March 31

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  • 1850: John C. Calhoun dies in Washington, D.C. at 7:30 a.m., Sunday morning, age 68 years, thirteen days. (Cook, Harriet Heffner, "John C. Calhoun - the Man", The R.L. Bryan Co., Columbia, S.C., 1965, Library of Congress Card No. 65-19779, preface, page 85.)
  • 1906: The Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS), is established to set rules for amateur athletic sports in the United States. It will become the National Collegiate Athletic Association in 1910.
  • March 31-April 1, 1981: The greatest prank in Clemson history is pulled by a student who has a penchant for climbing buildings. On two consecutive nights, he rappels from the steeple of Tillman Hall and places large cardboard Mickey Mouse bodies over the spindle of the clock face on two adjoining sides (east and south). The university has to use a cherry-picker lift bucket to remove it. In an article in the Aiken (S.C.) Standard, university spokesman Ross Cornwall was quoted in an unofficial statement, "We think campus police have a suspect, D. Duck." University police were still looking for a suspect as well as clues. Chief Jack Ferguson said that they were looking for a pro. "Whoever did it sure is talented," he said. Ferguson stated that he has his best officer on the case, "investigator Brummitt ... He solved the stolen chicken case last year." (Associated Press, "Clemson Gets Giant Mickey Mouse Clock", The Aiken Standard, Aiken, South Carolina, Friday 3 April 1981, page 6A.) The guilty party is never apprehended. And - yes - this contributor knows who did it.
  • 2000: The Clemson University Police Department has arrested a suspect who offered a ride to a Clemson student and then did not take her where she asked. Jason Allen Rollins of Liberty has been charged with "assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature" for a March 29 incident in which he offered to drive an 18-year-old female student from the R-1 lot to her residence hall. According to the warrant, Rollins touched the victim several times while driving around campus. Bond was set at $25,000 and Rollins was released on personal recognizance. While awaiting an appearance in Circuit Court May 1, he is barred from returning to the Clemson campus. Rollins drives a 1994 red/maroon Pontiac Firebird with S.C. license tag 695JKF. Anyone who sees him on campus should notify the Clemson University Police at 656-2222.

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