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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 21, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 31
Up for the Count

William Conley, dean of enrollment and academic services at Homewood, takes on the ROTC challenge.
Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Pecs flexed, triceps burned and Homewood deans displayed some physical prowess at the Johns Hopkins ROTC's first-ever push-up contest, held Wednesday on the Freshman Quad.

Chris Cottrell, a senior public health major and ROTC recruiting officer, said he organized the event to draw attention to the Blue Jay Battalion and have some fun on what turned out to be a beautiful spring afternoon.

"We hear from a lot of seniors and recent graduates who say they wish they had known about the ROTC program when they were freshmen and sophomores," Cottrell said. "We just want people to notice we're here and what we do."

More than 130 participated in the event, which lasted four hours.

The cadets gave away prizes, such as ROTC bags and shirts, and everyone who did at least 10 was entered in a raffle to win an iPod and various gift certificates donated by local merchants.

Stephen David, vice dean for centers and programs in the Krieger School, got the muscle flexing started with an impressive display of repetitions and solid form. Not to be outdone, a half dozen other deans soon appeared on the horizon, ready to roll up their sleeves and shed their ties. The academic heavyweights included Adam Falk, James B. Knapp Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences; David Bell, dean of faculty in the Krieger School; Nicholas Jones, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering; Andrew Douglas, vice dean of faculty at the Whiting School; and William Conley, dean of enrollment and academic services at Homewood.

Dean Jones, who had his own cheering section, used the well-wishing to best Dean Falk, but it wasn't enough to topple colleague Douglas. Conley, who arrived on his bike, dusted them all.

Who was the overall champ? That would be Rajiv Mallipudi, a sophomore biomedical engineering major, who powered his way through an amazing 225 push-ups — we assume without the use of bionic implants.


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