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    Cadets Visit the Met and AstoriaThe Arabic Forum visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and then experienced cultural immersion in the diverse neighborhood of Astoria. Ten cadets and the Officer in Charge (OIC) explored the METs many exhibits, including "Arms and Armor in the Islamic World" and "Egyptian Expedition." These Arabic- oriented exhibits effectively taught cadets about the history of war and weaponry in the Middle East and the architecture and culture of Egypt. Additionally, cadets visited exhibits such as "The American Wing" and the contemporary displays. After leaving the MET, the trip section visited Astoria, where they had an excellent opportunity to experience Middle Eastern culture and enjoy authentic Middle Eastern cuisine.


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  • 12/01/17--07:46: On Point: Bouncing Back
  •  CDT Trey Chalifoux '20Playing sports when you're a child can have a much greater impact than one realizes. Some of the greatest life skills you can learn are discipline, work ethic, and how to face adversity. For yearling Trey Chalifoux of the Army West Point wrestling team, his career on the mat started because of an adverse situation he faced early on in life.

    He started wrestling around 10-years-old after being cut from his travel basketball team, learning early on that being able to bounce back after being down is the true sign of one's character. From a family friend's wrestling club to earning multiple state titles and All-America honors in high school, Chalifoux's journey through wrestling has led him to West Point where he has started at 125 pounds since the beginning of last season. For more on this story, Click Here.


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    Humanities Center Hosts The Institute of Digital ArchaeologyThe West Point Humanities Center and the Department of Physics and Nuclear Engineering hosted Mr. Roger Michel, founder of The Institute for Digital Archaeology (IDA), and Dr. Alexy Karenowska, physicist, during a Dean's Hour lecture. The focus of the lecture was on their work in digital archaeology. Mr. Michel's opening remarks focused on the importance of such a venture, and Dr. Karenowska discussed some current and recent projects, which include the re-creation of the Triumphal Arch using 3D printing technology. The lecture not only demonstrated the value of blending science and the humanities, but that without interdisciplinary collaboration in this project, we could lose objects that remind us of shared cultural heritage.


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    Greenbuild International Convention and ExpositionDepartment of Civil and Mechanical Engineering faculty members Rahul Verma and Todd Mainwaring accompanied six Civil Engineering (CE) majors – cadets Hunter Purvis, Emma Hanna, Saad Humayun, Robert Drummond, Aaron Cheng and Conor Kane – to the annual Greenbuild International Convention and Exposition, in Boston, MA. This event is the world's largest conference and exposition dedicated to green building, hosting industry leaders, experts, professionals and educators for a week dedicated to educating, networking, and showcasing contemporary topics related to green building.


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  • 12/01/17--12:02: Athletic Director's Update
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    Athletic Director's Update


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    Petersen and Baker Named CEP Athletes of NovemberFirsties Ellie Petersen of the Army West Point volleyball team and David Baker of the Army West Point sprint football team were named the Corps Squad Scholar Athletes of the Month for November on Friday. Cadet Petersen currently maintains a 3.295 cumulative GPA as an Economics major, which is the highest player GPA on the team's roster. She has made the Dean's List in each of her six semesters. Petersen has shared her mastery of economics with her teammates as well. She attends team study sessions to help tutor yearlings in the core curriculum class and helps to organize study sessions while the team travels. Baker currently maintains a 3.645 cumulative grade-point average as a Civil Engineering major. He is a two-year player on the sprint football team and his hard work landed him as a starter for the Black Knights as a guard. Cadet Baker holds one of the highest leadership positions in the Corps as the Brigade Command Sergeant Major (CSM). Ellie Petersen was a key cog for the Army West Point volleyball team as a defensive specialist this past season. Read More


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    Gun Control Round Table DiscussionAmerican Politics hosted a round table discussion titled "The Gun Control Debate." Cadets Sam Humphries and Alex Dolan joined CPT Wright to address the issue from the perspectives of the court system, interest groups, and Congress. Their well-researched and presented portions sparked insightful questions on the future of Second Amendment policy in America.


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    CDT Grant Alter '20The Army West Point men's track and field team completed its season opener on Saturday in Gillis Field House. Track Events Randall Hahn represented Army in the one mile run, taking second and clocking in a time of 4:42.55. The Black Knights took two of the top three spots in the 400-meter dash, with Patrick Bowen (50.88 seconds) coming in first and Jackson Holt (51.78) taking third. Army dominated the men's 800-meter run, taking the top four spots. Mark Baker led the pack with a time of 1:54.69. Tyrell Maddox (1:56.52) took second, while Alex Combs (1:56.7) took third, with Christian Wright (2:00.64) in fourth. In the 1000 meters, Jackson Sullivan led with a time of 2:31.27. Army continued to take the next three spots. Jeffery Price (2:33.35) took second, Boris Zessig placed third with a time of 2:37.36, while Brian Lujan placed fourth, clocking a time of 2:37.98.

    The Army West Point women's track and field team had a strong showing at the Crowell Open on Saturday. Track Events The Black Knights captured five of the top six spots in the 60 meter hurdles. First-year Asia Chen led the way with a time of 9.17 seconds followed by Sarah Donaldson and Emily Malone with times of 9.26 and 9.49, respectively. Emma Record and Chen led the pack, in the 400-meter dash, coming in first and second. Record clocked in at 1:02.43, while Chen recorded a time of 1:02.61. Ally Martin represented Army in the 500-meter dash, taking third with a time of 1:21.70. Army took four of the top five spots in the 60-meter dash. Calli McMullen came in first with a time of 7.79 seconds, while Yasheika Beckaroo followed in second (7.80), and Bonvie Fosam in third (7.91). Morgan Chewning-Kulick took the top spot in the 1000 meters, clocking a time of 3:01.5. Kate Sanborn placed second, recording a time of 3:06.34.


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    Money & Banking Hosts UBS Investment BankTwenty-six cadets from the Money & Banking class visited the UBS investment bank and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cadets and faculty enjoyed the morning with financial leaders across all divisions within UBS. The concepts being taught in class came alive as the financial experts expressed their interactions with current market dynamics and the leadership challenges in forecasting future returns and financial positions. Many leadership principles were applied to the complexities of resource allocation on behalf of the firm and the clients they represent. The afternoon was spent with select leaders from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York - the responsible party for managing the Federal Funds Rate, president Bill Dudley spent close to an hour fielding questions from cadets and faculty.


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    Army to Play San Diego St. in Armed Forces BowlThe Army West Point football team will take on the San Diego State Aztecs in the 2017 Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl, Brant Ringler, the bowl's executive director, announced Sunday. The 15th edition of the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl will be played Saturday, Dec. 23, at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. CT (3:30 p.m. ET). "We are extremely excited to announce that the United States Military Academy and San Diego State University will square off at Amon G. Carter Stadium this year," Ringler said. "We are honored to host Army West Point for the second time and to have a service academy playing in the game for the ninth time in the past 11 years. We also are very pleased to be able to bring in a strong San Diego State program that has enjoyed so much success this year and over the past decade." Army (8-3) leads the nation in rushing at 368.1 yards per game (6.2 yards per carry) and has scored with 43 touchdowns on the ground. The Black Knights won six straight games earlier this season and own a 4-2 mark in games decided by a touchdown or less. Read More


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    Dr. Browning Speaks with CadetsDr. Christopher Browning, the Frank Porter Graham Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina, spoke to an audience of over 150 cadets, faculty, staff, and invited guests. Dr. Browning, one of the giants in the fields of Holocaust and German Studies, has written multiple groundbreaking studies. Perhaps best known for Ordinary Men, the story of the 101st Reserve Police Battalion and its engagement in mass murder in the German occupied East, Dr. Browning has also written renowned books on the Origins of the Final Solution and memory and testimony by survivors and perpetrators. Dr. Browning’s talk on the behavior of the Germans in uniform during the Second World War and the choices they made specifically focused on how the German Army’s behavior in Serbia became genocidal. His talk, titled “From Occupation to Repression to Genocide: A case study of the German Army in Serbia in 1941,” elicited a variety of questions from cadets. Dr. Browning’s visit was a collaboration between the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage/A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City, where Dr. Browning is serving as a Scholar-in-Residence.


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    Men's Basketball Claims Papa John’s Bulldog Bash TitleThe Army West Point men's basketball team earned the title of tournament champions after defeating Marist here Saturday afternoon, 82-75, at the Papa John's Bulldog Bash. The Black Knights posted back-to-back wins in a two-day span to win their first tournament title since 2015 when the Cadets claimed the Barclays Center Classic crown. Army was familiar with its opponent Saturday, having played the Red Foxes 14 days ago in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Following that 94-73 road win and Saturday's win, the Cadets defeated a non-league opponent twice in the same season for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign when they did so against Dartmouth. The Black Knights trailed two minutes into the contest but a layup from Matt Wilson on the fast break handed Army the 5-4 edge. The Cadets then maintained that advantage and even extended their lead to a game-high 16 points at 39-23 with seven minutes remaining in the opening period. Marist cut into the deficit but Army managed to take a double-digit lead into the break. Read More


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    Wheelabrator & Sprout Brook Landfill VisitCadets from Environmental Science for Engineers and Scientists class travelled to Peekskill, NY, to view the generation of energy from combusting municipal solid waste. Wheelabrator Westchester generates approximately 60,000 kW of electricity, enough to supply 67,000 New York homes, by burning household and commercial trash from throughout Westchester County. Cadets saw firsthand how 2,250 tons of waste per day is incinerated and then converted to mechanical energy before being distributed onto the electrical grid. Cadets also learned about air pollution control devices that are used to ensure that the exhaust gases meet federal emission standards. After visiting the Wheelabrator facility, Cadets visited the capped Sprout Brook ash monofill in Cortlandt Manor to see where the ash from Wheelabrator used to be stored.


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    CDT Margaret Anne Hubbell '18Despite entering the final quarter of play trailing by seven, the Army West Point women's basketball team put up a 22-point performance in the fourth to edge service-academy rival Air Force, 65-59, on Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. Three Black Knights (6-2) eclipsed the double-digit scoring mark against Air Force (0-7), including Madison Hovren, who tallied another double-double with 14 points and 11 boards. Margaret Anne Hubbell reached double-figures for the first time in her career and had 12 points and six rebounds, while Libby Tacka pitched in with 10 in the scoring column. Aliyah Murray came two points shy of her second double-double of the season as she went 4-for-5 from the field for eight points to pair with 10 rebounds. As a team, the Black Knights shot 45 percent from the floor and were able to close out the game by connecting on over 50 percent of their shots in the fourth quarter. Read More


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    Glee Club Performs at the NY Public LibrarySunday 12/3, the West Point Glee Club performed holiday music on the steps of the New York Public Library for the Holiday Open House, and then mingled with patrons throughout the library.

    Photo: cadet Samantha Price


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    Catholic Chapel Visit Neighboring ParishThe Catholic Choir led by CDT Maddie Crimmins '18 traveled to the parish of St. Raphael in Livingston, NJ. This was the 25th Anniversary of the choir's first trip to a neighboring parish in the area. The trip was a great developmental experience for cadets and a huge success for West Point's outreach program in the Tri-State area. All the Cadets were housed with families of the host parish in the local area. The Catholic Choir sang the musical liturgy during one Mass on Saturday and two on Sunday for the total congregation of about 1,000 parishioners. In conjunction with the trip, the parish hosted a visit from Bishop Marconi, a retired Bishop in the Diocese of Newark. To express their appreciation, the hosts provided transportation and tickets for the cadets to see the musical Anastasia at the Broadhurst Theater in NYC. Now in its 25th year, the relationship between the Catholic Choir and this community has fostered enormous good will, a steady stream of potential admissions candidates, and many USMA graduates who are still on active duty.


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    Climbing in the Shawagunks Mountain RangeThe Army West Point Climbing Club took eight cadets to the Shawagunks Mountain Range in New Paltz, NY, to participate in a day of out-door climbing. Cadets on the trip included four team members who had joined the club this year and had never been outdoor Trad Climbing before CDT Jack Roche '19 conducted his first multi-pitch lead climb on the ridge as well as four other cadets that followed other members for the first time on a multi-pitch route. Utilizing traditional climbing systems, placing gear and building anchors, Roche practiced proper safety gear placement in preparation for his upcoming first multi-pitch lead climb. Later, team members caught back up for lunch and discussed future climbing goals.


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    CDT Madison Hovren '19Cow Madison Hovren of the Army West Point women's basketball team received her second straight Patriot League Player of the Week award on Monday. This marks the third time in Hovren's career that she received the player of the week honor in back-to-back weeks. The Spokane, Wash., native paced Army with 19 points and 11 rebounds per game, while helping the team capture a pair of victories over Dartmouth and Air Force last week. She posted a double-double in both outings and is tied for second in the nation with seven. Hovren began her week with a season-best 24-point performance on 11-of-14 shooting against the Big Green on Wednesday night. In the win, she eclipsed the 800-point mark for her career, while adding 11 rebounds, a pair of assists and a steal. It was her third 20-point game this season and 15th of her career. The eight-time Patriot League Player of the Week followed up that performance by tallying 14 points, 11 boards and three steals in a victory against service-academy rival Air Force on Saturday. Read More


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    Annual Law Enforcement ClinicThe Army West Point Combat Weapons Team (Directorate of Cadet Activities) conducted their annual two-day Law Enforcement shooting clinic in which they hosted local law enforcement personnel at Tronsure Indoor Range and the West Point Range Facilities. Instruction this year focused on shooting in low-light environments, advanced rifle and pistol handling, and alternate shooting positions. The all instruction and course material was taught by cadets and supervised by coaches and faculty. The team values the clinic every year as it gives the cadets on the team the opportunity to interact with local law enforcement and showcase their ability to teach others.


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    Four from Men's Soccer Receive All-Region NodFor the first time since 1959, the Army West Point men's soccer team placed at least four Cadets on the All-Northeast Region Team, as announced by United Soccer Coaches. Yearling Zac McGraw highlighted the Black Knights' awards with first team honors, while Marcos Arroyo and Rex Epps received second team recognition. Justin Stoll rounded out the accolades by earning a third team selection. McGraw, the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and two-time First Team All-Patriot League member, was a key cog in Army's strong defensive output during the 2017 campaign. His 6-4 stature wreaked havoc on opposing teams all season long as Army led the Patriot League in fewest goals allowed (14) and limited the opponents to the fewest amount of shots (132). The Torrance, Calif., native also contributed on the offensive end by assisting on the Black Knights' game-winning score against Marist on Sept. 17. Read More


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