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  • January 1: Clemson meets Nebraska for the first time since the 1981 championship season (and only the second time ever) in the Konica-Minolta Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. Useful facts for those thinking of carrying signs to the game: Names used by the Cornhuskers prior to 1900 - "Bugeaters" (the editor's favorite), "Tree Planters", "Nebraskans", "The Rattlesnake Boys", "Antelopes" and "Old Gold Knights"; "Cornhuskers" became the sole nickname used around 1900. 'Huskers prevail over the Tigers, 21-26.
  • January 2: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit number 66,000.
  • January 3: The Clemson Men's Basketball team defeats East Carolina, 79-66, to improve to 14-0.
  • January 5: Dr. Henry Ira Register, (1929-2007), originally of Darlington, South Carolina, Clemson Class of 1952, is honored for his fifty years of research and service at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, when Building 22, in which he served for 37 years, is named the Register Physical Sciences Center. Register, known at the base in Northwest Florida as "Doc", was one of the pioneers of laser-guided smart bombs, and contributed substantially to the creation of the GBU-43 MOAB, known as the "Mother of All Bombs." "He certainly was a technical expert in magnetics and infrared physics," said Steven Butler, executive director of Air Force Material Command. Register also saw the need for the University of Florida Graduate Engineering Research and Education Center and guided the program's academic agenda. (Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Tuesday, January 6, 2009, Volume 62, Number 342, pages B1-B2.)(Moore, Mona, "Dr. Register honored: Building 22 renamed to honor one of the pioneers of laser-guided smart weapons", "The Eglin Dispatch", Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Friday 9 January 2009, Volume 3, Number 2, page 8.)
  • January 6: Clemson defeats Alabama in Littlejohn Coliseum, 66-59, to push the Tigers' season record to 15-0.
  • January 10: The tenth-ranked Tigers defeat North Carolina State, 63-51, in Littlejohn Coliseum, improving season record to 16-0. Tip-off at noon.
  • January 15: Clemson first-team All-ACC player C.J. Spiller announced on Thursday that he will remain at the school to play his senior year. Spiller had considered turning professional since the end of the 2008 season, but announced his decision at a press conference attended by half the Clemson football team in addition to many media members. Spiller led the ACC in all-purpose running this year with an average of 147.5 yards per game. He became Clemson's career leader in all-purpose running in the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl against Nebraska and will enter his senior year with 4,908 all-purpose yards, third among active Division I players. His 8.57 yards per play will rank first among active Division I players when 2009 begins.
"I spoke with a lot of people about this decision and took my time in evaluating all the factors, but the best decision for me is to play the 2009 football season at Clemson University," said Spiller in a room that erupted with applause after the statement. "I didn't want to leave Clemson University with any regrets. I still have much to accomplish. I prayed about this decision for several days. But, at the end of the day you have to be a peace with your decision when you lay in bed. I wanted to go back to Clemson. I was just my gut feeling.
"It is also important to me that I get my degree. I can finish by next December and that is important. I want to set an example for the other young players in this program and the ones that will be coming to this program in the future."
Spiller had 629 yards rushing and 436 yards receiving in 2008, giving him 1065 yards from scrimmage for the season. He was second in the ACC in kickoff returns, second in punt returns in addition to his number-one ranking in all-purpose yardage. He was named an honorable mention All-American all-purpose player by Si.com and Pro Football Weekly for 2008.
The native of Lake Butler, FL has three career touchdowns on kickoff returns and has accounted for touchdowns four different ways over his career. He also has 87 career receptions for 917 yards and seven receiving touchdowns, second in Clemson history among running backs. He has 30 total touchdowns in his career, fifth in Clemson history.
Spiller also stood out in the classroom this year and made the Dean's List for the fall semester. He is the first running back in Clemson history to make the Dean's List and first-team All-ACC in the same year.
"I am obviously thrilled that C.J. Spiller will be returning to Clemson next year," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney, who recruited Spiller out of high school. "It was just like the day he signed with us three years ago. There was a lot of anticipation in what he would decide.
"I really feel this is the best decision for C.J. He will be our featured player in our offense next year. I am anxious to see what he can do in that role. He is a back who can rush for 1000 and get another 500 receiving. That is something that has never been done at Clemson. He can be a first-team All-American and a Heisman candidate.
  • January 17: The 10th-ranked Tigers lose in Littlejohn Coliseum to the undefeated number 2-ranked Wake Forest Demon Deacons (16-0), 68-78 , for Clemson's first season loss (16-1). ABC commentator Brent Musburger features spot about the Esso Club during the game's second half, and gives shout-outs to Pixie & Bill's and the Pot Belly Deli. The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 67,000.
  • January 19: The Tigers remain ranked 10th, despite loss to number 2 Wake Forest on Saturday.
  • January 21: The Tigers preserve their NCAA record of the number of losses at an away venue, extending it to 0-54 in Chapel Hill as North Carolina beats the men's basketball team, 70-94.
  • January 25: Number 10-ranked Clemson defeats Georgia Tech, 73-59. Terrence Oglesby hit five 3-pointers and scored 18 points, Trevor Booker had 11 points and 11 rebounds and Clemson broke a two-game losing streak with a 73-59 victory over Georgia Tech on Sunday night.
  • January 27: Clemson Wiki administrator C. Mark Sublette's mother, Julia Wright Sublette, passes away at home in Shalimar, Florida after a fight with stomach cancer. Dr. Sublette wrote her doctoral dissertation on the personal letters of Anna Calhoun Clemson. She was 79.
  • January 29: K.C. Rivers hit seven 3-pointers and scored 29 points Thursday night and No. 12 Clemson rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat Virginia Tech 86-82. The Tigers (18-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) used an 18-0 run to get back in the game and then outscored the Hokies 8-2 over the final 2:08.
  • January 30: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies its 68,000th hit.


  • February 3: A fire breaks out in a sixth floor dorm room in Byrnes Hall at 4:17 a.m., forcing evacuation of the ten-story residence hall by nearly 400 residents. The fire started in a fabric wall decoration and spread to a bed but was suppressed within fifteen minutes by the sprinkler system, a fire extinguisher, and the university fire department. Clemson University Police Chief Johnson Link said on February 4 that "We have ruled out any accidental cause," but couldn't say whether the motive was malicious or not. "It could be a bad prank that went terribly wrong, but we don't know what the motive was at this point. We are continuing to investigate, and we hope someone may have information for us to help identify the individual that's responsible." No injuries were reported, and the fire was contained in the one room, said Capt. Bill Shiver of the Clemson University Fire Department. Anyone with information can call the campus police at 864-656-2222.
  • February 4: Clemson defeats Duke in Littlejohn Coliseum, 74-47. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called a timeout in the final minute, gathered his beaten Blue Devils around him and let them listen as the Littlejohn Coliseum crowd celebrated a Clemson win like few others. “They shouldn’t forget this loss,” Krzyzewski said. “This is as bad as you can play.” Trevor Booker scored 21 points and Terrence Oglesby had five 3-pointers in the 10th-ranked Tigers’ 74-47 victory over No. 4 Duke. Krzyzewski, typically a bright-side coach, found nothing satisfying about this defeat. The Blue Devils (19-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) hadn’t had a loss like this since the 1990 NCAA title game when UNLV beat the Blue Devils 103-73. The Tigers improve to 19-2, 5-2 in the ACC.
  • February 10: The Tiger basketball team defeats Boston College, 87-77.
  • February 12: Authorities in the South Carolina county where Michael Phelps was photographed smoking from a marijuana pipe have been arresting people as they seek to make a case against the superstar swimmer, lawyers for two arrested people said Thursday. Lawyers Joseph McCulloch and Dick Harpootlian told The Associated Press they each represent a client charged with possession of marijuana who were questioned about the party Phelps attended near the University of South Carolina campus in November. The lawyers said the two clients were renters at the house where the party apparently took place. Harpootlian said his client was at the party, but didn’t see Phelps smoke marijuana, while McCulloch said his client wasn’t there. The two have since moved and were arrested after police executed a search warrant at their new home and accused them of having a small amount of marijuana there. “After they arrested him, they didn’t ask him, ‘Where did you get the marijuana?’ or ‘Who sold it to you?’ Almost all the questions they asked him were about Michael Phelps,” Harpootlian said. The lawyers would not name their clients, who each face up to 30 days in jail and a US$200 fine if convicted on the pending charges. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department would not comment on the lawyers’ remarks. “As soon as we’re ready to release information on this case we will and we’re still in the middle of this investigation,” said Lt. Chris Cowan. After the photo was published Feb. 1, Sheriff Leon Lott said his office would investigate and possibly charge Phelps, though officials have not specified what the offence might be. Phelps, 23, and his representatives have not disputed the photo’s accuracy. Phelps has issued a public apology, acknowledging “regrettable” behaviour and “bad judgment” after the photo appeared. USA Swimming has suspended Phelps for three months and the Kellogg Co. has cut ties with him, although other sponsors are sticking with the swimmer.
  • February 13: Melissa “Missy” Wylie, long-time employee at Columbo's Pizza on Pendleton Road, dies of a gunshot wound to the chest at her home at 209 Maple Boulevard, Clemson. Her husband, Clifford Austin Wylie, 52, is charged with murder in connection with her death. Wylie, 50, who co-workers said was the mother of two sons aged 7 and 23, was pronounced dead at her home at 209 Maple Blvd. in Clemson Friday night after city of Clemson police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call from her around 8:57 p.m. According to a Clemson police department news release, officers were met at the door of the Wylie residence by Clifford Wylie. According to the officers, Melissa Wylie, who had suffered an apparent gunshot wound to the chest, was lying on the floor of the house in a pool of blood. Clifford Wylie was taken into custody Friday night and is awaiting a bond hearing, according to Clemson Police Capt. Karry Walker. An autopsy was conducted at the Greenville Hospital System to confirm the cause of death, which was a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Pickens County Coroner Kandy Kelley. Melissa Wylie, a 2007 breast cancer survivor who co-workers remembered as being very involved in the Susan G. Komen organization, was “full of love” according to Mohamed Elgazar, a friend of Wylie’s for 19 years. “She was such a good example to so many,” a teary-eyed Elgazar said Saturday. “She was my friend, and so full of love. She, a Christian, brought her son to my Muslim mosque so they could see how we worship. She respected everyone, regardless.” Funeral arrangements for Melissa Wylie will not be completed until her parents, who according to Conrad live in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, can make the necessary arrangements, Mark Conrad said. Conrad had known Wylie since he moved to Clemson from Racine, Wis., 25 years ago to open Columbo’s Pizza in Clemson. “She was like a mother to everyone, including me,” Conrad said Saturday about Wiley, who worked as the manager at Columbo’s on Pendleton Road for 24 years. “I can’t believe she’s gone.” (Sources: Anderson Independent-Mail, Anderson, South Carolina; WSPA-TV, Spartanburg, South Carolina, Saturday, February 14, 2009.)
  • February 15: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies its 69,000th hit.
  • February 16: The Men's basketball team is ranked 13th in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN polls, with a record of 20-4.
  • February 17: Clemson soundly defeats Maryland, 93-64, in Littlejohn Coliseum, with a 43-17 run that started in the last minute of the first half. The Tigers improve to 21-4, (7-4).
  • February 20: Texas Christian University replaces Central Michigan on the 2009 Clemson football schedule, the athletic department announces this date.
  • February 22: The Food Lion supermarket on Canoy Lane, just off Old Greenville Highway, will close its doors February 28, 2009, if not before, according to store officials.
  • February 24: Clemson may cut salaries of its Administrative Council by 10 percent next year, according to a source and a Clemson official, the Anderson Independent-Mail reported today in an article by John Staed. Administrative Council members represent some of the highest-paid officials with the university, and a 10 percent cut would be significant. Administrative Council members include, for example, the provost and the executive director of governmental affairs. According to information obtained by the Anderson Independent-Mail, Clemson President James Barker was to tell faculty and staff Tuesday about budget changes, including a 10 percent cut. But Robin Denny, a spokeswoman, said no letter was going out Tuesday, but a separate message was sent about a retirement incentive program for employees in University Facilities. Earlier Tuesday, Angie Leidinger, executive director of governmental affairs, confirmed that a 10 percent cut had been discussed, but said today “I’m not sure where that is in the process.” “I’m not sure that decision has been made officially,” she said. She referred further questions to Cathy Sams, chief public information officer for the university. Sams was out of the office and not available, according to her office. Brett Dalton, Clemson chief financial officer, said no decisions had been made. "I'm not aware of any firm decisions being made in terms of administrative costs," he said. Asked specifically about the 10 percent cut, he said he has heard "hundreds of different ideas and suggestions" but would not comment further. He said Barker has been very open about the process and has not completed his final plan. Barker and Provost Doris Helms, asked earlier about the cuts, declined to comment. Barker created 11 task forces to examine the budget issues and those reported to him on Feb. 15. He has said he would have recommendations from those reports soon. The notice of a retirement incentive for Clemson facilities employees was approved by the state Office of Human Resources and “was introduced to facilities employees as they arrived for work today(Tuesday),” according to the statement. Because of state budget cuts, Clemson officials have required a mandatory five-day unpaid furlough for all employees, frozen most hiring, offered early retirement packages to its Public Service Activities employees, stopped building programs, cut travel and more. Barker has said the school has received $38 million less in revenues since the budget cutting started. The work stoppage on new building projects has hit facilities employees “particularly hard,” according to the statement. Chief Facilities Officer Bob Wells said his goal is to prevent employees from losing jobs from a reduction-in-force plan. “The option is available only to employees in the facilities department, which is funding the upfront costs through lapsed salary accumulated this fiscal year by holding a significant number of vacant positions open,” according to the statement. Denny said there are 360 active, permanent employees in the Facilities budget center, which includes Facilities, Utilities, and Environmental H*February 27: Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University officials plan to break ground Friday for the new Academic Support Center for the Bridge to Clemson program. The 8,664-square-foot building on Old Cherry Road will house classrooms for tutoring, student meeting rooms and offices for staff members. The first-of-its-kind in South Carolina Bridge to Clemson program is a collaboration between Clemson University and Tri-County Tech that allows students to transition from Tri-County to Clemson, when, as high school graduates, the students narrowly miss admission to Clemson University. Jenni Evans, director of the program, said Bridge to Clemson has been in existence for three years and will serve roughly 450 students this year, up from 234 students in the first year. “This is an invitation-only program,” Evans sad. “We feel that it is an important part of our academic program at Tri-County. The 75 percent success rate of students who ‘cross the bridge’ is comparable to other programs of this type nationally.” Housing for the students will be provided at the Highpointe of Clemson condominiums. The condos have four bedrooms, four baths and more than 1,600 square feet of space per unit. Shuttle bus service to class and gated security are a part of the accommodations. “The Academic Support Center is being built for the Highpointe Bridge students at no cost to Clemson or Tri-County,” said Tom Winkopp, developer of Highpointe. “All costs associated with the center are absorbed by Highpointe. Students sign a lease and live here while a part of the Bridge program.” Tri-County Tech and Clemson University feel it is important for freshman students to be housed together so they can be acclimated to the “Clemson experience” and have a “seamless transition to Clemson University their sophomore year,” school officials said.ealth and Safety, and of those, 62 are eligible to consider the early retirement program. “No one can predict how much longer this crisis will last, or how far we will be asked to reduce our budget, but protecting our staff will remain our focus as we deal with whatever may come,” Wells said. In January, Clemson offered a retirement buyout program for employees of the Public Service Activities departments, which includes agricultural and extension departments. The university, however, may receive $17.5 million through the federal stimulus package, according to earlier reports, but Barker has said details of how much and how it would be earmarked have not been confirmed. Recently, a Clemson professor criticized what he claimed was big increases in salaries and administration budgets, a claim Barker responded to in a campus-wide email. Barker said the information was “incomplete and misleading.”
  • February 27: Tri-County Technical College and Clemson University officials plan to break ground Friday for the new Academic Support Center for the Bridge to Clemson program. The 8,664-square-foot building on Old Cherry Road will house classrooms for tutoring, student meeting rooms and offices for staff members. The first-of-its-kind in South Carolina Bridge to Clemson program is a collaboration between Clemson University and Tri-County Tech that allows students to transition from Tri-County to Clemson, when, as high school graduates, the students narrowly miss admission to Clemson University. Jenni Evans, director of the program, said Bridge to Clemson has been in existence for three years and will serve roughly 450 students this year, up from 234 students in the first year. “This is an invitation-only program,” Evans sad. “We feel that it is an important part of our academic program at Tri-County. The 75 percent success rate of students who ‘cross the bridge’ is comparable to other programs of this type nationally.” Housing for the students will be provided at the Highpointe of Clemson condominiums. The condos have four bedrooms, four baths and more than 1,600 square feet of space per unit. Shuttle bus service to class and gated security are a part of the accommodations. “The Academic Support Center is being built for the Highpointe Bridge students at no cost to Clemson or Tri-County,” said Tom Winkopp, developer of Highpointe. “All costs associated with the center are absorbed by Highpointe. Students sign a lease and live here while a part of the Bridge program.” Tri-County Tech and Clemson University feel it is important for freshman students to be housed together so they can be acclimated to the “Clemson experience” and have a “seamless transition to Clemson University their sophomore year,” school officials said.
  • February 28: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 70,000.


  • March 1: A snowstorm sweeps across the Southeast United States and delivers several inches of snow and ice (following rain) to the Clemson area. The university is closed on March 2. Jack-knifed trucks at Cowpens create a 20-plus mile traffic jam in the northbound lanes of I-85 in Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties. Sledders could be found on every hill as well as the Lake Hartwell diversion dams.
  • March 3: "It's Not Polite to Talk About It: Money and Financial Topics from the Holdings of CU Libraries' Special Collections", 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., call 864-656-0665 for more information. CU Symphonic Band performs in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m., free admission. Call 864-656-7787 for more information, or go to http://www.clemson.edu/Brooks.
  • March 5: Trumpeter Alison Balsom performs in the Brooks Center, 8 p.m. Call 864-656-7787 for more information, or go to http://www.clemson.edu/Brooks.
  • March 8: The Florida State football team will vacate an undetermined number of wins, serve four years' probation, and face a reduction in scholarships and other penalties due to what the NCAA described Friday as "major violations" from an academic cheating scandal.
Nine other programs were also penalized -- baseball, men's track and field, women's track and field, men's swimming, women's swimming, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball and men's golf -- and face the same sanctions. Overall, the scandal involved 61 athletes.
The race between Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden for most victories in major college football came to an abrupt halt Friday. Bowden, a game behind Paterno when the 2008 season ended, has pulled up lame due to a case of academic fraud, writes Ivan Maisel.
Dinich blog
Football coach Bobby Bowden would have entered the coming season with 382 career victories, trailing Penn State coach Joe Paterno by one win on the all-time list. The sanctions will force him to forfeit all wins during which ineligible students competed in 2006 and 2007.
It is not immediately clear how many wins Florida State will have to vacate. Dennis Thomas, the vice chair of the NCAA Committee on Infractions and acting chair for the FSU case, said only one ineligible player would have had to participate in a game for the entire team record to be vacated. Still, Thomas said the NCAA had no evidence the university knowingly played ineligible athletes.
Florida State is considering appealing the sanction that would force the Seminoles to vacate wins.
"We believe that the NCAA confirmed that our investigative efforts and our self-imposed penalties were appropriate," Florida State president T.K. Wetherell said in a statement Friday. "We already began implementing our self-imposed penalties. And we will begin implementing all but one of the NCAA's additional sanctions.
"We just don't understand the sanction to vacate all wins in athletics contests in which ineligible student-athletes competed because we did not allow anyone who we knew was ineligible to compete. Our position throughout the inquiry was that as soon as we knew of a problem, they didn't play."
In November 2007, Florida State and the NCAA agreed that athletes who had received "improper help" would be suspended for 30 percent of their seasons. According to the Orlando Sentinel, officials interviewed 75 individuals, and 39 admitted receiving improper assistance in an online music course. Roughly two dozen football players were suspended for the Music City Bowl, which FSU lost 35-28 to Kentucky. The Seminoles also suspended about 10 players for the first three games of the 2008 season.
FSU officials and players were under the impression those athletes had already served their punishment, but Thomas said on Friday that the instant a player cheated in class -- regardless of whether school officials knew about it -- he became ineligible, and if that athlete played in a game, it must be vacated. That could cost FSU games from 2006, when the academic fraud began.
"They are ineligible at the time of that violation until they are reinstated," Thomas said. "If they participated while ineligible, obviously the games they participated in will have to be vacated. The trigger is if those 61 individuals obviously as identified by the institution committed academic fraud. At that point, they rendered themselves ineligible."
The football team will be limited to 83 total scholarships in 2008-09; 82 in 2009-10; and 84 in 2010-11; the maximum usually allowed by the NCAA is 85. Florida State self-imposed the loss of the two scholarships for 2008-09, and will self-impose the loss of three scholarships for 2009-10. The NCAA added an additional loss of scholarship from the maximum in 2010-11.
The committee stated this case was "extremely serious" because of the large number of student-athletes involved and the fact that academic fraud is considered by the committee to be among the most egregious of NCAA rules violations.
Florida State's probation extends through March 5, 2013.
"I must say that Florida State did a great job in cooperating with the enforcement staff in accumulating all of the information that was required," Thomas said. "Yes, Florida State did self-report. They did an outstanding job. We have to give Florida State University credit for that."
The NCAA determined that a former learning specialist, academic adviser and tutor gave "improper assistance" to Florida State athletes who were taking online courses. According to the NCAA, the former learning specialist typed portions of papers for at least three athletes and also provided answers to an online psychology course quiz by instructing another athlete to complete the quiz on behalf of the athlete enrolled in the course.
Heather Dinich covers the ACC for ESPN.com.
  • March 9: The Tiger holds elections for the rising senior staff. Contact Managing@thetigernews.com for applications and more information. Leahy, contemporary Celtic music, in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $10 for students. Call 864-656-7787 for information, or go to http://www.clemson.edu/Brooks. From The Tiger: "Leahy (pronounced LAY-he) is an eight-member brother/sister family band that is one of Canada's most sought after exports. This Canadian powerhouse mixes neo-Celtic with traditional Celtic, a little bluegrass and ventures into the realms of jazz, country and pop. They boast mandolins, fiddles, dancing, guitar, keyboard and drums. Almost all the members play at least three different instruments on top of being skilled at singing and dancing. The band's three acclaimed CDs, 'Leahy,' 'Lakefield' and 'In All Things.' have world-wide sales of more than half a million copies."
  • March 11: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit number 71,000.
  • March 16-March 20: Temporary lane closures will occur on Tiger Boulevard as new decorative crosswalks are installed at the intersection with College Avenue. These improvements are part of the Tiger Boulevard Streetscape Enhancement Project. Further information may be obtained by contacting Andy Blondeau at 864-653-2072, or checking the city's website at http://www.cityofclemson.org.
  • March 26: The North Carolina Dance Theatre performs at the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m. Call 864-656-7787 for information, or go to http://www.clemson.edu/Brooks.
  • March 27: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 72,000.



  • May 5: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 75,000.


  • June 1: Clemson University and Basketball Coach Oliver Purnell sign a memorandum of understanding that he has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Tigers through 2016. While the deal hasn't been signed, Purnell and athletic director Terry Don Phillips have signed a memorandum of understanding dated June 1 that outlines the improved package. Purnell's base salary jumped $50,000 a year to $275,000. His supplemental income improved to $1.075 million each year, up from $775,000 guaranteed in a two-year extension agreed to in 2008. Purnell will also receive deferred compensation of $250,000 a year in 2015 and 2016, money the coach would receive unless he left the school voluntarily or was fired for cause. The Tigers coach would owe the school $250,000 if he left after April 30 for another Division I head coaching job. That payback amount would increase by $250,000 each year until reaching $1.5 million should Purnell depart for a Division I job after April 30, 2015. Purnell has gradually turned Clemson into one of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top programs, improving the team's winning percentage each of the last five years. The Tigers have gone 25-11, 24-10 and 23-9 the past three seasons, the school's longest-ever streak of 20-win seasons. The 72 wins in that span trail only Duke and North Carolina in the ACC. - Associated Press via ESPN, June 16, 2009.
  • June 3: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 76,000.
  • June 25: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 77,000.



  • August 5: Fire destroys Clemson Spirits, an ABC store at 1363 Tiger Boulevard, closing 123 to traffic for six hours. The Clemson Fire Department responds to a call at 1:29 p.m. but is unable to save the 1940s-vintage structure, that suffers a roof collapse during the blaze, forcing firefighters to knock down the fire from outside. Business owner Raman Patel leased the structure from William Field of Liberty, South Carolina. An adjacent apartment complex was also destroyed by the fire, The Tiger reported on August 28.
  • August 15: Walgreen's Drugs opens at the corner of College Avenue and Tiger Boulevard.
  • August 20: Two former Clemson University faculty pass away: Victor Hurst, 94, former Vice President of Academic Affairs, a Dean of the University, the Charter President of the Clemson Lions Club, a member of the South Carolina Dairy Association Hall of Fame, and past National Chairman of the AARP; and Malcolm James Benjamin "Ben" Paynter, 71, founder of the Microbiology Department, and department chair for 21 years. He taught and carried out research for forty years and upon retirement was honored as Professor Emeritus of Microbiology. Paynter died at An Med Health of Anderson, S.C. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Valerie Ann Griffiths Paynter, two daughters, Joanna Marie Paynter of Costa Mesa, California and Samantha Dawn Paynter of Atlanta. ("Clemson microbiology department founder dies", Greenville News, Friday, 21 August 2009, page 6A.)
  • August 20-August 22: Spittoono XXIX, "Evolutionarily Redneck", held at the National Guard Armory ballfield, 6 p.m. - 2 a.m., featuring 18 bands in three days. Admission is free, all proceeds after expenses go to charity. No glass containers or coolers allowed.,
  • August 23: Fan Appreciation Day held in Death Valley, 3 p.m. Clemson senior Donovan Xavier Jones, 21, from Sumter, South Carolina, a National Scholars Program member and business manager for The Tiger, drowns while swimming in Issaqueena Lake in the Clemson Experimental Forest. He went under the water while swimming with friends and did not resurface. He was pronounced dead at 2:02 p.m., said Pickens County Coroner Kandy C. Kelley. An autopsy was planned for August 24 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. (Alongi, Paul, "Clemson student drowns", Greenville News, Monday 24 August 2009, page 2A.)
  • August 28: Jerry Jacobs & the tree that Jordan built perform at Dunkin Donuts, 9-11 p.m. The Performance Arts Department and Student Council present Back to School Disco, Clemson's only Alternative, Indie, Electronica, Industrial and Punk Dance Party! At the Bellamy (black-box) Theatre, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, 9:30 p.m. - circa 2 a.m.
  • August 30: Third annual Clemson Familyfest, for all Clemson University faculty and staff and their families, held at the Hendrix Student Center, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., free admission. Participants include Pickens County Library, South Carolina Botanical Garden, Eden Farms, Kool Smiles, CU Fire and Police, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts, American Red Cross, Oconee Medical Center, The Beaded Tiger, musicians, face painting, balloon artist, outdoor activities for chidren, indoor art activities for children, and much more. As a way to give back to our community, we will be collecting nonperishable food items to be donated to a local food bank. This is voluntary and not necessary to attend the event. For information contact Linda Wofford at 864-656-7464. Sponsored by the Office of the President.


  • September 1: Moe Joe Coffee Company closes its College Avenue location at 1 p.m. due to loss of the lease, but will reopen on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 385 Old Greenville Highway.
  • September 2-September 3: Alpha Phi Omega sponsors the First Friday Blood Drive in the Hendrix Center Ballroom, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Donate and get a free tee-shirt.
  • September 4: First Friday parade, 6 p.m. on the Old Greenville Highway, pep rally follows. This year's theme is "We're All In For Clemson." 1981 National Championship team members Perry Tuttle, Homer Jordan, Terry Kinard and Coach Danny Ford sign autographs at the Clemson Variety & Frame, 374 College Avenue, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call 864-654-1723 for more information.
  • September 4: Clemson Improv presents Mock Turtle Soup comedy improv, in Lee Hall 111 at 8 p.m. Contact www.MockTurtleSoup.org for more information.
  • September 5: Clemson hosts Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in Death Valley, kick-off at 6 p.m. Clemson wins, 37-14, in a game carried on ESPN 360 and the CSS networks. Light rain falls on the fourth quarter.
  • September 6: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies its 81,000th hit.
  • September 8: WSBF-FM intern drop-in, 3rd floor of the Hendrix Center at 6 p.m. Free pizza! Learn to be a DJ!
  • September 9-September 10: "Violence Against Women" - staged readings of two plays with a talkback session afterwards: How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel, and Corazon de Manazana by Dana Lynn Formby, in the Bellamy Theatre, Brooks Center, at 7 p.m., free admission. Sponsored by Clemson Players and All the Clothes Productions. Donations wil be sent to Casa de Amiga in Juarez, Mexico.
  • September 15: All members of the Clemson community are invited to a memorial service to celebrate and honor the life of Donovan Xavier Jones, a 21-year-old student from Sumter. The service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Tillman Hall auditorium. Jones, a senior financial management major, was a Clemson National Scholar and business manager for Taps, the Clemson yearbook. He died while swimming with friends August 23 at Lake Issaqueena. “Donovan loved Clemson, and Clemson loved him,” said William Lasser, director of the Clemson National Scholars Program who was invited to speak at Jones’ hometown funeral in Sumter on August 29. “He was part of the glue that holds the Clemson family together. Clemson and the many people who knew him will never forget him.” Born in Suffolk, England, Jones was the firstborn son of Gregory and Jacqueline Purnell Jones and the brother of Ryan Jones.
Condolences may be sent to the family:
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Jones
3270 Poppy Court
Sumter, SC 29150
The family requests that in addition to flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Clemson University in honor of Donovan Xavier Jones. Send checks to:
Clemson University Foundation
P.O. Box 1889
Clemson, SC 29633-1889
  • September 16: Career Fair held at Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • September 17: Dedication of the new historical marker will take place at the corner of Main Street and Banks Street in Central, South Carolina at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Central Heritage Society. A reception will follow at John Robinson's Villa Novella, 217 West Main Street.
  • September 17: Corey Smith appears on the lawn at Littlejohn Coliseum, gates open at 7 p.m. Check www.ClemsonMajor Events.com for more information. Sponsored by Tiger Paw Productions, Sunbelt Rentals, Farmers Home Furniture. Tix available through ticketmaster.com, 864-233-2525. Late change - due to possibility of inclement weather, Corey Smith has been moved inside Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • September 10: Clemson plays at Georgia Tech in a Thursday night game broadcast by ESPN, kick-off at 7:30 p.m.
  • September 17: Tigers Who Care, a Clemson University Community Service Group, holds an interest meeting in the Hendrix Student Center David Peebles Room, 5 p.m.-6 p.m. Contact twc@clemson.edu for more information. Learn to fly! The Clemson University Aero Club holds its first fall semester meeting in Daniel Auditorium at 6 p.m. For more information contact Justin Stone at 864-986-8529, or e-mail at flying@clemson.edu. Detachment 770, Air Force ROTC, and the Pershing Rifles conduct a wreath-laying ceremony in honor of P.O.W.s and M.I.A.s at the flagpole in front of Tillman Hall at 5 p.m. The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 82,000.
  • September 17-September 18: Sand sculpture artist Ted Siebert creates a three-dimensional display on the lawn near Tillman Hall in connection with the Third Annual Tiger Shag.
  • September 18: The U.S. Air Force will fly four F-15 Eagles of the 2nd and 95th Fighter Squadrons, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, over the Clemson campus between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in preparation for a flyby at Saturday’s football game commemorating National POW/MIA Day. This flyby practice run, weather permitting, will create a high level of noise on campus and the surrounding area. The university hopes this advance notification will eliminate any concerns caused by planes flying over campus.
  • September 18: The Clemson Contra Dance Club sponsors a Contra Dance in the Almeda Jacks Ballroom on the 2nd floor of the Hendrix Center, 7 p.m. Admission is $8, $5 with student ID. Instructions for beginners at 7 p.m., dance begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact dance@clemson.edu.
  • September 18: Tiger Shag Beach Music Party held at Littlejohn Coliseum. Originally planned for the lawn, this event has been moved inside due to the possibility of inclement weather. The Out of Towners and The Flashbacks are featured. Visit clemsonmajorevents.com for more information.
  • September 19: Clemson hosts Boston College in Death Valley at noon. Earlier, the opponent was scheduled as Louisiana Tech, as of 2006. Regional coverage on Raycom Sports. Weather permitting, four F-15C and D-model Eagles from Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, will perform a fly-over honoring P.O.W.s and M.I.A.s. A 2,000 foot ceiling is needed for the pass, and a 5,000 foot ceiling is required for a missing man peel-off. Fly-over cancelled due to poor weather that twice forces a delay of the game. Clemson wins, 25-7, with most of the second half of the game played in rain. With two suspensions in play due to concerns over lightning, the game takes four hours, 54 minutes to conclude.
  • September 26: Clemson plays Texas Christian University in Death Valley.
  • September 24-September 25: Avenue Q is presented in two performances at the Brooks Center at 8 p.m., music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, book by Jeff Whitty, based on an original concept by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx. Directed by Jason Moore. Admission is $35 for adults, $25 for students. More information available at www.avenueq.com, or at www.clemson.edu, or by calling 864-656-7787. Warning: 60 % Adult Situations, 40 % Foam Rubber. (Avenue Q has not been authorized or approved in any manner by the Jim Henson Company or Sesame Workshop, which have no responsibilty for its content.)
  • September 25: Book sale held at the Robert Muldrow Cooper Library.
  • September 26: Clemson's football team drops to 2-2 on the season as the number 14-ranked Texas Christian Horned Frogs win in Clemson Memorial Stadium, 10-14, with the second half played in pouring rain for the second week in a row, albeit without the delays caused by lightning alerts at the Boston College game.
  • September 27: Bo Burnham appears in Tillman Auditorium. Tickets available at the Hendrix Student Center, or online at ticketmaster.com, or call 800-745-3000.
  • September 27: The Clemson University Gospel Choir performs at the Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church, 2101 Six Mile Highway, Central, South Carolina, 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • September 28: The Clemson College Republicans holds a meeting at 7 p.m. in Brackett 113. The guest speaker will be Marvin Rogers. Mr. Rogers is a former staffer in Congressman Bob Inglis's (SC-4, Greenville) office and is coming out with a book in a few weeks ("Silence Is The Loudest Sound") about African-American participation in the Republican Party. Mr. Rogers speaks very candidly about why African-Americans have largely left the party of Lincoln and how Republicans can bring them back while remaining committed to conservative principles.
  • September 29: The Susan G. Komen on the Go breast cancer awareness mobile center will be at the Redfern Health Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Komen on the Go project has visited over 400 events and locations since 2004. Interactive kiosks, a "graffiti wall" for personal memories, and other activities encourage young women and African American women, who are disproportionately victims of aggressive breast cancer, to make life-long commitments to breast health awareness. This campus event sponsored by Redfern peer educators, SHAC, Kappa Alpha Psi, Alpha Phi Alpha and Omega Psi Phi.
  • September 29: The Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life host an Open House Drop-In from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Union Loggia. The Open House will allow you to meet the staff and graduate assistants of the Gantt Center for Student Life and hear more about our programs and services. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact http://studentlife@clemson.edu.
  • September 30: The Clemson Office of International Affairs sponsors a Study Abroad Fair on the Cox Plaza from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • September 30: Robert Levy of the Cato Institute will speak in Sirrine Hall 120 at 12:30 p.m. on constitutional issues.
  • September 30: The Michelin Career Center, Academic Success Center, Monster.com and Bank of America are presenting a workshop entitled Ultimate Money Skills. This workshop is designed to empower college students to develop smart money management skills and ultimately achieve financial independence. It will be held in the McKissick Theater in the Hendrix Student Center from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Registration is not required for this event. The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies its 83,000th hit.


  • October: The silhouette of the Tiger statue logo is painted on the water tank near the Ravenel Research Center on U.S. 123. Also, two retractable traffic posts are installed on Calhoun Drive in front of Brackett Hall to eventually replace the swinging gate that restricts traffic to one-way during the day.
  • October 1: The Tiger Band pep band departs campus on two charter buses at 1 p.m. With a redesign and down-sized format, the Seneca Journal and the Clemson Messenger cease to print separate editions, becoming combined as simply "The Journal." And thus comes to an end 202 years of history as the Messenger masthead is retired.
  • October 1: The American Chamber Players, headed by violist Miles Hoffman, will perform as part of Clemson University’s award-winning chamber series on Thursday, October 1. The free 8 p.m. concert in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts will open the 2009-2010 Lillian and Robert Utsey Chamber Music Series.
Comprised of violist Miles Hoffman, flutist Sara Stern, pianist Anna Stoytcheva, violinist Janet Sung, and guest soprano Rebecca Turner, the American Chamber Players will perform both familiar works and a few neglected gems during the Utsey Series concert. Works by Beethoven and Max Bruch and selections by Ernest Bloch and Madeleine Dring are planned. The concert will also feature Turner singing Franz Schubert’s “Auf Dem Strom” as well as Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “When Night Descends in Silence” and “O Cease Thy Singing.”
Since their founding in 1985 from a core group of musicians at the Library of Congress Summer Chamber Festival, the American Chamber Players have developed a loyal following across North America. In addition to performing at prestigious concert series in the United States and Canada, the ensemble has performed for a series of special gala concerts at the Paris Opera and the Bibliotheque Nationale. The ensemble has been heard on local radio stations throughout the United States and made regular appearances on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today.” “The Washington Post” said, “They have established standards of chamber music performance equal to any in the world.”
  • October 2: The Clemson University Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter sponsors World Habitat Day on Bowman Field beginning at 6 p.m. A speakers panel will be held at 7 p.m. with Jill Evans, executive director of Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, Steve Sanders, president of Pickens County Habitat for Humanity, Chris Heavner, Clemson Habitat for Humanity faculty advisor and Rebecca Harper, 2008 Homecoming Build homeowner. Sleep out on Bowman Field in a box to raise awareness about poverty housing. Contact Angela Marvin to sign up or for more information - amarvin7@gmail.com.
  • October 2: Now Clemson Improv presents Mock Turtle Soup in Lee Hall 111 at 8 p.m. Contact MockTurtle Soup.org for more information.
  • October 3: The Clemson Rowing Club sponsors the annual R. C. & Moonpie 1 Mile Downhill Run at 10 a.m. from in front of the President's House to the Esso Club. Register at clemsonrowingclub.com or on Facebook at R. C. & Moonpie Run. Fee is $15, with $5 off if you print out the coupon on the Facebook page. Gather at the President's Home by 9:30 a.m. Participants receive a tee-shirt, and a beer at the Esso Club (if you are of age), and the organization with the largest turn-out will receive a free tailgate party.
  • October 3: International Day Soccer Tournament, Children's Carnival and Flea Market held at University Baptist Church, 411 Pendleton Road, Clemson. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., $30 per team. Lunch provided. For more information call 864-654-1722 or go to clemson.crossimpact.org/internationalday.
  • October 3: Clemson plays at Maryland in College Park. The Tigers take on woe-begotten Maryland Terrapins. Tiger Band sends a pep band to the game. The Tigers drop another game that they should NOT have lost, 21-24.
  • October 5-October 8: Auditions held for the 2009-2010 Basketball Pep Band. Sign up for an audition time and pick up audition music on the Band Bulletin Board in the Brooks Center.
  • October 5-October 8: The Clemson Players present Spanish poet and playwright Frederico Garcia Lorca's “The House of Bernarda Alba”, translated by Emily Mann, in the Bellamy Theatre. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. “The House of Bernada Alba” contains adult themes and is not suitable for all audiences.
  • October 5: The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra performs in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Compositions by Mozart, music from the popular film "The Chronicles of Narnia," and the three winners of the annual Clemson University Young Concerto/Aria Competition are featured in the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the season. Conductor Andrew Levin will lead the orchestra and competition winners at the Brooks Center. Violinist Sara Beam, violist Chelsea Adballa, and vocalist Erika Newlands are the winners of the 2009 young artists competition. “These are three very talented musicians,” said Levin. “They should be very exciting to watch and listen to.” Beam, a 15-year-old native of Greenville, will perform the first movement of Samuel Barber’s "Violin Concerto." “Sara has a beautiful tone and a maturity beyond her years,” said Levin. “This concerto features many aspects of violin playing, which she handles with ease.” Abdalla, a junior at Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, will perform the first movement of J.C. Bach’s "Viola Concerto in C Minor." “This will be a special treat, since audiences don’t often hear viola soloist in a concert,” Levin added. “Chelsea’s rich tone is perfectly matched to the music of J.S. Bach’s famous son.” Newlands is a Clemson University sophomore majoring in Performing Arts. She will perform “Don’t Rain on My Parade” from the musical "Funny Girl." “Erika has tremendous energy and certainly knows how to ‘sell’ a song. She gets completely into character and presents a vocally compelling performance,” Levin said. The concert will also showcase several chamber works, among them two Mozart compositions. The first is his "The Overture to the Magic Flute," arranged for two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two French horns by 19th-century composer Joseph Heidenreich. “Back in the day, publishers cashed in on popular operas by producing arrangements of favorite selections, scored for different combinations of instruments.” explained Levin about the origins of the piece he will conduct. These new arrangements were sold to amateur musicians, who often played the pieces in their homes. 'The Magic Flute' was very popular at the time. The movement we’re playing is just one of a dozen or more selections from the opera.” The second Mozart work features Clemson senior Michael Juang, performing the oboe solo in the first movement of Mozart’s "Oboe Quartet." “The orchestra has had the great pleasure of Michael’s playing for three years,” Levin said. “As a show of appreciation, we’re featuring his expert playing in this delightful work.” This chamber work will also showcase three players from the Clemson University String Quartet. In addition, "Fanfare for Brass" is a work for orchestral brass section composed specifically for this concert by Clemson University trombonist Nathan Whittaker. The fanfare features the entire brass section plus timpani. “Nathan has played in the orchestra for several years, so he knows brass instruments from the inside out,” said Levin. Whitaker is a junior majoring in Productions Studies in Performing Arts with a concentration in music composition with additional studies with Bob Jones University professor Dwight Gustafson. “He’s developed into bright composition student,” Levin continued. The balance of the program includes two full orchestra works. The first, "The Poet and the Peasant Overture," a work often performed during the mid-20th century that is recently finding favor again with the public. It’s in an operetta style reminiscent of Johann Strauss Jr. and features an extended cello solo accompanied by the harp. The final piece on the program is music from the movie "The Chronicles Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe" by Gregson-Williams. “It is a very evocative score that ends brilliantly. A fitting conclusion to a special evening of music,” said Levin.
  • October 6: The Intercultural Dialogue Club of Clemson University will present Dr. Akan Malici, PhD., Furman University as he speaks on the Clash of Civilizations: Islam & the West, in Brackett Hall 213 at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Malici is in the Political Science Department of Furman University, and is the author of "When eaders Learn and When They Don't" (SUNY 2008) and "The European Union and the Search for a Common Foreign and Security Policy" (Palgrave 2008). His published articles have appeared in prestigious journals including The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal of Peace Research and Political Psychology.
  • October 6: "Athens, Ga. - Inside/Out," a 1987 documentary by Tony Gayton, will be shown at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6 in the McKissick Theater. This showing will be free and open to all students. The documentary chronicles the rise of the art/music scene of Athens that still endures today. It features musical performances by R.E.M., the B52s, Pylon, Love Tractor, the Flat Duo Jets, The Squalls, Dreams So Real, Time Toy, the BBQ Killers and others. The documentary also touches on the "outsider art" of the late Rev. Howard Finster, as well as the poetry of the late John Seawright. This showing has been arranged by Patrick C. Neal, Associate Director of Student Media. Says he, "Over the years of my association with Clemson Student Media, many of you - particularly at WSBF - have lamented the lack of an art/music scene in Clemson. Through this documentary, I hope to show an example of one such scene that arose more or less spontaneously from a place not unlike Clemson - that is, a small university town in the rural Deep South. I do hope you will consider attending, and if you know other people who might be interested in this type of thing, I hope you'd encourage them to attend as well."
  • October 7: John Allison, former head of BB&T Bank, will speak on "Leadership and Values" at the Self Auditorium, Strom Thurmond Institute at 4:30 p.m. Free admission.
  • October 8: Indie award winning duo Al Petteway and Amy White perform in the Small Recital Hall (Room 117), Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 (exact change appreciated). "Caffeinated, jazz-spiked acoustic brew" said the Washington City Paper. Presented by the Department of the Performing Arts. Go to Al and Amy.com for more information.
  • October 8: Greenville, South Carolina native and author Dorothy Allison presents lecture, "Everything I Know About Women, I Learned From Fiction" in Self Auditorium, Strom Thurmond Institute at 7 p.m. Allison describes herself as a feminist, working-class storyteller, Southern expatriate and sometime poet. She has written about the Upstate area in works such as her critically acclaimed novel "Bastard Out of Carolina" and her memoir "Two or Three Things I Know for Sure". These books, in addition to her novel "Cavedweller" were also made into films. Her work has been a finalist for the National Book Award. She is the recipient of the 2007 Robert Penn Warren Award for Fiction and many other awards. Allison will sign books safter the lecture, copies of which are available at the Clemson University Bookstore and will be sold at the lecture. For further information, e-mail ltindal@clemson.edu, or call 864-656-1532.
  • October 10: As part of an initiative in cities all over the country, the International Human Rights Chapter of Clemson University (IHRC) will participate in a Palestine Freedom Walk at 11:30 a.m. in Columbia, South Carolina to demonstrate to the governments intimately involved that we want and hope for peace between the antagonists of the fifty year Israeli - Palestinian conflict in the Middle East. This non-partisan walk will involve Palestinians, Americans and Israelis of different religious affiliations, all coming together to work towards a peaceful resolution of the strife that has dominated the region for a half century. Please contact Taiyo W. Davis at 928-210-8511, or e-mail ihrc@clemson.edu to make arrangements to participate in an effort to procure peace for the future our children will live in.
  • October 10: The Clemson Animal Welfare Society sponsors Clemson's Best Pets Calendar Contest - make your pet a Clemson celebrity! Enter online at www.clemson.edu-caws. Deadline is October 10. Prizes include a $25 Petsmart gift card, free treat bag and free calendar.
  • October 10: Open date for football.
  • October 14: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 84,000.
  • October 15: The Brooks Center's Family Series presents an original play, a JUGGLING play at that, "Dreamscapes: A Juggling Play", written and performed by Clemson juggler Jamie Whoolery. Jamie is a juggling champion who never drops the ball. By the age of 24, the juggling superstar had established himself as a preeminent force in the juggling world with a following like no other. Then, as he’s about to add another world championship to his résumé, it happens…Jamie drops. A juggler since the age of 10, Whoolery is a co-founder of the West Virginia University Juggling Club, and has appeared at numerous festivals. He spent two seasons performing at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston and was the 2004 winner of the International Jugglers’ Festival Showtime Competition. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students, general seating.
  • October 16: "Picture Green", an art exhibition and forum celebrating sustainability will be held in the Hendrix Student Center, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Awards will be given to the top artist focused on artwork made from recycled material or nature. Juror Deborah Pagano, education director for The Arts Center in Clemson, will select the top award winners. For submission of artworks or more information contact Julia Fielding at jfieldi@clemson.edu by October 8.
  • October 16: Rock the John held in Littlejohn Coliseum to inaugurate the basketball season. Free admission.
  • October 17: Clemson hosts Wake Forest.
  • October 21-October 30: Clemson Habitat for Humanity Campus Chapter builds annual Homecoming house on Bowman Field. Sign up on the web at http://people.clemson.edu/~habitat after September 23.
  • October 22: The Utsey Chamber Music Endowment presents the East Coast Chamber Orchestra in the Brooks Center at 8 p.m., free admission.
  • October 24: Clemson plays at Miami.
  • October 31: Clemson meets Coastal Carolina for the first time, played in Death Valley.



Roman Jerry Woodall, 44, a student in secondary education, died December 8.
Son of Betty Zane Nix Woodall and the late Clyde E. Woodall, an agricultural experiment station retiree, Woodall graduated in 1988 with a degree in history. He had returned to Clemson to pursue an additional teaching certification. He was also employed by GNC.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11 at First Baptist Church of Pendleton, where he was a member.
There will be a reception for family and friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
In addition to his mother, Woodall is survived by a brother, Randall E. Woodall and wife Pamela of Kings Mountain, N.C.; nephew Justin Woodall of Central; and niece Beth Ann Moses of Kings Mountain, N.C.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Pendleton, 351 S. Broad St., Pendleton, SC or to the charity of one's choice.
Condolences may be sent to the family at:
104 Wren Street
Clemson, SC 29631
Condolences may also be expressed at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central-Clemson Commons or online at:

Woodall was a member of the CU After 6 Singers, and a brother of Mu Beta Psi music honor fraternity.

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