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1967 in Clemson history

  • The Study Hall opens on the corner of College Avenue and Clemson Avenue, downtown's first "bar."
  • Skelton's Home and Auto, operating in the two-story building on College Avenue that now houses the Tiger Town Tavern, closes after seven years in business.
  • The University Board of Trustees votes to establish the School of Nursing as an administrative unit and offer a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.
  • January 8: The council of the National Collegiate Athletic Association places the University of South Carolina on two years' probation for violations of regulations involving financial aid to athletes. The council cited South Carolina for one infraction involving academic standards and three dealing with financial aid. It said that in September 1965, a prospective student athlete was admitted to the university, contrary to regular published entrance requirements of the institution. The athlete was not identified, but it is assumed the reference was to Mike Grosso, a star basketball player, who was ruled ineligible by the Atlantic Coast Conference. The council cited the violations by South Carolina on financial aid: 1. During the 1965-1966 year, Marvin Bass, the director of athletics and head football coach, provided three student athletes, all ineligible to receive financial aid, with cash, meal tickets and books from sources under his control; 2. During the same period and continuing through the first semester of the 1966-1967 college year, the educational expenses of a student athlete were paid by a corporation upon which the student athlete was neither naturally nor legally dependent; and 3. The financial aid to student athletes was not administered by the university's regular committee or agency responsible for awarding scholarships or grants in aid. The school is prohibited from participating in any post-season football or basketball games, including tournaments. The Gamecocks are also prohibited from participating in any television programming subject to the control of the NCAA, meaning no televised football games. (Source: Associated Press report, Playground Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Monday, 9 January 1967, Volume 20, Number 269, page 12.)
  • January 27– Apollo 1 launchpad fire kills three U.S. astronauts. Apollo 1 is the official name that was later given to the never-flown Apollo/Saturn 204 (AS-204) mission. Its command module, CM-012, was destroyed by fire during a test and training exercise at Pad 34 (Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Launch Complex 34, then known as Cape Kennedy) atop a Saturn IB rocket. The crew aboard were the astronauts selected for the first manned Apollo program mission: Command Pilot Virgil I. "Gus" Grissom, Senior Pilot Ed White and Pilot Roger B. Chaffee. Although the ignition source of the fire was never conclusively identified, the deaths were attributed to a wide range of lethal design hazards in the early Apollo command module. Among these were the use of a high-pressure (16 PSI) 100 percent-oxygen atmosphere for the test, wiring and plumbing flaws, inflammable materials in the cockpit (such as Velcro), an inward-opening hatch that would not open in this kind of an emergency and the flight suits worn by the astronauts.
  • February 20: Clemson is shifted from Oconee County to Pickens County in a swap of ten square miles, the lower Clemson area being exchanged for wilderness at the north end of Pickens County.
  • March 2: Columbia Artists Management, Inc. presents violinist Jaime Laredo in the Field House, 8 p.m.
  • March 9: The Board of Trustees announces a 10-year, $50 million building program, to include a new coliseum, a second high-rise dormitory, a new dining facility on East Campus and a new student health center with an out-patient clinic and 34-bed hospital, to replace the Infirmary built in 1893. (The Tiger, "Ten-Year Building Plan To Total $50 Million", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 7.)
  • March 13: The Pittsburgh Symphony appears in the Field House at 8 p.m. on their 40th anniversary tour. William Steinberg is music director, Henry Mazer is associate conductor.
  • April 30: The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to a rally of 3,500 at Greenville Memorial Auditorium, giving the local civil rights movement a boost.
  • The Clemson University Rugby Club is founded. New team is defeated by an experienced Duke squad in first game, 0-56.
  • May 25: Clemson University announces that construction of a second high-rise dormitory next to Manning Hall, currently slated for completion in August, will begin this summer. Sealed bids for the project are being taken. (The Tiger, "High-Rise", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 7.)
  • June 15: Date for opening sealed bids for the construction of a second high-rise dormitory on East Campus. (The Tiger, "High-Rise", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 7.)
  • June 30: It is announced that the 1893-vintage student health center will be replaced by a new 34-bed hospital and out-patient clinic. (The Tiger, "Infirmary", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 7.) This will be named Redfern Health Center later.
  • August: The Tiger reports that after a year's delay, the Administration has agreed to an amended version of the Student Senate's controversial Speakers Bureau bill. The bill, which was passed for the third time in amended form by the senate last spring, would provide for a Speakers Bureau subcommittee of an already-functioning Fine Arts Committee, composed of students and faculty. This subcommittee would be responsible for approval and coordination of requests by student organizations to present guest speakers to the public in university facilities. Speakers approved by this subcommittee would be free to say anything on the campus "said by any citizen of the United States in any public place." The Speakers Bureau will consist of six members: three students appointed by the Student Body President and three faculty members elected by the faculty senate. The bill also provides for the promotion and coordination of drama on campus with the establishment of a Drama Board, also, a subcommittee of the Fine Arts Committee. The Drama Board will make recommendations to the Fine Arts Committee [of] outside drama groups to be presented on campus and will help to promote student drama groups. The fact that provisions of this bill will be in effect by the fall of this year means that the incoming freshmen and other new students will be able, along with current students, to reap the results of educational programs offered by these groups. Both administration officials and student leaders have asserted the "importance and significance" of this particular legislation, and have expressed a desire to "promote" it from the onset. (The Tiger, "Speakers Bureau Bill Gets Final Approval", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August: Letter from Walter Cox, Vice President for Student Affairs:
Memorandum to all Clemson Students
1. No Freshman's hair shall be clipped until he has had his TAPS (student yearbook) picture taken. Freshmen will have until Saturday August 19 at noon to get pictures made.
2. The cutting of hair by students shall be confined to dormitory rooms.
3. Upperclassmen are prohibited from assembling in the area where TAPS pictures are made to "solicit" Freshmen for haircuts.
Walter T. Cox
Vice President for Student Affairs
(Printed on page 1 of The Tiger, 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1.)
  • August 16-August 17: The Clemson University YMCA hosts its annual Freshman Camp at Camp Greenville, South Carolina. The "Y" Camp offers new students an opportunity an opportunity to meet faculty, administration, and student leaders in an informal atmosphere in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains. Activities include speakers from various organizations and institutions, orientation programs, and question-and-answer periods to acquaint incoming students with Clemson campus life. Featured among student leaders who will address the campers are Student Body President Edgar McGee of Orangeburg, "Y" Cabinet President Bruce Kavan of Garden City, New York, and The Tiger Editor-in-Chief Harry Tinsley of Rock Hill. The $12 registration fee covers transportation to and from Clemson, meals, and housing. Due to the overwhelming early response of students desiring to attend the camp, all available lodgings are filled and registration is closed. (Whitney, Robert K., "YMCA Camp Begins 'Y' Yearly Activities", The Tiger, 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 17: An incoming freshman class of 1,750 arrives. All new students must report to Tillman Hall soon after arriving on campus. Matriculation begins at Tillman Hall from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, August 17. Academic requirements, regulations, and details concerning scheduling of classes and grading will be issued during these periods. (The Tiger, "Orientation - Long Lines And Even Longer Hours", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 18: Matriculation continues at Tillman Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Dorm hall meetings will be conducted at 9:30 p.m. with hall supervisors meeting residents. Dormitory regulations are discussed. (The Tiger, "Orientation - Long Lines And Even Longer Hours", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.) The annual President's picnic for freshmen held on the lawn of the president's mansion at 6 p.m. President Edwards and Student Body President Edgar McGee greet the new students. The Chavelles provide music for dancing on the lawn and in the street. Other entertainment includes the Clemson University Glee Club, Tiger Band majorettes Dynva Edens, Margaret Kirkland and Kay Knoy, banjo picker Bob Isenhower, and others. (The Tiger, "New Social Activities To Welcome Freshmen", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 18-August 19: For the first time, "splash parties" are held at the YMCA Recreation Area on Lake Hartwell at 2 p.m., with boating and other activities planned. (The Tiger, "New Social Activities To Welcome Freshmen", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 19: University President R. C. Edwards welcomes the freshman class formally in Tillman Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. Orientation and assignments to faculty advisors is made. Student Affairs orientation is held in Tillman Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. with student leaders speaking to freshmen about their respective organizations. At 3 p.m., Army ROTC is held in Tillman Auditorium with Air Force ROTC in Brackett Hall auditorium. (The Tiger, "Orientation - Long Lines And Even Longer Hours", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 20: Both freshmen and upperclassmen have the opportunity to visit the offices of the Chronicle, Taps, The Tiger, WSBF and Student Government at 7 p.m. A dance is held at the Y Barn with The Blades, from Anderson, providing music. (The Tiger, "New Social Activities To Welcome Freshmen", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 21: Registration and the securing of class cards is held. (The Tiger, "Orientation - Long Lines And Even Longer Hours", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.) A free concert by the Tams is held in the Amphitheatre on Monday night. (The Tiger, "New Social Activities To Welcome Freshmen", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 22: Library orientation held. (The Tiger, "Orientation - Long Lines And Even Longer Hours", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 23: Morning classes held on an abbreviated schedule, but afternoon classes meet as scheduled. (The Tiger, "Orientation - Long Lines And Even Longer Hours", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 24: Dance held at the Y Barn with the Saffrons, from Clemson, providing the music. (The Tiger, "New Social Activities To Welcome Freshmen", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • August 27: New Seneca High School (the third one built) opens.
  • September: Buford E. "Butch" Trent assumes duties as new general secretary of the YMCA. He replaces John R. Roy Cooper of Clemson, who retired after serving the "Y" for 40 years. Trent is a 35-year old native of Pacolet, South Carolina, who returns to Clemson from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he served as General Secretary of the "Y" there for three years. He had previously served as Assistant Secretary of the Clemson "Y" before leaving in 1964. (The Tiger, "Trent Emphasizes Spiritual Guidance", 1 September 1967, Volume LXI, Number 2, page 3.)
  • September 7: Sealed bids for the new D. W. Daniel Building and ten-story office tower opened at 3 p.m. this date. Completion expected by December 1968. (The Tiger, "Construction To Begin On D. W. Daniel Building", 1 September 1967, Volume LXI, Number 2, page 1.)
  • September 23: Clemson hosts Wake Forest, winning, 23-6.
  • September 30: Number five-ranked Georgia comes to Clemson, defeats Tigers, 17-24.
  • October 6: Clemson plays its first-ever soccer match, defeating Furman, 4-0, in Greenville. Frank Schmidt scores the Tigers' first-ever goal with an assist from Gary Fleetwood.
  • October 7: Georgia Tech shuts out Clemson, 0-10, in Atlanta.
  • October 14: Clemson loses at Auburn, 21-43.
  • October 21: The Tigers defeat Duke, 13-7, in Durham.
  • October 26: The Clemson University Concert Series presents the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra in the Field House at 8 p.m. (The Tiger, "Concert Series To Begin Season With Czech Philharmonic Orchestra", 1 September 1967, Volume LXI, Number 2, page 3.)
  • October 28: Clemson is defeated by Alabama in Memorial Stadium, 10-13.
  • November 4: In game played in Chapel Hill, the Tigers blank North Carolina, 17-0.
  • November 11: The Tigers host Maryland, win, 28-7.
  • November 18: Tenth-ranked N.C. State plays Clemson in Death Valley, losing, 14-6.
  • November 25: The Tigers host the Gamecocks, winning, 23-12. Clemson has a 6-4 season, 6-0 in conference, for first place in the ACC.
  • December 10: Soul singer Otis Redding is killed along with four others of six aboard a Beechcraft H-18 twin-engined aircraft, N390R, c/n BA-623, when it crashes into Lake Monona near Madison, Wisconsin at 3:25 p.m., coming down in a spin under foggy conditions. "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", a song co-written by Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper, first recorded by Otis Redding in 1967, shortly before his death, was released posthumously on Stax Records' Volt label in 1968, becoming the first posthumous number-one single in U.S. chart history.

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