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    Glee Club Travels to Madison, WI to PerformSixty-four members of the West Point Glee Club traveled to Madison, Wisconsin and shared their music and love of West Point with the community. As soon as they landed in Madison, cadets visited the VA Hospital, where they interacted with veterans and provided a short concert. They also went to Oregon High School, where they gave two concerts for the students and told them about life as cadets at West Point. After the high school visit, the Club visited the Wisconsin State Capitol and gave a short performance inside the beautiful rotunda. Later, cadets of the Glee Club served as ambassadors of the Academy when they went to Sun Prairie High School, met and interacted with members of the school's concert choir, and listened to them perform a few songs. That evening, the Glee Club gave a full, public concert for an audience of about 250 people at Sun Prairie's Performing Arts Center. The following day, cadets traveled to St. John's Northwest Military Academy in Delafield, WI, where they presented another public concert, collaborating with the Marquette University ROTC Choir and St. John's Northwestern Military Academy Choir and Herald Trumpets. More than 200 JROTC cadets and approximately 200 community members attended.


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    Debate Takes 3rd at Business Ethics Case CompetitionThe Ethics Debate Team placed Third in the Business Ethics Case Competition at Mount St. Mary's University. The team for this competition consisted of CDTs Rivers Hinson '21, Sophia Maliscke '21, Gabrielle Alford '19, and Brett Yelverton '19. Like the Military Case Competition, this competition asks teams to create a 20-minute presentation in response to a select case. This year, the case focused on Bank of America's controversial acquisition of Merrill Lynch in 2008. The team assessed the actions of Bank of America's CEO Ken Lewis in the lead up to the purchase and the aftermath. The team argued that the leaders of both organizations acted unethically insofar as they deceived their shareholders, thus violating their moral obligations to them, and rewarded unjust behavior in the form of bonuses to top employees whose behavior contributed significantly to the financial crisis.


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    Core Biology Special Topic LecturesIntersections of Core Biology & the Military Profession, the core biology course recently hosted a series of special topic lectures relating science to events within the military and industry. Instructors brought their research and field experiences to cadets as to how course concepts are used and applied in their respective specialties. The day began with Dr. George Kennedy, a first-year faculty member, describing how he uses genetic screens to determine function in the “making of a Ph.D.” The assistant course director, MAJ Ryan Rodriguez, related his research interests in vector borne disease and how this impacts public health. Mr. Aaron Owens, recently retired Army logistician, addressed the “Science of Deployed Logistics.” With the final portion of the course focusing on human physiology, they were fortunate to have Dr. Alan Beitler, Office of the Dean, present his experiences as a West Point graduate, Infantry Officer, and Army Surgeon. Dr. Beitler relayed his experiences as a Hospital Commander during Operation Enduring Freedom as well as the importance of cultural and cooperative efforts in deployed medicine. The case study approach of the types of trauma injuries in a deployed environment resonated with the audience from both the scientific and humanities based perspectives.


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  • 05/02/18--11:03: Yoga at Ananda Ashram
  • Yoga at Ananda AshramThree cadets signed out and in from CGR and attended a yoga class at the Ananda Ashram, a yoga community in Monroe, NY. In practice, cadets worked on merging breathing with movement and were exposed to yoga in a community setting.


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    LETC Visits the FBI's HRT Training FacilityThe Law Enforcement Tatics Club (LETC) travelled to the D.C. area and visited both the FBI's HRT training facility and United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (USACID) Command HQ at Quantico, who gave us an overview of the following major divisions: Field Investigation Unit, Major Procurement Fraud Unit, Computer Crimes and Digital Forensics Units, Terrorism and Criminal Investigations Unit and The Army's Protective Services BN (PSB). This was an extremely beneficial trip where the cadets interacted many active and retired in the field, Special Agents, and current agents both with CID and the FBI who have military maneuver unit/Ranger experience. They also got to visit the National Law Enforcement Memorial.


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    Cadets Attend Lower Hudson Valley Engineering ExpoFaculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering took two Cadets to the Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo to represent West Point and the diversity of engineering programs. Cadets Nick McNerney and Annie Schreiner, Student Chapter Cadet Leadership from the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) club, did a superb job providing high school and middle school student’s information they needed to pursue educational opportunities in engineering at West Point. They talked to over 50 students and parents during the 4 ½ hour event and provided the USMA Admissions Office with 32 emails from interested students representing a diverse population of potential future applicants. Participation in this event enabled enrichment of West Point’s interaction with the local community as well as support to New York City SAME Post’s K-12 outreach activities that promote careers in engineering.


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    The Army West Point baseball team defeated Scared Heart, 12-3, here Tuesday afternoon in a midweek contest at Doubleday Field. The Black Knights trailed 1-0 after the first frame but answered with the tying score in the bottom half and never really looked back. A big four-run inning in the third and a two-run frame in the fourth created a 7-1 gap on the scoreboard. Anfernee Crompton notched a two-run single in the third to highlight that stretch. Matt Hudgins (2), Drake Titus, and John McKenna also registered a run batted in during that time. The Pioneers cut into the deficit in the top of the eighth following two walks and a double that plated two runs but the Cadets responded with another huge five-run bottom frame to keep the game out of reach. Army tallied three-straight singles during the inning from the bats of Jon Rosoff, Anthony Giachin and Tim Simoes. Rookie Rob Regine drilled a two-run single as well later on in the frame to extend the Black Knights' advantage to 12-3. Joe Santoro then came in for relief and registered a one, two, three inning, including back-to-back strikeouts to secure the win. Read More


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    West Point Hosts Harvard Business SchoolThe Department of Social Sciences hosted 40 members from the Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of NY and 50 staff and faculty for the first Economic Leader Forum. The purpose of the forum was to highlight the key economic principles that pertain to any leader striving to make optimal decisions for an organization. This year's forum focused on the principal-agent problem, and used a case study written by MAJ Isaac Wisniewski. The case study focused on a decision that Isaac faced during a mission as an Apache helicopter pilot in Afghanistan. During the forum, cadets, faculty and HBS club-members dissected this case-study in round-table discussions and more broadly as a group. The forum allowed all participants to understand the linkages between economics and leadership, appreciate the ethical nuances required in tough decision-making and form bonds with leaders from various industries. The forum also aligned with the Superintendent's emphasis on character development and NYC outreach.


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    Dr. David Harris presented the topic "Investigating the Missing Black Holes of the Milky Way". One out of every thousand stars in the galaxy will become a black hole at the end of its life. Thus, we expect to find a large number of black holes throughout the galaxy. However, we detect far fewer black holes than we would expect given this reasoning. Using simulations, Dr. Harris attempted to demonstrate that black holes are being ejected into inclined, out-of-disk orbits by their natal supernova kicks, showing that the distribution of black holes in the galaxy simulation does not match the initial distribution of stars. Additional explanations, including the difficulty of detecting black holes, were discussed.


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    Women's Tennis Headed to Texas Tech For NCAAsThe Army West Point women's tennis team will travel to Lubbock, Texas to face 11-seeded Texas Tech for the first round of the NCAA Tournament, announced by the association Tuesday during its selection show. The Black Knights will be making their 14th all-time appearance at NCAAs and the first since 2013 after winning the Patriot League title over service-academy rival Navy. This will be the program's second trip to Texas after facing 4-seed California in College Station in 2003. Additionally, it will be the first time in program history Army will play Texas Tech and the team's fifth-highest seed at the national tournament. "This was our goal since our first day of practice," said head coach Paul Peck. "We knew that we were hosting the Patriot League Championships, and our goal was to raise another banner. It's what we've been working toward all year long, so we're ecstatic to actually achieve that goal." The Black Knights and Red Raiders will compete in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on May 11. Read More


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    Miami Criminal Defense Attorney Speaks to CadetsCriminal defense attorney, Jeff Weiner, from Miami, Florida, addressed cadets in the Criminal Law and Constitutional & Military Law courses in the Department of Law. Among other topics, Mr. Weiner addressed the importance of recognizing the Constitution as America's highest law and ensuring that everyone, including people accused of crimes, is provided with every constitutional right.


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    EXCEL Scholars Program Welcomes 2LT Nattiel '17Excel Scholar cadets and faculty attended the monthly Fireside Chat. The guest speaker was 2LT Christian Nattiel '17 and the first African-American graduate to earn the Rhodes Scholarship. He is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education (Higher Education) and an MBA at Oxford. In answering the third question "how am I going to get there?" Christian advised cadets to put careful thought into making a detailed plan on how to achieve their goals. He warned them not to allow themselves to get distracted. He commented that to be better, you must do what others are not. 2LT Nattiel advised cadets to make the most of the incredible team of mentors here at West Point across the spectrum, from academic instructors to TACs. Christian encouraged cadets to take advantage of the amazing leadership opportunities offered to them at USMA, as the skills they learn will distinguish them from their peers both in academia and the military.


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    President Trump with Army FootballThe Army West Point football team celebrated its Commander in Chief's Trophy title by visiting President Trump at The White House followed by a trip to the Pentagon. The Black Knights were guests of the President in the Rose Garden at The White House for a short ceremony that congratulated Army on a great season. 

    Congratulations @ArmyWP_Football! pic.twitter.com/rmaLoZMWtK

    — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 1, 2018

    The President talked about the teams' will to win and how they were an inspiration during their run to the CIC Trophy. He talked about individuals like team captains John Voit and Ahmad Bradshaw and their performances on the field during the 2017 season. pic.twitter.com/enjWaN4qdL

    — Jeff Monken (@CoachJeffMonken) May 1, 2018 Head coach Jeff Monken spoke after President Trump and thanked him and The White House for allowing us to visit. He also talked about his team and mentioned that what they accomplished this season was something great. The Black Knights achieved one of their biggest goals this year -- being in the Rose Garden with the CIC Trophy.  

    We have arrived. #GoArmypic.twitter.com/uRS7uLvdsL


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    Cadets Attend Writing Workshop on Army Evaluations Fourteen cadets and two civilian faculty attended a writing workshop on Army evaluations led by LTC Alan Brown. Because Army Officers face unique writing situations that have significant career implications for their subordinates, most notably writing evaluations, LTC Brown developed this workshop to familiarize cadets with techniques and strategies to help them write effective evaluations as Second Lieutenants. Working from a range of examples, LTC Brown engaged cadets in critical dialogues that addressed how to match bulleted comments to evaluation scoring; the importance of crafting specific, number-oriented comments that precisely and concisely deliver fair, quantifiable portraits of subordinate performance; and, tips for dealing with various difficult situations. The workshop included practical writing exercises along with extensive question-and-answer work.


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    Women's Handball Hosts National ChampionshipsThe Women’s Handball teams hosted the Collegiate National Championships in Arvin Gym. The Black team finished in second while the Gold team finished in fourth. Ansley Davenport '20 was awarded both highest scorer and most valuable player across the tournament. Natalie Nepa '19 took First Team Academic All-American with Christina Bouvier '18, Alanna Severt '19, and Olivia Beattie '19 taking Second team.


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    Electronic Experimenters Group Volunteer as Judges AgainThree members of the Electronics Experimenters Club (ELEX) volunteered as judges at the Long Island FIRST Robotics Regional Championships at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Cadets Samuel Norman '19, Jared Fritz '19, Shane Murphy '21, and CPT Joshua Groen partnered with the NYC Recruiting Battalion (USAREC) to support the Army's recruiting efforts and the Academy's outreach mission in New York City. The competition consisted of over 40 teams, including teams from Turkey and Croatia. The Cadets applied their technical skills, including the skills they have learned and honed at ELEX, in evaluating the robots' design and performance, and in suggesting improvements to the teams. The Cadets' duties included interviewing the high schoolers and discussing how the students built their robots to solve a specific challenge. The cadets' understanding of robotic drive systems, PID control and operation, and power delivery systems were invaluable in providing informed assessments, and they made a significant contribution in the judges' room. In addition, the cadets talked with students about their plans for the future, and made many aware of opportunities at West Point and in the Army.


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    Climbing at the Collegiate Nationals in HoustonThe Climbing Team competed at the Collegiate Nationals in Houston, TX and took home the Armed Forces Cup yet again. Cadet Charles Barron '20 won 7th in Bouldering.


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    CDT Abby Halbrook '19 Presented Coach K Award 2018 Abby Halbrook of the Army West Point track and field team was among the recipients of the Mike Krzyzewski Award for Excellence in Teaching Character Through Sport on Wednesday. The winners were announced at the Cadet Mess Hall during the 12th annual luncheon where Coach K recognizes West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. Krzyzewski, a 1969 USMA graduate and former basketball player and coach, presented the awards, a certificate and medal. The awards recognize West Point athletes and coaches for their outstanding commitment to the development of noble character through athletic participation and leadership. The cadet recipient exemplifies the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage both on-and-off the "fields of friendly strife." Dubbed the "Coach K" awards, Halbrook was recognized for not only her athletic success but also for her commitment to excellence and respect for her teammates, opponents, and the sport. Read More


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    Cadets Tour Sikorsky Facility in StratfordTwenty-four cadets from Helicopter Aeronautics and six cadets from Sustaining the Force toured the facilities at the Sikorsky plant in Stratford, CT. The company assembles UH-60 helicopters and manufactures components for the CH-53K there. The cadets were exposed to manufacturing processes, assembly processes, component testing, flight simulation, autonomous helicopter testing, helicopter design, and a discussion on future vertical lift technology. The group was hosted by COL(R) Mike Mudd '80, and MAJ Rob Massey '04. A recent post about this trip on social media garnered a reply from a former cadet that remembered the same type of trip from 1983, indicating the long history that the course has with this trip section.


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    Men's Handball Clinches 12th National ChampionshipThe Men's Handball Team clinched their twelfth Collegiate National Championship. The Black team took first place and the Gold team took third place.


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