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The Dark Ages, Sports, Academics and Getting Away

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 Kevin Subramanian The famous “Dark Ages” have begun here at the Academy. The “Dark Ages” are a time where we go to class at 0800 (8:00 a.m.) in the dark, and by the time classes end at 1600 (4:00 p.m.), its dark again. It gets colder and the overall morale of the Academy seems to take a hit. Luckily, the 4/c have lots of Spirit Missions planned!

November is a great month to get distracted here at the Academy! Fall sports are coming to an end. Shout out to the girls’ volleyball team for winning the ECAC Championship and maintaining an undefeated 13-0 record at home! Also, a shout out to the football team, winning their final game of the season by crushing Maine Maritime Academy 52-15! 1/c Jarrod Owens, of the best company (Hotel) threw for over 330 yards in his final game as a Bear. Bravo Zulu, Mr. Owens! Winter sports seasons have also started, including basketball, indoor track, and swimming.

The best part about November is the three-day weekend for Veterans’ Day and upcoming Thanksgiving leave! Many 4/c cadets are getting a chance to see their family for the first time since R-Day. I get to see my parents both times, taking the train down to New Jersey. People use these holidays as motivation to encourage one another and themselves.

Academics are getting really intense as people scramble to prepare for finals coming up in the first and second week of December. A lot of upperclassmen are warning the 4/c about the dangers of not preparing well. I can’t even begin to describe how helpful the professors and instructors are when it comes to providing extra help. Everyone wants to see you succeed!

My family and I have already planned what we are doing for my Winter break. My last exam is on December 13, so I plan to visit my brother, ENS Larry Subramanian, who is on USCGC Midgett in Seattle, Washington. We’re going to visit the Coast Guard station in Seattle and I’m going to take the opportunity to learn about the 378-foot cutters out there, the Midgett and the Mellon. Should be exciting!

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