Good Morning America Interview with Shannon Faulkner

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  1. sprog

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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/08/author-and-citadel-gradua_n_384257.html

    Follow this link to watch the video. Not sure how I feel about this. She was only at The Citadel for a couple of days, yet she is a hero for women's rights? I think she kinda does a disservice to the women graduates of The Citadel and VMI by getting this recognition. Why don't they talk to one of the women who graduated and made it through the whole thing? Also, with the focus on the male cadets celebrating after Ms. Faulkner left, it seems like there is a hint of anti-Citadel bias in the piece. I recognize that the actions of those cadets in 1995 (my Rat year at VMI) are hardly admirable; but, it's 10 years later and the school has come a long way in reaching some level of gender equity. How about giving some of the credit to The Citadel for that instead of a woman who was there for 4 days in August 1995?

    And, incidentally, I've started reading Pat Conroy's "South of Broad." Vintage Conroy; full of lyrical descriptions and sometimes-depressing overtones. He's a master of the language, though, no question.
     
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    As you were on the "10 years later" remark (I'm thinking about when I graduated from VMI in 1999). This coming summer, it will be 15 years ago that Ms. Faulkner entered The Citadel. Which means, this August, it will have been 15 years since I first entered Jackson Arch at VMI. So now I feel like an old fart.
     
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    :thumb: good read!
     
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    Shannon Faulkner lied about her gender on her application to The Citadel. She was encouraged to do so by an anti-Citadel guidance counselor at her high school. She was then used by several special interest groups who were more than happy to throw her under the bus when they didn't need her any more. I feel sorry for her, but could never reconcile the fact that she intended to apply to The Citadel under false pretenses.

    I agree that there are better examples to use as models for young women who want to attend The Citadel or VMI for that matter.

    Now I'll wait for GMA to drag out Paula Coughlin for an interview.

    Bird
    The Citadel, Class of 1985
    Commander, USN (Ret.)
     

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