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  • 1891: The "Washington and Southwestern Vestibuled Limited," is inaugurated by the Richmond and Danville Railroad along the "Piedmont Air Line Route." This Washington-Atlanta train was soon nicknamed the "Vestibule" because it was the first all-year train with vestibuled equipment operating in the South. This train will not stop at Calhoun.
  • 1902: Dissent on campus among the students over the college's rigid military discipline and overcrowding in the barracks, among other things, leads to in-fighting between the student body and faculty, some of whom, it becomes obvious, are hated by the cadets. Senior James Lynah ill-advisedly steals a turkey from the yard of history professor W.S. Morrison and his graduation is held up. The senior class petitions the faculty to let him graduate. The senate cannot muster the three-fourths majority required to expell Lynah during its January 22-January 23 meeting, but suspends the cadet indefinitely. The secret proceedings of the meeting become known to the students within the day, revealing that at least one faculty member, sympathetic to the students, leaked the debate. An outraged President Henry Simms Hartzog calls a special meeting of the professors and denounces the "eavesdroppers or traitors in the Faculty" and describes "the condition of affairs" as "annoying, serious, and disgraceful." Eventually, Lynah is allowed to graduate, and becomes a loyal alumnus.
  • 1915: Construction begins on the YMCA Building.
  • 1944: "Work was recently begun on the construction of the $2,000,000 rayon tire cord plant and a $1,000,000 housing project on the Seneca River here at Clemson. Textile executive Roger Milliken, of New York, arrived here recently to confer with construction engineers. He is president of several South Carolina textile plants, including ones at Abbeville, Greenville and Union, and will head the new plant here. The WPB [War Production Board - ed.] has approved the project, giving top priority in securing construction materials and completion is expected in four months. He was in conference with engineers of J. E. Sirrine Company, and Charles Daniel, head of the Daniel Construction Company, which is slated to build the modern plant. Site of the proposed plant is the 240-acre tract formerly known as the Dan Ravenel plantation and more recently the West Clemson Land Company of which A. C. Cheletter of Clemson is head. The plant, it is understood, will turn out rayon cord to be used in the manufacture of tires, and will offer employment to several thousand people in the post war period. Construction will include eighty or more duplex apartment houses of permanent construction." (The Tiger, "Work Started On New Rayon Plant Head Visits Area", Thursday 20 Janaury 1944, Volume XXXIX, Number 6, page 1.) The now-vacant plant will be razed in July 2010.
  • 1955: Clemson Agricultural College of South Carolina goes coeducational as women are admitted as full-time students for the first time.
  • 1962: Harvey Bernard Gantt, an architecture student from Charleston, attending Iowa State University in Ames, applies for admission to Clemson a second time. When he is turned down due to his race, his attorneys file suit in federal court, and upon appeal he is finally admitted.
  • 1964: Georgia Tech withdraws from the Southeastern Conference.
  • 1971: The Tiger Belles, "a group of 27 spirited coeds" who serve as sports "hostesses", is founded by basketball Coach Tates Locke, borrowing an idea from Miami (Ohio) University. The first year's crop will be appointed after try-outs and interviews beginning in the fall. The Chronicle sees print for distribution, using materials salvaged from the censored/destroyed edition.
  • Late January, 1971: Long-time Clemson restauranteur Dan Gentry passes away after a few month's illness. The restaurant that he opened in 1952 across the Old Greenville Highway from the town post office carries on for about two more years, but eventually it closes - but not before appearing in the background of an early scene in the Burt Lancaster movie The Midnight Man in 1973.
  • 1972: WSBF switches formats from Top 40 to Progressive, following a telephone poll of listeners in the fall which indicated the audience was receptive to the change. Programming director Woody Culp oversees the swap.
  • 1979: Former Physical Plant employees found guilty in Pickens County General Sessions Court and sentenced: two receive two-year terms, one receives a four-year term, and one receives two years probation.
  • 1980: R.L. Bryan Company in Columbia refuses to print The Chronicle unless a nude photo is removed from the layout.
  • 1990: Eddie Smith joins the Clemson faculty.
  • 1990: "Because it's the Centennial Class, the Class of 1989 was able to revive for one time only a Clemson tradition that died in the 1960s - the senior sidewalk. Close to 3,000 students made a minimum donation of $10 each for the priviledge of having their names imprinted on a sidewalk that runs through the historic heart of campus near the Calhoun mansion. In the process, almost 100 percent of the class members became donors to the Loyalty Fund, the academic annual fund, as opposed to only 7 percent of the class of '88. Work began on the sidewalk in mid-January and was scheduled to be completed in April. Using 'movable type' - individual letters in a specially designed form - each name was spelled out and imprinted by hand. Kennemore Brick and Construction Co. got the contract to do the work. Both both the contractor and the facilities, maintenance and operations department (the P-Plant) have said 'Never again.' It's a slow and painstaking process, and there are not enough miles of sidewalk that need to be built or renovated to continue the practice. The administration is looking at other alternatives, such as bronze plaques on retaining walls, if future classes want to do a names project as a senior project." ("News Front", Clemson World, Spring 1990, Volume 43, Number 1, page 7.)
  • 1991: At the NCAA convention, delegates pass Proposal No. 30 on Athletics Housing, which calls for the abolishment of athletic dormitories by 1996.
  • 1993: The Clemson World publishes article on the history of the Tiger mascot by C. Mark Sublette in the Winter 1993 issue, Volume 46, Number 1, pages 12-17.
  • 2003: The Cheap Seats Bus is built, and a new Clemson tradition begins.
  • 2005: Jimmy Howard remodels the Sloan Street Tap-Room, removing the drop ceilings, revising the ductwork, and really opening up the place. Kathleen Richardson becomes director of the School of Materials Science and Engineering (SMSE) and Martine Laberge takes over as head of the Department of Bioengineering.
  • 2010: The annual winter attrition of businesses in Clemson claims Guthrie's Golden Fried Chicken Fingers. The Den and Quizno's had already closed before the fall semester ended.

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