News

  • Host of changes to UCMJ take effect

    By Gary Sheftick
    Army News Service

    FORT MEADE, Md.—A host of changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice became effective Jan. 1, modernizing definitions for many offenses, adjusting maximum penalties, standardizing court-martial panels, creating new computer-crime laws and much more.
    The changes strike a balance between protecting the rights of the accused and empowering commanders to effect good order and discipline, said Col. Sara Root, chief of the Army’s Military Justice Legislation Training Team.
    “We’re pretty excited,” Root said. “It’s a healthy growth of our military justice system.”
    Root and three members of her team spent the last year traveling to 48 installations to train 6,000 legal personnel and law-enforcement agents about the changes.
    Her two-day classes included everyone from judges to law clerks and privates to generals, she said, and even 600 from other military services. Read More



Sports

  • Men’s Swimming & Diving bests Bucknell

      The Army West Point Men’s Swimming and Diving team continued to stay in rhythm and secured a 203.5-91.5 victory over Bucknell Jan. 12 in a Patriot League dual meet in Lewisburg, Pa. The Black Knights (4-2, 2-1 Patriot League) won 12 events opposite the Bison (3-4, 3-3 Patriot League) en route to their second consecutive league victory.                                                           Photo provided by Army Athletic Communications

    Coming fresh off a Friday win, the Army West Point Men’s Swimming and Diving team continued to stay in rhythm and secured a 203.5-91.5 victory over Bucknell Jan. 12 in a Patriot League dual meet in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.
    The Black Knights (4-2, 2-1 Patriot League) won 12 events opposite the Bison (3-4, 3-3 Patriot League) en route to their second consecutive league victory.

    Army notables
    • The Black Knights got off to a strong start once sophomore Brian McKenrick, junior Brady Almand, junior Kevin Doo and sophomore Josh Zock came up with a win in the 200 medley relay after finishing at 1:32.49.
    • When it came time for the 1000 free, senior Tom Ottman bested the competition with a time of 9:26.63, nearly 20 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Read More



Leisure

Extra!

  • The Dean’s Book Club: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

     Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb hosted her first session of the “Dean’s Book Club” at the West Point Club, Oct. 6. From Oct. 6 -23, participants have the opportunity to read and discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

    The U.S. Military Academy’s Dean of the Academic Board Brig. Gen. Cindy Jebb hosted her first session of the “Dean’s Book Club” at the West Point Club, Oct. 6.

    From Oct. 6-23, participants have the opportunity to read and discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot.

    The book delves into the impact that Henrietta Lacks’ cells, known around the world as “HeLa cells,” have had in science throughout the last 60-plus years, as well as the ethical and scientific implications of human cell research.

    “The history of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells raises important issues regarding science, ethics, race and class,” Skloot says in the introduction of her book. “I’ve done my best to present them clearly within the narrative of the Lacks story… There is much more to say on all the issues, but that is beyond the scope of this book, so I will leave it for the scholars and experts in the field to address.”

    The Dean’s Book Club consists of three sessions—each of which highlights a different interdisciplinary topic that is discussed in the book. Read More



 

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