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2005 in Clemson History

Events that occurred in 2005

  • Delta chapter of Mu Beta Psi, the campus music honor fraternity, goes inactive after nearly 70 years of service to the Clemson campus.
  • TAPS prints entire book in color for the first time.
  • "Still Roaring - Jim Phillip's Life in Broadcasting" by Jim Phillips and Ken Tysiac is published by Sports Publishing L.L.C., Champaign, Illinois, ISBN 1-58261-946-8.



  • February: Work begins on the West Zone renovation/construction project in Clemson Memorial Stadium.
  • February 4: The Esso Club hosts the Girls Gone Wild Rocks America tour but few Clemsonites support the ill-advised appearance. Most participating gals are described as out-of-town skank. Clemson is NOT Panama City Beach.
  • February 7: Former Hardee's restaurant across Walter Cox Boulevard from the intramural fields is razed in preparation for the construction of condominiums on the site.
  • February 28: The Almond releases its first online issue.


  • March 3: The Clemson Wiki is created as an off-shoot of ClemsonTalk.
  • March 7: Student elections held. 5,604 ballots are cast, about 1,200 more than in 2004.
  • March 8: Katy Bayless wins student body presidency outright. James Frey, reformed addict and author of New York Times bestseller A Million Little Pieces, speaks in Tillman Auditorium. On January 8, 2006, the investigative website thesmokinggun.com publishes a 12,000--week investigation of police and other public records and accuses Frey of embellishing and fabricating his criminal history. The author appears on the Larry King Show on January 11 to defend himself and admits he may have embellished some, but he stands by the "essential truths" of his book. Subsequently, Oprah Winfrey, who gave his book a huge boost on her book club, repudiates the recommendation and Frey's publishers pull their contracts for his next book.
  • March 9: Run-off election between Stephen Gosnell and Ashley Semsar gives the student body vice presidency to Gosnell.
  • March 14-March 29: Silas Pearman Boulevard, (Perimeter Road) is closed between Williamson Road and Highway 93 to allow an underground storm drainage pipeline to be installed. Renovations also begin March 14 0n the E-9 parking lot, expected to take between 45 and 60 days. Employees may park behind the Administrative Services Building or in Lots C-4, C-5, and C-12.
  • March 19: Clemson Womens Basketball Coach Jim Davis steps down after 18 years at the helm.
  • Late Spring: Due to family illness, School of Nursing Director Kaye Herth resigns from her position and returns to Minnesota State University at Mankato, where she is Dean of the College of Allied Health & Nursing. Rosanne Pruitt, who had served as interim director between Barbara Logan and Kaye Herth, assumes the position.



May 13 - Commencement



  • June 4: James "Bonnie Banks" Banks McFadden, Clemson's first top-tier All-American sports hero dies, age 88, after a long career with the Clemson Athletic Department.



  • August 1: The Town of Pendleton adopts a two percent local hospitality tax, effective this date. "This tax is on the sale of prepared meals and beverages in establishments and on establishments licensed for on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages, beer or wine. The tax shall be paid at the time of delivery of the services or items to which the hospitality tax applies and shall be collected by the provider or seller of the items." - Town of Pendleton ordinance 05-06.
  • August 21-22: New Student Orientation.
  • August 23: Fred Shilstone, Professor of English, dies at his home. Dr. Shilstone had been with the English department since 1974. He was later buried in the Ramsey Creek Preserve in Westminster, in a natural burial. Alpha Omega Epsilon, a professional and social sorority composed of female engineering students and alumnae, founded November 13, 1983. On August 23, 2005 it becomes a recognized chapter on the Clemson University campus.
  • August 24: Fall Semester classes begin.
  • August 25-August 27: Spittoono XXV music festival.
  • August: Tiger Band adopts new jumpsuit with reversible tunic uniform. For the first time, the uniform is dyed in proper Northwestern purple, the official shade of the Clemson colors.


  • September 2: The First Friday Parade is interrupted when an elementary school girl, daughter of the former principal of Morrison Elementary School, is accidentally run over by a float while trying to retrieve bottled water distributed from the parade display. Medevac helicoptered out from Bowman Field, she makes a remarkably quick recovery from bruised ribs, a detached lung, other injuries. This accident will be the catalyst for greatly revised rules for the parade to ensure nothing like this happens again.
  • September 3: 2005 Football season begins. Clemson upsets seventeenth-ranked Texas A&M, 25-24, in Death Valley.
  • September 10: Twenty-fifth-ranked Clemson plays at Maryland, winning, 28-24.
  • September 17: ABC-TV airs a feature about the Esso Club during the thirteenth-ranked Miami game broadcast. Twentieth-ranked Clemson loses in three overtimes, 36-30.
  • September 19: A World War II North American B-25C Mitchell medium bomber, 41-12634, of the 376th Bomb Squadron, 309th Bomb Group (M), which ditched in Lake Murray on April 4, 1943 during low-level practice when the starboard engine failed is recovered. The crew of five escaped before the twin-engined, twin-tailed medium bomber sank after seven minutes afloat, about two miles west of the Lake Murray Dam in 150 feet of water. The crew was on a training mission similar to those flown over the Lake Issaqueena Bombing Range from 1942 to 1945. The airframe was raised to the surface by aircraft recoverer Gary Larkins, sans its right engine, wrenched loose in the water landing, for preservation (not restoration) at the Southern Museum of Flight, Birmingham, Alabama.
  • September 21: The Clemson Tiger Band is featured in a segment "The Best Band" on Turner South cable network program "Blue Ribbon" after being chosen as one of top four bands in the southern region.
  • September 24: Number twenty-five Boston College plays at Clemson. Tigers lose, 13-16, in overtime.
  • September 26: A discussion of the legalization of same-sex marriage, entitled "Saying 'I Do' to Same-Sex Marriage", held in Lee Hall auditorium from 7 to 8:15 p.m., sponsored by the Clemson University Gay-Straight Alliance {GSA} and the Piedmont Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of South Carolina.
  • September 29: The School of Nursing receives full accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2010.



  • November 5: Tiger Band observes 50th anniversary at Homecoming game against Duke. As many Alumni Band members register to participate as marched in Tiger Band block band in 1974, over 160! Clemson crushes hapless Blue Devils, ACC basement team, 49-20.
  • November 12: Bowden Bowl VII - Defying odds-makers, Tommy Bowden defeats father Bobby Bowden, 35-14, in Death Valley in the only father-son head coaching contest in college football history. FSU was ranked seventeenth.
  • November 19: 2005 Football regular season ends, Clemson at Carolina, with a 13-9 Tiger win. Regular season record is 7-4. Clemson creeps back into Top 25 in one poll, knocking on the door at 26th in several others. By bowl bid week, Clemson stabilizes at 23rd in all three major polls.


  • The School of Nursing is re-accredited in 1998 by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) through December 2005.
  • December 3: Clemson accepts bid to the Champs Sports Bowl (originally the Blockbuster Bowl) to face the University of Colorado in the Tigers first meeting with the Buffaloes since a loss in the 1957 Orange Bowl.
  • December 6: A man smelling of oil and gasoline robs the First Franklin Mortgage Company on College Avenue and brandishes a pistol and a sawed-off shotgun. Anderson County authorities believe he is connected to two other recent robberies in the area. A nineteen year old sophomore special education major is hit by a car driven by a twenty year old freshman biological sciences major while crossing Cherry Road around 6 p.m. and suffers a shattered kneecap, and broken collar bone and shoulder.
  • December 12: The University announces that it will close the Douthit Hills family housing area effective June 30, 2006 as the aging infrastructure of the hundred-unit complex is no longer cost-effective to maintain. Two houses are razed in 2005 to extract oil-soaked earth from under the foundations where fuel tanks leaked into the soil.
  • December 21: Owner of Death Valley Exxon, located on the northwest corner of Tiger Boulevard and College Avenue since 1980, announces that he will close the business to merge with Oconee Auto Service in Seneca. Site will be redeveloped into a Sonic Drive-In in early 2006. Newly merged service center will have more expertise than two smaller garages, and will operate in the former Sears-Roebuck catalogue store at 302 West North First Street in Seneca. The combined business, Oconee Auto Service, is defunct by September 2009, the former Sears building up for rent.
  • December 27: Twenty-third-ranked Clemson takes on the unranked Colorado Buffalos in the Champ Sports Bowl in Orlando, Florida, played in the Citrus Bowl stadium, only the second meeting between the two teams. The Tigers beat the Buffaloes, 19-10, to tie the all-time record, 1-1. Colorado won the first match, played in the 1957 Orange Bowl in Miami, 27-21. Clemson ends the 2005 season with a 8-4 record.
  • End of December: The Clemson Newsstand closes after the death of its founder Stephen M. Gregg in January 2005.

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