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January 5, 1997 | Associated Press
A Virginia Military Institute board member has resigned to protest the school's decision to admit women. Thomas M. Moncure opposed the move when the VMI board voted 9 to 8 in September to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court order that the all-male, state-supported school admit women.
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November 9, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
The Bush administration will make a "smooth and graceful transition of power" to the new president, who must protect the U.S. from enemies that continue to test the country on many fronts, Vice President Dick Cheney said Saturday. "In the struggle at hand, the stakes remain high, but I am confident of the outcome," Cheney said in an address at Virginia Military Institute in front of about 3,000 people. "Those who hate America are no match for those who love America." Addressing the 1,350 members of VMI's Corps of Cadets, Cheney said he had confidence in their ability to watch over the nation as long as it remains at war.
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December 8, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Virginia Military Institute has accepted its first four female cadets, three months after its governing board reluctantly voted to bow to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling requiring it to admit women or lose state funding. The four women and the 94 men accepted to VMI thus far have until Feb. 15 to make up their minds.
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April 27, 2004 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
With only two justices voting to hear the case, the Supreme Court on Monday refused to consider restoring the traditional supper prayers at Virginia Military Institute, a public college. The high court's action is the latest in a long line of decisions that tell school officials they must not promote religion or lead group prayers -- even among college students preparing for military careers. Last year, the normally conservative 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va.
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August 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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July 4, 1991
Congress has previously decided that women may pursue careers as regular military officers through attendance at government military academies. The selection, training and commissioning of regular military officers should follow a common standard. The idea that the Virginia Military Institute may march to a "different drummer" is fundamentally out of step with the country's military policy (editorial, June 24). Congress should move to preclude the awarding of regular military commissions to graduates of institutions that follow admission and training practices significantly different from those of the government military academies.
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March 18, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
The first coeducational class at the once all-male Virginia Military Institute celebrated the end of seven months of hazing that transformed the "rats" into full-fledged cadets. Twenty-three of the 30 women admitted to the Lexington military college last year crawled up a mud-soaked hill in near-freezing temperatures in a tradition known as "breakout," marking the end to months of torment by upperclassmen.
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September 1, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
At least one of the women in Virginia Military Institute's first coed class has complained about being singled out for unfair treatment. Senior Class President Kevin Trujillo said the woman felt she was being picked on by the cadre, the upperclassmen who train the freshman class, known as "rats." The woman, who was not identified, plans to stay at VMI, Trujillo said. The 158-year-old school went coed after a 1996 Supreme Court ruling that it could not be both state-supported and all-male.
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May 16, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Virginia Military Institute handed diplomas to two women, the first time in the school's 160-year history that females have graduated. Female cadets shouted when Chih-Yuan Ho became the first woman to earn a VMI degree. Later in the ceremony in Lexington, Va., Melissa Kay Graham also graduated to cheers. Ho, 23, and Graham, 21, entered VMI in August 1997 as transfer students along with 28 other women who were freshmen. The U.S.
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August 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The Citadel military college has started having a moment of silence instead of spoken prayers before meals in response to a recent appellate court decision. The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals refused this month to reconsider an April decision by a three-judge panel that declared dinnertime prayers at the Virginia Military Institute to be unconstitutional. As a result, Maj. Gen.
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August 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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August 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
December 15, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Virginia Military Institute's evening dinner prayer should be constitutional because it is intended for development of military leaders, not for religious indoctrination, a lawyer for the state told a judge. Solicitor General William Hurd said that court rulings against government-sanctioned prayers in public schools don't apply to VMI. Evening prayers have been a tradition at VMI since at least the 1950s. Before cadets are served, a member of the corps usually reads a nondenominational prayer.
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December 9, 2001 | Associated Press
Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting III, who oversaw the court-ordered integration of women into formerly all-male Virginia Military Institute, announced his retirement Saturday. Bunting, 62, will relinquish day-to-day duties at the end of this academic year, then focus on VMI's $175-million capital campaign until his contract expires in July 2003, he said in a written statement. The U.S.
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February 17, 2001 | From Reuters
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.
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September 14, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Another Virginia Military Institute tradition ended when five female cadets sporting buzz haircuts and red uniforms competed in a cross-country meet. It was the first time female cadets took part in athletic competition for the school, which enrolled its first coed class last month after the Supreme Court ruled in 1996 that it could not be both state-supported and all male. Rachel Love, 18, of Emmaus, Pa., finished first among the cadets and 29th overall in the 3.
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October 6, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The U.S. Supreme Court, agreeing to consider whether states may offer "separate and unequal" educational opportunities to women, said that it will rule on the constitutionality of the men-only policy at the Virginia Military Institute. The case, to be heard in January, could yield a broad ruling on gender discrimination. VMI and The Citadel in South Carolina are the nation's only all-male public colleges.
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April 16, 2000 | From Associated Press
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.
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March 24, 2000 | Associated Press
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.
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