the university. Nicole Didomenico, director of the CCE, says the goal of the organization is to find local and international volunteer opportunities that match students personal and professional pursuits.

Norwich student working with the inhabitants of Pommerin. Photo by CCE Facebook Page

“It’s important to help other people’s succeed. In this case, we are helping a whole community succeeding. Being able to make the self-sufficient will allow them to greater opportunities in their futures,” said Patrina E. Krewson, 21, a junior Chinese major, from Farmington, N.H. “This could lead them to access and/or success in education, medicine, government.”

In collaboration with the Rotaract Club at Norwich, these trips have been organized since 2014. Prior to this past summer, the CCE visited the same location in Tanzania four times, creating a long-term bond with the local community and turning the trip into a yearly tradition. [Read more…]

For Pegasus Players, a musical first: Cabaret

Professor Jeff Casey. Picture by Norwich University

With the completion of Mack Hall Auditorium, The Pegasus Players are making a big comeback by putting on the acclaimed musical “Cabaret,” winner of eight Tony awards and a highly entertaining show.
The goal is to “demonstrate to the community, that (the club) is doing work that deserves their attention,” according to the club and theater company’s advisor, professor Jeff Casey.
“This performance is stage one of our strategy of getting the community in to see the work we do. We want to be of service to the community and we want the people that live both inside and outside the gates of Norwich to come in and see what we’re doing,” said Casey, assistant professor of the theater department of English and communications and advisor to the Pegasus Players.
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