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April 19, 2019
1. Girls who smash codes: free, NSA-funded camp at The Citadel now accepting applications
“GenCyber Citadel – Girls who Smash Codes” on campus this summer; July 29 – Aug 2 Middle and high school (8th – 12th grade) girls in the Charleston area are invited to apply to attend The Citadel’s National Security Agency (NSA) and National Science Foundation (NSF) funded cyber security camp to be held on campus for five days in the summer. There is no fee to apply or to attend, if selected. The full name of the program is: GenCyber Citadel – Girls who Smash Codes: Cybersecurity Interdisciplinary Training Camp for Middle/High School Girls. This is the third NSA/NSF GenCyber grant earned by The Citadel, which has been designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security. In 2016, the college offered a GenCyber camp for middle and high school teachers, and in 2018 the college hosted a GenCyber camp for K-12 students.
Published in: The Citadel Today - Online
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April 19, 2019
2. Citadel School of Engineering gives and receives awards for building better future

Johnston Peeples, Ph.D. is the 2019 recipient of one of the electrical engineering industry’s top awards. The Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Heads Association (ECEDHA) presented Peeples with the Robert M. Janowiak Outstanding Leadership and Service Award this spring at their conference in Arizona. Additionally, The Citadel School of Engineering has four new industry leaders in its Academy of Engineers. The four were recognized for their professional successes, as well as for making a significant contribution to their community. Every year, The Citadel School of Engineering Academy of Engineers honors engineers who have lived a life consistent with the school’s mission, which is to “educate and develop principled engineering leaders to serve a global community.”

Published in: The Citadel Today - Online
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April 19, 2019
3. Report: Citadel cadet was driving 70 mph in 40 mph zone before deadly crash

According to the crash report released Thursday by the Mount Pleasant police department, freshman Citadel cadet Keith Schemm was driving an estimated 70 mph in a 40 mph zone just before the crash that killed him and Wando High School senior Elizabeth Daniel in early April. Schemm was driving south on Rifle Range Road when he hit a right curb, then a sidewalk and swerved left before crossing the center line and overcorrecting, according to the crash report. The overcorrection caused the SUV to yaw and strike a tree on the other side of the road. The officer who wrote the report stated that the vehicle was driving too fast for conditions. Daniel and Schemm were killed in the crash which happened in the early morning hours of April 7 in the 2600 block of Rifle Range near Hamlin Road. Both the Citadel and Wando High School principal released statements after the crash. Schemm graduated from Wando High School in 2018.

Also covered by WCBD - Channel 2

Published in: WCSC - Live 5 News - Online / Broadcast
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April 19, 2019
4. Airport terminal renamed for late Senator, former SC Gov. Fritz Hollings

A resolution passed on Thursday afternoon at the Charleston County Aviation Authority Board Meeting to rename the main terminal at Charleston International Airport after late U.S. Senator and former South Carolina Gov. Fritz Hollings. Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says Hollings’ family supported the terminal renaming before he died on April 6. “This entire week has been about celebrating Sen. Hollings’ life and achievements. I applaud the Authority board for recognizing his enduring legacy in such a meaningful way,” Riley said. Charleston County Councilman Elliot Summey introduced the resolution. “The airport benefited greatly from his vision. Opportunities like the new air service(s) we’ve garnered in the last decade were made possible by the groundwork of his long-term commitment to aviation,” he said. The move comes just two days after Hollings’ was laid to rest after services at The Citadel with eulogies given by current Gov. Henry McMaster and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Watch the on-air coverage here.

Also covered by WCIV - ABC News 4

Published in: WCSC - Live 5 News - Online
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April 19, 2019
5. Lowcountry Weekend: Preview of Bulldog Challenge 2019


Watch the on-air coverage here.

Published in: WCSC - Live 5 News - Broadcast
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April 19, 2019
6. A salute to 2019
Let’s face it. The future can be scary to think about. The great unknown can leave too many questions unanswered. We may plan “theoretically” knowing that those plans can be changed through a simple twist of fate. Still, we must face the future and deal with the important questions: What is my focus on the future? How far ahead can I see? Do I have a vision for life? The Class of 2019 stands on the threshold of a future filled with unknown possibilities and great potential for good. Let us live prudently and learn from the mistakes of the past so as to make wise decisions in the present and not endanger the future.
Published in: The Brigadier - Online
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April 19, 2019
7. Former Long-Time Oxford Municipal Court Public Defender Dies at 72
Richard “Rick” Charles Davis, 72, died Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Mississippi State Veteran’s Home in Oxford. The funeral service will be held Monday, April 22, 2019, at 2 p.m. at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Oxford with the Rev. Justin McGuire officiating. Burial will follow in College Hill Cemetery. The visitation will be held prior to the service at the church from noon until service time. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Davis served in the Corps of Engineers in the United States Army. He was a graduate of Thornwell High School at Thornwell Orphanage in Clinton, South Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics at The Citadel (the Military College of South Carolina) and Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi Law School in Oxford.
Published in: Hotty Toddy - Online
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April 19, 2019
8. The Citadel drops series opener at South Florida, 9-1

The Citadel allowed four runs in the fifth inning to break a tie game in falling, 9-1, to USF Thursday evening at the USF Baseball Complex. How it Happened The Citadel got on the board early as Ryan McCarthy beat out an infield single and stole second. Tyler Corbitt singled into the hole at short to put runners on the corners, and Ben Peden drove in McCarthy with a groundout to the right side. The Bulls tied the game in the third after a leadoff single came around to score on a Joe Genord single to left. USF took control of the game in the fifth after a solo home run from Jake Sullivan gave the Bulls the lead. They would add three more runs in the inning with the damage being done on a two-run double from Chris Chatfield. USF broke the game open in the eighth on a grand slam off the bat of Chatfield.

Also covered by The Post and Courier

Published in: WCSC - Live 5 News - Online
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April 19, 2019
8. Two coaches to speak at Citadel Club meeting
The Citadel football head coach Brent Thompson and men's basketball head coach Duggar Baucom will be in Sumter on Tuesday to speak to the local chapter of The Citadel Club. Thompson and Baucom, as well as someone from the athletic department will be at the 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday at the Bar-B-Que Hut located at 1380 South Guignard Drive. The meeting is open to the public at a cost of $20 per person. Thompson just completed his third season in charge of the Bulldogs' football fortunes. The Citadel went 5-6 in 2018, 4-4 in the Southern Conference. Thompson owns a 20-14 career record with the Charleston military school and is 15-9 in the SoCon. Baucom has been in charge of the basketball program four seasons. The Bulldogs went 12-19 during the '18-19 season. He owns a 45-83 record at The Citadel.
Published in: The Sumter Item - Online
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April 18, 2019
2. Wando and Citadel mourn death of students in car crash
Two teenagers were killed when their car struck a tree after they attended Wando High School’s prom, authorities said. On April 7, at approximately 2:23 a.m., officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to Rifle Range Road near Hamlin Road in reference to a single-car collision. Firefighters reported finding the vehicle off Rifle Range Road around 1:49 a.m. after another driver with a damaged tire flagged them down, according to Mount Pleasant Fire Department. The two victims involved were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office. Schemm’s service was held Thursday, April 11, in the Summerall Chapel, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street. Entombment in the Citadel Bell Tower will be at a later date. Daniel’s funeral service was held on Saturday, April 13, at The Church at LifePark. Donations can still be made to Wando’s Air Force JROTC.
Published in: Moultrie News - Online
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April 18, 2019
3. They helped bring down Silent Sam. Their new target: Charleston’s Calhoun monument.
The group that helped bring down the Silent Sam Confederate statue in Chapel Hill, N.C., now has its eye set on the Calhoun monument in Charleston. The Make It Right Campaign, a national organization seeking to remove Confederate-related monuments across the United States, made its first stop in Charleston on Thursday, April 11, appearing at Redux Contemporary Art Center as part of the three-month Standing/Still multidisciplinary art series meant to spur change. Amanda Mushal, a Citadel professor specializing in the history of the South, noted that modifying or removing a monument is not akin to destroying history, as some have argued. “Monuments and memorials are objects of memory, and memory is always selective,” she said. “We choose which parts of our history to honor.”
Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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April 18, 2019
4. National search for next USC president narrowed to four finalists
The University of South Carolina narrowed a national search for its next president down to four candidates Wednesday, selecting applicants with backgrounds ranging from Northwestern University to West Point. One of the four will replace Harris Pastides, who managed the state’s flagship university for more than a decade as it increased enrollment, raised tuition and expanded enrollment. He will retire at the end of June. Several colleges and universities in the state have hired new presidents in the past year, including the College of Charleston, The Citadel and Charleston Southern University. Only one female candidate has been identified in any of those searches.
Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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April 18, 2019
5. Abolish the Welfare State to Solve the National Debt Crisis
Why is it so difficult to win the case for freedom in modern American society? A variety of possible answers come to mind. The collectivists are more effective in appealing to people’s emotions. The interventionist-welfare-statist argument is easier to make than it is to follow the logical chains of reasoning required to make the free-market case. Socialist-leaning teachers and professors who indoctrinate their students with statist ideas from a very young age dominate the government educational system from kindergarten through the Ph.D. Popular, celebrity culture inculcates society with leftist biases and presumptions. All those answers have strong elements of truth in them. But there is one other element at work that makes it difficult to effectively make the case for a fully and truly free society, indeed, that can undermine the ideal and understanding of the free society. That element is that too many advocates of a free society compromise its case. Trillions more in debt on the way. Dr. Richard M. Ebeling is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina.
Published in: Economic Policy Journal - Online
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April 18, 2019
6. Black River’s Sam Sharnas signs with The Citadel; Aidan Jones heading to Hope
Black River seniors Sam Sharnas and Aidan Jones come from families of runners, so it was no surprise that their futures follow in those family footsteps. Sharnas signed a national letter-of-intent to accept a cross country and track & field scholarship at The Citadel, while Jones committed to Hope College on Wednesday. Sharnas will follow in his father’s footsteps at The Citadel, an NCAA Division I program and military college in Charleston, South Carolina. “The main reason why I chose The Citadel is because I saw what it did for my dad and what type of man he was,” Sharnas said. “It just aligned with what I wanted to study, too. It is very special to me. It is something I always wanted to do. I am excited to get down there and have an impact on the team.” He will also join former Black River runner Dani Sanchez Martinez, who runs at The Citadel. “My freshman year, we have lots of senior talent. I remember being there to watch them sign. It was very special,” Sharnas said. “Seeing something like that makes you want to work hard and do that some day. It definitely played a big role. It is a very special team culture here and it has produced a lot of college runners.”
Published in: Holland Sentinel - Online
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April 17, 2019
1. Emotional eulogies highlight funeral of SC’s Fritz Hollings

As a college student fighting for racial equality in the early 1960s, Jim Clyburn was invited to the office of then-Gov. Fritz Hollings in an attempt to assuage racial tensions bubbling on the campus of South Carolina State University. Clyburn, now the majority whip and third ranking Democrat in the U.S. House, said he wasn’t sure how the governor would receive him and the other protesters. After all, Hollings had campaigned previously against school desegregation. But during their meeting, Clyburn said that he could sense a change in Hollings. Clyburn told a crowd of hundreds at Hollings’ funeral Tuesday that even though the Southern Democrat asked the activists not to tell reporters he had been sympathetic to their cause, “He opened up to us, and we opened up to him. “I knew that we had just heard and felt what was in him.” Hollings died April 6 at his home on Isle of Palms at age 97. The funeral at Summerall Chapel at The Citadel, Hollings’ alma mater, capped three days of mourning for the former governor and longtime U.S. senator. Hundreds of former staffers, lawmakers, friends and relatives attended.

Examples of other coverage include:

The New York Times

The Post and Courier - article with photos can be found here

The State


WCSC - Live 5 News

WCBD - Channel 2

WCIV - ABC News 4 (separate story on attending politicians can be found here)

WIS - Columbia

WYFF - Greenville

Published in: The Associated Press - Online
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April 17, 2019
2. Celebrating some of the employees who help make The Citadel so mighty
Each year The Citadel rewards one employee and one team for their superior performance and contributions The Citadel is proud to recognize Multimedia Services as the Team of the Year and Stanton Adams as the Employee of the Year for 2019. The Team and Employee of the year were honored with a special reception and recognized at the Awards Parade on April 12.
Published in: The Citadel Today - Online
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April 17, 2019
3. Citadel professor gains national attention for ‘Game of Thrones’ prediction
A military historian who teaches at The Citadel was recently published in a Vice News article because of the ties he made between historical events and the HBO show “Game of Thrones.” Michael Livingston has been teaching English at The Citadel for more than 10 years. “Any way that I can get the Citadel out there in a positive form I think is tremendous and a chance that I want to take," Livingston said. "Right now, Game of Thrones is doing that.” Livingston has used his degrees in history and medieval studies to draw parallels between Game of Thrones and historical battles and rulers. “He based some of this on Wars of the Roses, which is about a 33-year war that happens in England sometime around the 15th Century," Livingston said about George R. Martin, who wrote the books that inspired the TV show. Martin has even confirmed in the past that the show is based on events from the War of the Roses. Livingston said based on what he knows about the war, there is one character who is most likely to win when the series comes to an end.
Published in: WCSC - Live 5 News - Online / Broadcast
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April 17, 2019
4. Bulldog now offering tours of Magnolia Cemetery
The Magnolia Cemetery Trust Board recently granted Bulldog Tours exclusive access to the beautiful Victorian burial grounds for evening tours - a privilege never before granted. This partnership will allow the Trust to gather funds for critical preservation efforts throughout the 130+ acre plot of land. Bulldog Tours invests a portion of all ticket proceeds back into the properties they tour, ensuring that historically significant landmarks, structures, and sites, integral to Charleston’s charm and visitor appeal, are preserved for future generations to enjoy. Founded by Charleston native and Citadel graduate John LaVerne in 2001, Bulldog Tours has raised more than $3.7 million for the restoration and preservation of the Old City Jail, Circular Church’s graveyard, Old Exchange, Powder Magazine – and now Magnolia Cemetery.
Published in: Holy City Sinner - Online
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April 17, 2019
5. Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired South Carolina Announces Two New Staff Members
The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired South Carolina is pleased to welcome Bryson Young, Director of Major Gifts, and Ruthie Harman, Client Service and Office Manager, as the newest members of the staff. With locations in Charleston and Summerville, ABVI works to enrich the quality of life of the blind and visually impaired. Young most recently worked as the Development Officer for Athletics – Major Gifts for The Citadel Foundation. In this role, she cultivated major gift prospects for The Citadel Athletics, managed a portfolio of top donors and worked to build the Athletic Scholarship Endowment Fund. Prior to that role, Young worked in various roles in athletic development with The Citadel Brigadier Foundation and with The Citadel Athletics. Young holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from Clemson University and a Master of Arts in Sport Management from The Citadel.
Published in: Charleston Regional Business Journal - Online
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April 17, 2019
6. Free Market Liberalism Is Needed More Than Ever
The famous New York Yankees baseball player and manager Yogi Berra is credited with the saying “It's déjà vu all over again.” He is also credited with claiming, “I really didn’t say everything I said.” Never were both of these truer than in our era of reborn defenses of and demands for more government intervention, redistribution, and planning. Many of us assumed, or at least certainly hoped, that after the disastrous social, economic, and human consequences of centrally planned societies during the 20th century, and the generally abysmal failures of and corruptions resulting from government interventions in the economy, there might arise a reawakened appreciation for and understanding of a truly liberal, free market society. Over the last several decades, humankind has been witnessing a dramatic and amazing end to poverty in more and more parts of the world, along with the availability of unimagined technological inventions for a growing number of the billions of people on this planet. But instead of an appreciation of how partly freed-up market forces have made this all possible, especially in those areas formerly known as the underdeveloped third world, the counterrevolution against human liberty seems to be picking up steam once again with the call for “democratic socialism,” a Green New Deal, and massive increases in the welfare state’s “entitlement” programs and beyond. Richard M. Ebeling, an AIER Senior Fellow, is the BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. Ebeling lived on AIER's campus from 2008 to 2009.
Published in: AIER American Institute for Economic Research - Online
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April 16, 2019
1. The Honorable Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings funeral services at The Citadel today

Former U.S. Sen. Ernest “Fritz” Hollings will reach his final resting place Tuesday after a service at The Citadel which will include former Vice President Joe Biden and South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster. The event is set to begin at 11 a.m. inside the Summerall Chapel on the campus of The Citadel, where Hollings graduated from with a degree in business administration in 1942. Hollings has been honored at the school numerous times including speaking engagements at Corps Day in 1959 and a PT Barracks dedicated to him in 2004. He also gave the commencement speech at the school in 1983. Hollings’ casket was taken to Columbia where he laid in state at the South Carolina Statehouse throughout the day on Monday. Hollings served in Congress from 1966 to 2005 and prior to serving as a U.S. senator, Hollings also served as South Carolina’s lieutenant governor from 1955 to 1959, and as governor from 1959 to 1963. Among Hollings’ noteworthy accomplishments included integrating South Carolina schools, when other states were fighting against it. He also established the state’s technical college system and educational television.

Published in: WCSC TV-5 (Charleston) - Online
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April 16, 2019
2. The Honorable Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings funeral services at The Citadel today

Funeral services for former Senator Earnest Fritz Hollings will be held in Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus in Charleston, South Carolina. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. today at his alma mater. Hollings was a 1942 graduate of The Citadel with a degree in business administration. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Governor Henry McMaster are among the speakers. The funeral is the end of three days of mourning for the late governor of South Carolina. The longtime U.S. senator's body laid in repose at the State House on Monday. Thousands paid tribute to Hollings including Gov. McMaster and the First Lady.

Published in: FOX News - Online
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April 16, 2019
3. Mourners Gather for Funeral of SC's Ernest 'Fritz' Hollings

Mourners are gathering to say goodbye to South Carolina's Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings, one of the last larger-than-life Democrats who once dominated the politics of the South. Funeral services are set to begin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Summerall Chapel at The Citadel in Charleston. Former Vice President Joe Biden is among the speakers. Hollings died earlier this month at 97. The funeral caps off three days of mourning for the former governor and longtime U.S. senator, whose body lay in repose Monday at the state Capitol. Hollings' long and colorful political career included an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. When he retired from the Senate in 2005, Hollings had served 38 years and two months, making him the eighth longest-serving senator in U.S. history.



Examples of other media sources reporting this story include:

The Sacramento Bee

 The San Diego Union-Tribune

 Las Vegas Now


Published in: US News & World Report - Online
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April 16, 2019
Citadel Summerall Guards, 2020 & 1974
Congratulations to Ed Williams! He is a member of the 2020 Summerall Guards. He is pictures with Dr. Randy Brian who was the first sergeant of the 1974 Summerall Guards.
Published in: Edgefieldadvertiser - Online
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April 16, 2019
Former Citadel basketball standout transfers to SC State
A little over a year since announcing his intention to transfer, former Citadel guard Tariq Simmons has found a home at an HBCU. Simmons has transferred to SC State after sitting out one year.During his one season at the Citadel, he played in all 32 of their games while averaging around 15 minutes of play time. His career high of 22 points came against Virginia Tech as well. He scored in double figures 11 times and averaged seven points per game. He played his sophomore season at Panola College in Carthage, Texas. Simmons started 26 games and averaged 11 points during his one season on the JUCO ranks.
Published in: HBCU Gameday (press release) (blog) - Online
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April 15, 2019
1. Body of Ernest ’Fritz” Hollings lies in repose at SC Capitol

Mourners are paying their respects to Ernest F. “Fritz” Hollings, the former South Carolina governor and longtime U.S. senator who died earlier this month at 97. The body of the veteran figure in South Carolina politics lies in repose Monday at the Statehouse in Columbia. One of the last of the larger-than-life Democrats who dominated politics in the South, Hollings’ long and colorful political career included an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. When he retired from the Senate in 2005 after six terms, Hollings had served 38 years and two months, making him the eighth longest-serving senator in U.S. history. A funeral is planned Tuesday at The Citadel, where former Vice President Joe Biden and Gov. Henry McMaster are scheduled among the speakers. On Sunday, relatives, friends and former colleagues paid their respects at a Charleston funeral home for Hollings, who helped shepherd South Carolina through desegregation as governor before embarking on his long Senate Career.

Other examples of coverage include:

Post and Courier

WCSC - Live 5 News

WCBD - Channel 2

WCIV - ABC News 4

Published in: AP News - Online
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April 15, 2019
2. Fritz Hollings was a tough interview. But his staff loved the man
Fritz Hollings was a frustrating interview. Entertaining, yes. But if you expected a straight answer out of him, you’d be fooling yourself. I once asked him his thoughts about how the Charleston region had recovered following the closure of the Naval Base and Shipyard in the 1990s. “He’s looking for a stoooreey,” came the booming response, his accusatory finger pointing at me from behind his desk at the Medical University of South Carolina. He proceeded on a 20-minute tangent about the Panama Canal before describing a subcommittee meeting he attended in the 1960s followed by a listing of four or five backroom politicians from the past I’d never heard of. It was like asking someone the time of day and instead they explain — in great detail — how the parts of a watch get assembled. Some 500 people worked for Hollings over the decades, either in Washington or his in-state satellite offices. They helped him on issues across the board, from commerce to matters of airline safety, his re-election bids and constituent service. Most spoke in warm, appreciative tones or of the optimism he gave them about working in government. Some called themselves “Hollings Kids.” They also spoke of a love and dedication not seen in most other political offices in the state today. The ex-staffers won’t be among those giving speeches at his funeral Tuesday when he is eulogized by former Vice President Joe Biden at The Citadel.
Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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April 15, 2019
3. Marine Corps say missing lieutenant, 24, is likely dead after he failed to return from a backcountry ski trip
A lieutenant who went missing during a backcountry ski trip in California last month is likely dead, Marine Corps said Thursday. 1st Lt. Matthew Kraft, 24, failed to return home from a ten-day solo trek through the Sierra Nevada Mountains by March 5. Despite a mammoth search involving 13 different agencies, there has been no sign of the Camp Pendleton Marine, leading the armed forces to conclude the worst. 'Given the timeline of events, severe weather, and increased avalanche activity in the search area, on-scene search and rescue experts have determined that Kraft was most likely overcome by severe weather and exposure,' Capt. Paul Gainey, spokesman for the 1st Marine Division, told The Orange County Register. He added that 'The Marine Corps will continue to stand by and support Kraft’s family, friends, and Marines during this difficult time.'
Published in: Daily Mail - Online
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April 15, 2019
4. Photos: The Citadel’s Cordell Airborne Rangers defense support to civil authorities training
The Cordell Airborne Rangers, a Citadel cadet military club, participated as part of Joint Task Force Charleston during a Defense Support to Civil Authorities training exercise on Friday, April 12, 2019. The cadets mission was an anonymous tip of plot of a dynamic attack on the port of Charleston. While a domestic terrorist group hides out in a remote area where the 31 cadets, SWAT Snipers and The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office move via boat to infiltrate and isolate the area. LTC Tim Terese said the organization started off from the memory of Terry Cordell, who was the first Citadel alumni killed in Vietnam in 1962 as a tactics training group following the Vietnam era.
Published in: The Post and Courier - Online
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April 15, 2019
5. This ‘Game of Thrones’ character will win unless dying ‘stupidly,’ Citadel professor says

Anticipation is high for Sunday night’s season premiere of “Game of Thrones.” This is the final season of HBO’s wildly popular TV program, and viewers from around the world will be watching to see which character will be sitting on the titular throne. There is so much interest in which beloved, loathed or dreaded character will rule that even military experts are weighing in on which family — if any — in the fantasy show will prevail. One in South Carolina has a hunch, as long as this character “doesn’t die stupidly,” Michael Livingston said, according to Vice. Livingston is an associate professor of English at The Citadel, the military college of South Carolina, according to his biography on the university’s website. The military historian, who has degrees in history and medieval studies in addition to English, made a case for a specific character in the Vice article that was also published by The Citadel. He evaluated some of the main characters — Cersei Lannister, Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow and the Night King — and leaned on his knowledge of military history to try and figure out which would be on the winning side. Livingston drew parallels between events that actually took place and the source material for “Game of Thrones,” books written by George R.R. Martin.

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