This story is making the rounds amongst the Citadel Alumni-
Shannon Faulkner considers herself a hero of sorts but she definitely is not. The opening of the Citadel to women is pretty marred unlike that of VMI. Many did not want VMI to be opened, but the school took the steps to do so as professionally as possible. Shannon Faulkner’s return to the Citadel happened for who knows why. But as we say, “I wear the ring,” she does not wear the ring of the school down south. She quit during a period that we at VMI call “Hell Week.” She also caused pain in the lives of the other women who attended the Citadel. Women who’ve attended VMI and graduate know what it took. Any who matriculate but quit before ever straining and racing stoops along the Ratline within barracks are never considered Alumni.
Nancy Mace, one of the first female graduates of the Citadel could definitely be considered a hero in that respect. And apparently Ms. Faulkner continues to keep the name Nancy Mace within her story. Nancy Mace Wrote on Facebook:
She doesn’t wear The Ring because she didn’t earn it. And she sure as hell ain’t my mother. That’s an insult to my mother. And in the hearts of most #Citadel graduates — she’s not alumni. There is no edification or achievement in her failure. And I’m not even going into the revisionist history here but the school admitted Women after VMI lost its battle in the Supreme Court. And no Shannon Faulkner, I wasn’t, in your words, “invited” to attend The Citadel. I had to apply and gain legitimate acceptance under their rules. And when I got in, I graduated, even with the threats on my life and my family. You and your attorneys leaked my name to the press in open court, at a moment in time when I was trying to get my life together for the better. I’ll never forget that day or what it felt like to lose all right to privacy. Lastly, I’ve never met Faulkner, never spoken to her, she’s never even reached out except to make asinine comments in the press. 25 years later and she’s still self-aggrandizing, trying to take credit for the success of others. Why does she think she can assume credit for my and others success where she failed? She can’t even begin to comprehend what myself and hundreds of other women went through to earn the ring. We wear the ring because we earned it.
I matriculated in the 9th year of Women at the Institute. I can say the place remained arduous for Rats and for individuals. It is the hardest school for so many reasons. By strict definition, a person is not an alumnus of an institution unless they complete an academic year. I don’t think any Alumna from the Institute would enjoy having their name in the mouth of someone who only lasted up to Friday of Hell Week.