What other college students have to say about the Academy

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by Sandiegodude1607, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. SubSquid

    SubSquid 5-Year Member

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    JAM,

    Yeah, I thought the list was a little generous too. I guess that's the Chamber of Commerce using a little literary licnese! But it's the "Official" list!

    Getting to Lancaster is always a major decision. Whether to go the Turnpike and fight the Schuylkill Expressway or go south via the Commodore Berry, Route 1 and north on 41. If we use the southern route, we usually get off on 741 and go through Strasburg and then 896 to 30. 30 is usually too crowded with semi's to make any time.

    The folks at Millersville University may take umbridge to your assertation that F&M is the "finest school down there". Every time I speak with an alum of that fine institution I come away with the feeling that it's on the list of Ivies!

    While I'm banging the key board, Zap and the Comish managed to get one to fly over my head. What's a "Fotee" and why is it a "1111eleven!!1!!1!"? I missed that day in code school!

    sealion-Always eat the sushi! I prefer sashimi, though. Ichiban was good but not the best I've had. We're there this weekend for the game so I might give it another shot. However, JAM's Shady Maple has my mouth watering for high levels of calories, cholesterol, and, my favorite, trans fats! Never got near a trip wire. My soul is filled with peace, love and tranquility.
     
  2. Zaphod

    Zaphod 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    For the "Fotee", go to YouTube and search for the cop who had a negligent discharge of his 40-caliber Glock (a "Fotee") just seconds after informing everyone in the class that only he was "po'fessional enough to use this...". Fortunately no one was hurt, but the guy has now sued the internet for making him famous for being the clumsy oaf he is.

    As for the "1111eleven!!1!!1!", it's just stupid internet forum nerdspeak. :biggrin:
     
  3. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom 10-Year Member

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    You are absolutely correct - I know many Millersville grads and it is a very fine school indeed. Not quite the "reputation" of F&M since it was a teachers college until about 25 years ago - but then "reputation" in higher education is vastly overrated.
     
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    Hey, could all you moderators maybe unhijack this thread?:eek:
     
  5. sealion

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    Hey there USNA69 - how you doin?

    Subsquid - I would appreciate restaurant recommendations from southern New Jersey (sushi or otherwise.) You can PM me if no one else is interested in hearing.

    Back to the original topic of the ill-advised Ms. Leppla. Pound away!
     
  6. time2

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    The original link to the article at the start of this thread is back working correctly again.

    Still no word on when/if parts 2-3-4 will be posted.
     
  7. SubSquid

    SubSquid 5-Year Member

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    :topic:
    Jeez, what a party pooper! What happened to the commitment to a free flow of ideas? Great thinkers like sealion, JAM and,well...maybe not me, travel many paths in search of enlightenment!

    sealion:

    Italian, I could name a dozen but my Italian wife and her scots husband particularly like Barone's Tuscan Grill on Rt. 70 in Cherry Hill.

    Sushi and Sushimi is Megu, also on Rt 70.

    Steak and the Mob (yeah, like Tony Soprano), Steak 38 on Rt 38 in Pennsauken(incredible martinis). (or The Pub, also in Pennsauken)

    Best blue claws are still in Maryland!

    End of HiJack brother Niner! Ms. Leppla is still a knucklehead.
     
  8. peskemom

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    well, since I seem to be the one with 'exclusive' scoops on the author....she informed me directly that it may be 'never'. And after this barrage even on this forum I can't blame her. We all get her point - she has heard plenty from those who think she's a moron, knucklehead, stupid, naive, mean, etc.....so she's going to feed that frenzy??? you gotta be kidding

    so in my view don't expect anything
     
  9. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom 10-Year Member

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    That is a shame - I would like to see how it all turns out.

    I guess she has learned that there are a lot of people out there who think that their world is the only world.
     
  10. Zaphod

    Zaphod 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    ...and they were the ones showing extraordinary restraint. Some of the adjectives I came up with were far more colorful, and in many cases even bilingual. :mad:
     
  11. Luigi59

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    It is a shame.

    A shame that she finds it "difficult to accept that I have a brother in the military". Most people are proud.

    And a shame that someone who is "Wow, so smart!" has no guts to continue with Parts 2, 3, & 4.

    No, judging from her thoughts in the article (worrying only about herself and her mom, not once considering her brother's world)) I think she already knew that.
     
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  12. sealion

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    Give her some time for introspection and perspective. She's still in the thick of it right now. It would be interesting to hear the thoughts of an older and wiser Ms. Leppla.

    She's bound to be influenced by her relationship w/ her brother and he's just gotten started.

    Any additional public comments she makes will likely attract a large audience. It could work out well for her and the SAs.
     
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  13. Zaphod

    Zaphod 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    Not to mention to see if a neuron in her head will actually fire in the right direction for once.... :mad:
     
  14. Sandiegodude1607

    Sandiegodude1607 10-Year Member

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    Amen Zaphod.
     
  15. USNA2011Dad

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    I wonder if she will being doing parts 2 - 4.
     
  16. Just_A_Mom

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    An honest, brave girl and what she writes about West Point matches the stories I hear. I am glad she had the guts to speak up. My thanks go out to her and to her fiance for making a committment to serve the people of the United States.
     
  18. peskemom

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    what other students

    Here is the post I left for her on that site...thought others might like to check out the Nate Fick video here


    Emily
    BRAVO! Your article made me smile. What you have integrated in your personal views coupled with your engagement to a miliary man is exactly what more of our country needs to happen especially amongst it's young adults.I thought of you when I recalled this C-SPAN interview with Nathaniel Fick, a former Marine captain and author of a book on his war experiences, called One Bullet Away.

    Mr. Fick majored in classics at Dartmouth, and he speaks about being motivated to join the Marines by a talk given by Tom Ricks, a Washington Post reporter who covers the military.

    Fick says that Ricks was an advocate for ROTC on campus during his talk, and a professor challenged him, saying if you bring the military onto our campus you'll screw up our peaceful nature and tolerance.

    Ricks replied, no, what will happen is that you will liberalize the military. You will influence the military and it will influence you.

    I recommend everyone check this interview out: http://www.booktv.org/ram/afterwords/1105/arc_btv111905_4.ram

    Congratulations on your engagement and if you do a military-style wedding you'll never forget it.

    I married a very handsome Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade once upon a time. In full dress whites he looked so stunning to this day I can't see a Summer White Dress Naval Officer Uniform without wonderful memories!

    A wife of a US Naval Academy graduate Class of 1972 and
    a proud mom of a current USNA Midshipman daughter, Class of 2010....an Arabic major with plans to go Marine and serve in the Middle East one day.
     
  19. sealion

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    Relevant - if you stretch it a bit

    The link below is a short article written by a Harvard senior ('08) describing her experience as an intern on an Army base and how it changed her perception of the military.

    http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=519364

    Just finished "One Bullet Away" and am passing it on to my son's HS English teacher.
     
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  20. peskemom

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    sealion....the other must read book very similiar to Ficks...is by a U Penn Army ROTC guy named Andrew Exum: This Man's Army. His story parallel's Ficks with the Army side -

    2 VERY interesting facts:
    1) Fick's sister is USNA Class of 04 married to a Class of 04 GO NAVY
    (Have been in email contact with both Fick and his sister for months - living up to my 'peskemom cookie' reputation by sending boxes to her and her hubby on separate ship overseas deployments.

    2) Exum wrote an outstanding policy paper when he as a Fellow at the Washington Institute this past year on why the Service Academies must ramp up Officers fluent in languages like Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, etc.
    ( Another fine American that have been in email contact with for months)

    Anyone with young adults at our Service Academies should read both these books. Anyone with young adults in ROTC programs should read these books.
    Heck, EVERYONE would benefit from these books!