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July 5, 2010
If there is a place in this country where honor is still taken seriously, it is at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The importance of the Honor Concept is drilled into incoming plebes from day one. Behavior that may be merely disapproved on other campuses is grounds for expulsion. Given that standard, the recently disclosed Office of the Naval Inspector General's report issued last fall that uncovered a hidden "contingency" fund involving millions of dollars fueled by various private sources, including the Naval Academy Foundation, and used for such indulgencies as tailgate parties for senior staff, entertainment and gifts for coaches is downright shocking.
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May 31, 2013
I would like to thank Randall Leonard for his May 28 commentary, "Punishing honesty at the Naval Academy. " Ethics is a subject not to be taken lightly, especially for those who hold coalition, enemy, and civilian lives in the balance. There is, however, a big difference between a mistake and a crime. Per Webster's II New Riverside University Dictionary, as a noun a mistake is "1. An error: fault. 2. A misconception: misunderstanding. " The same defines a crime as "1. An act committed or omitted in violation of law forbidding or commanding it and for which punishment is imposed upon conviction.
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By Neal Thompson and Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1998
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Diane Zamora, the former U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, accused of killing the teen-ager with whom her fiance had a one-night tryst, was unfaithful, according to testimony yesterday.Jay Guild, also a former midshipman and once a member of Zamora's squad at the academy, told jurors that he and Zamora became romantically involved in their two months at the academy. They kissed a few times, but never slept together, and introduced each other's parents during a parents' weekend, he testified.
NEWS
July 5, 2010
If there is a place in this country where honor is still taken seriously, it is at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. The importance of the Honor Concept is drilled into incoming plebes from day one. Behavior that may be merely disapproved on other campuses is grounds for expulsion. Given that standard, the recently disclosed Office of the Naval Inspector General's report issued last fall that uncovered a hidden "contingency" fund involving millions of dollars fueled by various private sources, including the Naval Academy Foundation, and used for such indulgencies as tailgate parties for senior staff, entertainment and gifts for coaches is downright shocking.
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By WILEY A. HALL | February 1, 1994
In Annapolis, a senior midshipman is explaining to me the Navy's concept of honor. He is a clean-cut young man, earnest and well-spoken. He is one of the student leaders at the Naval Academy."
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Staff Writer | December 7, 1993
The U.S. Naval Academy's strict honor code, tarnished by last year's widespread cheating scandal, may be revamped to include a larger role for lawyers, officers and faculty in the education and enforcement process.Currently, midshipmen are largely responsible for investigating and ruling on honor violations as well as educating the brigade on the code.An academy committee, which has spent two months studying the honor system, will this week draft its report, which is expected to recommend that the burden for upholding the 42-year-old code be shared with military and academy officials, academy and committee sources said.
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By Kelly Gilbert and Kelly Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | September 21, 1990
A fourth-year midshipman has been dismissed from the Naval Academy for falsifying two muster reports and lying twice to academy officials in an attempted cover-up of his violations of the institution's honor code.The dismissal of Midshipman 1st Class Andre M. Williams, 21, of Tacoma, Wash., became official yesterday a few hours after a federal judge in Baltimore denied his request for a preliminary injunction that would have stayed the ouster pending a civil suit Williams filed Sept. 10 in U.S. District Court here.
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By Tom Bowman and JoAnna Daemmrich and Tom Bowman and JoAnna Daemmrich,Staff Writers | August 18, 1993
The Naval Academy's strict honor code, sharply criticized after a major cheating scandal, should be reviewed with an eye toward refinement, an academy panel says.The eight-member group composed of students, officers and faculty members told Capt. John B. Padgett III, commandant of midshipmen, earlier this month that midshipmen and professors do not have a "grasp" of the concept or how it should be administered.The academy's superintendent, Rear Adm. Thomas C. Lynch, established the committee last month and told the Board of Visitors, which oversees the academy, that he expected a report by the time the brigade returned in late August.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Writer | February 1, 1994
More than 100 of the 133 U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen implicated in a cheating scandal involving an electrical engineering exam have cases serious enough to merit a full review by a panel of officers with the authority to expel them, sources said.The five-member panel, headed by Rear Adm. Richard C. Allen, was scheduled to begin receiving case files yesterday. Meanwhile, academy officials were scheduled to start notifying accused midshipmen individually.The cases surrounding roughly 80 percent of those implicated in the scandal, which involved the distribution of advance copies of an exam given in December 1992, will be reviewed by the panel.
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Staff Writer | December 17, 1993
WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Naval Academy advisory committee recommended sweeping changes yesterday in the midshipmen's 42-year-old honor code, which has been sharply criticized following the largest cheating scandal in academy history.The Board of Visitors, made up of presidential and congressional appointees, recommended dozens of changes, including one that would make it harder to expel a midshipman because it would allow honor boards to recommend punishments other than dismissal.The changes generally call for more rigorous training in the honor code and a strict legal review of alleged honor offenses.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | June 22, 2003
They are as much a part of the Annapolis scenery as sailboats and the State House dome: clusters of Naval Academy midshipmen strolling the downtown streets in crisp uniforms - blue in winter, white in summer. The academy's mission of grooming the country's next generation of naval officers has changed little since Navy Secretary George Bancroft founded the college on the banks of the Severn River in 1845. The 4,000 middies, who live on a walled-in campus of austere, granite buildings, get a four-year college education courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.
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By Neal Thompson and Neal Thompson,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1998
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Diane Zamora, the former U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, accused of killing the teen-ager with whom her fiance had a one-night tryst, was unfaithful, according to testimony yesterday.Jay Guild, also a former midshipman and once a member of Zamora's squad at the academy, told jurors that he and Zamora became romantically involved in their two months at the academy. They kissed a few times, but never slept together, and introduced each other's parents during a parents' weekend, he testified.
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By Candy Thomson | January 26, 1997
TO BE A newspaper editor in Anne Arundel County is to be granted an unlimited pass to an amusement park. I should know: I have enjoyed an eight-year ride.It's time to get off, but not without reviewing the family photo album.The first day in Pasadena set the tone. Reigning sports guy Pat O'Malley walked up, stuck out his hand and said: "I've never worked for a girl before." I hope that's still true.Since then, there have been three county executives, three school superintendents and three Sun publishers.
NEWS
October 4, 1996
Adm. Larson's leadership criticizedYour Sept. 25 editorial on Adm. Charles Larson considers two different matters: his inability to personally live up to the Naval Academy's strict honor concept and his breaking of federal law.The honor concept's purpose is to instill the highest sense of moral values in the midshipmen, providing them with a clear understanding of the right thing to do, taking full responsibility for their actions and admitting their shortcomings.Understanding...
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,SUN STAFF | July 18, 1996
As a seventh-grader in Massachusetts, Jennifer Della Barba saw the movie "Top Gun" and immediately told her parents of her future path: She would attend the U.S. Naval Academy and become a fighter pilot.Her dream was about to come true, before it unraveled this week over what her father insists is just a bit of confusion or semantics.Della Barba, 21, was to have graduated in May from the academy. She was to spend the summer training plebes as a Navy ensign, before heading off to work in the Pentagon.
NEWS
April 16, 1996
IN THE PAST several weeks, the recently tarnished image of the U.S. Naval Academy has been smudged further. Midshipmen have been accused of harassing female classmates, of sexually abusing and assaulting a young child and involved in allegations of sexual harassment. Two dozen midshipmen are in the process of being disciplined and court-martialed for buying and using LSD and marijuana.All that was followed by news late last week that five current and former midshipmen have been indicted on federal auto theft charges.
NEWS
October 4, 1996
Adm. Larson's leadership criticizedYour Sept. 25 editorial on Adm. Charles Larson considers two different matters: his inability to personally live up to the Naval Academy's strict honor concept and his breaking of federal law.The honor concept's purpose is to instill the highest sense of moral values in the midshipmen, providing them with a clear understanding of the right thing to do, taking full responsibility for their actions and admitting their shortcomings.Understanding...
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Staff Writer Staff writer Rick Sia contributed to this article | July 21, 1993
In the spring of 1987, several weeks before his graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, Midshipman 1st Class Joseph Steffan was called into a conference room."
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By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Writer | June 27, 1994
The U.S. Naval Academy's largest cheating scandal was a tough lesson for the Class of 1994. Now it will be a morality lesson for the Class of 1998.Marine Col. Michael Hagee, brought in by top Navy officials as the academy's new character development officer, says he plans to use the "Double E" scandal as part of an expanded honor training program for the 1,225 freshmen -- or plebes -- who will enter the academy Friday."
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