Liberty and Security: A Balancing Act

Recently, I was asked by a well-respected foreign policy expert to participate in a panel discussion. The title: Limiting Free Speech in an Age of Religious Extremism and Terrorism. [Read more…]

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The President’s Corner

Certainly by now, most of you reading this have heard of the Colby Military Writers’ Symposium, which takes place each spring on the Norwich campus. Named for former Ambassador and CIA Director William E. Colby, the two-day event exposes students, faculty, alumni, and the public to the works and views of prominent authors, historians, journalists, diplomats, and other national figures. The 2015 symposium will take place on Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9. [Read more…]

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Hockey players hope a little ‘Fury’ will lead to a championship

Walking around the campus, you may see hockey team captain Alec Thieda and other players going around with a “Brad Pitt haircut.”

For those who have seen the movie “Fury,” starring Pitt, this haircut is very familiar. The Norwich men’s ice hockey team has adopted the star actor’s haircut to help them in their playoff push.

Thieda explained that a couple of players got what they called “the Fury haircut” and all the others hopped on. The men have previously done mustaches in the playoffs and in the National Hockey League, teams often grow playoff beards. But Norwich being a military school, mustaches are all that is allowed for cadets. [Read more…]

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Alex Breindel to be next year’s cadet colonel

Alex Breindel has been selected to be the regimental commander for the Norwich University Corps of Cadets during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Alex Breindel has been selected to be the regimental commander for the Norwich University Corps of Cadets during the 2015-2016 academic year.

The word spread fast on Tuesday when it was announced that Alex Breindel had been selected to be the regimental commander for the Norwich University Corps of Cadets during the 2015-2016 academic year.
Breindel was chosen by President Richard Schneider after a long selection process. The president had been given five choices by Commandant of Cadets Russel Holden and the current Regimental Commander, Regan Steen.
The other finalists included Mario Caruso, Samuel Delong, Dylan Gregg, and Lance Ostby.
Breindel, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., will be commissioning with the U.S. Air Force next May. He’s also a math major. “It’s been a while since there was one of those,” he said.
“One of the things we’re going to work towards is giving the upperclassmen more training,” Brein- del said in a brief interview after his selection. He emphasized that he wants to increase “one-on-one” communication within the corps.
“I want to stand in front of the corps and tell them what decisions are being made and why, so they don’t have to hear it through the grapevine,” he said. Other leadership positions in the corps are to be filled in coming weeks.

Group of sophomores seeks return of historic Norwich University fraternity Theta Chi

Theta Chi was founded in 1856 at Norwich University and now has 227 chapters around the U.S.

Theta Chi was founded in 1856 at Norwich University and now has 227 chapters around the U.S.

Some Corps of Cadets sophomores are looking to bring Greek life back to campus, latching on to the “I Will Try” motto.

Mickey Walbridge says he wants more leadership opportunities with brotherhood that are in keeping with college traditions and service to community. The 20-year-old from Modesto, Calif., was motivated by NU history and the schools connection with the first chapter ever founded of Theta Chi. [Read more…]

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Sodexo moves to address national petition to use eggs from cage-free chickens

Students line up at the dining cafeteria at Wise Center.

Students line up at the dining cafeteria at Wise Center.

For Amelia Heidenreich, the general manager of Sodexo at Norwich University, obtaining eggs from cage-free chickens for the school is a priority.

In January, Heidenreich, along with the rest of Sodexo management at Norwich University along with school administration, were informed about a nationwide petition from the Humane League, an animal rights advocacy group. The petition urged colleges to remove Sodexo from school campuses.

The petition occurred when students from other school in the US began reading reports that Sodexo was obtaining its eggs from sources that abused chickens by cramming them into small cages that prevented hardly any movement. [Read more…]

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Mixed Martial Arts club gives students valuable skills

They join for physical fitness and to learn self-defense skills and improve their sense of wellbeing.

That’s some of what draws participants to the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), which is taught by students at Norwich like Mike Heimall, a 20-year-old from Fort Bliss, Texas.

“MMA techniques come from three primary styles of fighting, which are Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai kickboxing, and wrestling,” explained Heimall, who is an officer of the MMA club, which meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday at 7:15 p.m. in the wrestling room at Plumley.

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Annual Mayo Ball delights senior citizens at Mayo nursing home

mayo_ballAs in past years, around Valentine’s Day, Norwich Cadets don dress blues and make their way to the Mayo Healthcare nursing home in Northfield for the annual Mayo Ball.

Nicole DiDomenico, the Director of Civic Engagement, Service Learning and Campus Partnerships in the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), said that event has been going on for about 28 years.

The Mayo Ball brightens the spirits of the elderly who stay at the Mayo Clinic, according to DiDomenico.

Each year, reactions to the ball are the same. “They really look forward to it all year long and the day leading to it is really exciting down there. It’s all they talk about,” said DiDomenico. [Read more…]

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For wrestlers, making weight is a struggle and constant sacrifice

Sophomore wrestler Dave Rogers works out while wearing warm clothes to lose weight on the elliptical machine.

Sophomore wrestler Dave Rogers works out while wearing warm clothes to lose weight on the elliptical machine.

Wrestler Alex Stewart fills his ride like a clown car with his teammates and rushes off to the nearest fast food place as soon as the season ends.

“This goes on for about a week or two, before I feel the need to get back in the gym,” said Stewart, a 22-year-old senior psychology major from Ellicott City, Md.

After a five-month-long season, there’s a new-found freedom in not having to worry about stepping on a scale to make weight, according to Stewart.

Wrestling, just like any other sport, requires dedication. Not all sports, though, ask you to drop pounds. In wrestling, competitors will try to drop as much weight as the NCAA will allow them to gain an advantage in size. [Read more…]

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Mens tennis hopes to beat last year’s record wins

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

Senior captain Patrick Ogden prepares for the coming season.

With their first match only days away, the Norwich university tennis team has been hard at work to prepare for their opener against Castleton on March 4.

With the addition of four freshmen to the team, Marc-Olivier Tourigny, Jeffery Purdy, Hadley Ellis, and Mason Madison, the team is really working hard to beat the record-setting season it had last year according to the team’s captain.

“We finished last season 8-2 which is the best record the team has had in the last seven years” said senior Ryan Grindle.

“With the new freshmen that we have, they bring a lot of raw talent to the team which is going to make our line-up a lot stronger this year,” said sophomore co-captain Ian Hyte. [Read more…]

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