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Civilian Clothes Uptown?: The following Electronic Turnouts posting provides some insights re: cadets wearing civilian clothers uptown.

Thu Dec 2 08:11:31 1999
I recently heard 1st classmen will be allowed to wear civilian clothes at their descretion whenever up-town. This is supposed to take place within the next several weeks. Any truth to this? This appears to be further indication of weakening in the corps, their appearance, and corps obligations. JJA '81

Thu Dec 2 08:40:17 1999
JJA '81: As usual, the answer to a question about a VMI policy is "Well, yes and no."
First Classmen do NOT currently have civilian clothes privileges up town. I am unaware that there is any permit in process to change that ...

But ...

Over the past 4 or 5 years, each First Class has requested, and in some years been given, based on their leadership performance, SECOND SEMESTER civilian clothes privileges up town in the evening.

PROVIDED that they jealously guard the privilege and send up any underclassmen taking thir privilege.

Some years it works well, some years it doesn't and in some years the Commandant has rescinded the privilege because they WEREN'T guarding it.

It COULD be in the offing again, but I just don't know.

Hammond's Fixed Opinion ?? Bad idea. Let 'em wear the grey blouse and get the badge of honor of a life-long neck rash like the rest of us ... along with no hair on the legs from the straight pants ("woolies" in current jargon).

Shoot, I even had a cadet seriously come in yesterday seeking permission to have Mid-Winter Hops in civvies ON-POST "so they could be more comfortable ... sir, have you ever tried to party in woolies and a blouse or coatee? "

Answer: "DISAPPROVED. Yes, I have, and it is uncomfortable as all get-out. So what ?? The floggings will continue until morale improves. Now get out of here !!"

Smiley "A-A-A-A-R-R-R-R-G-G-G-H-H-H !!" Goodnews

Just One Person's Opinion...Along With A Couple Responses: The following letter to the editor recently appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Please, however, note the responses which follow.

VMI 'Rat Line' Breeds And Glorifies Violence

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

Regarding your November 10 article, "Five Cadets Dismissed in Beatings":

Let me see if I have this straight. For the first few months at VMI, freshman cadets are subjected to constant verbal and physical abuse by upperclassmen in a barbaric tradition called the "rat line." They live in an environment that not only sanctifies violence, but glorifies it.

Now Josiah Bunting and the other members of the VMI executive committee are scratching their neatly shorn heads and wondering why some "rats" became violent with another "rat." I only wonder why it doesn't happen more often. Could it be the policy of intimidation bred by the "rat" experience has suppressed more of these incidents from being reported?

Any first-year psychology student could easily explain that violence breeds more violence. That this fact isn't apparent to the leaders of VMI leads me to wonder about the quality of education the school provides.

Marianne Coddington.

General Marshall Epitomized VMI's Virtues

Editor, Times-Dispatch:

I read The Editorial Page daily. It is a wonderful source of information, entertainment, and sometimes comedy. I find the November 22 letter regarding VMI's propensity to glorify violence in the last category. Imagine, a military school teaching violence! The very idea is preposterous! Better we should teach our future military leaders the intricacies of serving high tea and napkin-folding. I'm sure those skills would have won the day at Normandy, Anzio, the Battle of the Bulge, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, etc.

Surely the letter-writer has not forgotten about the post-WWII plan that showed such compassion to the Axis powers and virtually rebuilt a devastated Europe. Wasn't that the plan conceived by General George Marshall, a VMI graduate? Didn't General Marshall win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1953 for the Marshall Plan, which Winston Churchill called "the most unsordid act in history"?

It is obvious to me that General Marshall's VMI education served him quite well in both war and peace. It is equally obvious to me that it also taught him there is a time for violence and a time for peace.

Joe Hudgins.

Editor, Times-Dispatch:
In her November 22 letter, Marianne Coddington blames the assault of a rat by five of his brother rats at VMI on the "constant verbal and physical abuse" that freshman cadets undergo during the rat line.

I truly am ashamed of the cadets who performed these acts, but let's not give them the excuse that violence is a part of the rat line. Physically, mentally, and emotionally, this system demands much of each cadet. But it does not permit physical abuse. These cadets acted entirely outside the bounds of the rat line, and the Institute Executive Committee and administration handled the situation properly and expeditiously.

I admit that verbal abuse does exist in this imperfect system known as the rat line. However, as a rat I seldom received a verbal lashing that affected me as much as Ms. Coddington's unfounded attack on the quality of a VMI education. She might think it's witty and cute to make such base comments, but I do not.

Jeffrey Gorman.

Update on VMI Budget Issues: The following recently appeared in the Roanoke Times.

Saturday, December 04, 1999
Superintendent's spending scrutinized
VMI creates budget policy

In part, the new policy lets VMI officials do within the rules what they had always done in the past, said the school's comptroller.


LEXINGTON -- Under a new spending policy being considered at Virginia Military Institute, Superintendent Josiah Bunting could use college funds to buy alcohol for college functions.

He could not, however, throw retirement parties or send flowers that look like personal gifts.

The audit committee of the VMI Board of Visitors discussed the policy changes Friday and two weeks ago after a state investigation of Bunting's spending practices and a long spate of embarrassing press coverage of it.

The board will likely approve the policy in February, but the business staff plans to follow it in the meantime anyway.

The committee has already changed the way Bunting's discretionary account is budgeted. The panel wants to control Bunting's habitual overspending and is considering whether the business staff should give quarterly reports on Bunting's spending activity.

In general, the changes in both policy and budgeting would maintain the status quo for spending at VMI, but some of the expenditures Bunting made in the past would be forbidden.

During an investigation that began in April, the state auditor of public accounts found $47,000 in purchases of alcohol, flowers, gifts and books from Bunting's discretionary account that were not clearly in support of VMI's mission or for his personal use. Bunting was cleared of misusing college funds because the auditor determined that a VMI policy forbidding those kinds of purchases was never formally adopted by the board and therefore was not enforceable.

"What policy we had, we weren't even adhering to it ourselves," said VMI Comptroller Bob Gilbert. "Well, we were adhering to it, but we were making exceptions."

In part, the new policy lets VMI officials do within the rules what they had always done in the past, Gilbert said.

The old policy barred the purchase of alcohol, but Bunting's account was used to buy liquor and wine for entertaining college guests at his house.

The new policy still forbids the purchase of alcohol, but includes a written exception for "functions that are official business of the institute and that are related to its mission." Gilbert's office must approve exceptions in advance.

The new policy also changes a rule forbidding purchase of flowers and gifts to "non-corporate" flowers and gifts.

Bunting spent over $16,000 on flowers in four years, many of which were for VMI friends or alumni, but a few were sent with cards that never mentioned the college. Bunting also sent magazine gift subscriptions the same way. Gilbert said that can't happen under the new policy.

Most of the purchases forbidden under the old policy are the same in the new policy, but formal adoption by the board will make them VMI law. That means a retirement party like the $1,500 bash Bunting threw for a retiring VMI board chairman in Richmond would not be allowed.

Following a recommendation of the state auditor, another policy under consideration requires the superintendent or the business office to report to the audit committee any spending policy violations.

Some additional post-purchase reviews are in place already.

Staff from the procurement, budget and comptroller's offices are meeting quarterly with Bunting's staff to make sure purchases follow the rules, Gilbert said, "so we don't get a year and a half of surprises all at once." So far, no purchases have been rejected, he said.

The meetings are also designed to keep Bunting within his budget, by keeping tabs on how much he's spent each quarter.

Bunting overspent his account by more than $120,000 his first four years at VMI, even while the amount allotted was increased three times. The account started the current year with $140,000.

In the past, Bunting was given the account as a lump sum. This year, the account is divided into separate line items including books, flowers and gifts, and entertaining expenses.

The amounts in each line item are based on how much Bunting has spent in those categories in the past.

The budget also includes $25,000 for entertaining at Bunting's quarters.

"Is that enough money? It doesn't seem like a whole lot of money to me," audit committee member Waite Rawls III said at a meeting two weeks ago, when the committee first saw the budget for the discretionary account.

"But it seems like a whole lot to a lot of people," said board president Bruce Gottwald.
VMI Museum Christmas Open House Set Dec. 1st

The VMI Museum Christmas Open House will be on Wednesday, December 1st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dressed in 19th century clothing and using antique instruments, Professor and Mrs. Gibson will provide Christmas carols from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

For school children, Santa will visit from 3-5 p.m. and the VMI Glee Club will perform holiday songs beginning at 3:45 p.m.

Drawings for selected discounts up to 30% will be available in the VMI Museum Shop and you can register to win your own "Little Sorrel" horse. You do not need to be present to win. For additional information contact the VMI Museum at 4654-7334.
Basketball Update: By my calculations, and remember...I was an Econ major, the Keydets are 5 - 2. Next game is Dec. 6 against the Hokies. It's a home game and it starts at 7:00 PM. I believe this is the first time the Hokies have visited Cameron Hall. Remember, you can listen to the games live via the internet at the website VMIKeydets.com. I listened to a couple football games this way and it is very slick.

UVa routs Keydets, 98-57
Cavaliers beat 'Runnin' 'Roos at their own game

F Eric Mann '00 (#32) led VMI scorers with 12 points

The VMI Keydets went fishing for wahoo Sunday night, but found the water too deep and too fast for their liking as they fell to the University of Virginia 98-57 at University Hall in Charlottesville.

G Richard Bruce '01 (#30) hit a pair of 3-pointers in the game

After taking an early 9-6 lead on an Andre Quarles 3-pointer in the fifth minute of play, the Cavaliers went on a 21-4 run over the next 7- minutes and never looked back.

G Renard Phillips '02 (#5) played despite
injuring his ankle against Warren Wilson

With both teams employing a full-court press and running style, the game promised to be a wild one. UVa's pressure, however, was more than VMI could take on many occasions, as the Cavaliers forced VMI into 30 turnovers and produced 15 steals and outscored VMI 36-20 on turnovers.

Rat G Jeremy Harper (#14) looked
good at point guard toward game's end

Junior forward Eric Mann (Rock Hill, SC / Rock Hill) gave a solid performance with 12 points and 5 rebounds; he also blocked two shots. Junior guard Richard Bruce (Harrisonburg, VA / Spottswood) chipped in with 10 points and 3 assists for VMI. Virginia's Chris Williams and Travis Watson lead all scorers with 16 points apiece.

F Aaron Trombley '01 (#31) had 4 points and 3 rebounds off the bench

The depth of the Cavaliers' bench was evident, as none of their starters played more than 28 minutes. Three Keydet starters were forced to play over 30 minutes, and VMI got only 14 points from its bench while UVa's reserves tallied 30 points. Every Virginia player had at least 3 minutes of playing time.

Rat F Adam Trombley (#21) led the VMI bench
with 6 points and 5 boards; he also blocked a shot

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Revised: 28 November 1999 . . . VMI Sports Information Office.
Keydets down Oral Roberts 56-44
Advance to title game of United Airlines Tipoff Tournament

Junior forward Nick Richardson (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Christian) scored 16 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to lead VMI (3-1) to a 56-44 win over Oral Roberts in the semi-final round of the United Airlines Tipoff Tournament in Honolulu, Hawaii on Friday night.

The Keydets broke open a close game late in the first half on an 8-point run by the Trombley brothers, Adam & Aaron (Anchorage, AK / E. Anchorage / FUMA), coming off the bench. Oral Roberts cut a 7-point VMI lead to 3 at the half, but couldn't regain the lead in the second half. The game remained close until the Keydets blew it open late in the game.

Senior point guard Andre Quarles (Louisa, VA / Louisa) had 10 points and 4 assists for the Keydets while junior forward Eric Mann (Rock Hill, SC / Rock Hill) had 10 rebounds to go with his 5 points for VMI. Oral Roberts' Reggie Tate led all scorers with 18 points.

The Keydets face the University of Hawaii Rainbows tonight (28 november) in the championship game, scheduled to air at 1:30 AM EST Monday morning 29 November. A live internet broadcast will be carried on www.vmikeydets.com.

Keydets run out of steam
Fall to Hawaii in championship game of UA tourney

Kilauea was silent, but the Keydet basketball team witnessed an eruption nonetheless on their trip to Hawaii for the United Airlines Tipoff Tournament.

The volcanic explosion came in the final nine minutes of the championship game Sunday night as the University of Hawaii Rainbows outscored VMI 29-5 to post a 78-61 win in Honolulu.

The Keydets led through most of the contest on the strength of superb 3-point shooting and the hot hand of G Andre Quarles (Louisa, Va. / Louisa) who scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the first half. In the game's final minutes, however, VMI showed signs of fatigue against the bigger, more physical UH front line and were largely unable to find the basket.

Also scoring in double figures for VMI were G Richard Bruce (Harrisonburg, VA / Spottswood) with 11 and F Nick Richardson (Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Christian) with 10 (6 of which came after he had picked up his 4th personal foul). F Aaron Trombley (Anchorage, AK /E. Anchorage/FUMA) added 9 points off the bench. Hawaii was led in scoring by Troy Ostler with 19 and Marquette Alexander with 18.

Quarles was named to the all-tournament team, finishing with 29 points and 6 assists over two games.
VMI Wrestling:

November 22, 1999


BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The VMI Wrestling team finished fourth place out of eight schools in this past weekend's Bloomsburg Invitational held on the campus of Bloomsburg University.

VMI finished with a team score of 83.5 which placed them fourth place for the tournament. The host Bloomsburg University finished first with 175.5 points, University of Buffalo finished second with 129.5 points, Millersville University finished third with 104.5 points.

Individually, the Keydets had four wrestlers finish third place in their weight class. The first was Levi Spellman (Canfield, Ohio / Canfield) who finished third place in the 125 lbs weight class; Spellman finished with a 3-2 record for the meet. Freshman Adam Britt (Mechanicsville, Va. / Atlee) recorded a third place finish in the 149lbs. weight class and went 3-1 for the meet including a pin in the third place match against Ryan Bentley of Buffalo. Also, senior co-captain Gil Decher (Newport News, Va. / Peninsula Catholic) earned a third place finish in the 157 lbs weight class; he won three out of his four matches for the event. Finally, freshman Dale Griffin (Terre Haute, Ind. / South Vigo) earned a third place finish in the 184 lbs division. Griffin lost his first match of the tournament then rallied to win the next three to capture third place.

Other VMI Wrestlers that competed at the Bloomsburg Invitational included: junior Tremayne Austin (Ettrick, Va. / Matoaca) who finished sixth place in the 133lbs division with a 3-3 record; Oliver Ruiz (Fairview, NJ / Cliffside Park) lost both of his matches in the 133lbs. class; freshman Brandon Waltrip (Lightfoot, Va. / Jamestown) recorded a 1-2 record for at 157 lbs; sophomore Matt Erwin (South Vienna, Ohio / Graham) went 0-2 in the 165lbs division; Sophomore Austen Palmer (Durham, NC / Riverside) finished fourth place in the 174lbs weight class with a 4-2 record; freshman David Walker (Chesapeake, Va. / Great Bridge) finished fifth place in the 197lbs division with a pair of wins; and in the heavyweight division, sophomore Brian Toney (Boones Mill, Va. / Franklin County) finished in fifth place.

The VMI Wrestling team will next compete in Bethlehem, Pa. at the Sheridan Invitational on Saturday, December 4 at 9 AM

Bloomsburg, Pa.

Team Scores
1. Bloomsburg University - 175.5
2. Buffalo - 129.5
3. Millersville - 104.5
4. VMI - 83.5
5. Binghampton - 80.0
6. Princeton - 74.5
7. Duke - 49.0
8. Syracuse - 15.0

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Revised: 23 November 1999 . . . VMI Sports Information Office.

Hey, that's it for this week.

Yours in the Spirit,
RB Lane '75

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