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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.
December 15, 2001 |
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.
December 9, 2001 |
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.
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.