August 19

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August 19

  • August 18, 1967-August 19, 1967: For the first time, "splash parties" are held at the YMCA Recreation Area on Lake Hartwell at 2 p.m., with boating and other activities planned. (The Tiger, "New Social Activities To Welcome Freshmen", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • 1967: University President R. C. Edwards welcomes the freshman class formally in Tillman Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. Orientation and assignments to faculty advisors is made. Student Affairs orientation is held in Tillman Auditorium at 1:30 p.m. with student leaders speaking to freshmen about their respective organizations. At 3 p.m., Army ROTC is held in Tillman Auditorium with Air Force ROTC in Brackett Hall auditorium. (The Tiger, "Orientation - Long Lines And Even Longer Hours", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • 1969: The South Carolina National Bank on College Avenue is robbed by a lone gunman who escapes with $7,600 in cash. (The Tiger, "Cromer Sought By Police After Clemson Robbery", Friday 17 October 1969, Volume LXIII, Number 9, page 3.)
  • 1979: Dormitories open, 10 a.m.
  • 1984: A heavy thunderstorm with high winds hits Clemson. At a Clemson football team meeting, the players are informed about injured freshman wide receiver, Marvin Montgomery, involved in a serious traffic accident om August 18. Seniors Dale Hatcher and William Perry take questions live on WSPA-TV call-in show, "Talking Football".
  • 2006: Charleston News & Courier ACC beat sports writer Larry Williams publishes story about the NCAA's refusal to grant a financial hardship exemption for 19-year old Clemson freshman defensive back Ray Ray McElrathbey who has custody of his 11-year old brother due their mother's ongoing drug addiction and their father's gambling addiction. The story is subsequently picked up by the USA Today and Sports Illustrated magazine, and in mid-September, the NCAA will reverse itself on the decision. On the weekend of the Florida State game, ABC World News Tonight features Ray Ray and his brother as the Person of the Week, on Friday, September 15, 2006, and ESPN includes details of the case in both their Game Day broadcast on Saturday morning, September 16, and during the FSU-Clemson match that night. Ray Ray is interviewed by Oprah on the Oprah Winfrey Show on October 20.
  • 2007: Deadline for registration for Alumni Band appearance in the First Sunday Parade.


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