Icarus & Daedalus + Softball & Astronauts + Writing Women for the Big Screen + Founders Days and Record Books + Plebe Kade Caroll’s video tributes to Peter Zhu USMA 2019 and The Golden Oar Run + Two Ghost Stories + a USMA Grad Architect
Feb Newsletter + CADET’s 1st Annual “Academy” Awards + Multiple Vision Quests + Weird Army Football Stuff + Documentary Recs + USMA 2019’s Sammi Price and her 100 days countdown project + Navy Grads’ Headshots?!?!
I know you’re probably thinking it - “If there’s one thing I miss about West Point, it’s got to be the mess hall food.” Yeah, just kidding. BUT we all have those nostalgic favorite dishes that seem to come up every time we get together. In recent conversations on this topic with old grads of all ages, I realized that what I think of as “the classics” are often completely foreign to grads of different eras.
CADET was designed to be a collaborative endeavor. VOL III proudly features the works of 20 individuals from the USMA community. Highlighting grads old and new, current cadets and members of the West Point community, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to share their talents with you.
Here’s a look at the contributors that will help make VOL III of CADET our best effort yet.
Church Music + A West Point Playboy Parody + Boo Goes Bye-Bye + A DC Cadet Trip Section + A Maggie Dixon Book + When in doubt KEEP GOING + A Mess Hall Show on Netflix + History of the Football Helmet + Poorly Design Football Logos (again) + West Point Coffee, Sticker & Trading Cards
Can’t you still here it like it was yesterday? COOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRNNNNNNNNN CHOWDER! I hated it. You probably hated it too. But somewhere, deep, deep, down in the depths of your USMA pride, you kind of love it too. Maybe? Well either way, this jazzed up version is a MAJOR improvement from the mundane original served up like yellow-tinged gray slop out of metal bins in the mess hall. Keep things classic and pair this recipe with another OG cadet fave - the infamous Spicy Chicken Patty.
We’re highlighting 19 things that get our hearts pumping for 2019 - ways we get to connect with the greater West Point community and opportunities to document the stories of the Long Gray Line past and present and future.
2018 was special to us for many reasons. It’s the year we, the CADET TEAM, were married at West Point. It was the year we moved our operations and small family across country from Chicago to the Washington, D.C. area to embark on new, exciting challenges. And it was our first full year as a hard-copy, print publication. With all those momentous happenings, it can be hard to let go. But, it’s now time to bid farewell to 2018.
On Saturday, December 22, 2018 the CADET TEAM was hired to photograph the 2018 Joint Service Academy Ball. The West Point Parent’s Club of MD, D.C. & VA was the host for this year’s ball and several weeks prior they reached out to us. It was a perfect collaboration. Below are a few of our favorite images from the evening. The full gallery can be found by click the “view gallery” button below.
Spicy Chicken Patty and COOOOOOOORN Chowder, a match made in Mess Hall heaven. In this version of the Washington Hall classic, we’ve opted to kick those mystery compressed chicken discs they called a patty to the curb in favor of crispy and juicy chicken cutlets. Top with a few dashes of Texas Pete like the old days, and take yourself on a spicy little ride. If things get too hot to handle, go for a dunk in the patty’s notorious partner of crime, the creamy Corn Chowder, and you’ve got a throwback meal for the ages.
The Prisoners. Seven West Point cadets will rejoin the Corps on Saturday, December 8th. For four-quarters they will cheer, once again, with their class and company mates. After a semester away they have earned the right to once again grip hands with the Long Gray Line, in-person.
Judge a book by its cover? Yes, yes you should. Books are given covers for you to judge and HOPEFULLY become interested in them and possible buy them. Now, if you were to ONLY judge a book by its cover then we can start talking ethics and morality.
Here’s a century’s worth of Army-Navy covers for you to judge.
Fashion is just another word for the constant, inevitable shifts in popular taste. Garments, just like buildings and cars and movies, can’t help but reflect the circumstances of our moment in history. That’s what fashion is. Another way of telling time.
What’s one thing you own that you should throw out but probably never will? Old military shirts. They're not all comfortable or fashionable, but they have this ability to travel through time in a metaphorical sense.
ONE OF THE DEFINING MOMENTS IN KIM JUNG’S (’08) UNENDING LIFE ADVENTURE BEGAN WITH A DEPARTURE. IN HER DECISION TO GO TO WEST POINT, A REBELLION OF SORTS, KIM MADE A MAJOR DEPARTURE FROM THE CAREER PATH HER FAMILY EXPECTED OF HER. NOW, WITH COMBAT MISSIONS, HARVARD BUSINESS SCHOOL, A SHARK TANK DEAL AND A SUCCESSFUL, IMPACTFUL COMPANY UNDER HER BELT, KIM CONTINUES TO DEPART FROM EXPECTATIONS AND RELENTLESSLY CHALLENGE HERSELF AT EVERY CORNER
CHANCES ARE, IF YOU’VE HEARD THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE OF SOME METICULOUSLY PLANNED, FLAWLESSLY EXECUTED, AND SMASHINGLY HILARIOUS PRANK ON THE NAVAL ACADEMY, IT WAS THE BRAINCHILD OF MIKE NEMETH (‘04). MIKE IS THE OZ-LIKE ORCHESTRATOR BEHIND AMAZON’S #1 BESTSELLING BOOK ON THE NAVAL ACADEMY (SPOILER: IT’S ENTIRELY BLANK), THE FAUX NEWS RELEASE FROM THE CITY OF ANNAPOLIS CELEBRATING “GO ARMY BEAT NAVY DAY” (YAHOO! NEWS PICKED IT UP) AND THE LEGENDARY “BARRACKS LINEBACKER” VIDEO
LUKE PELL IS IS NO STRANGER TO THE GRIND OF LIFE ON THE ROAD. EACH NIGHT HE PLAYS TO PACKED ROOMS OF ADORING FANS. HIS FANBASE CONTINUES TO GROW AND LUKE FINDS HIMSELF PLAYING OVER 100 SHOWS A YEAR. ON THIS NIGHT, WE GOT A BACKSTAGE VANTAGE POINT TO LIFE ON THE ROAD WITH RISING COUNTRY MUSIC SUPERSTAR LUKE PELL.
This year Army Sprint Football is undefeated and poised to defend its CSFL title against Navy this weekend. The game is being played about 45 minutes from West Point at the Joseph T. St. Lawrence Community Center Field at 115 Torne Valley Rd in Hillburn, NY 10931.
Am I the only one that’s made it this long thinking it was Conga Bar not Congo Bar?! Thanks Google. If you were a cadet circa 2006-2010, then I can guarantee there’s a special place in your heart for the Congo Bar - you know, that crispy edge, buttery middle, chocolate chip cookie-bar-cake thing that Kellie Kidd did NOT remove when she overhauled the menu, ridding it of [almost] everything deliciously sweet. Since I know we all were thinking it, I went ahead and removed those pesky walnuts from the recipe, but hey, if you’re feeling crazy, go ahead and toss some in there for old times sake.