Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 126
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 126

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
Page 126
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»L -June 20,1976 Sunday Ga*eUe-Mail Chylttlury Weil Virginia Two Eras The swift and the stable, the past and the present, the earth and the air are represented in this photograph of a Navy jet fighter flying past the stone faces of U.S. presidents on South Dakota's Mt. Rushmore. The plane was on a recent flight from its base in San Diego. AP Wirephoto) West Point Academy's Class of 4 76 Graduates,but Honor Code FightRemains By Dorothy Storck Knight AW-s Wire will keep her in good spirits for many years Celebrate our nation's Bicentennial J ... celebrate the J feeling you hove for jt each other. With our j^. "Spirit of 76" dio- if mond pin or pen- jf dont. Its 22 dia- 3f monds glow and ^" sparkle like a minia- J tgre burst oi Bicen- ^ tennial fireworks, .u Designed and craft- j ed by the quality ^people of Gem-Art. )(- OEM-ART jf '200 1 wlilte or yellow gold ^ WEST POINT, N.Y.-West Point's class of '76 has graduated. The 833 new Army lieutenants threw their white cadet hats into the air in a traditional gesture after the 90 minute ceremony, and little boys crowded onto the field from the bleachers to snatch the hats as souveniers, also a tradition. "If West Point does not do it, where else will it be done?" Use Lincoln Budget Account, BankAmericard or Master Charge LONDON FOG Water Repellent Mew Shipment 15 Colon STRETCH TERRY ANTRONHYLON SPAMDEX BATHING SUIT FABRIC $095 45" WIDE ; 3 YD. Reg. $4.95 60" WIDE $095 £·"· Reg. $3 ' 69 POLYESTER K THREAD Black White 5 2 2 5 Y d . $ 1 0 G Spools J[ 1 DACRON COTTON T-SHIRT KNITS $169 PRICES EFFECTIVE THRU WED. 6,23 [EXTILE MILLS H!: l-'«..M_J^JJ 5303 MacCorkle Ave. S. W. So. Charleston Phone 768-6661 HOURS: Sunday 1 to 6, Mon, thru Fri. 9:30 to 9:00, Sot. 9:30 to 5:30 BUT TRADITIONS at the 174-year-old military academy have been rocked in recent weeks by disclosures of mass cheating by cadets. The sacred Honor code itself, which declares that no cadet will lie, cheat, steal or "tolerate" anyone who does, is under attack. The commencement speaker, Secretary of the Army Martin R. Hoffman, in a .speech hastily revised just the night before delivery as more cases of cheating were revealed, told the graduating class he was not there to defend the Honor Code. "It is timeless," the secretary said. "I dare say the present public debate in its criticism and its often biting commentary, is born of the sincere hope that these principles--duty, honor, country--will endure in a troubled time." Hoffman, 44, a slightly-built man whose only Army experience was as an artillery officer from 1954 to 1958, was surrounded on the speaker's platform by stiff-faced generals, including Maj. Gen. George M. Patton III. son of the famous World War II hero. Hoffman called West Point "the conscience of the Army" and urged the Cadets to "keep the flame of conscience alive." 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Hoffman said the "most likely" organization to investigate the proceedings at West Point would be the Pentagon Committee on Excellence and Education, a Defense Department group made up of the secretaries of the armed services. THE CODE was challenged recently in a federal lawsuit seeking to halt its enforcement. But a U.S. District Court judge in Manhattan refused to halt the disciplinary proceedings. The suit was filed in behalf of Timothy Ringgold, who has alleged widespread cheating at the West Point and has charged that the code is unequally enforced in violation of the Constitution. Cadets found guilty of violating the Honor Code can appeal to the board of officers. In all, 94 cadets so far have filed such appeals. Charleston Area's Only Authorized [ Sales and Servite Dealer for New White Una Sewing Machines. SEW THIS SUMMER AND : SAVE $120.! White Spin-A-Dial ZIG ZAG S-t-r-e-t-t-h With Buttonhokr and 16 buiU inJtHcli Patterns. 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