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1987 in Clemson History
Events that occurred in 1987:
- Opal Hipps replaces Mary Lohr as Dean of the College of Nursing. Lohr served since 1981. Hipps will serve until the Dean's position is phased out in 1996 as part of the university restructuring.
- The Clemson Loyalty Fund becomes simply the Clemson Fund.
- Godfrey Hall renovated.
- Hunter Chemistry Laboratory completed, named for Howard L. Hunter, professor of chemistry and dean, Hunter Laboratory is used for Chemistry courses.
- Crew, a coed sports club, is founded.
- Student Book Store and Supply opens at 101 Sloan Street.
- January 22: Eight inches of snow blanket Clemson, President Max Lennon cancels classes on Thursday, but is criticized for not also cancelling Friday as campus sidewalks remain icy. Some cumulative 22 snow and ice related injuries are reported by The Tiger, the most serious of which occurred Thursday night when an unidentified student, sledding down the hill leading to Shotgun Alley, runs into a metal guard post, suffers a head injury that causes him to lose consciousness, said Jack Abraham, university fire marshall. The victim was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital. (Ellis, Bob, editor-in-chief, "Snow causes injury", The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 1.)
- January 24: Some fifty Clemson students join more than 20,000 marchers in Cumming, Georgia, in what was called the South's largest civil rights gathering since Dr. Martin Luther King's funeral in 1968. Civil rights activists Coretta Scott King, Joseph Lowery, Dick Gregory, Andrew Young and Hosea Williams were among those leading the rally. Although there was a small turn-out of members of the Ku Klux Klan, one thousand National Guard and 700 Georgia state law enforcement troops lined the 1.5-mile march route to keep the peace. (Ellis, Bob, editor-in-chief, "University students march for civil rights", The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 1.)
- January 25: Four people are arrested early Sunday morning by the University Police Department for breaking into and vandalising vehicles in resident parking lots in conjunction with a series of thefts in the West Campus parking areas. According to police reports, the suspects were first spotted running across shotgun alley between lots A-2 and A-3 around 1:15 a.m. They were then pursued and apprehended by Officer Greg Newton. Records show that a total of eight vehicles were broken into and several vandalised. Among items stolen were radios, speakers, hubcaps, and wire rims. "All stolen merchandise was recovered, either found on the suspects or in the woods surrounding Memorial Cemetery," said The Tiger. Named in the warrants were Lewis Wayne McMahan and Scott Wayne Orr, both of West Oak, South Carolina; and Larry Dwayne Grant and Jeffery David Williams, both of Walhalla, South Carolina. None of the four are Clemson University students. "We have two officers who are assigned solely to patrolling the parking areas," said Officer Ron Howell of the CUPD. "The other officers also patrol these areas as time permits, as well as student police that patrol on foot when weather permits." (Benton, Benny, staff writer, "Vandalism reported during weekend", The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 3.)
- January 27: "Terrorism and sabotage provide serious threats to energy structures throughout the United States," said Ed Bartilado of the U.S. Department of Energy, in a speech given in Strode Tower, sponsored by the Strom Thurmond Institute. The lecture, on emergency energy planning, covered such issues as world energy markers, and listed several wars and embargoes over the past ten years that affected the U.S.' supply of oil. Bartilado, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Emergencies, Office of International Affairs and Energy Emergencies of the DOE, said his primary argument centers around the fact that government regulation of the oil industry during these times is inadequate, and that the industry could more aptly distribute oil supplies in times of emergency. "We use more energy than anyone else in the world," said Bartilado. "Just in the area of electricity alone, the United States generates and uses more electricity than Russia, Japan, West Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom combined daily. It's so important that we must continue to think in terms of the danger or the threat of terrorism and sabotage ot [sic] our power systems." He emphasized the need for various government agencies to communicate with one another, and the public, about the problems that could possibly occur. (Benton, Benny, staff writer, "Energy speech given", The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 1.)
- January 28: Number-one-ranked North Carolina Tarheels defeat the 14th-ranked Tigers, 99-108, in Littlejohn Coliseum. "No, he didn't! No, Kenny Smith didn't score 41 points," Clemson player Horace Grant said in disbelief, quoted in The Tiger. But Tarheel Smith had scored a career-high as he led UNC on a 70-point second half to defeat the Tigers at home. (Senn, Foster, staff writer, "Heels hand Tigers second loss", The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 15.)
- January 30-January 31: CDCC presents the band Popular Mechanics in Edgar's, 9 p.m. - two dollar cover. (CUU Entertainment Spotlight, The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 14.)
- February 3: Last day to withdraw from a class or the university without record. Union-sponsored short courses begin: Introductory Self-Defense - Hapkido ($40 fee), and First Aid ($21.50). (CUU Entertainment Spotlight, The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 64, page 14.) The Department of Music presents a duet recital featuring Scott McCoy, tenor, and Marcia Roberts, mezzo soprano, in Daniel Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m., free admission. (The Tiger, "Regional notes", Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 13.)
- February 5: The Preservation Hall Jazz Band performs in Tillman Auditorium at 8 p.m., $5 admission for students and senior citizens, $8 for the public. Think they played Tiger Rag? (CUU Entertainment Spotlight, The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 14.)
- February 7: The first Clemson Writers Seminar is held in Daniel Hall Auditorium, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and the Society of English Graduate Students. Registration at 8:45 a.m.; S.C. Poet Laureate Bennie Lee Sinclair leads poetry workshop at 10:30 a.m., with Professor of English Clair Caskey as featured speaker at noon luncheon, with other faculty also participating including Professor and Writer-in-Residence Mark Steadman and Associate Professors David Tillinghaft and Edward Willey. Charles Perry, executive editor and vice president of Peachtree Publications of Atlanta conducts 1:30 p.m. session on how to get work published. Cost is $5 for students, $10 for others. Lunch reservations at the Clemson House are an additional $6. Preregistration and payment may be done at the English department office. (The Tiger, "S.C. poet laureate to lead writers seminar", 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 9.)
- February 8: The University Union travel committee sponsors road trip to see production of Cats. Fee is $35 and includes transportation and ticket. (CUU Entertainment Spotlight, The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 14.)
- February 10: Rick Kelley performs in Edgar's, 8 p.m., one dollar cover. (CUU Entertainment Spotlight - Coffehouse (sic), The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 14.)
- February 14: The Union sponsors a Valentine's Day hayride, 7:30 p.m., $2.50. (CUU Entertainment Spotlight, The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 14.)
- February 27: Huey Lewis and the News perform in Littlejohn Coliseum, 8 p.m. Tickets are $16.75, on sale at the Union Box Office and the usual outlets. (The Tiger, "Regional notes", Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 13.)
- March 12: Former Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes dies in Columbus, Ohio. He coached the very last game of his career against Clemson in the 1978 Gator Bowl.
- March 15-March 20: The Union sponsors a spring break trip to Snowshoe, West Virginia. Fee of $195 covers transportation, five nights' lodging, and lift ticket. (CUU Entertainment Spotlight, The Tiger, Friday 30 January 1987, Volume 80, Number 16, page 14.)
- March 30: On a night of torrential rain, Wanda Connelly, a junior English major from Prosperity is elected Miss Clemson 1987 in Tillman Auditorium. Connelly receives a $500 scholarship, a crown, a plaque, and a rose. First runner-up is Jennifer Dacus, a junior recreation therapy major from Taylors, while the second runner up is Julie Herring, who was also the grand talent winner. Herring is a sophomore industrial management major from Anderson. (Hennessey, Jim, managing editor, "Connelly crowned Miss Clemson", The Tiger, Friday 3 April 1987, Volume 80, Number 23, page 3.)
- April 1: Womens basketball coach Jim Davis is hired, after one year at Middle Tennessee State in 1986-87.
- April 15: Former Clemson basketball coach Press Maravich dies shortly before 6:30 p.m. in Highland Park Hospital, Covington, Louisiana, of prostate cancer.
- Spring: Riverbank Commons apartments are completed on Elm Street in Clemson.
- July 1: Former Clemson President Bill Lee Atchley assumes the presidency of the University of the Pacific in California.
- September: The "Daniel Flasher" gets his nickname on campus when he flaunts it before coeds studying in Daniel Hall. David Wistar Daniel must have been spinning in his grave! The repeat offender had been reported since 1986, and will be apprehended in 1988, with indictment on August 23. He turns out to be a medically-disabled serial flasher, with repeat charges in three states.
- September 1: Clemson christens remodelled Historic Riggs Field as the new soccer stadium with the Tigers, 8-0 winners, over UNC-Asheville. The revamped facility seats 6,500.
- September 5: Ninth-ranked Clemson hosts Western Carolina, shuts them out, 43-0.
- September 12: Tenth-ranked Tigers travel to Virginia Tech, win, 22-10.
- September 19: Number eight Tigers host eighteenth-ranked Georgia, winning, 21-20.
- September 26: Ninth-ranked Tigers defeat Georgia Tech in Death Valley, 33-12.
- October 10: Number eight-ranked Tigers defeat Virginia, 38-21, in Memorial Stadium.
- October 17: The seventh-ranked Tigers beat Duke in Death Valley, 17-10.
- October 24: Still ranked seventh, Clemson loses to N.C. State, 28-30, in Death Valley.
- October 31: The fourteenth-ranked Tigers host Wake Forest, winning, 31-17.
- November 7: Ranked tenth by the Associated Press, Clemson defeats North Carolina in a road trip, 13-10.
- November 14: The ninth-ranked Tigers beat Maryland, 45-16, in Death Valley.
- November 21: Clemson, ranked eighth, loses to the twelfth-ranked Gamecocks in a night game in Columbia, 7-20, concluding a 9-2 regular season. The Gamecocks' Fire Ant defense totally dominates Clemson quarterback Rodney Williams who throws two interceptions and is sacked multiple times. Tigers are 6-1 in conference, for first place in the ACC. Televised by ESPN, this remains the highest ranked game in the rivalry series.