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Conference cultivates naval leadership

first_imgOn Feb. 20-23, Naval ROTC midshipmen from units across the country gathered to participate in Naval Leadership Weekend on Notre Dame’s campus.Junior Max Brown said the conference emphasized developing ethical and effective leadership. “About 150 midshipmen and staff members came from all over the country to listen to really prolific and nationally outstanding leaders in the military,” he said. The conference provided midshipmen the opportunity to prepare for and examine ethical dilemmas, Brown said.Courtesy of MJ Jackson “We can all sit around the table and share and understand and form our own character and moral compass and ability to answer hard questions that we will be faced with as military officers in the future, beforehand, so that we’re ready to go forth when the time comes,” he said. There is also an ethical component to the conference, which Brown said emphasizes character development. “In the Navy, there are three things that we work for in midshipmen development: moral, mental and physical development,” he said. “Physical is making sure everyone is keeping in shape, mental is high standards for academics. “Notre Dame has always been able to lend a particularly salient perspective to [moral development], in the academic sense and the whole spirit of this place.” Freshman MJ Jackson said the symposiums and panels at the conference also discussed the qualities of successful leadership and cyber warfare. “We also talked about military ethics and emerging technologies in warfare and defense, and national security and the impacts those will have on our career as officers and the world in general,” she said. Colonel Frank Rossi, a professor of aerospace studies at Notre Dame, discussed the relationships between the military branches, Jackson said. “[He talked] about how relationships between Army, Air Force and Navy officers will become very important throughout our career,” she said. “We need to understand the different cultures of the different forces and learn how to relate to them because we are all fighting for the same goal.”Jackson said she appreciated the emphasis on communication between the branches of the military. “I think a lot of the times, in the military, competition between the branches is overstressed, instead of collaboration. I think we need time to understand each other better before we go out and have to interact in high-pressure situations.” The conference also provided the opportunity for midshipmen from different universities to meet each other, Jackson said. “It was really cool to interact with people who have very different backgrounds from me,” she said. “There’s an element of sameness because we are all going to be working together in the future, but it was kind of cool to see how some midshipmen from other schools have a completely different culture. “It was interesting to see people from different places all coming together to contribute their ideas and to have an ongoing conversation about leadership.”Brown said the large civilian population at the University makes it a unique venue for the conference. “A lot of other institutions don’t have the military component, a lot of times it’s just the military. Notre Dame provides a really cool opportunity to nationalize perspectives, and show that we’re an institution that has a broad variety of viewpoints,” Brown said. Jackson said she has since applied the topics discussed at the conference to her academic interests. “The panelist discussion we had was discussing the ethics of cyber technology and cyber warfare, so now I’m working with one of the professors to expand on that,” she said. “I’m researching the just war tradition as it applies to cyber technology and warfare.” Tags: NROTClast_img read more

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Agbonlahor calls for Villa unity

first_imgTogetherness will help Aston Villa come through the tough run they are experiencing, according to striker Gabriel Agbonlahor. Villa left the field to boos once more on Saturday after holding on for a 1-1 draw against Swansea to bring to an end a sequence of four straight defeats. Agbonlahor scored the opening goal in the seventh minute – the first time Villa have scored in the first half of any league game at Villa Park this season – but Roland Lamah equalised before half-time. Swansea had more then 70% possession and in the second half Villa struggled to break out of their own half. Villa’s goal celebration was designed to make a point, with the whole team running to the bench and forming a jubilant huddle. “We are a team,” said Agbonlahor, who is captaining the side in the absence of injured defender Ron Vlaar. “Through the good times and the bad, and as long as we stay as a team, then we will be okay. That was just to show the staff and the players we are all in it together. We know it’s going to be a fight. But we are up for it. “We might not be showing the best quality at times but if we give 100 per cent and fight, then we will be fine.” One man not included was manager Paul Lambert, who is under fire from the fans but still has the backing of chairman Randy Lerner. Agbonlahor explained: “You can’t do that to him. That’s why he only got a high five. He’d have hammered me for that.” Villa’s poor run reached a nadir on Boxing Day when an injury-time Dwight Gayle goal earned Crystal Palace victory at Villa Park. Press Association So, although it certainly was not pretty, Agbonlahor stressed avoiding defeat had to be the priority against Swansea. He said: “We wanted to stop losing. You can say we might be disappointed not to win the game, going a goal up, but we have to take the positives out of it and take the point. It all goes on the table. “In the Palace game we were disappointed because, although we might not have been good enough to win that game, we shouldn’t be losing it. “That’s what we did (against Swansea). We didn’t really deserve to win the game. That’s a good Swansea team. I thought they were outstanding in the way they passed the ball. “But it was a case of, if we weren’t going to win, then we aren’t going to lose. We have to drill that into the side. “There’s going to be other games where we get a chance. At the moment, it’s a case of stopping the rot. Picking up points, hopefully in every game we play.” Next up Villa head to Sunderland, who have had a good Christmas, beating Everton and then staging a late comeback to draw at Cardiff. Lambert hopes one or both of Christian Benteke or Vlaar might be back, and Agbonlahor is taking confidence from Villa’s 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light last season. He said: “We know it’s going to be tough, they’ll look at us and think they can get at us. But we beat them there last year, so there’s no reason why we can’t do it again.” last_img read more

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Football coverage

first_imgRalf Cheung | Daily TrojanJournalists Gary Klein (left), Ryan Abraham, Julio Morataya, Mark Willard and Pedro Moura participate in the panel discussion “USC Football and Its Relationship with the Media.” The panel was held in Heritage Hall on Tuesday.last_img

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