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Public Affairs : Cadet Activities Update

Cadet Activities Update 

Updated Oct. 17, 2013
Pistol Team: The Pistol Team traveled to Columbus, Ohio, Oct. 11-13, to compete in the Buckeye Invitational Pistol Match. Although the Pistol Team shot an excellent early season aggregate score of 6237, it wasn't enough to best the varsity team from Ohio State. The Buckeyes shot an outstanding 6411 to win the event and the Akron Zips placed third with a score of 4795.

Men’s Team Handball: The West Point Men’s Team Handball Club competed Oct. 11-13 in the annual Thanksgiving Tournament in Montreal, Canada, earning 4th and 8th place in a very tough international competition. The West Point Black varsity team, led by captains Class of 2014 Cadets Sean Boyle and Andrew College, completed the tournament with two wins and two last minute losses, both of which came from the Quebec Handball League Champion and the Canadian League runner up.

West Point Handball players played all of the games to their best potential and showed signs of excellence needed to compete and win in this year's Championships. The developmental team, West Point Gold, lost all four games of the tournament but finished in the 8th place thanks to the goal differential and ability to score points against much tougher opposition.

The team played excellent periods behind the leadership of Class of 2015 Cadet Whit Thornton and Class of 2016 Cadet Corinth Cross. The returning players took time and effort in order to incorporate a new group of recently selected players into the rotation, allowing precious minutes of competition and experience needed to grow in this sport.

Crew: The West Point Crew team participated in the Navy Day regatta Oct. 12 in Philadelphia, Pa. The course is on the Schuykill River and is 2.5 miles long with four bridges. West Point competed against many colleges and universities, including the U.S. Naval Academy. The men’s varsity team competed in two events: the men’s collegiate four and the men’s collegiate eight, with two boats participating in the eight person race.

The men’s varsity four placed 15th out of 22 competitors, placing above La Salle College, Rutgers and New York Maritime. In the eight person boat race West Point placed 13th with the USMA8A boat and 15th with the USMA8B boat out of 32 competitors. They placed above Villanova, Lehigh, Loyola, New York Maritime, and La Salle Crew. The women’s varsity team competed in three events: the women’s collegiate four, the women’s collegiate eight, and the women’s JV eight. The women’s varsity four placed 3rd out of 10 competitors, beating Temple, Lehigh, Delaware, La Salle, Philadelphia, and Franklin, among others.

The women’s varsity eight placed 5th out of 21 competitors including Rutgers, Temple, Delaware, Lehigh, Franklin, Philadelphia, and La Salle. The women’s JV placed 10th out of 10 competitors. The women’s novice team competed in two events: the women’s novice eight race and the women’s novice four race. The women’s novice four placed 5th out of 7 competitors, beating Catholic University and Sarah Lawrence.

The women’s novice eight boat placed 3rd out of 9 competitors, beating Lehigh, Catholic University, and St. Joseph University. The men’s novice team competed in two events: the men’s novice eight race and the men’s novice four race. The men’s novice eight placed 16th out of 23 boats. The men’s novice eight would have placed higher, however they incurred a time penalty due to confusion on where to cross underneath the bridge. The men’s novice four placed 8th out of 10 competitors.


Skeet and Trap: The Skeet & Trap Team put in a strong performance at the 2013 East Coast Regional Clay Target Championships in Manassas, Va., Oct. 12-13, taking 3rd place as a team in two separate trap competitions.

Individual highlights included a first place finish for Class of 2015 Cadet Gio Pezze in trap with an impressive score of 98/100 targets broken. Class of 2014 Cadet Andrew Laib, team assistant cadet-in-charge, took 3rd place in the skeet competition after winning an exciting shoot-off with a shooter from George Mason University. It's always nice to crush Navy, which the cadets did handily in all three events that weekend.
 Portuguese Language Club: The Portuguese Club Soccer team competed against Temple and University of Delaware in a homecoming tournament Oct. 12-13 hosted by University of Delaware. The cadets won the first game against Temple, 4-1, but lost in a heated battle to Delaware, 1-0.
Speech: West Point's American Parliamentary Debate Association (APDA) Speech Team traveled to Harvard Oct. 11 to participate in the largest APDA tournament in the team's history. Teams from as far away as Stanford, UC Berkeley and Duke sent teams to the competition. West Point cadets debated topics ranging from the right to donate an organ to the obligation of countries to clear space debris.
Women’s Rugby: The West Point Women’s Rugby team traveled to Boston College Oct. 12 as the cadets secured their slot in this year’s ACRA Finals with a 77-8 win.

The lady ruggers demonstrated teamwork, skill, and ability as they cruised to victory. Though Boston scored with a drop kick within the first three minutes, Army proved their desire to win by scoring a try on the next drive. Both forwards and backs alike showed sheer determination to score for Army. Although the team has faced hardship this season due to the injuries of a few key players, the match against BC demonstrates the adaptability and versatility that is to be expected by future Army officers.

Even after reserve players began to appear on the pitch, the consistency and intensity of Army play did not change. The Army backs demonstrated their great teamwork and communication as they drove through the defensive line, while the forwards showed the intensity and tenacity needed to secure clean, quick ball and shut-down the formidable opposition.
Parachute Team: The Parachute team traveled down to Nashua, N.H., Oct. 12-13, to practice indoor skydiving at the Skyventures Wind Tunnel.

The team uses wind tunnels to practice technique, performing complex maneuvers required in competition. The team is organized into two Firstie 4-way teams, a Cow 4-way team, with the rest of the team competing in 2-way partner dives. Shaky at first, the tunnel time gave the teams a chance to work on the skill sets necessary to make a highly competitive relative team work. Each team improved dramatically with every minute of time spent in the tunnel worth a whole sky dive. Four hours of tunnel time complete, the team went home satisfied and with new confidence in their abilities to compete against Air Force.  
West Point Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers: The West Point Student Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers attended the annual conference in Charlotte, N.C. Oct. 10-13.

The conference theme was “Civil Engineers—the Foundation of the Nation.” There were numerous concurrent sessions on infrastructure development and investment, sustainable energy, risk sharing and mitigation, post disaster evaluation, ethics consideration, and more. Economic journalist Ali Velshi, former anchor of CNN International’s World Business Today, gave the keynote address on civil engineering being the profession of the future, highlighting the need to continue to develop and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing infrastructure problems. Ceremonies included transferring the position of ASCE president from Greg DiLoreto to Randall Over, as well as honoring leaders within the society with an awards luncheon.

At this year’s celebration of leaders luncheon, former Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering faculty member, retired Col. Tom Lenox, was honored as an ASCE distinguished member. Lenox and retired Lt. Col. Jim O’Brien, another former D/CME faculty member, presented a session entitled “Raise the Bar: Strengthening the Civil Engineering Profession.” This session was about the ASCE initiative to increase the education requirements needed prior to professional engineering licensure. Given the increasingly complex nature of the field of civil engineering, they argue that undergraduate engineering curricula are not able to provide the breadth or depth required for licensure. The proposal advocates increasing the licensure standard to include a master’s degree or equivalent as well as more specificity regarding the required engineering experience.

During a concurrent session, Dr. Led Klosky, from D/CME, presented a talk titled “Engineering the Infrastructure Conversation – Fulfilling Visions 2025.” In this session, Dr. Klosky discussed the need for engineers to be leaders in public policy with respect to infrastructure. This is achieved by enhanced education and through communication and engagement with stakeholders, the general public and elected officials. The Cadets participated in the professional activities of ASCE and developed an appreciation for the society’s efforts to promote the Civil Engineering profession. These activities included a student networking breakfast, a student bowling event sponsored by the UNC – Charlotte ASCE student chapter, and networking opportunities between sessions. The Clemson ASCE student chapter brought their 2013 ASCE student competition steel bridge and concrete canoe to the convention.

In the conference closing session, the conference organizers and the delegation from the Panamanian civil engineering association announced the 2014 ASCE conference, which will be held in Panama City, Panama. The conference is being held jointly with Engineers Without Borders and the theme will be “Giga Projects – Unlocking Complexity”. Panama was selected based on the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal as well as the celebrating the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger vessels. The conference closing remarks were provided by Jimmy Tingle, political comedian and humorist.