New Discrimination Policy at VMI

This came in through the transom like a bayoneted can of shaving cream at midnight, from an anonymous source… http://www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=10737429937 Please look, review and comment.

VMI and the Theory of Broken Windows

There exists a theory in the worlds of law enforcement and social control called the Theory of Broken Windows. The theory posits that when one sees visible signs of vandalism, this is evidence that the social order is collapsing or has collapsed as those who would maintain order – the citizens – have fled. The US military has a similar body of thought, but it is a law and this law has existed in the American Army since 1775. “Conduct Prejudicial to Good Order and Discipline” is the military’s way of describing how one gets Broken Windows. An army that neglects to take corrective action is not […]

General Peay Must Go; 2014 Edition

  Dear Fellow Alumni: On July 5, 2013, I published on OP-FOR.com, a post which was entitled, General Peay Must Go. A number of alumni, to include several of my own Brother Rats took issue with the points I raised. The primary focus of that letter was the resignation of members of the English Department and the refocusing of the English curriculum from Literature to Rhetoric. I stand by those earlier remarks. One of the other allegations that I touched on but did not highlight because of the sensitivity of an ongoing investigation regarding a Sexual Assault of a Female […]

VMI Needs to be Left of Bang

What does that mean? It does not mean it needs to control the narrative, but that is an added plus. VMI is out there to teach young ladies and young gentlemen to be leaders in this harsh world. If VMI cannot be left of the bang, how can it teach cadets to be leaders that can analyze situations in a way that they identify solutions and stay a step ahead. That is what being left of bang is: a step ahead. The reason why I said it did not mean to control the narrative was specifically because of what occurred […]

Story on Rape of Cadet by Post Policeman

From the Lexington News Gazette: “Cadet Claims Policeman Assaulted Her By Roberta Anderson A Virginia Military Institute cadet has filed a discrimination complaint with the U.S. Department of Education for Civil Rights alleging she was sexually assaulted by a Virginia Military Institute post policeman. In the complaint filed June 12, the cadet alleges she was strip-searched by a male officer without a female officer being present. She further states that she was “made to feel that she had to [submit to the search].” The incident occurred on March 5. According to a source close to the woman, the strip search […]

Red VMI Comforters

RF wrote in: Does anyone know the manufacturer of our Red Comforters from the early 70s? I have a brother rat who is looking… my son took mine to VMI for his cadetship and it didn’t make it back home… Not just from the 70s on, I got mine in August of ’85. And I was wondering the same thing! Does anyone know??

Character Counts

Character is a person’s usual qualities or traits that demonstrate a conspicuous moral firmness. With apology to the late Blake Edwards, VMI entered the days of swine and roses. Hank, who has VMI and Lexington and Rockbridge County in just about every fiber of his being, has taken up the cause of getting General Peay replaced because character counts. General Peay’s inactions, omissions, and belated handling of misconduct not his own, while disgraceful for an Army officer and would normally lead to career-ending punitive measures from higher ups, are destructive to the character of VMI. Character counts. And, General Peay […]

RIP, Albert M. Orgain IV ’65

Sad news to pass on: Orgain, who graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 and Washington and Lee University Law School, was awarded the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross for actions during his service in Vietnam. RIP. (http://m.timesdispatch.com/news/plane-crash-victim-was-venerated-pilot-lawyer-from-goochland/article_a3892616-3916-5ffd-b8f3-8adb37454e57.html?mode=jqm)

Book Review: “Virginia’s Ring” Round 2

After having been badgered by LinkedIn to purchase Lynn Seldon ’83s book, it was supposed to be a signed copy, I suppose.  Didn’t receive one of those from Amazon.  You can read Townie76′s review here. Like many before me I read “The Lords of Discipline” before attending VMI.  That was not the only Pat Conroy book that I’ve read.  He wrote several novels that are attached to the Citadel, he was a great high school basketball player and wrote a book about his experience as a Citadel basketball player titled: “My Losing Season,” and another book titled “South of Broad.” […]

Lessons on Leadership

Leaders never blame subordinates because Leaders are responsible for their subordinates’, as well as their own actions and inactions. Meanwhile, Virginia’s Leader awards spoils. Three points to consider: 1) we’ve had a spoils system since the Constitution was ratified and while people profess outrage, they vote incumbent; 2) governors’ political philosophies translate into education philosophies and budgets; and 3) the donor connected to VMI contributed the least. Perhaps those contributing over $100,000 would be so kind as to donate that money to VMI’s English and History professors? Or pay off some keydet loans?