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  • 05 Jan 2015 18:15 | J Wallace (Administrator)


    Plainfield woman excels at The Citadel military academy

    Plainfield woman excels at The Citadel, a mostly male college where she's the No. 2 leader among 2,300 cadets.

    When she was touring colleges during spring break of her junior year at Plainfield South High School, Savannah Emmrich checked out the grounds of The Citadel, a storied military college in Charleston, S.C.

    "When I showed up at The Citadel and got on the campus and saw the uniforms and the knobs double-timing, and the dress parade they had on Friday, I was so impressed," the 21-year-old said. "I knew that was where I wanted to go."

    Emmrich learned quickly that "knobs" is slang for freshmen cadets, "double-timing" is a marching pace and "dress parade" is a parade in full military uniform.

    As she gets ready to graduate from The Citadel this spring, Emmrich has not only immersed herself in the school's military culture while earning a bachelor's degree in criminal justice, she has risen to the top of the cadet ranks. She currently holds the No. 2 position among the 2,300 cadets in the school's regiment, which is essentially the military version of a civilian college's student body.

    Emmrich is second in command of the cadet unit that operates like a unit in the military, and school officials say she is one of a few female cadets who has held the position.

    This command position means she helps lead the cadets in their morning workouts, conducts inspections, meets with lower-level cadet commanders and leads them in formation to meals. Along with those duties, she still has to handle her own class load.

    After graduation, Emmrich, who received a track-and-field scholarship to attend the school, is slated to be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. She will train to be a combat systems officer, also known as an aviator, or "the job Goose does" in the movie "Top Gun," she said.

    Life at The Citadel and America's other military colleges is one that stands in stark contrast to the beer bong-hoisting, class-skipping lives of many undergrads at civilian institutions of higher learning.

    "It's very different than a normal college lifestyle," she said. "We have a training schedule, and it tells us what to do 24 hours every single day. You're expected to follow it to a T and be on time for everything."

    Emmrich's day starts at 5 a.m. and continues on, each hour spoken for with rare exceptions, until she hits the hay.

    It can be demanding, she admitted, but also fulfilling.

    Back home over Christmas break, Emmrich said she sometimes isn't sure what to do with this sudden uptick in free time.

    "When I got to the school, I realized how much I enjoy a regimented lifestyle," she said. "It was a good fit."

    When she is not immersed in studies or student leadership obligations, Emmrich is one of The Citadel's star athletes.

    She holds the school's pole vaulting record and competes in other track events.

    Still, Emmrich remains one of just 160 women among the 2,300 cadets.

    The Citadel only began allowing women back in the 1990s, according to retired Navy Capt. Lory Manning, now the head of the women in the military project at the Women's Research and Education Institute.

    The Citadel was a "really hard case" when it came to gender integration, Manning said.

    But as women have proven they can serve in previously male-only military jobs in the post-9/11 wars, those against such integration have largely "gotten over the shock," Manning said.

    "I think it's marvelous," Manning said of Emmrich's accomplishments. "There are people who will pooh-pooh it and say she had it easy. Usually it's the opposite. She has to be better, brighter, smarter and more physically fit than the guys who had to fill that position before her."

    Kimberly Keelor, a spokeswoman at The Citadel, said one of the challenges of increasing the female population is that so few women are interested in a military college environment.

    Fewer than 800 women enrolled at one of the six major military colleges this past fall, she said, and the competition to recruit them is considerable.

    Emmrich said "standing your own ground is huge at The Citadel," and that she'd encourage any woman in her shoes to apply.

    "Every year it gets better with the acceptance of females," she said. "There really hasn't been any big issues like it was in the beginning. You definitely have pride, and girls do stick together. It's still different being a girl at The Citadel."

    Being a cadet in general at The Citadel is a taxing undertaking, said retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Charles Graham, an adviser to the cadet regiment's chain of command who has known Emmrich since she was a knob.

    "It's even tougher when you're a female," he said, "and it's even tougher when you're a female athlete."

    Emmrich has been put in a position to succeed academically and athletically at the school, Graham said, "and she excelled in everything she did."

    "Some congratulations are in order for her parents and her teachers and her coaches back in Illinois," he said. "Because when she walked through our gates here, it was obvious she was something special."

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  • 01 Jan 2015 18:23 | J Wallace (Administrator)


    Ex-Citadel QB Cam Turner faces off against NFL greats in Medal of Honor Bowl


    Medal of Honor Bowl

    WHEN: Jan. 10, 2:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Johnson Hagood Stadium



    When Cam Turner gazes across the field at the Medal of Honor Bowl on Jan. 10 at Johnson Hagood Stadium, he'll see a sideline stocked with Super Bowl winners and NFL Hall of Famers.

    Head coach of the National Team is former Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey, who will also be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Working with the offensive line are Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure and Joe Jacoby, renowned as one of the Washington Redskins' "Hogs." Former NFL stars Ernie Mills and Charlie Brown will coach the receivers and running backs, and Hall of Fame defensive back Paul Krause will guide the secondary.

    The 27-year-old Turner, meanwhile, will be working his first game as an offensive coordinator for coach Willie Jeffries' American Team. The former Citadel quarterback, now quarterbacks and receivers coach at Florida International, is well aware of the experience deficit he faces.

    "It's exciting, but it's a challenge at the same time," said Turner, who played at The Citadel from 2006-09. "They have a lot of experience on their side, that's for sure. But it's a great opportunity for me to learn from guys like that."

    With his coaching bloodlines, Turner seems destined for a head-coaching gig of his own one day. His uncle is Norv Turner, former head coach of NFL teams Washington, Oakland and San Diego, and currently offensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings. Cam Turner's father - and current boss - is Ron Turner, former head coach at San Jose State and Illinois and now the head coach at Florida International.

    No wonder Cam Turner knew at an early age that he wanted to coach.

    "From a young age, I was always out at practice all the time with my dad's teams," he said. "As a kid, you always have dreams of playing in the NFL and things like that. For me, coaching is the next best thing."

    At The Citadel, Turner played quarterback and wide receiver for former coach Kevin Higgins. His claim to fame came in his junior year at Florida, when he both caught a touchdown pass and threw one against the Tim Tebow-led Gators.

    After graduating from The Citadel, Turner worked on the Bulldogs' staff for one year, then went to work for the Minnesota Vikings, where he was assistant to former head coach Leslie Frazier. For the past two years, he's worked for his dad at Florida International in Miami.

    "It's fun to work with my dad," he said. "Growing up, I was always in and out of his office. But now I get to work with him and really learn the ins and outs of everything. His offense was handed down from Bill Walsh and Don Coryell, so it's pretty neat working with him on a daily basis and learning that offense."

    At the Medal of Honor Bowl, Turner will be coaching American Team quarterbacks Tyler Murphy of Boston College, Jake Waters of Kansas State, Terrance Broadway of Louisana Lafayette and Chris Bonner, an intriguing 6-7 prospect from Colorado State-Pueblo.

    "You've got to keep it simple and basic," he said. "You only put in what you need and go from there."

    Turner plans to do as much learning as he does teaching next week.

    "It's an unbelievable experience being around guys like Coach Jeffries and Chan Gailey," he said. "Last year, I just tried to soak on everything I could from Coach Gailey, and they have so many great stories and so much to share."

  • 29 Dec 2014 01:18 | J Wallace (Administrator)

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  • 17 Dec 2014 18:22 | J Wallace (Administrator)

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    SPARTANBURG, S.C. - A total of 32 student-athletes at The Citadel have earned spots on the Fall 2014 Academic All-Southern Conference Team, the league office announced Monday.

    Of that select group, football player Eric Goins, a sophomore political science major from Herndon, Va., and cross country runner Dylan Maier, a sophomore business administration major from Greer, S.C., have a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

    The Bulldog football team placed 11 athletes on the squad, followed by soccer with seven, volleyball with six and four each for the men's and women's cross country teams.

    To be eligible for the academic all-conference team, student-athletes must carry at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA entering the fall season, successfully complete at least 24 credit hours over the previous two semesters and compete in at least half of their teams' competitions during the fall.

    The league's 10 institutions had a total of 289 student-athletes on the academic all-conference team.

    Men's Cross Country (Class, Hometown, GPA, Major)
    Michael Darley, So., Charleston, S.C., 3.63, Civil Engineering
    Nicholas Imbarlina, So., Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 3.52, English
    Dylan Maier, So., Greer, S.C., 4.00, Business Administration
    Grant Smith, So., Hendersonville, N.C., 3.58, Business Administration

    Women's Cross Country
    Caillian Colquitt, Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 3.42, Exercise Science
    Jessica DeWitte, Jr., Macomb, Mich., 3.36, Criminal Justice
    Emily Fields, Sr., Bradford, Ohio, 3.52, Biology
    Nicole Ogilbee, Sr., Loveland, Ohio, 3.62, Exercise Science

    Joe Crochet, So., Stone Mountain, Ga., 3.77, Business Administration
    Eric Goins, So., Herndon, Va., 4.00, Political Science
    Nick Jeffreys, So., Oklahoma City, Okla., 3.60, Civil Engineering
    Austin Jordan, Jr., Columbia, S.C., 3.44, Electrical Engineering
    Craig Miller, Jr., Holly Hill, S.C., 3.71, Electrical Engineering
    Hunter Morris, So., Kannapolis, N.C., 3.37, Criminal Justice
    Isaiah Pinson, R-Fr., Wellford, S.C., 3.64, Psychology
    Carson Smith, Jr., Simpsonville, S.C., 3.89, Electrical Engineering
    Walker Smith, Sr., Denmark, S.C., 3.73, Physical Education
    Will Vanvick, So., Greenville, S.C., 3.83, Business Administration
    Kyle Weaver, R-Fr., Hilton Head, S.C., 3.49, Business Administration

    Women's Soccer
    Flo Amess, Gr., London, England, 3.67, Health, Exercise, Sport Science
    Naomi Carter, So., Waikato, New Zealand, 3.97, Criminal Justice and Psychology
    Montana Hinson, So., Hendersonville, Tenn., 3.31, Criminal Justice
    Lea Raedle, So., Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, 3.89, Spanish Education
    Grace Raines, Sr., Snellville, Ga., 3.92, Biochemistry
    Karina Schneider, Sr., Hamburg, Germany, 3.93, Business Administration
    Sara Winch, So., Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 3.56, Health, Exercise, Sport Science

    Ise D'Angelo, Sr., Rockford, Ill., 3.50, Biology
    Samantha Espy, So., Huntsville, Ala., 3.56, Chemistry
    Rachel Keefer, Jr., Fleming Island, Fla., 3.51, Business Administration
    Mallory Moore, Sr., Athens, Ga., 3.62, Business Administration
    Amanda Rudnik, Sr., Columbia, S.C., 3.76, Business Administration
    Dominique Williams, So., Columbia, S.C., 3.52, Chemistry

  • 17 Dec 2014 18:19 | J Wallace (Administrator)

    Thomas Jackson Thorne

    • "Dear Margaret and Bob, I'm so sorry to hear of your..."

    Thomas Jackson Thorne CHARLESTON - Thomas Jackson Thorne, husband of the late June Dandridge Thorne, died Tuesday, December 16, 2014 in Charleston, SC. He was a resident of the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the Bishop Gadsden Chapel at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow to receive friends. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL. Born July 17, 1918, in Savannah, Georgia, his family moved to Charleston in 1926 and later purchased Woodstock Manufacturing Company, one of the area's largest employers. He attended the public schools of Charleston and graduated from The Citadel in 1939 earning a BS Civil Engineering. He was also a graduate of the US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. After serving his country in World War II in the European Theatre, he returned home to assist with the family-owned business. Fortunately, he was able to continue his love of military service in the US Army Reserve from which he retired at the rank of Major General in 1974 as Commander of the 120th US Army Reserve Command, Ft. Jackson, SC, receiving the Distinguished Service Medal award as well as the state of South Carolina's Order of the Palmetto. His service to the Charleston community was significant, with leadership roles in the Charleston County Board of Assessment Control, Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Development Board, Charleston Manufacturers' Club, Charleston County Board of Ethics, Coastal Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Trident United Way, American Red Cross, Kiwanis Club, Rotary Clubs of Charleston and North Charleston, and Grace Episcopal Church. He was the longest serving member of the Country Club of Charleston. Tommy excelled at golf and won the title of City of Charleston's Golf Champion in both 1952 and 1956. Surviving are his daughters Lynda Thorne Harrill and her husband, Roy, of Charlottesville, VA, and Margaret Thorne Seidler and her husband, Bob, of Charleston, SC. He was preceded in death by his sister, Anne Thorne Schachte, and his brother, George P. Thorne, both of Charleston. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie Street, Charleston, SC 29409; or Gazes Cardiac Research, c/o MUSC Foundation, MSC 450, 18 Bee St, Charleston, SC 29425. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at Visit our guestbook charleston

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  • 15 Dec 2014 18:00 | J Wallace (Administrator)
    2015 Officers - The Citadel Club of Charleston
    President: J. Wallace
    Vice President: Jim Watkins
    Treasurer: William Murphy
    Secretary: Tom Churchill

    2015 Board of Directors:
    Christian Adams 
    Adam Alley
    James Hill
    Micheal Samet
    Stephanie Slan
    Stuart Wallace
    Rich Wells
    Brandon White
    Jason Herring, Immediate Past President
    Tom Churchill, 2015 Secretary
    William Murphy, 2015 Treasurer
    Jim Watkins, 2015 Vice President
    J. Wallace, 2015 President

  • 26 Nov 2014 18:20 | J Wallace (Administrator)

    80. Powder Magazines 1822-1915

    Historic American Buildings Survey, Prints and Photographs Collection, Library of Congress
    General view of the Powder Magazine complex, 1934

    Between 1820 and 1823, architect Robert Mills (1781-1855) was employed by South Carolina's Board of Public Works, first as Acting Commissioner, then as Superintendent of Public Buildings. For several years afterward, he continued to work for the board as an independent contractor. During his tenure with the Board, Mills designed the Fireproof Building (South Carolina Historical Society, 100 Meeting Street), an addition to the Charleston Jail (American College of the Building Arts, 21 Magazine Street), and a complex of nine powder magazines, with a barracks/gatehouse, in the marshes of the Cooper River off Charleston Neck.
    Beginning with the Old Powder Magazine, built in the early eighteenth century, public officials erected a series of gunpowder storehouses in and around Charleston. Magazines were built on public land near the Workhouse and Jail in 1737 and 1748; and at Shipyard Creek (Charleston Neck) and Hobcaw Point (Mount Pleasant) in 1772. In 1820, the Shipyard magazine was in such unstable condition that the city was forced to reopen the original magazine on Cumberland Street.
    The next year, the Board of Public Works finally appropriated $8,000 toward the construction of secure arsenals in the Charleston area. On the Board's behalf, Mills purchased Laurel Island, five acres of high ground south of New Market Creek, from Mrs. Anne Langstaff. Laurel Island was part of a suburban plantation known as Bachelor’s Hall when it was owned by colonial governor Thomas Boone
    The new location was much preferable to the Shipyard Creek magazine being replaced. Even at low tide, New Market Creek was navigable to the site, making it acceptable to ship's masters; the city was visible from the residence of the keeper, who could thus signal as necessary; and the State Magazines on Laurel Island would be protected by the Neck guard.
    Construction was underway by the end of 1822. The magazine complex had nine circular buildings. A large magazine twenty feet in diameter, structurally supported by a column carrying the vaulted ceiling, could store four thousand kegs of publicly-owned gunpowder; the smaller magazines, each with a capacity of one thousand kegs, were assigned to different importers of powder. Mills himself noted that the "advantage of this arrangement will be that every importer of powder will have his own magazine, and in case of any accident to one the rest will be secure from explosion."
    The magazines had thick brick masonry walls coated with rough-cast stucco, brownstone lintels and sills at the entries, and conical slated roofs. The gatehouse was a two-story barracks for guards built around an arched "grand gateway leading into the magazine court" where the magazines sat in three rows 130' apart.
    Tensions were constant between those who wanted gunpowder readily accessible in Charleston, and those who feared its proximity. In 1851, while South Carolina's Governor and Legislature urged the use of magazines in the wings of the Citadel, City Council was loudly opposed, because "the erection of a powder magazine within the City of Charleston will be not only dangerous to the lives of the citizens, but will materially impair the value of real estate in the vicinity of the magazine from the fact that, in the event of the alarm of fire being given in that neighborhood, the firemen would not be willing to venture there, consequently the owners of property could not obtain insurance on their property as in other parts of the city."
    The magazines remained on Laurel Island. In 1872, the state-owned land and buildings, described as thirteen acres, was sold to City Council of Charleston. The city rented the nine magazines to the E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. for storage of dynamite and "black keg powder," then conveyed part of the property to Seaboard Air Line Railway in 1915. The railroad company tore down two of the magazines in order to lay track to Union Station downtown. The remaining seven magazines were demolished in the 1940s.

    Behre, Robert. "Mills' lost magazines. Little evidence remains of military facility." The Post and Courier, February 1, 2010.
    Bryan, John M. America's First Architect, Robert Mills. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2001.
    Davis, Nora M. "Public Powder Magazines at Charleston." Year Book, City of Charleston, 1942.
    "Do You Know Your Charleston? Powder Magazines of 1812." News and Courier, March 19, 1934.
    Ravenel, Beatrice St. Julien. Architects of Charleston. Charleston: Carolina Art Association, 1945. 2nd ed., 1964.

    Historic American Buildings Survey, Prints and Photographs Collection, Library of Congress
    One of the eight smaller magazines seen with barracks in right rear of photograph, April 1934.
    Historic American Buildings Survey, Prints and Photographs Collection, Library of Congress
    Interior column, public magazine, 1934
    McCrady Plats, #4076, S. C. History Room, Charleston County Public Library
    Surveyor Robert W. Payne showed the State Arsenal on his April, 1853, “Plan of Cool Blow Village and the Adjoining Marsh Belonging to Josiah S. Payne.” 
    US Department of Commerce, Coast and Geodetic Survey, “Charleston Harbor, 1865.” American Memory, Library of Congress
    State Arsenal, 1865 

    Map of Charleston, South Carolina, 1877 (detail). The State Arsenal site is just south of New Market Creek.

    Historic American Buildings Survey, Prints and Photographs Collection, Library of Congress
    Site plan of seven magazines remaining in April, 1934.
  • 01 Nov 2014 18:24 | J Wallace (Administrator)


    Don't Ask, Don't Tell

    March 8, 2012

    by Conor Creighton, Photos: Kendall Waldman

    From the column 'From Sea to Shining Sea'

    In a car more suited to light grocery shopping or picking the kids up from soccer practice, our friends Conor Creighton and Kendall Waldman are travelling across the bottom half of the USA on a road trip from South Carolina to California. They’ll be trying to swerve the cliches to send us updates on all the cool stuff they come across. The series' name is From Sea to Shining Sea.

    Outside of its soft drinks, fast food franchises and celebrities, America’s greatest gift to the rest of the world has been its military. It’s been a long time since the glory days of Uncle Sam, when troops were met with flowers and ripe virgins on their tours of liberation, but that hasn’t dampened the USA's war libido.

    If Iraq and Afghanistan are the remote, sharp edges of the US military’s bench saw, then Charleston is its sturdy fulcrum.

    It’s a delightful southern town on the Eastern Seaboard. In its heyday the town was the entry point for slave ships arriving in America. The central market by the waterfront, which now does a line in boiled peanuts, trinkets and T-shirts, was once America’s go-to slave market. Today there are no more slaves in the South, but producing men who follow orders like chicklets follow their mothers is still big business here.

    The Citadel is the largest military school in the US. They produce officers. In 1996, Shannon Faulkner became the first woman to enrol after she used the constitution to challenge the school’s male-only policy. Why any woman would want to receive an education here is beyond me. Shannon left after just one week. Even though she was protected by a ring of federal security guards during that week, the harassment was too much.

    The first week at Citadel is called Hell Week. It’s hazing like you won’t find anywhere else. Cadets, or as they call them here ‘knobs’, are kept awake constantly as they go through drills and disciplinary excercises. Verbal abuse and physical punishment are the main forms of instilling discipline in knobs, but sexual assault is not unheard of. As one cadet explained to us: “It’s basically the same conditions as a minimum security prison.”

    Once you’ve made it through Hell Week, and so many knobs don’t that they have a money-back policy that expires on day seven, the life of the knob doesn’t get much better. On campus they’re forced to walk with their arms straight out in front of them, their backs bent low in an arch and their chins tucked into their chests. If someone shouts "brace" they have to bend their backs even more or risk a punishment. Punishment is basically marching hours. One tale goes that one delinquent knob received 120 marching hours for breaking house curfew. If a cadet can take a good punishing, then he can mete a good one out, too, and when these young men graduate (and most will probably end up travelling to an occupied Iran) there’s no doubt that they’ll be able to give it, and give it good.

    At dinner times it’s the same awkward protocol. Knobs have to eat at right angles. They feed themselves like jerky cranes and trying to finish a bowl of soup is like painting a ceiling.

    None of this is particularly new to anyone who knows anything about military schools, but the difference at the Citadel is that they’re not trying to breed jarheads, but men of honour. Students at the college don’t drink and aren’t allowed to marry during their studies. Students will emerge as ultimate military men: polite, mannerly, gracious and talkative in the flesh, and lethal and unflinching in the field. But they also graduate as gentlemen.

    You would never catch a Citadel graduate not opening a door for a woman or not addressing an older man as "sir", and the rules that govern how a student walks and eats are only in place so that they learn how to strut without a slouch and don’t spill their beans at dinner parties.

    “Duty is the sublimest word in the English language,” reads the inscription at the entrance to the dorm area.

    And, as fits, the students are unquestioningly loyal, naturally polite but also blissfully ignorant.

    “What’s your take on Iran?” I ask before we leave.

    “Oh we don’t really have time for politics or news here, sir. When we’re not doing homework, we’re on Netflix.”

    Follow Conor on Twitter: @conorcreighton

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