Tuesday, April 24, 2012

An Ordeal: ABC Wednesday "O"


When we visited the campus of the Citadel it was a week-end with visiting parents and family members.  Because I am among the uninitiated, I'm still not quite sure what was occurring.  Large groups of cadets ran from the barracks and around the Parade Grounds.  Before each group finished and returned to their barracks, several individuals had to be helped in order to finish.  The harness-type backpacks apparently had a cooling device on the back for the health and comfort of some who needed them.  I got this information from some of the family bystanders who were watching from the curb as we were.  It was a parade-of-sorts involving the Knobs. . . a recognition day, I guess. Knobs are so-called because of their shaved heads.

Recognition Day signifies the end of the freshman journey as knobs. The regimented knob lifestyle -- short haircuts, frequent bracing, walking fast paced in single file -- will cease on Recognition Day. It is the culmination of the rigid discipline endured throughout knob year and the beginning of a new era.  


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17 comments:

  1. The guy with hair looks like hes about to run over and say no pictures.

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  2. This does not sound like fun to me! :S

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  3. This is a different type of college experience than anything with which I am familiar.

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  4. takes a lot of grit to make it through, i'm sure.

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  5. You captured a couple of very nice shots here.

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  6. It is a good thing that they are young and healthy!

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  7. This doesn't sound much different from boot camp! I wonder why a few of the guys have a little more hair than the others. Perhaps they were last in line and the barber called it a day before he did his artistry on them.

    I'd like to think the guy looking at the camera is saying "Really, this is more fun than it looks. Really!" (What are the odds?)

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  8. Very interesting! I've heard a lot about the Citadel and figured a long time ago I wanted nothing to do with it! You have confirmed what I figured! :-)

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  9. i love your pix of the troops

    organize

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  10. I should think with shaved heads, they'd be cool enough! (play on words!)

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  11. I bet the knobs are happy when their time is over!

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  12. Probably an introduction to even more ordeals....

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  13. yup, i won't be there.
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  14. What a unique and interesting event. Great capture.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  15. Good thing picture taking was allowed.

    O is for....
    Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

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