June 21, 1991
A federal judge decided last week that women do not belong in the quasi- military atmosphere of Virginia Military Institute, a 152-year-old, public college nestled in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. In so doing, he anachronistically concluded that VMI cannot fulfill its special mission if it opens its doors to women. "It has set its eye on the citizen-soldier and never veered from the path it has chosen to meet that goal," U.S. District Judge Jackson L. Kiser wrote in his opinion.
June 29, 1996
Now comes word that Virginia Military Institute will hold three days of meetings next month to consider raising enough money to take the state-supported school private and preserve the all-male policy struck down this week by the nation's highest court. Save the Males, is the battle cry. Considering that VMI has the highest per-student endowment in the nation, it may just work. The school has that right. But it doesn't have a right to public financing for an education that bars half the human race with the sop that women were able to get a separate but equal education at nearby Mary Baldwin College.
June 29, 1996
It is difficult to fathom why anyone, female or male, would want to be a "rat" or a "knob. " But the U.S. Supreme Court says women can't be denied the opportunity to be treated like dirt as cadets at Virginia Military Institute. At VMI, men are trained as citizen-soldiers in an "adversative" program where they are called "rats" and treated as such. The school claimed that admitting women would ruin it. The court didn't buy it; its 7-1 ruling gave VMI the choice of admitting women or rejecting some $10 million in state funds.
March 2, 2012 |
Ian Miller said he hadn't made a buzzer-beater to win a game since high school. When he shot from the right wing in the final second last night, he didn't need to look. "When it left my hand, I knew it was good," the sophomore said about the three-pointer with a hand in his face and 0.8 seconds left that gave No. 22 Florida State a stunning 63-60 victory at No. 24 Virginia. The Seminoles rallied from 11 points down in the last 4 1/2 minutes for the victory. "We hit a great shot, a tough shot," said Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton, whose team scored 16 of the last 18 points of the game.
January 18, 1996 |
Hammering at the last U.S. bastions of all-male public education, a Clinton administration lawyer yesterday urged the Supreme Court to allow women to enroll in the rigorous, prestigious Virginia Military Institute. VMI, a strict 156-year-old state college in Lexington, Va., where Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson taught and World War II Gen. George C. Marshall studied, is based on a gender stereotype that "only men can face adversity and succeed," Deputy Solicitor General Paul Bender said.
June 21, 1991 |
There's a strange, all-male school in Virginia that calls its freshmen "rats," subjects them to constant stress and claims that four years of this stuff builds character. This sounded so good to one young woman that she went to court to make the place admit females. And why not? Shouldn't a young woman who's willing to pay for tortuous treatment at Virginia Military Institute be able to get it? Alas, a federal judge has said no. Since this ruling has outraged young women and right-thinking people everywhere, naturally, I'd prefer to side with them.
June 27, 1996 |
Women broke through the last bastion of all-male public education yesterday when the Supreme Court overwhelmingly declared that they cannot be excluded from the Virginia Military Institute - or relegated to a "pale imitation" of it. The 7-1 ruling is expected to open both VMI and The Citadel in South Carolina to women. Those strict military-style institutions are the only remaining state colleges that limit classes to one sex. "The constitutional violation in this case is the categorical exclusion of women from an extraordinary educational opportunity afforded men," declared Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who as a civil rights lawyer a generation ago argued in the Supreme Court for equality for women.
March 22, 1994 |
Jason Kidd, California's all-America point guard, has called a news conference for today amid speculation that the sophomore will enter the NBA draft. Kidd, who has led Cal to NCAA tournament berths in two straight seasons, was not available for comment, the school's sports information office said. Cal lost to Wisconsin-Green Bay in last week's first round. There has been speculation throughout the season that this would be the final collegiate season for Kidd, the national leader in assists.
February 1, 1993 |
The last time the federal government tangled with Virginia Military Institute the government's forces got cuffed around at the battle of New Market by a Confederate contingent leavened by 247 VMI cadets ages 15 to 17. This event is celebrated in a large painting in VMI's chapel, Jackson Memorial Hall, which is named after Stonewall, who for 10 years taught "natural philosophy," meaning science, and artillery here. Today, the federal government, which always has been a slow learner, is engaged in an utterly optional fight with VMI. This time, unlike last time, it would serve the national interest for the national government to lose.
March 31, 1991 |
Jon Milner, a senior at the Virginia Military Institute, still recalls the terror of being called before the Rat Disciplinary Committee more than three years ago for "failure to strain. " But asked recently to demonstrate the exaggerated position of attention that freshmen, known as "rats," must maintain while traversing the school's barracks, he turns bright red and declines. "It's that embarrassing and that miserable that I don't want to repeat it," said Milner, 22, of Lumberton, N.J., who has since grown adept at inflicting such misery on others.