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Events in 1972

  • The Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies is established in a historic edifice in Genoa, Italy, under the auspices of the College of Architecture. (Riley, Helene M., "Clemson University", Arcadia Publishing, Charleston, South Carolina, 2002, Library of Congress card number 2002108889, ISBN 0-7385-1470-5, page 102.)
  • The original cedar wood seating in Memorial Stadium is replaced by aluminum seats. The wood seats are subsequently used to recover the bar at the Esso Club, and remain popular as framing for artwork, available through such outlets as Allens' Creations - Frame & Art Gallery.
  • January: WSBF changes formats from Top 40 to Progressive. Programming director Woody Culp oversees the switch after a telephone poll of listeners in the fall indicated a positive response.
  • January 15: Deep Purple, Buddy Miles, and Uriah Heep in concert in Littlejohn Coliseum at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4.50 in advance, $5.50 on the floor and at the door.
  • January 20: The University Concert Series presents Roger Wagner and the Westminster Choir in Littlejohn Coliseum. Admission is $10 and $5 for season tickets, $3 and $1 for individuals, students free.
  • January 26: The National Orchestra of Belgium, on their first American tour, 110 musicians, Michael Gielden conducting, performs in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. The program includes Posseur's The Obliteration of Prince Igor, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica", and Stravinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps" (The Rite of Spring). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFltqVS8d9I
  • February: The NCAA announces a rule change that will make freshmen eligible to play on varsity college football and basketball teams in the 1972-1973 school year. One week later, the ACC ratifies the NCAA ruling. (Morris, Ron, "ACC Basketball: An Illustrated History", Four Corners Press, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1988, Library of Congess card number 88-80981, ISBN 0-9609548-9-9, page 166.)
  • February 1-February 2: Early morning raids on addresses in Clemson and Seneca as the University and SLED crackdown on drugs following a six-week investigation when three agents posing as students circulated in town. Fifteen are arrested, most of them students. Charges include marijuana, amphetimines and barbituates sold to the narcs, but two non-students are charged for selling morphine. The Tiger reports on February 4, 1972 (page 3), that up to thirty warrants may be issued. All but one person are held in the Pickens County Jail until bonds between $2,000 and $8,000 are posted.
  • February 1-February 4: The recruiting arm of the U.S. Marine Corps has a booth set up in the Loggia.
  • February 7-made comedy from the classic anti--like character who innocently confronts military authority but always emerges unscathed. In some ways, a prototype for Joseph Heller's Catch-22. Shown in Daniel Auditorium
  • February 16: The University Concert Series presents Jack and Sally Jenkins in I Do! I Do! in Littlejohn Coliseum at 8 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for children and date tickets, students free.
  • March 3-March 4: The recruiting arm of the U.S. Marine Corps brings a helicopter to campus.
  • March 8: The Clemson University Chorus in concert in Daniel Auditorium at 8.m., presenting pieces by Antonio Vivaldi, Samuel Barber, Vincent Persichetti and a group of Madrigals. Free admission.
  • March 28: Music Honor fraternity Mu Beta Psi presents the 14th Annual Spring Sounds concert at 8 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium, admission is fifty cents.
  • April 12: Free concert in the Amphitheatre with Flash Cadillac and the Continental Kids, J. Gardner Stills - Fat Sam, at 5 p.m.
  • April 22: Rod Stewart and the Faces in Littlejohn Coliseum, with Fleetwood Mac, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5.25, $6.25 on the floor. Concert was rescheduled from November 20, 1971. The band stays at the Holiday Inn of Clemson.
  • Late April: Construction begins on Jervey Athletic Center, a $2 million project. Original target date for completion is July 1973. (Gatlin, Earl, "Changes at Clemson - the fact...", The Tiger, Friday 24 August 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 1, page 10.)
  • May 15: Presidential candidate Alabama Governor George C. Wallace is shot five times in Laurel, Maryland, by Arthur Bremer, but survives, although he spends the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
  • June 17: Five men are arrested for breaking and entering into the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Office complex in Washington, D.C.. Investigations conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and later by the Senate Watergate Committee, House Judiciary Committee and the press reveal that this burglary was one of many illegal activities authorized and carried out by Nixon's staff. They also reveal the immense scope of crimes and abuses, which included campaign fraud, political espionage and sabotage, illegal break-ins, improper tax audits, illegal wiretapping on a massive scale, and a secret slush fund laundered in Mexico to pay those who conducted these operations. This secret fund was also used as hush money to buy the silence of the seven men who were indicted for the June 17 break-in.
  • June 23: The date on which Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 is enacted. Now known as the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in honor of its principal author, but more commonly known simply as Title IX, it is a 37-word United States law that states: "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance." Although the most prominent "public face" of Title IX is its impact on high school and collegiate athletics, the original statute made no reference to athletics. The legislation covers all educational activities, and complaints under Title IX alleging discrimination in fields such as science or math education, or in other aspects of academic life such as access to health care and dormitory facilities, are not unheard of. It also applies to non-sports activities such as school bands and cheerleaders. Institutions have between one and six years to implement changes, depending on the circumstances.
  • July 28: State Senator Edgar A. Brown retires from the Senate, an office he was first elected to in 1928.
  • First graduates of the Bachelor of Science program in Nursing. The School of Nursing is granted college status and the new College of Nursing earns initial National League for Nursing accreditation (NLNAC).
  • September 3: WEPR 90.1 FM, the first radio station of the South Carolina Educational Radio Network, broadcasts for the first time, from a cramped studio off of the lobby in the Clemson House.
  • September 5-September 6: During the 1972 Summer Olympics, known as The Games of the XX Olympiad, held at Munich, West Germany, eight Palestinian guerillas of the Black September organization take eleven Israeli athletes, coaches and officials hostage in their Olympic Village apartments. Two Israelis who resist the takeover are killed at the outset. Negotiations drag on for 18 hours before, late September 5, the terrorists and the hostages are transported to a military airport for a presumed flight out to an unnamed Arab country. An attempted ambush goes badly and all the Israelis and all but three of the terrorists are killed. "They're all gone," says ABC Sportscaster Jim McKay. This becomes known as the Munich Massacre.
  • September 9: Clemson defeats the Citadel in a home opener, 13-0.
  • September 23: Clemson loses night game to Rice, 10-29, on a road trip.
  • September 30: The Tigers play Number 2-ranked Oklahoma in Soonerland, and get whipped, 3-52.
  • October: The university implements a policy governing the sale of commercial products on campus, requiring that all businesses secure written permission from the Office of Student Affairs. This policy will come under review during the spring semester of 1975 when the newly-opened franchise of Chanelo's Pizza begins on-campus deliveries.
  • October: A four-story addition to Lee Hall is begun, at a projected cost of $2,100,000, with a projected completion date of February 1975. (Gatlin, Earl, "Changes at Clemson - the fact...", The Tiger, Friday 24 August 1973, Volume LXVII, Number 1, pages 10-11.)
  • October 5: Tiger Band walks out of pep rally after a horn players gets hit in the bell of the instrument by a roll of toilet paper thrown from the Amphitheatre crowd.
  • October 7: Clemson loses to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, 9-31.
  • October 14: The Tigers are defeated in Death Valley by Duke, 0-7.
  • October 21: Clemson beats Virginia, 37-21, in Memorial Stadium.
  • October 28: The Tigers beat the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, 31-0, in Winston-Salem.
  • November 4: Clemson loses to North Carolina in Death Valley, 10-26.
  • November 11: The Tigers are defeated by Maryland in College Park, 6-31. Raymond Berry Oakley III, bass player and founding member of the Allman Brothers Band, is killed in a motorcycle collision with a city bus in Macon, Georgia, only one block from where Duane Allman died on October 29, 1971.
  • November 18: The Tigers lose to North Carolina State in Raleigh, 17-42.
  • November 25: For the first time in two years, the Tigers run down the hill to enter the stadium before a game. Clemson manages to beat South Carolina, 7-6, in Death Valley in a cold, freezing rain. Jimmy Williamson knocks down a two-point conversion attempt to preserved the win. Tigers are 2-5 in conference play, for fifth in the ACC.
  • December 5: Football Coach Hootie Ingram tenders his resignation after a 4-7 season, ending his three year stint as the Tigers' eighteenth head coach.

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