After more than two hours of trying to climb a 21-foot obelisk covered in grease, it wasn’t looking good for the U.S. Naval Academy’s freshman class. Many had lost their shirts. Patience was wearing thin. Their backs, heaving as they tried to scale each other’s bodies to reach the top of the Herndon Monument, were bright red — from the sun or the friction, or both. The annual Herndon Climb separates plebes, or first-year students, from the rest. At the end of the school year at the military academy, freshmen are tasked with working together to remove an underclassman’s “Dixie cup” hat from the top of the Herndon Monument, which on Monday was greased with more than 50 pounds of butter, shortening and oil. The plebes must replace it with an upperclassman’s hat. Once they do, they move past the arduous first year at the academy, becoming “plebes no more.” [Retropolis: Here’s the history behind the Herndon Climb] 1 of … [Read more...] about ‘Plebes no more’: After 2 hours 9 minutes, Naval Academy freshmen conquer greased monument
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Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Retropolis by Rachel Siegel May 21 at 4:25 PM Email the author Several hundred young warriors stormed a 21-foot-high obelisk at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on Monday, slipping and sliding as they formed a human pyramid around a monument covered in 50 pounds of vegetable shortening. The annual tradition marks the end of their hellacious “plebe” year at the academy, the country’s premier training ground for Navy and Marine Corps officers. But that year is only over once the freshmen, known as plebes, manage to replace a “dixie cup” cap perched at the monument’s … [Read more...] about Naval Academy freshmen just climbed a greased 21-foot monument. Here’s the history behind the spectacle.
Ask Adeline Raquet what she likes about her new job, and she replies without hesitation and without needing to mull over possible answers.“I like it all,” she said.When you’re 21 and you suffered a brain injury at birth as a result of being born 13 weeks prematurely, resulting in developmental delays, learning differences, anxiety and vision deficits, you are grateful for the opportunity to earn a paycheck. So it’s easy to understand why Raquet feels the way she does when people congratulate her on the new job.“Happy,” she said.Her mom is pretty happy, too.“I was terrified about what her life would look like once we finished here,” said Cameron Cummings, Raquet’s mother, as we spoke at Northstar Career Academy, which helps develop workplace skills for students and young adults who face various challenges.“I wasn’t sure how I was going to find meaningful employment for her. I can’t tell you how many nights I stared … [Read more...] about Work is a joy for student at Henrico’s Northstar Academy who has overcome barriers and challenges to earn a paycheck
If Ciné is on your radar, you know that our arthouse cinema has got to put up or shut up. The refurbished tire recapping plant that has been Ciné’s downtown home for the past decade is up for sale. Either the nonprofit that runs the theater—The Athens Film Arts Institute—can buy the building and keep Ciné going, or somebody else will buy it and build, say, a luxury student highrise there. This is a no-brainer. Ciné’s films, by and large, grab ahold of you and open your eyes to what’s going on around you and in the human heart. Ciné helps Athens people see the bigger picture and quickens their conscience to do something about the problems our community faces. Here’s the way Ciné Executive Director Pam Kohn puts it: “We are currently raising funds for a down payment for a $1.5 million mortgage. We have been awarded a Georgia Cities Foundation loan that will go towards this effort. We need to raise another $150,000 in … [Read more...] about Let’s Buy Ciné!
Bill fullback Patrick DiMarco is getting in his work during the offseason in the classroom, too, with an eye toward the future. DiMarco was among 25 former and current NFL players at Michigan's Ross School of Business in Ann Arbor for the annual NFL Business Academy — a four-day intensive program designed to educate and inform attendees on best practices for business management, entrepreneurship and franchising. DiMarco says he decided to sign up because he’s starting to think more seriously about his financial future. “Given the realization that I’m going on my eighth year in the NFL and most people don’t play past 10 years, I want to be able to secure my future and have a plan," he said. "This is my first time doing this to further my education. It’s an incredible tool because you are investing in yourself and gaining information that will help you for decades.” DiMarco, who turns 29 next month, arrived last Sunday, along with … [Read more...] about Bills’ Patrick DiMarco looks ahead at annual NFL Business Academy