The Fourth Class System at The Citadel is an easy target for untalented and lazy journalists. Find one person who had a bad experience with The Citadel and you have a few paragraphs, find a few more and you have a one-sided, highly skewed view of the system.

In a story in the Dec. 20 paper “The Citadel crawls in to the modern era,” I did not see one opposing view from any alumni, current or past administrator, or current cadet, and you could have had thousands just in the Charleston area.

But that would have been a more substantive, balanced view rather than this rabble-rousing drivel.

Has the author of the article ever talked to a current cadet in a restaurant or other places outside the gate of The Citadel? Has he taken the time to seek out alumni and discuss their experiences and views?

The article cites Kevin Dopf and Gregory Stone, who filled key positions in the commandant’s department. Nowhere does it say that in their positions they were responsible for the administration of the Fourth Class System, which is a significant part of their responsibility. The fact that they condemn the system they were responsible for rather than talk about any changes they made to improve it is deeply disturbing.

Is the Fourth Class System at The Citadel tough? Yes, and it is meant to be. Has it evolved from the time the first African-American cadet entered? Absolutely. It is a totally different system than the one I went through over four decades ago. Someone from my generation would say it is easier, but the academics are far more challenging than during my time there.

Glenn Sojourner

Wespanee Place Court

Charleston