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    Glee Club Performs at the New York Public LibraryThe Glee Club traveled to New York City for the New York Public Library's annual Holiday Open House. On the steps of the historic main branch of the library on 5th Avenue, the Club performed a section of holiday favorites for a large crowd. After the performance, members of the Glee Club joined others celebrating the season, extending West Point's reach to the population of New York City.


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    CDT Destinee Morris '18The Army West Point women's basketball team got back on the winning track with a 61-47 victory over Delaware on Sunday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center. Army improves to 8-2 on the year following the win, while Delaware falls to 6-4. Sophomore Madison Hovren finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds for her sixth straight double-double, while junior Destinee Morris netted 11 points off the bench. Junior Aliyah Murray came two points shy of a double-double, with eight points and 11 rebounds. Junior Janae McNeal notched eight points, three assists and three steals, and sophomore Jess Lewis totaled seven points. Read More


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    Senior ESPN Analyst Brian Burke Guest LectureThe Department of Mathematical Sciences hosted Mr. Brian Burke, Senior Analyst at ESPN, for a series of guest lectures on sports analytics. Mr. Burke is USNA class of 1993, and a former FA-18 pilot. He specializes in the use of Bayes theorem to inform NFL draft decisions as well as analysis of in-game probability-of-victory decisions. In addition to his work with ESPN, he serves as a consultant for several NFL teams. Mr. Burke visited sections of MA206 and MA371, and he presented a seminar to a combined audience of over 30 faculty members and nearly 40 cadets.


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    Army Football with the Secretary's Trophy 2016The Army West Point football team recorded a long-awaited victory over No. 25 Navy 21-17 in the 117th Army-Navy Game presented by USAA on Saturday afternoon. Army ended a 14-year unbeaten streak in the series in front of 71,600 fans at M&T Bank Stadium and secured its first win in America's Game since earning a 26-17 victory in 2001. Click here for the video recap: https://youtu.be/G_DpPp4-xW0. Army finishes the regular season at 7-5, while Navy closes out its regular season with a mark of 9-4. Army maintained a 7-0 advantage after one quarter, thanks to a 1-yard touchdown run from Andy Davidson. Davidson's rush capped a 14-play, 66-yard drive for the Black Knights that used 7:39 off the game clock. The sophomore crossed the goal line again with another 1-yard scamper midway through the second quarter and the Black Knights entered the locker room up, 14-0. This marked the first time since 2009 Army blanked the Midshipmen in the first half of play. Read More


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  • 12/13/16--05:55: Cadets Meet with MG Zhang
  • DFL and the Chinese section assisted the West Point Command team with a visit by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Zhang Mingcai. After a USMA tour, MG Zhang met with the Commandant, BG Holland, to discuss past, present, and future West Point/China relationships. After this office call, MG Zhang met with COL Ebner, DFL Department Head, and discussed potential future USMA/DFL and PLA cooperation. Afterwards, MG Zhang and his staff received a command brief from Dr. Gallagher. Lastly, Cadets in LC475 Chinese Media asked questions of MG Zhang and discussed current geopolitical affairs. Throughout the morning, Dr. Gallagher of the Chinese section was absolutely instrumental in hosting MG Zhang and facilitating communication with West Point leadership.


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    Cycling Cyclocross Conference Champions Cyclocross season concluded with the Army West Point Cycling Team being crowned 2016 Eastern Conference Cycling Champions. Manderfeld ’17 led the team to cross. Mergen ’20, Murdock ’20, Seaward ’20, Morrow ’20, Huuki ’20, Gudenkauf ’20 and returning superstars Englert ’19, Gengler’19 and Stapleton ’19 made significant contributions that added to the 200-point margin of victory over the nearest two challengers UVM and MIT out of the 30 Eastern Conference Cross Colleges. Season award highlights: CIC Manderfeld ’17 demonstrated to the team his desire, passion and perseverance by catapulting up the season rankings to finish 2nd overall Men's “A”. Allen ’18 and Okazaki ’19- Men's “B” 2nd/3rd overall podium and the Women, Ho and Stapleton Women's B 2nd/3rd overall podium finishers. Next Stop Nationals.


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    The Deputy Director of the Combating Terrorism Center, Mr. Brian Dodwell, together with the Director of Research at the Combating Terrorism Center, Dr. Daniel Milton, were invited to provide the keynote address to a conference hosted by the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Leadership from U.S. Customs and Border Protection at JFK Airport in New York City traveled to West Point to lecture to cadets in the Combating Terrorism Center’s SS464: Homeland Security and Defense. The CBP guests discussed their work on border protection efforts both at the airport, which supports a high volume of incoming international flights in addition to domestic traffic, and throughout the United States. They also provided cadets with examples of individuals being successfully interdicted, questioned, and searched by CBP officials at the airport.


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    CDT Madison Hovren '19Madison Hovren earned Patriot League Player of the Week praise for the third consecutive week after posing three double-doubles last week. The Patriot League Player of the Week recognition is the third this season for Hovren, and is also the third of her career. Hovren averaged 17.0 points and 12.3 rebounds last week and helped Army go 2-1, including victories over Wagner and Delaware. The sophomore forward finished with 18 points and 10 boards in an 85-40 win over Wagner on Dec. 5 before recording 17 points and career highs of 17 rebounds and five blocks in a loss at Minnesota. Her 17 rebounds were the most by an Army player since Jen Hazlett ’14 had 16 boards against Boston University on Feb. 26, 2014. Hovren followed up the Minnesota game with her third double-double of the week, totaling 16 points and 10 rebounds to help lead Army to a 61-47 victory over Delaware. The double-double against the Blue Hens was her sixth in a row. Read More


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    Mixed Martial Arts Dominates Navy at Warrior CupThe Army Martial Arts Team dominated Navy at the first Army-Navy Taekwondo Warrior Cup with a cumulative score of 82-46. The tournament followed the new NCAA rules, adding a tag team system in place of the traditional single-fighter focused system. There were three tag team matches. CDTs Smith and Eichenberger won the Colored Belt Heavy-weight fight with a score of 22-11, CDTs Kim and Chick won the Women’s Black Belt fight with a score of 17-2, while Peng and Nettles won the Men’s Black Belt fight with a score of 20-10. The singles matches saw strong performances as well from CDTs Chargualaf, Nettles, and Galea. Galea finished off the competition with an outstanding final score of 13-4. Additionally, CDT Eichenberger received the award for the best fighter at the tournament. The Army victory was an important step for both teams, serving as both a learning experience and one of the first tournaments to use NCAA rules.


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    CDT Brendan Soucie '20After posting a hat trick on Saturday in Army hockey's 8-1 win over Holy Cross, freshman Brendan Soucie was recognized by the Atlantic Hockey Association as the Player of the Week. This is the first time Soucie has been named the Player of the Week as he garnered Rookie of the Week honors on Nov. 1. He is the first freshman of the 2016-17 season to be given a Player of the Week nod over rookie honors, the last being awarded to Dan McLaughlin from Canisius last February. The Cadets picked up four points with two wins over the Crusaders last weekend. The Black Knights defeated Holy Cross 4-2 on Friday and continued their momentum into Saturday's game where they won 8-1. The eight goals on Saturday were the most scored by Army since 2010. The stat sheet featured 14 players with at least a point. Soucie's performance stands out to most though as he posted his first career hat trick while adding an assist in the dominating victory. He is the first Cadet since Maurice Alvarez (2013) to record a hat trick. Read More


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    COL Gagnon visit with Cadets Studying in HamburgCOL Mark Gagnon conducted a Semester Exchange site visit at the University of the Armed Forces, Hamburg, Germany, also known as the Helmut Schmidt University. Cadets Parker, Riford, and Poston are studying in Hamburg as part of the Semester Exchange program. COL Gagnon met with the Cadets, the Director of the International Office, Dr. Nassua, the Senior Military program director, COL Dobschall (German Army), and a tactical officer, Captain-lieutenant Longen. Dr. Nassua pointed out the recent upsurge in interest at Helmut Schmidt for the exchange program and gave high accolades to the current cohort of Cadets in Germany. After lunch in the university's mess hall, COL Gagnon visited the Cadets' living spaces and met some of their classmates. Since 2007, the Semester Exchange program with Germany has provided opportunities for USMA Cadets of all academic backgrounds to study for a semester at the University of the Armed Forces in in Hamburg and Munich and offered German Cadets the chance to study at USMA.


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    CDT Rex Epps '20Freshman forward Rex Epps was recognized on the All-Northeast Region second team by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Epps was one of 33 players to be selected All-Northeast Region, and one of 12 Patriot League players to land the honor. Epps led Army with 11 goals this past fall to mark the most by a Black Knight since John Brence scored 12 goals in 1988. Epps led the Patriot League with five game-winning goals and started in all 18 of Army's matches. A native of Irmo, SC, Epps was chosen to the All-Patriot League third team following the regular season and won Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors twice during the campaign. Epps scored Army's first goal the Patriot League quarterfinals against eventual conference-champion Colgate on November 8. Read More


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    USASOC Fellow LTC Solheim Briefs CadetsThe Combating Terrorism Center welcomed its former USASOC Fellow, LTC Solheim, back to West Point for a series of engagements. LTC Solheim brought several members of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, which he commands, with him. During the three-day visit, LTC Solheim and his team lectured to the CTC’s counterterrorism course, SS465; received briefings from the CTC’s Africa experts; participated in PL300: Military Leadership classes; attended a group cadet presentation in DS460: Insurgency and Counterinsurgency; presented a secret-level briefing to Terrorism minors and members of the Irregular Warfare Group; and engaged with leadership at the Simon Center.


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    Orienteering Takes First at Service Academy ChampionshipThe USMA Orienteering Team travelled to Baltimore, MD earlier this month in order to beat Navy and Coast Guard in the Second Annual Service Academy Orienteering Championship. The competition served as a prelude to the Army-Navy Football Game. Quantico Orienteering Club hosted the event in which USMA raced male and female competitors across three different course Divisions-Orange, Green, and Red. The “O-Team” earned their Blue and Gold Stars sweeping each division by a wide margin; out of all five races, only one Navy or Coast Guard competitor finished in the top 5. The team was spearheaded by excellent runs from both seasoned veterans of the team and up-and coming talent. USMA snagged every first place finish, with CDT Saponari ’20 winning Men’s Orange with a time of 41:24, CDT Bordelon ’20 winning Women’s Orange with a time of 1:25:28, CDT Evans ’18 winning Men’s Green with a time of 54:01, CDT Johnson ’18 winning Women’s Green with a time of 1:34:18, and CDT Bruce ’18 winning Men’s Red with a time of 1:02:21. CDT O’Conor ’17 established this competition last year while on semester exchange at the Naval Academy. He oversaw training of the Midshipmen’s first Orienteers. This year, CDT Bruce ’18 has trained a team of Coast Guard Cadets while on exchange at the Coast Guard Academy. We are excited to see these programs grow and develop into expert navigators and look forward to future competitions on the fields of friendly strife.


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    Fencing at the Lampell InvitationalThe Women’s Fencing Squad co-hosted the Matt Lampell ’42 Invitational at Vassar College. Matt Lampell competed on the Fencing Team and went on to Coach Vassar College. He was also a good friend to the Army West Point Fencing Team, and still is. This Invitational is an annual event to honor him. In the Team Event, the women defeated four of their opponents: Queens College by a score of 14-13; Long Island University by a score of 17-10; City College of NY at 21-6 and Yeshiva University at 15-12. The women only dropped losses to host Vassar College and University of Florida. In the Individual Results, CDT Sun on the Foil Squad finished in First Place with a record of 20-1, the only woman with 1 loss for the entire day. Right on her heels was CDT Sharpsten of the Sabre Squad with a record of 19-2 (there was a tie for second place). West Point’s other high place for the day was Epee Fencer CDT Yang coming in at 12-9. In Weapon Results, the Foil Squad came in at 5-2 for one of the highest finishes at the Invitational. The Men’s Fencing Squad competed in MAAC Conference matches. The men came away with a 3-2 record defeating conference rivals Rutgers (15-12), Lafayette (15-12) and College of NJ (15-12) while only losing to Drew (12-15) and Division I Cornell (9-18). The Men had top performers in results at the dual meets and highlighted in each weapon at the competition were CDT Papa in the Weapon of Sabre at 11-4, CDT Kurtzahn and CDT Griffin both in the Weapon of Foil (Dan’s record was 11-3 and Tyler’s 10-5); and in the Weapon of Epee it was both CDT Johnson (10-5) and CDT Sparano (9-3). The overall record for the Men in Conference Standings puts them in the Top 20% of all Teams.


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    CDTs Andrew King '17 and Xavier Moss '17The Army West Point football team was well represented on the Phil Steele's College Football Preview Postseason All-Independent Teams. Amongst the athletes named were seniors Andrew King and Xavier Moss, who both earned first team honors on defense. Notching second team accolades were Andy Davidson, Darnell Woolfolk, Edgar Poe, Bryce Holland and Justin Gilbert on offense and John Voit, Jeremy Timpf, and Alex Aukerman on defense. The Army offense has recorded 40 rushing touchdowns this season and posts 327.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the nation. On the defensive end, the Black Knights rank fourth in total defense and passing yards allowed giving up only 281.6 and 158.3 yards per contest, respectively. The Cadets are also first in the country in first down defense allowing just 169. Phil Steele's College Football Preview is one of the nation's most informative preseason football magazines and has always released Preseason and Postseason All-American teams as well as All-Conference teams. For a full list of All- Conference teams, please visit PhilSteele.com. Read More


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    Judge Bianco & Purpura ’91 Discuss Sixth AmendmentUS District Court Judge Joseph Bianco visited with cadets in the Advanced Constitutional Law seminar taught by the Department’s Constitutional Law Chair, Tony DiSarro. Judge Bianco was appointed to the federal bench in 2006. Prior to that, he headed the Counterterrorism Section of the Department of Justice and the Terrorism Unit of the US Attorney's Office. Joining Judge Bianco was practicing lawyer, Michael Purpura ’91 a federal prosecutor and counsel at the White House. Judge Bianco and Mr. Purpura spoke with the cadets about the 6th Amendment right of a defendant to confront all witnesses against him. This right, which encompasses allowing defense counsel to cross-examine the witness, complicates terrorism prosecutions, as Judge Bianco and Mr. Purpura both explained. The cadets explored Confrontation Clause challenges in terrorism cases where key evidence comes from foreign law enforcement agents or domestic covert agents.


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    Army Navy Game 2016There are significant moments in our lives that leave lasting impressions. Experiences that make you take a step back and embrace all of its glory. For Army West Point football fans, December 10th was one of those moments. For the last 15 years the Black Knights watched their arch-rival Navy steal win after win out from underneath their grasp. Nothing is more painful in sports than watching your nemesis flaunt a victory in front of your face. And to have to relive it not once, not twice, but 14 times in a row. For three hours last Saturday, Army was flooded by emotion, pride and desire and it all came together in one shining moment as the clock finally hit 00:00 at 6:15 p.m. -- the streak was finally over, forever. With 15 years' worth of cadet agony weighted on their shoulders, the pain of losing one of their own brothers, and the desire to say enough is enough, the Black Knights finally prevailed 21-17 in a historic night. From that point on, a new streak began…Army West Point


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  • 12/16/16--07:42: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    Army Lacrosse Outreach in NYCThe Army West Point Lacrosse team conducted a community outreach in Harlem, New York. During a clinic, the Black Knight players taught the Harlem Youth the game of Lacrosse and Leadership lessons. Cadets taught various fundamentals and techniques used in the game of lacrosse. Read More


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