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August 16, 2003 |
Virginia Atty. Gen. Jerry W. Kilgore plans to appeal to the Supreme Court a case involving the Virginia Military Institute's dinnertime prayers after an evenly divided appellate court upheld its previous decision declaring the prayers unconstitutional. "These prayers are part of VMI's educational program and are precisely the kind of prayers recited in the United States military, on ships at sea each night, and before lunch" at the U.S. Naval Academy, Kilgore said.
August 14, 2003 |
An evenly divided federal appeals court refused to reconsider a ruling that group prayers before evening meals at Virginia Military Institute were unconstitutional. The 6-6 vote by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lets stand a three-judge panel's decision that the prayers, although nondenominational, violated the separation of church and state. Judge J.
February 17, 2001 |
A cadet at the Virginia Military Institute is pregnant, less than four years after the 162-year-old school admitted its first female students, VMI officials said Friday. The cadet, who was not identified, was offered a chance to take a leave of absence from the school or move to separate quarters but chose to continue living in the barracks, school officials said. The father was not identified.
April 16, 2000 |
Erin Claunch is proof that women can do what men can do--sometimes even better. Three years after she and several other women broke gender barriers at Virginia Military Institute, Claunch has risen to battalion commander, the second-highest student military post. "I just wanted to blend in and be a good cadet," said Claunch, 20, who will lead half of the 1,200-member cadet corps during her senior year this fall. The assimilation of women, who first enrolled at VMI in 1997 after the U.S.
March 24, 2000 |
It took 158 years to get women admitted to the Virginia Military Institute but virtually no time at all for a female cadet to advance to a top leadership post. Erin Nicole Claunch of Loudoun County, one of the women who broke VMI's gender barrier in 1997, will become one of the college's two battalion commanders this fall, leading half of the 1,200-member cadet corps during her senior year.
June 27, 1999 |
The dismissal of Virginia Military Institute's top cadet for allegedly demanding sex from female cadets does not represent a widespread problem, the head of the formerly all-male school said. Jerry Webb II was expelled last month after he was accused of seeking sexual favors from three freshmen. Webb had previously been chosen as the regimental commander of the Corps of Cadets for the coming year. The school was forced to admit women three years ago when the U.S.