September 15

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September 15

  • 1897: The Board of Trustees meets on campus to elect a successor to departed President Craighead.
  • 1964: The United States Navy commissions the USS John C. Calhoun, SSBN-630, the fleet's 26th missile-firing submarine. (Cook, Harriet Heffner, "John C. Calhoun - the Man", The R.L. Bryan Co., Columbia, S.C., 1965, Library of Congress Card No. 65-19779, page 2.)
  • 1974: The Chamber Music Series presents the Gilbert and Sullivan Quartet in "An Evening with Gilbert and Sullivan" in Daniel Auditorium.
  • 1977: Male student, seriously injured in a break-in and assault case the previous night in Clemson, undergoes surgery at Emory University Hospital, Atlanta to, umm, repair his genitals. The procedure will be successful. In 1994, this will become known as the Bobbitt procedure.
  • 1978: First Friday "Pound the Hound" Parade. In the wake of National Lampoon's Animal House, the Bedrock Bombers of Johnstone Hall B-5, enter a float of a Deathmobile with a Citadel uniform on the "hood" of their vehicle, which is actually built onto the back of a pick-up truck, and which has to be backed up throughout the entire parade!
  • 2006: ABC World News Tonight features Clemson freshman defensive back Ray Ray McElrathbey as their Person of the Week for his role in taking custody of his 11-year old brother from parents with drug and gambling addictions.
  • 2007: September 14-September 16 - The Clemson Little Theatre presents "The Foreigner", a play by Larry Shue, in which the mysteries unfold in this funny yet cryptic trek amongst the Georgia pines. This is the first performance of the Clemson Little Theatre's 2007-2008 season. Pat Shull directs.
  • 2007: Clemson hosts the Furman Paladins in Death Valley, 1 p.m. Tigers win, 38-10. Furman's last victory came in 1936 in a match played on Riggs Field in snow. The Tigers win the next 29. "We won. That's not something Lloyd Carr can say." said Tommy Bowden, quoted in the Washington Post on Sunday, September 16, (page D-11), referring to Michigan's 32-34 upset by Appalachian State. Furman and App State both play in the Southern Conference.
  • 2008: After win over the Wolfpack, Clemson rises to 21st in the Coaches poll and 23rd in the Associated Press poll.
  • 2009: All members of the Clemson community are invited to a memorial service to celebrate and honor the life of Donovan Xavier Jones, a 21-year-old student from Sumter. The service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, in Tillman Hall auditorium. Jones, a senior financial management major, was a Clemson National Scholar and business manager for Taps, the Clemson yearbook. He died while swimming with friends August 23 at Lake Issaqueena. “Donovan loved Clemson, and Clemson loved him,” said William Lasser, director of the Clemson National Scholars Program who was invited to speak at Jones’ hometown funeral in Sumter on August 29. “He was part of the glue that holds the Clemson family together. Clemson and the many people who knew him will never forget him.” Born in Suffolk, England, Jones was the firstborn son of Gregory and Jacqueline Purnell Jones and the brother of Ryan Jones.
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


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