Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
History in the making today at Virginia Military Institute.
More than 30-women are among the cadets in the Class of 2001-- today they
arrived on post.
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Plus, a look at the physical and mental challenges facing the rat class--
Some might surprise you.
Plus the latest on the UPS strike-- A very special NEWS-7 at FIVE, is
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A 157-year tradition is broken today--as the first women officially begin
their college years on post at Virginia Military Institute.
Keith Humphry has been following the VMI legal trek--today he reports on the
cadets' first day.
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ROLL CUE: ".... over a year to get started."
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SUPER=02-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent;
SUPER=02-Jen Jolin/VMI Cadet;
SUPER=01-Col. Alan Farrell/Acting Dean;
OUT Q=appear brutal.
(( Many a young woman who arrived here this morning may have had an aspect
of dread... whether or not they truly know what'f in store for them.
The superintendent says he hopes it's a day of joy.
IN Q=These are 470
OUT Q=front of them.
Beth Hogan from Oregon may not even have realized that she was the first
woman EVER to sign her name as a candidate to be a cadet... following in some
very famous footsteps.
What would Stonewall Jackson have thought?
IN Q=I think Jackson
OUT Q=all of this.
A teary- eyed Dawn Marshall from Highland County said goodbye to
daughterJennifer... knowing what her first- born child is in for.
IN Q=The whole rat
OUT Q=male or female.
Hostile - -perhaps even brutal- -concedes the acting dean of students, but
he says this is not about physical contact.
IN Q=But I mean
OUT Q=appear brutal.
Keith ON CAM:
In the short run, co-education here will be measured by the attrition
rate... it comes down to a test: will the female cadets drop out at a rate
faster than than men. In a typical run about 4-percent quit the first week.
The nightmare for VMI must be the Citadel.
Pictures of Shannon Faulkner crying in the rain... two of its four women
last year packing it in in disgust.
The lesson for VMI is that there's safety in numbers.
TWO SHOT Keith/Ellen
Ellen Qualls has the story of the mentors.
Keith, they come from Texas A&M and Norwich University:
two schools that had a bumpy ride integrating their cadet corps in the mid-70s.
The eight female and four male mentors are here as older shoulders to lean
on... easing the transition.
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SUPER=01-Mark Andrews/Texas A&M Cadet; 06 QUICK
SUPER=01-Col. Mike Bissell/VMI Assimilation Committee; :17 QUICK
SUPER=01-Brigette Paddock/Norwich Cadet; :19
SUPER=01-Jennifer Buettner/Texas A&M Cadet; :27
SUPER=01-Emily Van Arman/Norwich Cadet; :47
OUT Q=out in the real world.
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((EMILY VAN ARMAN/NORWICH CADET: THEY'RE EXTREMELY PREPARED. AND I THINK
THAT'S THE KEY FACTOR THAT'S GONNA MAKE THEM SUCCEED.))
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((MARK ANDREWS/TEXAS A&M: WE'RE JUST HERE TO GIVE THEM ANOTHER VIEWPOINT. AND
SAY "THIS WORKED FOR US. THIS DIDN'T. YOU MIGHT TRY THIS. YOU MIGHT NOT.))
Most of the mentors, in fact, helped in VMI's 14 month preparation.
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((COL. MIKE BISSELL/VMI ASSIMILATION EFFORT CHAIRMAN: THEY KIND OF COME IN AND
SAID "SIR DON'T CHANGE ANYTHING. YOU DON'T NEED TO.))
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((BRIGETTE PADDOCK/NORWICH CADET: THE HAVING THE SHORT HAIRCUTS AND THE
PULL-UP STANDARDS AND ALL THAT, I THINK, THAT WAS GOOD. BECAUSE IT MADE SURE
THEY'RE CADETS THAT WANTED TO BE HERE.))
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((JENNIFER BUETTNER/TEXAS A&M CADET: IT'S EXCITING IN THE FACT THAT THEY'RE
GOING TO HOLD THE WOMEN TO THE SAME STANDARDS. THAT THEY BELIEVE -- AND I
THINK THAT'S SOMETHING VERY DIFFERENT TOO -- THEY BELIEVE THAT WOMEN CAN DO
The mentors have had to upgrade their own training, and learn the ways of
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((EMILY VAN ARMAN/NORWICH CADET: VMI IS AN AMAZING INSTITUTION. AND I THINK
THE WHOLE WORLD'S GONNA BENEFIT BY HAVING WOMEN HERE. BECAUSE THEY'RE GONNA
GRADUATE IN FOUR YEARS. AND THEY'RE GONNA DO A HECK OF A JOB WHEN THEY'RE OUT
IN THE REAL WORLD.))
The mentors say VMI has learned the most important thing: spread women
throughout the corps -- like they are in real life-- instead of isolating them
in their own unit.
And Jean, with 32 female rats, they have just enough to do it.
They're playing well with others today.
But don't forget the epic legal struggle fighting to keep women out of the
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SUPER=10-Maj. Gen. Josiah Bunting/VMI Superintendent/June 1996; 1:07-1:13
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The women's call to battle with Virginia Military Institute came in 1989.
The U-S Justice Department requested that VMI report on its admissions
policies... citing a complaint from a high school female.
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IN Q=e in the
((DANA HUDSON/SPOTSYLVANIA HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE/1991: IF MY PARENTS ARE
PAYING TAX MONEY TO KEEP IT OPEN, I THINK I SHOULD HAVE THE OPTION TO GO THERE.
OUT Q=GO THERE.
Dana Hudson was NOT the unnamed student who filed the complaint.
But she wrote to VMI... and never got a response.
A federal judge said VMI's all-male policy was still okay.
Then in 1992, on appeal, a three judge panel gave VMI options: admit
women... go private to keep them out... or create "a parallel program" for
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In April 1994, a judge approved the parallel plan -- Virginia Women's
Institute for Leadership at Mary Baldwin College.
But in June of 1996...the U-S Supreme Court finally spoke.
Seven to one, it said VMI's admissions policy was UNconstitutional.
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IN Q=we will of
((MAJ. GEN. JOSIAH BUNTING/VMI SUPERINTENDENT/JUNE 1996: WE WILL OF COURSE BE
OBEDIENT...AS THEY IN INTERPRET THE DECISION. ))
OUT Q=OF VMI.
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5:05PM WEATHER CUT-IN
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(Roll Cue: Weather records have been kept at VMI for more than a century but
when it comes to real time weather data from Lexington, we turn to our
ViewerNet program just down the road at Central Elementary.)
IN Q=the program
((HARRY STONE/CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL: THE PROGRAM ACTUALLY BUILDS
IN A GRAPH FORM WHAT HAPPENED, IN A CHART FORM WHAT HAPPENED, IN A MATH- SLASH-
SCIENCE-SLASH WEATHER LESSON. ))
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So what's different at VMI now that women have arrived?
Next on NEWS-7 at Five, Joe Dashiell fills us in on the changes.
And we'll look at some of the challenges these new cadets will have to
they're getting geared up both physically and mentally.
IN Q=All parties
((DR. MIKE CHIGLINKSY/APPALACHIAN COUNSELING SERVICES: ALL PARTIES INVOLVED IN
THE VMI TRANSITION, MALE AND FEMALE, ARE GOING TO EXPERIENCE A LOT OF CONCUSION
AND A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY. ))
OUT Q=a lot of uncertainty.
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((The VMI Cadet Fitness Test: 5 pull ups, 60 sit ups in 2 minutes and a 1.5
mile run in 12 minutes.))
Change doesn't come easily to an institution bound by more than 150 years
But V- M- I officials have tried to strike a balance between the demands
of the Institute's history, and a future that includes women.
Joe Dashiell is here with more on that.
Jean, there are some obvious changes to talk about,
but some people may be surprised by what ISN'T changing.
IN Q=Returning cadets will notice
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SUPER=01-Col. Mike Bissell/VMI Assimilation Committee; :35-42
SUPER=01-Lt. Col. Terri Reddings/VMI Assoc. Admissions Director; :44-50
OUT Q=AS IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN.
((Returning cadets will notice the differences...
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New bathrooms for women on each stoop. More street lights and emergency
call boxes to enhance security, and renovations still under way in the
gymnasium locker rooms.
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The school has updated its policies to deal with issues such as sexual
harassment and pregnancies.
But after visits to other schools and a review of their own policies,
officials have made relatively few adjustments to VMI conventions such as the
dress uniform, physical fitness requirments, and the dyke system that pairs
rats with upper classmen.
IN Q=A lot of the alumni
((COL. MIKE BISSELL: A LOT OF THE ALUMNI AND OTHER PEOPLE SAID MY GOSH ALL THE
WORK YOU'RE GOING THROUGH WITH THESE EIGHT COMMITTEES, YOU MUST BE CHANGING
EVERYTHING, BUT IN FACT WE WERE GOING THROUGH TO ENSURE WE DIDN'T NEED TO.))
((MAJOR TERRI REDDINGS: WE'VE HAD TO ACCOMODATE THOSE THINGS THAT WERE
NECESSARY FOR DIGNITY AND SAFETY AND THAT TYPE OF THING, BUT OTHER THAN THAT
INTRINSICLY, VMI WILL REMAIN AS IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN.))
OUT Q=as it always has been.))
Though the presence of women is a fundamental change, VMI officials say
they have taken great pains to preserve the core values that have guided this
institution since 1839.
THREE SHOT Jean/Connie/Joe
The young men and women who are part of V-M-I's newest class have also
taken great pains preparing for this day. And Connie Stevens is here with their
To get ready for the big day, and the big year-- about a quarter of all new
cadets enrolled in VMI's Summer Transition Program.
They spent the month of July working out VMI style-- even getting a jump on
Maybe a wise move, considering the challenges these cadets now face, on the
mind and body.
IN Q=You try to
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SUPER=01-Erin Claunch/VMI Cadet; :16-:22
SUPER=01-Sean Collins/VMI Cadet; :23-:26
SUPER=01-Elijah Ward/VMI Cadet; :44-:50
SUPER=01-Alexis Abrams/VMI Cadet; :58-1:02
SUPER=01-Dr. Mike Chiglinksy/Appalachian Counseling Center; 1:27-1:39
SUPER=03-Charleston, SC/August 18, 1995; 2:03
SUPER=01-Angelia Pickett/VMI Cadet; 2:26-2:31
OUT Q=stick with it.
IN Q=You try to
((ALEXIS ABRAMS/VMI CADET:YOU TRY TO WORK OUT AS BEST YOU CAN AND AT HOME I WAS
INVOLVED IN VARSITY SOFTBALL AND WEIGHT-TRAINING, SO I TRIED TO PREPARE MYSELF
AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. ))
OUT Q=as possible.
Last month, Fourthclassmen got a taste of why preparation is so important.
IN Q=Minimum requirements
((ERIN CLAUNCH/VMI CADET: MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS-- SITUPS, THERE'S 60 IN TWO
MINUTES. AND FIVE PULLUPS AND A MILE AND A HALF RUN IN UNDER 12 MINUTES.))
OUT Q=in under 12 minutes.
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=Pushups get
((SEAN COLLINS/VMI CADET: PUSH-UPS GET OLD AFTER A WHILE, THEY'RE PRETTY HARD.
AND THEN WHEN YOU CAN'T DO ANYMORE REGULAR PUSHUPS, YOU DO CLAPPING PUSHUPS AND
THEY HAVE ALL DIFFERENT KINDS.))
OUT Q=all different kinds.
A great way to spend the summer-- stretching....and sweating-- before an
endless parade of reporters-- and a national audience.
IN Q=It bothers
((ELIJAH WARD/VMI CADET: WE JUST GO ON AND TRY TO IGNORE IT. BUT SOME PEOPLE
HAVE PROBLEMS WHEN THEY'RE DOING A RUN TO HAVE A CAMERA IN THEIR FACE AND
THERE'S BEEN SOME COMPLAINTS ABOUT IT, BUT I THINK ALL IN ALL, THE ATTENTION
WILL DIE DOWN AFTER THE FIRST WEEK OR TWO.))
OUT Q=week or two.
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IN Q=Us being
((ALEXIS ABRAMS/VMI CADET: US BEING THE FIRST FEMALES, WE'RE GETTING A LOT OF
ATTENTION. SO YOU'RE THINKING I'VE GOT TO MAKE IT, I'M GOING TO MAKE IT, SO
IT'S KIND OF STRESSFUL. ))
OUT Q=kind of stressful.
Stressful indeed, worries Roanoke psychologist Mike Chiglinksy.
He's hoping the media won't have much access to them.
And that VMI will have a support system in place for all cadets.
He adds female cadets can expect to undergo major changes--
psychologically, interpersonally-- even physiologically.
IN Q=What we know from
((DR. MIKE CHIGLINKSY/APPALACHIAN COUNSELING CENTER: WHAT WE KNOW FROM THE
RESEARCH DONE BY THE MILITARY IS THAT YOUNG WOMEN UNDERGOING THIS LEVEL OF
STRESS BOTH PHYSICALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY ARE LIKELY TO EXPERIENCE
AMENORHEA--WHICH IS A LOSS OF THEIR MENSTRUAL CYCLE-- THAT IS PARTLY DUE TO
STRESS AND IS ALSO LIKELY A RESULT OF THE PHYSICAL TRAINING EXPERIENCES. ))
OUT Q=training experiences.
Even dining at a previously males-only institution may be a shock to women,
as their bodies process food differently.
Chiglinksy points to The Citadel's first female cadet-- Shannon Faulkner,
who left the military school during her first week.
Chiglinksy says that's to be expected-- if these pioneers don't get support
from other women.
IN Q=We are not
((DR. MIKE CHIGLINKSY: WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT TOKEN FEMALE PRESCENCE, WE ARE
TALKING ABOUT FEMALES WHO ARE THERE AS COUNSELORS WHO CAN PROVIDE SOME
LEADERSHIP NOT JUST TO THE STUDENTS, BUT TO THE INSTITUTION ITSELF. ))
OUT Q=the institution itself.
butt butt butt
IN Q=You have to
((ANGELIA PICKETT/VMI CADET: YOU HAVE TO CONSTANTLY KEEP THE ATTITUDE THAT YOU
ARE GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS AND YOU CAN TO DO THIS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE
SO TIRED AND DRAINED BOTH MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY BUT YOU JUST HAVE TO STICK
WITH IT. ))
OUT Q=stick with it.
VMI has hired several women for key positions on post-- including,
counselors-- 2-SHOT Jean/Connie
a man and a woman, to help not just the new female cadets-- but the males as
well, as they assimilate to a new environment.
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VMI has made headlines, throughout its court challenges, but perhaps life in
a fishbowl is just beginning.
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
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((Stonewall Jackson taught physics at VMI for ten years before the Civil War.))
Talks resumed today in the UPS strike, and the teamsters announced a new
Negotiators were back at the table at noon today.
They took a break this morning after a marathon session ended around
Meanwhile the teamsters announced a new picketing plan today.
They're targeting stores whose corporate headquarters tried to get President
Clinton to step in and end the strike.
Teamsters will hand out leaflets at K-mart, Toys R Us, Circut City, and Home
Depot outlets across the country.
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Yesterday President Clinton said he had a gut feeling the strike would be
But Teamsters officials say, despite reports of some progress, no major
issues have been settled.
Back in Lexington, community reaction to the first co-ed VMI class is mixed.
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Some Lexington residents fear admitting women will weaken the rigid training
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IN Q=If a woman
((JACK BAIZLEY/UNIVERSITY STORE OWNER: IF A WOMAN CAN DO WHATEVER'S REQUIRED
PHYSICALLY TO GO THROUGH THE RAT LINE I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH IT. BUT, IF THEY
START SAYING WELL HAIRCUTS DON'T HAVE TO BE AS DRASTIC OR YOU DON'T HAVE TO DO
AS MANY PUSH-UPS OR SIT-UPS THEN I'VE GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A PROBLEM WITH
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OUT Q=problem with that.
A sexual assualt counselor in the town, believes the impact on VMI will be
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IN Q=I think that
((LORI OLAN/LEXINGTON RESIDENT: I THINK THAT VMI HAS DONE A REALLY GOOD JOB OF
TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHERE OTHER ACADEMIES HAVE GONE WRONG OR WHERE LOOP HOLES
ARE AND TRYING TO PLUG THOSE GAPS BEFORE THINGS HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Lori Olan/Lexington Resident; :02
OUT Q=before things happen.
Going co-ed isn't a foreign notion to most Lexington residents.
12-years ago, neighboring Washington and Lee University experienced a
W-and-L sayS since then, co-education has improved its school, by increasing
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NEWS-7's Breaking Tradition, VMI the Class of 2001-- will continue right
after this break.
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((VMI leads its football rivalry with the The Citadel 27-26-2.))
Leaving for college is hard enough when its just mom and dad watching you
But today at VMI, the whole world is watching.
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(roll cue: jean the whole world is just about right. the old cliche media
cicus certainly applies to Lexington this afternoon.)
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SUPER=01-Col. Mike Strickler/VMI Public Relations; :21
SUPER=01-Art Rascon/CBS Evening News; :40
OUT Q=happen here
SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News;
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The media is in Lexington this week following the female cadets on campus,
but it won't be long before the media also will have a chance to cover their
exploits on the playing fields.
Jean toss to Mike
Mike Stevens is on the balcony at Moody Hall with more on the type of sports
programs VMI plans to offer its first group of women.
SUPER=01-Davis Babb/VMI Athletic Director;
((DAVIS BABB/VMI ATHLETIC DIRECTOR:))
ROLL B-ROLL ON SECOND QUESTION - MAY NOT NEED ALL 60 SECONDS OF IT
Davis and I will be back on News 7 at 6 to further discuss the development of
women's sports here at VMI.
Hope you can join all of us back here in about a half hour.
Have a good night everybody.
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((About 18 percent of VMI graduates make the military a career.))
jean tosses to keith
Some final thoughts tonight--
Keith you've been covering VMI for nearly eight years. TOnight at Six, even
more from this Lexington post...
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