‘Semper Paratus’ society revives U.S. Coast Guard as military training unit at Norwich

After a period of limited club activities that amounted to little more than briefings and kind of a book club on the United States Coast Guard, Semper Paratus has been revived and brought back to Norwich as a specialty unit with a tough training requirement.

The new status is due to the efforts of Joseph Vallo, a junior geology major from Toms River, N.J., who now serves as the commanding officer of Semper Paratus (Latin for “Always Ready” and  the official motto of the Coast Guard and the title of the official Coast Guard marching song.)

After making the decision to come to Norwich, Vallo was excited to join Semper Paratus from what he had heard about it. However, his excitement was dampened after arriving when he learned that the club had diminished years before due to a lack of interest.

“No one was really interested because it was just an information dump. It was like ‘here’s all this information. Come back if you want to’,” he said. [Read more…]

Norwich’s Shaw Outdoor Center boosts its activities, adds ‘Fat Bikes” for winter use

Shaw Outdoor Center manager Collin O'Neil shows off the new "Fat Bikes" at the center, which can be used to ride in winter on snow. As the new head of the center, O'Neil is trying to boost its outreach and use of the gear on Paine Mountain.

Shaw Outdoor Center manager Collin O’Neil shows off the new “Fat Bikes” at the center, which can be used to ride in winter on snow. As the new head of the center, O’Neil is trying to boost its outreach and use of the gear on Paine Mountain.

Feeling that the Shaw Outdoor Center is underused and more students could benefit from its programs, the center’s manager is introducing several new and improved outdoor activities, as well as boosting efforts to attract visitors.

“Nowhere near enough people know about the Shaw Outdoor Center. We’re working with the (Norwich) Office of Communications right now in an effort to get the word out about our existence and to establish tools to communicate with the student body easily and effectively on a regular basis,” said Collin O’Neil.

O’Neil, who has a background in recreational activities, including previous ownership of a rock climbing gym, came on board this year to run the center. He said there are many new features, one of which is the addition of wide-tire mountain bikes, called Fat Bikes, that will now be available for use and riding on snow. The center also has snowshoes, skis and offers disc golf. [Read more…]

Army cutbacks may mean less bang for Norwich Artillery Battery

 

Members of the Norwich Artillery Battery train for their live fire exercises.

Members of the Norwich Artillery Battery train for their live fire exercises.                                                                         Photo by Mark Collier

Cadets in the Norwich Artillery Battery (NAB) provide the school with energy and enthusiasm at sporting events when the cannon fires. But a severe cutback in rounds they can fire is threatening to curtail their activities.

“We are at many events such as the football games, parades, and (operate the) salute gun every morning and evening; we put on St. Barbara’s Day, Junior ring, commencement, and commissioning,” said Catie Castonguay, 21, a senior psychology major from Jay, Maine, the Norwich Artillery Battery commander. [Read more…]

For cross-country coach Nick Cooper, another top honor and successful season

This year coach Nick Cooper led the men’s cross country team to the Great Northeast Conference Championship (GNAC) and he was awarded GNAC Coach of the Year honors two years in a row.

“Coach Cooper is an excellent cross country coach, understands how to prepare his athletes for competition,” said Anthony Mariano, Norwich University’s Athletic Director. “He has the respect of not only his athletes but all of the coaches at Norwich.”

But his accomplishments and recognition this year were almost not to be.

After five years of coaching at Norwich, Coach Cooper had decided last summer “to leave and take another position” to further his law career, said Mariano. It was not a choice he made easily. [Read more…]

From Norwich, a spontaneous tribute to the horrors in Paris

vigil for webWith a series of clicks, the steps of Jackman Hall flickered to life in blue, white, and red cups as candles illuminated a gathering of Norwich students and the mournful notes of taps played in the background.

The Paris attacks claimed the lives of 129 and left 352 wounded. Five Norwich seniors who were studying abroad — Pablo Rosende, Angelica Sposato, Kevin Stupak, Lauren Burns, and Dylan Woodrow — had met up in Paris that day. They quickly confirmed their safety on social media.

At Norwich, doing their small part to pay tribute after the horrific shootings in Paris, France, on the night of Nov. 13, the crowd stood lost in thought and silence long after the last note of the bugle had faded into the night. [Read more…]

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright speaks at Norwich

Liberal Arts College Dean Andrea Talentino, left, sits with distinguished former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who visited Norwich to speak at the Todd Lecture series Tuesday, Nov. 3. Photo by Amber Reichart.

Liberal Arts College Dean Andrea Talentino, left, sits with distinguished former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who visited Norwich to speak at the Todd Lecture series Tuesday, Nov. 3. Photo by Amber Reichart.

Distinguished former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sat down with Guidon Editor Liam Carroll and the Norwich Record’s Sean Markey before her Todd Lecture speech Tuesday Nov. 9 to talk about issues today’s college students and future leaders face, as well as how to address them.

Q: What do you see as the greatest challenge facing the country today and what would you do to address it?

A: I think there are a number of challenges in a variety of areas. I do think that climate change is a very big challenge for us, and partially because we know it’s happening and yet it is not so imminent that people know what to do about it. But then also I think another challenge is that there are things going on all over the world that are very different from the types of issues that we’ve had before. I don’t want to have everything related to fighting terrorism, but it’s a very difficult aspect of trying to figure out what the right tools are to try and fight terrorism. And then also, our people are tired from Iraq and Afghanistan and there’s a whole question about how much we need to be involved abroad and who are our partners in that, so I think it’s a very complex period.

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Hanging tough, Norwich football turned its season around to end up in playoffs

Left to right, captains Eleazar Rausseo , Kalin Killinger, Benjamin Hummer and Sam Chaves get a lot of credit for leadership helping the team to stay focused and improve every day. Photo by Katherine Gagne

Left to right, captains Eleazar Rausseo , Kalin Killinger, Benjamin Hummer and Sam Chaves get a lot of credit for leadership helping the team to stay focused and improve every day. Photo by Katherine Gagne

The Norwich University football team had a tough start to its season, losing the first three games by big margins. The Cadets were outscored by their opponents 106 to just 38 points, a disheartening start to the 10-game season.
Head coach Mark Murnyack, looking at his 0-3 team, was honest: “At the time this particular football team wasn’t ready to compete with the higher caliber teams,” he said.
What a difference today. How did a team that stumbled out of the gate end up clinching its third Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) title by knocking off Husson University 20-17 at Sabine Field on Saturday, Nov. 7? [Read more…]

New system boosts NU competition in the Army’s Bold Leader Challenge

Cadets from Norwich’s Army ROTC test their military skills against other senior and junior military colleges at the U.S. Army’s Bold Leader Challenge competition (Formerly Ranger Challenge). “It’s a way for all Army ROTCs to compete against each other,” said Nicholas Carella, 21, a team captain of Norwich’s Bold Leader Challenge (BLC).
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Parking problems plague NU

WEb NewParking coverAs the number of students at Norwich has grown, the daily scramble for parking spaces has become one of the major irritants for resident and commuter students alike. But don’t expect a solution soon – which means, complaining about parking is one thing almost everyone at Norwich can agree on. [Read more…]