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TRADITION

THE FRESHMEN AT THE CITADEL ARE REQUIRED TO HAVE THEIR HAIR CUT
(ALMOST COMPLETELY SHAVED OFF) IN ORDER THAT THE UPPERCLASSMEN WILL
KNOW WHO TO TEACH AND DISIPLINE (PICK ON).

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRESHMAN AT THIS MILITARY INSTITUTION.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; CHARLESTON

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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TRADITION

ONE OF THE BIGGEST TRADITIONS IS WHEN THE SENIORS RECOGNIZE THE
FRESHMEN AT THE END OF THEIR FRESHMEN YEAR. AFTER GOING THROUGH A
YEAR OF HELL WITH THE SENIORS (AND JUNIORS AND SOPHOMORES TOO) THEY
ARE READY TO BE RECOGNIZED. THE CEREMONY INVOLVES GOING TO THE
BEACH, WHERE THE FRESHMEN LINE UP ACROSS FROM THE SENIORS. ONE BY
ONE THE FRESHMEN STEP FORWARD AND CALL OUT TO A SENIOR (USUALLY THE
ONE THAT HAS BEEN THEIR BIG BROTHER THE PAST YEAR). AFTER EVERYONE
IS PAIRED OFF, A HUGE BRAWL TAKES PLACE. NOW THE PLEBES ARE TRUE
MEMBERS OF THE CITIDEL TRADITION.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT IS A FRESHMAN AT THIS COLLEGE AND IS LOOKING FORWARD TO
THIS CEREMONY.

Where learned: SOUTH CAROLINA ; CHARLESTON

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Maturity
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Summer
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Initiation rite Hazing

Date learned: 10-00-1976

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