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    Visiting Scholar in Professor Query’s World Lit ClassJonathan Pitcher of Bennington College visited Patrick Query's EN351: World Literature class to discuss the work of Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. Dr. Pitcher is a scholar of Latin American literature, philosophy, and history and the author of Excess Baggage: A Modern Theory and the Conscious Amnesia of Latin Americanist Thought. Students in EN 351 had been reading Borges's works pertaining to perception and reality, time, and the legacy of Don Quixote in Latin America.


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    Boxing Fights Active Duty SoldiersWest Point Army boxing represented the Academy well in their fights against Soldiers from FT Jackson, FT Drum, and FT Benning at the Benning Ballroom Boxing Tournament. Incredible trip to FT Benning. CDT Eba Obiomon won her first official fight by unanimous decision. Her sister, CDT Jackie Obiomon also fought a great fight but lost in a close decision. Overall the experience was great because the Army boxers were able to see the Home of the Maneuver branch, and interact with active duty Soldiers from across the Army.


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    Water Polo Lands Conference ChampionshipThe Army Water Polo team competed in the New York Division championships at the University at Buffalo. The Army team came away with its first conference championship since 2002 earning a trip to the national tournament at Notre Dame. The team also finished regular season collegiate play undefeated and has been nationally ranked since week 2 of the season. The weekend included wins over New York University, Colgate University, and Cornell University. Army Water Polo will have scrimmages over the next month before heading to South Bend to compete in the national championships from November 11-13.


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    Cadets Meet University of Pretoria Grad StudentsCadets from BS&L’s Management major and its program director, COL Todd Woodruff met with graduate students from South Africa's University of Pretoria, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). GIBS students and faculty visited West Point to understand USMA culture and discuss leader development and organizational competitiveness. BS&L Cadets Kristen Mcpeek, Ben Budinger, Collin Parker, and Micah Mills, who participated in the visit, had attended GIBS (the continent’s top ranked business school) in South Africa during their summer AIAD as part of an ongoing informal engagement between BS&L cadets and University of Pretoria students.


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    Sports Injury and Osteoarthritis Research SymposiumCadets, staff, and faculty welcomed four guest speakers to Bartlett Hall for the Keller Army Community Hospital / USMA Research Symposium: Insights into Recent Advances in the Study, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Osteoarthritis. The event highlighted results from research at West Point and elsewhere to address the onset of osteoarthritis resulting from sports injuries. The attendees were treated to a talk by Robin Pool, PhD, Professor Emeritus from McGill University’s Department of Surgery and Microbiology/Immunology, entitled “New Insights into Knee Osteoarthritis Onset and Pathology with Collagenase-generated Biomarkers.” Dr. Pool was followed by Carla R. Scanzello, MD, PhD, Section Chief, Rheumatology, CPL Michal J. Cresenz Veterans Administration Medical Center, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology and Department of Orthopedics, who presented “Inflammation in Early Osteoarthritis: Insights from Patients and Animal Models.” Next, Miguel Otero, PhD, Laboratory for Cartilage Biology, Research Division, The Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, addressed “Precision Medicine for Orthopedics: Understanding Molecular Arthritis.” Finally, COL Svoboda, MD, Director, John A. Feagin Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship, Keller Army Community Hospital, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, spoke on “The ACL Injury, West Point, and Biomarkers: A Gateway to Understanding Post-traumatic Osteoarthritis.”


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    Epps Named Patriot League Rookie of the WeekFreshman Rex Epps was selected as Patriot League Rookie of the Week on Monday after netting a pair of goals last week to help the Army West Point men's soccer team go 1-0-1. Epps was also named Army Athletic Association Athlete of the Week for his performances. The Patriot League Rookie of the Week and AAA Athlete of the Week honors are both the second of Epps' career. Epps tallied the game-winning goal in Army's 2-0 shutout of Stony Brook on Oct. 18. He scored in the third minute against the Seawolves on an assist from senior Nick Williams. The freshman also scored in a 2-2 draw against Loyola on Oct. 22, finding the back of the net on an assist from Alex Jaroscak in the 28th minute to tie the game at 1-1. Read More


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    Cadet Augmented Reality Sandtable Tactics StudyCadets Yoshino and Baity began their data collection efforts as part of their capstone project with Dr. Michael Boyce from the US Army Simulation and Technology Training Center (STTC). The Cadets are investigating the effects of topography on training and understanding military tactics in order to inform better design of future iterations of command and control systems and instructional design. The Augmented Reality Sandtable (ARES) is a prototype from STTC that Cadets have used for analyses of training land navigation skills, time on task to complete a traditional terrain model vs. an augmented reality system, understanding commander’s intent through briefing an operations order, and the effectiveness of using training scenarios to assess understanding of tactical decision making. The Cadets will continue to work with Dr. Boyce to analyze their data and report their findings through multiple mediums.


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    Spanish/Latin Dance Club Cadets Teach at WPMSSpanish: Cadets from the Spanish Club and Latin Dance Club participated in a multi-sensory educational experience at West Point Middle School (WPMS). The Spanish Club Cadets gave short presentations to the WPMS Students, highlighting some of Hispanic-Americans’ significant accomplishments and their contributions to this country. Additionally, the Latin Dance Club gave a short dance routine demonstrating various styles of Hispanic dances to include Bachata, Merengue, and Salsa. Afterwards, the Cadets gave short lessons on the difference dancing style to various WPMS students. The students enjoyed interacting with the Cadets before and after the event.


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    Cadets Volunteer as Debate CoachesCadets Matlack and O’Dowd studying Persian for a semester in Tajikistan, volunteered as debate coaches at the American Corner located in the inner city of Dushanbe. American Corners in Tajikistan are partnerships between the Public Affairs sections of the United States Embassy and host nation institutions, with the goal of strengthening mutual understanding and deepening cultural, educational, and scientific exchanges between the people of the United States and Tajikistan.


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    Aviation Takes 2nd in NIFA Region VII CompetitionThe West Point Flying Team took 2nd Place overall team in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA) Region VII competition qualifying for Nationals to be held at The Ohio State University May 9-14, 2017. Seven teams participated, including the US Coast Guard Academy. USMA took 2nd place overall in both ground and flight events. Other notable USMA results include: 1st Place Computer Accuracy: Kurt Klinkmueller 5th Place Aircraft Recognition: Dominic Clark 1st Place Ground Trainer (Simulator): Kurt Klinkmueller 1st Place Simulated Comprehensive Aircraft Navigation: Kurt Klinkmueller 1st Place Short Field Landing: Patrick Williams 1st Place Navigation: Kurt Klinkmueller, Max Mueller 3rd Place Navigation: Alaina Kappner, Derek Powers 3rd Place Message Drop: Mitch Boylan, Patrick Williams.


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    Cadets in Morocco Visit Zawiya Ahansal VillageCadets on Semester Abroad in Morocco spent several days in the small village of Zawiya Ahansal, a small village in the Atlas Mountains, learning about the local tamazik culture, language and way of life. Sidi Said Ahansal, a Muslim prophet, founded the village that is now a resting stop for religious pilgrimages in Morocco. Cadets stayed in the local sheik’s house, taught English at the school, discussed local politics and issues with NGO leadership, and even learned traditional Moroccan dancing! This unique experience allowed the Cadets to gain perspective on daily village life, utilize their leadership and linguistic skills in a classroom setting and when interacting with the locals, and gain greater awareness of the physical geography of the Atlas Mountains.


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    Arts in the Armed Forces visits West PointThe Department of English and Philosophy welcomed Arts in the Armed Forces to West Point. AITAF is a non-profit organization whose founders, Adam Driver and Joanne Tucker, bring top level talent from the performing arts community to perform Contemporary American Monologues to military audiences for free. This was the first time that AITAF has visited an Academy, and West Point is excited to be part of AITAF’s continued effort to bridge the gap between the military and performing arts communities. Under the direction of artistic director, Joanne Tucker, and director, Lila Neugebauer, ten actors performed various monologues that had the audience laughing, crying, and on the edge of their seats. Additionally, the cast and crew met with EN152: Literature, and EN367: Drama in Cullum Hall where Cadets had an opportunity to ask questions about craft and performance. The event was very successful, and we hope to continue our relationship with AITAF for years to come.

    Photo: Actors and Directors answer cadet questions in Cullum Hall. [Left to Right]: Reg Rogers, Anna Chlumsky, Lila Neugebauer, Shane McRae, Joanne Tucker, William Jackson Harper, Jackie Cruz, Bill Heck, Marylouise Burke, Tonye Patano, and Saidah Ekulona


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    Volleyball Club Tournament with RMC and NavyArmy crushed Navy 2-0. The first set was all Army, but the second set started off with a large Navy run. Fortunately, the Army team fought through adversity to overcome the midshipmen 26-24. Navy defeated RMC 2-1, and Army lost a close 5 game match 3-2. This left the three teams in a 3-way tie. In addition, they were able to get a lot of good much needed experience for the B team as they were able to steal a game each from Navy B and RMC B. Overall the tournament was a huge success. Volleyball was grateful for the tremendous support from the Physical Education Department in the tournament.


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    CLD STEM Cadets Motivate Residents of Montgomery CountyThe Center for Leadership and Diversity in STEM traveled to Kensington, MD to conduct a “STEMinar” for the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County to Pursue Higher Education. In all, 32 low income residents of the county attended the workshop to design and program “portable unmanned ground vehicles.” The students first received a presentation on the benefits of pursuing STEM education, and how USMA, the Nation’s first school of engineering, teaches those skills to cadets. CDT’s Monroe, Riley, Campbell and Graham spent the remainder of the morning assisting the students in building their “unmanned ground vehicles.” The afternoon witnessed the students attempting a scenario where they employed their unmanned ground vehicles” to deliver supplies to victims of a natural disaster. Small prizes being awarded to the most exceptional students.


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    Modifications at the Cadet ObservatoryExpert contractors, Mr. Knoll and Mr. McGriff from Oceanside Photo and Camera, supplier of the astronomy equipment in the New Cadet Observatory, recently visited from California. While at West Point they cleaned and collimated the 12-inch and 8-inch Meade telescopes, synchronized the motion of the main, 16-inch, scope and the observatory dome using TheSkyX controlling software and assisted at the evening meeting of the Cadet Astronomy Club. Cadets and their OIC, Dr. Fekete of PaNE, were able to enjoy the balmy weather up on the Astronomy Rooftop Terrace and take a look at the (nearly) full Hunter’s Moon with the newly-refurbished 12-inch telescope.


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    CDT Connor Long '20Freshman Connor Long of the Army West Point sprint football team was named the Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday. Long tied a season-high in tackles with seven, in addition to recording his first-ever multiple-turnover game. The Mechanicsburg, PA, native recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone in the first quarter for the first touchdown of his career and later intercepted his second pass of the season. The Black Knights will have a bye week before traveling to Annapolis, MD, for the annual Star Game with Navy on Friday, 11/4. Read More


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    Pipes & Drums at No Greater Sacrifice DinnerWest Point Pipes and Drums sent six band members to Gotham Hall in New York City to play at an award dinner for No Greater Sacrifice, a charity that provides scholarships to the children of fallen and wounded service members. The band opened up the ceremony, playing a brief set of songs to welcome attendees. This event was a great chance for the band to contribute back to the military support community. The charity group was very happy to have us there to augment their dinner, and we were honored to be able to help. It was also a wonderful opportunity to connect with the New York City community, allowing the band to publicize its playing ability and represent the best West Point has to offer.


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    Cadets enrolled in EV373 Geography of Latin America visited the Council on Foreign Relations to meet with the Army Fellow at CFR, COL Rick Ullian and attend the 2016 Back-to-School Event focused on the Amazon, featuring a presentation of CFR’s most recent InfoGuide “Deforestation in the Amazon and a panel discussion with Eve Bratman, assistant professor of environmental studies at Franklin & Marshall College, and Matthew M. Taylor, adjunct senior fellow for Latin America studies at CFR and associate professor at American University’s School of International Service. Following the event, cadets were invited to meet with other students and learn more about the resources available at CFR.


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  • 10/27/16--06:29: Army Debate at Bard College
  • Army Debate at Bard CollegeThe Army debate team travelled to Bard College to participate in a public debate in front of an audience of more than 100 people. Army debaters argued that “the rapid rise of ‘safe space’ rhetoric on college campuses does more harm than good.” Initial surveys of the crowd indicated that they sided with the notion that safe spaces were “good”; however, Army debaters managed to convince the majority of the audience that safe spaces lead to censorship and unnecessary curbs on free speech.


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    CDT Zac McGraw '20The Army West Point men's soccer team played into double overtime for the second straight game, but this time came away with a 2-1 victory after freshman Zac McGraw scored with just 44 seconds left to send the Black Knights to a Patriot League win over Colgate on Wednesday evening at Beyer-Small '76 Field. Army improves to 8-5-2 overall and 4-2-1 in the Patriot League with the victory, while Colgate falls to 10-5-1 and 4-2-1. McGraw beat Colgate's Ricky Brown at the right post, following a corner kick from junior Marcos Arroyo on the left side. McGraw's game winner came in the 110th, and final minute, with 44 ticks left in double overtime. Senior Nick Williams opened the scoring with a goal in the 84th minute to put Army on top, 1-0, before Colgate's Ethan Kutler equalized on a free kick in the 90th minute, with 45 seconds remaining in regulation. Army freshman Justin Stoll made four saves in net, including a key stop in the 99th minute to keep the game level and send it to double overtime. Read More


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