Midshipman 4th Class Andrew Craig, 19, of Tulsa, Okla., replaces a first year's Naval Academy "dixie cup" hat with an upperclassman's hat as the plebes finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Photo by: ANDREW HARNIK

Midshipman 4th Class Andrew Craig, 19, of Tulsa, Okla., replaces a first year's Naval Academy "dixie cup" hat with an upperclassman's hat as the plebes finish the traditional Herndon Monument climb in two hours and ten minutes, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The tradition, dating back to 1940, is the culmination of the first year in the Naval Academy where the plebe class has to help each other climb the obelisk covered in lard. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)