Little Bits of History

Military Precision

Posted in History by patriciahysell on August 15, 2011

The Citadel in Charleston, SC

August 15, 1995: Shannon Faulkner arrives at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She applied to the all-male military college and was accepted in January of 1993. She was then rejected when it was noted she did not fit the all-male criteria. She filed suit against the college and was taking classes, but not admitted as a Cadet in the Corps. Appeals followed and the courts stated Faulkner was to be granted full status at The Citadel.

She arrived on campus and was housed in the infirmary as there was no co-ed housing available. She quit within a week citing exhaustion, emotional and psychological abuse, and complaining of maltreatment by the student body. Shannon Faulkner is now a high school teacher, having completed her college education elsewhere.

The United States Supreme Court decided in 1996 that the Virginia Military Institute’s all-male policy was unconstitutional. At that point, The Citadel changed it’s policy and not only allowed women to enter the college, but actively sought them out. There were 118 women enrolled in May 2005, six percent of the undergrad population.

The Citadel was established in 1842 by the South Carolina Legislature. While it is a military college, it is not necessary that students join one of the armed services upon graduation, but more than one-third of the graduates have. The school currently has about 3,200 students. Of those, 2,000 are undergrads and in the Corps of Cadets and another 100 are civilian undergrads. All post-grad students are civilians and number 1,100. In 2007 The Citadel was ranked third out of 24 public colleges in the Southern region of the US. They also have the highest percentage of their female student population playing sports with more than half playing on seven varsity teams.

“You cannot be wimpy out there on the dream-seeking trail. Dare to break through barriers, to find your own path.” – Les Brown

“‘Where there is a will there is a way’ is an old, true saying. He who resolves upon doing a thing, by that very resolution often scales the barriers to it, and secures its achievement. To think we are able, is almost to be so. To determine upon attainment is frequently attainment itself.” – Samuel Smiles

“The largest barrier to success is removing the mattress from one’s back in the morning.” – unknown

“We need every human gift and cannot afford to neglect any gift because of artificial barriers of sex or race or class or national origin.” – Margaret Mead

Also on this day:
Yasgur’s Farm – In 1969, Woodstock begins.
Requiem – In 1935, a plane crash killed Will Rogers and Wiley Post.

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