As students are reaching for the snooze button, members of the ROTC Alpha Company of the Trojan Battalion have already completed a four-mile run and more than 200 sit-ups and push-ups — all by 7 a.m.And this is just the beginning of their day.Step in line · ROTC students, who are often seen marching around campus, start their training early in the morning, participating in physical drills to train them for military service. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Although they’re often seen around campus, very few people actually know what it means to be an Army ROTC student.“People need to understand that we’re not just wearing uniforms and running around campus,” said James Wise, enrollment and scholarship officer for USC Army ROTC.The Army ROTC is a leadership course that is part of a student’s curriculum. Through classes, leadership labs, physical training and field training exercises, students learn firsthand what it takes to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an officer in the Army.“We recruit under certain criteria called SAL: Scholar, Athlete, Leader,” Capt. Paul H. Ruopp III said. “We want people who are smart, athletic and who have a natural leadership quality.”Every cadet must apply and be accepted to USC before they can apply to join ROTC.“The biggest misconception of ROTC students is that we’re not smart and that we’re all meatheads,” said Cadet Dennis Caserza, a senior majoring in computer science.Reasons for joining ROTC vary. Some join as an opportunity to pay for college while securing a future in the military — all ROTC members are given scholarships — while others wish to continue a lineage of military service in their family.But it’s not the decision to enroll in ROTC that makes these cadets unique — it’s the reason they stay.Only 65 percent of ROTC sophomores stay on for their junior year, Wise said. By the end of junior year, however, the retention rate jumps to 95.4 percent.The program is not for the faint of heart or weak in mind, Wise said. Cadets have to commit eight to 10 hours a week as well as complete a military science course and weekly leadership labs.Upon graduation, most ROTC students will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army. They will endure six to nine months of training where they will be in charge of a platoon of 30 to 60 members, Wise said.But the ROTC program is more than preparation for the armed forces. It instills structure, discipline, time management skills and initiative in its cadets.“ROTC doesn’t just teach you about military tactics on the battlefield and physically train you,” Caserza said. “ROTC motivates and inspires you to reach your full potential in all aspects of your life.”Cadet John Graff, a junior majoring in English and print journalism, said ROTC has taught him both leadership skills and personal discipline.“I haven’t found any other organization that asks this much from me on a daily basis,” he said.Being in ROTC demands great sacrifice and selflessness, cadets said.“As a graduate student, I have a 16-hour internship, five graduate school classes and a lot of reading. In addition to that, ROTC requires [physical training] Monday through Thursday every morning and two additional classes,” said Cadet Cassandra Rush, a graduate student studying social work.Many ROTC students are involved in Greek organizations, student groups, marching band and athletic groups on campus. Cadet Chris Cheng, a junior majoring in international relations, will be the Undergraduate Student Government president next year.Approximately 30 percent of ROTC cadets are female. Although ROTC is predominately male, the expectation for women to perform is no less. They run alongside the men, do the same physical conditioning and do not expect any accolades for it.“ROTC students form a bond that is hard to find elsewhere on campus, as we constantly challenge ourselves and overcome difficulties both individually and as a group,” Caserza said.There is an expectation to see the individual as part of something greater than one’s self.“ROTC asks us to put aside every little insecurity and anxiety that we have in our own private lives, be invulnerable in front of the group and be a source of inspiration,” Graff said.
by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow â€”Â Barefoot Jerry’s Pub and Grubb at 217 N. Washington, is expanding. This week Jerry Fike, owner of the popular downtown pub, is announcing he is offering breakfast as well as a full getting a liquor license. Now he is serving his favorite drinks for the afternoon and evening crowd.The kitchen is now fired up and ready to go at 7 a.m., with a full menu of cooked to order items. There is the traditional bacon and eggs type breakfast with buscuits and gravy. There is also a variety of omelettes available. The cook will also fix up a special order.Â Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday through Friday.Lunch begins at 11 and lasts until 2 p.m. Don’t forget Jerry’s has a $5 lunch special with five or six choices on that menu. There is also a special of the day â€” whatever good thing Jerry decides to make that day. Check their facebook page for today’s special here. There is also a whole menu of good food for anything you might want for lunch.But Barefoot Jerry’s isn’t just about great food and drinks. It’s also about great entertainment. Â And this weekend there is a full slate of entertainment. Friday night Utility Bill will be playing, and on Saturday, there is stand up comedy night.Harley Linnaberry will be the featured performer at Barefoot Jerry’s this weekend.Weekend hours start at 5 p.m., with the music starting around 7. The kitchen will be open. Checkout the full schedule for this weekend.Friday, September 11th -Â Utility Bill featuringÂ Harley LinnabaryÂ will be the FIRST show with a full service liquor bar!!! Friday Sept 11th!!!Saturday – September 12 -Â think your funny, and not just funny looking? Here’s your chance to have peeps laughing with you and not at you!!! BFJ’S will be hosting an OPEN MIC before our “highly trained professionals” (Garrett Allen, Meghan Welch, Elijah Graves an Dan the Man) take the stage on Saturday Sept. 12. Sign up at the pub!!!Saturday – September 26 – Sam Cox returns!!!Â Sam Bradford and the Philadelphia Eagles vs. The Atlanta Falcons, Monday Sept. 14. Get a Bucket of BFJ’s Wing’s and a bucket of Ice Cold Brews. Watch all the action of Monday Night Football on our big big high-def projection screen, surrounded with JBL speakers.November 21, 2015-Â The Erin Alan ProjectÂ Â Members: Erin Craddock Alan Craddock Doug Van Es. Genre: Fun music!And don’t forget Trivia Thursday’s, sponsored by the Wellington Public Library!Â All this and more – only at Barefoot Jerrys, located in the heart of Â downtown Wellington, Kansas, 217 N. Washington. Â Call for reservations at: 620-359-1611.Â