Sodexo and Norwich’s dining options: It’s complicated

Students get food in the dining hall run by Sodexo at the Wise Center.

Students get food in the dining hall run by Sodexo at the Wise Center.

Sodexo, the food service corporation that serves Norwich University, is committed to providing quality and the kind of food students want on campus.

That’s the message from Sodexo and the Norwich administration in response to an article published in The Guidon newspaper March 6, which focused on negative student reactions to Sodexo’s food quality and its food monopoly on campus. [Read more...]

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Off the air: Student voices go silent on WNUB after course is cancelled

Norwich FM radio station WNUB has no live student broadcasts now because the spring  broadcasting course was cancelled for low enrollment.

Norwich FM radio station WNUB has no live student broadcasts now because the spring broadcasting course was cancelled for low enrollment.

“This is WNUB 88.3, Dog River Radio.” Every hour, an automated recording of a past student’s voice reminds listeners that their local radio station once rode the airwaves with student talk shows and playlists.

But this spring, Norwich University’s radio station WNUB continues on the air in the Northfield region without any student disc jockeys. Due to low enrollment, the radio production (CM 351) class this spring semester was cancelled – the first time that has ever happened in his 15 years teaching the class, according to Prof. Doug Smith. As a result, students miss opportunities to talk while broadcasting live and to learn important communications skills, according to Norwich students.

Having been a part of NU since 1967, WNUB is owned and operated by Norwich and the radio station is used by the radio production classes in the communications department. As a part of the class, each student performs a personalized radio show, according to Dominic Davis. [Read more...]

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Pegasus Players’ new singing contest offers a ‘Battle of the voices’

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The light hit the stage as the Norwich University student walked up to the microphone. Katie Whitney sat in the audience waiting to hear whether the nervous student had what it took to be a part of Battle of the Voices.

Approximately 31 students waited their turn to audition. One after the other, they took the stage, and eventually only 16 remained. Whitney, the musical director for Battle of the Voices, who also works in the Office of Strategic Partnerships at NU, had the difficulty task deciding which students would be able to go on and perform in front of the rest of the NU student body. [Read more...]

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At 83, Spanish Prof. Jose Miana is beloved by students, and still loves his teaching

 Spanish Prof. Jose Miana with some of his Norwich students. Now 83, he's much beloved for his enthusiasm, generosity and skills at teaching.


Spanish Prof. Jose Miana with some of his Norwich students. Now 83, he’s much beloved for his enthusiasm, generosity and skills at teaching.

He has over 35 suits that Prince would give “diamonds and pearls” for just the opportunity to try one on. He’s attended priest school but not preschool. He’s been to Spain so many times that they now might need to set a holiday in his honor upon his entrance into the country.

He’s Norwich’s most interesting professor, according to Michael Neilan, a 20-year-old sophomore criminal justice major from Holden, Mass., who is just one of Prof. Jose Miana’s many fans. [Read more...]

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Nation’s oldest collegiate band racks up honors at Military School Band Festival

Andrew_O'Sullivan_bandFour members of the Norwich band never expected to be awarded one honor, let along multiple honors during their weekend at the Military School Band Festival in Alexandria, Va.

Celebrating its centennial year, the Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States (AMCSUS) had huge attendance at the festival where “the cadets of the university did the work and presented Norwich in a great light to everyone else as a whole,” said Lt. Col. Todd Edwards , director of the Norwich University Regimental Band. [Read more...]

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Wrestling Coach Alex Whitney is turning to ‘The Cadet Way’ to revamp program

A Norwich wrestler goes for a pin in a match this winter.

A Norwich wrestler goes for a pin in a match this winter.

The Norwich University Wrestling team has overcome great obstacles over the last decade. From 10 years of decline, to nearly having the program canceled as a whole, the team is making a comeback.

This past 2013-2014 season has shown the first glimmering signals of hope of what the program once was, and can be again. Clear signals of a change in culture, and an improved 5-7 record and individual honors mark the changes. [Read more...]

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Norwich students voice concerns about sexist pay scales in workforce

The beeping sound of her alarm cuts through the morning silence. Lindsay Evans feels her hand go up to turn the alarm off. Though part of her wants to press snooze, she knows that if she is late, her job could be in jeopardy.Evans has been an office manager at APM Machinery for four years now. She has to be at work at 8 a.m. and stays until approximately 4 p.m. She logs in about 40 to 50 hours per week when she is not in school, and 16 to 24 hours on weekends when she is in school.As the office manager, 21-year-old Evans is in charge of anything from billing to purchasing orders, and even a little bit of machine work.However, because of her job, the senior communications major from Canterbury, N.H., is aware of other co-worker’s wages and isn’t always pleased to find some of them being paid more for the same hours. [Read more...]
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For Norwich grapplers, improvements go hand in hand with dedication

“When you speak about wrestling, people usually speak about the physical aspect of the sport, because of words like takedowns, clinch fighting, and pins usually revolve around the sport,” said Norwich head coach, Alex Whitney.

To the coaching staff and the 33 players on the Norwich wrestling team, wrestling is more than just a physical sport. “It is lifestyle filled with structure, tradition and guidance. Wrestling is a brotherhood for the strong and unique. It’s a sport that gives a lot of people purpose,“ added Coach Whitney. [Read more...]

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Pipe & Drum Corps play a concert, and a musical role on campus

Norwich members of the Pipe and Drum corps, who play a big role in providing music for important events at the school.

Norwich members of the Pipe and Drum corps, who play a big role in providing music for important events at the school.

Ryan Dodge came to Norwich in 2010, and brought his love of music with him. He and a few other students arrived with a desire to play bagpipes. They were lucky enough to find Iain MacHarg, a music professor at Norwich, and a professional piper.

MacHarg is actually Vermont’s only full-time piping instructor, and has been offering bagpipe lessons to students since before Dodge’s class arrived.

Under MacHarg’s instruction, the Norwich University Pipes and Drums were born. “We assembled it, and it’s been taking off ever since,” said Dodge, who plays both pipes and drums, and sings, too.

The Pipes and Drums held their second concert of the year in Dole Auditorium on Saturday, March 6. The hour long concert featured performances by everyone in the group, as well as guest player Madonna Commo. [Read more...]

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Seniors & Spring

Even though spring is slow to come to the Green Mountains, I always look forward to this time of year. The sun sets later, everyone feels more energized, and before you know it, Frisbees and Wiffle balls start to appear.

For our graduating seniors, the end of the school year brings excitement. The race to finals begins, and there are so many events to pack in between now and commencement that life can feel like a rollercoaster. But it can also bring trepidation. For those commissioning, beginning new careers, or entering graduate school, these final weeks can seem like the last carefree days of youth, before society brands you as mature, responsible adults.

We at Norwich know you are already mature and responsible. Otherwise, you would not have made it this far. Your professors, coaches, and military mentors are proud to be sending you out into the world as capable leaders, worthy of wearing the Norwich ring.

But it is not over yet. In the coming weeks, there will be papers to write, projects to finish, and examinations to pass. There will be celebrating, of course, but your undergraduate years will not be truly behind you until you drive down Route 12 with Plumley Armory in your rearview mirror.

I would encourage you to finish the year strong. Enjoy the time you have left with your classmates, and support each other right to the end. Part of this means keeping out of trouble, and being responsible to one another and the community. Have fun, be safe, and respect your Northfield neighbors: Don’t let the actions of a few ruin the experience for everyone. And when you leave, leave a good impression.

Remember, you are the face of Norwich. And whether you realize it or not, for the rest of your lives, the University will be judged by your actions. If those actions are honorable, you will bring honor to yourself and to Norwich. So let your conscience guide you.

Our first guiding value states, “We are men and women of honor and integrity.” This means choosing the hard right over the easy wrong, standing by your word, and respecting others. You chose Norwich because you instinctively knew this to be true. Now go out into the world and prove it.