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1995 in Clemson History

Events in 1995

  • "Greenville - The History of the City and County in the South Carolina Piedmont" by Archie Vernon Huff, Jr. is published by the University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, South Carolina, Library of Congress card number 95-4363, ISBN 1-57003-045-6. Some information on this site is sourced from this volume.
  • Winter: A new night spot, the Crystal Pistol Old West Saloon, opens on Highway 123 in Seneca, South Carolina.
  • The Godley Snell Research Center is completed.
  • Section D of Johnstone Hall is abandoned.
  • February 14: After coaching the Clemson wrestling team for three years, Coach Gil Sanchez resigns as his team suffers a slump in which they win no ACC matches. The Tigers, currently 4-13, have only three matches left on the schedule, including the ACC Tournament. "During his tenure, the Tigers experienced two of the most successful seasons in Clemson wrestling history. In 1993, the Tigers produced three ACC Champions, an All-American and an NCAA Champion. They also finished 13th in the nation with a 13-9-1 record. In 1994, Clemson had its best finish ever, finishing seventh in the nation with a 14-6 record." Said Sanchez, "I have enjoyed my time at Clemson University, but I have some other opportunities professionally that have been afforded me. I feel it is time for me to pursue them. I would like to thank the Clemson family for giving me the opportunity to serve them as their head wrestling coach." (Ebner, Billy, staff writer, "Clemson wrestling coach resigns", The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 7A.) Clemson observes their 6th annual National Condom Day. (Tabbot, Kristen, staff writer, "National Condom Week observed", The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 3A.) February 13- February 17 is National Condom Week this year.
  • February 17: The Tiger reports that the State Budget and Control Board has approved a Clemson Board of Trustees' recommendation of an annual salary of $146,000 for new President Dr. Deno Curris, making him the second highest paid South Carolina agency head. The salary is second only to USC President John Palms. (Walker, Tyrone, interim news editor, "Curris salary set at $146,000", The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 1A.) Also reported in this issue is a Housing Department plan to close Johnstone Hall within three years, according to Vernal Howell, director of housing. According to Howell, plans have been underway for several months, and said that it was only coincidental that Clemson dorms were named to a list of the top 20 "dorms like dungeons" in the Princeton Review's Student Access to the Best 306 Colleges. Multi-bedroom apartments might be built near Lightsey Bridge apartments to accommodate 600 students displaced by Johnstone's closing. Currently, 52 percent of Clemson students live on campus, with the number always being higher in the fall than in the spring due to students transferring from the university and co-op students leaving for assignments. Johnstone would not be renovated, said Howell, because the end result would be "very close to just rebuilding Johnstone. We think we can provide much more to students." (Cordero, Terry, staff writer, "New dorms to replace tin cans", The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 2A.)
  • February 17: Bands, The Mary Chasers, Drip and Luxury, play at Edgar's, starting at 9:30 p.m. Cover charge is $3. Other music in town this night includes Centerline at McP's, Cuttin' Heads at Backstreets, the Revolvers at the Esso Club, and Simon Says at TD's. (Community Calendar, The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 4B.)
  • February 17-February 19: The Union Films & Video Committee present The Silence of the Lambs in the Y Theatre, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., 98 cent admission.
  • February 17-February 18: Midnight showings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Y Theatre with Live Shadow Cast, admission is 98 cents.
  • The Fluor Daniel Building, an engineering research building, is completed.
  • Mid-February: U.S. Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight flies into Bowman Field to honor members of new Semper Fi Club, and to attract new prospects.
  • February 18: Horse sale held at the T. Ed Garrison Arena. Band Muldrow plays at Edgar's. Mel Torme appears at the Peace Center in Greenville. (Community Calendar, The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 4B.)
  • February 19: The Tiger holds its annual spring drop-in, room 904 of the Union, 8 p.m. No experience necessary, free pizza and drinks.
  • February 20: A furniture exhibit is shown in Lee Hall.
  • February 23: Seventies dance party held at TD's, Uncle Mingo performs at Backstreets, Lindy & the Nighthowlers at the Esso Club. Opening night for The Music Man in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts.
  • February 24: Opening day of traveling Shakespeare exhibit in the Cooper Library. Badcreek plays at McP's, Seconds Flat is at Backstreets, and Six String Drag is at the Esso Club.
  • February 24-February 26: The Y movie is Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan in Holtzendorff, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., admission is 98 cents. Special concessions deal - 2 sodas & 2 large popcorn for $2. We take Tiger Stripe. Statewide Catholic Campus Ministries Retreat held at Camp Kinard, Leesville, South Carolina. "A weekend retreat for Catholic Students from Clemson, USC, Winthrop and Charleston to join together in reflection, prayer & fellowship." $30. For information call Office of Catholic Campus Ministry, 803-654-7804. (display advert, The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 3B.)
  • February 25: Badcreek plays at McP's, Rhythm Spindle at TD's.
  • February 25-February 26: Blue Ridge Hunter Jumper Show held at the T. Ed Garrison Arena.
  • February 28: Five-Eight plays at the Hi-Hat in Athens.
  • March 1: The Union sponsors Karaoke at Edgar's.
  • March 2: The C.U. Jazz Ensemble appears in the Brooks Center. Switch plays at the Esso Club, Lift is at TD's.
  • March 3: Opening night for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe presented at the Pendleton Playhouse. Switch plays at McP's, Chilly Water is at the Esso Club, DSF Earth Corps is at Backstreets, and Five-Eight plays at the Masquerade in Atlanta.
  • March 4: Union Outdoor Recreation sponsors a ski trip to Cataloochee Ski Resort, Maggie Valley, North Carolina, 2:30 p.m. - 1 a.m., cost is $25, deadline for sign-up is March 1. Second Samuel appears at the Brooks Center. Switch plays at McP's.
  • March 7: Robert A.M. Stern, architect, speaks in Lee Hall Auditorium. Camellia Johnson, Soprano, performs in the Brooks Center. The Groovy Cools play at TD's.
  • March 8: The Clemson University Symphonic Band presents its Spring Concert at the Brooks Center. The Ramones play at Characters, 805 Frontage Road, Greenville at 9 p.m., admission is a mere $10.
  • March 9: Uncle Mingo plays at Backstreets, Cuttin' Heads play the Esso Club, and Harambe appears at TD's.
  • March 10: Shotgun plays at McP's, Harambe is at TD's, and Better Days plays the Esso Club. (Community Calendar, The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 5B.)
  • March 30: Country music artist Vince Gill performs in Littlejohn Coliseum, with opening act Patty Loveless. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets on sale on February 25, with line-holding numbers to be picked up beginning February 22 for students, February 23 for faculty and staff, and the general public on February 24. Tickets are $25.50 apiece with a limit of eight per person. Tickets available at Select-A-Seat outlets, or may be charged by phone at 803-291-8499 or 800-707-8499. (Staff reports, "Vince Gill tickets on sale next week", The Tiger, Friday 17 February 1995, Volume 88, Number 24, page 5B.)
  • Recent Tiger Band graduate, trumpet-player David Weinberger produces the 1995 edition of The Unhymnal, the Unofficial Songbook of the Clemson University Bands.
  • The Top of Tiger Town Tavern becomes a private club.
  • (1995-1996) As part of the restructuring initiated by then-president Max Lennon and finalized by current president Deno Curris, the College of Nursing is dissolved and the nursing program is established under the new College of Health, Education, and Human Development.
  • May 15: The Banks McFadden building is dedicated. The facility is home to the Clemson football offices.
  • July 1: Robert Weston Smith, "Wolfman Jack", dies at home in Belvedere, North Carolina.
  • July 29: A Tribute To Coach Frank Howard held at the Fluor Daniel Center, Greenville, at 6:30 p.m., presented by the Greenville Touchdown Club. (Bourret, Tim, "Clemson University Football Vault", Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, 2008, ISBN 0794824307, page 114.)
  • August 9: Jerry Garcia, founder and lead guitar player for the Grateful Dead, dies of heart failure complicated by sleep apnea in northern California.
  • September 2: Clemson opens at home, stomping Western Carolina, 55-9.
  • September 9: Number one-ranked Florida State administers 26-45 defeat to the Memorial Stadium faithful. The Seminoles will have a 10-2 season.
  • September 16: In road trip to Winston-Salem, the Tigers down hapless Wake Forest, 29-14, who will have a 1-10 season record.
  • September 23: Homefield is no advantage as the Tigers are downed by the 11th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers, 3-22.
  • September 26-September 30: The Clemson Players present The Illusion by Tony Kushner in the Bellamy Theatre, Brooks Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m with an additional 2:30 p.m. performance on September 30. Admission is $6 for the general public, $4 for youth and senior citizens, and $2 for Clemson students.
  • September 30: In road trip to Raleigh, the Tigers gain victory over the N.C. State Wolfpack, 43-22.
  • October 5: The Clyde V. Madren Conference Center and the John E. Walker, Sr. Golf Course open on the Clemson University campus.
  • October 7: Clemson meets Georgia in a night game in Death Valley, but loses 17-19.
  • October 21: The Tigers blank the Terrapins in College Park, Maryland, 17-0.
  • October 28: Clemson defeats Georgia Tech on Grant Field, Atlanta, 24-3.
  • November 4: The Tigers defeat the North Carolina Tarheels, 17-10, in Death Valley.
  • November 11: The now-24th-ranked Tigers win another homegame, dropping Duke, 34-17.
  • November 18: Still ranked 24th for second week, the Tigers travel to Columbia and defeat the Gamecocks, 38-17. South Carolina will end season with a 4-6-1 record.

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