Report by researchers finds serious flaws in hockey helmets

Norwich hockey players put a lot of faith in their helmets to protect against concussions. A report from Virginia Tech scored most helmets poorly on accomplishing that job.

Norwich hockey players put a lot of faith in their helmets to protect against concussions. A report from Virginia Tech scored most helmets poorly on accomplishing that job. Photo by Darwin Carozza

 According to a recent independent study conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech, more than a quarter of all hockey helmets on the market are considered unsafe. 

In 2011, Virginia Tech did a similar study on football helmets. The ratings were shocking and caused the companies to do an overhaul on their products to make them safer, while one company even went out of business. 

“After looking at this study, it is kind of scary and eye-opening to know that a lot of teams I have played for in the past and even including this team, issue helmets with a zero-star rating,” said Tyler Piacentini, a forward on the team and a senior communication major from South Weymouth, Mass.

At Virginia Tech, the helmets were tested on a five-star rating, five being the highest and safest and one being the lowest. Of the 32 helmets that are available for purchase, nine failed to earn a single star. The highest-rated helmet available was a helmet made by Warrior Hockey which earned three stars, while the rest either earned one or two stars. Before the test just one helmet received five stars; soon after the results came out, 12 redesigned helmets were given a grade of five stars. 

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Students say gaming reduces stress, but managing time playing is key

Kevin Kazura and Michelle Masperi relax by playing a video game in a dorm room in Dalrymple Hall. Both are freshmen.

Kevin Kazura and Michelle Masperi relax by playing a video game in a dorm room in Dalrymple Hall. Both are freshmen. Photo by Evan Bowley

The gaming industry hit a record-breaking worth of $91.5 billion in 2015 sales, and there is no doubt gaming has its avid fans at Norwich University and among students nationwide. 

Junior and senior Corps of Cadets students and all civilian Norwich students have been allowed to bringing their gaming devices on campus. As gaming equipment provides features that include both facial and voice recognition and new products, gaming technology is being produced in mass quantity for an affordable rate. 

“In a week, I’ll usually play about four to five hours every weekend,” said Christopher David Reardon Jr., 20, a junior Chinese major and math minor from Burke, Va. “I don’t really play during the week because I’ve got homework. But after managing my time, I have some down time on the weekends to play.”

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The Guidon’s 100th year? Not exactly, it turns out…

The Guidon hit a landmark of 100 volumes this year but it first was published back in 1922. Which mean if you do the math, The Guidon should only have 94 volumes on record.

What happened? It turns out there were some extra volumes throughout the years or some sort of miscalculations between the years 1930 and 1945.

“I’ve been here for six years and I was told this year that we’re at our 100th volume, I thought that’s kind of cool but then I said well how could that be? The Guidon hasn’t been around for 100 years, so what we have is a little mystery,” said Andrew Nemethy, the Guidon advisor.

“A volume would be a calendar year, so the funny thing is we’re not actually too sure why we have a hundred volumes, we just go changing it every year,” said Nemethy.

Like all newspapers, The Guidon publishes its volume number on the front page on what is called the masthead (the color bar at the top of the paper).

“Volume” typically refers to the number of years the publication has been circulated, and “Issue” refers to how many times that periodical has been published during that year. For example, the April 2011 publication of a monthly magazine first published in 2002 would be listed as, “Volume 10, Issue 4.”(

The first issue of the Norwich Guidon was Volume 1, number 1 on Oct. 28, 1922, according to Norwich university archives. [Read more…]

2016 junior class ring features doors of Plumley Armory as reminder of campus

The Norwich University junior ring has always been a unique symbol of success to each class that receives it. Events that take place for each class make their ring truly distinct for the specific class.

Each Corps of Cadet junior class ring by tradition has its own special design or theme, and this year is no exception. “I really wanted the ring to have an overall theme to it,” said Junior Ring Committee Chairman Michael Tamulonis, 20, a studies in war and peace major from Tinley Park, Ill. “If you can’t assign any meaning to the ring, it’s just a piece of metal,” said Tamulonis.

“I really pushed for the (Plumley Armory) doors,” said Tamulonis. The Plumley Armory doors on the ring are a symbol of the “challenges we did face and continue to face,” said Tamulonis, noting Plumley Armory is where the class of 2018 entered as recruits but left as recognized members of the Corps of Cadets, leaving behind all the rook challenges they faced together.

The Junior Ring Committee is made up of juniors that were elected by their peers to spearhead the task of designing what would forever be the Class of 2018’s junior ring. The committee is overseen by one advisor who is there to set the boundaries for them. [Read more…]

Glowing review


Guidon photographer Stephanie White caught autumn in its fading glory recently in front of Kreitzberg Library.








After 24 years heading Norwich University, President Schneider still loves his job

President Richard Schneider is Norwich's longest-serving president – and he still loves his job.

President Richard Schneider is Norwich’s longest-serving president, tallying 24 years on the job.

As the 23rd president of Norwich University, Richard Schneider has set a record as the longest-serving president and in the process, gained a 20-plus year history and legacy. While President Schneider is on his 24th year at Norwich University since being appointed in 1992, he has no plans of stopping until he is finished.

“My goal is to continue to advance us, to leave us in a stronger place even than we are today. Forbes (magazine) just rated us as a Class ‘A’ school, and let me tell you, we weren’t in ‘92 when I came, so I’m happy, but I’m not finished yet. I am still as committed to Norwich as the day that I was when I started, maybe I’m even more passionate about it,” said Schneider, who offered a reflection on his tenure during an interview in his office.

President Schneider never wanted to originally leave teaching at the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. But he volunteered for different positions and that led him into eventually deciding to seek a presidency job. “My last active duty job was teaching physics at the Coast Guard Academy, I volunteered to be the assistant dean. You volunteer for stuff because you never know what you’re going to learn. So then I went to the University of Delaware, finished my graduate work, and then I went to Drexel. And there they went through three presidents in eight years and I learned of what not to do as President,” said Schneider.

“I was the treasurer, and my doctoral dissertation is in finance. I learned a lot at Drexel, and then you guys (Norwich) came looking for me,” said Schneider. [Read more…]

Shane Breer was a ‘textbook’ case of kindness

Shane Breer was a student at Norwich University before his untimely death on Sept. 3, 2016. His dedication for service to others before self was a way of life he carried into the classroom helping out fellow students.

Now an effort is under way to memorialize his sense of service by creating a scholarship in his name.

“He actually bought textbooks for other students,” said Emily Gray, associate professor of history. “Always anonymously, he would bring them in to faculty members and ask faculty to give them away,” said Gray. [Read more…]

New building will host liberal arts classrooms when Dewey, Webb, Ainsworth renovations start

 Using pre-fab panels, a crane began lifting a new building into place after a foundation was laid in September. It will house classrooms temporarily and then staff and equipment for facility operations. Photo by Evan Bowley.

Using pre-fab panels, a crane began lifting a new building into place after a foundation was laid in September. It will house classrooms temporarily and then staff and equipment for facility operations. Photo by Evan Bowley.

The Norwich University campus will be adding a new academic building in the spring semester. A temporary liberal arts building is being constructed on a site located next to the current facilities and operations garage to allow the renovations of Webb Hall, Dewey Hall, and Ainsworth Hall being undertaken, according to the university’s director of construction services, Brad McKay.

“The older buildings were not really serving our purpose so we decided to go ahead and renovate Dewey, Webb, and Ainsworth,” said McKay. “We were in need of a building to house some of our liberal arts students, so we figured a temporary building was the way to go.”
The older academic buildings on the Norwich campus are severely outdated and in desperate need of updating. The university hopes to have its renovations of those three buildings completed by the bicentennial in 2019.

The university has been studying how to accomplish the upgrades while continuing to provide space for the academic courses in those buildings.
“The original idea was to put a temporary academic building on Disney Field and use that until the renovations were completed,” said McKay. “Then we decided, why not build a building down here (next to the facility operations garage) and use that for academics until Dewey, Webb, and Ainsworth are completed. After their completion, we plan to use this temporary building for facility operations and campus security.”   [Read more…]

Large rook class size increases strain on cadre


The most time intensive job in the Corps of Cadets is that of a cadre member, an upperclassmen cadet specifically designated to be in charge of rooks. Whether it be waking up at 5:30 in the morning or staying up well past midnight to deal with problems, the cadre title is one that is earned with tireless effort and no small amount of determination.

For most cadre at Norwich University this year, it may feel like they have bitten off a little more than they can chew, as Norwich brought in its largest class of rooks in the history of the school.

“It has definitely been a little overwhelming,” said Staff Sergeant Mike Dale, 21, a junior computer science major, from Morehead City, N.C. “Making sure all 32 of my rooks are on the same page, with all the same information, can pose quite a challenge.” [Read more…]

Hoplites? A Greek battle form takes over the UP

Photo Credit Mark Collier

Students enjoy mimicking how Greek hoplite soldiers would have fought more than 2600 years ago. Photo Credit Mark Collier


It is not often that we see a 2,666-year-old battle formation moving across the Upper Parade Ground. For eighty Norwich students, the UP was their classroom on the 29th of September and a reenactment of an ancient Greek hoplite phalanx battle was their assignment.

The hoplite was a specially trained Greek soldier around 650 B.C.  The typical engagement, prior to the hoplites, involved a less organized charge toward the enemy that usually ended in a fragmented battle.

The hoplite soldiers fought in lines, shoulder to shoulder, and a group of hoplites fighting in a formation was called a phalanx. The phalanx provided a wall of protection to the column of soldiers as they protect each other by interlocking their shields from enemy arrows and spears. (Visit http:// /greek/war/hoplites for details.)

So what brought the Greek phalanx to NU? Academic research. The event “was an exercise that was originally developed at U. C. Santa Barbara by Dr. John W.I. Lee,” said Christine McCann, a history professor at Norwich. [Read more…]