Citadel's Female Cadet

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AT last. Shannon Faulkner is a cadet at South Carolina's state-supported, formerly all-male Citadel. It hasn't been an easy first week: She spent several days in the school infirmary after training in 100 degree temperatures.

But then nothing about Ms. Faulkner's two-and-a-half-year legal battle to force the military school to admit women has been easy. And her fight is not over.

The Citadel has filed a motion in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals arguing that Faulkner is 20 pounds over the school's weight standard. A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 6 to determine if The Citadel's $10 million alternative military program for women at Converse College is acceptable. And the school has asked the US Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of it's all-male policy.

But there have been victories too, most significantly the Supreme Court's rejection of an appeal to block Faulkner's entrance as part of the cadet corps last Saturday. According to Faulkner's attorney, four other women have applied for admission since Faulkner filed suit. …