December 9 in Clemson History
- 1854: "The Charge of the Light Brigade" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson is published in The Examiner. It will be parodied at Clemson in 1909 as "The Charge of the Pendleton Guards".
- 1897: Clemson's second commencement held, 25 graduate, eleven in mechanical, 14 in agricultural. "In many respects this commencement is peculiar; it is the last to be held in midwinter, the Board of Trustees having decided that hereafter, vacation shall be given in the summer as in most of our colleges; it does not mark the close of the present college year except for the graduating class, the other classes go on till June, in which month commencement will be held in the future." - The Chronicle, February 1898, Volume One, Number Five, page 35.
- 1916: The annual convention of the S. I. A. A. concludes in Charleston, South Carolina. Dr. Riggs and Dr. Calhoun represent Clemson College, with Calhoun being named vice-president for the first district, and Riggs as chairman of the committee on rules. (The Tiger, Wednesday 13 December 1916, Volume XII, Number 10, page 2.)
- 1939: The Department of Agriculture and Clemson Agricultural College enter into a cooperative and license agreement involving lands in the Experimental Forest.
- 1946: World-renown violinist Fritz Kreisler performs in the college Field House.
- 1960: The Portman Shoals hydro-electric plant on the Seneca River shuts down permanently as the waters of Lake Hartwell are set to rise. Duke Power dismantles the equipment and salvages anything valuable or useful. Outdated machinery is offered for sale as scrap. By the time the waters of the new reservoir immerse the 64-year old plant, it is just a shell. (Klosky, Beth Ann, "Six Miles That Changed The Course of The South", The Electric City Centennial Committee, Electric City Printing, Anderson, South Carolina, 1995, no ISBN, pages 81-82.)
- 2006: Exams begin. Bowl ticket recipients should have received an e-mail confirmation by this date. The annnual CU Trottin' Round the Tree horse show at the Garrison Livestock Arena, free admission. For information, call 864-646-3554. The Nutcracker presented by the Foothills Conservatory for the Performing Arts in the Brooks Center. Performance held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $12.
- 2007: Benjamin Sprague, 18, a Clemson University freshman, was found dead at the Sigma Nu house, which is located on a lake-front lot in Seneca. After the incident, vehicles were parked across the long driveway to the house, blocking any news media access. A spokeswoman from the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said she could not comment on the report because it was an ongoing investigation. According to the Oconee County coroner, Mr. Sprague died of alcohol poisoning and had a blood alcohol level of 0.4 percent, more than five times the legal limit for an adult. The legal limit for someone under 21 is 0.02, while it is 0.08 for an adult. Mr. Sprague is the grandson of former state legislator T. Ed Garrison. Mr. Sprague’s family lives in Greenville, where he attended Greenville High School and played on the football and soccer teams. His older brother also is a member of the fraternity.
- December 8, 2008-December 12, 2008: Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition - Outside the Lines, Jonathon Bryson, Trina Krieger, Charlie Humphries, Jessica Reynolds, Devin Rubinstein, Catherine Whitten, Erin Whitten and Kristen Williams, Lee Gallery, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunchtime gallery talk, Friday, December 12, 12:15 p.m. with Krieger, Reynolds and Rubinstein, with Closing artist reception on Friday, December 12, 6-8 p.m. Call 864-656-3883 or check www.clemson.edu/caah/leegallery for more information.
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