August 20

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August 20

  • 1934: In a meeting at the home of Rupert H. Fike, M.D., nine Clemson boosters form IPTAY, a now-classic alumni and fan sports support organization plan that has been widely copied at other schools. The name stands for "I Pay Ten A Year" for the original donation requested from the members during the Depression era.
  • 1967: Both freshmen and upperclassmen have the opportunity to visit the offices of the Chronicle, Taps, The Tiger, WSBF and Student Government at 7 p.m. A dance is held at the Y Barn with The Blades, from Anderson, providing music. (The Tiger, "New Social Activities To Welcome Freshmen", 7 August 1967, Volume LXI, Number 1, page 1.)
  • 1978: Dormitories open.
  • 1984: Freshman wide receiver Marvin Montgomery passes away after two days in a coma following traffic accident.
  • 2006: CAT bus service on the Red Route and the Campus Connector begins new 24-hour service.
  • 2007: The Welcome Back Festival held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, on College Avenue. More than 60 local businesses and university organizations have tables at the festival with samples and prizes that can be exchanged for tickets. Tickets can be purchased for 50 cents each, with proceeds going to the Student Alumni Council Endowment Fund, which helps fund scholarships. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
  • 2009: 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, 2009-August 22, 2009: 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.


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