By lex, on January 18th, 2008
I’ve had a lot of natural highs in my life, but there are few that compare to seeing one of my classmates rip that plebe “dixie cup” off the top of Herndon Monument during June Week at the US Naval Academy. We might have still been fourth class midshipmen for a few more days, but the moment that cursed cap was replaced by a combination cover, “t’aint no more plebes.”
By lex, on September 15th, 2006
Unlike the Brits, and other, more civilized services, ours is a “dry navy” while at sea – no drinking. Our tee-totaling Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels shut down the officer’s wine messes in 1914, and from that point on it’s been bottles over the side and “farewell to all that.” We even named a ship after him, if you can believe it.
By lex, on June 21st, 2006
When I was a mid (he said, impervious to the sound of four thousand young people’s groans) there were two qualifications required to get a billet for flight school in Pensacola: An adequate GPA – this was, after all, a competitive process – and 20/20 vision, or better.
By Lex, on September 3, 2010
I like Ricky Dobbs, senior quarterback at the US Naval Academy. From everything I’ve read, he’s hard not to like. He’s a tremendous athlete who led the midshipmen last season to match their best record in the institution’s foot ball history, 10-4. He also has an inspiring personal story, having risen from adversity, burdened with an absent father and a drug addicted mother. He is a person of deep faith who knows how to play hurt. There’s a lot to like.
And yet, I can’t help but admit that I found this sympathetic review of the young man vaguely troubling. Dobbs, one can’t help but learn if one was unaware, is not merely a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, but a black midshipman. It is not enough to be a star athlete, a likable guy and an exemplar of both sportsmanship and leadership. Midshipman Dobbs must also be cast into the role as a “credit to his race”, which carries to me the sniff of the “soft bigotry of low expectations”:
Posted by Lex, on February 17, 2011
Navy offers a five-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math course to rising 9-11th graders every summer. Applications close on 31 March:
The STEM Program gives students the opportunity to experience real-life applications of math and science principles through hands-on practical learning. Students will learn from distinguished Naval Academy professor s in world-class lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom. The academy’s current students, known as midshipmen, help run the Summer STEM Program and act as counselors and tutors to students.
Approximately 375 total students from around the U.S. will be accepted to STEM. All students selected to participate will receive a full scholarship to attend this academic summer program, but will be responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
Free is an awfully good price.
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Posted by Lex, on September 20th, 2008
On the Severn: *
(Naval Academy) students attracted to history or political science say that they have no trouble satisfying their craving for intellectual challenge and reflection. (Professor Williamson) Murray said that, while he was appalled by the ignorance of the incoming freshmen, he found that the students in one of his senior seminars were “by far and away” superior to those he had taught at Yale and elsewhere in their “level of sophistication, writing ability, understanding of history, capacity to connect the dots between different periods.” These students are just as inclined as good students everywhere to question established wisdom.
Good lads (and lasses).
* Link changed – 03/22/18 – Ed.
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