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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--pointers in the 10th--47 victory over No. 4 Duke. Krzyzewski, typically a bright-side coach, found nothing satisfying about this defeat. The Blue Devils (19-3, 6--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
  • February 13-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---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--in-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------
  • 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-----
  • 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 [email protected] 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.


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]. 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-
  • 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 [email protected].
  • 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://[email protected].
  • 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-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.

  • 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 - [email protected].
  • 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
  • October 5: The Clemson University Symphony Orchestra performs in the Brooks Center for the Performing Arts-year----
  • 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 [email protected], 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 [email protected] 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-
  • 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 [email protected] 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 19: The C. U. Steel Band performs a free drop-in concert at the Carillon Garden, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • 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 26: The Pita Pit of Clemson opens at 383 College Avenue.
  • October 28: The Cheap Seats Bus makes final trip as it moves from winter storage on Highway 88 to Doug Kingsmore Stadium for permanent installation.
  • October 28: OBITUARY - Reid Andrew Addy, 20, a junior turfgrass major from Camden, died Oct. 28 in Clemson.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31, at First Baptist Church, 1201 Broad Street in Camden. Burial will follow in Quaker Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 30, 5-7 p.m. at the home, 614 Cantey Parkway in Camden.

An avid hunter and golfer, Addy became the youngest Club Champion at Camden Country Club at age 16. He worked part-time at Cross Creek Country Club in Seneca.

Addy is the son of Connie Cox Addy of Camden and Glenn Addy of Surry, Va.

He is also survived by stepfather, Johan Guilliams of Camden; half brother, Jeremy Addy of Chapin; maternal grandmother, Geneva R. Cox of Camden; paternal grandparents, Julian and Lou Addy of Chapin; aunts and uncles, Deborah Cox of Atlanta, Becky Cutler of Camden, Donna and Dickie Pittman, of Surry, Va. and Gene and Donna Addy of Rockford, Ill. and many beloved cousins. He was predeceased by his grandfather, Dickie Cox.

Condolences can be sent to the family at 614 Cantey Parkway, Camden, SC 29020. Condolences can also be expressed online at: http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=447148&fh_id=11077&s_id=FC12CEEBADC3577BF024294CDA58FCFF

  • October 29: College Avenue closes from 4:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. between Keith Street and Highway 93 for Trick-or-Treating for kids, sponsored by the Downtown Merchants. The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 85,000.
  • October 31: Clemson meets Coastal Carolina for the first time, played in Death Valley. Clemson home games keep streak unbroken - rain on every one - as Clemson nearly shuts out Coastal Carolina, 49-3, in first-ever meeting. "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" shown in the McKissick Theatre, Hendrix Student Center.


  • November 7: Clemson beats Florida State, 40-24, to take the lead in the conference division race. And no rain fell. Game begins at 7:47 p.m., aired on ESPN. In final minutes of the fourth quarter, as Clemson puts the game away, Tiger fans join in a lusty, three-verse sing-along of Queen's "We Will Rock You." With Seminole Coach Bobby Bowden's retirement at the end of this season after 44 years, this game marks his final appearance in Death Valley. Between 1988 and 2009, Bobby Bowden had an overall 6-4 winning record against Clemson in Memorial Stadium and overall record of 14-6 over the Tigers.
  • November 7: Mu Beta Psi National Music Honor Fraternity welcomes a new chapter. Sigma Chapter was installed this weekend at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. The new Chapter consists of 14 new Brothers who have been involved in a colonization effort for nearly 2 years. With the addition of Sigma, the fraternity is at its largest size in history with eight active Collegiate chapters and of course the Alumni Association. For those of you who might have been out of touch for a while, active chapters are:
Alpha - NC State
Zeta - Michigan Tech
Mu - UNC Chapel Hill
Nu - SUNY (State University of New York) - Oswego
Omicron - Roanoke College (Salem, VA)
Pi - Rutgers University
Rho - Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI)
Sigma - St. Louis University
Alumni Association
(Delta - Clemson University - went dark in 2005. It is hoped that it may be reactivated in the future.)
  • November 8: The Clemson Memorial 5K Run and Walk is sponsored by Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Harvey and Lucinda Gantt Center for Student Life, at 2 p.m., benefitting the Student Memorial Project
The elevator stopped several feet in between the fourth and fifth floors, and when Fuchs attempted to jump down, his clothing was caught, sending him swinging into the gap below the elevator and down the shaft.


In addition to Maserati, Fuchs was also the drummer for several other indie rock bands, including !!!, Vineland, Holy Ghost! and Turing Machine.
Fuchs grew up in Marietta and attended the University of Georgia. He moved to New York in 1995, according to The New York Times.
  • November 9: Clemson appears in the AP Top 25 for the first time this season, coming in at number 24. In Downtown Clemson, the former apartment house and business building at 101 Earle Street (once The Book Cellar) is razed by a Caterpillar 320C excavator. The building had been used for storage by Tiger Town Tavern, which purchased the property several years ago. The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies its 86,000th hit.
  • November 11: The Tiger Pow-Wow is held in the Almeda Jacks Ballroom of the Hendrix Student Center, 6-8 p.m., featuring a Drum Circle by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Boys & Girls Club, Tribal music and dance. Speakers are Dr. James Jeffries, Dr. Karen Hall and Mrs. Michelle Burnett.
  • November 11-November 13 (?): Brother Micah, part street-preacher, part Medicine Show huckster, with a tad of Vaudeville thrown in, does his schtick on campus in front of the Loggia. Videos of his 11 November "sermon" are already posted on You Tube! Quality free entertainment is hard to come by...
  • November 12: A pair of C-17A Globemaster III transports of the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, make three low passes over the Clemson campus, from east to west, at ~2,000 feet AGL, at 9:30 a.m., 9:47 a.m., and 9:52 a.m. passing directly over the Clemson House. They make two simulated airdrops and two close formation passes over Oconee Regional Airport but are not permitted to touch down due to runway weight restrictions. By 10:02 a.m. they depart the area for Charleston.
  • November 14: Clemson defeats N. C. State, 43-23, in Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N. C. C. J. Spiller becomes the first Tiger player ever to have a touchdown catch, pass AND run all in the same game.
  • November 15: Clemson rises to 18th in the Associated Press football poll and 19th in the CNN/USA Today poll.
  • November 18: A Town Hall Meeting with Clemson University President James F. Barker is held at 7 p.m. in Tillman Auditorium on Wednesday, November 18, sponsored by the Clemson University Student Media. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to address their questions on any University-related issues or concerns that they might have. "This is a big event," said Justin Pino, General Manager for WSBF-FM, the student radio station. "We want to get the whole community together and let them voice their opinions to President Barker. We've been working on this event, pretty much from the beginning of the semester," said Pino, explaining that President Barker's schedule is so full that he must book his events well in advance. All the student media put their heads together to come up with ways that we can increase our visibility on campus. CTV, Semantics, the Tigertown Observer, WSBF, Taps and The Tiger are all involved in the scheduling of this event," said Pino. "We wanted to all promote this as officially as we can."
  • November 19:
  • November 19: Steve Ellis, a hard-working, passionate sports writer who covered Florida State University sports for nearly 30 years, died Thursday afternoon at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He was 54. Ellis, a senior writer and columnist who joined the Tallahassee Democrat on February 26, 1990, suffered a massive heart attack on November 10. Longtime friend Bill Vilona collaborated with Ellis on the 2006 book, “Pure Gold: Bobby Bowden An Inside Look.” The sports editor at the Pensacola News Journal, Vilona said no one ever out-worked Ellis. “I admired his work ethic. He really loved being a sports writer,” Vilona said. “He loved the day to day challenges. Those kinds of traits are rare. He was an old-school guy who embraced some of the new things we’re doing like blogs.”
Ellis won numerous Florida Sports Writers Association awards and was an inspiration to aspiring sports writers.
”Just a few weeks ago, a teenager told me he grew up reading Steve Ellis stories about the FSU football team,” Tallahassee Democrat executive editor Bob Gabordi said. “He wanted to become a sports writer because of Steve.
”His work touched so many tens of thousands of young boys and girls. I’m glad I was able to share this story with Steve from his hospital bed.”
Ellis was working in his home office when he suffered the heart attack. He insisted Karen Detrick Ellis, his wife of eight years, e-mail the story to the newspaper before he would let her take him to the hospital.
”His passion for sports journalism is unmatched,” Gabordi added. “No one outworked him. No one knew the games, coaches and players better.
”His Democrat family loved him right along with his readers and we are all hurting very deeply right now.”
A native of Winter Park, Ellis attended Clemson University where he ran for the cross country team. His journalism career began in college at The Tiger and he became the founding editor of Orange and White, one of the nation’s first university-associated sports magazines.
FSU graduate Jerry Kutz, who started The Osceola, a magazine about FSU sports, hired Ellis in 1981 to be editor of the publication. For a couple of years, Ellis was The Osceola’s one-man staff, reporting, writing, typesetting and pasting up the paper.
”Steve absolutely help make The Osceola a success,” said Kutz, now vice president of marketing and communications for Seminole Boosters. “He was a freaking tireless reporter, who was adamant about beating (other reporters) to a story.
”When you hired Steve, you got a 24/7, 365 days a year reporter. There was no governor you could put on him.”
FSU coaches and administrators had high praise for Ellis. Legendary football coach Bobby Bowden said he regarded Ellis almost like a son.
”He was a good writer and very accurate and how in the world he found out everything he found out, I’ll never know. He could find out anything, boy,” Bowden said. “He had a great knack for that.
”He didn’t play favorites. He told it like he thought it was,” Bowden added. “Of course, I got a lot of grief out of it but still, I knew he was doing a job.”
FSU baseball coach Mike Martin said he was devastated to learn of Ellis’ death. “Steve Ellis was a professional in every sense of the word,” Martin said. “He’s going to be missed by everybody in Tallahassee. His coverage of Florida State baseball was second to none and he always put the readers first.”
Rob Wilson, associate athletic director at FSU, was working as a student-intern in the university’s sports information office when Ellis arrived in Tallahassee. They became close friends.
”It’s really unique in the world to have somebody cover a program that long and still not have a head coach who wants to run him out of town and a fan base that’s tired of him,” Wilson said. “I think he wrote well for the reader.
”Steve wasn’t trying to win a Pulitzer, he was trying to let everyone in Tallahassee know as much as about Florida State as he could.”
FSU President T.K. Wetherell had visited Ellis at the hospital and spoke to him several times during the past week.
”I’m stunned. We just lost a really good friend to this community and this university and I know this newspaper lost a valuable employee,” Wetherell said.

Check back at http://NoleSports.com for more.

  • November 19: WSBF sponsors Charleston band Chronicles of the Landsquid show, with M.O. Theory, at The Den on Keith Street. It turns out later that the business had already lost its liability insurance and this event may have been used as a vehicle to run out the taps prior to an imminent shuttering.
  • November 20: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 87,000.
  • November 21: Clemson hosts Virginia in Death Valley in 3:30 p.m. game televised by ABC. Tigers defeat the Cavaliers, 34-21.
  • November 23: Cocky’s Funeral held at Littlejohn Coliseum.
  • November 28: Clemson plays the University of South Carolina in Williams-Brice Stadium in noon game televised by ESPN. Tigers lose, 17-34.
  • November 30: With the owner in rehab in Atlanta, and the bar having lost its insurance, it appears that The Den is out of business.
  • The Clemson Wiki salutes Clemson's shortest-lived landmark - the new "front gate" sign, "Clemson University - Established 1889", facing College Avenue - erected by October 2009, landscaped late November 2009, demolished by a vehicle, by November 30, 2009! Huzzah! Traditions!!
  • Last week of November/First week of December - Work begins on the North Green project between the Carillon Garden and the Amphitheatre, State Project H12-9852, a gift from the Class of 1960 and privately funded by them. Project team included the Class of 1960, Clemson University Facilities, and Sherman Construction Company.


  • December 3: The fourth annual Clemson Rave is held on Library Bridge at 12:19 p.m.
  • December 4: Multiple vehicle (at least three) accident at ~2 a.m. leaves black Chevy Tahoe overturned on the east sidewalk almost directly below the Norfolk Southern overpass on College Avenue. No serious injuries reported.
  • December 5: The Clemson Tigers, ranked 25th by the Associated Press, meet the 12th-ranked Georgia Tech Yellowjackets for the second time this season in the Atlantic Coast Conference's title game in Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida, kick-off at 8 p.m., broadcast on ESPN. This is Clemson's first crack at the ACC crown in 18 years. The 10-2 Engineers narrowly defeated the 8-4 Tigers, 27-30, in an Atlanta nightgame on September 10. One Clemson fan from that game has already entered You Tube fame after being featured on ESPN. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WBmrrRKg-c The Tigers fall short, 34-39.
  • December 6: Following a 34-39 loss to Georgia Tech in Tampa, it is announced that Clemson will play Kentucky in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl in Nashville. The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies hit 88,000.
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.

  • December 22: The Clemson Wiki Main Page tallies its 89,000th hit.
  • December 26: Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told four of his players, including two defensive linemen, that they will not play in Sunday's Music City Bowl after missing a 1 a.m. curfew.
  • December 27: Clemson versus Kentucky in the Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Nashville, Tennessee, at 8:30 p.m. CST, broadcast on ESPN. Clemson snaps three year bowl loss streak, 21-13. C. J. Spiller sets several records.
  • December 30Mac's Drive-In in Pendleton, died Wednesday night, a few hours after he was honored at a gathering in the intensive care unit at AnMed Health Medical Center.
McKeown was 82. He had been in the hospital about a month.
Suzy Barnett, a family member, said his death came about 10:50 p.m.
Earlier in the day, about 100 people gathered in a room at AnMed Health to honor McKeown.

Larry Abernathy said.

McKeown opened the restaurant along with Dan Gentry in 1956, shortly after graduating from Clemson University with a mechanical engineering degree. Since then, the man everyone calls Mac had become beloved in Clemson and Pendleton.

At the hospital gathering, he was honored with a proclamation, read by Clemson city councilman Jeremy Wright, designating Dec. 30 as "Harold "Mac" McKeown Day. The mayor presented a medallion. Clemson University President Jim Barker presented a plaque representing the Clemson ring in naming McKeown an honorary alumnus of the university.
Former Clemson football coach Danny Ford was there, along with Jim DavisBill McLellan. Former South Carolina Lt. Gov. Bob Peeler was there as well.
McKeown also received a congratulatory phone call from Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who is on vacation in Alabama following the Tigers' recent bowl win in Nashville.
McKeown was surrounded by dozens of family, friends and co-
Sometimes Mac helped by slipping someone some extra cash or sliding a free cheeseburger plate along the counter of his drive-
Reporter Liz Carey contributed to this story, via Anderson Independent-Mail.

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