Norwich English professor has a sweet hobby on the side

Professor Patricia Ferreira handling her bee hives in Burlington.

Professor Patricia J. Ferreira is a world literature professor at Norwich University, but in her spare time, she has a fascinating second profession, as a beekeeper and a member of the Vermont Beekeepers Association.

Ferreira’s unusual interest in bees came after her education. A native of Boston, Mass., she graduated from Keene State University in New Hampshire and then continued her studies at the University of Vermont and McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

“I went to Keene State University as an undergrad and the University of Vermont as a graduate student and McGill university in Montreal,” said Ferreira. She was working as a journalist when an interview with a beekeeper sparked her interest in the world of bees and how beekeepers maintain hives and sell the honey.

“When I first came out of college I was a journalism major and so I had ended up interviewing a beekeeper, and so I was able to put on the beekeeping suit and all that business and I just find the bees to be so fascinating,” said Ferreira.

Ferreira became a beekeeper after signing up for a beekeeping workshop that lasted for three weeks.

“I quit (the journalist job) but I always had the bees in the back of my head so then eight years ago, there was an advertisement in Burlington where I live, it was to do a co-op there and a class workshop to learn about beekeeping. So I just said okay I’ll take it.”

Bees have been a part of her life ever since. [Read more…]

New alcohol violation rules (VAPS) are in the works

On any weekend, you can find students staggering from barracks to barracks, evidence of the constant battle revolving around preventing the consumption of alcohol, especially in the Corps of Cadets.

A violation of the alcohol policy, or VAP, can involve anything from illegal consumption of alcohol, misrepresentation of age, presence of beverage containers to disorderly conduct according to the Norwich University Student Rules and Regulations (NUSRR)

The school can take disciplinary actions based on the regulations in the NUSRR that spell out a “two-strike policy,” meaning that if someone violates the policy a second time, they will be charged with a Class I infraction, which can lead to dismissal from the university.

The Student Government Association (SGA), however, has drafted a new revised alcohol policy that would shift to a fine and penalty system. It is in the draft stages but has backing from the Norwich administration.

The existing alcohol policy was developed years ago, and it was designed to persuade students not to drink, according to Frank Vanecek, the senior vice president of student affairs.

Nolan Fergusson, the Honor Chair and an SGA Senator, said the new alcohol policy currently being drafted seeks to improve on regulations that many agree don’t work. “The VAP policy as it stands would be replaced by a policy that works off a fine-based penalty system. After each offense, the student would be fined, and based on the severity of the offense, sent to AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings as necessary. The fines are meant to cover those meeting costs,” said Fergusson.

There is also a plan to cover dorm damages that happen on campus related to alcohol use, Fergusson mentioned. He said those students for whom AA classes are deemed unnecessary would have their fines compiled in a “dorm damages” fund that would be drawn from at the end of each year to pay for the damages occurred over the course of the year. [Read more…]

Behind Rook Recognition lies a lot of planning by leaders

Throughout the years, Norwich University has seen Rook Class Recognition change in many ways. Recognition for the rooks serves as the culmination of 18 weeks of training to achieve the requirements, standards, and privilege required to earn the title of Cadet. These recognition ceremonies can range in location, time, day, and the events leading up to it.

Keeping to tradition, people outside of Norwich are kept fairly in the dark about what actually happens during the ceremony. Even fewer people actually know the painstaking planning that goes into Recognition itself.

The planning for Recognition usually takes about couple of months to finalize. According to the Regimental S3, Steve Thomas, 21, a criminal justice major from Southport, N.C, communication is essential for planning the ceremony and events.

Traditionally, the Rook Performance Challenge, the culminating event for rook training, and Recognition are held on separate days on the Super Bowl weekend. However, a scheduling conflict occurred when the Super Bowl party was scheduled for the same time as the ceremony in Plumley Armory.

“There was only two options, we either do it at 1830 [Saturday] or we had to do it at 2200 [Sunday],” said Thomas. “The Cadet Colonel did not want to do it in Shapiro again,” the location of last year’s ceremony.

The plans were then finalized about a week prior to the ceremony that Recognition would be held in Plumley on that Saturday prior to the Super Bowl to help maintain the tradition of previous classes.

“The ceremony itself went very well, based off the views of the recruits and commandants I talked to,” said Thomas. “It was more symbolic than last year, with all the upperclassmen above you banging their rings on the railing, and a bigger attendance.” [Read more…]

For band, drill team, unforgettable moments

Marching alongside their musical counterparts, the Norwich University Drill Team was present for the eighth time at this year’s inauguration ceremony. The drill team members were excited to have the country and the rest of the world watch them. “This was my first time going to a presidential inauguration,” said Anthony Rodriguez, 19, a sophomore communications major from San Antonio, Texas, who was excited for this once-in-alifetime opportunity. Before the parade, drill left with band early on Thursday to begin the day long drive to the nation’s capital. Steven Cruz, 21, a junior criminal justice major from Lowell, Mass., was one of the few who were responsible for picking out the five freshmen to go on the trip. “We took all the freshmen into consideration, but we made sure we were picking the ones that stood out the most and were the most dedicated and trained every day,” said Cruz. “Getting to do this event is honorable because not everyone gets to do this and it’s a great way to give back to the university and see new things,” said Cruz. Though they appreciated the experience, some students had hopes for more of a chance to demonstrate their skills on the national stage. “I would have rather like to have seen more of a performance than just marching,” said Christopher Cook, 21, a junior international studies major from Strafford, Pa. Cook wished they had stopped and done a quick performance, since he heard that others in the parade got the chance to do so. Senior Austin Hammonds, 22, felt the same way on the performance side of the drill team, which he often watches practice. “They’re the drill team, the whole thing should be them performing those incredible moves that they’re always practicing and doing at other events,” said Hammonds. “I’ve seen them do some really wild tricks in the past and was surprised they didn’t do them.” Still, Cook and Hammonds were glad that Norwich could participate in this opportunity. “I’m proud of them, and proud of our school,” said Cook.

For band, drill team, unforgettable moments

The Norwich University Regimental band got to be a part of history as it marched in 58th Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. “For me personally, being a part of it is very exciting but it is more exciting for the cadets getting to march for the newly elected President of the United States,” said Norwich University Regimental Band Director, Lt. Col. Todd Edwards. This was the band’s eighth performance in the Presidential Inauguration, beginning with ceremonies for John F. Kennedy in 1961. They have since performed for Richard Nixon in 1969, Jimmy Carter in 1977, George H.W. Bush in 1989, George W. Bush in 2005 and Barack Obama in 2013, according to Norwich University’s archives. Jackie Tarasuk, from Bethel, Pa., double majoring in psychology and criminal justice, was one of the cadets put in charge of organizing the trip to D.C. “Personally, for me it was very exciting, I love going on band trips and being able to pull the drill team and band together to perform for the president is really an exciting experience,” she said. Though the band had just three days to prepare after returning from the semester break due to late notification of being accepted to march, training for the event has been long in the works. “Band has really been preparing for this since the beginning of the year, we have had this day marked on our calendars for a while and we just needed to be selected to attend,” said James Wagner, a sophomore construction management major, from Granville Mass.. Acceptance to the event was based on a submitted video of the band marching in a parade which was reviewed and selected by President Trump himself explained Edwards. The band got their call to march around the time of the election. “It was really an amazing experience being able to perform for the President of the United States of America,” said Gio Allen-Masu, a sophomore from Richmond, Va. Allen-Masu pointed out that “political preferences to the side, it is still a once in a lifetime experience, I mean how many people can say they performed for the president?” “It was a very humbling experience just being in Washington D.C. and experiencing the inauguration. It’s one thing to just watch it on TV but its another to actually be there in person and marching for the president,” said Wagner. “Getting to be on national television and getting to see the President of the United States is very exciting, but once again for me it really means a lot to me getting to see the faces of the cadets as they experience this for the first time,” said Lt. Col. Edwards.

A rewarding project on ‘The Great War’ and Norwich alums

A view of the exhibits at the Museum of the Great War in Pay de Beaux, France.

Norwich alumni who served during World War I are the focus of a project that both a military history class and a French class are collaboratively working on. Once finished, the work will be sent overseas sometime during the summer to the Muśee de la Grande Guerre du pays de Meaux (Museum of the Great War, located in Pays de Meaux, about 30 minutes from Paris in central France).

“Our forces over there had hopes and dreams,” said Frances Chevalier, a Professor of French and chair of the department of modern languages. “It’s important for us to learn more about what they experienced.”

Chevalier began this project following a string of visits to France. Professor Chevalier went on these trips to explore the history of France and while there, she found the resting place of her uncle, who had fought and died during the war, possibly in the trenches at the Battle of Verdun.

Chevalier said that her experiences in France, touring the cemeteries of the American deceased and discovering the resting place of her uncle were what would lead her to commit more time into researching World War I. That research would eventually culminate into the service learning project that is now under way. [Read more…]

Costly new ‘premier’ parking spots lack appeal for students

Premium parking spots have been designated on campus, including at this location behind South Hall. But the cost seems too much for students. Photo by Evan Bowley

A plethora of parking problems have long been a source of aggravation for students and faculty at Norwich University. Now, the Norwich Security Department is offering a potential way to improve the situation– at least if you are a student willing to pay extra.

Norwich is offering nine special parking spaces at extra cost located behind South Hall and the infirmary.
The announcement of the option first appeared on the Norwich University student website, explaining, “The reserved parking spaces will only be issued by the Security Office, where you will receive a special sticker. They will be issued on first-come , first-serve basis beginning today, Dec. 14, 2016.”

The announcement was signed by Norwich’s Chief of Security, Lawrence Rooney, who explained that the idea came from Norwich student government.

The cost of these premier parking spaces is $337.50 for the spring semester, which is in addition to the annual parking pass. There is no doubt many students would love to leave parking hassles behind, but according to student interviews, the price tag is a deterrent from buying the pass. [Read more…]

Rooks get a trial run of new leadership training program

A four-year cadet training program is currently in the phase of beta testing at Norwich University with the goal of making cadet training more professional and interesting.

On Jan, 24, the Adaptive Leader Training and Education program took place across the NU campus. The program was tested during Tuesday Afternoon Training (TAT).

“We have been doing some critical analysis of the training program for all cadets and in so doing we saw some opportunities presented to us that we could take advantage of and make the cadet training more professional, more focused, more interesting, more challenging, dynamic, exciting and fun,” said Col. Rick Megahan, the Fourth Battalion Assistant Commandant

The development of the program started before Christmas 2016 and the primary focus of the program is to develop leadership skills for first-year Corps members. [Read more…]

At the studios of Dog River Radio, WNUB-FM, the programs are colorful and eclectic

WNUB at Norwich University is also known as Dog River Radio.

Left, Christian Torchon ‘19 (aka DJ Dangue) on air with special radio guest Caitlin Judith Heale, ‘20, and right, Michelle Masperi ‘19 (aka DJ Debile) on a show called Euromix. WNUB is both an outlet for creativity and a hands-on learning experience for students wanting to learn the art of putting on a radio show. Overseen by Prof. Doug Smith, with modern equipment and now streaming live, online listeners tune in from all over for an eclectic range of shows.             Evan Bowley photo

Dog River Radio has been a voice in the Norwich community for decades. Behind the FM signals going out over campus, a lot of things are going on behind the scene.

“Listeners of WNUB only hear what goes into producing our own live shows,” said Colin Tarpey, 23, a political science major from Cohasset, Mass. “Unlike big time stations, we are fully responsible for managing every aspect of our shows, which can be a challenge.”

Norwich students have long been responsible for managing and operating the radio station. Students are expected to voice track, record promos, and record commercials, complete class projects, and fulfill their weekly live show time slot. It’s a lot of responsibility and work but it also provides a lot of opportunity to be creative.

“The students may create, produce, and execute their own weekly two-hour shows however they wish so long as they stay within FCC and station rules,” said Doug Smith, an adjunct professor from Grantham, N.H. in the Communications Department who is WNUB-FM faculty manager. “I inform them of the FCC regulations that we must live under plus my own rules and guidelines.” [Read more…]

Norwich Artillery Battery has a blast on St. Barbara’s Day

Norwich Artillery Battery members fire their howitzer, one of 23 rounds shot on St. Barbara’s Day. Kellie Lincoln Photo

Norwich Artillery Battery members fire their howitzer, one of 23 rounds shot on St. Barbara’s Day.   Rebecca Friend photo.

The Norwich Artillery Battery (NAB) went out with a bang this past St. Barbara’s day with a howitzer show, firing rounds of blanks that rattled the town of Northfield.

St. Barbara is known as the patron saint of artillery and she is celebrated every fourth of December by artillery units all around the world.

The story of St. Barbara goes back to the Middle Ages when she was going to be executed and her executioner was struck by lightning. St. Barbara then became known as the saint of loud powerful noises, and artillery obviously falls in that category.

Many NAB members had never heard of St. Barbara until they joined the battery. Take Shane O’Neil, 20, a junior studies in war and peace major from Glen, N.H.

“Before joining NAB I never had any idea who St. Barbara was,” said O’Neil. “If you asked me in the past, I wouldn’t have even known there was a day for her.” But O’Neil, like many other members of NAB, enjoys putting on their loud yearly performance. “I’m super excited to participate and be loud,” said O’Neil. [Read more…]