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  1. ssdmmf

    ssdmmf 5-Year Member

    Aug 16, 2010
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    I was just reading Newsday online, saw this article, was news to me thought it might be to you all too....The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point will not reopen until Oct. 21 at the earliest, the superintendent announced Friday.

    Since the government shutdown over the federal budget stalemate, hundreds of students haven't been able to go to class at the academy.

    Even if a resolution is passed to resume funding, Oct. 21 is the earliest the school can open, Admiral James Helis said in a message to students, parents and staff.


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    "We are monitoring the situation closely and will continue to keep students and faculty updated," Helis said. "Please know that the Academy is doing everything possible to remain flexible while preserving the academic calendar year for the midshipmen who attend."

    Officials pushed forward the fall break, starting it on Oct. 4 instead of Nov. 1, in an effort to minimize the impact of the shutdown on students' education.

    The military academy, unlike the four other U.S. service academies, is operated under the Department of Transportation and stopped operations and administrative support programs when the shutdown began, DOT spokeswoman Meghan Keck said last week.

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