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

Connor Roberts

Connor Roberts

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...]

Sullivan Museum earns Smithsonian affiliation

Norwich University’s Sullivan Museum and History Center (SMHC) was named as a Smithsonian Affiliate and is the first military university’s museum and the first museum in Vermont out of the 196 affiliates in the program, according to the museum’s director.
The SMHS is one of three universities in the affiliate program to date since the programs beginning in 1996, Sarah Henrich, Director, Sullivan Museum and History Center said. [Read more...]

NU ranked 9th fittest college in country

Norwich University creates physically fit students in both the civilian and military life style on campus. “We do have a very active student body,” stated the N.U. Director of Athletics, Tony Mariano.
Staying physically active “is something they enjoy doing,” said Mariano. “Many of our college students here at Norwich value fitness.” [Read more...]

NU adjusts to losing substance abuse counselor

Norwich University’s decision to cut its director of health and wellness as part of a cost-saving effort last May has left the school without anyone to oversee issues of alcohol and substance abuse. [Read more...]

Norwich Band will travel to NYC for St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Norwich band, after almost two centuries, will be performing for their second time in NYC for the St. Patrick’s Day parade. “The band is looking forward to representing Norwich University,” according to the band director. [Read more...]

Drill Team represents Norwich and U.S. in international competition

This past summer, members of the Norwich University Regimental Drill Team were invited to perform in Switzerland, according to the leader of the regimental band, Lt. Col. Todd Edwards. [Read more...]

Landmark campus chapel faces issues

Norwich University’s White Chapel was last renovated almost five years ago, according to the University Chaplain. But the landmark campus building is again being viewed as a potential candidate for renovation and expansion.
In the past few years, other projects have taken priority to the chapel when it comes to updating or renovation. The renovation of the chapel hasn’t been pushed aside completely because “they did the chapel completely over,” said Reverend William S. Wick, University Chaplain and Director of Student Ministers. [Read more...]

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...]