Honor Committee Courtroom gets a facelift thanks to Class of '59
Honor Committee Courtroom
|12 to 2:30 p.m.|
|3:45 to 5 p.m.|
|Friday, Nov. 6, 2009|
|Third Floor, Mark Clark Hall|
The Citadel’s Honor Committee Courtroom, which had not changed since the 1950s, was renovated last summer with funds donated by the Class of 1959 as part of its 50th reunion gift to the college. The Class of 1959 has a special connection to the honor system—they were the first class to live under its tenets for four years after it was reinstated in 1955 by Gen. Mark W. Clark, president of The Citadel from 1954 to 1965.
Many of the ideas for the new courtroom came from the 2007-2008 Honor Committee and Chairman Cadet Benjamin Shotzberger. After visiting West Point’s Honor Committee facility, Shotzberger realized how out-of-date the courtroom was and wrote a brief to The Citadel Alumni Association that resulted in the funding.
The Honor Committee Courtroom now has a single integrated podium equipped with a computer, DVD, VHS and touch-screen capabilities. Integrated monitors have been provided for panel members as well as for the defense and prosecuting counsels. The room also features two flat-screen TVs for court spectators. The new technology enables Honor Committee members to digitally record each honor violation trial. Because many honor violations involve electronic plagiarism and the use of technology, this equipment may assist in both the investigation and trial stages of a case.
In addition to the technology upgrades, the courtroom has also been completely refurnished, featuring new desks, chairs and monitors for both counsels. New window treatments and lighting have also been installed. The Honor Courtroom now more closely resembles a modern day courtroom.
“We’re very grateful for the gift from the Class of 1959. Not only has this upgrade helped us as a committee, but it has made a good impact on the Corps," said Honor Committee Chairman Cadet Donald Dyer. "They really brought the 1950s courtroom into the 21st century and interest in courtroom proceedings has increased tremendously since the renovation.
An open house will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. and 3:45 to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, during Homecoming Weekend, on the third floor of Mark Clark Hall.