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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2004
Rule No. 1 of Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy: Do not speak unless spoken to. Rule No. 2: If you are spoken to, there are only two possible responses: Sir, yes sir! or Ma'am, yes ma'am! It might sound simple, but for many of the 1,200 freshmen - or plebes - who arrived at the academy yesterday morning for six weeks of physical and mental training, the first, and most important, order of the day proved a challenge. "Ma'am, yes ma'am!" one plebe stammered to a male upperclassman.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | July 1, 2004
Rule No. 1 of Induction Day at the U.S. Naval Academy: Do not speak unless spoken to. Rule No. 2: If you are spoken to, there are only two possible responses: Sir, yes sir! or Ma'am, yes ma'am! It might sound simple, but for many of the 1,200 freshmen - or plebes - who arrived at the academy yesterday morning for six weeks of physical and mental training, the first, and most important, order of the day proved a challenge. "Ma'am, yes ma'am!" one plebe stammered to a male upperclassman.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2004
From the oval-shaped windows of an airplane, Maryland looked enough like Belize that for a moment, teenagers Andrea and Javier Bosch forgot about the lush landscape and glittering beaches of their Central American homeland. "As we arrived it was like `Wow,'" Javier Bosch said. "It's very green here, and coming from Belize, that's what we are used to." Beginning today, however, the 19-year-old twins will realize how different their lives will be at their home for the next four years: the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | May 21, 2004
Just before 11 a.m. yesterday, cheers erupted from a pile of several hundred scrambling, sweat-drenched midshipmen attempting to climb Herndon Monument at the Naval Academy. Placing his feet on the shoulders of a classmate below him, a midshipman finally reached the summit of the 21-foot obelisk - coated with 150 pounds of lard - and set an upperclassman's cap on its point, an academy rite of passage marking the end of the lowly plebe (freshman) year. It was cause for celebration, to be sure - but only for a moment.
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By Molly Knight and Molly Knight,SUN STAFF | May 19, 2004
Poised on all fours at the edge of puddle of mud, four plebes -- or Naval Academy freshman -- listened attentively as an upperclassman shouted orders. "Stay on your hands and knees," yelled Adam Allegro, a sophomore. "And no head locks or choking." Pausing before he set the students loose into the chocolate-colored pool, Allegro added: "Oh, and this is mud wrestling -- so wrestle!" With that, the plebes charged into the puddle, scrambling to find a water-tight picture of the academy's landmark Herndon Monument somewhere beneath the murky surface as part of the annual Sea Trials -- a day-long endurance test for the 1,150 plebes.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | October 19, 2003
The daughter of a Navy pilot and a Navy nurse, the 18-year- old woman with perfect grades saw the Naval Academy as a gateway to her dreams of flying fighter jets for her country. But disillusionment set in soon after the freshman put on a Navy uniform. A senior midshipman raped her last fall, she says, and then used his rank to try to bully her into silence. Shaken and afraid, she hoped that a school renowned for high moral standards would bring her alleged attacker to trial and keep her safe while the case was pending.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | September 19, 2003
Less than a week after the Naval Academy dropped criminal charges against a senior accused of raping a female midshipman, an academy official said yesterday that the college intends to court-martial him in the next week or so on other misconduct charges. The academy superintendent, Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, is troubled that few of the school's sexual assault cases have gone to trial and feels that pursuing other charges against the midshipman will send a message to students that sexual misconduct has serious consequences, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.
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By Julie Bykowicz and Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF | July 10, 2003
Two Naval Academy midshipmen have been accused of raping female classmates at a Commissioning Week dorm party involving alcohol last year, an academy spokesman said yesterday. At a hearing June 30, two women testified that they were raped and sexually assaulted at a party held by the accused midshipmen in May last year, said Cmdr. Rod Gibbons, the Naval Academy spokesman. Gibbons refused to release the names of the accused midshipmen, but defense attorney William Ferris confirmed his clients' identities as Todd Thurston, 20, and Eric Bailey, 23. Thurston is charged with raping one woman, and Bailey is charged with raping two women, Ferris said.
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By Ariel Sabar and Ariel Sabar,SUN STAFF | July 2, 2003
By 8:20 a.m. yesterday, the hair was ankle-deep in places. Black tresses mingled with blond locks, angelic curls with gel-stiffened spikes. Here, the remains of a bob. There, a tuft from a surfer's mop-top. Though hair styles come and go, one fact about the Naval Academy's Induction Day never changes. On the first day of school, freshmen surrender their hairdos at the door. "I guess I don't have a choice," Michael McHugh, 18, of Pittsburgh, said jokingly as he sank into a blue vinyl seat in the Alumni Hall storage room serving as the day's bustling barbershop.
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