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  • Va. teen appointed to all 4 US military academies

    01/26/2017 5:57:08 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 36 replies
    Fox 5 Atlanta ^ | 1/26/2017 | Fox News
    FAIRFAX, Va. - A Virginia teenager has been appointed to all four American military service academies. Timothy Park, 18, beat the odds with stellar grades, test scores, leadership, community service and fitness. "I'm feeling amazing right now," Park said. In fact, the odds are so great, it's a rare reality for anyone to get into all four schools. "It's about one percent, if not less," Park said. "Of the whole country."
  • Naval Academy Hosting ‘Transgender 101’ Training for Midshipmen

    12/07/2016 11:08:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 62 replies
    Naval Academy Hosting ‘Transgender 101’ Training for Midshipmen Academy says 'safe space' training is in demand for 'millennial' midshipmen BY: Elizabeth Harrington December 7, 2016 1:45 pm The U.S. Naval Academy is bringing in Google employees to provide voluntary “Transgender 101” training to midshipmen this week as part of an ongoing “safe space” training series. The academy’s Center for Teaching and Learning is holding two events on Friday, one for faculty and staff and another for midshipmen. The hour and a half-long workshops will be hosted by Marnie Florin and Kevin Perry, who are “transgender trainers” for Google. Midshipmen and...
  • Naval Academy Just One-Upped Bruno Mars With This Fire ‘Uptown Funk’ Cover [VIDEO]

    11/03/2015 8:02:24 AM PST · by rktman · 41 replies ^ | 11/3/2015 | Christian Datoc
    Aside from churning out some of the finest warriors on the planet, the United States Naval Academy is also responsible for producing some absolutely amazing hype videos.
  • Naval Academy midshipmen, caught in Baltimore protests, direct families to safety

    04/28/2015 11:58:40 PM PDT · by ebshumidors · 26 replies
    capitalgazette ^ | 4/27/2015 | Tim Prudente
    A patio chair smashed the sandwich shop window. Glass fell around Midshipman Brad Kadlubowski, seated before a window, at the Subway shop in Baltimore. Inside, a father steered his wife and two children to the back of the shop on Saturday. His son has asthma; the father worried about tear gas. Another chair smashed another window. Everyone to the back, the midshipmen instructed. Families and Naval Academy midshipmen had come for dinner before Saturday's Orioles game. Protests over the death of Freddie Gray began peacefully that day, but ended with confrontation. By Monday, the day of Gray's funeral, protests escalated...
  • 19-year-old Navy RB McKamey dies after being in coma

    03/26/2014 6:10:35 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 25 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 3/26/2014
    Navy football player Will McKamey, who has been hospitalized since collapsing at practice three days ago, has died while in a coma. He was 19. The academy says the freshman running back from Knoxville, Tenn., died at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Tuesday with his family by his side.
  • Princeton Review: List of the Top 20 party, sober schools in the US

    08/05/2013 1:12:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    IOWA CITY, Iowa — The Princeton Review released its 2014 edition of "The Best 378 Colleges" book Monday, which includes the lists of the Top 20 party schools and the Top 20 sober schools. TOP 20 PARTY SCHOOLS
  • School Threatens to Ruin Valedictorian’s Naval Academy Appt.

    06/13/2013 9:38:26 AM PDT · by Nachum · 94 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/13/13 | Todd Starnes
    A Texas high school principal threatened to sabotage a valedictorian’s appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy after the student delivered a speech that referenced God and the U.S. Constitution, the boy’s attorney alleges. Hiram Sasser, director of litigation with the Liberty Institute, said Joshua High School principal Mick Cochran threatened to write a letter to the U.S. Naval Academy disparaging the character of Remington Reimer. “It was intimidating having my high school principal threaten my future because I wanted to stand up for the Constitution and
  • US Naval Academy Instructor Teaching On Behalf Of US Muslim Brotherhood

    06/01/2013 8:56:54 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 21 replies
    Global Watch ^ | 6/1/2013 | Staff
    According to promotional material, a United States Naval Academy professor is teaching on behalf of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood and where global Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi reportedly serves as a trustee. IIIT recently announced its Summer Students Program for 2013 to be held from May 26 – July 3. According to the IIIT announcement, one of the instructors for the program will be Professor Ermin Sinanovic, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland who will be teaching the following...
  • Naval Academy probing alleged sexual assault by 3 football players

    05/31/2013 3:00:22 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 16 replies
    AP via CBS ^ | May 31, 2013, 4:54 PM | AP
    WASHINGTON The U.S. Naval Academy is investigating allegations that three members of its football team sexually assaulted a female midshipman at an off-campus house last year, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday, and a lawyer for the woman says she was "ostracized" on campus after she reported it. The names of the players were not made public and the athletic director deferred comment to a Naval Academy spokesman, who said school leadership were monitoring the investigation but declined further comment. The allegation is the latest in a string of sexual assault cases that has drawn attention in Congress and at the...
  • US Naval Academy Instructor Teaching On Behalf Of US Muslim Brotherhood

    05/17/2013 5:23:29 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 15 replies
    According to promotional material, a United States Naval Academy professor is teaching on behalf of the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a part of the US Muslim Brotherhood and where global Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi reportedly serves as a trustee. IIIT recently announced its Summer Students Program for 2013 to be held from May 26 – July 3. According to the IIIT announcement, one of the instructors for the program will be Professor Ermin Sinanovic, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland who will be teaching the following...
  • Navy ensign given discharge; cited Quaker beliefs

    02/22/2011 8:04:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 30 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 2/22/11
    Hartford, Conn. (AP) -- Officials say a junior officer at a Connecticut submarine base has received an honorable discharge after suing the Navy, saying his Quaker beliefs prevent him from participating in war. . . . As part of his honorable discharge, he will reimburse the Navy for his education.
  • LT Brendan Looney to Be Interred at Arlington Adjacent to USNA Roommate 1st Lt Travis Manion

    09/28/2010 7:23:26 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 9 replies
    Travis Manion Foundation ^ | 28 Sept 2010 | Me
    "The Travis Manion Foundation is saddened to post this devastating news about one of America's finest. Brendan Looney was a true patriot and loyal friend who will be missed greatly by all. We mourn for the loss of Brendan... Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Looney family." - On September 21, 2010, LT Brendan Looney was killed in a helicopter crash in the Zabul province of Afghanistan. Brendan was a U.S. Navy SEAL and member of the Naval Academy Class of 2004. He was also the best friend and Naval Academy roommate of Doylestown's Travis Manion. American...
  • Probe helped curtail Naval Academy head's tenure

    06/29/2010 7:51:25 AM PDT · by JustSurrounded · 8 replies
    AP ^ | Tuesday Jun 29, 2010 | BRIAN WITTE
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — An investigation that found wide-ranging misuse of money at the U.S. Naval Academy was a factor in curtailing the tenure of its outgoing superintendent, the Navy's chief spokesman said Monday. The investigative report released Monday found that an improper, off-the-books slush fund was used to pay for tailgate parties, luncheons and other events for senior academy personnel. Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler is leaving the academy this summer after serving as superintendent for 3 years, the minimum term required by statute for the post. "The outcome of this investigation was a factor in him not serving longer," said...
  • Plebes scale Herndon in a jiffy

    05/26/2010 6:05:57 AM PDT · by JustSurrounded · 12 replies · 394+ views
    The Capital (Annapolis) ^ | 05/25/10 | EARL KELLY, Staff Writer
    Naval Academy upperclassmen call greaseless climb a 'joke' The Naval Academy's annual Herndon Climb had hardly begun yesterday before it was over. Midshipman 4th Class Keegan Albi, from Eugene, Ore., scaled the 21-foot-tall obelisk in two minutes, five seconds. Academy officials decreed this year that the Herndon Monument was not to be greased with lard, as is customary, and that the freshmen, or plebes, were not to be sprayed with garden hoses, as in most years. Also, the hat that the plebes were to remove from the top of the monument could not be taped or glued down. The climb...
  • No lard for Navy plebes in yearly academy ritual

    05/25/2010 5:08:19 AM PDT · by vis a vis · 41 replies · 893+ views
    AP ^ | May 24, 2010 | Brian White
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. – As they have for 70 years, students at the U.S. Naval Academy celebrated the end of their grueling first year by scaling a 21-foot obelisk on Monday. But this time, without a lard coating on the monument, students completed the task in minutes.
  • The (Military) Academies’ March Toward Mediocrity

    05/21/2010 3:18:38 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 1,176+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 20, 2010 | Bruce Fleming
    ... [T]he Naval Academy, where I have been a professor for 23 years, has lost its way. The same is true of the other service academies. They are a net loss to the taxpayers who finance them, as well as a huge disappointment to their students, who come expecting reality to match reputation. They need to be fixed or abolished. The service academies are holdovers from the 19th century, when they were virtually the only avenue for producing an officer corps for the nation’s military and when such top-down institutions were taken for granted. But the world has changed, which...
  • Academy Women to Become First Female Submariners (stupid idea)

    02/26/2010 4:44:12 PM PST · by SandRat · 409 replies · 4,061+ views
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2010 – Female sailors will begin serving on submarines by the end of next year, with Naval Academy graduates leading the way, Navy leaders told a Senate committee yesterday. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Navy is in a good position to move forward with integrating women onto submarines. “We think we learned a lot about integrating women in the services years ago, and those lessons are relevant today,” Mabus said. Those lessons, he said, include having a “critical mass” of female candidates, having senior women to serve as mentors, and...
  • Face of Defense: Cadet Tackles West Point Challenge

    01/25/2010 3:11:57 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 341+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Elaine Wilson
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2010 – As the youngest of six children in his family, Adam Scott had some big military shoes to fill. Adam Scott, third from left, poses for a picture with his family at his parents’ home in Lorton, Va. Scott is a sophomore at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. DoD photo by Elaine Wilson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. His five siblings all joined the military. Three of them attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., as did his father and his grandfathers on both sides. On his father’s side, he...
  • Army Navy Game Thread

    12/11/2009 8:46:03 AM PST · by chargers fan · 76 replies · 2,398+ views
    Just thought with the game tomorrow and the Cadets/Midshipmen making their way to Phili today I'd create a thread for old grads from each side to root for their team.
  • Naval Academy to add lesson on cyberwarfare

    12/07/2009 7:20:59 PM PST · by HokieMom · 4 replies · 311+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 8, 2009 | AP
    ANNAPOLIS | U.S. Naval Academy officials said Monday that they were exploring ways of working knowledge about cyberwarfare into the core curriculum for all students because of the rising significance of cybersecurity. Right now, the academy offers some elective courses, classes mostly taken by computer science and information technology majors. But unlike the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York and the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, the Annapolis school does not even have a club for students interested in the field. "On a bunch of different levels, in terms of opening up to cyberwarfare, outside...
  • Why Navy Football Demands More Attention and Respect

    11/16/2009 3:41:29 PM PST · by Jacquerie · 35 replies · 923+ views
    Bleacher Report ^ | November 15 2009 | Jarrett Carter
    They're not a member of any conference and you’ll never be able to follow their standout players to the NFL. Nothing about the Navy football team screams “pay attention to me.”
  • Naval Academy defends move to adjust image on national TV

    11/10/2009 8:14:58 PM PST · by Saije · 19 replies · 1,147+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/10/2009 | Daniel de Vise
    Leaders of the U.S. Naval Academy tinkered with the composition of the color guard that appeared at a World Series game last month so the group would not be exclusively white and male. Accounts differ as to who was added to or removed from the Oct. 29 color guard. But the net result was that one of the six who marched on Yankee Stadium's field, Midshipman 2nd Class Hannah Allaire, was selected because her presence would make the service academy look more diverse before a national audience. The incident has captured the attention of the Annapolis campus and stirred up...
  • Ohio State Urges Fans to Show Some Respect for Navy

    08/29/2009 11:50:44 AM PDT · by Bulldawg Fan · 80 replies · 2,254+ views ^ | 8/26/09 | Mark Hasty
    In ten days (I'd say ten short days, but this time of year the days are never short enough), Ohio State will open its 2009 season with a home game against the United States Naval Academy. It will mark the first time these two teams have faced each other since the 1981 Liberty Bowl, which the Buckeyes won, 31-28. Prior to that, Ohio State and Navy hadn't played since 1931. Ohio State University wants its fans to know that this isn't exactly the Kentucky School of Turfgrass Management that's coming to town. The Midshipmen are giving up a minimum of...
  • 1st known case in academy history (pregnant middie allowed to graduate, get commission)

    07/24/2009 4:01:50 PM PDT · by pabianice · 18 replies · 944+ views
    Navy Times | 7/24/09
    Link only.
  • The Racism of Diversity

    07/22/2009 5:55:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies · 705+ views ^ | July 22, 2009 | Walter E. Williams
    The U.S. Naval Academy's PowerPoint display explains diversity by saying, "Diversity is all the different characteristics and attributes of individual sailors and civilians which enhance the mission readiness of the Navy," adding that: "Diversity is more than equal opportunity, race, gender or religion. Diversity is the understanding of how each of us brings different skills, talents and experiences to the fight -- and valuing those differences. Leveraging diversity creates an environment of excellence and continuous improvement to remove artificial achievement barriers and value the contribution of all participants." Admiral Gary Roughead, chief of Naval Operations, says that "diversity is the...
  • Dumbing-Down the U.S. Navy

    07/07/2009 2:51:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 52 replies · 4,819+ views ^ | July 7, 2009 | Pat Buchanan
    "Naval Academy Professor Challenges Rising Diversity," ran the headline in The Washington Post. The impression left was that some sorehead was griping because black and Hispanic kids were finally being admitted. The Post's opening paragraphs reinforced the impression. "Of the 1,230 plebes who took the oath of office at the Naval Academy in Annapolis this week, 435 were members of minority groups. It's the most racially diverse class in the nation's 164-year history. Academy leaders say it's a top priority to build a student body that reflects the racial makeup of the Navy and the nation." Who can be against...
  • Separate Water Fountains: Professor claims Naval Academy illegally admits unqualified minorities

    07/03/2009 8:44:42 AM PDT · by Saint X · 41 replies · 1,680+ views
    Naval Institute ^ | July 2, 2009 | Bruce Fleming
    Bruce Fleming has been an English professor at the United States Naval Academy for twenty-two years and has served as a member of USNA’s Admissions Board. He has expressed concerns over the Academy’s admissions process which he strongly believes places too much emphasis on racial diversity at the cost of quality students. He explains these concerns as follows: Here’s a question: would you rather be defended by the officer with high all-around predictors (including leadership and athletics in addition to grades and test scores), or low ones? I bet you think I’m joking when I say that at the Unites...
  • Guest Column: The cost of a diverse Naval Academy

    06/15/2009 7:12:14 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 42 replies · 1,936+ views ^ | 6/14/09 | BRUCE FLEMING
    The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced in Annapolis recently that "diversity is the number one priority" at the Naval Academy. The Naval Academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, echoed him. Everyone understands that "diversity" here means nonwhite skins. Fowler insisted recently that we needed to have Annapolis graduates who "looked like" the Fleet, where enlisted people are about 42 percent nonwhite, largely African American and Hispanic. The stunning revelation last week was that the Naval Academy had an incoming class that was "more diverse" than ever before: 35 percent minority. Sounds good, only this comes with a...

    06/11/2009 8:00:03 PM PDT · by Wontsubmit · 52 replies · 2,376+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, May 21, 2009 | John McCaslin
    Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are being told in writing to leave at home or in their vehicles all "ceremonial swords" and anything else "that might be considered a weapon or a threat by screeners" for Friday's outdoor commencement ceremonies featuring an address by President Barack Obama. Inside the Beltway has obtained the academy's list of prohibited items for this year's graduation exercises, which, besides ceremonial swords, includes umbrellas.
  • No Naval Swords for U.S.N.A. Graduation this year Threat to the Dear Leader Inside the Beltway

    06/11/2009 4:54:11 PM PDT · by blueyon · 79 replies · 7,118+ views
    Gathering of Eagles ^ | June 7 2009 | Kathy
    From today's you couldn't make it up if you tried file.......Obama's protectors have ordered graduating Midshipmen....and I suppose Commissioned Officers through Flag leave their swords at home. Full Dress White includes "wear sword". More to the point...those badges of office have been earned in a manner Obongo and his minions just wouldn't begin to understand. Important traditions that inspire are kind of lost on the red banner crowd, apparently. Further, ceremonial swords never seemed to bother the Secret Service for any previous President. And before World War II, the swords were not particularly "ceremonial", I've seen some of those...
  • Swordless Sailors [Obama Emasculates U.S. Naval Academy]

    06/09/2009 9:26:43 PM PDT · by OldCorps · 42 replies · 4,596+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | May 21, 2009 | John McCaslin
    Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are being told in writing to leave at home or in their vehicles all "ceremonial swords" and anything else "that might be considered a weapon or a threat by screeners" for Friday's outdoor commencement ceremonies featuring an address by President Barack Obama.
  • Obama hugs Navy grad John McCain IV

    05/23/2009 7:03:51 AM PDT · by MAD-AS-HELL · 13 replies · 1,167+ views
    ANNAPOLIS | President Obama on Friday promised the U.S. Naval Academy's graduating class that he will not send them into combat unless absolutely necessary and will always make sure they are properly prepared and equipped, in an apparent swipe at the Bush administration and the Iraq war.
  • Obama Is Embraced at Annapolis

    05/22/2009 7:07:52 PM PDT · by anniegetyourgun · 71 replies · 2,875+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 5/22/09 | SHERYL GAY STOLBERG
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Nobody protested President Obama’s commencement address Friday morning at the United States Naval Academy. Nobody told Mr. Obama he was undeserving of an honorary degree. Instead, under a nearly cloudless blue sky, the president was treated to a 21-gun salute, a Blue Angels flyover — and a respite from the controversy that has dogged him at two previous graduation ceremonies.
  • Swordless Sailors

    05/22/2009 3:17:17 PM PDT · by engrpat · 47 replies · 2,491+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5-22-09 | John McCaslin
    SWORDLESS SAILORS Graduating midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis are being told in writing to leave at home or in their vehicles all "ceremonial swords" and anything else "that might be considered a weapon or a threat by screeners" for Friday's outdoor commencement ceremonies featuring an address by President Barack Obama.
  • How did this happen ?

    05/22/2009 2:21:47 PM PDT · by libh8er · 16 replies · 1,298+ views
    Me | 5.2109 | Vanity
    Obama, before and after.
  • Obama Vows Not To Send People To War Without Cause [Whom Is He Talking About?]

    05/22/2009 12:09:46 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 36 replies · 1,185+ views
    AP Report ^ | May 22, 2009
    Obama vows not to send people to war without cause By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press ANNAPOLIS, Md. – President Barack Obama promised graduating midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday that, as their commander in chief, he will only send them "into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary." In his first address to military graduates, Obama also pledged to invest in the men and women who defend America's liberty, not just in the weapons they would take with them into battle against 21st century threats. "I will only send you into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary,...
  • Caption Obama as he was presented with football by 2008 NCAA Football Champions

    04/24/2009 3:12:08 PM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 38 replies · 1,181+ views
    President Barack Obama stands with coach Urban Meyer, second left, after he was presented with a personalized football by the 2008 NCAA Football Champions Florida Gators in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama (C) is presented with a football and a football jersey by tight end Cornelius Ingram (R) and other players as Obama welcomes the 2008 NCAA national champions, the University of Florida football team in the East Room of the White House in Washington, April 23, 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama peeks through a giant replica of...
  • Naval Academy Chapel gets new top [Plebe uses weather balloon to put his hat on top of the dome}

    04/01/2009 9:39:58 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 22 replies · 1,729+ views
    Annapolis Capital ^ | 31 Mar 09 | JOSHUA STEWART
    [Midshipman 4th Class Curtis] Calabrese, from Boca Raton, Fla., was the first in decades to fulfill a tradition of putting his cover, or hat, on top of the chapel's obelisk, earning himself and the 1,200 other plebes - the school's term for freshmen - a week of relaxed restrictions. His accomplishment wasn't about bravado or a daring climb hundreds of feet above the ground as much as it was about engineering, ingenuity and a cooperative weather system.
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush...many photos...12/06/08 and 12/07/08

    12/06/2008 3:31:41 PM PST · by daisyscarlett · 114 replies · 3,083+ views
    yahoo news;; | Daisyscarlett
    President George W. Bush playfully kicked a football and presided over the pre-game coin toss on Saturday as he basked in the pageantry of the annual Army-Navy game, one of the sport's most storied rivalries. The crowd at Lincoln Financial Field let out hearty cheers of "USA, USA" as Bush made his way to midfield for the ceremonial coin toss,…MORE Earlier in the day, Bush got a look at how history will remember him — at least in one artist's view — as he presided over the unveiling of his portrait at The Union League of Philadelphia. "Welcome to...
  • For academy's Class of 1958, ties still bind (McCain's 50th reunion at Naval Academy)

    09/20/2008 6:32:30 PM PDT · by Seattle Conservative · 10 replies · 195+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 18, 2008 | Rona Marech
    Fifty years ago, 899 young men gathered in the then-new Naval Academy field house to hear a graduation address by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. After four grueling years of military and academic training, their numbers had dwindled by a quarter,but for those who had survived, promising futures stretched out ahead. [snip] "We're not going out looking for another job, especially one that's as overwhelming as being president of the United States," said Potter, who planned to travel from California to attend the reunion. "Many of us wonder, 'Where does he get the energy to do this?' But those who knew...
  • Anchormen

    09/07/2008 2:33:53 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 28 replies · 303+ views
    NRO ^ | 9/5/08 | James S. Robbins
    A recent Washington Post profile of John McCain’s years at the Naval Academy portrayed him as an unruly, fun-loving, under-achieving Midshipman struggling with his obligation to live up to his family’s brilliant military legacy. It was “a four-year course of insubordination and rebellion,” McCain later wrote. McCain graduated 894th out of 899 in 1958, five spots above the “Anchorman,” the lowest-ranking midshipman. In this respect he did uphold one family tradition; his similarly rebellious father Jack, who would rise to the rank of Admiral and was the Pacific Command CINC while his son was being held prisoner in Hanoi, had...
  • Navy looks to boost diversity with graphic novel

    08/23/2008 12:15:20 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 15 replies · 215+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 22, 2008
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The U.S. Naval Academy is building on efforts to increase student diversity with the help of a new commercial and a graphic novel. ... Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, the academy's superintendent, wants to make the academy's student body as diverse as the Navy's enlisted force, in which minorities make up about 47 percent.
  • Remember Idris Leppla?

    07/07/2008 6:01:42 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 4 replies · 442+ views
    July 7, 2008 | me
    Remember Idris Leppla? You may recall about 6 months ago, Barnard Senior Idris Leppla became an internet celebrity after the publication of her incoherent diatribe in The Columbia Spectator entitled The Truth About The Academies. You can access this article and some of her other Spectator articles at this link. Well, it seems that the field for Fullbright Scholarships must have been a bit thin this year, since Ms. Leppla has been awarded a Fullbright to study heroin addiction and prescription drug addiction in France. Judging from the clarity of her writings, this may be an autobiographical work. And...
  • ACLU is threating to sue USNA (link)

    06/30/2008 6:50:49 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 18 replies · 292+ views
    Nealz Nuze ^ | Monday, June 30, 2008 | Neal Bootz
    The ACLU is threatening to sue the U.S. Naval Academy because they say prayers before lunch.
  • ACLU tries to halt mealtime prayer at Naval Academy

    06/25/2008 6:02:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 55 replies · 132+ views
    ACLU tries to halt mealtime prayer at Naval Academy By Josh Mitchell | Sun reporter 8:09 PM EDT, June 25, 2008 A national civil liberties group is renewing a push to end mealtime prayer at the U.S. Naval Academy, where a group of midshipmen recently complained to officials that they felt pressured to participate in the longtime practice. The tradition, believed to date back to the college's founding in 1845, now involves a chaplain's leading grace before a noon meal that all 4,200 midshipmen must attend at King Hall. Midshipmen are not required to pray, though they must stand during...
  • Religion and Its Role Are in Dispute at the Service Academies

    06/25/2008 8:01:59 AM PDT · by paterfamilias · 13 replies · 150+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 25, 2008 | Neela Banerjee
    Three years after a scandal at the Air Force Academy over the evangelizing of cadets by Christian staff and faculty members, students and staff at West Point and the Naval Academy are complaining that their schools, too, have pushed religion on cadets and midshipmen.
  • Top-ranking officer warns U.S. military to stay out of politics

    05/25/2008 1:25:21 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 37 replies · 58+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 5/25/08 | Thom Shanker
    Mullen said he was inspired to write the essay after receiving a constant stream of legitimate, if troubling, questions while visiting U.S. military personnel around the world, including, "What if a Democrat wins?" and, "What will that do to the mission in Iraq?" "I am not suggesting that military professionals abandon all personal opinions about modern social or political issues," Mullen wrote. "What I am suggesting - indeed, what the nation expects - is that military personnel will, in the execution of the mission assigned to them, put aside their partisan leanings. Political opinions have no place in cockpit or...
  • A day in the life of President Bush (photos) 4-14-08

    04/14/2008 6:09:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies · 229+ views
    President Bush held a meeting this morning with his cabinet to discuss the economy and the Columbia Free Trade Agreement This afternoon, President Bush presented the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy to the United States Naval Academy Football Team in the Rose Garden Transcript First Lady Laura Bush and Jenna Bush visited first grade students at Martin Luther King Elementary School in Washington, Monday, April 14, 2008 To mark the tenth anniversary of 'Teach for America Week' Enoy your visit to Sanity Island
  • Navy ritual scrutinized

    01/19/2008 7:35:00 AM PST · by radar101 · 42 replies · 3,653+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | January 18, 2008 | Josh Mitchell
    Hundreds of Naval Academy plebes attempt to climb the Herndon monument in an annual tradition marking the end of their freshman year in Annapolis. (Sun photo by Doug Kapustin / May 17, 2007) It's one of the Naval Academy's most enduring traditions: Hundreds of shirtless plebes mark the end of their first year by swarming a grease-slicked, 21-foot-obelisk, climbing over one another in a race to the top. Now, academy officials are asking: Is this safe? In a terse statement this week, academy officials said they will assemble a student committee to study changes to the Herndon Monument Climb. "Like...
  • Day in the Life of President Bush (with photos): 12-01-07

    12/01/2007 4:17:50 PM PST · by STARWISE · 98 replies · 159+ views
    A Day in the Life of President Bush (with photos): 12-01-07 Enjoy your visit to Sanity Island PHOTO (s) OF THE DAY ~~Cardboard cutouts of President Bush are represented on both sides of the field at the annual Army/Navy Football Game today. Army cadet Andrew Batule from Honolulu, Hawaii, cheers while standing along side a cardboard cut out of President George W. Bush during the first half of Army's NCAA college football game against Navy in Baltimore, Maryland December 1, 2007. A group of Midshipmen from the United States Naval Academy hold a cardboard cut-out of U.S. President George...