In a rite for incoming freshman, Jennifer Pozzani took a seat in the Citadel Barber Shop with Sarah Kilgore taking the first cut of hair that will go to "Locks of Love. Jennifer Pozzani grimaced as the barber wrapped her shoulder-length blonde hair into a ponytail and started cutting. Jaw dropped, Pozzani stared at her reflection in the mirror on the opposite wall of The Citadel Barber Shop. For Pozzani, an year-old from Rockland County in New York, her regulation haircut — no longer than three inches on all sides — is a rite of passage at The Citadel, an institution steeped in history and tradition that for decades excluded women from its ranks.
How times have changed. In the past 20 years, the of women in the Corps of Cadets has slowly but steadily grown. Today, women at The Citadel hold high-ranking leadership positions within the Corps. More than half of them participate in varsity sports. They enter The Citadel with higher grade-point averages than their males peers. They graduate at higher rates and are less likely to drop out, too.
Research from the Multi-Institutional Survey of Leadership shows women graduate from The Citadel with increased resilience, confidence and leadership skills. On Aug. An honors student from Powdersville, Faulkner was admitted to The Citadel in after omitting any references to her gender on her application.
When college officials discovered she was woman, they denied her entrance into the Corps. Faulkner famously waged a two-year legal battle against The Citadel. She was attacked in the press and by the public. Her childhood home was vandalized. Her parents received death threats. Overcome by stress and exhaustion, Faulkner, then 20, spent most of her first week at the campus infirmary. She dropped out and left in tears while her former classmates openly clapped, cheered and celebrated on the quad.
Supreme Court decision that ruled the Virginia Military Institute, another all-male, state-supported military college, must admit women or refuse public money. Four women were admitted that fall.
Today, undergraduate females are enrolled at The Citadel, representing eight percent of the Corps. The Citadel would ideally like to raise female enrollment to 15 percent of the undergraduate population, Book said, equal to the percentage of women in the U. To compete for female applicants interested in a military career, the administration employs more than 10 admissions and athletic professionals whose jobs are dedicated to recruiting women to campus.
He still has the bumper sticker and T-shirt to prove it. Of course, nothing could have prepared her for the mental and physical challenges of her knob year, the hardest experience of her life. But Novak persevered.
Freshmen cadets at the military college of south carolina must wear boot camp style haircuts. for female "knobs" this may mean transitioning to the shortest hair of their lives - but a charleston salon helped the women “come into their own”, as they embraced their new lifestyle and looks.
On the Friday afternoon before Matriculation Day this month, Novak greeted new freshmen women at the Holliday Alumni Center for a ladies-only networking event. She cried when she saw a former Wando classmate, a girl she knew from Junior ROTC, walk through the doors with newly shorn hair. Novak embraced her, swelling with pride.
I was that scared little girl with no hair. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
Nothing about this is easy for a guy or a girl. But the women are incredible.
Everyone is just so incredible. Edit Close. Toggle Menu.
Citadel's female freshmen and their recruiter get required military haircuts; donate to locks of love
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