Archive for October, 2012

October 31, 2012

 Dear College of Charleston community:

 For several months the College of Charleston has been considering the possibility of leaving the Southern Conference and joining another intercollegiate athletic conference, the Colonial Athletic Association.  This possibility has been the subject of a sustained and complex administrative review.  The issue has also been the subject of considerable media interest, both locally and nationally.

 For a Division I NCAA athletic program, a change in athletic conference should never be made lightly, and we have given this topic a great deal of time and attention. I am writing to inform you that, earlier today, our Board of Trustees authorized the College of Charleston to enter into negotiations with the Colonial Athletic Association, so that we might determine whether or not an agreement to affiliate with the Colonial might be reached.  These negotiations will begin immediately.

 As background, the College of Charleston joined the Southern Conference in 1998.   The SoCon’s current members are The Citadel, Wofford, Furman, Georgia Southern, Appalachian State, Samford, Elon, Davidson, Western Carolina, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and UNC Greensboro.  The College has enjoyed significant athletic success in the SoCon, and we have had excellent relationships with the SoCon member institutions.  I am currently the Vice Chair of the conference, and I have great respect for the SoCon presidents and athletic directors with whom I have had the honor of working.

 The Colonial Athletic Association has nine continuing members: William and Mary, James Madison, George Mason, Delaware, UNC Wilmington, Towson, Drexel, Hofstra, and Northeastern.  The Colonial institutions are mid-sized or large universities, and most of them are public, with significant research profiles. 

 We have exhaustively reviewed the opportunities and risks associated with remaining in the SoCon and moving to the Colonial.  I believe that a move to the Colonial, if successfully negotiated, would include the following benefits: 

  • The majority of our student-athletes would have access to stronger conference opponents and increased opportunities for at-large bids to NCAA championship tournaments. 
  • The majority of our athletic coaches would have a stronger position from which to recruit the best possible student-athletes. 
  • Our student-athletes would have stronger academic support when traveling to away games. 
  • Our alumni in South Carolina would continue to have many opportunities to see our teams in action, but a much larger number of our alumni living outside South Carolina would now have access to College of Charleston games.  
  • All of our students, faculty, and staff would have access to the resources of the Colonial Academic Alliance, which promotes undergraduate research, study abroad opportunities, and faculty and staff professional development.  Details of these programs can be reviewed at 
  • The entire College community will enjoy the advantages of association with a group of nationally recognized universities. 

While I have always valued our ties with the SoCon universities, the College’s Executive Team and I unanimously agree that we should enter into negotiations with the Colonial.  Other expressions of support for a possible move to the Colonial have come from the Cougar Club (by a vote of 21-1) and the Student Government Association (by a vote of 21-4, with four abstentions).  

I have great respect for all those who would prefer to remain in the SoCon.  However, assuming our negotiations are successful, I ultimately believe that a move to the Colonial would be consistent with the aspirations identified in the College’s Strategic Plan and will work to the advantage of our students, alumni, faculty, and staff. 

I wholeheartedly agree with the assessment of the College’s legendary former Men’s Basketball Coach John Kresse, who had this to say about a move: “The Colonial’s coaches, student-athletes, facilities, locations and their national visibility have made it a premier conference. I personally believe our association as a member would be a perfect fit for the College of Charleston.” 

I welcome your questions about our athletic conference affiliation. In addition, I expect to discuss this topic at next month’s Town Hall meetings for faculty, staff, and students and in a future meeting of the Staff Advisory Committee to the President.  We previously have talked about this topic in meetings of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the President and the Faculty Budget Committee.  

Finally, I want to thank all those who have taken the lead in reviewing our options for athletic conference affiliation.  Many people have taken a critical leadership role in this assessment, especially members of our Board of Trustees; Joe Hull, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics; Vince Benigni, Faculty Athletics Representative; Erica Arbetter, President of the Student Government Association; and all the members of the Executive Team.  

Warm regards,­­ 

George Benson

 P. George Benson

College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC  29424


Citadel football team loses starting guard Keith Carter to injury

October 31, 2012
 Jeff Hartsell  The Post and Courier

  • Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012 2:21 p.m.
Citadel guard Keith Carter ruptured his Achilles tendon in last week’s game at Wofford and will miss the Bulldogs’ final three games.
Citadel guard Keith Carter ruptured his Achilles tendon in last week’s game at Wofford and will miss the Bulldogs’ final three games.

The Citadel’s football team has lost another starting player to injury. Offensive guard Keith Carter ruptured his Achilles tendon during last week’s 24-21 loss at Wofford and will miss the final three games of the season.

Carter, a 6-0, 280-pound junior from Tallahassee, Fla., moved from the defensive line to offense two years ago and had started 19 straight games at left guard. He is also a team captain this season. With Carter out, coach Kevin Higgins said junior right guard Jim Knowles will slide over to the left side, with junior Robert Finke starting at left guard.

Carter is the third starting player the Bulldogs have lost to injury in recent weeks. Starting linebackers Carl Robinson (knee) and Rah Muhammad (ankle) also are out with season-ending injuries.

The Citadel (4-4, 3-3 Southern Conference) plays host to Elon (3-5, 1-4) at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bulldogs’ final home game of the season.

Citadel professor named ambassador of the European Union’s PromoDoc initiative

October 31, 2012

Initiative promotes doctoral study in European Union countries

Donald Sparks, professor of international economics and director of the office of fellowships at The Citadel, has been appointed to serve as an ambassador of PromoDoc, an E.U.-sponsored initiative that seeks to promote doctoral studies in European Union member states. Over the next year, the 25 selected PromoDoc ambassadors will advise students in the United States and Canada on the options for doctoral education in the European Union and promote the opportunities that are available.

don sparks22PromoDoc consortium members Campus France and the Institute of International Education selected the ambassadors based on their extensive experience in European higher education.  Sparks received his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of London and is on the faculty of the Management Center Innsbruck of the University of Innsbruck in Austria. He has also been awarded three Fulbright scholarships.

“As the world becomes smaller through the advancement of technology, a global education is essential, and at The Citadel, we are dedicated to promoting study abroad,” said Brig. Gen. Sam Hines, provost and dean of the college.  “I can think of no one more fitting than Don Sparks to serve as ambassador for PromoDoc.  He will do an excellent job.”

PromoDoc is a project funded by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 3 (EM A3) program, focusing on the promotion of European higher education at the doctoral level. The project aims to showcase the attractiveness of doctoral-level study in Europe; improve awareness of opportunities for doctoral study; facilitate access to European doctoral programs among students in third countries, especially in the Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States

The project also provides a comprehensive web-based resource to help students access doctoral study opportunities in the European Union.  The PromoDoc website includes:  doctoral program listings, a guide to the organization of doctoral studies, and information on funding opportunities, application procedures, living in Europe, associations of doctoral candidates and career prospects in each European country.

The three-year project is being implemented by an international consortium, led by Campus France and composed of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic, the British Council, Eurodoc (The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers), and the Institute of International Education. For more information, see

Achieving excellence in the education and development of principled leaders

2012 Homecoming schedule

October 30, 2012
Thursday, Nov. 1  
6 p.m. Homecoming Gala Reception and Awards Dinner (CAA members only), Holliday Alumni Center. $50 per person. Coat and tie.
Friday, Nov. 2  
8:30 a.m. 22nd annual Homecoming Golf Tournament, Patriot’s Point, Mount Pleasant, S.C.
For more information click here
10 a.m. Annual Meeting (Members Only) of The Citadel Alumni Association and presentation of Gold Star Club Awards: Holliday Alumni Center.
1-5 p.m. Sale of football tickets
McAlister Field House and at
1:30 p.m. Alumni Information Center opens
Ring resizing/reordering and sale of luncheon tickets
Holliday Alumni Center
2 p.m. School of Business Administration alumni reception
Presentation of Business Alumnus of the Year award
Bond Hall, Room 295
3 p.m. Herb Day Memorial Dedication: Northeast corner of Summerall Field.
3:30 p.m. Performance by the Cadet Chorale and Alumni Memorial Service
Summerall Chapel
5:10 p.m. Memorial Parade
Summerall Field
5:45-7 p.m. Citadel Young Alumni (CYA) reception for Classes of 1998-2012
Renken Room and Courtyard, Holliday Alumni Center
Admission is free
7-11 p.m. Alumni Jamboree
$75 per person. Open to reunion classes, sponsors and Stray Dog Society members
Charleston Visitors Center Bus Shed



Saturday, Nov. 3  
8 a.m. Annual breakfast for past presidents of The Citadel Alumni Association
Holliday Alumni Center
8:30-11 a.m. Alumni Information Center and Visitors’ Coffee
Sale of luncheon tickets and souvenirs and ring resizing/reordering
Holliday Alumni Center
8:30-10 a.m. Barracks and facilities open to visitors
Regimental Pipe Band plays in all barracks, which close promptly at 10 a.m.
8:50 a.m. Summerall Guards Performance
Summerall Field
9 a.m. Sale of football tickets
Johnson Hagood Stadium and at

Himelright Scholarship presentation
LeTellier Hall

11 a.m. Homecoming Review
Recognition of Arland D. Williams Society inductees and 2012 CAA award recipients. All alumni to take review
Summerall Field
Noon Homecoming Luncheon. Cost is $9 (free for cadets), Coward Hall
Noon School of Engineering Alumni Luncheon
Behind Grimsley Hall
Noon – 2 p.m. Pre-game Tailgate Party
Holliday Alumni Center
12:30 p.m. Stadium gates and stadium concessions open
23 p.m. Bulldogs vs. Elon University
Tickets at Johnson Hagood Stadium ticket windows and at
Regimental Band and Pipes to perform at halftime


Sunday, Nov. 4
9 a.m. Protestant Service: Summerall Chapel.
10 a.m. Protestant Reception: Mark Clark Hall Reception Room
10:45 a.m. Catholic Mass: Summerall Chapel.
Noon Catholic Reception: Mark Clark Hall Reception Room

A message from our Alumni Association BOV members

October 30, 2012

As the alumni representatives on the Board of Visitors (BOV,) we are pleased to share with Citadel alumni our annual Homecoming update on the college’s achievements.

 There is no better proof of the strength of the leadership of Lt Gen John W. Rosa and his team than the strong #1 Rating of The Citadel in the recent U.S. News and World Report rankings.  For the second year in the row, The Citadel was ranked the top public undergraduate/master’s degree college in the South.  What’s more, our overall score was highest in the country for public colleges in our category.

 Before we continue to share the college’s achievements we want to take this opportunity to touch upon The Institutional Program Assessment Committee (IPAC) and its report which has generated a number of conversations among alumni.  The IPAC Report is available at .  We have heard personally from you and read the comments of many who have taken to social media to express opinions.

 After the first of the year Gen. Rosa proposed, and the BOV supported, a study and risk assessment of the college to have a good scrub of our policies, procedures, and what we actually do.  With that information, we could make adjustments to become stronger as an institution, and lower any potential unknown risks to the college and to the education of principled leaders.  To accomplish this, Dr. John M. Palms, Citadel Class of 1958, a Distinguished Professor and President Emeritus of the University of South Carolina, agreed to freely give of his time to lead this study.  Members of his committee came from all elements of The Citadel community, i.e., all internal to The Citadel family, including Citadel alumni.  From the effort, many observations and recommendations were made available to Gen. Rosa.

 So, what’s next?

 Gen. Rosa, with his staff, is in the process of reviewing the report, the observations, and the recommendations.  He agrees the issues contained in the report must be addressed; not necessarily  the recommendations, per se.  It is important to note some are taking the IPAC as the word of the president, rather than a report submitted to him.  As your alumni representatives, we know of no one who agrees with all that is in the report.  Indeed, even members of the committee did not always agree with what was held within.  For example and interestingly, in one part of the report great care was taken to highlight how one battalion and one company, in particular, worked within the present Fourth-Class system to achieve excellence.  Of note, this company is under the same rules, the same regulations, and the same Fourth-Class System as the rest of the college.

 Gen. Rosa has made it clear that under his presidency there will be a rigorous Fourth-Class System, discipline will be administered based on the college’s standards, and cadets will continue to be in charge of the Honor System.   (Gen. Rosa’s update to alumni, dated 4 October 2012 is available at  He will use the report in a process to insure The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, is the best in the nation.  Period.  The Citadel is tough, and we will not deprive the cadets of the challenges and opportunities for growth from which we all benefited.  Should any changes to regulations be thought beneficial, Gen. Rosa will bring those to the BOV for review and approval.  Remember, the IPAC is the beginning of a process, not its conclusion!

 And now we would like to share with you a number of college highlights since our Corps Day report:

    • Students, Faculty and Staff

      • Expanded enrollment in the Corps of       Cadets with a record number of applications received and the largest       Corps of Cadets freshman class (779) in 55 years.

      • Activated Victor Company; The Corps of Cadets now includes 21 companies, the most in its history.

      • Increased diversity among the student population, faculty and staff.

      • Achieved a four-year graduation rate of  60 percent, the highest among public colleges and universities in South       Carolina.

      • Commissioned 35 percent of the Class of 2012.  The Citadel commissioned more Army and Marine Corps officers than any other institutions other than the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy, respectively.

      • Increased veteran student enrollment.

      • Hired new faculty from prestigious  academic programs across the country.

      • U.S. News ranking based on:

         • 42% of classes have 20 or fewer students.

         • 86% of faculty is full-time, and they teach our cadets.

         • Maintained a student/faculty ratio of  13:1, down from 16:1 in 2009.

         • Alumni giving/contributions to the college.

      • The Citadel student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers received the national Robert Ridgway       Student Chapter Award as the most outstanding chapter.  ASCE includes 25,000 student members in 281 chapters across the United States and 11 countries.

      • Cadets performed about 13,500 hours of  community service over the 2011-12 academic year.

    • Curricula

      • Completed the Cadet four-year Leadership Development Model.  During the 2012-13 academic year for the first time all cadets are participating in formal leadership education courses.

      • Created a Graduate Certificate in Professional Intelligence Analysis.

      • Ninety-nine students from 34 colleges and universities participated in The Krause Center’s annual Principled Leadership Symposium.
   • Facilities

      • Completed $5.63 million in renovations over the summer, including the exteriors of Daniel Library and Byrd and      Bond Halls.  The state funded only 12% of the renovations;  donations accounted for 43% of the funding.

      • Renovated eight computer labs.

      • Enhanced  interactive technology within our classrooms

   • Athletics

 At Commencement last May, Shanna Couch and Alexandria Ray Burns, the First and Second Honor Graduates, were both soccer players.

o For eight semesters in a row the Corps Squad athletes have had a better GPA than the entire Corps.

o Baseball Coach Fred Jordan, Class of 79, surpassed 700 wins, and now at 711, has the most wins of any baseball coach in Citadel history.

o Cadet Eddie Jones at the 2012 Southern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships won the conference championship in the long jump.

o Cadet Richard Hunton captured the national title at the National Rifle Association’s Prone Metallic Sight Championship July 31, 2012 at Camp Perry, Ohio

o The football team made history in beating top 10 opponents Appalachian State and Georgia Southern.  The last time a Citadel football team defeated two top 10 teams was in 1991.  Now we will work on the rest of the season!

 In closing we want to share one more achievement from the U.S. News rankings, as mentioned briefly above.  At 30 percent, the alumni giving rate at The Citadel was the highest in the country in our category for both public and private colleges and universities.  In its ranking formula U.S. News gives a lot of weight to alumni giving because the magazine recognizes that there is a direct correlation between a college’s overall success and its fundraising capacity.  With that in mind, we want to take this opportunity to commend all of our alumni who have given, and those who will join that august group!  Our call to action is to ensure The Citadel can continue to provide one of the finest academic and leadership development opportunities in our nation.

 We hope to see you back on campus for Homecoming, and thanks for being the most loyal alumni in the nation!


 Regards from your BOV Alumni Reps,

 Lt Gen John Sams, USAF (Retired) (

LTG Michael Steele, USA (Retired) (

COL Fred Price, SCM (

Second Half Comeback Falls Just Short in Loss at Wofford

October 29, 2012
Final 1 2 3 4 T
The Citadel (4-4) 7 0 7 7 21
Wofford (7-1) 14 10 0 0 24
Spartanburg, SC | Gibbs Stadium
The Citadel Wofford
Pa: Ben Dupree – 61
Ru: Darien Robinson – 85
Rec: Domonic Jones – 58
Pa: Brian Kass – 43
Ru: E. Breitenstein – 110
Rec: Jeff Ashley – 30
TEAM STATISTICS The Citadel Wofford
Passing Yards 84 43
Rushing Yards 271 283
Turnovers 1 0
Time of Poss. 29:25 30:35

full stats

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Citadel cut a 17-point halftime deficit down to three at the outset of the fourth quarter but could not convert any of its final three possessions into points and dropped a 24-21 decision to Wofford at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.

The defeat drops the Bulldogs to 4-4 overall and 3-3 in the Southern Conference while the Terriers improved to 7-1 and 5-1 in the SoCon. Wofford entered the game ranked No. 7 in the nation by The Sports Network and No. 8 in the FCS Coaches poll.

The Bulldogs were attempting to add Wofford to previous Top 10 victims Georgia Southern and Appalachian State this season and snap a 13-game losing streak to the Terriers.

The Citadel pulled within three points on a touchdown run by VanDyke Jones on the first play of the fourth quarter before punting on its next two possessions. The Bulldogs had one final opportunity to pull out the win when they took over at their own 32 with 2:28 remaining in the game.

Aaron Miller connected with Dom Jones for 13 yards on the first play of the drive, but three subsequent passes gained only one yard, and when a fourth down pass from Miller to Dom sailed out of bounds, The Citadel’s fate was sealed.

Wofford ran off 24 unanswered points after The Citadel took a quick 7-0 lead, and a 42-yard field goal by Kasey Redfern as the first half clock expired gave the Terriers a seemingly comfortable 24-7 lead at intermission. Wofford then drove to the Bulldog 34 at the start of the third quarter before James Riley stopped national player of the year candidate Eric Breitenstein short of the sticks on a fourth down run.

Riley, a true freshman, was seeing his first college action and came up big with a game-high 12 tackles including 2 ½ for losses and one sack. The Citadel coaching staff had planned on redshirting Riley, but season-ending injuries to starting linebackers Carl Robinson and Rah Muhammad as well as reserve Yemi Oyengule forced Riley into the lineup and he started on Saturday.

After Wofford turned the ball over on downs, the Bulldogs went 67 yards on just four plays with Darien Robinson exploding through the line en route to a 44-yard touchdown run that cut the Wofford lead to 24-14 with 8:49 left in the third quarter. The touchdown was Robinson’s fifth of the season and fourth of at least 44 yards.

Robinson finished the day with 85 yards on nine carries and moved into 16th place in school history with 1,663 yards. Ben Dupree followed Robinson with 72 yards and also completed 6 of 9 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown to Dom Jones in the first quarter.

Wofford’s drive following the Robinson touchdown reached The Citadel 34 before the Bulldogs held and took over at their own 9 following a punt. Dupree was the star of the show as The Citadel marched 91 yards to another touchdown, completing an 18-yard pass to Jones and adding a 24-yard run to move the ball into Terrier territory.

A 15-yard run by the junior quarterback got the Bulldogs to the eight, and VanDyke Jones capped 91-yard drive with a five-yard run that made it 24-21 with six seconds expired in the fourth quarter.

The Citadel held Wofford to only 38 yards and forced punts on three straight possessions. But the Terrier defense proved just as tough, with a pair of Cass Couey punts preceding the final drive that stalled at The Citadel 36.

Wofford rushed for 283 yards, 125 below its season average, and had 326 yards of total offense, almost 140 shy of its mark coming into the game. The Citadel limited the Terriers to 89 rushing yards and 110 in total offense while shutting them out over the final 30 minutes.

Breitenstein, who entered the game ranked third in the nation with an average of 159.7 yards per game, was held to 110 yards and an average of only 4.8 per carry by the Bulldog defense. He did score a pair of touchdowns, however, including an eight-yard run that knotted the score at 7 following the Dupree-to-Jones 26-yard touchdown on The Citadel’s first drive of the game.

Jones finished the game with four receptions for 58 yards. Freshman reserve wide receiver Brandon Eakins had his first career catch, a 13-yard grab on The Citadel’s opening scoring drive.

A 13-yard touchdown run by Will Gay gave Wofford its first lead with 1:53 left in the first quarter, and it remained a seven-point game when Citadel kicker Thomas Warren pushed a 40-yard field goal attempt off to the left.

Breitenstein added his second score on a four-yard run at the 57 second mark of the second quarter to make it 21-7, and Bay Amrhein fumbled a short kickoff to give Wofford the ball right back at the Bulldog 37. A 13-yard pass from Brian Kass to Will Irwin put the Terriers in field goal range, and Redfern made the fumble costly when his 42-yard try just snuck over the crossbar.

Chris Billingslea followed Riley with nine tackles and Carson Smith finished with seven. Stephon Shelton, Blake Wylie and James Zotto paced Wofford with six stops each.

The Citadel returns to Johnson Hagood Stadium for its annual Homecoming contest next Saturday against Elon. Kickoff for the final home game of the season is at 2 p.m. Wofford is at Samford for a 3 p.m. contest.

The Citadel’s new Canteen has some tasty deals

October 29, 2012

Finally, some good new from campus

Posted by Libby ConwellThe Charleston City Paper : Friday, Oct 26, 2012 at 2:48 PM

It’s not often you can go out to lunch for $10, but at The Citadel’s new dining hall, you can treat yourself and a friend to lunch for just that.

The Canteen has been the military university’s cafeteria alternative since the 1980s. Coated in a dated powder blue, the old Canteen’s tiled floors and narrow, semi-padded booths made the old snack bar feel like a 1985 McDonald’s.


  • Before

 Wanting to revamp the dining hall, The Citadel began renovations last May and focused on warm, welcoming colors and opting for much more subtle Citadel paraphernalia. Designed by the Citadel’s resident architect, John Gardner, the new Canteen is brighter with more windows and updated lighting, while new cabinetry gives more wheelchair accessibility. The place has been upfit with new tech like flat-screen TVs for sports, free WiFi, and Sirius radio (playing “Call Me Maybe” while I was there, for the record). Many of the staff have held through the transition, including Mrs. Burt, who has been working at the Citadel dining hall for over 30 years.


  • After

 The Canteen is open to the public for breakfast and lunch on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m, with the morning meal ending at 10:30.

For breakfast, combo and a la carte options abound. The Canteen Breakfast special serves up two eggs, grits, bacon or sausage, and toast or a biscuit, all for a affordable $4.25. A real steal on Wednesdays, get a stack of two pancakes and sausage for just $2.79. Complement any meal with fruit for 60 cents or a cheese omelet for $1.99. At the self-serve coffee bar you can choose from your standard cup o’ joe including flavor options, as well as cappuccinos, tea and hot chocolate. Compared to the exorbitant markups of most coffee joints, a large at The Canteen will run you just under $2.

Lunch means variety at The Canteen. Staff will build your preferred toasted or cold sandwich to order, with a wide selection of protein and bread options. At the salad bar, you can craft your own with several dressing options and interesting toppings like dried cranberries or some protein like grilled or crispy chicken. Pick two combos with soup, salad, or half sandwich are also available for $6.99. The Hot Bar features southern comfort foods that rotate daily, which have included everything from meatloaf with mashed potatoes to fried chicken and mac and cheese. Depending on how many sides you pile on, these combos are around $5. Pizza by the slice, burgers, and chicken tenders make for the cafeteria standards and hit around $6 with a drink.

The real value is found in their Wednesday Night Dinners. These pre-order, carry-out meals come with an entrée, sides, and a dessert for three to five diners, all for just $12. And, that’s the total price, not per person. Last week, the dinner included flank steak and green beans. The dinners have proved to be a popular offering, and the new dining hall has been averaging about 60-70 orders a week.

The Canteen boasts some tech-savvy drink machines too. The Coke Freestyle drink station provides an entertaining approach to self-serve sodas, where you can pick and choose from 256 flavor combinations to fill up your mega sized cup. The milkshake machine was also fun.




Imagine a vending machine, television, and blender rolled into one and you have the F’real Blending Bar. After choosing from the flavors, you can select your preferred level of thickness. While mixing, the machine amuses with a screen flashing images of wizards and ’70s funk masters enjoying their own F’reals.

A food supplier to many colleges, Aramark is the food purveyor for The Canteen and the quality is what you expect from a cafeteria, though the salad bar was surprisingly refreshing. Despite the national supplier, Aramark and The Canteen strive to fit into the current local food trends. They are sourcing produce locally and all of the salad bar options come from Limehouse Produce. The coffee is certified Fair Trade and holds the Rainforest Alliance seal. Aramark tries to appeal to local tastes, too. The day I was there, the two hot bar options were shrimp and gravy over dirty rice and fried chicken.

The Citadel is trying to shed the idea that campus is for affiliated personnel only and welcome the public to the dining hall and campus. For those that wonder if this is an open invitation to the chow hall, it’s not. The cafeteria that feeds 2300 cadets three times a day is a separate facility and so, you can enjoy your meal without getting lost in the swarm of uniforms. On the day I visited, a nice spread of customers filled the tables. There were families with kids, constructions workers, and members of the active military dining in and taking out. There’s even parking for visitors right out front.

Overall, the place deserves recognition for reaching out to the community with an affordable variety of options. Next time you’re heading through the Hampton Park area and want to grab something cheap, consider stopping in The Canteen.

Groselle Earns 2012-13 Preseason All-Conference Honors

October 26, 2012

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Citadel’s Mike Groselle was named to the 2012-13 preseason All-Southern Conference team, according to a vote by the league’s head coaches on Thursday.

Groselle added to his list of preseason accolades after being named on “watch” lists for the Lou Henson Award and Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The lone senior on head coach Chuck Driesell’s roster, Groselle was ranked among the country’s top 15 rebounders by and ninth-best mid-major forward/center by

As a junior, Groselle established himself as the go-to player in the Bulldogs’ offense with 501 points (16.7 ppg) and 288 rebounds (9.6 rpg). The eventual team Most Valuable Player, Groselle led the Bulldogs in 18 statistical categories on the season.

The Plano, Texas, native reached these milestones by converting 198-of-335 (.591) field goal attempts, ranking eighth in the nation in field goal percentage. Against SoCon opposition, Groselle was the only player to rank in the top three in scoring (third, 16.6), rebounding (first, 9.8) and field goal percentage (third, .591).

The SoCon head coaches and media also tabbed The Citadel sixth in the South Division in both polls.

Season and individual game tickets are on sale now. For more information on tickets, call (843) 953-DOGS (3647). All home games will be video and audio streamed through Bulldog Insider. For more information on Bulldog Insider or Bulldog Basketball, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics,

Citadel cadets volunteer across the Lowcountry for Leadership Day

October 26, 2012

Diane Knich- The Post and Courier

Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2012 12:09 a.m.
UPDATED: Thursday, October 25, 2012 10:06 a.m.

Citadel cadet Elizabeth Wullan, along with fellow students, sorted through baked goods Wednesday at the Lowcountry Food Bank on Leadership Day.
(photo by
brad nettles/P&Cstaff)    Citadel cadet Elizabeth Wullan, along with fellow students, sorted through baked goods Wednesday at the Lowcountry Food Bank on Leadership Day.


Citadel cadet Justin Sullivan has never eaten ham hock.  But the sophomore from Springfield, Ohio, was part of a team sorting 4,500 pounds of them Wednesday at the Lowcountry Food Bank.   So was Ross Fowler, a sophomore from Union, who said ham hocks reminded him of his “grandma’s finest cooking,” which also included greens and green beans.

More than 2,000 students from the military college fanned out across the Lowcountry to volunteer for projects that serve the community.  It was Leadership Day, which is based on the idea that before people can lead, they must learn to follow and serve.  About 30 cadet volunteers worked at the Lowcountry Food Bank, sorting, sanitizing and repackaging food that will go to coastal organizations that feed the hungry.

By the end of the day, the cadets sorted 14,000 pounds of food, said Miriam Coombes, the food bank’s vice president of development and communication.  Citadel sophomore Edward Mabry was among a group inspecting and sorting numerous stacks of bread. “It doesn’t stop,” he said.   Coombes said the organization, which will distribute 19 million pounds of food to more than 200,000 hungry people this year, couldn’t function without volunteers. And the help is especially important this time of year. Fall is a busy time for food banks, she said, as donations increase in preparation for the holidays.

Citadel cadets don’t help only on Leadership Day, Coombes said, many volunteer regularly. Citadel officials said that for Leadership Day, students volunteered at about 15 elementary schools and 30 community organizations. About a dozen teams also conducted on-campus activities for various groups.

The public and community groups benefit from the experience, but the students who volunteer also benefit, said Conway Saylor, director of service learning at the school’s Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics. “Our cadets leave campus with a vague idea that they somehow want to help someone, or want to knock out a requirement, and they come back fired up about making a difference in their communities,” Saylor said.

College of Charleston Leaving SoCon

October 25, 2012

The latest intel is that the College of Charleston is leaving the Southern Conference and moving to the Colonial Athletic Association.  While there is no “official” verification, the unofficial word is that the CofC Board voted to accept the CAA’s offer last week.  Supposedly, the CofC administration is trying to figure out how to handle the sizable SoCon exit fee if they leave within the next year to 18 months.  Rumor has it that they will leave next year, which will require the exit fee payment to the SoCon.  I spoke with a major CofC basketball donor/supporter over the weekend who told me that this deal  is all but done.

The SoCon athletic directors are having their fall meeting in Spartanburg this week.  One of the topics that is allegedly on the agenda is the future of the conference and membership.  I think it says volumes that the CofC athletic administration were not invited and didn’t even whimper about it.  All I have to say to them is don’t let the door hit you in the a$$ on the way out.  Good riddance.