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Orioles announce partnership with Naval Academy

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The Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox warm up before an exhibition game at the Naval Academy’s Max Bishop Stadium. Image via the Office of the Maryland Governor, managed by the Maryland State Archives.

The Baltimore Orioles and U.S. Naval Academy have formed a partnership to bring a Major League Baseball exhibition to Annapolis and an Army-Navy double-header to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, the Orioles announced today.

Naval Academy Grad Charged in Chaotic Home Burglary in Annapolis

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An aerial shot of the U.S. Naval Academy. Photo via USNA.

In an unusual fiasco early Sunday morning, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate is accused of scaling and breaking into a downtown Annapolis home, and police are investigating why an officer fired his gun during the incident when there was no apparent threat.

Navy’s Live Goat Mascot Passes Away

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031206-N-9693M-027Navy’s beloved goat has gone onto the great pasture.

Naval Academy Lacrosse Player Threatens Cab Driver with a Butter Knife

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According to the Naval Academy’s website, the school “espouse[s] the Navy and Marine Corps’ Core Values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.” I’m not exactly sure how “threatening a cab driver with a butter knife” fits into that value system, though.

Maryland College Has Possibly the Nerdiest Fight Song Ever (In a Good Way)

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A scene from last year's croquet match between St. John's and the Naval Academy. (The nerds almost always win.)
A scene from last year's croquet match between St. John's and the Naval Academy. (The nerds almost always win.)

As far as Maryland universities go, St. John’s has always been a bit of an outlier. They learn science from Galileo and Newton, read ancient Greek, and have a mean croquet team. And now they have perhaps the least fight-y college fight song we’ve ever heard.

It wasn’t always this way. While it may be known now as a bastion of bookish eccentrics, the school started out as a “quasi-military academy” with varsity football and lacrosse teams, according to alumnus Adrian Trevisan. The former fight song, “St. John’s College March,” dates from 1911 and featured some of the usual fight song rhetoric:  “St. John’s forever,” “Fight for her colors,” “United we as brothers stand,” etc. But things have changed a lot over the past century. These days, St. John’s only varsity teams are in crew, croquet, sailing, and fencing. Not to mention that this is a crowd that doesn’t appreciate androcentric language. So last year the call went out for a new fight song, which was unveiled at its 30th annual croquet match against the U.S. Naval Academy.

The new song, penned by current student Charles Branan (with a musical arrangement by Baltimore resident John Bonn, who teaches at Friends School), is notable for talking about books and wisdom and freedom, and not really mentioning fighting or winning. True to form. The lyrics to the new song are below:

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