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VMI to offer exhibit on life of Gen. Marshall

Tuesday, September 22, 1998

Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

An exhibit tracing the life of Gen. George C. Marshall will have its
grand opening on the campus of the Virginia Military Institute on
Thursday, putting on display the storied but often overlooked life of
the school's most famous graduate.

Titled "George C. Marshall, Soldier of Peace," the exhibit brings
together such illustrious bric-a-brac as Marshall's Nobel Peace Prize,
owned by the Marshall Foundation at VMI, and letters of sympathy that
Marshall wrote to the families of soldiers killed in World War II.

Many of the items are on loan from the Smithsonian Institution's
National Portrait Gallery.

The foundation spent a month refurbishing the Marshall Museum at VMI to
accommodate the exhibit, said Kelly Fujiwara, assistant director of

"This is the first time a collaboration like this has taken place,"
Fujiwara said of the Smithsonian's involvement. "It's not a huge
exhibit, but it's very impressive."

Marshall, who graduated from VMI in 1901, is remembered primarily for two things: He was the U.S. Army chief of staff in World War II, performing his duties so well that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill called him "the true organizer
of victory"; and he was author of what came to be known as the Marshall
Plan, a massive aid and assistance program that rebuilt devastated
Europe after the war.

The exhibit includes the actual reading copy of the speech in which
Marshall first proposed the recovery plan.

The exhibit includes pictures, paintings and other items that trace
Marshall's life from his childhood through school at VMI, his service in
both world wars and his ultimate appointment as secretary of state.

Thursday's grand opening is a by-invitation-only affair and begins at 6
p.m. with remarks from VMI Superintendent Josiah Bunting III.

On days thereafter, admission is $2 for seniors, $3 for adults and $1
for children ages seven to 18.

Fujiwara said the exhibit will be open to the public until May 31, when
it is to move to the Truman Library in Independence, Mo.

Richmond Times-Dispatch© 1998, Richmond Newspapers Inc.

VMI Football Homecoming Blues: No joy in Mudville yesterday.

Sports Connections
Gateway Virginia VMI gives it away to Furman / Keydets burned by

Sunday, September 27, 1998

Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

LEXINGTON -- Charitable organizations frequently suggest that their
contributors give until it feels good. The Virginia Military Institute
football team took a different approach yesterday. The Keydets gave
until it hurt.

Three VMI turnovers and a partially blocked punt, all in the first half,
allowed 24th-ranked Furman to romp to a 51-14 victory in a game the
Keydets could have -- and perhaps should have -- made far more
competitive. VMI's tendency to produce turnovers faster than a French
bakery -- it has fumbled 16 times, losing eight, in its first four games
-- deflated an inspired defense that stopped Furman on four downs inside
the VMI 4 early in the game.

"You have to wonder how we would have fared if we don't make so many
mistakes . . . if we don't stop ourselves," said Keydets coach Ted Cain.
"That might be the biggest thing we need to do: just give ourselves a
chance to be more competitive."

Well, maybe the second-biggest thing.

"We must do a much, much better job of taking care of the ball," said

How true. Furman had VMI blunders, not its own proficiency, to thank for
a 17-0 halftime lead. The Keydets (0-2, 1-3) lost fumbles deep in their
own territory on their first two possessions. Furman turned both into
touchdowns: a 3-yard run by Adam Sanders with 2:26 remaining in the
first period and an 8-yard pass from quarterback Justin Hill to running
back Stuart Rentz with 1:32 elapsed in the second period.

VMI's third turnover, an end-zone interception of an ill-advised pass by
quarterback Robbie Chenault, halted the Keydets' most promising drive of
the half. The partially blocked punt set up a 24-yard field goal by
Furman's Jason Wells with :02 remaining before halftime.

The Keydets, thin to begin with and hurt as the game unfolded by
injuries in the secondary, crumbled soon after emerging from
intermission. Furman (1-0, 3-1) scored three third-period touchdowns.
Included in that harvest were two long passes by backup quarterback
Brent Rickman: an 87-yarder to flanker Desmond Kitchings and a 60-yarder
to split receiver Tyrone Berrian. The Paladins' average starting
position for seven second-half possessions: VMI's 47-yard-line.

"It's discouraging, definitely," said Jordan Clark, VMI's senior
defensive end. "I'd like to think staying as close as we did for as long
as we did in the first half shows you what we're capable of. Furman has
been a dominant team in the Southern Conference for a long time -- and
we were hanging right there with them. When we play well and play smart
and take care of our assignments, I don't think there's anybody (in the
Southern Conference) we can't compete with."

VMI has been outscored 144-22 in its three games against I-AA opponents.
Defiance, said Clark, is the key to the remainder of the season.

"We can't accept losing," he said. "It's that simple: We have to refuse
to accept losing. If we keep working hard; if we keep believing in
ourselves and our coaches; we have to believe that sooner or later,
things will work out for us."

Furman's triumph extended its winning streak over VMI to 17 games. When
the Keydets last defeated the Paladins in 1979, Jimmy Carter was living
in the White House and Leonid Brezhnev was the premier of the Soviet

Furman·························7 10 20 14 -- 51 VMI
························ ·0 0 7 7 -- 14
First Quarter
FU -- Sanders 3 run (Wells kick), 2:26

Second Quarter

FU -- Rentz 8 pass from Hill (Wells kick), 13:28

FU -- FG Wells 24, :02

Third Quarter

FU -- Kitchings 87 pass from Hill (kick fail), 11:55

FU -- Rentz 20 run (Wells kick), 8:18

VM -- Garrett 21 pass from Funches (Harris kick), 5:17

FU -- Berrian 60 pass from Rickman (Wells kick), 4:25

Fourth Quarter

FU -- Sansbury 26 pass from Rickman (Wells kick), 11:16

FU -- Burton 1 run (Wells kick), 8:37

VM -- Frost 32 pass from Mitchell (Harris kick), 4:53

A -- 6,298.


First downs························· 23 16

Rushes-yards························· 47-199 39-112

Passing yards························· 301 181

Passes························· 13-21-1 13-23-1

Return yards························· 100 9

Punts-avg.························· 1-42 6-36

Fumbles-lost························· 0-0 5-2

Penalties-yards························· 9-64 3-26

Time of possession························· 30:34 29:26

INDIVIDUAL RUSHING Furman -- Rentz 8-61, Sanders 8-39, Crosby 6-30,
Russell 9-22, Burton 7-20, Rickman 2-12, Hill 3-10, Kitchings 2-7, Addy
2-(minus 2). VMI --

Hunt 6-32, Funches 10-25, Parker 7-18, Cauthen 9-18, Chenault 6-11,
Mitchell 1-8.

INDIVIDUAL PASSING Furman -- Hill 11-17-0-215, Rickman 2-4-1-86. VMI --
Chenault 10-20-1-118, Mitchell 2-2-0-42, Funches 1-1-0-21.

INDIVIDUAL RECEIVING Furman -- Kitchings 5-102, Berrian 4-136, Stewart
2-29, Sansbury 1-26, Rentz 1-8. VMI --

Frost 5-63, Garrett 2-39, Alley 2-22, Neely 1-46, Parker 1-12, Boyer
1-10, Funches 1-(minus 11).

TACKLES Furman -- Ruff 11, Bouton 11, Rogers 6, Adrian 5, Thrift 5,
Spencer 4, Johnson 3, Redmond 3, Jackson 3, Pleasant 3, Booth 3, Conner
3, Hubbard 3, Frierson 3, Kupchinsky 2, Fonoimoana 2, Fouch 2, O'Daniel,
Roberson, Smith, Sanders, Espinosa. VMI -- Whitman 9, Mubangu 8, Curtis
8, Jackson 6, McPherson 6, J. Clark 5, S. Clark 4, Wigfall 4, Budlong 3,
Washington 3, Brown 3, Winfield 3, Douglas 3, Lengvarsky 3, Burris 2,
Herrin 2, Brooks 2, Cates 2, Prillaman 2, Armstead 2, Parker, Prokop.

FUMBLE RECOVERIES Furman -- Roberson, Pate.

INTERCEPTIONS Furman -- Thrift. VMI -- Ferrin.

More Info on VMI Football: Chuck Steenburgh '86 dropped me the following e-mail. Seems his web site contains football info that might be of interest.

Just wanted to let you know that the Class of '86 web page I maintain also
has football update info on it...SC standings, poll rankings and power
ratings info as well as photos I take from each home game. Updated on


News From the Cape Fear Chapter: The Cape Fear Chapter located in Fayetteville, NC will celebrate Founder's Day and sponsor a cadet recruting function on Nov 10 at the Ft. Bragg Officer's Club. More info to follow!

Mutual Fund for the VMI Family: I recently received the following e-mail from Jim Irby '81 informing me of a new mutual fund. As Jim indicates the fund is not
endorsed or affiliated with VMI, the VMI Alumni Association or any of its agencies.

As you may be aware, a few alumni have been in the process of creating a
mutual fund "by and for the VMI community." We fully expect to receive
final approval from the Securities & Exchange Commission this week. We
have placed several ads through various VMI media outlets and have been
very pleased with the enthusiastic response we have received.

We feel it is very important to emphasize that we (the Fund) are not
endorsed or affiliated with VMI, the VMI Alumni Association or any of
its agencies.

We would be very grateful if you could mention our project in your next
news letter to help in our effort to educate alumni & friends on what
the fund is all about. We will be sponsoring the Homecoming football
game next weekend and will have a booth on the field by Cameron Hall.

I would welcome the opportunity to discuss the whole project with you as
well as send (or fax) you some information. You can reach me during the
day at (804) 288-6112. In addition, myself, Brett Hayes '86, Frank Trice
'86 and Gordon McKinley '86 will be in Lexington for the Alumni Board
meeting next Saturday.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Jim Irby '81

Another Football Game Via RealAudio: Seems you can listen to the upcoming Georgia Southern game via the internet. The following e-mail was provided by Paul Whitmore '94. As you can see, he's provided a link to the actual web site. I've noted that a link is also provided on the VMI Alumni Association web site.

Did some checking and discovered that the only other Football game that will feature VMI on-line will be the Georgia Southern Game on the 3rd of October.

Georgia Southern Internet Broadcast

Speaking of Links....: Seems that the Alumni Association Web Site has added back the link to the Electronic Turnouts. As I understand it, the link was present, then it was deleted and then it was added back. Just thought I'd let everyone know.

News From Our Next Door Neighbors at W&L:

Monday, September 21, 1998

Anniversary calls for introspection
250 years of honor at W&L

More than 15 professors from across America will come to the university and speak about responsibility.


   LEXINGTON -- Since 1865, Washington and Lee students have tried to
uphold Robert E. Lee's concept of honor -- to not lie, cheat, steal or
violate trust.

    "Washington and Lee has prided itself on the honor code and virtue.
In effect, responsibility is the 20th century way to talk about honor,"
said Winston Davis, a professor of religion at Washington and Lee.

    So, this year, students and faculty will celebrate honor -- and the
school's 250th anniversary -- with this question: "What is

    That is a theme of a series of lectures scheduled this upcoming
school year as part of the university's "bicenquinquagenary." It's a
term as rare as the number of schools that have celebrated such an
occasion. W&L is the ninth oldest school in the country, with Harvard
being the oldest.

    More than 15 professors from across America will come to the
university and speak about responsibility on a philosophic, religious
and historic level.

    "Our basic hope is to get students to think more about what it means
to be responsible in their daily life," Davis said.

    Davis plans to compile the speeches on responsibility in a book that
will be released within the next two years.

    While school officials focus on responsibility, students want to
take a more practical view of the notion.

    Greta Richter, a senior, said the lecture series represents
Washington and Lee's history of honor.

    Students can celebrate that honor by being more mindful of violence,
vandalism and drinking, Richter said. She recalled recent incidents when
students were sent to the school infirmary for drinking too much.

    "They are really evaluating student autonomy," she said. "This year,
everyone is watching us."

    The anniversary theme is Learning, Leadership, Honor. Banners now
sport the words around campus.

    A formal dance and a W&L T-shirt exhibit are just two of the
activities planned for this year's festivities.

    Washington and Lee was first established in 1749 as Augusta Academy
by Robert Alexander -- a native of Ireland. Augusta Academy -- near
Greenville in the Shenandoah Valley -- was a prep school where a
minister taught young men headed to Princeton University. It was
described as the first Latin school west of the Blue Ridge.

    In 1774, the school was relocated to a log building in what is now
called Rockbridge County and later renamed Liberty Hall Academy by the
school's board of trustees.

    Not long after President George Washington donated a hundred shares
of James River canal stock to the academy, it was renamed Washington
Academy. Washington requested the school to promote literature and the

    After receiving more funding, officials moved the academy in 1803 to
its current site in Lexington. It was not long before school officials
printed what seems to be an honor code -- a section of moral rules in
the "Laws and Regulations of Washington College."

    The book states that "no student shall play cards, dice, or other
games of hazard, make bets, be present at a horse-race, use profane
language, become intoxicated, engage in riots or mischief of any kind,
or be guilty of any other immorality."

    But it was Lee, in 1865, who first established W&L's concept of
honor and responsibility. Five years later, the school's name was
changed to Washington and Lee College.

    The story goes like this: A student from Tennessee went up to Lee to
ask for a copy of the rules.

    Lee, president of the university at the time, said "we have but one
rule here, and it is that every student must be a gentleman."

    Since then, students have tried to uphold Lee's concept of honor.

    No freshman can attend fall classes without first acknowledging in
writing his or her understanding of the philosophy and policies of the
honor system.

    Davis said he wants to see a new word on the banner for Washington
and Lee's 350th anniversary -- responsibility.

That's it for this week.

Yours in the Spirit,
RB Lane '75

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