Highlights (with commentary):... and by popular demand ... liveleak can be iffy - if the below doesn't work, click here.
- "Upon his arrival, Fowler set out to make the academy more likethe military and less like a college." (except, of course, putting football as a top priority like typical colleges)
- "Fowler reduced the amount of time midshipmen spent away from the academy pursuing extracurricular activies." (except sending the black Gospel Choir to inner cities.)
- "Fowler, who delinced to be interviewed for this article" (not to worry if he wasn't interviewed. Nobody saw him around the academy either except at football celebrations, so why change now?)
- "Larson itemized a list of Fowler's accomplishments...working to put more substance in ethics training" (Fowler should have taken that ethics training. It might have kept him from that slush fund and playing favorites with the football team over other mids.)
- "Critics say that Fowler lowered academic standards...the Naval Academy generally counters these comments by pointing out that midshipmen always have had widely ranging admission scores." ('widely ranging'? How about those football players now at NAPS who can't read or write but were recruited for two specific purposes? There's a reason the upperclass midshipmen have started calling these students "Fowlers.")
- "Fowler often invited local African-Americans to attend academy functions, such as commissioning, and he saw to it that the city's poorer children received tickets to sporting events." (because nothing leads to a young person's path to success to the academy than throwing around a pigskin. What a great message Fowler sent.)
- [local resident of the Clay Street area Philip W. Coleman] "said he cherished the fact that Fowler invited him to attend home footbal games last year." (let's leave aside that Clay Street is one of the most violent, drug-infested sections of Annapolis, all the residents see is football? Why didn't Fowler get this man tickets to the midshipmen's musical? How about a women's lacrosse game? A student debate? Is football the only offering to the public? Again, what message does this send?)
Acutally, it's probably a good thing Fowler didn't respond to an interview request. He couldn't handle the tough questions. But he has a future. I hear Coach Paul Johnson needs another waterboy down in Georgia.
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
You know - sometimes I can't get better than my readers. From an email up thar-that-a-way - about you know who. Read this first and then note the below.