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In Glory's Shadow: The Citadel, Shannon Faulkner, and a Changing America

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2004

    This book is misguided.

    The Citadel is not simply a good old boy network; it is honorable and distinguished institution. It is known to be the toughest military institution in the country--perhaps, the world. Its greatest tradition is standing firm and righteous against all that is immoral and detrimental to its 'high purposes.' I know a few of those who decided to fight against Faulkner. Many of them did so knowing that they would lose. They did what they thought was right and what they knew was best. I personally know the man that escorted Faulkner from Third Battalion to the infirmary--he said she smiled sadistically. From then he knew that her presumed intentions were fallacious. She had no desire to join the school--she wanted to break it. She succeeded in gaining admittance and opening the door for females, but she failed in breaking the school. Though she failed in breaking the school, she has made its noble goals far harder to achieve. The Citadel, a school already poor in funding, now has to pay for co-ed facilities and athletics. Because of the extra financial strain, only privileged students can afford to go there. Training is achieved with greater difficulty. Discipline, at least when compared to its former level of intensity, is not possible. There are ways you can treat men that are utterly unacceptable for women. Subversive methods of training (not to be confused with hazing) have to be employed to keep the institution at a minimal functioning order. Also, it is proved impossible to keep men and women from totally abstaining from engaging in intimate relations with one another. With each infraction, the school is tarnished. With every breach of regulation that goes unnoticed or unpunished, cadets lose their seriousness and sense of importance felt for the system. From cohesiveness, strength is drawn, but all females are treated different (get it easier), which causes distrust and resentment. If all energy is spent in merely keeping order, then no improvements can be made. Despite all the rhetoric, in reality, The Citadel has been hurt by the integration of females. Many of the females are quite admirable, but their existence at The Citadel detracts from its mission. The author attempts too hard to paint the school in a bad light in order to somehow vindicate Faulkner's failure. Academically, The Citadel requires a student to take about 150 hours to earn a bachelor's degree. A civilian college doesn't come close. It is more than academically proficient--it is exceptional. The author's claim that it is or has been declining in enrollment is wholly false. It turns away a vast number each year of wanting applicants. Its alumni network is relatively unparalleled. Its graduates are among the most respected in the country. Employers seek with great earnest Citadel grads because they know that they are hiring someone of inconvertible integrity, sincere honesty, potent leadership, coolness, resolve, competence and reverence. The Citadel teaches so much beyond academics that it is ungraspable and for many only appreciated after graduation. No other college that I am aware of stirs such loyalty and love from its graduates, as does The Citadel. Attrition the first year nearly always reaches close to a third. Cadets unable to handle the strenuous atmosphere continue to drop each subsequent year. Those dishonest and immoral are weeded out with a fervent passion. What a great school it is and its derived benefits are endless. Surely the author is ignorant in her analysis of it. Any objective person would stop to consider why any such place that is so arduous commands such respect and reverence from those who were its supposed victims. The traditions that the author tries to discredit are none other than the stressing of God and county, while keeping in mind that morality (as ordained by God) governs all. If the author objects to the above, then it is no wonder why she att

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2002

    Not a trustworthy source

    The author makes many claims that either are not supported with evidence or are supported with poor evidence. Throughout college and graduate school, I never dreamed of turning in a paper without footnotes-- yet, this book goes to publication without them. When such strong claims are made, strong and clear evidence should back them up. Most importantly, know your sources.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2000

    Good intentions, bad subject

    I am a 27 year old woman, a business owner and a mother, and know what it is like to succeed and survive in a male-dominated institution. I believe that this book, while it had good intentions for Shannon Faulkner, did little to convince myself and many others that she was totally equipped to handle this battle. Shannon Faulkner defied my belief that if your heart is consumed by something, and you want something so badly, you NEVER give up. Preparation and steadfast nerves coupled with desire and determination should prevail over the most seemingly unsurpassable obstacles. I am currently engaged to a man that was in the Navy with her brother and dated Shannon Faulkner and, not that I judge by what others say, but from many people that knew her have had a little bit of insight, she was not particularly interested in being in shape or in taking any initiative with her career. My motto and the key to my own personal success, NEVER GIVE UP!!!! While I admire her attempt, I must confess that I was embarrassed for all women because she took a position that effected the way that men view women, too often called the 'weaker' sex. I don't appreciate being judged by someone else's actions. She could have at least prepared herself. Sorry if this sounds coarse, but I'm sure many other women feel the same. Strong convictions precede great actions, and obviously her conviction was not strong enough to get her through.

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    Posted December 8, 2011

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