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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 16, 2003
A nine-year, $250 million project to renovate Bancroft Hall, the Naval Academy's sprawling dormitory, was declared complete yesterday at a ribbon-cutting ceremony inside its ornate central rotunda. Workers refurbished the Beaux Arts building's original interior, stripped out toxic materials such as lead and asbestos, modernized mechanical and electrical systems, and installed 1,600 miles of wires to equip the dorm with a high-tech computer data network. "Today is not just the completion of a renovation of a building - today is the completion of the soul of our naval service," Col. John R. Allen, the commandant of midshipmen, said at the morning ceremony.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2013
The house that was the scene of alleged sexual assaults by three Naval Academy football players looks like any other in suburban Annapolis: a brick split-level on a quiet cul de sac lined with cherry trees. But neighbors in the Rolling Hills neighborhood off Generals Highway say the rental house was a nuisance that brought big crowds, loud noise and other problems. One neighbor, Bethany Swain, said the midshipmen who rented the Witmer Court house - in violation of academy regulations - regularly had visitors and "a lot of cars" on the weekends.
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By Neal Thompson and SUN STAFF | January 1, 1999
'Twas the season of Christmas, and all through the dorm,Little creatures were stirring to keep themselves warm.When midshipmen at the Naval Academy departed Dec. 18 for their holiday break, they began a temporary cease-fire in their battle against the co-inhabitants of their dormitory, Bancroft Hall.Put another way, when the weather outside turns frightful, mice -- and sometimes rats, raccoons and squirrels -- find the warmth of Bancroft Hall delightful."I can hear them running around in the ceiling at night," said senior Kate Oliver.
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Susan Reimer | September 4, 2013
The U.S. Naval Academy is its own kind of "Suitcase College. " Midshipmen on the walled off campus are always looking for a way to escape - not the boredom, but the unending pressure. One of the ways they can escape is to the home of a "sponsor family," residents in and around Annapolis who volunteer to be the home away from home for young men and women just looking for a nap, some TV time, a chance to call home and maybe some home cooking. A place away from Bancroft Hall and the Yard.
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By Neal Thompson and Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1997
Naval investigators have launched an Article 32 probe, the Navy's equivalent to a grand jury, into allegations that a male midshipman at the Naval Academy, after a night of drinking, crawled into the beds of two female midshipmen and assaulted them.Navy lawyers will conduct hearings in the next few weeks before a magistrate in Washington.Based on the findings, Adm. Charles R. Larson, academy superintendent, will decide on possible discipline for the midshipman, who could be expelled, court-martialed or could receive a lesser administrative punishment on misconduct charges.
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March 22, 2008
The disciplinary hearing scheduled for Monday for a Naval Academy midshipman accused of receiving, possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography stored on computer equipment at Bancroft Hall has been postponed, an academy spokeswoman said yesterday. The Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury proceeding, was postponed to April 7 after a lawyer for the defendant, Midshipman First Class Michael S. Pollard, asked for more time to prepare, said the spokeswoman, Judy Campbell.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2002
Melvyn Fisher walked through the gates of the U.S. Naval Academy in the early 1950s and into an institution that placed his Jewish faith into a straitjacket. When the school prepared a special early meal the night before the Jewish fast day of Yom Kippur, it served roast pork, forbidden under Orthodox dietary laws. Saturdays, the Jewish Sabbath, were a day of classes and inspections. So, Jewish midshipmen would put off prayer until Sunday. While Christian classmates assembled in the Academy's main, terracotta-domed chapel -- the one with the golden cross over its front door -- Fisher and the other Jewish midshipmen marched off campus to an Annapolis synagogue.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Writer | December 15, 1994
The U.S. Naval Academy has been cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration for two serious safety violations after a steam blast last month that injured two maintenance employees.An OSHA report said specific procedures had not been developed for the control of potentially hazardous energy in the basement Mechanical Room of Bancroft Hall, the dormitory that houses all 4,100 midshipmen, and that employees were not trained in an energy control program."The classification is a serious violation," Leonard Moore, assistant area director for the Baltimore office of OSHA, said yesterday.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Athima Chansanchai and Lisa Goldberg and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | August 19, 2002
The body of a 20-year-old Naval Academy midshipman was discovered on the ground beneath his fourth-floor dormitory window yesterday morning, the victim of what authorities said was apparently an accidental fall. Midshipman 2nd Class John Paul Vito Ruggiero, an aerospace engineering major who would have started his junior year today, had been dead "for some period of time" when his body was discovered outside Bancroft Hall about 7:15 a.m., said Cmdr. Bill Spann, a Naval Academy spokesman.
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By JoAnna Daemmrich and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writer | March 12, 1993
A senior at the Naval Academy has been grounded until graduation after he was found guilty of making unwanted sexual advances toward a female classmate, academy officials confirmed yesterday.The male midshipman was accused of waking a sleeping female classmate early in the morning of Jan. 17 and attempting to kiss her. He left her room in the Bancroft Hall dormitory after she refused his advances.The 21-year-old student, whom academy officials would not identify, has been restricted to Bancroft Hall except for military duty and classes for 60 days, said Cmdr.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
The midshipman who says she was sexually assaulted by three Naval Academy football players while she was incapacitated last spring described a boozy night of partying that left her with spotty memories and a knot in her back. Testifying Wednesday at a preliminary military hearing, the woman said it was only after the party that she pieced together what might have happened to her through Twitter and Facebook posts and rumors that swirled around the academy. She said she was reluctant to report her suspicions about the night of April 14, 2012, for fear it would lead to an embarrassing and painful investigation.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | December 7, 2012
Phil McConkey wasn't surprised to hear that Navy's mascot had been goatnapped last week, for the umpteenth time, prior to Saturday's Army-Navy football game. That the animal was left tethered to a post, outside of the Pentagon, didn't surprise him either. "The goat is a smelly old thing that defecates all the time, and Army probably couldn't deal with it (after the heist)," said McConkey, a star receiver for Navy in the 1970s. "They also stole our goat when I played there, 34 years ago, and I said the same thing then: "Good riddance, let Army have it. " After 112 years of hijinks and hoopla, Army and Navy can still find ways to torment each other in advance of their storied rivalry.
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March 22, 2008
The disciplinary hearing scheduled for Monday for a Naval Academy midshipman accused of receiving, possessing and attempting to distribute child pornography stored on computer equipment at Bancroft Hall has been postponed, an academy spokeswoman said yesterday. The Article 32 hearing, similar to a grand jury proceeding, was postponed to April 7 after a lawyer for the defendant, Midshipman First Class Michael S. Pollard, asked for more time to prepare, said the spokeswoman, Judy Campbell.
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By ANDREA F. SIEGEL and ANDREA F. SIEGEL,SUN REPORTER | February 25, 2006
The attorney for a second member of the Naval Academy football squad to be accused of rape in recent weeks acknowledged that his client had sex with a classmate in a Georgetown hotel room this month but said it was consensual. "My perception is that there is no basis for any charge in this case," William M. Ferris, the Annapolis lawyer for the midshipman under investigation, said yesterday. Neither the Naval Criminal Investigative Service nor Ferris would release his name or further discuss the allegations.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | February 23, 2006
The quarterback who led Navy's football team to a college bowl game victory last season has been charged with raping a female midshipman on campus, the latest in a line of allegations of sexual misconduct that have shaken the Naval Academy in recent years. Lamar S. Owens Jr., 22, a senior midshipman, was charged yesterday with rape, indecent assault and conduct unbecoming an officer after an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, academy officials said in charging documents.
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By KENT BAKER and KENT BAKER,SUN REPORTER | December 1, 2005
Navy welcomed back its head coach from a brief scare yesterday, then received more good news last night. The cherished, 170-pound Commander in Chief's Trophy, named in honor of the nation's president, was located intact after being stolen from the team locker room Monday night, apparently as a prank by Army supporters. Navy has gained the trophy the past two years by winning the football competition among the three service academies. Normally, it is kept in a locked glass case in Bancroft Hall, a residence facility, but it was moved to the locker room for motivational reasons this week.
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By KENT BAKER and KENT BAKER,SUN REPORTER | October 8, 2005
With a war of words in neither team's pre-game plan, Navy and Air Force will settle their squabbles strictly on the field before a standing-room-only crowd today at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The bitter rivals have dispensed with the verbal barbs that preceded last year's game in Colorado and focused entirely on the quest for the Commander in Chief's Trophy, the prize named in honor of the nation's president and awarded to the winner of the annual football competition among the three major service academies.
NEWS
June 25, 2005
ANNAPOLIS Mid who died in fall was drinking, officials say A midshipman who fell to his death from a ledge off his fifth-floor dormitory room in April had been drinking, climbed out the window to smoke and probably lost his balance, Naval Academy officials said yesterday. The body of Jay Michael Dixon, 21, a junior physics major from Destrehan, La., was found about 12:30 p.m. April 9 at the bottom of a mechanical pit outside Bancroft Hall -12 hours after officials believe he accidentally tumbled from the 4-foot-by-4-foot ledge into the area that is generally obscured from view.
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