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2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, May 31, 2005


By Muhammad Saleem Khan
For the Daily
Since 1917, formal military train-
ing has been given at the University
through its Reserve Officers Train-
ing Corps program, which has now
graduated many officers and contin-
ues to produce many more.
With the recent graduation, the
ROTC program continued its long
tradition of producing college gradu-
ates who are ready for service in the
The ROTC combines the grueling
preparation and physical demands
of the military, with the academic
challenge that the University has to
Colonel Hilton of the Army ROTC
said the program seeks to train lieu-
tenants and commissioned officers
for the army. Commissioned officers
formally earn a rank in the military.
Among 35 Army, Navy, Air Force
and Marine ROTC officers who were
commissioned by Gen. PeterJ. Schoo-
maker on April 29, was second lieu-
tenant Jessica Christel, who reflected
on the influence that the University's
ROTC program had on her.
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quarters of their funding, the com-
plaint says.
Diane Schachterle, director of public
affairs for ACRC, said the donations in
question were included in committee
reports in accordance with Michigan
law. She said her group also plans to
file complaints over possible campaign
finance violations by BAMN.
"Every single dime is disclosed. I
just don't know how they can do that,"
she said. "We are going to file an accu-

"ROTC has influenced not only
my entire college experience, but has
also shaped my entire life ... When I
started ROTC, I knew within three
weeks that I wanted to sign that con-
tract and stay in it for good," says
Recent Air Force ROTC graduate
Katherine Mcnerney described the
toughness of the ROTC program.
"ROTC demands a lot from the
cadets, and when you meet goals
you achieve a great sense of accom-
In order to start the program a
student must meet some physical
requirements, including general
good health and the ability to par-
ticipate in outdoor activities.
In order to receive a scholarship,
or be commissioned, the student has
to pass the Army-physical and the
fitness test. The same requirements
hold for other branches of the mili-
tary with a few minor differences in
the physical.
A lot of emphasis is placed on
being physically fit for the service
and to develop leadership in the
ROTC, but, according to Christel,
academics are an ROTC student's
rate and well-researched complaint
against BAMN instead of just wild
BAMN asks in the complaint that
Michigan Secretary of State Terri
Lynn Land subpoena Connerly and
ACRC and force them to reveal the
identities of the people who donated
the $545,693. It also asks that MCRI
be fined the full amount of those
Land spokesman Ken Silfen said
when it's received, the complaint will
be referred to the office's attorneys for

top priority.
"If I found myself in a position
where I needed to step back and
focus on schoolwork, the cadre were
always more than willing to help out
or let me lay low for a few days so I
could get done what I needed to get
done," she said.
"In ROTC, academics always
come first."
Mcnerney echoed Christel's sen-
"(ROTC) demands a lot, but they
give the resources needed to get the
job done," Mcnerney said.
For those students that complete the
ROTC program, graduation can be a
very exciting time. However, most ROTC
graduates find the real accomplishment
to be the commissioning ceremony rather
than the actual University convocation.
"The day of my commissioning was
the single most important day in my
entire life. I worked really, really hard to
earn my commission, and I overcame a
lot of obstacles, so that made it even more
rewarding," Christel said.
Mcnerney added: "I was more
excited for being commissioned as
an air force officer than actually
graduating (from the University)."
The proposed ballot initiative would
stop public agencies and universities
from granting preferential treatment
based on race, color, ethnicity, nation-
al origin or sex.
The campaign began after the U.S.
Supreme Court ruled in 2003 that the
University's law school could consider
race when admitting students.
At the same time, the court struck
down the University's undergraduate
policy that automatically gave minori-
ties a bonus in a point-based screening
system for applicants. University offi-
cials later revised the policy.



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tists on campus.
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al interest, the candidate will usually come back one or more times for further
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