September 13

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September 13

  • 1954: The new dining hall, later named Harcombe Commons, opens for breakfast for the first time. College officials, trustees, and representatives of the architectural and construction firms are on hand for an informal dedication. Following breakfast, Dr. R. F. Poole, president of the college, introduced Charles E. Daniel, of Greenville, who was recently appointed as a state senator. Sen. Daniel speaks to the cadets and visitors, observing that the construction of new facilities including the dormitories and agricultural buildings brings the value of new projects on campus within the past five years to some $15 million. The dining hall is part of a $4.5 million dormitory project. Dr. Poole then expresses pride in the new dorms, and urges cadets to take care of them to preserve them for future students. Dr. Poole introduces Dr. R. M. Cooper, of Wisacky, chairman of the Board of Trustees; Mr. Buck Mickle, of Greenville, project manager; and Mr. Bill Lyles, of Columbia, of the architectural firm of Lyles, Bissett, Carlisle and Wolff. Each makes a short speech of appreciation for being invited to the opening. Three other trustees are present but make no remarks: Dr. Joe B. Douthit, of Pendleton; Dr. W. A. Barnette, of Greenwood; and Mr. T. W. Thornhill, of Charleston. Also present is Mr. J. H. McHugh, who also ate the first meal in the old Clemson Mess Hall that was razed earlier this year. Following the meal, the visitors and college officials make a tour of the kitchen facilities. (The Tiger, "Many Dignitaries Attend Opening Of New Dining Hall Monday Morning", Thursday 16 September 1954, Volume XLVII, Number 2, page 1.)
  • 1975: Clemson drops the home opener to the Tulane Greenwaves, 13-17.
  • 1978: The Duke Ellington Orchestra, led by his son Mercer Ellington, appears in Tillman Auditorium.
  • 1993: It is announced that the new NFL franchise, the Carolina Panthers, will play their inaugural season in Clemson Memorial Stadium. ("Carolina franchise to play in Death Valley" by Sports Editor Lou Potenza, The Tiger, September 17, 1993, Volume 87, Number 4, page 3B.)
  • 1997: Clemson defeats North Carolina State, 19-17, in Raleigh.
  • 2006: Clemson offensive lineman Roman Fry is fined $257.50 for reckless operation of a watercraft by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources after fatally striking Clemson assistant track coach Jarrett Foster on Lake Keowee on July 8, but won't face more serious charges, said Fry's attorney Beattie Ashmore, on this date. Also fined the same amount was offensive guard Nathan Bennett who was operating the WaveRunner that Foster was riding on when he fell off and was struck in the head by Fry's craft. This resolution was reached after a month of "extensive negotiations", said Ashmore. Foster's family has signed off on the decision, and the DNR considers the case closed. At the time of the accident, the Oconee County coroner's office ruled the death accidental.
  • 2008: Clemson defeats N.C. State in Death Valley, 27-9.


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