VMI showing intensity amid change in fall camp
Scott Wachenheim made some coaching changes in the spring, promoting former wide receivers coach Patrick Ashford to offensive coordinator, and hiring Nick Reveiz as defensive coordinator. After a spring of learning, the Keydets have put their knowledge to the test. Utilizing full pads on the sixth day of camp, and showing what they know during live periods Saturday morning.
Lawsuit filed against VMI claims school violated Gov. Youngkin’s order prohibiting divisive training
A lawsuit has been filed against the Virginia Military Institute and the VMI Board of Visitors, claiming that the military college has violated Governor Glenn Youngkin’s policies that prohibit divisive training.
VMI cadets join Kyle Petty to honor veterans during surprise presentation at D-Day Memorial
In a surprise ceremony, Virginia Military Institute cadets paid their respects to veterans and the children's charity Victory Junction they were raising money for by presenting the colors. “To have the color guard from VMI be here, It was so special,” Petty said.
‘Disturbing’: Women Reveal Rape, Sexist Attacks at Virginia Military Institute
Getty Images/Justin Sullivan.In mid-May, rising senior Kasey Meredith made headlines when she officially became the first female regimental commander in the Virginia Military Institute’s 182-year-old history.But the top honor was marred by a cruel, sexist online campaign by fellow students who accused officials at the military college of choosing her as “a publicity stunt” after state-appointed investigators began examining racism and sexism at the school, which didn’t become co-ed until 1997.“Lnews.yahoo.com
Historic first as VMI names woman as highest-ranking cadet
For the first time in its 182 years, VMI chose a female cadet to hold the highest-ranking position a student can earn. Cadet Kasey Meredith was named Cadet First Captain and Regimental Commander. “She’s a superstar,” said Lara Chambers, the first female alumnus appointed to the VMI Board of Visitors. Chambers said that as a female cadet, she wanted to be treated the same as the men. In a statement to 10 News, she writes in part:“I want to congratulate Cadet Kasey Meredith on her historic achievement.
VMI no longer names expelled students during ‘drum out’ ritual
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Military Institute will no longer name expelled students during their middle of the night “drum out” ceremony. The over 100+ years old ritual involved waking up the entire corps of cadets to the sound of beating drums. Part of that ritual has been the naming of recently expelled cadets. Campus officials tell WSLS 10 News the ceremony is meant to remind students of the honor code they have agreed to follow. VMI would not tell us the last time a “drum out” ceremony was held – citing the privacy of cadet disciplinary matters.
VMI no longer names expelled cadets during ‘drum out’ ritual
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Virginia Military Institute has altered its ritual of expelling cadets by waking them up in the middle of the night to the sound of beating drums. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the school is no longer announcing the expelled students’ names during the so-called “drum outs.” The practice involves waking up the entire corps of cadets. The difference was that the cadets were not identified as they would have been in the past. The Post reported in December that Black students were being disproportionately expelled and shamed by name in drum-out ceremonies. Bill Wyatt, a VMI spokesman, declined to confirm Tuesday’s ceremony to the newspaper.
Virginia Tech-North Carolina matchup postponed due to COVID-19
Virginia Tech head coach Mike Young coaches from the bench in the second half of the Virginia Tech - Virginia Military Institute NCAA basketball game in Blacksburg Va. Thursday December 3 2020. Virginia Tech won the game 64-57. (AP Photo / MATT GENRTY, The Roanoke Times, Pool)ROANOKE, Va. – On Saturday, the ACC announced that Tuesday’s Virginia Tech-North Carolina matchup has been postponed following a positive test coming from the Hokies program. Virginia Tech hasn’t played since Feb. 6 when it defeated Miami. According to the Hokies’ schedule, as of now, their next game would be on Feb. 20 against the previously mentioned Seminoles.
‘I get to be an example’: VMI’s first African-American superintendent ushers in era of change
Change is in the air at VMI: masks on cadets, a controversial statue removed and new leadership at the helm. Now interim superintendent Wins was once Cadet Wins. His decision to leave Maryland and come to VMI was based largely on the opportunity to play Division One basketball. I think that I was asked to come down and at least begin the implementation of the right change,” Wins said. That’s something he hopes to instill in cadets, leading by example at a school under the spotlight and creating change.
Coronavirus concerns grow at VMI after cadets pulled from quarantine for annual tradition
LEXINGTON, Va. – As coronavirus cases lead to new restrictions at VMI, there are allegations that COVID protocols are being completely ignored. Tighter restrictions went into effect Thursday at VMI after the military college reported more than 50 new COVID-19 cases. An annual tradition at VMI that happened on Saturday is drawing criticism about COVID protocols. 10 News was told dozens of cadets were pulled out of quarantine, given rapid tests and allowed to participate if they tested negative. VMI said those cadets were supposed to be separated from the rest of the group, with protocols encouraging 10-foot social distancing and wearing masks when not exercising.
Virginia Military Institute removes statue of Confederate general Stonewall Jackson from campus
The Virginia Military Institute has removed the statue of Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson from campus after allegations of racial injustice and discrimination rocked the campus this year. "We are defined by our unique system of education and the quality and character of the graduates the Institute produces. A statue of Confederate leader Stonewall Jackson is removed from the Virginia Military Institute. WDBJThe removal of the Jackson statue comes as VMI, the nation's oldest state-run military college, continues to wrestle with accusations of racial injustice. The school's former superintendent, General J.H Binford Peay III, resigned after Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, an alumnus of the school, ordered an investigation into the allegations of racism at the college.cbsnews.com