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September 17, 2003

Out of the Frying Pan...

When Jimmy Hughes entered Canada's Royal Military College in Ottawa back in 1999, his dream was to be a "top-notch army officer." And even though he brought an 'bad boy' reputation with him and was repeatedly in trouble with RMC authorities, what happened two months before graduation in May came as a devastating shock: he was kicked out of the military and handed a bill for $64,000 by the Defense Department for tuition and expenses.

A series of incidents involving skipped classes and training, alcohol, and violence over his three and a half years, while never condoned, were hardly out of the ordinary at an institution like RMC. What finally got Hughes kicked out was plagiarizing on a psychology test. While initially stunned at not being allowed to graduate, he now accepts the responsibility for his mistake. But he went to court to avoid footing the bill, a fight which he won last week. So what now? After a trip to Prince Edward Island to see his family, he plans to "go see some different cultures and get some self-awareness and that kind of stuff." You guessed it, he's heading to Japan to teach English.

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