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    Cadets from the Creative Writing Forum, EN367 Drama elective, theatre arts guild, and PL300 attended a performance of Stephen Belber’s play, Tape. Arts in the Armed Forces, a non-profit that brings top quality theatre to military audiences for free in order to bridge the gap between military and performing arts communities, performed the play for their annual fundraising event in New York City. Adam Driver (AITAF’s founder), Pablo Tell Schreiber, and Keri Russell gave an incredible performance that focused on the dialogue of the play as opposed to the production value. With only the use of floor mics and music stands, the actors gripped a sold out crowd at Studio 54, powerfully depicting the value behind a sincere apology ten years following a date rape. The crowd was then afforded an opportunity to ask questions of the actors and the writer.


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    Model UN Forum Travels to Oxford UniversityFive First Class Cadets of the United States Military Academy Model United Nations team traveled to Oxford University in the United Kingdom to participate in its prestigious OxIMUN conference. For the Firsties, this was an incredible opportunity both to explore London and Oxford, and to engage with college students from all over Europe and the world. Committees were intense, and included topics such as the Suffragette movement in 1913 Britain, facing off against the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the time in a dynamic crisis simulation precluding World War I as well as a meeting of the Social, Cultural, and Humanitarian Assembly of the United Nations and a rare opportunity to represent the United States in the United Nations Security Council. At the end of the weekend, every member of the West Point team was individually recognized for excellence in his or her committee. This gave the USMA team the highest overall ratio of awardees/competitors in the small delegation category, making the team effectively the "Best" Small Delegation and solidifying their position as one of the most well-rounded and competitive teams not only in the United States, but in the world. Awards: CDT Bagdadi (Commendation, Cabinet of the British Prime Minister, 1913). CDT Arya (Diplomacy, Suffragette Movement of England, 1913). CDT Singh (Diplomacy, SOCHUM). CDT Engel (Commendation, UN Office for Outer Space Affairs). CDT Hogestyn (Honorable Mention, UNSC).


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    Lab Exercise at the Aachen MOUT SiteInstrumentation and Shielding cadets conducted a laboratory exercise at the Aachen MOUT site (Military Operations on Urban Terrain) on Camp Buckner. The exercise serves as a course culminating experience in that it allows cadets to integrate their classroom knowledge of radiation hazards and apply that knowledge in a field environment. Using radiation detection equipment, cadets conducted radiological surveys to locate, characterize, and identify radioactive isotopes hidden at the site. Cadets served in leadership roles on survey teams and then communicated the results of their radiological survey, and their advice on the advisability and risk of occupying the Aachen MOUT site, to an operational commander. This exercised the ability of cadets to articulate the science and appropriately communicate strategic messages. COL Reed (BTO) and COL Hartke (PaNE Deputy Head) acted as operational commanders and were briefed by the cadet teams.


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    Alpine Skiing Train in KillingtonMasterfit President and CEO Mr. Cohen brought along two of his master boot fitters to Cullum Hall to ensure the Army Alpiners have an exceptionally custom fit to get the most out of their performance on the ski runs this season. The Army Alpine Ski Team is headed up this year by its' Captain Aryne Riley ’17. The Army Alpine freestyle component is headed up by Jon (J.P.) Paul ’18. The team has talent and depth it has not seen in many years. After a few days of dryland training, the team headed up to Killington, VT for Veteran's Day weekend for a couple days of training on snow, to get the team back in their gear and bring back latent muscle memory to start shredding again for the upcoming season. While at Killington, Assistant OIC, Mr. Nate Loeb, OIC Bob Ryan, and Team Captain Aryne Riley took advantage of Veteran's Day and deposited a portion of SSG Leonard Loeb's remains (Veteran Medic of WWII - France and Germany) in the Green Mountains. SSG Loeb was a great lover of the outdoors and his son Nate picked Killington and the Army Ski Team as an appropriate venue and forum for the dedication to his Dad.


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    C3MO attends the ALLIES ConferenceThe Cadet Community on Civil-Military Operations (C3MO) attended the Alliance Linking Leaders in Education and the Services (ALLIES) Civil-Military Relations Conference at Tufts University. Students from Wellesley College, the University of North Georgia, and the Naval Academy joined USMA cadets and Tufts University students in a weekend geared toward narrowing the civ-mil divide. Tufts University hosted a memorable Veterans Day ceremony to start the weekend. Cadets attended panels and breakout sessions on two topics: “Defining War in the Twenty-First Century” and the “New Front Lines: America’s Military and the Fight Against Disease”. The conference culminated in a Crisis Simulation. During the Crisis Simulation cadets worked with midshipmen and civilians to manage and solve a crisis modeled after a South China Sea scenario. This conference improved cadet understanding of the nature of modern warfare. It also helped build relationships between the United States Military Academy and the other attending schools. Cadets were able to practice communicating with their civilian counterparts and furthered their knowledge of international relations, Civil-Military Operations, and their role as future military leaders in our increasingly complex world.


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    Criminology Visit to Sing Sing Correctional Facility32 students in PL393 Criminology and the Criminal Justice System and a sociology faculty member visited Sing Sing Correctional Facility for an all-day tour of the facility. This educational trip provided myriad insights into life in a maximum security prison, bringing the concept of a pure total institution to life. From conversations with correctional officers and the Superintendent, to a conversation with an inmate during lunch, to walking tours throughout the organization, students learned about numerous features of life inside Sing Sing. Additionally, the Superintendent of Sing Sing Correctional Facility, Mr. Mike Capra, visited PL393 classes prior to their trip to provide a short lecture and exchange in a question and answer session with cadets and faculty about Sing Sing and other timely topics about the US Criminal Justice System.


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    Cadet Competitive Cyber Team Highest Finish at CSAWThe Cadet Competitive Cyber Team (C3T) placed 9th in the Cybersecurity Awareness Week (CSAW) North American Undergraduate Championships over Veteran’s Day Weekend. Hosted by the NYU Tandon School of Engineering in Brooklyn, NY, the C3T competed against the best cybersecurity Capture the Flag teams from the US and Canada. Seeded 14th after the preliminary qualification event in September, the team of four cadets advanced five spots finishing with 1101 points. This is the highest finish ever in the annual CSAW CTF Final Round for C3T (known on the scoreboard as BitsForEveryone). The participating cadets were Parker (’18, G4), Maixner (’18, C2), Shockley (’18, B4), and Trate (’18, B3). Team coaches at the event were LTC Moody (EECS) and MAJ Bundt (ACI).


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    Investment Club Travels to Virtu FinancialThe West Point Investment Club travelled to Virtu Financial in NYC. Virtu, founded by Vincent Viola, is a market maker for securities traded on stock exchanges all around the world. They use a combination of proprietary algorithms and software to complete trades at a very high frequency in order to minimize their exposure time and limit any trading risks. The club met with Tony Manganiello ’77 and Tim Strabbing, a former USNA Brigade Commander (first captain equivalent) as well as other members of the Virtu staff. Tony explained Virtu's place in the security trading industry, and the importance of technology and proper risk analysis to their business model.


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  • 11/29/16--07:23: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    Army Wins New York City ThrillerThe Army West Point men's basketball team rallied to overcome a late 11-point second-half deficit to earn a huge road victory over Columbia, 88-83, last Wednesday night. Following a back-and-forth affair, Columbia led 75-64 with a little less than eight minutes remaining on the clock. Army would not waiver though using a 20-6 run to pull in front 84-81 with 50 seconds left to play. The Lions tried to answer and even pulled within 84-83 following two made free throws from Nate Hickman, but the Black Knights held strong. After being fouled John Emezie stepped up and drained two from the charity stripe to make it a three-point ballgame. Read More


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    The Army West Point women's basketball team took a 5-4 advantage 4:40 into the opening quarter and didn't look back in an eventual 75-47 victory over Air Force last Wednesday night at Christl Arena. Army wins its second in a row to improve to 3-1, while Air Force remains winless, falling to 0-4. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/EF-v50dwkdE. Sophomore Madison Hovren matched career highs of 22 points and nine rebounds and scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half. Junior Destinee Morris also tallied a career best with 17 points off the bench. Read More


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    Madison Hovren Lands Weekly HonorsSophomore forward Madison Hovren was selected as Patriot League Player of the Week for the first time in her career on Monday. Hovren was also named the Army Athletic Association's Athlete of the Week for the first time. Hovren averaged a double-double with 19.0 points per game and 11.0 rebounds per game in a pair of Army wins last week. The Black Knights defeated Air Force, 75-47, on Nov. 23 before earning a 68-60 road win at Dartmouth on Nov. 26. A native of Spokane, WA, Hovren matched career highs of 22 points and nine rebounds in the win over Air Force and posted her first double-double, with 16 points and a new career-best 13 boards in the Dartmouth game. She finished the week 17-of-33 (.515 percent) from the floor, while also averaging three steals per outing. Read More


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    Army Cracks Top 10 in National RankingsArmy West Point's ranked wrestlers improved upon their positions in the top 20 according to InterMat, FloWrestling and The Open Mat on Tuesday, despite a dormant week. Senior co-captains Logan Everett (141 lbs.) and Russ Parsons (157 lbs.), as well as sophomore 197-pounder Rocco Caywood, remained ranked in all three polls. Everett moved up one spot to 16th in the InterMat rankings, while holding steady at the No. 12 position for FloWrestling and The Open Mat. The Tioga, PA, native has compiled a 9-3 overall record, while going 2-1 in duals to begin his senior campaign. He has also recorded three bonus point victories with two pins and a technical fall. Parsons jumped three spots according to The Open Mat to eighth, becoming the first Cadet under head coach Kevin Ward to crack the top 10. The Clinton, NJ, native remained 11th in the InterMat poll and 10th in the FloWrestling rankings. He has accumulated 11 victories in 12 matches (2-1 in duals) with six bonus point wins (three technical falls and three major decisions). Read More


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    The Army West Point women's basketball team opened Monday's action with a 13-0 lead and never looked back during an 86-58 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson at Christl Arena. Army builds its winning streak to four games and improves to 5-1, while Fairleigh Dickinson drops to 2-4. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/DfrDx_mpkfk. Reigning Patriot League Player of the Week, sophomore Madison Hovren, posted her second straight double-double, with a career-best 23 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds, while shooting 7-of-12 from the floor and 9-of-11 at the foul line. Junior Daizjah Morris finished with a season-high 14 points and classmate Janae McNeal recorded 12 points and five assists. Sophomore Jess Lewis tallied 10 points and five assists. Courtney Blankenship and Amina Markovic paced Fairleigh Dickinson with 13 points apiece. Read More


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    CDT Caudullo ’18 Shining at RMCCDT Alexandra Caudullo ’18, Operations Research Major in the Department of Math, is currently spending the semester on exchange at the Royal Military College of Canada. In addition to taking courses on Cryptology, the Foundations of Probability, and a Political Science course taught in French, CDT Caudullo has earned her SCUBA qualification and made progress toward completing the requirements for a private pilot's license. She recently successfully completed her first solo flight. CDT Caudullo has been an excellent ambassador for USMA and D/Math. She's been having success in the classroom, and has continued to demonstrate exceptional leadership skills through her active participation and full engagement in the RMC experience.


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    Army West Point Mens Rugby 2016The Army West Point men's rugby team will return to the Penn Mutual Collegiate Rugby 7s Championship for the 2017 tournament. Army is one of 16 teams who have been selected to compete in this year's tournament with eight of the 24 slots still needing to be occupied. Two of those spots will be filled on the pitch as the winners of the Las Vegas Invitational and Heart of America Classic will automatically earn a berth into the tournament. All of the 16 teams currently in the field are returners from a season ago, headlined by California. The Golden Bears have hoisted the Pete Dawkins Trophy each of the last four years. Read More


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    Engineering Cadets at STEAM Parents NightCadets from West Point’s three diversity-based engineering clubs joined forces at Vail’s Gate Science Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) Academy Parents Night. Cadets from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) along with faculty from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLDSTEM) conducted several small workshops for the elementary-age students. The students participated in interactive workshops that focused on the importance of creativity, critical thinking, and design in STEM. During the workshop, the cadets worked with small groups of children through many different activities all designed to challenge students in STEAM fields. The workshop allowed for students and parents to interact with cadets and learn about West Point, the Army, and STEAM in practical applications.


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    SWE Cadets Hosts PMA StudentsCadets from the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) along with faculty from the Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM (CLDSTEM) hosted students from Phoenix Military Academy and other Chicago military prep schools. Their day consisted of a tour around West Point, a panel discussion with various STEM cadets on their experiences as a cadet and the importance of pursuing further education in a STEM discipline. After lunch, the students participated in an interactive workshop on the importance of developing renewable energy technologies. During the workshop the cadets demonstrated to the students how blade design impacts the output of wind turbines. The students then assembled their own wind turbines and conducted experiments varying the pitch of the blades to alter the power output. The workshop closed with the students participating in a competition where they designed their own blades from different materials such as plastic, Styrofoam, and cardstock to determine which team could generate the most energy from their turbine.


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    Hsu ’92 COO at HPE Lectures CadetsSeveral Cadets and Faculty attended a lecture with Mr. Chris Hsu ’92. Mr. Hsu discussed his leadership philosophy and recent experience at Hewlett Packard. Mr. Hsu led the recent HP split (into HP Enterprise and HP Inc.) and is the current Executive Vice President and General Manager of HPE Software and the Chief Operating Officer of HPE. This lecture provided Cadets and Faculty a greater understanding and appreciation for leadership at the large corporate level and reinforced the importance of Authenticity and Character in our leaders.


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    Cadets attend Fireside Chat with GEN Perkins ’80Cadets and faculty from across the academy attended a fireside chat in Robinson Auditorium facilitated by GEN (R) Lloyd J. Austin, III, BS&L’s Class of ’51 Chair for the Study of Leadership with GEN David Perkins, Commander, US Training & Doctrine Command. The lecture focused on the topic of “Decision Making” in the context of mission command, particularly centering on the importance of trust between senior and subordinate commanders. GEN Perkins served as a Brigade Commander under GEN Austin’s leadership during the initial phase of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 and was responsible for leading his unit on two Thunder Runs into Bagdad. This seminar re-examined some of the key events and critical decision points of a historically impactful operation with a lens that has significant relevancy and applicability in today’s complex and ever changing environment.


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